Tuesday, January 31

share the love

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Jesus Christ throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." ~ Ephesians 3:14-21

One of my favorite things to do is to prayer Scripture and this is one of my favorite passages to use.  Fill in the word "you" with a person's name.  A person who is especially in need of knowing how amazing and abundant God's love is for them.  I'm guessing that could be just about every person you know!  So what are you waiting for....get busy going through your list of people who need to know God's love by praying this Scripture for them!  You may never know how much it could impact their life TODAY! (and that's the cool part)

Tammy ~@~

Monday, January 30

shooing the shoes

No wonder there's no room in our mudroom.  As I was recently trying to clean that room up a bit, I counted eight pairs of soccer shoes from last summer/fall in the midst of the tangled mess of boots, scarves, mittens, hats. Interestingly there's NOT eight kids that are wearing them which means we have the pairs that ended up not fitting for this season never being taken back downstairs.   Time to put ALL those shoes in the downstairs closet until they'll be needed again later in the year.  

A mother's work is never done, eh?

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, January 28

be free

Well, my husband filed a complaint.  At first I was taken back and hurt.  Then I realized it wasn't personal and it was something I could work on to help him not be so annoyed.

What was it?  He said the scent of his clothes made him feel sick to his stomach. Really sick to his stomach.  Even being outside when the dryer was running was making him feel that way as the air wafted in his direction in the breeze.

After my initial reaction, I was stumped.  I had basically used the same detergent and softener sheets for my laundry for as long as I could remember.  Tide© - with bleach once it came out - and Bounce© dryer sheets.  For years.  It was a combination that worked well with lots of boys and their dirty clothes combining with our dry static-filled winter air. 

But my current reality is that my family is growing up and my youngest son is almost 18 years old and not playing in mudpiles much anymore these days.   The last few kids at home are girls who change clothes frequently which means those clothes hardly see a dust speck.  

Take that information with the consideration that perhaps those two favorite laundry products have changed their formulas over the years making them much more scented which is a disaster to my husband who already is known for his sensitive sniffer.

Time to consider change.
Here's my first attempt at change.  Sticking with products I know but in their scent free sensitive line.  So far so good as the scents in our clothes are gradually coming out with each washing and my husband is much happier which means I'm much happier, too. 

Time to get off my computer and spend some time using those products this weekend!

Tammy ~@~

Friday, January 27

head to heart

Yesterday for our devotional time, we were on Psalm 136.  Growing up in a liturgical kind of church, I thought it would be fun to read the beginning of each verse and have the kids reply together with second half of the verse - His love endures forever.  We were about a third of the way through the psalm and the kids weren't thinking it was so fun.   To them who had not grown up in a liturgical kind of church it seemed like a silly thing to do. 

So we talked about why the author of this psalm kept repeating that phrase - because he felt this was an important lesson to sink into the hearts of those who read it. As the author - inspired by God - considered so many things about God, his only heart response could be that His love endures forever.  

Ya ya, they agreed.  Ya ya, they know that in their heads was my realization.  Ya ya, someday when they are perhaps older they will know it in their hearts was my other realization.

Because as they live their lives that thread of faith will weave throughout each day. They will pass through deep waters and dark valleys and when everything falls apart there will be that thread of faith still evident when they realize in their hearts the one and only truth that will truly matter - His love endures forever.  

And then they will read Psalm 136 with eyes filled with emotion.  Like their mom.

His love endures forever.

Don't forget it!

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, January 26

all the Bread

It's always cool to me how God reinforces what He's teaching me through Scripture that jumps out at me.  Here's the verse that went with my devotional today:

"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." ~ Matthew 4:4

Eating daily is essential to life.  When our bodies are not being properly nourished with good foods, life fades away.

So it is spiritually.  Jesus talks much about being the Bread of Life in John chapter six.  We need to be feeding on the words of God daily to become nourished as we allow God's words to fill our hearts.  

What does that have to do with yesterday?  Think of bread. How many people pull off the crusts to only eat the the soft middle?  Or just the opposite as I knew someone who use to pull off the crusts to eat them and left the soft middle uneaten.  

Jesus is the Living Bread.  We need to be nourished with ALL of His Word.  Nothing is optional.  It's all essential.  It's all life giving.  

Think about that today when you eat your sandwich for lunch....

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, January 25

not optional

Just passing along what has been my thought for the week. It was something the pastor said at a church I was visiting on Sunday and it has kept me searching my heart.  

"We often treat things in God's Word as optional."

It made me think of all the topics and things I've read about through the years such as books on pregnancy, parenting, gardening, homeschooling, and my Christian walk  - and how I've treated the information I've read.  Some of it has been valuable and useful; other things have not seemed worth doing anything with and are disregarded in my mind. 

Have I treated God's Word in the same manner?  Picking and choosing what I want to live by and disregarding in my mind that which I don't think is worthy doing?

