Verse of the day...

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Don't be Afraid...............

      My days starts out as just a typical day ... but becomes one with a lot of thought.

Waking up early as I usually do!  Fresh pot of coffee brewing.  Spend some time in Gods word.  Youngest off to work at his new job.  Sun coming up... shinning so bright... yet the air is nice and cool.  Load of laundry done.  Working on orders to get ready for the mail.

While driving to the post office this morning... listening to one of my favorite Christian radio stations.... I heard a story of a little 7 year old girl that had become afraid to go to church after sitting through a sermon from a visiting pastor about the rapture in Revelation.  The parents were asking for advise and prayer.  
Well.... after praying for her.   I found myself just mulling over ideas of how to help her... which then brought me to where I think we all are at many times in our lives.... Afraid!   Afraid to go into that church... afraid to talk to that person... afraid to hear that bad news... afraid to open your heart... afraid to be alone... and yes... even afraid of the rapture and being left behind. 
So... First God tells us to not be afraid... and as you all know.. that's not just that easy.  I would love to not be afraid ... but sometimes I am.... and when I'm afraid ... I feel like I need to protect myself.  Which then brought me to ............ Ephesians 6:10-18   A way to protect myself ... from this world of negativity ... from uncertainties...  from the whole reason behind any fear... Satan!


The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. ~Ephesians 6:10-18



And there you have it.................. God is our strength!  To get through it all!  Fear... Sadness... Anger.... Disappointment... Worry... Self-doubt... and so on.   God gives us the tools to protect ourselves!   Its up to us to use them! 
So.... Don't be afraid... God is with us!   Always!

Have a wonderful rest of your day my dear friends!  
God Bless
Tammy

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Feeling free & blessed through the stress.........

Good Afternoon.................
    What a beautiful day!!!  Sun is shinning... not to hot out... so many flowers have bloomed... butterflies fluttering all about.... and just plain peaceful!
I love Gods world!  I love being a child in Gods world! 
Thank you Father God for sending Jesus to take my sins and set me free!  Free to follow you and live a life of loving you Lord!  Free to have a relationship with my Father God!  You're only truly free when you live a life with and for God!  

And with that... I will be leaning on God a lot more this month... because it is and will be an emotional month...
I'm getting ready to send my last two children off to school these next couple weeks.  One is off to his Freshman year in College and the other one is off to his Senior year in High School!  I cant believe how fast the years have gone by.
My oldest and youngest have birthdays coming up... and my wedding anniversary is on the 29th.
I'm always a crazy basket case on the first day of school.   I miss my kids so much all day while their at school.   I cant believe I'm down to my last baby here at home.   😭 
I will miss my oldest for his birthday .... but I was blessed to have him home last month for mine.
My youngest... wow... cant believe how he's so grown.  Celebrating his 17th birthday this month... his Senior year in High School ... and his new job at our local HyVee Starbucks!  Busy boy!
The end of this month will be the 2nd year of celebrating my wedding anniversary without my love!
He was definitely that 'one of a kind' kind of man!   We never wanted for anything!  Family... that's what this house is all about!  Love... kindness... sharing... support... giving... and our Faith!! 


I do want to share a couple fun things I've been working on lately....
I love my crochet time at night after a busy day of working my flower seed business!

This is a girl baby blanket in the works...
~12 point star~


This is a toddler or lap blanket that is just about done......
~c2c~


Well.... its time to get some more work done around here and then off to dinner with family!
I love Tuesday night family dinners! 
Have a wonderful day and evening!
God Bless
Tammy


Today's Bible Verse..........
For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:21





Monday, August 7, 2017

Letting God.................

Good Morning........
   Its been quite some time since I've actually spent any serious quality time here.
   Well.... its time to get back to it!! 

This past year has been really tough with the passing of my husband ( my love )! 
I've had my good days ... my okay days... and my NOT great days!   I've leaned on God... Yelled at God... begged God.... trusted God... and just plain questioned God. 
Its time to really start letting God take care of me... my family... my life!  I've been living a life on a "rollercoaster" driven by Satan. Even in my good days of loving God and trying to trust Him.   God hasn't been the one in control

This weekend the sermon at church was just what I needed to hear to get me moving again!  I know... all the other sermons in the past should have been too... difference is... this time I had just made a decision the day before that I have had enough!  Enough of Satan being in control.. enough of doubting myself... enough procrastinating... enough of not being the child God has created or called me to be!  
This weekend was the beginning of a new sermon series .....


