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Monday, January 15, 2018

Word for my Blue Days

(1.5 minute read;  actually wrote this some time ago, so friends don't worry)

Not feeling the blessings today. In truth feeling, a little bit blue. I asked what would God say, if I could hear Him speak, and like a gift from above, this is what I heard. Please don't be critical, and do go ahead and analyze, compare it to His word! I know it is not just to ME.  I am one of MANY in my wonderful, miraculous, royal Christian family.  

From our Father... I believe He is this loving and it's true... from Him, to every single one of YOU that belong to Him, through faith and Christ:

You are beautiful.
You are precious.
I made you,
You are mine.

You are here for a purpose.
I'll be with you every step.
I will love you and be faithful,
Even when my Word,
You have not kept...

The pleasures and glory here,
Really do not compare.
What's coming next,
I delight to share.
HEAVEN is a place,
that is rare-er than rare.

Just you remember,
every fumbley move here.
I've got you covered.
I am always near.

Always ...LOVING
'Cause that's who I am.
I am LOVE,
The great I AM.

No worry or care, 
Is too great or too small,
When you stand,
When you fall,

When you are distracted,
Discouraged and down,
Remember me child.
"I can turn bad around."

Help me Father, to keep my eyes on YOU.  May I live my life as a living sacrifice.  Thank you for preparing a place for us in Heaven.  I would not want to live this life with out YOU.  All glory and honor to my Father in Heaven.  In Christ Jesus I pray. AMEN

Friends I invite you, in the comments to share scripture that this poem brings to your mind♡  Thank you for letting me share.  May your steps be lit in Sonshine.

Grandma Mary Marthađź’–

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mothers Treasure Today.....For It will Pass

This is a guest post.  I got permission to share these beautiful words from my sister's heart.  I present to you, my sister, Cheryl, and her reflections on this time in life as a mother:

This beautiful mess (above) is what my New Year's Resolution is all about.  Sorting materially and emotionally.   Finding these little jewels, reminding me of my little dancer that always needed hair pins and safety pins for dance costumes; reminding me of my cute little boy that had to always be playing/collecting marbles, building with Legos.   Sorting out my feelings, coming to terms that all the love and energy I had put into raising my little children has come full circle.  I wanted them to not be dependent on me.  I wanted them to make their own way.  I didn't want to micro-manage them but for them to each have confidence to make their own decisions and learn from their own mistakes.   What I failed to realize myself was how lonely I would feel when my greatest desire was fulfilled. 

My daughter is the age I was when I got married 26 years ago.  I am so proud of her and frankly, myself for raising her.  When she was in college I was still in the "raising mode," and didn't have time to feel lonely;  she still needed and depended on me.  My mission is now complete and it is bitter-sweet.  I didn't know that with this great accomplishment I had been striving for the last 23 years would leave a big hole in my heart and a loneliness in my life.  I have paid the ultimate sacrifice; but isn't that what mothers do:  put children first?

She will never be that little girl that needs me again.  This year is about emotionally sorting through my feelings and putting all that behind, realizing she was never mine in the first place.  She has ALWAYS been His.  I was only lucky enough to be entrusted  to care and guide her in this life.  She may never be that little girl that needs her mother again, but I do know a daughter will always WANT her mother.  I take comfort in that.

My son is still in college and even though he thinks he doesn't need or depend on me, I know he does.  But very soon, my mission to raise him will also be complete and another hole will be forever etched into my heart.  I will once again, have to come to terms that he was never mine; but a child of the King.  I am so thankful and blessed that God chose me to be their mother.  Through HIM I will come to terms with my new normal and find joy again.  Thanks be to God! đź’—

I love you sister, and beautiful niece and nephew.  May the Lord's will be done in your hearts, my heart, our family for generations, and in the world....... All our hope is in the Heavenly Father through Christ Jesus.  Truly He is GREAT and to be praised.  There were many answered prayer along the way to here...........

Click on the Empty Nest label if you would like to read more on this topic.  If you would like to join our closed facebook group where we encourage one another through this adjustment and beyond (Empty Nest and Beyond) let us know and we will add you.  May Sonshine be bright on your path!

