Friday, April 30

unbaffling

As I go though the days with uncertainty in my heart about several things which I have been praying about, I'm thankful to read something by someone who I've grown to trust through the years as she always has wise words that keep me encouraged and remind me to continue walking in faith.


"Let us bring everything that baffles us into His presence, holding it up before Him in faith.  In that Light, the look of things will slowly begin to change, and as we humble ourselves our eyes will be opened." ~ Elisabeth Elliot

Ahhh, there's that word "slowly".  Will God forever work on the fruit of patience in my life?


May you find the faith and patience you need as God slowly does His humbling work in your garden!  (And in mine, too!)


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, April 29

three's the charm!

Thank you to all those who participated with your comments or dropped me a note privately on my third blog anniversary.  I appreciate your encouragement as much as you appreciate mine!  So, a big heartfelt thank you to all of my faithful readers.

We've been running a tad bit way behind here this morning, but I finally corralled my basket name picker to choose a name while I held the basket over her head.
And the winner interestingly enough was someone who listed three fruits of the spirit in her comment, and no, she didn't get three entries for that....just one extra entry like everyone else.   Here's the winner of this year's basket:
Congratulations, Elaine!  I'll send you an email to get your shipping address and get this basketful off to you!

In the days ahead I'll be praying for all of you as the note with your names and "fruits" is posted on my desk.

Enjoy this spring day in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, April 22

celebrating three

It's time to celebrate!  Today is my THIRD Blog Anniversary!  Three years of wandering through my garden and sharing with YOU!

To bless those who stop by here, I've put together a basket full of gardening odds and ends as a giveaway.  The chosen person will receive the following:

* a yellow kitchen towel with flowers
* a vanilla-tangerine candle
* a picture frame with a garden theme
* the newest kind of gardening gloves
* one ladybug garden row marker 
* a little flowered pot for a plant
* four flower seed packets
* some Scripture fruit of the spirit cards
* a fun little girl's craft wooden flower necklace
* notecards with little birdhouses on them
* a small flowered notebook
* a smaller notebook
* a cute package of kleenex
* a happy pink flower to stick in your garden
* a thirty-one day devotional called Abiding in Christ - Becoming a woman who walks with God by Cynthia Heald
* and all of the above comes in a basket 
To enter the giveaway, please leave me a comment telling me what your favorite flower is even if it's something that doesn't grow in your garden.

Since it's spring and the season of new life, to get a second entry please add to your comment the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, patience) you'd love to grow in your life in the days ahead and I'll pray for you!

Now that you have a way of celebrating my blog anniversary, I'm going to celebrate by taking a mini blog vacation.  I'll be back in a week to announce the winner!  See you next Thursday morning!


Enjoy!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, April 21

the last reader

Perhaps I am a little too excited.  Perhaps I need to stop saying so many "Great!"  "Perfect!"  "You got it!"  "Way to go!"  "Excellent!"  "I love it!"  "Awesome!"  "Keep it up!" phrases all the time as my littlest tackles some hard words while reading through her drill book A Handbook for Reading or while doing her daily seatwork (her older sisters sitting in the kitchen pointed this out to me saying, "Really mom, you are going overboard!  Do you have to keep saying those things?!")

Is it possible to be TOO encouraging? 

But really, can there be any greater joy as a homeschool mom than to know you've heard all nine of your children learn to read at your kitchen table? To know that they all have the key to learning?


Ahhhh, but I don't have it all figured out even after all this time when it comes to teaching reading.  There's one thing I'd really like to figure out with my last reader.  To find out what it is,  stop over at Heart of the Matter Online to read my article this week called Here We Go!  Meanwhile, we'll be working on the "ea" sound which is just another quirk of the English language as it says short e in thread, long a in steak, and long e in leaf.  Just saying'....


Enjoy some reading in your garden today!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, April 20

Simple Woman's Daybook for April 20


For today April 20

Outside my window.....the skies are blue with nary a cloud which is what the forecast is for the rest of the week.

I am thinking....that even if there were more hours in the day I'd be too tired to use them all!

I am thankful.....for a husband who has work as God continues to provide.

I am wearing.....a pair of blue jeans with a pink sweatshirt over my yellow t-shirt.

I am hearing.....the birds chattering outside my window.

I am still creating.....a new lap quilt as most of the blocks are cut and I just have to stop rearranging them and start sewing!
 
I am going.....to bring the clothes in from the clothesline this morning since I was too tired last night.  It's nice to be able to do this when you know the weather is cooperating!

