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Gwen Smith

About That Whole Control Thing

Today’s Truth

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11, NIV)

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I had been out of town at an event. Gone just one night. While I was away, my then eight-year-old daughter, Kennedy, had spent the night at her girlfriend Catherine’s house. I came home to a groundswell of enthusiasm…

“Mom! We have to go to Walmart to buy sponge rollers! They are incredible! Last night, before we went to bed, Mrs. Robertson rolled our hair in sponge rollers and …

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Sharon Jaynes

God’s Love Among the Rubble

Today’s Truth

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NASB).

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It was the first anniversary of the terrorist bombing of September 11, 2001. The rubble from the World Trade Centers had been cleared and the Pentagon repaired, but men and women all across American still mourned the 3,000 …

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Sharon Jaynes

When You Don’t See Jesus

Today’s Truth

“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you,” (Hebrews 13:5 NLT).

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A crisis of belief occurs for most of us during difficult situations. We know that God is all-powerful and could rescue, heal, or save us at any time. So we tend to feel abandoned or duped when He doesn’t.

And you can bet your bottom dollar, Satan is going to be waiting in the wings to whisper doubts in your ear. He prowls around like a roaring lion looking for just the right moment to discourage the wounded believer (1 Peter 5:8). …

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Mary Southerland

Where is God? Part 2

Today’s Truth

Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised’ (Job 1:20-21).

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Job was an extraordinary man, husband, father, and leader who served God faithfully. His faithfulness to God in prosperity was a powerful testimony, but His faithfulness to God in the face of death, pain and despair was even more powerful.

Did Job doubt and question God?

Absolutely!

Did Job openly and honestly grieve his …

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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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