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Gwen Smith

Springs of Living Water

Today’s Truth
‘Even now,’ declares the LORD, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love…’ (Joel 2:12-13)

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Jeremiah was just a youngster when he came to know God and began to work for Him as a prophet. He endured year after year of hard times, frustrating people and complicated disappointments. His message was one that called the people of Jerusalem – God’s chosen people – to turn …

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Mary Southerland

Resource Inventory

Today’s Truth

The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want (Psalm 23:1, NIV).

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When it comes to the resources that we need for life, this promise from the 23rd Psalm is staggeringly important to remember, because it holds the promise of contentment in our lives. The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want. Wow!

A famous actor was once the guest of honor at a social gathering where he was asked to recite favorite excerpts from various literary works. An old preacher who happened to be there asked the actor to recite the twenty-third …

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Sharon Jaynes

Do You Have Any Idols in Your Life?

Today’s Truth

For he is the living God and he endures forever, (Daniel 6:26, NIV). 

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In our new book, Knowing God by Name, I loved learning about the various names of God. One that tugged at my heart was the name El Chay. Let’s delve into God’s word and learn about this name today.

King Hezekiah introduces us to the name, El Chay in 2 Kings 19. One day he received a bad piece of mail. You know the kind. The biopsy is positive. The power bill is past due. The application is denied. The …

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Mary Southerland

When You Praise Him

Today’s Truth

Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Cast up a highway for Him who rides through the deserts; whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him (Psalm 68:4).

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I love the story of the woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today. She did and she had a wonderful day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. …

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Sharon Jaynes

How Much Is Enough?

Today’s Truth

And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.” (2 Kings 19:15-16, NIV)

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Howard was rich…very rich. His father made a fortune by designing a drill bit that could drill through hard rock, allowing oil drillers to reach large …

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Gwen Smith

Practice Makes Progress

Today’s Truth
In the night, LORD, I remember your name, that I may keep your law. This has been my practice: I obey your precepts. You are my portion, LORD; I have promised to obey your words. (Psalm 119:55-57)

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I’m a sporty girl – always have been. I love to power walk and keep fit. I grew up playing lots of different athletic games – from basketball to softball – but volleyball has always been my sport of choice. I just love the game. I love the quick pace, the strength and agility demands, and the team component …

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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 been …

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Sharon Jaynes

Setting Priorities, Part 3

Today’s Truth

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed, (Mark 1:35, NIV).

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I’ve been pondering my priorities this month, so I thought I’d stop and make some very practical applications. (If you missed parts one and two, please visit our archives at www.girlfriendsinGod.com). These are things that God and I had a pow-wow about over 15 years ago, and He’s asking me to think about them again.

Dr. Kevin Leman, in his book, Bonders, noted, “Getting …

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Mary Southerland

Touching the Untouchables

Today’s Truth

Go to the lost, confused people … touch the untouchables. You have been treated generously, so live generously (Matthew 10:5, The Message).

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The heat was brutal. My back was killing me. I was exhausted from a nearly sleepless night, and I had a pounding headache. Every muscle rebelled against the long flights and relentless van rides it had taken to arrive at this rural village in India. I longed for a relaxing, hot bath, but what I had was a bucket of cold water and a plastic cup with which to bathe.

My outer appearance …

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Sharon Jaynes

Establishing Boundaries – Setting Priorities, Part 2

Today’s Truth

 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33, ESV).

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In my last GiG devotion, I invited you to sit by the seven pools at Wiamoku Falls in Maui. I mentioned that the seven waterfalls reminded me of my priorities and how I need to start at the top with my relationship with God for all the other areas to flow properly.

When I start at the top and allow God to fill me to the brim, His love …

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