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“Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame” Genesis 2:25 NLT

Genesis 2:25 NLT

*This devotion might make you a little uncomfortable. It makes me a little squirmy. But I encourage you to read it, save it, and maybe print it out. There is going to be a daughter, granddaughter, or friend who is going to need to hear it one day. It might even be today.


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My maternal grandmother had twelve children. My paternal grandmother only had six (which I say tongue in cheek). They were both farm girls back in the early 1900s. I’m sure birth control never crossed their minds. When I was a teenager, I asked my paternal grandmother how she prevented getting pregnant back in the day. Horrified, she turned to me and replied, “I just didn’t do

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Then if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, if they will pray and seek Me and stop their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven. I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14, NCV

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Our daughter Danna tries to shield her nine-year-old son from the gory parts of this world. Justus gave his heart to Jesus when he was five years old. It was the real deal! Since that day Justus has been so sensitive to the pain of others and seems compelled to do something that will make the situation better. When he can’t, he is desolate.


Danna tried to talk him out of making a decision for Christ. I mean, he was only five. Could he really understand the decision he was making? Justus was not having it! Every night at bedtime he said, “Mom, I’m ready! I want to give my heart to Jesus!” Danna went through the steps we

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Today’s Truth

You are resplendent with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game.

Psalm 76:4, NIV

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The glasses we had to wear looked ridiculous. They came in lots of shapes, colors and styles and were sold for weeks leading up to the big event. Some people made viewing machines out of cereal boxes. Others went against the warnings and attempted to see the celestial wonder without eclipse glasses.


The epic 70-mile-wide “path of totality” stretched across fourteen states, from Oregon to South Carolina, changing day into night for a few unforgettable moments. It was the longest total solar eclipse of the century, the first in forty years, and all of the North American continent was amped up to see it.


The day was electric.


People from every state and around the world celebrated the light show.


It was

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“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”

Genesis 1:11-NIV

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When my children were in elementary school, they spent much of their 3rd grade year focused on the multiplication tables: from 0 x 0 = 0 all the way through to 12 x 12 = 144. To supplement their in-school learning, I bought them a set of laminated multiplication flash cards which we kept in the car. Whenever we drove anywhere, I encouraged them to take out those cards and we would work through them. Why? Because I knew if my children could master the concept and the practice of multiplication, they would prosper in their future academic endeavors. In fact, the ability to multiply is foundational to so much of life.


Our Lord created the concept of multiplication

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“Long ago the Lord said to Israel: ‘I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.’”

Jeremiah 31:3, NLT

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When our kids were younger, we had gathered as a family around the pull up bar in the upstairs hall to see our oldest son, Preston, display his thirteen year old man-cub strength. Like a chimpanzee, he pulled his lanky frame up and down with ease, impressing us all. When he tired to exhaustion, Preston dropped down and met our enthusiastic applause with a satisfied grin.


As the clapping and praise died down, my then nine-year old daughter, Kennedy, decided to give the pull up bar a try. Lifted to the high metal pole by her strong daddy, she gave her best effort but fell short of her desired goal. With a slightly disappointed – but not defeated –

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Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me”

Song of Solomon 2:10 NIV

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I could hear the wailing from the driveway. It was 5:10 a.m. and nature soundly slept. All was quiet, except for the animal-like cries making their way out the back door and into the still dark dawn. My husband and his sister were giving their mom the news that her husband of sixty years had passed away. After three months in a rehab facility recovering from a fall, Bruce Jaynes quietly slipped away and took Jesus’ hand.


Jesus or no Jesus, Mary Ellen was devastated that her husband had left her.
“How could he leave me?” she cried through salty tears. “He said he wouldn’t leave me.”


They had been a matched set. Like a candlestick made to be part of

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Today’s Truth

But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.

1 Corinthians 10:13, NLT

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While Flip Wilson, a talented comedian of the 80’s, is often credited with the origination of that well known and still popular excuse “The devil made me do it,” I think Eve actually beat him to the punch. Temptation really has not changed much since the Garden of Eden days. Like that juicy, red apple, temptation still entices us with delicious sin. We still engage in power struggles with God, we still flirt with the devil, and when we get caught, we still try to shift the blame to someone else.


Temptation is not a test from God but rather a trap from Satan that is baited with seductive snares in every size, shape and appeal. Paul reminds us

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As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

Acts 9:3-4

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He had no idea that he was moving in a dangerous direction. The cute, little box turtle was just trying to get where he was going. Doing what turtles do. Thinking what turtles think. The fact that he was crossing a busy road that is paved for fast moving cars, not slow crawling reptiles, wouldn’t have even entered his tiny turtle brain.


I’m a fan of turtles. Always have been.


Maybe it’s because they look tough on the outside, but are really softies on the inside.


Maybe it’s because they seem shy and vulnerable when they retreat into their shells and pretend that nobody’s home.


Maybe it’s because for a brief time as a kid I had a pet turtle named Raspberry…

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But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:15-16, NIV

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Holy. What a far-and-away, impossibly elusive word. While I can somewhat wrap my simple mind around the holiness of God, it’s hard to understand how I could ever be like Him. I can imagine Him on His throne, with the rest of us singing an eternal chorus of “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty!” However, this call to live a holy, sinless, blameless life… has always left me shaking my head and shaking in my boots (just a bit).


I know myself too well. I know my on-going self-centered sin-tendencies. I’m ashamed how easily my eyes move off of Christ to the things of this world – from the Giver to the gifts. As my eyes slip

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Today’s Truth

Are you [actually] unaware or ignorant [of the fact] that God’s kindness leads you to repentance [that is, to change your inner self, your old way of thinking—seek His purpose for your life?

Romans 2:4b, AMP

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I was speaking in Georgia that particular weekend. On day two of the retreat I woke up early and turned on the water in the beautiful tiled shower. As it heated up I noticed that the showerhead was mounted on an off-centered pole. It seemed very low, and was spraying straight along the plane of the wall. Odd.


I’m a tall chick, so as I stepped in and positioned myself under the showerhead I had to squat and stand very close to the wall. {Awesome. A quad workout! Shower bonus.}


As I shampooed my hair, my legs were on fire from squatting. And then a thought crossed my mind… MAYBE the showerhead can be raised!


I turned around and tried to

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