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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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Hope

I actually did a Facebook Live video today for the first time. A little out of my comfort zone, but it truly was something that I was suppose to do.

I pray you are encouraged by it today.

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~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy


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My “Hope” Bush

We have lived in our home for over 34 years.  Watching our yard “grow” has been like watching our own children grow over those years.

Several years ago we experienced a “derecho” and along with many others in our area, lost trees, bushes and plants.

As we surveyed the mess, we had one little forsythia bush that was hanging on.  It looked awful. 

“Stop” I shouted over my husband’s trimmer.  “I think we can save it!” He honored my request.

Each passing spring, it looked like we should cut it down.  It just did not have much life in it.  We trimmed away the dead, as some neighborhood cats continued to target it as their personal potty home.

Yesterday was finally warm enough to get out of the house and in the yard as we “shelter in place” during this pandemic.  I walked around the yard and notices the day lilies, Easter flowers, crocus…all were peaking out to see if it was safe to emerge.

Then I saw it.  And I named it.  “The Hope Bush.”  What a strange comfort it brought me.  It was not perfect, it was tiny….but it was bloomed in the best form I had seen in years!  

Reminded me of our lives now.  It can look pretty bleak, it can feel like nothing will be the same, and it might not be.  We want to see our adult children, our grandchildren.  We may face a “new normal” that none of us will like.  

But the Father showed me a reminder of His comfort through this tiny little bush.

Don’t give up.

Stay focused on the peace that only the Father can give.  And if you don’t know that peace, hope and comfort…please allow Christ to become your Savior. He loves you.

We are in this together!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy


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Be Still and know….He's "Got It"

Do you remember when one of your kids came to you crying with a splinter and you were trying to get it out of a finger?  “Be still” were the two words out of your mouth.  Their purpose?  To make that little guy sit still so you could keep from digging that flame sterilized needle into your baby’s already pounding finger!

My little guys always were in the “know”.  They knew that their momma would get that splinter out.  If they were very still, that splinter came out quicker and with less pain. They trusted me, they knew me..I was their momma.

“Be still”…this brings quiet, calm, serenity to a very stressful time. We quit moving.  We stop.  We don’t talk, we just listen. In Hebrew grammar this means we surrender.  We surrender in order to know that God is in control as Ribbono Shel Olam, the Master of the Universe. We let go because we believe in the saving power of the Father in our lives.  We surrender, knowing that “God’s got this”.

Webster says “Know” means “to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty; To have established or fixed in the mind or memory: to know a poem by heart; to be cognizant or aware of.  The Hebrew, “yada” has several meanings, but in this passage it means “to have an intimate kind of knowledge.”

 God was assuring Israel, just as He reassures us in the middle of this hurricane!  

The winds are blowing, the storm is raging….Jesus spoke “Hush, be still” in Mark (4:39) We have literally lost our home twice to storms and it was not easy or pleasant. But we were never alone…

 May our hearts be still and know intimately, by trust that He’s “got it.”  

If I could take care of my son’s splintered finger, how much more can the Father take care of us?