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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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Reaching Down

I got to spend the week with my granddaughter and daughter in law recently.  I will openly admit I am totally smitten with this child.  I thought my own children taught me things…but this girl has already taught me plenty in ten months.

She is desperately trying to crawl.  When she has had enough she turns over on her back and waits for someone to pick her up.

I walked right by her the other night only to have my daughter-in-law remind me what she was waiting for.  I had walked past her and she had noticed.  It broke my heart when I realized she had be waiting on me.

I went back to her and her expression is one I will always remember.  I stood above her and put my hands out.  She got so excited.  Her sounds, her giggle, her expression is something that will stay with me forever.  

Is that how I act when the Father reaches down to pick me up?  Am I excited to be rescued out of the crazy position I have put myself in?

I do know one thing though, the love I have for this child does not compare to the love God has for His children.  He reaches down with love and cherishes His time with us more than we can possibly imagine…even more than I do with my granddaughter.

All this from reaching down and picking up our “Little Miss Sunshine.”  Trust me, I did not ignore her again.  

~Be Encouraged Today~


Tammy

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Sweet Fragrance

 

I like candles. There are a couple that I buy each and every season.  There are certain perfumes I love, and some not so much. There are sprays to eliminate foul odors in shoes, cars and carpets

Don’t you love walking through gardens smelling the delightful fragrances floating in the air? Right now honeysuckle is aloft and hits your senses with power when stepping out the door. I love peonies and saw a perfume in a magazine today of that very smell!

How about walking into your grandmother’s kitchen and smelling fresh apple pie? And who can forget freshly baked bread? And garlic….it smells great on breadsticks, well anything really.

Have you imagined a scent right now? Scents even have the ability to bring forth memories. Scents have amazing influence and impacts on our lives.

A sweet smelling fragrance has an even more permanent impact

 

A fragrance in this passage is something sweet-smelling, an odor of acquiescence, satisfaction; a sweet odor.

We are a fragrance….Christ through us! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think I stink. But in Christ, nope…I am a peonie!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy


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Temporary

Temporary

I had a temporary tattoo once.  It looked real and it was fun for a while.  Then it faded away.

The word “temporary” has been floating in and out of my head the last few weeks.  

The last few months have been one of those “seasons” of life that has not been easy.  For several reasons I have quit taking my antidepressant of 16 years.  Eleven weeks completely off today.

I have been to several doctors and had tests for some physical issues I have been dealing with for several years, worse of late.  No answers from any of them.

Then I went to my amazing chiropractor, who practices “active release therapy” and “dry needling.’  The first doctor to say he could help me!  Yes, I cried.  And even during therapy a little pain…but I knew it was “temporary.”

As I dealt with “withdrawal” symptoms, “temporary.”  As I often wake up with a new ache or pain, I hear it again.

Pain in this world is temporary.  Happiness in our lives is temporary.  We are always wanting the next thing to make us happy, or make us feel better.

But we might be looking the wrong direction.  I have decided to refocus on the eternal.  This is everlasting.  I have decided to refocus on what is within me…Christ, and HIS hope eternal.

I am not alone in this.  He confirmed it over and over with His word and confirmation from my friend and mentor one morning last week.

Everything here is temporary dear friends.  That does not mean it is not to be enjoyed.  Nor does it mean that our pain is not real….it just means it is not forever.  

And for that I am ever so grateful.

Now wonder if I can find a good tattoo artist locally?

~Be Encourage Today~

Tammy