Verse of the day...

~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

Friday, October 26, 2018

Freebie Friday.......

Halloween Ghost Amigurumi

Pattern can be found ... HERE

Many Blessings

Thursday, October 25, 2018

My Birthday Boy............

My sweet boy... I love you to pieces! I hope you have the most awesome day today!!
You've overcome many trials in your life... sometimes only to be kicked right back into it... but you never give up! I'm proud of you!
Hang on tight to God... He's got you!
I love you bud! Have a great birthday!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Final Authority..........

I am the Lord, I change not.     ~Malachi 3:6

The world's order of things is unsure and indefinite. Desperate words of uncertainty are crying out daily from radio, television and newspapers. Everything around us seems to be in turmoil.

But, praise God, if you're a believer you have something you can depend on... the unchanging Word of God!

God has no double standard. He doesn't say one thing today and something else tomorrow. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

If you will make the Word the final authority in your life, it will give you stability when everything else around you gives way. If you'll let what God says settle the issues of life, you'll be confident when others are confused, peaceful when others are under pressure. You'll be overcoming when others are being overcome!

What does it mean to make God's Word the final authority? It means believing what He says instead of believing what people say. It means believing what He says instead of what Satan says. It means believing what He says instead of what the circumstances say.

Determine in your heart to do that today. Make up your mind to live by faith, not by sight. Fearlessly commit yourself to the authority of God's Word and there won't be anything in this unstable world that can steal your security from you.

Many Blessings to you all
<>< Tammy

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Character Counts.....

 Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Bobby Jones was one of the greatest golfers to ever compete, uniquely known for winning the "Grand Slam" of golf winning all four major tournaments in the U.S. and Britain in a single year. In 1925, early in his career, having reached the final playoff in the U.S. Open, at a certain point in the match, Jones was setting up to strike his ball which was in the rough just off the fairway. His iron accidentally touched the ball. He immediately became angry with himself, turned to the marshals, and called a penalty on himself.

But the marshals had not seen the ball move, so they left the decision to Jones, whether to invoke the penalty -- a two-stroke penalty. Bobby called the penalty on himself, not knowing that he would lose the tournament by a single stroke.

When praised for his honesty, he replied, "You may as well praise a man for not robbing a bank!" Jones may have lost the tournament, but his character was legendary and today the United States Golf Association's award for sportsmanship is known as the "Bobby Jones Award."

Years ago when my son Patrick was playing Baseball... Something very similar took place.  Patrick was up to bat... Hit what should have been a GrandSlam Homerun.   As the coach.. team and bleachers full of parents screamed in excitement... the bases full of boys began crossing home plate.  Patrick rounds 2nd base and about half way to 3rd goes back to 2nd... touches the base and slides safely to 3rd.   Everyone just sat stunned not understanding what just happened.  Patrick's coach stood next to him at 3rd base upset and ready to give him a good talking to...when Patrick spoke up right away and said, "Coach.. I'm sorry... but I didn't actually touch 2nd base when I came round."  Patrick would rather be known for his honest character than having a false GrandSlam on the record books.   Patrick earned a lot of respect that day from his coach... his team... the opposing coach and team and a lot of parents!   And............ they won the game 😊

It's been said, "Character is what you do when nobody is watching. Character is how you treat people who can do absolutely nothing for you. Character is how you react when the pressure is on. Character is deciding beforehand that you are going to do the right thing."

My husband lived and taught by 3 simple rules!
1) Have good Character
2) Don't leave a brother/sister behind!
3) A strong man stands up for himself... but a stronger man stands up for others!
He was an amazing man!  I hope I'm doing his memory proud!

Every day we're faced with decisions -- many of which are made when no one is watching, at least no one we can see. But let's purpose in our hearts to do the right thing -- because character truly counts. We may not see the dividends immediately -- but be assured that God is keeping track of our decisions, and He will make good on every one!

Love you all
Have a very blessed day
.:: Tammy ::.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Take This Cup......

💕 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”                ~Luke 22:39-46

☀☕ ~ As Jesus drew closer to the cross he did what He usually did, He prayed. This was unlike any other prayer; it was the Garden prayer. He knew what He was about to endure and was very honest with His Father. “If you are willing, take this cup from me.” Jesus was very transparent there. He was also very human at that moment. If God had any other plan, He was asking for it to be implemented. There is nothing wrong with us praying like that to God. We don’t have to go into the trial with strength; we need to find His strength in the midst of the trial. Jesus finishes up his prayer by saying “Not my will, but yours be done.” Total surrender at that moment. He readied himself for the cross.

Something interesting happens at that moment, an angel came and strengthened him. This shows us that God will give us exactly what we need when we are going through the trials. Many times God will send people into our lives to strengthen and encourage us to keep going. Be thankful for that. Tell them how much it means to you. Then go back to seeking the Lord. Jesus prayed more earnestly after He was strengthened. So many times we stop when we should keep going. Sometimes those closest to you can’t be relied upon to be what you need them to be. Look to the Lord for strength and He will be faithful.

