GOD IS MORE THAN ENOUGH

July 25, 2022
by Tammy Phillips

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; Walk [habitually] before Me [with integrity, knowing that you are always in My presence], and be blameless and complete [in obedience to Me].“I will establish My covenant (everlasting promise) between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly [through your descendants].”  (Genesis 17:1-2)

In chapter 17 of Genesis, the Lord  introduced Himself for the first time as God Almighty, El Shaddai,  God the Most Powerful, the God who is more than enough – more than sufficient.

God essentially told Abraham what he needed to hear at the time to build up his faith, “ I am Almighty God, God who has the power to complete every  promise. I am more than enough.  I am able to do immeasurably more and exceedingly abundantly  more than you can ask or imagine.” 

Abraham needed to know this God because Almighty had told Abraham at age 99 that he would be the father of many nations. He also told 99-year-old Abraham at the right time, he would return to 90-year-old Sarah and that she would produce a son. Impossible? Not for El Shaddai.

Abraham and Sarah were imperfect, yet they remained faithful to God.  El Shaddai did exactly what he promised.  He was more than enough.

Last week at prayer as we were going over our “Hit List” with the Lord, I heard Him say for every prayer point on the list, “I am God of More than Enough! My promises are enough.  My word is enough.  If I said it, IT IS ENOUGH!  I AM  More than Enough!”

  • God is more than enough to give purpose and a child to a 99-year-old man and 90-year-old woman.
  • God is more than enough to heal our broken hearts from hurt, betrayal and any loss.
  • God is more than enough to give us all the strength we need to face any situation.
  • God is more than enough to make us resilient when the enemy has knocked us for a loop.
  • God is more than enough to make us courageous in the face of any and every fear.
  • God is more than enough to provide for our every need.
  • God is more than enough to forgive our every sin.
  • God is more than enough to restore crushed dreams.
  • God is more than enough to give us new dreams and desires.
  • God is more than enough to rebuild marriages that are falling apart.
  • God is more than enough to deal with us laughing in His face when He tells He will do the impossible.
  • God is more than enough to do the impossible.
  • God is more than enough to protect us from the tentacles of any virus.
  • God is more than enough to heal dementia.
  • God is more than enough to heal any sickness, disease, or cancer.
  • God is more than enough to send a girl who has had cancer all her life into remission at 12 years old.
  • God is more than enough to take us to the land of begin again.
  • God is more than enough to give us a brand-new start.
  • God is more than enough to double our salary in a recession. 
  • God is more than enough to give us our dream house when all signs say, “not today!”
  • God is more than enough to overcome any obstacles.

I enCOURAGE you to take God out of your quantitative box of “I am not enough. I am not good enough. I have to do more.”  He is on your side.  You will never be good enough nor do anything bad enough that our God of more than enough cannot overcome.  In fact, He already did at the cross.  Jesus paid it all.  He was and is MORE THAN ENOUGH.  His resources are infinite.  His power is limitless.  He is MORE THAN ENOUGH

“And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him] and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.”  (2 Corinthians 9:8 AMP)

 

 

 

Go and Reach

The below enCOURAGEMENT from our sister in Christ was sooooo good.  I had to pass if on…

…from Christine Caine on July 15, 2022
(https://christinecaine.com/neutrino/ems02/email.php?email=0b79e21d59e9007166d9029cceab&template=1ae808de28c711e99986)

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20, ESV).

I love the passion with which Jesus lived His life on earth. His heart was always to seek and save those who were lost. It was so important to Him that after His crucifixion, death, burial, and resurrection, He took a detour on His way to Heaven to, in effect, say in Matthew 28,

“Let me remind you why you’re here on this earth. I’m going to be seated at the right hand of the Father, and I’m going to come back and get you. But, in the meantime, this is what I need you to do. Here’s your job profile: There is a lost and broken world, and I am anointing you with the same Spirit that raised Me from the dead so you can be salt and light in the midst of it. You’re not supposed to run from the lost; you’re supposed to run to the lost. You’re not supposed to judge the lost; you’re supposed to love the lost. You’re not supposed to condemn the lost but go, reach, and help the lost.”

Friend, we are God’s search and rescue team for a lost and broken world! But if you look at people through the lens of your prejudices, fears, biases, or even the lens of social media, you’re going to run from the very people God has called you to go and reach.

