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No. 13
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Our son lost his teddy when he was only four.
He screamed as though someone had died!
He was so upset.
I didn't say, "teddy is only a bit of stuffed fur, with buttons for eyes."
No, I knew that Ted was his best friend, the one he told everything to.
He loved that bear.
So we all dropped everything and searched.
We finally found Ted in the car glovebox.

When I was a child I went to a birthday party.
When we were leaving, the party girl gave out balloons to take home.
Some of them burst, and there was no balloon left for me.
I cried all the way home for a balloon.
I can remember still after all these years how my heart felt broken.
When I got home my mother didn't say,
"it was only a balloon, that's nothing."
No, she held me tight and kissed away my tears.
She knew I felt left out and rejected.

Your Father God is like that.
He doesn't look at the smallness of your problems and say,
"I am too big and important for such little things."
No, God looks at how much it matters to you.
God knows all about the small things that trouble you, and the big things too.
God cares about you so much that He even gave His Son to die for you.
You know, I believe that God would have given Jesus to die,
if you had been the only one on earth.
He would have died just for you. That is how much God loves you.
Tell God about everything.
Ask Him to help you when you are afraid or worried.
And when you are happy, tell God too, and thank Him.

"I will say of the Lord He is my refuge ( my place which is safe),
and my fortress ( God is a like a castle where I am protected) my God,
in him will I trust." (Psalm 91:2).


Corrie ten Boom was a dutch woman who was sent to a concentration camp for hiding Jews in World War II. Once she had a bad cold while she was imprisoned. She was embarrassed because she had no handkerchief.
Her sister, Betsy, said, "we will pray and ask God to give you a handkerchief."
So they did. That day a woman pushed a little parcel through a window bar at Corrie.
When she unwrapped it, there was a handkerchief inside!
Later the woman told Corrie that she had been working with goods in the storeroom and God had told her to take a handkerchief to Corrie.

You might ask why God didn't rescue those Dutch women from the concentration camp.
Well, He had a work for them to do there. They read from the Bible every day to hundreds of women. In the end they had spoken to thousands of prisoners about the Lord Jesus Christ, comforting them and bringing light into that terrible darkness. Many of those hopeless victims found salvation in Christ. All through two brave women filled with the simple message of God's love in our Redeemer Jesus.

Have you asked Jesus to come into your heart?


God's Word is alive with promises from the Lord straight to you!
Why not trust God with all your cares and claim those promises for yourself.

"Be careful (anxious) for nothing;
but in everything by prayer and supplication (humble asking) with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
(Philippians 4:6,7).

More promises for YOU:

Proverbs 3:5-8;
Philippians 4;13 & 19.
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