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Mary Southerland

A Tiny Seed of Faith

Today’s Truth

Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water (Matthew 14:25, NCV).

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Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see. John Shedd says, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” Faith is willing to take risks, embrace the unseen and step away from the safety of the shore.

Too often, we fear the outcome or don’t understand the step God has asked us to take.

We are afraid to fail.

We are more concerned about our “reputation” as …

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Sharon Jaynes

When Your Rooster Crows

Today’s Truth

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 NIV).

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I sat on my back porch, wrapped in my fuzzy worn robe—the one that’s 20 years old that I just can’t seem to get rid of. The birch trees waved “good morning,” and the newly planted gerbera daisies stretched their faces to the sun…just a bit higher than the day before. Then I heard him. The rooster.

ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR. I’m not sure where he lives, but it’s within earshot.

ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR. I thought of Peter. I thought of me. I thought of …

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Gwen Smith

The More You Are Meant For

Today’s Truth

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)

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It was a photo of a waffle iron.

Her status update on the social media site said seven simple words about the picture:

“I want these two buttons for life.”

The buttons of reference were two settings: RESTART and A BIT MORE.

There it was – in stainless steel simplicity – the longings of a friend who has complicated challenges that were bravely alluded to. She’s a private person, so I was surprised by the honesty and courage …

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Mary Southerland

An Unfocused Life

Today’s Truth

Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly (Psalm 5:3, NLT).

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I had a list of things to get done. Yes, my back was killing me and I was tired, but that list kept me hurrying around the house like the proverbial Energizer Bunny. When my husband walked in from work, I gave him a quick hug and resumed my almost frantic pace.

“What are you doing, honey?” Dan asked.

With one of my famous sighs, I responded, “I just need to get a …

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Sharon Jaynes

It’s Not How You Start. It’s How You Finish

Today’s Truth:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV).

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I sat by her bed.

Her hand swollen…full…unmoving.

Feet that danced just a few weeks ago now stilled. Arms that lifted just a short time ago now limp. Words that spilled easily just a moment ago now halted. How could life seep away so quickly, right before my eyes?

Mom was ready. But I wasn’t.

On July 29th of this past year, my mom called to tell me she was going to the emergency …

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Mary Southerland

The Real Love Commandment

Today’s Truth

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-38, NIV).

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I love being a grandmother. I love our grandchildren and work hard at finding any and every excuse to spend time with them. They keep me young … and are some of my greatest teachers.

I remember one particular visit with our son and daughter-in-law in North Carolina. Our twin grandchildren were three years old …

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Sharon Jaynes

God’s Got This

Today’s Truth

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25-26 NIV).

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Oh friend, I don’t know what you are …

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Gwen Smith

Prayer Power

Today’s Truth

Pray continually. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

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Several years ago my spiritual life took a dramatic turn for the better. Since that time, I’ve witnessed the Lord move in amazing ways, and have felt His hand guide me like never before.

What’s the big secret? Why the big change?

Simple: PRAYER.

There is unexplainable power in prayer.

No, prayer isn’t new to me. I’ve prayed ever since I was a child. But even though I love God, I often struggled to remain focused during my quiet time… or to even carve out a daily quiet time, for …

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Mary Southerland

Sinkholes and Pits Part 2

Today’s Truth

I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name (Isaiah 45:3).

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Children are wonderfully different.

When our son Jered was nine months old, he began to pull up on every piece of furniture he could find. For weeks, he maneuvered his way around our home until the day he took his first step … alone. It was a step of inches, but we celebrated as if he had run a marathon.

Our …

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Sharon Jaynes

Praying for the Men in Your Life

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 us as women, the position of a prayer warrior or intercessor is perhaps the greatest of all. An intercessor is a person who intervenes or prays for another person. It was derived from the Greek word enteuxis, which means to go before a king with a petition …

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