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Gwen Smith

The Broken Way

Today’s Truth
Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today … the LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus 14:13-14, NIV).

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While at a football game of my son Preston’s, I had a moving conversation with another team mom. It was the first time we’d ever dialogued beyond socially expected niceties. Between cheers that went up to our football-playing boys, she stumbled upon the fact that I was a Jesus-loving girl and was excited to share about how …

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Sharon Jaynes

When God Says No

Today’s Truth
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5, 6, NASB).

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Like any good parent, God’s answers to our requests are not always “yes.”  When God says “no,” we must accept the fact that our Father knows best.

In my own life, my desire was to have three or four children. I conceived my first child with no problem. Little did I know at the time that Steven would be my only child. …

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Mary Southerland

T-H-I-N-K

Today’s Truth

When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she says (Proverbs 31:26, NIV).

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A father took his six-year-old daughter on a “date” to their favorite restaurant. During the meal, the dad did most of the talking as he told his little girl how wonderful she was, how proud of he was to be her dad and how special she was to him and to God. After he had done what he thought was a sufficient job, he picked up his fork and began to eat. His daughter …

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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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