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In The Storm

A storm was brewing—not just on the horizon but also in a friend’s home. “When I was in Hong Kong,” she shared, “the local meteorological service announced that there was a superstorm approaching. But more than the storm that was looming outside my window, there was a storm brewing at home. While my dad was in the hospital, family members were trying to balance their home and work responsibilities while also traveling to and from the hospital. They were so tired that patience was wearing thin, and the situation at home was tense.”

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Every Hardship

Like many towns, Enterprise, Alabama, has a prominent monument. But the monument in Enterprise is unlike any other. The statue doesn’t recognize a leading citizen; it celebrates the work of a beetle. In the early 1900s, this boll weevil made its way from Mexico to the southern US. Within a few years it had destroyed entire crops of cotton, the primary source of revenue. In desperation, farmers started growing another crop—peanuts. Realizing they had been dependent on one crop for too long, they credited the beetle with forcing them to diversify, which led to increased prosperity.

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Life’s Darkest Moments

Charles Whittlesey was a hero’s hero. Leader of the so-called “Lost Battalion” in World War I, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery when his unit was trapped behind enemy lines. When the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated, Charles was chosen to serve as pallbearer for the first soldier laid to rest there. Two weeks later, it is presumed that he ended his own life by stepping off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.

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Asking Different Questions

When tragedy strikes, questions follow. Our loss of a loved one may lead us to ask God any number of pointed questions: “Why did You let this happen?” “Whose fault was this?” “Don’t You care about my pain?” Believe me, as the grieving father of a teenager who died tragically I have asked these very questions.

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Crowns Of Honor

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom are stored securely and protected within the Tower of London under 24-hour guard. Each year, millions visit the display area to “ooh and aah” over these ornate treasures. The Crown Jewels symbolize the power of the kingdom, as well as the prestige and position of those who use them.

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A Call To Comfort

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

In their book Dear Mrs. Kennedy, Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis note that during the weeks following the assassination of US President John Kennedy, his widow, Jacqueline, received nearly one million letters from people in every part of the world. Some came from heads of state, celebrities, and close friends. Others were sent by ordinary people who addressed them to “Madame Kennedy, Washington” and “Mrs. President, America.” All wrote to express their grief and sympathy for her great loss.

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Pace Yourself

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

Not long ago I developed a physical problem. My left shoulder and arm were aching, I had a painful rash on my forearm and thumb, and I struggled daily with fatigue. When I finally went to the doctor, I learned that I had a case of shingles. The doctor put me on antiviral medication and said it would take several weeks for the disease to run its course.

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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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Anchors In The Storm

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

When Matt and Jessica tried to navigate their sailboat into a Florida inlet during Hurricane Sandy, the craft ran aground. As the waves crashed around them, they quickly dropped anchor. It held the sailboat in place until they could be rescued. They said that if they had not put down the anchor, “We would have lost our boat for sure.” Without the anchor, the relentless waves would have smashed the vessel onto the shore.

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Interruptions

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

My sister and I were looking forward to our holiday in Taiwan. We had purchased our plane tickets and booked our hotel rooms. But 2 weeks before the trip, my sister learned she had to stay at home in Singapore to handle an emergency. We were disappointed that our plans were interrupted.

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20 thoughts on “Interruptions

  1. imtwinrachel says:

    Thank you Lord for guiding me. Please continue to be with me.

  2. starviot says:

    Just want to share. Yday night I almost slept already, but I was touched and felt that I should send a bible verse to my aunt to encourage her. Thankfully, I woke up and sent it. I feel that she felt loved. She is not a believer yet. I am so glad that a nobody like me can be used as a vessel by God, it feels great! :)

  3. charityj says:

    It’s totally amazing when Christ does something it is immediately !! Thank you Father for being so swift in working in our lives!!

  4. Sandra Crittenden says:

    THANK YOU FATHER FOR YOUR GUIDANCE OF YOUR HANDS.

  5. timbako says:

    The Lord is always with us to talk to. Thank you Father for this privilege. We need not go too far to touch your apparel.

  6. alutik says:

    Thank you Jesus I love you continue to give me strength to resist temptation of my addictions Amen

  7. brenbak8 says:

    Lord, I woke up this morning with praise and thanksgiving on my lips. But as soon as my feet touched the floor interruption showed up. I became desponded until I began to read today’s ODB and recalled to give God thanks in everything.

  8. marcrisostomo says:

    Lord, please forgive me for the times I have questioned you and wavered in my faith for the interruptions that I encounter in my walk with You. Lord, I am the same as the woman who touched your robe. Please heal me, God.

  9. dewisght says:

    God help me to see Your purpose in my disappointment. Thank you Lord!

  10. donald25 says:

    This is an awesome ODB today
    Help me Lord to simply trust YOU…

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