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The Burden

The burden that I carry is so heavy on my back,

I am stumbling as I try to move forward, it is strength I lack.

Down again I fall as these trials get me down,

If only someone would help me get my life turned around.

 

I cry to the Lord, please help me, but He seems nowhere in sight.

My path is oh so dark, like the blackness of the night.

I cry again for hope, a faint cry that seems so weak.

The lying voice inside my head’s so loud I can’t hear You speak.

 

You say, “be still” and come to Me and lay it at Your feet,

I cannot seem to let it go, I’m afraid my expectations You won’t meet.

Oh how I wish to raise my head and say I will obey

But fear has got me in its’ grip, and on the ground I lay.

 

Get up my child, you gently say.  Get up and take my hand

I will work out all your trials, just not the way you planned.

I wove it all together before you were in the womb.

I paved the way so you’d be free, I even cleared the tomb.

 

So trust my child, I Am The Way.  I will not let you down.

I Am The Truth , it is not a lie,  I can turn your life around.

I Am The Life you seek to know, the path that sets you free,

I want so much to hold you close, if you’d just trust in Me.

Tami Cole April 2018

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Heavenly Counsel

As many of you know, I am a Certified Nutritional Counselor & Health Specialist.  What you may not know is that I am a Certified Biblical Health Coach too.  I believe that we are not only just a physical body, but a spiritual one as well.  In this blog I write about health related topics, recipes, nutrition facts and Biblical truths.

Today is a Biblical truth.

They do not hurry or worry.

They do not hurry or worry.

I am sometimes so caught up in getting things done, that I fail to ask God for guidance.   I fall into the trap of being too busy, always on the go.  With the constant snowfall we are getting in New Hampshire, I am kind of forced to slow down.  It is good for my soul.

As I sit here and watch the birds in my feeder, especially my favorite, the red cardinal…I am reminded that they do not hurry and they do not worry.  They are provided for.  It is the same with us.

We have a Heavenly Father that has His eye focused on us, on you and on me. If we listen with our hearts and are in His Word…He promises to give us direction.

 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
 I will counsel you with my loving eye on you”. Psalm 32:8New International Version (NIV)

We must align ourselves with His way, His perspective.  When I do this, time seems to slow down.  I get so much more accomplished.  I am not running around in crazy circles.  I am focused… Focused on Him. May you be blessed with His Counsel today.

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Pause and Thank

This is such a busy time of year!  Running here and there, searching for the perfect gifts, planning the perfect meals, while our plates are already full with putting in hours outside the home, taking care of children, spouses, parents, attending church services, volunteering, catching up with extended family and so much more.  How can we ever get it all done?!  What if the plans don’t go right?

I would encourage you to do what I do.  I plan the best I can.  Something will go wrong, but it’s okay.  I am going to leave the outcome up to The LORD…

I am going to FOCUS on HIM this THANKSGIVING.  I am going to PAUSE, and be THANKFUL for ALL He has BLESSED me with.

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD”. Psalm 27:13 & 14

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Be Still

Psalm 46:10 “God says, Be STILL and KNOW that I AM GOD”
Take time to be still in God’s Presence…hard for me to do because I think I need to be doing something always. This is a verse I need to be reminded of often.

However, it is in those still, quiet moments that God reveals Himself to me.

When I am lost in my own ways, running to get things done, I get anxious and forget He is near…offering me a solace… a safe place to go. Jesus endured the agony of the cross to secure His gift of Peace.

We can trust Him with our heart. Be still and listen…He is whispering to you.

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Do Not Conform

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

If we continue to be conformed to the pattern of this world, then our allegiance is to this world. I used to try to satisfy both, one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom of God. Not only was it a difficult life to keep up with…it was not God honoring.

One thing I found was that the world’s ways, the world’s values, are not God’s ways and values.

I say, Dare to be Different!

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Discover Your Inner Power

One key to success is discovering your inner power and using it to deal with challenges.

Don’t wait for others to open doors for you.  Make a conscious effort to find your power source, use it to fuel your passion, and release the greatness within YOU!

My inner power is Jesus Christ.  ”I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”  Philippians 4:13

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His Peace

It isn’t easy to find peace in this world.  So many cares and so much pain & suffering. We are so busy taking care of areas of our life…children, spouse, aging parents, job, home, and the list goes on.

The world is revolving around us at a pace that leaves me spinning myself sometimes.

It is exhausting!  If we do not find a place to rest and find peace, we are easily overwhelmed and doomed to crash. No help to ourselves or those around us.

Where can we go to find solace…to renew?  The answer is simple really.

Jesus Himself knew the distractions and cares we would encounter. He gently calls us to come to Him…for rest, for peace.

JESUS says, “I leave you PEACE; MY PEACE I give you.  I do not give it to you as the world does.  So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:27 (NCV)

On this Friday morning, I understand you have troubles and I am not belittling that.  You are exhausted from all you have to do.

