Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe that another year has come and almost gone. I remember when we were all ringing in the new millenium and that seems just like yesterday, now we are heading into 2009.

> Are there things that you would change about 2008 if given the chance?
> Are there lives that have been changed because of you in 2008?

As children of God we have such an accountability. So much responsibility. I know that there are things that I would change about 2008, as I'm sure most of you do. What we need to remember is that we DO NOT want to make the same mistakes twice. We don't want to have to 'lick that calf over again' as we would say in Georgia. We need to remember that we are to redeem the time according to Scripture, because the days are evil (Eph. 5:16) The more evil the day the harder the task and we need to be busy about the Father's business while there is still time. The Lord's work is different for each of us, but no less important than any other persons job.

We need to be more fervent in our Bible reading, Bible study, prayer and witnessing. These are not new year's resolutions, but areas that tend to sometimes get pushed aside a bit (especially during busy holiday seasons) and not coveted as the precious jewels that they are. If we are to endure as good soldiers, then we must have our armour on and be ready to do battle. Because just as assuredly as we know the Lord's return in nigh, so does the devil and we need to be ready to fight. We can not be ready if we have not read up, studied up, prayed up or emptied out (of self).

May each of us strive in 2009 to be more of what the Lord would have us be.

Sis. Tammy

Happy New Year!

Thursday, 25 December 2008

'Twas The Night Before Jesus Came

'Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house

Not a creature was praying, not one in the house,

Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care

In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,

Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.

And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap

Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter,

I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.

With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray,

I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head,

It was Jesus! Returning just like He had said.

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,

I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand,

Was written the name of every saved man.

He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;

When He said, "It's not here," my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love,

He gathered to take to His Father above.

With those who were ready He rose without a sound,

While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;

I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.

I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight,

Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;

The coming of Jesus is drawing near.

There's only one life and when comes the last call,

We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

Dianne Frances Donenfeld - 1988

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. But in times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."
I Thessalonians 4:16-5:2
Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Monday, 22 December 2008


Just a short note, being as how I've already blogged today.

I lost 2.5lbs. today. WOOOHOOOOO! That puts me back to where I started, at a 15 pound loss. Praise the Lord. This week should be fun, but I'm not going to worry about it too much. I want to enjoy the week and then I'll start renewed next week. I don't plan to go way overboard, but I do plan to have some of what I like and want. It is one week of about 2 in the whole year where it is expected to gain weight, right????? LOL

'Talk' to you all soon.

Until the shout,
Sis. Tammy

"I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Phil. 4:13


The couple had traveled such a long way.
They had come far by night, and had come far by day.
The lady was Mary, she would give birth soon.
Her companion was Joseph, who hoped to find a room.

But all the Inns were full, no rooms anywhere.
Wasn't there just one person, out there who cared?
The last Innkeeper, was sorry to say...
There just aren't any rooms left here today!

But the kindly man saw, that Mary needed rest.
So he quickly announced: "this offer's my best."
"There's a stable out back, and you're welcome to stay.
There isn't a bed, but lots of warm hay."

The animals all quieted as they entered the door.
Joseph led Mary to a clear spot on the floor.
They kept their quiet vigil all through the night.
Just before morning...they saw a Great Light.

The babe had arrived, with a sweet smiling face.
He'd been born among them, in this small little place.
But soon the stable was crowded with shepherds and kings.
They had followed a star, they had heard angels sing.

Gifts they had brought him, from far and from near.
Something had told them all to come here.
Each one of them knew, as the morning progressed;
That things had changed, that they each were blessed.

Can you imagine the Joy, they felt that day?
To see our Lord Jesus on that first Christmas Day!
Do you think if the Innkeeper knew now, what he didn't know then...
That he still would announce, "No Room at the Inn?"

LadyGator 1999

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Luke 2:13-14

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Christmas is coming, are you ready?

Okay everyone, this is it. The home stretch to Christmas Day! How are you all doing with preparations? Me? Well, I've finished all grocery and Christmas shopping. HALLELUJAH!!!!

No more crowds (because I HAVE to be out in them). I had planned to start my cooking on Monday, but since that is weigh-in day, I think I'll start on Tuesday instead and just get the major house work done instead.

I know we each will be busy in the next few days and I want to take this time to send out Christmas blessings! I don't know when I'll be able to post next, maybe again before Christmas, but with all the work to be done before then it could well be after.

But, preparations aside, let us not forget why Jesus came. He came, not to just be born in a manger, but to save men, women and children from sin. Let's not leave Him in a manger because that was not His ultimate goal. His goal was to come and make a way for you and I to be saved from our own wicked sinfulness. He laid down his life that we might have a wonderful, beautiful and personal relationship with God. It's that amazing? Doesn't that just humble you? To think that the God of Glory gave up soooooo much just for the likes of us. How awesome!!!!

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." John 3:17-21

Are you celebrating Christmas for the RIGHT reasons this year? It is very easy to get sidetracked by commercialism, but are we remembering to make Christ first and foremost the head of what we do this season? Is all we are doing for His honour and His glory? This is just some food for thought. Pretty basic, yes but nevertheless we sometimes get our priorities misplaced in all the mad dashing around that we do and then we have no joy in the celebrations or the many activities that are taking place and they become "Old Hat" and we're just going through the motions. Not the way I would like to spend this Christmas at all, but I know that I probably have in the past and what a shame.

I pray that as we give and receive gifts, we might look into our own hearts and search to find what we might give Christ this Christmas. Your most likely thinking, "I've already given him my heart!" That is true in a sense, but is there a chamber in your heart that He is not welcome. A secret place that you don't want Him to have? Somewhere that you want to keep just for yourself? If so, think about this: He gave HIS ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Shouldn't we?

May God bless you with a Christ filled Christmas and Glorious New Year!!!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy


Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Grocery Shopping

I don't know about where you live, but where I live trying to shop in the run up to Christmas and New Year is INSANE!!! Being as how the week is almost over and I still have some things in the freezer, I went ahead and decided that I was going to try and get up a menu for the rest of the year (sounds like a long time,huh?) and shop accordingly. Also get my Christmas dinner stuff in. I know that I may need milk and bread, but that I can get that at the corner shop instead of the big supermarket. PTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I made 2 lists and started shopping for our main groceries first. How interesting. I kept thinking of things I needed to get that weren't on my list, but then would remember that that was a Christmas dinner item and therefore on my 2nd grocery list. How fun!! Talk about frying your brain cells. LOL

Once I got the first list finished I headed toward the check-out and got myself sorted. My husband and the children left to take that stuff home and try to put some of it away while I get started on the the second list. I was doing real good and cruising along when I saw someone that goes to the national pastors church. We got to talking and I mentioned our churches Christmas get-together (which has now been turned into a New Year get-together, long story!) and it hit me that I still had yet another run to the store to make, albeit a little run. I have a few things left to get for that and my mind wanted to start on another list as we were talking. My poor brain!!!! LOL It has enough trouble trying to keep up with everything as it is.

