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Sharon Jaynes

Homesick

Today’s Truth

He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy] (Ecclesiastes 3:11AMP).

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Our culture has made very little of heaven and tried desperately to create heaven here on earth. Advertisers bank on the idea that people really think this is as good as it gets. Modern man engages in ceaseless activity and amusement to distract himself from considering what comes next. Even the prayer life of Christians shows just how little we think of …

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Mary Southerland

Don’t Shoot the Wounded Ones

Today’s Truth

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others (1 Peter 4:10, NIV).

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Hamburgers are a regular item on the Southerland summer menu … for several reasons.

Hamburgers are inexpensive, easy to prepare, and scrumptious.

Hamburgers can be cooked outside. We live in Kansas where the summer heat can be brutal. Why add to the rising temperature outside by turning on an oven inside?

On one particular hamburger-kind-of night, my husband offered to do the grilling, but he had just gotten home from work and looked like he needed a nap more …

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Sharon Jaynes

Come Out! Come Out! Wherever You Are!

Today’s Truth

[God said to Adam and Eve] “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9 NIV).

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When I turned forty, all of a sudden small letters and numbers got smaller. A trip to the ophthalmologist proved that I needed reading glasses. But I had a hard time keeping track of them, so the doctor fitted me with mono-vision contact lenses. In my left eye, I wear a contact lens for seeing close up, and in my right eye, I wear a contact lens for distance vision. And somehow, my brain figures all that out and I can see perfectly …

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Gwen Smith

When Your Hurt is Heavy

Today’s Truth
Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live. (Mark 5:22-23, NIV)

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I had a painful phone conversation with a girlfriend recently. She was heavy with hurt. Spiritually paralyzed by circumstances. Her faith has been greatly challenged and weakened.

It broke my heart.

I wanted to reach through the phone line and hug her. I wanted to lift her burdens and …

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Mary Southerland

A Re-Trained Brain

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, NCV).

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We all battle fear. Fear constantly tries to elbow faith aside, hoping to derail God’s plan and purpose in our lives. Fear keeps many of us from dreaming God-sized dreams, persuading us to settle for safety and comfort instead of riding the waves of possibilities. When faith yanks our hideous fears out of the darkness and into the light, we can see them for what they really are – powerless.…

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Sharon Jaynes

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Today’s Truth
What a person desires is unfailing love (Proverbs 19:22 NIV).

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Brenda’s mother was a bitter woman. Nothing was ever good enough for her. In her eyes, her yard was never groomed well enough, her home was never clean enough, her décor was never refined enough, her husband was never affectionate enough, her jewelry never big enough, her friends never giving enough, her pastor never attentive enough, her heat never warm enough, her bank account never large enough and so on, and so on.

All her life, Brenda had been reminded that she wasn’t a good …

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Mary Southerland

God Knows Me

Today’s Truth

O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! (Psalm 139:1-6, NLT).

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To think that I can …

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Sharon Jaynes

They’re Playing Our Song

Today’s Truth

He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV, 1984 ed.).

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I was riding on a chairlift at Keystone ski resort in Colorado. “Single,” I had called out while standing in line—the proper etiquette for those skiing alone. No one took me up on the offer to share the chair…and I breathed a sigh of relief. I was alone. I was glad.

As the gears churned and the cables strained to pull my metal chair up the mountain, I sensed …

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Gwen Smith

The Little Black Dress of Faith

Today’s Truth

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is… more precious than jewels (Proverbs 3:13-14).

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Years ago I thought that if I owned some diamond stud earrings all the stars in the universe would dance in one accord and that my life would simply dazzle with amazingness. That year for Christmas, my husband, Brad, dutifully scraped dollars and cents together to sacrificially buy this momma a set of modest, but sparkly, studs.

But guess what?

The stars didn’t dance and my days were no more …

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Mary Southerland

Master Designer

Today’s Truth

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT).

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Our son was born to be a builder. From the time he could hold a plastic red hammer in his toddler-sized hands, Jered began hammering imaginary nails into the coffee table, fixing everything that was broken in our house. No wooden surface in our home was safe from Jered’s scrutiny or design.

Since my husband enjoyed woodworking, he decided to build Jered a …

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