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Mary Southerland

Stress Management 101

Today’s Truth

Do not worry about anything. But pray and ask God for everything you need. And when you pray, always give thanks. And God’s peace will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The peace that God gives is so great that we cannot understand it (Philippians 4:6-7, ICB).

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Stress management is a spiritual discipline that begins with diligent preparation in every area of life – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. We must be ready to deal with stress before we are required to deal with stress. Dealing with stress is an ongoing, daily battle …

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Gwen Smith

Search Me. Know Me. Show Me.

Today’s Truth

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

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A few years ago my mother in law gave me a 12x magnification hand mirror as a part of a gift. She said that she uses hers all the time and expected that I would love it. Never thinking I would actually need or use it, I thanked her with all the grace I could muster and put the mirror away where I put the gifts …

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Mary Southerland

Strength for the Storm

Today’s Truth

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us–they help us learn to endure. Endurance then develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation (Romans 5:3-5, NLT).

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Life is filled with storms of one kind or another. In the midst of those storms, we tend to respond as if God has somehow been caught off guard. The storm makes no sense. We can’t explain why terminal illness strikes godly people. We don’t understand how our strongest friends can …

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Sharon Jaynes

When the Problem is YOU

Today’s Truth

Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty (Zechariah 4:6, NIV).

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It was the incompetent and the inexperienced being led by the inept—the day our Sunday school class worked on the Habitat for Humanity house for an unsuspecting, extremely grateful Vietnamese family. Among the crew were two dentists, an investment banker, a lawyer, an engineer, two pastors, a receptionist, several homemakers and a marriage counselor. It’s always good to have a marriage counselor on hand when a home improvement project is taking place.

A team had already framed the …

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Gwen Smith

Keep Watch!

Today’s Truth
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith… (1 Peter 5:8-9a, NIV).

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I was really excited that evening because I actually had a fun dinner plan … which is not always the case. There was some grilled chicken left over from dinner the night before, so I decided to bust out my griddle and whip up some yummy grilled chicken quesadillas – a simple, yet very popular Smith-family delicacy. I know: it’s a crazy-easy …

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Mary Southerland

Get Out of that Boat!

Today’s Truth

Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water. When his followers saw him walking on the water, they were afraid. They said, ‘It’s a ghost!’ and cried out in fear. But Jesus quickly spoke to them, ‘Have courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.’ Peter said, ‘Lord, if it is really you, then command me to come to you on the water. Jesus said, ‘Come.’ And Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But when Peter saw the wind and the waves, he became afraid

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Sharon Jaynes

God’s Masterpiece called YOU!

Today’s Truth

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made(Psalm 139:14, NIV).

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I was sitting in a crowded restaurant with my family when she walked by in her full-length white satin dress delicately trimmed in lace and studded with tiny “jewels,” crinoline that swished as she moved across the room, a rhinestone tiara upon her head, and pearl-studded slippers on her feet. Golden ringlets framed her rosy cheeks and puckered lips glistened with a hint of gloss. She knew she was beautiful and glanced around at the admiring smiles of onlookers as she walked …

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Mary Southerland

How to Stay Young

Today’s Truth

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10, NIV).

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In April, I will celebrate my 64st birthday! Honestly, I didn’t think I would live this long. Seriously! Where have the years gone? It seems every day of life has been jam-packed full of both wonderful and horrible things I wondered if I would survive, and yet here I am, going strong and wondering why there always seems to be some kind of helicopter still landing in …

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Sharon Jaynes

Praying Scripture Over Children

Today’s Truth

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth (3 John 1:4, NIV).

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Proverbs 31 introduces us to the mother whose children rise up and call her blessed. She is a “wife of noble character” (NIV), “an excellent wife” (NAS) and “a capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman” (AMP).

The actual Hebrew word for excellent or virtuous is chayil and is sometimes interpreted as “virtuous, boldly courageous, powerful, mighty warrior.” The mother whose children rise up and call her blessed is a warrior who battles in prayer for the …

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Gwen Smith

There’s a Snag in My Nag

Today’s Truth

Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife (Proverbs 21:19).

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My nerves were raw because of the faint, repetitive sound in the background of our conversation. As I sat in my parents’ kitchen talking to my mom, the faucet behind her was dripping… and dripping… and dripping.

It. Drove. Me. Bananas.

I got up and tightened the handle.

It didn’t help.

I wanted to grab the nearest screwdriver and fix it. But, I couldn’t. I’m not a sink-fixer. I cannot express to you how severely lacking my sink-fixing skills are. …

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