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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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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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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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~The Ocean Series~ The Leaning Palm Tree

The large palm tree’s fronds rustle as the tree sways in the gentle breeze.  It curtsies as the wind blows near the coast.  

Have you ever wondered why palm trees bend toward the water?  Apparently it is for several reasons.  One is “phototropism.”  The trees reach for as much light as possible.  Water reflects the light, so the trees reach for as much light as they can get!.  Also leaning towards the water aids in reproduction because the current can carry the seeds away for dispersal.

Do we lean toward the light?  Do we want as much light as possible? Or do we turn away from the light because it might expose the darkness we find ourselves in? Continue reading