Two Are Better Than One… Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

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Two are better than One,

because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down,
    his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
    and has no one to help him u
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Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

Hello Beautiful!  I hope you are having an amazing week realizing just how beautiful you are.  I pray you were able to rest in God’s grace and be cleansed by His lathering of love.  It’s amazing what refreshment does to a parched soul.  Living in peace blossoms the true beauty within.  It’s that time again, it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!

God designed our lives for companionship, the need for others, not living in isolation and going at it alone.  Loneliness was never a part of God’s orchestration, instead He created the beauty found in intimacy with Him and one another.  We need each other!  Let’s challenge ourselves this week to be a true friend with childlike intentions.  Let’s share Blameless Blossoms True Beauty Withinour story with another Beloved the struggles we are feeling through the lens of Truth and Trust as we embrace this gift in what vulnerability offers while being raw and candid.  The healing that will come from this transparency will be liberating, but it will also bond you to the one you’re sharing with.

One thing I have learned by allowing my life to be completely exposed (and I’m talking about being totally naked here with nowhere to hide) through the transparency, rawness and complete vulnerability is we all struggle with insecurities, feelings of shame, defeat, fear, anxiety, depression, you name it!  We’re all imperfect beings living in an imperfect world so why hide behind our struggles of imperfections that are intended to help us grow and become even more radiant!  When we share our lives with another Beloved, it offers peace knowing someone else is shouldering the pain.  This is how God turns our ashes into beauty.  Living in peace blossoms the true beauty within!

When we open up our lives by sharing areas of weakness that are uncomfortable for us to talk about, it paves the way for God to bring healing and support needed to battle and conquer our darkness.  We are also blessing the other person we’re sharing with because if we are opening up our hearts, that expresses to the other person that they’re loved and worthy of trust.  When we share our lives and struggles with one another, it not only unlocks our fears and the suppressed pain, but it gives God the room to bring healing to that area we didn’t want touched, much less exposed. 

We need community and we need each other; that’s how God designed us.  Sharing our stories offers intimacy and it opens the window to see clearly through the lens of how God intended true friendships to be.  No matter how old we are, there is still a little girl residing within our tender hearts who wants to love and be loved and play.  

Seeing through the lens of a True Friend is acknowledging the need for others.  In fact, a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes while others believe the smile you’re wearing!  Blameless True Friends 1This requires sharing the good, the bad and the ugly.  You’ll be blessing that other person by sharing your struggles because they’re probably going through similar trials themselves.  Trust is a treasure chest filled with golden nuggets. 

This is the beauty found in connections.  Sharing leads to trust.  Trust leads to healing.  Healing then brings peace and beauty out of the ashes.  True friends make our good days better, but they also offer strength to make the hard times lighter and easier through their love and support.  We just have to reach out and Be-Loved!

We all have hundreds of acquaintance-type friends between social media and through our own channels of networking.  We also have friends that have been in our lives for years, yet for whatever reason, the friendship remains on the superficial side without vulnerability because of past betrayal or through gossip and hurts.  Let’s embrace our friendships or even cultivate new ones enjoying the benefits of being a true friend first so we can get to a new level of deeper understanding and intimacy together.

After all, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 reminds us: 

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down,
    his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
    and has no one to help him up!

Weekly Challenge:  Challenge yourself this week to reach out and share your story with a friend or a new friend and watch the bond of that transparency and vulnerability remove the veil of shame that you’ve been hiding behind.  When we share our hurts, others will share theirs as well.  There’s nothing in our lives worthy of shame to hide behind.  We have been redeemed and we are Beautiful Beloveds, royal heiresses to the kingdom of God.  Let’s claim what freedom being the real beautiful “us” offers.

There is no shame in our game; Jesus is His name! 

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

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Courage and Kindness

Hello beautiful!  It’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!!  Since I can appreciate the depleted and tired hearts and minds from all the preparations that went into the festivities with celebrating our glorious Risen Savior, this weekly challenge is to have the courage to be the Beautiful You along with a whole lot of kindness! ♥♥

Blameless LionThis weekly challenge is going to be no easy feat!  It will be a lot more challenging than it seems (just ask Cinderella)!  This is going to require the courage to be kind to ourselves so we can embrace the beauty that lies within!   With the extra demands placed on our already overwhelmed and busy lives, it’s going to take a delicate balance between prayer (meditation) and practice (action) in claiming the courage to be kind to ourselves. 

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to be kind to others while being so critical of ourselves as we compare what others are doing or look like from our own perceived expectations?  Have the courage to declare you’re going to have kindness in loving on yourself while acknowledging how you’re designed to be unique and oh-so-beautiful ♥♥ just the way you are!  No comparison allowed!

This week might require extra attention due to the frustrations that might develop as you purposefully Blameless Courageacknowledge the need to be kind to yourself.  Every time you find yourself living in your old neighborhood (your mind) and listening to your old tapes, have the courage to vacate those premises immediately that lead you to be so hard on yourself.  Take advantage in being as courageous as a lion in making peace with being Beautiful You while not expecting perfection; you are equipping yourself with the courage to let everyone see the Beautiful You, all because of your kindness…….to yourself!

How about being kind to yourself with taking some time out just for yourself this week, if possible, to share a cup of Blameless Girlfriendscoffee with your girlfriends to decompress, share a passion or two, or grab a couple of friends to pray for the courage to be the kind and the Beautiful Beloved that you are!  Have the courage to be a true friend to yourself first and then others; fill your mind and heart with thoughts that are true and beautiful (Philippians 4:8) and praiseworthy (like you ) so you can experience the kindness that is necessary to create and nurture your soul!!!  This all starts with the courage and kindness in loving the Beautiful You that you are, Beloved! 

Blameless GirlsEvery new change and mindset requires courage.  It’s hard to change the way we see ourselves and what we think, say or do.  My favorite scripture regarding courage is to meditate on the wonderful words of wisdom written in the book of Joshua (talk about somebody who needed courage, conquering a new land (new life) leading over two million people, yikes!), because it reminds us how the task ahead will be hard so it will require the courage and dependance on God.  Joshua 1:5-9 (NIV) says: “Be strong and courageous…be strong and very courageous…Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  This passage states “courage” three times.  It takes a lot of courage to change our mindset through meditation and action!!!

A great passage to also unleash the kindness within you is located in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 because it’s part of what true Love is:  “Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud…” (pride promotes the SuperWoman mentality) and Proverbs 11:17, “A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.” 

I’m praying for you to have the courage to be kind to yourself in this weekly challenge while remembering to love on yourself.  If you would like prayer, please send me a request and I would be honored to pray for you.

♥♥ Have an amazing and blessed week, Beautiful! ♥♥

Tammy Tangent Tuesdays – Senior Prom Time?

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Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!

Hello Beautiful, it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!!!  I pray your week has started off as beautiful as you!  ♥♥♥  Just remember, when we’re courageous enough to be kind, it turns our sorrows and complaints into complete joy filled with all the love that follows!!!

Blameless Senior 3This weekly challenge is dedicated to all of our beautiful and amazing senior citizens who have walked before us and have so much to teach us all through their wisdom and experiences, not to mention their daily acts of courage and kindness that is sorely forgotten!  There’s a reason the Bible talks at length about respecting our elders and listening to their divine wisdom (Proverbs 16:31; Proverbs 20:29; and especially Psalm 71:18).

Blameless Senior 1This weekly challenge is to spend just a couple of hours loving on, listening to, dancing with, or even playing a competitive game of cards or other games with those who deserve so much respect and attention and, yet, receive little recognition!  I dare you to spend just 30 minutes listening intently to the marvels of their life story and you will Blameless Senior 2forever be changed from just being in their presence.  These tender hearts will not only bless you with a priceless front-row seat of the beauty being lived out through their very eyes, but you will find somehow or another you lost every hand that was ever dealt from the sneaky dealer!  Hmmm……. 

We honor our elders by listening and learning from just watching the twinkle in their eyes as they reminiscence about the past.  Their words of wisdom oftentimes reflect a life full of love and joy, not one of selfishness or loneliness, but one full of gratitude for Blameless Senior 7having been blessed with precious time in making these beautiful memories.  What a greater joy than allowing our children to hear these positive and gentle reminders from our elders while loving on them and listening as they relive the beautiful moments of their stories with such delight and dignity.  What an innocent, yet powerful, mindset for complete gratitude and joy for the seasons past that has graced our lives!  What a legacy of love and history at its finest!  Nothing short of being touched by angels!

Blameless Senior 8If you visit any convalescent hospital or long-term care facility, you will also find a common theme and one that centers around stories of love!  My friend, Wilma, speaks of her beloved in the most loving and admirable way that just reiterates how we appear to have lost the art of respect today.  She speaks of her beloved as “Darling” with such an endearing and joyful radiation.  All Wilma wants is to dance with her beloved.  She awaits enthusiastically until that day, but loves the company of anyone willing to share that next dance!  That’s kind of hard given the fact that most of the residents are in wheelchairs!

Blameless Senior 5We can do so much for our elderly, like random acts of kindness through time, card games, bingo, offering resistance exercises, dancing, or just the gift of listening.  I don’t know about you, but wouldn’t it be nice to throw the literal meaning of the word “senior prom”?  I wonder what Wilma might say?  It’s definitely food for thought and one I’d love to hear from those who might be interested in helping me accomplish such a feat!

