Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

Healer of The Broken

Today’s Truth

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

Friend to Friend

I love my girlfriends. I love doing life with friends who “get me.” I love having tangles of conversations over hot coffee that are stranded together with light-hearted laughter, rich revelations, loads of love, treasures of time and gobs of grace.

Though sharing beautiful life-moments is always fun, some of the most powerful blessings of friendship for me have been found in broken places. In the trenches. Those places where our troubles and fears scream loudly and long to be quieted by the understanding …

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Sharon Jaynes

Get Real

Today’s Truth

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness,” (Lamentations 3:19-24 NIV).

Friend to Friend

Are we brave enough to be real and honest with God? We might as well be; He knows our hearts inside and out anyway. A. W. Tozer, in his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, wrote:

How unutterably sweet is the knowledge that our Heavenly Father knows us completely.  No talebearer can inform on us; or

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Mary Southerland

Sigh!

Today’s Truth

I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid (John 14:27, NIV).

Friend to Friend

My mother had a special way of dealing with her “tired.” Mama sighed.

Mama’s sighing reminded me of an old steel pressure cooker she pulled out several times a year. You know – the kind that has a release valve on top. Mama cooked chickens, turkeys and various stews and soups in that pressure cooker. I could tell when the pressure was too …

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Sharon Jaynes

Drifting

Today’s Truth

”For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it,” (Hebrews 2:1 NASB).

Friend to Friend

It was supposed to be a sailing adventure for Pastor Loran and his youth group at Central Church. His friend procured three sailing vessels that resembled the Nina, Piñta, and the Santa Maria. I’m not sure how much they looked like the ships that came across the Atlantic with the pilgrims, but they seemed just about as old.

When they left the dock, the sky was blue, the wind was brisk, and …

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Mary Southerland

Ask and You Will Receive

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). 

Friend to Friend

I have always loved giving gifts to my children – all kinds of gifts including hugs, kisses, time, and love – as well as material things like toys, books, and clothes. When the kids were young we didn’t have much money, so the gifts were small, but the kids didn’t seem to mind. I often scrimped and saved in order to buy a certain item for a birthday or …

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Gwen Smith

Nothing Is Impossible With God!

Today’s Truth

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left (Exodus 14:21-22, NIV). 

Friend to Friend

A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!” he yelled without worrying whether anyone …

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Sharon Jaynes

Finding What You’ve Always Wanted

Today’s Truth

I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of, (John 10:10 msg).

Friend to Friend

Yard sales. I’ve never really liked them. But when we were preparing to move from the home we had lived in for 20 years, we decided it was a must. It was a way to clean out the clutter, make a little money, and not haul yesterday’s treasures to today’s trash.

We displayed our lovely attic decor on makeshift plywood tables and waited for the bargain babes to descend. We were not disappointed. …

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Mary Southerland

Choose to Forgive

Today’s Truth

Love keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Sometimes the hardest thing to say is “I’m sorry,” to admit that we have hurt someone. The only thing that can be harder is to forgive those who have hurt us.

The story is told of a father and his teenage son who lived in Spain. Over the years, their relationship became strained. The list of hurts grew so long that the son ran away from home. The father searched for him, but after months of failure, the father made one last desperate effort by …

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Sharon Jaynes

Put a Lid On It

Today’s Truth

“… tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark,” (James 3:5 NIV)

Friend to Friend

From the time I could hold a crayon in my chubby little hand, I’ve enjoyed creating various works of art. For my family and friends, my annual endeavors usually found their way under the Christmas tree and into their hands. One year it was macramé hanging plant holders, woven with wooden beads. Another, it was a menagerie of decoupage wooden boxes. Then there were the …

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Mary Southerland

On Our Way Home

Today’s Truth          

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4-7).                                               

Friend to Friend

Have you noticed how hard “re-entry” is?…

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