Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

A Fresh Brewed Faith

Today’s Truth

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:29-31, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Every morning I walk straight to the coffee pot and push the ON button. I’m a total coffee girl. I like a piping-hot, extra dark roast with half and half, and I struggle to function …

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Mary Southerland

The Lord is My Shepherd, Part 2

Today’s Truth

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely, goodness and love will follow me

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Sharon Jaynes

Man’s Best Friend

(In honor of Valentine’s Day, Sharon’s February devotions will focus on marriage.
If you are not married, these devotions will apply to you in other areas of your life. Keep reading!) 

Today’s Truth

The LORD God said, ‘It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’ (Genesis 2:18, NIV). 

Friend to Friend

For thirteen years, our family was blessed with a golden retriever named Ginger. We gave her to our son, Steven, for Christmas when he was five-years-old, and she still holds the blue ribbon as the best present ever. …

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Mary Southerland

The Lord is My Shepherd, Part 1

Today’s Truth

Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep he tends (Psalm 100:3, NCV).

Friend to Friend

Shepherding was one of the oldest callings in Israel, even before farming. Shepherds traveled from place to place, living in tents while driving their flocks from one pasture to another. The sheep and their shepherd lived together every minute of every day. In fact, they were so intimately bound together that individual sheep, even when mixed with other flocks, could recognize the voice of their own shepherd and would come …

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Sharon Jaynes

Words Can Captivate Your Man

(In honor of Valentine’s Day, Sharon’s February devotions will focus on marriage. If you are not married, these devotions will apply to you in other areas of your life. Keep reading!)

Today’s Truth

A good wife is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds (Proverbs 31:10, The Message).

Friend to Friend

OK, today is a devo for our married GiGs, but you single gals are not off the hook. Words are so powerful. We can use them to build people up or tear people down, to encourage or discourage, to speak life or to speak death. If you …

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Mary Southerland

Getting Good at Being You

Today’s Truth

Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you (Jeremiah 1:5, NCV).

Friend to Friend

Beginnings are very important. In fact, the place of origin has much to do with the quality of the journey as well as the final destination. My journey – like yours – began in the heart and mind of God. Before I took even one breath, God wanted, loved and planned me. That same truth applies to you, my friend. You are no accident. You and I were created in response to the love of God and according to His plans. …

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Mary Southerland

Fresh Hope, Part 2

Today’s Truth

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God (Psalm 40:1-3, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Hard times will come and the darkness will find each one of us. At some point in life, we all will face some kind of pit. It may be a pit that we have dug with our own hands of wrong …

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Sharon Jaynes

Then Neither Do I Condemn You

Today’s Truth

‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin’ (John 8:11 NIV). 

Friend to Friend

Remember the story of the woman caught in adultery recorded in John 8:1-11? If you aren’t familiar with it, stop right now and read it for yourself. The Pharisees had brought this half-dressed woman to Jesus right in the middle of his teaching and tried to snare him in a trap. Should she be stoned or set free?

As this woman listened to the Pharisees question Jesus, she understood his dilemma. If he set her …

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Mary Southerland

Fresh Hope, Part 1

Today’s Truth

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God (Psalm 40:1-3).      

Friend to Friend

I had almost forgotten what it felt like to wake up at the bottom of that deep, ugly pit called clinical depression. The darkness has been an all too familiar companion for most of my life. Over the years, …

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Sharon Jaynes

When The Soul Bleeds

Today‘s Truth

Do you want to get well? (John 5:6b NIV).

Friend to Friend

I just can’t leave this woman with the issue of blood quite yet. My last two devotions have been about her, but let’s visit her one more time. She deserves it, don’t you think?

When we read the story of Jesus healing the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years, it is hard for us twenty-first-century women to imagine such a condition lasting for so long. Medical science has progressed far beyond the rudimentary knowledge of Jesus’ day. It is simply unthinkable today.

But I …

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