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Paul Smyth

Nothing Else Matters

Do you STEW? I do.To clarify, I don’t mean a crock pot filled with stewing beef, potatoes, and carrots. I’m referring to the tried and true human condition of good old-fashioned worry. We all do it. For me, it’s waking up in the middle of the night as my brain churns...

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A Father’s Love

I’m a father of three grown children, and even though my offspring no longer live at home, there isn’t a day that goes by when they don’t come to mind or when I miss them and pray for them. I often ponder those years of bouncing my kids on my knee and then cuddling in...

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Love–Jesus’ Style…

Today, I received a sad text from a friend who informed me that a former co-worker had suddenly passed away. This person was special in every way. We kept in touch over the years and enjoyed many fun and lively conversations together, many of them about Jesus. His...

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When It Rains, It Pours

A gentle rain is glorious to watch and listen to. The peaceful sound of raindrops pattering off the leaves of trees, or plopping into puddles on my deck is wonderfully relaxing. I enjoy the rain and how it refreshes everything it touches. Without it, our world is void...

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Calming Rough Seas

Have you ever stood on a beach and marveled at the majestic ferocity of wind-driven waves cresting and slamming into a sandy shoreline? It’s truly a sight to behold. The sound alone is enough to stir in my soul feelings of peace and tranquility. I for one love to...

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Wherein Lies Your Security?

We all like to feel secure.For some of us, our security comes from the number of followers we have on Twitter or likes on Facebook—or whether we’ve received a treasure-trove of hearts for a picture we posted on Instagram. Maybe your safe future comes from the size of...

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God Won’t Let me Go!

Have you ever thought of yourself as irredeemable? Have your past transgressions left you feeling that God could never forgive you, or that he would even want to? And one last question; have you ever felt that you have no right to ask God to forgive you because you...

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Standing on Every Promise

Have you ever encountered an unfulfilled promise? I assuredly have. One of the worst broken promises I’ve experienced was this; “Your job is secure,” I was told, “as is everyone else’s in your department. You’re all completely safe!” In the grand scheme of things,...

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Answer me, Lord, Answer me!

Admittedly, the five words in this devotion’s title flow out of my mouth a lot. Sometimes I’m calm, other times I have tears running down my cheeks. There are even times when I’m furious at God because he has chosen not to answer me, or even offer a clue as to how he...

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Best Freebie Ever

Who doesn't like free stuff? In this age of consumerism and trying to keep up with the neighbors, not much comes our way for free. Sure, retailers create promotional ads that offer something for free if you spend a certain amount. Or, if you buy two jars of peanut...

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