Saturday, September 28

autumn glimpses

With life so busy, the first day of autumn came and went with hardly a blink of an eye almost a week ago.  

After a full day of activity today, we came home to strong winds as a weather system was moving in.  The girls were out in the field trying to fly a kite and I wandered outdoors with my camera in hand to try to capture them.  But it didn't take long before I wandered instead into my garden.  So much left to harvest, but I walked past the shouts of "pick me!" to the sunflowers.  

This was my favorite picture because you can see the still flowering zinnias, the cornstalks on the left which are still quite green, and the trees turning colors in the background. 

Autumn.

I'm glad I caught a quick garden glimpse because a downpour of rain chased us back indoors.

Enjoy these days before winter rolls in with hardly a blink of an eye!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 

Friday, September 27

Five Minute Friday- True

Five Minute Friday

Awhile ago I saw a Five Minute Friday post on a friend's blog and loved the concept and challenge, but then kept forgetting about it once Friday rolled around.  But this week I remembered!  The task is to write about the topic word of the day for only five minutes.  And post it.  And share it at Five Minute Friday.  And visit the link above yours.  So here I go....

TRUE


What is true?  It's hard when you are in a relationship where you aren't sure what is true and what isn't.  Your discernment is whispering :::not true not true not true::: yet the person you've just asked a question keeps telling you what they claim is true. That happens over and over again. So you turn off your discernment wanting in your heart to believe that things are okay and that they are being honest with you. In the meantime,  you pray that God will reveal what is true.  And suddenly He does reveal exactly what you were questioning.  Exactly what you were discerning.  And life comes crashing down as you come face to face with what is TRUE.  Can there be anything more devastating? Yet you realize there is one source that can always be trusted to be true.  God.  He IS the real thing and will continue guiding you through His Word to what is genuine, sincere, pure, and TRUE.  

That's my five minute reflection of the day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, September 26

friends through trouble

Painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

"One of life's most difficult challenges is to be a stalwart for a hurting friend, particularly if his trial involves potential wrongdoing or error on his part.  Sometimes we are quicker to judge and condemn than to pray and be available to vicariously share a burden.

Christ called His disciples friends.  And when they hurt, He was there.  Always.  His example remains perfect today, and you'll never know what kind of real friend you are until their trouble comes." ~Charles Stanley

Friends.  A lot of people tend to be there during the fair weather.  Good times, good activities, good vibes.  But when stormy weather comes in life, a lot of people disappear.  There is often an awkwardness that develops at a time when the most need for a caring friend is present.

One thing working in ministry has taught me is that we don't have to solve all the problems in someone's stormy life.  We just need to be there to help carry a burden.  The primary gift we need is a listening ear.  Listen with your full attention. Speak back what you've heard.  Help them process the choices they may have in a loving compassionate way. Let them know you are there for them whatever they may determine to do. Remind them of their Savior who will also carry their burden offering His forgiveness with healing.  And pray for them while together and while apart.  That's being a true friend through times of trouble.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Saturday, September 21

into the mist and back out


At the beginning of the month, I was wandering up on the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado with my son and daughter-in-law when suddenly a cloud moved in upon us.  Everything around us became misty white as the cloud continued moving through while blocking our surrounding view.  Being in an unfamiliar place it seemed to make sense to move slowly into the area we still wanted to hike.  And then the cloud was gone as patches of blue sky returned and we once again could see far and wide.  



"Great faith isn't the ability to believe long and far into the misty future.  It is simply taking God at his word and taking the next step." ~ Joni Eareckson Tada



Just as we couldn't see long and far into the misty white around us, life sometimes feels much the same.  It may be hard to even see into the next moment.  We know the general direction we want to be going, but sometimes situations put us in unfamiliar places.  Trusting God and the many promises found in His Word, we take the next step and move slowly into the future.  Blue skies eventually return back into our life allowing us to more clearly see where we were and where we are headed.  

"Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." ~ Joshua 1:9

Take a step, my friend, and wait on those blue skies a'comin'!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~



Friday, September 20

glue on some creativity

Visiting an art museum a couple weeks ago, I was surprised to find these in one of the exhibits:

Simply fabric glued on paper.

The quilter in me said....."How easy would it be to glue quilt designs on paper and frame them?  Or do something even more creative by painting on the glued fabric?"  Right?

Of course, the reason I don't quilt now is that I have no extra time, so not sure this will be that much easier or less time consuming.  But kind of a fun idea to tuck in the back of my mind to try in the future.  Plus it could be a fun art project for my kids as we have definitely do not have a lack of fabric around here.  

