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The World’s Children

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

After a group of high schoolers visited an orphanage during a ministry trip, one student was visibly upset. When asked why, he said it reminded him of his own situation 10 years earlier.

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An Honest Heart

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

I came across an epitaph on an old gravestone in a cemetery the other day. It read, “J. Holgate: An honest man.”

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Listening

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

In her book Listening to Others, Joyce Huggett writes about the importance of learning to listen and respond effectively to those in difficult situations. As she relates some of her own experiences of listening to suffering people, she mentions that they often thank her for all she’s done for them. “On many occasions,” she writes, “I have not ‘done’ anything. I have ‘just listened.’ I quickly came to the conclusion that ‘just listening’ was indeed an effective way of helping others.”

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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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Determination

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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20 thoughts on “Strawberry Mess

  1. atirdbread says:

    Love this!! Thank You God!!

  2. littlewinner says:

    my husband and I read these every day and have for years to start our day… thank you for putting this out on FB as well. I wanted to share about what happened for this day…I went a little further in the reading and this is what happened… So I’m not one that likes to tell all of FB about my health ,but I do like to share what God is doing in my life… Well today I shared 2 different status . 1 was Phili 4:6-7 and one was something I read off of a calendar a friend gave me for today. If you haven’t read them yet scroll down and see… then see how God worked in my life today starting with those 2 things this morning.
    Last week I went to have a mammogram and Friday I was told I needed to come back in today at 2:00 for 2 more test as they found something. Now I’m not going to lie to you… my 1st reaction ? I felt sick to my stomach and fear started to creep in, but then God came and along with Him peace… Last night I slept like a baby ,because I knew He was in control of my life and has the perfect plan no matter what was ahead. So this morning waking up to the 2 things I just mentioned ,for me was confirmation that He was and is in control. And by the way the story I shared a couple of days ago on FB about meeting Don Klub ? That too was God showing me He is here for me … it was the day after that I found out I had this spot. So back to my story. I walked into the hospital today… the tech asked how I was doing ? I said Fantastic and you won’t find anything. She said why and I told her because it’s gone … God took it ! She just looked at me and said well lets do the test. She took 2 picture’s and then held them next to the picture of the previous ones and there was clearly something there the other day, but today ? Nothing ! So then she says the doc. wants an ultra sound done… Okay ! Again …. NOTHING !
    So yeah … I don’t put things about my health on here a lot and don’t necessarily feel that we should tell everything about our lives on here, but when it comes to a miracle and God’s grace on my life… you bet I’m going to share this !

  3. brittanydawndyck says:

    Love the message this sends out. Certain situations help us on a daily basis as to how we should respond to things by the help of the Holy Spirit. I pray to become better at good responses than bad ones. Thank you for the great insight! God Bless.

  4. snambiar says:

    He’s only through Jesus that we can rejoice always and be calm in the midst of turmoil. Thank God!

  5. hehasmeinhishands says:

    Words that I definitely needed to hear.

  6. dyun33 says:

    Having no close friends in a foreign country makes me a bit sad to realize that I don’t or can’t create any struggle.

  7. smilingfaces77 says:

    I needed this for my coworkers too thanks for sharing this.

  8. pacreary says:

    Thank you for this message, will needed” God bless!!

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