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Mary Southerland

The Giving Heart

Today’s Truth

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask

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Sharon Jaynes

The Day I Became a Sheep

Today’s Truth

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about (Luke 2:15 NIV).

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Today I want to share with you a story that I wrote a few years ago. Try to imagine what it would have been like to be one of the shepherds on the hillside on the first Christmas. For just a moment, I want you to pretend that you are reading a letter that one of the shepherds …

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Gwen Smith

I Need Rest!

Today’s Truth

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place (Mark 6:30-32, NIV).

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I spin plates. Not real plates. Metaphorical plates. I spin lots of plates at the same time and I multi-task. This is both a blessing and a curse …

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Mary Southerland

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Today’s Truth

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you:

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Sharon Jaynes

What About Those Christmas Carols

Today’s Truth

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11 NIV).

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I love hearing children sing Christmas carols! One little girl was heard singing that the shepherds were “washing their socks by night!” When my son was four-years-old, I over heard him singing “O Holy Night” in his best vibrato voice. I chuckled as I heard him belt out, “Long …

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Mary Southerland

Greed vs. Joyful Giving

Today’s Truth

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NCV) “Each one should give as you have decided in your heart to give. You should not be sad when you give, and you should not give because you feel forced to give. God loves the person who gives happily.’

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We make a living by what we get out of life, but we make a life by what we give … and how we give it. I am convinced God loves to see us give for no other reason than the joy of giving.

When our children were in middle school, we …

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Gwen Smith

God Make You Mighty, Girlfriend!

Today’s Truth

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11, NIV)

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The Family Life Today radio show once featured an author named Ace Collins who wrote a historical book about Christmas carols. One traditional carol they talked about was the song, “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen.”

Before that day, the first line of that song never made sense to me. …

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Gwen Smith

From the Cradle to the Cross

Today’s Truth

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:11, NIV)

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The story of Christmas is familiar. Many of us can recite verses and sing choruses that recap the holy day without so much as a second thought. It is said that familiarity breeds contempt – so I wonder.

I wonder and I search my heart.

When I sit and search long enough to listen to God’s still small voice, I grapple with the familiar and I groan for the fresh… and I wonder. …

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Mary Southerland

The Gift of Forgiveness

Today’s Truth

He (God) is so rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of his Son, and our sins are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7, NLT).

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The holidays have a way of resurrecting old hurts. One of the greatest Christmas gifts we can give ourselves is the choice to forgive those who have hurt us.

Forgiveness is not easy – but it is necessary if we want to experience peace and joy.

Part of forgiveness is releasing the person from the debt we think they owe us. Refusing to do so extinguishes our joy.

Sometimes …

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Sharon Jaynes

1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style

Today’s Truth:

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)

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With Christmas just around the corner. it is easy to get so busy with the cooking, decorating and shopping that we forget why we’re doing all this in the first place. Sometimes, the very people we love get lost in the hustle and bustle of packed schedules, holiday parties, and Christmas musicals. This Christmas, let’s keep our focus on Jesus and celebrate the reason He came.

Several years ago I wrote a Christmas version of …

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