Tammy Tangent Tuesdays ~ Moment of Introspection and Prayer

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Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

Have We Turned Our Congregations Into Idols?

Moments of Introspection and Prayer

Blameless Quiet 777Hello Beautiful!  I pray you’re having a peaceful and enduring week!  To change things up, this week’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays challenge is being dedicated to moments of introspection and prayer to a deep passion and observation, or concern, of mine while pondering and praying over these words in concert with allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts by bringing clarity and conviction!  It just speaks to my passions and burdens I feel worthy to bring awareness to.  I felt it essential to allow us all the time to enter into moments of introspection as we ponder what our beliefs and feelings truly are.  Have our congregations become our idols instead of the Lord?

Today my heart was burdened because of this great division that exists not Blameless Violin 3only in our communities in which we live, but especially between our congregations and places of worship! I felt strongly led to share this awareness with my friends before I attach it to my blog as something that is worth pondering over so we can stop this division that is plaguing our neighborhoods and communities! With the escalation in crime and violence due to the constant outbreaks of riots in voicing our opinions through protests, I feel it would be worthwhile to understand why we’re reacting the way we are. Tolerance is a significant factor, but we all have to own up to our responsibility where we’re at today. We all know this is where my passion derives from and these words are coming straight from my heart for all to hear who will!

Blameless Quiet 3What do you define as “the church”? Through my education, I have learned that the Bible defines “the church” in the New Testament as coming from the Greek word ekklesia which basically means a Christian assembly, a “called out gathering” of people. There is no mention as to “the church” pertaining to the four walls in which we go to each week in attendance or to the power derived from the congregation’s name. There should be no competition, no ongoing ugly battles, much less this empowerment from the superiority that exists because we go to XYZ.  No person is superior to anyone, and woe to us for looking down our extremely long noses at others who are different than us or a different color and/or different shapes and sizes. We were all created and designed as “mankind” (no mention of race EVER) to live and commune TOGETHER!

Blameless Be Still 1“The church” consists of a communal gathering of believers, people that come together to grow and learn about the life and death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ (this could happen in a restaurant, a park, or even Starbucks; you know, when two or more are gathered together, Matthew 18:20). This gathering is supposed to empower us with the ability to go out into our communities in which we live and emulate His love through our daily conduct, character and testimony, not being judgmental and isolated within our “clique groups.” It is our responsibility to share this Great Love by living in tandem with the knowledge that we’re imperfect beings saved by grace only; that our lives should be lived honestly for all to see through humility and transparency along with the sharing of how we walked through our own tragedies testifying to the great strength received from our Lord and Savior so others might understand how to walk through their own struggles without the world’s vices of drugs, alcohol, violence, anger, depression, pornography, gang affiliation, etc., all of which affects us all negatively.

Blameless QuietWhat precipitated this intensity was today as I was talking with management at WalMart about what they were going to be donating for an event I’m working on, a lovely woman offered me money to contribute to the cause (this is when eavesdropping is appropriate). I shared with her that I would rather her come and make relationships with these people instead of the money. She shared that she would like to help out, but she was hesitant because she attended a different “church.” Even though she had never heard of my ministry or my congregation, who is partnering with me because we share the same love and vision, she felt she could only offer money and not her physical presence. Conflict of interest? No!!! It is not a sin, nor is there any conflict of interest to want to reach out to others through love in the community with organizations or events outside your congregation’s walls. This is a byproduct of knowing the Lord; not being able to contain the love in your own heart so you pour out onto others!

Christian believers are people who make up and are each uniquely designed and gifted to contribute to the Body of Christ, which is “the church.” This means we are commanded to serve one master and that’s the Lord God Almighty, so why are we making our congregations our idols? That is a sin of total commission that is leading us down a path of destruction, and we wonder why there is so much hatred towards Christianity! We all make up a part of our communities by either living in, working in, worshiping in, along with our kids and grandkids playing in and attending the schools contained within; so we need to make an effort to reach out and get to know who lives and works in our communities through love, communion and respect! How are you going to know who exists in your neighborhoods if you hide behind your four walls, whether it’s your congregation or your own home?

