Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

Is Anything Too Hard for The Lord?

Today’s Truth

Is anything too hard for the Lord? (Genesis18:14, NIV).

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Do you need something from God today? That’s a silly question. We all do! Every day! All the time. We can’t do life on our own. And if we try, we will fail desperately. God is the only One who can meet our needs.

We see the all-sufficiency of God’s power on display throughout Scripture. In Genesis 12:1-3 God gave Abram an incredible promise.

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will …

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Gwen Smith

Don’t Say No!

Today’s Truth

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father (John 14:13, NIV).

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I was on my way home from running errands. As I approached our neighborhood, my cell phone rang. The call was from my tween-aged daughter.

“Hi, Mom. It’s Kennedy. Where are you?”

“Hey, baby! I ran some errands and will be home in just a few minutes. What’s up?”

“Well, I wanted to see if you and I could go shopping for a new bathing suit this afternoon, and— don’t say no

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Mary Southerland

A Box of Socks

Today’s Truth

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer (Matthew 21:22, NIV).

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My sister loves socks. One day, we were shopping and happened to walk into a department store where neither one of us could afford to buy a single thing. We were just passing through, on our way to find the bargains we could afford. With a sigh and a wistful look on her face, Betty said, “I wish I could afford to shop in this store.” When I asked her what she would buy, she immediately replied with a smile, …

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Sharon Jaynes

Bitter or Better – The Choice is Yours

Today’s Truth

See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many (Hebrews 12:15, NIV).

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She’s just a bitter old woman!” Have you ever heard someone described in that way? I have. And amazingly, when someone uses the word “bitter,” I know exactly what they mean. Webster defines bitter as “galling; exhibiting intense animosity, harshly reproachful, marked by cynicism and rancor.” It stems from deep seated anger and unforgiveness that plants itself into a soul and is watered and fertilized by playing …

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Mary Southerland

Learning to Abide

Today’s Truth

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15:4-5, NASB). 

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It’s that time of year again. Schools are recruiting parents to help with classroom duties, sports teams are looking for team moms, your church is asking for help … and the list …

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Sharon Jaynes

Why Me?

Today’s Truth

‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’ (Isaiah 55:8-9, NIV).

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There is nothing wrong with us trying to understand why the wounds of life occur; 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 Proverbs tells us, “and do not lean on …

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Gwen Smith

The Everlasting God

Today’s Truth

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27a).

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My curiosity begs to understand life. My mind longs for logic. I am not overly fond of ungraspable concepts. When I was a child I asked a million questions. Why is the sky blue? Are angels all men? Why do bad things happen? Why can’t we send my brussel sprouts to the starving children in Africa? Who created God?

I wanted answers.

I still do.

Give me a story that grabs my attention at the beginning. Fill it with intrigue. …

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Mary Southerland

The Perfect Storm

Today’s Truth

Lord, you are my strength and my protection, my safe place in times of trouble (Jeremiah 16:19, NIV).

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The comfort of God is faithful and strong – even during the fiercest storms of life. I enjoy movies that have a happy ending. My family constantly teases me about my surreal perspective of movie entertainment, but honestly, life holds enough reality. Why would I want to pay good money to see even more reality made bigger and more frightening on a gigantic movie screen? When the movie, “The Perfect Storm,” was first released, the previews suggested …

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Sharon Jaynes

You Are God’s Beautiful Masterpiece

Today’s Truth

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14, NIV).

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I was sitting in a crowded restaurant with my family when she walked by in her full-length white satin dress delicately trimmed in lace and studded with tiny “jewels,” crinoline that swished as she moved across the room, a rhinestone tiara upon her head, and pearl studded slippers on her feet. Golden ringlets framed her rosy cheeks and puckered lips glistened with a hint of gloss. She knew she was beautiful and glanced around at the admiring smiles of onlookers as …

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Mary Southerland

Let Peace Rule

Today’s Truth

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts (Colossians 3:15a, NIV).

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Peace seems to be on everyone’s mind, which is nothing new. It seems to me that we have been chasing peace since time began. We want a peaceful world, a peaceful home, and a peaceful workplace – a peaceful life. I know people who would give everything they have for a few minutes of peace. Peace cannot be found in a treaty or negotiation or political party. Peace is an inside job and can only be found in one place – a personal …

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