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Life’s Darkest Moments

Charles Whittlesey was a hero’s hero. Leader of the so-called “Lost Battalion” in World War I, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery when his unit was trapped behind enemy lines. When the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated, Charles was chosen to serve as pallbearer for the first soldier laid to rest there. Two weeks later, it is presumed that he ended his own life by stepping off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.

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Spiritual Navigation

Dava Sobel’s award-winning book Longitude describes a dilemma faced by early sailors. They could readily determine their latitude north or south of the equator by the length of the day or height of the sun. Calculating east/west longitude, however, remained complex and unreliable until English clockmaker John Harrison invented the marine chronometer. This was “a clock that would carry the true time from the home port . . . to any remote corner of the world,” thus enabling sailors to determine longitude.

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Memory Loss

Sometimes when we face times of trouble, we may get spiritual amnesia and forget the grace of God. But a good way of reestablishing a thankful heart is to set aside undistracted time and deliberately remember God’s past provisions for us and give thanks.

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Keeping Darkness At Bay

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, the wizard Gandalf explains why he has selected a small hobbit like Bilbo to accompany the dwarves to fight the enemy. He says, “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

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A Word For The Struggler

There is an old adage that says, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” It’s wise not to take on more responsibilities than we can handle. At some time, however, we will likely feel overwhelmed by the size and difficulty of a task we have agreed to do.

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Our Foundation

The Bavarian city of Nördlingen is unique. It sits in the middle of the Ries Crater, a large circular depression caused by the impact of a huge meteorite a long time ago. The immense pressure of the impact resulted in unusual crystallized rock and millions of microscopic diamonds. In the 13th century, these speckled stones were used to build St. George’s Church. Visitors can see the beautiful crystal deposits in its foundation and walls. Some might say it has a heavenly foundation.

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Following The Master

At a dog show near my home, I watched a Cardigan Welsh corgi named Trevor perform. At his master’s command, he ran several yards away and immediately returned, he jumped fences, and he identified objects using his sense of smell. After finishing each exercise, he sat down at his master’s feet and waited for more instructions.

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Believing In Advance

In a German prison camp in World War II, undiscovered by the guards, some Americans built a homemade radio. One day news came that the German high command had surrendered, ending the war. Because of a communications breakdown, however, the guards did not yet know this. As word spread among the prisoners, a loud celebration broke out. For 3 days, they sang, waved at guards, and shared jokes over meals. On the fourth day, they awoke to find that all the Germans had fled. Their waiting had come to an end.

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Is Somebody Singing?

From 200 miles above Earth, Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, joined in song with a group of students in a studio on Earth. Together they performed “Is Somebody Singing,” co-written by Hadfield and Ed Robertson.

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Walking Billboards

Pete Peterson’s first contact with Vietnam was in the Vietnam War. During a bombing raid in 1966, his plane was shot down and he was taken prisoner. Over 30 years later he returned as US Ambassador to Vietnam. One press article called him “a walking billboard for reconciliation.” He realized years ago that God had not saved his life for him to live in anger. Because he believed this, he used the rest of his life and his position to make a difference by pushing for better safety standards for children in Vietnam.

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33 thoughts on “Walking Billboards

  1. TEbie says:

    I appreciate your comments, everyone and to you C.P. Hia, very appreciated devotion. Again the Apostle Paul very much inspired by God laid it out for us. I too am a safety official and can identify with aspects of the job. Whereas a safety person is trying their best to look out for others well being(could be life or death situations in my area)some go against doing a job right. In others words a shortcut is fine if you don’t get caught and get the job done faster. They or someone that follows that philosophy may be dead wrong some day. Having a complacent attitude may cost dearly in more ways than one. This brings me to Paul again and what he says in chapter 8 of Romans. I suggest reading the whole chapter but for time sake here I want to speak on what a key point he makes in verse 28, and he quotes”28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”God knows our heart, likewise He leads and guides us into His righteousness. To God be the glory. Have a good night! Blessings your way!

