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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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Thank you for the “Light of the World” Award

A sincere thank you goes out to my sweet friend, Ellie of https://newcreationsministries.wordpress.com for this lovely award.  We have become friends via our blogs, and our hearts for Jesus Christ.  We hope we will meet sometime “on this side of heaven.”  The award was created by Joe Rodriguez of Lighthouse Devotions,

http://www.lighthousedevotions.blog  (one of the rules is to mention him in your prepared acceptance post.) So thank you Joe for creating an encouraging award. All who post this to our site strive to motivate others to become their best self, pleasing to our Lord.

The Rules for Acceptance:

  1. Save and add the award image (pictured here) on your blog.
  2. Create a page/post to mention the award nomination and thank the person/blog that nominated you. Make sure you provide a link to their site.
  3. Give credit to the creator of the award (Lighthouse Devotions) and provide a link to the site as well. (http://www.Lighthousedevotions.blog)
  4. List the rules.
  5. Answer the next four questions on the same post:
  6. What three words would you use to describe your blog?
  7. In what way(s) can a Christian shine for Christ?
  8. What bible verse (quote it) talks about being a light in a dark and lost world?
  9. What Christian song do you know that has the word “light” in it? Provide a link if available.
  10. Nominate 7 or more people/blogs to receive the award. Briefly explain why you think they should receive it and provide a link to their sites.
  11. Contact them and let them know that you nominated them.
  12. Provide them with a link to the Rules page.
  13. Say a prayer thanking God for His light and ask that He continue to shine it through you and your blog.
  14. Keep shining the light of Christ wherever you go and in whatever you do!

Here are the answers to the above questions:

1. What three words would you use to describe your blog?

“Encouragement for Today”.  In this world that is often chaotic and challenging, we all need to be reminded how much we are loved by the Father.  

2. In what way(s) can a Christian shine for Christ?

I believe that our lives are to be that light.  I can easily wear a tee shirt with a Christian theme, head to church every time the door opens…but if people cannot tell I am different, that I am a Christian without that only, then I am not a light.  And we can LOVE.  Love those that are not easy to love.

3. What bible verse (quote it) talks about being a light in a dark and lost world?

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 AMP 

If we know who we really are IN CHRIST, we cannot help but spill over into the dark world. Surrendering of our lives so that He can live His life through us is light!

4. What Christian song do you know that has the word “light” in it? Provide a link if available.

 “Light Shine Bright” by Toby Mac with ft. Hollyn

Lights shine bright everywhere we go 

Music for the people, makin’ music for the people 

Lights shine bright everywhere we go 

Lights shine bright everywhere we go”

Everywhere we go, music for the people, makin’ music for the people

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d17hi1s6Tgg&list=PL-pXwbOlswQkfRmH3iwjokZh19eANzTAJ&index=6&t=0s

“Like A Match” by Toby Mac

“You and me, we gotta love

Hold nothing back

You and me, we gotta love”

Strike it up, like a matchhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV7i9oQzSnI&list=PL-pXwbOlswQkfRmH3iwjokZh19eANzTAJ&index=23&t=0s

I am a part time radio announcer at a CCM station, so this list could go on and on!

My nominations in no particular order…..

  1. https://cindygrasso.com “Just a Minute”.  Cindy always has encouragement for her readers, including me.  She is short, sweet and to the point.
  2. https://karenfosterministry.com “Even in This” Karen’s honest perspective on life is a breath of fresh air.  Encouragement to be sure.
  3. https://fearlessinjesuschrist.wordpress.com Joann Maxwell writes of her MS diagnosis with honesty, candor and her reliance on His strength.
  4. https://beautybeyondbones.com This lovely young woman, Caralyn, speaks truth from her heart and her life and her struggle with anorexia
  5. https://kristiann1.com Kristiann speaks of scripture and the gospel and Israel with a passion that is contagious.

These were my top five blogs.  There are many others that are lights in this world.  I only have time to read a few on a consistent basis…and that includes my dear friend mentioned in the first paragraph, Ellie and the one who created this encouraging award, Joe of Lighthouse Devotions. That makes my list of 7!

May we all be encouragement to one another in a world that most certainly needs it!

~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


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~The Ocean Series~The Lighthouse


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The pressures of this world can pull us away from the true source of life. It is not an excuse, just what happens sometimes. There are deadlines, problems with children, elderly parents, work;  just life in general. No Christian purposely puts God aside. We can talk to Him all day, every day. The problem is when we try to get through the things on our own.
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