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Sharon Jaynes

If Today Was Your Last Day

Today’s Truth

“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live,” (Psalm 104:33 NIV). 

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What would you do today if you knew you only had a few months to live?

When I was newly married, I attended a social club meeting of women whose husbands shared the same profession. There was nothing wrong with the gathering. The food was good. Smiles were warm. Conversations were light. But I walked away feeling as though I’d wasted a precious gift—a morning of my life.

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Mary Southerland

How To Get Past Your Past

Today’s Truth

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13, NIV).

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When some of us think of the past, we remember the good old days when everything was better, simpler, cheaper and easier. Some people would like to erase their past while others long to revisit it. I believe memory is one of God’s best gifts to us. Someone once said, “Memory can be a wonderful treasure chest for those who know how to pack …

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Sharon Jaynes

When You Feel Like the Caboose

Today’s Truth
“…when I am weak, then I am strong,” (2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV).

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My hands were clammy. Beads of sweat formed on my brow. A familiar knot in the pit of my stomach threatened to push me toward the restroom, and my dry tongue began cleave to the roof of my mouth. It was 10:25 a.m. In just five more minutes the dreaded event would begin.

When I was in the first grade, the one academic exercise I feared more than any other was the spelling train. It was sheer torture—at least for me.

“Okay, students,” …

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Mary Southerland

When I Fall Down

Today’s Truth

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ (Psalm 91:1-2, NIV)

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I had forgotten just how amazing the process of learning to walk really is until our youngest grandchild recently reminded me. Justus was a speed crawler who could scoot along the floor almost as fast as I could walk and seemed content to explore the bottom of tables and chairs, play with doorstops or inspect …

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Gwen Smith

Prayer Power

Today’s Truth

Pray continually. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

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Over the past few years, my spiritual life has changed dramatically. I’ve witnessed the LORD move in amazing ways, and have felt His hand guide me like never before.  What’s the big secret? Why the big change? Simple: prayer. There is unexplainable power in prayer.

No, prayer isn’t new to me. I’ve prayed ever since I was a child. But even though I love God, I often struggled to remain focused during my quiet time … or to even carve out a daily quiet time, for that matter. My creative …

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Sharon Jaynes

Eating Crow

Today’s Truth

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever, (1 Chronicles 16:34, NIV).

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Sometimes we like what life serves up—and sometimes we don’t. But most of the time, it simply depends on the attitude of the person holding the spoon. Such was the case one evening when I went to dinner with friends to the Sanitary Fish Market. I know that is a strange name for a seafood restaurant, but it was a great place that everyone frequented in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Because the food was good, I guess it …

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Mary Southerland

Be Kind

Today’s Truth

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34-35, NIV).

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When bad things happen, we cry out in desperation for someone to care. More people come to Christ during a crisis than at any other time. Kindness is simply compassion at work and love in action.

We need to constantly refocus our success-targeted eyes, crucify each self-promoting heart motive, and look for the needs around …

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Sharon Jaynes

Shabby Chic Refinishing

Today’s Truth

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).

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Junk. That’s what my family and friends thought of most of my purchases. But to me, they were treasures waiting to be revealed.

When I was in my late teens, I had an unusual fetish for beat-up antique furniture. While most of my friends were at the mall shopping for clothes, I was at estate sales, flea markets, yard sales, and auctions hunting for antiques. Often, when I brought my purchases home, my …

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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.

Her …

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