From Grandma Mary Martha blog

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Marvelous Moments in His Word; Quietness and Confidence

Isaiah 30:15 quietness and confidence shall be your strength...

James 4:8
Draw nigh to God,  and he will draw nigh to you.  cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

Psalm 18:2  
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust...

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?

James 1:17
...every good and perfect gift comes from above...

Put God first,
And you may have that
Strong hope

You don't have to be chatty
Life of the party
Have fame

You have to know who is 
Seek what's important

He be your strength,
And light that won't dim,

High tower,
Your source of HOPE,
And strength,

God as the center of your strivings,
You can count on Him,
The God of creation,
Your all in all, and LOVE,

You're on the winning side,
Cause you look above

Dear God, help me to live it!  Thank you for your faithfulness and LOVE.  I know that my hope in you is rightly placed.  You are my everything.  All my hope is in YOU.  Please be with me and guide me, in all I think, say and do.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen♡

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Antioxidants Explained by Sabrina

A brilliant teacher of the apologetic class that I am beginning at my church, made the statement that, "We die because our cells, mutate....." (and stop working as perfectly and efficiently as they did when we were young and our cells were not mutated = the disease of aging, which we all have)

That makes it sound really bad, and lets erase that, skip that, or go read my post on how I don't mind wrinkles

Anyway this reminded me of anti-oxidants, so I asked Sabrina, volunteer dietitian of Encouraging Entourage, to explain about anti-oxidants.  She gave a really cool answer, and everyone knows it is more fun to ask a friend rather than google, so here, hear from Sabrina.

Consider this your science lesson for the week, and your motivation to eat fruits and vegetables.

Sabrina's words:

Free radicals form when a single oxygen molecule is floating around.  It is not stable and goes about looking to stabilize so it robs a healthy cell of an oxygen molecule to stabilize itself leaving another single oxygen molecule....this is called oxidation and it is so destructive.

Think of what happens to a piece of metal left out in the weather.  It oxidizes and rusts.  Same concept.  Fruits and veggies are chock full of antioxidants that prevent free radicals from forming.  Think about plants.  They are created to withstand harsh weather conditions and are equipped by God  with substances to keep them healthy...

He's done the same with our bodies and when we consume the plants the Lord has given us, those same strong substances, antioxidants , serve also to help fight off those things that would otherwise cause disease.

When we rob our bodies of these important substances, we leave our bodies open for illness.  Mutations happen at the level of cell division and manifest in the form of cancer, autoimmune diseases, etc..

Antioxidants fight free radicals.  So in an effort to keep our bodies healthy and able to fight off disease and sickness, we need to make sure to consume plenty of those wonderful antioxidant filled plants that God has given us!!

Just a side note:  Within one week I was exposed twice to this horrible flu going around spending hours sitting next to the people who were contagious (unbeknownst to me) and while, afterwards, I had a headache and sore throat for a day, I relied on prayer and the healthy diet I consume to ward that off... and it did.  No flu here and very grateful.

(by Sabrina, transcribed by Tammy)

read more about Sabrina here:

So my thought is, next time you are going for the refined bake goods (like I lust after), think RUST.  Then remind yourself you need some protection.  Reach for the antioxidant rich fruits and veggies more often.  Eat and drink from the rainbow of plant goodness that God has provided for us.

Glad you visited!
Tammy @
Grandma Mary Marthađź’–

here to encourage women !!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Musical Oranges are Fun at Any Age

All you need to make this fun tasty treat is an orange and a peppermint stick:

Get your orange and gently mash, squeeze and roll on a hard surface to break down the membranes on the inside and release the juices in the skin.  You will be able to FEEL when the juices are loose.  Then poke a small singular hole.  You may use your finger, but if it is extremely juicey then a small cut with tip of knife to pierce the skin will work perfectly.  Then insert the candy stick and SUCK on it as if it is straw.

Orange juice will eventually be pulled up through the peppermint stick and the minty orange is delicious.  It makes a slurping music, thus your FUN MUSICAL ORANGE.  

Next time there is a kid party at your house, or you are feeling young- try it!

I bought the oranges and peppermint sticks to do it with my family over the holidays and they seemed too busy, so I had one myself  a few days ago.

When the peppermint stick is gone, after you eat it, then eat the yummy juicey orange!!

Thanks for sharing the fun at Grandma Mary Martha's!

Cover Letter from Sabrina Jeanise

Sabrina and I are novices at facebook, who are striving to facilitate and encourage progress in our closed support group called Encouraging Entourage which exists for the purpose of supporting women who seek to make positive lifestyle changes in the way of fitness and nutrition.

Utilizing her university training, Sabrina, being our group dietetics specialist, has volunteered to work closely with willing members to help them employ individualized plans tailored to fit their personal needs.  She wanted to speak personally to members first, so here is a copy of the letter that will cover the questionnaire that will be sent to interested members:

Hello everyone,

Tammy and I are excited about the wonderful things happening in our group.  Encouraging Entourage is a safe harbor where we can gather together to encourage one another and share triumphs as well as struggles.  But that's not all Encouraging Entourage has to offer.  It's also a place to recieve customized nutritional guidance!  But first, a little background info about myself.

I am a forty-eight year old dietetics major at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.  I will graduate as a nutritionist in May, 2018 with my Bachelor's degree then and start to work on my Master's degree.  In January of 2019 I will begin the process of applying for dietetic internships and, once completed, I will take the national exam to become a Registered ultimate goal.  I am thrilled to put into practice all I've learned and will continue to learn.  Please rest assured that I will be quick to let you know if there is an area in which I don't feel my current training is adequate enough to help you.

As a dietitian in training, I am pleased to be able to share the knowledge that I have gained in the area of nutrition and offer individualized consultations for anyone who is interested.  I've developed a list of National Screening questions to help me to gain a clearer understanding of your nutritional status.  While you are under no obligation to to answer any question that you are uncomfortable with, the information will help me to better help you.  If you have a question about one or more of the questions on the list, please ask and I will give an explanation as to what the information will be used for.  

I will also calculate your BMI, BMR, daily caloric intake, and develop an individualized meal plan that consists of your estimated daily percentages of protein, carbohydrates and fats.  Don't worry, I will explain everything.  We will also set small goals that are attainable for you.  My job will be to impart nutritional knowledge, guide, encourage, and answer any questions to the best of my ability.

All information you share with me will be kept confidential between the two of us.  If you'd allow me, I'd love to help.  To start, just answer the questions on the next page, save as a file and email it to me at  Once I review your answers I will begin the process and get back to you as quickly as possible.  It is an honor to be your personal dietitian!


Sabrina Jeanise

e-mail Sabrina and she will get this cover letter and the questionnaire out to you and you may begin the wonderful trip with Sabrina by your side as your personal dietitian.

Honored to facilitate communication and support,
@ Grandma Mary Martha
admin of Encouraging Entourage, to build up womenđź’–

Holy Spirit be my Stead !

Holy Spirit move in me. Move in me.
Show me what you want me to be.
Give me vision.  Be my lead.
Let me sit back.  You be my stead.*
Less of me, more of YOU,
Be my leader in all I do,

Merriam-Webster (google search)
stead- ...3) the office, place, or function ordinarily occupied or carried out by someone or something else.

* Holy Spirit be my stead, ACT IN MY PLACE !!

John 14:26
But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Psalm 51:11
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Luke 11:13
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

John 16:24
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Romans 15:13
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

This is mine and Sabrina's prayer, as we seek to encourage the women that come to our closed facebook support group:  Encouraging Entourage, created to encourage women to make positive lifestyle changes to improve health and joyful living.

Blessings in the Sonshine, dear ones,
Tammy @
Grandma Mary Marthađź’–

(here to uplift YOU.  Hope you look around, and subscribe for more encouragement and fun.  As always note in the comments if we can help you, or if you'd like to join our facebook group where kindness reigns.)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Blog Celebration, Introduction and Party Master List

Let me count the reasons that I blog:

1) I have something to say, and someone MIGHT read it.

