Tuesday, November 27

for or against

Here's my thought for the day:

"The way to solve perplexing problems is to ask—Is this the kind of thing in which Jesus Christ is interested, or the kind of thing in which the spirit that is the antipodes of Jesus is interested?" ~ Oswald Chambers

First of all, I love the challenge of a new word.  Reminds me of all the vocabulary words my high schoolers often have in their language book that I have never heard of before and which are fun to learn even though I may never use them in everyday language.  

Antipodes - opposite, contrary, against (kind of like the east from the west)

As I read this, a kazillion scenarios ran through my head. Some problems would be critical in my faith walk with Jesus as I responded to them, other problems would be sliding into enemy territory if not held closely to what God's word says, and other perplexing problems like figuring out yardage of different fabrics for a quilt may be considered non-essential.  

Although I can't solve your perplexing problems of the day, perhaps this will be a guideline to ponder a bit as possible choices pop up in your mind.  A challenge indeed!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, November 23

unlooked-for

It's been a long long time since we've had such a beautiful weather-wise Thanksgiving.  Sunny, temps in the upper 50's, glorious!  The menfolk were busy splitting and stacking firewood.  The womenfolk spent time outdoors biking, walking, running.  It felt ohhh sooo good to be outdoors after the many cooler gray days of November.  

As I walked along the trail way behind the bikers, I recited my list of thanks.  One item rabbit trailed to another item which rabbit trailed to another item.  Although the sunshine was warming the outside of me, a new warmth inside of me was found as I counted my blessings one by one surprised that there could be so many after a season of challenges.   

Having been refreshed inside and out, one of our smallest gatherings of family in a long long time of Thanksgivings joined together for a delicious meal followed by plenty of pie.  We all went to bed content after a good day.

What a surprise to wake up to snow falling, wind blowing, temperatures dropping into the 20's!  A complete change of weather making the house ohhh sooo chilly.  Funny how quickly contentment can change.  How thankfulness can be a little harder to grasp until you throw another log on the fire waiting for the warmth to come.  

In my devotional this morning on the continuing theme of "waiting", I had to smile with this sentence:

"We must ask and expect, that God will do unlooked-for things." ~ Andrew Murray

Unlooked-for things.  Like going from gorgeous warm weather one day to snowy blowy cold weather the next day.  

Unlooked-for things.  Like how God answers our prayers not in the way we expect or hope, but often in ways we could never anticipate.  

What will be our response?  Contentment as we completely trust His plan while thanking Him?  Or struggling with grasping thankfulness until we can "warm up" to what He may be doing?

May your heart be thankful for all the looked-for and unlooked-for things that are on your garden path today!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, November 21

faint not

As I was enjoying some quiet time this morning before the flurry of pie baking and cleaning, the devotion for the day was based on Isaiah 40:31.  You know, the wings like eagles verse in the Bible.  I get that often quoted verse.  We are blessed to live in an area where we do regularly see the majesty of eagles soaring above us in the sky or dipping down to the lake to pull a fish out for dinner.  

However, this morning when I pulled my Bible out I was more drawn to the verses before that one:

"Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength."  ~ Isaiah 40:27-28

Those verses spoke to my heart.  Why?  Because it's in many ways been a long year.  A busy year.  A weary year.    As I look ahead to the final stretch - in other words, Christmas - about all I can come up with is a big sigh.  Keeping life balanced between home and ministry is already a challenge, but throwing in all the details of Christmas?  It makes my heart faint.

Yet the one who knows me best - my Creator - who never grows faint or weary is there to give me power and increase the strength I have right this very moment.  His power and strength will come as I live out HIS purposes and follow HIS will.  Because the final stretch of the year isn't about me.  It's about HIM.  The key is remembering that important detail.

Until then, I'm going to enjoy these days ahead of being with family and joining the rest of the country in an "attitude of gratitude".  Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Tuesday, November 20

waiting in the sunshine

"God is wise.  He cannot gather the fruit until it is ripe. He knows when we are spiritually ready to receive the blessing.  Waiting in the sunshine of His love will ripen the soul.  Be assured that if God waits longer than you could wish, it is only to make the blessing doubly precious.  Our times are in His hands." ~ Andrew Murray

Throughout November my devotional has been talking about waiting on God.  The timing of all these days of reading what Scripture says about waiting on God has been, well, timely for me.  

Having a gardener's heart, today's words went right to my heart and understanding.  As I walk through my garden in late summer, I know when to harvest the beans or the carrots or the squash.  Sometimes I can gather because the crop is perfectly ripe and ready; sometimes I realize there is more growing needed under the warm sun.  I, the gardener, am the judge of the ripeness of each thing growing under my watchful eye.  

And so it is with God. He knows when we are ready because He knows us better than anyone walking on this earth.  He created us and knows every single little detail about us.  His watchful eye misses nothing.  Sometimes our growing takes longer than we'd like.  It requires stillness and waiting and resting.  It takes trusting in Him.  It takes letting go of what we may want and desiring what He wants whatever it may be.  

We wait in the sunshine of His love as He ripens our soul.

"Each time you wait upon Him, you may look up and see Him ready to meet you." ~ Andrew Murray

Ohhhh, that gives me :::Godbumps:::

The reward of waiting.  When He sees that we're ripened in the Christlike character He's been crafting and molding into our lives, we look up and there He is.  The blessing of His love at that moment can take our breath away.

