OLD ENOUGH By Tammy Glover

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” 1 Corinthians 13: 11 NIV

I’m not too old to watch cartoons. I’m not too old for big fluffy slippers. I’m not too old to catch a snowflake on the tip of my tongue. I’m not too old to throw my head back and laugh at the top of my lungs. I’m not too old to count the stars. I’m not too old to chase butterflies. Even though I may look crazy, I’m not too old dance in the rain. I’m not too old to cry. I’m not too old to accept sound advice, even if it comes from an unexpected source.

I am, however, too old to withhold my forgiveness. I’m too old to allow anger to rule my life. I’m too old to not accept God’s healing. I’m too old to worry about what man thinks of me. I’m too old to keep trying to prove to the world that I’m worthy. I’m too old to walk in fear. I’m too old to not accept responsibility when I make mistakes.

I’ve been blessed to live long enough to learn to trust God in all situations. I’ve learned to stay in praise even when I don’t feel like it. I’ve learned that even though I fall sometimes, God is still there to pick me back up. I’ve learned to step out on faith. I’ve learned that God truly loves me. There are so many people who will not be given the chance to learn these things. They will not be given a chance to grow older. If you’re one of the people blessed with this knowledge, share it with someone else and thank God.

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THANKSGIVING: A TRUE CELEBRATION By Tammy Glover

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”  Psalm 95:2 NIV

Thanksgiving is often an overlooked holiday.  A lot of people don’t see much use for it.  They merely mark it as a day to gobble down rich foods and watch football games and the parade.  It’s only something to usher in the Christmas season and of course holiday shopping sprees.  They don’t stop to think about what Thanksgiving truly means.  Webster’s dictionary defines thanksgiving as “the act of giving thanks; a means of expressing thanks as by prayer or celebration.”

Thanksgiving should not just be another holiday.  It shouldn’t be just another day that we quickly say grace over our dinners, so that we can get on to what we think are more important things.  Giving thanks is one of the most important things we can do.  The first Thanksgiving day was a day that the Puritans took time out to thank God not just for their bountiful harvest, but for being with them during an extremely difficult time in their lives.

I know that some of you are going through difficult times in your lives now.  You may not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  you might think that you don’t have anything to be thankful for.  This is just another holiday that is going to cause you stress and empty your wallets.  Let me just tell you that if you are still breathing, you have a reason to be thankful.  God has given you another day to see Him in action.  Every stress and struggle is a new opportunity to see God work a miracle in your life.  Every tear you cry and every heartbreak you experience is an opportunity to feel His hand on you.  The fact that you’re still standing means that God still has plans for your life.  If you trust and lean on Him, He will lead you to infinite blessings.  Don’t you dare let this Thanksgiving Day go by without truly taking time out to say thank you. 

Give thanks for that family member who is getting on your nerves, God is giving you grace and He is teaching you patience to deal with them.  Give thanks for that person who hurt you, God is giving you a chance to forgive, just like He has forgiven you.  Give thanks for those doors that God has closed, He closed them because He has a better door open down the hall.  Give thanks for the negative balance in your bank account because God is getting ready to multiply.  Let guide be the centerpiece of your table this Thanksgiving.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving day, everyone!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

I just want to take time out to give a special thank you to everyone who has encouraged and challenged me.  Thank you to everyone who reads this blog.  I pray that God blesses each and every one of you.

IN WEAKNESS, I AM STRONG By Tammy Glover

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

I may not know the right words to say.  I may not speak eloquently.  I may not have a lot of charisma and charm.  My voice my be soft and mild, but when I speak the words that God has placed inside my heart, I’m always heard loud and clear.  The words flow freely and smoothly from my mouth.  Even when I don’t understand what I’m saying, I’m still understood by the one listening.

I’m not a scholar, complex theories and equations elude me.  I don’t have several degrees displayed on my wall.  I certainly don’t have the answers to life’s mysteries.  I do have the wisdom of God that helps me solve problems that the best minds in the world can’t solve.

I’m not athletic.  I can’t shoot a hoop or catch a baseball.  I can’t run a marathon and I can’t climb a mountain but with my faith in God, I can tell the mountain to move and it will obey.

I may be up against the biggest giant, who is proficient in the most advanced weapons.  He may be an expert at hand to hand combat.  I, on the other hand, may only have a slingshot and a rock, but because I have the power of God and an army of angels on my side, I am a warrior who can slay any giant.

I may be weak on my own but with God I am strong.  Praise God, that there is no obstacle that He can’t overcome.  There is no battle He can’t win.  There is no sickness He can’t heal and there is no problem that He can’t solve.  He is God Almighty.

“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:2 NIV

NOT IN CRISIS, IN CHRIST by Tammy Glover

“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”  Mark 10:27 NIV

I am not in crisis.  I am in the one that at the mere mention of His name, demons tremble.  Every knee bows in heaven, on earth and below the earth.  Jesus.

I’m in the one who died on a cross, so that I may be saved.  He was raised from the dead.  No, I’m not in crisis.  I’m in the one who conquered death.  Jesus.

I make mistakes.  Sometimes, I trip over my own two feet.  I never stay down for too long because I’m in the one whose blood washes away all my sins.  Jesus.

I walk in dark places.  I have an enemy that wants to harm me.  He lies, steals and tries to kill me every chance he gets.  I’m not afraid because I’m in the one who is the Light and the Truth.  He protects me, avenges me and returns all that is stolen from me in double.  Jesus.

I may not have anyone to talk to sometimes.  At times, I may feel betrayed or get my feelings hurt by people close to me.  I’m not alone though, I’m in the one who everyone must go through in order to get to the Heavenly Father.  Jesus.

I’m exposed to deadly viruses and diseases.  I unknowingly breathe in toxic fumes and ingest poisonous chemicals.  I’m still standing because I’m in the one by whose stripes I am healed.  Jesus.

Nope, I’m not in crisis.  I’m in Jesus Christ.  If you see tears in my eyes, they are tears of joy.  I have joy because he loves me.  I ask and receive because I believe.

If you hear me shouting Hallelujah, I’m praising him because I have overcome.  When I am on his side, I am always victorious, even when it doesn’t look like it.  I think I’ll say it again. HALLELUJAH!

If you see me with my arms outstretched towards heaven, I’m receiving comfort and strength from him.  Nobody’s arms are stronger and nobody gives better hugs.

If you hear me singing at the top of my lungs.  I’m just singing his praises.  To you, my life may look like it’s falling apart but I’m still in Christ and he’s always worthy to be praised.

If you see me dancing around like a fool, don’t call the doctors.  I’m just crazy about Jesus.  I may not be graceful or have any rhythm but that’s ok because I’m in Christ.  It’s ok for you to praise him too.  Lift your hands, raise your voice and do a little dance because Jesus is Lord.  He’s coming back whether you believe or not.  The benefits for believing far outweigh the struggles.  He’ll even be with you during your struggles.  You can’t lose.  If you haven’t already, accept him into your life today.

“Don’t be afraid; just believe.”  Mark 5:36 NIV