Thursday, October 31

the attitude of waiting

"While waiting on God's answer for your unmet needs, you may want to question yourself.  Examine your heart. Do your best to objectively consider your motives and to separate desires from needs.  In short, contemplate your attitude." ~ Charles Stanley

Ugh.  

It's hard enough waiting on God, but when that reminder to 'contemplate your attitude' is staring you in the face, well, UGH.

It is gray beyond gray outside my windows with heavy fog and a misty rain in the cool air.  The daylight hours keep shrinking with darkness in the morning when you need to get out of bed and darkness before we eat supper.  Every year at this time, my attitude feels like it turns gray and dark, too.  Combine that with waiting on God and, well, UGH.

It is a self-induced stinky attitude.  It does require separating desires from needs.  No matter how much I desire sunshine and warm temperatures, God has set me in a place that will not meet that desire ever this time of the year.  It does take some time to examine my heart and adjust it to a place of acceptance and contentment.  

It may be gray and gloomy outside, but my heart doesn't need to reflect that.  Instead, my heart needs to reflect the contentment that comes from thanksgiving.  It's flipping my attitude from ugh to praise.  Counting my blessings and naming them one by one.  Counting my blessings and seeing what God has done.  Looking inside the windows of my home to the glow of the fire, the soft lights by the reading chair, the sound of laughter when the girls are up to mischief, the scent of warm applesauce on the stovetop.  Yup, those are the things that make waiting on God a tad bit easier, wouldn't you agree?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, October 21

decorating with our harvest

Perhaps the best part of the end of the gardening season is using the lingering plants and produce for fall decorations.
Only two pumpkins grew this summer and weren't even finished ripening, but they'll work by our porch steps.

There were almost two dozen little pumpkins that were on the vine by the end of the season and have been used for decorating indoors and out.

Unlike last year when none of the colored corn produced, we did end up with a rag tag crop this year.  Few ears were completely full of corn kernels, but I still loved them as soon as we peeled them open.  Not sure how to display them though and Pinterest gave few ideas, so I made a garland with twine and hung them over our main door.  

Since I still have many jars of beets and carrots left from last year, I decided to try something new and cover the beets and carrots with straw to stretch their season a bit.  Hopefully that will protect them from the snow that we are already getting and allow me to dig them out fresh for a bit longer.  We'll see if it works!

How thankful I am for a good gardening season and God's provision for our family by giving us a abundant harvest throughout the summer into fall season!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, October 19

the de-friending of Emily


Fall, leaves, fall;  die, flowers, away.
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night's decay
Ushers in a drearier day.
~Emily Bronte

Dear Emily,

It is a good thing you lived over two hundred years before me because we obviously would not be good friends.  You like it when all the leaves fall and the woods become brown and bare? 
You like it when the beautiful flowers of summer die the moment frost deeply touches them?  

Shorter days and longer nights?  Seriously?  It makes me want to sleep in too long in the mornings and go to bed as soon as the supper meal is finished.  Talk about a lack of feeling productive.

Falling leaves are bliss to you?  Obviously you didn't have a large yard that needed to be quickly raked by YOU before the weather suddenly decided to change from rain to snow.

And you smile about the snow?  Good grief, girl!  Snow in October is WAY TOO EARLY!

I can hardly bear the thought of this month turning into the darkest dreariest month ever....November....and you're singing?  

Yes, dear Emily, you and I are quite the opposites for this season brings sadness to me.  The long months ahead of cold and white snow everywhere are not anticipated with joy.  Only the daydreams of longer days and shorter nights bring my heart bliss.  Daydreams of a variety of greens with brightly colored flowers here and there with adoration for where the rose grows while my heart anticipates singing again in the sunshine.  

And as this cloudy rainy day has quickly changed into a lengthening night, I think I'll sit by the fire and close my eyes for a daydream or two.....

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Monday, October 14

start with nominations



It's that time of the year again for homeschool bloggers - the Annual Homeschool Blog Awards which are sponsored by The Homeschool Post.  The first step is nominating your very favorite homeschool blogs in 20 different categories.  You don't necessarily have to be a homeschooler to participate in the nomination or voting process.  

Ready?  Set?  Go nominate now right here

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, October 12

all about that attitude

How interesting that yesterday's word was - ORDINARY - and today's devotional uses that word, too!

"The test of a man's religious life and character is not what he does in the exceptional moments of life, but what he does in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting on.  The worth of a man is revealed in his attitude to ordinary things when he is not before the footlights." ~ Oswald Chambers

It's all about attitude, isn't it?  Our attitude shouldn't change whether we are doing something quite exceptional or whether we are doing something quite ordinary.  Why?  Because God's love for us doesn't change.  His love is steady, abundant, and unconditional whether we are doing something quite exceptional or something quite ordinary.  Basking in the sunshine of His love allows us to have a thankful heart and an attitude of gratitude to match it.  And there is nothing, dear friends, that is ordinary about that!

Blessings,
Tammy  ~@~

Friday, October 11

Five Minute Friday - Ordinary

With such tired arms and shoulders after spending my day doing something I don't ordinarily do - staining trim around the windows, as well as decks and porches - here's my five minute attempt at writing about the word for this week:

ORDINARY

As my oldest daughter talks about life with her three littles, it always brings back flashbacks of life in my house awhile ago.  It's hard to remember those days with three left at home who are all in double digit ages now, but as she talks about the challenges of just keeping up with the ordinary daily things it comes flooding back to my memory.

Yes, the list is long.  Doing dishes, changing diapers, trying to throw a meal together with what's on hand when 5 o'clock rolls around, baths for dirty children, laundry always calling your name, shoes to tie, tears to dry, and a host of other things that seem quite ordinary in the life of a stay at home mom.  