Bible BlamelessGuys, this is why we need to know what our Bibles say and live it out!!! The Bible talks about how “the church” is one body with many parts in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; with verse 27 stating, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” We need to get involved in the lives of others; that’s what the Bible tells us (Matthew 28:19-20) and quit judging. There are many parts to this one body. It takes a multitude of people. And if you love Jesus, it means you reach outside of the comforts of your own four walls and love on others, PERIOD!! We go inside those four walls to learn, to get fed, not to be entertained or claim superiority rights or even to stay sheltered. We need to be equipped to get through another week exuding love, peace, patience, gentleness, and kindness. We are never prohibited from loving on others; it’s expected! That’s our responsibility. It’s time to bring unity back into our communities!

Not your typical Tammy Tangent Tuesdays; this is more of a Tammy Tantrum!  Have a wonderful week, Beautiful, and I pray you hear the desperate plea of my voice!  It’s something we all need to be in prayer about this week! ♥♥

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Perseverance – Romans 8:25

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That defining moment when you glance side to side after losing all perception of reality and time due to the relentless hours spent on your knees begging and pleading with the Lord to take away all the haunting and violent pain.  You catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror as you quickly adjust your shirt and appearance in an attempt to pacify some sense of control and order.  That element of control has always stimulated the very neuron that alice-coopersparked the appearance of the facade and the mask you once wore and hid behind concealing the actual hot mess you were, exposing the real dark and broken parts caused by pain.  As you gaze deeply into the mirror, you realize buried underneath all the thick layers of black teardrop stains permeating your face resembling more of an Alice Cooper visualization at his best suddenly announces the arrival and introduction of the Beautiful Beloved that God created you to be!  There’s beauty in the pain!  God’s will is unfolding!

Blameless ReflectionSuddenly through all the fear and disbelief, you peel yourself away from the glue that has held you captive for so long when you realize this old mindset that has brought about nothing but pain and rug burns that caused golf-ball size holes in your favorite jeans, is all due to the pain caused from believing the lies of the enemy.  It not only kept you from community and closeness, but it also cut you right in half exposing your bleeding heart.  That just needed the love and mending through open heart surgery which could only be performed by the Great Physician.

With the disbelief that the shackles that had held you captive for so long had been released, you look back into the mirror and wonder if the person looking back at you is the result of the faith thatBlameless bucket_of_a_well has equipped you with this bohemian strength to endure and which has sustained you for so long or whether it’s a faith breakthrough of the very words that you have clung to found in the Book of Living Water, the Bible; “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV).

In eager anticipation, you cautiously take another step towards freedom, you know, that wide-open door where the words loudly proclaim “Follow Me” into that unknown and unfamiliar territory, what God calls His Promised Land, that you have been praying fervently for.  You quickly scan the Blameless Door of Rest Follow Meenvironment you are leaving behind because you know you’re never going back.  You try and process what this whole “perseverance” thing means when you hear, “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:25).

Tender heart, let us remember that the Lord never fails to fulfill His promises.  We may feel His lack of timing supports or insinuates that He doesn’t care or He doesn’t hear us or that He isn’t real, but His timing is ALWAYS perfect.  Perseverance is to endure until that door opens!  While our salvation may be secure once we believe, His transformation process is being worked out through each and every second of our lives, often through painful trials that keep us on our knees in prayer.  Sometimes trials come specifically designed “because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us” (Romans 5:3-5).

Blameless BetterMy friend, I know what deep suffering feels like.  I also know what years of faith has brought about; beauty at its darkest hour!  Before I even knew it, God not only restored my heart’s desires, but what He has blessed me with is something I dared never dream of, nor could have even imagined.  The pain was brutal, but I hung on, I cleaved into, and I never let go of the Only Promise that is worthy of our faith and perseverance; Jesus Christ!  He is Real, He has Risen, and He Rocks the very core of our being.  Hang onto the promises of “things hoped for” while giving over your concerns to the Lord because He truly does care.  He just wants you to trust His ways and His timing because what emerges at the end of the storm is not only better, it’s far more beautiful than you could ever imagine. 

Take a look in the mirror and examine the woman looking back while pondering God’s loving words: “You are beautiful just the way you are, and there is nothing you can do to change that.  Embrace it!  Thank me for it!  I want you to bloom exactly where I have planted you.  I love you.”

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Have a blessed day, Beautiful!  Thank you for being Beautiful You!

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