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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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How are We to Live the Christian Life?

Are we to live the Christian life only in the present?

Think about that question.  We all face trials and tribulations in our lives.  It is unavoidable.  My own life is no exception.

But what good does it do us to fear?  Can we quit worrying about what the future holds and just live in this day?  It is hard sometimes to stay in that “surrendered” mode, and it can often times even appear as apathy, but in reality it is rest. God provided it for us.

Two girls that I know and love own and run the local mercantile http://www.southernillinoismercantileco.com . They designed a new shirt that they sell that says: “Go Out and Gather Manna” Ex 16:4  

I have been praying about what that means to me.  I have not asked the girls about it, so I do not know the meaning to them, but this is my take.

God gave just enough manna for the Israelites to make it through that day.  Not tomorrow’s manna, or next week’s manna.  Nothing more and nothing less, only what was needed for THAT day. 

He even let them have enough on the sixth so they could rest on the seventh day! That in and of itself is a lesson!

They had to simply Trust God.

So we can choose to live fully in the present, knowing that God will somehow, someway and always provide for the day we are living in.  We can rid ourselves of the “what if’s” and even the “if only’s.”

That test result that you are waiting for? Gather and eat the manna for today. The worry that you allow to cloud over you about your finances? Gather and eat the manna for today. What if the surgery does not work? Gather and eat today’s manna.

I am going to try to concentrate on that one day’s supply of manna … now. And the beauty? God will provide me just enough for my tomorrow when I wake up in the morning.

God provided the manna then, and He is still in the business of providing it in our Today.

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

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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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~The Ocean Series~ Our Anchor

 

Have you ever watched the sailboats and ships while sitting on the shoreline? Some of them seem to glide effortlessly across the water. Others seem to go at a much slower pace. Some even appear to have dropped their anchor and just sit still.

An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, used to connect a vessel to the bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to wind or current.

Do you ever feel like you are being tossed back and forth in the waves of “life”? There were many times in my life that I wondered if I could hang on myself. And sometimes I was drifting and did not know it until I saw the distance to the shore!

We have coasted out from the shoreline a time or two on boats. No wake, the water crystal clear and beautiful. We wanted to stay there…in the peaceful and calm water. But the wind or even other boats’ waves would move us up and down, side to side. How on earth could we stay put?

We dropped an anchor.  It hit the sand with a thud and we knew we would stay put. We relaxed, rested and the peace simply engulfed us. How wonderful we had that anchor on board!!

Our soul, once given up to Christ, is firm and secure! What do we know about anchors? They are stable, they are buried and they stay firm!  Good news, is that we can say the same for our souls…once we have been born again. The anchor holds!

Are those seas rough? Are you being tossed a little too much for your liking? Grab hold of that anchor!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy