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
Stay tuned for Season 2 of “Thicker than Water” The Tankards on Bravo TV airing December 21st 9/8c. This reality show follows the life of my brother Ben Tankard and family. You can catch up by watching Season 1 “On Demand” from your local cable company. Get ready for lots of family love, fun and drama! I will be appearing in Season 2. Thanks for your support! ~Patrice Tankard
Proverbs 26:17 (AMP): “He who, passing by, stops to meddle with strife that is none of his business is like one who takes a dog by the ears.”
When I was growing up I would hear my mother say, “You need to take six months to attend to your own business and take the other six months to leave others’ business alone”. She was trying to enlighten me on the importance of leaving situations alone that do not concern me. Do not meddle in others’ affairs. It causes strife and discontentment to all involved. Be encouraged today to take care of your own business. Do what is right for you and your family. Let the Lord lead you. When it comes to situations and circumstances that do not involve you just leave it alone.
Today I am going to get down to the basics. I have to decide what I want out of life regardless of how hard it seems to accomplish it. Let us do this together. Decide what you want out of life. Say for instance, if money was no object, what would you want right now? What kind of life do you imagine yourself living? Where would you go and who would you want to talk to? What would it take to fulfill your dreams? Are you doing something everyday that would slowly but surely contribute to your dream becoming a reality? Even if all you did was to research your plans and how you wanted to succeed, that is better than not doing anything at all. Think about it. Gather your thoughts. Write down some brainstorming ideas. Develop a plan. Find a mentor. Pray. Get to work! You can do it!
“Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:2
No matter what may be happening in your life today, take time to give the Lord thanks for all that he has done. Find a reason to celebrate. No one’s life is perfect but there is something that we can thank God for today, even if it’s just the opportunity to breathe and still be alive. Come before the Lord with a thankful heart and celebrate with music and song. Live your life with a cheerful heart. Select those things that are good in your life and celebrate them. I am learning how to celebrate the good things and it feels fantastic!
“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings;…” Proverbs 22:29
Here is a comment from one of our partners at Notes of Inspiration:
”I love all of your articles. Keep listening to the speaking spirit inside of you and writing the oracles of God. ‘I honor the voice of the Lord in your pen.’ Be blessed and I look forward to a new year full of an exponentially greater revelation of the hidden chronicles of God. Eye trully has not seen, nor ear heard that which the Lord has in store for you.”
P. Dowling, North America
Be encouraged today to take whatever you are gifted or talented to do and perfect it. Stay consistent and dedicated. Among other gifts, writing is my skill. I love to write and this website was originally started as a hobby. However, in thirty days it went global and other countries were logging on and making requests for more information and then eventually a book. This is our fifth year doing Notes of Inspiration and it is rapidly growing to more countries. I have learned that this scripture is true. Stay consistent in what you do and you will serve before kings. This means that your gift will make room for you, people will find out about you and seek you out, you will be asked to share your gifts to people in all walks of life and economic levels, including people who hold high positions. This website caught the attention of the Barrister of Nigeria, a magistrate in the Netherlands, Royal officials in Pakistan, Japan, China, Brazil, Indonesia and Latvia and many others too numerous to mention here. Though I have not physically traveled to these countries and continents yet, the Lord has blessed the website to physicially sit before and in the presence of these royal and highly respected Ambassadors and Royal officials to bless their lives on a daily basis(as the scripture says,”Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings” Proverbs 22:29). Communications were sent to me to let me know that they appreciated my skills and life’s work. I feel blessed and honored to serve in this capacity. Be encouraged and do what God has blessed you to do. You will touch lives without measure and make a dramatic difference in the world.
“As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” John 9:4
Be encouraged today to continue to walk in your destiny. The scripture says, “As long as it is day..”, which mean that while we are still alive me must do the work that we were born to do. Put forth your best effort and try to enjoy what you do and do it with all of your might. “Night is coming, when no one can work” and that means that after we die, we can no longer do the work and our destiny is either halted or completed. Work while it is day.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
Be careful what you say today all day. Words are powerful and has events, incidents and situations attached to them. The power of life and death lies in the tongue. Calmly speak words of assurance and serenity and you may wonder why you feel a sense of peace. Speak words of strife, stress and worry and you may wonder why you feel anxiety. Start the day off speaking words of blessing, thanksgiving and success. Take time out today and avoid any negative words and thoughts. Watch how your day unfolds to match the words that you speak. For the rest of your life from this day forward watch how your life unfolds from words that you continue to speak. Speak words that match the kind of life that you want.
“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3
Embrace the ownership of the Lord today. He is God, he made us and we are not our own. We are the sheep of his pasture. No matter how blessed we are or how independent that we may feel at times, we will still need to lean on the strong arms of the Lord sooner or later. Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone and that you belong to someone. You belong to God. He will look out for you and heal you.
Take time out today to thank a Veteran. Freedom comes with a price at times. Many Veterans have paid a severe price but the ones who are still here are to be appreciated. Happy Veteran’s Day and thank you to all Veterans who have helped us to sustain our right to freedom.