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Encouragement for Today~In today's world of swirling circumstances, we need to be reminded of how much we are loved by God.


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Grey Skies and Sunshine

I will be the first to admit that I am not terribly fond of grey days.  It seems there have been more of them this winter than usual.  At least it seems that way.

I had to run errands today and was on a parking lot lamenting yet another grey sky.

I looked up and all around was grey, grey and more grey.  I rolled the cart to the bay and turned back around saunter back to my grey-blue car.

“Look Up.”  Two simple words in my spirit that had my eyes turning up over a building.

It was there.  The sun. I even took a picture.

It was not shining brightly, nor was it truly recognizable.  But it was there.

Behind the grey, the hurting, the pain, the rain, the storm, the winds that blow….the Sun was still there.

Yes, it was hard to see.  But it was that gentle reminder I personally needed so badly.  Life can get tough sometimes, and you can feel like you are totally surrounded by grey.

But Look Up.  You might just see a glimpse behind that cloud.  

A reminder that He is right there in the midst of it all.

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

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Words of Life and Death

I have a really large head.  I mean in the physical sense.  And I have a really big mouth.  In the physical and evidently verbal sense.

Anyone share those characteristics with me?

Okay the head is a little annoying.  If I want to wear a ball cap I have to be sure and buy the kind that has the ability to be sized.  No elastic band will do.  Nope, it must be adjustable.

Now the big mouth is another thing.  The dentist and hygienist have no trouble fitting their entire hand into my mouth for cleaning or filling a cavity.  And most of the time my jaw isn’t even sore after the fact.  No struggle there.

And thankfully it is big enough that when I need to put both feet in it they fit just fine.

Just say’in.  Seems like I have done that of recent.

I have been reminded of late when Paul said …”why do I do the things I should not do and say the things I should not say?”  My version, Romans 7:19

My security in this comes in Christ.  I am surrendered to Him.

I make errors in judgement sometimes, but never with ill intent.  I would not intentionally spew out hateful words or be ugly or rude on purpose.  I certainly don’t wake up in the mornings, let my feet hit the floor and say, “hmmmm, who can I hurt today?”

I know that people who know me well know that is the case.  Even if it is unintentional and brought to my attention, an apology is offered.

Words have the ability to give life or give death.  In my weak flesh I sometimes want to choose death, but in my surrender to the Christ who lives in me I am given the ability to choose life.

Which do you choose?  And how do you choose it?

Now excuse me while I go look in my closet for a cap and a possible piece of masking tape for that mouth of mine!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy


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Nothing New


God gives each on of us gifts, callings, longings, desires.  Everyone is different and each person is used in the body of Christ to bring Him glory if we surrender.

Some people might question encouragement as a calling. 

Look around dear ones.  Turn on any newscast, open any social media app and what do you see most of the time?  Negativity.

Look at individual’s lives.  People are ill, loved ones have past on.  Families are dealing with divorces, drug addictions, alcohalism.

Some of the decisions that have been made in my state and country defy my realm of thinking.

But “nothing is new under the sun.” That is not a statement of apathy. Humans have always been humans. Do we still keep trying? Yes of course….but…..

I am reminded that as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ I have no need for despair.  

I have the opportunity to encourage people about God’s love.  

I have the opportunity to tell people about our hope in Christ.  

I have the opportunity to share God’s love with people who may never have experienced God’s unconditional love.

I have the opportunity to encourage people in the midst of their crazy lives and let them know that they are not alone.

I have the opportunity to literally help others tangibly.

I have the opportunity to express the peace, joy and rest that only is through Jesus Christ.

I have been moaning at all the things that I have been hearing.  Sometimes it seems so very hopeless.

But friends, when we encourage others, we help them know that they are not alone.  We help them remember that we are not to judge God’s love by the circumstances that swirl around us. We can show others respect, love, kindness….characteristics that seem to be missing in discussions of differences today.

We encourage others because Christ encourages us.

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy