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Today’s Truth

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

(Acts 17:26-27 NIV)

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When we were new parents, my husband James and I lovingly referred to our baby as “the lump.” Ethan was like a sack of potatoes, not moving an inch unless we helped him. Yet that lump brought us so much joy! But like any baby, he did a lot of crying.


I remember when he was about six weeks old, and he was crying and crying upstairs in his crib. I had all my parenting books cracked open. Was he hungry? Wet? Needing to be held? Too hot, too cold? Sleep deprived, I headed towards his room. He was raising the roof with his loud crying. I walked over to his crib and stood over my screaming lump.


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Today’s Truth

Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.

(Psalm 50:14-15, NIV)

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When I was in elementary school, I was afraid of a girl in my class. I was skinny. She was stocky. I was tall. She was taller. I was nerdy and wore glasses. She was an athlete. Get the picture?


To buy peace with her, I would scratch her arm in class. She would sit in front of me, push her arm back toward my desk, and I was supposed to scratch it on demand. I never wanted to get in trouble in class, so I was nervous that the teacher would not like what I was doing. But I was more nervous about my bully, so I always complied.


Giants that intimidate us come in all sorts of

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Today’s Truth

Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.

Deuteronomy 8:6, NIV

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I was excited to be at a concert with my girls, but when it began, I realized I had forgotten something very important. Earplugs! The speakers were pointed straight towards my eardrums and some serious decibels were coming at me.


I could hear the music all right, but not much else. When my daughter tried to say something to me, I couldn’t understand a word. It was too loud to hear anything but the music.


Most of us don’t attend concerts every day, but in our loud world, it’s common for us to use earbuds for music, or have background noise in our homes and cars. Sometimes our entertainment can become so loud that we no longer hear the

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Today’s Truth

As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise You more and more.

(Psalm 71:14, NIV)

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My family leads an afterschool Bible club on Fridays at my daughter’s elementary school. We sing songs, play games, study the Bible, and give away prizes. I’m always storing up prizes from the dollar store in my “magic closet,” also known as my laundry room.


One of my friend’s dubbed it the magic closet because I could magically find presents for kids in that closet. If someone came over and mentioned it was her child’s birthday, I’d walk into that closet and come out with a birthday gift to go!


You may not have a magic closet of kids’ gifts but there’s another type of closet you can always tap in to. You might call it a “praise closet.”


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Today’s Truth

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.

(Psalm 34:4-6, NIV)

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When my children were younger, there was one word that shook the house on a regular basis: MOMMMMY!!!! Wherever I was in the house, their cries would reach my ears. I’d usually respond right away, but sometimes their shouts would be met by silence. Maybe I was in the bathroom or on a phone call. They’d call out again, this time a little more desperate, and eventually they would hear my voice in reply.


Have you ever felt that way with God? Like you have cried out to Him and you are waiting for a reply? David assures us in Psalm 34 that God does indeed hear us, and not only does He hear, He delivers and saves!

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Today’s Truth

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.

Philippians 3:1 NKJV

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Most of us crave safety. We want kids to be safe, not reckless (or injured!). Bike riding requires a helmet. River rafting requires a life jacket. We buckle up in cars. We wear closed toe shoes when hiking. We don’t jump off ladders. You get the picture.


Kids don’t always remember to do these things, so they must be reminded, and reminded, and reminded again.


Kids aren’t the only ones who need safety reminders. Adults do too. In today’s truth, we read what the Apostle Paul wanted to emphasize to keep the Philippian believers safe.  This reminder didn’t have to do with protective gear, but rather the protective attitude of rejoicing. He says in effect, “Rejoice in the Lord!

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Today’s Truth

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

(Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV)

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My 9-year-old daughter Lucy calls it her second home.


It’s not an athletic field, the shopping mall, or the movie theater. Lucy’s second home is our church. Whenever the doors are open – whether it’s for main service or to paint backdrops for children’s church – she wants to be there.


I think we could all use a dose of Lucy’s enthusiasm when it comes to going to church!


