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Tiny Island

Singapore is a tiny island. It’s so small that one can hardly spot it on the world map. (Try it, if you don’t already know where Singapore is.) Because it is densely populated, consideration of others is especially important. A man wrote to his fiancée who was coming to Singapore for the first time: “Space is limited. Therefore . . . you must always have that sense of space around you. You should always step aside to ensure you are not blocking anyone. The key is to be considerate.”

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Clean The Closet

To this day I can still hear my mother telling me to go and clean up my room. Dutifully, I would go to my room to start the process, only to get distracted by reading the comic book that I was supposed to put neatly in the stack. But soon the distraction was interrupted by my mother warning that she would be up in 5 minutes to inspect the room. Unable to effectively clean the room in that time, I would proceed to hide everything I didn’t know what to do with in the closet, make the bed, and then wait for her to come in—hoping that she wouldn’t look in the closet.

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One Who Understands

My friend’s husband was in the last stages of dementia. In his first introduction to the nurse who was assigned to care for him, he reached out for her arm and stopped her. He said he wanted to introduce her to his best friend—one who loved him deeply.

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Undeserved Praise

Even before I could afford a self-cleaning oven, I managed to keep my oven clean. Guests even commented on it when we had them over for a meal. “Wow, your oven is so clean. It looks like new.” I accepted the praise even though I knew I didn’t deserve it. The reason my oven was clean had nothing to do with my meticulous scrubbing; it was clean because I so seldom used it.

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A War Of Words

On July 28, 1914, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia in response to the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. Within 90 days, other European countries had taken sides to honor their military alliances and pursue their own ambitions. A single event escalated into World War I, one of the most destructive military conflicts of modern time.

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29 thoughts on “A War Of Words

  1. eternallyhis says:

    The tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison that No Man Can Tame (James 3:8). But with God, All things are Possible (Matthew 19:26) Nothing is too hard for God (Jeremiah 32:17). I can do All things through Christ, which strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). Praise Jesus!
    Dear Father, please remind me at the start of each and every day to ask and trust You to take full control of my tongue and to use it to heal, to strengthen and to build Your Holy Kingdom and to bring glory, honor and praise to Your Holy Name. Thank You Lord Jesus, Amen and Amen.

  2. Jesusandme says:

    Thank You Lord for I have come a long way. I am not perfect but I am trying to speak wisely or not at all.

  3. eternallyhis says:

    Dear ODB,
    Did I or anyone else write something that offended someone on your staff that has caused us not to be able to see any previous comments?
    Quite often I’m unable to get online until late evening, and all I’m able to read tonight are the last two comments out of the 22.
    I don’t know about anyone else, but I feel like I’m being punished for reasons that I don’t understand, which is rather frustrating to say the least.
    I’ve always loved ODB messages, gaining and growing in Christ through the various writers, praising God for each and every one of you.
    When you added the comment section it was an added blessing to me and I’m sure to many others as well. Maybe we weren’t supposed to comment to each other, but only to ODB pertaining explicitly to the daily message? Please help me (and others) to understand.
    Much love and God’s very best to each and every one of you. In Christ, w/you praising His Holy Name.

    1. hsnpoor says:

      Yes, please do advise as to why we have not been able to see comments in last few days. I’m absolutely amazed at how much I miss that function of this blessed site. I’m hoping and trusting that this was a result of technical difficulties and not meant as or directed to anyone as a “passive-aggressive” punishment.

      1. Rocky says:

        It is possible that they have been upgrading their site, I was able to see previous history tonight.

  4. jeremiahonfire says:

    Sometimes the wisest thing we can say, is nothing…

  5. gertie says:

    Lord guide me always to.raise up with words those who most need you. It is always tempting to retort but Lord at these times guide me. Thank you Jesus.

  6. lindalou1946 says:

    Thank you Lord for your message today. May my words be wise, truthful and not harsh.

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