I am still reading.....Eternity by Joseph M. Stowell.
 
I am praying.....for my friend Kimmie who is flying with her husband this week to pick up her new daughter from Ethiopia.
 
I am remembering.....all the things on my winter project list that will not be happening until next winter.  Yikes!

I am hoping.....that we can get some major mess spots in our household cleaned up better before family comes home over the next couple of weeks.
 
On my mind.....are some difficult options.
 
From the learning rooms....are some "Yahoooo!"s as we begin to finish up some books.
 
Noticing that....I can't seem to get my metabolism to move these days no matter what I try.

Pondering these words....."Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Philo

From the kitchen.....I'm trying to remember to use up things in our freezer for meals.


Around the house....we have too many clothes in transition and I guess I'm going to need to do the seasonal clothes changeover for the girls.  Ohhhh, how I dread that task!

One of my favorite things.....is sitting on the dock at our cabin.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....are schooling, hosting Bible study midweek, a library visit, sewing a lap quilt together, and celebrating my blog anniversary!


Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
Over the winter we had some finish work done on our cabin which included a bit of bartering for the stonework to be done for the woodburner area.  I traveled there over the weekend to see the results. It was nice to see that the iron cross I had bought a few years ago has finally found a home.


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

Enjoy this spring day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~  

Monday, April 19

a yikes kind of day

I've woken up to a morning of feeling totally discombobulated!  Yikes!

After being away from home almost all of Saturday and Sunday, my mind is trying to figure out where to begin as all my weekend tasks were never done.  I mean, I had planned on being home most of the weekend, but then other activities quickly filled in the hours that had originally been planned out with specific things to do that can only be done on the weekends when our schooling wouldn't be interrupted.  Yikes!

I need to make out a list to get myself started, but my mind is blank.  Where to begin?  Yikes!

Time to head to my office for my shower, then on to the first thing I typically do on Monday mornings by starting our day with devotions and schooling....and my little notebook next to me as my mind starts remembering all the things I needed to get done on this busy week.  Yikes!

I hope your day is less discombobulated than mine!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 

Saturday, April 17

a day away

It's time.

It's been a long week. No, I take that back....it's been a long month.  Wait a minute, it's probably been longer than that.  All I know is that God has been working on my heart in many ways for awhile and I am seeing just a teeny tiny bit of why He's been firming up my faith.  

Navigating these waters has been exhausting.

And it's time.  Time for a break.
Although the weather isn't quite as beautiful and warm as last weekend when my granddaughter had an absolutely wonderful time playing on the beach while her family was visiting, the sun is shining and the wind has calmed from yesterday's hurricane force (or so it seemed as I watched the bench fly off our porch!).

It's time to take a day off and away.  There's been some major work done on our little cabin way up in the woods, so it's time to go and check it out.  My husband has tools he left up there that he needs here for work and the dock could be put in, too, so it's ready for the best fishing of the year in a couple of weeks.

It'll be a nice break!

What are you weekend plans?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

P.S.  Thank you for hanging in there with me through my more serious ponderings! 

Friday, April 16

testing and purging

Test me, Lord, and give me strength
        to meet each test
        unflinching, unafraid;
    not striving nervously to do my best,
    not self-assured, or careless
        as in jest,
        but with Your aid.
Purge me, Lord, and give me grace to
       bear the heat
       of cleansing flame;
    not bitter at my lowly lot but mete
    to bear my share of suffering
       and keep sweet,
       in Jesus' name.
       ~Ruth Bell Graham


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
 

 

Thursday, April 15

ticking down

You know the old saying -"You can't take anything to heaven with you!", but I was reminded again that you can.  

"When I think of friendships without Christ, it saddens me to realize they're like old clocks, winding down with each tick, destined to ultimately stop, the mainspring forever broken, never to be wound up again." ~ Randy Alcorn

Relationships on earth are important.  Relationships with family, friends, even your favorite grocery store clerk will be continued if all claim Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior as they trust in the work that Jesus did on the cross for all their sins.  Eternity will be spent with those very people.

Do you have someone dear to your heart that doesn't know Jesus?  First and foremost, PRAY!  Then PRAY some more!  Let your daily life be a light before them as you consider the alternative for their eternity.

May you sense the urgency as you walk down your garden path while the clock continues ticking...... 

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, April 14

the aim of the day

A thought for today.....

"How much of a calm and gentle spirit you achieve, then, will depend on how regularly and consistently, persistently and obediently you partake of the Word of God, your spiritual food." ~ Shirley Rice

Aiming for a calm and gentle spirit as I head off to a busy day ahead! 

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, April 13

daily heavenly mindedness

It's recently become a dilemma.  Spring really is here.  It really did arrive early.  Now I need to deal with that fact.

It seems strange because spring is my absolutely favorite season of the year.  Yup, I adore it!  Oh yes, I do fret a bit when all the mud comes into the house as we go through the thaw  - why can't dogs learn to wipe their feet on the rug by the door? - but other than that it seems that the arrival of spring can't keep anyone indoors including me.  So, all through March I enjoyed basking in the springlike weather outdoors thinking it was only temporary and there'd be plenty of time when winter returned to work on my big winter indoor projects. 

But I kept waiting and now it appears winter is not going to return and I'm feeling like I got caught off guard.  My winter indoor projects will not get done at this point as I check my upcoming calendar.  Argh!  Lots of unfinished business!

As I've been lamenting this very thing, God has been running a fascinating thread through my life over the past several weeks as I've been reading about eternity in Scripture which began with our Bible study in First and Second Peter, in a few different books, in devotional selections, and even in our school devotional time as we go through the book of Revelations. I didn't get it at first, but am having "Ah ha!" moments left and right lately.


Let me share a quote with you from a book I'm reading through right now that was written fifteen years ago...

"As we race toward the close of the twentieth century, most of the emphasis in Christianity is on becoming happier here, healed here, more blessed here, and more fulfilled here.  Worship must excite our spirits, sermons must entertain and enthrall our minds, music must penetrate and propel us.  And our counseling must make us feel better about ourselves and strengthen our human bond of friendship and family.  While this may be nice and necessary, without heaven in clear view our Christianity fails to have a heavenward compulsion pulling us closer to God, closer to eternity, closer to home.  It tends to become instead self-serving entertainment or a therapeutic center.  A heavenless church seeks to satisfy longings and needs here rather than serving and sacrificing here with a view to satisfaction there.  Without an eternal transcendent God as our compelling force and heaven in clear view, self becomes the center of attention and increasingly the center of our universe." ~ Joseph M. Stowell


Does that paragraph hit anyone else like it hit me?  Am I someday going to be caught off guard at the end of my life realizing that I selfishly basked in life here and ran out of time to serve and sacrifice for Him with my eye on eternity?


As I've been reading through Scripture and books about the lives of early believers, looking ahead to eternity was a key and main factor influencing their lives and how they lived.  Serving in sacrificial ways was common as they lived out God's love and passion for the lost of the world.  That aspect is lost in today's church.  We become believers in Jesus Christ and rejoice knowing we are going to Heaven someday, but that fact is tucked away as we move along in life in a self-seeking manner.  We serve *if* it's convenient and sacrifice *if* it serves our purposes as well.  And you know, it's all about balance....


As much as I'm reaching general conclusions as I ponder aloud, I'm also checking my own heart here.  I don't want to just pay lip service to these words, I want to live them.   It can only happen with the strength and help of God as He works in my life and in my heart to become heavenly minded on a daily basis so that when I get to the end of my life I'm not feeling like I'm leaving behind a bunch of unfinished business.  


May you have a moment or two in your garden to ponder eternity, too!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, April 12

Simple Woman's Daybook for April 12


For today April 12

Outside my window.....the skies are mostly cloudy with a chance of rain once again.  I do hope we get some rain soon!

I am thinking....about a son's upcoming travel plans.

I am thankful.....for an older daughter who tightened up all my clothes lines for me.

I am wearing.....a pair of blue jeans with a favorite white and blue striped with flowers long sleeved top.

I am hearing.....the girls chattering in the kitchen.

I am creating.....a new lap quilt for someone who could use some catnapping these days.
 
I am going.....to try to connect with a friend this week if she can fit it into her work schedule. 

I am slowly reading.....Eternity by Joseph M. Stowell as it goes well with our Bible study in First and Second Peter AND I'm also reading Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper.  
 
I am praying.....for two different neighbors who have been experiencing some health problems.
 
I am remembering.....that the fancy juice glasses we used this weekend were used at my grandma's house when I was a little girl.

I am hoping.....that the queasy feeling stomach of one of my children doesn't turn into a full blown "bug".
 
On my mind.....are more things than I would ever have time to blog about in my lifetime!
 