Fortunately a primary Scripture passage - Psalm 139 - used in churches across the country this past Sunday has the key in its final verses to helpi me with that question:

"Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" ~Psalm 139:23-24

Yes, search me, O God, as my heart's desire is to treat your Word as necessary and essential for living a life that is pleasing to YOU!

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, January 21

lemony goodness

One of our new favorite crockpot recipes is Easy Lemon Chicken  I found the recipe on Pinterest and I love it for two reasons - it's quick and it's tasty.  It is very lemony so if you don't want to be overpowered by the flavoring either reduce down to one lemon or do a lot more chicken (I do the second option and it's wonderful!).  When the chicken is done, it shreds so very wonderfully for hot chicken sandwiches which our family loves to eat using hard rolls. Yum!

Try it!  You'll  like it!

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, January 19

some timeless writings

At a conference I attended last fall, a man named Andrew Murray was quoted by a couple different speakers.  Although I had heard the name before, I wasn't too familiar with his writings until recently when I picked up a couple of his books and began reading them.  It makes me smile when I realize how relevant God's Word continues to be as I can read an author's reflections upon Scripture back in the 1800's and see how well it can be applied in today's world.   

So, you may see quotes from Andrew Murray here in the days ahead as I ponder his writings.  Things like this.....

"Christian, you live in a dangerous world;  cling to the Lord Jesus.  As He teaches you to shun the world and its attractions, your love will go out to Him in loyal-hearted service.  But remember, there must be daily fellowship with Jesus.  His love alone can expel the love of the world.  Take time to be alone with your Lord."  ~  Andrew Murray

Take time each day to be alone with the Lord.  You'll never regret it!

Tammy ~@~

Monday, January 16

in order

Although I had heard others mention it before, I think the timing was right when I read Kimmie's I DID IT! post about finishing up her chronological Bible reading for the year.  It immediately had me thinking about doing that myself since I had never read the Bible in the order in which the events actually occurred.  My thought was to get a reading guide to use my own Bible until I found that our local Christian bookstore sold one year chronological Bibles and I couldn't resist purchasing one.
I've enjoyed it so far.  It was fun to start in Genesis and go from Noah's ark, then the tower of Babel, and then suddenly jump into the book of Job where I'm still reading now.  

If you haven't read through the Bible over a year, you're not too late to start.  Go for it!  You'll never regret your journey through God's Word.

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, January 14

hey bubble

There's always a surprise or two when I download my camera onto my computer.  Here's one of the latest:
Actually, I consider it photographic evidence proving where my husband's Christmas gift of bubble gum is quietly disappearing.  Guilty as charged!

Enjoy your weekend!

Tammy ~@~

Friday, January 13

to dream or to ask

"At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, 'Ask for whatever you want me to give you.'" ~ I Kings 3:5

"So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong." was King Solomon's reply in I Kings 3:9

At this moment there are several situations that I need God's wisdom in order to make important decisions or to be able to advise with discernment.  I would simply love it  if the Lord would appear to me in a dream and allow me to ask Him for whatever I wanted Him to give me because there is truly nothing else I can think of I want at the moment except W.I.S.D.O.M.  Not any old wisdom, but HIS wisdom.  

And yet, I do not need to long for a dream when I am reminded of this verse in the New Testament:

James 1:5 - "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."

Lacking wisdom?  Ask God and He will give wisdom generously.  But there's a catch....

"But let him ask in faith, with no doubting....." ~ James 1:6

When asking for wisdom, it must be in complete confidence of what God will reveal.  With complete confidence you can take that step of faith to obediently follow Him where He faithfully leads.  

So to dream or to ask in prayer?  What's your choice?

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, January 10

are you laughing yet?

How often have you told one of your bored children to go find a book to read from one of the many bookshelves you have and then you've had them come up to you with this kind of book in their hands?
This is the kind of book that brings a mother to her knees saying, "Mercy!  Mercy!" because the child who has found this kind of book will follow you everywhere you go in your house as they read each and every single line.....

Just sayin'.....knock knock....

Tammy ~@~

Monday, January 9

Simple Woman's Daybook for January 9

For today January 9

Outside my window.....the skies are cloudy in this warmer than normal weather.

I am thinking.....about how much harder it is to take off holiday weight gain the older I get :::sigh:::

I am thankful.....to know that the Lord always has my kids in His sight and will take care of them when they are out of my sight.

I am wearing.....a denim skirt and a peach and pink striped t-shirt.

I am hearing.....my dog snoring by my feet.

I am wondering.....how my little grandson managed to get the chicken pox before his older sister.

I am creating.....a list of some goals for the winter months. 

I am going.....to finally make an appointment with my eye doctor.  I give up on  the "glasses on, glasses off" routine that I've developed.

I am reading.....Humility and Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray

I am praying.....for some work to keep my husband busy during the winter months.

