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How to Live a Day at a Time

Updated on January 10, 2014
Bread is the platform of life. It helps us to live life well and to the fullest.
Bread is the platform of life. It helps us to live life well and to the fullest.

Bread: The Platform of Life

There's not much enjoyment comparable to having a fresh slice of home-made bread right out of the oven. The soft texture, rich scent and taste of sliced bread mingled with a bit of honey or jam is perfect with a cup of tea at breakfast. It doesn't matter what shape, size, or color; bread is a universal sustenance of human life. And no matter what time of day it is served, it adds to the meal's personal gratification.

The food pyramid lists grains (the basic element of bread) as the foundation for nutritional sustenance. The complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber all add to our body's strength and energy. Within the components are vitamins, iron, selenium, potassium, and magnesium our body needs to remain healthy. However, I would like to point out that not all breads provide this value. Consumption of "unrefined" whole grains are the most beneficial to our body.

As we have discussed, bread in the physical sense is important; but bread in the spiritual sense is life-sustaining and furnishes us with endurance for the future. It is the foundation upon which one can establish a successful outlook of life one day at a time.

Manna: What Is It?

Manna means "What is it?"  It looked like coriander seed, was white,  and tasted like honey.
Manna means "What is it?" It looked like coriander seed, was white, and tasted like honey. | Source

Interesting Trivia on Bread

  • The Hittites served bread to soldiers to ward off epidemics during times of battle.
  • In Belgium, it is believed that kneaded bread on Christmas Eve keeps the home safe from lightning strikes.
  • It is often given to newlyweds in some countries as a sign of hope in regards to prosperity and health.
  • In some Christian homes, they make the sign of the cross before cutting the bread.
  • Breaking bread is a universal sign of peace.
  • Scandinavian traditions hold that if a boy and girl eat from the same loaf, they are bound to fall in love.
  • In Russia, bread (and salt) are symbols of welcome.
  • Bread is closely tied to religious expression and communion.
  • Jewish families celebrate the coming of the Sabbath on Friday evening with challah bread.

Source: breaddaily.tripod,com; enote.com

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Manna (Bread): The Symbolism of Life and Activity

"When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it." (Numbers 11:9 RSV)

As the Bible story goes, the Israelites left Egypt for the promised land. Although they took food supplies with them, the journey through the dessert exhausted their rations. Soon they complained of hunger and the possibility of starving to death. In response to their cries, God sent them "manna" from heaven to sustain them as they sojourned.

Each morning until they reached the promised land, they gathered this grain to grind for baking and boiling into cakes of bread. The daily activity symbolized life to the people.

Revelations 2:17 refers to manna as "hidden" and incorruptible, therefore signifying the immortality of life. If one consumes spiritual bread on a daily basis, he or she should endure life's stress well and it should lead to a long life. This verse also refers to manna as "good of truth" and as a barrier to temptation.

What Kind of Bread Do We Need Today?

Jesus said, "I am the bread of life." John 6:35.

Christianity basis daily living upon the consumption of bread, usually, as an early morning ritual. This type of bread is a metaphor symbolic of reading scripture, meditating upon the words, and prayer for guidance. Christians also believe daily bread will sustain them through the difficulties of each day and will help them to grow in faith as they experience the positive results.

In general, Bread is quintessential and encompasses more than just one form of grain when referenced as sustenance for life. It comprises all pure foods or beliefs and values in support of a balanced lifestyle.

Additionally, daily bread refers to maintaining a positive attitude when dealing with life situations. It is not easy to face your day when you only see the downside of your circumstances. Facing each day with courage and optimism helps to eliminate the negativity encompassing one's daily existence.

In Numbers 11:6 the people of Israel cried out, "But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” In the same manner, we often complain about our daily "bread". It seems mundane and doesn't seem to be leading anywhere. God forbid we should have to experience such a lifestyle! I love the old song about counting your blessings one by one. Sometimes, we need to take a step back and look at all the good in our lives. The little things that we take for granted are often what makes life happy. Are you healthy? Have a roof over your head? Enjoy a family and friends that love you? Are you able to work? These are blessings enriching our daily life.

