“Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.'” Hebrews 4:7

Out of Time by Tammy Glover

I didn’t have time to eat the breakfast that my wife cooked for me.  I didn’t have time to kiss her and my two-year old daughter goodbye.  I barely had time to tell my wife that I wouldn’t be able to pick up our son from soccer practice.  I only had time to grab a piece of burnt toast, a cup a coffee and rush out the door.

I saw one of my nosey neighbors, trying to get my attention but I didn’t have time to be bothered.  I jumped in my car and backed out of the driveway and nearly ran over my son’s bike because I didn’t have time to check if he put it up the day before, like I asked him to. 

As I sped through the city, I said a little prayer that I wouldn’t get stopped by the police because I didn’t have time for a ticket that morning.  I stopped at a red light and yelled at it to hurry up and turn green before the homeless man, begging for money, made his way to my car.  When I got to the freeway, there was a car in front of me with its hazard lights flashing.  I didn’t know what the problem was and I honestly didn’t care.  All I knew was that I had to escape from this slow driving nonsense.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to see that car barreling down when I changed lanes.  I did, however, have time to call out for God before the car smashed into me and I was propelled out the windshield because I didn’t have time to put on my seatbelt.

Everything went black.  When I opened my eyes, all I could see was a magnificent white light.  I didn’t feel any pain or fear, just complete love and peace.  I never wanted to leave.  I heard a voice say to me, “my heart aches.  I sent you my son to bring you salvation but you didn’t have time to receive him.  I kept calling you to me but you didn’t have time to listen to me.  There were so many blessings that I wanted to shower you with, things that you can’t even fathom but now, you don’t have time for them.  Yes, my heart is full of sorrow because I still love you even though you didn’t have time to love me back.  Now, because you didn’t have time for me, you will have to spend the rest of your time out of my presence.”

In a blink of an eye, I was in hell.  I was surrounded by every imaginable and unimaginable evil.  My flesh was ripped and burnt.  The smell of sulfur was overwhelming.  It was dark and desolate.  There was constant screaming.  The physical pain that I felt was nothing compared to the pain I felt in my heart because I knew that I was completely cut off from God.  I couldn’t hide in His presence.  I couldn’t find comfort in His arms. 

“My God,” I yelled out.  “What have I done?”

If I had more time, I would have run towards Him, I would have shown my family how much I loved them.  I would have taken the time to help someone.  Life wouldn’t have been all about me.

I felt myself being lifted up and I heard a voice say, “wake up before time runs out.”

I woke up in a cold sweat.  My wife slept peacefully beside me.  I quietly got out of bed and took the Bible that she kept on the night stand.  I sat at the kitchen table and cried tears that I never knew I had.  I opened the Bible and there was a note written by my wife that read, “Praise God!  I have prayed every day since we’ve been married that you would have time to open this book.  Thank you, God, for answering my prayers and bringing another one of your children home to you.

Acknowledge God and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.  If you seek him he will be found by you.”  1 Chronicles 28:9

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“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:27

The Mighty Worrier–by Tammy Glover

I have a confession to make.  For most of my life, I have been living in the delusion that I am a super hero.  By day, I’m the mild mannered employee, friend, sister and daughter but as soon as soon as there is a hint of trouble, I throw on my cape and turn into:  The Mighty Worrier Princess.

I can’t fly.  I don’t have super human strength or speed.  I can’t turn invisible.  I’m not a mind reader and I most certainly can’t move objects with my thoughts.  My super power is worrying and I can worry like nobody’s business. 

Now, like all super heroes, I have a weakness.  My weakness is reality.  In reality, my super power is useless.  It doesn’t protect anyone.  It doesn’t solve any problems.  It doesn’t get bills paid and it doesn’t find jobs.  What it does is makes things worse.  I get migraines, sick to my stomach and my heart beats too fast.  I also get depressed, frustrated and angry.

Being a super hero is exhausting and I want out!  I’m ready to retire.  It’s time to put aside my delusional thinking and to call on a true super hero.  He’s omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient.  He cures diseases.  he has an army of angels.  He created the heavens and the earth.  He even conquered death.  Superman, Batman and Spiderman don’t have anything on him.  He is Almighty God and He loves me and is waiting on me to stop this foolishness and call on Him.  He’s waiting for you too.

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6

Past Due

By Tammy Glover

You told me that I will receive whatever I ask for in prayer if I believe, so why do I still doubt?  Matthew 21:22

You told me that with your strength, I can do all things, so why do I still feel powerless? Philippians 4:13

You told me to cast all my anxiety on to you because you care for me, so why am I still worried? 1 Peter 5:7

You told me that you would command your angels concerning me and that they will guard me, so why am I still afraid? Psalm 91:11

You told me to come to you when I’m weary and burdened because you will give me rest, so why am I still exhausted from carrying this load? Matthew 11:28

You told me that you heal all my diseases, so why am I still accepting this illness? Psalm 103:3

You told me that you would fulfill your purpose for me, so why do I feel so lost? Psalm 138:8

You told me that you give wisdom and that from your mouth comes knowledge and understanding, so why do I still run to others first? Proverbs 2:6

You told me that as far as the east is from the west, so far have you removed my transgressions, so why do I still feel guilty. Psalm 103:12

You told me that you would never leave me, nor forsake me, so why do I still feel lonely? Hebrews 13:5

You told me that I was created in your image, so why do I still feel ugly? Genesis 1:27

You told me to give thanks to you because you are good and your love endures forever, so why haven’t I gotten down on my knees and lifted my hands to give you praise? 1 Chronicles 16:34

Strength, peace of mind, protection, rest, healing, purpose, wisdom, forgiveness, comfort, beauty and love–I am way past due collecting my blessings, are you past due too?

