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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Reaching Down

I got to spend the week with my granddaughter and daughter in law recently.  I will openly admit I am totally smitten with this child.  I thought my own children taught me things…but this girl has already taught me plenty in ten months.

She is desperately trying to crawl.  When she has had enough she turns over on her back and waits for someone to pick her up.

I walked right by her the other night only to have my daughter-in-law remind me what she was waiting for.  I had walked past her and she had noticed.  It broke my heart when I realized she had be waiting on me.

I went back to her and her expression is one I will always remember.  I stood above her and put my hands out.  She got so excited.  Her sounds, her giggle, her expression is something that will stay with me forever.  

Is that how I act when the Father reaches down to pick me up?  Am I excited to be rescued out of the crazy position I have put myself in?

I do know one thing though, the love I have for this child does not compare to the love God has for His children.  He reaches down with love and cherishes His time with us more than we can possibly imagine…even more than I do with my granddaughter.

All this from reaching down and picking up our “Little Miss Sunshine.”  Trust me, I did not ignore her again.  

~Be Encouraged Today~




Thank you for the “Light of the World” Award

A sincere thank you goes out to my sweet friend, Ellie of 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,  (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. (
  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

“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 match

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. “Just a Minute”.  Cindy always has encouragement for her readers, including me.  She is short, sweet and to the point.
  2. “Even in This” Karen’s honest perspective on life is a breath of fresh air.  Encouragement to be sure.
  3. Joann Maxwell writes of her MS diagnosis with honesty, candor and her reliance on His strength.
  4. This lovely young woman, Caralyn, speaks truth from her heart and her life and her struggle with anorexia
  5. 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~




~The Ocean Series~ Beach Cover Ups

You made it! The beach is calling your name. The chair is waiting. The ocean is just beckoning you to come and gaze upon its waters.

But wait. You cannot walk down to the beach without your swimsuit cover up.

As I have aged, I have found that cover up needs to do a little more “covering”. You may know what I mean! Continue reading