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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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The Zinnia Fields

The Father seems to speak to my heart often through His creation.  It has especially loud over the last several months.  This was no exception.

We visited a lovely zinnia field at a local orchard the other day.  The field was awash with colors beyond imagination.  As the flowers softly danced in the gentle breeze, some lovely little creatures visited them.

Hummingbirds, bumblebees and a plethora of butterflies flitted back and forth from flower to flower with not a care in the world.  Little did they know that there was craziness in our world.  Their goal was simply to gather nectar and enjoy their flights!

 

I tried to capture several pictures and as my husband and I walked along the paths; we noticed something at the end of the field that we could not see from the very beginning.  It was another field.  Brown and barren mostly.

But…

We watched a butterfly make its way out of the abundance of flowers and head toward the what appeared to be an empty field.  We followed it.

And then we saw them……

Amongst all the brown and dusty soil there appeared many zinnias.  There was not a field of them, but a dotting of sorts, like a polka dotted tablecloth set for a picnic.

And the butterfly knew the field had value.  

The fields were right next to one another.  It reminded me of the pandemic. 

Scarred, barren, left alone, confused, misunderstood….

The flowers were separated from their kin, lonely and looked as though they had no job.

And yet.

They were thriving.  They had value.  Their life was important.  They were cheerful.  They were still focused on their purpose.

Like us.

Now.

I was reminded of the scripture where Jesus shared about the birds and the lillies of the field.

How can we ever doubt His love for us?

Even when the field looks hopeless.

~Be Encouraged Today

Tammy


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The Triplets

We have “triplets” in our yard.  They are squirrels that I believe have trained at a far away circus over the winter.  They showed up late spring/early summer with skills I only thought possible in a circus setting.

We have had a slinky (toy) on our bird feeder poles for two years now.  What had been a wonderful deterrent for squirrels now has proven to be a simple springboard for their acrobatic talents.

The birds are no longer safe.  So, we had to come up with something else.

I had an old metal bird cage that we hung from a tree in our yard. We wired all the doors open and set corn in the bottom.  We thought we could all coexist in beautiful harmony.IMG_0693

The squirrels would be happy, have a way in and out, and leave the bird feeders alone.

Alas, it was not to be.

The squirrels would eat from the birdcage, finish it all, and make their way to the feeders.  They even began flying across from the far away branches.  Can you say… “flying squirrels?”

Actually, they have been quite funny to watch.  They would sit in the cage’s bottom and if we would clap or yell, they would get flustered and forget about their way out.  They had three exits to choose from, and yet, they often panicked.

Just like us.

The Heavenly Father provides for us, and we still flail around like we don’t know what to do.  

Jesus is who we turn to.  Jesus is our way, He is our provision.  

Life is crazy right now..personally, nationally, globally.  Sometimes I am like those squirrels…a bunch of twirling and panic when all the while Jesus is my provision.

Let Christ be yours.

~Be Encouraged Today

Tammy

 


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My “Hope” Bush

We have lived in our home for over 34 years.  Watching our yard “grow” has been like watching our own children grow over those years.

Several years ago we experienced a “derecho” and along with many others in our area, lost trees, bushes and plants.

As we surveyed the mess, we had one little forsythia bush that was hanging on.  It looked awful. 

“Stop” I shouted over my husband’s trimmer.  “I think we can save it!” He honored my request.

Each passing spring, it looked like we should cut it down.  It just did not have much life in it.  We trimmed away the dead, as some neighborhood cats continued to target it as their personal potty home.

Yesterday was finally warm enough to get out of the house and in the yard as we “shelter in place” during this pandemic.  I walked around the yard and notices the day lilies, Easter flowers, crocus…all were peaking out to see if it was safe to emerge.

Then I saw it.  And I named it.  “The Hope Bush.”  What a strange comfort it brought me.  It was not perfect, it was tiny….but it was bloomed in the best form I had seen in years!  

Reminded me of our lives now.  It can look pretty bleak, it can feel like nothing will be the same, and it might not be.  We want to see our adult children, our grandchildren.  We may face a “new normal” that none of us will like.  

But the Father showed me a reminder of His comfort through this tiny little bush.

Don’t give up.

Stay focused on the peace that only the Father can give.  And if you don’t know that peace, hope and comfort…please allow Christ to become your Savior. He loves you.

We are in this together!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy