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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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Mary Southerland

My God-Image (Part One)

Today’s Truth

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).

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My mother may not have had a degree in psychology, but she certainly could read me like a book.

I can be a little stubborn. Okay – I can be a lot stubborn – and I like to be in control. You can see how this attitude might set the stage for fireworks between mother and daughter. But Mama was not big on fireworks. She was big on prayer and …

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Sharon Jaynes

Pruning the Old to Make Room for the New

Today’s Treasure

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful (John 15:1 NIV).

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In 2006, I sat down to write my annual Christmas letter and it began with these words: “This year has been a year of change.” Then I realized that was the very same way I had begun our traditional greeting the year before! I tore up the paper and decided to skip our …

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Friday Friend

The “Perfect” Day

We hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions. We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends. From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry. We call them our “Friday Friends.” So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our “Friday Friend,” Kathi Lipp.

Today’s Truth
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33, NIV)

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Every single morning I type out a To …

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Gwen Smith

When God Does a New Thing

Today’s Truth
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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I admit, I’m a sucker for the makeover shows. It doesn’t matter what kind… home makeovers, fashion makeovers… or even the shows that take a person from drab to fab. I just love to see an amazing transformation! Don’t you?

A few years ago we “transformed” our family a bit when we added a bouncy little puppy to the mix. Fun, right? Mostly, yes, but there is a bit more to the story…

Let’s just say that it …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Women of Christmas

Today’s Truth

They overcame him [Satan]) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11 NIV).

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When the writers of the Old Testament penned the words to the long lists of lineages, the so-and-so begat so-and-so passages, they almost always listed men. Very rarely did a woman’s name make the list.

But when we turn the page from the Old Testament to the New Testament, we see God honoring women in a brand-new way. We get a hint that the tide is turning for women when we read the lineage of …

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Mary Southerland

The Giving Heart

Today’s Truth

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask

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Sharon Jaynes

The Day I Became a Sheep

Today’s Truth

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about (Luke 2:15 NIV).

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Today I want to share with you a story that I wrote a few years ago. Try to imagine what it would have been like to be one of the shepherds on the hillside on the first Christmas. For just a moment, I want you to pretend that you are reading a letter that one of the shepherds …

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Gwen Smith

I Need Rest!

Today’s Truth

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place (Mark 6:30-32, NIV).

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I spin plates. Not real plates. Metaphorical plates. I spin lots of plates at the same time and I multi-task. This is both a blessing and a curse …

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