Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

When We Interfere With God’s Plan

Today’s Truth

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:14 NIV).

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There are some parts of the story of Abraham and Sarah that just leave me biting my nails. I mean, Sarah, what were you thinking? Telling your husband to sleep with your maid? Really?

God had an incredible plan for Abraham and Sarah. While His plan was still accomplished despite Sarah’s scheming, her interference caused much heartache and strife. Many times we have a tendency to run ahead of God when we feel …

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Gwen Smith

Red Lipstick

Today’s Truth

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

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When my three children were young, it was a challenge to keep track of where they were at all times.  My husband and I baby proofed the house as best we could, used gates and did our best.  I’ll never forget the day that Preston and Kennedy were accounted for in the playroom, but Hunter had wandered off.  I called for him, but got no response.

Curious, …

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Mary Southerland

The Taste Berry

Today’s Truth

I will give thanks to Your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness, because Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your name (Psalm 138:2).

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Alexander Whyte, the Scottish preacher, always began every prayer with praise. One brutally cold Sunday, his people filed into the church, wondering what the preacher could possibly find to praise God for on such a miserable day. Alexander Whyte stood, bowed his head and prayed, “O Lord, we thank Thee that it is not always like this.”

Are there times when you don’t feel like praising God? Honestly, …

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Sharon Jaynes

Transforming a Painful Childhood into a Purposeful Adulthood

Today’s Truth

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to…bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:1,3, NIV).

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Last Monday, my Girlfriends in God devotion was about Queen Esther. But I’m not quite ready to leave this little orphan girl turned beautiful powerful queen just …

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Mary Southerland

The Sandpaper People Are Coming!

Today’s Truth

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).

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I sometimes think that the holiday season should somehow come with a warning label that reads, “The Sandpaper People are coming!” Holidays usher in many things – one of which is the opportunity to deal with the difficult people in our lives. The relative that irritated you last Thanksgiving may very well do the same exasperating things this year. The people waiting in line with …

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Sharon Jaynes

God Has Big Dreams for You

Today’s Truth

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV).

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I love the story of Esther in the Bible. She is definitely one of my girlfriends in God! I can’t wait to give her a big hug. Let’s think about her a moment today.

Can you imagine what young Esther, a girl without mother or father, would have thought if someone had come up to her at the market while gathering produce for her cousin and told her that she …

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Gwen Smith

What’s Your Ultimate?

Today’s Truth

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. (Psalm 57:2, ESV)

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My heart plays ping-pong. It shifts focus from one affection to another faster than you can say, “Squirrel!” I have never been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD – or any other condition with scary capitol letters – but I’ve surely been known to major on some minors in my day. Practically every day. I worry about things that don’t really matter… at least not eternally.

The other day started out great. In the wee hours of early, …

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Mary Southerland

I Can’t Wike It

Today’s Truth

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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I love being a grandmother. I absolutely adore our five grandchildren and work hard at finding any excuse to spend time with them. I am convinced that our grandkids keep me young and are some of my greatest teachers. Maybe that is because they are so “fresh” from Heaven and the presence of God. Whatever the reason, when I spend time with them, I …

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Sharon Jaynes

God Is Not in The Coincidence Business

Today’s Truth

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28, NIV).

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I’ve already mentioned this week how much I love the book of Ruth. Divine providence is behind every twist and turn in the story of Ruth—the famine that led the family to Moab, the marriages to Moabite women, the deaths of Elimelech and Naomi’s two sons, the lifting of the famine in Bethlehem, Naomi’s return to her homeland, Ruth’s gleaning in Boaz’s field, Boaz’s …

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Mary Southerland

Are You an Encourager?

Today’s Truth

Encourage them with great patience (2 Timothy 4:2, NCV).  

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Encouragement takes persistence. Persistence takes patience. Just because you have encouraged someone once does not mean that your role of encouragement in his or her life is over. They did not become discouraged overnight, and they will not often become re-encouraged overnight.

My husband Dan began making wooden furniture many years ago. My job was to stain and finish the pieces after he had completed them. I had never worked with wood or stain and did not know much about how to accomplish the task. …

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