Saturday, January 24

new beginnings

Kind of nice to break up the long month of January with a wedding today!  Blessed to have watched this young woman bloom and grow over the last five years and excited to watch her take this big step in her life.



Here's part of a gift I just finished for the new bride-to-be that goes with my prayer that she and her new husband grow in faith, hope, and love as they set their beginnings of marriage on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

May you enjoy your weekend, too!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, January 23

the easy share


Friday has arrived without bells and whistles, but fortunately with a slight warmer breeze and some snowflakes in the air. Time to focus on one word, free writing without edits for five minutes, posting it, and linking it up @ Kate's Five Minute Friday community. Be sure to follow the link before yours or even several links before yours always leaving a word of encouragement behind. The word for today is SHARE   Ready? Set?  WRITE!

::share::

We are born into this world as the center of our universe.  It's all about self-preservation from the beginning.  Life is all about me.  Anyone who has spent time with toddlers knows that the word SHARE is not in their vocabulary nor does it come easily as they grow older (although I do have to say I have one child who seemed to be born to be a person who shares graciously....definitely their gift from God).  

Why is it that we don't like to share?  It's because it costs us something.  We pay a price of not having all of something we hold close to our hearts.  We want it - whatever it is - all to ourselves.  It can be almost like idol worship, don't you think?

And yet as a believer there is something we can share.  It hasn't cost us anything, but it's cost Jesus Christ His life.  Just as our salvation is a free gift from Him to us, it's a free gift for everyone.  Why are we so selfish and afraid to share something so extraordinarily wonderful that is FREE?

I think some of it comes back to all the different ways we are taught to share our faith often requires memorizing the four spiritual laws or the Romans road or the good news/bad news.  Yes, all good stuff, but it's much harder to use those methods in a culture that has never stepped its foot inside a church or has even had any contact with the name Jesus.  

What seems easiest is telling your story of faith to someone. Sharing what makes Jesus real to you.  Recalling those stone memorials along the way of life that were undeniably God working with love on your behalf.  

Simply put....God moments.  

How easy it is to share from our hearts about His heart for the world!  THEN you can fill in the blanks with all the rest.

Amen?

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Monday, January 19

open it up


Here's a quote I read over the weekend that has stuck with me:

"Complaining about a silent God while your Bible is closed is like complaining about not getting texts when your phone is turned off." ~ Author Unknown

Perhaps I really get this is because I'm not much of a phone user. My phone often has the sound turned off because I'm in places where I'm unable to answer it or respond to a text. So, sometimes people will call me because I hadn't responded to a text or voicemail that they had sent me.  Ya, pretty hard to get texts when your phone is basically off because the sound is turned off.  

But more often than people complaining about me being a lousy texter, I hear people murmuring about a quiet God. Hey, I'm even guilty as charged at times.  And yet how hard does this quote hit the nail on the head?  BAM!  A quiet God seems to appear when life is busy and devotional time is quick.  It's pretty hard to hear him over the clamor of a hectic life.  Yet, if you slow down enough to soak in some time with Him as your Bible is opened on your lap, you can hear Him through His Words. Often there'll be certain Bible verses that will appear to have a bright laser focused on them as He speaks directly to your heart.  In fact, it's hard NOT to hear God speaking to you when you're in His Word.

Have something on your heart?  Open up your Bible and see what God has to say to YOU!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 

Friday, January 16

the unsent letter

Some Fridays come slower than others.  Like this one.  Feels like it's been a long week.  Time to join writers from all over as we spend five minutes writing on one word.  No editing. Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Click on the link before yours and be sure to leave an encouraging note behind.  The word for this week is SEND.  Ready?  Set? Write!

::send::

There's nothing more wonderful than writing notes of encouragement, sticking them into an envelope, and then putting a stamp on them to send in the mail. More recently I've been working on writing out addresses on Christmas cards as all my children were home over New Years and we were able to get a sibling picture that can be stuck in the cards with a note.

But what about notes that you cannot send because there is no address.  I mean, what would the post office do with letters that have the address "HEAVEN" written on them. Most likely they'd get the "Return to Sender" stamp on them or get tossed in the direction of the circular file.  

Yet that's the letter I long to write as I get close to the tenth anniversary of my mom's death.  Life has changed so much over the past ten years and I just want to spill it all out to that one person who loved me unconditionally knowing she'd be laughing and crying with me.  

Oh ya, I do know I can spill it all out to the God who loves me unconditionally, but there's just something about getting that big hug at the end of the conversation that I'm missing like crazy......


STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, January 12

Daybooking in January

For January 12th

Outside my window.....the sun is brightly shining and the temperature is actually above zero for a change.  

I am thinking.....about getting outside for a little walk today as I need some fresh air even if it is on the 'crisp' side.

I am thankful.....for the sunshine today because it increases my energy level by about a 1000X (or more hee hee)


I am wearing....a pair of jeans, a yellow top with my Green Bay Packers sweatshirt thrown over it.  And warm fuzzy socks.

I am hearing.....some random music my girls are exercising to right now.

I am wondering.....if our family will avoid getting the flu again this year.  

I am creating.....a list of things I need to gather together for our taxes.  I want to be ahead of the game this year.

I am going.....to have to drastically change the eating habits I apparently developed over the holidays.  In other words, the sugary stuff has gotta go!

I am reading.....each morning the new devotional I bought for the new year - "New Morning Mercies" by Paul David Tripp

I am praying.....for a sweet little girl who is going through an intense chemotherapy treatment over the next several weeks.  Please join me in praying for Esther!  (and for her family as it's been a long difficult stretch for them).

I am remembering.....that old familiar hibernation feeling that comes around every year in January.  It seems to be the only time I can actually easily sleep in much later than normal which is not a good thing.

I am hoping.....to get my Christmas cards out this week now that I have a family picture.

On my mind.....is how easily truth gets distorted in some situations and how much we need to pray for the Lord to reveal TRUTH.  

From the learning rooms.....we are back to the books and about halfway through this school year.

I am learning....that people are still very blessed by snail mail which makes it worth the time to write a note or two of encouragement.  

Noticing that.....the dog has a 'hot spot' on his back.  It's such a weird time of year for one of those.  I wonder what started it?

I am looking forward to.....a filling up our blessing jar this year.

Pondering these words....."For the believer, fear is always God-forgetful.  If God is sovereign and his rule is complete, wise, righteous, and good, why would you fear?" ~ Paul David Tripp

From the kitchen.....it's soup season!  So many good soup recipes on Pinterest right now.

Around the house....are the scatterings of a daughter on college break.  She really spreads her stuff EVERYWHERE which means I'll probably end up sending a package to her once she's back at school of all the things she left behind!

One of my favorite things.....is eating meals with all my kids around the table.  Such crazy conversations come out of nowhere.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include work days, business bookwork, writing notes for cards, sketching out a quilt design, and speaking at a church on the weekend.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
A daughter's recent artwork

Thank you for stopping and visiting my daybook on this day. If you'd like to visit others who are participating in the January daybook or write a journal yourself, please stop over at Peggy's at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Friday, January 9

the odd welcoming job


Five Minute Friday returns this week.  What is it?  Writing for five minutes on one word with no editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Visit the link before yours and be sure to leave behind an encouraging comment.  It's always fun to see all the different thoughts that people have when they are all writing about one word.  This Friday's word is WELCOME.  Ready?  Set?  Write!


::welcome::

Thinking about this word brings up one thought - hospitality - and it typically fits within a home environment.

But have you ever considered taking the welcome out into the world?  

That seems to be my experience in a weird kind of way.

Often when I'm at the local grocery store or shopping at Walmart, people will stop me to ask where they can find certain things within that store.  Or they'll ask me about substituting ingredients in a recipe.    Since I'm not dressed in the store uniform kind of clothing, it seems kind of odd that they do that.  My family does  live in a tourism area, so I often wonder if it's because I look and dress like a local? (I don't think I do but maybe I do?)  Or are they in the habit of randomly asking people questions wherever they are?  Or is it because my children are all growing up now and I'm able to shop by myself most of the time that allows me to more leisurely shop in a relaxed mode with my list in hand AND people sense that as it gives off a more welcoming aroma?

I really have no idea why and perhaps never will and I guess in the big picture it really makes no difference.  Right?  And if it makes people feel welcomed in our community then I believe it's a good thing even if it is strange.

Now I'm wondering why it never happens when I'm shopping in the hardware store.......   

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, January 8

counting those blessings

Attempting a "nailed it!" from Pinterest for this new year - a blessing jar.  

The general rules are on the top of a great big pickle jar.






There are a few sayings and Scripture verses on the outside.  

We'll see if we can keep it alive and thriving throughout the year as we all throw in our notes of blessings!

There's a lot of different places to find ideas (yay Pinterest!), but I used my primary idea from this website - gratitude notes - as I liked the list Suz had the best.  

Here's to a year highlighted by its abundance of gratitude!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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