From the learning rooms....will be a bit of trying to work ahead since we know our schooling will be totally thrown off in a couple of weeks.
 
Noticing that....the driveway is throwing up a LOT of dust every time someone drives in or out.

Pondering these words....."The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." - Hans Hoffman

From the kitchen.....we better start eating egg salad sandwiches to use up the last of our Easter eggs!

Around the house....there are a few things to do this morning to get everything back in order after having family home this weekend. 

One of my favorite things.....is listening to my kids talk about the "remember when" moments of our family's life.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....are schooling, hosting Bible study midweek, a library visit, cutting blocks and sewing a lap quilt together, and doing some business bookwork.


Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
These are the tulips of a lovely bouquet that was at my future daughter-in-law's bridal shower this weekend.

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

Enjoy your spring days!

Blessings,
Tammy  ~@~

Saturday, April 10

be a faithful pot

I was looking on my bookshelves for a particular book and instead ended up pulling out a devotional book I hadn't read in years. Paging through it, I landed here:

"When a housewife purchases a cooking vessel she does not agree to let the pot choose how it will be used. Whether it is used to hold scrub water or to boil potatoes or to simmer a delicate sauce; that is a matter of concern only to the one who possesses the pot.

So the Christian, like any consecrated vessel, accepts whatever use the Lord makes of his life; he does not choose the path of dedication he will take. And consequently our faithfulness is measured not in terms of what we have seen others do, but rather in the dedication of self to the opportunities and limitations with which the Lord surrounds our lives."
~ Jessie Rice Sandburg

It is so easy to think *I* am in control of my little vessel as my heart wanders to wanting to do things that I've seen others do and to want to do those things well. Kind of like wanting to be the pot that holds the delicate sauce instead of the scrub water. Yet often when I attempt those paths, the results are far from well. It is then that I shake my head at my own foolishness and remember that God called my little vessel to be dedicated to a specific calling. A calling which may not be glamorous or exciting and limitations are numerous, yet He has given me the talents to do it and to do it well with His strength.

Be faithful to your calling even if it is about holding the scrub water. Be the best scrub water holder out there if that is what God has called you to at this time in your life for with the right heart attitude God will be glorified!



Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, April 9

the marks of life

Several years ago I picked up a handful of soup/cereal bowls at the local dollar store as bowls are something that seem to quickly come and go in our family for whatever reason.  I loved the colors and the design of the bowl and always smiled when I used them.
Recently when I used the very last one of these special bowls, I noticed all the gray scratches from the many spoons and forks which had been busily used within this bowl.  I had never noticed them before and it kind of opened my eyes. When and how had this bowl gotten so used?  Did others in my family notice how worn it was?  And look at that thin crack!  This bowl is on its last legs and I will handle it with more care in the future.


Recently when I looked in the mirror on a bright sunny day, I noticed all the fine wrinkles lines that had formed on my face.  I had never noticed so many before.  When and how did that happen?  Did others in my family notice how worn my face was looking these days?  And look at those gray hairs popping here and there!  This face is aging and I need to handle it with a bit more care in the days to come. 



It's nice to know that although bowls and faces don't last forever, no matter how much care we give to them, God's word does!  


"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." ~ Luke 21:33


Long after my worn face is gone, the word of God will be alive and well ministering to my future generations.  And knowing that gives me great peace!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, April 8

the thirty lapper

The warm early spring weather sparked an idea with my girls.  They chattered and planned for a few days before putting it into action and promoting their event - The First Annual Easter Run.  
Pretty soon they were marking the trail....
designing the shirts....
 
and before you knew it the banner was up on race day.

The weather somewhat cooperated as the rain decided not to fall, but it was a brisk breezy day before Easter when the run took place.  
The check-in point was set up with water, sport drink, and granola bars ready as the youngest of the family was the lap counter.  Only four official contestants were registered with Dad walking a couple laps at the start-up and one of the dogs running several laps as he tried to get contestants to throw his ball.

And the race was on....a mere 30 laps.  
The winner was the oldest brother at home right now who ran most of the race and came in after an hour with his two sisters, the race organizers, right behind him.  The last contestant coming in was myself who walked the entire race.  My time?  One hour and 52 minutes!

After the race we were all very curious about the true distance of the trail we followed through the yard, the field, around the garages, through the woods.  So, my husband took a truck and drove one lap, multiplied by 30, and came up with SIX MILES!  To think....the race organizers originally had planned 100 laps, then went down to 50 laps, then settled on 30 laps.  Whew!