My family started going to church when I was in elementary school. Back then, it was common to have Sunday morning church and Sunday evening church. We usually went both times, and I can certainly remember faking a cold or stomachache to get out of church so I could stay home

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Today’s Truth

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

(Isaiah 30:15 NIV)

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When my son Ethan was three years old, he was very afraid of going into a swimming pool. The moment his little toe touched the water, he was already screaming, “Out! Out! I want out!” But in time, and with a lot of coaxing, he could handle being in the shallow end of the pool (clinging to his daddy of course).


One day, my husband James instructed Ethan to stand at the edge of the pool and jump into his arms. Ethan was not excited at all about this new development.


Ethan did not move, his feet solidly cemented to the ground. He wasn’t going anywhere.


“Look into my eyes and trust me,” James said. “I won’t let you fall.”


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Today’s Truth

The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.

(Proverbs 21:5 NKJV )

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I was zipping through my house like normal, on my way to the kitchen to sort through the day’s mail. I noticed my teen daughter lying on the couch reading a book. On a whim, I decided to make a pit stop.


I pulled up her outstretched legs and sat underneath them. She smiled and after a few moments, we were talking about what she was reading which led to other subjects. I told her how her daddy and I used spent hours just like that, talking and laughing together on the couch when we were dating. We had no concept of time; we just enjoyed being together.


Thirty minutes passed before my daughter and I left that couch.

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Today’s Truth

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

(Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV)

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My 9-year-old daughter Lucy calls it her second home.


It’s not an athletic field, the shopping mall, or the movie theater. Lucy’s second home is our church. Whenever the doors are open – whether it’s for main service or to paint backdrops for children’s church – she wants to be there.


I think we could all use a dose of Lucy’s enthusiasm when it comes to going to church!


My family started going to church when I was in elementary school. Back then, it was common to have Sunday morning church and Sunday evening church. We usually went both times, and I can certainly remember faking a cold or stomachache to get out of church so I could stay home

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Today’s Truth

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

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My 9-year-old daughter Lucy calls it her second home.


It’s not an athletic field, the shopping mall, or the movie theater. Lucy’s second home is our church. Whenever the doors are open – whether it’s for main service or to paint backdrops for children’s church – she wants to be there.


I think we could all use a dose of Lucy’s enthusiasm when it comes to going to church!


My family started going to church when I was in elementary school. Back then, it was common to have Sunday morning church and Sunday evening church. We usually went both times, and I can certainly remember faking a cold or stomachache to get out of church so I could stay home

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Today’s Truth

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

James 1:19 NIV

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It was raining like crazy when I went to pick up my son from school. I had told him earlier to look for my car so I wouldn’t have to get out in the rain. I slipped into my ugliest, oldest flip flops. I was just planning to stay in the nice, dry car.


There was my son in plain sight. He walked towards me and then walked right…past…my…car! He made a U-turn but still missed me. I was so upset and exasperated. I got out of my car, embarrassed to be wearing my for-home-use-only flip flops, and yelled “ETHAN!!!” at the top of my lungs.


He finally saw me. I darted back to the car, totally unprepared for

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Today’s Truth

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

James 1:19 NIV

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It was raining like crazy when I went to pick up my son from school. I had told him earlier to look for my car so I wouldn’t have to get out in the rain. I slipped into my ugliest, oldest flip flops. I was just planning to stay in the nice, dry car.


There was my son in plain sight. He walked towards me and then walked right…past…my…car! He made a U-turn but still missed me. I was so upset and exasperated. I got out of my car, embarrassed to be wearing my for-home-use-only flip flops, and yelled “ETHAN!!!” at the top of my lungs.


He finally saw me. I darted back to the car, totally unprepared for

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Today’s Truth

He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.

(Proverbs 22:9, NKJV)

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It was a generous act that got my attention.


After I was done speaking at a conference, a teenage boy asked to speak with me at my book table. “I know this may be strange,” he said. “But I’d like to buy books for the next ten people at your table.”


