Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

The Lure of Lesser Lovers

Today’s Truth
“Here I am!” Jesus says. “I stand at the door and knock” (Revelation 3:20 NIV).

Friend to Friend
If you know Jesus as Savior and Lord, then you are His. He is yours. So why does He continue to woo you, to romance you on a daily basis? Why does he continue to pursue your heart? (He does, you know.) Because our minds forget. Spiritual amnesia runs rampant as we wander off to the wooing of other lovers.

“Step right up!” the barkers of the world’s Big Tent call. “Come and see the greatest show on earth!” And …

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Mary Southerland

What’s The Plan?

Today’s Truth
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart! (Jeremiah 1:5, NIV).

Friend to Friend
I want to be successful – don’t you? And the awesome news is that God wants us to be successful as well. When we know and seek God’s perfect plan for our lives, we will find success. Our immeasurable value rests solely in the fact that God created us, that His stubborn love sets us apart and the amazing fact that He designed and empowers a unique plan for each one of us. Yes, I …

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Sharon Jaynes

Hearing God’s Love Song

Today’s Truth
“He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing,” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV, 1984 ed.).

Friend to Friend
I was riding on a chairlift at Keystone ski resort in Colorado. “Single,” I had called out while standing in line—the proper etiquette for those skiing alone. No one took me up on the offer to share the chair…and I breathed a sigh of relief. I was alone. I was glad.

As the gears churned and the cables strained to pull my metal chair up the mountain, I sensed …

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Mary Southerland

Saved to Sit and Sour?

Today’s Truth
God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing (Ephesians 2:10, NCV).

Friend to Friend
I recently decided it was time to clean house … I mean really clean house. I gave my husband fair warning and gathered my supplies. I bought a huge box of garbage bags along with just about every kind of cleaning product imaginable. I was serious!

I made my plan. I would attack one room a day and thoroughly clean every square inch …

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Gwen Smith

Finding Strength in the Fire Swamps

Today’s Truth
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:30-31, NIV)

Friend to Friend
There’s a scene in the whimsical and quirky film The Princess Bride in which some bad guys were chasing the movie’s two main characters, Princess Buttercup and Wesley. In order to escape, Buttercup and Wesley ran into the treacherous Fire Swamp. (Insert scary music and creepy feelings here.) The Fire Swamp has three challenges: fire spurts, quicksand, and the ROUS – rodents of unusual size. (Stay with me…) …

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Sharon Jaynes

The King and His Maiden

Today’s Truth
“But made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant,” (Philippians 2:7 NIV).

Friend to Friend
Soren Kierkegaard crafted a parable titled, “The King and His Maiden” to demonstrate the lengths God took to win our hearts. It goes something like this:

Suppose there was a king who loved a humble maiden. The king was like no other king. Every statesman trembled before his power. No one dared breathe a word against him, for he had the strength to crush all opponents.

And yet this mighty king was melted by love for a humble maiden who lived …

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Mary Southerland

Oh no! She’s Awake!

Today’s Truth 
2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ “ (NIV)

Friend to Friend
For many years, I did everything I possibly could to hide or erase any weakness in my life. When that didn’t work, I simply pretended that those weak areas didn’t exist. Why? Because if I was weak, how could Jesus love me? How could anyone love me? How could I love …

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Sharon Jaynes

God’s Relentless Romance

Today’s Truth
“The whole earth is full of his glory,” (Isaiah 6:3 NIV).

Friend to Friend
Steve and I were driving home from dinner when I posed a question about romance.

“Steve, I heard someone once say that a woman defines romance as the feeling of being continually pursued. What do you think about that?”

“I don’t think that is very realistic, or practical,” he replied. “A man can’t continually pursue a woman. Why should he? A man pursues a woman, but at some point, she has to make a decision to marry him or not. To let herself be …

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Mary Southerland

Learning to Abide

Today’s Truth
John 15:4-5 (NASB) “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Friend to Friend
It’s that time of year again. Schools are recruiting parents to help with classroom duties, sports teams are looking for team moms, your church is asking for help … and the list seems …

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Gwen Smith

Be Still

Today’s Truth
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10a).

Friend to Friend
There was a crisp chill slipping through the window as I headed to the couch to get with God before rushing into my day. I filled up my coffee mug, lit a cinnamon bun scented jar candle and nestled into my corner spot. Before I could get comfortable, however, I realized that the combination of the morning breeze and the ceiling fan were a bit much for my shorts-clad legs. I jumped up from the couch and turned the ceiling fan off … for possibly …

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