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Sharon Jaynes

Establishing Boundaries – Setting Priorities, Part 2

Today’s Truth

 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33, ESV).

Friend to Friend

In my last GiG devotion, I invited you to sit by the seven pools at Wiamoku Falls in Maui. I mentioned that the seven waterfalls reminded me of my priorities and how I need to start at the top with my relationship with God for all the other areas to flow properly.

When I start at the top and allow God to fill me to the brim, His love …

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Gwen Smith

The Trumpet Game

Today’s Truth

“The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17, NIV)

Friend to Friend

My friend Brad has a little girl named Elizabeth. When Elizabeth was one year old, Brad and his wife taught her some sign language. For the word please, they chose to have her rub her chest. So, as Brad and Jamie taught Elizabeth to say please, they rubbed their own chests and said “please.” Simple enough.

Elizabeth had …

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Mary Southerland

It’s Time to Do Something!

Today’s Truth

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another (1 John 4:11, NIV).

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I could not tear my eyes away from the television screen as the 33 miners began to emerge from the depths of what could have been their mass grave. The men had been trapped for more than two months in the collapsed Chilean copper mines nearly half a mile underground. Everything I have read or heard about the tragedy is extraordinary.

The miners survived the early days by rationing food and working together as a team. …

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Sharon Jaynes

Establishing Boundaries – Setting Priorities

Today’s Truth

And God said, ‘I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs’ (Isaiah 41:18, NIV).

Friend to Friend

To celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary, my husband and I traveled to the enchanting island of Maui, where we decided to explore the rugged terrain and tropical beauty along an infamous road called the Hana Highway. The brochures promised black sandy beaches, a view of Hawaii’s largest volcano wreathed in clouds, African tulip trees with orange-red blossoms, exotic plants tucked …

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Mary Southerland

Indiana Jones’ School of Faith

Today’s Truth

Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it” (Hebrews 11:1, ICB).

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I have a love-hate relationship with the movie, “The Last Crusader.” The hero, Indiana Jones, is constantly hovering above some bottomless pit, or frantically dodging bullets, flying knives, hoards of sinister enemies, and nasty creatures that are trying to kill him and prevent him from completing his mission. It is exhausting to watch! One part of the movie stands out above the rest as terrifying moments go.…

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Sharon Jaynes

When God Romances You

Today’s Truth

Show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely, (Song of Songs 2:14, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Aren’t you glad that God refers to the Church as the Bride of Christ? I asked my husband what pictures come into his mind when he reads God’s description of the Church as the Bride of Christ. He gave me a strange look and said, “None, really.” I’ll admit, I can’t picture Steve walking down the aisle in a flowing wedding gown, but oh sister, I can see myself dressed in …

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Gwen Smith

When God Does a New Thing

Today’s Truth
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Friend to Friend
I admit, I’m a sucker for the makeover shows. It doesn’t matter what kind… home makeovers, fashion makeovers… or even the shows that take a person from drab or flab to fab. I just love to see an amazing transformation! Don’t you?

Last summer we “transformed” our family a bit when we added a bouncy little puppy to the mix. Fun, right? Mostly, yes, but there is a bit more to the story…

Let’s just say that it …

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Mary Southerland

Patience Pays Off

Today’s Truth

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Patience is not one of my greatest strengths. In fact, I tend to live each day with a schedule in mind, an agenda by which to live that day, and several goals I need to meet before the day’s end. God does have a sense of humor. I can’t tell you how many times my schedule falls apart, the agenda is …

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Sharon Jaynes

Do You Want to be Pursued?

Today’s Truth

My lover spoke and said to me, ‘Arise my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me’ (Song of Songs 2:10, NIV).

Friend to Friend

I was in college when I first eyed my husband. He was sitting on the floor at a friend’s Bible study gathering with his back against the wall, dressed in scruffy jeans and a red flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled halfway up his muscular forearms. His thick brown hair and chocolate-brown eyes left me weak in the knees. And the best part was that this handsome hunk of a man had a …

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Mary Southerland

I Want to Love You – My Way!

Today’s Truth

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Grandchildren often remind me how to find joy in the simple things of life. Not long ago, I took Lelia and Jaydan, our two-year-old twin grandchildren, on a little shopping trip. When Mimi comes for a visit, there is always a shopping trip on the agenda. Lelia and Jaydan piled into the car and we headed to the store. I think I was more excited than they were. That’s how grandmothers are.

Once we were inside the …

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