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Mary’s Monday Musings on Encouraging words by Mary Tatem

The hotel was amazing. With its size, extravagant lobbies, chandeliers, and shiny stair rails, the establishment reeked money. One can only imagine what a night there would cost. But the staff was lovely, not an ounce of exclusiveness in evidence. A night’s lodging or a dinner in one of the several restaurants might cost a mint, but a dish of ice cream was reasonable and a cup of tea affordable. Both were served with elegance and thoughtfulness as if we were as ritzy as the overnight guests.

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Crafting encouraging words can be as simple as a cup of tea, but as special as if it were served in a ritzy teahouse.

Does God enjoy dropping unexpected treats like that on his people? We are His children, and I think He likes to give us surprising and undeserved blessings because He loves us even more than we love our children. As parents, we don’t want our children to expect such experiences and consider them their right, but we love to provide sweet treats occasionally. God relishes surprising us with special delights.

Let’s keep our eyes open so we recognize His blessing and thank Him when He supplies the unexpected and undeserved treat. Keep your eyes open to see Him at work in your writing, or your business, as well as your family. Thank Him for both the amazing and the mundane blessing. He is the author of both. A letter to a shut in is as important an accomplishment for an author as a best-selling book. When we awake each morning, ask Him to allow us to use our skills to bless people—be they organizing skills, creating skills, or simply a word of encouragement.

Mary Tatem is the author of eight books, including her most recent re-release, The Quilt of Life.

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A recent visit to Yosemite National Park kept us craning our necks to look up at the magnificent granite mountains that surrounded us.  Regardless of which direction we faced, immense pillars of stone reached to the sky, dwarfing even the tall Pines and occasional Sequoia. Beauty surrounding us. From the sounds of water crashing from tall mountain ledges to the caw of iridescent Ravens foraging for food, our ears were as absorbed with the of beauty as our eyes.  We left for home, our hearts bursting with thankfulness for the world God made for us to enjoy.

Although there aren’t any mountains towering over my house, nor cascading waterfalls, to astound my senses, I hope I can remain just as thankful for the beauty where God has put me in my everyday life. Instead of a mountain, there is my neighbor’s house where love resides and covers me each time my path crosses with the lovely people who live there. Instead of waterfalls, there are colorful leaves which decorate my trees and cascade to my lawn in the fall. Instead of large Ravens, there are perky Robins who grace my bird feeder.

God help me always be aware and thankful for the beauty You provide to my daily life. I want to stay as appreciative of the smaller, ordinary world You gave me as I am with the larger,  magnificent vistas You have made. May we all remain alert to the beauty You put around us.

 

Mary TatemMary Tatem is an author of story based devotional books which boost your spirits. Each devotion uses the craft of quilting or scrapbooking to touch the reader’s heart and show the love of God. Her every day examples of God’s involvement in our lives provide encouragement to rely on God.  She enjoys speaking to women and inspires them to trust God and His warm love. Currently, she is using her love of story to write historical novels.

As the mother of four and grandmother of fifteen, she finds life full of inspiring stories. Join her to read about God’s work in His people.

 

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When I visit the Jamestown ship, the Susan Constant, which sailed from England to land in the wilderness of Virginia, I never fail to marvel at the courage of those who left the security of a known life style for the uncertainty of how they would secure the basic necessities. The 116 foot ship bobbed over the ocean for four months with seventy-one passengers crammed into the cramped spaces. I would hesitate to travel to the Bahamas on that  little ship, let alone across the Atlantic. In May of 1607 when they disembarked on mosquito infested land, the hardships of starvation, and death challenged them. They continued to worship God in the midst of their difficulties and even built a church where they sought God’s direction in the midst of their trials. Ultimately the settlement prevailed.

 

Today people involved in some industries can feel as tossed as those explorers on the tiny Susan Constant. Writers and retailers of physical books produced on paper are among those industries where technological advances have produced the equivalent of stormy seas and unknown terrain. Other industries as well require nimble adjustments to survive change. When we visit  historical sites, we often discover the common thread of praising God in the midst of challenging situations. Those of us in industries that roll and pitch in our times, can copy our ancestors and keep a thankful spirit toward God. He is able to help us negotiate the uncharted seas. His love is greater than turbulence that tosses us around. Cling to His love and watch for his guidance and peace. Psalm 31:3, ‘For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me and guide me.’ Thank you, God, that you care about the details of our lives.

 

Mary TatemMary Tatem is an author of story based devotional books which boost your spirits. Each devotion uses the craft of quilting or scrapbooking to touch the reader’s heart and show the love of God. Her every day examples of God’s involvement in our lives provide encouragement to rely on God.  She enjoys speaking to women and inspires them to trust God and His warm love. Currently, she is using her love of story to write historical novels.

As the mother of four and grandmother of fifteen, she finds life full of inspiring stories. Join her to read about God’s work in His people.

 

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Lifting her feet high in order to run through the loose sand, the five-year-old girl’s face broadcast her delight in seeing me. She threw her arms around my legs. I bent to plant a welcoming kiss on her blonde curls, my heart awash with love for this precious child. Our faces beamed with smiles, and both of us laughed out loud at the joy of being together. In a moment she was back playing with her beach toys, but the bond between us was reinforced by that enthusiastic greeting. Her zeal wasn’t always so exuberant, when she was younger, there were times she clung shyly to her mother’s skirts.  We grandmas love regardless of the ability of the little one to respond.

If we faulty humans can love while we wait for our grandchildren to discover we are worthy of their trust and time, how much more patience does our heavenly Father, who embodies perfect love, possess? It’s easy to run with eagerness to embrace Him with praise when He delights our heart with successful undertakings. However, sometimes we are burdened with disappointment and we fail to seek Him out or even turn away from Him. I believe God’s smile is even broader than a grandma’s when we run to Him is those times of rejection and setbacks, even in writing. Better yet, He has the power to set things right when He bends to kiss our life. He’s always ready to receive us in good times and bad.

 

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Mary Tatem is an author of story based devotional books which boost your spirits. Each devotion uses the craft of quilting or scrapbooking to touch the reader’s heart and show the love of God. Her every day examples of God’s involvement in our lives provide encouragement to rely on God.  She enjoys speaking to women and inspires them to trust God and His warm love. Currently, she is using her love of story to write historical novels.

As the mother of four and grandmother of fifteen, she finds life full of inspiring stories. Join her to read about God’s work in His people.

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