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Mary Southerland

The Beatitudes of Anger Management, Part 1

Today’s Truth

In your anger, do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26).

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Everyone has to deal with anger. The challenge is to deal with anger in the right way. Anger is powerful – an emotional warning that something is wrong. We have been hurt or rejected. Something has changed and we don’t like it!

Anger itself is not sin. We just have to learn to express anger in the right way. Mishandled anger is destructive but anger that is handled correctly can become a tool for good. God’s Word is filled with tips for learning to handle anger …

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Friday Friend

What Is Your Pace?

Today’s Truth

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win” (1 Corinthians 9:24).

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Do you ever wonder if you are too busy as a couple, as a family – or if your plate is fuller than God might have intended for you as an individual? We each have our own God given life pace for which God has designed us. One pace is not right or wrong, because everyone has a pace at which he/she functions …

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Sharon Jaynes

Everything is Possible for Her That Believes

Today’s Truth

Everything is possible for him who believes, (Mark 9:23 NIV). 

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Once, a distraught father had an unruly son with multiple physical and emotional problems. Many people even said the boy was possessed by a demon. The dad had tried everything, but the boy continued to demonstrate anti-social behavior: throwing himself in the fire and then in water. That sort of behavior, on top of frequent seizures, rolling on the ground, foaming at the mouth, and an inability to talk, made the dad desperate to find a solution. He even took the boy to some …

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Mary Southerland

Read the Directions

Today’s Truth

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).

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I am an average cook and a below average baker. Consequently, I am of little value in the “cookies from scratch” department. Our daughter, Danna, however, loves to bake and is very good at whipping up three-dozen cookies or her favorite yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I will never forget the day Danna baked her first batch of cookies from scratch.

It was …

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Sharon Jaynes

Trusting God to Answer Your Prayers

Today’s Truth

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you, (John 15:7, NIV).

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I am blessed with some very special nieces and nephews. One of my favorite people in the world is my niece, Grace Anne. After college, Grace Anne served two years with a mission organization, teaching Physical Education in the Dominican Republic. Those two years were very different and difficult for Gracie. She didn’t have the luxury of hot showers, fast food, or texting. Her apartment was sparse, her friends were few, …

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Mary Southerland

How to Avoid Jealousy

Today’s Truth

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones (Proverbs 14:30, NIV).

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We all know what it is like to be green with envy. We all struggle with jealousy at some point in life. Let’s be honest. How often do we look at another person and covet what we perceive to be their success? How many of us are not content to serve God with the gifts He has given us while whining about the fact that others have the gifts we want. We convince ourselves that our longing for …

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Sharon Jaynes

Super Mom is a Fairy Tale

Today’s Truth

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do no grow weary, (Galatians 6:9, NIV).

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Don’t you just detest those mothers who seem to have it all together? You know her: super-mom. She is that mythical creature who never yells at her kids. Whose house is always spotless, whose children always obey quickly and quietly, who prepares three meals a day that are nutritious and aesthetically pleasing…the one who is a “successful” mother.

If there is anything that can discourage a hard working mom, it …

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Mary Southerland

Idols and Tools

Today’s Truth

Jesus said to them, “Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. Life is not measured by how much one owns” (Luke 12:15, ICB).  

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We live in a “stuff” driven world where it does not seem to matter how much we have, because it is never enough. We are told the more things we have, the more successful we are. We not only want possessions, we want other people’s talents, abilities, circumstances and relationships. Luke warns us to guard against “all kinds of greed.” It is easy for us to covet a better …

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Sharon Jaynes

Equipped to Handle Life

Today’s Truth

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work,” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV).

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When I worked in a medical office several years ago, we had what we called tray setups. On the trays were all the instruments we needed for various procedures. We prepared them ahead of time and stored them in a cabinet for later use.  When a patient came in for a certain procedure, we didn’t have to scramble around to find …

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Gwen Smith

What’s In Your Trash Basket?

Today’s Truth

“Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’” (John 8:10, NIV)

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A four-year-old girl was overheard reciting the Lord’s Prayer, “and forgive us our trash baskets, as we forgive those who pass trash against us.” When I first heard that story, I smiled. Then I thought of a conversation I had had recently with a girlfriend.

She is a Christian friend. But though she has “emptied her trash basket” of sin before the Lord in sincere repentance, she has not emptied the trash basket of self-condemnation. Not completely. …

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