Just The Right Time

The conductor stood on the podium, his eyes scanning the choir and orchestra. The singers arranged the music in their folders, found a comfortable position for standing, and held the folder where they could see the conductor just over the top. Orchestra members positioned their music on the stand, found a comfortable position in their seats, and then sat still. The conductor waited and watched until everyone was ready. Then, with a downbeat of his baton, the sounds of Handel’s “Overture to Messiah” filled the cathedral.

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In Jesus’ Name

One of my favorite collections of photos is of a family dinner. Preserved in an album are images of Dad, his sons and their wives, and his grandchildren in a time of thanks-giving and intercession.

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The Heart Of Christmas

Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol was released on December 19, 1843, and has never been out of print. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy, sour, stingy man who says, “Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas,’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding!” Yet, one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is radically changed into a generous and happy man. With great humor and insight, Dickens’ book captures the universal longing for inner peace.

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My Friends And I

John Chrysostom (347–407), archbishop of Constantinople, said this about friendship: “Such is friendship, that through it we love places and seasons; for as . . . flowers drop their sweet leaves on the ground around them, so friends impart favor even to the places where they dwell.”

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A Work In Progress

Pablo Casals was considered to be the preeminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century. When he was still playing his cello in the middle of his tenth decade of life, a young reporter asked, “Mr. Casals, you are 95 years old and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice 6 hours a day?”

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A Ukrainian Christmas

The people of Ukraine include many wonderful elements in their observance of Christmas. Sometimes wisps of hay are placed on the dinner table as a reminder of the Bethlehem manger. Another portion of their celebration echoes the events of the night when the Savior entered the world. A Christmas prayer is offered and then the father in the household offers the greeting, “Christ is born!” The family then responds, “Let us glorify Him!”

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Story Stewards

Many people take great care to make sure their resources are used well after they die. They set up trusts, write wills, and establish foundations to guarantee that their assets will continue to be used for a good purpose after their life on earth is done. We call this good stewardship.

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A Special Birth

In the pages of Scripture, several baby-boy births stand out. Cain, the firstborn after creation. Isaac, the hope of Israel’s future. Samuel, the answer to a mother’s fervent prayer. All extremely important. All joyously expected. And all described exactly the same by the chroniclers of Scripture: In each case, we are told that the mother conceived and bore a son (Gen. 4:1; 21:2-3; 1 Sam. 1:20).

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Another Hero Of Christmas

For most of my life, I missed the importance of Joseph in the Christmas story. But after I became a husband and father myself, I had a greater appreciation for Joseph’s tender character. Even before he knew how Mary had become pregnant, he decided that he wasn’t going to embarrass or punish her for what seemed to be infidelity (Matt. 1:19).

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Snug As A Bug In A Rug!

When I was a child, my family lived in a house my father built in the cedar breaks west of Duncanville, Texas. Our house had a small kitchen-dinette area, two bedrooms, and a great room with a large stone fireplace in which we burned 2-foot-long cedar logs. That fireplace was the center of warmth in our home.

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27 thoughts on “Snug As A Bug In A Rug!

  1. flyflagforchrist says:

    I’m so very happy to be “As Snug As A Bug In A Rug” with Our Lord being in my home.

    There was also an Our Daily Bread devotional on October 7, 2014 “Fly The Flag” that inspired me to fly my flag, like Queen Elizabeth did for her people. I now “Fly The Flag” on the outside of my home each day to represent the love of Christ living in my home and as Joshua once said “That me and my house shall serve The Lord.”

    Thanks you Our Daily Bread by Joe Stowell to fly that fly on the outside of my home each day to represent the love of Christ living in my home.

  2. jpon58 says:

    Hello Everyone, I’m new to the site and wanted to thank each of you for blessing me with your comments daily as I get more into God’s word. I would like for each of you to pray for my family. I’m going through a difficult time and need my brothers and sisters to pray with me. I know the fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much.

    God bless

  3. eternallyhis says:

    Northeastern USA gets really fridged in winter, many times below zero, and yet men and boys will brave the elements to camp out…sleeping bags and tents, iron skillets and a campfire, just to prove, or improve their survival skills.
    No doubt, some women and girls also venture out in the wilderness, but I never had the desire to do so. I had all I could do to try keeping the temperature in our home above freezing. But I would not ever regret the hardships that were part of God’s way of teaching and shaping me. I would sit up most of the night keeping the wood stove burning, and it gave me ample quiet time to read and study God’s Word and commune with our Lord Jesus Christ.

  4. praise the lord says:

    Hi Everyone,
    Psalm 91:9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place.
    As I reflected on your dwelling place, I realized that when I accepted Jesus as my Redeemer the Holy Spirit took up residence in me. John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
    Revelations 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

    Verse 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
    Acts 4:19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”
    Acts 12:5-10 read and see how an angel ministered to Peter.
    Verse 12 is in Luke 4:9-13 Jesus was in the desert and had fasted for forty days satan came to tempt Jesus.

    Psalm 91 God says He will deliver,He will answer us, He will be with us in time of trouble, He will honor us, He will give us long life and show us His salvation.
    He has certainly been with me in times of trouble, He has honored me by defending me, He has answered me and I thank Him for my salvation.
    And I have a lot to look forward to in heaven.
    We all have a lot to look forward to in heaven.
    God bless you.

  5. jsylseto says:

    V.11-12: For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will steady you with hands to keep you from stumbling against the rocks on the trail.
    Thank you for the precious promise.

  6. ggirl12 says:

    Blessings to all.

    In God we can always find a hiding place, when the storms of life assails.
    God is our Anchor, we have to remember that we can hold and grip the solid rock.

  7. bigskysue says:

    I am so moved with this lesson … brought tears to my eyes. We have a wonderful caring God. His promises and love are never ending. This blessed assurance that we have refuge in Him is what shelters us with peace and comfort. Can relate today … we slept in an upstairs with no heat. My hubby said in his home snow would actually drift thru the roof slats. I praise you today Dear Lord!

  8. ibitoytey says:

    Come to think of it,do babies fear having their parents close?
    How much more the confidence we have knowing that GOD is our refuge against every arrow, storm and invasion.

    The psalmist knowing this said HE even if he thread of scorpion nothing would happen. I dare the devil and his cohorts.


  9. sandy229 says:

    “He hiders my soul in the cleft of the rock,
    And covers me there with His hand.”

    “No weapon forged against me shall prosper,
    For I am a servant of God”

    I did nothing to earn my salvation…….. God sent His only begotten Son to a world that never knew the kind of love He gave us. He was forsaken by both God and man, yet He loved us enough to give His life for us so we could be set free, and because He lives, I can face tomorrow, I know He holds the future, his word is hidden in my heart! I will not sin against Thee! Where He leads me I will follow. “What a wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord”

  10. ghudd says:

    “I can swing over hell on a cornsilk and sing Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine.”
    Charles Spurgeon.

    1. believerlrh says:

      This Spurgeon quote made my heart smile. Thsnk you Ghudd.

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