Author: Tammy L. Mashburn

Step: Taking One Step at a Time: The Big Picture

“When we refuse to plan before we ‘know,’ we are asking for the same level of knowledge about our future as God has. But this is not how God works. Instead, to humble us, God only reveals the course of our lives one step at a time. God only makes our path straight before us with each step of faith.” Hannah Anderson-Humble Roots Dear Readers, I first shared Humble Roots on my June Book Shelf. Each word, each page has become dear to me. An old friend beckoning me to join her, lean in and listen close. I’ve worn the pages thin, marking, underlining. Copying paragraphs onto the page. Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach says this in her post, Learn from the Best: Copywork for Grownups: “But when we copy out someone’s work, it’s even better, closer—we don’t miss a thing. We see it all, each and every decision, as it emerges in our writing notebook. Copywork documents the work of another writer so that the copyist is naturally, organically mentored by the original author.” It’s safe to say, Hannah Anderson has become a mentor to me. It’s not so much the way she tosses out beautiful prose as if it is as natural to her as breathing, or, the fact that she lives and writes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A place, that speaks of home and far away memories. It’s...

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Tempted When the Heat’s Turned Up

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. Matthew 4:1 (NLT) Dear Readers, It’s the middle of July and the heat has arrived with a vengeance. The sun glares and we move with aching slowness. Temperatures rise and with them, tempers, followed closely with the temptation to snap and grump, moan and complain. Restlessness, discontentment, rattle around our hearts, taking up residence in spite of our best efforts. Somewhere this side of the fourth of July, I feel a proverbial noose begin to tighten. I am trapped inside with a...

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Comfort In The In Between: Five Minute Friday

“The sorrows God Sent us brought comfort and strength with them, while the sorrows we brought on ourselves, through folly or wickedness, were by far the hardest to bear.” L. M. Montgomery-Anne Of The Island  Happy Friday! Today I’m joining the Five Minute Friday community, hosted by Kate Motaung, where writers gather together, writing five minutes on one word.  Today’s word: COMFORT  I hope you will join me! *** We drove up and around bends with scenic views and craggy rocks hanging overhead. I was struck more by the beauty of jagged rocks than the view. (Yes, I am a mountain grown girl and terrified of heights!) Places, water trickles through and down the rocks, freezing in winter. Wildflowers grow in the crevices. I am awed by beauty that grows in jagged edges, hanging on by the barest of roots. Yellow blooms, wild mountain laurel, and purple blooms poke through. I’m reminded that beauty grows in wild, uncultivated places. Beauty grows in the in between. Between the rocks, the hard uncomfortable, there are places of grace. Grace in yellow and purple blooms, running water trickling down. I’m reminded in life, my life, in the wilderness, beauty is found in the in between. Comfort is found in the in between. There is comfort in the in between. We need only to know the Gardner. Click To Tweet How in the...

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