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Focus on Your Daily Bread

I have a friend with a physical disorder who always says, "I just take it one day at a time", when asked how she gets through the difficulties of her life. Her simple outlook reminds me to only seek what is necessary for today's living. No matter how bleak the future may seem, worrying about it today does not change a thing. It only distracts you from living your potential today.

Focusing on your daily bread, perhaps a piece at a time, will help to keep things in perspective. Sometimes looking at the whole loaf, instead of viewing it in slices, will overwhelm you and you may miss the small details that make it a chef-d'oeuvre.

Know what you can accomplish in one day. Making lists helps, but you may discover the items are numerous and often are left unchecked. Reexamine your list for priorities and take a realistic approach to what is absolutely necessary for today's schedule. Chew it slowly and well - you don't want indigestion from trying to eat too much too fast!

Tips for Living a Day at a Time

Physical Bread
Mental Bread
Spiritual Bread
Get a good night's sleep.
Communicate and express your thoughts, especially when you have difference of opinion, but agree to disagree.
Laugh often.
Establish healthy eating patterns.
Listen to yourself - change the negativity to positive thoughts.
Love the special people in your life with enthusiasm.
Exercise daily.
Decide to have a positive day - every day!
Pray often - meditate upon the good in life. Build your faith.
 
Surround yourself with positive people who will support your view of life and efforts to live well.
Recite scripture, quotes, phrases that remind you life is good.

© 2012 Dianna Mendez

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I loved the background and a bit of history here. Also some really great tips about taking it one step and moment at a time each day to maintain your daily life. Thanks for sharing Dianna and have of course voted up and shared, too!!

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      elle64 4 years ago from Scandinavia

      What a wonderfull hub- that has so many excellent points-thanks

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi teaches, this was a beautiful read, voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. Juat the thing for the day after Xmas! Lovely thoughts and well written! Shared!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The mantra of us alcoholics....one day at a time! I have no choice but to do this; I never want to return to the hell from which I came. Great message, Dianna!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Janine, Elle, Joan, and Bill. My theme for the coming year is to live one day at a time. I think life is to be enjoyed in increments, slowly savoring the flavor of the moment and basking in what you have at hand. Things always come out exactly as needed when you look at life this way. Faith and prayers wrap it all up as a gift for the present day. Blessings to each of you in the New Year. Be well and safe out there -- especially if you are in the storm here in the midwest!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I should probably read this hub everyday. But I have to include the concept of cake as bread. Does that work?

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      What a beautiful, awesome hub! I love bread, too - homemade bread, ahh. But, I love your perspective and what you have to offer here. I need to exercise more. ;)

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      Denise W Anderson 4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      What a great analogy! We all need to focus on getting our physical, spiritual, and mental bread daily to keep our lives in proper perspective. The Savior said that he is the bread of life. Striving to live our lives with him at the center will fill us to overflowing!

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I loved the analogy and metaphor; “In general, Bread is quintessential and encompasses more than just one form of grain when referenced as sustenance for life. It comprises all pure foods or beliefs and values in support of a balanced lifestyle,” and the tips on living a healthy and balanced life. Excellent hub. Voted up and sharing. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Eric, bread can be shaped into cakes, add some raisins, cinnamon and nuts for added value. It's versatile like life.

      Cyndi, exercise is on top of my list, too. Need to get those Christmas pounds off!

      Denise, the body, mind and spirit all need daily nourishment to keep us balanced.

      Thanks to each of you for stopping by and have a safe and lovely evening.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Genna, thanks for your support. Living on daily bread is what I am learning to do. Enjoy your day, dear friend.

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Good morning teaches.

      Very beautifully said.

      I recite every morning Jerimaiah 29:11, 2 Corinthians 9:8, and Philipeans 4:4-7 as if that is our beloved talking with me. Igive thanks and am grateful for His generousity every day.

