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For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

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“You will never be able to have biological children,” the doctor said. After years of painful tests, expensive treatments, frustrating procedures, and desperate pleas and prayers, our hopes of having children were shattered by his harsh diagnosis. “Then we will adopt” my husband immediately replied. I wasn’t so sure. Could I love another woman’s baby as much as a child I would give birth to? I just didn’t know.


Months later God called Dan to be the Youth Pastor of a church where we met a Christian attorney. “We’d like to talk with you about adoption,” Dan said. Ron’s response wasn’t encouraging. “I rarely do adoptions, but come by my office and fill out the papers – just in

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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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In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

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,” Erin Odom.


 


 


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God doesn’t promise us a life of health, wealth, and prosperity. To the contrary, Jesus told His disciples that in this world we would have trouble. But He didn’t stop there: He reminded them that He overcame the world.


Several years ago, my family walked through a period of extreme financial frustration. Month after month,

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Today’s Truth

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.

2 Timothy 1:7

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We all battle fear. Fear constantly tries to elbow faith aside, hoping to derail God’s plan and purpose in our lives. Fear keeps many of us from dreaming God-sized dreams, persuading us to settle for safety and comfort instead of riding the waves of possibilities. When faith yanks our hideous fears out of the darkness and into the light, we can see them for what they really are – powerless.


Faith is a three-letter word.


Faith says “yes” to peace and “no” to fear.


It may be one tiny step or one puny choice.


It may be a whispered prayer or a desperate cry.


But God always honors the choice to walk straight ahead through fear. Fear trains us to anticipate the worst

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Today’s Truth

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

Exodus 14:21-22

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A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!” he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.


Shortly after, along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy.


“Hey” asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, “Don’t you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation

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“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens”

Psalm 148:13

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Some of my Girlfriends in God are not going to like this devotion. I’m not even sure I do. But I’m going to put it out there anyhow. During the month of February, I write devotions on marriage. It is the month of love, and marriages certainly are in shambles all around the world. Each February, I am flooded with e-mails: some are appreciative for the reminders on how to love their husbands; some are filled with hurt because they are in their own struggling marriage, and some are broken-hearted because of shattered dreams. These women are so thankful for the balm of God’s truth in a very tender area of their lives.


But I also receive e-mails from

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Today’s Truth

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

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Do you ever have a hard time seeing the bright side of things?


I do. After pulling all of our luggage, pillows and boxes from the car, I plopped on the couch in my brand new home, in a brand new city.


It’s not safe enough here, in this neighborhood. They are doing construction right next to us. There are no families around. 


The anxious thoughts were eating my moment of joy.


The previous night didn’t help. Our train ride to the new home was horrendous. We slept in the passenger car. My three-year old daughter pleaded in 30-minute increments for a tissue for her nose. The door rattled. The train leaned in, then out, as it went down the track.

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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…a time to be silent and a time to speak,” Ecclesiastes 3:1,7

Ecclesiastes 3:1,7

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When Steven was about seven-years-old, we went snow skiing. For hours I instructed him in how to stand up, ski down, and get up once he fell. Steven fell down, and fell down, and fell down. He was not getting the hang of it at all. What’s the problem, I wondered. Then I found out. It was me.


“Mom,” Steven cried, “If you just quit telling me what to do, I think I could get it.”


“Fine!” I said as I skied away in frustration. “Go ahead and do it your way!”


And you know what? He did. Thirty minutes later Steven was cruising down the slopes with ease. See I was the problem. My continual instruction was hindering Steven from

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Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Isaiah 1:18

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Before becoming a lead teaching pastor, my husband served as a youth pastor for 13 years. During that time, he and I were invited to Washington, D.C. to lead a youth conference in a Korean Baptist Church. It was an amazing week during which God showed up in powerful ways!


At the end of the week, a woman on the Church Youth Committee invited us out to dinner. We went to a wonderful but very expensive restaurant – you know, the kind of restaurant where the menu shows no prices. At the end of the meal, our host went to pay for our meal.


I could see her talking with the restaurant owner, and I could tell that she was

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“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”

Isaiah 61:1-4

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We all know the story of Cinderella. She went from being held captive in the furnace to being a captivating belle of the ball, from being covered with ashes to being crowned with jewels, from being abused by her wicked step-family to being adored by her entire village. We all love “and they lived happily ever after” endings.


In 2 Samuel 13, there is a story that somewhat reminds me of Cinderella’s, but with two major differences: it is no fairy tale and the events occur in reverse. It is the story of Tamar, the lovely princess daughter of King David.


Tamar was one of the most beautiful young ladies in the entire kingdom. Her name meant “palm tree,” a

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