But looking back I realize now how they were far from ordinary.  For faithfully going through all those motions for years as a mom, there were little eyes that watched, learned, and remembered.  Without realizing it, those ordinary tasks turned my children into extraordinary adults who are responsible, hard working, and committed to jobs they love.  

Moms, just keep doing all those ordinary daily tasks with love and watch them turn into something extraordinary in the lives of your children in the future!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, October 10

don't fall with the fallen



"You live in a fallen world.  But as a believer in Christ, you do not have to operate with a fallen attitude.  God's presence in you renews your mind." ~ Charles Stanley

With all that is happening around us these days in this broken world, it's easy to get drawn into the drama.  We can fall into it just as quickly as the leaves are falling off the trees around our area right now.  

Drama.  Drama.  Drama.

Drama in the world.  In the country.  In my home.

Time to turn off all the drama in your mind and remember that as a believer in Jesus Christ, HE RENEWS YOUR MIND.  Get into His Word.  Grab His attitude.   Grow in who you are in Christ.  Go out into the world and be a game changer.  Give the world around you what it needs.  Jesus.  

Simple, right?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Wednesday, October 9

all the alls

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." ~ Proverbs 3:5-6

When this - one of my favorite Bible verses - popped up in my devotional this morning I smiled.  Almost immediately after that I sighed.  

I know it.  I believe it.  And sometimes it's hard to live it.
I'd prefer for God to simply shine His light down on the way I should go.  Give me a great big arrow that makes my path sure and steady.
Hey, sometimes I'd even take one of these little arrows on the pathway.

Instead God prefers that we trust Him with all our heart....AND in all our ways acknowledge Him.  

All our heart.  All our ways.  Always Him.

Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest things to do. Yet the simplest things often bring us the greatest blessings at the end of the day.  Or should I say at the end of the path?

All our heart.  All our ways.  Always Him.  Encourage one another along the path of wanting to live this out in their lives!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, October 8

all the days

"Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life." ~ Psalm 23:6

The month of October takes a verse from a well known psalm of the Bible - Psalm 23 - written by David.  It is a conclusion that comes from David knowing God as His Shepherd, a Shepherd who has led him through many places including the valley of the shadow of death.  David not only knows that he can completely trust God with no fear, but is assured of God's goodness and mercy.

Going through the deep valleys of life and finding that we, too, can completely trust God with no fear assures us of God's goodness and mercy.  That goodness and mercy is not just for today or for the month of October, but for all the days of our life.

I'll take it!  How about you?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, October 7

Simple Woman's Daybook for October 7


For October 7

Outside my window.....the skies are mostly sunny as the wind blows a cloud or two around.

I am thinking.....about how quickly fall arrived and will just as quickly leave.

I am thankful.....for God's peace in my heart when humanly speaking there should be no peace.

I am wearing....a long sleeved cream shirt with a rust colored sweater thrown on top, dark brown pants, and warm socks.  

I am hearing.....the creak of my chair each time I turn as someone comes by my desk to talk to me.

I am wondering.....why children believe they know so much more than their parents.  Is our experience absolutely meaningless to them?

I am creating.....an idea for scrap strip quilts.

I am going.....to hopefully have a free weekend soon.  They've been booked up forever it seems.

I am reading....."A Disruptive Faith" by A.W. Tozer

I am praying.....for a family and their sudden loss of a loved one.

I am remembering.....how my children's bickering would drive me crazy when they were little and have found that it's even harder to deal with when they become adults.

I am hoping.....to begin writing thank you notes today.

On my mind.....is an upcoming meeting.

From the learning rooms.....there's a need to catch up on corrections.

I am learning....just how broken our world is.

Noticing that.....many of the brilliantly colored leaves have already fallen.

I am looking forward to.....wood ticks dying off for the year.

Pondering these words....."The good seed cannot flourish when it is repeatedly dug up for the purpose of examining its growth." ~ J.C. Kromsigt

From the kitchen.....we will be making a lot of fresh carrot juice so I don't have to can so many carrots!

Around the house....are plenty of reminders that I haven't been home much lately.  Time to clean the house!

One of my favorite things.....is sunshine streaming through my windows.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include cleaning the house, entering LOTS of data for work, some more garden clean-up, and getting back on track with my walking/running.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
We brought home a bunch of goldfish from a reception but only one survived. And then we lost him, too.  It was kind of sad. We haven't had fish here in a long time and may need to consider having a few again as they are a calming presence.

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 ~@~

Saturday, October 5

Five Minute Friday - Write

Five Minute Friday

Sometimes you WRITE and you never get back to your computer to actually post.  So here's yesterday's five minute version on the word WRITE:

WRITE

It's so easy to not make time to write on my blog anymore.  Life keeps pressing in on all sides and it doesn't seem essential like it used to be to put words on here.  There's so many other places people can read online and unless you are an avid blogger who is consistent and connected and engaged with readers, it often doesn't make sense to take valuable time for 12 people to read.  You know?

This past week life was again pressing in on all sides and it was essential that time was spent to write.  Almost three hundred people would be sitting in an audience listening to my thoughts put into words put into vision. I needed to write down all those things bouncing around in my mind by putting them into some logical order that would make sense and condensing them into about a 15 to 20 minute time span.

"WRITE!", I kept telling myself all week in those rare snatches of time I had or when being woken up early morning before the sun came up.  And slowly I did write.  And re-write.  And on Thursday morning I finally could write my closing thoughts to complete my talk. Not much time to read aloud and practice all those words I did finally write.  So often words you write aren't easy to speak well.  My human heart felt the word "failure" whispered to it, but God gave me a peace and calm that evening as I stepped up to the podium to talk.  
He gave me the words to write.  Words He wanted me to speak.  Mission accomplished.  To Him be the glory!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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