I think list making is probably one of the best things ever thought of. I know that I'd be lost without them. I couldn't keep everything straight. NO WAY, NO HOW!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I spent about 3 hours at the store today. Not my idea of a great time, but at least it's done (except for the Christmas [New Year] Party).

More news from the Madhouse later! I need some serious chocolate, but will resist! LOL

God bless!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Weigh-In Day

Well, let's just say it hasn't been a very good week. I put on 2 lbs. Not good! We've been that busy we've been eating on the run and not tracking like we should be. Roger managed to stay the same. I tell you, life sometimes just isn't fair! LOL I knew I didn't want to go tonight, but I also knew that it could lead to me putting on more next week so figured that I'd better go ahead and bite the bullet.

With the Lord's help, I plan to track properly this week and drink my water like I should. Definitely a must! I would like to loose at least 3 lbs. next week. That would take back what I put on plus an extra pound. This time of year must be the pits for all those who are trying to loose weight. Thankfully we do not miss any meetings throughout the holidays. Our group is open the Mondays before and after Christmas as well as the one after New Year. I think it's a good idea. You aren't as tempted as you might normally be if you are aware that you have to face the music in a few days! At least that is my prayer! LOL

That puts me at a total of 12.5 pounds lost. Hope to have a better update next week.

Have a blessed day!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

"I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Phil. 4:13

Friday, 12 December 2008

This week has flown by

Where has the week gone to? I think it just zoomed by and was gone!

As many of you homeschool moms know, your world can be very small. Basically consisting of your four walls. Does it ever seem like to you that the space inside those 4 walls gets smaller and smaller at times. I know mine usually does. There are times that I don't see anyone from Sunday to Thursday and then for about an hour on Saturday and then church on Sunday. I don't even get to the store some weeks.

I know what your thinking? You just went out last week! Yes, I did. But there is a big difference of going with your husband and children and going by yourself. For one thing, you can look at any shop you like for as long as you like and no one is going to complain. RIGHT????

Well, I thank the Lord for my hubby! I was kind of feeling crowded in. Okay, not kind-of! So on the Thursday my husband said he would stay home and do school so that I could go look around Kettering/Corby or where ever I wanted. How fun! The last time I got to really look around Kettering was either a year or 2 years ago. I've been to Kettering town center about a dozen or so times during that period of time, but it was either to nip in for something specific, wait in the car, show some one visiting what town looked like, or to pass out tracts. You now IN and OUT!

I tell you I had a blast!!! I went in every store I wanted to and stayed and looked until I was done. I think I left the house at about 10:15 and didn't come home until around 4:30. It was GREAT!!! That should do me for a while now. I guess you could say I've had my fix! LOL LOL

The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful husband. I know some men who wouldn't take on homeschooling, not even for a day. NO WAY, NO HOW! But, he gladly let me have the day completely to myself (although I did have to be back here in time to get ready for church). I reckon he figured I had enough grey hair!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

I got alot accomplished. I had to buy some bits to decorate the church. I'll have to take some pictures and figure out how to post them on this crazy thing. It looks really good. I sure wish we had our own building. I would love decorating it and doing up different bulletin boards and what not. We can dream, can't we??? At least the guy who does all the main jobs and organizing at the school said we cold leave the room set up for the rest of the holiday season even though they have school. No one should be in there except for Monday and that is just for violin practice, so pray they don't mess with anything.

Today we had to try and finish up some shopping for a birthday party and church gift swap. Almost done. I think I am just about shopped out. MARK 'ER DOWN FOLKS, MARK 'ER DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, I guess I've had enough excitement for one week and I'm probably not makin' a lick-a-sense so I'd better go for now!

Blessings to you all!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Monday, 8 December 2008

Weigh-In Day

I guess it was just to good to be true. My loosing streak (one of the few things in life where you actually want to have one of those) has finally taken a turn for the worst. It wasn't too bad. I put on 1/2 a pound. I'm so grateful that it's only 1/2 a pound. It could have been worse I guess. The last time I put on it was the same, so Praise the Lord it has only been a little bit. I'm taking off more than putting on so that's always good. I wish it wasn't any at all, but that's the way the ball bounces.

We found out tonight that we are having regular weigh-ins during the holidays. The Monday before Christmas and the Monday after, so I reckon I'll have to keep my food festivities down to just Christmas Day! What a bummer! But, in saying that I would have to say that it's better for me that way. Well, not better for me but better for my body!!! LOL LOL

So, this puts me at 14.5lbs lost in total. I'll get there eventually, like the song says, "Little by little, inch by inch".

I pray you all have a blessed day!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Is this month over yet?

I know, I know!! We are only in the first week of the month, but I'm already exhausted. As you know from the last post we were gone yesterday. And when I say gone, I mean we were gone.

We left a little after 8:30 a.m. and headed to Birmingham. We had absolutely no joy Christmas shopping, EVERYWHERE is sold out of EVERYTHING. What a mess! We decided that next year we are going to start and get the main things in August, even though my husband doesn't like to do that. He says it doesn't feel the same and your not in as much of a Christmas spirit then either, but at this rate you'll at least get what you need to and have more of an opportunity to get something you want than leftovers; then we'll only have to get the bits and bobs nearer Christmas. It is really frustrating because we don't spend a lot, but we at least would like to get them something that they would enjoy. A matter of prayer I think! And yes, I believe God cares about it also.

After having come up empty handed with the shopping we headed toward our friends for lunch. It was good to see them again and enjoy good christian fellowship. It's nice when you've not seen folks in a while, but you can just pick up where you left off and go on. We've been talking about trying to get them over sometime in January. Do you ever feel like your just TOO busy?

We left our friends house a little earlier than necessary because we had been warned that the Farm was hard to find and we wanted to find it before it got dark. The Farm is where the college students live while they are here. We found it without too much hassle, although we are glad we were looking while it was still daylight or we probably would still be looking for it and arriving just in time for all the clean-up duties! LOL The house (farm house) was real neat. They had it decorated all up, even the bathrooms. The had quite a spread ready and everything was great. The students had rooms upstairs prepared for the children with games and crafts and etc. They took turns taking care of them and even took them food and drinks and kept them occupied for the evening. What a blessing!!!! We sang Christmas Carols, played games, fellowshipped, ate and generally had a good time. Everyone was very gracious and accommodating. They were wonderful hosts and went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome. We ended up getting home a little before midnight. TIRED!!!!!!!!!!!

This morning we had our Carol Service at the care home and had to be there by 10:30. None of us were wanting to move very fast I can tell you that. But, we did have a great time. There were between 25-30 folks that came out. We even had a few of the carers stay in and sing with us. They really seemed to enjoy it. There is one lady in particular that works there and has made us feel in the past that we inconvenienced her by coming. Well, today she was very friendly and stayed to help find pages and sing along. That was a real blessing! We also gave out invitations to the workers and family members for our Carol Service and Candlelight Service at the church.

After the nursing home we had to grab a bite to eat and headed over for Caleb to grade in Karate. He passed and did a good job so is now officially a yellow belt. WOOOOHOOOO! Go Bubby!!!!! Then we came home, the children got their baths, ate and then went to bed. Yes, they went to bed quite early since they were up soooo late last night and Caleb has another cold. They are wore out. I know the feeling!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

Now, it is vegging out time at the Tooley house. Roger and I are kicked back and ready to relax. The only problem is I feel like I could eat the entire house!!! Boy do I have the munchies!!! NOT GOOD FOLKS!! NOT GOOD!!!!!!! I think I'd better stay out of the kitchen! LOL

Enough for now. I'm even more tired after thinking, typing and editing what all we've done in the last 48 hours. Does anyone know of a cheap vacation spot? I think we might need one after this month is over with! LOL LOL LOL

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Gone Tomorrow

Tomorrow we are going to Birmingham. No, not Alabama; England! We (and the Pavitt's) were invited to a Christmas Party hosted by the college students that have come and stayed with us to help in the work here. We are leaving quite early as we have a full day.

We really need to leave our house by about 8 or 8:30. Yes, A.M.!!! It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get to Birmingham from where we live. We need to return some PACE answer keys we borrowed from another missionary and they want us to have lunch with them. I think we're supposed to be at their house around 12 or 12:30. But first we have to go to a copy shop and finish printing off some Christmas music for Saturday's care home service. I know, why not wait until the last minute? Crazy, huh? After that we need to go to Costco and see if they have some bits that we need. THEN, we need to hit Toys 'R' Us. There is just a little bit of shopping that we have left to do and we are praying we can finish it tomorrow. Wouldn't that be a blessing!?!

All this before getting to our friends house. Now you know why we need to leave sooooo early. We have to be at the farm (where the college students live) around 5. We've been told that it is out in the boonies and hard to find, so we are going to try and find it before it gets dark. Being as how its been getting dark between 3 and 4:30 we'll probably find it and then go and see if there is a shop or something to look around in until it's time to be there. It is very frustrating to try and find some place in the dark as I'm sure most of you know.

I've made a dessert and a veggie tray with dip to take along. With it being cold outside there is no chance of any of it going bad. I sure pray this doesn't destroy all my hard work at W.W. I might actually eat some of the veggies! LOL That is why I took it, although I do want some of my dessert. One of the college guys named it "Chocolate Heavenly Goodness"! How funny it that!

Well, I'm hoping to hit the hay a bit early tonight since we have to be up and going at the crack of dawn. May you have a wonderful day and know joy in serving our blessed Saviour!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Wednesday, 3 December 2008


I found this over on Sis. Connie's blog at http://connies-thoughts.blogspot.com/. It sounded very interesting so I figured I'd give it a whirl.

I'm going to CAPITALIZE the things that I have done:



3) Played in a band?

4) Visited Hawaii?

5) Watched a Meteor shower?


7) BEEN TO DISNEYLAND/WORLD? (the one in Florida & Paris, not that I could understand much as they were all speaking French)

8) CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN? (loads as a kid, we used to go camping all the time)



11) Bungee jumped? (Not on your life or mine!)

12) VISITED PARIS? (Went for our anniversary as it's just across the Channel, have to fill you in some other time about that trip! AAAAAAHHHHH!)

13) Watched a lightening storm at sea?

14) TAUGHT YOURSELF AN ART FROM SCRATCH? (If the piano counts then, yes!)

15) Adopted a child?

16) Had food poisoning? (Thank the Lord)

17) Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty?

18) Grown your own vegetables? (Do they make yards big enough for that here in England? lol)

19) SEEN THE MONA LISA IN FRANCE? (Not sure what all the hype is about though)

20) Slept on an overnight train?


22) Hitchhiked?

23) TAKEN A SICK DAY WHEN YOUR NOT ILL? (Unfortunately, yes; a long, long time ago. But as a stay at home mom, that excuse doesn't even work! LOL)

24) Built a snow fort?

25) Held a lamb?

26) Gone skinny dipping?

27) Run a Marathon? (In actual terms no, but there are many days when that is what it feels like I'm doing! lol)

28) Ridden in a gondola in Venice?



31) Hit a home run?



34) VISITED THE BIRTHPLACE OF YOUR ANCESTORS? (How far back do you have to go to make them your ancestors?)


36) Taught yourself a new language?


38) Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person?

39) Gone rock climbing?

40) Seen Michelangelo's David in person? (Not sure, where is it? If it's in the Louve in France then I probably have and didn't even realize it.)

41) Sung Karaoke?

42) Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt?

43) Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant?

44) Visited Africa? (If my husband has his way I will!!!!)


46) Been transported in an ambulance?

47) Had your portrait painted?

48) Gone deep sea fishing?

49) Seen the Sistine Chapel in person?

50) BEEN TO THE TOP OF THE EIFEL TOWER IN PARIS? (AWESOME, and I don't like heights either)

51) Gone scuba diving or snorkeling?



54) GONE TO A DRIVE-IN THEATER? (We used to go when I was a teenager, I didn't grow up in church)

55) Been in a movie?

56) Visited the Great Wall of China?

57) Started a business?

58) Taken a martial arts class? (Does it count that I work with my son? I would love too, but I don't wear trousers (pants). I'll have earned a black belt along with my son, but nothing to show for it. I'm the one who practices with him. I love it!!!!!!!)

59) Visited Russia?

60) Served in a soup Kitchen?

61) SOLD GIRL SCOUT COOKIES? (once I think, although I know that I've eaten them. LOL)

62) Gone whale watching?


64) Donated blood, platelets or plasma? (No, they won't let me here because I've come over from the States and I can't in the U.S. because I lived here in Britain during the mad cow).

65) Gone sky diving?

66) VISITED A NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP? (Went to Dachau [pronounced do-kow] while we were in Germany. It changes a person)

67) BOUNCED A CHECK? (Once, when I miss calculated my checkbook)

68) FLOWN IN A HELICOPTER? (In Gatlinburg, TN. a long time ago)

69) SAVED A FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY? (When I was 13 my grandmother bought me a few dolls and said that that would be the last year that she buys me baby dolls. I still have them. They are in our storage unit in the States. I meant to bring them over for my daughter when we shipped our container in 2004 but totally forgot.)


71) Eaten caviar? (I have NO desire to eat fish eggs. Chicken eggs, yes! Fish eggs, NO!)

72) Pieced a quilt?

73) Stood in Times Square? (I sure want to)

74) Toured the Everglades?

75) Been fired from a job?


77) BROKEN A BONE? (Does fractured count? I had to wear a cast for 6 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!)

78) BEEN ON A SPEEDING MOTORCYCLE? (My dad has been riding since he was 14yrs. old. He's the only one I trust. Actually rode with him while I was back in the States in April. We took the bike to Dollywood! I know what your thinkin'. She just said she doesn't wear pants and yet she's riding around on her dad's motorcyle, HOW? I have a blue knit skirt that I've had for ages and it stretches ALOT! See, where there's a will there's a way! If you don't believe me ask him. He looked pretty unsure about it too when he suggested it jokingly and I took him up on his offer.)

79) Seen the Grand Canyon in person? (Not yet, but one of these days Lord willin')

80) Published a book?

81) Visited the Vatican? (No, I was supposed to go with my husband and a few others when they went to Rome to do some Jewish outreach, but my sons passport had not come back yet so I couldn't go. It actually came back THE day they left. RATS! I have a picture of my husband preaching in front of the Vatican, though)

82) Bought a new car? (New to me! LOL)

83) Walked in Jerusalem? (I would love to!!!)

84) HAD YOUR PICTURE IN THE NEWSPAPER? (In our local paper they have an article that they call "The Word on the Street," and they ask your viewpoint on something that is a big topic in the news or around our area. Yes, you guessed it; they asked me! I don't know if that makes me famous or infamous! HA! HA!)


86) VISITED THE WHITE HOUSE? (Been there? Yes! Been inside? No!)

87) Killed and prepared an animal for eating?


89) Saved someone's life?

90) Sat on a jury?

91) Met someone famous?



94) MADE A BABY? (Two! 1 Beautiful little girl and 1 handsome little man)

95) Seen the Alamo in person? (I'm with Sis. Connie, until she told me I though we'd won it also)

96) Swam in the Great Salt Lake?

97) Been involved in a law suite?


99) BEEN STUNG BY A BEE? (So many times as a child that midway through the summer [after my feet had toughened up] I got to where I would just stop, pull out the stinger and carry on with what I was doing?)

Has anyone else taken this test? Would love to read your answers!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Monday, 1 December 2008

Weigh-In Day

It's that time of the week again. Monday night weigh-in. With Thanksgiving and all I didn't expect to loose. I would have been happy to stay the same, but 'Thank the Lord' I lost 1.5lbs. Talk about a shock. That puts me at a total of 15lbs.

I still have a long way to go, but I'm aiming for short term goals like 1/2 a stone (7lbs.) at a time. I would love to get to my 10% by the last meeting before Christmas, but I don't know if I'll be able to. I still have about 12lbs. to go. Oh well, it's something to shoot for. Aim high, right?

If I could figure out a way to sort out photos, I'd try updating them as I loose. I'll have to ask hubby if he could give me a hand. Folks say they can tell, but I don't really see it yet. Although, I may have to figure out a way to take my skirts up in the waist soon. Either that or buy new ones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like that idea!!

It's been a busy day, so I'd better go for now. God bless and for those who are in the same boat as me, "Have a good week this week!"

Slightly Slimmer,
Sis. Tammy

"I can do all things through Christ, which strengthened me." Phil. 4v.13

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Getting into the next Holiday!

I don't know about you all, but it is a tradition at our house to put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Now for us that is usually on a Saturday. We have church on Thursdays so we have our meal and such on the Friday. This year since we had Youth Meeting on Friday night my husband decided to have our bible study on Wednesday at the house (we can't get the school on Wednesdays, hence the reason for Thursday night services). We had Thanksgiving on Thursday as usual.

Friday morning we got the tree up and then had to get some things ready for Youth Meeting since we had to do the games. Roger and I finished sorting out the living room after we got back home late Friday night. My only problem is, I can't seem to find the 2 stockings, their hangers and 1 little snowman (I like snowmen!). It looks as though we may have to get back into the loft and see if we've left a small box up there somewhere. Oh well!

Can I just say this? Karate and Christmas trees DO NOT go together!!!!!!!!! LOL LOL In all these years we have never had a problem with the children and the tree. We had it up all of about 24 hours and my son, while practicing his Kata for class today, managed to fall into it not just once but TWICE!!!!!!!!! AAAARRRRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!! Needless to say I don't think he will be practicing in the living room for awhile (at least not until Christmas is over). LOL Oh the joys of having children! Never a dull moment! At the youth fellowship the ladies were talking about their cats and the trees. They should try having Karate Kid at their house! HA! HA! HA! HA!

Anyway, enough rambling. Just a funny moment in the life of us. May you have a lovely evening.

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Friday, 28 November 2008


I pray you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. A time to renew friendships and family ties. A time to rejoice in the Lord and all that He has done. Truly a time for which to be THANKFUL.

As most folks did yesterday, I ate too much! Although I was only able to eat one plate, it was full. I had a little bit of everything, and there was just about every food known to man there so everything was quite a bit. LOL We drank Christmas (Cranberry) Tea, which was filling as well. I may send that recipe along, too . Played Phase 10 and then ate pie. We had Pumpkin, Pecan, Chocolate & Carmel Pie. I had small slivers of each, but just about couldn't handle the Carmel Pie. You want to talk about sweet and that was with a cup of coffee!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm thankful that the Lord has always supplied us with wonderful friends on the field. We missed our best friends this year, whom we always spent Thanksgiving with, but the Lord has let others come into our lives that we can share the holiday with. We praise the Lord for the blessing of friendship.

I'm thankful that the God sent His Son that I might have eternal life. Without Him everything else would be meaningless. This life would not be worth living if it wasn't for Jesus. And I want to publically 'Thank' God for sending Him.


Sis. Tammy

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Carmel Pie

Being as how THANKSGIVING is almost upon us I thought that I'd send a recipe your way.

1 graham cracker pie crust
3 cans of condensed milk
cool whip

1. Take the 3 cans of condensed milk and put in a pan of water (making sure the water completely covers the cans).
2. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 hours (make sure to KEEP THE CANS COVERED WITH WATER AT ALL TIMES).
3. Take cans out of the water and LET THEM COOL COMPLETELY. If you open them hot you will have an almighty mess to clear up as they will explode from the pressure.
4. Once cool, open and put in the pie crust.
5. Top with cool whip and serve.

This is very good and VERY sweet. The condensed milk carmelizes as it boils. YUM!!!!!!! Also might be good to use for Carmel Apples!?! Just a thought.

God bless,
Sis. Tammy

Monday, 24 November 2008

Weigh-In Day

Today was our weigh-in at Weight Watchers. I'm very pleased. I lost 2lbs this week and was really surprised. I only have 1/2 a pound to go to get my first stone. For all those who are not familiar with the UK, here we go by our weigh in stones and pounds instead of just pounds. Each stone is 14lbs, so for example (got this from the W.W. magazine) if you weighed 159lbs it would be 11st 5lbs. Kind of confusing, but once you get used to it you don't think twice about it.

Anyway, I'm really excited. I know that it will be a challenge this week with Thanksgiving and all, but if I can manage to at least stay the same I know I will be pleased with that. If I can just keep it to that day I know it will be much easier. We are getting together with friends and having it at their house this year (although we are sharing in the cooking) so that will help with the problem of all those leftovers. Hhmmmm, I wonder if she would mind hosting it every year!?! LOL

Just in case I get busy with Turkey day preparations I will send my Thanksgiving greetings to everyone now:

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Food, Fun & Fellowship

We had our monthly fellowship at the house today. The men met in town this morning to do some outreach and I was getting the house organized after the wild week we had and being out all day yesterday.

We had a wonderful time. Everyone got here about 11:45 and didn't leave until 5:00. We had
fellowship while the chicken wings finished and the pizza cooked. We had simple fare being as how I was gone all day yesterday:

Pizza (from Cosco)
Chicken wings (homemade sauce)
Crisps (potato chips)
Bread & butter with pate'
Mandarin Orange cheesecake
Chocolate Gateau (pronounced gato)
Nothing fancy by an means, but the fellowship was grand and the fun was great. We were combining our church fellowship with Choir practice. The only thing is we ate before we practiced. LOL Roger and I were pretty good. We had some of everything, but drank water instead of sweet tea, has alot of salad and a small portion of dessert. Since the desserts were not that big anyway it wasn't too bad.
The Lord really blessed in the choir practice. Being as how I am not a professional pianist or even trained period, we didn't do that bad. Another lady in the church plays, but she can't sing and play at the same time, soooo . . . . . . . All in all things went very good. Most of them had not even heard the music before today and we only have about 2 weeks before we have to sing them for the first time.
On the first Saturday of the month we go to a care home and have a service there. The lady in charge of the home really liked what we did last year. They are having a Christmas Bazaar at the care home the same day that we are suppose to be there and she is going to invite everyone to stay for the service. They have alot of visitors that come out and it is a great opportunity for not only the residents, but for the families to hear the gospel as well.
Anyway, we had a wonderful time and the Lord definitely blessed with the learning of the songs.
So I guess you could say that we really did have a great time of food, fun & fellowship (and choir practice, lol). I would say that the quote, "A good time was had by all!" would be appropriate.
God bless until next time,
Sis. Tammy
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in you hearts to the Lord."
Colossians 3:16

Our Visit with a Dear Young Lady

I sure thank the Lord for answered prayer. As you know the children have both been unwell this week. Caleb picked up on Wednesday and Rebekah on Thursday. We had been praying that they would be well for today as we had already made plans to go and visit one of the ladies that used to go to the church.

This lady had been with the church from the very beginning and has been a wonderful blessing and encouragement to us. To make a long story short, they changed alot of the tax laws here in Britain and that affected her. There were certain rules that governed whether or not she could stay in the country as she is originally from the Philippines. One of those rules was the amount that she HAD to earn in order to live here. The people she worked for by the church did not want to up her salary so she had to move somewhere that would pay what she needed. This is about 2-2 1.5 hours from us. She left at the end of July and and we told her we would go up and see her in November. Today was the day we had arranged to meet.

It was so good to see her again. We have really missed her, not just in church but just all the way around. I know the children have missed her alot also. She is getting married next month in the Philippines and we wanted to see her before she left and give her a card and gift. She is due to come back around the beginning of January and then we are praying that her husband will be able to come soon after. Complicated, I know.

Her sister is working with her, and I know she enjoys having her there or she would be completely by herself without knowing anyone (save for the Lord). But she has a very bad work schedule and can't get to church (what they call a church is really a joke, but that's all there is up there) most of the time. When she lived in Kettering she was able to come 3 times a week 95% of the time. She is very discouraged and misses us and the church terribly. Pastor (my husband) had told her that he didn't think she should rush into things and felt it was unwise to move so quickly before she left, but sometimes folks have to learn things the hard way and I know she is regretting her hasty decision. Not long after she moved a position opened up in the town where some of our folks live and travel to church from. If only she would have waited just 2 or 3 months (she had that much time before she had to really make any major decisions anyway). If only, If only, If only. . . . . .

Do you have any if only's? I know that I sure do. I believe this will be one of hers. I asked her today if she felt like she had gone from the frying pan into the fire and she said, "Yes!" She is a great young lady. She loves the Lord and was faithful to the church for just over 3 years before she moved. She has never given us a lick of trouble, she's humble, helpful, teachable, etc., etc. I wish we had a church full just like her.

When we finally had to leave she cried. I cried. I just wanted to pack her up, never mind the packing; I just wanted to put her in the car and bring her home, where she belongs. Please pray that the Lord would have His way in this situation. We KNOW that it's God's will for her to be in a sound Biblical church where she can grow and be fed by the Word of God (KJB [AV])and there isn't one where she is. While we are praying for God's will, we are also asking that it might be His will for her to be back down here. We've watched her grow and have seen her faith strengthened and it breaks our hearts to know that she so far away and struggling without any spiritual encouragement.

I'm so glad that God is with us. It gives me great comfort to know that she has Him by her side, or I probably would have hauled her back down here. I know that she may have caused this by not being sensitive to the Lord and getting ahead of God, but it still hurts to watch. I also know that God Himself has allowed it and I pray that she might learn whatever He has for her to learn so that she doesn't have to 'lick this calf over again' as we would say in southern terms.

