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Don’t Hate, Rehabilitate!

Don’t Hate, Rehabilitate!

When you’re surrounded for years with only other incarcerated beloveds and their criminal conduct, we wonder why our recidivism rates are so high!

Our prisoners need rehabilitation leading to transformation while they’re doing time for their crimes. Long-standing punishment without restoration is why two out of three offenders return back to state prison within three years after being released.

Hurt People Hurt Others!

Society will continue to pay with more crime, lives and homelessness if we do not step in and do more by intervening and moving them towards restoration, reintegration and redemption!

Embracing that today’s offender will be tomorrow’s neighbor supports the very core and mission of Blameless and Forever Free Ministries which is organized to reduce the recidivism rate, expand community safety and awareness, and disrupt the cycle of re-offending.

We need to do more! Introducing our incarcerated to Jesus by pouring His Great Love into their lives covers them with grace and motivation leading to transformation and a smoother transition back into society.

Reentry programs and the love of Jesus are a powerful tool for successful transitioning and are desperately needed in our prisons today. Otherwise, our incarcerated who have never dealt with what brought them to prison in the first place will be shackled with what they have picked up during their prison term: additional criminal conduct, habits and unhealthy behaviors that are being brought back into and infecting society.

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering (Hebrews 13:3).

Long-standing punishment has gotten us nowhere except for high recidivism rates. It’s time we start meeting and embracing our prisoners right where they’re at and pouring the love of Jesus into their lives. Their lives do matter!

Until next time…

Re-offending Lacks Relationship!

Simple Things Really…

 

Living Each Day As If There Is No Tomorrow!

We’re Singing In The Rain, When Most Think We’re Insane; What A Glorious Feeling, It’s All About Healing…

Just Singing, Singing In The Rain!

Ever notice those parents or grandparents that are squealing with delight and having way too much fun, more so than even the kids appear to be?

Do they know something we don’t?

I admit, there have been many times where I fulfilled the desires of my childlike heart and blamed this free spirit and craziness on the kids and grandkids, but not anymore. We are not guaranteed our tomorrows, and there’s a little girl deep inside that wants to come out and play.

Well, today was no exception…

Maybe that’s why I’m sick now!

Between the excitement from this weekend’s rain that had refreshed my soul with an internal temperature I could not control, well… WE just had to go out and play! 

Yes, it was all my idea so I will take credit for all the glares and stares.

Actually, I do declare they were just sentiments of wishful thinking and admiration in that they weren’t out there with us having fun.

Social media checking, television watching or cleaning the house was apparently way more important than playing in the rain and exploring the innocence and beauty of living life today.

Welcome to the freedom found when experiencing life with Grammy Tammy in Wonderland!

Not only did we go out and play and cause quite a commotion, but we were greeted with not one, not two, but three quack-quacks who were more curious than us!

Sojourning with the Lord this side of heaven can be quite an exhilarating ride when we humble ourselves enough to embrace a childlike heart and live life freely for each new day given without worry and apprehension. That can be kind of hard these days with all the tragedy and heartache, but it can be experienced. God’s sprinkling of love is available for us each and every day.

 

Blameless Rainbow That Keeps Giving

Like this past weekend, it was almost as though the ducks took on our role of experiencing this phenomenon called exploration with a childlike heart filled with joy, curiosity and wonder (inquisition at her finest!). That is, until the wild turkeys had to bombard us with claiming their turf in the surf!

If the turkeys only knew what consisted as part of the main focal point on Thanksgiving, they would have danced alongside of us. Gobble-gobble.

Misery may love company, but us quack-quacks love to play and sing in the rain. At least I do! And sometimes… well, let’s just say the little girl in me comes out to play in a profound way at times. I love a great adventure!

For instance, as my friends can all attest, backseat driving was never more comical than an adventure with me occupying that space. I am the one in the backseat exclaiming during an obnoxious stop light that is sitting idle in red tempting our patience (and my bladder), “In the name of Jesus, turn green so we can go before I go.”

Oh, and it worked, too. What a memory for a carload full of “established” women. The adventures of Tammy in Wonderland. Depends undergarments never looked so good!

Good Morning, Sunshine

You know that old song, Old MacDonald had a farm…

Indulge me here, please, as you sing along!

Old MacDonald had a farm
E-I-E-I-O…

And on his farm he had a duck
E-I-E-I-O…

With a quack quack here
And a quack quack there,
Here a quack, there a quack
Everywhere a quack quack!

Old MacDonald had a farm
E-I-E-I-O!

You know, I am really liking this being me kind of thing… There’s freedom in just being!

Grammy Tammy’s a big kid now!

I pray that your week ahead is filled with an outpouring of refreshment similar to the cleansing rains we have been blessed with here in Northern California. And with more storms approaching, I pray you will take the time to love much and to sing and dance in the rain as your week is sprinkled with new life and childlike wonder that will restore your soul with God’s amazing grace!

I’ll be singing and dancing somewhere; you know me!

Until next time..

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

I Need A Bath! Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

Blameless My Peace I Leave With You

I Need A Bath!

Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

Hello Beautiful!  I pray you’ve been having a blessed week filled with strength to keep pressing in along with a huge supply of patience sojourning this side of heaven.  It’s that time again; it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!

I don’t know about you, but I’m filthy and stained!  I need daily cleansing.  I’m not as white as snow as I’d like to be.  I’ve been wallowing through the muck and yuck of mundane tasks on top of demanding peeps.  I need the purifying cleansing that only being bathed in God’s peace can accomplish! 

When we rest in His grace and are cleansed by His living waters, God bestows His Love that lathers up and washes away the filth that is clouding our lenses and keeping us in the wrong neighborhood (mindset).  Those little irritants can add up quickly when we allow them to brew inside our hearts.  It’s amazing how easy it is to become bitter and impatient, snapping on those who dare come within a few feet of us.

Bathing In His Love

God wants us to bathe in His peace as He lathers us with His Great Love, His grace and His tender mercies.  We would bode well if we made it a part of our daily regimen, bathing in His soothing waters of life and peace through prayer and time spent in His Word.  God wants to give us the simple pleasures of life, like bath time. 

Light a few candles and immerse yourself into how faithful God has been bringing you through the day or through the tough month.  Immerse yourself into these purifying waters and take a deep breath and reflect.  This is probably one of the hardest areas for us busy women to accomplish, but it’s so worth the discipline. 

One of the fruits of the spirit is self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  This governs our decisions and lifestyle choices and attitudes.  This radiance is where we witness the changes in our character that emulate more of the life of Christ.  Rest is a weapon God uses to bless us with.

Blameless Bathtub

We can never forget that Rest is a weapon God blesses us with.  After all, even God rested after the sixth day of work.  The enemy hates when we rest because he wants us stressed out and preoccupied!

God was up to something unique when He added the element of rest to our lives.  If the Lord God Almighty rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2-3), that means His Beloveds need rest for restoration and reunification.  How else can we get refilled?  Goditude mindsets take discipline.  After all, we need solitude time to be still and snuggle in close to the Lord.  We can’t let ourselves feel guilty when we take our own time out!  There’s comfort found here, even Jesus took time out for solitude (Mark 1:35). 

This is why I love Ephesians 1:4, it reminds us of what God foreknew, For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  In love…”  There’s no way being holy and blameless can be accomplished when we’re overwhelmed and stressed out.

Needs are endless with the pulling and tugging on our time and hearts.  I am trying to be a Beloved that understands this need to practice the discipline of solitude.  Bathtubs help Beloveds push pause, so let’s take a bubble bath and get cleansed so the filth of our days and our exhausting journeys won’t rub off onto others! 

If we’re going to be radiant in a dirty and polluted world, we need self-control to be still and allow our minds to be renewed so we can walk in love.  As St. Augustine said, Love grows within us…“for love is the beauty of the soul.”

“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows.  For love is the beauty of the soul.”  St. Augustine

Weekly Challenge:  The Lord wants His Beloveds radiant.  Let’s make a lifetime discipline choice this week to allow ourselves 10, 15 minutes each day to become one with the Spirit in order to quiet our minds while washing away the filth of each day.  This will empower us with the ability to think His thoughts. 

Lord, we enter your presence with thanksgiving and praise.  We love you, Lord.  For your Love is good and endures forever.  We pray that you would refresh our bodies as you renew our strength.  As Beloveds, we yearn and crave to be restored.  We desire to be more like you and we thank you for the transformation taking place as You renew our minds.  Thank you for this quiet time of reflection as you awaken us to our need to be at rest while we’re still working this side of heaven.

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

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Arise and Shine, Beautiful! Good Morning!

Blameless Isaiah 60.1 morning

Arise and Shine, Beautiful, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you!  ~ Isaiah 60:1

Good morning, Beautiful!   I don’t know about you, but isn’t it a beautiful affirmation and assurance knowing every day when we open up our eyes, there is someone so excited we’re finally awake solely because they just want to love on us and be in our presence? 

Oh, how we all desire to be loved like this.  That’s what makes this world flourish:  L-O-V-E!

We can’t forget about being serenaded by our Father God as He also rejoices over us (Zephaniah 3:17) singing, Good morning, Beautiful.  Arise and Shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you (Isaiah 60:1).

Can we say amazing love?

I’ve been sitting in literal quiet for the past couple of hours this morning with my comfy blankee and coffee.  I feel like the royal queen herself.  It seems so foreign and almost uncomfortable to be laying here in the still embracing the magical hymns orchestrated by the “happy birds” along with Mr. Owl’s in sync whoot, whoot… pause three seconds… whoot, whoot!  Talk about rhythm without missing a beat. 

I’m like a little girl going through the doors at Disneyland unrestrained when my frogs start chiming in with their chorus filled with ribbits and rolls.  This Acapella is priceless!  Yes, a little secret, I collect frogs.  I did say I was a tomboy who always wore a dress, so…

These birds have been doing the happy dance with their lyrical enticement the past few weeks.  I don’t know if it’s because spring has arrived and has ushered in all these amazingly beautiful colors and fragrances or it’s because the grounds and foliage are covered in a new coat of vitality and strength.  These luscious oak trees are flowering with both topical growth and tillage nourishment due to the sprinkling of Love from all the rain we’ve received here in Northern California this past year.

I will admit, even the oak trees seemed to be swaying back and forth atop their newly toiled ground while doing their happy dance yesterday in sync with the gentle breeze.  Or it could have been from the side effects of the anesthesia, but I’ll choose my childlike wonder.  I kind of know how they feel because with all this rain, they won’t have to constantly dig deeper and deeper to be sustained while having their roots nourished.

These hundred-year-old oak trees survive and thrive each year by trusting and remembering where their daily nourishment comes from.  They know how to instinctively reach out towards the light for their needed manna to survive while digging their roots deep for stability.  Since they have been blessed with an abundant provision, their roots can now focus on rest and restoration and gratitude for being sustained during their lack and depleted times.

Sitting in total silence while resting and not rushing or feeling frazzled and ready for a breakdown to get out the door as fast as I can is refreshing and a much needed change in my life.  I don’t want to be that woman who gets slammed into the rocks by the crashing Poppies, lupine, and oaks, near El Portal, CA, USAwaves of an overwhelmed life.  I want to be present and sing my own tune each day as I skip along with a childlike heart and grownup responsibilities. 

Maybe that’s why I felt guilty and somewhat uncomfortable for laying in bed enjoying the concert.  I still am, actually, as I write my good morning greetings to all of you Beautiful Beloveds.  Not that I need(ed) an excuse to lounge around in bed in my nightie, but I can actually admit had I not been recovering from a surgical procedure, I’m not sure who would have won the tug-of-war this morning.  Guilt versus Need?  Better yet, more like Guilt versus Gift?

Doctor’s orders that I lay low and push through the pain, but even if I wasn’t recovering from a procedure, why would I feel guilty about picking up and receiving God’s gifts for me today?  Every day He lays out these precious gifts knowing exactly what we will need.  Rest and restoration is quite a gift, to say the least!

God doesn’t just want us to see these gifts and pick them up, but He wants us to open them with delight and a childlike heart.  There’s nothing more exciting than opening up a gift with childlike expectations.

How about you, do you feel guilty if you take the time to be still and quiet and do absolutely nothing but be refreshed like myself?  Or are you one of those women I definitely envy and want to become more like that can relax her heart, body, soul and mind as healing overwhelms and restores her soul? 

I’m trying and I’m learning, as slow as it is.  Old habits are hard to break, but with God, all things are possible, right?  Let’s lift up our eyes to see the hands and feet of God reaching out towards us just to meet and love on us just the way we are.  Peace is a Divine gift!

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

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