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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).

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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). 

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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).      

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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).

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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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Gwen Smith

Releasing Secrets, Restoring Hope

Today’s Truth

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. (Psalm 34:5, NIV)

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For years my abortion story went untold. It was a secret held tightly by a locked heart – my worst nightmare and darkest memory. Not something I wanted to talk about. Certainly not a story that I thought could be used for good.

Conversationally, it was unapproachable… simply impossible to discuss. On the rare occasion when I allowed my mind to go there, I wished I had a different story: one of life, not death – of …

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Mary Southerland

That “Little” Sin

Today’s Truth

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3, NIV).

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My husband, Dan, was a church pastor in South Florida for several years. One of our favorite traditions at that church was the Thanksgiving Day breakfast. Even our kids got in on the action. We woke while it was still dark and headed to the church to help dozens of volunteers mix and cook mountains of pancakes, stacks of bacon, and, as they say in the south, a …

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Sharon Jaynes

God Has Not Forgotten You

Today’s Truth

He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering’ (Mark 5:34, NIV).

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Oh how I love the story of Jesus healing the woman with the issue of blood recorded in Mark 5:21-34. In my last devotion, we looked at the overall story. Today, let’s take a closer look.

I can so relate to this woman. What woman among us hasn’t felt the wretchedness of rejection, the shame of suffering, and the humility of hopelessness? What woman hasn’t wondered, Would God care about the likes of

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Mary Southerland

Do Wrinkles Make You Die?

Today’s Truth

My dear brothers and sisters take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19, NIV).

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It had been a very long and extremely hard day. My husband’s grandmother had died, and we had just returned from her funeral. Trying to establish a sense of normality for our two young children, I unpacked suitcases, started the laundry, and spent some time playing with Jered and Danna. After a dinner during which Dan and I tried to lighten the atmosphere with silly bantering, we got the …

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Sharon Jaynes

Reach For Your Healing

Today’s Truth

Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering (Mark 5:34, NIV).

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“Gone. All gone.”

For twelve long years, she had been bleeding. Over 4,380 days. Lydia had gone from doctor to doctor to try and stop the flow, but as the years progressed she only worsened. Each day was a reminder of the emptiness she felt as her very life ebbed from her body.

“I’ve lost my family, my friends, my energy and now all my money. My very womanhood, the ability to conceive and suckle a child …

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Gwen Smith

Be My Portion, Part 2

Today’s Truth

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him” (Lamentations 3:24, ESV).

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I sometimes run to God as if He’s a celestial Wal-Mart purposed to satisfy my every want. Change my family. Fix my job problem, God. Do it my way! Instead of leaning in to hear the whispered will of the Lord, I selfishly shout my will, my desires and my demands. Lord, give me relief from life-pressures instead of giving me strength to endure them. When I’m desperate to fill my mega-sized heart-cart with things that I …

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