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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 Ocean Series~ Seashell Day

Walking up and down the seashore is a stroll in paradise for those of us who collect shells.

There are some beaches that are better than others, but one can always finds shells of some kind. It indeed becomes a treasure hunt of sorts.

When my husband and children would see them, we would pick them up and examine them. If that shell was whole, we would place it in our collector bag. If the shell was broken, we discarded it,  finding no worth in keeping it. 

One year I started picking up the broken ones…and keeping them. The kids were not quite sure why I would do that until I shared some ideas with them…glue them on mirrors, frames, etc.

I am so glad that the Father did not discard me when He found me broken. I can see my Abba walking down the shore, picking up every shell and piece of shell. It doesn’t matter the shape, size or color. Each one is precious to Him. None are discarded. He gently picks them up and places them in his pocket to examine in greater detail later. Each one is special, each one will have a place.Psalm 34_18

The Father uses His creation to teach us so much!  Seashells by the seashore! Some are broken, battered and in small pieces that don’t even appear have been part of a shell.  And yet, we have been  broken, battered and sometimes we are not recognizable. Still Father finds us…and let’s us know that we are of use. We are loved. He gently restores us and and loves us…just as we are……

So next time you are walking along that beach…pick up the shells and don’t forget the pieces.

 

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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

 


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Thank you for the “Light of the World” Award

A sincere thank you goes out to my sweet friend, Ellie of https://newcreationsministries.wordpress.com for this lovely award.  We have become friends via our blogs, and our hearts for Jesus Christ.  We hope we will meet sometime “on this side of heaven.”  The award was created by Joe Rodriguez of Lighthouse Devotions,

http://www.lighthousedevotions.blog  (one of the rules is to mention him in your prepared acceptance post.) So thank you Joe for creating an encouraging award. All who post this to our site strive to motivate others to become their best self, pleasing to our Lord.

The Rules for Acceptance:

  1. Save and add the award image (pictured here) on your blog.
  2. Create a page/post to mention the award nomination and thank the person/blog that nominated you. Make sure you provide a link to their site.
  3. Give credit to the creator of the award (Lighthouse Devotions) and provide a link to the site as well. (http://www.Lighthousedevotions.blog)
  4. List the rules.
  5. Answer the next four questions on the same post:
  6. What three words would you use to describe your blog?
  7. In what way(s) can a Christian shine for Christ?
  8. What bible verse (quote it) talks about being a light in a dark and lost world?
  9. What Christian song do you know that has the word “light” in it? Provide a link if available.
  10. Nominate 7 or more people/blogs to receive the award. Briefly explain why you think they should receive it and provide a link to their sites.
  11. Contact them and let them know that you nominated them.
  12. Provide them with a link to the Rules page.
  13. Say a prayer thanking God for His light and ask that He continue to shine it through you and your blog.
  14. Keep shining the light of Christ wherever you go and in whatever you do!

Here are the answers to the above questions:

1. What three words would you use to describe your blog?

“Encouragement for Today”.  In this world that is often chaotic and challenging, we all need to be reminded how much we are loved by the Father.  

2. In what way(s) can a Christian shine for Christ?

I believe that our lives are to be that light.  I can easily wear a tee shirt with a Christian theme, head to church every time the door opens…but if people cannot tell I am different, that I am a Christian without that only, then I am not a light.  And we can LOVE.  Love those that are not easy to love.

3. What bible verse (quote it) talks about being a light in a dark and lost world?

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 AMP 

If we know who we really are IN CHRIST, we cannot help but spill over into the dark world. Surrendering of our lives so that He can live His life through us is light!

4. What Christian song do you know that has the word “light” in it? Provide a link if available.

 “Light Shine Bright” by Toby Mac with ft. Hollyn

Lights shine bright everywhere we go 

Music for the people, makin’ music for the people 

Lights shine bright everywhere we go 

Lights shine bright everywhere we go”

Everywhere we go, music for the people, makin’ music for the people

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d17hi1s6Tgg&list=PL-pXwbOlswQkfRmH3iwjokZh19eANzTAJ&index=6&t=0s

“Like A Match” by Toby Mac

“You and me, we gotta love

Hold nothing back

You and me, we gotta love”

Strike it up, like a matchhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV7i9oQzSnI&list=PL-pXwbOlswQkfRmH3iwjokZh19eANzTAJ&index=23&t=0s

I am a part time radio announcer at a CCM station, so this list could go on and on!

My nominations in no particular order…..

  1. https://cindygrasso.com “Just a Minute”.  Cindy always has encouragement for her readers, including me.  She is short, sweet and to the point.
  2. https://karenfosterministry.com “Even in This” Karen’s honest perspective on life is a breath of fresh air.  Encouragement to be sure.
  3. https://fearlessinjesuschrist.wordpress.com Joann Maxwell writes of her MS diagnosis with honesty, candor and her reliance on His strength.
  4. https://beautybeyondbones.com This lovely young woman, Caralyn, speaks truth from her heart and her life and her struggle with anorexia
  5. https://kristiann1.com Kristiann speaks of scripture and the gospel and Israel with a passion that is contagious.

These were my top five blogs.  There are many others that are lights in this world.  I only have time to read a few on a consistent basis…and that includes my dear friend mentioned in the first paragraph, Ellie and the one who created this encouraging award, Joe of Lighthouse Devotions. That makes my list of 7!

May we all be encouragement to one another in a world that most certainly needs it!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy