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Mary Southerland

Where is God Part 1?

Today’s Truth

The Lord is my light and the one who saves me. So why should I fear anyone? The Lord protects my life. So why should I be afraid? Evil people may try to destroy my body. My enemies and those who hate me attack me, but they are overwhelmed and defeated. If an army surrounds me, I will not be afraid. If war breaks out, I will trust the Lord (Psalm 27:1-3, NCV).

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I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the phone rang and my husband said, “Honey, you need …

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Gwen Smith

Every Day Counts

Today’s Truth

Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border…” (1 Chronicles 4:10, ESV).

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Years ago I worked with a woman in Nashville named Cindy. She was a no-nonsense publisher for a major music company. Each month she listened to the songs I wrote and gave honest, constructive feedback that required this songwriter-chick to have thick skin and wear big-girl-panties.

I didn’t always love what she had to say.

Total honesty? She. Scared. Me. Silly.

I wrestled with her strong, bristly opinions while at the same time …

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Mary Southerland

Do it now!

Today’s Truth

To one who knows the right thing to do, and does not do it, to him, it is sin (James 4:17, NASB).

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Procrastination is a great source of stress in life. I once heard a preacher tell the old story of three demons who were arguing over the best way to destroy the Christian movement. The first demon had it all figured out. “Let’s tell all the Christians that there is no heaven. If we take away the reward incentive, their movement will collapse.” The second demon responded with, “No, I have a better idea. …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Power of Your Story

Today’s Truth

Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story,” (Psalm 107:2 NIV)

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Like the spine of a good book, scars—by their very nature—imply there’s a story to tell. They represent a wrinkle in time in which a person’s life is changed forever, and serve as permanent reminders of an incident that, in one way or another, has made a lasting impression on one’s life.

Calvin pulls up his pant leg to reveal where two bullets pierced his flesh during the Korean War. Melanie wears a gold chain just below where an incision was made across …

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Mary Southerland

But I Don’t Feel Like Forgiving

Today’s Truth

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins (Mark 11:25, NIV).

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Do you remember the last words of Jesus as He hung on the cross? “It is finished!” The most literal translation would be “paid in full.”

Have you ever paid off a loan? I will never forget paying off my very first car loan. After sending in my forty-eighth and final payment, I celebrated the fact that I finally owned my bright blue and ever-so-compact Chevy Vega from …

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Sharon Jaynes

I Am What I Am, But I’m Not Who I Was

Today’s Truth

“By the grace of God I am what I am…” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV)

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There are many powerful stories of physical healing in the New Testament, but some of the most powerful testimonies are of the healing of an infected soul. Such was the case with Paul. He was a man with a past, and was not ashamed to tell it. Several times when he spoke or preached to the multitudes, he began by sharing his personal story. While speaking in Jerusalem, Paul began by revealing his past. He said:

“I am a Jew, born …

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Gwen Smith

A Soul Poured Out

Today’s Truth

I am a woman who is deeply troubled…I was pouring out my soul to the LORD

(1 Samuel 1:15, NIV).

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The Old Testament book of Samuel introduces us to Hannah: a godly woman who had some serious problems. Her problems weren’t brief and they weren’t simple. They were year after year problems. Challenges that made her feel empty and frustrated. Have you got a few of those in your life? Sure you do. We all do. Each of us goes through trials and face pain.

Hannah experienced infertility and she also had a disturbing rival-wife …

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Mary Southerland

Confrontation vs. Combat

Today’s Truth

Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Proverbs 27:6)

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Dan and I just celebrated 38 years of marriage. And every single day has been filled with peace, marital bliss, peace … and I need to stop right there before a bolt of lightning strikes me dead! Dan and I have a great marriage – most of the time. Honestly, there have been days when I have thought about getting in the car and driving away. I am sure there have been more days when Dan has thought the same thing. We have weathered some severe …

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Sharon Jaynes

When a Friend Gets Knocked Down by Words

Today’s Truth

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up (Proverbs 12:25, NIV).

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It was just a bit of burlap peaking out from underneath the soil, but to our golden retriever, Ginger, it was a challenge that needed to be pursued.

Shortly after we had planted a maple tree in our backyard, we went on vacation. It was the first time we had left Ginger home alone, and a neighbor fed and watched out for her while we were away. On the second day of our trip, I called Cathy to see how …

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Mary Southerland

Lessons Learned from a Road Hog

Today’s Truth

A cheerful heart has a continual feast (Proverbs 15:15, NIV).

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I have little patience with road hogs and seem to find ample opportunities for expressing my less-than-favorable opinion of the way they drive. It’s not pretty, but it’s real.

We once lived in a small but rapidly growing town just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. Because the town had outgrown its roads, the traffic out of the city into the community where we lived was a nightmare.

At one particular spot on the main road into our community, a double lane narrowed to a single …

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