The Small Giant

The towering enemy strides into the Valley of Elah. He stands 9 feet tall, and his coat of armor, made of many small bronze plates, glimmers in the sunlight. The shaft of his spear is wrapped with cords so it can spin through the air and be thrown with greater distance and accuracy. Goliath looks invincible.

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Born To Rescue

After the terrorist attack and the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, Cynthia Otto took care of the search-and-rescue dogs. Years later she established a Working Dog Center where young pups are put through specialized training to prepare them to help victims of disaster.

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One Amazing Letter

Once in a while my wife and I open the mail to find a letter with no words on it. When we take the “letter” out of the envelope, we see a piece of paper with nothing more on it than a colorful mark made with a felt pen. Those “letters” warm our hearts because they’re from our preschool granddaughter Katie, who lives in another state. Even without words, these letters tell us that she loves us and is thinking about us.

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A Possum’s Pose

Possums are known for their ability to play dead. When this happens, the possum’s body wilts, its tongue flops out, and its heart rate declines. After about 15 minutes, the animal revives. Interestingly, animal experts do not believe that possums purposefully play dead to evade predators. They faint involuntarily when they become overwhelmed and anxious!

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Sow What?

On the clock tower of my alma mater is an Art Deco bas-relief sculpture titled The Sower. The inscription beneath it is from Galatians 6:7, “Whatsoever a man soweth.” Michigan State University remains a leader in agricultural research, but despite many improvements in farming techniques and crop production, this fact remains: Seeds of corn will not produce a crop of beans.

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Let Me Be Singing

When I asked a friend how his mother was getting along, he told me that dementia had robbed her of the ability to remember a great many names and events from the past. “Even so,” he added, “she can still sit down at the piano and, without sheet music, beautifully play hymns by memory.”

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With Him Forever!

In 1859, during the turbulent years prior to America’s Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had the opportunity to speak to the Agricultural Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As he spoke, he shared with them the story of an ancient monarch’s search for a sentence that was “true and appropriate in all times and situations.” His wise men, faced with this heady challenge, gave him the sentence, “And this, too, shall pass away.”

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The Barking Lion

Visitors to a zoo were outraged when the “African lion” started barking instead of roaring. Zoo staff said they had disguised a Tibetan mastiff—a very large dog—as a lion because they could not afford the real thing. Needless to say, the zoo’s reputation was sullied and people will think twice before visiting it.

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Hope To Continue On

The solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse can fly day and night without fuel. Inventors Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg hope to fly it around the world in 2015. While the plane flies all day by solar power, it gathers enough energy to be able to fly all night. When the sun rises, Piccard says, “It brings the hope again that you can continue.”

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Step Up!

When a woodchuck started eating our garage (well, just the trim), I bought a live trap with plans to transplant the little guy to a park. I baited it with an assortment of goodies and opened the trap door. The next morning, I was excited to see a little critter in my trap—until I noticed that it was no woodchuck. I had snared a skunk.

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20 thoughts on “Step Up!

  1. mario says:

    Great message/reminder. I understand fear is part of the trial/temptation being experienced by believers especially the new ones. I for one who come from a broken family and who have accepted Christ for so many years now is still bothered by fears from time to time. Yes, we all know it is the devil who just won’t stop trying to put us down and make us blame the Lord for all the “not so nice” things that happened to us in the past or may still be happening (most often in our relationship with our relatives/friends who are not yet believers). But we praise God through our Lord Jesus Christ that He gave us the Spirit who guides and reminds us of God’s powerful words which we use in resisting the devil (Jn 14:26//1 Jn 4:15-18//Eph 6:10-17//Mt 4:1-11). I learned from a pastor that this is what Romans 8:1-9 and Gal 5:16-17 are all about – the Spirit (word of God – Jn 6:63) versus the flesh (worldly things – 1 Jn 2:15-17). And we are all taught that only through our faith in the Lord Jeus, we will overcome (1 Jn 5:1-5). To God be the glory!

  2. bubbles says:

    This passage shows us even long ago that God needed people with backbone to stand up for what was right. God give us the courage to stand for what is right in today’s times. It may be difficult at times but even though it’s harder, it’s worth it. Nathan had to stand before David and relay the message from God that his choices were wrong. As king, I wonder if David could have had Nathan put to death, if he had wanted. If that is true, Nathan had to be courageous. If Nathan did not fear for his life, he still had to have courage to stand before a king and give a difficult message.

  3. debdebmusic says:

    Normally, I wouldn’t leave this kind of reply, but Jeffery, please be more positive with your comments. If you want to criticize, it might be best to talk privately with the Daily Bread people and not in public where the name of the Lord is hurt.

  4. poohpity says:

    It is so beneficial to a reader the life application of scripture. Thank you ODB for having a story that surfaces a theme, adding talking points and giving us a take away. The best way for any good devotional bible study.

    I also want to thank all those who have shared your life application as well as sharing what God is doing in your life. Any one can read the Bible but making it real to our everyday life I believe is what helps us to grow in our knowledge and understanding of our Lord.

  5. ktbsu says:

    As always, excellent thought provoking devotionals. As I thought about Asa and his situation, several questions arose one right after the other – As I face my giants today just as big as David’s, how big is my God? How much do I believe His word? Is my God real? As I pondered on these questions many Bible verses came to mind especially verses from Romans 8 (read the whole chapter). “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

    “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18

    As I read your closing phrase my thoughts we to James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” This passage reminds me of the intensity of my prayer-pray without seizing and my integrity – have I confessed my sins before my Father. In my Bible I have written your your ending phrase: Courage is fear that has said its fervent prayers.

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