Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

Set Apart Living Part 1

Today’s Truth

Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

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As Christian believers, we are called to live set-apart lives. To be holy as God is holy. To be in the world, but not of the world. God is the source of all holiness, and in order to live set-apart, we must spend time with Him to be fueled by His Holy Spirit.

I don’t know what your days look like, but mine are pretty full. They start …

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Mary Southerland

The Devil Made Me Do It

Today’s Truth

But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it (1 Corinthians 10:13, NLT).

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While Flip Wilson, a talented comedian and variety show host of the 80’s, is often credited with the origination of that well-known and still popular excuse “The devil made me do it,” I think …

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Sharon Jaynes

Getting the Joyless You Unstuck

Today’s Truth

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. In the same way, after the supper, he took the cup…’ (Luke 22:19-20, NIV emphasis added).

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When we live a life of intentional gratitude, we begin to frame how we see our circumstances. I put my favorite photos in frames so I can see them often. They bring me joy as I pass through the room. A smiling five-year-old Steven with his brand-new golden retriever puppy. …

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Mary Southerland

How to Avoid Bankruptcy

Today’s Truth

Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control (Proverbs 25:28, NIV).

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It is not enough to acknowledge the presence of negative emotions, or even understand why they exist. We must take action. If we don’t, negative emotions will take control.

Many of us are imprisoned by feelings of inferiority, and the results are always disastrous. Constructive criticism is perceived as an emotional attack. Jealousy burgeons as others receive the accolades we desperately crave. Decisions are made, and a course of life is determined so that fragile egos are fed, …

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Sharon Jaynes

When God Shows Up, Don’t Forget It

Today’s Truth

Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water’ (Genesis 21:19, NIV).

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In my last devotion, we looked at Hagar and how God spoke to her in her deepest time of need. Let’s visit that one more time, because Hagar, like you and me, forgot about her encounter with God.

When Hagar encountered God the first time, she fell on her face and gave God the name El Roi, the God who Sees Me “I have now seen the One who sees me,” she cried. She had heard God. She had seen …

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Gwen Smith

Experiencing God’s Strength in Your Struggle

Today’s Truth

I love you, O LORD, my strength. (Psalm 18:1, ESV).

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I will never forget how the movie The Wizard of Oz lingered in my heart for days after I first saw it. I was just a child like the heroine Dorothy, who won me over the instant she effortlessly sang the dreamy lines of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I was moved profoundly by the story of this young girl who had been caught up by a complicated dog matter and a whirling tornado that transported her to a strange and bewildering land far …

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Mary Southerland

In His Steps

Today’s Truth

Be careful what you do, and always do what is right (Proverbs 4:26, NCV).

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When Dan and I first married, I knew almost nothing about football. In fact, I would often ask, “Honey, who has the ball now?” He was so patient, answering every question without bursting into laughter. Dan’s favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys, and his favorite player was Emmett Smith, their star running back at the time.

During one particular game, Emmitt was playing on grass instead of the artificial turf he preferred. The grass was wet, and Emmett was not playing …

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Sharon Jaynes

God Sees What You Are Going Through

Today’s Truth

She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me [El Roi],’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me’ (Genesis 16:13, NIV).

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One day I was sitting on the patio with a friend, Beth, and her stepfather, Sam. We were waiting for the grill to heat up before placing steaks on to cook. Beth’s mom opened the door and gave Sam his orders __telling him what to do and how to do it. When she went back inside, Sam made a hand …

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Mary Southerland

Stress Happens

Today’s Truth

The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23:1, NKJV).

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Stress happens. I believe much of our stress is the result of a constant and innate quest to love and to be loved. The problems come when we look in the wrong places for that love. When we know God, we will know love. When we experience His unconditional love, we are then freed and empowered to love ourselves and to love others.

I have personally discovered that it is downright frustrating and completely impossible to live the Christian life when you are not a Christian. I …

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Sharon Jaynes

Whatever You Need, God Is

Today’s Truth

I am God Almighty [El Shaddai]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers (Genesis 17:1).

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I was exhausted. I was drenched in sweat. I was filled with inexplicable joy–a joy I had never known. It was the day Steven Hugh Jaynes, Jr. emerged from the God pocket of my womb and made his grand debut into the world.

When my son was born, I never knew so much love could be wrapped in one tiny package. …

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