Friday, November 28

don't forget to give


The day after Thanksgiving has collided with taking  five minutes to write about one word with a community of others. Write with no editing, post it at Kate's Five Minute Friday, follow the link before yours leaving behind a word of encouragement.  The word for today is GIVE.  Ready?  Set? Write!


::give::


There's something that happens when you become a mother. You are more or less forced to learn how to give give give to your family sacrificially.  The thing is, however, that those little ones grasp your heart so tightly that it doesn't really feel sacrificial most of the time.  It feels more like "I'd go to the moon and back for you because I love you so."

In the process, you lose who you are.

In the process, you keep giving because you truly do love your family with all your heart.

Then they grow up, come back home for visits, and expect the same giving giving giving.  Their attitude collides with the process you've been traveling in recent years of finding out who the missing person of you really is.  

And with tears you wonder how you failed so miserably in modeling to them the gift of giving and serving from the heart?  To give and to serve because of love?

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, November 26

Good Food making

Sooooo, cruising through recipes to find some new gluten free ones for Thanksgiving and as always find it hard to duplicate our old favorites without a lot of extra new ingredients and time.  What a delight to find a recipe that mentioned using Progresso™ Vegetable Classics Creamy Mushroom Soup! Gluten Free!  Of course, I haven't yet used it and can't guarantee it actually tastes good (you know how that goes with GF stuff), but I'm hopeful enough to try it.  Also received a tip that the local natural foods store had a boxed GF plain stuffing mix that was selling like hotcakes, so I'm trying that, too!  (sorry, forgot to take a picture)  Picked up GF pie crusts while I was there as those worked well last year.

My break is over.......back to pie making!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, November 20

did you notice?


Sitting by the woodburner as I wait for the fire to be set for the night, I took a peek at the word for this week and decided to write it out right now.  It's the weekly challenge held on Fridays where you write for five minutes on one word.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Then take some time to visit the link before yours — or several before yours — leaving behind a word of encouragement. The word is NOTICE.  Ready?  Set?  Write!

::notice::

Heads are always down as we connect with one another via technology in our hands.  Socially joining with anyone in an instant is the normal in today's culture.  Yet studies keep popping up about how lonely people really are.  They actually feel disconnected when it comes to real life.  

There's just something about having someone notice you.  

It's that acknowledgement that you are a real person with real feelings.

Being involved in a ministry where I do sit down one-on-one and face-to-face primarily with women, it's fascinating to watch their body language change as someone actually takes the time to notice them.  Their words come tumbling out and they don't have to question whether or not someone is actually listening because they can see that I'm engaged with their every word.  It's the eye contact.  It's the smile.  It's the pauses in the conversation during the difficult parts that don't need an instant reply.  Because someone is there to notice. Someone is there to care.

I tell ya, we need to slow this world down to stop and spend real time with one another.  We need to put down the technology, and really listen to the life stories that can't be shared in a text.  Truly be the hands and feet and heart of Jesus when we take the time to notice another person who could use His love.

STOP!

(And there's probably a whole lot more I could say on this topic because it's dear to my heart as I live in this hurting world, but I'll leave it at that!)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, November 18

the color of schooling

Since winter has decided to come early, all my outdoor work is done for awhile with the exception of shoveling which I do minimally, if at all.  Knowing how busy life gets once we get past Thanksgiving, I decided to work on a couple of indoor projects around the house.  No, not really projects, but areas that have been driving me a tad bit crazy because they are chaotic.  

Like the school cabinet in our kitchen.  It was jam packed with a variety of things such as spiral notebooks, school folders, crayons, pencils, loose papers, markers, old coloring books, textbooks, and tons of miscellaneous.  The task was one of separating, sorting, tossing, and putting away. 


This is the colorful accumulation of pencils, crayons, markers, and some of the miscellaneous that will be going back into the school cabinet. I should say, this is the collection that I kept as all the little pieces of crayons, stubby pencils, dried up markers, and broken pens were tossed into the garbage.  I'm thinking that we have enough pencils and crayons to not only last the rest of our homeschooling years, but well into eternity if we could take them with us.  

Without a doubt, it feels so much better to have that area cleaned up and organized again.  On to my next project.....

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, November 15

a thunderous fall


A prayer request was shared with me today that took my breath away.  A situation that was devastating to hear about and will have far reaching ripples into the lives of many other people. I feel stunned.  Unable to focus and wavering between praying and wanting to have one of those ugly sobbing fests.

Of course, the main question is WHY, God?  How does a believer get pulled so far away from God's truth to fall so far from God?  Is it that our culture — the enemy really — has been desensitizing all of us to what sin is that it's losing its ugliness? Its darkness?   I mean really, the word SIN has become antiquated these days.  Unrecognizable.  

Yet it's ever present.  Ever waiting.  And only a breath away for anyone of us to fall into as not a single person on this planet is immune from its pull.

That's why we need to cling to the One who has conquered sin.  Jesus.  

And that's why we need to pray for those who have fallen big and for those who are feeling the ripples of pain from that fall.  

Lord, have mercy!  Give us the strength to help us stand firm in You!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, November 14

real peace? real still?


Five Minute Friday is here for all who not only love to write, but love the challenge of doing it quickly!  For five minutes write on the word of the day.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Click on the link before yours and be sure to leave a note of encouragement behind.  In fact, click on several of the other links and leave lots of notes of encouragement behind!  The word for today is STILL. Ready?  Set?  Write!

::still::

One of my very favorite passages of Scripture is of Jesus calming the storm.  My very favorite version of it is actually found in the Jesus Storybook Bible (I love this Bible and wrote about it a long time ago right HERE).  In fact, I actually read that specific story from that specific Bible a few weeks ago in front of church as part of a testimony about God's Word.  I know, rather odd, but it worked for me.

In that Scripture passage, I love that the storm was really really raging and Jesus slept.  When he awoke, it was a simple, "Peace! Be still!" which was followed by a great calm of the wind and waves.  That was real peace.  Real still.

Are we able to do that in our quiet moments?  Find that real peace, that real still?  Because I think that a lot of times we can hunker down in the quiet to spend time with the Lord when everyone in the house is sleeping and although we are silent and undisturbed on the outside, there's a lot of restless ruffled up far from tranquil waves and wind within.  And you know what the honest truth is?  Sometimes we'd like Jesus to keep sleeping so WE can figure out the best way to calm the storm.

It's often only when the waves and wind are about to throw us totally overboard that we truly do give it all over to Jesus. We let go of us.  We hold onto Him.  And that's when we can find real peace.  Real still.

Stop! 

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Tuesday, November 11

clearly in the blur


Yup, this was the view out my window early this morning. Not much of a view, eh?  Snowy, very windy, leaving the woods looking like a fuzzy blur.  I didn't need to open my window to know that the view was also cold.

"Can't see the forest for the trees" came to mind.  

"Every snowflake is unique and one-of-a-kind" also came to mind.

In other words, sometimes you can't pick out a single detail because life is such a fuzzy blur.  Other times you are so busy looking at every little detail of your life under a microscope that you miss the big picture.

As I thought about those two opposite and contrary ideas, I was startled by the thought that sometimes the two can both be happening at the same time in your life.  Really, they can.

Have you ever experienced that?

Over the past few years I've looked at a lot of details of my life up close and personal and yet that vantage point hasn't made my vision for the future any clearer.  So that takes me back to square one which is....trust God.  For every moment. For every detail.  For every step.  For my future.

Pretty simple actually, don't you think?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~




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