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Mary Southerland

The Gates of God

Today’s Truth

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:9-11, NIV). 

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As a grandmother, I can testify to …

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Gwen Smith

The Trust Fall

Today’s Truth

But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3, ESV).

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Our arms were braided across each other’s and our hands were locked tightly. As the young girl stood on the tall tree stump above us she looked over her shoulder and saw with her eyes that our formation was tight…that we were ready for her. She heard with her ears that we would catch her…that we would not let her get hurt. Yet the fear that screamed in her head told her not to do it. Not to fall backwards.

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Sharon Jaynes

When the Thief Uses Your Key

Today’s Truth

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin, (Psalm 32:3 NIV). 

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When I was a teenager, my high school was just a few miles from my home. My lunch break was a mere 35 minutes, but …

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Mary Southerland

You Really Don’t Have to Worry!

Today’s Truth

Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks (Philippians 4:6, GW).

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History tells us that some Indian tribes tortured and killed their enemies by staking them to the ground. They then took a wet leather strap and placed it around the neck of their enemy. As the leather strap slowly dried in the blazing desert sun, it would gradually cut off the air supply until their enemy finally choked to death. Worry does the same thing. “Worry” literally means “to be pulled …

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Sharon Jaynes

Lessons From a Dirt Clod Fight

Today’s Truth

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).

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In my early years, I was a rough and rowdy tomboy who climbed trees, skipped rocks, and made skid marks on the asphalt with my glittery pink banana seat bike. My backyard was the envy of every kid in the neighborhood. It came equipped with a drainage ditch across the back border that separated us from a vacant, …

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Mary Southerland

How to Enjoy Your Family, Part 3

Today’s Truth

When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she says (Proverbs 31:26).

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Family is important to God. He created it before He created the church and, as with each of His creations, He made a plan for it to succeed. At the heart of that plan is love. To be part of a family is to be loved. Over the last two days, we have examined the first steps to loving your family: to build trust, to serve them with joy, to plan well and to work hard.  We …

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Mary Southerland

How To Enjoy Your Family, Part 2

Today’s Truth

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy (Proverbs 31:13:15, 20, NIV).

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Family is important to God. He created it before He created the church and, as with each of His creations, He made a plan for it to succeed. At the heart of that plan is love. To be part of a family is to be loved. Yesterday, …

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Mary Southerland

How To Enjoy Your Family, Part 1

 

Today’s Truth

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm. A woman who fears the LORD is to be praised (Proverbs 31:11-12; 30, NIV).

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Family means different things to different people. What is a family? Well, I can tell you that it is not what it used to be. Family is no longer simple, but blended and complex. It has changed to include many different relationships of people who live together.

  • Couples with children
  • Couples with no children
  • Single women with children
  • Single men with children

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Gwen Smith

Soul Blinders

Today’s Truth
So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left (Deuteronomy 5:32, NIV).

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When I was a young girl, I rode horses with my cousin, Beth. When she was prepping her horse for shows, Beth would often add blinders to the bridle of her horse. Horse trainers believe these blinders, also called blinkers or winkers, keep the horse focused on what is in front of him, and encourage him to pay attention to the race rather than other distractions, such as …

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Gwen Smith

There’s A Snag in My Nag

Today’s Truth

Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife (Proverbs 21:19).

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My nerves were raw because of the faint, repetitive sound in the background of our conversation. As I sat in my parents’ kitchen talking to my mom, the faucet behind her was dripping… and dripping… and dripping.

It. Drove. Me. Bananas.

I got up and tightened the handle.

It didn’t help.

I wanted to grab the nearest screwdriver and fix it. But, I couldn’t. I’m not a sink-fixer. I cannot express to you how severely lacking my sink-fixing skills are. …

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