Wednesday, August 29

thankfully cheery

"Thankfulness is the best preparation for faith.  Trust grows spontaneously in the praiseful heart. Thankfulness takes the sunny side of the street and looks at the bright side of God, and it is only thus that we can ever trust Him.  Unbelief looks at our troubles and, of course, they seem like mountains, and faith is discouraged by the prospect.  A thankful disposition will always find some cause for cheer, and a gloomy one will find a cloud in the brightest sky and a fly in the sweetest ointment.  Let us cultivate a spirit of cheerfulness, and we shall find so much in God and in our lives to encourage us that we shall have no room for doubt or fear."  ~ A.B. Simpson

Thankfulness and cheerfulness do often go hand in hand.  As the summer gets close to finishing out, let us end it with a spirit of cheerfulness.  And in honor of cheerfulness, a patch of cosmos in my garden seems appropriate.  They are sunny, cheerful flowers that make me smile even in the shade.

Tammy ~@~

Monday, August 27

Simple Woman's Daybook for August 27

For August 27

Outside my window.....the skies are blue and the temperatures are perfect.  What a gorgeous end of the summer kind of day!  

I am thinking.....that this week is going to FLY by because there is so much to do in so little time.

I am thankful.....for God's continuous provision that always comes right when we need it.  

I am wearing.....a denim skirt, an old Curves t-shirt, a neon yellow hoodie, and flip flips.

I am hearing.....the crickets chirping outside my window.

I am wondering.....who will take over all the boy chores around here once they've left for college?  Watch out, husband dear!

I am creating.....a quilt for a son headed off to his first year of college. 

I am be sewing a quilt top today.

I am reading.....the book "When Helping Hurts" by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.

I am praying.....for marriages all around me.  Christian marriages are falling apart as quickly as those of non-believers.  I'm tired of the enemy's ploy to divide and conquer couples and families.  Let's cover marriages with the power of prayer!

I am all things happen in God's timing.  Yesterday I sorted through a couple boxes of my mom's stuff and it was much easier than I had anticipated. I know I could not have done that even a year ago.  There is still a sadness of missing her but the grief is not as heart wrenching as it had been.

I am survive the bedroom switching around that will take place next week with my daughters.

On my a granddaughter's birthday this week. Need to squeeze in some shopping time so a package can be mailed!

From the learning rooms.....some curriculum should begin arriving this week so we can start our homeschooling after Labor Day.

I am learning....that garage sales take a lot of time for little profit.  But at least we got rid of a few more things around the house that we didn't need.

Noticing garden is suffering terribly from weeditis right now.  I wish there was more time to spend out there weeding and pondering.

I am looking forward to.....getting back into a regular routine which should begin happening next month.

Pondering these words....."Jumping at conclusions is not half as good exercise as digging for the facts." ~ Author Unknown 

From the kitchen.....there will be jars of canned tomatoes by the end of the week and hopefully time to make a batch of canned salsa, too.

Around the house....are plenty of cleaning projects after concentrating on the garage sale last week.  I don't think I'll catch up before the snow starts flying!

One of my favorite the scent of the air as fall begins slowly arriving in our woods around us.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include a meeting tonight, soccer games, a couple days of work, quilting, canning tomatoes, and helping sons pack up for their trips to college later this week.  

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
These are the fabrics my son picked out for his quilt.  We are doing a swirl pattern with the blocks.  I had laid the quilt out from the center to the outside but it didn't come out right.  My graphic design son told me it would work by laying it out from the outside to the center.  And he was right!  Time to sew!

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

Tammy ~@~

Friday, August 24

end of summer sale

This is what has kept me busy all week.  

Back in May when a son returned home after his second year of college, he stated that at the end of summer he and his brother wanted to clean out their bedroom (and the house) to have a garage sale since they both would be leaving for college in the fall.  

Guess what time it is?  The end of the summer.  

This week has been busy preparing for the garage sale as the boys have gone through things of their youth to sell. Everyone else has been busy going through things, too, as we clean a bit more out of a house that is shrinking in numbers.  

Life is moving on.  The last of our sons will be leaving for college.  After next weekend we'll be down to three daughters living here.  That's going to feel quite different. Three girls. No boys.  A mom.  A dad.  I hope the dad survives the surge of hormones AND all the jobs that will now fall upon him since the sons are gone.  

But I'll think about all that once fall arrives.

