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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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Breathing (Guest Post from my dear friend, Laura Miles)

This is a guest post from my dear friend, Laura Miles.  Thanks for allowing me to post your meaningful words.

I’ve been focusing on breathing lately. We don’t normally see our breath. It’s something that just happens without even thinking about it. In the cold months, we actually get to see it. We are made aware of it in a different way. We actually see what comes out of our mouths because circumstances have changed around us. What was once warm, comfortable air has become cold and biting. We haven’t changed, the circumstances that we live in has. What if we could see our words that come out of our mouth? What if the visual effect were there? What if those words, that breath, were thought about and noticed? What if you could see what circumstances did to our words? What if that cold, biting circumstance made us aware of those words? What if no matter what the circumstances are, the words/breath were carefully considered? Life makes it where you can barely take a breath sometimes…BUT if we focus on the breath that we have and the words that we speak, life can be easier to handle. It can be easier on us and the ones around us. Life is hard. Life is good. Life is fleeting. Life can change in a breath.adult-beautiful-beauty-321576

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

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Love to Read!

I think that my love of writing comes from my love for reading. I remember as a girl wanting to go to the public library as much as I was allowed to go!

I grew up in the era in which one could ride a bike from one end of town to another without much worry.  So my bicycle seemed to be set on an old fashioned GPS setting of sorts to the incredible building.

When I walked in our beautiful library, I was immediately engulfed in peace. The quiet often soothed my troubled soul.  Ahead of me was an adventure just waiting to happen!  I walked between the aisles of books and breathed in the smell that only a true reader of books would understand.

Adventure, romance, comedy, news, encouragement…..the whole world was afforded to me in this place.  A product of a broken home, which often seemed very broken … this place was my haven, my safe place.

I will forever love the library.  And I will forever love reading.  My preference is a “real’ book.  I know a lot of people like audio books and digital downloaded books, but holding that book in my hands and turning the pages will always be my preferred method.The world awaits!

Alas, as a reader who does not have enough room in her house for ALL the books I want to read, I have succumbed to the pressure of buying a Kindle several years ago.  And now as an author, my books are offered in this format.

No one was forcing me to do this…I was just greedy in my book collection and needed room.  It made sense.  So currently I have over 400+ books downloaded, and that doesn’t include the AMP Bible, two dictionaries and several reference books.

And I have a tendency to read more than one book at a time, so having them all in one place is a bit convenient.

Since I plan to add more to my collection,  I had to share these discoveries!  If you are like me, this has infinite possibilities!

Amazon Unlimited 1 Month FREE!    

Amazon Kindle 99 cents for 2 Months!

This includes unlimited reading, plus unlimited music. There simply are not enough hours in the day!

Reading….how many books in your collections? Do you agree that readers are often writers?

~Be Encouraged 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