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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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Nothing New


God gives each on of us gifts, callings, longings, desires.  Everyone is different and each person is used in the body of Christ to bring Him glory if we surrender.

Some people might question encouragement as a calling. 

Look around dear ones.  Turn on any newscast, open any social media app and what do you see most of the time?  Negativity.

Look at individual’s lives.  People are ill, loved ones have past on.  Families are dealing with divorces, drug addictions, alcohalism.

Some of the decisions that have been made in my state and country defy my realm of thinking.

But “nothing is new under the sun.” That is not a statement of apathy. Humans have always been humans. Do we still keep trying? Yes of course….but…..

I am reminded that as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ I have no need for despair.  

I have the opportunity to encourage people about God’s love.  

I have the opportunity to tell people about our hope in Christ.  

I have the opportunity to share God’s love with people who may never have experienced God’s unconditional love.

I have the opportunity to encourage people in the midst of their crazy lives and let them know that they are not alone.

I have the opportunity to literally help others tangibly.

I have the opportunity to express the peace, joy and rest that only is through Jesus Christ.

I have been moaning at all the things that I have been hearing.  Sometimes it seems so very hopeless.

But friends, when we encourage others, we help them know that they are not alone.  We help them remember that we are not to judge God’s love by the circumstances that swirl around us. We can show others respect, love, kindness….characteristics that seem to be missing in discussions of differences today.

We encourage others because Christ encourages us.

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

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Winter of the Soul

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Winter is a season….sometimes of the Soul!

 We’ve had very cold temps of late. My skin is dry, our heating bills are up. Our humidifier is running non-stop!

 The only flowers I have seen of late are in plastic containers in the grocery store, but they are beautiful and fragrant.

The grass it is brown and tired.  It has been frozen a number of times already and looks like it may never be green again.  Falling on this ground would not be forgiving I am afraid.

There is one thing that never changes.  It does not wither, fade or quit being useful.  It stands forever and provides beauty, color, fragrance in our life.  It does not fail.  It has withstood many tests of oppression.  It does not perish in any way.  It cushions our blow, our fall, our jump.

What is this thing?  Yes, it is the Word of God. And the Word of God is love. 

There are so many people hurting today.  They are dealing with death, cancer, illness of all kinds.  We all have been there or will be there someday.  I call these times the “winter of the soul”. But in this life we are not promised it will be easy. Jesus told us in John….“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

So dear friends, be encouraged this day.  It may be “winter”,  but spring is right around the corner! Be on the lookout for those pink flowers!

~Be Encouraged Today

Tammy

 


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~The Ocean Series~ Creation Cries Out

When I look at pictures of past visits to the ocean I am speechless.  The blue skies, white ocean caps, red flowers, beautiful seagulls, clouds, the golden moon…need I say more?

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And I still gaze in awe.

My Father created it all. It will never cease to amaze me. I am absolutely breathless when I see a line of clouds form over the gulf and deliver rain and gusts of wind. My eyes literally tear up when I sit on the edge of the beach and watch dolphins play in the currents. My heart swells at the mere thought of the expansive nature of the ocean in front of me. I reach out my hand to touch the moon, as if I can.

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We have so much to see on our earth. Whether it is the ocean, mountains, or even the annoying snow that sometimes seems to bury us…we have a beautiful world. We have misused it and polluted it…..and yet creation continues to cry out!

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So I guess today I would suggest that you stop. Stop and look around. What do you see in God’s creation that simply takes your breath away? Don’t let life preoccupy so much that you miss those things of beauty all around. He created it for you in His love and He wants you to enjoy it. 

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy