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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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Sharon Jaynes

How to Avoid Being a Travel Agent for Guilt Trips

Today’s Truth

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Ephesians 4:29, NIV).

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I had taken Steven to an amusement park for a mother-son day before he started fourth grade. It was hot, the lines were long, and I began to feel queasy from being gyrated and jerked to sudden stops from 60 miles per hour.

We were on a ride called The Log Flume, which was like riding a rollercoaster seated in a …

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Gwen Smith

Red Lipstick

Today’s Truth

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

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When my three children were young, it was a challenge to keep track of where they were at all times. My husband and I baby proofed the house as best we could, used gates and did our best. I’ll never forget the day that Preston and Kennedy were accounted for in the playroom, but Hunter had wandered off. I called for him, but got no response.

Curious, …

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Mary Southerland

Whose Voice Do You Hear?

Today’s Truth

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27, NIV).

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Dan and I had been married one year when we moved to Fort Worth, Texas, so Dan could attend seminary. I desperately wanted a teaching job, but none was available. Instead I was hired as a secretary in an insurance office. It was definitely not my idea of a dream job, but I had a plan. Every day, on my lunch hour, I call the school district’s personnel office to ask, “Do you have a job or me yet?” …

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Sharon Jaynes

When Words Run Wild

Today’s Truth

I put my hand over my mouth (Job 40:4, NIV).

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When I was young, I loved reading the story of the stately steed, Black Beauty. In my early teens, I enjoyed visiting my friend Cammie and riding horses on her parents’ dairy farm. We often clicked our heels and raced through the fields with reckless abandonment.

A horse is a powerful animal, yet with the tug of the reins or the tap of a heel, he will submit to his master’s bidding. On the other hand, a wild stallion that has not been brought …

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Mary Southerland

Don’t Quit!

Today’s Truth

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up (Galatians 6:9).

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The story is told of a great pianist who was scheduled to perform for a small country town. Everyone in the town was excited since they rarely had the opportunity to hear a famous musician. A young mother was especially excited. Her son had been taking piano lessons and showed great promise …but he hated to practice. His mother was hoping that if her son saw …

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Sharon Jaynes

Slugs, Gossip, and Slimy Trails

Today’s Truth:

Without wood the fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down (Proverbs 26:20, NIV).

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A monster was sneaking into my yard in the dark of night and devouring my prize plants. I never saw his beady eyes or heard his pounding footsteps—just the aftermath of his destruction. He left a trail of slime as he moved from plant to plant, leaving large gaping holes in broad leaf gerbera daisies, gnawing entire velvety trumpet-shaped blossoms on purple petunias, and reducing bushy begonias to naked stalks.

I asked a neighbor about my flowerbed’s demise, and …

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