Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

What Will the Future Hold for Your Marriage?

(My devotions will focus on marriage for the month of February. If you’re not married, I encourage you to read them anyway! And while you’re reading, pray for your friends that are married.  Believe me, they will appreciate it. Also, give a special blessing by passing these devotions along to them! Here we go…)

Today’s Truth

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things,

(1 Corinthians 13:7 NASB).

Friend to Friend

Bruce and Mary Ellen grew up in the mountains of North Carolina in the sleepy little hollow of Waynesville. From Bruce’s first remembrance, …

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Gwen Smith

Releasing Secrets, Restoring Hope

Today’s Truth

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.(Psalm 34:5, NIV)

Friend to Friend

For years my abortion story went untold. It was a secret held tightly by a locked heart – my worst nightmare and darkest memory. Not something I wanted to talk about. Certainly not a story that I thought could be used for good.

Conversationally, it was unapproachable… simply impossible to discuss. On the rare occasion when I allowed my mind to go there, I wished I had a different story: one of life, not death – of …

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Mary Southerland

Created by God… For God, Part 2

Today’s Truth

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:14-15, NIV).

Friend to Friend

But Mama did not say a word. And the look in her eyes told me that she was not happy. Evidently, Robert had …

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Mary Southerland

Created by God… For God

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).

Friend to Friend

My mother may not have had a degree in psychology, but she certainly could read me like a book. I often wondered if she was secretly going to night school or something because the older

I got, the smarter she got. For the life of me, I could not figure it out.

Oh, Mama was a clever one, hiding all of that steely wisdom and motherhood cunning beneath

her honest-to-goodness …

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Sharon Jaynes

Practicing Gratitude

Today’s Truth

God inhabits the praises of His people(Psalm 22:3 KJV).

Friend to Friend

Gratitude is the most effective way to deepen your consciousness to the fact that you are the object of God’s affection and love. Giving thanks awakens your senses to see God, to hear God, to taste and see that He is good. When you feel far from God, praise will bring you back. When you have strayed from acknowledging God’s presence, when you have forgotten in him we live and move and have our being, praise and gratitude will be the ramp to get …

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Gwen Smith

Waiting and Hoping

Today’s Truth

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,and my hope is in you all day long (Psalm 25:5, NIV)

Friend to Friend

My girlfriend is caught between faith and a hard place. Even as a committed Christ-follower she struggles to believe God’s promises and feels helpless. She prays, but wonders if God hears her. She looks for a light at the end of the trial-tunnel, yet sees nothing but shadows.

I think we’ve all been there at one time or another. I sure have. Are you, or is someone you love, there now? …

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Mary Southerland

What is Normal?

Today’s Truth

Do not be surprised at the painful things you are now suffering. These things are testing your faith (1 Peter 4:12-13, ICB).

Friend to Friend

I pray that your New Year is off to a great start. The holidays are wonderful but I am always ready for them to be over so life can get back to normal. Hmmm…that word “normal” can definitely mean different things to different people. I have to admit that “normal” is not a word people commonly use to describe my life or me. I have heard more than one person say, “Mary, you …

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Sharon Jaynes

Go From Grumbling to Gratitude in the Blink of an Eye

Today’s Truth
Do everything without grumbling and arguing, (Philippians 2:14 NIV)

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Gratitude can change your perspective on the simplest of mundane tasks and transform them into moments of sudden glory where you experience God’s presence in an intimate way. One day I was mopping the kitchen floor and my mood was anything but grateful. I grumbled with each push of the mop. Complained with each dip in the bucket. Here I am mopping this floor again and no one even appreciates it. I feel like this housework is never finished. Clean today. Dirty tomorrow. Why do

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Mary Southerland

Think Right… Live Right

Today’s Truth

Think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected (Philippians 4:8, NCV).

Friend to Friend

I was absolutely pathetic as I moaned and groaned my way up the stairs. My back was killing me! I had just spent four long hours taking down Christmas decorations, packing them in boxes, hauling each box down three flights of stairs to the basement and hoisting every one of those heavy, packed-to-the-brim boxes up on shelves that are taller than I am. Do …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Danger of Ingratitude

Today’s Truth

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise (Psalm 100:4 NIV).

Friend to Friend

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise,” (Psalm 100:4). Right in the center of my Bible, I find an invitation into God’s presence. And while there is nowhere we can go away from God’s presence, we can certainly feel distant from Him.

In Genesis chapter 2, we read of Adam and Eve’s original sin of disobedience to God’s one command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But have you ever …

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