From somebody's trash to my treasure. I like to re-style & re-create what was once a cast off. Isn't that what Jesus does with us?


Monday, March 2, 2015

Some Good Books

Hello Dear Friends --
Since it's been so cold here lately with (ahem) no end in sight, I've been taking advantage and burning the midnight oil. I won't want to do that on the first Spring day. Which is supposed to be in about 20 days, right? I hope so!
Have you gotten copies of Jesus Calling and Jesus Today? They are both excellent devotionals written by Sarah Young in the first person narrative. Listen to this, "I will fight for you; you need only to be still. I know how weary you are, my child. You have been struggling just to keep your head above water, and your strength is running low."  That gives me chills. Sometimes the days reading just grips me and I know the Lord has something special in it just for me. And the way it's written, I really feel like Jesus is right there. Talking to me (sigh).  And of course, He is right there. It's so good to be reminded!
My man and I are reading You and me Forever by Frances and Lisa Chan. If you do nothing else go online and look up the title of the book and watch the videos. They also have a free copy of the book online. I'm kinda old fashioned and enjoy holding a book in my hands. There's nothing like dog- earing a book over and over or highlighting it until the marker drys out. That's how good this book is. Just sayin'. And if that weren't enough, every book you purchase benefits children in poverty and helps to end sex-trafficing. That's 100% of the proceeds from the book. For me, that's worth every penny and then some.

Do you see my little chalk board sign up there? Frances Chan speaks about staring at God. Just meditating on Him daily. Telling Him I love Him. Meaning it. Telling Him I can't do this moment without Him. Because I really can't! Praising Him. Blessing His name by recalling how He has blessed me. I like to stare at Him. If you try it, don't give up. Be persistent and tell Him to draw you close to Him. He will. Just wait.

The sun has gone down now and I'm reminded of two new books I just read reviews for. The author is David Platts. He wrote Radical: Taking Back your Faith from the American Dream and his latest is Counter Culture. I can't wait to get copies of those and do some highlighting. Reading good books like these are so good for the soul. I want their truths to sink in and penetrate and change my perspective on life. I pray my life displays it.

And I have to giggle at these titles. I've dug deep into my cubby holes and found my fifteen copies of Nancy Drew that I've hung on to since my teen years. Oh, I was so absorbed with these. Nothing has changed!!! I know. Crack me up! I thought my almost ten year old would like them, and I was right. Before I could get them all out to see which I wanted to read she had scooped them all up and hauled them to her bedroom. I'm on mystery number three right now and she's not far behind. hee hee.
So have you read anything good lately? I would love to hear. Hope you are enjoying these winter months despite chilling temps. in many parts of the world.
Happy March! Spring, please come soon!
Tammy

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Happy Friday Sweet Friends --
So what are your plans for the long weekend? Do you have off for President's Day like we do here? I am spreading Valentines hearts wherever I can. Tomorrow my girls and I will be having a fun valentines party. We plan to decorate a Sugar House and make marshmallow pops and crafts.
In the midst of Valentines plans I've done a few swaps with furniture. This is "Victoria." I had her in my sun room, but have now brought her in to my bedroom. I think I'll keep her here for awhile. She's a nice welcoming friend when I want to read for a bit.
Enjoy your weekend!
Tammy


Thursday, January 29, 2015

More About Valentines

Hello Dear Friends --
I don't know why I am so enthused about Valentine's Day approaching. But I just am.
 My mind rests on pink, pretty tulle and white, organic lace. I see pictures of people using lace at their window instead of a screen in spring and I sigh! Ahhhhhhh!
 And I find myself creating pretty hearts and tossing them about my bed just for the romance of it. Another sigh.

I am a hopeless romantic at heart. Always have been. This time of year though really brings out my sentimental whims and glances. I stop for anything pretty. A lace curtain. Egg shell blue. Something chippy. Butter cream mints in pinks and rose.. A sunset. (SIGH)
I've been admiring pinks and pearls and charcoal grays together. My sister gave me a long skirt that is satiny and oh so pretty with pink. I'm hoping to wear it out somewhere soon.
I'm not the kinda girl that has to have just the right place -- a dance or fine tea shop -- though I wouldn't mind! But I'll simply wear it on a fun night to the coffee shop or out shopping with some girls. Are you that kinda girl too?
Hope you enjoy a long weekend, my friend.
Until later,
Tammy