Saturday, October 30

the perfect blend

"God's presence blends with every other thought and consciousness, flowing sweetly and evenly through our business plans, our social converse, our heart's affections, our manual toil, our entire life--blending with all, consecrating all, and conscious through all, like the fragrance of a flower, or the presence of a friend consciously near, and yet not hindering in the least the most intense and constant preoccupation of the hands and brain.  How beautiful the established habit of this unceasing communion and dependence, amid and above all thoughts and occupations!  How lovely to see a dear old saint folding away his books at night and humbly saying, 'Lord Jesus, things are still just the same between us,' and the falling asleep in His keeping.


So let us be stayed upon Him.  Let us grow into Him with all the root and fibers of our being.  He will not get tired of our friendship.  He will not want to put us off sometimes.  Beautiful words of the suffering saint: 'He never says good-bye.'  He stays.  So let us be stayed on Him." ~ A.B. Simpson


Yes, let us grow into Him with all the roots and fibers of our being allowing His fragrance like a flower to blend into every part of our lives.


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, October 29

a forgotten find

You never know what you may find when you are doing some closet cleaning!
Late this summer I was surprised to stumble upon a baby quilt I had made over fourteen years ago.   
You see, with each of my pregnancies I'd make sure I had two baby quilts ready - one for a boy and one for a girl.  My last three babies were all girls so this quilt stayed tucked away in the closet with a fuzzy blanket and sheet that matched the colors of the quilt. 
And there it stayed.  And there it was forgotten.  Until now.
Now I'm wondering what I should do with it since I do believe my childbearing years are over (and wouldn't that be a shock if they weren't!  :::THUD:::)  Perhaps I could add a border fabric which would allow me to put the cross stitch name and date block on the backside for a future grandson or maybe I could donate it to the new pregnancy resource center starting in our area to welcome a new baby?  Hmmm, I think that if this quilt has waited fourteen years to be used it will be able to wait a little longer while I figure out what to do with it!
Thank you to all who have stopped by here to take a glimpse at my quilt.  If you are a quilter and are interested in entering a quilt with its story OR if you'd love to browse through hundreds of beautiful quilts, please stop over to visit Amy at the Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival


Enjoy the last days of autumn!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, October 28

that so loves part

"If all mankind had been righteous and only one man a sinner, Christ would have come to endure the same cross for this one man.  He so loves every individual." ~ St. Augustine


Somedays you just need to be reminded of how incredibly gigantically huge God's love is for YOU!  Or at least I do.....


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, October 27

blowing into my mailbox

After being without power most of yesterday and watching our lights continue to flicker so far today, I'm not feeling my usual cheerful self.  The weather isn't getting better, but in fact seems worse as the howling strong roaring wind has brought with it much colder temperatures AND snow!  Grrrrrrr......


But ever searching for a bit of positiveness in my day, I did find one bit to smile about when I stopped at the post office to pick up our mail.  Fortunately all the nastiness of the weather and nicknames in addresses does not stop mail delivery as I found the following in our mailbox:
Awwwww!  Isn't that sweet?!  It almost makes me want to go outside and clean up the sandbox for her next visit!  ALMOST....but not quite!  I'm not crazy enough to step outside my door with the way trees are falling and branches are blowing outside my door today!


I hope your weather is better than mine today and if it isn't may the Lord bring something across your garden path to make you smile!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~



Monday, October 25

it's only an inch, right?

The other night my son and his best friend who are about six months apart in
age were arguing about who was taller.  Finally we got out the tape measure and had them stand against the kitchen wall to measure their heights.  After patting down their hair and drawing the lines, there's still about a half inch that separates them in height. 


Of course, once they were done all the daughters wanted to be measured to see how they compared with mom who may end up to be the shortest of the family unless the youngest doesn't follow the pattern of her siblings.  Once the lines were on the wall, I stood with my back to the wall for my measurement.  The tape measurement was made and I said, "WHAT?!" as I called for a re-measurement. When the second time came up with the same results as everyone witnessed they were accurate, I had to double check to make sure the tape measure was held firmly at the bottom.  "WHAT?!"


Alas, I was no longer five foot two eyes of blue.


Five feet and ONE inch!  I've shrunk an entire INCH!


I couldn't believe it and insisted that the dad of the family get measured, too.  And guess what?  He had lost an entire inch, too!


I guess I always thought you started shrinking when you got old.


Hmmmm.......


Well, I may be shrinking in height, but I do believe my heart has been growing with love over the years and in my mind that is all that really matters, right?


Are you up for the challenge?  Tell you what.  I'll still love you even if you are shorter nowadays!


Have a great Monday!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~



Saturday, October 23

Thy love to us

Here's a short and simple thought to soak in for the weekend:


"Thy love to us in Jesus is firm and changeless,
     nothing can separate us from it,
     and in the enjoyment of it nothing
     can make us miserable."
     ~from the Valley of Vision prayer book


Soak in and enjoy the reality of how very deep His love is for YOU and allow that to affect your outlook on life!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~



Friday, October 22

the forgotten new

As my regular readers know, Fridays are spelling test day around here as well as my day to get caught up on ironing while I'm giving the spelling tests.  Typically it's just a matter of dictating words and doesn't take that long to do. I usually glance at the sentences that go with the vocabulary words for the occasion when someone simply can't remember ever hearing the word which is often because they've been pronouncing it totally incorrectly as they've been doing their spelling work through the week.  


Back to the sentences that go with the words and the one this morning that I immediately knew wasn't for my student but to make me laugh out loud.  It actually wasn't a sentence but a quote:


forgotten - "There is nothing new except what is forgotten." ~ Euclid


HA!  What a perfect quote to describe the life of a fifty something mom!  Somedays it feels like everything is new because I've forgotten all about this or that or the other thing so when I do hear about it, suddenly it is new.


Can anyone else relate?


Back to working on Friday's schoolwork corrections and celebrating the "newness" of life with a smile on my face!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~



Thursday, October 21

the simple Word

A few years ago when I was looking for a Bible storybook for my granddaughter, I asked around to see what was out there.  A few different people suggested the The Jesus Storybook Bible written by Sally Lloyd-Jones, so I ordered it for her.
Since that time I've seen others recommend it and when another granddaughter was recently read for a Bible storybook, I ordered the same thing for her only this time I ordered one for my youngest, too.


Every night before bedtime we read a chapter a night as the storybook begins at the beginning of the Bible working its way through the Old Testament to the end of the New Testament.  As we've been reading it the illustrations have slowly grown on me and I've found that the sub-script under the title of the storybook to be completely accurate....Every story whispers his name.  


All of God's Word ties together and points to Jesus Christ as shown by the ending paragraph of each chapter.


Here's an example from the end of the chapter about Abraham and Isaac based on Genesis chapter 22:  "Many years later, another Son would climb another hill, carrying wood on his back.  Like Isaac, he would trust his Father and do what his Father asked.  He wouldn't struggle or run away.  Who was he?  God's Son, his only Son - the Son he loved.  The Lamb of God."


The Bible truly is God's love story to us as it shares Jesus Christ over and over again.  The Jesus Storybook Bible states it simply enough for a child to understand and a mom to get :::::Godbumps::::: every time she reads it!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~



Wednesday, October 20

the beauty of rags

There's many a giveaway in the blog world, but there's only a few that truly make me stop and pause for a moment and they typically involve quilting or fabric.  What can I say?  I simply adore quilts!  And this giveaway is exceptional!


Stop over to visit Angie and leave a comment - or jump through some other hoops to enter more times - to have a possibility to win a custom handmade rag quilt.  You'll find all the details right here on Angie's giveaway post   If I can't win, I'd sure love to see one of my readers win!


Enjoy!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~



Tuesday, October 19

be a nominator

Hey homeschoolers!  It's that time of the year again! Nominations are being taken for the 6th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards over at The Homeschool Post.  There are twenty different categories to chose from to nominate your favorite homeschool bloggers with the nomination process being open until October 30th with voting taking place in November.  So take a few minutes to head over to The Homeschool Post nomination page, read the rules, and get started!  


