Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

Let’s Run Away!

Today’s Truth

And don’t let us yield to temptation. (Matthew 6:13, NLT)

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It was a windy winter day. Our three dogs needed to stretch their legs and get a bit of outside playtime, so I let them out to roam freely in our fenced-in back yard. An hour later, my husband asked me where the dogs were.

“Out back,” I replied.

“Honey, the wind blew that gate wide open and only Rocky is on the deck! How long ago did you let them out?” He asked.

“An hour ago!” I exclaimed, as feelings of unease crept into …

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Mary Southerland

Check the Label

Today’s Truth

“When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, ‘Woman, you are set free from your infirmity’ ” (Luke 13:12).

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Have you ever wondered if God even knows your name? Have you doubted His awareness or even His concern about what you are going through? Have there been times when you felt totally alone and worthless? I have. I can really relate to the woman described in Luke 13. Oh, our problems may not be exactly the same, but the feelings and emotions are – and so is the answer.

Jesus knew this …

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Sharon Jaynes

Getting The Joyless You Unstuck

Today’s Truth

“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this inremembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper, he took the cup…” (Luke 22:19 emphasis added NIV).

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When we live a life of intentional gratitude, we begin to frame how we see our circumstances. I put my favorite photos in frames so I can see them often. They bring me joy as I pass through the room. A smiling five-year-old Steven with his brand-new Golden Retriever puppy. A …

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Mary Southerland

The Love of God

Today’s Truth

“Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:2, NIV).

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The story is told of a young boy who carved a small sailboat from a block of wood. When the boat was finished, he couldn’t wait to try it out! Racing to a nearby stream, the boy knelt on the shore, gently slid the boat into the water and let it go. With a quiet reverence, the boy watched his precious boat gather speed as it floated away. He did not realize that there was an undercurrent in the stream until …

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Sharon Jaynes

Gratitude Changes Things

Today’s Truth

“Give thanks in all circumstances,” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV).

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Paul wrote the Thessalonians, “Give thanks in all circumstances,” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). We read that verse and think it rather nice. So we slap a sloppy coat of thanksgiving on life and go about our day. In reality, most of us are thankful for very little.

Notice the Bible doesn’t command us to feel thankful in all circumstances. Instead it commands us to “give thanks in all circumstances.” When I begin to praise God in a difficult situation, even if I don’t feel like it, many …

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Gwen Smith

Becoming More Fruitful

Today’s Truth

“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:2, NIV).

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On a family visit to the beach, our room had a balcony that overlooked the swimming pool. I sat on the balcony one morning and watched as a maintenance man for the resort approached a palm tree and pulled a brown, life-less branch from under the green leaves. Oddly, before he pulled the dead branch, I hadn’t even noticed it was there. After he …

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Mary Southerland

A Place Called Home

Today’s Truth          

For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come” (Hebrews 13:14, NLT).

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It had been a wonderful evening with our daughter, Danna, and her sixteen-month-old son, Justus. We ate dinner at one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate Danna’s graduation and the fact that we all survived the grueling schedule her school had demanded. Since our daughter is basically a party looking for a place to happen and can tell a mean story, we laughed until we cried as Danna described her …

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Sharon Jaynes

It’s Not About Me

Today’s Truth

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens,” (Psalm 148:13 NIV).

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Some of my Girlfriends in God are not going to like this devotion. I’m not even sure I do. But I’m going to put it out there anyhow. During the month of February, I write devotions on marriage. It is the month of love, and marriages certainly are in shambles all around the world. It is a month when I celebrate marriage!

Each February, I am flooded with e-mails: some …

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Mary Southerland

Jesus, Take the Wheel

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7, NASB).

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My husband, Dan, has battled high blood pressure since we first married over thirty years ago. Hmmm…now that I think about it, there just might be a connection there! Nevertheless, for several years, Dan struggled with an irregular heartbeat, a debilitating condition that drains energy and generally promotes a compelling sense of exhaustion.

Now you need to …

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Sharon Jaynes

How Much of Your Marriage Do You Want God to Change?

(My devotions will focus on marriage for the month of February. If you’re not married, I encourage you to read them anyway! This particular one applies to all areas of your life. Also, consider giving a special blessing by passing these devotions along to a married friend! Here we go…)

Today’s Truth

Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’; so they filled them to the brim, (John 2:7, NIV).

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Shortly after Jesus was baptized, he attended a wedding reception in the town of Cana, in Galilee. Apparently Jesus felt very comfortable at such a …

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