Friday, May 29

blue


The last Friday of the month of May is here.  How swiftly time passes!  It is time, however, to write for five minutes on one word, no editing, post it, link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, visit the link before yours and leave an encouraging comment behind.  The word for today is BLUE.  Ready?  Set? GO!


::blue::

Two sweet grands.

Two and a half years of no direct contact.

Tears fall down.  Prayers go up.  Silence remains steady.

A broken blue heart filled with sadness.

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 27

building on new


Love this quote that I read this morning written by someone of long ago:

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."   
~ Socrates

Seems like a good thing to be reminded of in this season of spring when all things are new AND as we live life as new creations in Christ!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 23

before the till

We interrupt this spring's garden tilling with Johnny Jump-up rescue!  They were scattered all over my garden.


We swiftly scooped out flower plant after flower plant using our small shovels with hopes to transplant them elsewhere. 


Once we saved all these darling flowers, the garden was tilled.  Have to keep an eye on the weather with hopes that planting can begin soon!


Ahhhhh, my absolute favorite time of the year! Enjoy spring!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 22

today's early rise


Wait a minute!  It's the Friday before Memorial Day already. May is disappearing before my eyes.  Time to write for five minutes on one word.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Take a few minutes to visit the post before yours and leave behind an encouraging comment. The word for today is RISE.  Ready?  Set?  GO!

::rise::

It isn't his usual time to rise in the morning.  But today was special.  A hug and kiss goodbye at the doorway of a quiet sleeping household as he jumped in his car for an 18 hour drive just as the sun was beginning to rise.

It's time for him to rise up to the calling of a new adventure as he spends this summer putting his past three years of college studies to practical use during three months of a summer internship.  At least this time of growth will be happening close to the home of an older brother, but it's still pretty far away from his mom.

New places.  New faces.  New paces. Still carrying with him family traces with laces attached to my heart sticking out of his suitcases.

The growth and potential about to happen over the days ahead puts a smile back on my face as I know he will rise to the challenge.  

Turning back into the quiet house for my first cup of coffee, a prayer or two rises up for him as I begin a new day and look forward to the summer ahead here at home with my ever changing nest.

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, May 18

waiting for glorious


A week later and it feels like not much progress has been made on the lilac bush.  I feel so impatient!  I just want to see each little blossom OPEN and smell the scent of lilacs through the windows.  Oh wait.  The windows are all shut right now.  We have been in a cool stretch of weather again. So cool that a heavy frost and possibly snow are predicted for early tomorrow morning and Wednesday morning.  So perhaps the lilacs are wiser than I give them credit for as they are smartly opening slower than normal.

Waiting for things to happen in certain areas of life feel much the same.  We just want to see progress and feel so impatient waiting.  The anticipation of something good ahead makes us pace.  However, God sees the whole picture and knows what is coming ahead.  There is a purpose in waiting as His hands move everything into the proper place for the proper timing. His wise timing. 

It's just a matter of waiting and trusting and knowing something glorious is ahead!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 

Saturday, May 16

what did I bring?



















What did I bring
to your salvation table?
I had
no righteousness to offer,
no strength to give,
no wisdom to present.
There was
nothing
that I could deliver
that would commend me
to you.
I crawled broken
to your table,
weighed down and crippled by
my sin,
my guilt,
my weakness,
my foolishness,
my pride,
my shame.
I had no right
to be with you,
but you picked me up
and placed me there.
You fed me
the life-giving nutrients
of grace
with your 
nail-scarred hands.
And I haven't left your
table of mercy since.  ~ Paul David Tripp

Something to think about over the weekend.  Nothing surpasses His grace and mercy and love toward us. 

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 15

follow your heart?

I think I say this every week, but Friday came quickly.  I'm picking up a daughter from college, so I'm excited!  But first things first.  Write for five minutes on one word.  No editing. Post it. Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Be sure to visit the link before yours and leave behind an encouraging word. Simple!  The word for today is FOLLOW.  Ready? Set? WRITE!


::follow::

Follow your heart.

This phrase is probably used more this time of the year with graduations and weddings happening all around us.  There are new adventures awaiting as a new chapter in life begins and hearing those warm fuzzy words are an encouragement.

But have you ever stopped to think about what the Bible says about the heart?

"The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.  Who can know it?" ~ Jeremiah 17:9

Yes, who can know it?

