Monthly Archives: October 2015

Clothed and Wrapped Up in Prayer! Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

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Clothed and Wrapped Up in Prayer!

Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

Hello Beautiful!  I pray you’re having a blessed week so far filled with strength and grace as you sojourn this side of heaven.  It’s that time again; it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!  I hope you all were blessed last week in sharing with seven of your girlfriends one reason why you felt they were beautiful!  We all want and need to hear we’re beautiful. ♥♥

After spending an amazing couple of days at the women’s Undone conference listening to the gifted and powerful speakers, Havilah Cunnington and Bianca Olthoff, sharing with thousands of other Beautiful Blameless Prayer 1.1Beloveds from many congregations who are all trying to navigate through this crazy journey called life this side of heaven, one thing was clear:  When our struggles seem to be defeating us from the constant dodging of all the flaming arrows and emotional darts that occupy so much space while keeping us on our toes (like every hour, hello!), we need to remember there’s a simple and always available antidote that will diffuse and soothe our aching hearts and minds:  Prayer! 

God is just waiting for us to sit at His feet and pray while trusting Him for the deliverance and restoration that the perfect peace in Isaiah 26:3 mentions.  That is why casting over our cares to Him while we’re on our knees builds strength and hope.  I totally get that there are times when living in this imperfect world makes the simple task of breathing hard, especially when you’ve been holding your breath for so long; but praying gives birth to a confident and courageous warrior ready to claim and receive victory.  Yes, you can throw your tantrum first on the ground, but then pray!  I wear and carry the crown for Tammy Tantrums!

Remembering that prayer is like what is depicted in this photograph of the dancer; it’s a lifestyle choice.  The veil signifies being pure and blameless.  When we trust God with all our heart, Blameless Prayer is a Lifestyle 1.1soul, body and mind like the Word commands (Matthew 22:37), the transparency and sheerness of the veil wrapped around our bodies should be the only barrier between God and us.  He knows our every thought and action anyways, not to mention the number of hairs on our head, so let’s go to Him in our nakedness first knowing that our exposure is known while surrendering everything that is entangling our lives!  Praying enables us to keep our focus off of our difficulties and puts our focus on God who will give us the strength and guidance that we’re seeking.  He is inviting us all to come to Him to receive His outpouring of Love and rest for our weary souls!

Weekly challenge:  Take five minutes every morning and at night and get wrapped up in the shadow of the Almighty.  Embrace God’s love!  Get in the habit of making prayer a part of your lifestyle.  What a better way to surrender your life, completely naked, exposed and vulnerable.  What intimacy, someone who knows us at our worst and yet loves us just the way we are!!!

God desires a relationship with us so He can tell us the greatest whispers of affirmation that every Beloved yearns to hear; but that requires work on our part, every relationship requires time in each other’s presence to learn how one communicates.  Time spent in prayer quiets our souls, gets our minds off of our problems, and allows us to hear and develop trust with God. 

Let’s be like this beautiful dancer, naked and vulnerable underneath this veil of purity, yet wrapped and captivated in God’s great love.  That’s the only way we are going to be able to embrace life as a dance and allow our teacher to instruct and lead while letting go of being in control.  In order to waltz like the Beautiful Beloveds we are in our Father’s arms, it requires practice. 

Let Love take the lead this week as you trust in Him.  This will unleash that perfect peace which surpasses all understanding.

Until next time…

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Let’s Blow Up Facebook and Social Media Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

Blameless Beautiful You

Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

Hello Beautiful!  I pray you are having a blessed week so far filled with all the love and beauty you generate just by being Beautiful You!!!  ♥♥  It’s that time again, it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!!! 

Tammy wants to come out and play by giving back to each and every Blameless Bloody Mary Flowers 7woman around the world by telling her how beautiful and special she is!  That requires help, from all of you!  Every woman WANTS and NEEDS to hear how beautiful she is by hearing one of the many reasons why others think she is beautiful. 

Let’s blow up Facebook and other social media forums (I will get arrested now) with love and encouragement so every single Beautiful Beloved is acknowledged for her own unique qualities!  Truth be told, I feel since we’re so quick to post our political positions and objections, sharing selfies, slam religions, etc., let’s do the opposite and post love through praise and recognition.  Yes, I’m throwing a Tammy Tantrum instead of a Tammy Tangent!  🙂

Blameless Hands of God 4.4Weekly challenge:  Pass the flower around by picking seven girlfriends and tell them one thing you love and admire about them on their Facebook page by hitting the share button of this week’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays onto their Facebook page and start an outpouring and overwhelming amount of love and beauty to each and every Beautiful Beloved.  Thank them by stating, “Thank you for being Beautiful You!  I think you’re beautiful because…” ♥♥

Remember, our friends fight for us, they respect us, they include us, they encourage us, theyneed us, they deserve us, and they stand by us!  This is our virtual opportunity to smile radiating that beautiful spirit that resides within us.  One person gets to bless seven Beautiful Beloveds all across our world!  Let’s make hearts smile!

