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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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Lesson From A Toothache

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

When I was a child I often had a toothache,” wrote C. S. Lewis in his classic book Mere Christianity. He continued, “and I knew that if I went to my mother she would give me something that would deaden the pain for that night and let me get to sleep. But I did not go to my mother—at least not till the pain became very bad. . . . I knew she would take me to the dentist the next morning. . . .  I wanted immediate relief from pain, but I could not get it without having my teeth set permanently right.”

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What Do We Want?

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

My friend Mary tells me that she doesn’t always sing all the words to the hymns and choruses in a church service. She says, “It doesn’t seem honest to sing, ‘All I want is Jesus’ when my heart wants many other things too.” I appreciate her honesty.

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The Careful Walk

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

One of my favorite places to visit in Jamaica is Ocho Rios, home of Dunn’s River Falls—a spectacle that never ceases to amaze. Water cascades down a long series of rocks as it makes its way to the Caribbean Sea. Adventurers can climb the falls, scrambling over rounded rocks on an invigorating trek to the top. The flowing water, the potentially slippery surface, and the steep angles make the going slow and a bit treacherous.

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Kangaroos And Emus

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

Two of Australia’s indigenous creatures, kangaroos and emus, have something in common—they seldom move backward. Kangaroos, because of the shape of their body and the length of their strong tail, can bounce along with forward movement, but they cannot shift easily into reverse. Emus can run fast on their strong legs, but the joints in their knees seem to make backward movement difficult. Both animals appear on Australia’s coat of arms as a symbol that the nation is to be ever moving forward and making progress.

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20 thoughts on “Kangaroos And Emus

  1. zions_daddy_dee says:

    As I go through this trying time in my life I understand that I need to push forward with the help of Gods awesome power and put my faith in Him that he will help in my forward progression. .but only if I get outta the way and let him..I love you Lord..its amazing how much You love me!

  2. sentinel46 says:

    Thank you ever so much Dear Lord Jesus for giving us the strength to overcome the worlds’ views and to lay hold onto Your values and Truths as we continue to live out our lives. Please forgive me when I stumble in the course of the day’s journey…and thank you for restoring us by Your grace…amen!

  3. godsgirlkarin says:

    Perfect like. God

  4. eternallyhis says:

    This is one of many favorite scriptures that God used to guide me along the way, such as when my husband and I got into an angry argument. Hubby went out the door, leaving me with my anger. I thought to myself, “I’m not going to speak to him again!” However, I knew and acknowledged my inability to keep quiet, and in my frustration I asked God, “what can I do?” The first scripture that came to my mind was to ‘think on peaceful, lovely things…(Philippians 4:8). The only thing I could think of in that moment was a beautiful rose, picturing it in my mind. And sure enough, it was enough to calm me down so I was able to open my Bible and there was Philippians 3: 13, 14 and I knew I had to forget even the last moment, if need be, to press on towards the mark for the prize of high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Our Lord is so good, so awesome. He gave me such peace that I was able to go outside where my hubby was working on his vehicle and speak to him as though everything was fine. Which was easy to do, because I knew it was with our Lord Jesus Christ leading and lighting the way. I left God responsible to open and lead any conversation we might need to have about the disagreement we had. Anyhow, I’ve got to get busy now, hoping everyone at ODB and their readers all have a beautiful day. God’s blessings on you all.

  5. jeffsiete says:

    Be ready with this passage for those who want you to leave in the past remembering your wrong choices. Tell them how He is teaching you to move forward. As the teaching says learn from the past mistakes,but do not stay there.

  6. emtsnyder85 says:

    God’s timing is impeccable! I received a nice attitude adjustment this morning. Just what I needed. God is good!

  7. iamnorthstar says:

    i have been depressed and feeling down of what had happened lately.. i did some stupid decisions which now i wished i didn’t do.. after more than 4 years i stopped reading Our Daily Bread and tonight it just entered my mind to download the app… it’s as if The Lord was guiding me to do so and He has a message for me, today’s message.. thank you for this app, may God bless you all!

    1. happy93111 says:

      God is always timely with you!!!
      I think it is the time that you start moving forward and making progress. I hope you will always follow God’s message. I hope the same thing will happen to me!! Hallelujha!!!

  8. paulej says:

    Especially today I am moving forward forgetting the things in the past. They are many not all pretty. Thank you my Lord for second chances. I can’t wait to be totally restored to serve The Lord.

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