Only God knows our hearts and He is THE best One to consult. Follow your heart? Consult your Heavenly Father prayerfully.  Lay out what you're thinking as you seek wise counsel of other believers. And do something that most people don't even consider....look beyond your heart to see how others will be affected as you make a decision.  

Why?  

Because often we follow our hearts down a path that God is not leading us.  The path may be contrary to His Word.  The counsel you are receiving may not be wise as you sought out someone who you know will *tickle your ears*. Or perhaps you are not being fully open and honest when seeking advice and only share the part that sounds good leaving out the rest of the details. The reality is that our hearts are very self-centered, self-serving, and are only about ME.  And maybe, just maybe, you are choosing a path out of vengeance or revenge that will hurt, harm, and perhaps destroy others along the way. 

Follow your heart?  Use this as the best tool with a heart that sincerely wants to know  - "Search me, O God; and know my heart.  Test me, and know my anxious thoughts: And see if there be any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." ~ Psalm 139:23-24 

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~




Monday, May 11

Daybooking in May

For today, May 11th



Outside my window....it is a gray day and there is light rain in the air, but I noticed that my lilacs are budding and getting ready to bloom!  Yippee!

I am thinking....about how much our family of origin affects who we are in good and bad ways.

a glimpse at a couple of my cards

I am thankful....for feeling well loved by my children yesterday.  Sometimes moms need that as we certainly make lots of mistakes. It's good to be loved!

I am wearing....my favorite pair of flowered denim jeans and a warm long sleeved top as it's damp and chilly this morning.

I am creating....havoc in my closet as I go through my way too many clothes. 

a glimpse of a quick sisterly hug as we traveled to a funeral 
over the weekend and were able stop by to pick up some of her *stuff* 

I am going....to pick up one of my daughters from college later in the week as she completes her very first year.  She's adjusted well and I'm proud of her hard work in some tough classes.

I am wondering....how soon I can get into the dentist as I had a klutz move this weekend when I tripped and fell on the sidewalk chipping one of my teeth.  Yikes!


I am still reading...."Your Beautiful Purpose" by Susie Larson

I am hoping....this cold spell of weather is SHORT. I want to get back outside to work on my flowerbeds.

I am learning....that every single person has a story and will share it if you show you love and care about them.

a glimpse at my new garden gloves that were a Mothers Day gift

In my garden....my garden is busy growing weeds until we till it before planting.

In my kitchen....are leftover pancakes from breakfast this morning.

a glimpse at our school charts

In the homeschool room....we are down to our last official week of schooling!

A quote I'm pondering today...."We are all very skilled at explaining away our wrong behavior by pointing to the situations, locations, events, and people in our lives.  We work very hard to convince ourselves that the problem cannot be us." ~ Paul David Tripp

A peek into one of my days....is doing the annual insurance audit for my husband's business and is one of my least favorite things to do each year.  My life seems to revolve around PAPERWORK.  Ugh!

a glimpse at two bouquets of flowers

One of my favorite things....is um, flowers.  But you probably already knew that about me.

From the board room.... 
a good way to use scrap fabric  ~ a cat quilt
Source:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/121878733642432010/

Post script (this is where you will find a link that I found and simply wanted to pass along)....good stuff HERE about weeding out your clothes to build a capsule wardrobe.

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

Blessings,
Tammy

Saturday, May 9

watering flowers with tears


Ten years have passed.

You'd think it would get easier.

The birthdays come and go, as do a lot of other holidays.

I can even handle shopping around Mothers Day and no longer avoid stores in early May.

But when it comes to spring and planting season and flowers and greenhouses, well, I have a hard time keeping it together.  It was always my favorite time of the year to spend with my mom.  Walking through the greenhouse together. Talking about what could be planted here or there or looking at this new variety or will this do okay on the shady side of the house kind of stuff.  Constant chatter as we smiled and planned and enjoyed flowers and gardening together.  

I keep thinking it will get better, but the tears still fall easily as I miss my mom so very much in the springtime as we celebrate this special day.  

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!  Someday I'll see you again and we'll walk through a heavenly garden that we'll enjoy even more than any of our earthly gardens. Weed free, right?!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~  

Friday, May 8

to meet again


It's here....Friday.  Time to write for five minutes on one word.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Check out the link before yours and leave an encouraging word behind.  Simple, right?  The word for today is MEET.  Ready?  Set?  Write!