He handed me $100. I couldn’t believe that someone wanted to be so generous, and I couldn’t believe it was a 17-year-old boy! The host church wasn’t in an affluent part of town and I later learned that boy did not come from a rich family.


I praised his generosity and motioned for him to stay close, so he could overhear my next conversation. A kind looking woman in

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Today’s Truth

He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.

(Proverbs 22:9, NKJV)

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It was a generous act that got my attention.


After I was done speaking at a conference, a teenage boy asked to speak with me at my book table. “I know this may be strange,” he said. “But I’d like to buy books for the next ten people at your table.”


He handed me $100. I couldn’t believe that someone wanted to be so generous, and I couldn’t believe it was a 17-year-old boy! The host church wasn’t in an affluent part of town and I later learned that boy did not come from a rich family.


I praised his generosity and motioned for him to stay close, so he could overhear my next conversation. A kind looking woman in

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Today’s Truth

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

Proverbs 14:23

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I’m going to stop wasting time on TV.


I am going to lose twenty pounds.


I would like to help the poor.


I’m going to show my kids I am the boss once and for all.


I’ll apply myself at my work starting tomorrow.


Do any of these sentiments sound familiar? At some point, we get frustrated and fed up and make an impassioned vow to change.  Like when my forty-something-year-old face breaks out with acne because I ate way too much chocolate the day before, I promise “No more chocolate until Easter!”


But alas, just a few days later if I’m given chocolate or find a secret stash at home, I’m prone to forget my words and

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Today’s Truth

Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat?’ Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper…’ So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty’ Luke 17:7-8, 10

Luke 17:7-8, 10

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It was a battle about feet.


I told my young daughter she needed to wash her feet in the bathtub. She moaned. She groaned. She complained.


I explained this was a reasonable request that would take two minutes. You would have thought I asked her to clean the entire house from top to bottom.


A few days later to my utter surprise, she didn’t complain at all about washing her feet. Instead she just went into the bathroom, turned on the water, and dunked her feet in.


I exclaimed, “Way to go! You obeyed me right away without complaining!”


I was happy to praise my daughter for her improved attitude and behavior, but when you think about it, she was simply doing

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Today’s Truth

Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So, he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.

Luke 15:25-26

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My youngest daughter Lucy eats slowly. One night at dinner as I finished up my salad, I looked over at 8-year-old Lucy and was shocked to see her plate was clean! She had beaten me at dinnertime. This was a big accomplishment because on most nights, she’s still eating her last bites while the rest of the family is doing dishes.


I exclaimed, “Lucy, you have beaten me at dinner tonight. I am going to give you one dollar!”


Her older sister Noelle exclaimed, “What??? I beat you too, but you aren’t giving me a dollar. I finish eating my dinner before Lucy every night and you’ve never once given me a dollar.”


Immediately, I recognized this dialogue as a

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Today’s Truth

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.

Philippians 2:3-4

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My daughter Noelle and I were sightseeing in New York City. One highlight was rocketing up 102 stories in a mere 47 seconds inside the elevator of the Freedom Tower. Once at the top, we looked for a good spot to take in the glorious view. I couldn’t help but notice two teenage girls taking up a large space in the very front.


The problem was they were not even looking at the city below. They were posing for selfies – lots of them! They laid on the floor and posed. They struck different standing poses and snapped. I walked around and returned to that same spot about ten minutes later. They were still there! Posing in pursuit

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Today’s Truth

Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Matthew 6:25

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It was just a small errand that turned into a worry fest.


I wanted to send a friend a gift just because, so I packaged it up and placed some stamps on the envelope. I headed for a new “village post office” I had seen in my neighborhood. I figured they could weigh my package and make sure I had put enough stamps on it.


When I arrived at the post office counter which was housed in a gas station, the man at the counter smiled. “You’re in luck,” he said. “The mailman is just about to leave with today’s packages.” I asked if he could weigh my package to double check if the postage was correct. “I’m sorry,”

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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