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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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Temporary

Temporary

I had a temporary tattoo once.  It looked real and it was fun for a while.  Then it faded away.

The word “temporary” has been floating in and out of my head the last few weeks.  

The last few months have been one of those “seasons” of life that has not been easy.  For several reasons I have quit taking my antidepressant of 16 years.  Eleven weeks completely off today.

I have been to several doctors and had tests for some physical issues I have been dealing with for several years, worse of late.  No answers from any of them.

Then I went to my amazing chiropractor, who practices “active release therapy” and “dry needling.’  The first doctor to say he could help me!  Yes, I cried.  And even during therapy a little pain…but I knew it was “temporary.”

As I dealt with “withdrawal” symptoms, “temporary.”  As I often wake up with a new ache or pain, I hear it again.

Pain in this world is temporary.  Happiness in our lives is temporary.  We are always wanting the next thing to make us happy, or make us feel better.

But we might be looking the wrong direction.  I have decided to refocus on the eternal.  This is everlasting.  I have decided to refocus on what is within me…Christ, and HIS hope eternal.

I am not alone in this.  He confirmed it over and over with His word and confirmation from my friend and mentor one morning last week.

Everything here is temporary dear friends.  That does not mean it is not to be enjoyed.  Nor does it mean that our pain is not real….it just means it is not forever.  

And for that I am ever so grateful.

Now wonder if I can find a good tattoo artist locally?

~Be Encourage Today~

Tammy

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How are We to Live the Christian Life?

Are we to live the Christian life only in the present?

Think about that question.  We all face trials and tribulations in our lives.  It is unavoidable.  My own life is no exception.

But what good does it do us to fear?  Can we quit worrying about what the future holds and just live in this day?  It is hard sometimes to stay in that “surrendered” mode, and it can often times even appear as apathy, but in reality it is rest. God provided it for us.

Two girls that I know and love own and run the local mercantile http://www.southernillinoismercantileco.com . They designed a new shirt that they sell that says: “Go Out and Gather Manna” Ex 16:4  

I have been praying about what that means to me.  I have not asked the girls about it, so I do not know the meaning to them, but this is my take.

God gave just enough manna for the Israelites to make it through that day.  Not tomorrow’s manna, or next week’s manna.  Nothing more and nothing less, only what was needed for THAT day. 

He even let them have enough on the sixth so they could rest on the seventh day! That in and of itself is a lesson!

They had to simply Trust God.

So we can choose to live fully in the present, knowing that God will somehow, someway and always provide for the day we are living in.  We can rid ourselves of the “what if’s” and even the “if only’s.”

That test result that you are waiting for? Gather and eat the manna for today. The worry that you allow to cloud over you about your finances? Gather and eat the manna for today. What if the surgery does not work? Gather and eat today’s manna.

I am going to try to concentrate on that one day’s supply of manna … now. And the beauty? God will provide me just enough for my tomorrow when I wake up in the morning.

God provided the manna then, and He is still in the business of providing it in our Today.

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy


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2019 Natural

2019

What comes to mind when you see that year?


Coming out of 2018 brings to mind many things in each of our lives.  Of course getting our first grand baby was a the most incredible thing for us this year…well for any year actually!

I also published my first book.  It felt like a very long pregnancy (25 years) and a “labor of love.”

But we have also dealt with family health issues, personal health issues, crisis times and other things like many of you.

It is life. Some years are indeed better than others. I hate to burst any bubbles out there, but it is guaranteed that in this world we will have troubles…..(John 16:3)  But we know Christ brings us peace, we can take heart, for He has overcome.

My husband said something this morning that sounds so simple.  Yet, if we really take it apart it is really pretty profound.

Natural.

Let it all be natural.

Don’t try to make things happen. Quit working so hard. Just be. Rest in Christ’s peace, grace and love.  Let it flow.  

I have used the illustration before about a glass of soda.  If you pour into it, the fizz overflows over the top of the glass and onto the table. And there is still soda left in the glass!

  If we allow Jesus to “fill us up,” He will overflow onto all those around us and still be in the glass to take care of us.

Naturally.

Happy 2019!

~Be Encouraged Today