Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

What to Expect When You’re NOT Expecting

Today’s Truth

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. (Isaiah 43:2a, NIV)

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I was not expecting to hear what I heard. “You have a polyp on your right vocal cord and a nodule on your left vocal cord. In addition to that, Mrs. Smith, your esophagus is yellow and inflamed because of acid reflux. I know you sing and speak professionally, so I’m placing you on mandatory vocal rest for 4-6 weeks. You cannot talk at all. You will also …

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Mary Southerland

I Don’t Want to Grow Up!

Today’s Truth

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does.  But when I grew up, I put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:11, NLT).

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I remember the first time I saw the movie, “Peter Pan.” I was a little girl, totally mesmerized by the character of Peter. I wanted to be just like him. After the movie was over, I immediately ran into my back yard and jumped out of a tree – trying to fly! Fortunately, nothing was broken, and I quickly decided I could be contented with being …

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Sharon Jaynes

I’d Be Happy If… Part 2

Today’s Truth

Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers [and sisters). Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:16-17, NIV).

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In my last GiG devotion, we looked at how God created Adam and Eve to live in a perfect world. But then in Genesis chapter 3, we read the daunting words, “Now the serpent…”

Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world. All their needs were cared for. They had perfect communion with God and each other. They were “naked …

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Mary Southerland

Run!

Today’s Truth

Don’t turn off the road of goodness; keep away from evil paths (Proverbs 4:27, NCV).

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At the close of the sermon, a church member came forward to speak with the pastor. He was very upset because of the sin in his life and his blatant disobedience to God. With tears streaming down his face, the repentant man took the pastor’s hand to confess that his life was full of sin, but what came out was, “My sin is full of life.” I can relate.

I don’t know about you, but my sin is definitely “full …

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Sharon Jaynes

I’d Be Happy If…

Today’s Truth

The thief [Satan] comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they might have life, and might have it abundantly (John 10:10, NASB). 

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I’d be happy if…  If you begin a sentence with those words, then beware. Those little words of discontentment are the very words that Satan uses to draw us into his deceitful traps.

I’d be happy if I were married. 

I’d be happy if I were married to a different man. 

I’d be happy if I had more money. 

I’d be happy if

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Gwen Smith

Let’s Run Away!

Today’s Truth

And don’t let us yield to temptation (Matthew 6:13, NLT).

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It was a windy winter day. Our three dogs needed to stretch their legs and get a bit of outside playtime, so I let them out to roam freely in our fenced-in back yard. An hour later, my husband asked me where the dogs were.

“Out back,” I replied.

“Honey, the wind blew that gate wide open and only Rocky is on the deck! How long ago did you let them out?” He asked.

“An hour ago!” I exclaimed, as feelings of unease crept into …

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Mary Southerland

Got Faith? Part 2

Today’s Truth

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).

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Valleys are lined with disappointment and discouragement. Some people seem to thrive on adversity, emerging from their valley with greater strength and deeper faith. Others stumble and fall, giving in to discouragement and dropping out of the race. The difference in outcome is determined by the way we choose to handle discouragement.

We must respond to each valley with trust and faith. The word “trust” means, “to lie helpless, face down” and is the …

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Sharon Jaynes

AAA Club of Marriage

(In honor of Valentine’s Day, Sharon’s February devotions will focus on marriage.
If you are not married, these devotions will apply to you in other areas of your life. Keep reading!) 

Today’s Truth

And let the wife see that she respects and reverences her husband—that she notices him, regards him, honors him, prefers him, venerates and esteems him; and that she defers to him, praises him, and loves and admires him exceedingly (Ephesians 5:33, Amplified). 

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Are you a member of the Triple A Club of Marriage? You didn’t know there was such a thing?  Well, …

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Mary Southerland

Got Faith?

Today’s Truth

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil (Psalm 23:4, NKJV). 

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The greenest grass is always found in the valley. Shepherds and sheep are well acquainted with the fact that both mountains and valleys are an inevitable part of life.

Remember – the shepherd has to figure out a way over the mountain and through the valley. If a sheep is injured, the shepherd must carry his sheep and tend to its wounds until they are healed and the sheep is ready to return to …

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Sharon Jaynes

Praying For Your Husband From Head to Toe

(In honor of Valentine’s Day, Sharon’s February devotions will focus on marriage.
If you are not married, these devotions will apply to you in other areas of life. Keep reading!) 

Today’s Truth

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).

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Of all the roles and responsibilities that God has given wives, the position of a prayer warrior or intercessor is perhaps the greatest of all. An intercessor …

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