I am remembering.....that today would have been my mom's 74th birthday.  I miss her!

I am hoping.....that this warm weather lasts a bit longer before the typical January deep freeze settles in.

On my mind.....is a list that is longer than the time I have to accomplish it (I think I could keep this statement here every month!)

From the learning rooms.....we are trying to get back on track with our schooling this week after having a challenging time of getting any schoolwork done last week.  

Noticing that.....the reason I love my cups of coffee so much is because of the milk and sugar that get stirred into them.  If I'd go back to black coffee like the olden days I could probably kick this habit.  But do I want to? is the question.....

I am looking forward to.....spring!  Is it too soon to say that?

Pondering these words....."Watch God's ways in your life, you will find He is developing you as He does the trees and the flowers, a deep silent working of the God of creation. " ~ Oswald Chambers

From the kitchen.....I've been trying some new recipes that I found on Pinterest and so far they've been the thumbs up kind.

Around the house....things are finally getting settled again.  I discovered I hadn't put the Christmas music away yet and hopefully that is the last of the holiday stuff!

One of my favorite things.....is sitting by our woodburner in the mornings while doing my devotions.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include dentist appointments this afternoon for four kids, working on my husband's monthly bookwork (and starting to think about the end of the year tax bookwork), mid-week Bible study, hopefully some sewing(it's on my goals list), and preparing for a weekend of the grandkids staying with us.  
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....of my favorite present that I received for Christmas which was a wonderful surprise!  A photo calendar put together by my children.  I love how their pictures are on their birthdays :-)

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

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, January 7

a heartfelt prayer

A prayer for the day....for any day....for every day!

"O LORD, for greater sweetness and beauty and roundness of character, I pray; for the gift of spiritual energy and full-patienced life toward all and in Your presence. Your sweetness, patience, beauty--manifest them, O Lord. Preserve me from the pattern and print of the age I live in. Today, O Lord, cleanse me from hurry, and keep me purely and calmly Yours.  Renew your joy and power in and through me for your glory, keeping me clear and pure for You." ~ Oswald Chamber

Tammy ~@~

Friday, January 6

crafty relaxin'

It seems I got bit by the crafting bug shortly before Christmas this year.  The only item I had planned on making was a Christmas stocking for my grandson, but then my daughter-in-law mentioned that she'd like her own stocking.  
So a new Christmas stocking was made for her, too, although that ended up being an after Christmas project since I was busy with a couple other projects  before Christmas.  
Like the chenille hot pads I made - one for each of the married girls of our family.  A friend showed me one in the middle of December and they looked so easy that I thought I'd try making them as gifts.  Fortunately they were fast and easy to make which means I should probably consider making a few for myself. 
Or the flour sack towels which weren't part of my plan either until I was doing some other shopping during December and walked past them at the store.   Hmmm, on sale and with a bunch of embroidery iron transfer patterns on sale next to them.  So, again, I worked on three so each of the married girls of our family could have one.

Although doing these extra unplanned things added a little more stress to an already full and busy schedule, what I ended up finding out was that I really enjoyed sitting and working on them. It's been along time since I've spent much time on my sewing machine and I could feel my whole body hum with happiness as I stitched away.   It really was a wonderful way to RELAX doing something that I enjoyed doing.

AND :::::whispering:::::  I really think I need to schedule some regular daily unwinding time doing this kind of stuff. Even if it's only fifteen minutes a day working on one of the many quilts that I've already started or sketched out in my mind.   Fifteen minutes of relaxation a day for some creative crafting.  

It almost sounds like a resolution, doesn't it?    

Guess we'll see as the year goes by, won't we?

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, January 4

potato eatin' good

As I was downloading my camera from our holidays, I ran across the picture I had taken of a special salad I made.  My husband loved it the first time I made it quite awhile ago, but because he's the lone eater of this type of salad I hadn't made it again, well, until New Year's Day when we had a houseful of people here who would enjoy it with him. 
I think of it as Donna's German Potato Salad as I first read through the recipe on Donna's Quiet Life blog and it sounded like a winner PLUS it is so very simple to make.  Here's the recipe:  German Potato Salad


Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, January 3

choosing beauty

A new year!  A new calendar!  A new verse!

The new year begins with:

"He hath made everything beautiful in His time."     
~ Ecclesiastes 3:41

As you look to the year ahead, choose to look with new eyes.  There is beauty all around you each and every moment of the day.  Perhaps it's a choice of whether you choose to look or not.  Even more so, it's a choice of whether you choose to have a positive attitude or negative attitude as you go through each day because that will greatly affect whether you are looking and what you are seeing.  

So to see beauty in the month - or year - ahead you must:

     *Choose to look around you

     *Choose to have a positive attitude when looking

     *Choose to see things through the eyes of Jesus

Tammy ~@~
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