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THANKSGIVING MESSAGE

Thanksgiving Day 2017—blessings to all near and far. May joy and love fill your heart as you give Him thanks on this day and every day of the year…

Tom Tatum – 2017

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Messages From God

God sends people messages in many forms—through things, gestures, miracles, tragedies, and others (friends, family, and strangers). How people receive God’s messages depends on their mindset.

For instance:

  • Some have never heard about God; they are not aware of Him, so they don’t understand the source of the messages.
  • Some say God doesn’t exist; they are aware, but choose to deny God and His messages.
  • Some think they are too busy; they receive the messages, but  do not take the necessary time to listen.
  • Some receive the messages but simply choose to ignore them.
  • Some believe, listen, and understand God’s messages and choose to follow Him, spreading His word to others.

Each person who has heard God’s words has the right to choose whether or not they believe in Him. Unlike many false gods, God, the creator of all things, does not force anyone to believe, listen, or follow Him. It is the responsibility of those who do believe to serve as modern-day disciples by spreading His word to those who deny or are unaware of His love and grace.

Once informed of God, people have a decision to make—follow or ignore Him. Those who try to spread His word must then move on and continue to serve Him by informing others. The mission of Believers is to spread His word to others, not force them to transform. Transformation is between God and the newly informed; they will be dealt with according to His will.

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Do you have what it takes to be one of God modern-day disciples? If you do, you will become a fisher of men.

Matthew 4:19 (KJV)

And he saith unto them, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Tom Tatum – Author – May 1, 2017

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THIS DAY IS DONE

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THIS DAY IS DONE

Although this day is done,

Each hour was filled with fun.

I’m sad to say goodbye,

But really don’t know why.

 

If God gives me one more,

I’ll feel blessed to my core.

But should this be my last,

I thank Him for  my past.

 

I tried to served Him well;

His word I sought to tell.

When He judges my soul,

His hand I pray to hold.

 

If you feel the same way,

You know of what I say.

If His light shines through you,

Others may know Him too.

 

Blessings to you and yours,

Tom Tatum – Author – 2017

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ANGEL AND THE SILVER DOLLAR

There are times in life when we find ourselves in situations that we can’t explain while it is happening. I experienced such a moment when I was a young boy. It wasn’t life threatening, but it was certainly surreal. It was a special moment—one I can still visualize it as if it happened yesterday. However, it occurred fifty-six years ago.

So, what brings about such moments as this? Well, it’s simple when we understand that sometimes in life there are forces far more powerful than ourselves helping us accomplish feats that are beyond our abilities. Allow me to explain the moment I experienced.

When I was a youngster, I was very shy. I never liked being the center of attention—NEVER! I just wanted to do my own thing without any fanfare from others.

At age eleven, I had the honor of being one of fourteen players selected for the 1960 Orangeburg Little League All-Star baseball team. That in itself was a major milestone for me because there were many talented twelve-year olds who also played during the regular season. I was very fortunate to have some of the coaches recognize my ability to play baseball. However, unknown to them, their confidence in me set in motion the unusual event that was about to unfold.

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What I didn’t know at the time was that this was going to be a defining moment in my life—both athletically and spiritually.

I was the starting centerfielder in the first Little League All-Star game in Barnwell, SC. To say starting the game surprised me would be an understatement. Anyway, I took the field with butterflies flying around in my stomach to the point I felt as if I was going to hurl my lunch before the game started, but, thank goodness, I didn’t.

The game had gone great for our team and we had a one-run lead in the bottom of the last inning. Then, momentum swung to the other team and they had men on second and third base with one out. I stood in centerfield with a lump in my throat and prayed, “Lord, please don’t let the batter hit the ball to me.” That’s not exactly what an “all-star” player should be thinking at such a time.

Unfortunately, for me, God didn’t respond to my innocent-childlike prayer the way I had hoped He would. On the very next pitch, the batter hit a hard line-drive straight toward me—the most difficult trajectory and direction for an outfielder to catch the ball.

I ran toward the ball and caught it just above my shoelaces for out number two. The runner on third base tagged up and headed toward home plate. If he scored, it would tie the game. If my throw was off-target, the runner on second base could also score and we would lose the game. Without hesitation, I reared back and fired the ball toward the catcher. It was a perfect strike, and the runner was out by two strides. It was a double play, and the game was over. We won the game!

I couldn’t believe my eyes! I had never thrown a runner out at home plate from centerfield in my life. The fans went wild and cheered louder than I had ever heard before. As I ran off the field, my teammates gathered around me and celebrated the moment—the victory and the throw! Though there were not thousands of fans in the stands that night, it sure sounded like it to me. To say the least, I was happy for what happened, but I also wanted to hide.