  2. sentinel46 says:

    “All praises and blessings be unto us from the Heavenly Father and I humbly give Him all the praise for what He has given us in Jesus Christ. For as a testament we are not only given to be the sons and daughters of the Lord God, but also to be His representatives here upon the Earth and to not only live in Him but to be His instruments of His Word(s) as He would give them to us through the Holy Spirit.”

    “Oh blessed assurance Jesus Christ is mine and I AM His…in His name…amen!”

    Bible References:… Psalm 7:10, 17; Jeremiah 9: 23-24; Zechariah 4:1-14; Matthew 5:1-48; Matthew 9:32-38; Matthew 10:1-16,17-42; Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-53; John 3:1-36; John 13:1-35; John 14:1,35-31; John 15:1-27; John 16:1-33; John 17:1-26; John 21:1-25; Acts 4:1-12; Romans 8:1-39;
    Romans 12:1-21; Romans 15:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-31; 1 Corinthians 3:1-23;
    1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 1 Corinthians 13:1-14:1; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; 2 Corinthians
    2:12-17; 2 Corinthians 5:1-21; 2 Corinthians 13:11-14; Ephesians 1:1-2:22;
    Ephesians 3:14-21; Ephesians 4:15-24; Ephesians 5:1-21; Ephesians 6:10-24;
    Philippians 2:12-18; Philippians 3:1-21; Philippians 4:1-9,13,23; Colossians 3:1-17; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; 1 Timothy 6:11-21; 2 Timothy 1:7-14; 2 Timothy 2:1-26; 2 Timothy 4:22; Hebrews 1:1-14; Hebrews 2:1-18; Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 6:9-7:28; Hebrews 12:1-3; Hebrews 13:1-8; Philippians 4:13…
    Jeremiah 9:23-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
    23 Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
    Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.

    Zechariah 4:6
    6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

    2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV

    Therefore, 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.

    Colossians 3:1-17 New International Version (NIV)
    Living as Those Made Alive in Christ
    3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
    5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
    12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
    15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

    Footnotes:
    a. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
    b. Colossians 3:6 Some early manuscripts coming on those who are disobedient

  3. sandy229 says:

    We were not made to be silent. We were made for His purpose and not or own. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away, behold all things become knew. I remember when I first learned this verse when I was in 5th grade. At the time we had what was called, “Christian release time education. We were excused from regular class room and learned things of God. I learned a lot of verses then. We were given prizes for learning the most verses at our school, them went on to the state finals. I was disappointed that I only came in 3rd place. The point I am trying to make here is that these verses don’t mean anything unless you understand what they mean so you can share God’s word with others. I now know the meaning of all these verses I had to learn and it sheds a whole new light. We were not meant to be silent. We are to share these verses and their meaning so that we can lead others to Christ in not just lip service but in the way we live our lives.

  4. joyjackson540 says:

    I pray that you pray for my family and my son.he had a stroke nowhere just lays there and on one wants to give him any help .help a sister in Christ

    1. xs says:

      God grace and peace be with you and your family in this time. Stay strong hold on, God is still on the throne, working things out. Don’t give up, don’t give in. Continue to be the ambassador, especially during this difficult time . This test will become a testimony

    2. bdinsmore says:

      Dear Joy Jackson, God knows all about your situation and, He cares! Is there an agency of the state or a support group you can go too for help? Do you have a church you can get spiritual support from? I am praying for you and your son. Expect a miracle!

    3. eternallyhis says:

      Dear heavenly Father, I come to You on behalf of Joy Jackson’s son, asking that You would minister unto him by Your Holy Spirit and Your heavenly angels. I pray You will give his doctors, nurses and all of his caregivers wisdom, discernment and knowledge and Your healing touch. I pray that You will anoint Joy with Your Holy Spirit and give her Your peace that passes all understanding and let Your glory and power be seen and heard in and through her, that all of her loved ones will be touched and strengthened in Your Love. Let God be magnified and glorified in and through this whole situation and I pray You will bring Joy’s son forth totally healed and praising Your Holy Name. In Jesus’ Mighty Name I pray, Amen and Amen

  5. fdtjr2006 says:

    Hello all.

