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Posts by Jessica Smartt

Today’s Truth

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33

Friend to Friend


Two weeks ago, I accidentally stepped on a wooden toothpick that was lying on my bathroom floor. (Don’t ask me what a wooden toothpick was doing there in the first place.) Oh my goodness, did that ever hurt! I knelt down to find the toothpick…missing the wooden tip. Yes, I now had a chunk of a toothpick lodged in the side of my foot. I spent hours trying to squeeze, tweeze, poke, pluck the splinter out. It nagged and hurt and throbbed. This little piece of wood was a no more than a centimeter, but I thought about it so much! It affected so much of my day-to-day: what shoes I wore, the activities I could do, what

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Today’s Truth

Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

I Peter 5:6-7

Friend to Friend


I am mom to a child with life-threatening allergies. It’s been nine years, but it hasn’t ever gotten easier, or less scary, or normal. I wouldn’t trade this kid for the whole world, but at times, the job of managing it all seems too much.


What struck me the other day, as it often has, is how carefree my son is. Gradually he will shoulder the load of managing his allergies, but to this point, it is mostly ME doing all the things: reading the labels, washing the hands and the dishes before prepping his food, calling companies, knowing what’s safe and what’s not safe.


My son isn’t worried, because he knows I am. He doesn’t ask me a million

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Today’s Truth

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

Luke 10:33

Friend to Friend


Four months ago, my friend Ashley moved away. I have missed her terribly. It wasn’t until this week that it hit me – why her friendship is such a gift. Simply put, she has time for me.


I guess I don’t just mean time to talk on the phone, to chat over coffee, or meet up for playdates. It’s more than that; she has the mental and emotional space to love well. She’s not so stressed and consumed with her own life that she has no time or energy for anyone else. On the contrary, she has the capacity to be a good friend – to pray for me often, to remember my appointments and concerns, to process and

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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