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Gwen Smith

Counting the Ways of Love

Today’s Truth

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. (Psalm 63:2-3)

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Several years ago I experienced a memorable God-moment when my flight had been delayed. On that particular warm June morning, I had gotten to the Philadelphia airport crazy-early and was eager to get home to my young family after a beautiful weekend of ministry. No lie – when I saw that my flight was delayed, I was bummed. My initial disappointment, however, quickly dissolved into gratefulness, as …

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Mary Southerland

Mary Had a Little Lamb

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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As a little girl, I really did have a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow. I can remember the day my mother showed me the lamb and explained that she did not have a bottle with which to feed the stray lamb. I did. I agreed to let the lamb have my bottle if I could have the lamb. I have …

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Sharon Jaynes

Cease Striving

Today’s Truth

Quiet! Be still! (Mark 4:39, NIV)

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One January morning, I asked God, “What do You really want from me?”

I had just finished a big writing project and was ready to tackle the next big thing for God. I snuggled in my favorite den chair with a steamy cup of coffee and my well-worn Bible to spend some alone time with my Heavenly Father. I read a few verses and said my prayer. Check. Check. When I started to get up, I felt God’s invisible strong hand holding me back. He wasn’t finished. Be still

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Mary Southerland

Time to Let Go

Today’s Truth

There is no God like you. You forgive those who are guilty of sin; you don’t look at the sins of your people who are left alive. You will not stay angry forever, because you enjoy being kind. You will have mercy on us again; you will conquer our sins. You will throw away all our sins into the deepest part of the sea. (Micah 7:18-19, NCV)

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A little boy and his mom went shopping at the mall. The little boy acted very badly, whining, wanting everything he saw, and running away from his …

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Sharon Jaynes

Look For Moments of Sudden Glory

Today’s Truth

Blessed are your eyes because they see, Jesus said, and your ears because they hear. (Matthew 13:16, NIV) 

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Can you remember a time when you sensed God’s presence and you were absolutely sure it was Him? Perhaps it was when you first believed, or maybe it happened just yesterday. You may have felt an overwhelming sense of His love, received an answer to prayer, felt an inexplicable peace, or witnessed a miracle. But when it happened…oh, when it happened…you knew you had encountered the divine. The moment came and went, and you were awestruck. …

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Gwen Smith

Add Life to Your Years

Today’s Truth

In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. (John 1:4, NIV84)

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One difficult morning seven years ago, I wanted to hurl my screaming alarm clock into an abyss. The warmth of my covers and the safety of sleep beckoned my heart to stay, linger and forget what lay ahead of me that day. On that afternoon, I would sing for the funeral of a precious 18 year-old family friend who had died in a tragic car accident.

Her name was Macie. She was a girl who lived life to enjoy life. …

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Mary Southerland

The Power of One Broken Seed

Today’s Truth

The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise (Psalm 51:17, NLT). 

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I am famous for my “brown thumb.” Even though we have moved several times over the years, changing climates, states, neighborhoods and soil conditions, nothing has altered the fact that if I touch any living plant, its chances for survival are slim. My husband has fared no better in his numerous attempts to plant trees and flowers. I fear that the “brown thumb” disease is contagious. There is more. I see undeniable …

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Sharon Jaynes

When You Feel Far From God

Today’s Truth

Jesus said: On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (John 14:20, NIV)

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Do you ever feel far away from God, or that He is far away from you? If you’re like most people, then I bet the answer is yes. So let’s take a look at those “feelings.”

You are a triune being with a body, soul, and spirit. Within your soul you have a mind, will, and emotions. That’s where those “feelings come from.” And if you are like …

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Mary Southerland

Patience Pays Off

Today’s Truth

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:13, NIV)

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Patience is not one of my greatest strengths. In fact, I tend to live each day with a schedule in mind – an agenda by which to live that day and several goals I need to meet before the day’s end.

God does have a sense of humor.

I can’t tell you how many times my schedule falls apart, the agenda …

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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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