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Medieval Meal

A while ago I attended a conference on the Middle Ages. In one seminar we actually prepared several foods that would have been common in medieval times. We used pestle and mortar to grind cinnamon and fruit to make jam. We cut orange rinds and broiled them with honey and ginger to produce a sweet snack. We crushed almonds with water and other ingredients to create almond milk. And, finally, we prepared a whole chicken to serve as a main dish with rice. As we sampled these dishes, we enjoyed a tasty culinary experience.

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Live In Love

In the African country where my friend Roxanne lives, water is a precious commodity. People often have to travel long distances to collect water from small, contaminated creeks—leading to sickness and death. It’s difficult for organizations like orphanages and churches to serve the people because of a lack of water. But that’s beginning to change.

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The Parable Of The Sting

I can still see Jay Elliott’s shocked face as I burst through his front door almost 50 years ago with a “gang” of bees swirling around me. As I raced out his back door, I realized the bees were gone. Well, sort of—I’d left them in Jay’s house! Moments later, he came racing out his back door—chased by the bees I had brought to him.

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Example That Encourages

The story is told that in the late 1800s a group of European pastors attended D. L. Moody’s Bible conference in Massachusetts. Following their custom, they put their shoes outside their room before they slept, expecting them to be cleaned by hotel workers. When Moody saw the shoes, he mentioned the need to others because he knew their custom. But he was met with silence. Moody collected all the shoes and cleaned them himself. A friend who made an unexpected visit to his room revealed what Moody had done. The word spread, and the next few nights others took turns doing the cleaning.

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Courageous And Consistent

While reading the obituary of Eugene Patterson, Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of the Atlanta Constitution from 1960 to 1968, I was struck by two things. First, for many years Patterson was a fearless voice for civil rights during a time when many opposed racial equality. In addition, he wrote a column every day for 8 years. That’s 2,922 newspaper columns! Day after day, year after year. Courage and consistency were key factors in the impact of his life.

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Lookin’ Good!

After trying on my new sunglasses in the car one day, my daughter handed them back and said, “These are not sunglasses, Mom. They’re just fashion lenses. Let me guess,” she teased, “you bought them because you look cute in them.”

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The Power Of A Name

Nicknames are often descriptive of some noticeable aspect of a person’s character or physical attributes. Growing up, my elementary school friends brutally called me “liver lips” since at that stage of development my lips seemed disproportionately large. Needless to say, I have always been glad that the name didn’t stick.

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Roadside Assistance

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

An acquaintance of mine was hunting with friends near Balmoral, the country estate of the queen of England. As they walked, he twisted his ankle so badly that he couldn’t go on, so he told his friends to continue and he would wait by the side of the road.

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Forgotten Memories

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

Recently, a friend from my youth emailed me a picture of our junior high track team. The grainy black-and-white snapshot showed a vaguely familiar group of teens with our two coaches. I was instantly swept back in time to happy memories of running the mile and the half-mile in track meets. Yet even as I enjoyed remembering those days, I found myself thinking about how easily I had forgotten them and moved on to other things.

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Smile!

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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33 thoughts on “Smile!

  1. apitt13 says:

    After about an hour of not being able to fall asleep I had forgotten to read today’s devotional. There is a lot going on in my mind tonight mainly stressing me out causing me to stay up and think about it. But after reading tonight’s devotional I smiled, prayed giving me comfort and happiness. Time to sleep now with god watching down on me and relieving my stress. God bless.

  2. bettyburton427 says:

    When we know Jesus, our hearts are filled with love and joy and even meekness!

  3. OU12C-HIM-2 says:

    God had smiled on me. He had set me free. God had smiled on me. He’s been good to me. Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found, God has smiled on me. So how can I not smile? It’s inevitable…..

  4. steviepowell says:

    Well, thank You, Lord! You ALWAYS know me & just what I need. After being down for a few days this lesson & these verses remind me again that You are always with me, always knowing what I need. Your love is amazing! Not only am I now reminded, but I promise to smile for You, give smiles to others and help others smile. I love you.

  5. cabow says:

    Thank you Lord for smiling on me and all the blessings I know I don’t deserve.

  6. myst3riouzbeauty says:

    I smile because I am a Child of God. We are suppose to be the light to draw people near Christ. And if I am not smiling and glowing people aren’t going to want to draw near to Him, It’s like going to your favorite restaurant and the floor is dirty, and they sit you at a table where the previous customer food is still on the table. And then they bring you your favorite meal on dirty dishes and say “Our food is really good, enjoy!” It’s all in the presentation.
    I smile cause God is good to me through the good and bad. I smile because I am a Child of God!

  7. clsevents says:

    Lord God I thank you for continued Favor upon my life. So undeserving, but you choose to bless me anyway and again I say thank you!

  8. gyoboue says:

    May the Lord smile on us all and be gracious to us all today and forever. Shalom!

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