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Gwen Smith

Connecting the Dots

Today’s Truth

“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26, NIV)

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Ever since I was young, I’ve loved connecting dots. In my childhood it was dots with numbers on paper that stranded together to form an object. As I threw my attention to the page and followed the numbered steps, a picture developed. A new creation appeared that brought joy to my little-girl heart.

My grown-up dot-connecting challenges are far from a …

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Mary Southerland

What’s the Real Deal?

Today’s Truth

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of (Luke 6:45, NIV).

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What is really inside will come spilling out for all to see when life puts the squeeze on us. My Mama often said, “What’s down in the well comes up in the bucket.” In other words, a crisis will usually reveal what is really inside our hearts.

It is easy to …

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Gwen Smith

When the Wrong Place is the Right Place

Today’s Truth

O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them. (Isaiah 25:1, NLT)

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It is completely normal for me to run late. Especially when I’m trying to catch a flight. On this particular day after, however, I arrived at the airport much earlier than normal.

I was faced with a dilemma, pay $75 and get home two hours earlier, or save the money and enjoy some time to relax and reflect on the conference I had just …

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Mary Southerland

Fishing in the Waters of Our Past

Today’s Truth

You will have mercy on us again; You will conquer our sins. You will throw away all our sins into the deepest part of the sea (Micah 7:19, NCV).

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A little boy and his mother went shopping at the local mall. The mom cautioned her young son to be on his best behavior and to remember the rules she had so carefully explained as they got ready to go … but the trip did not go well.

The little boy repeatedly tried to escape his mother’s grasp.

He whined when his mother refused to buy …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had in a Restroom

Today’s Truth

A cheerful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 17:22 NIV).

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A few months ago, I was in the airport headed to New Jersey. It was a typical rush, rush, rush morning. Grab the bags, trudge through traffic, hunt for a parking space, follow the herd, wade through security, dash to the gate.

Folks aren’t usually very friendly in airports. Eyes look straight ahead. Purposed feet slap the floor. Overstuffed bags roll behind. It’s not that people are grumpy. They’re just “flatish.” (That’s a new word for today.)

On this particular morning, I looked just like everyone …

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Gwen Smith

I’m Right Here

Today’s Truth

Fear not … I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. (Isaiah 43:1-2)

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While walking into the opening session of a marriage conference that we had been looking forward to his cell phone rang. He answered the call and we took our seats. As the emcee kicked off the weekend with gracious greetings, my husband, Brad, leaned over and whispered in my ear, “Preston fell on a rock at camp and is on his way to urgent care to get stitches in his …

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Mary Southerland

Doing a 180

Today’s Truth

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord (Acts 3:19, NIV).

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Music has always been an important part of my life. I attended college on a music scholarship. The piano was my main instrument, but I also wanted to be a guitarist.

The musical challenge of playing the guitar was not my problem. It was my fingers.

A friend gave me guitar lessons, but after a few hours of practice, my fingertips were sore and raw to the point of …

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Sharon Jaynes

When You Feel Like a Bad Mom

Today’s Truth

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6 NASB).

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I wanted to climb into the mailbox where I had just dropped in my manuscript and get it out! But I wouldn’t fit.

My son was in middle school when I decided to write the book, Being a Great Mom, Raising Great Kids. (The words middle school should give you a heads up that this is not going to be good.) Steven had always been such an easy child to …

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Mary Southerland

Choose to Forgive

Today’s Truth

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:13, NIV).

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Do you remember the last words of Jesus as He hung on the cross? “It is finished!” The most literal translation would be “Paid in full.”

I will never forget paying off my very first car loan. After sending in my forty-eighth and final payment, I celebrated the fact that I finally owned my bright blue and ever-so-compact Chevrolet Vega – from bumper to bumper.

There were those who …

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Sharon Jaynes

Shut the Gate

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (Psalm 23:3 NKJV).

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One Sunday my pastor had to do some housekeepin’ fussin’ at our congregation before he started his sermon. It was a “Visitors, close your ears” moment as Jimmy interrupted the service for an important message from our neighbors.

See, right beside our church property is a city park. On Sundays, when our parking lot is full, we tend to use the city park for our overflow parking. The only problem is that the folks going to the city park don’t like the fact …

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