Monday, April 30

picking a name

And the blog anniversary winner is......
I'll be touch to get your mailing address so I can get this package shipped off to you, Amanda!


Thank you to those who commented here and via email as each note was an encouragement to me :-)


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~







Monday, April 23

F.I.V.E. celebration

It's time to celebrate FIVE YEARS of blogging!  Here's my "Thank you, Garden Glimpses readers!" giveaway for this year:

*an orange flowerpot


*a sunflower kitchen towel


*a pair of orange Digz garden gloves


*a flowery cup


*a pack of orange flowered napkins


*four packets of yellow or orange flower seeds


*a Yankee Candle - Country Lemonade


*a mini sunflower growing kit


*Burt's Bees honey lip balm


*Bee Happy sunflower notecards


You'll have all week to enter my giveaway by leaving a "happy spring!" comment which includes a way for me to contact you.  We'll pick a name out of the basket at the end of the week.  See you then!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, April 21

one...two...three...four...

....FIVE!  Awhile back the decision was made by me NOT to blog on Sundays, so I guess I have to make the announcement today.  Tomorrow marks my FIVE year anniversary of blogging.  It's hard to believe I've been writing here for that long.  


A lot has happened over five years such as....


    *Two children graduated from homeschool high school which brings our total to five children who have graduated from our home school with another graduating next month 


     *One child graduated from college which brings our college/tech graduates to three with one currently in college


    *One child went into the military and is currently on his third deployment


    *Two family weddings - which adds up to three grown children married


    *Three granchildren born - which adds up to a total of four grandchildren with the recent announcement of number five.


    *Over a year and a half ago I was hired for a part time position in a ministry that combines many passions of my heart primarily working one-on-one with women.  


    *Gardens have been planted, quilts have been sewn, books have been read, recipes have been tried, family has gathered, tears and laughter have been experienced, hugs have been freely given,  and the Lord continues to stretch and challenge my walk of faith each moment of the day as I desire to live whole heartedly for Him.


ALL of which keeps me writing and sharing my heart with you as a living journal from the garden of my life.  

Due to my camera currently being repaired (hopefully!) in a location faraway and being unable to locate the camera of my daughter (who is currently not home), I will need to wait until Monday to post my blog anniversary giveaway.  It's my way of saying "THANK YOU!" to my faithful readers who encourage me here or by email or in person.  

Don't miss it!  See you then!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, April 18

convince the world

My thought for the day:
"The power to convince the world that God loved the disciples as He loved His Son could only come as believers lived their lives with Christ in them and proved it by loving others as Christ loved them  The feebleness of the church is owing to the fact that we have not, by our example, proven to the world that our lives are in Christ and His life is in us.  What is needed?  Nothing less than a complete indwelling of Christ in the heart, and a binding together of believers because they know each other as those who have Christ indwelling in them." ~ Andrew Murray

Does the world around you know you follow Christ?  Are you known by your love?

Live Him out loud in your every day life!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, April 14

the Driver

Dashing out of the house and into the garage, I had one of those "awww, man!" moments when I opened the driver's side door of the car.  Totally forgotten that my husband had used the car the night before, the driver's seat was in the opposite location that it was normally set in for me.  He's tall.  I'm not.  

Knowing my time was limited because of a meeting, I jumped into the seat quickly, hit the button to move the seat from his way back position to my way front position, and backed the car of the garage.  As I slowly drove down the driveway, the additional seat tweaking was done so my seat felt more back into position before I hit the road.  Only a minor adjustment needed to be done when I arrived at a stoplight.  Ahhhhh, now THAT feels more like normal.

As I thought about the whole seat moving thing, it struck me that my life was suddenly feeling much the same.    

One moment life is fine.  The next moment you realize someone has moved the seat.  Big time.  And you need to get your mind wrapped around it quickly so you can adjust in the seat you've been placed in because life isn't going to slow down while you try to figure it all out. Tweaking a bit more as you go along until things feel a bit more normal.  

It's that moment of realization that you really aren't in the driver's seat.  Never have been.  God is.  He's driving.  He's in control.  You just have to adjust yourself to see where He's taking you.  Trust.  Obey.  Move forward.  Knowing what the final destination is makes it all a bit better.

Yup, life's quite a journey at times, isn't it?


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, April 12

looking for summer weather

"If I sin and am rebellious, help me to repent;
   then take away my mourning and give me music;
   remove my sackcloth and adorn me with beauty;
   take away my sighs and fill my mouth with songs;
   and when I am restored and rest in thee
   give me summer weather in my heart."
      ~From The Valley of Vision


This paints such a vivid word picture in my mind and in my heart.  The thought of summer weather in my heart as I am restored in my relationship with God is worth every bit of pain that comes with seeking forgiveness and walking through repentance. 

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, April 9

Simple Woman's Daybook for April 9



For today April 9

Outside my window.....the skies have been a heavy gray all day with a :::whispering::: slight chance of a snowflake or two tonight.

I am thinking.....about how messy our lives get at times.

I am thankful.....that our state primary is over as everyone here was soooo tired of the constant telephone calls and advertising everywhere.

I am wearing.....my khaki pants, a favorite brown shirt with embroidered flowers, and my dark pink fleece on top.  

I am hearing.....a Lord of the Rings movie playing in the living room.

I am wondering.....when I'll have time to get my garden seed order ready.

I am creating.....a couple boxes of goodies to send overseas to a couple servicemen so far from home.  

I am going.....to head to bed early tonight because I'm TIRED!

I am reading.....my Bible right now and trying to catch up on my daily reading calendar.

I am praying.....for friends of mine who are moving away as they transition into a new chapter that the Lord has for them.

I am remembering.....the fun of Easter mornings when the kids were all little.  Things like finding baskets and trying to get all the chocolate off their faces before getting them dressed for church!

I am hoping.....this weather warms up again! 

On my mind.....is a young woman I met last week.  

From the learning rooms.....we're actually starting to finish a book or two as the kids are focusing on the end of the year.  THAT is a wonderful feeling!

Noticing that.....the daylight is stretching earlier in the morning and later in the evening.  I like it!


I am looking forward to.....packing up ALL of the winter things like mittens and flannel sheets and fuzzy socks.

Pondering these words....."We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past  But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. " ~ Steve Maraboli

From the kitchen.....will be some cookie baking for our packages.

Around the house....are scattered pieces of Easter basket grass lying on the floor in every single room.

One of my favorite things.....are the walks I take with my girls.  

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include a bit of work, the last kids' ministry event for this school year, a mid-week Bible study in our home, a teaching session for ministry volunteers, some bookwork for my husband's business, and a bit of writing for a newsletter.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
A rather empty Easter basket with only leftover jellybeans hidden on the bottom.

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

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, April 6

choose the fountain

"To understand the force of any Scripture, a good plan is to put it into opposite words.  For example:

'Now may the devil of discouragement fill you with all misery and disturbance in doubting, so that you may abound in distress, through the mighty working of the devil of discouragement.'

Contrast that with the glorious truth of what Paul really wrote in Romans 15:13: 'Now the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.'

Doesn't that make this hope of ours an overflowing fountain?"

~Amy Carmichael

Every day, every moment, we have the choice to claim God's Word for our lives.  Don't let the world turn your eyes from the Truth and the power that comes with it through the Holy Spirit!  Go for the overflowing fountain!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, April 5

humbling grace

With our internet being so wacky for so many days, I almost missed April.  But there she is in all her daffodil glory. Spring is here!

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up." ~ James 4:10

This verse makes sense if you read all the verses from the beginning of this chapter.  James is addressing worldliness and the troubles it causes in our lives when becoming a friend of the world which makes you an enemy of God. James encourages believers to submit to God, resist the devil, draw near to God, cleanse your hands and purify your hearts, be wretched, mourn, weep.  

Humble yourselves before Him.

With that humbling comes more of His amazing grace! (verse 6)

Nothing better than being lifted up by His grace when we are humbled and desiring to draw near to Him.


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~



Tuesday, April 3

practical practice


It's so nice to be given opportunities to practice God's Word, isn't it?

Our current sermon series at church is on some well known verses about love found in First Corinthians 13:4-8.  We covered patience a couple weeks ago and kindness this past week with the challenge of practical application each week. You'd think that such character traits would be no-brainer kind of things to live out, but you don't see them widely practiced in society today.  We live in a world that has become *instant* and people don't have much patience for anything these days. Especially in a world that also revolves around *me*.   And it does seem that if you aren't being patient about life, chances are you also aren't being kind.  

Enter a phone line and internet line that has been acting up for a few days.  It comes and goes.  One moment you answer the phone - when the caller ID shows a real person that you know instead of an unknown caller who is most likely from a political campaign - and the line is clear.  The next moment you answer the phone and the call is fuzzy and filled with static.  Seems to correspond with our internet that goes in and out in a totally unreliable manner as you try to keep up with email and scrabble games.  

When it was decided that this problem wasn't going to clear up on its own,  I called our service provider last night.  I was on *hold* for extended periods of time as I was transferred to this person and that person re-explaining what was happening. Finally spoke to a person who could help and who scheduled a possible time for an actual person to physically come and check our line as there seemed to be an actual problem with it after their line testing.  The phone connection was terrible, but I confirmed with him the date and possible time of service.  

Once off the phone, I passed on the information to the youth of our home who were frustrated with being unable to get online to use the computer and netflix.  They could not believe that we will have to wait a couple days before someone checks our service. They could also not believe how graciously I had handled going through customer service without getting flustered or impatient or mad or giving them a piece of my mind.  

Ahhhh, an ideal teaching opportunity as I reminded them of our current sermon series at church that had just covered patience and kindness with the challenge to live it out.  It is only by the grace of God and with His strength that you can live out His Word.  But you need a heart that wants to live it out.  That wants to be obedient. That puts others before self. That wants to give Him glory.  Those are the kind of hearts that can change the world for Christ!

And it happens reaching out patiently and kindly to one tired overworked customer service person at a time.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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