      May God bless you with a great big delicious loaf of bread every day.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      TeacherJoe, I thank you for the blessing -- daily bread in abundance! Your daily scriptures will keep you strong.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for your good counsel. " no man should enter upon any great or important undertaking without invoking the blessing of God"- masons

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Wise words to live by, Mhatter. Thanks for adding flavor to the topic. Blessings!

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Great hub and I'm working on living one day at a time! :)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love your suggestion to live one day at a time, Dianna, and to seek support from the beliefs or people that are important to us. Your suggestion to use a short, manageable 'To Do" list is excellent too. My lists are always too long, and as you say, many items have to stay unchecked!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for the fascinating details about our daily bread, Dianna. The information about the Swedish custom is particularly intriguing. That flat bread pierced with a hole when a daughter is born that is later served and eaten at her marriage. How did they preserve it for that long before the art of freezing food was invented? Just wonderin'.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow! Very nice article!

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      Amelia Ella 4 years ago from LA, California

      yes exactly bread is a plate form of life . it is our basic need of life...

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Stephanie, Drbj, Alicia, Careermmy, thank you for your support and reflection on the topic. It's good to hear that you all embrace each day with positive outlook and use good methods to keep your day focused.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ella, bread is sustaining to our life - especially when we speak of it in the spiritual and physical sense. Thank you. Enjoy your weekend.

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      formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Teaches12345, taking life one day at a time is good advice. Happy Holidays!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Living a day at a time..why not...None of us realize most of the time anyway...how short an experience our time on earth is... We all get caught up in daily issues, worry, etc....kinda silly. ...well today..forward a day at a time. wonderful experience reading your hub. Up and share.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      One day at a time is the best thing to do with faith in our hearts and prayers on our lips. The source of confidence is the good Lord. Great hub voted up.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good Afternoon Teaches - Great hub and great suggestions for "Living Well" a day at a time. :) Happy New Year!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Formosangirl, Carol, Vellur, Phdast, for your views and support of the topic. Live each day well and with great enthusiasm. Blessings. You are all such wonderful hubbers and friends.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Bread is an interesting study and you've given some good food for thought here. Thanks for a thoughtful pause on New Year's Day.

      Purposing to live a day at a time according to the Bible is a wise plan for many reasons, but the most important may be that it frees us to lean hard on the Lord regarding the burdens we have and the uncertainty about the future even as we enjoy our relationship with Him!

      Trust you will have a wonderful year!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for the insightful and positive reflection, RTAlloni. I agree with your thinking on the daily relationship with our Lord. Be blessed in 2013!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I try to live just one day at a time. I liked all your choices in your poll, but I couldn't decide on just one! I could have answered: all of the above.

      I give thanks every day for my blessings. I do hope you will have a wonderful and Happy New Year.

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      Naomi's Banner 4 years ago from United States

      This Hub is excellent. Great information. I love the way you give nutritional information and tie it in with biblical information as well as interesting historical facts.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mary, glad you found the secret to living one day at a time. Your positive attitude and faith show through in your writings. Thanks for the support and well wishes for 2013.

      Naomi, thanks for the support and reflection on this hub. I appreciate your feedback and visit. Have a wonderful New Year and be blessed in your journey.

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      Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

      Very beautiful. I do think our bread is suppose to remind us of the body of Christ each and every time we eat it. Your words here seem to go along with that. ^

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      What a great hub to start the year--enjoying the bread in our life--physical, mental or spiritual. I'm glad that the Eternal bread of life is always there to nourish and give sustenance. Have a great year ahead. Enjoy your daily bread.

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      BDhire 4 years ago

      great hub :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This is great and so true. sometimes its good to step back and see what we have is amazing, wonderful words, and voted up and shared! nell

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This is an awesome hub and you explained everything so well, using the Bible and how to focus. Great way to start the new Year. Voted up and awesome!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      This soul searching analysis around bread makes me ponder into the value of life. I'm not much familiar with Christian philosophies, however, in my culture and faith food is thought to be God. There is even a mantra in the Veda which says God enters in human beings through food.