I pray you’re receiving these Tammy Tangent Tuesdays as much as the people in the community are experiencing the love being poured out.  We all long to be loved and valued; and what a better way than bringing unity within our communities through kindness and courage!!!

Have a great week, Beautiful! 

Thank you for being

Beautiful You!!!

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Let’s bring unity back into our communities!

Hello Beautiful, it’s that time again!  It is Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!!!  This Blameless Police SWATweek’s challenge is to go out into the community and show your love and support by acknowledging the men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day to serve, defend and protect us!  And with the crime, mindset and condition of the world today, please understand how vital it is for the unity in our communities to constantly rally around them through love and support.  We can accomplish this by letting them know how much we thank them for all they do on a daily basis with random thank-you’s of appreciation!

Blameless Police OfficersWhen a police officer is sworn in, they take an oath to serve and protect the lives and property of others, while defending and keeping the public safe.  These brave men and women are constantly on high alert and live under tremendous stress.  They don’t leave their homes and families worrying they might not make it home, they just pray that their dedication and commitment can make a difference while serving and protecting their community. Don’t let bad press cloud the respect and honor these brave men and women deserve!

Blameless Mindi LECFor all of the wonderful school teachers out there, what a great craft/art project to have your students make thank you cards and letters to drop off at the police department; for all of the high school students to respect, hug and thank their resource officer for keeping tabs on possible trouble and holding those accountable that might be going down the wrong path; and for the rest of us, to send an email, a written card, or go out and buy goodies to bless them with while expressing our gratitude for all they do and that we are supporting them through prayers!

Blameless Roseville PDLet’s get together and go out into our communities and give a loud and great big “Thank You” to all of our law enforcement officers by showering them with love through acknowledgement and praise for all they do and deliver them goodies, along with hugs, praise, cards, and words of encouragement!!!

Weekly Challenge:  Grab your girlfriends, your church community, kids and grandchildren and share the love through support!  What a great way to model to our kids our respect for authority through BLAMELESS Police LEC 1giving back while having fun by loving on and blessing others with random acts of kindness and cheerful smiles radiating that Beautiful You!

They do so much for us, let’s do what we can to say “THANK YOU.”  We need to restore unity back into our communities and what a great way to start, through the support and encouragement of our law enforcement officers before it’s too late!

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Have a great week, Beautiful!  Thank you for being Beautiful You!

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Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!

Hello, Beautiful!  It’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!!I  This week’s challenge is to spread the beauty throughout our communities with flowers.  Everybody loves flowers and they brighten up lives!

I challenge all of us this week to go out and share the beauty and joy that simple flowers bring.  Let’s show the world by sharing how a simple gesture of handing someone flowers or attaching them to a car’s windshield or your neighbor’s front door will illuminate a smile across America!  And when mamas are happy, everyone’s happy!  

I challenge you to go out and buy a bunch of flowers, $3, $4 a bunch (if finances are tight, buy one flower or cut one of your own), and attach an anonymous note saying:

“Just because……. Thank you for being Beautiful You!  Pay it Forward.”

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Find that neighbor that you don’t know and drop them off on their porch, give them to your pharmacist, a nurse, or the checker in any retail establishment, or how about the waitress that serves you. Trust me, you will be amazed at the reactions to what people say and do. Flowers bring smiles; and that smile will be conveyed onto others naturally and it will bring joy to a dark world.  Come on, let’s spread the love of Jesus to a world that needs a bright spot.

Share this post on your FB page and let’s get this started.  Every time you receive a bunch of flowers, take one flower and give it to someone else.  I would love to hear how this simple token of love is brightening up others’ lives! 

“Embrace that beauty within you and let it shine!!! Remember, we may be different in color, shape and style, but without each other, there is no beauty in the bunch!!!” ~ Tammy Ingram

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Tammy Tangent Tuesdays – Oooh la la

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Hello Beautiful !  It is Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!!!  I Fire Actionknow you’ve been looking for an excuse to go out and say hi and hug on those men in uniform!  Well, you know what, ask and you shall receive!  That is exactly what this week’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays challenge is!  (Now you can understand the prior prep weeks )

This week’s challenge:  Drum roll, please…… This week’s Tammy Tangent Firemen TrainTuesdays is to go out into our community and give a great big “Thank You” to all of our local firefighters, our First Responders, by going out to your local fire department and deliver them lots of goodies, along with hugs, praise, cards, and words of encouragement.  Grab your kids or grandkids and share the love!  What a great way to model to our kids by giving back and having fun by baking some goodies or even buying some items at the grocery store and deliver that love and blessings with a smile radiating that Beautiful You!

FiremenThese brave men and women put their lives on the line each and every day and are committed themselves in giving back to the community.  They are so much more than eye candy in uniform; they have families whom they leave for extended periods of time knowing their lives could be put in danger; they’re also much more active than just fighting occasional fires. They are unsung heroes who are generally always the first to arrive Firemen-with-Peds-Pt-300x225at every emergency scene and assess patient and situational emergence; they provide all medical care, whether it’s spinal and/or bone mobilization, perform CPR or administer external defibrillator treatment, and even administer life-saving epinephrine; not to mention their expertise in extricating human life; fighting fires and locating patients left behind; but they are subjected to unknown and unsafe environmental conditions oftentimes that compromise their health for life! 

MI_Roseville fireI don’t know about you, but the few job duties I just described above have all been administered on me personally by these brave men and women and have even saved my sons’ lives a couple of times.  I think they’re far more deservant of praise and recognition than most even think about, and I am honored and blessed to know a few of them personally!

firemen tragedyGrab your kids, grandkids or girlfriends and share the love! What a great way to model to our kids and each other by giving back and having fun by baking some goodies or purchasing something at the grocery store and deliver that love and blessings with a smile radiating that Beautiful You!  Let’s respect and honor those while we can!  ♥♥♥


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Hello Beautiful Beloved!  This week’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays is dedicated and devoted just to you!!!  It’s time to embrace and cherish that Beautiful You!  It’s time to be still…….  Ooooooh, and how hard that is!

We’ve been working so hard on taking care of everyone else in the community, it’s time to take care of YOU and ONLY YOU this week! Blameless Bike Alone Do you value yourself enough to be still and know who God says He is (Psalm 46:10)? It’s time to make peace with yourself and quit putting yourself in places where God never intended you to be!  

This week’s challenge is to start off each day in prayer and meditation, giving praises to the Lord God Almighty, while allowing yourself time to be refreshed doing whatever it is that makes you happy; whether that’s taking a bubble bath, a bike ride, time with friends being silly and just connecting, or it’s time spent in all-deserving solitude;Blameless Friends 1 just DO IT!!!  You deserve it! Embrace this time to realize how special and important your life is! Be refreshed! Never forget how beautiful and cherished you are!

My prayer for you this week is that you will allow the Lord to refresh and renew your spirit; that inner beauty that you so graciously forget you possess!  Thank you for being BEAUTIFUL YOU!!!

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  Free Hug Day!

Happy Tuesday!  It’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays…….  I pray you’re enjoying these weekly challenges!  It’s paying off, more and more people are participating by reaching out and spreading the love across our communities that is pouring out all across the nation; so DON’T STOP, PLEASE!!!!

Hugging is a surefire way to promote

unity within our communities!

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We all know I’m a hugger, and people know that if they see me, they either need to beeline rather quickly or get ready to embrace and receive.  Why do I love to hug so much?  Not only is hugging a free outpouring of love and appreciation, but it makes us feel good and promotes so many positive physical and psychological benefits.

 

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We need to start hugging more.  Why?  For one, they make us feel good; they are nature’s free STRESS reliever without any negative side effects; hugs can lower blood pressure and are even great medicine for the heart; hugs are also great for physical well-being, especially as we age. Everyone can benefit from receiving a hug so let’s pay it forward with free hugs!!!  

 

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I totally understand that hugging strangers can be uncomfortable and socially awkward at times, but asking permission beforehand can bring the greatest blessings and rewards. That’s the art of communication!  I have never been denied from giving a hug once I asked for permission!  🙂

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Find seven (7) people, that perfect number, and start giving hugs.  It’s Valentine’s week and there’s a lot of lonely people out there that could really use the love right now.  Hugs are free and the positive side effects are endless.

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In the upcoming weeks, our weekly challenge is going to require stepping outside of our comfort zones even further so this would be a great icebreaker to stretch you while blessing others!

Let the World See that Beautiful You!

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1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV), "Do everything in love."

1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV), “Do everything in love.”

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Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

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I know I haven’t said it often enough, but thank you for being Beautiful You!  I appreciate you more than you will ever know or hear.  Never forget how valuable and precious your life is!

It’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays! Don’t forget to reach out to others through love and appreciation!

Blameless Thank YouThis week’s challenge: Acknowledge those who have blessed your life by choosing 7 (seven) people and send them a card or email letting them know how much you appreciate them and how you’ve been blessed by their life.  Don’t just select friends, think about your pharmacist, a teacher, your pastor or their wife (they never receive enough praise), police officers (when is the last time you thanked an officer), first responders, chaplains, even our waitresses.  Remember, this is designed to bring unity and change within our circle of influence in the community and to continue appreciating how each one of us impacts one another in society through the simple random act of giving back “love” (1 Corinthians 16:14)!  It’s the little things that matter…….

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