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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

It’s not hard to make a difference in the lives of others. Doing simple things can work wonders for those around you when you take a moment to react. Try it today and be a blessing for someone who needs you.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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EACH DAY CHALLENGE

Days—they come and go. There are times in life when we get into a rut with our daily-mundane routines that our existence seems to have no value. Each new day seems no different from the one before. We appear to be “zombies” who are unaware of our surroundings.

It doesn’t have to be that way…

If you find yourself in this type of humdrum existence, I challenge you to embrace an opportunity that will not only change your life, but will enhance each day for others around you. Do as many as you can each day and your rut in life will be a thing of the past. You will feel alive, and at the same time, you will brighten the day for others.

EACH DAY

Each day gives you opportunities to do these simple things…

… be the reason someone smiles.

… tell someone you love them.

… smile at a total stranger.

… say a prayer for someone.

… help someone in need.

… give someone a moment of your time

… listen to someone who needs to talk.

… rest so you can do it again tomorrow.

The question is, will you? I hope you will.

Enjoy EACH DAY and bless you as you take the challenge. You will not regret your decision to be a light unto others and it won’t cost you a thing.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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BASEBALL ISN’T JUST A GAME

With the Little League World Series #LLWS in full swing, the hopes and dreams of young players, coaches, parents, grandparents, and friends are on a roller-coaster ride of emotions—enjoy every minute of the journey because…

Baseball isn’t just a game. It is life being played out on a field… a field of dreams… on diamonds of green, where players pursuing their dreams try to be the best they can be on the grandest stage of all. Where men become boys and boys become men, all speaking one universal language without uttering a single word.

The coach rubs an arm, touches his nose, grabs an ear, and rubs his belt buckle, sending a secret code to the players. The steely-eyed master in the dugout has issued the silent command for all to follow. The nine players on the field know the code, and the play is on. They all understand what to do and have faith each will do his job. Individual parts functioning like a well-oiled machine… working together in harmony for the good of one thing—the team.

The pitcher stands on the mound, receives the sign, and starts his windup. What follows is like poetry in motion. To the fans, with their fingers crossed, it is action suspended in time, all waiting patiently to see what happens next.

It is a game and life coexisting in time, teaching life lessons that will be remembered by all who dare stand on the green diamonds. The lessons that will help build the character necessary to handle life’s hurdles in the future.

Let the game begin!

Excerpt from my novel,

ON GREEN DIAMONDS: Pursuing a Dream

Tatum – Author – 2018

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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Some pictures truly are worth a thousand words, and this one ranks high on the list of those that do.

The unconditional love portrayed in this print (Who Do You Love) by artist, Fred Morgan, warms my heart twice each day. The print hangs on the wall of my bedroom, so I have the pleasure of seeing it first thing every morning and last thing at night.

Every brushstroke radiates kindness, tenderness, and warmth between old and young. The rugged exterior of the man seems to belie the delicate beauty and innocence of the children. Yet, that contrast actually allows the warmth of their hearts to explode from the surface of the canvas in a perfect expression of unconditional love.

You see, I am the grandfather of five and this print serves to remind me how important it is to share the same unconditional love with my grandchildren as this “ole man” is doing—and it works.

I hope the print has this same effect on you. If it does, I encourage you to visit the website below to view more of Mr. Morgan’s paintings. Each print depicts warmth, kindness, and love.

https://www.art.com/gallery/id–a2213/frederick-morgan-posters.htm

Enjoy every moment and have a great day—share some unconditional love!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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FAITH IS NOT AN ILLUSION

Let’s take a look at the concept called Faith.

You cannot see Faith, but you can find it.

You cannot touch Faith, but you can feel it.

You cannot hear Faith, but you can understand it.

You cannot taste Faith, but you become full with it.

You cannot smell Faith, but you know if you breathe it.

The concept we call Faith can seem strange at times. It defies our five senses and renders the mind incapable of reconciling something that appears, on the surface, to be intangible. Yet, Faith is the cornerstone of our relationship and belief in God.

Faith is not an illusion—it is real as stated in the following Bible verses:

1 Peter 1:8-9 | NIV |

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Hebrews 11:6 | NIV |

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

James 1:3 | NIV |

Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

May your Faith in God grow stronger each day!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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EVERYONE’S LIFE STORY IS WORTH SHARING

No matter how famous or

unknown we might be,

everyone has a life story worth

sharing. Although yours and mine

may not be as unique or as

interesting as some others, we can

rest assured that our life stories

are equally as  important as all of

 the others because every life story

begins exactly the  same way.

“God created…”

 

Tom Tatum – Author – 2018

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HAVE YOU UNWRAPPED YOUR GIFT?

 

The filter for one’s
thoughts prior to
speaking is a gift
that far too many
people have not yet
unwrapped.

 

 

Have you unwrapped your gift? I bet you know some folks who have not yet unwrapped their gift.