      Happy New Year

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Thank you for this Hub. I tend to worry a lot about the future. Your words have given me pause to concentrate on what's in front of me instead of fretting about tomorrow. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Linda, I am learning to live one day at a time and it helps me focus better for the future. Glad to hear it helped you as well. Enjoy your day!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Polly, I agree Christ is our daily bread and provides the strength we need to live well. Thanks!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ang, your comment is sweet and much appreciated. Eternal life is based upon our daily bread sustaining us.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks, Stephanie, for visiting and your support. Have a great day.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      BD, thanks for your support. Have a great day!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A great hub. To live one day at a time is excellent advice. I saw a quote recently that read 'Never borrow sorrow from tomorrow'

      There is no point in worrying about what hasn't happened yet, as long as we live well today tomorrow will take care of itself.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Rosemay, I like the quote you stated - very true. If we focus on tomorrow, we miss the important steps of today that get us there. Thanks for your insightful add to the topic. I hope your New Year is going well. Take care, friend.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Diana, Very useful tip for living a day at a time, Wishing you a very happy and blessed new year 2013. Thank you

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for your words of encouragement and visit here, Girishpuri. I also wish you a very blessed New year in 2013. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

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      the girls 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Your spiritual bread is the best of all... Blessings to you :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      The girls, I agree -- spiritual bread keeps the whole body balanced. Thanks for your inspiring visit. Keep well and safe. God bless you.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      We have to cherish each day as it comes, and all things, no matter how small. Thanks for sharing this, Dianna, and it's a very, very well written.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Midget, good to see you here. Glad I got your positive message before signing off tonight. Thank you and cherish each day! Blessings.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Daily nourishment is so important for our body, mind and spirit. This uplifting hub, voted up and shared.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is filled with so much truth of the breads of our life. My mantra and my daughter's mantra is: live today. We have learned that is the way to embrace the sun's rising each day. Another part to that is: every day is a gift. We have learned that the gift of life each day is all that we are given. We are given 24 hours and trying to second guess any further is a bit out of reach as these 24 are, first of all, enough to handle and second, are all we have to work with.

      Voted up ++

      Sending Angels your way and Happy New Year :) ps

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sherry, bread is so essential to our daily walk. It sustains us for the long journey ahead. Your visit is much appreciated.

      PS, your outlook of living one day at a time is the best way to approach living. Each day is a solid step into the future and should be our focus so that we are able to keep moving ahead. Thank you for adding to the topic here.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Awesome! Very motivating. Voted up and sharing!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for your sharing and visit, Livingsta. It is a standard I am living daily. Have a great day.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      That's a great way to live life - one day at a time and focusing on the positive.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      "Give us this day our daily bread"....your hub is a perfect match to this line in the Lord's prayer...whether that bread be food for our body or our soul.

      It is so easy to say you've made this a teaching moment ;)

      A pleasure to read, this hub is filled with reminders about not only living one day at a time, but being thankful for what we have each day.

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great hub! Beautifully explained. A great reminder of what we should all be doing. I wrote a hub a while back about my mantra, One Day at a Time! I'm going to link this to it! Nice job!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mlionaire, sometimes one day is all I can handle. :)

      Till, I think at times I am"teaching" myself and writing just reinforces the truth.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Victoria, I think I remember your post. I will scoot over there and backlink it to mine. :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Excellent advice. We should start the year with a wonderful metaphor such as this. We all need our daily bread to sustain us. It may be of different types and flavors, but there must be sustenance or we wither and die. So well done. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Cyndi, your words are flavored with wisdom. Thanks for adding to the content.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a beautiful hub, Dianna. I love homemade bread, or warm bread just out of the oven, like the biscuits I made for tonight's dinner. It triggers the emotional feeling of safety and stability.

