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Gwen Smith

Ashes to Beauty

Today’s Truth

For I know that my Redeemer lives. (Job 19:25a)

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God’s redemptive grace can restore any life.

In the beginning, at the very moment that rebellion collided with perfection and invaded the hearts of humanity, God set in motion a plan of redemption. His plan was Jesus, His only Son, who came to redeem us, to save us, to wash us clean from sin. He is an awesome Redeemer, One who gives beauty for ashes, comfort for mourning, and freedom to the shackled. A Savior who imputes His righteousness to the wretched, shines light in the …

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Mary Southerland

Weeds and Worry

Today’s Truth

Always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20, NCV).

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When we lived in South Florida, the grass in our yard grew year round. We learned over the years that the best way to deal with weeds was simply to take care of the grass. When grass is healthy, weeds have no space to grow.

When our hearts and lives are filled with praise and thanksgiving, worry is a weed that will die from lack of attention. Why? Because praise acknowledges the very character of …

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Mary Southerland

God’s Power Follows Your Obedience

Today’s Truth

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him (1 Corinthians 1:27-29, NIV).

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If God said, “I’m looking for a woman to help accomplish My plans and fulfill My purposes,” would you feel qualified? Not many of us would raise our hands shouting, “Pick me, pick me!”

But here’s …

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Mary Southerland

Living in Forgiveness Gear

Today’s Truth

Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ (Ephesians 4:32, NCV).

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A little boy went to see the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. When he arrived, he pointed up at the monument and announced to the guard on duty, “I want to buy it.” The guard asked, “How much do you have?”

The boy reached into his pocket and pulled out a quarter. The guard said, “That is not enough.” The little boy replied, “I thought that you would say that,” and pulled out nine more …

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Sharon Jaynes

Ingratitude is Contagious… Don’t Be A Carrier

Today’s Truth

When the Lord heard your complaining, he became very angry. So he solemnly swore, ‘Not one of you from this wicked generation will live to see the good land I swore to give your ancestors, except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see this land because he has followed the Lord completely. I will give to him and his descendants some of the very land he explored during his scouting mission’ (Deuteronomy 1:35-36, New Living Translation).

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Ingratitude laced with grumbling, complaining, and murmuring is an easy trap to fall into. …

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Friday Friend

God Sees You

Today’s Truth

She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me” (Genesis 16:13).

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Sometimes I feel invisible. Oh, it’s not that people don’t see me. They do. My girls see their mom. My husband sees his wife. My friends see someone they can have fun with and rely on. My Bible study sees its leader. My blog readers see a writer.

But sometimes I feel like no one sees me, the person underneath all those different …

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Mary Southerland

Everything Will Be Okay

Today’s Truth

“When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2, NLT).

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I am an avid reader. In fact, reading is one of my favorite ways to escape the chaotic pace of daily life. I also enjoy browsing through bookstores, especially the ones that provide cushy chairs where customers can sit quietly and read without being disturbed.

It is …

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Gwen Smith

Chasing Beauty

Today’s Truth
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Proverbs 31:30).

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From the time I was a young girl I wanted to be beautiful. In the fifth grade, I resorted to desperate measures in a very “eleven-year-old, clueless-adolescent” kind of way. I distinctly remember some bright blue eye shadow being involved. I can even picture in my mind what said unauthorized makeup looked like in its case – like a pallet that would normally hold watercolor paint. Five fabulous, or not so fabulous, color options ranging …

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Mary Southerland

Stop! Drop! Roll!!

Today’s Truth

Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52).

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A friend recently sent me the following message in an email with a subject line that said, “I immediately thought of you when I read this!”

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body. But rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, “Wow, what a ride!”

As I read the words on the computer screen, I wasn’t sure if I …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Answers You Need to Know

Today’s Truth

In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1, NIV).

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Who are you?

Where did you come from?

Why are you here?

These are three very important questions to which you need to know the answer to.

When I was writing my chapter for our new GiG book, Knowing God by Name, I discovered that the very first name for God in the Bible is Elohim, and it is found in the very first sentence of God’s Word.  “In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heavens and the earth” …

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