Hmmmm.....heavy paper, glue, fabric. Find some awesome picture frames at a garage sale. Sounds like a plan to me!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, September 17

carry on together


"When you see someone struggling with large packages, what is your first thought?  Of course, you have the natural urge to give him a hand.  You wouldn't just stand there empty-handed and watch him flounder around and drop things.

What happens, though, when you know someone who is hurting emotionally or struggling under a burden that isn't tangible? That's much more difficult to assess.  You wonder whether the person even wants your help or whether it would be right for you to get involved.

The essence of burden bearing is not problem solving. You don't have to fix things for the other person; you simply need to come alongside him and show you care. That's true encouragement.  In fact, the person may be more open to your words if he knows you are approaching him in love instead of correction." ~ Charles Stanley

We live in a broken world.  So many people are trying to carry heavy burdens up a rocky hard winding pathway.  In our busy personal world it's easy to walk past them determining there isn't time to solve their problems AND your own. Yet they aren't looking for problem solving.  They are looking for someone to come alongside them who can offer the compassion and caring and love that will encourage them along the way. Those very traits come from a relationship of faith in Jesus Christ and will grow within you as you experience your own difficulties.

Take a look at this verse from the Bible:  "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." ~ Second Corinthians 1:3-4

No matter what difficulty or trial we go through and find God's comfort, we can minister to not only those who are going through a similar trial BUT also to those who are going through ANY type of trial.  Why?  Because we've personally experienced the compassion and caring and love of God which covers all brokenness.  

We live in a broken world.  Pray that God would open your eyes and lead you to be Jesus' hands, feet, and heart for those who need encouragement along the rocky hard pathway of life.  

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Thursday, September 12

choose the path of life


A reminder for a new month as we enter the season of autumn:


"You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence." ~ Acts 2:28


When God reveals the path of life - JESUS - to you and you determine to follow it, there is a peace and joy that can only come from Him.  It looks and feels different in your heart than anything the world can provide.


Perhaps one of the hardest things to witness is a person you deeply care about who knows the path of life, but chooses not to follow it. Instead they make destructive choices for their life which does not provide them with a life of peace. True heartfelt joy is far from them and that lack is revealed in their countenance as they handle life around them. 

Prayer is the only answer.  That you would continue to be steadfast in your faith walk on the path of life and that they would run back to the open arms of the Lord who loves them.


Blessings,

Tammy ~@~

Monday, September 9

Simple Woman's Daybook for September 9


For September 9

Outside my window.....the skies are gray with a chance of thunderstorms today.

I am thinking.....about unpacking all my stuff and starting some laundry.  Notice that I'm just thinking about it as the task seems daunting at the moment.

I am thankful.....for God's protection over all of our family's travels over the past couple of weeks.

I am wearing....my jammies and bathrobe.  Taking my time and waking up slowly this morning.

I am hearing.....late summer crickets chirping outside my window.

I am wondering.....where to start this morning as there's so many things to do which all seem to be shouting PRIORITY!

I am creating.....daily calendar "To Do" reminder lists on my iPad and love the ease of using that method of looking at them throughout the day and checking them off.

I am going.....to schedule appointments for the dog and cat for their rabies vaccinations.

I am reading.....too many books at once right now!  I need to stick with one at a time and finish it.

I am praying.....for my sisters in Christ who are part of my community of ministry.

I am remembering.....how wonderful getting back into a fall routine feels.

I am hoping.....to get my husband's business bookkeeping done this morning.

On my mind.....is the list of a million details for an upcoming reception.

From the learning rooms.....we've unofficially been doing some schooling but are officially back on schedule TODAY.

I am learning....that most things are not as they seem from the outside.

Noticing that.....the woods around me is showing signs of fading green.  Fall colors aren't far away.

I am looking forward to.....watching God work in a variety of situations.  

Pondering these words....."We are not working for victory, we are working from victory." ~ Fr. Frank Pavone

From the kitchen.....we will be canning tomatoes in the days ahead.

Around the house....are all the things that came in from the car last night that need to be unpacked as well as a stack of mail.

One of my favorite things.....is the sincere hug of a friend.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include a chiropractic appointment, work, soccer practice for the youngest, meetings with several people on the reception committee, and working on all the garden harvesting.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
Being up in the mountains is one of my favorite things.  Just a peek at the view before going above the timberline.  Such a breathtaking realization of the splendor and majesty of God's creation!

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

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

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