      Loved the historical information here, especially in the sidebars, and the religious references. Thanks so much for sharing this. Rated UP/A/I

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Denise, I love bread warm out of the oven also -- but have to limit my physical intake to a slice or two a day. Guess that's alll we need. Thanks for your visit and feedback on the article. Have a great weekend. Blessings.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hey sweet lady.. can i choose all the above?lol.. love this hub.. I am posting on prayer request page on hub..

      Jesus is the bead of life.. isn't that awesome

      you are such a wonderful person

      i love your heart

      God bless you

      sharing

      Debbie

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      Dahlia Flower 4 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful! I really liked your graph, too. It's perfect.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Deborah, you are a sweet lady too! Thanks for the encouragement. Enjoy your weekend and God bless you.

      Dahlia, your visit and comment here is very much appreciated. Stay well and safe.

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      Sherri Tuck 4 years ago from Virginia

      We seldom think about the importance of bread to our lives. What a great Hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sherri, we do tend to forget what it is that helps us get through a day successfully. Great insight on daily bread! Thanks. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thank you for this reminder of Our Daily Bread on so many levels. There's a wonderful, inspiring book along the same lines, "Becoming Bread," by Gunilla Norris. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sid, thank you for suggesting the book by Norris. I am going to the bookstore this week and will look it up (or on Amazon). I am making the daily bread concept a theme for my life this year. I really am impressed with living simply on what is given for the day to walk into the future. I value your opinion and appreciate your visit here today. Blessings.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      I think I really need to chew it carefully. I am thankful for your hub it is really a great reminder to slow down in life. Sometimes I forget to appreciate the goodness around me and live life each day.

      Your hub is very much appreciated.

      Have a great day! :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Ignugent, living life a day at a time takes dedicated practice and commitment. I am also chewing slowly on the concept so that I can life life fully each day. I appreciate your thoughts and insight to the subject. Have a great weekend.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fab hub Treach!! I find laughter even where others might not see it. I avoid negative nellies and debbie downers. One day at a time. Is there any other way? :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      No other way to live, Linda -- only a day at a time. Laughter is the best outlook and medicine for each of us. Enjoyed your visit and thanks for the support. Have a great week!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Teaches, I never knew there was so much to learn about "bread." :) Wonderful information and fantastic advice. You are a teacher in so many ways.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Terrye, they say bread is the staff of life and I'm beginning to see how much this is true in mine. Thanks for the feedback and your support. Good to see you here today. Be well and safe in 2013.

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      teaches, what a great topic for stretching our thinking. How many ways you layed out to appreciate bread and its benefits of nourishment and life. I think of the part in the Disciples Prayer .. "Give us this day our daily Bread." We need the Bread of Life to sustain us in all the ways that you covered in this hub.

      How I love the 'word' .. it is my sustanance and through it I am fed and strengthened to be more like the Him.

      Voted Up and Awesome!

      God Bless YOU!

      Mekenzie

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mekenzie, what a pleasure to see you here today, friend. I do love fresh, homemade bread, but the spiritual bread of heaven is even more sustaining for me. I agree, we do need it in all ways. Be blessed in your journey today. Thanks for your support.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi teaches12345,

      It is such an inspirational piece and positive attitude when dealing with life situations is what we need most of the times. Thanks for reminding us to be content with what we have. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Glad you found the post helpful, Dwachira. I am learning to be content with my daily bread. Thank you for your feedback. Have a terrific day!

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Simply beautiful teaches12345!

      Reminds me of the popular Christy Lane's song:

      'One day at a time sweet Jesus

      That's all I'm askin' of you

      Just give me the strength

      To do every day what I have to do

      Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus

      And tomorrow may never be mine

      Lord, help me today, show me the way

      One day at a time.'

      Sometimes we are overwhelmed by what life dishes at us, but if we could just leave it all in God's hand and let Him lead the way, then breaking the bread daily becomes easy.