Until then, we have a garage sale that needs tending to yet tomorrow, then taking it down and packing up the leftovers which will go here, there, and the other places.  A busy week will follow of more packing, quilting, canning, and good-byes.  The end of summer and no time to ponder. Sometimes that is easier on a mother's heart.....

Tammy ~@~

Friday, August 17

no more sinking

Last night when I went to bed after a long day of canning beans, I felt like I was on a sinking ship.   So many things are left undone when I'm canning since it does take all my time and energy when it needs to get done.  It was overwhelming to look around me at this, that, and the many other things, all of which were calling my name.  Add to that a phone call that had come earlier in the day from someone who shared with me a conversation with another person who was hurt and disappointed that I hadn't connected with them recently.  

As I closed my eyes, it was with the acknowledgment that I can't meet everyone's expectations and never will be able to no matter how much I stretch myself.  I can go go go doing this, that, and the many other things and  someone can still end up being disappointed.  It was kind of a lonely feeling.

As I opened my eyes this morning, it was from a dreamy state of mind where I was singing the lyrics from Matt Redman's "You Never Let Go" song.....

"....oh no you never let go through the storm and through the calm....oh no you never let go in every high and every low.....oh no you never let go, Lord, you never let go of meeeeeee......."

It was a good way to start my day with the reminder that God is with me and there is nothing to fear.  He is not going to let go of me, He is not disappointed with me (and in fact loves me abundantly!), and I am not alone.  

So forget about the sinking boat is floating today!

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, August 15

the last of it

Oh oh.....did you notice the calendar?  AUGUST 15TH.  This is the date that I annually get that feeling in the pit of my stomach about how much there is left to do with the little summer time left.  

Honestly, it seems that August is a month that is traditionally as busy as our December.  LOTS of out of our normal routine activities packed into this month. 

The garden is harvest worthy this time of the year so there's a steady stream of canning to be done.  There's school curriculum for our home schooling that hasn't been ordered yet.  A quilt to be made for a college bound son.  A garage sale to be readied. Soccer practices and games.  Church picnics.  Family gatherings.  Lawns to be mowed.  Plus all the usual things like cooking meals, cleaning the house, doing laundry, connecting with family.

No wonder I'm feeling tired!

It's a season of "all in YOUR strength, Lord!" with a heart's desire to still be following HIS priorities for my day in the midst of all this busyness.  

So, what are you up to at the end of the summer?  Finding time for everything?  Or is your life one of sipping lemonade on the porch?

Tammy ~@~

Monday, August 13

the purity of seekers

Almost to the middle of the month and I'm just now getting my August calendar posted.  Of course, technical difficulties don't help and there's still a glitch we are working through to get it fully working for all our devices around here.

So here we are - "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." ~ Matthew 5:8

This verse is part of the Sermon on the Mount series of "Blessed are..."  verses where Jesus described what the life of believers should look like which is contrary to the world around the believer since the values shared are eternal.   When I think of being pure in heart, I think of an inward purity that is focused on God.  A sincerity lived out before others.  There is no deception found in the pure of heart.

Consider David's description in Psalm 24:3-6 which says, "Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?  And who shall stand in his holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.  He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob."

The NIV translation says "who does not lift up his soul to an idol" and the KJV uses "who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity".  These verses paint a picture of a person who does not seek what the world has to offer as there are many things to chase after, or in a sense, worship.  The world also offers many opportunities to be prideful whether in accomplishments or competitiveness of *upping one another* in whatever it may be.  Yet, that is NOT what the pure of heart seek after instead desiring to seek after God knowing that they will see Him in eternity.

As I think about that and the picture on this month's calendar page, daisies are the perfect representation of the pure in heart.  There is no pretense or frill or deception with daisies. They are what they are. Simple, pure, transparent. Wherever they pop up and grow, their faces are ever seeking the sun.  They are a bright spot wherever they grow.  

May you, too, have a heart to seek God and live purely in the world of today!

Tammy ~@~

Friday, August 3

to carry on without

We're having major self-induced internet problems here this week :::sigh:::  Guess the current teenaged techie living at home will learn some valuable new lessons as he figures out how to restore what he's done, eh?

Hope to be back here posting again soon.  Until then, I'm keeping busy getting things done around home without the distraction of the internet.

That is all.  Carry on.  Enjoy these last days of the summer!

Tammy ~@~
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