Today, let’s be the people God has called us to be, ready to see others and reach out to them with His love, grace, and truth!

THINGS ARE JUST THINGS

by Tammy Phillips
July 11, 2022

“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Mat 6:19-21 CSB)

Bros of Decay is a YouTube channel that I happened on.  The “Brothers of Decay,” Lesley  and Jordy are urban explorers that document abandoned historical structures around the world.  I have watched two episodes where they walk the viewer through massive, abandoned castles.  It looks like the owners just walked out the door and left everything…art, guns, silver, dishes, libraires full of books, jewelry, the most beautiful crafted antique furnishings, phot albums and even business documents. 

I was astounded that these young men could quit their full times jobs and make a living from exploring what others had amassed and left behind. I know my husband is tired of me talking about this show, but the documentaries really moved me. I was made to question wealth and “things.”   I wanted to go save all the beautiful things that had been left behind and then I came to the realization. The things really do not matter.  They all just fly away into decay because you cannot take them with you.  It brought Matthew 6:19-21 to life for me.

“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy…”

I like nice things, but I was challenged with how much is enough? How much it too much?  How many articles of clothing do we need?  How many shoes? Purses? Pieces of jewelry, furniture, or art? I had the impulsive need to purge my life of earthen treasures! And I will soon.

I encourage you to stop!   “Don’t wear yourself out to get rich; because you know better, stop!  As soon as your eyes fly to it, it disappears, for it makes wings for itself and flies like an eagle to the sky.”  (Pro 23:4-5 CSB).  Focus and refocus on what is eternal and not temporal.  The things are just things.  They will fly away with the dust.  We cannot take “things “with us, so we need to make our stores in eternal heaven.  Invest in eternity not the now.

FREEDOM

by Tammy Phillips
July 4, 2022

“For freedom, Christ set us free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Gal 5:1 CSB)

We throw the word freedom around like a used paper towel.  We take freedom for granted.  We don’t appreciate the price that men and women paid so that we can be the United States of America.    As Christian’s we do not treasure the freedom that Jesus bought us on the cross.

When freedom is taken away is when it is prized the most. 

Seriously, STOP and think about our freedom.

What are we free to do today?

  • Read our Bible
  • Gather openly most anywhere.
  • Go to the grocery.
  • Turn on the air.
  • Worship publicly.
  • Go to work.
  • Drive a car.
  • Fly anywhere.
  • Do just about anything. 

Our freedom is and was not free.  It was bought by the sacrificial blood of Jesus.   In the United States freedom was and is expensive, individuals before and after us gave  their lives so that we could become and remain free. 

I enCOURAGE you In all the festivities of today, please stop, and be thankful for your every  freedom.  Do not think about what you do not have,  but about what you do. “Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.”  From the great city of Clarksville, Tennessee, USA,  HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

 

THIS BROKEN WORLD

by Tammy Phillips
June 20, 2022

Recently, I have been challenged, and asked some hard questions that I could not answer about the promises of God.  Of course, when you ask the Lord, He promises to answer.

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV)

“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:15 NKJV)

The Lord does not promise that we will like the answer.  I received a reply to my questions to the Lord from one pastor.  “The world is broken and we want God to be sovereign in a broken world.”    I didn’t ask the question anymore but unsolicited from a second pastor  and a devotion I read , I heard the same, “the world is broken.”

Things break in a broken world. (It’s not a comforting word, but it is the truth.)  The Lord God had a plan to send Jesus into the brokenness and darkness to save us.  He accomplished His plan through Jesus and that is our eternal hope. He saved us. He is saving us, and He will save us.  It is a progressive plan towards eternity.  It is why we have to keep walking by faith. 

Satan hates God.  He hates us, as children of God.  He has other ideas. He wants to dismay us.  He wants to steal from us.  He wants to kill us. He wants to destroy us.  It is his schemes! He wants to throw seemingly insurmountable obstacles in our path.  He wants us to be dismayed and turn our eyes from God.  God has the better design, life eternal with Him.   We cannot lose focus on God nor His eternal perspective.  We have to keep walking by faith.  Sometimes, it’s all we can do.  

There are many things that happen this side of heaven that we will never understand.  I don’t know If we will understand when we are in the very face of Jesus. (Will it even matter then?)  It is at this point where we must choose to step in faith.  We must choose to trust the word of God and turn off the lies of the devil.

