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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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Winter of the Soul

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Winter is a season….sometimes of the Soul!

 We’ve had very cold temps of late. My skin is dry, our heating bills are up. Our humidifier is running non-stop!

 The only flowers I have seen of late are in plastic containers in the grocery store, but they are beautiful and fragrant.

The grass it is brown and tired.  It has been frozen a number of times already and looks like it may never be green again.  Falling on this ground would not be forgiving I am afraid.

There is one thing that never changes.  It does not wither, fade or quit being useful.  It stands forever and provides beauty, color, fragrance in our life.  It does not fail.  It has withstood many tests of oppression.  It does not perish in any way.  It cushions our blow, our fall, our jump.

What is this thing?  Yes, it is the Word of God. And the Word of God is love. 

There are so many people hurting today.  They are dealing with death, cancer, illness of all kinds.  We all have been there or will be there someday.  I call these times the “winter of the soul”. But in this life we are not promised it will be easy. Jesus told us in John….“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

So dear friends, be encouraged this day.  It may be “winter”,  but spring is right around the corner! Be on the lookout for those pink flowers!

~Be Encouraged Today

Tammy

 

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Talent

I thought I could paint and sketch….until I met my husband 40 years ago.  He has been retired for five years(UPS) and keeps very busy.  I am not sure retired UPS drivers know how to be still.  He has loved painting and sketching since he was a little boy. An empty nest and retirement have allowed him to work with the artistic talent/gift that the Father has given him.  I actually have some of his work in a retail store now(only took me 37 years to convince him)!

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The wonderful news is that we are all talented in something.  I truly believe that with all my heart.  You may not know what that talent is right now.  What do you love to do?  What do you do well?  When do you feel like you are doing the very thing you were created to do? Try and take some time and enjoy the talent you have been given…who knows what lies right underneath the surface?

Now excuse me while I go draw a stick figure!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy


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EVERYBODY’S Talking about the Weather!!

Everybody’s talking about the weather, around here at least.  As I look on the weather map, I have a feeling that truly everyone is talking about it.  Snow, freezing rain, ice, wind, traffic issues, schools closed, flights canceled.  

Let me be completely honest.  I am not a winter person.  I do not like cold.  I prefer warm, balmy temperatures. I will say that “when” it is snowing I think it is pretty, but that is as positive as this old woman can get.  And when I say old woman, when it is well below freezing, my lovely arthritis in my hip reminds me that I am a tad bit old. So Yes, I prefer summer and I am not afraid to say so.  I belong in the south, far in the south…but that hasn’t happened yet.  Hoping someday it will, but that is for another day!  Someday my hip will thank me!

So, I looked out the window this afternoon and found myself watching these three little birds.  We have been throwing out bread crumbs of late because we have been out of seed for a while.  These birds, let’s call them Larry, Curly and Moe. (I know it is not original, so just ask someone over 50!!)

At any rate, Larry, Curly and Moe seemed to have it together.  They were flitting in and out of the ivy wall we have in our back yard.  It is very thick and the ivy has taken on a life of its own.  These boys (girls??) were getting deep inside the ivy and I would say were keeping as toasty as possible.  As I watched them the Lord reminded me of a couple of things.  He does that to me a lot.  

First of all,  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the bird of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-34

Yep, Larry, Curly and Moe were just fine.  I have no need to worry about my tomorrows.  I quit my job in October as I felt the Lord giving me permission to do..and yet sometimes my mind will wander to that missing income…but I am more valuable that the bird of the air.  More important to God than Larry.  More important than Curly, even Moe.

Then the second message hit me again (previously this passage had assailed me while doing a Bible study two days ago)…yep, there was more.  Remember when I said that I do not like cold or snow?  Well, I thought of Paul.  You know when he wrote the church in Philippians from jail!!!!  “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13  

And I don’t like snow.  Gees.

Can I trust Him?  Can I be content?  Yep on both accounts.  He says I can, I just have to make that choice.

Enjoy your quiet time as the cold shuts down part of your world…and look out the window, not telling what you might see!

And while being content, I might look at some of my Florida pictures!! 🙂

 

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Blessings dear ones~
IN CHRIST ALONE

Isaiah 55:8-9
*personal photograph*