2)  I want to put positive into the world.

3)  I like to share creative thoughts and ideas.

4)  Blogging is fun.

5)  Through blogging, I am learning and growing.**

6)  I can make friends through the "blogosphere."**

7)  I can speak for Christ, plant seeds for Him, have voice all over the world.

8)  Maybe I can make someone think, or share some knowledge.

9)  Blogging is therapeutic.  It is an emotional release.

10)  Blogging helps my brain to stay in a good place and avoid worries or disappointments.......(A positive blog is a positive product, is a positive endeavor, is positive brain space.)

11)  If I am blogging, I am not eating.  (weight battle)

**** #5 and #6 are loaded statements.  
 Even 15 years into my teaching career I was still  wishing computers away.   I didn't give SQUAT about the internet,  but of course Tammy is a tiny speck in the world, and apparently it was in God's plan for technology to be....After  being dragged into this computer-internet era, I have come to quite appreciate it.  I have grown in skills, knowledge and friendships, because of this technology, and had fun too!

To share the joy of my blogging hobby, and introduce YOU to some of my blogging friends...

Grandma Mary Martha (blog) is going to launch a series called the  BLOG PARTY file to share this fun!!  In the  BLOG PARTY  posts I will introduce you to other  Christian bloggers.  I will brief you on their purpose, motivation and mission, and share some reasons I  am glad we met....

Thanks for being a part of the  fun, creativity, kindness, sunshine and Sonshine, here at Grandma Mary Martha.

Look here for a GROWING MASTER LIST of the guest(s) of honor, here, who I feature in my BLOG PARTY file. 

Let me start with my first guest of honor, 
Cynthia Cano.  I think if three of your great interests in life are reading, taking care of your family, and living for Christ, then you will want to meet this pretty, talented young lady.  Come with me please, she's, the one over here with the friendly smile, and super curly cute hair, over here @ >>

Bottom note:  This is my first time to do a post based on an interview.  I learned from Cynthia.  She shared her interview with me, at her blog, here>>

If you think you might be interested in working on a project like this with me, drop me a note in the comments.  Thank you for visiting.  May you be blessed in Christ.

Blog Party: Meet Cynthia Cano

January     2018

Read on, to taste and feel OUR HOPE.
Please allow us to share.
Meet Cynthia Cano ♡ 
 Isn't her hair adorable?  Her hair plus a comment that I read in her blog, made me curious about her heritage so I inquired.  She is Puerto Rican by descent but was born and raised in Hartford, CT..  

She said that Spanish was her first language but she actually had mostly forgotten her Spanish language by the time she was 11 or 12.  Hungry for God's Word, she actually gained much of her Spanish back by reading a Bible in Spanish language- at that tender age!  My heart melted...... to imagine a little girl.... already on her close journey with God.

Now, she's a woman, still following after God.

 She represents wisdom and hope of one who has been through the hard times with her husband, and like me, her marriage survived, and became revived and stronger, AFTER a separation!

Here is her story about God healing her

Here is my story about God healing MY marriage 7 years ago:

It's all about celebrating, and giving God glory for the great things He has done, and living in gratitude now, that both of our marriages have survived hopelessness and separation, and have come out stronger.  She testified to me that after marital RECONCILIATION, both she and her husband have been "better at forgiving, and communication."  

I thought, "Yea, me too.  Forgiveness.  My husband and I got better at forgiveness!  We got better at forgiveness, and mercy, and grace.  We are kinder to one another now...."

We both want you to know that with God, THERE IS HOPE !

Another really cool thing about Cynthia is that having always been a self described bookworm, now she tries to build up and encourage the women around her through her book-club, where a book is selected from slips of paper out of a hat or bowl (I can't remember) and then the women read, meet and discuss at book-club meetings twice a month but now she is extending this to us in a facebook book-club.  How cool is that?!!   I love this idea!!  You can read her blog post about bookclub, here >

Having blogged personally since high-school, Cynthia has worked in Tumblr and a few other blogging sites, and now she is settled with Blogspot.  She shared with me, "I have always enjoyed writing, so when I started blogging for God, I felt like I finally FOUND MY THING."

