The Growth Chart

If my family ever moves from the house where we live now, I want to unhinge the pantry door and take it with me! That door is special because it shows how my children have grown over the years. Every few months, my husband and I place our children against the door and pencil a mark just above their heads. According to our growth chart, my daughter shot up 4 inches in just 1 year!

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Focus On The Process

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

In William Zinsser’s book On Writing Well, he says that many writers suffer from “the tyranny of the final product.” They are so concerned with selling their article or book, they neglect learning the process of how to think, plan, and organize. A jumbled manuscript, Zinsser believes, is produced when “the writer, his eye on the finish line, never gave enough thought to how to run the race.”

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The Day My Dad Met Jesus

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

My grandfather, my father, and his brothers were all tough men who, understandably, didn’t appreciate people who “got up in their faces about faith.” When my father, Howard, was diagnosed with a rapid and deadly cancer, I was so concerned that I took every opportunity to talk to him about Jesus’ love. Inevitably he would end the discussion with a polite but firm: “I know what I need to know.”

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Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

A recent study that I read concluded that smiling can be good for your health. Research shows that smiling slows down the heart and reduces stress.

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Teaching By Example

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

While waiting for an eye examination, I was struck by a statement I saw in the optometrist’s office: “Eighty percent of everything children learn in their first 12 years is through their eyes.” I began thinking of all that children visually process through reading, television, film, events, surroundings, and observing the behavior of others, especially their families. On this Father’s Day, we often think about the powerful influence of a dad.

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16 thoughts on “Teaching By Example

  1. neetavg says:

    Wonderful devotion for Father’s Day. Our worldly fathers ought to reflect our Heavenly Father.

  2. zions_daddy_dee says:

    Today I experience my first fathers day!! I hope and continue to pray that God molds me to show through my actions, the love of Christ to my little one. To all the fathers out there and especially to my Father in heaven, HAUOLI LA MAKUAKANE from Hawaii!

  3. always learning says:

    Today I think of my father and his last words to me. He gave me a wink and said, “I’ll see you later honey.” We both knew it would be in heaven and I have taken much comfort from that fact. What a day of rejoicing and reuniting it will be. I thank God for His comforting promises and eternal love. Praise be to God!

  4. pmtrevithick says:

    I never struggled with the concept of tithing the first fruits of my labor once I got on my own because I grew up watching my dad faithfully write that tithe check every week. I also learned the “good work and living ethic” by watching my dad consistently get up, go to work, and come home every working day.

  5. thessiey says:

    Tank u God for being our overall Father.

  6. djreborn says:

    Dear lord work in me an all fathers to be a light for our children so they don’t have to see the darkness that we have been through

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