Tuesday, September 27


Last night I read through Psalm 37 and kept coming back to the third verse because I was struck by a word.


"Trust in the LORD, and do good;  dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness."


Befriend faithfulness.

I looked up this verse in various translations for that specific section and found "feed on his faithfulness", "enjoy safe pastures", "find safe pasture", and "cultivate faithfulness".

I still like the word befriend best.  Perhaps it's because of what the word means and its synonyms. Things like help, promote, lend a hand to, stick up for, go with, chum together, hang around with, back up, stick together, work side by side, pull together, show willingness, join, keep company, unite, mingle, open doors for, favor, run around with, be in cahoots, partner with,  to encourage, to praise......and the list goes on.  I think you probably get the point.

Isn't befriend a wonderful word?

And when I think of the word faithfulness of think of one person - JESUS.

Befriend Jesus.  

My heart's desire is to befriend Jesus.  To help Jesus.  To promote Jesus.  To lend a hand to Jesus by being his hands and feet on this earth.  To stick up for Jesus who was willing to die for MY sins.  To go with Jesus wherever He takes me. To chum together with Jesus by keeping His word close to my heart.  To hang around with Jesus even in places I'd rather not be when He places me there.  To back up Jesus by standing firm on His word.  To stick together with Jesus knowing He will be faithful no matter what the circumstance.  To work side by side with Jesus knowing He will give me the strength I need to serve Him.  To pull together with Jesus when times are difficult.  To show willingness to serve Jesus in whatever task He has for me. To join Jesus in the purposes He has for me.  To keep company with Jesus knowing He's there when no one else may be there.  To unite with Jesus knowing His way is best. To mingle with Jesus during my down time instead of indulging self.  To open doors for Jesus by being His light in dark places.  To show favor to Jesus in all my thoughts, words, and deeds.  To run around with Jesus as I marvel as His wonderful creation.  To be in cahoots with Jesus as He reveals someone in need that I can help.  To partner with Jesus in ministry that needs the gifts and talents He has given me. To encourage Jesus as I choose Him instead of the things of the world because I love Him more.  To praise Jesus because He is my life, my truth, and my way.....and the list goes on.  I think you probably get the point.

Yup, I sure love to befriend faithfulness!

May you find Jesus worthy of your befriending!

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, September 20

Simple Woman's Daybook for September 20

For today September 20th

Outside my window.....it's partly cloudy with a chance of windy rain later on today.

I am thinking.....about how quickly my children are growing up and out of my nest.

I am thankful.....for the wonderful surprise all my children played on my husband and myself as it has blessed us from head to toe.

I am wearing.....a sweater thrown on for warmth as it's chilly in the morning.

I am hearing.....
the sound of the dog pawing on the door to come back in the house and wishing I didn't have to get up to let him in the house.

I am wondering.....if life will ever slow down or if that is just a figment of my imagination?

I am creating.....a treasure of memories to smile about on a rainy day.

I am going.....to be glad when my garden is all finished up and canning is wrapped up for the season.

I am reading.....only my devotional and Bible right now.
I am praying.....for our family to get through this *bug* and that I would not catch it!  
I am remembering.....how God reveals something better ahead after we go through a time of disappointment.

I am hoping.....for good weather this coming weekend.

On my mind.....is about a million tasks I need to get done by the end of the week.
From the learning rooms.....the children have all begun their studies and I'm still behind on finishing up my school charts.  

Noticing that.....
the leaves are very very slowly turning colors this fall. 

I am looking forward to.....a conference next week!

Pondering these words.....
Prayer is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble: prayer is a life attitude." ~ Walter A. Mueller

From the kitchen.....we are rejoicing in all the apples that the trees around the area are providing which means lots of applesauce and yummy desserts!

Around the house
....are LOTS of messes as all my children have been home visiting since Friday night.

One of my favorite things.....is kissing my grands goodnight :-)

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include work projects, goodbyes to family, meetings, planning for the conference I'm attending, canning salsa, finishing up school charts, soccer practice, and participating in a local fall event on Saturday.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you.... 

A peek at our stacked for the winter wood which was also the backdrop for our family picture which will be found in Christmas cards in just a few months.

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

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, September 14

falling for fall

I'm around.  Just real busy.  September is always a very full month as we transition from a summer schedule to a fall schedule.  It doesn't leave much time for writing. So if it's quiet around here for the next couple of weeks, not to worry.  We're busy living life as fully as we can doing the things God puts before us.  Here's a peek at some of what we've been up to that says FALL:
A long last weekend of summer with family and campfires.

Soccer games with the girls.

Deer shedding their pretty summer coats for the darker fall and winter coats.

Shorter daylight hours mean jumping on the trampoline in the dark.

Garden clean-up as we are busy harvesting what we can before the first big frost this week. The birds are actively participating by landing on the sunflowers and eating the seeds. The tomatoes and pumpkins will need to be covered so they can keep growing.
A big fish catch by my husband by the light of the full moon.

