Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

What’s Mine is Yours

Today’s Truth

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. (Acts 4:32, NIV)

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“What’s yours is mine, and what’s mine is mine.” My husband and I used to joke that this was the unspoken motto of our kids when they were little. Toddlers have no qualms about grabbing a toy, snack, or any random item of interest from other people or pets. It’s rare to see a child share her cherished possessions generously.

It can be hard for you …

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Mary Southerland

Sandpaper People

Today’s Truth

We are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).

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Sandpaper people, the people who rub us the wrong way, are not only a reality of life but also a gift from God. God has used these difficult relationships as catalysts in my life through which He has lovingly upset my comfortable plans and purposefully redirected my self-ordered steps. The results have often been chaotic and unsettling, but always life changing!

Our son, Jered, has played football since elementary school. As a junior in high school, Jered experienced his first surgery to repair a broken bone in his …

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Sharon Jaynes

Just What You’ve Always Wanted

Today’s Truth

Jesus said: “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (John 10:10b The Message).

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Yard sales. I’ve never really liked them. But when we were preparing to move from the home we had lived in for twenty years, we (aka “I”) decided it was a way to clean out the clutter, make a little money, and not move “treasures” from one attic to another.

We displayed our lovely attic décor on makeshift plywood tables, gave them a quick dusting, and waited for the bargain …

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Mary Southerland

Unfailing Love Part 2

Today’s Truth

The LORD said to me again, ‘Go, show your love to a woman loved by someone else, who has been unfaithful to you. In the same way the LORD loves the people of Israel, even though they worship other gods and love to eat the raisin cakes.’ So I bought her for six ounces of silver and ten bushels of barley. Then I told her, ‘You must wait for me for many days. You must not be a prostitute, and you must not have sexual relations with any other man. I will act the same way toward you.’

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Sharon Jaynes

What We Miss When We Zip Through God’s Word

Today’s Truth

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16,17 TNIV).

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One summer I went to a very famous art museum. I walked up and down the aisles, quickly glancing at first one masterpiece and then another. Finally, I decided to stop and look at one particular painting. I don’t even remember which one it was. The more I looked at the painting, the more I began to see.

It was dark on one …

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Gwen Smith

Never Lost

Today’s Truth

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands… (Isaiah 49:16a).

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Years ago our family got a bouncy little puppy that we named Roman. One of the first things we did when Roman became a Smith was head to the pet store for doggie supplies. In addition to purchasing chew toys, a collar, and food, we ordered Roman a nameplate to go on his collar in case he ever gets lost.

The cashier sold us two tokens for the tag, and sent us to the other side of the store to the engraving …

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Mary Southerland

When You Don’t Really Want to Forgive Part 1

Today’s Truth

The LORD said to me again, ‘Go, show your love to a woman loved by someone else, who has been unfaithful to you. In the same way the LORD loves the people of Israel, even though they worship other gods and love to eat the raisin cakes.’ So I bought her for six ounces of silver and ten bushels of barley. Then I told her, ‘You must wait for me for many days. You must not be a prostitute, and you must not have sexual relations with any other man. I will act the same way toward you.’

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Sharon Jaynes

Come Thirsty, Leave Satisfied

Today’s Truth

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14 NIV).

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We all come into the world thirsty. From the time my son made his first cry in the delivery room, he began rooting around for something to drink. God planned it that way.

Our bodies are 50 to 60 percent water and must be replenished continuously. When we go without water, …

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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).

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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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