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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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Purpose, Pain and Gum Balls

April 8th is my third “Hippy Birthday.’  Which simply means I got my new replacement on that date.  Working outdoors trimming bushes and raking gives me a reason to celebrate and to ache!

I spent the morning raking gum balls.  Those wonderful trees that have so many characteristics.  I was being sarcastic until I started looking up facts about the “Sweet Gum” Tree.  

                                I discovered:

                                                     ~The wood is commercially used for furniture, doors, millwork and paneling. It is also used to make baskets, railroad ties, crates and pallets, plywood, veneer and upholstered furniture frames. 

                                                       ~Shikimic acid from this tree is used in medicines, tea can be made with the greener gumballs.  And finches love the seeds inside the gumballs. These are just a few of it uses.

Who would have thought those crazy looking things had a purpose?  I just know that when I step on them they hurt and cause pain.

The last eight weeks have reminded me of those gum balls.  I felt it was time to get off of some meds that I had been on for over 16 years, and it has hurt in many ways.  I will soon find out if it is from meds or another issue.

But the good news is that Abba Father knows that I have a purpose.  I may feel a bit of pain right now, and not know what is going on but I have HIS love and assurance.  Pain can often warn us of things that might be wrong and can be used in our lives.

Yet again today, I receive that manna that He provides.  I have a purpose, and so do you.  

And how neat that He reminded me of His manna through gum balls!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

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Snakes and Reputations

We have all used a similar phrase at one time or another:  “He is as mean as a snake”.

I used to think that the only “good” snake was a dead one! After all, the serpent was a problem time and time again in the Bible.

We have had significant flooding in the area, and it appears as though the snakes have possibly been driven to higher ground in this neck of the woods. We have had three very long snakes in our yard in the last several weeks.

The first one was only seen by my hubby and in our front yard and he was able to kill it. There we have a “good” snake. The second five foot beauty was seen climbing up our large maple tree in the back yard while he was looking out the window.  Needless to say, he made it up the tree. Continue reading


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Incredible Creatures

While on our vacation to Dauphin Island, Alabama we visited the Esturaium (their sea lab). Once a teacher, always a teacher and I have to take pictures and read every piece of information.WOW

When I homeschooled the boys this was something that drove them crazy. Every trip was a “learning experience” or “field trip”. I had to remember to just have fun sometimes…. Continue reading