About once a quarter our church has hosted A Night With The King. We have brought in a praise team, and invited churches all around are area to come and worship. The cool part is anything goes as far as worship is concerned. We are a Nazarene church, but tonight, you will see people worshiping with flags, dancing, lots of prayer, falling out in the Spirit and who knows what else. I am so excited to be a part of it that I can't wait to get there tonight. This morning my kids and I went over to get the sanctuary ready by moving chairs in the front half of the room so there would be room to do what ever the Lord calls you to do. There is still plenty of chairs left to sit, but it is hard on nights like this. Anyway, several months ago the Lord called me to worship Him with flags, and was released to start on Sunday mornings about a month ago. So, I am even more excited because this week I made my own flag. It is royal purple and I can't wait to get there tonight and praise my Lord and Savior! Since this is the only thing consuming my thoughts right now I thought I would get it out there and my next post I will share with you my night, if I am able too! I hope you all are able to get to a place this weekend and worship Jesus!
Yesterday morning I discovered small ants around our dog bowl and dog food. This has happened before and is not normally a big deal. We clean everything real good so they loose the scent or trail or what ever ants have and use. Of course we spray before we clean to kill any remaining ants because I don't want them in the house. So, then we discovered them in the dog food, so had to take care of that. Then we discovered them on the counters. Oh, does it end? Well last night my husband and I cleaned the floor, counters, dishes and anything else we could see that the ants were around because there are not normally that many in the house. This morning I got up for my walk after my daughter scared me by just standing there not saying anything, looking at me. Anyway, 3:45 I am wide awake so I get up for my walk early to discover in the kitchen that the ants are back on the counters this morning. Not as many as last night but still, they are back. So, I am not sure if the Lord is trying to tell me something today, but as far as I am concerned I want them out of my house!!!!!
When I first got married my husband used this oil called ZMO. He said it worked for everything and I would tease him and call it his "miracle bottle". Well, after using it now for many years it has some great benefits. I ran out of it and had not gotten around to ordering a new bottle, but finally did. It was sitting in my kitchen and somehow I got stung or bitten or something on my left hand, middle finger. It turned red, swelled and was hurting really bad. On the table sat the new bottle of ZMO so I put some on it. The sting went away almost instantly and the swelling went down shortly there after. Later my husband asked me how my finger was and it did not hurt and there was no swelling. If there was not a bruise mark, you would have never known anything happened to my finger. I was so excited about using this product again that I thought I would share it with you. It has so many uses and benefits to it. This is their website if you would like to read more about it or even order it!
This has been my first year homeschooling my daughter and it has been a long and interesting year. During the Christmas holiday I decided to school all year. It is working out so much better for us in the long run. However, we are still finishing up our school year. We are not really behind, just not where I wanted to be. After looking at what was left to do, we will be finished completely with our first year on August 10th and I am so excited! Now, before I get too excited, we are going to start back up with our next year of school on August 31st. This way I will be able to keep a schedule of 4 weeks of school and 1 week off. We are going to take an entire week off for Thanksgiving, 3 weeks off for Christmas and 2 weeks off for spring break. We will end the year at the end of July 2010 with the month of August off to play! Since it is the end of July, I am getting ready for the next year and the more I get ready the more excited I am getting. I put together my calendar last night so I have written down exactly which weeks we are doing school and which weeks we are "off". I have written out everything I need to buy so I can begin to buy it as I have the funds available. I have to confess that I love buying school supplies this time of year too. Walmart had a great sale last week and I bought some things that probably could have waited, but I was just so excited that I got them anyway. Even my oldest son is getting excited to start his first year of Kindergarten this year. I am so blessed to be able to stay at home and teach my children and even when the days are hard, and my patience is wearing thin, I try to remind myself that "this too shall pass" and "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!"
Today, my head is pounding and I don't have much strength to do much of anything so I have spent a little more time on my computer this morning than usual. I am on Facebook and don't normally look at all the "stuff" people send me because it is just way too much for me to keep up with. Today I did and I found something that just really spoke to me. It is a piece of flair, which to those of you who are not on facebook it is like a button that someone can send you. It says "A woman's heart should be so lost in God that a man needs to seek Him in order to find her." That really moved me and motivated me this morning. I did not get up and walk as my body is just really tired from the major change this week, and I did not get into the Word this morning because my head is really pounding and I could not get out of bed until the kids got up. This little saying encouraged me. I want to be so lost in God that my husband needs to seek Him just to find me, and even my kids too. So, I am off to get into the Word of God while my kids are playing outside so I can be lost in God today!
