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Mary Southerland

Choose to Forgive

Today’s Truth

Love keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5, NIV).

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Sometimes the hardest thing to say is “I’m sorry,” to admit that we have hurt someone. The only thing that can be harder is to forgive those who have hurt us.

The story is told of a father and his teenage son who lived in Spain. Over the years, their relationship became strained. The list of hurts grew so long that the son ran away from home. The father searched for him, but after months of failure, the father made one last desperate effort by …

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Sharon Jaynes

Put a Lid On It

Today’s Truth

“… tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark,” (James 3:5 NIV)

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From the time I could hold a crayon in my chubby little hand, I’ve enjoyed creating various works of art. For my family and friends, my annual endeavors usually found their way under the Christmas tree and into their hands. One year it was macramé hanging plant holders, woven with wooden beads. Another, it was a menagerie of decoupage wooden boxes. Then there were the …

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Mary Southerland

On Our Way Home

Today’s Truth          

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4-7).                                               

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Have you noticed how hard “re-entry” is?…

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Gwen Smith

Learning to Breathe

Today’s Truth
Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness. (1 Timothy 4:7b, NASB)

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Before our first child was born, my husband and I took a series of classes to prepare us for childbirth. I vividly remember being told by my Lamaze instructor that while in labor, I would need to breathe through each contraction. She would give us instructions like: “Breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth” and “When you inhale, allow your belly to expand first, then your chest.” She told us that the way we breathe would affect the way we would experience …

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Sharon Jaynes

How Are Your Knee Jerk Reactions

Today’s Truth

“…train yourself to be godly,” (1Timothy 4:7 NIV).

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It was hot. The traffic was heavy. I was young and distracted.

I was driving alone in the flow of vacationer traffic traveling to and from the North Carolina coast. I was in the group headed for home. The July traffic was bumper-to-bumper, with everyone going faster than the posted speed limit. I had other things on my mind besides maneuvering in traffic and was paying little attention to the cars around me. (OK, inside scoop. My boyfriend and I had just broken up. Crying my twenty-year-old …

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Mary Southerland

In His Steps

Today’s Truth

Be careful what you do, and always do what is right (Proverbs 4:26, NCV).

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When Dan and I first married, I knew almost nothing about football. In fact, I would often ask, “Honey, who has the ball now?” He was so patient, answering every question without bursting into laughter. Dan’s favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys and his favorite player was Emmitt Smith, their star running back at the time.

During one particular game, Emmitt was playing on grass instead of the artificial turf he preferred. The grass was wet, and Emmett was not playing …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Danger of Pointing Fingers

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? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3-4 NIV).

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I couldn’t believe it. The announcement of one of the most important days of my life…my dream come true…and there was a misprint! A horrible misprint. My husband and I were married in a small eastern North Carolina town on …

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Mary Southerland

He Took My Place

Today’s Truth

Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever (Psalm 106:1, NIV).

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It seems like so many people are in pain, facing trials that seem impossible to handle. I hear from them every day.

The biopsy was malignant. A woman discovers that her husband is having an affair. Lonely but committed soldiers covered in the dust of battle patrol foreign borders, fighting for our freedom while their families back home long for word of their safety. The homeless make their way to the nearest soup kitchen, hoping for …

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Sharon Jaynes

Potluck Heaven

Today’s Truth

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus,” (Galatians 3:28 NIV).

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I recall as a young child time spent rocking on my grandma’s front porch and listening to the ladies from the missions society gossip about the heathens whose church was across the street from theirs. It always puzzled me because the heathens seemed like such nice people and their church looked just like Grandma’s. As far as I could tell, there was no difference. Both believed in Jesus, wore funny hats on …

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Mary Southerland

No Time For Rest

Today’s Truth

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul… (Psalm 23:1-3, NIV)

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For most of my adult life, I have wrongly equated being busy with being productive. I am guilty as charged when it comes to living each day in overdrive. My Day Timer has, at times, been my Bible. The result has always, always been exhaustion, burnout and watered down living. Everything looked great on the outside, but when I was alone, just God …

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