Saturday, March 30

the void filler

"Don't let our adversary and accuser rob you of the peace and joy that come from experiencing and enjoying the sweet presence of our God.  No sin, no deed, no trial can ever diminish the full presence of Christ once you have become His child through faith. God is for you. God loves you.  Allow His presence to fill any void."               
~ Charles Stanley

Tammy ~@~

P.S.  Yes, we had lots of clumps of very wet snow (all those white spots in the picture) falling all morning on the day before Easter.  I think we may have a very late spring this year.....

Friday, March 29

don't miss this

"Even though God has provided a way through His Son for your eternal forgiveness, there is still a need for you to acknowledge your sinfulness." ~ Charles Stanley

There is constant talk about forgiveness, but often there's an important part that's left out. Confession.  Repentance.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  ~ First John 1:9

There is no better day than Good Friday to take some quiet time to examine your heart.  Truly confess.  Truly repent.  And know the peace of eternal forgiveness.

Tammy ~@~

Friday, March 22

be a people changer

Reading through a familiar passage in the Bible, I was struck by how I usually only consider the first few lines and don't really think about the rest of them:

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." ~ First Timothy 2:1-4

When you consider all the political type discussions going on around us which include a fair amount (or massive amount) of grumbling and complaining and fault finding, I'm going to speculate that there isn't an equal amount of praying going on for these government officials.  

WHAT IF we did what was good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior and truly committed to a lifestyle of prayer for these people?  That they would come to the knowledge of truth and become saved?  Wouldn't that have the most powerful impact on the decisions of those in high places as it would turn their hearts to our Heavenly Father for His wisdom?  What if all their decisions were based on God's Word on not on the breeze of unstable public opinion?

Not only that, but it seems that when we pray for others - especially those who are difficult people in our lives which would include politicians - OUR heart changes in the process, too.  Prayer gives us different eyes to view them so we have a peek into how He views them.

So as someone who may feel small and insignificant in the scheme of world history, use the powerful tool of prayer to be a people changer! 

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, March 20

not only is spring failing

Some years there is at least a hint that spring may be coming when the official FIRST DAY OF SPRING arrives.  Not this year. Not at all.  Waking up to below zero temps this morning and acknowledging about a foot and a half of fresh snow that has fallen over the past week makes spring look far far away.  In other words, EPIC FAIL on this year's first day of spring.

Speaking of epic fail events, working part time allows my girls at home to spend free time on the computer, namely Pinterest. They've found all kinds of creative ideas to try, but some results are definitely a lot more funny that others. One of their cabin fever ideas was looking up self-tanning with hopes that something would work to help their pale skin.  My favorite one was soaking in tea bags in the bath tub.  EPIC FAIL.  

Then one day at work I get a picture in my email of their newest attempt at self-tanning using cocoa powder mixed in lotion:
Oh my!  I couldn't stop laughing!  Definitely another EPIC FAIL which fortunately washed off just fine leaving no tan behind.

So just a forewarning not to leave your creative homeschooling children alone at home because you never know what Pinterest idea they will attempt next!

Tammy ~@~

Monday, March 18

Simple Woman's Daybook for March 18

For March 18

Outside my window.....the skies are cloudy gray with significant snow coming later.  

I am'll be a late spring this year.

I am thankful.....for the caring and supportive friends I have in my life.  

I am wearing.....a white t-shirt with flowers on it, blue jeans, and my fuzzy clogs.

I am hearing.....the sound of the old fashioned desktop squeaking every time my daughter lifts it up and down while she does her schoolwork.  

I am wondering.....if the weather in the pathway of our returning mission team will delay their travels today.

I am creating.....a list of projects that I need to work on NOW (inside projects which will drive me crazy if they are not done when spring finally arrives).

I am work on our Christmas letter that never got sent at Christmas time because we weren't able to get a family picture back then.  Still don't have a family picture, but I'm thinking an Easter update letter may work. 

I am reading.....the book "Bonhoeffer" by Eric Metaxas.

I am praying.....for a friend whose alcoholic spouse has fallen back into the habit.

I am hard it is to wait for spring to come each year!  What a lesson in patience!

I am get caught up on my ironing.

On my how important it will be in the days ahead to trust God completely for decisions I need to make. No interfering with my plans allowed!

From the learning rooms.....we are working through a book for a review that will appear on my blog.  I haven't done one of these in a long time, so it's kind of fun.

I am not just go through the trial, but to GROW through the trial.  

Noticing that.....there's more daylight in my days right now and it feels wonderful!

I am looking forward to.....more fresh juice.  We've been doing some fruit and vegetable juicing lately and it's been wonderful.  

Pondering these words....."The call of God summons us from easy chairs onto winding roads, rocky paths, and thorny ways.  It puts into our minds a hope for new vistas, a craving for new understandings, a thirst for living life on a different plane of discipline and discovery, and a "holy discomfort" with ourselves." ~ Sara Covin Juengst

From the favorite thing to make these days is a Greek salad recipe that a friend passed on to me.

Around the house....are dog toys all over the floor from the pup we are babysitting right now.

One of my favorite sitting by the woodburner with my devotional on quiet mornings.  

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include the return of a traveling husband, some work projects, some home projects, and connecting with a friend.  Nothing too big this week, so it should be a nice pace.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
A long distance shot of a fox at the edge of the field by our house.  He was truly as quick as a fox so I'm amazed we even got a picture of him.

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

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, March 14

leaving the clearing

Look!  It is winter, and you have come
alone to this clearing in the wood,
a familiar place you have never
seen before.  Do not hurry to leave,
but when at last you turn away,
remember this, if you remember nothing else,
You are no longer who you were.
~ Robert Collen

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, March 5

the sign is up

Hey, Old Man Winter!

See the sign?

We're tired of waking up to cold temperatures.

We're tired of all the snowstorms passing through.

Read the sign!


The calendar says you have about two weeks to shape up and ship out with all your cold and snow because a new season is knocking on your door.


This has been a public service announcement by me.  
Thank you!

Tammy ~@~

Friday, March 1

that kind of love

Yippeeee!  March is here and it's gently arriving lamb-style with blue skies, sunshine, and temperatures in the 20's.  

I wish the verse for the month was arriving before me ever so gently - "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." ~ John 15:12

When you really grasp the magnitude of God's love for you, well, it's BIG.  Really BIG.  Totally unconditional.  Never changing.  Always available.  God's love is powerful stuff.

And that, my friend, is how we are to love one another.  It's not a simple request.  It's a commandment.  

It's easy to follow that commandment when considering those who have grown in your mother's heart such as your children.  There have been some difficult things I've walked through with my children through the years, but my love stays strong for them.  

It's hard to follow that commandment when considering those people who have not grown in your heart, but instead have hurt you.  Could be in little ways.  Could be in big ways.  

And yet, aren't they the ones most in need of God's love? His grace?  His mercy?  

A whole month ahead to consider God's love and our response to others because of His love.  His great sacrificial love that the whole world will consider at the end of this month - even if only for a passing moment by some - when the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are remembered.  

Tammy ~@~
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