Devotions Archive

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Mary Southerland

What’s the Plan?

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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Every year, many people set new life goals in January. I believe Christians should be goal-oriented.

Setting goals is not about what I want to do with my life as much as it is about what God wants to do in and through my life. Someone once said that goals are the “rudder of our lives, and God’s wisdom is the wind filling the …

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Sharon Jaynes

Let’s Start Over

Today’s Truth

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Friend to Friend

Laura lived in a small town with parents who were morally sound and family oriented. She went to church from her earliest remembrance and was baptized when she was twelve-years-old. In high school, she began dating Barry. After Laura went off to college, both of Barry’s parents died. He was lonely and missed the close-knit family he had once enjoyed.

After Laura’s first year of college, Barry began talking marriage. …

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Gwen Smith

Chasing Beauty

Today’s Truth
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)

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From the time I was a young girl I wanted to be beautiful. In the fifth grade, I resorted to desperate measures in a very “eleven-year-old, clueless-adolescent” kind of way. I distinctly remember some bright blue eye shadow being involved.

I can even picture in my mind what said unauthorized makeup looked like in its case – like a pallet that would normally hold watercolor paint. Five fabulous, or not so fabulous, color options ranging …

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Mary Southerland

When I am Weak … He is Strong!

Today’s Truth

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me’ (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV).

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For many years, I did everything I possibly could to hide or erase any weakness in my life. When that didn’t work, I simply pretended that those weak areas didn’t exist. Why? Because if I was weak, how could Jesus love me? How could anyone love me? How could I love myself?

When …

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Sharon Jaynes

Time to Drop the Rock

Today’s Truth

Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin” (John 8:11 NIV).

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Remember the story of the woman caught in adultery recorded in John 8:1-11? If you aren’t familiar with it, stop right now and read it for yourself.

The Pharisees had brought this half-dressed woman to Jesus right in the middle of His teaching a crowd and tried to snare Him in a trap. Should she be stoned or set free?

As this woman listened to the Pharisees question Jesus, she understood his dilemma. If He …

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Mary Southerland

My God-Image Part 3

Today’s Truth

Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you (Jeremiah 1:5, NCV).

Friend to Friend

I have spent many years of my life trying to earn the favor and love of God. I worked very hard at being the person I thought God wanted me to be instead of seeking Him to discover who He created me to be.

I was sharing that struggle with our friend, Rick Warren, who listened quietly, and then asked, “Mary, who is going to be you … if you don’t be you?” I had to stop and think about that …

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Sharon Jaynes

Give God a Round of Applause!

Today’s Truth

Clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph and songs of joy (Psalm 47:1 Amplified Version).

Friend to Friend

Steve and I boarded a cog train for a scenic ride to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is the most visited mountain in North American—a hiker’s paradise. But since going up and down my stairs at home is about as much hiking as I like to do, we opted for the train to chug us to the top.

This stately mountain stands as a majestic backdrop to Colorado …

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Gwen Smith

Measuring Up

Today’s Truth

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised (Proverbs 31:30).

Friend to Friend

My friend Denise has got the whole beauty package going on. She’s tall, slender, athletic, bright, and funny. To know her is to love her. But she is so pretty that if you didn’t know her, you might love to hate her.

Denise is a former model and gymnast who lived much of her life in the shadow of perfection’s impossible measuring stick. She came to know Christ as a child. But though she was …

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Mary Southerland

My God-Image Part 2

Today’s Truth

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14, NIV).

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After meeting Robert, Mama did not say a word. The look in her eyes told me that she was not happy.

Evidently, Robert had not measured up to whatever obsolete standard she had in mind. When I asked her what she thought of him, she smiled and said nothing.

Nothing? How could she not see what was so very obvious to me – that Robert was absolutely flawless, and that we were going …

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Sharon Jaynes

I Want, I Need, God Wants Me to Have

Today’s Truth

But godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6 NIV).

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Mary Elizabeth was strolling down the cookie aisle at Wal-Mart with her three-year-old daughter, Sarah, riding comfortably in the “front seat” of the shopping buggy. Suddenly, Sarah spied a box of sugar cookies, coated with pink icing and decorated with multicolored sprinkles.

Her eyes brightened with enthusiasm as she put on her best cherub face. “Mommy, I want those cookies.”

“Oh, Sarah,” replied her mom, “we don’t need any cookies today. We have plenty at home. Maybe another time.”

Ten minutes later, as Mary …

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