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, October 18

the best habit

The combination of the sermon series that we are going through at church and how I'm watching God move in the lives of people around me continues to make everything I've read lately by Oswald Chambers relevant to me.  Here's a quote from the devotional yesterday:


"You labour at prayer and results happen all the time from His standpoint.  What an astonishment it will be to find, when the veil is lifted, the souls that have been reaped by you, simply because you had been in the habit of taking your orders from Jesus Christ." ~ Oswald Chambers


It's so easy for us to want to sit at the feet of Jesus learning everything we can and not want to move from that position. However, it can cause us to become complacent in our faith. Take what you've been learning over the years, cover it with prayer, and make it a habit to put it into action as you listen to what Jesus Christ is speaking specifically to YOU and watch what happens!  It could be the best habit you ever develop in your life!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, October 16

be all there

Thought for the day which will work for EVERY day:


"Wherever you are, be all there.  Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God." ~ Jim Elliot


Have an awesome weekend!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, October 15

THE Point

"As Christians, our reference point is the Bible.  We must teach, both by instruction and example, that the Scriptures and Jesus Christ are our source of authority.  All values, judgments, and attitudes must be gauged in relationship to the Reference Point.


This is best done by simply abiding in the Word of God ourselves...by letting our children see our love and respect for the truth of Scripture.  We must let them observe us daily seeking our own direction and light from its pages.  Then, slowly, little by little, we must lead them to seek answers to their own problems and questions, relying on the one certain reference point in a wildly changing world." ~ Gigi Graham Tchividjian


What excellent advice which I completely and wholeheartedly agree with as practical and necessary advice for ever believer, especially parents.  I have seen many people regret that they didn't take much time to spend in God's Word over the years, but have yet to talk to someone who complained about spending too much time studying God's Word.  So may I encourage you to make time to be in God's Word daily and allow all that you are learning from it to overflow into the lives of your family as you point them to THE Reference Point as there is nothing more important than that in today's culture.


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, October 14

repeat after me

Who would ever think that you'd have to pull out one of the same parenting tools you used with your toddlers to use with your teenagers?  But it's true!  


I think that perhaps one of the best toddler tips that someone gave me back in the ancient days was when needing to tell your toddler something important (or even not important) you needed to squat down to their level, look them in the eye, tell them whatever it was, then have them repeat it back to you so you had no doubt that they heard and understood.  It helps cement whatever it was in your mind because sometimes mothers forget things in their busy days (perhaps I'm the only one?) AND in their mind because sometimes they aren't listening or don't understand.  It's a method that really does help when training a child in the toddler years.


Then you hit the smoother middle years where they do know and do what they've been trained.


Then you hit the teenage frame of mind where they look blankly at you when you ask them about something that they should know or do or heard you remind them about.


It's at moments like that when you try to figure out what to do and you remember an old parenting method that needs to be revived.  You look at them face to face, tell them whatever it is, then have them repeat it back to you so you have no doubt that they heard and understood.  It can be a tad bit exasperating when it is about things you know they know and should be automatically doing but aren't; however, if you can stay calm and collected when you do this they will never know you are using a toddler parenting method on them and it holds them up to a level of responsibility and accountability that is necessary as they near adulthood.


Ahhh, yes, perhaps the best part of being an older parent is knowing that all these stages pass and there will be a day when they will enjoy engaging with you as much as you enjoy engaging with them because they grow into wonderful adults who you look forward to spending time with when you can.


Until then.......repeat after me......


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, October 13

by prayer

Here's the quote I'm pondering today that came from my early morning women's Bible study that we are doing on prayer:


"And this is the point of prayer.  By prayer man consents to the rule of God in his life.  By prayer man seeks God's will and yields to it.  By prayer man asks God for that which he knows he needs and can receive only from God....Prayer is that contact man has with the Heavenly Father to satisfy the deepest needs of his life." ~ Richard Halverson


About all I can add to that is "AMEN!" as I witness God working in ways that ONLY He can be acknowledged with praise and thanksgiving.


May your day be filled with whispered prayers from start to finish!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, October 12

Simple Woman's Daybook for October 12

For today October 12

Outside my window.....the early morning skies are hazy as it should be another gorgeous day ahead with autumn temperatures getting up around 70 degrees.

I am thinking....that finding a quiet spot in my house to work on learning my new laptop will be next to impossible.

