Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

Giving and Gaining

Today’s Truth
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25, NIV)

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I pretty much consider myself to have a black thumb. Charcoal, even. I like plants and genuinely try to keep plants healthy and thriving in my home, but fail at it a lot more than I succeed. Seriously. Black thumb. So when my girlfriend brought me a baby aloe plant, my heart was torn between girlfriend-gratitude and feelings of sorrow for the innocent little aloe.

A few weeks after she gave me the plant gift, my friend told me …

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Mary Southerland

I Feel Your Pain

Today’s Truth

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV).

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It was Easter Sunday, and I was sitting in the sanctuary waiting for the worship service to begin. Anticipating a large crowd, I arrived early to drop Jered off in the nursery, one of his favorite places to go since every nursery worker doted …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Glory Ache

Today’s Truth

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full, (John 10:10 NIV).

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Most of us come to Christ with a certain “inloveness”—a stirring of emotion mixed with an inexplicable knowing that we’ve discovered our reason for being. But some years into our spiritual journey, the wonder that swelled during the early years ebbs into routine religion laced with busyness. And we secretly question the point of it all. There has to be more than this, we muse. There has to be something more. What am I missing? What’s wrong

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Mary Southerland

Do It Now!

Today’s Truth

To one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him, it is sin (James 4:17, NASB).

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Procrastination is one of the greatest sources of stress in life. I once heard a preacher tell the old story of three demons who were arguing over the best way to destroy the Christian movement. The first demon had it all figured out. “Let’s tell all the Christians that there is no heaven. If we take away the reward incentive, their movement will collapse,” he said. The second demon responded with, “No, I …

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Sharon Jaynes

Be Still and Know

Today’s Truth

In him we live and move and have our being, (Acts 17:28 NIV).

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The kids are back in school, the traffic has gone back to normal, and routine is setting in. Yes, it is fall! So I want you to settle down with me and a steamy cup of coffee. Go ahead and get it. I’ll wait….

Now that you’re back, here’s today’s devotion:.

I pressed the send button on my latest manuscript, What God Really Thinks About Women. For twelve months I had spent night and day with Jesus and the women …

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Friday Friend

Take Your Need to God

Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Today’s Truth

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

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Prayer is neither complicated nor difficult. It is so simple that any child of God can lay hold of all God’s power and provision through His designated strategy we call prayer.

Decades ago God began to redefine prayer for me. I came to understand it as a continual interaction between the spiritual realm and the material realm. An unceasing flow from His heart to mine. I quit thinking about how to say prayers, and began to live a praying

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Sharon Jaynes

I’m Not _______ Enough!

Today’s Truth

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16).

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I’m not _____________ enough. You can fill that blank in with “smart,” “ talented,”  “gifted,” “spiritual,” or any number of positive attributes. But the root source of each one of those lies is “I’m not good enough.”  It is one of the enemy’s favorite weapons and he uses it to keep God’s children in bondage to feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy. The bottom line is, the enemy wants you to believe that you are “not …

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Mary Southerland

What’s In A Name?

Today’s Truth

The God who made you is like your husband. His name is the LORD All-Powerful (Isaiah 54:5, NCV).

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When Dan and I were first married, I really struggled with what to call his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Southerland seemed too formal, but Jerry and Norma seemed too familiar and did not address my level of respect for them. On the other hand, “Mom” and “Dad” were just a little too intimate for me at the time. My dad died when I was only four, and my mom was both mother and father to me for …

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Sharon Jaynes

The God of Second Chances

Today’s Truth

“For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found’ so they began to celebrate,” (Luke 15:24 NIV).

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Perhaps one of the most memorable and heart touching stories of grace and forgiveness is recorded in Luke chapter fifteen. It’s what we’ve come to know as the story of the Prodigal Son.  This young man demanded his inheritance while his father was still alive, spent it all on riotous living, and found himself dirty, destitute, and despairing. As despicable as pigs were to Jews, this young man took a …

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Gwen Smith

My Song

Today’s Truth

For the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2b, ESV).

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Just try to keep my daughter from singing. Go ahead and try. You will fail. She must sing. It’s just her thing. Some days when I’m writing, or simply trying to piece together a coherent thought, I dream that she could travel to a land far, far away from me and hang out in a sound proof room. Shhhhhhh! Embrace “quiet” already, girl. I know. When it comes to 24/7 musical expressions, mother-of-the-year I am not. …

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