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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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~The Ocean Series~ Beach Sand

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You made it.  There it is…the ocean, the beach, vacation!!!  Half the fun of vacation is the anticipation of it.  You grab your bag, cooler, umbrella, towels, chair and the trek begins to sit right in front of those delightful waves with a book you have been waiting all year to read.  It looks like a mile away, but you will make it!

Then….Don't Be Deceived.....

Your sandal clad feet it the sand and…….ouch!  That beautiful sand has become a conduit.  How could this gorgeous sand be so miserable?  The white sand that we were walking on last year was cool and comfortable. But this is not the same sand….Deception.  There are times when something beautiful can really be harmful and disturbing.  Let’s not forget the garden.  And let’s not forget there were two trees there..  

 

 

 

 

Even something that we think is really good can take us away from the beauty of the Father.  We get busy with those “good” things and we miss our time with Him.  Don’t be deceived into thinking that what you do brings you closer to God or that it makes Him love you more. Your works don’t make Him love you more or less. Genesis 2_9

Been there, done that….

So next time we are near the beach, I will most certainly check out the temperature of the sand before we venture forward!!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

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~The Ocean Series~ Beach Balls

Ah, you have finally settled down with a good book.  Sunscreen applied, hat tilted just right.  The waves are lapping against your chair and the sun is overhead.  The book you have been waiting to read all winter.  

Then you are viciously attacked by a flying beach ball!! Actually a kid just missed hitting it back to his brother.  It came out of no where! You dropped the book, turned over your iced tea, and yes….tipped your chair. Continue reading


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Looks can be Deceiving…Hanging On!

(Departing from ~The Ocean Series~ today)

Sometimes “looks can be deceiving.”  Case in point. Look at picture #1.  What a man!  He is a great climber, especially for his age!fullsizeoutput_36c0

As I have listened, prayed, studied and re-evaluated so many things in my life the last couple of weeks, this seemed so fitting.

A person can “look” good on the outside, but on the inside it is a different story.  We can “photoshop” pictures like we can our own lives.  We want it to look perfect…like we have accomplished something, or that we have it all together, when actually we sometimes don’t even get off the ground. Check out picture #2!

And actually, that is okay.  We can only do what we can do.  Quit putting pressure on yourself.  Once we surrender our lives to Christ we quit trying to “perform.”  We don’t have to pretend for anyone.

 

We can be who God designed us to be, and not pretend to be something we are not. Our lives are not perfect and there is pain sometimes.  Transparency and honesty bring healing.

 

And truthfully, sometimes we are just hanging on as best we can…

~Be Encouraged Today~
Tammy