I am thankful.....for the amazing and unexpected way God answers prayer!

I am wearing.....a pair of khakis with a long sleeved autumn colored flowered shirt.

I am hearing.....my littlest wiggle around in MY bed AGAIN.

I am creating.....so many little notes that I'm afraid something will get missed in the shuffle.


I am going.....to sort through flowerheads to see if we have many seeds for next year's garden.

I am reading....only the Bible and my devotionals right now.  Perhaps a book when life slows down.  It will, right?
 
I am praying.....for God to work in the life of someone I am close to as I trust Him to keep my hands out of it.
 
I am remembering.....raking out in the yard with all my little kids during the warm days of October.  Back then I didn't have to pay them much....hee hee....

I am hoping.....that the wood tick season will end SOON as I'm tired of the dogs bringing those little buddies into the house.
 
On my mind.....is applying all that God is teaching me right now and trying not to get overwhelmed by wanting to apply it all NOW.
 
From the learning rooms....we are now in a daily rhythm with our schooling which is oh, so very nice!

Noticing that....I'm waking up earlier lately even though it's getting darker earlier (does that make any sense?)

Pondering these words....."All God's revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience." ~ Oswald Chambers

From the kitchen.....there will be some apple crisp made soon.
 
Around the house....are pieces of dried leaves that it seems everyone is bringing in on their feet.

One of my favorite things.....is the scent of autumn as you walk outdoors.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include planting garlic in the garden for next summer's garden, schooling,  a chiropractic appointment,  a board meeting, a midweek early morning women's Bible study at church with a Bible study in our home the same evening, organizing some files, learning new things on my computer, and later in the week being able to spend some time with a friend I met online! 

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
I had stopped picking my zinnias late summer in hope that they would go to seed for me, but unfortunately heavy frosts seemed to stop them from maturing to that point.  We popped them all off the stems yesterday to examine them further in the days ahead, but I'm not too hopeful.  They are kind of pretty though in their dried state.


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


Have a wonderful autumn day!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, October 11

youthful grass

This morning when I drove home from my early morning walk at the high school, I noticed that my next door neighbor's house was already dark.  Must be gone to work already was my first thought.  My second thought then wandered to their family.  


The young newly married couple moved in next door when we already had a few kids in our family.  We watched them bring three sons into the world who mingled with our season of sons through their growing up years.  This fall they sent their youngest son off to college and are empty nesters while we are still growing up four kids at home before we get to that point.  


Suddenly I felt old.  Older than dirt!


Perhaps I haven't really noticed the passage of time since the days go by so swiftly having been raising a large family over the last thirty years.  Those children - and now grandchildren - keep me thinking I'm still young.


"As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more." ~ Psalm 103:15-16


The older I get, the more I understand the whole days are like grass thing.  Life often does feel like it passes like the blink of an eye or a blade of grass.  But all is not lost if you read the next couple of verses:


"But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments."  ~ Psalm 103:17-18


Suddenly I feel young as I consider eternity and my family!  


Whew! My day has just improved by leaps and bounds! Now to go and live it fully doing all the Lord has called me to for this day.


May you, too, enjoy this day of youth!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, October 9

the shades of the seaon

This morning my husband had to have his truck dropped off by 7 AM at the shop to get the starter fixed on it.  Since he thought it was safe for me to pick him up with the car in my bathrobe - hee hee - I followed him over there.  Although the sun hadn't hardly been over the horizon at that point, as I drove behind him I saw that the woods had noticeably changed over this past busy week.  Definitely a whole different palette of colors which was now missing all those bright yellows. 

After picking him and letting him drive us back home, I could look closer at the trees alongside the road and noticed a majority of them were oaks.  What a variety of shades of color they are this year instead of the typical plain browns.  Lots of reds, rusts, golds, and brighter browns.   Has the different weather this summer and fall played a role in what they look like this autumn?  Or are they always like that every year and I've never noticed before? 


The little changes that come with the change of seasons.  


It's much like the little changes that come with family life and the seasons we go through.  Take time to pay attention to them as life is busy!  Encourage the positives as you watch them grow in your children and make certain you take the time to discourage the negatives.  The positives and negatives come in all shades and vary from child to child.  I always smile to myself when I see how creative God has been in his creation of each person as I encounter something new with one of my children that I have never seen before with any of the others.  Always a new challenge before me!  