::meet::

There are so many years that extended family have occasions to meet together to celebrate life - births, birthdays, baptisms, weddings, reunions.  As families grow up and out of their homes spreading their lives around the country, those occasions become fewer and farther between.

Until you get a phone call like the one that came last night.  A favorite uncle passed away earlier this week after a five year long struggle with ALS.  The details were shared as to where the family will meet together to celebrate his life.

It does seem that as I'm getting older, this event is what brings extended family together to meet as we cry through grief and we laugh through memories.  It is filled with hugs and expressions of wanting to meet again under different circumstances.  But it seems that doesn't happen in the midst of busy lives spread far apart.  

Someday, those Jesus lovers will meet again in heaven.  Until then, may my life be a light that points to Jesus for all those family members who don't know Him.  I'd be sad to see them miss them the grandest reunion of all.

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Thursday, May 7

they work together for better or worse


Recently I had a conversation with someone who had a tremendous amount of stress in her life.  As she shared all the struggles and the bitterness that came with them, her health issues came into the conversation, too.  

Then I read this short older devotional and her situation made more sense to me.

Have you ever considered how much the undercurrents and struggles in your spiritual life could affect your physical life? Take a look at this:

"Spiritual conditions are inseparably connected with our physical life.  The flow of the divine life-currents may be interrupted by a little clot of blood; the vital current may leak out through a very trifling wound.

If you want to keep the health of Christ, keep from all spiritual sores, from all heart wounds and irritations. One hour of fretting will wear out more vitality than a week of work; and one minute of malignity, or rankling jealousy or envy will hurt more than a drink of poison. Sweetness of spirit and joyfulness of heart are essential to full health.  Quietness of spirit, gentleness, tranquility, and the peace of God that passes all understanding are worth all the sleeping draughts in the country.

We do not wonder that some people have poor health when we hear them talk for half an hour.  They have enough dislikes, prejudices, doubts, and fears to exhaust the strongest constitution.

Beloved, if you would keep God's life and strength, keep out the things that will kill it;  keep it for Him, and for His work, and you will find enough and to spare." ~ A. B. Simpson

Worthy of taking a few minutes to consider, isn't it, especially the part I italicized to have the best health.  Examine your heart and mind to discover what is keeping YOU up at night!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 2

shine



The verse for the merry month of May is — "Shine, because your light has come." ~ Isaiah 60:1  

How thankful I am to know Jesus!  Knowing Jesus allows you to shine His light wherever you go in whatever the season.  I personally think it's easier to shine His light in months like May because spring coming seems to make everyone smile and the warm weather and sunshine really does put a spring in your walk!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 1

slipping under the door


It's not only Friday, but also the first day of May! Yippppeeee! Time to write for five minutes on one word.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Visit the link before yours and leave behind a word of encouragement. Today's word is DOOR.  Ready? Set? WRITE!

::door::

Last night while praying with my youngest, I heard some odd noises in the kitchen.  Stepping out of her room, I went over to the wall to turn on the lights in the kitchen and saw the cat pawing in the corner.  Coming closer, I saw that he was playing with a mouse and I responded as I usually do when startled — with a scream and a shout  — "MOUSE IN THE HOUSE!"

My youngest daughter's bedroom door slammed shut at my battle cry and another daughter came running to the kitchen. As we were quickly plotting a strategy to catch it, the cat's play turned into the mouse racing down the hallway....AND....miraculously slipping under the bedroom door of my youngest daughter which was followed by a continuous screaming.  

We launched into the room and immediately began searching every nook and cranny to find the mouse.  Absolutely no success.  We pulled out everything under her bed — a great reminder that THIS is definitely an area that needs spring cleaning! — and still no mouse. No mouse under the dresser. No mouse that could be spotted inside her closet.  A lost mouse making it a scary place for a little girl to sleep.  So, I gathered up a mouse trap to place in her bedroom, closed the bedroom door, and completely covered the space under the bedroom door so there could be no escape.  And we all went to bed with my youngest sleeping with mom.

Thinking about it this morning, there's a great spiritual lesson that has often proven true in life.  Don't slip under a door that God has closed in your life.  You'll find yourself lost and in a scary place.

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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