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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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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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