Friday, June 19

be that tree


Reading a bit out of God's word tonight, I ran across this passage in the middle of the chapter I was reading:

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.  He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit." ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8

Having written this morning about how not to fear, here was the confirmation tonight of the key ingredient so that you do not fear - TRUST IN THE LORD.  It may feel like the very hardest thing to do at the moment, but He's there.  He isn't going to leave you.  Take a deep breath and trust Him!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

fear not


Seriously, this month is busy and flying by!  Time to catch my breath by a little writing this morning.  Write for five minutes. No editing or changing this or that.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Be sure to visit the link before yours to leave behind a word of encouragement.  The word for today is FEAR.  Ready? Set? WRITE!

a deer without fear as she grazes on delicious clover right outside my window

::fear::

Years ago I learned an acronym for 'fear' that has stuck with me and I've used  it over and over again:

F - False
E - Evidence
A - Appearing
R - Real

Realize that 99.something of things you fear and worry about never happen.  So when something comes us in your life that makes you feel fear — whether big or little — it's best to address it immediately with a few questions:  

What do I fear?

Why do I fear it?

Is it a valid real fear?

What is the worst that could happen?

AND, could I handle the worst that could happen?

We often don't like to look straight into the face of the worst that could happen, do we? However, the reality is that when we know Jesus, we know we have someone who will walk through it with us no matter what it is or how bad it could be. He will never leave us or forsake us.  He will be there.  And that's better than any pinky promise EVER!  Knowing that fact deep down in your heart replaces the fear of the moment with His peace.  

Once you've done that, then witnessed a scenario play out involving whatever the fear was, and what you thought may happen didn't even come close to happening, then you'll be glad you addressed the fear quickly and spent more time resting in God's peace.

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, June 1

find the still


"He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul." ~ Psalm 23:2b-3a

This struck me as an interesting Scripture for this month. Why?  Because June  is always such a busy month of the year for me.  The outdoors has come alive in green all around with garden and flower planting the main time consumer.  School is wrapping up.  Other outdoor activities become a priority with the increased daylight increasing ALL activities.  It's a go go go kind of month.

Ahhhh!  That is perhaps why we need to more intentionally seek still waters during this month. It's easy to squeeze Him out during a time of packing our schedules to the fullest.  But how important it is to be spiritually refreshed and to have our souls restored in the midst of a busy time.  We need His strength and guidance for our days to follow where He leads because it is so easy for us to go where the world is pulling us which tends to be all over the place as everything looks inviting this time of the year.  

Take time to seek the still waters....He's leading you there if you just take a moment to listen!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 29

blue


The last Friday of the month of May is here.  How swiftly time passes!  It is time, however, to write for five minutes on one word, no editing, post it, link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, visit the link before yours and leave an encouraging comment behind.  The word for today is BLUE.  Ready?  Set? GO!


::blue::

Two sweet grands.

Two and a half years of no direct contact.

Tears fall down.  Prayers go up.  Silence remains steady.

A broken blue heart filled with sadness.

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 27

building on new


Love this quote that I read this morning written by someone of long ago:

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."   
~ Socrates

Seems like a good thing to be reminded of in this season of spring when all things are new AND as we live life as new creations in Christ!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 23

before the till

We interrupt this spring's garden tilling with Johnny Jump-up rescue!  They were scattered all over my garden.


We swiftly scooped out flower plant after flower plant using our small shovels with hopes to transplant them elsewhere. 


Once we saved all these darling flowers, the garden was tilled.  Have to keep an eye on the weather with hopes that planting can begin soon!


Ahhhhh, my absolute favorite time of the year! Enjoy spring!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 22

today's early rise


Wait a minute!  It's the Friday before Memorial Day already. May is disappearing before my eyes.  Time to write for five minutes on one word.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Take a few minutes to visit the post before yours and leave behind an encouraging comment. The word for today is RISE.  Ready?  Set?  GO!

::rise::

It isn't his usual time to rise in the morning.  But today was special.  A hug and kiss goodbye at the doorway of a quiet sleeping household as he jumped in his car for an 18 hour drive just as the sun was beginning to rise.

It's time for him to rise up to the calling of a new adventure as he spends this summer putting his past three years of college studies to practical use during three months of a summer internship.  At least this time of growth will be happening close to the home of an older brother, but it's still pretty far away from his mom.

New places.  New faces.  New paces. Still carrying with him family traces with laces attached to my heart sticking out of his suitcases.

The growth and potential about to happen over the days ahead puts a smile back on my face as I know he will rise to the challenge.  

Turning back into the quiet house for my first cup of coffee, a prayer or two rises up for him as I begin a new day and look forward to the summer ahead here at home with my ever changing nest.

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, May 18

waiting for glorious


A week later and it feels like not much progress has been made on the lilac bush.  I feel so impatient!  I just want to see each little blossom OPEN and smell the scent of lilacs through the windows.  Oh wait.  The windows are all shut right now.  We have been in a cool stretch of weather again. So cool that a heavy frost and possibly snow are predicted for early tomorrow morning and Wednesday morning.  So perhaps the lilacs are wiser than I give them credit for as they are smartly opening slower than normal.

Waiting for things to happen in certain areas of life feel much the same.  We just want to see progress and feel so impatient waiting.  The anticipation of something good ahead makes us pace.  However, God sees the whole picture and knows what is coming ahead.  There is a purpose in waiting as His hands move everything into the proper place for the proper timing. His wise timing. 

It's just a matter of waiting and trusting and knowing something glorious is ahead!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 
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