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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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Believing In Advance

In a German prison camp in World War II, undiscovered by the guards, some Americans built a homemade radio. One day news came that the German high command had surrendered, ending the war. Because of a communications breakdown, however, the guards did not yet know this. As word spread among the prisoners, a loud celebration broke out. For 3 days, they sang, waved at guards, and shared jokes over meals. On the fourth day, they awoke to find that all the Germans had fled. Their waiting had come to an end.

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Whoppers Or Adventures?

My grandfather loved to tell stories, and I loved to listen. Papaw had two kinds of tales. “Whoppers” were stories with a whiff of truth, but which changed with each new telling. “Adventures” were stories that really happened, and the facts never changed when retold. One day my grandfather told a story that just seemed too far-fetched to be true. “Whopper,” I declared, but my grandfather insisted it was true. Although his telling never varied, I simply couldn’t believe it, it was that unusual.

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The Day My Dad Met Jesus

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

My grandfather, my father, and his brothers were all tough men who, understandably, didn’t appreciate people who “got up in their faces about faith.” When my father, Howard, was diagnosed with a rapid and deadly cancer, I was so concerned that I took every opportunity to talk to him about Jesus’ love. Inevitably he would end the discussion with a polite but firm: “I know what I need to know.”

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Reframing The Picture

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

For 3 months I had a ringside seat— or should I say a bird’s-eye view—of God’s amazing handiwork. Ninety feet above the floor of Norfolk Botanical Garden, workers installed a webcam focused on the nest of a family of bald eagles, and online viewers were allowed to watch.

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Promises Still Kept

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

In the ancient Near East a treaty between a superior (a lord or king) and an inferior (his subjects) was called a suzerain treaty. The ratification ceremony required animals to be sacrificed and cut in half. The animal parts were then arranged in two rows on the ground, forming an aisle between them. As the suzerain walked between the halves, he was publicly declaring he would keep the covenant and would become like the slain animals if he failed to keep his word.

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Christ In The Storm

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

At the age of 27, Rembrandt painted the seascape Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee based on the story in Mark 4. With its distinctive contrast of light and shadow, Rembrandt’s painting shows a small boat threatened with destruction in a furious storm. As the disciples struggle against the wind and waves, Jesus is undisturbed. The most unusual aspect, however, is the presence in the boat of a 13th disciple whom art experts say resembles Rembrandt himself.

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Blessed Are The Meek

Our Daily Bread Cover March 2014

One problem with the English word meek is that it rhymes with weak, and people have linked the two words together for years. A popular dictionary offers a secondary definition of meek as “too submissive; easily imposed on; spineless; spiritless.” This causes some people to question why Jesus would say, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5).

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The Wonder Of The Cross

Our Daily Bread Cover January 2014

While visiting Australia, I had the opportunity on a particularly clear night to see the Southern Cross. Located in the Southern Hemisphere, this constellation is one of the most distinctive. Mariners and navigators began relying on it as early as the 15th century for direction and navigation through the seas. Although relatively small, it is visible throughout most of the year. The Southern Cross was so vivid on that dark night that even I could pick it out of the bundle of stars. It was truly a magnificent sight!

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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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