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Mary Southerland

In His Steps

Today’s Truth

Be careful what you do, and always do what is right (Proverbs 4:26, NCV).

Friend to Friend

When Dan and I first married, I knew almost nothing about football. In fact, I would often ask, “Honey, who has the ball now?” He was so patient, answering every question without bursting into laughter. Dan’s favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys, and his favorite player was Emmett Smith, their star running back at the time.

During one particular game, Emmitt was playing on grass instead of the artificial turf he preferred. The grass was wet, and Emmett was not playing …

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Sharon Jaynes

God Sees What You Are Going Through

Today’s Truth

She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me [El Roi],’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me’ (Genesis 16:13, NIV).

Friend to Friend

One day I was sitting on the patio with a friend, Beth, and her stepfather, Sam. We were waiting for the grill to heat up before placing steaks on to cook. Beth’s mom opened the door and gave Sam his orders __telling him what to do and how to do it. When she went back inside, Sam made a hand …

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Mary Southerland

Stress Happens

Today’s Truth

The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23:1, NKJV).

Friend to Friend

Stress happens. I believe much of our stress is the result of a constant and innate quest to love and to be loved. The problems come when we look in the wrong places for that love. When we know God, we will know love. When we experience His unconditional love, we are then freed and empowered to love ourselves and to love others.

I have personally discovered that it is downright frustrating and completely impossible to live the Christian life when you are not a Christian. I …

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Sharon Jaynes

Whatever You Need, God Is

Today’s Truth

I am God Almighty [El Shaddai]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers (Genesis 17:1).

Friend to Friend

I was exhausted. I was drenched in sweat. I was filled with inexplicable joy–a joy I had never known. It was the day Steven Hugh Jaynes, Jr. emerged from the God pocket of my womb and made his grand debut into the world.

When my son was born, I never knew so much love could be wrapped in one tiny package. …

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Gwen Smith

Born To Be Wild Part 2

Today’s Truth

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

Friend to Friend

Yesterday we visited the story of an unlikely champion: a racehorse named Seabiscuit. He was too small, the jockey was too big and blind in one eye – and yet, against all odds, this scrappy horse and rider won the coveted Triple Crown in 1939. Seabiscuit’s owner, trainer, and jockey all learned rich lessons as they chose to see promises in the midst of their problems.

In an effort to help the horse remember how to be a …

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Gwen Smith

Born To Be Wild Part 1

Today’s Truth

…Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin, which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

Friend to Friend

Both his stature and demeanor were unimpressive to elite breeders. He was exercised with harsh tactics, under cruel restrictions and publicly dismissed by a professionally acclaimed trainer. Eventually the horse, Seabiscuit, became a wild, bitter, and angry animal that was considered worthless to the racing world and was sold for a very small price.

The new owner, a wealthy auto salesman, hired an experienced trainer to work …

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Mary Southerland

Making the Right Choice

Today’s Truth

Don’t turn off the road of goodness; keep away from evil paths (Proverbs 4:27, NLT).

Friend to Friend

I have learned a lot from the people God has put in my life over the years, but some of my greatest teachers have been our children and grandchildren.

Our son-in-law was sharing a recent experience he had at dinner with our five-year-old grandson, Justus. Evidently, our daughter had asked Justus to do something during the day. Justus flashed his most charming smile and promptly did the opposite of what his mother asked him to do, proud of his toddler …

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Mary Southerland

I Should Be Second

Today’s Truth

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10).

Friend to Friend

I do not like serving difficult people. You know – the ones who rub you the wrong way. I call them sandpaper people. In fact, the sandpaper people in my life should serve me in order to make up for all of the grief they have caused. Right? Unfortunately, that is the way the world operates – not God. Our Father sees these abrasive people through eyes of unconditional love. He looks past their faults and sees their need.

Sandpaper …

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Sharon Jaynes

Her Story, My Story, Your Story

Today’s Truth

[God said]I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:18).

Friend to Friend

Once upon a time, not so very long ago or far away, a baby girl was born to parents who could not keep her. Neither parent was willing to release her for adoption, but neither was able to care for her. So while the legal system shuffled her case back and forth, the baby girl grew into a toddler in a foster home.

Her care was certainly adequate, her physical needs were met, and she …

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Mary Southerland

Free at Last

Today’s Truth
So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law (Galatians 5:1, NLT).

Friend to Friend
The story is told of an Indian village that held an annual bazaar where villagers came to sell the crafts and wares they made and the animals they raised during the year. One year, a man brought a covey of quail to sell. In order to display the birds, he tied one end of a piece of string to the leg of each bird and the other …

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