      Thanks, for this great piece. Voted up and beautiful.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      I love it! What a wonderful Hub. What a lovely and needful message. Thank you very much for this edifying daily bread. Well done!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Comfort, for your expressive thoughts that add to the content's value. Breaking bread in pieces is what it's all about. Have a blessed day, dear one.

      James, I appreciate your comment and feedback here. Good to see you stop in. Blessings, dear friend.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I think trying to take life a day at a time is great advice. It is really difficult, but it is worth it! I especially like your suggestions for daily mental and spiritual 'bread.'

      I hope your 2013 is the best year yet.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Natasha, thanks for your feedback and reflection of the post. I am learning to take a day at a time, it is difficult indeed! Have a wonderful and blessed 2013.

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      Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Wonderful hub! Voted up and beautiful. Every January our church goes on a fast to set the focus for the new year. It can be done in a variety of ways but the ultimate goal is for each of us to spend more time with the Lord. Your hub reflects those sentiments so well. :)

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      teaches, sister I love it. You are such a blessed writer, always encouraging. God shines in you my dear friend and you are precious. What an awesome reminder that you have shared. May God continue to share His truths through you. Keep going girl. Phil 4:13 My Love, Skye

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      beautiful hub, Dianna. I loved the comparison with bread. Well said, if the bread is baked daily, it is good for the mind and body. Thoughts if kept positive and crisp, will keep us healthy too.

      Loved your hub. Giving it votes and useful, interesting, beautiful and awesome!

      Sharing it across

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sinea, I like your church's tradition; what a great way to set goals for a new year. Thanks for your add to the thought on this post.

      Skye, thank you for such positive, loving support. I pray that many will find how beneficial it is to take each day as it comes. The future will happen based upon the steps you take in the present. God bless you. Love you back, sister.

      Ruchira, it is amazing how bread benefits the entire person isn't it? Keeping it positive, crips and healthy is the truth in living a balanced life. I appreciate your support, votes and sharing. Have a beautiful day living in all good things. Blessings.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Change the negativity to positive thoughts, you have said in here. That's so important when we're facing big hurtles or long drawn-out hurtles. What a difference our attitude makes if we can, as you've said in here, listen to ourselves. And when our attitude is positive, our faith can be stronger.

      Wonderful thoughts for us to think upon. Voting up, beautiful and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Pamela, I learned a good while back that my negativity prevented me from having healthy relationships. I have adapted my views to hear myself speaking -- it helps. Thanks for your postive support and visit. Be well and strong. Blessings!

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Lovely, thoughtful, creative and interesting! Voted up & awesome! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Suzanne, so good to see you here. I appreciate your support. Stay well.

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      Carla J Behr 4 years ago from NW PA

      Interesting hub - I have always thought that bread represented so much more than food to us as evidenced by the story of manna in scripture that you shared. Lovely! Thank you for sharing. Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Carla, I have come to believe this as well -- bread is more than just food. Thanks for validating the topic and for your support. Be well and safe.

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      Such a beautiful, wise, inspiring hub! Thank you for sharing your daily bread with us! I love this hub, and so appreciate your intention behind it.

      Blessings,

      Reba

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Reba,

      Daily bread is what keeps me going. Glad you came in to visit and were inspired. Keep warm and safe.

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      AnnaCia 4 years ago

      teaches12345, what a wonderful and refreshing article to read. At this moment, when I need from that bread more than ever, I face your words and the importance of the daily bread in my spiritual, mental and physical life. I have been allowed to have daily bread in so many stages in my life and I am so grateful. I will always come back to this hub whenever I need to be reminded again that way I can keep reexamining all I have. Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Anna, so glad to hear how much this article has touched your life. It is my theme for this year, extended forever perhaps. Thank you for your positive feedback and visit. God bless you!

