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Patrice Tankard, Executive Writer, Notes of Inspiration
The Late Pastor Arthur Lee Tankard
Today I reflect on thoughts of my father. The Late Pastor Arthur Lee Tankard is on my mind and memories are flooding my thought processes. My dad seemed to live ahead of his time. Many people did not understand his way of thinking and he seemed to constantly have ideas for his visionary conquests. But what I most admired about my dad was his constant and persistent search for the truth. He studied world issues, politics, the book of Revelation in the Bible and many other resources that permeated in the realm of the spiritual and physical world. Dad was what some would call an “End Time Prophet”. He could explain the mysteries in Revelation and connect them to world events with uncanny spiritual analysis and insight.
However, I thank God for wonderful parents and a father that was involved in my life every day. In the book of Proverbs there is a scripture that says to train up a child in the way that they should go and when they are older they will not depart. My parents trained me well. The teachings of the word are in my heart. Even though I have done some things that were not pleasing to my parents or God, the word of God did not depart from my heart.
Whether we have a good relationship with our father or not, we must remember that our heavenly father is available to care for and love us. His comfort, provision and wisdom supersede any and all fatherly influences. Since my own earthly father is gone, I am basking in the love and comfort of my heavenly father. No one has to be without a father ever. We just need to accept The Great and Heavenly Father and allow him to be a father to us.
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 NIV
In life it may seem that God has put more on you than you can bear, but trust in the word when it says the pain and the trials are only temporary. The weeping is just for now, but joy comes in the morning. This may take on a metaphorical meaning, but spending time with the Lord in the morning really does bring joy. I refuse to put my morning in other people’s hands. Everyday is the Lord’s, so start each morning reading the word and just to say “Thank You, I know this day is a gift from You.”
Enjoy each day.
song: Just for Now by Imogen Heap
Today examine your feelings about how you impact other people. Do you have a positive affect on people or do you have a negative impact? Spend time planning how you can touch a life in a positive manner. You can say a kind and encouraging word to someone that can change his or her life forever. See if you can impact the world one person at a time.
“It is my hope that through this website and ministry that I can inspire lives for positive change infinitely.”
Have you ever thought to research the meaning of your name? The meaning of a name has formally been illustrated as a prophecy to one’s life. If you have friends who are planning to have children, encourage them to find out the meaning of the baby’s name before naming. My name, Patrice, comes from the word “Patrician”, which was a class of royal people in Roman times. These people were kings, queens, princes and princesses. “Patrice” means….”of noble birth”. With further research, I found out that Patrice means “wealthy and owner of much land, one who is royal and who is blessed through inheritances”. I find that interesting and I accept the prophecy over my life. What does your name mean?
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5
Be happy and content with what you have been blessed with. Let your conversation(life style) be without covetousness(wishing and wanting for more without appreciation for what you already have). Be encouraged and know that your life is in good hands and the Lord will not leave or forsake you. Trust him with your life.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?” Proverbs 27:1
What do you fear? The Lord is our light and salvation. We should fear nothing. We should take confidence in knowing that God is all-knowing and ever present. There is no need to fear anything when God is on our side. Nothing is bigger than God. The Lord is the strength of our lives and we should not be afraid of any situation, circumstance, event, trial, tribulation or challenge. Rest in God and his ability to handle our lives. The Lord is our light and our salvation. No more fear.
“Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord, because you are my mighty rock and my protector.” Psalm 19:14
Pleasing the Lord should be our ultimate desire. We should pay close attention to what we say and what we think. The Lord pays attention to what we say and think, so, it should be absolutely something that would make him happy. God is our protector and our rock. He is stable and able to bring us through in our lives. We should bless him with good thoughts and words.
“Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. his children will be mighty in the land: the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.” Psalm 112:1-3
It is promised that you and yours will be blessed if you reverence the Lord and his precepts. Blessings and favor will be upon your children and wealth will be in your possession. Honor God in all that you do and find delight in his commands. You will enjoy the favor that only God can provide.
The blessings of the Lord are available. Bask in his glory today, relax and trust in Him. Do not get caught up in the worries of this world. Life is uncertain and death is sure. So, while you are yet alive, give God the praise and have fun in the glory of God.