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Mary Southerland

The Beatitudes of Anger Management, Part 1

Today’s Truth

In your anger, do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26).

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Everyone has to deal with anger. The challenge is to deal with anger in the right way. Anger is powerful – an emotional warning that something is wrong. We have been hurt or rejected. Something has changed and we don’t like it!

Anger itself is not sin. We just have to learn to express anger in the right way. Mishandled anger is destructive but anger that is handled correctly can become a tool for good. God’s Word is filled with tips for learning to handle anger …

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Gwen Smith

Through The Veil

Todays Truth

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:19-22).

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Several years ago, my father was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that changed the course of his life. My family and I watched in agony as his health faded away and …

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Sharon Jaynes

Will You Move Forward or Turn Back?

Today’s Truth
“Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her,” (Ruth 1:14 NIV).

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Have you ever been reading the Bible and suddenly something grabs hold of you so tightly, you know, oh you know, that God has opened your eyes to a new truth? That He has spoken to you loud and clear? Not through someone else, but directly to you? That happened to me this morning and I am compelled to write about it.

It was in the simple story of Naomi,Ruth and Orpah. How many times have I read this story, taught …

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Mary Southerland

How to Avoid Bankruptcy

Today’s Truth
Proverbs 25:28 “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control” (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, a dangerous proposition for any woman.  We must not only be able to manage negative emotions in our own lives, we must be able to react correctly to negative emotions produced by the sometimes abrasive behavior of those we call family and friend.  The seeker watches carefully, curious to …

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Sharon Jaynes

You Are Who God Says You Are

Today’s Truth:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)

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There’s a game I’ve watched women play at retreats as an icebreaker activity. Each person has the name of a famous or infamous person taped to her back. Then the women walk around giving each other clues about “who they are.”

“You always put off worrying until tomorrow.” “You had so many children you didn’t know what to do.” “You were the queen of soul.”

The point of the game is to …

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Mary Southerland

The Lesson of the Missing “B”

Today’s Truth
Romans 12:5 “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”

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Sometimes it is the little things that really get to me. As a writer, I spend a great deal of my time in front of a computer – with which I have a love-hate relationship. I love the convenience a computer offers when it comes to recording the thoughts and truths God gives me to share, but there are times when I would like to throw my laptop into the nearest body of water and be done …

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Gwen Smith

The Trust Fall

Today’s Truth
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3, ESV). 

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Our arms were braided across each other’s and our hands were locked tightly. As the young girl stood on the tall tree stump above us she looked over her shoulder and saw with her eyes that our formation was tight…that we were ready for her. She heard with her ears that we would catch her…that we would not let her get hurt. Yet the fear that screamed in her head told her not to do it. Not to fall backwards.…

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Sharon Jaynes

Turning Aside to See

Today’s Truth
“Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you,”(Matthew 9:22 NIV).

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All day long God is working in and around us. It is so easy to simply go about the task of living without seeing God’s handprints on our circumstances and footprints on our paths. When we see life as a “to do list” to check off, or random acts of fortune to celebrate or misfortune to endure, we miss seeing God and hearing His voice as the scarlet thread that connects the moments and the days of our lives.…

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Mary Southerland

Just Give Me Jesus

Today’s Truth

Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever (Psalm 136:2, NIV).

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I know Jesus is all I need. I also know that His plan is the only thing that will bless and fill my life with power and purpose. However, I don’t believe my life really reflects that attitude. I tend to settle for so much less than God’s very best.

You may have heard the story of the man who died and went to Heaven. He was met at the Pearly Gates by Saint Peter who welcomed the man and then …

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Sharon Jaynes

Are You Living Below The Bar?

Today’s Truth
“So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons” (2 Samuel 9:11 NIV).

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Who in the world is Mephibosheth, and what possessed his momma to give him such a name? Well, I can’t answer the second question, but I can shed some light on the first. Mephibosheth was a man who was living way below his potential.  He was the grandson of King Saul and the son of Prince Jonathan, but he lived like a pauper.  When he was a little boy, his nurse dropped him while fleeing from their enemies. As …

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