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Sharon Jaynes

De-Compartmentalize Your Quiet Time

De-compartmentalize Your Quiet Time
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth
Oh, how I love your law!  I meditate on it all day long, – (Psalm 119:97 NIV).

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I love, absolutely love, studying God’s Word. From the time I first said “yes” to Jesus, I have devoured the Scriptures. And yet, I’ll admit, extended times of prayer have been a struggle for me. Perhaps that is one reason it is called a discipline. I have to discipline myself to set the time apart—to “be still and know.”

But then I began to realize just how compartmentalized my time …

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Gwen Smith

Practice Makes Progress

Today’s Truth
In the night, LORD, I remember your name, that I may keep your law. This has been my practice: I obey your precepts. You are my portion, LORD; I have promised to obey your words. (Psalm 119:55-57)

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I’m a sporty girl – always have been. I love to power walk and keep fit. I grew up playing lots of different athletic games – from basketball to softball – but volleyball has always been my sport of choice. I just love the game. I love the quick pace, the strength and agility demands, and the team …

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Mary Southerland

But I’m Afraid to be Real

Today’s Truth
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NIV) “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

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Okay. It’s Sunday morning and you are frantically trying to get ready for church. You somehow managed to set your alarm for PM instead of AM and you are running late. No time for breakfast – which is just as well since you did …

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Sharon Jaynes

When You Feel Far From God

Today’s Truth
Jesus said: ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ (John 14:20, NIV).

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Do you ever feel far away from God, or that He is far away from you? If you’re like most people, then I bet the answer is yes. So let’s take a look at those “feelings.”

You are a triune being with a body, soul and spirit. Within your soul you have a mind, will, and emotions. That’s where those “feelings come from.” And if you are like …

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Mary Southerland

Passing the Test

Today’s Truth

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4, NIV).

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Mark really struggled with spelling. Staring at his spelling test, his heart sank. So many of the words seemed difficult and he wasn’t sure how to spell most of them. Softly the enemy whispered, “Look at Jane’s paper; she’s an honor student and always gets them right!”

Mark hesitated but, …

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Sharon Jaynes

Making Time for Beauty

Today’s Truth

He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught, (Isaiah 50:4).

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If you had been among the 1,097 morning commuters bustling through Washington D.C.’s Metro station at L’Enfant Plaza on January 12, 2007, you could have experienced an extraordinary gift. Tucked among the shoeshine vendors, newspaper kiosks, and lottery ticket dispensers, a young, white man in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt, and a Washington Nationals baseball cap positioned himself against the wall beside a trash can. From a small case, he removed a violin. He left the open case …

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Mary Southerland

The Living Bible

Today’s Truth

Knowledge puffs you up with pride, but love builds up (1 Corinthians 8:1, NIV).

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His name was Bill, a college-student with wild hair who wore a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans, and no shoes for his entire four years of college. Bill was brilliant and what some might describe as quirky. While attending college, Bill became a Christian and began looking for a church to attend. .

Across the street from the campus was a very conservative church that wanted to reach the college students but was not sure how to go about it.…

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Sharon Jaynes

Lord, I Want to See

Today’s Truth
Lord, I want to see, (Luke 18:4, NIV).

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The sun had not pried open the day quite yet. We had been traveling for several days, going from one Pacific Island to another, and I had not been able to sleep the night before. While I had enjoyed seeing God’s creation, I had missed our times alone—just the two of us.

Wrapped in a blanket with a hot cup of coffee, I snuck away with my Beloved for a quiet rendezvous before others in the house stirred. As I gazed out through sliding glass doors, I …

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Mary Southerland

From Tears to Triumph

Today’s Truth
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death (2 Corinthians 1:8-9, NIV).

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Trials and hard times are part of life. In fact, they are an important part of life. Yet, we desperately try to avoid any kind of pain, and when the difficult times come we frantically search for the nearest exit. I have …

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Sharon Jaynes

Are You Enjoying God?

Today’s Truth

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones, (Proverbs 17:22, NKJV).

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C.S. Lewis says that most Christians lack “merriment.”  I like that word. “Merriment.” Just moving the words across my lips is fun. And I think Lewis is right. We lack merriment and we don’t expect it. Many Christians look like they’ve been weaned on a dill pickle. My goodness, if there is anyone who should exude merriment, it is a person who knows Jesus as Savior and Lord. We, above all people, have something …

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