Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

Of Thrones and Kings and Royal Things

Today’s Truth

God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)

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It was shockingly early when the alarm clock invaded my dreams, screaming at me to wake up that morning. Even the sun was still sleeping as I rose. With heavy eyelids and a groggy mind, I crawled out from beneath the cuddly warmth of my bed and ventured downstairs.

The kids had …

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Mary Southerland

The Plan Came First

Today’s Truth

Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you (Jeremiah 1:5, NCV).

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Beginnings are very important. In fact, the place of origin has much to do with the quality of the journey as well as the final destination. My journey – like yours – began in the heart and mind of God. Before I took even one breath, God wanted, loved and planned me. That same truth applies to you, girlfriend. You are no accident! You and I were created in response to the love of God and according to His plans. God …

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Sharon Jaynes

When God Throws a Little Bit of “All Things” in Your Life

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 love Romans 8:28.

Now, let me be honest…sometimes I don’t.

When I am going through a dark time of loss or disappointment, and someone throws a sloppy coat of Romans 8:28 on my open wound, I just want to scream.

There. I said it.

What does God mean by “all things” anyway? I looked it up in my Greek dictionary and guess what it means—it …

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Mary Southerland

Maybe Tomorrow

Today’s Truth

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses since He had the same temptations we do, though He never once gave way to them and sinned. So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive His mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need (Hebrews 4:15-16, TLB).

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I learn a lot from our grandchildren. Justus, our five-year-old grandson, came up with what I thought was an ingenious plan for disobedience. Our daughter called one day, laughing. “Mom, I have to tell you what your …

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Sharon Jaynes

“Why Me, LORD?”

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 NIV).

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“Why, LORD? Why me?”

I’ve said that a time or two. I bet you have too.

There is nothing wrong with us trying to understand why during the difficult times of life. However, the Bible clearly tells us not to depend on or lean on our ability to answer the tough question…why.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,” the writer of …

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Gwen Smith

Significant Who? Significant You!

Today’s Truth

Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

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Gertie. That was her name. To me she was Grandma Eisaman, and she lived right across the street when I was a young girl. She was famous in our small town of Irwin, PA for both her engaging personality and her mad baking skills.

Her specialties? Pineapple upside …

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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. I was sitting in the sanctuary waiting for the worship service to begin. As the choir filed in, a friend slipped into the pew beside me and said, “I think you need to go to the nursery. Something is wrong …

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Sharon Jaynes

This is My Story and I’m Sticking To It

Today’s Truth

“One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” (John 9:25 NIV)

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One day Jesus was walking down the dusty road of Jerusalem and came upon a blind man sitting by the road. Jesus spat in the dust, made a muddy paste, and rubbed the holy spittle on the blind man’s eyes.

“Go wash at the Pool of Siloam,” He told the man.

When the man washed the sacred mud from his eyes, for the first time in his life, he saw the rays of the sun, the ripples on the water, …

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Mary Southerland

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

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 (Matthew 7:7, NIV).

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I have always loved giving gifts to my children – all kinds of gifts including hugs, kisses, time, and love – as well as material things. When the kids were young, we didn’t have much money, so the gifts were small, but the kids didn’t seem to mind.

Dan and I now have five grandchildren and I am in so much trouble. I want to give them everything! I know …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Blood of the Lamb and the Word of Your Testimony

Today’s Truth

“They overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11 NIV, 1985 ed.).

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Have you ever wondered why Jesus kept the scars on His hands, feet, and side when He was resurrected from the dead? He could have returned without them. After all, He is the One who put fresh flesh on the rotting limbs of lepers, who took the bent and bowed and made them straight, who opened the closed eye, who untangled the mangled hand. But He chose to keep the scars. Have you …

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