Devotions Archive

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Mary Southerland

Jesus, Take the Wheel

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7, NASB).

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My husband, Dan, has battled high blood pressure since we first married over thirty years ago. Hmmm…now that I think about it, there just might be a connection there! Nevertheless, for several years, Dan struggled with an irregular heartbeat, a debilitating condition that drains energy and generally promotes a compelling sense of exhaustion.

Now you need to …

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Sharon Jaynes

How Much of Your Marriage Do You Want God to Change?

(My devotions will focus on marriage for the month of February. If you’re not married, I encourage you to read them anyway! This particular one applies to all areas of your life. Also, consider giving a special blessing by passing these devotions along to a married friend! Here we go…)

Today’s Truth

Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’; so they filled them to the brim, (John 2:7, NIV).

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Shortly after Jesus was baptized, he attended a wedding reception in the town of Cana, in Galilee. Apparently Jesus felt very comfortable at such a …

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Mary Southerland

God With Skin On

Today’s Truth

Greater love has no one than this; that one lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13,  (NIV).

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A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious influence in his life came from his outspoken Christian friend. The young diver never really paid much attention to his friend’s sermons, but he heard them often. One night, the diver went to the indoor pool at the college he attended. The lights were all off, but since the pool had big skylights and the moon …

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Sharon Jaynes

Praying For Your Husband From Head to Toe

Today’s Truth

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12 NIV). 

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When God created man, He stepped back and said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helpersuitable for him,” (Genesis 2:18).

The Hebrew word translated “helper” that is used for woman is ezer. It is derived from the Hebrew word used of God and the Holy Spirit, “azar.” Both …

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Mary Southerland

The Potter and The Clay

Today’s Truth

But Lord, You are our father. We are like clay, and You are the potter; Your hands made us all (Isaiah 64:8, NCV).

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When our daughter was in pre-school, one of her favorite activities was playing with clay. Danna often pulled her little step stool over to the closet where the clay was stored and almost ceremoniously hauled out the boxes of brightly colored clay. It was like watching a commissioned artist prepare his canvas for the beauty it was about to receive. With great concentration and effort, Danna’s little fingers pried open each box. …

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Sharon Jaynes

What’s In Your Love Pocket

(My devotions will focus on marriage for the month of February. If you’re not married, I encourage you to read them anyway! If you have a heart…then this one is for you tooJAnd 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

Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitternessgrows up to trouble you, corrupting many,

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Mary Southerland

The Green-Eyed Monster

Today’s Truth

Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

(Exodus 34:14)

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Shakespeare described jealousy as “the green-eyed monster.” I once heard it described as “the gangrene of the soul.” Not a lovely picture, is it? In fact, in human terms, jealousy is usually thought of as a negative trait we need to carefully guard against.

The root idea in the Old Testament word jealous is “to become intensely red” and refers to how rising emotion colors our faces when something or someone very dear to …

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Gwen Smith

Buddy Straps

Today’s Truth

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NLT)

Friend To Friend

Every family has one… that certain individual who gets injured and banged up more than their fair share. That person who spends the majority of your family’s health care budget on their co-pay needs because, for whatever reason, accidents mysteriously, regularly and relentlessly hunt them down and throw a good bit of hurt on them. In our family, …

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Sharon Jaynes

Words Can Captivate Your Man

(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

“A wife of noble character, who can find? She is worth far more than rubies,” (Proverbs 31:10NIV).

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Today, I want you to use your imagination. I want you to imagine your husband sitting at his desk or at a quiet place …

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Mary Southerland

Celebrate Jesus!

Today’s Truth

Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross (Colossians 2:13-14, NLT).

Friend to Friend

I love the story of a man who came home from work, picked up the paper and settled into his favorite chair for a few precious and well-deserved moments of solitude after a long day at work. He had just begun to relax when his son burst through the front door. Spotting his dad, the little boy raced …

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