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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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~The Ocean Series~ Sailing Off into the Sunset

The sail boat glides across the water as the red, orange and coral sun sets over the horizon.  The pace is that of someone not worried about time, or what is in the future or past.  The only concern is the present. They are not worried about solving someone else’s problems.  Sailing off into the Sunset…literally it seems.

 I believe a lesson for me right now is simple for my mental health. I cannot help everyone solve their problems.  I cannot “mother” everyone I come in contact with….I can love them, but not take on those burdens as my own.  

My “type A” personality has done that my whole life.  As the eldest of three with divorced parents, I took charge.  I was the one who had to make sure everyone was ok. 

This past week the Lord has allowed me to rest, and learn.  I can only do what I can do.  And I hear this “the very thing you are gifted in is the thing that can destroy you.”  My sweet friend told me that long ago.  She was prophetic I think.

My compassion for others has come close to destroying me a few times.  But the Lord in His wisdom helps me remember that I am not to be consumed with “fixing” everyone.  He can take care of them…I just need to let Him and not try to do it myself! I often worry about situations that God has already worked out, I just need to step out of the way.

So in the sail boat I glide, watching the sunset.  Breathing and living life in the moment….in the here and now.

Feel free to join me, just don’t expect me to do all the guiding!

 

~Be Encouraged Today~
Tammy


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Sweet Spring Song Birds

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Sweet Spring Song Birds

I look so forward to spring. There are a variety of reasons we can list, but one of my favorite things to do is sit on our back porch and watch the songbirds. We keep food out during the winter as well, but there is just something about sitting in my rocking chair, sipping a cup of coffee and watching them interact with one another. Gosh, that makes me sound really old!

There have been a few times we ran out of food before we could get to the store. I worried about the birds and realized that in all honesty they weren’t worried at all. At all.

Why is it so hard for us? Why do we worry? Is it the fear of the unknown? Is it that we are taking the circumstances and outcome into our own hands? Will my son get that job? What will we do if the furnace breaks down? What if that test result comes back as cancer?

The truth is…we shouldn’t worry. In fact, we are told that the power not to worry is from the Holy Spirit. I just think I turn things over to the Father, and as if I physically laid down that piece of paper, I pick it right back up!! Sometimes I do it daily!

Jesus taught..

 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:19-34
I can just envision Jesus teaching this lesson. He pointed to the birds. He bent down to smell the lilies of the field. He held up his cloak. Why worry?
Some theologians refer to this passage as the biblical doctrine of God’s ‘providence’. God is our provider. Do we believe this?
It is our choice. In fact, believing the word of God is totally our choice.
I like that choice. And I choose to believe. He has always been faithful. He has never failed me yet. Worry has gotten me no where. Stress made me sick. So I have to actively make the choice to believe Him and what He says.
Afterall, I have the birds of spring to remind me.

Blessings
IN CHRIST ALONE



Isaiah 55:8-9

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