I love the rain most of the time. The way it just kind of relaxes you, and makes for a really good night sleep. They way it cools everything off, even for just a moment. The smell it has, just refreshing. When I was a little girl, I would sit in the window with my Grandma and watch it rain. I would get so excited because the birdies would come. Let me explain. When the rain hits the pavement it bounces back up and over kind of like a check mark. Well to a little girl, it looked like little birdies that you draw on your paper, two little curve marks. You know what I am talking about. Well, if you don't, the next time it rains hard, look out on the pavement and use your imagination. It is lots of fun :)
Okay, so, I have been walking again in the mornings. It has been nice to get back into a routine again, especially one when you know the Lord has put it together for you and just fits. Anyway, I got up this morning and it had been raining all day yesterday and during the night, but had stopped, so I walked. About half way through my walk the rain came , not hard enough to see my duckies, but hard enough that I was soaked. It was like a healing rain. The transforming kind, like you see in the movies. Everything is going wrong for that person, then it rains, and now things pick up and the person can smile again because they now have hope. Well that is how I felt this morning walking in the rain. I am climbing out of the hole I have been in , the dirt has been cleaned off, and now all you see is the sparkling and refreshed princess! It was an exciting time with the Lord this morning and I am excited about what He is going to do in me and through me today!
I don't know about you, but I have a hard time being completely honest sometimes. Like when someone says "how are you?" and I am really not good, but I say that I am good anyway. Why do I do this? Most of the time I think I do this just because I don't really want to talk about my life or where I am at right that moment with that person. It is nothing personal, but it is something that I think many people do, but that does not make it right. Anyway, I really want to share with you about me right now, at this very moment. I accepted Christ when I was 8 years old and it has been a journey ever since. There were things in my life that happened to me before I came to know Him that did not stop even when I accepted Him and as an adult I did not understand why. Today I can say that I understand that it is who I am and it helped to create the person I am today. Without Christ back then, I would not be who I am today because I made better choices than I probably would have. Anyway, I am not here today to talk about my past. I wanted to share this part because I have followed Christ for over 20 years now and today it is a struggle for me and I am not sure why. Deep down I really do love Him, but I am not spending any time with Him and it is really beginning to affect every area of my life. I was reading a devotional this morning and it was talking about being luke warm. "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth." Revelation 3:15-16 (NIV) This really hit me, I am luke warm and have been for a while now too. I don't want to be luke warm, I want to have the fire and passion that I once had. The only reason I am not this way is me, because I have changed, because I have stopped spending time with my Father, because I have stopped having a love relationship with my Lord. I want this to change, so I am going to have to change it. I am holding onto some truths from my past that are no longer truths for me now and this must stop. I no longer am going to listen to the lies of the enemy and be bound up by these thoughts and beliefs. I am royalty because I am the daughter of the King of Kings, so this makes me at the very least a princess. So today begins the day that I am Princess Tammie, daughter of the Most High, and my journey back to being in love with Him again. Thank you Lord for this revelation this morning and for helping find my way back to You!
My husband is on vacation this week and we have been doing some fun things around town. Today, we went to the world of bounce and had a blast. Here are some pictures. I hope to be back on some type of routine next week and catch up on the blogging world :)
So, along with life and being a home owner comes many repairs right? Well our oldest appliance is our refrigerator which is only 11 years old. All of our other appliances has been replaced with in the past five years, but our fridge has been hanging in with us. So, about 2 weeks ago we found water on our floor under our fridge so we called Sears to come out and fix it. Well they finally made it out only to tell me they had good news and bad news. The bad news was that it was not repairable, but the good news is that they will replace it because we have the warranty on it. I didn't know what to say. I just kept asking the guy if he was serious, that they were really going to give me a brand new fridge because this one could not be fixed. Well, one week later, they are bringing me my new refrigerator to my house and taking away the broken one! There were so many to pick from as we were given a price limit and anything over it we had to pay the difference. So, we tried to keep as close as we could because we just don't have any extra money right now to put into a new fridge. We were going to go with a three door unit, but most of the new ones are just a hair too big for the space we have to put our fridge into. There are cabinets around it so space is pretty limited. Anyway, we went with the one that is an updated model from what we have now and there is no overage so it is completely covered by Sears. I am so thankful for my husband investing in a warranty that I have questioned him several times about "do we really need that?" Well, I will never question him again. Thank You Lord for giving us a new refrigerator and for taking care of us!
I am a princess! I have been married to the love of my life for 17 years. We have been blessed with 3 beautiful children. I am able to stay at home with them and train them in the ways of the Lord. I throw some school in there too ;) I never thought I would be where I am at today, but would not trade one moment of my life. My kids are teaching me to slow down and to enjoy the little things again. I love reading, and am learning to dance like David danced!