Just think how quickly this can spread around the world.  Oh, happy day to spread some sunshine around in our dark world!!!  Our world needs to hear more love, more encouragement, more cheer, and definitely a whole lot more joy to build up and construct confident Beloveds rather than the demolition derby that seems to be prevalent these days with the ease in tearing down others on social media.  Radiate that beautiful you that is sitting idle; let this stir something inside of you to bless others with a word of encouragement. 

Think about it, if every woman on Facebook told just one woman why they believe she is beautiful, it would be a matter of weeks before every woman in the world is told how beautiful and appreciated she is.  Domino effect!  What a better way to bring unity into our communities.

Most of all, Beautiful Beloved, thank you for being Beautiful You!  There is no one like you; never will be!  God loves you just the way you are, and so do I. ♥♥

Until next time…

Thank You For Being

Beautiful You

When Walking Out Our Faith Hurts Like Hell!!!

Blameless Isaiah 46.4.1

When Walking Out Our Faith Hurts Like Hell!

A Mother’s Anguish!

We’ve all had those moments, when God allows you to go through a turbulent storm so violent and fierce, before you could even catch your breath, reload, get back up and stand your ground, you realize you’re smack in the center of a deadly battlefield.  The only ammo left available is to surrender, waving your blood-stained garment.  After all, God did say He would carry you, sustain you, and rescue you, right (Isaiah 46:4)? 

What does that look like when one is surrounded by disease, rage, abuse, drugs, alcohol, mental illness, familial strongholds, financial issues, and lack of strength to continue trudging through the quicksand that is swallowing you up as you blindly feel for the burrow in the swampland?

Sadly, most of us have endured those moments when we’ve walked through what we knew and believed would kill us when God suddenly Blameless Crown 7appears announcing midstream, “Well done, Beautiful Beloved, see how you’ve grown?  I know you’re scared and you’re hurt and I understand the pain of letting go of loved ones; but put your crown back on, stand tall, and move forward like the queen you are!”  You don’t need to navigate through old terrain; it’s God’s battle now! 

Let’s face it, it’s hard to remember and to apply scripture to our lives while we’re walking out our faith claiming a victory that is restorative and encouraging which is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 that says to be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus, especially when we are not seeing any answer!

It wasn’t until I started sharing my fears, delirium and agony in trying to walk out my faith as a mother through these tragedies afflicting my son and his family did I become painfully aware that God was allowing this trial for a sundry of reasons, most of which I had absolutely no clue whatsoever (or care and attitude to admit); but with special significance to show me the growth brought on through my very own transformation.  We can only sever genetic dysfunction in the family when we, ourselves, have been healed.  Hello!!!  That’s worthy of praise!

This was one of those seasons when everything seemed to be going wrong and you can’t for the life of your faith figure out how to plow through the quicksand before the swamp consumes you.  Have you ever felt like you’re not good enough or even been told you’re an epic failure?  I have, and those words hurt, stick and mold you in like cement along with the weight and bondage it carries. 

It seems the more you do, the more love you pour out, the harder the verbal assaults attack your heart and mind.  You know those jeers, the ones who constantly judge, ridicule, and attack through condemnation that leech on and suck you dry; those days that leave you so depleted, you have to crawl on your hands and knees and remember, Because you’re full of His Love, you can love as hard as they can throw!!  Home run, baby!!!

Opening your broken heart and your tiny home to others with great physical, emotional, financial and spiritual needs requires more than perseverance; it takes f-a-i-t-h!  You’re a mom and a grandmother, that’s what you do; you Blameless Lovelove unconditionally, with your every fiber, and you f-o-r-g-i-v-e!  You attempt to do everything humanly possible, except for rip out your bleeding heart and hand it over to those you’re loving on, but when all you receive is the blunt trauma and carnage caused from the blame and shame of all their problems, it’s brutal!  Your intentions are pure, you proudly wear your Mommy Super Hero outfit with an unfathomable faith, so why are you left with nothing but the remnants of a broken heart and battle scars that develop from constantly being on your knees in prayer?  What hidden treasures can possibly be found in the raw, exposed, bleeding wounds of a mother’s pain this side of heaven?  Love ♥♥.

