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Sharon Jaynes

God Sees Your Disappointment

Today’s Truth

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet without sin, (Hebrews 4:15 NIV).

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Let’s face it. People let us down. They disappoint us. And so does God. Often our experiences fall short of our expectations for God to meet all our needs the way we think He should, and like a lover who has been wronged, we tend to guard our hearts against future disappointment by lowering our expectations and …

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Gwen Smith

Measuring Up

Today’s Truth

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Proverbs 31:30).

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My girlfriend Denise is a knockout. She’s got the whole beauty package going on. She’s tall, slender, athletic, bright, and funny. To know her is to love her. But she is so pretty that if you didn’t know her, you might love to hate her. Kind of like the supermodels.

Denise is a former model and gymnast who lived much of her life in the shadow of perfection’s impossible measuring stick. She grew …

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Sharon Jaynes

Disappointment With God, Part 2

Today’s Truth

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).

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As you live and move and have your being in Christ, at some point, difficult days will come. We live in a fallen world, and suffering is simply a part of it. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble,” (John 16:33). It’s a sure thing.

When we experience shattered dreams, broken relationships, tragic losses, or unfulfilled longings, it can be difficult to feel …

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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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