Monday, July 30

come together

The badminton net is now quiet.

It's been kept busy for a few days as one of many activities around our household with our family gathering to celebrate the safe return of a son from overseas.  His visit was enhanced by getting off the plane as newly engaged and bringing along his sweet fiance for her first visit here.  Around our kitchen table there's been a mixture of serious conversations, memory recapturing, laughter, bug zapping, and plenty of food.  Creative minds put together t-shirts for the weekend and late night swims with glowing balloons became a habit.   Did I mention the lack of sleep that typically happens when all my family comes together?  

Ahhhh, but I am oh so thankful that we are able to all come together as those times become more rare as they grow up and leave home.  

All moments that a mom treasures in her heart long after they leave for their own homes.  Sure do love those kids.......and pray for them daily!

Hope your summer is being filled with memory making moments!

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, July 25

be a gold digger

"When we go to services or meetings, let us listen with keen expectation to what our God, who knows exactly what our need is, has prepared for us.  When the pure gold of the word of God is given, it lays a great responsibility on all who listen, lest they lose that precious thing.  We cannot afford to lose one word.

If someone opened a bag of gold coins and poured them out, saying, 'Take what you can', would there be any slackness about picking up these coins?  But the words of God's are more to be desired than gold, yes, than much fine gold." ~ Amy Carmichael

Reading this as we come up to the summer Olympics, I thought about how important it is for Christians to be going for the GOLD.   Could there be anything finer than the gold of God's Word?  Think of how often you've passively read certain passages of Scripture, then suddenly one day you read this passage of Scripture again and it's like there is a bright spotlight on it full of meaning.  You've hit GOLD, my friend!

So in the days ahead as we cheer on our country's athletes at the summer games, remember that I'm cheering you on as well to go for the GOLD!

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, July 21

running with family

It seems that we've been raising a family of runners.  Didn't really realize it until recently.  

When the older ones were little, they were the fastest ones on the AWANA game circle.  They could sprint like crazy! As I think of those children who are adults now, I realized that they are still runners although distance running is their thing to do.  

The younger ones who are runners have more of an opportunity than their older siblings because we live in a time and place where races abound.  They love the challenge that comes with running and are highly competitive.  

With so many family runners, we've even come up with our own family 5K complete with shirts and prizes.  
And they're off!

We call it the Easter Run since the very first run was held on an Easter weekend, but  we've since adjusted it as needed. It's more fun when there's more family home wanting to race even if we have to change the location, date, and distance.  I was relieved when they offered two options this year - a 5K and a 10K.  Whew!

Where'd they get this urge to run from?  Who knows? Neither my husband or myself are runners.  Over the last few years I've turned into a walker and slowly am adding a little running, but I doubt if I will ever run an entire race. Too hard for a mom of many to run with the bladder issues that come from being a mom of many.  Yikes!

Today a few of our family did a 5K race for a local charity. Temperatures were perfect and I shaved a few minutes off of my fastest time to date.  
They even had a face painting booth for kids and wonderful refreshments after the race.  One daughter missed taking third place for her age division by three seconds!  It'll make her work a little bit harder for the other races in our area in the weeks ahead.  

Think about you have an activity that your whole family enjoys doing together?

Okay, time for me to surf the web to find some relief for running with bunions. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tammy ~@~

Friday, July 20

be unceasing

"Scripture teaches us that there is not one truth on which Christ insisted more frequently, both with His disciples and with those who came seeking His help, than the absolute necessity of faith and its unlimited possibilities.  And experience has taught us that there is nothing in which we come so short as the simple and absolute trust in God to literally fulfill in us all that He has promised.  A life in the abiding presence must be a life of unceasing faith." ~ Andrew Murray

The walk of faith sometimes seems like a long and often weary path where we frequently can't see beyond the next curve in the trail.  Be unceasing in your trust of His plan and purpose for your life.  He is walking with you and He is faithful!

Tammy ~@~

Monday, July 16

trickle not

"It must be God first, God second, and God third, until the life is faced steadily with God and no one else of any account whatever." ~ Oswald Chambers

Make a list of your daily priorities. 

Where does God fall into that list?

First?  Second?  Third?  Only if you have time?

Your moments your day your life will show what your priorities are as their importance will trickle down through every aspect of your life.  

Keep your relationship with God as your first, second, third, steady priority.  Filling up on the Living Water will take away your thirst for anything the world has to offer allowing God's love to overflow into the lives around you.  

Better that overflow from God than the trickle from the world.

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, July 10

Simple Woman's Daybook for July 10

For July 10

Outside my window.....the skies are blue with a cloud here and there.  It looks like it'll be a perfect summer day with temperatures in the lower 80's!

I am thinking.....that summer is always too short.

I am thankful.....for God bringing a son safely back from overseas.

I am wearing.....a khaki skirt with a light blue and green flowery top.

I am hearing.....the dog woofing at a squirrel up in the tree by the house.

I am wondering.....if I can keep up the motivation I currently have to keep knocking things off my summer "to do" list.

I am creating.....a new prayer journal.  

I am the post office to see what stamps are new right now.  Long live snail mail!

I am Bible and bits and pieces of a variety of books when there's a moment here or there to read.

I am praying.....for my brother-in-law's wife who accidentally fell yesterday cracking her femur head and will need surgery today to put a pin in that area.

I am remembering.....summer nights of sweaty dirty little children who I stuck in the tub to clean up and cool off before tucking them into bed.

I am hoping.....there's a weekend before the end of the summer when my husband and I can get away before all my older children are back at college.

On my how to keep my house clean without sounding like I'm nagging at children who are quite old enough to maintain a clean house just by picking up after themselves.  I realize they are all busy working, but so are their parents!

From the learning's quiet and I need to start thinking about ordering our books for the fall.

I am learning....that patience is a life time journey.  

Noticing that.....there are things in the garden maturing before they are fully  grown.  It's kind of strange and I'm wondering if the weather has something to do with it.

I am looking forward to.....our family getting all together soon!

Pondering these words....."Appreciation can make a day, even change a life." ~ Margaret Cousins

From the kitchen.....there haven't been many full hot meals lately as it's been too hot in the kitchen to cook much.  

Around the house....are piles of odd things as I've been sorting and cleaning through the downstairs and need to put things away.

One of my favorite sitting on the front porch in the evenings when the sun is slowly melting below the horizon.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include a couple days of work, finishing up the garden weeding, continuing to work on my summer "to do" list, cutting blocks for a son's quilt, and taking a few boxes to the thrift store.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
One of my pink peonies that is not only oh so pretty but has such a delightful scent.

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

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, July 7

weeping to joy

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds....." ~ James 1:2

This hot weather has been a trial for me.  I do not do well with heat.  I do not do well with humidity.  I do not do well with hot flashes.  Put them all together for an extended amount of time and you have one crabby mama.  

We leave in an area where air conditioning is rare in homes because no one invests in something you hardly need here. So when this weather hits, out come all the fans with the best refuge place being basements where it tends to be cooler.  Even with that, there's still that feeling of "ugh" when even sitting still doing nothing produces masses of sweaty sticky bodies.  

Then add the factor of having several days in a row "off" with hopes of accomplishing much on my "to do" list turning into several days in a row of accomplishing little with no energy to do much of anything.

Finally comes the great guilt of even complaining when parts of our country are much hotter than we are here. 


Such was my mood when last evening an unexpected thunderstorm passed through our area.  It came with loud rumbles, crackling lightning, gusts of wind, and a downpour of hard rain.  Taking refuge downstairs with my family as we attempted watching some television with an antennae swaying in the wind not getting good reception, suddenly the sound of running water was heard.  Lots of running water. One of our basement window wells had filled with water which was running like a waterfall into that corner of the basement.   The laundry/toy area and the food pantry were getting drenched and our efforts seemed completely meaningless as we attempted to keep up with it.  Once it slowed down and the storm passed out of our area, we soaked up as much as we could moving loads of things into a dryer area of the basement and went to bed.

:::a really big sigh:::

"Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." ~ Psalm 30:5b

Waking up early this morning we could immediately sense the cooler weather. My husband was out the door to do some work before it warmed up again (but hopefully it will warm up less than it has over the past week or so), and I slowly wandered downstairs to access the damage.  I slid the washer and dryer back into place since the floor was now dry there, cleaned through the laundry table that had been soaked, and moved the laundry baskets back into place.  Then I went into the food pantry and determined it was time to do a major cleaning in there.  I went through the shelves sorting through all the products on them and began the throwing out process.  There were boxes of various teas that had been on the shelf forever.  Lots of bags of different beans for soups that had been there forever.  Cans of this.  Cans of that.  All pushed to the back of the shelves with expiration dates long long expired.  The garbage bag overflowed into another garbage bag.  The food pantry is now cleaned out and it feels WONDERFUL!  Joy did come with the morning!

There is now a determination to finish cleaning that area of the basement.  The toys and books are overflowing as well with things that have long expired in being useful or worthy of playing with anymore.  Once in order there is not a doubt in my mind that there will be more joy to come.  

