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Sharon Jaynes

What If Jesus Were in the Boat With You?

Today’s Truth
“I will never leave you nor forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).

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She was among an eager group of four-year-old children crowded around my feet as I taught their Sunday school lesson. I was the teacher and they were the students – or at least that’s how it started out. The pint-sized audience listened intently as I tried to create a mental image of Jesus and His disciples trapped in a thunderstorm on the Sea of Galilee.

“The winds bleeeeeeew and rocked the little boat back and forth, back and forth.  The waves were soooooo …

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Gwen Smith

Running to Win

Today’s Truth
I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.(Philippians 3:12)

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The year was 2008. The race started out like any other race: runners at the starting line, fans in the stands, excitement and anticipation thick in the air. But this race was a big one. An indoor track and field conference championship for the collegiate women’s 600 meter run.

At the sound of the gun, the runners took off – each with a heart longing to win the race – each competing fiercely for the prize. Just …

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Sharon Jaynes

Battling the Three Headed Monster of Inferiority, Insecurity and Inadequacy

Battling the Three Headed Monster of Inferiority, Insecurity, and Inadequacy
Sharon Jaynes

Today’s Truth
“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God,” (2 Corinthians 3:4 NIV).

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The three-headed monster of inferiority, insecurity and inadequacy can paralyze a Christian into inactivity and leave her sitting on the bench during the game of life…afraid to get into the game. God’s desire is to destroy the monster with the truth and render him impotent in our lives. Satan’s desire is to feed him with lies and train him to …

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Mary Southerland

The Beatitudes of Anger Management, Part 2

Today’s Truth
In your anger, do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26).

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A minister was making a wooden trellis to support a climbing vine. As he was pounding away, he noticed a little boy watching him. The youngster didn’t say a word so the preacher kept on working, thinking the boy would leave – but he didn’t. Pleased at the thought that his work was being admire, the pastor finally asked, “Trying to pick up some pointers on gardening?” The little boy said, “Nope. I’m just waiting to hear what a preacher says when he hits his thumb …

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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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