Friday, January 29

the continued quiet



It's hard to believe January is coming to a swift end as we land on the last Friday of the month.  Seems like a perfect time to join in on a bit of quick writing today.  The task is to write for five minutes on one word, no editing, post it, link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, and be sure to visit the link before yours to leave a word of encouragement behind. Today's word is QUIET.  Ready? Set?  WRITE!

::quiet::

The thing about this five minute writing is that God typically immediately puts something on my mind to write about....and when He doesn't, I usually don't participate because I don't want to overthink a word.

But today's word had an immediate response.

For quite awhile I have been quietly waiting on God in a few areas of my life.  It's been the whole 'be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him' thing (Psalm 37:7a) as I continued with day to day living by doing the next thing before me.  It was a place of quietly wondering what He was up to behind the scenes.

Then January came along and I've been witnessing God obviously moving along here and there.  What is fascinating to me is that there is no urge to suddenly move out of this quiet place of being still.  It reminds me of what Henry Blackaby says about watching to see where God is working and join Him.  And that is exactly where I'm at as I quietly watch and wonder.  Wonder how, wonder where, wonder when. 

The only thing that I'm not wondering is why since I've grown to understand that there are a whole lot of whys I will never know the answer to while I'm on this earth.  

Instead, I'm looking forward to the adventure God has for me and the opportunity to live it out loud!

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 

P.S.  Our hostess for this writing task, Kate, has been through some hard health struggles recently.  Be praying for her recovery and a return back to her feet to fully do all the things she loves doing!

Friday, January 15

it's time


Many Fridays have passed and this one is almost gone, but I love the word for today.  It is time to write for five minutes, unedited, posted, linked up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, then taking a little time to visit the link before mine.  The word for today is TIME!  Ready?  Set?  GO!

::time::

It seems like so many years pass by and you still think you have so much time stretched out before you to do all the things you want to do.

Then one day you are shopping for LED light bulbs in the hardware store and while you are reading the information on the packaging and consider how much money these special light bulbs will save you in your electrical bill, you also suddenly realize that these light bulbs are probably going to outlive you.  

Time has suddenly shortened!

Your life passes before your eyes as you realize that "retirement" isn't that far away thing anymore.  The ticking of the clock takes on new meaning as priorities are considered and sorted through with the word S.I.M.P.L.I.F.Y. marching to the beat of the tick tock.

The new year may be a couple of weeks old already, but in a moment of time I've resolved that the home I've lived in for almost 37 years needs a major decluttering.  I'm done dealing with STUFF everywhere as my family continues to shrink.  It is time to sort through, give away, throw out, and reduce the stuff that robs me of valuable moments.  Keeping my home simplified will give me more time to spend with those I care about most.  And that, my friend, will always be time well spent!

Stop!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Monday, December 28

the technicalities


Ahhhh, there has been a collision between my computer's troubles for awhile (especially when it comes to the photo software program which has kept me from wanting to ever blog again because of frustration) AND life that has been overwhelming in so many ways since early this fall. Therefore, this little barely noticed space on the internet has been oh.so.quiet.

I'm looking forward to my computer-wise sons coming home and getting things up and working right before the new year. That will definitely help with the computer frustration both at work and home.

And life?  Well, I'm trusting God on that part knowing He is faithful and has a plan.  The past is in the past. My hope is that His plan includes turning some new pages with fresh vision to write a new story for the future. 

Until then, I will continue walking step by step with Him as I make the most of each day He gives me breath and life!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 

P.S.  I could NOT get this month's calendar page picture to load AND when I went to reorder my favorite calendar for the new year it was out of stock!  Just a glimpse of some of the random things that have been part of my life......

Saturday, November 7

how to say no


You have called me to say
no.
Not no to you
or no to others,
but no to myself.
I must say no to
selfish desires,
wrong thoughts, and
dangerous emotions.
I must say no to
the world's values,
sin's temptations, and
my desire to control
what only God can rule.
But left to myself,
I have
little desire
or power
to say
no.
So you have given me
exactly what I need.
It's the only thing
that will solve my
problem.
You have given me
your Spirit.
So, when necessary,
I am able
to say 
no.
~Paul David Tripp

Deny yourself, take up His cross, and follow Him! 
(Matthew 16:24)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, November 5

His hope for the month



There's not a doubt that this cheerfully colored calendar page does NOT make me think of November.  Perhaps some places look bright and cheery right about now, but not in my neck of the woods.  It's turning into a brown gray dark world right about now.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing." ~ Romans 15:13

Maybe that is why this verse was chosen for November? HOPE is something I need to stick away in my heart right about now and when I look to God for hope He answers by filling me up with all His joy and peace.  That certainly feels like an incredible bonus during a challenging time, especially as the daylight hours seem to be decreasing in leaps and bounds.  

When life gets overwhelming, I just need to glance at the calendar to have my spirit cheered and reminded of His HOPE!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, October 31

almost



::almost::

Yes, we are almost there.

TOMORROW the shelves on every store will have replaced the current piles of candy and scary costumes of today with the grand greetings of Christmas!

As much as I absolutely cannot wait to see the store shelves cleared off as October ends, the refilling part absolutely terrifies — or would it be paralyzes? —me more!

The realization that Christmas is almost here and knowing the days coming will rush by feels especially overwhelming this year. Major remodeling throughout November and an end of the year move of the ministry that I work for will be completely time consuming. Then throw in all the family comings and goings and happenings that will be part of the upcoming days.  Yikes!

With all of that going on in life, perhaps it will be a good year to focus on what the reason for the season is all about and will force me to keep things simple without all the usual trappings. Right now seems to be a good time to be thinking those things through before the calendar page turns to almost Christmas, don't you think?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2015 - Day 31

Friday, October 30

bacon

31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes 
Five Minute Friday special word - bacon

::bacon::

Definitely giving away my age when I say that the first thing that came to mind with this word — bacon — was the phrase "he's bringing home the bacon".  In today's world, it would literally mean he went to the store and picked up a package of bacon on his way home.  But it used to mean that he had worked hard all day/week and was bringing home a paycheck.  

Bacon has become an interesting phenomena in our culture, hasn't it?  I cannot tell you how many bacon recipe pins come up on my Pinterest feed as bacon is featured not only in all kinds of odd food combinations that I would probably never consider on my own, but weaved into designs in the recipe as well.  Long before bacon became so crazy popular, our family already had a couple long loved favorite recipes that need bacon cooked to a crisp and crumbled into the mix.  But other than that, bacon only tends to show up on our kitchen table for family breakfasts as something that goes with eggs.  And why?  Have you seen the price of it?  This phenomena has driven up the cost of a package of bacon! (and you almost need to use a paycheck to pay for a enough bacon for your recipe!)

So for our household, bacon will probably still remain just a part of a favorite recipe or two.  Unless, like yesterday, I'm standing in the freezer section of the grocery store looking at frozen pizzas on sale and say, "Hey, here's one we've never tried!  Broccoli, bacon, and cheddar!"

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2015 - Day 30


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