We'll see if the weather will cooperate in future years for this new annual run as this year's weather has been exceptional. There may be quite different conditions in the years to come when Easter rolls around such as a foot of snow still on the ground!  

All in all, the race was fun for everyone and was a good learning experience for the girls as they worked on all the details.  The training actually encouraged family members to sign up for a local 5K race to be held this coming weekend.  You just never know what one good idea may lead to, eh?!


Enjoy your day whether you walk or run through it!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, April 7

call a halt

Ohhh, there was such a good devotional last week!  How interesting that it was for April 1st as it certainly would apply to how foolishly we live at times as we get sooooooo busy with life that we do not spend any time on our relationship with God in spiritual worship and interceding.


"We run ahead of Him in a thousand and one activities, consequently we get so burdened with persons and with difficulties that we do not worship God, we do not intercede." ~ Oswald Chambers

At the time when we often need to spend the most time in prayer, we often spend the least because there's just no time.

"Then let us call a halt, and get into such a living relationship with God that our relationship to others may be maintained on the line of intercession whereby God works His marvels." ~ Oswald Chambers

If there's no time in your life for prayer, then it's time to call a halt to all the busyness around you.  Take time to connect with God as there is no relationship more important than the one we have with Him.  The heavenly line of intercession is ALWAYS available, so keep it busy throughout your days as you  join Him with others through your prayers and allow Him to work His marvels!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, April 6

an example for angels

My girls have been caught up in watching old musicals lately.  They don't watch them just once, but over and over so they learn the songs and then sing the sings over and over.  Honestly, it's not bad to listen to as most of the songs are fun and definitely an improvement over what the teen aged boys listen to while doing dishes on their day. 

But a gem of a non-musical movie was recently picked up at our last stop at the library when I was browsing through all the movies while they were looking for books.  The movie primarily caught my eye because a young Hayley Mills was one of the main actresses and we love watching her in the old Parent Trap.  The movie is The Trouble with Angels and was filmed back in 1965. The storyline takes place in an all girls boarding school which was run by nuns and follows the adventures of two girls whose friendship grows as they go from one bit of trouble to the next.  

I think the first time I watched the movie my eyes were following the two girls, but by the end of the movie I knew who my heart wanted to follow more closely.  So, the second time I watched the movie I paid closer attention to the character of Mother Superior who was played by Rosalind Russell.  Although the main encounters with this character involve the discipline of the two troublemaking teens, there are glimpses of the character of this character throughout the movie.  She is often shown alone outdoors as she takes time for meditation.  Or she is shown in action by comforting an older woman, helping a student with a sewing project late at night, weeping over the loss of a dear friend, feeding the birds, or encouraging the sisters.  It is evident that this character has a healthy balance of spending time alone with God and then living out her faith in often quiet behind-the-scene ways which are quite meaningful  as she loves God's people, even the difficult ones.  The testimony of her life greatly impacts one character.

It caused me to ponder what my life looks like to my children.  Am I seen only as the disciplinarian around home since child training involves so much of that on a daily basis?  Or do they catch glimpses of my spiritual life and realize its importance to me?  Is my faith lived out in behind-the-scenes ways that are meaningful and can be seen as acts of serving others because of God's love in my life?  Will the testimony of my life impact their lives?

Ahhh, definitely ponderings that perhaps only God will ever know the answers, eh?  In the meantime, I need to keep at the task that He has given me as a mother by staying in His Word, drawing on His strength, and keeping up with the trouble my own angels get into!

Enjoy this day in your garden with your angels!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, April 5

Simple Woman's Daybook for April 5


For today April 5

Outside my window.....there's patches of blue sky between the clouds.  Looks like another mild spring week ahead.  YAY!  It truly is my favorite season :-)

I am thinking....about all I need to accomplish early this week and how important it is that I stay on task.  Focus.  Focus.  Focus.

I am thankful.....for road limits going off already this week which means my husband can head back to work.  

I am wearing.....my black exercise pants and dark berry colored Maui t-shirt.

I am hearing.....my husband's dump truck in the yard as he loads up.


I am creating.....a list of old musicals to borrow from the library in the weeks ahead.
 
I am going.....to work on pruning some bushes this week since it appears that maybe spring really is here.

I am slowly reading.....Eternity by Joseph M. Stowell as it goes well with our Bible study in First and Second Peter AND I've also started Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper.  I should perhaps finish one before the other, eh?