I was shocked by what I had just accomplished. The moment was truly surreal. I thought, “Did I really do that? Was I dreaming? How did that ball leave my hand and hit the catcher’s mitt for a perfect strike from centerfield?”

That’s when I paused and said, “Lord, You didn’t answer my prayer the way I wanted, but thank You for blessing me with an angel to guide my throw to home plate.”

After the game, the father of our pitcher came over to me and congratulated me for my unbelievable throw. He said, “That was a great throw, Tatum! An awesome play like that deserves a reward. This is for you.” That’s when he placed a silver dollar in my hand—the only money I ever received for playing baseball.

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I’m sure you can imagine the joy I felt that night, but I knew I didn’t make that throw on my own. An angel assisted me on the field that night, and yet, I received a silver-dollar reward for “our” effort.

It is the special moments in life that make you smile, and this moment has put a smile on my face for over fifty years. Have I ever told my grandchildren this story? Sure, I have! Many times, and I smile every time I tell the story. In fact, I’m smiling right now!

Here’s the amazing finale to the story. I tried throwing a ball in similar situations at practice more than a hundred times and never made that play again. Without any pressure of a real-game situation, I couldn’t repeat the “magical” throw.

I’m sure the Lord has more important concerns than helping a young boy throw a ball to home plate, but I also know I could never have made that throw on my own. Then again, what if…

Jesus looked at them and replied, “This is impossible for mere humans, but for God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26

So, what do you think happened that night? Did I suddenly have powers far beyond my abilities or did an angel assist me? No one could be that lucky.

I’m sure you have also had similar moments in your life. Would you care to share one of your special moments when you accomplished something beyond your capabilities?

Blessings to you and yours, and have a great day!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2017

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HOPE FAITH PRAYER

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No matter what is happening in our lives…

HOPE

gives us reason to face another day.

When we add

FAITH to HOPE,

we become empowered.

When we add

PRAYER

to

HOPE and FAITH,

 

WE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS!

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WHEN ANGELS APPEAR

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When I wrote my first novel, IF TIGERS WERE ANGELS: With God, All Things Are Possible, the story broached the thought that little creatures like Tiger Swallowtails (Tigers) could be angels God sends to deliver messages to unsuspecting individuals.

Think it’s impossible? Well it’s not. In fact, after I had my personal encounter with a Tiger while writing the manuscript, I added the subtitle, With God, All Things Are Possible. I described my actual experience at the end of the story because the encounter was so surreal.

I have had many encounters with Tigers since the one I described in the book. Some have been inspiring and others simply brightened my day, but each encounter was very special.

The beautiful Tiger displayed in this post appeared in my backyard on May 18, 2016. It had no messages, but it posed long enough for me to take some nice photos. The beauty of God’s little creations is awesome!

May all of your TIGERS be ANGELS.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2016

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SYMBOLIC MESSAGES FROM SAND DOLLARS

I have always enjoyed going for long walks on the beach and listening to the rhythmic sound of waves crashing onto the shore. The variety of shells I see along the way helps make the walk even more enjoyable. However, there’s one little shell that has always intrigued me—the Sand Dollar.

When I was a young boy, I thought Sand Dollars were real dollars that had washed up on the beach from a pirate’s treasure chest. Why else would people refer to them as dollars? My thoughts of money quickly vanished when Dad placed a Sand Dollar in my hand and told me why they were on the beach. Although there are several versions of the Sand Dollar’s symbols, I still prefer the one my dad shared with me.

Sand Dollars share an important message about the love, birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. The following is my dad’s version of the Sand Dollar’s messages.

MESSAGES FROM SAND DOLLARS

The circular shape of a Sand Dollar symbolizes the never-ending love Jesus has for each of us.

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The image on the top is a Poinsettia with the Star of Bethlehem in the center. This star guided people from afar to the stable in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The Poinsettia/star symbolizes the birth of Jesus—the reason we celebrate Christmas.

The five holes symbolize the wounds in the hands, feet, and side of Jesus. They were caused by the four nails and spear used during His crucifixion.

On the bottom is the image of an Easter lily, which symbolizes eternal life through Jesus’ resurrection.

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On the inside of a Sand Dollar are five doves of peace. They symbolize the goodwill and peace the angels sang when Jesus was born. The goodwill and peace that we are to share with others.

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The beauty of a Sand Dollar is in its messages and not its physical appearance. The next time you see one—think about the messages of the symbols. You may want to consider sharing Jesus’ love with others by sharing the symbols of the Sand Dollar.

Have a great day and a Happy Easter weekend!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2016

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