When you love someone with all your heart, soul, body and mind and have done everything you can to save and relieve their pain, it’s hard to get off of your knees knowing you did everything in your power; especially now that your heart is more fractured from the old wounds being ripped back open with no solution to stop the pain.  No matter what anyone says, there’s never a big enough band-aid to stop the bleed of a mother’s heart!

Thankfully, we have a loving God who cares and binds up the wounds of the brokenhearted!  God follows me around with His superglue called Love to miraculously somehow or another in His omniscience mold me back together.  He doesn’t forget any shattered piece as He patiently and intricately puts me back together.  Love is the superglue and hidden treasure found in pain; and since life is but a dance to be shared, the pain and lessons learned through it will forever adhere to the greatest love story (sticky glue) that will stand tall.  Broken, maybe; defeated, nope!  God is faithful in His transformation, and when you finally surrender, that’s when God says loudly, Well done, good and faithful servant…  Come and share your master’s happiness (Matthew 25:21)!  It only took you a few months to accomplish what took you decades before to learn.

Since Jesus was hated and crucified because of His Great Love, we need to try and remember that when we are hard pressed on every side, we are not crushed, perplexed or in despair; and even though we may be persecuted, we are not abandoned; and though we may be struck down, we are not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8-12). 

Jesus withstood this anguish and His character still stands the test of time.  I was courageous enough to crawl and stand back up to the plate after striking out numerous times, and because I want to help others going through similar trials as to what has helped sustain me by cleaving and pressing into God’s promises, I will start sharing my journey that is raw, brutally honest and full of pain when we don’t understand life and all that is thrown at us.  We were never meant to go through it alone and afraid!

Eventually God will say, “Home run.”  It is up to me to continue walking out my faith believing with my head held high and my crown secure, though I fall.  Isn’t that what faith is anyways; belief put into action?

Until next time...

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Pumpkin Doorbell Ditch Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

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Pumpkin Doorbell Ditch

Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

Hello Beautiful!  I pray you are having a blessed week so far filled with all Blameless Pumpkin 3the love and beauty you generate just by being Beautiful You!!!  ♥♥  It’s that time again, it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!!!  Since our fabulous fall is finally upon us, what a better weekly challenge than one whose festive radiance can continue to bless others throughout the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays!

This Tammy Tangent Tuesdays weekly challenge is twofold:  One, never forget there is only one Beautiful You ♥♥ (Boo-tiful You); and two, grab the kids and your precious grandbabies, your amazing group of girlfriends, your small groups or how about your youth Blameless Boo Pumpkin 7.7groups and have some fun decorating easy, cheap and beautiful pumpkins to reach out and deliver colorful nuggets filled with love and cheer back into our communities.  You could knock on a few doors while having fun or ringing the doorbell and running away quickly while leaving this thoughtful and beautiful blessing that will surely bring a smile to even the harshest of critics. 

It doesn’t take much, trust me, to bless others with such a sophisticated treat!  The ease of placing cloth or glued paper doilies on the tops and bottoms of the pumpkins like the images at the top and the one depicted below is endless (it doesn’t get Blameless Pumpkin Beautiful You 1any easier than that.  I demand simplicity ♥♥).  Grab some glue, glitter, old buttons, broken jewelry pieces, doilies, material scraps, your old Bedazzler, some marker pens, stickers, old paint that is sitting around, even recycled Christmas bows and ribbon, add in your creative juices while having some fun, and this timeless gift will offer blessings filled with cheer that only being Beautiful You can ignite! 

It’s a great way to bring unity back into our communities while focusing our hearts and minds on others through simple, random acts of kindness.  It’s easy and fun to do and one that the kids can learn and contribute to loving on others.  It makes a great decorative item to give to anyone, even your friends that wear their crowns and prance around like the princesses who love all the bling-bling (like me ♥♥) as a great token and reminder for saying “Just because… Thank You for Blameless Pumpkin 1being Beautiful You.” 

Let us not forget this weekly challenge also includes all of the assisted living and convalescent hospitals who would appreciate this decorative blessing, not to mention the need of possibly sharing your time in helping the residents there decorate their very own crafts; but your teachers, pastors, doctor’s office, hospital floors and especially our police and fire departments could use some fresh fall-like decorative items radiating that gracious Beautiful You!

Until next time…

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