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Mary Southerland

He Has Risen!

Today’s Truth

He is not here; he has risen! (Luke 24:6, NIV). 

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The boys and girls in Mrs. Stephens’ fourth grade Sunday school class entered the room and quickly found their seats. The girls were dressed in frills and lace and chatting excitedly about the candy-filled baskets they had received that morning. The boys pulled at the unfamiliar ties around their necks and quickly discarded the sports coats they had obviously been forced to wear. The room was filled with excitement – for good reason. It was Easter Sunday.

Mrs. Stephens wanted to help her students …

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Sharon Jaynes

When You Mess Up Big Time

Today’s Truth

Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers (Luke 22:31, NIV emphasis added).

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I’m so glad Jesus picked Peter to be one of His disciples. Time and time again we see him with his foot in his mouth, his pride in his pocket, and his temper on his sleeve. Satan knew Peter was going to have a big impact on the church at large, and he tried many times to get …

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Mary Southerland

Take This Job and Love It!

Today’s Truth

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16, NIV).

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We all want to be successful in our work. Your office may be downtown or just inside your front door. Your work clothes may be an elegant suit or ragged jeans and a stained t-shirt. You may be paid in cash or with crayon drawings and sticky kisses. It doesn’t really matter because none of these things alone makes us successful in the work place.

Many people never …

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Sharon Jaynes

When Hope is Walking Right Beside You, Don’t Miss It

Today’s Truth

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20, NIV).  

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Have you ever faced a tough circumstance and wondered, God, where are You? That was the situation with many of Jesus’ followers after He was crucified and buried. Their hopes and dreams were sealed in the darkened tomb, and they didn’t know where to turn.

The same day that Peter and John discovered the empty tomb, two other the disciples were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. While discussing the tragic …

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Gwen Smith

An Uncluttered Woman

Today’s Truth
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33, NIV)

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When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was to twirl in the grass. With arms out stretched, I’d spin around and around until I was silly-dizzy, and then fall to the ground with a giggly heart. It was thrilling, invigorating and a fun and simple way to spend a lazy summer day in the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Now that I’m older, I can’t handle spinning …

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Sharon Jaynes

Your Scars are Beautiful to God

Today’s Truth

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story (Psalm 107:2, TNIV). 

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I have several scars on my body. One in the middle of my forehead I acquired during a rock fight when I was eight-years-old, one is on my lip when I fell on a nail after disobeying my mother and crossing a busy street to see a friend.  And another is on my shin after disobeying once again and shaving my legs when I was twelve.

But some scars on my body aren’t so humorous. For example, there are two crescent- shaped …

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Mary Southerland

He Is Waiting For You

Today’s Truth

Now as they went on their way, He entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home (Luke 10:38, NIV). 

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Balance always requires a fierce and ruthless examination of priorities. Our true priorities are not mere lists of activities completed or goals set, but candid reflections of our heart desires.  What we deem important receives the most time, energy, attention and resources. The importance of right and balanced priorities is illustrated by the life of Martha.

Jesus knew that He was always welcome in the home of Martha. Scripture …

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Sharon Jaynes

Jesus’ Scars

Today’s Truth 

After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord (John 20:20, NIV).

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It was just a few days after Easter, and I was reading about the resurrection of Jesus in the Gospel of John chapter twenty. I had read the story many times prior, but this time God opened my eyes to see something I had never noticed before.

In my mind’s eye, I saw the pre-morning mist hovering over the garden surrounding the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid three days earlier. …

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Mary Southerland

A Shameless Audacity

Today’s Truth

Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever (Psalm 136:2, NIV). 

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I often settle for so much less than God’s very best for my life. I tend to invest time in good things and miss the highest things God has planned for me.

You may have heard the story of the man who died and went to Heaven. He was met at the Pearly Gates by Saint Peter who welcomed the man and then said, “Let’s take a look around Heaven and then I will show you to your new home.” …

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Gwen Smith

Living The Dream

Today’s Truth

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV) 

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As I walked into the pink and purple bedroom to tuck in my little rosebud, she sat up in bed and began braiding her hair. She had been waiting for me. News was bubbling in her heart that she simply had to share.

Through twists of hair, she began, “Mom! I know what I want to be when I grow up!”

“Well, tell me, Kennedy!” …

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