Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

Raising Your Expectations

Today’s Truth

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10, NIV) 

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When I was in my early twenties, I did not have great expectations for what my marriage would be like, if I ever walked the aisle at all. My parents had a tumultuous relationship from my earliest remembrance. Cycles of heated arguments and physical violence followed by silence and passive aggression were as predictable as the seasons. The atmosphere in our home was tense. It was as if I lived on an earthquake fault line, never knowing …

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Gwen Smith

Yes and Amen!

Today’s Truth
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20, NIV). 

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When my son, Preston, was in sixth grade he chose to plant spinach for his science fair project. He planted seeds in four plastic cups and watered each batch with a fixed daily amount of four different liquids: water, orange juice, cola, and milk. (Yes, you are correct! By day three of his fourteen-day project, the milk cup reeked to high …

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Mary Southerland

Oh No! She’s Awake!

Today’s Truth 

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me’ (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV).

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For many years, I did everything I possibly could to hide or erase any weakness in my life. When that didn’t work, I simply pretended that those weak areas didn’t exist. Why? Because if I was weak, how could Jesus love me? How could anyone love me? How could I love myself?

When …

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Sharon Jaynes

How Much of Your Life Do You Want God to Change?

Today’s Truth

Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’; so they filled them to the brim (John 2:7, NIV).

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Shortly after Jesus was baptized, He attended a wedding reception in the town of Cana, in Galilee. Apparently Jesus felt very comfortable at such a party, and I imagine Him laughing, mingling, and having a good time with His friends. Near the end of the festivities, the servants let Mary in on a dilemma—they were out of wine. To run out of wine at a Jewish wedding celebration was an embarrassment and disgrace to the …

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Mary Southerland

I Need a Shepherd

Today’s Truth

He tends his flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young (Isaiah 40:11, NIV).

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Shepherds live with their sheep, finding places for them to eat and drink, providing shelter from the storms and protection from the heat. Sheep must eat the right amount of the right kinds of grass at the right times or they will die. If the sheep eat too little one day and too much the next day, some of the bacteria that live in …

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Sharon Jaynes

Can You Love Your Husband and Brad Pitt Too?

(If you are single, you’re not off the hook here. Keep reading.)

Today’s Truth

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23, NIV). 

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Sitting in a waiting room, I rummaged through stacks of magazines to pass the time. A magazine for families, I thought as I picked up a popular title. That ought to be safe. 

Thumbing through the pages, I went directly to the “Family Matters” column to see what the culture was teaching these days. The title? “Why You Can Love Your Husband and Brad …

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Gwen Smith

What to Expect When You’re NOT Expecting

Today’s Truth

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. (Isaiah 43:2a, NIV)

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I was not expecting to hear what I heard. “You have a polyp on your right vocal cord and a nodule on your left vocal cord. In addition to that, Mrs. Smith, your esophagus is yellow and inflamed because of acid reflux. I know you sing and speak professionally, so I’m placing you on mandatory vocal rest for 4-6 weeks. You cannot talk at all. You will also …

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Mary Southerland

I Don’t Want to Grow Up!

Today’s Truth

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does.  But when I grew up, I put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:11, NLT).

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I remember the first time I saw the movie, “Peter Pan.” I was a little girl, totally mesmerized by the character of Peter. I wanted to be just like him. After the movie was over, I immediately ran into my back yard and jumped out of a tree – trying to fly! Fortunately, nothing was broken, and I quickly decided I could be contented with being …

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Sharon Jaynes

I’d Be Happy If… Part 2

Today’s Truth

Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers [and sisters). Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:16-17, NIV).

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In my last GiG devotion, we looked at how God created Adam and Eve to live in a perfect world. But then in Genesis chapter 3, we read the daunting words, “Now the serpent…”

Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world. All their needs were cared for. They had perfect communion with God and each other. They were “naked …

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Mary Southerland

Run!

Today’s Truth

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

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At the close of the sermon, a church member came forward to speak with the pastor. He was very upset because of the sin in his life and his blatant disobedience to God. With tears streaming down his face, the repentant man took the pastor’s hand to confess that his life was full of sin, but what came out was, “My sin is full of life.” I can relate.

I don’t know about you, but my sin is definitely “full …

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