God Bestows Favor & Honor

This week the Tennessee Department of Education released teacher scores. They take each teacher’s assigned students, analyze how they perform on the one big state assessment and then score that teacher on a scale from 1 to 5. The teacher gets to say whether they want to be evaluated on student growth or overall performance, […]

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9/09/2023

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God Is A Shield

I don’t remember the day, where we were going, or even why we were in the car. It was sunny, very sunny, and very hot, as it tends to be in August in Middle Tennessee. My nine year old asks from the back seat why that “silly” lady is walking under an umbrella on such […]

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8/12/2023

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God is A Sun

When it is cold in the winter and I just can’t seem to warm my frozen toes, I like to close my eyes and remember summer days. Specifically, days in July when I have closed my eyes and laid out by a pool feeling the sun’s rays warm my sun-screened skin. I don’t sleep, but […]

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7/19/2023

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Guiding and Providing

“Where God guides He provides” Isaiah 58:11 That simple paraphrased verse, in simple but elegant fonts is printed in white on a black, chalkboard-like background. It could be hung, but instead the plaque is propped on my desk as a reminder. It was a gift from the staff of the preschool I have ministered at […]

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Meditating and Memorizing ~ Philippians 1:18-20

I come from a long line of great “expectators.” The women in my family, including my daughters, all have grand plans that we like to see come to fruition. Not only do we want to see our plans fulfilled, we want to see them fulfilled the way we want to see them fulfilled. When our […]

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~ Meditating and Memorizing ~ Psalm 46 Part 2

Thanks for coming back for seconds and finishing out this psalm with me. (If you missed Part 1 you can find it here: https://taravinson.com/2021/01/13/meditating-and-memorizing–psalm-46-part-1/(opens in a new tab) ) This second part very much “flows” from the first part. I would recommend reading the first seven verses of Psalm 46 before you get going. . […]