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Patrice Tankard, Executive Writer, Notes of Inspiration
“Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Psalms 62:10
Do not get caught up in the positions and titles of people and what they can do or how much they may have. Compared to others who do not have great titles, positions or great wealth, we are all the same. We are only a breath. Respect should belong to most and not just to ones who are considered special, privileged or distinguished. “Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighted on a balance, they are nothing…”
“Shout praises to the Lord! with all my heart I will thank the Lord when his people meet. The Lord has done many wonderful things!” Psalms 111:1, 2
Today I will give God praise for all that he has done. I will take time to think about the wonderful things that he has done in my life. He has healed my body on several occasions, he has healed my broken heart when I lost loved ones through death, he has opened doors that I did not expect. He is a wonderful God who does wonderful things.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!” Luke 12:22-28
What a relief to know that we do not have to worry about such things in our lives. God will take care of us even more so because he takes care of the birds and the lilies in the fields. As we continue to trust God and allow him to be our provider, we might as well sit back and bask in the protection and provision of God!
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor, blessings and prosperity will be yours…Thus is the man blessed who fears the Lord…and may you live to see your children’s children.” Psalms 128:1,2,4,6
I don’t know about you but this scripture makes me feel so happy way down on the inside. Walking in the ways of the Lord and fearing him pleases him. Fearing the Lord also brings blessings and who wouldn’t be happy about that? To fear the Lord means to honor him in Holy reverence and respect. Obedience to God brings blessings. Living to see your children’s children is another outstanding blessing on its own. This scripture is packed with possibilities and rewards. Grab a hold to these concepts and enjoy the favor of the Lord.
“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
Be encouraged today to allow your mind to rest in the peace of the Lord. My mother used to tell us to read Psalm 91 when we felt the need to feel protection. When you get time read it. It is very comforting. Sometimes our minds race when we try to go to sleep. However, I have found that reading the Bible does wonders to calm down my mind, thoughts, anxieties and concerns. Praying to the Lord also helps. Be encouraged today to depend on the peaceful embraces of God’s word and his protection. He will protect you, your family and your dwelling if you trust him.
“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your live stock calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks…You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out…” Deuteronomy 28:1-7
I took some time to read what would happen to them if they were disobedient. It was promised that they would be cursed. Total devastation! I don’t know about you but I am not interested in living a life that brings curses. It is my desire to please the Lord. If it takes being obedient to his word, though it may not always be easy, then that is what I want to do. I want to be blessed and not cursed. It all has to do with the will. If we can surrender our will to the Lord, we could elevate quickly. God’s favor would be without measure. I want to be blessed, so I am going to be obedient. How about you?
“… be of the same mind; be at peace with one another: and the God of love and peace will be with you” 2 Corinthians 13:11
Be encouraged today to understand that it goes well with us when we make the effort to be at peace with one another. Whether it is having peace with your spouse, your parents, your children, your co-workers, your neighbors or with anyone you come in contact with, it works when we initiate peace and love first. Pour out love on others around you and watch their reaction. Very few people can resist the effects of genuine love. It pleases the Lord when we treat and care for each other with the utmost love and this encourages peace to reside as well.
All families have their ups ,downs and their issues. Our family is no different. Family members may have their differences but is all about loving and forgiving each other. Be sure to catch Season 2 of “Thicker than Water” on Bravo TV, Sunday nights at 9/8c. This reality show follows the lives of Ben Tankard and his blended family. Look for me this season as well. God bless you and continue to fight for your family in having great relationships. ~Patrice Tankard
Me and my siblings
Be sure to watch Season 2 of “Thicker than Water” on Bravo TV, Sunday nights at 9/8c and catch Season 1 on demand through your local cable company. You can also watch video clips of “Thicker than Water” on www.bravotv.com
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As we take the time to celebrate the life and work of a man who sacrificed his life so that others could be free, please also remember the the other man who sacrificed his life so that we could all have eternal life. Thank God for Jesus who anoints and sends people in this world like Dr. King to help mankind become a better world. Be encouraged today to appreciate ones who are trailblazers and who have worked to make the lives of others better. It is also within you to help others, even if it’s in small ways. It is not too late to leave a legacy of your own. Leave your values, morals and truths to your family and others. Leave a letter or a will of testament. Just leave something so that others can remember you!
Let’s all work together to leave a legacy so that others can remember us.
Happy M.L.K. Day!