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Today’s Truth

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8, NIV).

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A group of four through eight-year-olds was asked: “What does love mean?” Their answers vary from the amusing to the profound.


Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne, and they go out and smell each other.


Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.


Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.


When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis, too. That’s love.


When you tell someone something bad about yourself and you’re scared they won’t

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Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God (Romans 15:7 ESV).

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I don’t know about you, but a few of my greatest lessons on how to love other people haven’t come from church folks. For example:


Nestled 50 feet off Highway 17 in Pawley’s Island, S.C., rests C.J.’s Beach Club. For years, Steve and I eyed the clapboard building tucked in the grove of myrtle trees, but it wasn’t the sort of place we would tend to visit. One weekend it was just the two of us on a short holiday at the beach, and we were feeling adventurous. Steve turned the car onto the crushed-oyster-shell parking lot of C.J’s, and we decided to taste the local nightlife of the coastal South.


C.J.’s was a dance club. Now, before you click

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Today’s Truth

For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory (Psalm 32:7, NLT).

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I hold a list in my hand. The words are written in black Sharpie on cream paper in a square, unlined journal. The page looks so small, but the sentences scrawled on it feel big—more than I could ever handle.


I’m going through a process of healing, and my assignment for this week is to write down my fears. The wise, strong, encouraging friend to my right says, “Okay, read your fears out loud.” I panic for a moment. Read them out loud? Where people can hear? For a second, I consider running out the door. But then I think, No, I want to be free. Whatever it takes.


I clear my throat and begin.


I’m afraid of not being good

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Today’s Truth

I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail (Psalm 89:28, NIV).

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I took a few pictures with what I call my “big girl camera.” You know, the old-school kind with a lens that adjusts to things near and far, making objects change from blurry to clear with a simple twist. It’s amazing to look through a viewfinder and watch what is hazy become crisp and clear.


I often feel like I need this feature for my soul.


Have you ever felt that way?


My week has been a bit of a blur and this distracted heart needs a good refocusing. So, I turn to the Word of God and the adjustment begins. Psalm 89 was penned by a man named Ethan. He wrote the psalm to celebrate the throne of king David

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Today’s Truth

But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you (Luke 12:31 NKJV).

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When the sale of our home fell through shortly before closing, we were suddenly thrust into a lot of hard decisions. We had already signed a lease on a new place. We had packed our home, deep-cleaned, and were ready to go. The sale was the result of weeks of time, work, and our financial resources and now we were back to square one.


The reason behind the buyer’s change of mind was understandable and we had compassion for that person. Yet that didn’t take away the pressure and stress of trying to figure out our next step.


Have you ever been there?


You think you’ve done everything right. You know exactly what you are going to do next and where

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Today’s Truth

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1 NIV).

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I hugged my pink stuffed poodle to my chest. We were about to have a serious conversation, even though I would be the only one talking. My ten-year-old self looked into his black button eyes and confided the empty ache that I dare not admit to anyone. I didn’t say the words out loud. I didn’t need to. We were close like that.


I wish I had a daddy who loved me, I began. I wish I had a daddy who would kiss me on the cheek when he came home from work, tickle my sides after catching me in a game of chase, and carry me piggyback in the park. I wish I had a daddy who liked

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Today’s Truth

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NLT)

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I will never make it as a gardener. I simply don’t have the motivation to endure the back-breaking, never-ending work of weeding nor the mindset to trust the process. From the very beginning, I can’t help but sow too many seeds into pods too small for roots to grow deep and strong. As those seedlings burst forth, I stand in awe like a proud momma but dread the inevitable next step . . . thinning out the weak ones.


I can’t stand being the one who chooses which ones have to go.


It’s not surprising, as I’ve been a softy for the underdog forever. Whether it is a seedling, a teen girl struggling to find her way, or a character

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Today’s Truth

You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day (Psalm 91:5, NIV).

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Basketball is a game of hustle, teamwork and strategy, all of which I love. My introduction to the sport, however, was a good bit lame and un-strategic. Not sure why, but my parents signed me up for a rec league team in the fifth grade where I was the only girl on my team. Possibly the only girl in the league.


Now, before you go waving your girl-power pompoms and breaking out in resounding choruses of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, let me assure you it was neither pretty, powerful nor pompom worthy, because at that point I knew more about quantum physics than the game of basketball. Yep. I knew nothing.


Eventually, however, I went on to play for my junior high and

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Today’s Truth

“They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts” (Ephesians 4:18, NIV).

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As women, we know what needs to get done. In the morning, the dishwasher needs to be unloaded. Mid-morning on Monday’s, we make a trip to the grocery store. Later, we plan to call a girlfriend. We will go by the bank.


Do you ever, like me, live your days on auto-pilot?


It is easy to do what needs to be done, to go through the motions. It is easy to get lulled by a world that centers around shopping and eating. It is easy to get numb to our own heart and needs. It is easy to meet with God half-heartedly, because so much else needs to get done.


Lately, I feel God calling me to wake up! If I

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Today’s Truth

Whoever controls his mouth protects his own life. Whoever has a big mouth comes to ruin (Proverbs 13:3, GWT).

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I recently received an email from a friend who told me the story of a private school in Washington that faced an unusual problem. Some of the12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would gather around the mirrors in the bathroom to compare shades and apply their lipstick.


The girls thought it was cute to then press their lips to the bathroom mirrors, leaving dozens of lip prints. The maintenance man did not think it was cute because he had to clean the mirrors – and you know how icky lipstick on a mirror can be.


Every night the maintenance man would remove the lipstick prints only to find that the girls put them back the next day.


The principal

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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