May you enjoy your season of parenting as you take time to notice the creative shades of children in your garden.


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, October 7

the first step

Here's a good quote that came from our Sunday sermon as we were reminded how important it is to pray for one another:

"Whenever God determines to do a great work, He first sets His people to pray." ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Always commit everything to God through the power of prayer and watch to see the amazing things He will do!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, October 6

live in fullness

Need a little vision for your day?  Here you go!

"Christ's great purpose for His people is to train them up to know the hope of their calling, and the riches of the glory of their inheritance, and what the exceeding greatness of His power is toward us who believe.  Let us prove, in all our varied walks of life and scenes of conflict, the fullness of His power and grace....." ~ A.B. Simpson

Have a great day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, October 5

a morning gift

Having one of those wide awake 5 AM moments, I resisted the urge to roll over and attempt to fall back to sleep knowing that I wouldn't be able to actually fall back asleep because I felt too awake.  Besides, wasn't I the one recently muttering to God about needing to get back into my early morning walking routine since falling out of the habit once summer arrived.  I guess He heard me, eh?

So, I quietly got up, got dressed, and got my water bottle filled.  The cat ran to the door happy to see someone up and moving so early in the morning, but once I opened the door to the cold dark outside he scooted back into the warm kitchen. 

Very carefully making my way down the frosty porch steps, I suddenly looked up.  The dark clear skies were filled with stars!  I slowly turned in a circle trying to see every star that brightened the sky.  It honestly took my breath away as it was such a magnificent view!  Driving down the driveway, the moon was a bright sliver in the sky and the rest of the moon had a visible light glow.  Spectacular!

As I was thinking about how I've been looking up a lot recently admiring the daytime beauty of the trees and now the nighttime beauty of the skies, it seemed to be a parallel of how I've also spent a lot of time recently looking up to the Lord as I focus my eyes on Him both in the daytime and the nighttime.  It reminded me of Psalm 121:


I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all evil,
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep 
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

What a perfect way to start my day!  I hope it will encourage you, too!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, October 4

gloriousness of the day

Days like this are very distracting!  Warm temperatures and sunny skies require window opening throughout the house and frequent trips outdoors just to look up at the sun shining through the brightly colored leaves.  It's easy to find tasks that allow a longer linger outdoors on days like this.
However, the looking upward days are swiftly becoming limited as the trend is changing into a downward leaf motion.  Raking leaf piles and jumping into them days have begun!

So if it's a bit quieter around here this week, it's because I'm soaking in the wonderful gloriousness of days like this - days which cannot be kept in a bottle on a shelf to be opened on a gray cold day in November, but which must be savored while they are here!

Enjoy the glory of autumn remembering God's glory is even more brilliant than this!  How amazing will that be?!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, October 2

the last hurrah

On this chilly fall day, I will be spending my time at a soccer tournament watching a couple of my girls play.  Since it may be their last time playing this sport, I intend to enjoy watching every moment as well as the beauty of the woods all around us as the colors peak with the leaves on the verge of falling.  It should be a fun day and even more enjoyable since I'm not coaching and can chit chat along the sidelines while I watch. 

Enjoy the autumn weekend in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, October 1

the October sun

Welcome to October!

It is a very crispy morning with the color in the woods at its peak.  Simply gorgeous!

What a wonderful and perfect verse to start my month:

"For the Lord God is a sun and shield;  the Lord will give grace and glory." ~ Psalm 84:11

When I looked up the verse in my Bible to verify it before typing it here, I saw there was more to the verse....."No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly."

As I thought about the month ahead and all the things already on my calendar, my heart is excited!  I know it will be a month of God shining brightly like the sun as He is given glory and how thankful I am that He shields us a bit with His grace to prevent life from being overwhelming.  The added bonus is that He does not withhold good from those whose hearts desire to follow Him and walk obediently.  Of course, those "good things" come in all kinds of different packages sometimes, don't they, which again makes us thankful that He shields us a bit with His grace.


May this verse be an encouragement to you, too, as you begin a new month!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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