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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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Today’s Truth

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Nehemiah 8:10

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Oh friend, please don’t misunderstand. I didn’t participate in a triathlon. I watched it.


A few years ago, my family was on vacation and just happened upon an Ironman 70.3 triathlon in progress. We had never seen anything like it before. The Ironman 70.3 races include a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run, which adds up to 70.3 miles of total racing. We watched in amazement as numerous forty and fifty somethings crossed the finish line and even a 69-year-old, but we were most inspired by the man we saw biking using a racing wheelchair.


He had no legs and was motoring through those hot, rigorous miles using his upper body alone.

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Today’s Truth

Jeroboam did not change his evil ways, but once more appointed priests for the high places from all sorts of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places. This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its destruction from the face of the earth.

1 Kings 13: 33-34

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My husband James is a diluter.


He dilutes fruit juice with water. He dilutes hand soap to make it last longer. He adds water to the shampoo bottle. And friends, he even dilutes my family’s maple syrup.


When we’re gathered around the breakfast table with hot, yummy pancakes, we all know one thing. Our maple syrup will be watery and thin. It will need to be applied quite generously to have any taste at all.


One glorious day, the maple syrup finally ran out. When I bought new maple syrup from the store, I roared to my husband, “You will not touch this syrup!”


Maple syrup is meant to be enjoyed undiluted.


This is how the Word of God should be consumed

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Today’s Truth

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Genesis 2:2-3

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Have you ever driven to a store or restaurant only to find a sign on the door reading “Closed for Renovations”? What an inconvenience, right? But hopefully you were “wowed” at the grand re-opening when you saw the finished product and the improvements made.


Do you ever wish you could have a “Closed for Renovations” sign over your life?


Wouldn’t it be nice to take time out to renovate yourself without any interruptions? If only you could stop the texts and hit the pause button on your obligations. Sure it would be inconvenient, but wouldn’t it be worthwhile? Let’s just imagine you have a few days without any responsibilities except focusing on the areas in your personal life that

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Today’s Truth

So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Revelation 3:16

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I have a habit with my coffee that some of you will relate to. Others may be tempted to think less of me, but I will just have to risk that for the sake of this devotion.


I am a coffee re-heater. I take my morning cup of coffee and I nurse that same cup for hours. I take a few nice hot sips and set my mug down. Several minutes later, my coffee is lukewarm. It’s no longer good. I head to the microwave to make it hot again. I take a few sips and repeat this process a few more times throughout the morning.


Coffee’s good either hot or cold. There is no in-between. The example of

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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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If you were to observe my home, you won’t catch me doing linens on Mondays, mopping on Wednesdays, and doing my once-a-month cooking on the first Friday. One fine day, I was actually dusting the blinds. My husband James yelled, “What’s that noise?” alarmed the kids might be messing with something.


“It’s me, cleaning the blinds!” I shot back proudly.


He was quiet for a moment and then yelled in amazement, “I haven’t heard that sound in 10 years!”


Each home will have its own level of neatness to aspire to, but there is something that everyone can agree upon as ideal: living in a calm, peaceful home. What is the atmosphere of your home on most days? Could you

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Today’s Truth

The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening”

1 Samuel 3:10

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“I can’t hear you!” I yelled downstairs to my daughter who was apparently trying to tell me something.


No matter how trivial or how urgent her message was, I could not receive it because I was in the bathroom! In order to hear my daughter’s words, either she had to move towards me or I had to move towards her.


I can’t help but think of how many times in the day God may want to speak to me, but I am just not in the right place to hear. Maybe my heart is filled with worry. Maybe I’m running from one activity to the next, filling my spare moments with texts and emails.


Maybe my posture, my heart attitude,

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Today’s Truth

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.

Psalm 37:23

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I stared at the pile of papers, unsure for the first time about how to complete them. It was the middle school registration packet for my oldest son Ethan. I wasn’t sure how to fill out a few blanks. It all seemed so much more complicated than elementary school.


The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.


I had faith this verse even applied to middle schoolers.


Like in the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, I decided to “phone-a-friend” for help. Not just any friend…my middle school counselor friend.


You see, just a few months before deciding on where Ethan would go to middle school, we joined a small

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Today’s Truth

I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.

Joshua 14:11

We hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions. We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends. From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry. We call them our “Friday Friends.” So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our “Friday Friend,” Arlene Pellicane.


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Every year, I attend a personal growth conference with some truly inspirational people. Speakers have included greats such as Neil Armstrong, Zig Ziglar, Lou Holtz, Andy Andrews, and Jim Rohn. I know being exposed to this caliber of professionals has pushed me to become a better person, wife, and mom.


Some may wonder about

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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