Category Archives: Spiritual Encouragement

An Ear Cuff and my Big Head

I have an enormous head. No, not “that” kind of large head…literally, the circumference of my head is so large that if I wear a ball cap, it must have that adjustable part in the back. I am pretty sure it is genetic, but I won’t share which other family members have one too.

But, my ears are relatively small in comparison. Since I am a cool, 61-year-old grandma with a short, sassy haircut that is my natural color and curl, my ears show. And they need adornment in my humble opinion. Haha.

I have a couple of piercings, but instead of a third… I opted for “ear cuffs.” I figure my ears can draw all the attention away from my big head.

All that introduction to tell this story. While running errands today, I came out of a store and took off my mask. I got into my car and flipped down the visor…and low and behold…the left ear cuff was missing. I had lost it somewhere in the store or walking out of it.

I talk to the Father all the time and so I mentioned, “the only way I can find this is if you put that little cuff right in front of me, Lord.” I kept my head down looking as I walked in the store.

I went back to the counter. Nothing.

I retraced my steps. Nothing.

I retraced them again. Nothing.

I headed out the door, figuring that ear cuffs just weren’t meant to be part of my adornment.

I looked down as I went out the very door I had just went in…and there it was. A small ear cuff…waving at me to pick it up.

Many of you are scoffing right now at the fact that my heavenly Father would take the time to help me find this little piece of jewelry. A sheer coincidence, you might be saying. After all, He is dealing with wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, lawlessness, and other things a little more important than my ear cuff.

The best part is that I would not have been upset if I had not found it. I was careless and did not secure it enough on my little ear. A consequence of my own behavior.

But, I learned a long time ago that you cannot put God in a box. Neither can you put Him above it, over it or under that box. You cannot put Him in finite terms, after all…He is infinite. You cannot assume that He is too busy for you and the little things in your life.

He had time for me today. It was a small gesture, allowing my eyes to see the very thing that I had looked for five minutes earlier.

He loves me. He loves you. He is a personal God, and He has time for you today. Even amid your chaos in this fallen world… and even if you don’t find your ear cuff.

Someone needs this today.

Winter Gum Balls

What do you see when you look at this tree?

Some see an almost barren, winter gum ball tree.  A representation of the season that is not a favorite of mine.  All I have to do is mention “gum balls” and everyone knows it has no value other than its ability to produce a seed ball that can get in lawn mowers and shoot out at ankles causing a deep gash, depending on the distance and speed of its trajectory! And forget walking barefoot.

Yet others see a chance to recharge, a chance to rest in a way that will bring the beauty of spring and renewal. All the while still seeing the irritating gum balls.

Now look closely.

I saw something in this lonely looking tree that I have never seen before.  

Ever.  

And I have looked at that tree for over 35 years.

Yellow Birds.

Dozens of yellow birds, picking out the seeds from those dreaded gum balls!  I always wondered where my precious yellow birds went in the winter, and would wait patiently each spring to see my first one. Were they always in my front yard and I was too busy to see them?(That’s another post for another time!)

My “yellow bird” or American Goldfinch has come to mean a lot to me through the years.  To make a long story very short, this bird has become my own personal rainbow. https://yelobrd777.com/2015/03/10/whats-your-personal-rainbow/

I know that God is very personal, and “yellow bird” has shown up over and over when I have needed him too.  This day I described was no exception.

Except I wasn’t looking.  The most I have ever seen together.  My heart has been emotionally broken for several reasons of late and I have been praying for so many serious issues…on the very day they showed up!

Is your heart broken too?

What’s the big deal? It is just a coincidence.

I feel differently. It was if God reached down and gave me His love in a way in which I was not expecting on a cold, blustery day in January.  He reminded me that He was here with me and had not left nor forsaken me.  

And in an irritating gum ball tree that I thought had no purpose at all.  Looks like the birds thought differently.  

And the Father did too.  He uses all situations, no matter how uncomfortable, how frustrating, how misunderstood… for His glory and He builds my faith.

What is your yellow bird?

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

New Book Release!

What a whirlwind! Just one more post about my latest book.

I released my third book on November 8, 2020 with Amazon Publishing.

I was bound and determined to get this second book in the UNEXPECTED GIFT series published before our second granddaughter’s birth and did so. She was born healthy and happy on November 15.

I just got back from Arizona a couple of weeks ago. It had been over a year since visiting because I became very ill the last time I was there with Valley Fever. I was given permission to go back from my ID Doctors, and finally felt well enough to travel. This disease is brutal, and the anti-fungals are not too much better, but they are doing their job. I fell ill September 2020. This disease will never leave, but we continue to pray it goes dormant.

What a joy it was to meet our newborn granddaughter and see our three year old granddaughter. I plan to go back in March if my health continues to improve.

“Take Heart” Book 2 in the UNEXPECTED GIFT SERIES Book 1 is “Peace in the Midst.”

It is based on the scripture John 16:33…

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous; I have overcome the world.”

My pen name is T.W. Allgaier and all my books can be found on Amazon.

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Take-Heart-Unexpected-Gift-Book/dp/B09LGW2WRK/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3D70E7PRETVXZ&keywords=tw+allgaier&qid=1641520568&sprefix=tw+allgai%2Caps%2C409&sr=8-2

Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Take-Heart-Unexpected-Gift-Book-ebook/dp/B09LCC48XG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1641520568&sr=8-2

“Fiction that Encourages”

Hope you get a chance to check it out!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy