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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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Sharon Jaynes

Giving Up Control

Today’s Truth

But he [God] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong, (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NIV).

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The angels were hovering low in our church on this particular Sunday morning. It was a special day for a group of ten “kids” known …

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Gwen Smith

Don’t Scratch That Itch

Today’s Truth

When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed (James 1:13-14, NIV).

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I once woke up with a spider bite that was the size of a quarter. It may as well have been the size of North Carolina for as much as it itched! I was half-tempted to scratch off my arm. That nasty bite was just begging to be scratched. However, I have learned …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Velveteen Woman

Today’s Truth

Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ (Galatians 1:10, NIV).

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Most of us have read or heard of the childhood classic, The Velveteen Rabbit. Perhaps you first heard the story snuggled in your mother’s lap or like me, as an adult with a child snuggled in your lap. Like many children’s books, the message carries a profound truth that resonates more with adults than with kids.…

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Mary Southerland

The Gideon Complex

Today’s Truth

Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep he tends (Psalm 100:3, NCV).

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Situational ethics is now being taught in many of our public schools. One teacher, wanting to illustrate that human reasoning is many times wrong, gave the following situation to a class of high school students:

“How would you advise a mother who was pregnant with her fifth child based on the following facts: Her husband had syphilis and she had tuberculosis. Their first child was born blind, the second child …

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Gwen Smith

Something Beautiful

Today’s Truth

“Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me” (Matthew 26:10, NIV).

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I am completely crazy about cool jewelry, so when the Lord prompted me to take off my favorite necklace and give it to the woman who had just admired it, I tried to pretend I did not hear Him.

“It’s mine, God!” I reasoned. “It isn’t replaceable! Why would ask me to do that?”

My self-plan did not like the God-plan laid out before me. God was asking me to give up something that …

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Mary Southerland

Taming the Tongue

Today’s Truth

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare (Proverbs 15:1, NLT).

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It had been one of “those” mornings and I was behind schedule in preparing to teach the women’s Tuesday morning Bible study at our church. I am fairly certain I did not exude peace and joy as I rushed around – as my Mama would say – like a chicken with its head cut off. The auditorium was set up correctly. The soundman had my power point ready to go and was waiting to do a sound check. The coffee pot was …

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Gwen Smith

Trusting God With Your Tomorrows

Today’s Truth
The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
Exodus 4:11-12, NIV

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On the far side of a desert, high upon the Mountain of God, a voice called out to Moses from within a curious, fiery bush. He had been tending the sheep of his father-in-law’s flock – minding his own business – going about his normal day-in-day-out tasks on …

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Sharon Jaynes

God, Where Are You?

Today’s Truth

“In all their distress he too was distressed,” (Isaiah 63:9 NIV). 

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When bad things happen we may never understand the why. God tells us, ‘’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).

Dr. James Dobson said: “Trying to analyze His [God’s] omnipotence is like an amoeba attempting to comprehend the behavior of man.”  It’s simply not possible. But there is one thing …

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