Tuesday, October 21

second

::second::

Second by second our life is measured.


In fact, if you need an exact number, there's a pin going around Pinterest right now that states we are credited with 86,400 seconds per day.  That's a lot of seconds to invest over a day as the clock keeps ticking.  

I do believe we've bought into the illusion of "someday when I have time, I can....."  Someday?  I wish you success on finding time someday, but you may someday instead discover that we can never get time back which means we must be oh so wise in how we spend our seconds now so we won't look back with regret.

Be intentional about how you live your life, yet always allow a little flexibility with an open heart for God to interrupt your day.  Those tend to be the best lived seconds of the day.

So what are you waiting for?  Time to get offline and choose not to waste another precious second!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 21


Monday, October 20

fear

::fear::

Fear usually results in one of two things - running away from whatever you fear OR trying to control the situation.

At this point in my life, I can easily say that neither result works.  There's actually a part of me that cringes when I see it happening in the lives of others.

A long time ago I learned this acronym for FEAR:

-False
-Evidence
-Appearing
-Real

That acronym is appropriate because there is typically a very slim possibility of what we fear actually happening.  There's statistics out there that say there's an 80 - 90% chance of our fears and worries NOT happening, but I've also read 95%, and I have even read 99.96%.  In other words, again, our fears don't actually happen.  Instead we are robbed of valuable time and energy as we engage in fear instead of fully living our lives.

Even knowing that, some people run away which basically prolongs learning the lessons you needed to learn by facing your fear.  Stretching out that learning process is often painful.  OR you can attempt to control that situation until sooner or later you realize you cannot control all the variables and then things really get out of control in your life.

The best approach is to FACE YOUR FEAR.  Stare it down. Walk through it.  Feel it.  Seek wise counsel.  Cry as needed. Pray like crazy.  And be sure to do the most important thing: Trust that God is in control because, guess what, HE TRULY IS!  When you let go and let God take control, you'll be surprised by the results since they never play out the way YOU think they will!

Live in peace by giving God your fear.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 20


Sunday, October 19

honor

::honor::

Honor check, please!

There is a whole lot of honoring God with our lips that happens on Sundays — which is worshipful and wonderful — however, God's concern is when people honor Him with their lips yet their hearts are far from Him (Isaiah 29:13).

In the hustle and bustle that typically happens on a Sunday morning, when we finally arrive at church and settle into our seats, have our hearts been prepared to worship our Heavenly Father?  Has there been time to stop and do a heart check before we open our mouths to worship and honor Him with the praises that flow from our lips?  Or are our words hollow and empty from a heart that is disengaged from a long difficult week that has passed before our steps into worship?

It only takes a few minutes on a Sunday morning — or really any morning — to do a simple heart check by praying these verses....Psalm 139:23-24 - "Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there by any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" 

Once you've done a heart check, you are able to raise your lips to Him with honor!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 19

Saturday, October 18

taste

::taste::

Taste a bit of Thanksgiving a bit early, I thought to myself.

However, it almost felt like, I don't know, breaking a sacred law?  I'm not sure I've ever made a turkey except for Thanksgiving.  But what's a mother to do?  

It was simple.  I just wanted to straighten out our upright freezer and get a good handle on what exactly was in there. The project was going well until a frozen turkey was staring at me on the bottom of the freezer.  Oh oh.  Totally forgot that I had bought a smaller turkey during the holiday season last year.  My plan had been to roast it primarily to use it for the makings of winter soups.

With a college son coming home for the weekend and bringing an appetite with him, I took the turkey out of the freezer and stuck it into the fridge for a week of slow defrosting. Although I felt a tad bit guilty sniffing the delicious turkey scent all not Thanksgiving afternoon, it certainly tasted great when we ate it tonight with only a few of the usual Thanksgiving meal trimmings.

Next stop will be the soup kettle as we enjoy a little more of the forbidden taste!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 18

Friday, October 17

a long time


Today's Five Minute Free Write is actually part of the regular Five Minute Friday.  If you are a writer and would like to join in, it's really quite simple.  Write for five minutes on the word of the day.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday Read the post before yours and leave a word of encouragement behind.  AND Kate has a giveaway again this week!  The word for today is LONG.  Ready? Set?  GO!

::long::

Long time to be blogging, I figure.

As I logged in to write for five minutes last night, I saw that on Thursday I had written my 2,000th blog post.  Wow!  That sounds like a lot of writing to me.  It's taken me a little over seven years to write that many posts.  

I initially started my blogging adventure by writing every day. A few years into blogging, I decided to take Sundays off. Then a few years ago there were some major things happening in my life — like going to work part-time in ministry plus some personal family stuff — and my time, energy, focus, and enthusiasm for writing here took a major hit. The reality is if you aren't writing a lot and connecting with your readers at the same time, you lose your readers as well. 

Hmmmm.  

Almost shut the door here, but decided to keep my blog going only on different terms.  I'll write when I'm able to.  Period. Well, except for this month when I decided to write for 31 days straight.  Guess I didn't keep my terms for very long.....

STOP!

(Sorry, I got interrupted when I was writing this and went to bed without posting it!)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 17


Thursday, October 16

adjust

::adjust::

Adjust whether you like it or not because life doesn't hold still.

It seems that with a family that continues to grow up, each season brings change.  We are down to only two children in the house right now and although the decrease from nine children has been so gradual, it always feels a bit dramatic when another one flies out of the nest.

There's continuous blundering as I figure things out.  Laundry and meals and dishes and cleaning and household rules and pet care and a host of things are still out of whack around here.  It seems to be much more of a challenge to go down in family size that all those years of increasing in family size.  

Go figure.

All the thoughts and ideas and ponderings on this topic would take me much more than five minutes to write about, so I will leave it at that and revisit this topic after October.  Perhaps by then I will have it figured out, right?

So until then, I will make peace with a bit more quiet in my household - which I've longed to have for a long time - and continue to day by day adjust.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 16

Wednesday, October 15

life

::life::


Life is worth living fully.

I don't mean in the YOLO kind of way because that way really is only about you....YOU Only Live Once.  But more about the living fully by investing in others kind of way. That's the kind of living that legacies are born from.  People who love others, serve others, and invest in others from a passion within are the ones who have already discovered the secret of "it's more blessed to give than receive." 

Others focused.  And with joy!

Those are the kind of people who have crowds showing up at their memorial services because those crowds have felt the genuine love and caring by that one person.

One drop in a bucket of water can make many ripples.

Be a ripple maker by loving on others wherever you go and becoming a legacy of life!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 15

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