Author: Tammy L. Mashburn

Steady: What Keeps Me Steady

Steady: Five Minute Friday What Keeps Me Steady When The Ground Wavers  “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”  Brené Brown Happy Friday Dear Readers! Two weeks into retirement our days look different. There’s no longer a frenzied pace to run errands, make...

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Generations Left Behind: Have We Given Up?

“When you are old you can look back and see yourself when you are young. It is almost like looking down from heaven. And you see yourself as a young woman, just a big girl really, half awake to the world.” Wendell Berry-Hannah Coulter  Dear Readers, Have we given up too soon? Generations gathered for a family wedding a few weeks back. Dark clouds hovered on the horizon. My precious family processing unwanted news. We gathered as we always have when storm clouds come near. Days before I packed my bag, folding my weariness into my sister’s van. I...

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Worth The Investment: Five Minute Friday

“Intimacy happens as we bring more and more of ourselves into God’s presence.” Ruth Haley Barton-Sacred Rhythms  Happy Friday Dear Readers!  Friday has always been my favorite day of the week, with my Sweet Man’s retirement, it’s even better! The entire day, open before us. We’re planning to squeeze every last bit of living well into this season. In the meantime, I’m joining the Five Minute Friday writing community, where we write five minutes on a one word prompt. Today’s word: WORTH I hope you will join us!  *** “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart...

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Leveling The Ridges-Beauty In Painful Places

“We must feel the pain to heal the pain.” Lysa TerKeurst-Uninvited Dear Readers, I was prepared today with lighthearted words and funny stories. It’s our honeymoon week, my Sweet Man’s first days of retirement. Days of discovering new rhythms, later alarms, and more coffee than we need. Watching his amazement at the amount of traffic on our road. His furrowed brows as we divide chores. If I were honest, I would tell you I didn’t even want to show up today. These first days are sacred days, finding new life in the ordinary and mundane. And then. And then...

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Reading: Words That Linger With Quiet And Rest

“Do you find whenever it’s quiet-when you watch the leaves fall like blossoms in autumn or when the morning light warms the room-your heart whispers dreams overlooked in the busyness of life?” Bonnie Gray-Whispers of Rest  “Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10 Have you ever closed a book, lovingly placed it on a shelf, to find it lingering with you for days, weeks, or even years? I have. With more than a few. I can recall to this day, words settled somewhere deep, becoming a part of me. I first mentioned this book here as one I read in May. Bonnie Gray’s Whispers of Rest made it’s way to my hands during a time when life was frenzied and overwhelming. Through that season her words quickly became balm to my weary soul. I would gather my Bible, journal, pens, and Whispers of Rest, settle on piles of feathery comfort and read. Read, journal, search Scriptures, pondering it in my heart. Whispers of  Rest beckoned me to rest. To listen. To remember Who I belong to. Reminded me I am loved by a merciful and gracious God, who pursues me and never leaves me alone. A God who knows my pain, suffers with me, and catches my tears. If you find yourself in that frenzied place of busyness, I urge you to read Whispers of Rest. Give yourself...

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