Enough chattering!!! I'm just so glad that the Lord touched the children that we could go. He is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Better Day

Today has been much better. Caleb is just about back to his complete normal self and Rebekah's fever broke about mid-day. What a blessing! I know that they are fed up with not feeling well, bless their hearts.

I have finished my photo albums, what I can that is. I still have a few little packs left to do, but ran out of albums. I think I'm going to try and get some more to finish it next week. I should have taken a before and after photo of the bookcase. Talk about a colossal mess. It has been totally transformed and now matches the rest of the room. Some of the shelves needed readjusted to different heights to fit things back on there where I wanted them and some of the shelves had started to bow in the middle, so when I took all the stuff off I just simply flipped them over and now they are as good as new. They go up instead of down, but will level off eventually and the with the bow going up it isn't as noticeable.

Next project, Rebekah's room. I did Caleb's the other week, now it's her turn. Hers will need alot more work, because she has the wardrobes (built in closets) in her room, the book shelf and all the games under her bed. Caleb's room is too small for any of that stuff. He has to keep 90% of his toys under his bed just so he has room to get in and out. I think it's about 8' x 7' or there abouts. SMALL, VERY SMALL. That's why it didn't take long to do it. LOL

Sorry for boring you to tears. Just a day in the life of me. God bless you all.

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

New Look

Well, as you might have noticed I've been playing. I think I could change it everyday and not run out of options. I never knew that I could have THIS much computer knowledge. LOL I know it's nothing like some of you all have, but for me I'm cruising'!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't wait until the Christmas season comes along. I wonder what they have out there for that. This one came from: http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/gifs.php?catid=15

Thanks, Sis. Julie for the site address to get all these cute things.

'See' you all tomorrow, Lord willin', it's past my bedtime!

Sis. Tammy
Proverbs 3:5-6

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Been Busy Today

Today has been a little hectic. I had not been out of the house since Saturday, so to say that I have cabin fever is putting it very mildly.

Rebekah is still very unwell. Her fever broke last night for a bit while she was sleeping, but she's had one all day today and has been just laying around. Not to mention that she can't breathe out of her nose because it's so stuffed up. Caleb is doing much better. His pink eye has just about cleared up and he didn't have a fever when I put him to bed tonight. Praise the Lord! He is still a bit stuffy, but that will go away soon. I'll just keep giving them both their meds until it goes complete. We are suppose to have a church fellowship at the house on Saturday, but we may have to cancel that.

My husbands gout had started to act up yesterday, so today he has been sort of out of commission. He needed to get to the bank and post office, but putting the pressure on his foot to drive was painful so I had to take him. I thought it might do the children good to get some fresh air being as how they have been in about the same amount of time as I have.

Also, we have this bookcase behind our living room door that has collected all manner of things.
Yesterday I sorted it out, but we have this little basket that has been collecting pictures for the last 9-11 years. I have gone through them periodically and put them in order and filled a few albums here and there, but I needed to get them sorted out once and for all. WELL, my beloved husband decided that today was the day. While we were out (I say out, but the children and I sat in the car) he was able to find some albums really cheap so bought like nine of them. Needless to say, I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening working on that project in between medicine dosages. They are almost done and the bookcase looks great, but I don't know that I want to take up photography anytime soon! LOL LOL

Well, enough rambling for now. Maybe next time I will have something more coherent or interesting to talk about.

Have a blessed day,
Sis. Tammy

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil. 4:13

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Still alive and kicking!

Howdy everyone! I've been completely out of the blog world for a few months. Sorry about that. I've been busy, but that isn't an excuse. I've not even checked out any blogs. Pitiful I know!! Anyway, I'm trying to get to back to blogging and get back on track.

The last few days have been rather crazy. We went on a family day out on Friday. We went bowling and had a blast. Rebekah creamed us the first game with a score of 125. The side bars were up and she used the ramp but still, that was a good score. Caleb took his turn with the ramp and then decided that he wanted to try and do it without it so gave that a go. He didn't do to bad either.

I noticed that Friday Caleb's eye was a little blood shot and puffy. Well, Saturday he woke up with goo and a really swollen eye. I took him to the doctor and they confirmed that he has pink eye. I have to put stuff in his eye 3 times a day. Not only did he have pink eye, but he also has a cold. He started running a fever Saturday night and is still running a low grade fever. Needless to say I missed church on Sunday. Well, Sunday our daughter Rebekah was not feeling well but never said anything so she went ahead to church. My husband said she was like a zombie all morning. She slept all the way home (which is no means like her at all) and then changed and went to bed after she got here. Now I knew she wasn't well. Sooooo, she has joined her brother in the fever and cold world. I just don't seem to be able to get their fevers to break. It hasn't been as bad today as it was yesterday, but if I'm ready for them to feel better I know they have to be over it. Pray they get well soon. I don't like to see my babies ill.

My husband and I have also started back to Weight Watcher. So far I have lost 11.5 pounds in total. There have been a few times that I have put on in the last 3 months or my total would have been more. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will I be thin in a day! LOL I just take it one step at a time and trust the Lord to help me. It didn't pile on overnight and it won't disappear overnight either.

Well, I've probably bored you to tears now so I'll go for now.

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil 4:13

Tuesday, 12 August 2008


"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" Proverbs 3:5-6

The great hope of the child of God is built on faith, faith in God to do what is best for His own. Often the path of faith and trust in God is strewn with stumbling stones and broken glass. Sometimes the trail is dark and danger riven. I think some have come to believe and teach that only those that are off the path do any suffering. That is nothing more than the psycho-babble of this modern day health and wealth type preaching. Remember, ". . .all they that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution", and a whole lot more. Not only does God reign righteousness on the just and the unjust, but we also have to experience the consequences of living in a world that is ravaged with sin (disease, crime, etc., etc.). It makes us more like the Saviour. We will know Him in the ". . .fellowship of his suffering" (Phil. 3:10)

The secret of God's direction is letting Him and Him alone direct our path. Today some allow men movements, or mentors to direct the path they should take and the course they should seek. How foolish! They can't know the will of God for OUR lives. We are not to be approved by men, but seek God's approval (II Tim. 2v.15: "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth"). A few are like King Saul and allow the people (read-church members) to determine the way they should go. King Saul's whining excuse to Samuel, "But the people. . . . ," was and is a flimsy reason to disobey God. Ask King Saul how costly his adherence to the people's wishes was.

Let God be the director of the orchestra of your life!

