Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

Take a Step Back

Today’s Truth
I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes (Psalm 119:59).

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I gave her instructions for the job. “Clear the furniture from the room, vacuum thoroughly, and then I will show you how to mop the wood floor.” Once my daughter got through the first two of three steps, I joined the cleaning party to teach the age-old-mom-class, “Mopping 101.” Awesome.

Class began with a few mopping fundamentals. “Shake the bottle of the polish before you use it. Do one small section at a time. Mop along the grain of the wood. …

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Mary Southerland

The Lesson of The Missing “B”

Today’s Truth

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another (Romans 12:5).

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Sometimes it is the little things that really get to me. As a writer, I spend a great deal of my time in front of a computer – with which I have a love-hate relationship. I love the convenience a computer offers when it comes to recording the thoughts and truths God gives me to share, but there are times when I would like to throw my laptop into the nearest body of water and be …

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Sharon Jaynes

God, What Do You Want From Me?

Today’s Truth

Cease striving and know that I am God, (Psalm 46:10 NASB).

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Could it be that we have made our relationship with God far too difficult? We strive so hard to draw closer to the heart of God. And all the while, God’s outstretched hand is reaching to draw us in. Psalm 46:10 reads, “cease striving and know that I am God” (NASB).

Cease striving.

For over a half of a century, I had been striving, pursuing, and seeking God. And like a cat chasing her tail, I had been going in circles. Circling in …

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Mary Southerland

Passing the Test

Today’s Truth

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faithproduces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be matureand complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4, NIV).

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Mark really struggled with spelling. Staring at his spelling test, his heart sank. So many of the words seemed difficult, and he wasn’t really sure how to spell most of them. Softly the enemy whispered, “Look at Jane’s paper; she’s an honor student and always gets them right!”

Mark hesitated, but desperate to make a …

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Sharon Jaynes

You Are a Reflection of God’s Glory

Today’s Truth

Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth – everyone who is called by my name whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made, (Isaiah 43:6-7 NIV).

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Have you ever wondered why you were created? You were created for God’s glory and to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7), because it pleased Him to do so (Ephesians 1:5). The concept of glory can be a difficult concept to wrap our human minds around. It seems so otherworldly. We can catch glimpses of its meaning throughout Scripture, but then …

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Gwen Smith

Giving and Gaining

Today’s Truth
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25, NIV)

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I pretty much consider myself to have a black thumb. Charcoal, even. I like plants and genuinely try to keep plants healthy and thriving in my home, but fail at it a lot more than I succeed. Seriously. Black thumb. So when my girlfriend brought me a baby aloe plant, my heart was torn between girlfriend-gratitude and feelings of sorrow for the innocent little aloe.

A few weeks after she gave me the plant gift, my friend told me …

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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, and I was sitting in the sanctuary waiting for the worship service to begin. Anticipating a large crowd, I arrived early to drop Jered off in the nursery, one of his favorite places to go since every nursery worker doted …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Glory Ache

Today’s Truth

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full, (John 10:10 NIV).

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Most of us come to Christ with a certain “inloveness”—a stirring of emotion mixed with an inexplicable knowing that we’ve discovered our reason for being. But some years into our spiritual journey, the wonder that swelled during the early years ebbs into routine religion laced with busyness. And we secretly question the point of it all. There has to be more than this, we muse. There has to be something more. What am I missing? What’s wrong

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Mary Southerland

Do It Now!

Today’s Truth

To one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him, it is sin (James 4:17, NASB).

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Procrastination is one of the greatest sources of stress in life. I once heard a preacher tell the old story of three demons who were arguing over the best way to destroy the Christian movement. The first demon had it all figured out. “Let’s tell all the Christians that there is no heaven. If we take away the reward incentive, their movement will collapse,” he said. The second demon responded with, “No, I …

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Sharon Jaynes

Be Still and Know

Today’s Truth

In him we live and move and have our being, (Acts 17:28 NIV).

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The kids are back in school, the traffic has gone back to normal, and routine is setting in. Yes, it is fall! So I want you to settle down with me and a steamy cup of coffee. Go ahead and get it. I’ll wait….

Now that you’re back, here’s today’s devotion:.

I pressed the send button on my latest manuscript, What God Really Thinks About Women. For twelve months I had spent night and day with Jesus and the women …

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