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Today’s Truth

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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Most everyone experiences hard seasons during their life. Sometimes, painful present realities make it difficult to see past the cloud-cover to brighter days. I’ve had a handful of hopeless times over the years. As a matter of fact, our family is just coming out of one such season right now.


Three months ago, our family moved from California to Texas. With three teenagers in tow, it seemed like a crazy time to transition, but we were stuck in some unhealthy patterns and needed a radical refresh. While there were other issues in the mix, from politics and continued school closures to the cost of living, the main reason for our relocation was to give our family a do-over. Nothing

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And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a little while” (Mark 6:31, ESV).

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Earlier this spring I realized that I had grown lazy: lazy physically and lazy spiritually. That’s why I decided to take a social media sabbatical. I know it sounds a little radical, but I needed to get my priorities back in check. Given how many hours I was giving to my online scrolling, I thought taking those hours back was a great place to start. Before I even logged offline, I made a list of the things that I had simply been too busy for:



Consistent prayer and Bible study
Daily exercise
Time with friends
Healthy meals

The list went on and on. Which is why I decided to make specific plans to be more consistent in the areas of my life I

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Today’s Truth

Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time! (Proverbs 15:23, NLT)

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When my children were young, I spoke words of life into their little beings. They cooed and I cooed back. I whispered blessings over them as they slept and told them “you are SO BIG” when they were so tiny. I had no intention of ever berating my babies. But before long, my toddler proved defiant, difficult, and demanding — and I found myself reacting in anger rather than responding in gentleness.


OK, maybe you’ve never lost your cool with your kids, but you struggle to hold your thoughts (and your tongue) captive with your spouse. Or maybe your biggest triggers don’t reside under your roof, but in the next cubicle at work. Only you know what your triggers

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Today’s Truth

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 ESV). ‬‬‬‬

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When my children were young, most mornings I walked them across the street to our local neighborhood park. Sometimes we returned in the afternoon for one more push on the swing. With a preschooler, a toddler, and a baby in diapers I had my hands full. Though I had a flip phone shoved into my overloaded diaper bag, I never heard it ring. It was a point of contention in our marriage. “Why do you even have a phone?” my husband asked. “You never answer it.” The simple answer was that I didn’t have a free hand. And I didn’t keep it in my pocket because I didn’t want to be distracted. The needs around me were too

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Today’s Truth

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love (Song of Solomon 2:4, ESV)

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When I was a child, I sang a simple chorus in Sunday school that was based on the Today’s Truth. The song filled my imagination with thoughts of family, belonging, and good food. I imagined that every meal in heaven would be like Easter, with our Risen Savior seated at the head of the table. I liked to think about what heavenly desserts would be like, and I wondered how many people could fit around that table, and what we would talk about.


Though other Scriptures have added to my growing understanding of heaven, I still love the thought of God intimately preparing a place for me, one that includes a banquet hall, a table, and good food. How

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Today’s Truth

So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above...” (‭John‬ ‭19:10-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬).‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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In the wake of this tumultuous election season, I’ve been thinking of Christ’s words to Pilate. “You would have no authority… at all unless it had been given you from above.”


Whether you consider the results of the past election as a victory or a tremendous loss, now is a good time to remember that God establishes kings and kingdoms; He lifts up and brings low those in power; He purposes victory and defeat alike; and He can be trusted. He is not a hands-off God, nor is He cruel. He is kind and actively engaged in the lives of His beloved creation.


Nothing and no one will ever threaten God’s sovereign rule, His absolute power, or eternal purposes. Though

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Today’s Truth

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork, (Psalm 19:1 ESV).

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I was inside at the dining room table, writing out a grocery list, as my sons played in the backyard. The sound of their laughter wafted in through open windows. It was an unseasonably warm spring day—mid-March and already ninety degrees. Summer, it seemed, had come early to Southern California.


“Mom! Mom! Mom! Mom!” the boys called. I looked up to see what was causing the commotion and couldn’t believe my eyes. Thousands of butterflies fluttered around the boys. Everywhere, as far as my eyes could see, butterflies swarmed and swirled in all directions. Immediately I ran toward my room. My first thought was to grab my phone. I needed to start a Facebook Live at once!


Halfway down the

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Today’s Truth

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them (Matthew 18:20 NIV).

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I’ve never been popular by the world’s standards. I’m not part of any “in” group; I’ve always felt more comfortable with a few close friends than with lots of acquaintances. And, for the most part, I’ve been content with this. Don’t get me wrong; junior high and high school were hard—that horrible but necessary season of life when everyone struggles to discover who they are and where they belong in this world. Except for that brief coming-of-age period, I’ve always been comfortable with myself. I’d even go so far as to claim Psalm 16:6: “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.”


However, even with my contented sensibilities, social media can take a toll on my feelings.

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Today’s Truth

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate”

(Matthew 19:4–6, NIV)

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Grandma passed away on my twenty-fifth birthday. Of all the women in my life, she best modeled for me steadfast devotion to one’s husband. Grandpa wasn’t perfect, and neither was she, but she remained a devoted wife through wartime, followed by a lifelong marriage. Grandma did, however, have one passion that lured her away from her family. She loved to read. When she needed a break from Grandpa’s big personality (or her rambunctious grandkids), she’d disappear into the bathroom with a library book.


Over the years, Grandma checked out so many books from her local library that she came up with a system to prevent herself from accidentally checking out the same books multiple times. On page thirty-six of

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“In the beginning God...

(Genesis 1:1a, NIV)

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Today’s scripture is a partial scripture, but a complete comfort during uncertain times. The first four words in the Bible form an incomplete sentence but offer a profound promise. “In the beginning God…” Those four words are the lens through which I try to see every moment of every day.


When I struggle with my spouse or feel inadequate as a mom, I remember that God was there in the beginning, planning our family. Purposefully. Intentionally. And when I feel ineffective at work or insecure about how to communicate love to my neighbors, I remember that He was there, orchestrating every good work I would ever walk in.


Each time I’m tempted to get caught up in today’s struggles, I

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In the beginning God...

(Genesis 1:1a, NIV)

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Today’s scripture is a partial scripture, but a complete comfort during uncertain times. The first four words in the Bible form an incomplete sentence but offer a profound promise. “In the beginning God…” Those four words are the lens through which I try to see every moment of every day.


When I struggle with my spouse or feel inadequate as a mom, I remember that God was there in the beginning, planning our family. Purposefully. Intentionally. And when I feel ineffective at work or insecure about how to communicate love to my neighbors, I remember that He was there, orchestrating every good work I would ever walk in.


Each time I’m tempted to get caught up in today’s struggles, I

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Today’s Truth

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(1 John 1:9, ESV)

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During the early days of this pandemic, when we were all getting used to being home for long days on end, I saw my friends posting pictures on Facebook of all their cleaned-out closets and organized drawers. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one doing some spring cleaning. But as I cleaned, knowing that the rest of the world was cleaning too, I began to wonder how many people right now might be open to the cleansing work of Christ in their lives. Might this be a season of revival? A spiritual awakening on the global scale? A time of unparalleled confession and unprecedented salvation?


The thought moved my heart with such intensity I sat down to write in my

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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