You are amazing! You CARE so much and you DO so much.  Wouldn’t you like to share the load with the Author of your life? Let Him have it…spend time with Him and receive His amazing gift of peace.

Yeah, the world is still spinning around us and problems will continue to pop up, HOWEVER we can release that problem or person to Him and KNOW HE CARES and WILL HELP US THROUGH. Life seems a little brighter and it is that glimpse that renews us to face another moment.

I am praying for you.

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Labor of Love

Happy Labor Day!  I hope you are enjoying time with family & friends!

Today makes me think of another type of labor.  The labor of LOVE…when we do things for others that BENEFITS THEM, NOT US. It can cost us MUCH, sometimes our very life.

I think of JESUS.  The LOVE that took Him to the CROSS to DIE…

Then He ROSE AGAIN to give us HOPE! He DID what He PROMISED.

JESUS CONQUERED DEATH, so WE COULD LIVE, so GOD would NOT SEE OUR SIN, We  are CLOAKED in HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, given a CLEAN SLATE.

“Let us HOLD FIRMLY to the HOPE that we have confessed, BECAUSE we can TRUST GOD to do what He PROMISED.” Hebrews 10:23 (NCV)

Whenever we encounter rough patches in our life, we need to remember that God is ALWAYS watching over us….ALWAYS turning to good ALL things, things that the enemy meant to harm us.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them”.  Romans 8:28 (NLT)

Every day we have the chance to start over.  No matter how stinky some days can be or the messes we have made or what we seem trapped in.  We will get through.

May His labor of love strengthen & empower you.

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Giving Thanks

YOU MATTER.  YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE. YOU ARE A BLESSING. THANK YOU!

 Thank you for your kind words, your support and your likes.  Yesterdays post was a soul baring moment for me…One I have never shared publicly…I was not sure how I would get through it.  God knew and He gave me YOU! Many times He brings friends into our live to help.

Whether you knew it or not…You helped to give me HOPE.  Many have walked this very road I travel and I want to encourage you to find HOPE and HEALING through TRUST & FAITH in GOD. Each person & situation is unique and we all heal in our own way and our own time.  Our Creator and Author of our life is HERE. Here for us to cry to, to listen to us yell and question…AND to COMFORT, CONSOLE, EMBRACE and GIVE HOPE.

I love the Kings James version of Psalm 91:2

“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

God encourages us to Make HIM our Refuge by pouring out our hearts to HIM, TRUSTING HIM AT ALL TIMES…at ALL times.  Not just when things are going smooth or right or good.

When things seem to go wrong, maybe it is NOT a punishment…maybe I am growing…maybe BETTER things are coming…I don’t know…But I do know that good or bad, I am learning to TRUST HIM.

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Hope is all I need

Remember  that  song  by The Beatles, All you need is love?

I sang it as a teen…thinking if I had someone to love me, everything would be okay.

As I get older, I realize that it is hope that I need.  Love is important.  We need to feel loved, but for me…I need hope.

Today marks the 8th anniversary of the miscarriage of my baby girl.  I was devastated and had a hard time coping for quite a while. In 2006, My husband & I already had 2 amazing sons and we had tried for more than 8 years to conceive again…we so hoped to have another child, especially a girl. When my test strip finally showed 2 blue lines, I was in shock.  I was old…at the end of my child bearing years.  I was 44 at the time and felt kind of like Sarah…I was sure God was chuckling as He answered my prayers.  Yet tragically just 6 weeks later…she was gone.

I have not shared this heart ache with many, however I feel I must today.  For without hope, I feel I would have given up and faded into the abyss.

I have a loving husband, friends, a great support system but yet I was sinking into blackness. I knew God loved me…but that just wasn’t enough at that low time in my life. I had to find my way back.  I knew I needed to recover to take care of my boys.., they needed me, their Mom…and it was hope that got me through.

Hope that my heartache would subside.  Hope that I could and would be the best Mom I could be to my boys.  Hope that even though I did not get to hold my daughter…I have hope that I will see her one day in Heaven.

I do not know why I had to endure this heartache, however I have learned to not question “why” anymore.  It doesn’t change things…in fact it was causing me to be bitter.  Like whenever I saw a pregnant woman,  a newborn or a child of the same age mine would have been.  Now I pray in each situation and release the pain, the sadness, the longing for what might have been.

He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb,                                                              and I will be naked when I leave.

The Lord gave me what I had,
    and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord!”  Job 1:21 (NLT)

I believe that God knows best.  He has a plan.  I will probably never understand His reasons this side of Heaven, but I trust Him.  He has the right to give and take away. He calls us to praise him EITHER WAY!  The pain is there as days like today roll in and try to steam roller me, but I am free because I have hope.

Hope is all I need.

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