Through all the trials and struggles my family and myself are going through... this is definitely what I need to keep reminding myself of!  I read a scripture and I totally get it.   This is one of them.   Does that make it easy to do?  Not necessarily ... but it sure tugs at my heart and head!  God is with me... always!  My prayers are to Him.. for Him.. & answered by Him!  I love my Lord and trust Him completely!

Many Prayer & Blessings to you all!
<>< Tam

Thursday, October 11, 2018

¸.•´¯`•.¸Thankful Thursday¸.•´¯`•.¸

☕ Today I'm Thankful for.........

... GOD
... Coffee
... so far a day of no rain.  :)
... wonderful friends
... my awesome family
... feeling better one day at a time after my hospital stay
... my church & church family
... being blessed with some an outstanding job!
... my beautiful children all doing well
... coffee
... my space heater at work
... warm PJs and blankies
... memories
... prayers
... doctors
... losing 20 lbs
... coffee
... being able to listen to my Christian music at work
... my Father God looks after me daily!!

If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with every one.
Romans 12:18

.::Hugs...Love & Blessings::.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

My Birthday Girl..........

My dear sweet baby girl... I love you so much and hope today is awesome just like you!
You never cease to amaze me! I am so proud of and so happy for you!
Once the little tiny girl that loved to play with dolls and snuggle in close with me ... to now the beautiful woman that is a loving wife and snuggles in with her own babies!
I love you Bug! Have a great birthday!


Monday, October 8, 2018

No more worring.......

Therefore do not worry and be anxious.  ~Matthew 6:31

God is strongly against worry.... Jesus preached against it.... and Paul preached against it. The whole Bible preaches against worry because it was designed by Satan to produce stress, strain and death.
Yet many of us still act as if it's an option.... as if we're free to worry if we want to. But we're not! Worrying is a sin. It's one of those things the Word of God directly commands us not to do.

What are you supposed to do then with all the concerns you have about your problems? In 1 Peter 5:7, God says you should "cast them all upon Him." All. Not 75 percent of them. Not all of them but the ones about your kids. All of them!
Your confession every morning should be, "I do not have a care in this world because I've cast every one of them onto my Lord."

Let me explain how this might look.... Let's say you were standing about 20 feet away from me and I tossed my truck keys to you. If someone else were to come to me and say, "Tammy.... I need the keys to your truck. I need to use it," I would say, "I can't help you. I cast my keys over on him. I don't have them anymore."
That's what you need to do with your worries. You need to cast them over on the Lord and not take them back. If Satan brings a worried thought to your mind, saying, "What if this terrible thing happens?" then you can tell him to talk to God about it. It's in His hands, not yours!
Once you do that... changes will start to take place in your life. Problems you've been fretting about for years will start being solved. You'll no longer be tying God's hands with your worrying. His power can begin to operate because you've acted in faith and cast your cares on Him!

Remember, though, God will not take your cares away from you. You have to give them to Him. Then you have to replace those worries with the Word. You are the one who has to keep your thoughts under control. But you can do it. The Greater One dwells within you. He is able to put you over. Commit to it. You'll never have to worry again.

Let go of your worries... give them to God!
Many Blessings
<>< Tam

Sunday, October 7, 2018

You do not have to prove yourself...

And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet....for this my son...was lost, and is found.
                                                                                                                               Luke 15:21-22, 24

Prove yourself. In today's world, that's what you constantly feel you have to do, right? On the job, among friends, even at home you're always working to win the approval you need. Working to convince those around you that you deserve the salary, the friendship and even the love they give you.
Is there any escape?
You better believe there is! It's called grace. Unearned and undeserved favor and acceptance. And there's only one place you can find it—in the heart of God Himself.
There's no better picture of God's grace in action than in the story of the prodigal son. Few of us today can really feel the impact of that story like those first Jewish listeners Jesus told it to. You see, by their standards the prodigal son had committed some of the most despicable acts possible. He'd not only taken advantage of his father and spent his inheritance in riotous living, he'd left the nation of Israel and made covenant with a foreigner—a pig farmer! That was as low as you could get.
In their eyes, that boy's rebellion was so serious his father's only recourse was to disown him.
But that's not what this father did! He welcomed his repentant son home with open arms. He offered him grace—unmerited favor—that was based on the father's love rather than the son's performance.
Next time you catch yourself struggling to make up to God for something you've done wrong... working to win His approval... let the story of the prodigal son set you free. Let it remind you that, in spite of your sins, your Father has received you with open arms. He's put a robe of righteousness on your back and His signet ring on your hand. He's put the shoes of son-ship on your feet!
Do you feel unworthy of all that? Sure you do. You were unworthy of it. But God hasn't based His relationship with you on your worthiness. He's based it on His love and on Jesus' worthiness. You don't have to struggle to prove yourself to Him. As far as He's concerned, you're a proven success.

God loves you for who you are!
❤ Tammy