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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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Middle Age Pause?

If you know me well, this desk does not look like mine at all.

I am a planner.  I have always believed things work better if organized.  Many factors, including teaching and being married to a man that is worse(or better)than me have contributed.

So what has happened to me?  I think of something and if I don’t write it down right at that very minute I might lose it!

I “accidentally” found a book in a drawer yesterday that I don’t remember.  There it sat with my Hebrew/Greek Study Bible in a drawer.  I pulled it out with a large question mark emblazoned on my forehead.

The title? “Second Calling” by Dale Hanson Bourke.  This was not a familiar author.  “Finding passion and purpose for the rest of your life.”  Hmmmm, what perfect timing.

“But now, as we pause in our middle years, we begin to see some boundaries.”  “You are softer, gentler, wiser, and calmer than you have ever been.  You are emerging from the whirlwind of your youth and seeing the present more clearly.  You are becoming more fully and completely who you are created to be.”  Dale then goes on with the story of Naomi, not Ruth, but Naomi.

I “quit” teaching six years ago and knew what I was called to do.  I just was not sure in which direction I would be going.  It was rather frightening, but I had to trust.  

This book is not only timely and a gift from my Father, but a similar idea is on one of those dozen of pieces of papers you see on my desk. Confirmation.

I am an encourager.  That is what I am called to do.  I am back at the radio station now for almost 4 years, and now I am more confident in my writing skills.  I will just follow.

Friends….I may just be getting started.  God is not finished with me yet.  And He is not finished with you either.

Now excuse me while this “softer, wiser” middle aged person pauses and organizes her desk!!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

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Encouraging Fiction

I am so happy that “Peace in the Midst” has provided encouragement to several people.  I have had some send me private messages, and some in person.  I am not a theologian, just a lover of Christ.  Yes, this is my first published book. No, it is not perfect.  But I am so grateful that the Father has used it in the lives of people.  Truly, I am humbled.

I also realize that God gifts us in many areas, and that we choose whether or not to use these gifts for His glory.  To surrender our lives means that in all areas of life we surrender, even the very simple things.  When we indeed understand the unconditional love of God that is not a difficult task. Well, I will admit that the “little things” are harder than the bigger.

We have had a few days when several things have gone wrong at the house and in other areas.   In fact, if I were to list them you would probably laugh.  This is the reaction we have finally chosen.  After fretting over them a bit, we have turned them over as well.

So as awkward as this feels to ask, please feel free to share this post.  The more encouragement out there, the better!

~Be Encouraged Today

Tammy


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What is your “Finally”?

This scripture is pretty amazing, especially if you want to take it completely out of context!  “I love the Lord, therefore I will write a book to honor Him and it will be a bestseller and I will be able to buy a second home in Florida!”

There are a few things wrong.  First, to “take delight” in the Lord means (in the Hebrew)to bend towards, to be inclined towards [an object or person],”to delight or take pleasure in.”  

So we are pliable in His hands, we’re bending towards Him.  And our desire is to totally have the Lord be our life.  When we start looking outward, we lose it.  In other words, our desires should line up with His desires.  He is Life.   

I have been a “performance based” person in the past.  I felt like I had to perform a certain way, do tons of “good things” to gain His love.  And unfortunately, when circumstances or insecure feelings surface, I can get right back in that mindset.

So, having written a book “finally” and publishing it “finally”…made me realize that the “finally” had not occurred because of my fear of rejection.  I had to make sure my heart was truly “delighting in Him.”  The desire of my heart truly is to encourage people, and I believe that is His heart as well.

 I want to have no “earthly” expectations.  I want to trust God, submit myself to Him and His desires, not my own. Would I be thrilled to sell tons of books? Yep. And yes, I love Florida. But I don’t want it be about me, I want it always to be about HIM.

He knew 25 years ago I was not comfortable resting in Christ and my identity was not in HIM. So now is the time.

Do you have a “finally?”

Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy