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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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Creeping Christmas?

I love Christmas. The celebration of the birth of Christ and the beauty and wonder of the season make it “the most wonderful time of the year” for me. In recent years, however, the season has been accompanied by a growing irritation. Every year “Christmas stuff” comes out earlier and earlier—creeping all the way back to early fall.

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The Final Picture

What started as an empty 11-acre field in Belfast, Northern Ireland, ended up as the largest land portrait in the British Isles. Wish, by artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, is made from 30,000 wooden pegs, 2,000 tons of soil, 2,000 tons of sand, and miscellaneous items such as grass, stones, and string.

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26 thoughts on “The Final Picture

  1. bubbles says:

    I took painting classes in the early 90s. We would lay down a base color and then add two or three more on top of the bottom one. When the painting was just begun, it looked like a mess. If you did not paint, the “mess” wouldn’t be understood, only by someone who knew the painting process. I guess that’s why many painters will not allow their piece to be viewed until it is completed.

    Same thing as one who weaves tapestries. I’ve read the underside of the tapestry is a mess and only the opposite side shows the beautiful product. Turn a sweater with a picture knit into to (intarsia) wrong side out and you see a mess, right side out and you see something different. The writer of this analogy said God works that way too. We cannot see the full picture, only God can. We may not know all of the whys but we can trust our Father for what is best.

    Lord, please help me to remember you hold my life in your good hands. Help me to rest in you and your strength.

    “Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.” Does this just mean faith strength or can this mean physical strength?

  2. Cheanada na hÉireann says:

    Ah I know where that is, at the Harlaand & Wolfe shipbuilding docks. Need to take a trip back home and see the development in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter some time next year, there’s been a lot of positive changes over recent years.

  3. ljsipe says:

    I am contacting you to inform that Linda J. Sipe, who is receiving your daily bread pamphlet has passed as of August 5th 2014 and am requesting discontinuance of this literature. I appreciate all the comforting words of our Lord that she lived in her life.

    Respectfully
    Terry L. Sipe (husband)

    1. eternallyhis says:

      Dear Mr. Sipe,
      I’m sure I speak on behalf of eveyone on this comment section, to extend our condolences for the loss of your wife, Linda.
      I prayed God would give me a word for you and He led me to Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
      I pray you will feel the warmth of His Holy Spirit giving you comfort and peace.

    2. bondserve says:

      Terry Sipe, As Christians we find great comfort in going home to be with the Lord, where there is peace and joy forevermore. Perhaps you’d like to continue receiving the Our Daily Bread and reading it each day on your wife’s behalf? Our prayers are with you as you carry on through this difficult time of loss. But the loss is only temporary. God Bless you sir.

  4. hangtimek says:

    when we focus on Jesus we worry less about today and the future and thats because we know christ and his plan to have salvation from death and to live forever in heaven with him i know longer care for things of the world but spiritual things that last i need not look for a job or get college education for jesus did not care for things like that but the kingdom of heaven and if we are to follow in his steps we will get there so i think like christ and less of my self and the world i live in for i live for the kingdom that will come

    1. js1985 says:

      May the Lord bless you on your journey, I pray that I can leave the things of this world behind and one day be 100% focused on things that truly matter. So many distractions cause me so much guilt. I pray to find myself with the strength you speak of, and pray it comes sooner rather than later.

  5. willowsprite says:

    Praise the lord: There is a difference between praying with people and posting a prayer on a comment wall for people to read later. When we pray together, we are communing with God about things that concern all of us. When people post a prayer on a wall, that is not communal, it is seeking attention. I compared it to the Pharisee on the street corner because that was his intention too, to show people how “holy” and “humble” he was.

    1. eternallyhis says:

      Dear willowsprite,
      I understand where you are coming from about the Pharisee on the street corner, and I agree with you that we shouldn’t do that.
      But this comment section is more like a worship center where we can gather with fellow believers, and as Jesus says, where two or more are gathered together in His Name, He is there in the midst of us.
      I love it whenever the writers of ODB include a prayer at the end of the devotional reading, since everything they include in the written prayer is in line with God’s Word
      and sometimes serves like a jump start to get me started in an in depth conversation with our Lord Jesus. The same holding true of all prayers that I have ever read on this comment section. They have all proven to be a blessing for me, especially the prayers of worship and praise to our Lord and they all sound holy to me, which is understandable considering their Source.
      As for any prayer I might write on here, I always ask God to give me the words if He wants me to pray a specific prayer for anyone. Therefore, it is all praise to Him for anything good I might write, and especially if it sounds holy and beautifully written. What an awesome God we have that He would see fit to intervene, even in our prayers if and when needed.
      Anyhow, I hope this helps you to see the prayers written on here in a different and better light, especially since this might be the only outlet, or at least the main outlet some people on here have where they can fellowship with their family in Christ and feel free to praise His Holy Name.
      In His Love, praying God pours out His blessings upon you and yours willowsprite.

      1. js1985 says:

        Well put eternallyhis. I can see your point willowsprite, but i never feel anyone on here is praying for attention. When i read the prayers i feel a connection to the person and feel apart of the body of Christ. When I see people pray out loud (in comments), I just imagine they have felt the Lord’s word deep inside and are rejoicing out loud because it is too powerful to contain.

        Sometimes i get critical of what i write myself, sometimes i feel that i come across as if i am boasting about myself, when the truth is i am wanting to put all the praise and attention on the Lord. Everything i have accomplished is thanks to Him alone.

        I fear sometimes that my self Criticizing could be the devil trying to keep me from praising the power or our Lord and savior. Our Lord knows that whatever I say is not a testament to my own actions but a testament to the our Father’s love, power and grace.

        I am nothing without him, and have achieved nothing on my own. And sometimes i feel i have too much good news to speak about our Lord, and feel his power so strongly through other commenters on here that i must praise his name and kneel down (so to speak) in prayer to ask for help or thank him for his grace.

  6. praise the lord says:

    Hi everyone,
    That is how I see our posts. Each post is a sqare and at the end of the day God shows us something beautiful.

    God bless you all

    1. hsnpoor says:

      Oh, how very, very true! What a wonderful insight! Thank you, PTL!

    2. eternallyhis says:

      praise the lord,
      I agree with hsnpoor, it’s a wonderful example and is beautiful indeed.

  7. praise the lord says:

    I love the illustration. It is perfect example. Thank you.

  8. chibu says:

    I imagine how huge God is, in todays reading I see Him exalting himself, he sits enthroned above the circle of the earth. He stretches the earth as a canopy, to whom will we compare him or who is His equal? His great power and mighty strength does wonderful things. Lets worship him with lots of obedience and incense of holiness, lets kneel and adore him, The Lord is his name. Instead of your situation pushing you to ask God questions like Jacob, let the situation push you in worshipping his majesty. Who is like God? no one. I have searched through all the earth and found out that there is none like him. Lets worship him worship him.

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