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Sharon Jaynes

It’s Not How You Start. It’s How You Finish

Today’s Truth:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV).

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I sat by her bed.

Her hand swollen…full…unmoving.

Feet that danced just a few weeks ago now stilled. Arms that lifted just a short time ago now limp. Words that spilled easily just a moment ago now halted. How could life seep away so quickly, right before my eyes?

Mom was ready. But I wasn’t.

On July 29th of this past year, my mom called to tell me she was going to the emergency …

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Mary Southerland

The Real Love Commandment

Today’s Truth

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-38, NIV).

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I love being a grandmother. I love our grandchildren and work hard at finding any and every excuse to spend time with them. They keep me young … and are some of my greatest teachers.

I remember one particular visit with our son and daughter-in-law in North Carolina. Our twin grandchildren were three years old …

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Sharon Jaynes

God’s Got This

Today’s Truth

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25-26 NIV).

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Oh friend, I don’t know what you are …

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Gwen Smith

Prayer Power

Today’s Truth

Pray continually. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

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Several years ago my spiritual life took a dramatic turn for the better. Since that time, I’ve witnessed the Lord move in amazing ways, and have felt His hand guide me like never before.

What’s the big secret? Why the big change?

Simple: PRAYER.

There is unexplainable power in prayer.

No, prayer isn’t new to me. I’ve prayed ever since I was a child. But even though I love God, I often struggled to remain focused during my quiet time… or to even carve out a daily quiet time, for …

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Mary Southerland

Sinkholes and Pits Part 2

Today’s Truth

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 (Isaiah 45:3).

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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 run a marathon.

Our …

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Sharon Jaynes

Praying for the Men in Your Life

Today’s Truth

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).

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Of all the roles and responsibilities that God has given us as women, the position of a prayer warrior or intercessor is perhaps the greatest of all. An intercessor is a person who intervenes or prays for another person. It was derived from the Greek word enteuxis, which means to go before a king with a petition …

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Mary Southerland

Sinkholes and Pits Part 1

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 (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. Scientists say sinkholes occur when underground resources gradually dry up, causing …

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Sharon Jaynes

I’m an Ezer and Proud of It

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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For thirteen years, our family was blessed with a golden retriever named Ginger. We gave her to our son, Steven, for Christmas when he was five-years-old, and she still holds the blue ribbon as the best present ever. I can still remember the look of surprise on Steven’s cherub face when the “stuffed” animal began to move.

“It’s a puppy!” he exclaimed. “It’s not a toy!”

And while Ginger was …

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Gwen Smith

Can You Really Hug a Porcupine?

Today’s Truth

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds… (James 1:2, NIV)

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Several years ago I bought a box of Cheerios that came with a free children’s book. The little book that came with the O’s had a darling and oh-so-prickly little varmint on the front cover. The title? How Do You Hug a Porcupine?

The story is about a young boy who witnessed a bunch of his friends hugging a myriad of animals. They hugged dogs, bunnies, cats, horses, cows… you get the picture… all cuddly and relatively …

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Mary Southerland

To Know Him More

Today’s Truth

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better (Ephesians 1:17, NIV).

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It was Christmas Eve, and I had one final errand to run. One of the gifts I ordered for our grandson had not arrived. I ordered it several weeks earlier, and patted myself on the back for the great deal I had gotten. In all the delightful Christmas chaos, I had forgotten all about it until Christmas Eve when I made the …

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