Until the shout,
Sis. Tammy

Monday, 28 July 2008

9/11 Survivors

As you might know, the head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten that morning.
Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.
One woman was late because her alarm clock didn't go off.
One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident.
One of them missed the bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.
One's car wouldn't start.
One went back to answer the phone.
One had a child that dawdled and they didn't get ready as soon as they should have.
One couldn't get a taxi.
The one that struck me that most was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drug store to buy a Band-Aid. That is why his is alive today.

Now, when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone - all the little things that annoy me; I think to myself, this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment. So, the next time you get frustrated by any number of delays or setbacks in the progress of your daily life take the time to stop and think about what the Lord may be protectin you from. His ways are perfect!

Proverbs 27 v.1 reminds us, "Boast no thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."

Just some food for thought,
Sis. Tammy

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Makeover Spice Crumb Cake

This sounded good and I had not posted a recipe for awhile, so I thought that I'd send this out to you all. Enjoy!

1 egg
2 egg whites
2 cups 1% buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons molasses
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1-3/4 teaspoons each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
1/4 cup cold butter or stick margarine

In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg, egg whites, buttermilk, oil, applesauce and molasses. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, spices, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.

For topping, combine the brown sugar, flour and spices in a bowl; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Yield: 18 servings.

1 piece equals:
249 calories
8 g fat (2 g saturated fat)
20 mg cholesterol
241 mg sodium
42 g carbohydrate
1 g fiber
4 g protein

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Friday, 25 July 2008

"That worthy Name" . . . Who is He?

As I was going about my business today I was thinking about the Lord and all the He is and I came across this (have edited it and added some of my own things to it also). It was such a blessing to me and I thought I'd share it with you, so . . . .

Just for a few moments think of some of the familiar titles and names of that Name which is above every other name. How these titles of our blessed Lord, what He is and what we have in Him, should fill our hearts with worship for the Lord, our lips with outbursts of praise and lift us above present day conditions and give us courage and boldness.

The Son of God
The Only Begotten of the Father,
The living God The eternal Life Emmanuel,
The God of Glory,
The Holy One;
The everlasting God,
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord of Peace,
The Lord our righteousness,
The Upholder of all things,
The Creator,
The Alpha and Omega,
The express image of God.
He is the Word,
The Word of God,
The Word of Life,
The Wisdom of God,
The Angel of the Lord,
The Mediator of the better covenant.
The good Shepherd,
The great Shepherd,
The chief Shepherd,
The Door, the Way,
The Kinsman Redeemer
The Root and offspring of David,
The Branch of Righteousness,
The Rose of Sharon,
The Lily of the valley,
The true Vine,
The Corn of Wheat,
The Bread of God,
The true Bread from heaven.
He is also the Light of the world,
The Day dawn,
The Star out of Jacob,
Sun and Shield,
The Bright and Morning star,
The Sun of Righteousness.
Thus we read of that worthy Name, that He is…
The Great High priest,
The Daysman,
The Advocate,
Mercy Seat,
The Forerunner,
The Rock of Salvation,
The Refuge,
The Tower,
A strong Tower,
The Rock of Ages,
The Hope of Glory,
The Hope of His people,
A living Stone.

And What else?…
The Gift of God,
The Beloved,
The Fountain of Life,
He is our Peace,
Our Redeemer,
He is precious,
The Amen,
The Just Lord,
The Bridegroom,
The Firstborn from the Dead,
Head over all,
Head of all principality and power,
Heir of all things.
He is Captain of the Lord's Host,
Captain of their salvation,
Chiefest among Ten Thousand,
The Leader,
The Counsellor,
The Lion of the tribe of Judah,
The Light of the world
The Governor,
Prince of Peace,
The Prince of Life,
The Prince of the Kings of the earth,
The Judge,
The King,
The King of Israel,
King of Saints,
King of Glory,
King over all the earth,
King in His Beauty,
King of Kings and Lord of lords.

And just in case your are wondering to whom I refer, His name is JESUS! He is all this and so, so much more.

Philippians 2:9-11 "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

God bless you all,
Sis. Tammy

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Been Packing!

No, I haven't been packing for us. Our best friends have had to leave the field and while they were waiting for the house to sell the missionary family that took over their work agreed to live there for at least a year, furnished. The family has bought some of the things for sale, but they wanted to move closer to the church and have their own things so we agreed to help them pack our best friends stuff so it would be ready when they were able to get a container and move it back stateside.

I went over on Tuesday and stayed until Friday. I don't think I wish to move anytime soon!!! LOL I knew she was a pack rat, but oh my!!!! Anyway, we worked for 4 days to get it all done and we finished 99% of it. There is a bit to do in the loft, but we just couldn't do anymore.

And here I was thinking I would have more time for blogging once school let out for the summer, HA!! I don't see anything too strenuous in the near future so maybe I can get back to my blog. Sorry I haven't been in touch much recently.

Sis. Connie, the Lord must have known that I needed your prayers this week. It was hard to say goodbye to all my friends things and her home! God bless you.

Listening for the trumpet,
(could be our next move, Amen!)
Sis. Tammy

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Thankful for My Children

"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: the fruit of the womb is his reward. " Psalms 127:3

I just want to praise the Lord for the two beautiful children that He has seen fit to bless our home with. They are so different, yet so special.

Yesterday, while the weather outside was rainy and yuck, my husband needed to get some John/Romans labelled and stuffed with tracts. Well, my son Caleb (5) was so excited. He sat at the dining room table for how many hours just stuffing those John/Romans with tracts. Rebekah usually has a great time helping also, but she had Brownies last night and was busy doing some badge work or she would have also been in on the FUN!

I wish you could have heard him. Oh, how it blessed my soul. There he was stuffing these John/Romans talking about people getting saved from them. He said to his daddy, "What if 100 people got saved and came to church?" Roger would say, "That would be a blessing!" After they got done, they did a whole box which has 500 in them; Caleb was ready to go and give them out. He was ever so disappointed that they were actually for today instead of yesterday.

This morning when I told the children to get ready to go they were so excited. They love giving out the John/Romans and handing out tracts in the town. Just watching them getting excited over the Lord's work is wonderful.

I truly believe that it is very important to make sure that our children are a part of the ministry that God has given us to do. That doesn't mean just preachers children, but that is anyones children. They like to be involved and feel a part of what is going on. Do we think that they will just suddenly one day want to do something helpful for the Lord? No, it starts at birth. There have been many a time that I have gone out passing out leaflets or John/Romans with my children still in their strollers. Once they get big enough to walk good, we start letting them have a turn putting them in the door. We don't tell them to do it, they ask to do it. We have a young man in the church who goes with Pastor now on Tuesday to give out the literature and when school is not in they each take a child and then they go at it it (gives me a chance of some alone time, usually that time is spent getting caught up on something around the house). Not only are they doing something for the Lord, but they are also able to burn of some excess energy. Praise the Lord! LOL

I thank the Lord that He has given me 2 children that are excited about doing something for Him even if they don't really understand it all. I don't know what the future may bring, but for now I'm just going to rejoice in their tender hearts and continue to encourage them for God's glory.