God bless those who have.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2017

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WHAT DO YOU SEE?

What do you see in your mind’s eye when you pray or talk to yourself during difficult or good times in your life? I bet you see something, even if it’s total darkness—you still see something, but likely do it without thinking about what you see.

I know it’s a crazy question? In reality, it’s an appropriate question for everyone, regardless of their spiritual preferences or lack thereof. Whether you pray and believe in a power greater than yourself, don’t pray because you believe you possess superior intellect over all things, or fall somewhere between the two is a choice you have the right to make. Whatever your situation, you probably do talk to or pray to “something” when facing difficult situations in your life—it’s called thinking. I’m not trying to change or challenge your beliefs at all. I simply want you to consider all possibilities…

It’s probably a question you have never been asked or even considered before now. You’re not alone because most people haven’t. In fact, I may be one of few people on earth asking the question.

Okay, so exactly why am I asking such a question? Well, it’s simple—I enjoy thinking outside-the-box. Obviously, there is no right or wrong answer, so don’t be concerned. There will not be a pass-fail test given at the end of this post. I just want you to think about the question based on your personal situation, so please keep reading. It will only take a few minutes, and I promise it will not harm or judge you in any way.

What do you see…,” is a question I ask when I speak to groups. I get some interesting facial expressions and responses cover a broad spectrum ranging from total darkness to detailed images. All answers are interesting, but one that does give me pause is, “I don’t waste time praying to a fictitious character.” I acknowledge the response, but I never push my personal beliefs on anyone. I simply inform, observe, and recognize that everyone has the right to choose how they cope with life. However, that particular response is a suitable topic for a whole different discussion.

Let’s get back to the point of this post. When the shock of my question wears off, the initial responses are typically, “I’ve never thought about it before,” or “I don’t see anything.” When folks think about it for a moment, the answers tend to become a bit more descriptive. To be fair, it is somewhat of an unusual question and not likely to come up in general conversations with friends. Therefore, I invite you to think about the question in private for a few moments. You may be surprised by what you actually do/don’t see or you may start visualizing something in the future. Either way, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

When I started thinking about the storyline for my first novel, I did a lot of soul searching. When I asked myself the question, I realized I was actually seeing the same thing each time I prayed. It was an image from long ago when I started attending church as a young boy. Although buried deep in my subconscious, the image of a stained-glass window formed a lasting impression on me. This image allows me to feel as though I’m having a private conversation with a friend—albeit a very special and most powerful friend.

So, what exactly do I see when I pray? Well, first I visualize the stained glass window from my youth—an image of Jesus. As I continue praying, I usually see the faces of those for whom I’m praying and revert back to the stained-glass image as I finish my prayer. The image itself is surreal for me and puts my mind at ease. It works very well for me.

Stain Glass Jesus Picture 2x2

Whether you see an image or total darkness as you pray or talk to “whomever,” the important thing is that you do it. You may not receive the things or results you ask for, or even understand the answers. You may even feel as though your prayers are going unanswered, but I believe God hears all our prayers. He will respond in His time, and in His way. He knows what is best for us, so we must be patient.

For those who do not believe in God, He still “hears” your thoughts. I wish you the best in whatever way you cope with life’s difficulties. As I said in the beginning, I will never brow-beat you to do as I do, but I will still pray that you come to know Him someday.

By the way, I see that same stained-glass image when I give thanks everyday for the many blessings I have received.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2017

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THE PERSON IN THE MIRROR

 

When things go wrong for us, we often look around to place the blame on others. It’s human nature to do this, but in reality, others may not have had anything to do with us falling short of our goals. We must look deeper if we are to find the real culprit(s).

It’s usually the last item we are willing to consider, but the one thing that might be preventing us from reaching the level of success we desire in life is often the person we see when we look into a mirror. That’s right—you and me!

So, instead of wasting time looking for reasons to blame others, have a pep-talk with the person in the mirror and then get back on road to success. Identify and work on what caused the less-than-desired results and always, always,

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2017

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LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BRIGHT

You may never know who they are, but somewhere in this great big world

there is someone who will be uplifted by the light that shines from within you.

Let your light shine brightly and be a blessing to someone who needs you.

Tom Tatum –Author 2017

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GIVING THANKS FOR THE LOVE OF MY LIFE

I was fortunate to find the love of my life at a VERY young age and have been blessed for fifty years with my best friend who is also my wife. I’ve watched the splendor of fall each of those years and none compare to the love we share.

loveweshare2

Leaves of many colors danced in harmony
as the cool fall breeze gently kissed each one.
No music, no sound, but it was poetry in motion
reminding me of nights I held you tight and we
continued dancing long after the music was silent.
Two hearts beating like drums kept us swaying
until dawn’s early light. For the love we share is
more beautiful than the splendor of leaves in fall.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL !

Tom Tatum – Author – 2016

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