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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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~The Ocean Series ~The Mooring Rope

Since the weather has cooled off a bit and so many are soothed and encouraged by the ocean, I decided to share this series again.  The timing seems perfect.  Hope you are all well and safe.  We will get through this!

Have you ever walked past a dock where all the boats are moored? You can “hear” the mooring ropes as the waves hit against the boats. If the wind is strong or there has been a storm it is even louder. The pulling, stretching and pressure put on these ropes over time is strong.

Upon investigation, some of those ropes look very old and worn, yet they still maintain their strength. Even upon fraying, the rope that remains seems to be stronger than before. I suppose over time, and without the help of the boat’s owner, the rope will eventually break and need replaced or repaired.

Sometimes we feel like that old mooring rope. We are holding on, being thrown a little bit in different directions. We sometimes feel very frayed when a prayer that we have uttered for years doesn’t seem to be answered.

Can you relate?

But, as always, the boat’s owner repairs, replaces or strengthens the rope. Just like our Father. He offers repair, He offers strength and even replaces our faith with a renewal of faith.   And in the midst of the pulling, stretching and pressure…we get a little stronger.

So feeling like an old mooring rope might not be such bad thing.

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy


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~The Ocean Series~ Simple Seashells by the Seashore

SIMPLE SEASHELLS

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Walking up and down the seashore is a stroll in paradise for those of us who collect shells. There are some beaches that are better than others, but one always finds some shells.

When my family would see them, we would pick them up and examine them. If the shell was whole, we would place it in our collector bag. A broken shell went back in the sand.  Then the hunt began again.

One year I changed the routine. I started picking up the broken ones and began keeping them.  I shared some “broken shells” ideas with the kids.  We could glue them on a wooden picture frame, put them in a bowl or mirror. Soon they had ideas of their own.

I am so glad that the Father did not discard me when He found me broken. I can see my Abba walking down the shore, picking up every shell and piece of shell. It doesn’t matter the shape, size or color. Each one is precious to Him. There are none thrown away.  He gently picks them up and places them in his pocket to examine in greater detail later. Each one is special, each one will have a place.

Some pieces are broken, battered and so small that they don’t even appear to come from a shell. We are torn up, broken, battered and sometimes not recognizable. Yet the Father finds us…and let’s us know that we are of use. We are loved. He gently restores us and uses us and loves us…just as we are……

So next time you are walking along that beach…pick up the shells, but don’t forget the pieces.

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

 


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~The Ocean Series~ Hunting for Sea Glass

HUNTING FOR SEA GLASS

For years I have wanted to find sea glass when we go to the beach. And I have never found it before.

I did find some glass along the shoreline that was beautiful. Although one of my sons and husband asked me if I was picking up trash now. In a word..yes. I pick that up too. I cannot stand to see how people litter on our beautiful coastlines…but that is another post.

Pieces of glass that has been tumbled over and over in salt water is sea glass.  The rough edges are now smooth. It also takes on a frosty look.

I guess I didn’t find it after all.  Well, maybe one piece?Sea Glass-2

I found pieces of glass and china, which I still believe are beautiful. The edges are no longer sharp, and even though the pieces are broken, they still retain a beauty..and I will keep them.

It is kind of like Abba Father found me. Broken. But he buffed off the sharp, rough edges and made me a thing of beauty. I am perfect to Him because of Christ. I am worth picking up off the shoreline.

And so are you.
Actual sea glass not required.

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy