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Today’s Truth

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

2 Corinthians 7:1

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I sat in the dentist chair considering the state of my teeth. It was rather interesting, and somewhat frustrating, that even though I brush my teeth two times a day, stains are still a problem.


I hate that.


No one wants dingy teeth. I like my teeth to sparkle and want them to rank “fabulously-white” on the sliding scale of teeth colors. (Are you with me?)


Yeah… my two cups of coffee each morning probably don’t help the stain situation, but I do take care of my teeth. I use whitening toothpaste with fluoride, brush in circles, and I floss. Okay – so I don’t floss everyday – but I do floss! Yet in spite of my efforts, I still need

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Today’s Truth

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:12-13

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On that sunny August day, I thought my life couldn’t get much worse.


Recently separated from my husband and with no support from him, I was teetering on the financial edge. My kids and I had just moved in with my parents, and I was desperately looking for a job to support my two middle schoolers.


I thought about our old life where the only thing I needed to get them ready for a new school year was a debit card and a couple trips to the mall. With school only a few weeks away, I didn’t know where I’d get the money to buy clothes and shoes or pay for annual physicals.


That was fifteen years ago.


Today, I do have

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Today’s Truth

But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:9

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I was raised to be an independent and self-sufficient woman. At an early age, I learned that if I wanted something done right, I needed to do it myself. Consequently, when the hard times come, my first response is often to assure God and everyone else that I am fully capable of handling whatever life throws at me. Like the stubborn toddler, I insist that I can “do it myself!” I have trained my heart and mind to believe the lie that I am in control of my fate, fully able to run my own life, and prepared to call my own shots. In other words, I am playing God.


Several years ago, I underwent what I thought was

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Today’s Truth

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:2-3

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“I hate you!”  


It was sibling rivalry gone wild as one of my children hurled these words at another.  I tried not to overreact as I’m pretty sure saying “I hate you” is something siblings have said to each other through the ages.


At the time of this incident, I had laryngitis which was probably a good thing.  I didn’t add my lecture to the chaotic mix.  I silently typed out these words: 


You may not say “I hate you” to your sibling.  You will write me an essay about ten things you like about your sibling.  


As you would imagine, this message was met with a new set of hot tears and “I can’t do that!”


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Today’s Truth

God is love.

1 John 4:8

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My mom tells a story that when I was a toddler, I used to push my older brother and sister off my dad’s lap so I could cuddle with him all by myself. I still do this with my kids and husband. It might look different today, but my goal is the same: I want more love. And I’m not above pushing someone else out of the way to move myself forward.


My love hunger stumps me. I’ve been a Christian since I sat on a little plastic Sunday-school chair and learned Bible stories from a flannel-graph board. If I’m so into Jesus—and I promise you, I am—then why am I still needy?


Why is my heart such a love

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“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

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Anabel Gillham was a woman who loved God, but had trouble accepting that God could love her. Sure, she knew the Bible verses that talked of God’s unconditional love for her, and yet she knew herself, and doubted a God who knew her innermost thoughts would approve or her.


The root of her problem was how she saw God and how she believed God saw her. She knew what kind of God He was. She read, Exodus 34:6, “Then the LORD passed by in front of him [Moses] and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth…,” but she believed she had to earn that love. She believed

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Today’s Truth

Sometime later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’

John 5:1-6

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I opened my eyes and came face-to-face with darkness, a very familiar foe. I immediately knew it was going to be one of “those” days. I have struggled with clinical depression for many years and am well acquainted with its ugliness.


A heavy blanket of darkness seems to be weighing me down.


Each step is like trying to walk through quicksand.


Joy and laughter are buried under layers of gripping pain.


The smallest tasks seem like huge mountains to climb.


I don’t want to do anything or see anyone.


I know better. God’s promises have not changed nor has His faithfulness abandoned me. He is with me. He never promised I would have no pits in this life, but He did and does continually

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Today’s Truth

But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.

Psalm 56:3

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Each day brings fresh possibilities and opportunities for us to trust God. As I think of what lies ahead today I’m reminded of a trust lesson God taught me long ago…


Our arms were braided across each other’s and our hands were locked tightly. As the young girl stood on the tall tree stump above us she looked over her shoulder and saw with her eyes that our formation was tight…that we were ready for her. She heard with her ears that we would catch her…that we would not let her get hurt. Yet the fear that screamed in her head told her not to do it. Not to fall backwards.


Her legs shook and lips quivered. Other campers had

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Today’s Truth

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.

Ephesians 1:4

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I looked down at the empty box of cookies stashed in the trash. I just devoured them. The more I started at the box, the more it reminded me, if I left it there, I’d likely be caught red-handed. So, I did what any smart sweet-toothed woman would do – I dug deep into the yuck and hid the “evidence.” However, as I stepped back, to catch a glimpse of the trash bin from various angles, all I could see, taste and feel was guilt:What if my husband hid “evidence” like I do?


What if I continue to eat and eat and eat?
What if I start to hide in other ways?


Anxiety feels not only like sweat, but also

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Today’s Truth

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:4-6

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It was a long day with a longer to-do list. I was chipping away at it, but running out of emotional and physical steam. What I needed was a large Chick-fil-A sweet tea. As I pulled into the restaurant parking lot, I heard that flapping noise of a flat tire.


I turned into a parking space and called AAA. Then I pulled up a book on my Kindle app on my iPhone, unwrapped my straw, and took a sip of tea.


An hour later, a nice man showed up to change my tire. Two hours later I left the Chick-fil-A parking lot and headed home. Now, this still might not sound like a very exciting story to you, but for

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