Anything in your life you need to clean up?  Get in order? Address immediately?  Just do it!  It'll put a smile on your face, joy in your heart, and thankfulness in your spirit!

Off to get busy.....

Tammy ~@~

Friday, July 6

Do you know Him?

This morning my devotional took me to reading chapter five in the book of Revelations.  Although I've read these verses before, I was really struck by verses 11 - 13:

"Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!' And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the seas, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!'"

These verses reminded me of God's promise to Abraham of descendants as numerous as grains of sand or stars in the sky.  Sooooooooo many that they cannot be humanly counted. I mean, can numbers like that even come close to being comprehended?  Yet, those are the kind of numbers that will be worshiping and praising the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!

It immediately made me think of a video that we've seen at church and which, of course, can be found on YouTube.  Do you know Him?  
Do you know Him? That's my King! He is worthy!

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, July 5

a bouquet of a different kind

Going through my garden for the first big weeding and thinning task, I also ran across another job that needed to be done.  As I held the results in my hands, it looked like a......
BOUQUET!  A very cool artsy bouquet!

I set it on my kitchen table and those who passed by this wonderful unique arrangement were curious about what it was with all it's twists and turns.
The uniqueness was wonderful for the first couple of days. Then the weather became hotter and more humid allowing this wonderful greenery to become more scented.  Soon noses were wrinkling with exclamations of, "WHAT'S THAT SMELL?!?!?"
Garlic, of course.  I heart garlic!  I heart the scent of garlic wafting through the air!  

This unique bouquet was made up of the seed shoots coming up from my garlic plants.  They need to be cut off in order for all the growth of the plant to go down into forming the nice big bulbs of garlic.  

And yes, I succumbed to the complaints of my household and moved my bouquet out onto the deck.  It's an easy way to keep my reading area quiet....

May your garden bring you unexpected delights, too!

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, July 4

the cost of free

Recently reading some history about our country's journey to the Declaration of Independence brought much solemness to my heart.  Our freedom wasn't free.  It came at great sacrifice to those who believed in it with the signers of this important document putting their lives at great risk and peril.  

There were no parades, cookouts, or celebrations on July 4, 1776.  Fireworks, yes, as our country fought many military battles following that date to fully obtain our freedom.  Our country did not truly experience freedom until the British signed the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783, recognizing the freedom of the United States with the last of the British troops leaving our land in November of that year. And once again that freedom wasn't free as many men lost their lives through those years as they fought hard and lived sacrificially for what they believed in.

It humbles me when I consider our history, the sacrifice, our freedom. 

May there be a quiet solemn moment in your day to reflect on the cost of freedom in our country and to offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the ultimate sacrifice for our gift of freedom through the cross of Jesus Christ.  

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, July 3

never alone

"When Christ said 'alway(s)' (Matthew 28:20), He meant to assure us that there is not a day of our lives in which that blessed presence is not with us.  It is ours every day.  There does not need to be a moment in which that presence cannot be our experience.  This does not depend on what we can do, but on what He undertakes to do.  The omnipotent Christ is the omnipresent Christ; the ever present is the everlasting. As surely as He is the Unchangeable One, His presence, as the power of an endless life, will be with each of His servants who trusts Him for it." ~ Andrew Murray

There is great comfort in being reminded of this.  God is always there.  Always with us.  He's never going to say, "Just a minute!" or "I'll call you back later!" (ohhh, how miserably I fail at that!).  He's not going to turn away for a moment to look at something else.  He is ever-present in our lives and it doesn't depend upon what we can do.  Just trust Him.

The older I get, the more I can look back and see His fingerprints of presence in my life.  With faith I can say, just trust Him.  He's always with you!


Tammy ~@~

Monday, July 2

treasuring my treasures

Instead of my usual partial peek at the calendar days, here's the whole month  of July.  Hoping if I put all the days before me here, I won't need to hold my breath so the days don't fly by.....

The verse on the calendar for July is:  "For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also." ~Matthew 6:21

These words of Jesus tell us to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven instead of laying up treasures on this earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.  

And that is my plan for this month.  For the thing that I treasure most on this earth are my family relationships. Not only do we have three family birthdays this month, but we also have a family gathering planned.  Time spent nurturing relationships is invaluable and moth or rust cannot destroy them nor can thieves break in and steal them. These relationships are not only treasures of my heart, but they are in a sense heavenly treasures, too, because they also have a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.    In other words, we will spend eternity together! THAT is something to bring thanks to my heart!

Enjoy your July and I pray that you will treasure the treasures found in your garden!

Tammy ~@~
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