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Gwen Smith

Be My Portion, Part 1

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 am a lot of things, but low maintenance is not necessarily one of them. Straight up, I am a girl with some constant cravings. Though I do try to savor life moments with gratitude, I fail all the time. Many days, I find myself looking beyond my now to my next, longing in discontent. I seek God’s blessings instead of seeking God. I seek His hand instead of His heart. This frazzles my peace and messes …

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Mary Southerland

Coming Out of the Dark

Today’s Truth

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1, NIV).

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Patience is not my greatest virtue. I do not like to wait – for anyone or anything – which is precisely why you should never get in line behind me at the grocery store. It doesn’t matter if there are two people or ten people in front of me, my line will invariably be the slowest line. I do not like to wait on God either … but was forced to do so when I found myself sitting …

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Mary Southerland

Escaping The Pit of Depression

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. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord (Psalm 40:1-3, NIV).

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It was the spring of 1995, and I was empty. My energy was gone. I was exhausted in every way, but honestly, …

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Sharon Jaynes

God’s Looking for a Gap Girl

Today’s Truth

God said, ‘I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none,’ (Ezekiel 22:30, NIV).

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“Well, I guess the only thing left to do is pray about it.”

How many times have I heard those words? How many times have they slipped past my lips? But what if we looked at prayer from a different perspective…God’s perspective? What if we viewed prayer as our first course of action …

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Gwen Smith

Climbing to High Places

Today’s Truth

How Awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth.” (Psalm 47:2)

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My husband, Brad, and I celebrated 20 years of marriage last summer by taking a trip to several cities, far away. We planned our days and painstakingly plotted touring strategies in order to see the sites, view the views, eat the foods, experience the local charms and soak in the unfamiliar cultures as best we could. Each city boasted different personalities and attractions, but one thing was consistent about our approach in every location: we climbed to high places.…

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Mary Southerland

Go For the Gold, Part 2

Today’s Truth

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV). 

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Someone once said that if God showed us every detail of our lives – all at one time – we would sit down and refuse to face another day. We were not created to be omniscient like God. He reveals our future to us in portions we can digest – like loving parents feeding their child the only type and …

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Sharon Jaynes

A Warrior in Cute Shoes

Today’s Truth

The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’ (Genesis 2:18, NIV).

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“In the beginning…”

Those three little words are pregnant with anticipation, and God does not disappoint. Genesis 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God said, “Let there be,” and there was.

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:6). God decorated the sky with the sun, moon, and stars, separated …

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Mary Southerland

Go For the Gold

Today’s Truth

Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace (2 Corinthians 1:12). 

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I look forward to watching the Winter Olympics, and am always amazed by the amount of training the athletes are willing to invest in order to win a gold, silver, or bronze medal. If Christians were willing to make the same kind of investment in running the race of life, …

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Sharon Jaynes

Prayer Changes Everything

Today’s Truth

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16b, NIV).

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Prayer…it changes everything.

If you’ve been married for more than a few days, then you have most likely figured out that the blessed union doesn’t stay so blessed without a lot of work. If you’re not married, you’ve no doubt seen the difference prayer can make in any number of relationships.

I dare say, the most important “work” we can do as wives, mothers, friends or coworkers is on our knees. The psalmist wrote, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders …

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Gwen Smith

Life is a Tug of War

Today’s Truth

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. (Hebrews 6:19a, NLT)

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I grew up in a small town in a big family just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. When I was a little girl, one of the highlights of every summer was going to our family reunion at White Oak Park. Now, some people dread family reunions, but as a kid – I loved them – and here’s why: we had some really fun games…and I love to play games!

My brothers and my sisters and my cousins (and my second cousins) played …

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