A Special Birth

In the pages of Scripture, several baby-boy births stand out. Cain, the firstborn after creation. Isaac, the hope of Israel’s future. Samuel, the answer to a mother’s fervent prayer. All extremely important. All joyously expected. And all described exactly the same by the chroniclers of Scripture: In each case, we are told that the mother conceived and bore a son (Gen. 4:1; 21:2-3; 1 Sam. 1:20).

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A Matter Of Trust

A news item from Australia told the story of Pascale Honore, a paraplegic woman who, after 18 years of being confined to a wheelchair, has taken up surfing. How?

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Hope To Continue On

The solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse can fly day and night without fuel. Inventors Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg hope to fly it around the world in 2015. While the plane flies all day by solar power, it gathers enough energy to be able to fly all night. When the sun rises, Piccard says, “It brings the hope again that you can continue.”

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Holy, Holy, Holy

“Time flies when you’re having fun.” This cliché has no basis in fact, but experience makes it seem true.

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New Birth

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

What is there about babies that makes us smile? Many people will stop everything at the sight or sound of a baby and will flock to gaze at the little one. I noticed this when I visited my dad at a nursing home. Though most of the residents were wheelchair-bound and suffered from dementia, the visit of a family with a baby almost unfailingly brought a spark of joy to their eyes that—tentatively at first but then undoubtedly—became a smile. It was amazing to watch.

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Shout Hallelujah!

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

A few days ago, I spied my old friend Bob vigorously pedaling a bike at our neighborhood gym and staring down at a blood pressure monitor on his finger.

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Acts Of Kindness

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

I was traveling with some men when we spotted a family stranded alongside the road. My friends immediately pulled over to help. They got the car running, talked with the father and mother of the family, and gave them some money for gasoline. When the mother thanked them over and over, they replied, “We’re glad to help out, and we do it in Jesus’ name.” As we drove away, I thought how natural it was for these friends to help people in need and acknowledge the Lord as the source of their generosity.

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Spoonful Of Sugar

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

Where is Mary Poppins when you need her? I know this sounds as if I’m longing for the good old days when cheerfully unrealistic movies featured characters like this fictional nanny, but what I’m really longing for are people with a vision for the future that is realistically optimistic. I yearn for joyful, creative people who can show us the positive side of what we consider negative, who can remind us that “just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.”

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Heaven Rejoices!

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

Joann had been raised in a Christian home. But when she went to college, she began to question her beliefs and walked away from God. After graduation, she traveled to a number of countries, always looking for happiness but never feeling satisfied. While experiencing some difficulties, she recognized that God was pursuing her and that she needed Him.

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The Discipline Of Waiting

Our Daily Bread Cover January 2014

Waiting is hard. We wait in grocery lines, in traffic, in the doctor’s office. We twiddle our thumbs, stifle our yawns, and fret inwardly in frustration. On another level, we wait for a letter that doesn’t come, for a prodigal child to return, or for a spouse to change. We wait for a child we can hold in our arms. We wait for our heart’s desire.

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19 thoughts on “The Discipline Of Waiting

  1. kupcakea23 says:

    My God my God! This spoke volumes to me! Patience is a virtue and creates undeniable trust with God exactly what I need right now! I praise God for this word!!

  2. alleycat says:

    I am waiting for my boyfriend to be released from jail. He is worth the wait as he is the best man I have ever known. God is helping him to stop using drugs so that we may have a healthy relationship. I prayed for God to heal him of his addiction. Well he is and I’m apparently needing to learn patience as that is what I’m doing on my end. Amen. Thank you God; You truly do work in mysterious ways.

  3. tiagirl says:

    Lord help me to be more patient. Help me to pray consistently and believe that you will make a way. As the song suggests, “You may not come when we want you, BUT you are ALWAYS on time.” I love you LORD :-) .

  4. wematch88 says:

    This is so fitting for me, this past year has been a true test of patience!! Yes Lord I know u were teaching me a lesson and I needed it!

  5. mimimc says:

    Waiting is good. . .

  6. aiszahsmom says:

    Wait patiently on the fruit to ripen for if you pick it while it is still ripening you will not get the blessing and will have to wait on that fruit to sprout and ripen again. Wait on that relationship to flourish and not try to pick it too soon or it won’t be ready.

  7. leafcrazycanuck says:

    Father God, I am not worthy of the discipline of patience. My desires and wants need to be fulfilled quickly or I become angry and irrational. Father, I wish to be carved into a more patient man with your help. I desire for you to mould my heart for your grace. Guide me to become a man that can wait for the things that you would provide for me as you have waited for me to become a more disciplined and loyal follower. I pray that I will journey closer to you. Thank you for you patience and your love. You have blessed me with so much.

  8. giftofgod says:

    I think I am good at waiting but maybe it is just indecision or laziness. I want to wait on you oh lord. I want to wait for your guidance. Show me what I must do.

  9. rudysmith1 says:

    May this Psalm be the desire of my heart, that I may learn true patience.
    I truly want and need to trust in You Lord God, so that I will know the new song of praise that You put in my heart!

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