Snug As A Bug In A Rug!

When I was a child, my family lived in a house my father built in the cedar breaks west of Duncanville, Texas. Our house had a small kitchen-dinette area, two bedrooms, and a great room with a large stone fireplace in which we burned 2-foot-long cedar logs. That fireplace was the center of warmth in our home.

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Better Than Before

As infants, my children had nearly perfect skin. Their flesh was soft—they had no dry elbows or rough patches on their feet. Smooth and new, it contrasted with mine, which was marked by years of various scars and callouses.

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Called By Name

At the beginning of the academic year, a school principal in our city pledged to learn the names of all 600 students in her school. Anyone who doubted her ability or resolve could look at her track record. During the previous year she had learned the names of 700 students, and prior to that, 400 children in a different school. Think of what it must have meant to these students to be recognized and greeted by name.

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Losing Our Way

An online survey conducted by a New York law firm reveals that 52 percent of Wall Street traders, brokers, investment bankers, and other financial service professionals have either engaged in illegal activity or believe they may need to do so in order to be successful. The survey concludes that these financial leaders “have lost their moral compass” and “accept corporate wrongdoing as a necessary evil.”

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Life’s Darkest Moments

Charles Whittlesey was a hero’s hero. Leader of the so-called “Lost Battalion” in World War I, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery when his unit was trapped behind enemy lines. When the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated, Charles was chosen to serve as pallbearer for the first soldier laid to rest there. Two weeks later, it is presumed that he ended his own life by stepping off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.

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Memory Loss

Sometimes when we face times of trouble, we may get spiritual amnesia and forget the grace of God. But a good way of reestablishing a thankful heart is to set aside undistracted time and deliberately remember God’s past provisions for us and give thanks.

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City Of Refuge

As we entered a town in Australia, we were greeted by a sign that declared: “We welcome all who are seeking refuge and asylum.” This kind of welcome seems to resonate with the Old Testament concept of the cities of refuge. In the Old Testament era, cities of refuge (Num. 35:6) were established to be a safe haven for people who had accidentally killed someone and were needing protection. God had the people establish such cities to provide that refuge.

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Whoppers Or Adventures?

My grandfather loved to tell stories, and I loved to listen. Papaw had two kinds of tales. “Whoppers” were stories with a whiff of truth, but which changed with each new telling. “Adventures” were stories that really happened, and the facts never changed when retold. One day my grandfather told a story that just seemed too far-fetched to be true. “Whopper,” I declared, but my grandfather insisted it was true. Although his telling never varied, I simply couldn’t believe it, it was that unusual.

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Look To The Hills

Atop Corcovado Mountain overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stands Christ the Redeemer, one of the tallest statues of Christ in the world. Standing 30 meters tall, with arms spreading 28 meters, this sculpture weighs 635 metric tons. It can be seen day or night from almost anywhere in the city. One look to the hills brings this figure of Christ the Redeemer into view.

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Uncertain Times

During a major economic downturn several years ago, many people lost their jobs. Sadly, my brother-in-law was one of them. Writing to me about their situation, my sister shared that although there were uncertainties, they had peace because they knew that God would care for them.

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35 thoughts on “Uncertain Times

  1. shatteoharrell says:

    Every day im growing older in Christian faith. Today I had the challenge of working with new people. I almost wanted to worry but the Lord took over my work and I overwhelmed the opposition with grace. What was a one day assignment is now tured in to a two day assignment. MORE MONEY TO EAT. THANKS FATHER SON AND HOLY SPIRIT. IM NOTHING WITHOUT YOU.

    1. lawewill says:

      I totally understand. I was just looking at my tires and I am about to travel from California to Arizona and Lord willing to Nevada. Immediately I began to worry an then I read today’s ODB. God will take acre of things for me. Thanks for sharing!

  2. glspierce says:

    I know I’ve had some troubling times over this past few weeks. So many things are changing for me so quickly (many are good) but it’s always scary to have so much change. Whenever I read this verse, a calm washes over me, and all of my worries are taken off my shoulders and I know I can trust the Lord. It’s a beautiful thing to know that you have an infallible source of strength to take on your burdens.

  3. bubbles says:

    davetan88~This is what God has worked in my heart. He is the one who taught me this. He has given me peace and I had to learn by Him teaching me to let things go and trust Him without understanding.

  4. frankabla says:

    Thank you God for our Lord and Saviour, our Prince of Peace – Jesus Christ – our Inner Peace that Transcends all understanding. We are at peace to know that our Heavenly Father is with our earthly father in the hospital right now. Thank you for pouring your Spirit of calmness into our hearts. In Jesus Name we thank You! Amen!

  5. paulej says:

    O give praise to our God for He is good. His love endure forever. I identify with this truth, in current time of uncertainties I have a peace that I can’t explain. I realize that the Holy Spirit has help me to Truly surrender I finally am able to practice phil4: which remind me to be anxious for nothing. It’s not to say I am sloppily ignoring my issues; I just know that my faithful God will give me a way.- He has. Thank you for your love
    Oh taste and see how good is The Lord

  6. Forever His says:

    I can totally say that this perfect peace that only comes from God is true! I cannot tell you how many times I have experienced it in my life, but I know there have been many…12 years ago I lost my husband in a tragic accident when he was only 38 years old. Our boys were 8 and 11. I thought I was going to lose my mind. But I was reminded of how faithful God had been to my husband and I though all the things we faced together starting with infertility, adoption…I was also reminded that God did promise that we would not face great difficulties, but that HE would carry us through them. I clung to His promises, especially asking him to keep me in His perfect peace. He has and continues to do so!
    Fear and worry are paralyzing. Trust God and let them go!

    1. belief says:

      This is truly a very encouraging testimony and thank God for his faithfulness and your position to be the recipient. The word for the day by Poh Chia is very encouraging. Learning to trust in God every aspect of your life is the most successful challenge to overcome, even though in reality only God is in true control of everything.

  7. sandy229 says:

    Trust and obey……there is no other way to be happy in Jesus! The msg today is a real comfort to me and prayer answered.

  8. hope.more says:

    “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”
    “Give us”: The trust of children who look to their Father for everything is beautiful. “He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”He gives to all the living “their food in due season.” Jesus teaches us this petition, because it glorifies our Father by acknowledging how good he is, beyond all goodness.
    “Give us” also expresses the covenant. We are his and he is ours, for our sake. But this “us” also recognizes him as the Father of all men and we pray to him for them all, in solidarity with their needs and sufferings.
    “Our bread”: The Father who gives us life cannot but give us the nourishment life requires—all appropriate goods and blessings, both material and spiritual. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus insists on the filial trust that cooperates with our Father’s providence. He is not inviting us to idleness but wants to relieve us from nagging worry and preoccupation. Such is the filial surrender of the children of God.

  9. bubbles says:

    Thankful for a Heavenly Father who cares about us and wants to give us peace. He cares about the things in our lives and He is a good God we can trust with everything. I gained peace about things one day when I no longer needed to know why they happened. They did. God knows why but I no longer need to know. If I never know, even in Heaven, that’s all right with me. I trust Him; He knows and I don’t need to.

    1. davetan88 says:

      bubbles – great comment. Very insightful!

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