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For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Tiny legs carried them across the sand in a frenetic search as each child bent low over a crudely sketched map. The sunlight shone from their eyes like sea glass scattered on the beach.

“It’s here somewhere,” one said.

“Let me look at that.” Another boy grabbed the paper from his brother and quickly assessed their position. “I think it’s by him. Come on, guys. It’s gotta be buried somewhere by dad.”

Squealing and shouting, four little children careened toward their father. Joining in their play, the man threw his head back.  His laughter joined the rush of the ocean waves splashing joyfully against the beach.

The littlest one squatted near her father’s feet and brushed wet, gritty sand from something dark and brown. The boys joined in and they dug deeper, grainy bits of shell and dirt cemented to dimpled hands and limbs. Forming a pocket around the ridge of a wooden box, the one with the husky voice shouted, “We found it. Buried treasure.”

That game was one our children-now teens and young adults-still remember. My husband was a master at creating treasure hunts and this was particularly memorable.

Like children, we are all seeking after treasure; 
searching after that which fills the empty places of our souls. Click To Tweet

Like children, we are all seeking after treasure; searching after that which fills the empty places of our souls. But the treasure that satisfies man’s soul isn’t discovered in wealth, fame, or even family. It’s found in the person of Jesus Christ and He is waiting patiently for people to seek Him.

Scripture affirms, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

When we seek the treasure of Christ afresh each day, 
He pours out spiritual riches. Click To Tweet

And when we seek the treasure of Christ afresh each day, He pours out the spiritual riches of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control.

Oh, the abundant goodness of our Father!

We've discovered the Logos, the Lord, the Lamb, the Lion, 
and the free gift of Life. Click To Tweet

Here, kneeling in the blood-soaked soil at the foot of the cross we’ve discovered the Logos, the Lord, the Lamb, the Lion of Judah, and the free gift of Life.

May you find comfort in your wealth today, Friend.

Peace and grace,

Tammy

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It’s been a challenging, up-and-down, I-don’t-think-we-can-get-through-this sort of year.  As I read through my blog posts, notes, and emails my heart rate increases and a sense of apprehension settles over me.  remind myself–aloud–God has been with you through it all.

God was with me when I learned one child had been abused.

God was with me when another child was diagnosed with a life-long illness.

And before that?

God was with me when my husband was deployed in Afghanistan and I was raising four children at home.

God was with me when my daughter was born prematurely and then had to be resuscitated.

One heart wrenching, faith growing, I-don’t-like-this-plan-Lord sort of year.  Before that?  One year of struggle…another of joy.  Time kept moving, bringing with it moments of joy, celebration, grief, and sadness.  And through it all I was never alone.  

Maybe you are experiencing a challenging, up-and-down, I-don’t-think-I-can-get-through-this sort of year…or month…or moment.

Friend, remember!  “I (God) will never leave you nor forsake you, for (He) is with you always even unto the end of the age.  (Matthew 28:20)

 

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“You did WHAT?” I asked my fifteen-year-old son.  Rushing into the restroom, I peered into the white bowl.  Shaking my head in disbelief, I sighed and turned to Seth.  “I’m sorry, honey.  PD Bear is gone.”  Connor had unceremoniously flushed what remained of his little brother’s blanket down the toilet.  Whoosh!  With no more than a gurgle and a quick jerk of the silver handle, Seth’s security disappeared.

It didn’t matter that PD Bear had faded from a bright blue to a dingy grey or that its once silken fabric had lost its sheen.  Seth had depended on “him” since babyhood.  PD had been more than a blanket.  He had been a cape, a hat, and pet.  PD had provided comfort, support, and security.

There have been moments I’ve wanted to revert to childhood–or at least a time–when I’ve gained as much strength from something.  Can you relate?  When life seems to be headed in an unexpected direction or the day’s concerns loom large in the corners of your mind, wouldn’t you love to be wrapped up in a security greater than yourself…your husband…your bank account…?

Better than something, God is the Someone who can provide us with the security we seek.  In him we will find comfort (Isaiah 51:12), peace (Ephesians 2:14), and protection (Psalm 5:11).  His strength and redemption are our strength, dear friend.  They are our everlasting security.

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