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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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Reaching Down

I got to spend the week with my granddaughter and daughter in law recently.  I will openly admit I am totally smitten with this child.  I thought my own children taught me things…but this girl has already taught me plenty in ten months.

She is desperately trying to crawl.  When she has had enough she turns over on her back and waits for someone to pick her up.

I walked right by her the other night only to have my daughter-in-law remind me what she was waiting for.  I had walked past her and she had noticed.  It broke my heart when I realized she had be waiting on me.

I went back to her and her expression is one I will always remember.  I stood above her and put my hands out.  She got so excited.  Her sounds, her giggle, her expression is something that will stay with me forever.  

Is that how I act when the Father reaches down to pick me up?  Am I excited to be rescued out of the crazy position I have put myself in?

I do know one thing though, the love I have for this child does not compare to the love God has for His children.  He reaches down with love and cherishes His time with us more than we can possibly imagine…even more than I do with my granddaughter.

All this from reaching down and picking up our “Little Miss Sunshine.”  Trust me, I did not ignore her again.  

~Be Encouraged Today~


Tammy

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Sweet Fragrance

 

I like candles. There are a couple that I buy each and every season.  There are certain perfumes I love, and some not so much. There are sprays to eliminate foul odors in shoes, cars and carpets

Don’t you love walking through gardens smelling the delightful fragrances floating in the air? Right now honeysuckle is aloft and hits your senses with power when stepping out the door. I love peonies and saw a perfume in a magazine today of that very smell!

How about walking into your grandmother’s kitchen and smelling fresh apple pie? And who can forget freshly baked bread? And garlic….it smells great on breadsticks, well anything really.

Have you imagined a scent right now? Scents even have the ability to bring forth memories. Scents have amazing influence and impacts on our lives.

A sweet smelling fragrance has an even more permanent impact

 

A fragrance in this passage is something sweet-smelling, an odor of acquiescence, satisfaction; a sweet odor.

We are a fragrance….Christ through us! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think I stink. But in Christ, nope…I am a peonie!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy


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Words of Life and Death

I have a really large head.  I mean in the physical sense.  And I have a really big mouth.  In the physical and evidently verbal sense.

Anyone share those characteristics with me?

Okay the head is a little annoying.  If I want to wear a ball cap I have to be sure and buy the kind that has the ability to be sized.  No elastic band will do.  Nope, it must be adjustable.

Now the big mouth is another thing.  The dentist and hygienist have no trouble fitting their entire hand into my mouth for cleaning or filling a cavity.  And most of the time my jaw isn’t even sore after the fact.  No struggle there.

And thankfully it is big enough that when I need to put both feet in it they fit just fine.

Just say’in.  Seems like I have done that of recent.

I have been reminded of late when Paul said …”why do I do the things I should not do and say the things I should not say?”  My version, Romans 7:19

My security in this comes in Christ.  I am surrendered to Him.

I make errors in judgement sometimes, but never with ill intent.  I would not intentionally spew out hateful words or be ugly or rude on purpose.  I certainly don’t wake up in the mornings, let my feet hit the floor and say, “hmmmm, who can I hurt today?”

I know that people who know me well know that is the case.  Even if it is unintentional and brought to my attention, an apology is offered.

Words have the ability to give life or give death.  In my weak flesh I sometimes want to choose death, but in my surrender to the Christ who lives in me I am given the ability to choose life.

Which do you choose?  And how do you choose it?

Now excuse me while I go look in my closet for a cap and a possible piece of masking tape for that mouth of mine!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy