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Sharon Jaynes

Doubting Thomas

Today’s Truth
Thomas fell to his knees and cried, ‘My Lord and my God!’ (John 20:29 NIV).

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When Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, there was one who was absent from the motley crew – Thomas. When he came back to the group, they were abuzz telling of Jesus’ appearance. But Thomas didn’t believe a word they said.

“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it,” he declared.

“A week later his disciples were …

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Gwen Smith

The Power of Quiet

Today’s Truth
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul (Psalm 23:1-3a, NIV).

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There are times when laundry takes over my house. Piles build up, though I try to stay on top of them. Many of the clothes are clean and even folded, but not put away. That tricky put-away-part is always hard for me.

Then there are the socks. Oh, the socks! They burden me so!! I’m half tempted to believe that a great sock …

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Sharon Jaynes

Ignored by Man, Chosen by God

Today’s Truth

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosenyou out of the world (John 15:19 NIV).

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Have you ever felt that you were overlooked or ignored … like you were a nobody?  Well, take heart girlfriend. You are not alone.

In the Bible, we read the story of when the prophet Samuel went to anoint the next king of Israel. By God’s instruction, Samuel traveled to Bethlehem, to the house of Jesse. He knew where to …

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Gwen Smith

The To-Do List Abyss

Today’s Truth

Proverbs 31:17 (NIV) “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.”

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Many of us check off neatly penciled boxes. Some draw lines through the tasks we’ve finished. A select few of us even add tasks that we’ve already completed to our list so that we’ve got accurate accomplishment records at the end of the day! (Present company included!) Some of us keep track of what we need to do each day in our heads, while others track progress of daily goals electronically.

There are days I fluff up my list.

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Mary Southerland

In His Steps

Today’s Truth
Be careful what you do, and always do what is right (Proverbs 4:26, NCV).

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When Dan and I first married, I knew almost nothing about football. In fact, I would often ask, “Honey, who has the ball now?” He was so patient, answering every question without bursting into laughter. Dan’s favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys and his favorite player was Emmett Smith, their star running back at the time.

During one particular game, Emmitt was playing on grass instead of the artificial turf he preferred. The grass was wet and Emmett was not playing …

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Sharon Jaynes

Paid in Full

Today’s Truth
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9 NIV).

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When we ask God to forgive us of our past mistakes and failures, He does. Plain and simple. The Bible promises, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

The original language of the New Testament was Greek. In the Greek, the word for forgiveness is aphieme. The word means to …

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Mary Southerland

Pride and Chiggers

Today’s Truth
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you (Romans 12:3b, NIV).

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A famous explorer in South America was once forced to abandon his journey by an almost invisible enemy.  He was equipped to meet leopards, serpents and crocodiles. They proved to be no threat, but what he had failed to consider were the tiny insects called chiggers. They are so tiny that in North America we call them the “no see-ums.” Someone composed this …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Purpose of Prayer

Today’s Truth
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-10 NIV).

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Prayer is not meant to change God’s mind, but to change ours.  Prayer aligns our thinking with God’s will.  When we begin our prayer with praise, we take the focus off of ourselves and put it on God.  When we pray for God’s will to be done, we take the focus off of our desires and put it on God’s desires for our lives.

Jesus taught His disciples to pray, …

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Gwen Smith

Giving and Gaining

Today’s Truth
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25, NIV)

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I pretty much consider myself to have a black thumb. I like plants and genuinely try to keep plants healthy and thriving in my home, but fail at it a lot more than I succeed. Seriously. Black thumb. So when my girlfriend brought me a baby aloe plant, my heart was torn between girlfriend-gratitude and feelings of sorrow for the innocent little aloe.

A few weeks after she gave me the plant gift, my friend told me a story. …

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Mary Southerland

You Really Don’t Have to Worry

Today’s Truth
Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks (Philippians 4:6, GW).

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The Comanche Indians tortured and killed their enemies by staking them to the ground. They then took a wet leather strap and placed it around the neck of their enemy. As the leather strap slowly dried in the blazing desert sun, it would gradually cut off the air supply until their enemy finally choked to death. Worry does the same thing. “Worry” literally means “to be pulled in different directions.” The …

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