Story Stewards

Many people take great care to make sure their resources are used well after they die. They set up trusts, write wills, and establish foundations to guarantee that their assets will continue to be used for a good purpose after their life on earth is done. We call this good stewardship.

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Struggling With Addiction

Eric was struggling with an addiction, and he knew it. His friends and family members encouraged him to stop. He agreed that it would be best for his health and relationships, but he felt helpless. When others told him how they had quit their bad habits, he replied, “I’m happy for you, but I can’t seem to stop! I wish I had never been tempted in the first place. I want God to take the desire away right now.”

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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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A Word For The Struggler

There is an old adage that says, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” It’s wise not to take on more responsibilities than we can handle. At some time, however, we will likely feel overwhelmed by the size and difficulty of a task we have agreed to do.

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Following The Master

At a dog show near my home, I watched a Cardigan Welsh corgi named Trevor perform. At his master’s command, he ran several yards away and immediately returned, he jumped fences, and he identified objects using his sense of smell. After finishing each exercise, he sat down at his master’s feet and waited for more instructions.

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All We Need To Know

In a Fernando Ortega rendition of “Just As I Am,” Billy Graham’s voice can be heard faintly in the background. Dr. Graham is reminiscing about an illness during which he believed he was dying. As he mused on his past, he realized what a great sinner he was and how much he continues to need God’s daily forgiveness.

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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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Living Bridges

People who live in Cherrapunji, India, have developed a unique way to get across the many rivers and streams in their land. They grow bridges from the roots of rubber trees. These “living bridges” take between 10 to 15 years to mature, but once they are established, they are extremely stable and last for hundreds of years.

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Not A Hitching Post

You may have heard the saying, “The past is supposed to be a guidepost, not a hitching post.” It’s easy to become tied to memories of “the good old days” instead of using our experiences to find direction for the road ahead. We are all susceptible to the paralyzing effects of nostalgia—a longing for what used to be.

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Never Let Down

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

When I was a child, one of my favorite pastimes was playing on the teeter-totter in the nearby park. A kid would sit on each end of the board and bounce each other up and down. Sometimes the one who was down would stay there and leave his playmate stuck up in the air yelling to be let down. But the cruelest of all tricks was getting off the teeter-totter and running away when your friend was up in the air—he would come crashing down to the ground with a painful bump.

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40 thoughts on “Never Let Down

  1. xs says:

    Today’s odb has touched and encouraged many hearts today….I myself am really blessed by it….it’s really fitting given the hard times we are experiencing….. My fellow believers let us hold on to God’s unchanging hands… and never give up
    Gob bless you all….

  2. xs says:

    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end” lamentations 3:22

  3. androidgyny says:

    i feel so down lately due to all the rejections and failures i experienced with all the job applications that i applied for. i feel and think that im useless and not good at all. it even came to a point where my relationship with my husband is affected, comparing myself to other people and feels that we are no longer connected.

    this is the first time i read odb again after a long time. the article perfectly fits for what im experiencing right now. i was thinking that He left me. Wants me to experience all the bad things in life. Blaming Him for what and where I am today. I thank Him for letting me know that I am not alone.

    Thank you for the whisper of hope and unconditional love.

    1. xs says:

      When your trials are all over, you will be a great blessing to someone….. Don’t be afraid to testify and encourage someone with your testimony….. You’ll come out as pure gold….hold on a little more

    2. jh3 says:

      Been there, done that. You have expressed life very well. I know the journey to learn trust again, and it gets better each day.

  4. Pleasant says:

    This message is a timely one, i have been facing lot of challenges and often feel God may not be happy with me. So engrossed with my pains and circumstances, i often focus on them rather than God, but this message has reminded me of How faithful and dependable God is.

    1. xs says:

      Hallelujah…. We’ll overcome

  5. ivansinsin says:

    What a timely reminder of the ever presence of GOD. In this time of uncertainty with our newborn baby, this reminds me that HE will always there for us. Let me rest all my hopes and prayers for our newborn baby to HIM.

  6. bookworm21397 says:

    I have been struggling with anxiety since the beginning of the year it was horrible in the beginning and while it has subsided it still isn’t gone. I’m terrified of death, and “the end times” I constantly question my salvation and scare myself with what “could happen” I’m always seeing things going on politically and other things in the world and am terrified of what could happen not only to me but to my family, and friends. I can’t stop being scared. This devotion helped me a little though know God is always with me is comforting to know. I’m still very afraid. I wish it would all stop so I wouldn’t have to see anything that might come in the future. I’m to scared, and idk if I could bare it.

    1. loviegee says:

      Hi bookworm21397,
      “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
      In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct your paths”(Proverbs 3:5-6). Also Matthew 6:25-33 and Philippians 4:6 reminds us not to be anxious about ANYTHING, but instead be prayerful and give thanks. These are God’s commands to us and when we do not obey we sin so I think it would be accurate to say worrying is a lack of total faith in God and therefore is a sin, though not intentionally. Worrying is futile because it does not help the situation at all, all it does is cause us to sin and wear us out. Someone said “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it keeps us busy but takes us no where” (unknown). “What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grief to bear, what a privilege to carry EVERYTHING to God in prayer.”(Joseph M. Scriven, 1855). Worrying is also one of satan’s best weapons against believers so please do not let him win. Be encouraged with the knowledge that God is incharge of the whole universe, he controls everything and whatever he allows in our life is for a reason/for his purpose. As believers we don’t need to worry because we can rest in that assurance. Whatever it is, even if it cause death we are going to a better place. This is a broken world which means bad things are going to happen whether we like it or not but as believers we have hope and therefore do not need to live in fear of ANYTHING! Our duty is to tell others – friends, family, and strangers about Jesus so that whatever happen to them we can rest assured they are in a better place.
      Be encouraged, God is in control.

    2. steve5 says:

      Bookworm, I am praying for peace to rule in your heart and mind. I used to have horrible panic attacks too. Trust Jesus with your salvation. A bruised reed He will not break . He will see you through to the end.

      1. xs says:

        Powerful words….it ministered to me…. Bookworm, don’t think you are the only one…..we all struggle greatly with various issues including wat you’re facing….but as lovigee puts its….let’s trust God and hold on… shall overcome in Jesus name

    3. prodigal_son says:

      bookworm21397,if you have put your faith in Christ alone for salvation you are eternally secure! “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”(John 10:28)
      “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
      I have struggled with anxiety and fear myself,but there is assurance in the Word. Jesus is coming back for us:

      17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18)

  7. seasons says:

    Lord, please forgive me for being the one who has crashed you down in terms of importance in my life. Thank you that even so, you are here and you have’t left my side because I had devalued you. Please help me to see you in you rightful place in my life. Amen.

  8. kedz says:

    This message is so timely. Like many who responded I am also experiencing challenges with my heath. Each day I am reminded of God’s renewal process and His ability to heal our hearts, souls and bodies. Even in the waiting phase of our deliverance we can look to our Father to provide us support and patience. Amen

  9. oneshot12 says:

    It’s a struggle to suffer and wait but I know The Lord will never leave me or forsake me. I try to focus more on HIM when life is hard.

  10. princessdee says:

    The fact that God is forever faithful gives me a hope even during trying periods.I keep trusting him n he shows himself faithful in the end.I have been in different waiting rooms, but when God remembers me, people around me begin to envy me.
    “Because he lives, I can face tommorrow”.

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