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Dianna - This is a wonderful, encouraging, and nurturing Hub, rather like the daily bread you write about so meaningfully and eloquently. Thank you. This was a wonderful way to start my day. Theresa

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Theresa! Bread first thing in the morning is always a boost to any day. Glad you found it encouraging and nurturing. Your visit was sweet and so refreshing to me. Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A useful message beautifully and powerfully sent across. Voted up and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Good day, Rajan! So glad the message is one that hits home with many readers. You have a wonderful week, friend. Thank you for stopping in to visit.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Great message and so true. Each day is truly a gift to be savored.

      voted up and shared.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Each day is a gift that should be cherished. I'm sure you know how to do this well, Cathy. Hope you are having a wonderful week. Blessings, friend.

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      Koralee Phillips 4 years ago from Vernon British Columbia Canada

      Great advice for living life. You have covered all the basis for how to live a happy life. Physically, mentally and spiritually. Great Job! Voting up and sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Koralee, thank you for the support and feedback on the post. I am applying this principle to my daily living and so far this year it has proven very helpful and a blessing.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Dianna, this was very well written and I love the reference to the Daily Bread meaning a positive take on life's circumstances. Thanks for sharing!

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      Frank Slovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      The Bread of Life is the Word of God. Laughing will not get a person to heaven..Jesus said I am the way and the truth and the life no one comes to the Father except through me....Scripture is meant to be read and studied in its entirety. Thanks you made me think of Jesus...

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Midget,

      FSlovenec,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this post topic. Living one day at a time is what works for me, stepping out in faith daily. Hope you are both doing well. Blessings!

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      justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

      Good concepts! Voted up and interesting! :)

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Dianna - Not only a good way to begin a day (the first time I read it), but a wonderful and nourishing way to end this day. It was good to see this come through the feed again. Hope you have a wonderful week. Blessings! Theresa

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Suzanne, thank you for coming by. I try to live this out, it makes life positive. Stay safe and well.

      Phdast7, Thanks for the comment. I am glad it helps others to gain some insight on how to life life with hope. Take care and enjoy your week.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Since there is nothing new from you to read, I came back to this hub again.

      In our culture, there is much emphasis t0 rice. We use rice as staple food as well as a worshiping requisite.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 3 years ago from USA

      A great hub teaches12345. Voted beautiful.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Vinaya,

      Journey,

      Thank you for the beedback on this post and support. It is always good to reflect on what makes our daily lives better. Keep positive.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Life has a way of saying 'not so fast' when we try to rush through doesn't it? One day at a time is the perfect view. ^

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Jackie, life does pass by quickly and we have to learn slow down to really chew on what is the foundation that keeps us balanced. Blessings, dear lady.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Forgot to say how I admire any teacher who listens to The Teacher; so sharing hoping more will enjoy this.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this Hub. I have learned over the years that I get the strength to face each day on that very day and not a minute sooner. I do not need next Thursday's strength until next Thursday. When I remember to simply do what is front of me to do, my day goes smoothly. Thanks again! Voted up!

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Teacher12345, good advice, well expressed.

      To paraphrase Mary Oliver:

      Tell me, what is it you plan to do

      with this one wild and precious day?

      Bedtime prayer: "So far, so good; thank you." Arising in the morning prayer: "Not dead yet; please guide me today, holy spirit, one moment at a time."

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Jackie, always learning...teacher's motto! You take care, sweet lady.

      Kathleen, one step at a time, as you say-- it balances your life. Be well and strong today.

      B, your simple prayers express it well-- be thankful in the little things God grants you. Blessings!

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      georgescifo 3 years ago from India

      Really inspirational hub, both spiritually and physically..Thanks a lot.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This hub is oozing with positivity and you break it down to very simple terms on how to make the best of each day.

      A great guide here, Dianna. Thanks!

      voted up and sharing on facebook.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      "Chew it slowly and well ". How well-said. Also, reading, quoting and pondering over the wisdom contained in the scriptures is so important and insight-opener. This hub is so educating and elevating that I wish it to be read by billions of people. You have beautifully stressed on the greatness and glory of such a simple thing as a bread. Great article. Voted up with all my heart and soul. :-)

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is a beautiful reminder of the focus we should have in our daily walk. I've been going through a lot of stuff lately with my son who has special needs. Over the course of two years, I have been battling an epic war to make sure my son's needs are met at school.

