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! ♥♥

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