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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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What is your “Finally”?

This scripture is pretty amazing, especially if you want to take it completely out of context!  “I love the Lord, therefore I will write a book to honor Him and it will be a bestseller and I will be able to buy a second home in Florida!”

There are a few things wrong.  First, to “take delight” in the Lord means (in the Hebrew)to bend towards, to be inclined towards [an object or person],”to delight or take pleasure in.”  

So we are pliable in His hands, we’re bending towards Him.  And our desire is to totally have the Lord be our life.  When we start looking outward, we lose it.  In other words, our desires should line up with His desires.  He is Life.   

I have been a “performance based” person in the past.  I felt like I had to perform a certain way, do tons of “good things” to gain His love.  And unfortunately, when circumstances or insecure feelings surface, I can get right back in that mindset.

So, having written a book “finally” and publishing it “finally”…made me realize that the “finally” had not occurred because of my fear of rejection.  I had to make sure my heart was truly “delighting in Him.”  The desire of my heart truly is to encourage people, and I believe that is His heart as well.

 I want to have no “earthly” expectations.  I want to trust God, submit myself to Him and His desires, not my own. Would I be thrilled to sell tons of books? Yep. And yes, I love Florida. But I don’t want it be about me, I want it always to be about HIM.

He knew 25 years ago I was not comfortable resting in Christ and my identity was not in HIM. So now is the time.

Do you have a “finally?”

Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

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Life Badges

 I have missed writing each week as I have missed you!  I truly wonder how I ever worked a full-time, 40+ hour a week job!

We head six hours south every chance we get to see our first grandchild.  She has most certainly captured our hearts.  She is 7 weeks old and time is going faster with her than it did with our own sons. Could it be because it is not day-to-day with her and just cuddling and loving when we see her?   Continue reading


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I am Still Here

Just checking in!  As I mentioned in my last post, our granddaughter arrived a couple of weeks early and is doing very well!  She is precious and we are so excited. She is loved by two sets of grandparents who are experiencing their first grandchild, as well as so many friends and family!

I am back to working on the third edit of “Unexpected Gifts” and each time I go through it myself I find more to correct.  I guess that is the teacher in me too, I want everything to be correct, and I am sure I will miss some items.  I will run it through the “Grammarly” program again after this edit.

There sure is a lot to think about when writing and publishing a book!  I have always felt it was to be published on Amazon as an e-book.  Self-publishing a book in print can be quite costly, and right now that is not something we feel like I should do.

So, prayers appreciated.  I know that I know, that I know I am supposed to get this book out there. Oddly enough I have two more book outlines started already. The second book will be a devotional and the other is another piece of fiction.  Although I might make a second book in this series, we will just wait and see what the response is……

So my prayer is that you all are doing well.  I hope to be back to blogging and staying in contact with all of you again soon.  

Much love!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy