Devotions Archive

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Mary Southerland

Sandpaper People on Wheels

Today’s Truth
You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:43-44, TNIV).

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I am certainly not proud of the fact that I tend to have little or no patience with road hogs and seem to find ample opportunities for expressing my less-than-favorable opinion of the way they drive. I am working on my attitude and learning some lessons along the way.

We once lived in a small but rapidly growing town just outside of Charlotte, North …

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Sharon Jaynes

Changing the Way We Speak by Examining the Heart

Today’s Truth
Jesus said, “What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean…But things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean’” (Matthew 15:11,18 NIV).

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While it is the Holy Spirit that gives us the power to change the words we speak, the desire to change begins in the heart. The Bible says:

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, …

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Gwen Smith

The Great Adventure

Today’s Truth
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:12-13).

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A certain medieval monk announced he would be preaching the next Sunday evening on “The Love of God.” As the shadows fell and the light faded from the cathedral windows, the congregation gathered. In the darkness of the altar, the monk lit …

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Mary Southerland

Party On!

Today’s Truth
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over (Psalm 23:5, NKJV).

Friend To Friend
Many life battles are lost because our confidence and faith in God are eroded under the persistent battering of daily stressful situations. We often fail to recognize and embrace the truth that God defines and refines us through each battle in life. If the battle truly belongs to God, we win! We win before the first shot is fired. We win before one step of the battle plan is taken.…

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Sharon Jaynes

Changing The Way We Speak by Renewing the Mind

Today’s Truth
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me – put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9 TNIV).

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Have you ever been to a rodeo and watched a lassoing contest?  The little calf bursts from the stall and then the cowboy and his steed follow close behind.  With his lasso in hand, the cowboy …

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Mary Southerland

Whose Voice Do You Hear?

Today’s Truth
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27, NIV).

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Dan and I had been married one year when we moved to Fort Worth, Texas, so Dan could attend seminary. I desperately wanted a teaching job, but none was available. Instead I was hired as a secretary in an insurance office. It was definitely not my idea of a dream job, but I had a plan. Every day, on my lunch hour, I call the school district’s personnel office to ask, “Do you have a job or me yet?” …

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Sharon Jaynes

Don’t Do It

Today’s Truth
“Flee from sexual immorality…Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God.  You are not your own, you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:18, 19-20 NIV).

Friend To Friend

Can I talk girlfriend to girlfriend for just a moment?  It’s about a very uncomfortable subject, and honestly, one most of us would rather pretend does not exist in “Christian circles.”  It’s sexual sin.

In my last devotion, we stood road-side and looked at the story …

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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 it …

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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 tug …

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Sharon Jaynes

Stepping Up and Stepping Out

Today’s Truth

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV).

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God always has important kingdom work for us to do. Paul tells us: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). We were not meant to be mere stagehands or decorative props, but leading ladies working together alongside our brothers and sisters to impact the world for Christ.

Every little girl needs to grow …

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