Devotions Archive

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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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Sharon Jaynes

A Kodak Moment

Today’s Truth
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

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In my last devotion, we took a look at the story of the widow who gave all she had to God (Mark 12:41-44 NIV). This is the last recorded incident in Jesus’ public ministry before He makes final preparations for the cross. All the way from Galilee to Jerusalem, He had been teaching the disciples about the high cost of discipleship. “Leave everything behind” (Luke 14:25-33).”He who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke …

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Mary Southerland

Get Serious About SIn

Today’s Truth
“But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done” (1 John 1:9, NCV).

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As a little girl, I always looked forward to the first day of summer vacation because it meant two things. First, I did not have to sit in a classroom all day wasting precious brain power trying to comprehend and learn what I considered to be useless information. Second, I did not have to wear shoes except when I …

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Sharon Jaynes

Prayer Can Change a Marriage

Today’s Truth
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20, NIV).

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I am always stunned when I hear someone say, “Well, I guess the only thing left to do is pray.” My goodness, I’ve even been shocked to hear the words come out of my own mouth. Prayer should never be seen as a last resort but as a first line of defense. No matter what condition …

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Gwen Smith

Are Happy Endings Really Possible?

Today’s Truth
“Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him” (Psalm 32:2, NIV).

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I love a good story. I love stories filled with drama, mystery, action, honesty, hope, grit, tension, release, passion, tenderness, love, restoration, and redemption. My favorite stories, however, combine many of these elements and finish with a happy-ending. My heart beats for stories with a happy ending.

There have been days in my life that have been heavy on the tension and light on the release; moments when I’ve felt deep pain and longed for deep peace; weeks when …

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