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 Welcome to Notes of Inspiration where there is an encouraging word waiting for you everyday! Our mission here at Notes of Inspiration is to encourage you everyday in your walk of life and to bring people together from across the world. We say thank you to over 50 countries that log on every single day!   Thank you so much for dropping by.  We love you and are praying for you. 

Patrice Tankard, Executive Writer,  Notes of Inspiration

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We should listen

“You shall therefore obey the voice of the LORD your God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command you this day.” Deuteronomy 27:10

Be encouraged today and know that it is important to obey the voice of the Lord and to keep his guidelines. It helps to keep our lives in order. Who else can lead us and guide us when we cannot see what is ahead of us? Following his commandments helps to balance our lives and brings blessings to us. He just wants the best for us and with that in mind we should listen because we do not know better than he does.

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Cherish and Celebrate Close Friends!

Almost five years ago we started this website to encourage the hearts of others. In 30 days we went global and it took off from there. There were days that I had challenges trying to  keep up with my life and the ministry of Notes of Inspiration. I wanted to give up but my close friend, Gerard kept me encouraged.  He said, “A Tankard is a large, pewter drinking mug designed to share drink with others. You share your wisdom, knowledge and encouragement to others. You are a “Tankard” to the world. Use your gift and pour out of your “Tankard”.  Gerard is the one who gave me the idea to use my name symbolically for what I do. If you have a very close friend who encourages you through the good and bad hold on to him. Close friends who love and care for you and your life are priceless.  Cherish and celebrate close friends!Thank you so much Gerard for spectacular concept of me being a “Tankard” to the world. Love you much! ~Patrice

Gerard and I. #CloseFriendsForLife

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“In-Loves” instead of “In-Laws”

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7

When families blend together it is important to work together to make the family unit work. In the Tankard family we don’t have “in-laws”, we have “in-loves”.  I have one biological sister who is so wonderful and whom I love dearly. I also have sisters that have either married into my family or I married into theirs. I have several sister-in-loves because I have married into two families in my life time. However, I tell them that they are still my family even though I am not married to their brother any more. Once a sister, always a sister. Once a brother, always a brother.

Jewel Tankard is married to my  brother, Ben Tankard. She is the kindest and sweetest Sister and I love her very much. Love works and through the grace of God it can hold a family together. If you have any in-laws I pray that  your relationships are filled with love. If not, pray, forgive and work through your differences for the sake of your family. Nothing is bigger than God. God is love. Be love, do love and live love. Love one another. ~Patrice Tankard

In this Photo: My sister-in-love, Jewel Tankard and I are in Tennessee at a private airport preparing to board the plane to have lunch in Kentucky at Montana Grill. My brother, Ben Tankard, is our pilot and will be flying us to there and will treat us for lunch. We are spending family and “in-love”  time.

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We Celebrate Five Years!

Thank you so much for allowing us to serve you. Notes of Inspiration was formed in 2009 as a hobby because I enjoy writing everyday. In 30 days we went Global with over 50 countries visiting daily. We have partners from other countries who have permission to interpret our postings to their people and languages. We have requests for certain topics and we have continuous support from our Global “Voices of N.O.I.” who spread the word about our site and who spread the word of God. Two ministries from India that have orphanages have partnered with Notes of Inspiration for spiritual leadership, encouragement and educational counsel.  Over 80% of our visitors are International. We want to say thank you to all of you who visit our site and who tell others about us. God bless you and we love you. Patrice Tankard & Staff

Notes of Inspiration is produced by Patrice Tankard Productions.

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Do You Need Help?

“I will lift up mine eyes unto to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help cometh from the Lord who hath made the heaven and the earth.” Psalms 121:1

Do you need help today? God has your back. Just look to him, ask him, thank him, and expect him to do it. I need help all of the time. The Lord has been faithful in helping me every time. We need to realize that we can not do everything on this earth by ourselves. We need help. He uses situations, circumstances and people to assist us in our concerns of life. Let the Lord help you today. He is waiting on you to ask.

Patrice Tankard

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What Flavor of Dust are You?

(Reposted and is back by popular demand!)

“Forasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God of his great mercy to take unto himself the soul of our dear sister here departed, Mary E. Tankard, we therefore commit her body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life…” (Book of Common Prayer 1662)

The Late Co-Pastor Mary E. Tankard, , Musician, Songwriter, Composer, Choreographer, Writer

I remember these words as we stood around the casket of our dear mother at the cemetery during the committal service.  Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.  It brought to my mind something I heard a minister say once. He said “We are nothing but a speck of dust on borrowed breath.” The emphasis is the word “dust”.   Genesis 2:7 says, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

If you don’t believe that you are dust, just look down at the water that swishes around your feet when you are in the shower. You will see the dust particles. Try this. Take a shower and then wait three hours later and take another one. Even though you are still clean, you will see dust particles in the water anyway. If you still don’t believe that you are dust, investigate what happens after a corpse has fully decomposed after death. Once again there is dust.

But this is more important. What kind of dust are you? What kind of life are you living? Are you a nurturer? Are you an encourager or are you malicious? Are you jealous, envious, unforgiving, slanderous, conceited, disobedient, proud, boastful, or ungrateful? Are you living a life of harmony, peace, love, joy, patience, long suffering, or happiness? I remember my mother as one who showed hospitality, love, and concern. She visited nursing homes and hospitals on Saturdays. She was an elegant caregiver. That was her flavor.  Now that her body has now been committed back to the ground(dust) I can say that I am pleased with her flavor. Her flavor has impacted my life forever. I hope that God is pleased with her flavor and hopefully it was a sweet smelling savor in his nostrils. What flavor of dust are you?

Patrice Tankard

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Did you see that?

One of the most important things to have in one’s life is discernment. People are people everyday and everywhere but you have to know how to “read” what they say and do and decipher what is true and what is not. Wonderful things can happen in your life if you can see for yourself the signs of success and blessings. However, bad things can happen to you if you do not have the insight or judgement to decide whether it is true or good for you. I went through experiences in my life that led my life down the wrong paths because I did not recognize the “red flags”. I have failed in past relationships because I did not pay attention to the warning signs. It is so important to understand that there will always be something in front of you to “see” if you would only just look closely. Looking closely into situations that are set before you, people who are set before you and anything that crosses your path is urgent. Looking closely means to listen, observe, analyze, pray, decipher, and investigate. When one of my friend’s boyfriend made fun of her looks, did she “see” that his comment was a foreshadowing of verbal abuse down the road? When an acquaintance of mine found that she was left alone on the weekends without any communication from her fiance’, did she “see” that this indicator revealed later that he was already married and seeing other women and using them at the same time? Some people say that seeing is believing. I say that “seeing” is urgently important and it is necessary for survival. What do you think?

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God’s special daughters

“Husbands, in a similar way, live with your wives with understanding since they are weaker than you are. Honor your wives as those who share God’s life-giving kindness so that nothing will interfere with your prayers.” 1 Peter 3:7

Though we wives may not want to ever admit it, we are the weaker sex. No matter how strong and liberated we become, we cannot not fight what the word of the Lord says about us. It is not a negative thing to be the weaker sex. However, husbands should understand that no matter what kind of “tough wall” we put up, deep down in our hearts we want a gentle but firm leadership from our husbands.  As the scriputure above illustrates, we do crave our husbands’ understanding and honor and we do not respond very well to harshness.  Another scripture says, “Husbands, love your wives, and don’t be harsh with them.” Colossians 3:19. The bottom line is that as wives continue to love and submit to their husbands, the husbands must love God and possess a maturity level that will allow them to continue to be understanding , kind, honorable and loving to their wives with the understanding that wives are the weaker sex but are still equal partners and that not treating the wives right can hinder the prayers of the husbands. That in itself sends a powerful message to husbands from God just in case there is a misuse of authority from the husbands to the wives. If husbands realize that their prayers can be hindered for not treating their wives right, that should sound a serious alarm in the hearts of the husbands that God loves his special daughters and he wants them treated royally.

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What kind of fruit are you eating?

“Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21

Whatever you speak out of your mouth will be your destiny. Your words are your fruit and you will eat(live) that fruit. You can speak good fruit(blessings and destiny) or you can speak bad fruit(negative perspectives or death to situations).  Speak what you want to happen in your life, trust the Lord to make it come to pass along with his will and experience the results. What kind of fruit is your mouth speaking today?

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