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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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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

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Whether Weather

It seems as though the weather is in the news. Snow, freezing rain, ice, wind, traffic issues, schools closed, flights canceled.  

Let me be completely honest.  I am not a winter person.  I do not like cold.  I prefer warm, balmy temperatures. I will say that “when” it is snowing I think it is pretty, but that is as positive as this gal can get. Yes, I prefer summer and I am not afraid to say so.  I may belong in the deep southern half of the USA on a permanent basis.

So I looked out the window and found myself watching these three little birds. I called them Larry, Curly and Moe. They seemed to have it together.  They were flitting in and out of the ivy wall we have in our back yard.  It is very thick and the ivy has taken on a life of its own.  These boys (girls??) were getting deep inside the ivy and I would say were keeping as toasty as possible.  I was reminded of a couple of things.

Yep, Larry, Curly and Moe were just fine.  So why do I sometimes worry about my tomorrows? I am worth more than that the bird of the air.  More important to God than Larry.  More important than Curly, even Moe.

Then the second message hit me. Remember when I said that I do not like cold or snow?  Well, I thought of Paul.  You know when he wrote the church in Philippians from jail…  “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13  

And I don’t like snow.  Gees. Can I trust Him?  Can I be content?  He says I can so I just have to make that choice.

Enjoy your quiet time as the cold shuts down part of your world…and look out the window no telling what you might see!

And while being content, I might just look at some deep south pictures!! 🙂

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 ~Be Encouraged Today

Tammy


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Not Just Reading Glasses…

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It used to just be reading glasses…

Do you like to read?  I must say it is one of my favorite past times…but usually it is late at night and I fall asleep before I get through three pages!  But I still enjoy reading anything put in front of me.

There in lies the problem.  When I turned 40 my arms simply were not long enough. As time went on, I transferred from just reading glasses to the tri focal version.  And at 58, they are the first thing I grab in the morning.  They certainly amplify the words, and quite frankly, everything else I lay eyes on! All these things appear larger than they really are…but they indeed are true in image and focus.

I am so grateful for the ability to actually see better.  Looking through these glasses really gives me perspective of what I am looking at.

I contend that the Father gives us His eyes if we allow Him to do so. If we see personal problems and issues of this world through His eyes, somehow they become so much clearer.  They don’t go away and we still might not understand.  But I have found that I can deal with personal problems with much different “vision”.

Jesus gets it folks. When no one else understands, He does. He sees it with clarity, and although we may not really understand, we can always trust Him. I know from experience.

So I need my glasses. I am grateful with the “clarity” in which I now see…trust me, they help in many ways…..

Don’t tell anyone I have gotten in the shower and wondered why my eyes got cloudy!

~Be Encouraged Today

Tammy