Thursday, February 28

more than a handful

Contrary to what some may be thinking who are regular readers of this blog, I have NOT been spending the month hibernating like our cat.  In fact, I was kind of surprised to discover that what typically feels like the longest month of the year actually felt quite short when I realized that almost a whole month had passed since I last posted.  It's not that I haven't tried.  There's more than a handful of post drafts that were started yet never finished because life kept interrupting.  Over and over and over again.

It's been a hard month.  A challenging month.  A stretching month. I can also say it's been a hard winter.  A challenging winter.  A stretching winter.  And yet through all of it I can continue to say....God is faithful.  God is faithful.  God is faithful.  

He's faithful even when I'd like to step away from the world and curl up in a ball and sleep like my cat.  God provides the strength for each step I take and for that I am very thankful. 

How 'bout you?  Surviving the winter?

Tammy ~@~

Monday, February 4

worthy of a winter smile

Sometimes I'm so weak.

Like when the radio station invites people to call in to share the one thing they  are most looking forward to when spring comes. My mind immediately runs away wild with thoughts about my most favorite season of the year which seems so far away right now.  

Like when we have such a long stretch of below zero temperatures night after night which doesn't allow the house to ever feel real warm during the day.  It doesn't seem like a good sign to start getting used to that very cold weather which feels like it may last forever.  Starting the car to warm up for a good ten minutes before you need to leave or automatically wrapping a fleece scarf around your neck as you head out the door or daily putting on your thickest warmest socks or having to fight for the chair by the woodburner with someone else who landed there with a good book in hand.

Yup, sometimes I'm so weak with winter weariness  that I cannot resist buying a fistful of tulips to cheer me up.
Like these in a favorite shade of pink.

They smile in my kitchen window reminding me that spring will come again.  A small glimmer of hope on a very cold winter day.  Thank you, God, for simple blessings!

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, February 2

the greatest of these

Turned the calendar page today to the new month - February.  Short in days, yet always feels like the L.O.N.G.E.S.T. month of the year because of the season of weather we are in right now and the feeling of being stuck in the house way too much.

The verse is, of course, appropriate for what is known as the month of LOVE:  "And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love." ~ First Corinthians 13:13

In my mind, it seems that the greatest of these is God's love.  For without knowing His love, it is impossible to know faith, hope, and how to truly love others.  His love is abundant beyond our imagination and shown through His Son, Jesus Christ, who paid the ultimate price through His sacrifice on the cross for all those sins that separate us from our Heavenly Father.  

A sacrificial love gift for me.  For you.  For the world.

Once accepted, this love gift brings faith, hope, and love into our lives which doesn't look anything like the love the world has to offer us.  It's a kazillion times better and lasts through eternity.  

May this kind of love grow in YOUR garden!

Tammy ~@~

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