    I feel very blessed everyday as I truly feel as a walking billboard of blessings. Unworthy of God’s grace as I continue to recieve his blessings. I ask of you all to say a prayer for my mother in law who is fighting Cancer. It is impacting my family in a way where our days are filled with worry and concern. I try to act as the strength for my family as I know prayers are powerful. I ask that someone say a few words to strengthen my family’s faith and give them wisdom during this trying time.

    Thank you.

    1. ellajo3 says:

      Hello fdtjr2006!
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with ODB. I am praying for you and your family. I pray that the Lord would give your mother in law strength as she battles cancer. I pray that you and your family would trust in God through these hard times and that God would bless you and draw you closer to Him as you depend on Him for courage and wisdom.
      “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

      1. fdtjr2006 says:

        Thank you
        May you be blessed.

    2. eternallyhis says:

      My heart and prayers are with you and your family, knowing from experience how difficult it can be for you all. I pray God ministers unto each one of you, according to your needs, and that He takes special care to minister unto your mother-in-law and for her doctors and for all of her caregivers. Keep in mind, there is nothing too hard for God. I once read a little saying that has helped me through many difficult times, which is, “God has got His Hands on the steering wheel of life.” Trust Him while you spend your time resting in His Love and keeping power. IThessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20 and Romans 8:28 have brought me through some extremely difficult times, with praise in my heart and through my lips for our Lord Jesus Christ. May you and yours be blessed beyond all that you could imagine and may you all come through this rough time with much praise for our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless

  6. steelersfan says:

    BlessedSue, I pray that god give you the strength and wisdom to do his will, to persue your purpose in him. god bless you and your family.

  7. salnayr30 says:

    Blessed sue! What true blessing and miracle you receive from the Almighty. I truly believe in His miracles. May God continue to rain blessings amongst you and your beloved family

  8. blessedsue says:

    I am someone who was healed of HIV, and am so ever grateful to God! I was given a chance to live to even go on and have two more healthy children adding to the healthy one i already had. Like today’s devotion about Pete Peterson, i know God spared my life for a purpose which am yet to fulfill. The stigma surrounding this disease is hindering me to share God’s power to others. I feel so bad that i feel stigmatized about it. I pray that God gives me strength and courage to do so.

    1. chikabasuki says:

      Hi Blessedsue, you should not feel the disease as a block on your witnesses activity on spreading the gospel. On the other hand, i feel really encourage and blesses to read how God healed you from HIV. I think that’s a very blessing true story in showing God’s power and good plan to us.
      I believe your healing is a strong point in sharing the good news.
      God bless you and i have pray for you and your family too.

      1. bsbuster says:

        As a physician, I can tell you that you are not ”cured” of your HIV, but only that it is ‘kept under wraps’ [aka suppressed effectively] by the powerful medicines that were invented in the last 20 years.
        If you had contracted HIV in the 80s,you would have died right away as I had seen them do ‘’like flies’’ in NY where I was doing my residency program at the time.
        You can thank all the doctors and scientists for their brilliant work and you must thank God for giving you a second chance!

      2. tapmout says:

        @bsbusted!
        HOW DARE YOU!…come on here and tell this sister in Christ she is not healed! YOU ARE NOT GOD!
        I rebuke you and your comments since none if the other chickens on here will!
        Claim your blessing sister Blessedsue, tell the world ,give God the glory, and thank you doctors, be a strong witness to other HIV patients,God is still answering prayers and healing his people!

        1. Lanka says:

          Amen tapmout

          God heals in many ways.

          And if blessedsue is able to go about her life without being constrained by the sickness she had – give God all the praise.

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