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Mary Southerland

Just Give Me Jesus

Today’s Truth

Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever (Psalm 136:2, NIV).

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I know Jesus is all I need. I also know that His plan is the only thing that will bless and fill my life with power and purpose. However, I don’t believe my life really reflects that attitude. I tend to settle for so much less than God’s very best.

You may have heard the story of the man who died and went to Heaven. He was met at the Pearly Gates by Saint Peter who welcomed the man and then …

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Sharon Jaynes

Are You Living Below The Bar?

Today’s Truth
“So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table like one of the king’s sons” (2 Samuel 9:11 NIV).

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Who in the world is Mephibosheth, and what possessed his momma to give him such a name? Well, I can’t answer the second question, but I can shed some light on the first. Mephibosheth was a man who was living way below his potential.  He was the grandson of King Saul and the son of Prince Jonathan, but he lived like a pauper.  When he was a little boy, his nurse dropped him while fleeing from their enemies. As …

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Mary Southerland

Like a Child

Today’s Truth
Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it (Mark 10:15, NIV).

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I recently read the story of a young family who went out to eat at a local restaurant. They were the only family with children in the restaurant. The mom sat their little boy, Erik, in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly sitting and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, “Hi.” He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in …

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Mary Southerland

The Aroma of Christ

Today’s Truth

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? (2 Corinthians 2:14-16, NIV).

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I tend to be a creature of habit in many ways – a fact that …

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Gwen Smith

What’s Your Temperature?

Today’s Truth
Search Me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24, ESV).

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I got a phone call in the middle of the day from my son Preston. He was calling from the nurse’s office at the school. Here’s how the conversation went:

“Hey, Mom. It’s Preston. I’m not feeling well, and I have a temperature of 96.5. Can you come get me?”

“96.5 degrees?” I asked. “Honey, that’s below normal! That doesn’t sound …

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Mary Southerland

Take This Job and Love It!

Today’s Truth

“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 139:16, NIV).

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We all want to be successful in our work. Your office may be downtown or just inside your front door. Your work clothes may be an elegant suit or ragged jeans and a stained t-shirt. You may be paid in cash or with crayon drawings and sticky kisses. It doesn’t really matter because none of these things alone makes us successful in the work place.

Many people never …

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Sharon Jaynes

God’s Gifts in Dark Times

Today’s Truth
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also graciously give us all things?(Romans 8:32, NIV)

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I stood at Steven’s bedroom door, watching this now 17-year-old son asleep in a tangle of sheets and limbs. He was six feet tall, needed a shave and sported a mass of shaggy, thick brown hair. I thought about how much I loved this boy.

When Steven was born, we had no idea we would be raising him as an only child. Years of infertility struggles …

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Mary Southerland

Service: Love in Action

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).

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The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea are made of the same water that flows down, clear and cold from the heights of Hermon and the roots of the cedars of Lebanon. The Sea of Galilee is a place of great beauty because it has an outlet. It gathers in its riches and then pours them out again to fertilize the Jordan …

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Sharon Jaynes

No More Nagging!

Today’s Truth
“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective,” (James 5:16 TNIV).

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There are some verses in the Bible that I wish God had just left out.  Here are a few of them:

  • A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping. (Proverbs 19:13)
  • A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day; restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand. (Proverbs 27:15,16)
  • Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife. (Proverbs  21:19)
  • Better to live on a corner of the roof

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Mary Southerland

How To Stay Young

Today’s Truth
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10, NIV).

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In April, I will celebrate my 61st birthday! Honestly, I didn’t think I would live this long. Seriously! Where have the years gone? It seems every day of life has been jam-packed full of both wonderful and horrible things I wondered if I would survive and yet, here I am, going strong and wondering why there always seems to be some kind of helicopter still landing in …

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