Isaiah 41:10 is one of my favorite promises from the word of God, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Pictured above is a coaster from artist, David Arms with Is. 41:10 printed on it.  I thought it was the sweetest little art piece until I dropped in on the floor and broke it to pieces.  I thought it was destroyed.  However,  I loved it so that I picked up the fragments and glued it back together.  This is what God does with our lives.  The little square will never be the same, but it is saved and beautiful in its brokenness.  

He knows we live in this broken world.  However, He gives us hope in His word and tells us:

  1. Do not fear.
  2. I am with you even though you may not see nor feel Me.
  3. Do not be dismayed or look away from Me.
  4. Do not be amazed by the destruction of the enemy.
  5. He is God.
  6. He will give you the strength to breathe and step each day because His mercies are new every morning.
  7. He will help you.
  8. He will hold you up when it is hard to stand on your own two feet.

I enCOURAGE you to stay and stand in faith.  Do not turn away from Jesus and gaze on the brokenness.  Stay focused on Him.   I heard the Lord clearly say, “CELEBRATE LIFE!  Do not glorify the broken works of the enemy.  Do not be amazed by the evil in this world.  Do not be amazed by the works of our enemy like theft, destruction, sickness, cancer, nor death.  Jesus has overcome these things and as His children we have eternal hope and life in Him.   Celebrate every breath of life.

PS…Big thanks to Pastor Scott Sheppard who answered my call to the Lord  without hesitation.   Pastor Freddy  T. Wyatt and Lysa TerKeurst  spoke  the same words into my life as confirmation and they didn’t even  know it. 

ONE STEP AT A TIME

by Tammy Phillips
June 6, 2022

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. (Psalm 37:23 NKJV)

Take one step at a time.  I know on this journey you may not see the way clearly but take one step at a time.  God will be your Newel Post, the anchor of the stairway, a support that helps bear the weight of the rest of the way.  A newel is always found at the foot of a flight of stairs and at the top of the stairway.  A newel is placed at every juncture where the stairway changes directions. God is your Newel post providing support and bearing the way at the beginning, the end and at every turn along the stairway.

As you begin to climb, God will bring you to a landing that will provide you time for healing, rest, and restoration.  He will bring you to a landing place to guide you around the obstacles of life.  The landing will provide you direction and next steps. Trust Him.  He says in Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8 NKJV) He will help you rise and tread.  Rise and tread.  Before you know it, you will have risen and completed a run to the next landing.

I enCOURAGE you to keep taking one step at a time. God will be with you every step of the way. Take time to heal in your own way. Grieve in your own way. Healing is a journey and a climb. Take one day at a time. Take one breathe at a time. Take one step at a time.

(Repost from November 18, 2019)

A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

by Tammy Phillips  (with a little week from last year)
May 30, 2021

REMEMBER the former things of old, For I [am] God, and [there is] no other; [I am] God, and [there is] none like Me. REMEMBER the days of old, consider the years of many generations. (Isaiah 46:9NKJV and Deuteronomy 32:7 NKJV)

To REMEMBER is defined as to recall, recollect, remind, rehearse, record, call to mind, make a memorial; to mark; to exercise the memory.  

Today,  we remember the brave and courageous American soldiers who gave their lives for our great country.  We remember those who died for us in every war.  We remember those who continue to serve and die for our country.  Over 600,000 died in the Civil War alone and more than a million Americans have given their life for our liberty.

Today, we remember the military who safeguarded our Nation. We say, “THANK YOU” to the courageous men and women warriors who served and made the sacrifice of their lives to protect our freedom.  Freedom that was ultimately purchased for us on the cross by Jesus.