May you have a wonderful day!
God bless,
Sis. Tammy

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Faith Tested

Have you ever noticed that when you've just received a blessing, the devil comes
along right behind it to try and snatch the joy of that blessing away? This is what my husband and I have faced since our return from holiday. The devil just seems to know when to hit below the belt.

We had such a wonderful time while in Germany. We saw how God is blessing there. Missionaries working on the field their may not see it, but Germany is sooooo much more open to the things of God than England. It almost felt like being in a land of revival compared to where we serve. I am thankful that God has seen fit to open their eyes to the need for Christ.

Since our return we have had to deal with quite a bit of disappointment. We returned to Britain late Thursday night and on Friday morning one of our ladies called to say that she (and her 2 little boys) would not be coming back (we don't know how permanant this is right now). She had been in the church in Leicester and had come over here when we moved. This is very heartbreaking for us as she has been with us for about 7 1/2 years.

This is on top of the fact that we had one lady blow out around April/May time. She was applying for citizenship and wanted my husband to sign some forms for her, but he had to have known her for at least 3 years and we have only known her for 2. In saying that, he couldn't honestly sign those forms and we believe that she has gotten mad over it (she needed a professional person and her doctor said she would have to pay about £30.00 [$60.00] for him to do) because she has only been back to church once since then. We popped a postcard in her letter box, but we've not heard hide nor hair from her.

Then, tonight we got an e-mail saying that another of our ladies was offered a job up north and is praying about what the Lord would have her do. We just celebrated our churches 3rd anniversary and she has been with us since the 2nd Sunday that the church was open.

Please pray for us. We believe what James 1:3 says, "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." We know that our faith is being tried (I can't exactly say that I like it). The work is small already and we know that if this is discouraging to us, then it will also be discouraging to our people. Pray that we would be like David and "encourage [ourselves] in the Lord."

May the Lord bless you all,
Sis. Tammy

Friday, 27 June 2008

Our trip to Germany

We just got home last night. The Lord allowed us to take a holiday to Germany. We stayed with Bro. Jim & Sis. Becky White, who also serves with our mission. They were such a blessing to us and we had a wonderful time. Their hospitality was above and beyond anything we could have asked for.

The White's are doing a great job in Germany. They not only have German works, but also a Russian German work and a few Gypsy works. There are two different sets of Gypsies: Sinti and Romana. The Whites' work with them individually. It was almost like being on deputation or furlough. LOL Their hard work and dedication to the call of God on their lives is amazing. I know first hand how busy and tiring their work can be (I was there for 10 days), but they enjoy it and God is blessing. AMEN!

Their children, Sam and Carrie, the youngest of 9 are still at home. Sam is 19 and once a week he leads a Bible study group in their home for the young people they have contact with in Anbach where they live. Both these young people were a blessing to us. They took our 2 children under their wing and made their holiday great. Carrie was ready to come home with us. LOL They read to them, played with them, took them to the park, etc. etc. We appreciate them alot. They are sweet young people and work hard right along with their parents in the ministry that God has given them.

We got to do some site seeing while were their as well as visit a few of their mission works. The fellowship was a blessing. My husband got to testify at some of the churches and preached at the Russian German work in Worms on Sunday morning (via a translator) and then Sunday night he preached a great message on the Blood at a military work in Anbach. We praise the Lord for what He is doing in Germany. It is so good to see God moving and know that He is still working in lives all around the globe.

Well, now you know why I haven't been blogging the last week and a half. It is so cheap to fly from England to Europe. THANK THE LORD! It gives us opportunities that we never would have had if we were not called to Great Britain. Hearing what God is doing elsewhere is great, but being able to see it is amazing. Not to mention that fact that you get free lodging, that is also a big plus!!!!!!!!!!!! HA! HA!

God bless you all and have a wonderful day!

Until the Shout,
Sis. Tammy

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Psalms 103 vs. 1-5: "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thin iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth the with lovingkindness and tender mercies."

In verse 1 of Psalms 103 it says, "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name." With all that is in me I want to bless the Lord. I want for my soul to be lifted up with praise for my Lord. He is so worthy of it and yet we do it so little sometimes. His name alone should cause us to rejoice. His name should stir the very depths of our being with worship for who He is and all that He has done.

Verse 2 says, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits." Often times we are very negligent when it comes to remembering our benefits. The good Lord saved and that alone is more benefit than I will ever deserve. All the rest is extra and how I praise Him for the extras! Hallelujah!

Verse 3 says, "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases." This verse reminds me of that song:
My Sins Are Gone
You ask me why I'm happy so I'll just tell you why,
Because my sins are gone
And when I meet the scoffers who ask me where they are, I say,
My sins are gone.
They're underneath the Blood, on the Cross of Calvary,
As far removed as darkness is from dawn;
In the sea of God's forgetfulness, that's good enough for me,
Praise God, my sins are gone.
'Twas at the old time altar where God came in my heart,
And now, mys sins are gone;
The Lord took full possession, the devil did depart,
I'm glad my sins are gone.
When Satan comes to tempt me and tries to make me doubt,
I say, my sins are gone;
You got me into trouble, but Jesus got me out,
I'm glad my sins are gone.
I'm living now for Jesus, I'm happy night and day,
Because mys sins are gone;
My soul is filled with music, with all my heart I say,
I know my sins are gone.
Words can not express how thankful and humbled I am to know that He CAN and WILL forgive all my iniquities. I'm grateful that He also has the power to heal all my diseases. I know as well as the next person that it is not always His will to heal, but I am so glad to know that if He wills it, He can do it. And look at it this way, for the Christian, one way or another we will be healed. Remember, in heaven there will be no sickness, pain, or death. We will be HEALED eternally!!!!
Verse 4 says, "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies." None other than the Lord Jesus Christ could see any good in this old filthy rotten sinner worth redeeming. I praise Him for being my kinsmen redeemer! Glory!! He has bestowed on me lovingkindness far above that I should receive and His mercies are so much more tender than anything I could have ever known.
Many times there are a lot of things going on and going wrong in our lives and we forget that even in them we are still to "Bless the Lord . . ." So I just wanted to take a few minutes to brag on my wonderful Lord.
God bless you all,
Sis. Tammy