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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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Gwen Smith

The Wrestling Match

Today’s Truth

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:10-12, NIV).

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It was the end of the school year.  The sun was blazing in the sweltering high 80s with not a hint of shade to be found on the treeless …

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Mary Southerland

Standing Firm in the Storms, Part 2

Today’s Truth

We have proved ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, our sincere love, and the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 6:6, NLT).

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It would be just fine with me if I never had to go through another storm. However, God is more committed to my character than He is to my comfort. Every storm is an opportunity to grow in Christ and trust Him more.

The Apostle Paul was well acquainted with vicious storms and harsh realities. In his writings to the church at Corinth Paul offers five truths that …

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Sharon Jaynes

No Battle Too Hard for God

Today’s Truth
 Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner [Yahweh Nissi] (Exodus 17:15, NIV).

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I’m going to be honest with you. If there was an Olympic event for feelings of insecurity, inferiority, and inadequacy, at some point my picture would have been on the Corn Flakes cereal box…the gold medal winner.

Now, you probably think I’m going to tell you, “But then I became a Christian and all that insecurity just went away!” But it didn’t. I did become a Christian when I was fourteen. That part …

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Mary Southerland

Standing Firm in the Storms of Life, Part 1

Today’s Truth

We have proved ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, our sincere love, and the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 6:6, NLT).

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Just as storms in life are certain, so is the provision of God. Life can be messy, and bad things will happen.  But every crisis and every storm is also an opportunity to trust God. He calls us to a heavenly perspective when facing challenging times. He calls us to see the storms of life as He sees them – opportunities for His power to be illustrated in …

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