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Power Of Simplicity

Few people take time to study the US Internal Revenue Service income tax regulations—and for good reason. According to Forbes magazine, in 2013 tax codes surpassed the four million-word mark. In fact, the tax laws have become so complex that even the experts have a hard time processing all the regulations. It’s burdensome in its complexity.

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Difficult People

In the book God in the Dock, author C. S. Lewis describes the kind of people we have trouble getting along with. Selfishness, anger, jealousy, or other quirks often sabotage our relationship with them. We sometimes think, Life would be much easier if we didn’t have to contend with such difficult people.

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A Shared Bond

When I needed a locksmith to get into my car, I had a pleasant surprise. After he arrived and began opening my little Ford’s door, we began chatting and I recognized his warm, familiar accent.

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Family Trademarks

The Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland, are known for their beautiful sweaters. Patterns are woven into the fabric using sheep’s wool to craft the garments. Many of them relate to the culture and folklore of these small islands, but some are more personal. Each family on the islands has its own trademark pattern, which is so distinctive that if a fisherman were to drown it is said that he could be identified simply by examining his sweater for the family trademark.

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Looking For Zacchaeus

Alf Clark walks the city streets looking for Zacchaeus. Well, not the actual one in the Bible—Jesus already found him. Alf and some friends who serve with an urban ministry do what Jesus did in Luke 19. They go purposefully through town to meet with and help those in need.

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Small Ways In Small Places

Often I meet with people who serve in what they think are seemingly small ways in small places. They are frequently discouraged by loneliness, feeling that their acts of service are insignificant. When I hear them speak, I think of one of the angels in C. S. Lewis’ book Out of the Silent Planet. He said: “My people have a law never to speak of sizes or numbers to you. . . . It makes you do reverence to nothings and pass by what is really great.”

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“No Grace”

I have nicknamed our car “No Grace.” Sunday mornings are the worst. I load the car with all the stuff I need for church, get myself in my seat, close the door, and Jay starts backing out of the garage. While I am still getting settled, the seat belt warning starts buzzing. “Please,” I say to it, “all I need is another minute.” The answer, apparently, is no, because it continues buzzing until I am buckled in.

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Focus On The Process

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

In William Zinsser’s book On Writing Well, he says that many writers suffer from “the tyranny of the final product.” They are so concerned with selling their article or book, they neglect learning the process of how to think, plan, and organize. A jumbled manuscript, Zinsser believes, is produced when “the writer, his eye on the finish line, never gave enough thought to how to run the race.”

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Do No Harm

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

Many consider the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates as the father of Western medicine. He understood the importance of following moral principles in the practice of medicine, and is credited with writing the Hippocratic Oath, which still serves as an ethical guide for today’s medical doctors. One key concept of the oath is “to do no harm.” It implies that a physician will do only what he thinks will benefit his patients.

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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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