A New Bucket List

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

Afriend told me he had recently accomplished one of the things on his “bucket list” (a list of things to do before you die) when he took his sister to Europe. Although he had traveled there many times, she had never been there. What struck me was the unselfish nature of having that goal on his “bucket list.” It caused me to wonder how many of my dreams and goals are focused on others, not on myself.

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Learning To Love

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

When Hans Egede went to Greenland as a missionary in 1721, he didn’t know the Inuit language. His temperament was often overbearing, and he struggled to be kind to the people.

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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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All Kinds Of Help

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

In the wake of the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, many people have felt strongly compelled to help. Some donated blood for the injured, some provided free lunches and coffee at their restaurants for workers. Others wrote letters of comfort or just gave hugs. Some sent gifts of money and teddy bears for the children; others offered counseling. People found ways to serve according to their personalities, abilities, and resources.

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Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

During a television news report on the plight of refugees displaced from a war-torn country, I was struck by the words of a 10-year-old girl. Despite there being little possibility of returning to their home, she showed a resilient spirit: “When we go back, I’m going to visit my neighbors; I’m going to play with my friends,” she said with quiet determination. “My father says we don’t have a house. And I said we are going to fix it.”

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Left Side Of The Road

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

Growing up in the US, I always thought it interesting that in some countries motorists drive on the left side of the road instead of the right. Then, when I was in England, I heard a London tour guide explain one possible reason for this law: “In the 1800s, pedestrians as well as horse-and-carriages used the same roads. When a carriage was on the right side of the road, a driver’s horse whip would sometimes hit a passerby. To remove this hazard, a law was passed requiring all carriages to travel on the left side of the road so the pedestrians could be kept safe.”

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Strawberry Mess

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

My husband and I had recently moved into our house when a man dropped off a large box of strawberries on our front sidewalk. He left a note saying he wanted us to share them with our neighbors. He meant well, but some children discovered the box before any adults did and had a strawberry-throwing party at our white house. When we returned home, we saw children we knew watching us from behind a fence. They had “returned to the scene of the crime” to see how we would react to the mess. We could have just cleaned it up ourselves, but to restore our relationship, we felt it was important to talk with them and require their help in cleaning our strawberry-stained house.

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A Better World

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

In one of my favorite Peanuts cartoons featuring Charlie Brown, the always confident Lucy declares, “How could the world be getting worse with me in it? Ever since I was born the world has shown a distinct improvement!”

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Promoting Unity

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

The language of Proverbs 6:16-19 is strong. In the citing of seven things the Lord hates, sowing “discord among brethren” makes the list. The reason for naming this sin is that it spoils the unity that Christ desires for His followers (John 17:21-22).

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Misplaced Love

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

Martin Lindstrom, an author and speaker, thinks that cellphones have become akin to a best friend for many owners. Lindstrom’s experiment using an MRI helped him discover why. When the subjects saw or heard their phone ringing, their brains fired off neurons in the area associated with feelings of love and compassion. Lindstrom said, “It was as if they were in the presence of a girlfriend, boyfriend, or family member.”

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18 thoughts on “Misplaced Love

  1. elziarun says:

    This daily reading made me realise how foolish I was in dedicating my time completely to the professional work and my part time business. And whenever I was free, I used to do some thing related to my part time business.

    But in this path, since many days I forgot the beauty of His Mighty Grace He shows upon me everyday when I wake up.

    I ignored to spend in my Father’s presence even though I knew that “Better is one day in His Court than thousands elsewhere!”

    Forgive me Lord and thanks for bringing me Back to you! I know the beauty and power of Your grace and Everlasting Forgiveness as I have experienced it earlier as well and I can’t afford to lose it now.
    I rejoice for the creation You have made to display Your Mighty Works to our eyes!
    I rejoice for brining me to life on this earth and will live for You and You alone so that I can fulfil Your Purpose for me in this world!

    Give me Thy strength and Wisdom to chase my dreams by becoming a blessing to more and more people so that Your Light shines in this world through all my works!


  2. krzykitten says:

    Looking back at the past few months and the things I’ve done, I feel bad for putting things and people before Him. I’ve asked for forgiveness

  3. mandyylala says:

    I have placed my current issues before god and ask that you forgive me and that I have been side track I was meant to read this today I had the app and haven’t registered and it popped up and I have been going through a hard time and that’s because I have not been communicating with him

  4. bvassallo says:

    I think i have placed my current situation before God. Lord please help me moving forward to worship and wait upon you.

    1. annwrites says:

      Hello there, I place my faith in the Lord, although sometimes I fail to thank him for the little things, or I wait until just before I start working online, or whatever I need to do to properly thank him, but I truly try to praise him, even in the bad times as well as the good. I have to admit that’s hard. I use a smart phone because it gives me accessibility with a built in screen reader, that I wouldn’t otherwise have with other phones of this tipe, but I don’t spend all my time with it. I wish each and you all the best and I am praying for the unspoken needs that are out there.

  5. wannabehumble says:

    What a wonderful word to begin the day and nourish the spirit. I was thinking of things that become our misplaced love. Sometimes we doubt ourselves and allow life to make us forget how great God’s love is for us. We begin to try to “prove ourselves” to others. Our position at work, our performance in sports, our “dedication” to being the best wife, husband, parent, friend, etc. can quickly become our mission in life. They become idols in our lives; our misplaced loves, because it makes us feel great to be great. But the feeling is fleeting and leaves us empty. I need to often stop and remind myself that my purpose is to walk with God, and trust in Him; that I am accountable only to God. God wants us to work hard with integrity and joy, but that doesn’t mean to replace our walk with Him. There is that peace that only Jesus can give me that replaces the idols of life. That’s the only thing that can make my idols melt away, and helps me focus back on God.
    Thank you msmt for your heartfelt thoughts. May the love of Jesus fill those empty spaces that creep into your heart and bless your life.

    1. wannabehumble says:

      Oops, sorry for the mistake. I needed to clarify the comment. I needed to add to it so that it reads, “God wants us to work hard with integrity and joy, but that doesn’t mean to replace our walk with things or activities that pull us away from Him.”

      I am humbled once again! :)

  6. msmt says:

    Praise The Lord!
    Today’s reading made me pause and think that we take God so lightly sometimes and give his place to other things or somebody else. I have been asking God to speak to me since last couple of days asking him why I feel deserted and alone when I have a husband who loves me with all his heart and a great family. But I can sense the Holy Spirit telling me that you have put something in place of God. I am sorry Lord for doing this and disobeying your command. Please forgive me and take your place in my heart, soul and life. It’s all your’s Daddy. Take your place please. Forgive me father.

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