Sunday Scriptures

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Gosh, it’s been a while since I posted a Sunday Scripture! I started off my blog in 2014 with the ABC scriptures every Sunday and I just realized that when they were over, these posts fizzled out. Well, now that Luke is in Kindergarten, his class is memorizing a verse each week and I’m memorizing them with him. Romans 12:21 is his verse for this week and it’s a great reminder for our family.

When I first read this verse way back when, I immediately shrugged it off because surely I had never been evil. Evil is a term that is reserved for the lowest of low. When I think of evil, Hitler comes to mind, not anyone that I know. So, to make things a little more applicable, I changed this verse to say, “Do not be overcome with jealousy, but overcome jealousy with good.” Whoa! Well, that certainly changes things, doesn’t it? Or what about “Do not be overcome with fear, but overcome fear with good.” Or even, “Do not be overcome with lies, but overcome lies with good.”

I’m not one to go changing God’s word, each word in the Bible is meaningful, purposeful and God breathed. However, when I start exchanging real life “evils” into this verse, it suddenly becomes real, convicting, motivating and encouraging.

Let’s all try to overcome evil with a little more good this week!

Happy Sunday, y’all!

Sunday Scriptures

Deuteronomy 4As a parent, I try to follow these verses diligently. Raising Christian children in today’s world is no easy task, but we must continue to follow the what the Bible says about teaching our children. Christian homes are where education about God begins and these verses are such a challenge to me to continually teach Luke and Lyla Rae about the gospel.

We are in the process of building our forever home and in the next few weeks the drywall will be going up (hopefully). Before that happens, Jacob and I decided we wanted to write God’s words on the door frames (and studs) of our future home. We tried to pick out verses and prayers that were meaningful to the purpose of each room. When both of our babies were born, we picked out a life verse for them, one that would be meaningful to them and help them grow in Him. I wrote Luke and Lyla Rae’s life verses on the door frames in their rooms. Luke’s is Psalm 37:4 and Lyla Rae’s is Matthew 5:16. The fruit of the spirit is now written on the studs in the kitchen and we also wrote prayers and other verses in around the house. We hope and pray that our future home will be full of love and will be the perfect place to raise our children to know and love the creator of all things.

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Luke writing on the wallsLuke saw us writing on the walls and wanted to as well. I mean, we’ve told him his entire life “we only write on paper”, so of course he jumped at the idea of taking a sharpie to the studs! He wrote his name, but he mostly drew and scribbled. My favorite part about this picture is his little bottom covered in dirt. That is what he looks like most days and I know one day I will miss that!

So, technically it’s Monday now, but I’m leaving this post title as Sunday Scriptures. Monday Scriptures just doesn’t have the same ring to it! I hope y’all have a great start to the week!

Scripture Sunday + Happy Valentine’s Day

We love because He first loved us.

1 John 4:19

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We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day at our house, but I do usually dress the kids up in V-day gear. I mean, who can resist a shirt that says “Don’t go bacon my heart”? Hah!

I’m nearing the end of my low iodine diet to prep my body for my thyroid cancer scan on Friday. This week I will be sharing all of my tips, tricks and shopping lists for my LID. I know this won’t apply to 99% of you, but I hope the 1% will find it useful.

Hope your day was filled with love!

Sunday Scriptures + Snowpocalypse

Be Still and Know that I am God

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I had great intentions of taking a picture of my snowy backyard and putting this verse on it. However, it is just too dag on cold to even open my back door, so I found the lovely pic above during a quick Google search

This verse has proven to be full of truth the last few days for the Tamme family. During football season we are in a constant state of being busy, then we came home to Kentucky and jumped right in to the busyness of building our forever home. Then, snowpocalypse hit and we were forced to be still. It snowed for 30 hours straight and we couldn’t leave the house due to terrible road conditions. We made the most of it and played in the snow and watched lots of movies with kids. I think we were all ready for some downtime.

Luke and Lyla Snow 2016They loved the snow! Well, Luke loved it! Lyla enjoyed it, but refused to wear her mittens. I put them on her and she just said down and screamed “OFF” until I took them off of her hands. Needless to say, she didn’t last long without them.

Lyla Snow 2016Lyla Rae’s first time playing in the snow lasted all of about ten minutes. I think she may be more of a summer and swim baby than a winter and snow baby.

Luke Snow 2016Luke was determined to dig us out. Our driveway is 1/10th of a mile so he and his sand shovel didn’t make a dent! Hah! Thankfully, our sweet neighbor, Mr. Baker, came to our rescue and cleared our driveway *twice* with his John Deere tractor.