Today and every day, we also thank God and remember His sacrifice.  He sent His only son, Jesus, to fight, die, and win the battle for our eternal freedom in every area of our lives.  Look at the freedoms the prophet prophesied about in the coming Messiah in Isaiah 61:1-2…

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me because the LORD has anointed Me…

To preach good tidings to the poor
To bring cheerful news to the meek
To announce great news to the depressed mind
To show and tell tidings to the afflicted
To message the miserable
To be freshness to the failing
To publish possible to the impossible

To heal the brokenhearted
To bind up the broken in pieces
To wrap up firmly the destroyed
To bandage the burst
To compress the crushed
To gird the wrecked

To proclaim liberty to the captives
To call out freedom to the carried away
To cry out free, abundant flow, to the prisoners
To address swift flight to the caged

To open the prison to the bound
To deliver from jail the yoked
To open wide eyes and ears of the captive
To liberate by opening, anyone who is fastened
To redouble to the taken in war and tied up

To proclaim the acceptable, favorable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God; (Isa 61:1-2 NKJV)

Jesus anointed  by Holy Spirit, opened the scrolls in Luke 4, read Isaiah 61:1 and then said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” Jesus in essence said, “I AM is here.  Who you have been waiting for, it is me.  I am the long-awaited Messiah of Israel. This is the ‘acceptable year of the Lord.’”

Remember, this is the age of God’s grace, redemption, and deliverance.  It is now.  All are invited to come to Christ in repentance and, by faith, receive the gift of eternal life and eternal freedom.  “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17)  

However, there is going to be time where God says enough is enough. The “day of vengeance of God” will come.   “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:18-19 NKJV)

This was the message of the Lord.
This was the message of Jesus.
This is our promise.  This is THE GOOD NEWS. 
This is our message.
Holy Spirit anoints and empowers us, His disciples, His people, to pass on the same message of Jesus.

I enCOURAGE you to REMEMBER the great things God has done.  
REMEMBER, Jesus.  REMEMBER what He gave up so you could have that life.
I enCOURAGE you to REMEMBER the life God has given and the life He has promised you. 
I enCOURAGE you to open your ears!  Hear the entire message of Jesus, our Savior.  Accept the freedom and every benefit that He paid for with His life.  Then like Jesus and our brothers and sisters in the military who so freely gave, sign up and become a freedom fighter.  It is a much easier road.   Simply, our mission, if accepted ,  stand and publish the good news of Jesus to everybody you know.  THERE IS FREEDOM IN HIM! 

Do not forget to stop and remember as you celebrate today, Jesus died for our freedom and our fellow countrymen have died to help us maintain those freedoms.  (If you do not know, each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.)  Be free!  Remember what you received and heard, and hold fast, and repent (Revelation 3:3 KJV)

GRAY DAYS ARE RAY DAYS

by  Tammy Phillips
May 23, 2022

“Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The LORD of hosts [is] His name):” (Jeremiah 31:35 NKJV)

The first day on the beach was very overcast.  Needless to say, I packed up the necessities, water, chair, and a good book and off to the shore I went.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with what the sky was displaying, but so elated to be in my happy place.  Then I heard the LORD speak to me so simply, “Gray days are ray days.”  The sun still shines and lights the sky.  The warmth of its kiss and the touch of its rays can still be felt. We cannot see the sun, but it is still hanging and shining high in the sky.  It does not bow nor concede its place to the gray.  The sun only allows the silver sky to obscure its glory for short few minutes in time.   Then “suddenly,” powerfully and ever strongly, a hole opens in the sky and the rays of the sun declare its glory. 

Isn’t that just like the LORD?  We cannot see the LORD, but He is always in our life, lighting our days. His presence can always be felt. Gray days may come, and obstacles may block our view of seeing clearly.   However, stormy, gray days of life are still touched by His rays.  Wait just a little while and the “suddenlies” will come breaking through the gray, declaring His glory, and lighting our way. While we are waiting, we should bask in the richness of the silvery, gray heavens.  All the while, knowing that the golden sky that is hidden behind is worth the wait and just a breakthrough away.   Enjoy the gray days because…

Gray days are ray days. 
We should realize His presence is still touching our lives. 

Gray days are pray days.
We should expectantly pray for the gold that is just one breakthrough away.

Grays days are say days.
We should declare His word and trust in His promises over our lives.

Gray days are lay days.
We should be content no matter where we are and layout in surrender before Him.

Grays days are pay days.
When we question why we have to endure the gray, we are missing out on the richness that the silver days,

Grays days are vacay days.
We should resort to the LORD on these days and delight in His presence.

Gray days are way days.
We should understand that through the gray the LORD will show us the way,

Gray days are my kind of days.   Really, gray days are days like any other.

