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Gwen Smith

What’s Your Ultimate?

Today’s Truth

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. (Psalm 57:2, ESV)

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My heart plays ping-pong. It shifts focus from one affection to another faster than you can say, “Squirrel!” I have never been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD – or any other condition with scary capitol letters – but I’ve surely been known to major on some minors in my day. Practically every day. I worry about things that don’t really matter… at least not eternally.

The other day started out great. In the wee hours of early, …

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Mary Southerland

I Can’t Wike It

Today’s Truth

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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I love being a grandmother. I absolutely adore our five grandchildren and work hard at finding any excuse to spend time with them. I am convinced that our grandkids keep me young and are some of my greatest teachers. Maybe that is because they are so “fresh” from Heaven and the presence of God. Whatever the reason, when I spend time with them, I …

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Sharon Jaynes

God Is Not in The Coincidence Business

Today’s Truth

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28, NIV).

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I’ve already mentioned this week how much I love the book of Ruth. Divine providence is behind every twist and turn in the story of Ruth—the famine that led the family to Moab, the marriages to Moabite women, the deaths of Elimelech and Naomi’s two sons, the lifting of the famine in Bethlehem, Naomi’s return to her homeland, Ruth’s gleaning in Boaz’s field, Boaz’s …

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Mary Southerland

Are You an Encourager?

Today’s Truth

Encourage them with great patience (2 Timothy 4:2, NCV).  

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Encouragement takes persistence. Persistence takes patience. Just because you have encouraged someone once does not mean that your role of encouragement in his or her life is over. They did not become discouraged overnight, and they will not often become re-encouraged overnight.

My husband Dan began making wooden furniture many years ago. My job was to stain and finish the pieces after he had completed them. I had never worked with wood or stain and did not know much about how to accomplish the task. …

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Sharon Jaynes

Better or Bitter? You Get To Choose

Today’s Truth

“Don’t call me Naomi [which means pleasant],” she told them. “Call me Mara [which means bitter], because the Almighty has made my life very bitter” (Ruth 1:20 NIV).

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I love the story of Ruth and Naomi. The name Ruth means “woman friend,” and we can learn about how to be a great friend by her example. And we can also learn a lot from Naomi, but not necessarily in a good way.                               

In a ten-year period, Naomi lost her …

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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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