So for two days we were still due to the snow storm and then both kiddos got hit with the stomach bug.  First Lyla Rae and then Luke. They were both SO pitiful. So today, we continue to be still. Being stuck inside and camped out on the couch allows us to really focus on our family and be thankful for the health we do have. Every time one of us gets sick, it reminds me how much we need to rely on God. Yes, doctors, medicine, oils, or whatever else your go-to is for illness are all great, but He is the Great Physician and ultimately controls our health. Being still also reminds me to be more grateful for my health. You would think after my cancer diagnosis I would be more appreciative of my good days, but health is something you often take for granted until it’s gone.

I’m also enjoying the slowness of these days to get caught up on life and start blogging again. We will see how that goes!

Hope everyone is staying warm!

Blessings!

p.s. GO BRONCOS and GO CARDINALS! I have friends on both teams, so it’s an easy choice!

Sunday Scriptures

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After weeks like last week, where fear seems to be the overriding emotion and evil seems to prevail, this verse speaks to me. Our family stopped watching the news in August in order to curb the fear and anxiety it was inciting. It’s not that I want to be immune from the hurt that is happening around the world (although sometimes I do). It’s the fact that I do not want to be overcome by the fear of evil. And honestly, Jacob and I were tired of Luke having to watch it and become fearful. He started asking questions about what he saw on the news and we weren’t comfortable with the conversations that needed to follow. We still keep up with national and world events through online news outlets, so we aren’t completely out of touch with the world. I’m not saying it’s bad to watch the news, it was just one way that I was allowing evil to consume my mind and decided it needed to end.

We can’t single-handedly stop terrorism and it’s unlikely that we will ever stop a mass murderer, but we can overcome that evil be doing good. By loving on our neighbors, by feeding the homeless, by inviting someone to church. In a world of bad news, tell people the good news… the best news. Tell people about Jesus.

Sunday Scriptures + I’m Back!

Well, it’s official! I’m the worst blogger. Ok, so hopefully not the worst, but definitely the most inconsistent. It’s been seven weeks since I last blogged and truth be told, I didn’t really miss it until this weekend. The week I stopped blogging, Jacob got a concussion during his game in Dallas, Lyla got hand, foot and mouth disease (y’all… miserable), and Luke had a terrible cold and cough. I was not getting any sleep (read: zombie) and was living on a prayer and daily venti lattes. The Tamme family was a mess. But, as always, nothing lasts forever and everyone is now healthy again.

However, it was in that week of my entire family being sick, I realized that no matter what is written in your planner, no matter what deadlines you have to meet, jobs you have to do, trips you have planned, or people who rely on you, when your family isn’t healthy everything stops. Especially, when when a brain injury is concerned. So, I decided to stop blogging. It just wasn’t important. That week turned into weeks and eventually, I just forgot about it altogether.

Honestly, I realized this morning while listening to the sermon at church that God used that break to help me realize I was being prideful about this little ole blog. The sermon was, of course, on pride and although the preacher didn’t call me out by name, I knew he was speaking to me. Several of my posts in September had been shared dozens of times (which makes me laugh in hindsight because it was so incredibly paltry compared to the big bloggers I read), some local media members had mentioned my blog on twitter and I received praise for what I had written. I had become prideful.

Pride is a weird thing. The Bible makes it clear that pride is a sin, but after leaving the service, what was the very first thing I said to Luke when I picked him up from his class? “Baby, look at your Bible verse! I’m so proud of you!” Face.palm. It was then I came to the conclusion that this whole pride thing was a tough one. One I needed to work on. I am so proud of Luke and his work. I’m proud of Jacob when he steps out on the field each Sunday. I’m proud of Lyla when she sits down in her chair after I tell her 1.5 million times that “chairs are for sitting not standing.” I’m proud of myself when I drive by Starbucks and don’t pull in the drive-thru. Pride is hard, it’s everywhere, but it is also the doorway in which the devil enters our hearts.

The seven week break from the blog taught me that no one really cares that much about this silly blog. Not a single person asked why I wasn’t blogging. Not one. And, no this is not a cry for y’all to tell me you’ve missed me (even though I know you have, hah!), but rather a lesson learned. God used that break to teach me something and for that I am thankful. He taught me that I needed to be writing to talk about Him, for enjoyment, for the sharing of ideas, not for the amount of shares, likes and media mentions it receives.

So, that’s the long and short of my absence and return. I hope you’ll come back and read every now and then because I have a few posts I’m excited about! (See? Is that pride? Y’all, help me!)

