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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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It is SIMPLE…..Teachers: YOU make a DIFFERENCE!

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School has started.

I have been out of the profession for at least six years now. I know that I made an impact on some of my students’ lives over the years.

In spite of the struggles you face with the things that are so difficult these days, be encouraged as you teach another year.

Because

Once upon a time…

I was one of those students.

My parents divorced when I was in eighth grade and for many years before that had marital problems. I enjoyed talking to my teachers and doing well, but I struggled emotionally.

I had several teachers that spoke “life” to me.  Just like you do today.

I had a P.E. teacher who allowed me to be her assistant. She let me talk and she listened.  She was someone I admired and she encouraged me to believe in myself.

I had a science teacher who allowed me to babysit her son!  She knew that my “babysitting” jobs helped with our household finances, and she trusted me with her own child. She helped build my confidence.

These ladies made me want to teach. The Lord used them in my life go from “victim” to “victor”.

YOU do make a difference, and I thank you. I know it is difficult sometimes, I know that there are many reasons to complain, but you need to know that YOU are making a difference.

I applaud you. I know many of you feel “called” into the ministry of teaching. The law can say all it wants about God not being in schools….but He is there. HE is there because YOU are there. You love your students.

 

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~Be Encouraged Today~

May your frame be strengthened this year!!!

A “one time” junior high girl thanks you!

Tammy

 


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Sweet Fragrance

 

I like candles. There are a couple that I buy each and every season.  There are certain perfumes I love, and some not so much. There are sprays to eliminate foul odors in shoes, cars and carpets

Don’t you love walking through gardens smelling the delightful fragrances floating in the air? Right now honeysuckle is aloft and hits your senses with power when stepping out the door. I love peonies and saw a perfume in a magazine today of that very smell!

How about walking into your grandmother’s kitchen and smelling fresh apple pie? And who can forget freshly baked bread? And garlic….it smells great on breadsticks, well anything really.

Have you imagined a scent right now? Scents even have the ability to bring forth memories. Scents have amazing influence and impacts on our lives.

A sweet smelling fragrance has an even more permanent impact

 

A fragrance in this passage is something sweet-smelling, an odor of acquiescence, satisfaction; a sweet odor.

We are a fragrance….Christ through us! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think I stink. But in Christ, nope…I am a peonie!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy


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Temporary

Temporary

I had a temporary tattoo once.  It looked real and it was fun for a while.  Then it faded away.

The word “temporary” has been floating in and out of my head the last few weeks.  

The last few months have been one of those “seasons” of life that has not been easy.  For several reasons I have quit taking my antidepressant of 16 years.  Eleven weeks completely off today.

I have been to several doctors and had tests for some physical issues I have been dealing with for several years, worse of late.  No answers from any of them.

Then I went to my amazing chiropractor, who practices “active release therapy” and “dry needling.’  The first doctor to say he could help me!  Yes, I cried.  And even during therapy a little pain…but I knew it was “temporary.”

As I dealt with “withdrawal” symptoms, “temporary.”  As I often wake up with a new ache or pain, I hear it again.

Pain in this world is temporary.  Happiness in our lives is temporary.  We are always wanting the next thing to make us happy, or make us feel better.

But we might be looking the wrong direction.  I have decided to refocus on the eternal.  This is everlasting.  I have decided to refocus on what is within me…Christ, and HIS hope eternal.

I am not alone in this.  He confirmed it over and over with His word and confirmation from my friend and mentor one morning last week.

Everything here is temporary dear friends.  That does not mean it is not to be enjoyed.  Nor does it mean that our pain is not real….it just means it is not forever.  

And for that I am ever so grateful.

Now wonder if I can find a good tattoo artist locally?

~Be Encourage Today~

Tammy