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Sharon Jaynes

Disappointment With God, Part 1

Today’s Truth

All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful, (Psalm 25:10 NIV).

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I sat on the floor playing a card game with my young son. It was shaping up to be one of the best summers ever. Steven was savoring every minute of the long hot days, our Golden Retriever, Ginger, had delivered seven adorable puppies, and after years of negative pregnancy tests and doctor visits, I had a new life growing in my womb.

In the middle of enjoying the moment with Steven, I felt a warm, sticky sensation that made my world …

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Mary Southerland

Coming Out of the Dark, Part 2

Today’s Truth

Isaiah 45:3 “I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”

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Children are wonderfully different. When our son, Jered, was nine months old, he began to pull up on every piece of furniture he could find. For weeks, he maneuvered his way around our home until the day he took his first step alone. It was a step of inches, but we celebrated as if he had completed a marathon. On the …

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Mary Southerland

Coming Out of the Dark

Today’s Truth

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD (Psalm 40:1-3, NIV).

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Florida is famous for its sinkholes. I personally find them fascinating since I grew up in Texas where most holes are made intentionally

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Gwen Smith

A Fresh Brewed Faith

Today’s Truth

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:29-31, NIV).

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Every morning I walk straight to the coffee pot and push the ON button. I’m a total coffee girl. I like a piping-hot, extra dark roast with half and half, and I struggle to function …

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Sharon Jaynes

When The Earth Drops Out From Beneath Your Feet, P2

Today’s Truth

His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts,(Isaiah 55:9 NIV).

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If it were up to me, I would have written some stories differently. I would have a little girl who would be twenty-one years old this year. Carol’s son would not be in prison. Linda’s twenty-year-old daughter would not be a quadriplegic because of a car crash at a tollbooth when she was a toddler.  Barbara’s daughter would not be bipolar. Patty’s twenty-one-year-old daughter would not have died in a car accident. Jennifer’s husband would not have died …

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Sharon Jaynes

When the Earth Drops Out Beneath Your Feet

Today’s Truth

His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts, (Isaiah 55:9 NIV). 

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Steve and I got married when we were both still in college. He was entering his fourth year of dental school, and I was just a few hours shy of completing my degree. The last year of school held many important decisions for us, such as where (move the next sentence up) Steve would set up his practice. Dentists don’t tend to move about, so this was an important, probably life-long decision for both of us.

All …

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Mary Southerland

How to Deal With Stress

Today’s Truth

Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never forget you” (NIV).

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Here I am, writing about stress. It seems that I always have to re-live a topic before I write about it. (I think my next book will be “How to Become a Millionaire and Lose 20 Pounds in Six Short Weeks. Interestingly enough, I have had several offers to co-author.) Recently, stress has been camping out on my doorstep. Admittedly, it seems that …

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Gwen Smith

Don’t Miss The Beautiful

Today’s Truth

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2a, NIV).

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A few years ago I went on a trip to minister in Tennessee at a women’s event and, to my delight, my daughter Kennedy was able to join me. The two of us are all about “mommy-daughter time” so we were giddy with happy as we started off on the three and a half hour drive.

Prior to the trip, I had given Kennedy permission to use my iPad to watch a movie. So once we hit the …

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Mary Southerland

God – Our Source

Today’s Truth

Psalm 23:1-6 (GWT) “The Lord is my shepherd. I am never in need. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters. He renews my soul. He guides me along the paths of righteousness for the sake of his name. Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me, I fear no harm. Your rod and your staff give me courage. You prepare a banquet for me while my enemies watch. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Certainly, goodness and mercy will stay close to me …

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Sharon Jaynes

Be Still and Know

Today’s Truth

In him we live and move and have our being, (Acts 17:28 NIV).

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(I posted this devotion a few months ago, but wanted to post it again as you head into the crazy holiday season. Here we go!)

I pressed the send button on my latest manuscript, What God Really Thinks about Women. For twelve months I had spent night and day with Jesus and the women he encountered while he walked the earth. I was going to miss them. Miss walking in their sandals. Miss breathing their air. Miss crying their tears. …

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