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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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Smudges

Do you remember the character from the Charlie Brown series that was called “Pig Pen”?  He seemed to have somewhat of a smile on his face and smudges of dirt all over his clothes and face.  He also had a cloud of dust that was surrounding his legs and feet.pig pen

Isn’t that a perfect example of how we all feel right now?  The smudges are all of our “normal” pressures that go with living this life on planet earth.  Everyone is going through some kind of issues.  We have illnesses with loved ones, know of friends and family with no jobs, cancer, divorces, family pressures…the list goes on.

Those are the smudges all over us.

Then add the worldwide pandemic and unrest, the national issues on top of all of that…

That cloud of dust that follows Pig Pen around is there with all of us.

The Father has been leading me to several passages of scripture lately.  And basically they all say….”Keep your eyes off the smudges, because if you rub them they just get worse, they won’t always go away.  Keep your eyes on the Father and the source of those battles, they are not what you think.”

Colossians 3_2-4

I think the cloud and smudges are not going any where honestly.  So we have a choice…where does our focus need to be?  I know that I need that reminder over and over.

ephesians-6_12

May you be encouraged with that reminder today.

~Tammy~


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Joshua 1:9

Like so many of you, we are following all the CDC guidelines addressing this horrible virus. Due to my asthma and the severe attack I had four weeks ago, I have been keeping myself at home, for a week now.

But the last several mornings, I have woke up and for a moment thought all of this was a bad dream. Anyone else? 

This morning the same thing…but the song I woke up to was Natalie Grant’s latest song: “My Weapon”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BpirBRWGUs

“Let every lie be silenced
And all depression cease
Let every dark assignment
Bow down at Jesus’ feet

Let every curse be broken
Let every storm be tamed
And all that come against us
Be bound in Jesus’ name

Your presence is my greatest weapon
Pushing back the darkness
Breaking every chain

My worship opens up the heavens
Crushing every stronghold
When I speak Your name
Your presence is my weapon
Your presence is my weapon

Your strength will not be shaken
Your love will not back down
Death has been defeated
What can stop me now

I hold on to what You’ve spoken
You said that I am free
You’ve given me Your promise
You are my victory

Your presence is my greatest weapon
Pushing back the darkness
Breaking every chain

My worship opens up the heavens
Crushing every stronghold
When I speak Your name
Your presence is my weapon
Your presence is my weapon

Your word and a melody
Are making a way for me
You defeat the enemy
This prison is shaking now
And these walls are coming down
Your presence makes me free
I am free

Your presence is my greatest weapon
Pushing back the darkness
Breaking every chain

My worship opens up the heavens
Crushing every stronghold
When I speak Your name
Your presence is my weapon
Your presence is my weapon”

She wrote this song based on Joshua 1:9….the Lord reminded me yet again…He is Here!

Then a bird sang outside our window at the end of the song, in the dark. And stopped as quickly as he began.

Then immediately after, Focus on the Family interviewed Dr. Collins, head of the NIH, and he answered so many questions, prayed for us AND quoted Joshua 1:9

Later today I was on Facebook, and a friend is doing videos every day of scripture readings. Do you want to guess?

You were right.

His Presence is OUR WEAPON!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy


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Stories

 Jesus shared stories to teach.  Parables trying to get people to understand about God and spiritual truths.

“The Lamp” from Matthew 5:14-16, “The Mustard Seed” from Mark 4:30-34, “The Good Samaritan”-Luke 10:29-37 and so many more.John 15-1-4

And the Bible is full of stories.  Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, Ruth and Naomi, The Sermon of Jesus on the Mount, The Birth of Jesus..just to name a few.

I was wondering about my own personal story, or your personal story.  Can the Father still teach us from each and every one of these stories?

I am personally dealing with several health issues that have taken me by surprise.  I prayed for answers, and I got them.  But I did not like the answers.  So, I had to ask the Father to teach me through them.

He is teaching me that through chronic pain there can be joy.  It is my choice.  Does it make me happy?  Nope.  Am I constantly learning and trying to understand?  Yep.  But do I still trust the Father to get me through it?  Yep.  He has always done that in my life and He will not stop now.what is your story

I have developed compassion for those in pain…something I never totally understood until now.  I have to choose how to respond.

What is your story?  

Were you neglected as a child?  Did your husband/wife leave you?  Did you lose your job?  Are you in poor health?  Did your spouse pass away?  Did your life end up much differently than you ever imagined?

Reread your story and remember, it is not over yet. And you may see something you have never seen before as you reread it.

Your story can teach you friend, if you let it.story books

Let’s learn together.

~Be Encouraged Today~
Tammy