Thank you

I just want to take a little time out to say thank you to everyone who have checked out my blog so far and posted comments.  Thank you for all your words of encouragement and support.  I can’t tell you how much it means to me to know that my words are a blessing to someone.  I just started out with the goal to just touch one person.  I have had thoughts that maybe I should give up on this but your comments have let me know that this is something that is needed.  I’ll keep writing for as long as the Lord inspires me.  I’ll have a new story up for everyone next week, hopefully, Monday.  God Bless you all! 🙂

“Oh Lord, you have searched me and know me.” Psalm 139:1

Never Alone–By Tammy Glover

Three thousand, six hundred and twenty-eight- that’s how many tears you shed today.  When the alarm went off this morning, you hit the snooze button, rolled over and mumbled, “I can’t do this.”

I softly whispered in your ear, “we’ll get through this day, together.”

You cried as you stood under the shower, thinking that no one could hear you, but I did.  I cried with you and I patiently waited for you to talk to me.  Instead, you left for work without saying a word.

At work, I heard your boss as he listed all your mistakes.  I know it made you feel unappreciated, frustrated and discouraged.  I tried to tell you that I have something better lined up for you but I just need you to hold on for a little while longer.

You slipped in the bathroom and snuck a few more tears.  I thought that you would want to talk but you couldn’t find the right words and gave up, even though I told you that you could never say anything that I didn’t already understand.

On the way home, I made sure that your path was well lit so that you could get home safely.  You still didn’t say a word as you walked inside the house.  You just went straight to the bedroom, curled up in bed and soaked your pillow with tears.  I gently put my arms around you and waited for you to talk.  When you finally cried out to me, all you could manage to say was, “Lord, please help me!”

That was all you ever needed to say.  Your Heavenly Father is already here and I have never left your side.  I saw every tear and felt every pain.  I moved the clouds to make way for the sun to shine on you during the day and the moon and stars to shine on you during the night.  I opened the flowers to show you their beauty and to perfume the air.  I made the leaves on the trees dance and the birds to sing, just for you.  Yes, my child, I love you that much and I just can’t leave you alone.

Welcome to Balm 4 the Soul, with weekly inspirations by Tammy Glover.

Words of encouragement are like balm for the soul.  They can soothe, comfort and heal.  I hope this weekly blog of inspirational fiction and devotionals does just that.  This week, I’m bringing you a fictional, inspirational short story but I think that it will resonate with a lot of people.  Be blessed, see ya next week!

Be Encouraged–by Tammy Glover

This is the day that the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalm 118:24 

 Someone asked me today, why am I so cheerful. I have to admit, it wasn’t easy.  I started by waking up this morning, if only I had an extra hour to sleep.  I dragged myself to the bathroom to get ready for work.  I burnt my forehead with the hot curlers, trying to tame my hair.  After fighting with my hair, I rushed through breakfast with my husband and children.  I wondered why they couldn’t be quiet for just fifteen minutes.  How is it that grown men and teenagers can’t find anything?  I jumped in the car and immediately became frustrated because everyone seemed to be driving as if they’ve never driven in the rain before.

When I arrived at work, I had time to spare so I decided to sit in the car for a few minutes and listen to a little news radio.  As I slept peacefully last night, an elderly couple died in their sleep from carbon monoxide poisoning.  A family lost their home to a fire, everything was destroyed.  A man and his three children were killed in a car crash because of a drunk driver.  The driver of the car survived but she’s now paralyzed from the waist down.

This morning, as I made my way to work, employees of a local business arrived at work to find their office doors chained and padlocked.  However, in lighter news, a teenage girl and her friends gathered at a local hair salon to cut their long hair so that it could be made into wigs for women who have lost their hair due to chemo therapy.

I was already tired and grumpy, but thanks to the news report, I was now thoroughly depressed.  I asked, “Lord, how can anyone have joy in their heart when there is all of this sadness in the world?”  God said to me, “My child, I have given you so many blessings, why do you take them for granted?”

Then I realized that while I slept, my family and home were kept safe.  I was able to wake up, when others died in their sleep.  I was able to feel the floor underneath my feet, stand up and walk, while others are confined to wheelchairs.  Someone is losing their hair because an illness is ravaging their body, while I’m complaining about my uncontrollable hair.  I was able to stay dry, in my car, while others had to walk in the rain.  Although, I don’t like my job, at least I still have one. 

I sat in my car and let the tears flow from my eyes.  I am healthy and whole, all thanks to God.  So, the answer to the question, why am I so cheerful is simple.  It’s God. 

 “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:12

“…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10