Proverbs 11:2

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Sunday Scriptures + Grandparent’s Day

IMG_1006Happy Grandparent’s Day to our parents! This year is the first year in my children’s life that they have been with both sets of grandparents on their special day, so naturally I made everyone take a photo. We were running late for church, but a picture was a must. My babies adore their Besta, Papa, MoMo and Granddaddy. They say “it takes a village to raise a child”, well, these four are a big part of our village. Jacob and I also have wonderful grandparents in Kentucky, Tennessee and in Heaven. We love them very much too!

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Last week was the last of the ABC Scriptures and I asked for ideas of what scriptures to post next. I got some great ideas, but little did I know that my Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study would have a verse to memorize each week. Perfect timing!

I love this verse and am so excited to write it on my heart this week. The Bible study asks each person to place the verse as their home screen on their phone. This.is.genius.

How many times a day do I look at my phone? 100? 1,000? Maybe more! Now each time, this verse will be the first thing I see when my screen lights up. How could I not memorize it when I see it dozens and dozens of times each day?

 

Sunday Scriptures (Tuesday Edition)

ABC verse Y

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Well, if I keep making my Sunday Scripture post a day later each week, I will eventually have them back on Sunday, right? I’ve just been behind on lots of things lately (especially my blog), but honestly, I’m kind of enjoying not being on top of things. Luke starts school in two weeks and Jacob’s first real game is soon after that and then our life starts getting very scheduled and busy… like crazy busy. So for now, we are just enjoying our last few summer days, skipping out on chores that will get completed eventually, taking spontaneous trips to the splash park and not having a schedule. With that said, when we do have a schedule, I tend to be more productive. So, hopefully I will be blogging more… I have a few fun things planned for this fall, so stay tuned! (hint: giveaways!)

Can you believe this is the second to last verse of the ABC Scriptures? I’d be lying if I said I knew them all by heart, but I’m working on it!

 

Sunday Scriptures (Monday edition)

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This ABC scripture verse is used for the letter “X” in eXalt. I love that this verse corresponded perfectly with the sermon the preacher at our new church here in Georgia preached yesterday. He reminded us that God is holy! God is not a casual God. God is not grandfather like figure that guides us. God is our all powerful, all knowing creator, redeemer and source of life! It was a punch in the gut for me, because sometimes I like to put God in a box. I tend to limit what I think God can do or how much he cares about all aspects of our lives. God is holy!

It reminds me of those shirts that are popular right now that say “Jesus is my homeboy.” I’m not calling anyone out for wearing them. I almost bought one for Luke because I thought it was cute. Of course, I had to look up the definition of homeboy and the dictionary states that a homeboy is: “a young acquaintance from one’s own town or neighborhood, or from the same social background”. I can assure you that after reading that definition, Jesus is certainly NOT anyone’s homeboy! Jesus is our Savior. He is our way to heaven. He is sinless and holy… he is NOT our homeboy.

Sunday Scriptures

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I often fall in to the trap of thinking I’m just a stay at home mom. I’m not teaching a classroom full of children. I’m not running a company. I’m not creating corporate budgets or marketing plans. I’m just a stay at home mom. I often feel like I’m not making an impact or that I could be doing more. I see moms all the time who “do it all” – moms who work full time, raise their kids, workout every day, have their own at-home sales business, keep their house freakishly clean. You know the kind, the super moms. Well, I must confess… I am NOT a super mom. And I can not for the life of me figure out just HOW they do it all!

Most days I barely make it until bedtime.
Most days I’m in mismatched gym clothes (with no intention of actually going to a gym) looking like a hot mess.
Most days you could feed a small army from the crumbs off my kitchen floor.
Most days you can write a novel in the layer of dust on my coffee table.
Most days I don’t find time to shower or even, heaven forbid, brush my teeth until just before bedtime.
But… most days my mornings are filled with smiles and giggles and “I love you’s” from my babies and that makes it ALL worth it.
I LOVE being a stay at home mom and feel SO incredibly blessed that I get to do it each and every day. Even though I love my job, I am still trying to grasp the fact that it is enough. Being a stay at home is enough. I’m not running a business of my own like I thought I would. No, I’m not changing the world in the ways I dreamed of. But I am changing their world – Luke and Lyla’s world.

I’m certainly not trying to stir up the whole working mom vs. stay at home mom debate. There are days when I long for a job outside my home. Days where I wish I had somewhere to get dressed up and go. I think what all moms (well, everyone really) need to remember is wherever you are, whatever you are doing… “work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men.”

And, stop using that dirty little word “just”. You and I are not just anything. I’m just a girl from Kentucky. I’m just a football player’s wife. I’m just a mom. That “just” word is holding you back, holding me back from what I AM.

I AM a girl from Kentucky.
I AM a football player’s wife.
And I AM a mom.
We are something and whatever that it is… it is enough.