Ohhhh, Lord, help me to be still, to wait, to rest, to know that I can trust you completely for You are the faithful Gardener of my soul.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, November 19

Simple Woman's Daybook for November 19



For November 19

Outside my window.....the skies are cloudy gray with a chill to the air.

I am thinking.....about how I somehow missed doing a daybook in October and am enjoying taking a quiet moment to do one for November.

I am thankful.....for the safe arrival of a beautiful healthy wonderful grandson.

I am wearing.....a pair of jeans, a long sleeved green shirt, my bright hoodie, and warm socks.

I am hearing.....the dog snoring a few feet away.

I am wondering.....why my new watch already has a dead battery.

I am creating.....a list of Christmas ideas.

I am going.....to snuggle in and watch a movie with my girls tonight.

I am reading.....the book "When Life Comes Undone" by T.J. and Mary Ann Addington.

I am praying.....for God's wisdom and His will in some decision making I have ahead.

I am remembering.....a Thanksgiving many years ago when I met my inlaws and husband's family for the first time.

I am hoping.....this mild weather stays a bit longer because I'm not a fan of COLD.

On my mind.....is wrapping up some necessary paperwork which has been extremely time consuming.

From the learning rooms.....we are using this week to school instead of taking it off as planned.  Have to catch up on studies after taking some baby time off.

I am learning....that there are many broken hearts all around me that only God can mend. 

Noticing that.....my clothes are getting tighter and I need to get back into my walking routine.  NOW.  

I am looking forward to.....spending time with some of my family over Thanksgiving.

Pondering these words....."If I could look at myself from God's perspective, what would I see as my true needs?" ~ Oswald Chambers

From the kitchen.....there will be fresh pies baking soon! Yippeeeee!

Around the house....are hooded sweatshirts here and there. I think we need a separate closet for all the girls hooded sweatshirts!

One of my favorite things.....is sitting by the warmth of the woodburner.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include a memorial service, some work, house cleaning, pie baking, THANKSGIVING with family, and a baby shower.

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

Actually, I'm sharing TWO pictures with you.  My daughter was recently in a high school play and had the fun of wearing TWO different amazingly fun hats.  The second picture has the fog of the moor mingling into the picture.

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

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, November 13

climbing

"It is extraordinary how we debate!  We know a thing is right, but we try to find excuses for not doing it at once. To climb to the height God shows can never be done presently, it must be done now.  The sacrifice is gone through in will before it is performed actually."  ~ Oswald Chambers

Reading this reminded me of a conversation I recently had as we talked about how believers don't seem to be living very victoriously these days.  In fact, it's hard to spot them since they seem to look, act, speak or think much like the world around them.  

I think that perhaps it does come down to the quote above by Chambers.  God has a plan for our lives to mold us and shape us into who HE wants us to become, but it requires living in a way that may be different than we want to be living.  We know what the right thing is to do and perhaps hear God whispering to our hearts, but choose not to follow in obedience as we debate with him all the reasons we should not climb to where He is leading.  Is it fear?  Is it pride?  Is it selfishness?  Each person has to ask those questions of themselves.

It comes down to choosing to follow Him obediently no matter how difficult NOW for that is the bigger sacrifice than actually living it out.  Because all those questions will get answered as you live it out...no need to fear because you'll find God is with you, humble feels much better in your soul than pridefulness, and joy comes from living unselfishly.  

Is God challenging you right now?  Don't debate.  CLIMB up!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, November 8

Homeschool Blog Voting Time!

Yippee!  Just found out that I was nominated in the 2012 Homeschool Blog Awards for the "Best Encourager Blog"! Ohhhh, there's lots of good very active bloggers once again nominated that my chances are slim to none, but what a blessing to be nominated by those who are faithful regular readers of Garden Glimpses.  This seems to be a blog that I hear more from my readers via email than by comments.  It has allowed me to enjoy some dear friendships from those who live around the country.  

So do go and vote!  The rules have changed this year allowing you to vote ONCE A DAY.  After clicking the dot next to GARDEN GLIMPSES in the Best Encourager Blog category, please check out the other categories and nominees as there are a lot of amazing homeschoolers writing about their experiences and giving lots of educational tips, curriculum ideas, and creative how to's from cooking to everyday life to field trips.

What are you waiting for?  GO VOTE (and thank you!):


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, November 1

for everything

"For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Such an appropriate verse for so many things in my life right now!  The next verse speaks about those things that have been more pressing in my life at the moment:

"A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:2

This past week I have plucked up almost all of the things in my garden from tomato cages to shovels and hoes to the last of the kohlrabi.  The only thing left standing in my garden at the moment is the flower plants which I need to pop the heads off with the hope of some seeds for next year's garden.  

But even that may not get done because I'm more concerned about the "a time to be born" part of that verse.  It was always hard enough to figure out the starts and stops of my own laboring body, but let me tell you that trying to do it from afar for my daughter is even harder! Like this morning as we've been texting back and forth of about some possible labor signs. Grandbaby number five is due to arrive any day now and it keeps my heart a'prayin' and thanking God for this wonderful gift about to enter our world!  Of course I'm a'prayin' more that I can make it there in time to watch this baby's entry into the world.  

Never a dull moment during this season of life!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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