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Sharon Jaynes

Some Things Never Change

Today’s Truth
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever!” (Psalm 136:1, NIV)

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2002 was a year of transition for me.  I changed positions at the ministry where I served, my son packed up to go away to college, my thyroid went out of control and had to be purposely destroyed with radioactive iodide, my first book went out of print, the grocery store quit carrying my favorite coffee, and Revlon discontinued the eyeliner that I’d been using for ten years.  Like a little girl having a hissy fit, I whined, “Doesn’t …

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Gwen Smith

Accepting the Call

Today’s Truth
“Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching” (John 14:23a, NIV).

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There is a feature on my cell phone that allows me to decline an incoming call. There are a thousand reasons why I might choose to hit the “decline” button when my phone rings. Sometimes I am writing and have a deadline to make. Decline. Sometimes a call comes in when I’m mid-conversation with a friend or when I’m connecting with my family. Decline. At times, true confessions here, I decline a call simply because I don’t want to talk to the …

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Mary Southerland

Will God Really Come Through?

Today’s Truth
“The LORD says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you’” (Psalm 32:8, NLT).

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When our daughter, Danna, was a toddler, she and her daddy had a favorite game. Dan would place her in some high spot then stand back, hold up his arms and say, “Jump to Daddy!” I hated this game but Danna loved it and always jumped into Dan’s arms, laughing and giggling. But one day, Dan put her in a spot that Danna thought was just a little too high. …

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Mary Southerland

Laugh it Up!

Today’s Truth
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV).

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Jesus lived and died so that we can experience abundant life. Jesus did not come so that we can merely survive life. Pagans can survive life. God’s plan is for us to experience joy and peace – no matter what life holds.

John 10:10 clearly states the promise of God, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” In this verse, “abundant” literally means “going beyond; full or …

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Sharon Jaynes

I Want a Daddy Who Loves Me

Today’s Truth
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV italics added).

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When I was a little girl, my father spent most of his waking hours working at his building supply company, observing construction sites, or socializing with his colleagues and associates. Even though his place of business was only a few blocks from our home, his heart was miles away in a place I could never find.

My father didn’t drink alcohol every day, but when he did, it consumed him. Dad was filled with …

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Sharon Jaynes

A Dream Come True

Today’s Truth 
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1 NIV).

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Once upon a time, not so very long ago or far away, a baby girl was born to parents who could not keep her. While neither parent was willing to release her for adoption, neither was able to care for her. So while the legal system shuffled her case back and forth, the baby girl grew into a toddler in a foster home.

Her care was certainly adequate, her physical needs were …

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Mary Southerland

Failure is Not Final

Today’s Truth
“At least there is hope for a tree. If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail” (Job 14:7, NIV).

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I have never met a single person whose goal in life was to fail but failure is a reality of life. The key to success is not avoiding failure; it is learning how to handle failure.

·         Beethoven’s music teacher once told him that he was a hopeless composer.

·         Abraham Lincoln campaigned for a seat in the Illinois General Assembly and failed. He then opened a …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Widow’s Mite and Mighty Faith

Today’s Truth
“Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny” (Mark 12:41-42, NIV).

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Beatrice woke as the morning sun peeked through the closed shutters of her sparse bedroom. Every joint in her tired old body creaked like a grinding wheel in dire need of good oiling.

Her arthritic hands rubbed sleepy eyes and instinctively reached to the empty space where her husband slept so many years ago.

“Another Sabbath to worship Jehovah,” she smiled. “Oh LORD, thank you …

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Gwen Smith

The Stinky Sour Sippy

Today’s Truth
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him; for we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life” (2 Corinthians 2:14-16a, NIV).

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A few years ago, I flew to Nashville to record vocals for a CD project. My girlfriend, Kerri, and I had spent the last day of my trip in …

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Mary Southerland

What Kind of Book Are You Writing?

Today’s Truth 
“I will be careful how I act and will not sin by what I say. I will be careful what I say around wicked people. I became very angry inside, and as I thought about it, my anger burned. So, I spoke” (Psalm 39:1, 3 NCV).

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A young lady named Sally relates an experience she had in a Seminary class taught by Dr. Smith, a teacher who was well known for his elaborate object lessons. One particular day, Sally walked into the classroom and instantly knew they were going to have a lot of fun. …

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