I am praying.....for our team from church as they minister in Haiti this week.
 
I am remembering.....that today marks my half birthday.

I am hoping.....to hang clothes out on the line to dry today. 

On my mind.....are many ponder worthy things from a book I couldn't put down and read over the weekend. 
 

From the learning rooms....will be some schooling in-between brief escapes to bounce on the trampoline and ride bikes up and down the driveway.
 
Noticing that....the yard is very slowly showing signs of green grass.  I can't imagine how green it would be *IF* we'd ever get some good rainfall because we've certainly had plenty of warm temperatures and sunshine.

Pondering these words....."Living in a way that reflects our eternal destiny transforms our ambitions and actions into dynamics that this world often cannot comprehend." - Joseph M. Stowell

From the kitchen.....we'll have warm ham sandwiches for supper as part of the leftovers from our Easter dinner.

Around the house....there is Easter grass scattered here and there.

One of my favorite things.....is walking in the warm spring air.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....are schooling, hosting Bible study midweek, a library visit, getting back to my garden order, traveling for a bridal shower on Saturday and returning for a bridal shower on Sunday, and perhaps a 5K at the end of the week.


Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
A peek at some Easter eggs from yesterday. 

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

Enjoy your spring days!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, April 3

with Thy help

O LORD,

I marvel that thou shouldst become incarnate,
    be crucified, dead, and buried.
The sepulchre calls forth my adoring wonder,
    for it is empty and thou art risen;
    the four-fold gospel attests it,
    the living witnesses prove it,
    my heart's experience knows it.
Give me to die with thee that I may rise to new life,
    for I wish to be as dead and buried
        to sin, to selfishness, to the world;
    that I might not hear the voice of the charmer,
        and might be delivered from his lusts.
O Lord, there is much ill about me - crucify it,
    much flesh within me - mortify it.
Purge me from selfishness,
    the fear of man, the love of approbation,
    the same of being thought old-fashioned,
    the desire to be cultivated or modern.
Let me reckon my old life dead
        because of crucifixion,
    and never feed it as a living thing.
Grant me to stand with my dying Saviour,
    to be content to be rejected,
    to be willing to take up unpopular truths,
    and to hold fast despised teachings until death. 
Help me to be resolute and Christ-contained.
Never let me wander from the path of obedience
    to thy will.
Strengthen me for the battles ahead.
Give me courage for all the trials,
    and grace for all the joys.
Help me to be a holy, happy person,
    free from every wrong desire,
    from everything contrary to thy mind.
Grant me more and more of the resurrection life:

    may it rule me,
    may I walk in its power,
    and be strengthened through its influence.

~ From The Valley of Vision

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
 

    
     

Friday, April 2

silver dew beauties


"A sensitive plant in a garden grew, 
And the young winds fed it with 
silver dew."
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Although we often check around the yard in the early spring for a peek of the greenery of known flowers, sometimes we stumble across one of the little teeny tiny beauties found in the woods growing in some unknown spot under the carpet of dried leaves, discarded bark, and browned grass.   

The plants are only being fed with silver dew as we are severely dry in our area.  The fire danger is extremely high in this time period before the trees, plants, and grass begin greening.  There's a chance of rain this weekend and as much as those who have been waiting all this beautiful weather week to be outside this weekend, I think that even they would welcome a soaking rain on their days off. 


Until then, we'll be rambling around in the woods attempting to avoid wood ticks and looking for all the silver dew fed wildflowers!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, April 1

on to April

I almost forgot about a new month until one of the kids reminded me last night as we were about to turn off the lights in the kitchen. But the dirty look the child who had spoken up received from another sibling made me immediately take notice.  Uh huh.  New month.  First day of the new month....April Fools Day.  One of those "be afraid, be very afraid" kind of days for a mother as she waits to see what they have planned....

Instead I think I'll focus on the verse for the month - "Our Lord how majestic is Your name in all the earth!" ~ Psalm 8:1  

What an amazing spring we're having already!  I cannot remember a year when the ice was off the lakes in March, the snow gone, the windows open, the grass beginning to green, the flowers beginning to pop, the birds singing, and everyone you meet has a smile on their face and a bounce in their step with these signs of spring which are very very early for our area.

We all keep whispering "Is spring REALLY here?" as we anticipate the temperatures to plunge and the snow to return. I guess we'll find out as the days continue to move forward.  

Enjoy this first day of April and beware!  *wink*

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 
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