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Winter Gum Balls

What do you see when you look at this tree?

Some see an almost barren, winter gum ball tree.  A representation of the season that is not a favorite of mine.  All I have to do is mention “gum balls” and everyone knows it has no value other than its ability to produce a seed ball that can get in lawn mowers and shoot out at ankles causing a deep gash, depending on the distance and speed of its trajectory! And forget walking barefoot.

Yet others see a chance to recharge, a chance to rest in a way that will bring the beauty of spring and renewal. All the while still seeing the irritating gum balls.

Now look closely.

I saw something in this lonely looking tree that I have never seen before.  

Ever.  

And I have looked at that tree for over 35 years.

Yellow Birds.

Dozens of yellow birds, picking out the seeds from those dreaded gum balls!  I always wondered where my precious yellow birds went in the winter, and would wait patiently each spring to see my first one. Were they always in my front yard and I was too busy to see them?(That’s another post for another time!)

My “yellow bird” or American Goldfinch has come to mean a lot to me through the years.  To make a long story very short, this bird has become my own personal rainbow. https://yelobrd777.com/2015/03/10/whats-your-personal-rainbow/

I know that God is very personal, and “yellow bird” has shown up over and over when I have needed him too.  This day I described was no exception.

Except I wasn’t looking.  The most I have ever seen together.  My heart has been emotionally broken for several reasons of late and I have been praying for so many serious issues…on the very day they showed up!

Is your heart broken too?

What’s the big deal? It is just a coincidence.

I feel differently. It was if God reached down and gave me His love in a way in which I was not expecting on a cold, blustery day in January.  He reminded me that He was here with me and had not left nor forsaken me.  

And in an irritating gum ball tree that I thought had no purpose at all.  Looks like the birds thought differently.  

And the Father did too.  He uses all situations, no matter how uncomfortable, how frustrating, how misunderstood… for His glory and He builds my faith.

What is your yellow bird?

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

A New Arrival

Finally. The second novel in the UNEXPECTED GIFT series has arrived.

“FICTION THAT ENCOURAGES.”

I wrote another book in between, “Seaside Change-A Novella, 30 Day Devotional and Discussion Guide.” Then, there were several bumps in the road the last three years with my Valley Fever illness, skin cancers and our global pandemic! But it is finally “live” on Amazon!! I have copies coming soon.

The first book in the series, “Peace in the Midst” came out before our first granddaughter was born in 2018. Now, our second granddaughter is about to be born and the second one is coming out! They are my inspiration.

I told my daughter-in-love that there is one more book in the series, she declined to be part of the inspiration. LOL

I have attached an “ad” that I finally paid for on FB since I could not get around the algorithm. Oh well, hopefully it will be worth the extra cost.

These books have been in my heart for over 28+ years. Many excuses were made to “not do it.” God’s timing is perfect and He has helped me through this process. I have learned to edit, proof, use tools in which to make myself a better writer.

I have been so fortunate to have teachers and friends who could help through the undertaking of writing; as well as a wonderful program I have used for grammar, punctuation, and even passive verbs..which have rocked my world! I taught special education children for years and we must have skipped that part of writing.

I have learned to format for different types of books, create and format covers with the help of my artist husband, who continues to paint the most wonderful canvas paintings. He listens as I try to explain what I am seeing in my head. He has gotten it perfect three times now. I am bragging on him!

Now, am I bragging on myself? I guess a bit. But, I also am encouraging those of you who have something on your heart that you know you are called to do.

Now is the time.

If this 61 year old gal just published her third book in three years, God will equip you to do what He calls you to do!

The series is based on John 16:33(AMP) It has spoke volumes to me since 2018. May it encourage you today.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In this world you will have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.”[My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

aka…T. W. Allgaier

The Photo Album

Several years ago I had the opportunity to meet an aunt and cousin.  They were actually my husband’s, but they still were “mine”.  Through a series of events and searching by my aunt, she located our name.  Through some unfortunate circumstances we had never met, much less knew of each other’s existence.  
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