"How we respond to adversity
will determine the depth of our Faith"

Its been tough.... as I said .... and my response has shown the depth of my faith.... not good!  I'm so very thankful that my Lord God loves me so deeply that He never gives up on me... even when I at times seem to give up on Him.

Now don't get me wrong... I'm still going to have bad days.... but as of today............ I'm "Letting God"  take control!  No more "rollercoaster"   its time to get back on the "path" God has laid out for me!  Will my path be bumpy... absolutely... God clearly tells us that life will not be easy.  But He does say that life will be worth it!

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ~ James 1:2-4

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. ~James 1:12

Are you tired of riding Satans rollercoaster?   Pull that emergency brake NOW... Jump off and get on God's path of your life He has all laid out for you!  
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Matthew 19:26

Well... my dear friends....
I'm off to refill my coffee cup!
Have a marvelous Monday
God Bless

Tammy


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Conestoga Trendsetters ROCK......

~Conestoga Speech Team Rocks~
.:: 1st Place ::.
What an awesome day!





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

And the winner is.......


My sweet Michael
Good Job!!!!







God Bless
<>< Tam

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

~7 years~


πŸ’•Happy AnniversaryπŸ’•
You two are amazing!!!
I love you both so much!!!
Patrick & K





Blessings
Tammy

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Today's Sermon......

Good Sunday Morning.....................








God Bless
Tammy

Thursday, January 19, 2017

.:: Thankful Thursday ::.

       πŸŒ…
           ☕ ~ So much to be thankful for even when you're not feeling very thankful! 
With this month already half over... and with all the Valentine talk and things in the stores... I find it hard to smile.   Then I think about all the special days after that ... that will be coming all year long.  Every one of them are going to be difficult to get through.... but I'm so thankful for all the ones in the past that I did get to enjoy!  All those memories... all the fun... the smiles... the love!  Oh how thankful I am for those memories!

I'm Thankful for.........

* GOD!!!
* Coffee
* Thursdays
* what little sleep I get... its better than none
* having orders to fill this morning before I head out to run errands with my mom
* almost being done crocheting a gift a dear friend asked me to make
* having more crocheting projects to work on
* coffee
* technology
* communication
* my family
* hot  water
* all the things that surround me in my office that remind me of how loved I am.
* coffee


hugs... love & blessings
.:: Tam ::.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Terrific Tuesday......


    ☕ ~ Good Morning...............

       Well... we've had some fun weather over the past few days.  Freezing rain!!  Looks like today may be okay.  School was canceled for my boys today... I'm glad because although it looks okay... doesn't mean it will stay that way.   I'm happy having my boys safe and warm at home with me!
        I have a busy day planned today... Just got done making another fresh pot of coffee... pulled an cinnamon twist pastry out of the oven for the boys for breakfast... so now I'm going to spend the day working on my Flower Seed business!   I have a lot to do to get ready for 'busy season'! 

        ~ Thankful for........
.:: God!
.:: coffee
.:: electricity!...
.:: catching up with a good friend!
.:: my babies all being safe from the bad weather!
.:: my "job" being my office upstairs!
.:: being able to stick to my diet!
.:: my children loving me even though I'm the over protective.. hovering mother who wishes they would all live with me forever!
.:: coffee
.:: my lawyer!
.:: lots of orders this weekend!
.:: photos

.:: God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. (‭Psalms‬ ‭46‬:‭1‬) ::.



Have a Blessed day everyone!
<>< Tam

Monday, January 16, 2017

... Staying busy ...


With my crocheting!   I'm working on an order from a friend that needs a baby gift!

I cant show what it is yet.....
But its coming along so good and is so cute!!!!






Thanks for stopping by!
Stay safe and warm today!

God Bless
Tammy

Sunday, January 15, 2017

.:: Today .......

πŸ’¨
      ☕~ Thankful for.......
- God ... He loves me through it ALL
- coffee... because its coffee
- it being Saturday... just needing a no brain day...
- a good solid hour sleep last night
- a New Year... to learn... to create... to love
- my crocheting... a gift God blessed me with to bless others with but also help my family finances .... I hope!
- my children... which I love so very much and am so proud of!
- all the new special people in my life over the last 7 months!
- Tuesday night family dinners... time with my brother and his family is precious to me!
- my mommy... I love her so much!
- my ladies prayer group!
- Family! (Blood... Closest friends... Church)
 

.:: hugs - love & blessings to you all ::.
Tammy

Saturday, January 14, 2017

For Sale....................




If interested.... let me know in the comments or email me!
I'll send you an invoice!

