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“Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down,”

Proverbs 26:20

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A monster was sneaking into my yard in the dark of night and devouring my prize plants. I never saw his beady eyes or heard his pounding footsteps—just the aftermath of his destruction. He left a trail of slime as he moved from plant to plant, leaving large gaping holes in broadleaf Gerbera daisies, gnawing entire velvety trumpet-shaped blossoms on purple petunias and reducing bushy begonias to naked stalks.


I asked a neighbor about my flowerbed’s demise and she determined, “You’ve got slugs.”


Slugs!” I exclaimed. “The yard monster is a tiny little slug?”


“You can put out slug bait to catch them and see for yourself,” my confident neighbor continued.


I sprinkled slug bait all around the yard and then

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

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As I stand in the middle of Sur La Table, my favorite kitchen store, I pass over the cookware and utensils that beckon me (I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets.) and head straight for the cookbook I came to get. It’s my stepson’s birthday. Jeremy is a talented chef and I know that the new Alton Brown cookbook will be exactly what he wants.


But then, right there in the middle of the store, I start to panic. Will it be enough?


Will it be enough to show Jeremy how much we love him? Step-relationships can be tricky, and I want to make sure that Jeremy knows he is a priority for me. Will this cookbook, along with the

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“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” the Bible says.”

Psalm. 34:18

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The second the bus stopped at the corner, my little girl climbed off and ran as fast as she could toward where I stood. 
Something wasn’t right. She was crying. 
Immediately my mind jumped to worst-case scenarios.


Not quite so dramatic, someone told her they didn’t like her anymore. In typical grade-school fashion, the mood of the relationship had turned sour on the playground. As a result, my girl fell out of the other girl’s affection.


There on the street corner, I held her close while she cried. I was glad she told me. But what made me most proud is what she said next: “When we get home, can we cuddle?”


For years I’ve been working with my girl

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"If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her,”

John 8:7

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“What are we going to do with this Jesus,” the chief priest asked the group. “He is going about healing people left and right. Everywhere I go the buzz is about Jesus. It’s Jesus this, and Jesus that. And the crowds are calling Him the Messiah! Everyone knows that the Messiah will not come from Galilee. If we don’t get rid of Him, we are going to have an insurrection on our hands.”


“And ever since the buzz about Him multiplying a few loaves and fish to feed more than 5,000 people has circulated, His followers have multiplied as well. He must be stopped.”


“I have an idea,” Lucius responded with a gleam in his eye. “I happen to know

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Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Luke 12:7

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In part one of this devotion, we looked at the doubts and insecurities that cause us to question our significance and value. We also examined the Biblical truth that validates both. {Click here to read Part One.}


Today we’ll look to see what Jesus had to say about this topic and reflect on why this matters in the grand scheme of God’s purpose for your life.


When it comes to knowing the value God places on us, let’s turn to Jesus’s comments about sparrows. Do you know much about these little birds? They’re a dime a dozen. Highly common. Highly overlookable. The way many of us women might feel on any given day.


Look at what Jesus had to say in

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Who is man that you are mindful of him?

Psalm 8:3-4

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I may look confident and put together on the outside (when I’m not in my exercise pants and a ponytail) but on the inside I often wander back to that little girl who questions her value and wants to make a difference.


There are lots of ways this inner struggle presents itself in me …



I tether my value to how I look.
I tether my value to how my jeans fit.
I tether my value to how I perform.
I want my husband and kids to love me perfectly,
even though they can’t.
I want to love others perfectly, but I don’t, so I
juggle guilt like a hot potato.
I get distracted and waste time, so I feel unproductive.
I want to make a difference, but
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Today’s Truth

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 27:14

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Recently, I met with a friend. This friend’s been praying forever for things to change. To say she’s waiting is an understatement. She’s been enduring and persevering for years. She’s been gripping her dreams for what seems like forever. She’s been fighting to act God-honoring, almost every day.


Her life feels like a hard-fought battle.


No doubt, she’s wanted to give up, turn away from it all, lay in bed, dream a new dream, find an escape, indulge in chocolate and turn herself over to it. In many ways, I don’t blame her; her situation is hard.


Yet, while she’s lost days and emotions within the great abyss of frustration, I applaud her – she’s pushed on.


So, with her wait

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Today’s Truth

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

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A father was trying to take his Sunday afternoon nap but having little success because his young son kept waking him up with the complaint, “Daddy, I’m bored.” The father knew he needed to come up with some kind of plan to keep the little boy occupied, or there would be no nap. He glanced at the newspaper lying on the coffee table and had what he thought was a brilliant plan to keep his son busy and give him more time to sleep.


The father picked up the paper and pointed to a picture of the world on the front page. “This is a picture of the world, but it is also a puzzle,” the father explained. He then ripped the picture into about fifty pieces, handed them to his young son and said, “I

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Today’s Truth

“If you only knew the gift God has for you and who I am, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”

John 4:10

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What happens when someone says to you, “If you only knew?” I don’t know about you, but it makes me want to know. Jesus spoke those same enticing words to the gal with the empty bucket He met at a well in Samaria. He was engaging her and inviting her to springs of life. He was stirring her curiosity.


While she focused on drawing physical water, Jesus continued drawing her closer to living water. The water in Jacob’s well would alleviate physical thirst temporarily. The water in Jesus’ well would quench spiritual thirst eternally. Jesus’ living water would fill this empty woman with overflowing joy.


So she asked Him, “Give me this water!”


Wait a minute. Did she say, “Give me

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Today’s Truth

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses since He had the same temptations we do, though He never once gave way to them and sinned. So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive His mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.

Hebrews 4:15-16

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I learn a lot from our grandchildren. Justus, our eight-year-old grandson, came up with what I thought was an ingenious plan for disobedience when he was a toddler. Our daughter called one day, laughing. “Mom, I have to tell you what your grandson just said.”


Now when Danna refers to Justus as “your grandson” it generally means he has done something wrong – an extremely rare occurrence as far as I can tell.


Danna said, “I told Justus it was time to put away his toys and get ready for his nap. He stopped what he was doing, and I could tell he was seriously thinking about what I had asked him to do. Then his eyes sparkled, and he

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