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Outlasting Bitterness

During the Second World War, Corrie ten Boom’s family owned a watchmaking business in the Netherlands, and they actively worked to protect Jewish families. Eventually, the entire ten Boom family was sent to a concentration camp, where Corrie’s father died 10 days later. Her sister Betsie also died in the camp. While Betsie and Corrie were in the camp together, Betsie’s faith helped to strengthen Corrie’s.

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The Warmth Of The Sun

On a November day in 1963, the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote a song quite unlike the band’s typically upbeat tunes. It was a mournful song about love that’s been lost. Mike said later, “As hard as that kind of loss is, the one good that comes from it is having had the experience of being in love in the first place.” They titled it “The Warmth of the Sun.”

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Dealing With Distractions

A restaurant owner in the village of Abu Ghosh, just outside Jerusalem, offered a 50-percent discount for patrons who turned off their cell phones. Jawdat Ibrahim believes that smartphones have shifted the focus of meals from companionship and conversation to surfing, texting, and business calls. “Technology is very good,” Ibrahim says. “But . . . when you are with your family and your friends, you can just wait for half an hour and enjoy the food and enjoy the company.”

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Can You Help?

The administrators of the high school in Barrow, Alaska, were tired of seeing students get into trouble and drop out at a rate of 50 percent. To keep students interested, they started a football team, which offered them a chance to develop personal skills, teamwork, and learn life lessons. The problem with football in Barrow, which is farther north than Iceland, is that it’s hard to plant a grass field. So they competed on a gravel and dirt field.

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Goodbye

When Max Lucado participated in a half-Ironman triathlon, he experienced the negative power of complaint. He said, “After the 1.2-mile swim and the 56-mile bike ride, I didn’t have much energy left for the 13.1-mile run. Neither did the fellow jogging next to me. He said, ‘This stinks. This race is the dumbest decision I’ve ever made.’ I said, ‘Goodbye.’” Max knew that if he listened too long, he would start agreeing with him. So he said goodbye and kept running.

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Rooted Love

When I think of all the wonders of God’s magnificent creation, I am especially awed by the giant sequoia tree. These amazing behemoths of the forest can grow to around 300 feet tall with a diameter that exceeds 20 feet. They can live over 3,000 years and are even fire resistant. In fact, forest fires pop the sequoia cones open, distributing their seeds on the forest floor that has been fertilized by the ashes. Perhaps the most amazing fact is that these trees can grow in just 3 feet of soil and withstand high winds. Their strength lies in the fact that their roots intertwine with other sequoias, providing mutual strength and shared resources.

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Defeated Adversary

The roaring lion is the legendary “king of the jungle.” But the only lions many of us see are the lethargic felines that reside in zoos. Their days are filled with lots of rest, and their dinner is served to them without the lions having to lift a single paw.

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Amazing Guide

When actors and actresses make a movie, it’s the director who sees the “big picture” and the overall direction. Actress Marion Cotillard admits she didn’t understand everything the director was doing in one of her recent films. She said, “I found it very interesting to allow myself to be lost, because I knew that I had this amazing guide. . . . You abandon yourself for a story and a director that will make it all work.”

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Windfall

Upon winning $314 million in a 2002 lottery, a happy business owner expressed noble desires. He wanted to start a charitable foundation, put laid-off workers back on the job, and do nice things for his family. Already wealthy, he told reporters the big win wouldn’t change him.

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Heartbreak And Hope

When American country singer George Jones died at the age of 81, his fans remembered his remarkable voice and his hard life and personal struggles. While many of his songs reflected his own despair and longing, it was the way he sang them that touched people deeply. Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot said, “His voice was made for conveying heartbreak.”

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27 thoughts on “Heartbreak And Hope

  1. eternallyhis says:

    I love today’s message. It’s exactly what I needed to hear, as is usually the case when reading ODB.

  2. praise the lord says:

    Hi eternallyhis,
    Thanks for giving us the praise report and I will keep you in my prayers.

    God bless you.

  3. praise the lord says:

    Hi Everyone,
    In chapter three of Lamentations Jeremiah is lamenting for himself. He was suffering with his people for their not listening to God and he was being treated badly by the people because they did not like hearing what he had to say.

    Jeremiah 3:12 “Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return you backsliding Israel, says the Lord; I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful, says the Lord; I will not remain angry forever. 13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God, and have scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the Lord.
    Jeremiah 30:11 Though I make a complete end of all nations where I have scattered you, Yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, And will not let you go altogether unpunished.’

    It is beautiful that even as Jeremiah is lamenting he comes to see Gods goodness which he expresses in verses 22-26. Verse 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

    God bless you all.

  4. eternallyhis says:

    Praise God my daughter-in-law finally came home from the hospital yesterday, still has to have something called a ‘pic-line’ for antibiotics, but she is doing fine.
    Also, all praise to God the young girl I asked prayer for, is being brought out of the coma and doing really good so far.

    However, I do have an unspoken prayer request for a rather desperate situation, if you will.

    Thank you all so much for your prayers. Love and blessings to each and every one of you and yours.

    1. hsnpoor says:

      PTL! thank you for the update….

      I don’t like praying in the dark, but for you, you got it! The Lord knows the need and I stand in agreement with you, ETY.

      With love & affection…..

  5. bondserve says:

    I praise God for the ODB and for my siblings in Christ here who offer words of encouragement, lifting each other up in grace and truth. So many of us feel isolated and alone, even when at church. And this column helps me to sense our unity in the Spirit.

    Yet, the Lord is our portion as He was to the tribe of Levi. We are so blessed and well provided for in Christ. God is the end of all wants and needs. A fire has been kindled inside of me—an intense yearning to know Him more intimately. The joy I find in His presence is incomprehensibly fulfilling. Please pray for my ministry, that this fire inside my heart will be fanned into a blaze so great that its sparks will ignite that same fire in those whom my life touches.

    1. eternallyhis says:

      Father, I pray this for my own self, as well as for bondserve and for anyone else that might read and want to claim this for themselves. First of all, I pray You will cleanse us from any and all sin, including those secret faults that we might not even be aware of our own selves. Cleanse us and then fill us full to overflowing with Your Holy Spirit and a deep burning desire for Your Word that we will not go one day without prayerfully reading at least a chapter or two, for as wood is to a fire, so Your Word is in our heart.
      We pray that You will stoke up the embers and fan the flames of fire in our hearts for You, Lord Jesus. Set our hearts ablaze with Your Love and joy unspeakable and full of glory that we will experience the fires of revival, first in our own self and then the people around us, as You draw others to You through us, Lord Jesus. We pray for a revival wildfire Father, leaping from one heart to another and continuing until Your return.
      We pray for wisdom, discernment, knowledge and Your direction and guidance in our ministries, Father. And that You will be magnified and glorified in and through us and through each and every situation or circumstance in our lives. In the precious and mighty Name of Your Son Jesus we pray, Amen and Amen.

      1. bondserve says:

        Thank you eternallyHis for your wonderful prayer and your heart of service. I give my hearty AMEN.

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