      Throughout it all, I wouldn't be able to stand up through my exhaustive efforts if I didn't have faith.

      Your friend sounds like a smart cookie! I live by that motto as well. Each day brings new challenges. I have faced many alarmists that try to put urgency on future things, but yet fail to realize what's important for today.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I, too, have made it a point to live one day at a time. The best way for me to do this is to focus on being grateful. And I am grateful for you Dianna. I glean so much from each of your tremendous hubs. This one is no exception. I've learned from reading this article, that there are different meanings for the word 'manna.' When I read from the Holy Bible, I am spiritually fed. How blessed I am to realize this.

      Thank you so much for teaching me so much. Beautiful blessings to you, my friend. Voted up and across (not funny) and sharing in all the right places. ~ Audrey

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I really like the Bread of Life example you give here. This reminds me of that saying I love so much. The "present" is a gift, that is why it is called a present. Thanks for a good way to begin the day!

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      Tim Mitchell 3 years ago from Escondido, CA

      A challenge of commenting without causing the rise to fall of what is baked. A jest . . . a truth? The title offers opportunity of exploring solutions and this article presents those uniquely. I enjoyed and too, received much more once when read than expected.

      tim

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      What a beautiful and meaningful article. I try and live one day at a time, and I give thanks for each and every day.

      I like your comparisons between the different breads of life. Well done.

      Voted UP, etc.etc.

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      Donna Kristine 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What a wonderful article. I like the Bread of Life example. God provides for us on a daily basis - His daily bread. Voted Up!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Tsmog,

      Mary,

      Kristine,

      Thank you for your comments and feedback on this article. I am so glad it provided you inspiration. Blessings.

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      Janellegems 3 years ago from United States

      I loved that you used the concept of bread to show how we need God, prayer, His Word to live one day at a time and the difference between physical bread, spiritual bread and mental bread. Great tips. Excellent Hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Daily bread is what keeps us strong, especially when it is spiritually focused. God bless you, Janellegems.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm back for a second read and reminder to live one day at a time. (At times it's even one hour at a time.) I, at my age, have no time for negativity. I respect what time I have left and will focus on joy, fun, being positive and being grateful. And, dearest Dianna - I'm so grateful for you and all that you teach me. Hugs~Audrey

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Just ran across this in the feed. What a great way to start the week! Hope it's a good one for you. Voted up and sharing!

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      Luis E Gonzalez 3 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Really nice. Glad I finally found it!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub and beautifully done!

      I loved the way you equated bread with life. And the tips you provided in the table are so appealing and so practical.

      Thanks for this interesting and inspiring hub!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I don't know how I missed this hub teaches but truly enjoyed reading it today..such a necessary mantra for life & work.. Cheers..

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      The concept of living one's daily life and connecting it to daily bread is a very useful way of getting your message across. I love bread, all types. Getting your day together spiritually with bread is a connection that should be easy to do with bread lovers:)

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very inspiring and good timing for me. It's been a trying several months, but I live a day at a time and, when that seems overwhelming, I concentrate on moment by precious moment. Thanks for the reminder of the spiritual connection to bread. Very glad I found this today!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Audrey,

      Heidi,

      Luis,

      ChitrangadaSharon,

      Carter,

      Grand Old Lady,

      Susan,

      Thank you for your kind remarks and visit. I hope each of you grows stronger each day as you learn to live on the true bread of life.

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      rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

      What an awesome encouraging hub :) I love this :) Just one day at a time :) Keep being a blessing!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I keep his motto in mind each day. It's the best way to keep things in balance. God bless you, RD.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Dianna, this is a strong article that teaches about living life in a spiritual way. To be able to write this so well, you have to be living it on a daily bases yourself and that does shine through. - Inspiring!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Colorfulone, I am glad you found the article inspiring. I try to live my life one day at a time depending upon the daily bread to sustain me. Thank you for the words of encouragement. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday.

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