Seven Days of Gratitude… Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

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Seven Days of Gratitude…

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17).

Hello Beautiful! I pray you’re having a blessed week so far and are enjoying being a member of the H-O-T Club; you know, doing life together with other Beautiful Beloveds that operate under the conviction of being honest, open, and transparent. Talk about building community! 

Oh, how our Lord smiles with great joy knowing His Beautiful Beloveds are coming together to connect, celebrate and contribute while being honest, open and transparent.

It’s that time again, it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays…

With all the raging storms filled with heartbreaking tragedies affecting our world today, it’s challenging to keep our minds focused on the beauty, life and peace that our Beautiful Jesus offers us.

If only we could keep our minds focused on our Beautiful Jesus and be grateful, we would sojourn this side of heaven knowing:

We’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16 MSG).

Life is all about our Heavenly Father, you know, and the glory we bring to His amazing name. That requires being grateful and not lives filled with groans and grumblings.

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This weekly challenge should be fairly easy to do, but it will require some dedication and determination, especially if life has brought on unexpected challenges or tragedies due to the effects from natural disasters, disease, or even the tragic death of a loved one.

We can always find items we’re grateful for that deliver the blessings that a cheerful heart being great medicine offers so our crushed spirits won’t dry up our bones (Proverbs 17:22). 

Writing down items that we are grateful for in our journals or on a piece of paper (journal wall) and posting it to our refrigerators where we frequent often, even taping it to the bathroom mirror or better yet, copy it to the wallpaper on our cellphones (♥♥) , as a great reminder and a gentle way to help transform our hearts and minds to a place that transcends all understanding.

Being grateful is powerful medicine and a great healer. Also, it’s great medicine for our souls, you know, the antidote that keeps our attitudes in check that acts similar to an accountability partner.

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Weekly challenge:  Write down seven items each day on your journal wall that you’re grateful for daily for seven consecutive days. They cannot be repeated again once you’ve listed them as an item you’re grateful for.

At the conclusion of this challenge, you will have a tangible reminder of forty-nine reasons to be grateful for and it will help rejuvenate your downcast soul. 

Come to the Grateful Wall and start documenting your items by listing what you’re grateful for. Remember, give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever (Psalm 136:1).

Sweet friend, one thing our tender hearts must never lose sight of:  We are not here by mistake. There is a plan for our lives and we are woven together to radiate our Papa God’s light this side of heaven.

If we believe in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our future, which is our eternal destiny, is built on the most amazing and solid foundation that can never be shaken, destroyed or taken away from us (Hebrews 12:28). 

James 1:17 reminds us, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” 

That means… We have a lot to be grateful for!!!

Until next time…

Thank You For Being Beautiful You!

 

James 1:17

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Enter With Thanksgiving ~ Tammy Tangent Tuesdays

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Enter With Thanksgiving

Hello Beautiful!  I pray you’re having a blessed week so far remembering how special and unique you are.  It’s that time again; it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays! As we prepare for our Thanksgiving festivities, I am covering each and every Beloved this week in prayer in hopes that we can be conscience of being kind and compassionate to ourselves and let go of the perfectionism and demands that go into hosting these holiday festivities.  I know us Beloveds are busy, busy, busy scheduling, shopping, juggling, preparing, baking, chopping, you name it!

Because I understand how challenging Thanksgiving can be, especially when catering to multiple and differing families, even the loneliness that can occupy our hearts because of the hustle and bustle, our weekly challenge is to walk through the door of Thanksgiving with peace and gratitude.  Psalm 100:1-5 invites us to joyfully enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving and praise.

Let’s go through this day with opened hearts and minds so we can see, hear, and experience the blessings that surround us.  This means to taste and see the goodness of the Lord as we embrace the beauty of each step while allowing our tender hearts to be fulfilled.  Let’s remove the veil of busyness and distraction so we may encounter the thoughtfulness and love that each and every golden nugget (gifts) that has been laid out specifically for us alone to encounter and embrace is acknowledged.

How about we challenge ourselves not to be worried about tomorrow, for today has enough worries of its own (Matthew 6:34).  If you focus on the worries of tomorrow, you will miss out on the blessings God intended you to experience today and rob you of your day’s measure of peace.  Ponder that for a still, quiet moment!  If we’re so consumed with other matters, we end up walking through the day blindsided because of our preoccupation, forfeiting us to miss out on the blessings that were intended for only today.

That also includes living out the role of perfectionism.  Holidays are rough on us Type A Beloveds who strive to make everything beautiful and perfect for everyone, forgetting ourselves, which causes us to be depleted, emotionally absent, and may even stimulate becoming bitter and angry.  We don’t want that monster rearing its ugly head; I know I don’t :-).  Let’s bless our family and friends with being the Beautiful Beloveds that we are by being present! 

I know this will be quite a feat and challenge for a lot of us Beloveds that is going to require the courage and compassion to be kind enough to ourselves to let a pie burn or the tablecloth being stained or even leaving the giblets in the turkey because you didn’t know you were supposed to take them out beforehand (yep, been there, done that ), but it is so worth it.  Believe me, it is a great memory to be able to look back and laugh at yourself.  Quite a conversation piece; and 30 years later, it still brings laughter!

Weekly Challenge:  Let’s walk through the door of Thanksgiving being alert and present, with hearts filled with joy and gratitude, while being the Beautiful Beloveds that God says we are!  I am grateful and praising God for all of the Beloveds who make our bruised and tattered world a more radiant and warm, inviting place; that’s you!  Happy Thanksgiving, Beautiful! 

Until next time…

Thank You for being Beautiful You!

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