Her vision for her blog is that it is a "faith driven lifestyle blog that aspires to promote the goodness of God and to encourage people to love Him as He loves the church."

I'm glad you found your thing, Cynthia, and I'm glad I found YOU ! 

I think my readers would enjoy visiting  over at "Where Faith Met Me." 

Here is link to sign up for her newletter:

Wife, mother,
Reader, leader,
Writer, blogger, 
Poet, and more,
Dog lover, friend,

Cynthia Cano
is a sweet sweet lady
Whose gonna serve our Lord
Through Christ, with no end

Here are some social media links for you to connect with her:

Thanks for joining me for my BLOG PARTY with Cynthia.  Hope we get to visit again soon.  Warm travels in the Sonshine, sisters,

Tammy @
Grandma Mary Marthađź’™

Warm Fuzzy Winter Flashback Worth Remembering; You Are Loved

tell you
a story that
happened long
ago, well, to you
it  would   probably
seem like  a long time
ago.  It was when I was a
young single, working girl.  I
was a teacher.  One winter, living
in my own little  fixer  upper  house 
that I bought, I decided that I wanted
a Christmas tree.  My dad was with me.
I remember that the lot where we looked 
for   my  tree, had  a  selection  of  trees 
premounted in self contained stands that 
held water.
How handy,
right ??  I 
found a tree
in a red stand.
I held it, and looked at it, a small one of course, for different reasons.  It was not perfect, but it was beautiful, ALIVE, green, in-fact imperfect in form, but I loved it.  Right there in the parking lot of HEB grocery store lot in Portland TX, my daddy spoke in to the love trance I was sharing with my tree.  
Daddy spoke up and suggested that, "This one is bigger, fuller, and doesn't have a bald spot like that one does."

"What, seriously?  Yea, OK, I see,"  I thought but I didn't say outloud.  
"I already bonded with this one,"  I told my dad.

He chuckled, and chuckled some more.  It's true.  I had my little love fest with that tree in the parking lot before I even bought it.  For the same price I could have gotten a more perfect one, but at that point I was already committed in my heart to the tree in my hands.

I had a warm fuzzy flashback about that day 25 years ago or there abouts, and it occurred to me that how I felt about that tree.......... God feels about us.  Each and every one of us.

It doesn't  matter to Him that we are not perfect.  He sees our imperfections.  We all have imperfections, physically and otherwise, and yet HE LOVES US NO LESS.  Every one of us HE ADORES, not because we are anything extra special, except that we are made by him (my firm belief), and HE IS LOVE.  HE loves us and in His eyes we are precious and lovable just as we are.  Your imperfections don't matter to a God that is LOVE.

Is that not lovely and inspiring?  This is why you are worth any investment of effort or time to help yourself be the best you can be.  May you express love to this body that God blessed you with for the duration of your life here on earth.  Then, (my belief) in Heaven, God will give His saved, new bodies..........but while we are here, lets enjoy, and serve Him, and take care of our bodies.  

Let us each day, make food choices and activity choices to build up and strengthen these beautifully imperfect creations that we live in!

You are invited to join our closed facebook support group for the purpose of encouraging improved self care of body while supporting mind and soul.  Put Encouraging Entourage in the search bar of facebook, and our little group should come up.  We'd be pleased for you to be a part of us, and if you are a blogger, it is a place where you may share links relative to helping us ladies on our journey to improvements.    Also you may note in comment below that you'd like to join, or would like for us to consider posting information from your blog....

At Encouraging Entourage, we will have our own dietitian/nutritionist at our access.  She has a heart for helping people improve their lives by making smart food choices.  Read about her here,> and come meet with us at Encouraging Entourage, and find hope and support with a great group of women..... 
Tammy @
Encouraging Entourage
Grandma Mary Marthađź’–
(Leave me a comment or message if you want to join our group!)

Holy Spirit be my Stead !

Holy Spirit move in me. Move in me. Show me what you want me to be. Give me vision.  Be my lead. Let me sit back.  You be my stea...