Thanks!!!


God Bless
.::Tammy::.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Upside-down.........


~ When life is upside-down...
      ~ You meant evil against me.. but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result. (Genesis 50:20) ~
        Have you ever felt as though your life is upside-down? Joseph would certainly be able to relate. His brothers sold him to some Midianites.. who took him to Egypt and sold him to Potiphar.. one of Pharaoh's officers. Then he was thrown into prison when Potiphar's wife wrongly accused him of indiscretions. He found favor with the chief jailer but was forgotten by others whom he helped and who could have helped him. Even after more than two years in jail for no reason... Joseph continued to trust his sovereign God.
       One day... God turned his life in a new direction. Joseph correctly interpreted Pharaoh's dreams and was suddenly promoted to the second-highest position in all of Egypt. Year later...when Joseph faced his brothers for the first time since they had sold him... he could have been bitter. Instead... he forgave and loved them.
When you are experiencing an upside-down life... remember that God is sovereign and is working out His plan. His plan for your life.
          ** Lord... thank you for weaving my circumstances together in Your good plan and purpose. Amen **


God Bless
.::Tammy::.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Years Special.......



..... on my Etsy shop!




hugs...love & blessings
.::Tammy::.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy Birthday to my sweet Michael......




18 years ago today started out to be a pretty scary day as the doctors induced my labor so my precious baby could be born too early for the safety of both our lives. But it ended in the most perfect way with my beautiful boy being placed in his daddy and my arms for us to be trusted with by our great God above to love and raise!
I've always said he was my little hero... with all he has had to go through.
That sweet tiny baby has grown into such a wonderful young man! He ...is one of the most genuine people I know!
I love you Michael Joseph !!!
Your daddy and I are so very proud of you! I can't wait to see what God has in store for you as you travel His path!
Happy Birthday my love!
........my wuv you!.......


Blessings
.::Tam::.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Just being silly................

...... having fun before I get to work!!!  
           My kids "forced" me to get SnapChat..... πŸ˜‰



have a great day everyone!
.:: Tammy ::.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Thought for the day.......



πŸŒ™
~ Do you ever wonder why you exist? Day-to-day activities and worries pull us in so many directions that most of us seldom think about the goal of life. But our Creator made us with a purpose: to glorify Him!
In His Word, God is emphatic that we are to testify to His faithfulness and His mighty works. Jesus Christ considered this important as well—when teaching His disciples how to communicate with God, He began His well-known prayer with adoration of His Father (Matt.... 6:9).
Why, then, do we tend to give so much attention to our petitions but so little to praising God? Perhaps some believers consider themselves too time-constrained to spend “extra” prayer time praising the Lord. Others may feel awkward expressing their gratitude to Him. Yet no excuses are acceptable. Psalm 103:2 tells us to remember God’s benefits so we will humbly glorify Him. This psalm also explains how to lift the Father up with our words—specifically, we should praise God for His character and for His work in the past, present, and future.
The Old Testament’s primary words for “praise” refer to spoken words, music, and gestures like raising hands and dancing. But we can also glorify Him in other ways, such as through actions, thoughts, and creativity.

Praise may be something foreign to you. But it’s the very purpose for which you were created. Observe how the Father is exalted in the Psalms and throughout the Bible. Then worship Him with praise as you spend time basking in His presence today.



Blessings
.::Tam::.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A day to promote my Flower Shops....


🌺Stop on by and check out all my beautiful flower seeds!









Blessings to you all
.:: Tammy ::.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Starting the New Year.....

..... with a new outlook!

      ☕ Good Morning my dear friends and family!   Hope all is well with everyone!
Some of you may know.... I lost my husband 1 June 2016 ... just 7 months ago.πŸ’”  Ken's battle with Leukemia was more than he could take anymore.   Its been a very rough 7 months!  Our 6 children are still hurting everyday.... as am I!
       Christmas was so hard!   We all put on a brave face and did what we needed to do to get through it for the rest of the family.... but at the end of the day... we all fell apart!  Definitely the worst 'first' so far!
        But here it is ... a new year!   New plans... New decisions... New adventures... New outlook!  My dear Ken is with me every day and will help guide me through!  I started a dream of an online business a year ago... selling Flower Seeds.   Ken was such a huge supporter!  He did anything and everything he could to help me get things going so that my business would be a success!  So for him... I am going to work my hardest to make this year... the year my online stores are the success they should be!  

        So my dear friends and family...... Here's to NEW!



God Bless you all
.:: Tammy ::.

Sunday, January 1, 2017