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Today’s Truth

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10

2 Corinthians 7:10

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I went to get a snack from my refrigerator and as I opened the door, the plastic jar of mayonnaise fell out. I put the mayonnaise back in the same spot, grabbed my snack and quickly shut the door.


A few hours later, I returned to the refrigerator and guess what happened? The mayonnaise fell out again but this time, the top cracked and mayonnaise splattered on the floor. As I cleaned up the mess, I wondered, “Why didn’t I move the mayonnaise to a different spot before?” I knew it was going to fall out again.


My little mayonnaise incident reminded me of how it’s easier to just get on with life and perhaps continue in sin than

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Today’s Truth

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

Proverbs 21:9

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There we were – my realtor husband and I – standing in front of our new home grinning and holding a bright red SOLD sign for the picture. The excitement of moving into a great house had temporarily eclipsed the stress of packing three weeks before Christmas. I couldn’t see one thing wrong with my dream house. And then we moved in.


The sink in the master bathroom started to leak. The plumber was supposed to come in the afternoon but couldn’t come until after dinnertime. While the plumber tooled around under the sink, James and I were standing on top of our bed trying to fix the ceiling fan and light. My arms ached as I held

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Today’s Truth

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”

Proverbs 24:3-4

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One afternoon, I was going through the laundry, checking all the pockets before loading the washing machine. I found something I had never found before in one my kid’s pant pockets: silly putty. I was very relieved I didn’t find out what that sticky, bouncy, elastic substance would do to the other clothes in the wash!


Another item pulled out of my pocket made me smile. It was a receipt for puppy toys. We had just got our first pet, a cute brown dog who was getting bigger by the second. I pulled play money from my daughter’s pocket from church. These colorful bucks were earned by bringing a Bible or offering.


In each pocket, I found evidence of

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Today’s Truth

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.

Psalm 118:22-24

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When I was in elementary school, I wore thick blue eyeglasses. They weren’t very fashionable, but at least I could read the chalkboard. Decades later, I still need glasses or contact lenses to put the world in focus. These tools improve my vision dramatically. Yet sight is about more than being able to read letters far away. It can also be about how you perceive God and your life.


Do you see life through the lens of thanks or the lens of dissatisfaction?


The answer to this simple question dramatically changes everything.


If we train our minds to look for God at work and to give thanks, we will find many things to be “marvelous in our eyes.” If we

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“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced...”

1 Chronicles 16:11-12

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As I walked through the airport, I was surprised to see my gate decorated with several flags. There were glass cases along the walls filled with all sorts of medals and pins. A wall lined with photographs of World War II heroes honored the family members of the airline’s employees. My eyes watered as I stood before these images from the 1940s of young men who had given their lives for the cause of freedom.


Standing in wonder, I glanced around at a few employees. I got the feeling they were very accustomed to their surroundings. I doubt they got choked up with emotion when they walked past the black and white photographs on the wall. They didn’t

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Today’s Truth

I was cupbearer to the king.

Nehemiah 1:11

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“Medical Protective, may I help you?”


This was my life years ago when I worked as a secretary for an insurance company. I was newly married and took whatever job I could find. Being an administrative assistant wasn’t my passion or area of expertise, but it was a way to pay bills. I did the best I could answering phones and filing medical records.


Whether you are an engineer or teacher, accountant or cook, do you know your work matters to God? You may not be a formal missionary, but God can use you – right where you are – to do important work for the kingdom of God.


Consider Nehemiah. He was a cupbearer to the king of Persia.

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Today’s Truth

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Peter 4:9

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My husband likes to say, “I’m not sure what my favorite day of the year is. It’s a toss-up between my birthday and Father’s Day.”


Cue my “Oh brother!” look.


He means it as a joke and I know that. Of course he loves getting special treatment on holidays and birthdays. Who wouldn’t? Most of us would like to be the one being pampered than the one doing the pampering!


We don’t often feel like serving. Yet we can choose to serve…with a smile.


When you walk into a nice hotel or store, an employee who says something like “How may I help you” usually greets you?


They may not feel like showing hospitality, but it’s part of their job description to

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Today’s Truth

“Look up at the sky and count the stars – if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Genesis 15:5-6

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I live in a suburban neighborhood.  As my family of five pulled out of the driveway in our minivan, we were about to encounter a very strange sight.


There – smack dab in the middle of the road – was a teen girl.


She was walking away from us, right in the center of the street.  Her eyes were glued to her phone.  She walked slowly, completely unaware of her surroundings (including our two-ton vehicle quickly approaching).


As we got closer in our van, I capitalized on this larger-than-life teachable moment.


“Kids, do you see that girl?  Is she even aware we are here?  Why is it dangerous to stare at your phone, especially when you’re in the middle of the

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Today’s Truth

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Exodus 20:17

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Have you ever been in a situation with other women when you felt inadequate?


I had that experience when I was a university student. Oddly enough, my school had a handful of beauty pageant winners and I seemed to sit near them in every class. I’d walk in a communication class and find myself next to Miss Pennsylvania. In another class, the beautiful young lady seated in the row in front of me ended up being Miss California. At graduation, I sat next to a different friend, Miss Virginia, who would literally become Miss America a few months later that year.


Surrounded by these lovely beauty queens, it was easy to think, “Oh no! How am I ever going

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Today’s Truth

I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

Psalm 119:16

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When my son Ethan was in kindergarten, I remember how much he loved reading his Bible. He would come into my room in the morning asking, “Mommy, can you read me a story from the Bible?” His Bible was written like a children’s storybook with colorful illustrations and animated characters. Whether the story was “David and Goliath” or “Jesus Feeds Thousands,” his attention was fixed sharply on each page. After one story ended, he asked for another – then another.


I sometimes wish I had this same kind of hunger and enthusiasm when I approach my Bible. I’d like to read it with fresh eyes. Instead of knowing how things turn out, what if I read a story

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"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…" 1 Thessalonians 2:8