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Happy Fall!  I know it has been a while since my last post.  Life has kept me busy and therefore

lack of time to write as often as I would really like to.  But here in my neck of the woods

it is a beautiful fall day and the

trees are dressed in their best colors, there is a coolness in the air,

and the crisp crunch under my feet makes me smile.

I love this time of year and all that it brings.  Summer warmth is hanging on as long as it can,

fall is full beauty, and winter is around the corner

waiting.  As I was taking a walk the other day, I was reminded that no matter what season we are in,

each day is a gift to be taken to heart

and a chance for us to rejoice in.  Even in the bleakest seasons and moments,

if we look hard we can find something to be grateful for, and rejoice

in the ordinary moments of the day.  It brings to mind the following verse from my heart.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

~Psalm 118:24~

So my dear friends, enjoy the season and rejoice in all the beauty that is before your eyes.

Before you know it,

the beauty will gently leave and a new season will be before you.

Make the most of the gift of each day.  It is worth it.

Blessings,

Tammy

Sunset

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I bet ya’ll thought I stayed at the beach.  I wish I could have stayed longer but life goes on.  On of my favorite times was watching the sunset on the ocean.  There is something to be said for standing next to it and realizing how small you are and how big God is.  It was breath taking and something I will never forget.  To close my eyes and just listen to the waves hitting the shore and knowing they would fall back and come again.  I loved the salt air on my face and the cool breeze amid the heat.  I was reminded that so much of my world is small, not insignificant, but small.  So often I forget to breath and just take in the smallness of my world.  It has been a long while since my hubby and I have gone on a vacation.  The beach has always been a dream of mine and to experience it for myself was wonderful.  I might say there are really no words to describe the feelings of freedom and free spirit joy I felt.  I came back refreshed, refocused, and ready to take on my world.  I smile when I get busy and need to breathe for I remember the beach and the moments when I felt like I hadn’t a care in the world.  Life is full of worry and distraction and things we have to deal with, but it is also filled with God’s whispers, beauty, and breathes upon our face if we slow down and take it all in for a few minutes.  I love our Nebraska sunsets and now I appreciate them more because they remind me of a big God who walks in my very small world and how I adore that.  Take it in my friends no matter where you are!  Any place can be your sanctuary!  Anyone can remember treasures of memories from their heart and smile.  These small moments remind us of God’s love for us, especially when the waves in our life become big.

Blessings,

Tammy

Be Still

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Be still and know I am God.

~Psalm 46:10~

So often in this world we are encouraged to constantly be a living our lives at a fast pace.  As I was driving yesterday, I noticed the speed of cars all around me and they were in a hurry, hurry, hurry.  I thought to myself how sad that we feel we have to race around to be noticed, to keep up, or because we know nothing different.  I remember thinking how easy it is to get caught on that roller coaster and feel like you can’t get off.  God knows my heart so well and brought to mind a favorite verse that helped me see things in a bit different perspective.  I have come to a point in my life where I want to slow down and enjoy the moments.  If I am constantly going at the pace of the world, how will I notice God?  How will I hear His whisper?  How will I take in the fingerprints of His touch on the evening sunset?  If I choose to go at the pace that the world around me says I need to go, I will miss out on God.  I am finding in the last few months that being still is not a bad thing.  In fact, my soul craves it.  My life is busy and yet it has taken me to get to age 50 to realize I have a choice.  I can say no and that is ok.  Maybe not with the world, but with God and my heart yes.  I want to live in the small moments that are so often overlooked because we are busy trying to get ahead.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying going for your dreams and doing things is wrong.  But when it becomes our main focus we lose sight of who we are.  Each morning when I get up for tea, I hear the birds serenade me with a symphony.  I find great delight in that in the quiet of the morning.  I am not a morning person, but God is changing that slowly.  I believe He understands I need change in baby steps.  🙂  I guess what my favorite verse taught me was that I have to be still to know God and hear His whispers and see Him in the ordinary moments of my life.  I like that idea.  How about you?  What are you doing to slow down for a few moments and take in the quiet around you?  It is not easy at first, but I find I am living in the moment when I do.

Blessings my dear friends,

Tammy