Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

Trusting God No Matter What

Today’s TruthTrust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV). 

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There is nothing wrong with us trying to understand why bad things happen. However, the Bible clearly tells us not to depend on or lean on our ability to answer the tough question…why.   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,” the writer of Proverbs tells us, “and do not lean on your own understanding,” (Proverbs 3:5).

Ultimately, God is in control and His …

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Mary Southerland

How to Let Peace Rule

Today’s Truth
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts (Colossians 3:15a, NIV).

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Understanding peace does not guarantee the presence of peace. I can fill my days with so many tasks, meetings, appointments, tasks and activities that peace disintegrates before noon. In Colossians 3:15, Paul encourages us to “let the peace of Christ rule” in our hearts. The word “rule” is an athletic term meaning “to preside at the games and distribute the prizes.” Sounds like a typical day in the life of a woman to me!

In the Greek games, there were judges who rejected …

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Gwen Smith

Becoming More Fruitful

Today’s Truth
“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:2, NIV).

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On a family visit to the beach, our room had a balcony that overlooked the swimming pool. I sat on the balcony one morning and watched as a maintenance man for the resort approached a palm tree and pulled a brown, life-less branch from under the green leaves. Oddly, before he pulled the dead branch, I hadn’t even noticed it was there. After he …

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Mary Southerland

I Have A Shepherd

Today’s Truth

Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep he tends.  (Psalm 100:3, NCV) 

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Shepherding was one of the oldest callings in Israel, even before farming. Shepherds traveled from place to place, living in tents while driving their flocks from one pasture to another. The sheep and their shepherd lived together every minute of every day. In fact, they were so intimately bound together that individual sheep, even when mixed with other flocks, could recognize the voice of their own shepherd and would …

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Sharon Jaynes

Follow Me

Today’s Truth

After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth.  ‘Follow me,’ Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him (Luke 5:27-28, NIV).

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I was at a funeral for the father of a friend of mine.  Amazingly three of the deceased’s nephews were preachers and each wanted a turn at eulogizing Uncle Bob.  There was a Baptist, a Pentecostal, and Methodist. It was a long service.  One of the preacher’s stories about ole Uncle Bob really tickled me.  I’ve changed …

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Mary Southerland

I Need A Shepherd

Today’s Truth

He tends his flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young (Isaiah 40:11, NIV).

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Shepherds live with their sheep, finding places for them to eat and drink, providing shelter from the storms and protection from the heat. Sheep must eat the right amount of the right kinds of grass at the right times or they will die. If the sheep eat too little one day and too much the next day, some of the bacteria that live in …

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Sharon Jaynes

Satan’s Tempting Tactics

Today’s Truth

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

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Adam and Eve had a wonderfully fulfilling life. They lived in God’s presence. He walked and talked with them in the cool of the evening, and He met all of their needs.

“I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food. And to all the …

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Mary Southerland

Make My Heart Sit Down

Today’s Truth

Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom (Psalm 90:12, NLT).

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Every minute of every day is either wasted or invested. Since the Bible contains over 400 verses about time, we can safely assume that time management is important to God. In fact, it is a spiritual discipline that helps determine the rate of growth and maturity of our faith. We not only need to view time as an eternal investment, but as an immediate one as well. One of the most valuable investments we can make …

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Mary Southerland

Under The Juniper Tree

Today’s Truth

My soul, wait thou in silence for God only; for my expectation is from Him (Psalm 62:5, ASB).

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Elijah is a great example of a man in need of rest. One day he was the conquering hero, the next we find him sitting under a Juniper tree, wallowing in self-pity – and begging God to let him die. The poor man was simply exhausted. True, it was an exhaustion produced by victory, but it was still exhaustion.

Elijah called down fire from heaven, proving the existence of the only true God, destroying idols and idol …

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Sharon Jaynes

I am a Citizen of Heaven

Today’s Truth

But our citizenship is in heaven.  And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control; will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:20 NIV).

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One spring, we had a ten-year-old boy from Russia stay with us and go to school with my son.  His mastery of the English language was very limited and we depended on hand signals and facial expressions to get by.  On one occasion, I was trying to …

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