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Alone Time?     Tammye Hamilton

When I was a young mother I really struggled with finding time to be alone with God. I would hear messages and read books that talked about how important that time with Him was a believer.

 Knowing Jesus all of my life, I knew this to be true. The grace to walk by the Spirit does come from seeking Him and being in His presence.  

 But as more babies came and I got busier, this elusive "alone time" seemed beyond my grasp. If you have toddlers you don't even get to go to the bathroom by yourself!  

 One morning I was standing at my kitchen sink lamenting that once again I had not had my quiet time with Him.

 I had been up most of the night before with a teething baby and had collapsed in the bed a few minutes before the other children awakened and needed to be fed. 

 As I complained, I felt Him say to me, "Darlin', you're with Me now."  We were not alone and my house was anything but quiet but He was right there with me hearing my heart.   

 He was not standing outside my door that morning tapping His foot and looking at His watch wondering where I was. He was with me giving me grace to rest and strength to face my day.

 He was with me when I stumbled to the kitchen for coffee and all through my busy day, He was right there.

 Yes, it is good to have alone time to seek Him and I am in a season of my life now where I can do that and I do not take it for granted.

 However, knowing that He is always with me and always for me has freed me to have a closer relationship with Him.

 When our feet hit the floor in the morning, even if we hit snooze too many times, He is with us! He is speaking to our hearts and walking with us through our day.

 Isaiah 1:21 says,  Indeed, He who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you!

 

The Scale and Other Lies    Tammye Hamilton  

 

 

 

I changed the batteries on the bathroom scale this morning and now it says I weigh less than a hundred pounds. I fiddled with it, replaced the batteries again and still, 97 lbs. 

Now I know that is not the truth. But the scale says that. It says something about me. It declares it in official, digital splendor. Blinking at me as I blink back.  

This is an easy untruth to dispute. I know without a doubt it is not true. Unfortunately, as I go through my day, I face other untruths about me that I am less likely to refute. Most of them come from my own mind and heart. Others come from those around me. 

 These untruths can build to the point of creating serious self-doubt. If we let them, they will pile up like dirty laundry, leaving us with nothing to cover who we are, leaving us feeling exposed and vulnerable. 

 Just as I faced the numbers on the scale and knew they were untrue, I must face the false thoughts and words that tumble about in my head and declare that they are not the truth.  

 My confidence cannot be in what the scale, my thoughts or others say about me. I can only find the real truth in what my Heavenly Father says about me.  

 He says I am "holy and dearly loved". (Colossians 3:13)

 He says, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength". (Philippians 4:13)

 He says He is "for me. Who can be against me?" (Romans 8:31) 

 Every day we must clothe ourselves in the truth of His words and His love. 

May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.   2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 

 

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