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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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Give honor to marriage

“Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.” Hebrews 13:4

Marriage is such an honorable institution and is a life long committment. Those who enter into it should not enter into it lightly but should take the perspective that marriage in itself is a ministry and it is another opportunity to serve. Husbands and wives should be totally committed and “sold out” to God and to each other.  God will judge those who are involved in immoral acts, adultery and fornication will be juged by God.

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The Lifter of your head

“Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’ But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.” Psalm 3:2-3

Never listen to “nay sayers” or to people who say negative things to you or about you. You will find that no matter what your status is in life, someone will be jealous of you in some way. The jealousy can be because of your intelliegence, appearance, insight, economical status, material things, your personality, your relationships or numerous other things that make you so wonderful. But be encouraged today and know that the Lord is a shield of protection around you and if you are ever feeling down or discouraged, the Lord is the lifter of your head. Your head should be lifted because you should take confidence in knowing that he is your God and he can handle all situations. The Lord can and will deliver you from all that besets you and he will bestow glory on you so that your enemies will see his favor and blessing upon your life. God is the lifter of your head.

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Live a better life

“‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.” Galations 5:22

Be encouraged today and know that honoring the word of God and being obedient to him can bring healing to your life. Peace and security are available if you need them. Take comfort in knowing that the Lord is waiting to heal and deliver us so that we can live a better life.

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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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