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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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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?

 


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Joshua 1:9

Like so many of you, we are following all the CDC guidelines addressing this horrible virus. Due to my asthma and the severe attack I had four weeks ago, I have been keeping myself at home, for a week now.

But the last several mornings, I have woke up and for a moment thought all of this was a bad dream. Anyone else? 

This morning the same thing…but the song I woke up to was Natalie Grant’s latest song: “My Weapon”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BpirBRWGUs

“Let every lie be silenced
And all depression cease
Let every dark assignment
Bow down at Jesus’ feet

Let every curse be broken
Let every storm be tamed
And all that come against us
Be bound in Jesus’ name

Your presence is my greatest weapon
Pushing back the darkness
Breaking every chain

My worship opens up the heavens
Crushing every stronghold
When I speak Your name
Your presence is my weapon
Your presence is my weapon

Your strength will not be shaken
Your love will not back down
Death has been defeated
What can stop me now

I hold on to what You’ve spoken
You said that I am free
You’ve given me Your promise
You are my victory

Your presence is my greatest weapon
Pushing back the darkness
Breaking every chain

My worship opens up the heavens
Crushing every stronghold
When I speak Your name
Your presence is my weapon
Your presence is my weapon

Your word and a melody
Are making a way for me
You defeat the enemy
This prison is shaking now
And these walls are coming down
Your presence makes me free
I am free

Your presence is my greatest weapon
Pushing back the darkness
Breaking every chain

My worship opens up the heavens
Crushing every stronghold
When I speak Your name
Your presence is my weapon
Your presence is my weapon”

She wrote this song based on Joshua 1:9….the Lord reminded me yet again…He is Here!

Then a bird sang outside our window at the end of the song, in the dark. And stopped as quickly as he began.

Then immediately after, Focus on the Family interviewed Dr. Collins, head of the NIH, and he answered so many questions, prayed for us AND quoted Joshua 1:9

Later today I was on Facebook, and a friend is doing videos every day of scripture readings. Do you want to guess?

You were right.

His Presence is OUR WEAPON!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy