About me… For starters, I proudly wear the crown in being Grammy Tammy. I was graced with a princess granddaughter after raising, and surviving, rambunctious sons. All I knew besides being knee deep in stinky socks, baseballs and Tonka trucks, were starving boys and enamored, pestering girls. Now a whole new world of tiaras and tutus and bright pink manicures-pedicures enriches each day along with giggles and princess kisses.
On a more serious note, I am a beach girl raised in good ‘ole Southern California. When I’m traveling abound and running through airports, I am often asked if I was raised in the south due to my Tammy Flare. I jokingly reply, “Well, you could say so. I grew up in beautiful San Diego County. That is in the south, you know!”
I am living each day as a treasured daughter who has embraced God’s grace, determined to leave a legacy of love through the realm of advocacy. Being a “Voice” for those who have lost theirs through the imprisonment of abuse, abandonment, addiction, neglect and violence is an honor to glorify my Beautiful Jesus. My motto and the way I see it is: There is no shame in our game; Jesus is His name!
Because the Lord turned my ashes (pain) into beauty, after 20 years working in the law profession combined with another seven years serving as a chaplain, obviously attending the law enforcement chaplaincy academy wasn’t enough academia, the Lord called me back to school. College life is hard enough for a 20-year-old, much less a woman in her Fabulous Fifties.
I am proud to say I graduated Magna Cum Laude and am a lifetime honorary scholastic member of Alpha Lambda Delta while accomplishing my Bachelor’s of Science in Religion, with a minor in church ministries. But… and I preface it with a big BUT… I am forever working on my Master’s of Divinity. Some day! I’m Grammy Tammy; doing everything backwards!
I know all too well the life application meaning of Philippians 4:13 at its finest: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. So hard, but so rewarding!
You will find quite often that I refer to myself as being “high maintenance” in my writings. This “high maintenance” tag is just another lucid term I use to describe my pathetic Tammy Tantrum fits. Seeing a near six-foot-tall woman pout and cry hysterically explains my extreme need for time with my Lord.
I love my Jesus and when I find His radiance has taken a backseat to the cast-iron horns emerging from my head while flaming arrows are spewing out of my mouth (quite the visualization, huh?), initiating a meltdown consisting of toddler tantrums, I realize rather quickly my great need for my Goditude time; solitude time with my Papa God.
Since I’ve been an advocate for those without a voice due to abuse, addiction, depression, being abandoned and rejected (all of which I have walked through myself), I understand the hurt, the loss and sorrow from a bleeding heart. I want to share with other Beloveds my story with a twist: Being an Advocate for the Word instead! This is why I’m on Folsom State Prison’s Inmate Family Council; everyone deserves to be loved and supported!
I believe the Bible is God’s love letter. After all, He calls us His masterpiece and His works of art (Ephesians 2:10). The Word was written to engage in a relationship with us, much like a father relates to his children here on earth; to teach and instruct us in the way in which we should go through love, His Love.
God knew how hard life would be at times and that we would suffer, feel rejected, become lonely, and even develop characteristics and behaviors in need of fine-tuning. He gave us this tangible moral compass because of His Great Love for us. He wanted to make sure we had something to touch and could go to as a reminder of His loving presence, for help, hope, reassurance and strength as we press through while being loved just the way we are.
His love is abounding. I pray you’re awakened to why God created mankind in His image (Genesis 1:27). He created us with different colors, shapes and sizes in order to bring beauty to the bunch. His creation was intended to engage in being unified within our communities by acknowledging our need for “each other.” As I always say, without each other, there is no beauty in the bunch.
God designed us for relationship with Him and others. We need each other to thrive, not just to survive. I believe we need to share our lives with courage while being a member of the Hot Club; being honest, open and transparent!
One thing I will promise you, being honest, open and transparent in my writings might offend some, but I am a supporter of being vulnerable and authentic. Leave the judgment to Jesus; that’s His job, not ours! I live by my advocacy motto: There is no shame in our game, Jesus is His Name!
The greatest gift I pray you take away is how much God loves you. He loves it when we take the time to open up His Word and snuggle in tight learning about His nature, goodness and sovereignty. He wants to pour healing into our hearts by speaking affirmations and truths about us being His Beautiful Beloveds. Cleaving and pressing into the Lord escorts us into the presence of what it’s like to be truly loved! The worth and value is overwhelming; be-loved and be-valued and be-healed!
Welcome. I pray you enjoy this blog and come back often. Please feel free to email me. You can email me with your prayer requests by visiting my non-profit organization’s website at blamelessandforeverfreeministries.org.
Until next time…