Amani, which means “peace” in Swahili, is the name of a Labrador retriever pup that has some special friends. Amani lives with two young cheetahs at the Dallas Zoo. Zoologists placed the animals together so the cheetahs could learn Amani’s relaxed ways. Since dogs are generally at ease in public settings, the experts predict that Amani will be a “calming influence” in the cheetahs’ lives as they grow up together.

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A Lesson In Praise

Psalm 150 is not only a beautiful expression of praise, it’s also a lesson in praising the Lord. It tells us where to praise, why we’re to praise, how we’re to praise, and who should offer praise.

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God Whispers “Fish”

A number of years ago our sons and I enjoyed some days together drifting and fishing the Madison River in Montana with two fishing guides who also served as our boatmen.

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Resting In God

It was our last holiday together as a family before our eldest son went off to college. As we filled the back pew in the little seaside church, my heart filled with love as I glanced along the row of my five reasonably tidy children. “Please protect them spiritually and keep them close to You, Lord.” I prayed silently, thinking of the pressures and challenges each of them faced.

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Hope In Suffering

When I opened my Bible to read Jeremiah 1 through 4, the subhead ascribed to the book startled me: “Hope in Time of Weeping.” I almost cried. The timing was perfect, as I was walking through a season of weeping over the death of my mom.

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25 thoughts on “Hope In Suffering

  1. eternallyhis says:

    The message today by Julie is special to me, as my brother went home with our Lord this morning. All praise to God for the hope, comfort and assurance He gives in His Word. I do not grieve for my brother, because he went through such a long period of suffering, and now I’m sure he is in perfect health and happiness in the Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. What a beautiful Lord we serve. Glory to His Holy Name, Amen and Amen.

  2. eternallyhis says:

    As is usually the case, I really enjoyed both of your posts today.
    I would like to offer another way of getting beyond those feelings of anger, hurt, etc. associated with forgiveness.
    I was told and know to be true, there is Power in the Name of Jesus (wonder working power in the Blood of the Lamb).
    I’m almost always so late in the day to post my comments, you might have missed what I wrote yesterday, November 23rd. And because it is getting so late today, I’m thinking it might be best if I copy and paste it in tomorrow’s comment section. As I will do (Lord willing) soon after I post this. God’s best to all.

  3. mycherieshorb says:

    This is a sign from God. I have just been broken up with by what I thought to be the love of my life. We have a beautiful blended family, things were not perfect but they were going fine…so I thought. My heart is aching in a way that I cannot explain. I prayed for Him to help me ease my pain. For some reason, there was a new Our Daily Bread on our table, of course it’s for future months but I decided I needed to read today’s, it was about suffering, wow. I don’t want to lose him. I wish he could just see value in what we have. If am not to be with him, please Lord, help me through this. If I am to be with him, Lord please open his heart. It hurts so deep. I feel desperate. I feel weak. I am handing this over to You, Lord, I know I cannot do this on my own.

  4. bondserve says:

    Dr. P, good stuff as always. Keep on providing these extra portions of bread for the soul. If I don’t always comment on your posts, please know I read and appreciate them, but you already get lots of comments. I just feel that other people may also benefit by someone commenting on their posts, and I hope to spread the love around evenly. Blessings!

    1. walkingwithhim says:

      bondserve –
      Not sure if you’ll get this comment as I’m responding a few days after the fact.
      I wanted to thank you for posting.
      Your comment – “I tell you this to let you know how well I relate with all you have written here, knowing for sure that the same Spirit who resides in me, lives also in you. And these confirmations are sweet, in the knowledge that we are not alone and are all a part of the body of Christ. Thank you for sharing.” was particularly meaningful to me.
      I live on the other side of the world to my homeland, serving the Lord in seeming obscurity. It encourages me to know that there are some folks who can relate to my “all to imperfect” expression. Bless you brother and bless the Lord for His wonderful grace and generous goodness in giving us His spirit.

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