Friday, April 11

a simple stroke of light


Spring is springing and Friday is writing!  Time for the weekly challenge of  writing for five minutes on one word.  No editing. Post it.  Link up at 5 Minute Friday.  Then take some time to read the link before yours and don't forget to leave an encouraging word behind!  The word for today is.....PAINT.       Ready!  Set!  Go!

PAINT

As I think back to the paintbox of old, I didn't like using the dark colors when I painted.  I liked the bright colors that would disappear quickly from the paintbox. Let me paint a lot of bright yellow and orange sunshine was my urgent call to action. And if I were painting today with the choices available, there'd probably be a lot of pastels or neons included. 

I'm still not a fan of dark colors.  Intense colors.  The colors always left untouched in my paintbox.  And yet over the past several years, those paint colors have showed up a lot in the scenes of my life.  Difficult things to walk through in the black valley.  Dark clouds.  Multiple shades of gray.  

The only thing that has kept me going has been looking through all the dark to find that bit of bright yellow and orange.  SONshine.  Jesus.  The bright light that will never leave me nor forsake me as it peeks through the darkness. That glimpse of SONshine through the dark cloudy days that continues to give me courage and strength and peace.   The beam of His love as He shines it right into my heart.

Just paint me Jesus!


STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, April 7

Daybooking in April

For April 7

Outside my window.....it's completely dark!  I don't think I've ever done a daybook entry at night.

I am thinking.....about how happy the arrival of spring - FINALLY! - makes me feel inside.

I am thankful.....for warmer temperatures, sunshine, and melting snow.


I am wearing....black running pants with a long sleeved coral colored top.

I am hearing.....the dog snoring down the hallway.

I am wondering.....what I should do with a bunch of tulip bulbs that I forgot that I had until I did some cleaning in our mudroom closet today.  I was going to put them into pots this winter and try forcing them into a spring bloom.  Whoops!

I am creating.....a list of indoor cleaning projects to do before all the snow is gone.

I am going.....to get back on track with my walking/running now that the backroads are almost clear of snow and ice.

I am reading....."The Storm Inside" by Sheila Walsh

I am praying.....for my son and daughter-in-law as tonight is their first night home with their brand new beautiful baby boy.

I am remembering.....how muddy everything gets in the spring, especially dog paws.

I am hoping.....to soon be able to open up windows and let the fresh air inside.

On my mind.....is a friend who is going through a difficult time with her health and no definite diagnosis yet.  

From the learning rooms.....we are getting fewer and fewer pages that need to be done in our books.  Yippeeeeee!

I am learning....how to use my Kindle app on my iPad (go ahead and laugh!)

Noticing that.....the birds are really singing in the morning now.  I don't really notice them until I open the door to let the dog out.  

I am looking forward to.....waking up earlier in the morning as I shake off this winter hibernation mode.  

Pondering these words....."Until we have seen someone's darkness we don't really know who they are.  Until we have forgiven someone's darkness, we don't really know what love is." ~ Marianne Williamson

From the kitchen.....is an almost empty container that was filled with pieces of fresh pineapple.  That yummy stuff disappears in an instant around here.

Around the house....are a variety of coats, sweaters, and sweatshirts scattered around.  We never know what we'll need as each day the weather is so different.

One of my favorite things.....are when my older ones come home for a visit.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include a few days of work, spring cleaning as I'm able to squeeze it in, school corrections, figuring out tax returns for the kids,  and a board meeting at the end of the week.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
Here's a view of some of our front yard and the driveway.  Still quite a bit of snow to melt, but at least it's warming up enough to actually melt.  It makes for a dull colorless view except for that bright orange sled that was left on a driveway snowbank.  

