Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

Super Mom is a Fairy Tale

Today’s Truth

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do no grow weary, (Galatians 6:9, NIV).

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Don’t you just detest those mothers who seem to have it all together? You know her: super-mom. She is that mythical creature who never yells at her kids. Whose house is always spotless, whose children always obey quickly and quietly, who prepares three meals a day that are nutritious and aesthetically pleasing…the one who is a “successful” mother.

If there is anything that can discourage a hard working mom, it …

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Mary Southerland

Idols and Tools

Today’s Truth

Jesus said to them, “Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. Life is not measured by how much one owns” (Luke 12:15, ICB).  

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We live in a “stuff” driven world where it does not seem to matter how much we have, because it is never enough. We are told the more things we have, the more successful we are. We not only want possessions, we want other people’s talents, abilities, circumstances and relationships. Luke warns us to guard against “all kinds of greed.” It is easy for us to covet a better …

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Sharon Jaynes

Equipped to Handle Life

Today’s Truth

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work,” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV).

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When I worked in a medical office several years ago, we had what we called tray setups. On the trays were all the instruments we needed for various procedures. We prepared them ahead of time and stored them in a cabinet for later use.  When a patient came in for a certain procedure, we didn’t have to scramble around to find …

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Gwen Smith

What’s In Your Trash Basket?

Today’s Truth

“Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’” (John 8:10, NIV)

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A four-year-old girl was overheard reciting the Lord’s Prayer, “and forgive us our trash baskets, as we forgive those who pass trash against us.” When I first heard that story, I smiled. Then I thought of a conversation I had had recently with a girlfriend.

She is a Christian friend. But though she has “emptied her trash basket” of sin before the Lord in sincere repentance, she has not emptied the trash basket of self-condemnation. Not completely. …

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Mary Southerland

Free at Last

Today’s Truth

“So Christ has really set us free.  Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Galatians 5:1 NLT)

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The story is told of an Indian village that held an annual bazaar where villagers came to sell the crafts and wares they had made during the year as well as the animals they raised. One year a man brought a covey of quail to sell. In order to display the birds, he tied one end of a piece of string to one of their legs and …

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Friday Friend

Who is Your Kuleana?

From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry. We call them our “Friday Friends.” So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our “Friday Friend,” Pam Farrel. Pam and Bill Farrel are relationship experts and best-selling authors of over 37 books including Men Are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti, and their newest devotional, A Couple’s Journey With God. Free resources by the Farrels can be found at www.Love-Wise.com

Today’s Truth

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also …

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Sharon Jaynes

Her Story, My Story, Your Story

Today’s Truth

[God said] “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” (2 Corinthians 6:18).

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Once upon a time, not so very long ago or far away, a baby girl was born to parents who could not keep her. Neither parent was willing to release her for adoption, but neither was able to care for her. So while the legal system shuffled her case back and forth, the baby girl grew into a toddler in a foster home.

Her care was certainly adequate, her physical needs were met, and she …

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Mary Southerland

Resource Inventory

Today’s Truth

“The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1 NIV)

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When it comes to the resources that we need for life, this promise from the 23rd Psalm is staggeringly important to remember because it holds the promise of contentment in our lives. A famous actor was once the guest of honor at a social gathering where he was asked to recite favorite excerpts from various literary works. An old preacher who happened to be there asked the actor to recite the twenty-third Psalm. The actor agreed on the condition that the preacher …

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Sharon Jaynes

A Daddy Who Loves Me

Today’s Truth

[God said] “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV).

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When I was a little girl, my father spent most of his waking hours working at his building supply company, observing construction sites, and socializing with his colleagues and associates. Even though his place of business was only a few blocks from our home, his heart was miles away in a place I could not find.

My father didn’t drink alcohol every day, but when he did, it consumed him. Dad was filled with …

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Mary Southerland

First Class Living

Today’s Truth

“Jesus said, ‘My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.’” (John 10:10 NLT)

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I will never forget the first time I flew first class. Dan and I were on our way to North Carolina for a few days of much needed vacation. We were both exhausted, having just returned from a wonderful but grueling mission trip to Peru. I couldn’t wait to get on that plane, grab a pillow and blanket, and sleep my way to North Carolina.

When I spotted an abnormally long line of people and realized it was the check-in line …

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