I enCOURAGE you to embrace your gray days.  Every day really is a great day when we walk it out with our Savior.  The gentle whisper of the Lord changed my whole attitude about gray days. It gently rained most of the first day.  There were little breakthroughs where I could barely see the white ball of the fiery sun through shadowy sky.  When I arrived back to our villa, I could visibly see where the sun had left its mark on my skin.  It had been active and working.  I just could not see it.  Remember, gray days are still ray days where the Lord, our Dayspring, is still working, even though we might not see Him.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

by Tammy phillips
May 8, 2022

“She who gave you birth will be happy.”  Proverbs 23:25

I am so happy today!  I have two men in my life that I am blessed to call sons. They are my greatest joys! I could not be prouder of  the both of them.  In different ways, they have incredibly big and giving hearts. They might get that from me, but they are just like their dad when it comes to living and working.  They play hard and work even harder!  They make this mama’s heart swell with joy. 

You know, Mother’s Day is supposed to be all about mothers!   I am so very grateful for every mother that I am blessed to do life with. I couldn’t  have done it without them.  I am particularly  thankful my own mother. She is my biggest fan and cheerleader.  I do challenge the fact that Mother’s day is all about mothers because without the kiddos, mothers are not mothers.   Any mom who enjoys celebrating the day would tell you that it is really all about the children. Right?

“No doubt about it!  children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a divine reward.” Psalm 127:3

Other than the gift of Jesus, children are the greatest gift!  Here’s to the kids and to Father God who granted us our biggest blessings.  I prayed for my boys and the Lord gave me what I asked from him. So, I gave my boys back to the Lord. As long as they live, they are the Lords (  Samuel 1:27-28).

I enCOURAGE you to be happy today! Mothers enjoy your gifts; your children and children enjoy your mother’s. Neither will always be around.  Appreciate the gifts that God has gifted you with…your mothers and your children.  I do! Love you all!

P.S.  Best thing my son’s have done gifted me with THE BEST daughters! 

My sweet Mama! I love you!

THE CALL OF JOYOUS SPRING

“It’s spring! I want to sing! I want to dance!” Photo my: @ yoshinko_bass

by TAMMY PHILLIPS
May 2, 2022

My beloved spoke, and said to me: ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over [and] gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, And the vines [with] the tender grapes give a [good] smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away!’” (Song 2:10-13 NKJV)

Do you hear our Beloved Lord calling, “Rise up and come away?”  He calls to us as He calls Spring forth from the earth.  Would He have us hibernating, or sleeping while He resurrects nature all around us?  Can you hear Him declare, “I am risen.  Rise in me.  Come away with me.  Let’s go higher. ” 

It is Spring. 
It is time to arise.
It is time to break forth.
It is time to come out of the darkness.
It is time to appear.
It is time to grow.
It is time to proceed.
It is time to thrive.
It is time to leap; to bound; to jump.
It is time to start; to burst; to shoot forth; to explode.
It is time to arise and go away with our Beloved.

The earth has heard our Beloved.
They have answered His call.
Can you hear the joy He brings? 
Can you hear the life He sings?

I hear the choir of a 100-songbirds rising:
Rocking Robins, Bubbling Brown Thrashers,
Cheerful, Chirpy Finches, and Sharp-Cheepy Sparrows.
I even hear one feathered friend,
favored and ever-present Little Mockingbird,  
spring forth and  perform a grand solo.

Love is in the air. 
I see the brilliant red cardinals turning, twisting
And dancing their dances.
and the bluest bluebirds fluttering and waving their wings. 
The mockingbirds face off with their heads held high
darting and retreating in their coy little performance.

The glistening green grass has risen and been pruned.
The slender sheathing blades have risen again
with every droplet of rain to even taller heights.
The happy, golden daffodil clusters
have broken out of the dark.
They sang their praises and announced
with the solitary bell tone of the tulips
that spring has sprung, and new life has begun.

The multitude of gray winter is afar.
The growing, glowing emerald is everywhere.
It is all encompassing and covering with comfort.
New life surrounds and energy abounds.
It is spring.

I enCOURAGE you to stop and look around.  Hear the voice of our Beloved Father calling to you,“Rise up and come away.”  Enjoy ever scent of His creation.  Delight in His presence .  Grasp His hand and take the next steps of your  journey out of the darkness of winter and into the joy of spring. He waits on you. I hope you will answer His call.

Lovely Yellow Warbler by Karen Gallo
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