Last swims of the summer and bringing in the raft.

Working at a place I love.

Spending some unexpected extra time with grands.

And working at getting our schooling going as I am still charting our courses for the year.  At least the kids are working on what they can while I finish up the details. 

Enjoy the September days which are some of the most beautiful days of the year and let me know what YOU'VE been up to lately!

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, September 8

simply not caring

My devotional had me reading in I Corinthians 4:1-8 this morning.  I kept reading verses 3 and 4 over and over:

"I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.  My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me."

Often I find myself marveling over Paul and his clear single minded focus on Jesus Christ.  He was driven to live his life exactly how the Holy Spirit and God's Word was leading him each moment.  By doing so he knew he was following a course that was right, even if it was challenging by the world's standards.  Paul knew it didn't matter what anyone said about him or what he was doing.  All that mattered was that he was living in a way that was right and pleasing to the Lord because ultimately the Heavenly Father was the only one he was accountable to in the end.  

THAT, my friends, is how I want to live!

I don't want to be bothered about what this person thinks or what that person thinks or whether or not my clothes are right or all those millions of other things people are quick to judge you about when you see them.  I don't want to be tempted to do things that will please those of the world.  I don't want to question everything I do and constantly be weighing whether I'm doing it for myself or for others or for Christ.  

I just want to exit self and live with a single minded focus for Jesus Christ with a conscience that is clear knowing I have taken up the challenge of doing what is right and pleasing before the Lord no matter how challenging it is knowing I'm only accountable to my Heavenly Father.  

In a way, it sounds so simple, doesn't it?

Up for the challenge?

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, September 7

lazy or fearful?

A verse from a section of verses from my devotional this morning:

"And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone." I Thessalonians 5:14

An interesting thought was brought up in the commentary about this verse and something I hadn't really considered before.....that sometimes it's hard to distinguish between idleness and timidity. 

Two people could be doing nothing.  One maybe be doing nothing out of laziness. The other might be doing nothing out of shyness or fear of doing something wrong.  You need to sensitively observe to know what the solution is and whether to more sternly address the situation or perhaps encourage them more strongly to move into action.  

As I considered this I thought about how true it is, especially when it comes to procrastination.  There are times when true laziness is involved.  It may be a task that I really don't want to do as it is something that is boring, tedious, mindless, fill in the blank.  That would be true idleness.  But I'm also finding that there are times that I have a task that is hanging over me needing to be done that is very challenging and something I have not done before.  I had never before recognized fear as being a part of that idleness.  

Recognizing these two perspectives in myself will hopefully help me when it comes to my children and idleness.  Are they being truly lazy in a situation or am I asking them to do something challenging that may take some encouragement that will move them from fear into action?

Of course, the real key is the last part of that verse...."be patient with everyone" because no matter how much patience you already have, the Lord is sure to bring about situations requiring MORE especially when it comes to addressing idleness.  

May you be encouraged to tackle everything on your garden path today.  Be gone idleness!

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, September 6

it's the change....

Still lingering in summer?
I'm finding it hard to linger in summer with trees starting to do this around me.  Doesn't help either that the weather is getting chilly enough at night for frost advisories to be issued.  So as much as I kick and scream about saying good-bye to summer as we hit Labor Day weekend, now that the weekend is over I'm living in the reality that autumn is coming quickly.  Garden harvesting will kick into high gear in the next couple of weeks and the daylight hours will quickly diminish.  Schooling is beginning in our home and soon the rhythm of a new schedule will reign with hopes that life will settle in once again.

Are you ready for autumn and all that it brings?

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, September 1

the still of september

Trying to swallow the big lump in my throat that happens every year when I flip the calendar page to September.  It always comes with that feeling of panic...."Oh my goodness, the summer is over and none of my projects got done!" Somehow the enthusiasm to tackle the world in the month of May gets lost in the busy days of all the activities that come with summer.  Of course, that sense of panic doesn't have time to linger because it's also the major garden harvest time, too, which is in full swing throughout the month of September.  Lots of canning left to do in the days ahead and an excitement, too, as we wait for pumpkins to ripen.  

It all gets put back into perspective as I look at the Scripture for the month of September.  Reading through Psalm 46 quickly reminds me of those things that strike fear in the hearts of man.  Utter and total destruction of the world around us.  Consider the powerful tornadoes of spring, the summer earthquakes, the hurricanes of fall.  God our Creator has a way of shaking up the world in a way that man cannot duplicate.  

Yet, if God truly is your refuge and strength, you will also recognize Him as an ever-present help in trouble.  You can be confident and at peace within His fortress.  Even when the earth blows, shakes, and floods.  Even when the summer list has faded from the sunshine pouring onto it and not because its been crossed off one by one.  

"Be still and know that I am God......" ~ Psalm 46:10

Knowing Him does bring a stillness to your heart whatever the days or month may bring.  Knowing Him will cause you to praise Him no matter what the storm.  

May you come to know Him in even greater ways as you are still in September.

Tammy ~@~

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