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Sharon Jaynes

Listening to God in the Little Things

Today’s Truth
“He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious; I have not drawn back” (Isaiah 50:4-5 NIV).

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One of my favorite devotion books My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  On October tenth, he wrote, “All God’s revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get them open them through philosophy or thinking.  But once you obey, a flash of light comes immediately. …Obey God in the thing He …

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Mary Southerland

In HIs Eyes, 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).

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God can set you free to be all He created you to be. A healthy self-image is not rooted in pride, and …

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Sharon Jaynes

Don’t Give Up!

Today’s Truth
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” – (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV).

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It was the first swim meet of the year for our newly formed Middle School Aquatics team. The atmosphere on the three hour bus ride was electric with anticipation as the band of forty-eight adolescents thought of nothing but victory. However, the electricity turned into shock as our minnows filed off the bus and stared in disbelief at their muscle clad, Neptune-like opponents.

The coach checked the schedule. “Surely there’s been a mistake,” he …

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Mary Southerland

In His Eyes

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).

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It was my first day of teaching second grade. While standing at the classroom door, greeting parents and children, I felt a …

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Gwen Smith

Don’t Say No

Today’s Truth

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father (John 14:13, NIV).

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I was on my way home from running errands. As I approached our neighborhood, my cell phone rang. The call was from my tween-aged daughter. The conversation went like this:

“Hi Mom. It’s Kennedy. Where are you?”

“Hey baby! I ran some errands and will be home in just a few minutes. What’s up?”

“Well, I wanted to see if you and I could go shopping for a new bathing suit this …

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Sharon Jaynes

Whose Report Are You Going To Believe?

Today’s Truth
We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” - (Numbers 13:30 NIV).

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All through the Bible, God gives us great and wonderful promises about who we are in Christ, what we have in Christ, and where we are in Christ. Let me remind you of just a few.

  • I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
  • Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. (Proverbs 16:3)
  • God…has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

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Mary Southerland

Lord, Please Turn Down The Storm

Today’s Truth
“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed” – (Psalm 107:29, NIV).

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We live in Kansas City where summers normally include some pretty fierce thunder storms. Our three-year-old grandson, Justus, is not a fan. The driving rain, loud thunder and often violent lightning frighten him. We have tried to reassure Justus with such logical explanations as the thunder is nothing more than God rearranging the furniture in heaven and lightning is the angels setting off fireworks. I know. He didn’t buy our explanations either.

We normally keep Justus one …

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Sharon Jaynes

God Has Not Forgotten You

Today’s Truth

“He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you.  Go in peace and be freed from your suffering,’” (Mark 5:34 NIV).

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Oh how I love the story of Jesus healing the woman with the issue of blood recorded in Mark 5:21-34. I can so relate to this woman. What woman among us hasn’t felt the wretchedness of rejection, the shame of suffering, and the humility of hopelessness? What woman hasn’t wondered, would God care about the likes of me?  And here we have a story of just how much God values and esteems His …

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Mary Southerland

The Broken Seed

Today’s Truth

Psalm 42:11 “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God (ESV).”

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I am famous for my “brown thumb.”  Even though we have moved several times over the years, changing climates, states, neighborhoods and soil conditions, nothing has altered the fact that if I touch any living plant, its chances for survival are slim.   My husband has fared no better in his numerous attempts to plant trees and flowers.  I fear that the “brown thumb” disease is …

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Gwen Smith

Are Happy Endings Really Possible?

Today’s Truth
“Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him” (Psalm 32:2, NIV).

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I love a good story. I love stories filled with drama, mystery, action, honesty, hope, grit, tension, release, passion, tenderness, love, restoration, and redemption. My favorite stories, however, combine many of these elements and finish with a happy-ending. My heart beats for happy-ending stories.

There have been days in my life that have been heavy on the tension and light on the release. Moments when I’ve felt deep pain and longed for deep peace. Weeks when hope evaded my …

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