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Gwen Smith

Climbing to High Places

Today’s Truth

How Awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth.” (Psalm 47:2)

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My husband, Brad, and I celebrated 20 years of marriage last summer by taking a trip to several cities, far away. We planned our days and painstakingly plotted touring strategies in order to see the sites, view the views, eat the foods, experience the local charms and soak in the unfamiliar cultures as best we could. Each city boasted different personalities and attractions, but one thing was consistent about our approach in every location: we climbed to high places.…

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Mary Southerland

Go For the Gold, Part 2

Today’s Truth

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV). 

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Someone once said that if God showed us every detail of our lives – all at one time – we would sit down and refuse to face another day. We were not created to be omniscient like God. He reveals our future to us in portions we can digest – like loving parents feeding their child the only type and …

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Sharon Jaynes

A Warrior in Cute Shoes

Today’s Truth

The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’ (Genesis 2:18, NIV).

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“In the beginning…”

Those three little words are pregnant with anticipation, and God does not disappoint. Genesis 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” God said, “Let there be,” and there was.

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:6). God decorated the sky with the sun, moon, and stars, separated …

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Mary Southerland

Go For the Gold

Today’s Truth

Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace (2 Corinthians 1:12). 

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I look forward to watching the Winter Olympics, and am always amazed by the amount of training the athletes are willing to invest in order to win a gold, silver, or bronze medal. If Christians were willing to make the same kind of investment in running the race of life, …

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Sharon Jaynes

Prayer Changes Everything

Today’s Truth

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16b, NIV).

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Prayer…it changes everything.

If you’ve been married for more than a few days, then you have most likely figured out that the blessed union doesn’t stay so blessed without a lot of work. If you’re not married, you’ve no doubt seen the difference prayer can make in any number of relationships.

I dare say, the most important “work” we can do as wives, mothers, friends or coworkers is on our knees. The psalmist wrote, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders …

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Gwen Smith

Life is a Tug of War

Today’s Truth

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. (Hebrews 6:19a, NLT)

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I grew up in a small town in a big family just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. When I was a little girl, one of the highlights of every summer was going to our family reunion at White Oak Park. Now, some people dread family reunions, but as a kid – I loved them – and here’s why: we had some really fun games…and I love to play games!

My brothers and my sisters and my cousins (and my second cousins) played …

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Mary Southerland

I Feel Your Pain

Today’s Truth

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV).

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It was Easter Sunday, and I was sitting in the sanctuary waiting for the worship service to begin. Anticipating a large crowd, I arrived early to drop Jered off in the nursery, one of his favorite places to go since every nursery worker doted …

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Sharon Jaynes

Changing the World Through Prayer

Today’s Truth

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16b, TNIV).

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G. Campbell Morgan tells a story about the power of one woman’s prayers to stir a revival in her home church.

“There are saints of God who for long, long years have been shut off from all the activities of the Church, and even from the worship of the sanctuary, but who, nevertheless, have continued to labor together in prayer with the whole fellowship of the saints. There comes to me the thought of one woman who, to my knowledge, since 1872 …

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Mary Southerland

Hope For Tomorrow

Today’s Truth

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). 

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A cloud of terror hung over the Valley of Elah as snarling threats and vile promises spewed from his mouth. The intimidator strutted along grassy slopes, swinging an enormous club, his mammoth, ironclad feet pawing the ground like an irate bull, ready to attack.

The huge, ugly monster was Goliath, a nine-foot giant who was the pride of Philistia.

Goliath wore massive armor; a bronze coat weighing 200 pounds, a solid …

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Sharon Jaynes

Struggling Together in Prayer

Today’s Truth

I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me (Romans 15:30). 

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I am so glad that God gave us girlfriends who will struggle with us in prayer.  Paul wasn’t a Girlfriend in God, but he certainly understood the power of our words to God in prayer.

He wrote: “I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me” …

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