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Gwen Smith

Put Your Faith Where Your Action Is!

Today’s Truth 
Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:17, NIV).

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I remember a time, back in 1993, when I was swept up in the whimsical world of wedding planning. Every detail mattered. I was excited to be marrying Brad Smith and I wanted our wedding day to be a magical springboard to a life filled with amazing adventures and deep years of God-centered love. From the cake choices – to the dress choices – to the music choices – to the guest list choices – to the bridal registry …

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Mary Southerland

Being a Mom that Matters Part 2

Today’s truth

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him (Psalm 127:3, NLT).

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So much of who we are as men and women is rooted in the parent/child relationship. I believe that my role as a mother will greatly affect the kind of woman my daughter will become. I also believe moms are the primary teachers in a child’s life. God wants us to be moms who love Him, pray for their children, and give them time. He also wants us to encourage our children.

 When we encourage our children, we are …

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Sharon Jaynes

Hats Off to Moms!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Sharon will have several devotions devoted to moms!

 Today’s Truth

Her children arise and call her blessed… (Proverbs 31:28, NIV).

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Along the coast of North Carolina there are seven stately lighthouses that stand as sentinels on our rugged shoreline. A mother whose children rise up and call her blessed is much like those stately lighthouses. She has a solid foundation in Jesus Christ. Her walls of faith are constructed to withstand the storms of life, and her primary function is to house the light of Christ. This mother is an immovable …

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Mary Southerland

Being a Mom that Matters Part One

Today’s Truth

Train children how to live right, and when they are old, they will not change (Proverbs 22:6, NCV).

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The world often denies the importance of being a mom. I am not an expert. I simply want to be a successful mom. Well, actually, my credentials are impressive. I am the mother of two beautiful, brilliant children. I want to be the mom they need and deserve, and the good news is that God wants the same thing. Being a parent is a holy calling from God, and God never calls us to do a job …

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Sharon Jaynes

How a Mom is Like a Lighthouse

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Sharon will have several devotions devoted to moms! If you’re not a mom, please pray for one who is!

 Today’s Truth

She watches over the affairs of her household… (Proverbs 31:27, NIV).

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I have always seen a mother as a lighthouse, or beacon in a child’s life. She is a landmark that her children can always count on. She shines the light of Christ at night and she serves as a landmark by day. She is watching out over the sea of faces to protect her tiny fleet. Like the Proverbs …

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Gwen Smith

Are Happy Endings Really Possible?

Today’s Truth
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him (Psalm 32:2, NIV).

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I love a good story. I love stories filled with drama, mystery, action, honesty, hope, grit, tension, release, passion, restoration, and redemption. My favorite stories, however, combine many of these elements and finish with a happy-ending. My heart beats big for happy-ending stories.

There have been days in my life that have been heavy on the tension and light on the release. Moments when I’ve felt deep pain and longed for deep peace. Weeks when hope evaded my heart …

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Sharon Jaynes

You Are Writing a Gospel

Today’s Truth

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us (2 Corinthians 5:20, NIV).

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Charles Swindoll tells the story of four scholars who were arguing over Bible translations. One said he preferred the King James Version because of its eloquent old English, another preferred the American Standard because of its literalism, and a third preferred the way the Moffatt translation captured the reader’s attention.

After giving the issue considerable thought, the fourth scholar admitted, “I have personally preferred my mother’s translation.” The others scholars chuckled, but as he explained, “Yes, she …

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Mary Southerland

Thriving or Surviving?

Today’s Truth

God will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy (Job 8:21, NCV).

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One Saturday morning a little boy and his father took a long awaited trip to the local pet store in search of a new puppy. The dad had been promising the trip for weeks, and the day had finally come. The little boy had read several books about dogs, surveying the pets of his friends, asking countless questions, and waiting for this day, ready to make his choice.

When father and son walked into the pet …

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Gwen Smith

Stark Contrast

Today’s Truth

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.  My brothers, this should not be (James 3:9-10, NIV).

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It has been a long winter this year and I’m really looking forward to summer. I like it nice and warm, but at times the summer heat can be unbearable – even for a sunshine girl.  North Carolina is by no means a place of cool summers.  To the contrary, we Tar Heel residents …

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Mary Southerland

Failure is Not Final

Today’s Truth

At least there is hope for a tree. If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail (Job 14:7, NIV).

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I have never met a single person whose goal in life was to fail, but failure is a reality of life. The key to success is not avoiding failure; it is learning how to handle failure.

Beethoven’s music teacher once told him that he was a hopeless composer.

  • Abraham Lincoln campaigned for a seat in the Illinois General Assembly and failed. He then opened a general store

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