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

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, April 4

follow that road


The weeks come and go.  Back to Friday again and the weekly writing challenge.  Write for five minutes on one word.  No editing. Post it.  Link it at 5 Minute Friday  Be sure to read the post before yours and leave a word of encouragement.  In fact, visit several posts and leave words of encouragement.  The word for today is:  WRITER   Ready!  Set!  Go:

WRITER

Writer - one of the hardest jobs you'll ever love

The words can flow and flow and flow from your heart, but often the words will make only sense to you who is experiencing them.   So you often condense them into neat little packages to put online often taking away most of the meaning of what you felt when writing them.  Because honestly, in this instant world, no one takes a lot of time to read things online.  Readers bounce from here to there to the other place.  And because honestly, the older you get the more you realize there is nothing new under the sun.
Yet, as I stumble around in my mid-50's,  I'm finding that there are a lot of things that haven't been written about or shared.  How do I know that?  Because I can't find others who have written about it to glean some encouragement along the way.  It feels like that awkward adolescent age all over again.

The task stands before me.  The challenge of putting words that flow and flow and flow into bite size pieces that others will not only read but say.......she gets it.

We'll see where this road takes us.....

STOP

Blessings,

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, April 2

step closer

From one of today's devotionals:

"Seeking God begins with recognizing who He is and then inviting Him into our life as Lord and Savior. If He is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all. For some of us, the problem is not that we lack a personal relationship with God. Our problem is that we are not “making room” for that relationship. Balance comes when we yield to His plan in the everyday moments of life."  ~Mary Southerland from Girlfriends in God

Our faith walk often feels like a step by step journey.  As we invite Him to be the Lord over different parts of our life, it's a journey that brings us step by step closer to the cross.  

It's at the cross where we realize the depth of His sacrifice through His amazing and abundant love for us.  A sacrifice that wasn't to condemn us, but to save us.  

As we realize how great His sacrifice is, it allows us to completely yield to Him as we come before the cross.  To desire His plan for our everyday moments of life.

Yes, welcome, traveler!  May you open your heart to making room for a relationship with a God who loves you so much by taking a step of faith closer to the cross.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, April 1

to rule your heart

On this the first day of April, you will not find foolishness here. Instead you'll find a reminder of the best thing to rule your heart:

"Let the peace of God rule your hearts and be thankful." ~ Colossians 3:15

God offers us a peace like nothing the world can ever offer.  It truly is beyond our understanding making it easy to thank our God each time we experience it. 

Happy April!  May spring PLEASE be right around the corner! 

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, March 31

no limits understanding


"Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating, but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we are capable of understanding." ~ Francis Chan

Life is so beyond my understanding so much of the time.  

And yet I need to remember that God is always moving. Situations all around me are lining up for His perfect timing. What makes no sense right at this moment may someday - in hindsight - make perfect sense.

Help me not want to limit God, but to walk in faith and trust in His unlimitedness.  

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, March 28

the mighty part


Friday is here already and so is the weekly writing challenge. Write for five minutes on one word.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at 5 Minute Friday Read the post before yours and be sure to leave a word of encouragement.  The word for today is MIGHTY   Ready!  Set!  Go!

MIGHTY

So many things that have been happening around me are quiet yet powerful reminders of how mighty I am NOT.  

This point was brought to the forefront of my mind yesterday as my ten year old daughter and I were talking through her Bible lessons.  The topic?  The life of Job.  Of course we laughed about the "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow" line as the heavy wet spring snow was clumping outside our windows.  But the more you study Job's life and his interaction with God, the more you realize that there is only One who is truly mighty - the LORD.  

Even when a friend's mom unexpectedly dies.  Even when a couple's grandson suddenly takes his life.  Even when a woman who is barely making ends meet loses her job.  Even when a teenager is rebellious. Even when a marriage crumbles.  Even when more snow is in the forecast.  Even when.....I can't muster up even a little bit of mighty.

HE IS MIGHTY!

And I know with all my heart that HE hears my prayers for each one of those situations.  My prayers are mighty when they are placed in the Hands of a mighty God.  And I'm mighty thankful about that!

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 
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