Author: Tammy L. Mashburn

A Prayer For Your Sunday: Psalms 100

A Prayer For Your Sunday from Psalms 100 A Prayer of Thanksgiving Dearest Readers, There is power in praying God’s Word back to Him. I hope you will join me for today’s Prayer of Thanksgiving from Psalms 100.   Dear Jesus Let the whole earth shout triumphantly to you! May we serve You with gladness and come before You with joyful songs. We acknowledge You are God. You made us, and we are yours – Your people, the sheep of your pasture. We enter your gates with thanksgiving and your courts with praise. We give thanks to You and...

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Judging Others: Looking Beyond the Closed Door

Shouldn’t there be grace for what lies beyond the closed door before judging others? Am I quicker to judge than to give grace? Dearest Readers,  My Sweet Man took me to Walmart a few days ago, I did not make it beyond the door before my haughtiness took over and I was passing judgment on those who looked different than me. The woman in her cloud covered pajamas and unkempt hair, the folks with offensive body odor whose list sent them down every aisle I needed to pass through. My good intentions to give grace and not judge faded...

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Hoarder or Giver: Feeding The Broken and Begging

Hoarder or giver? Do I clench tightly to the thing I am commanded to give away? The truth is, I have been a fat Christian. Hoarding what I know to be true, when I should be sharing.  “So my word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.” Isaiah 55:11 (CSB) Dearest Readers, We were in a season of new; new community, new church family, a new way of life with chronic illness. I was desperately searching for my place...

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Finding Freedom: Caught In The Net

“For you are my rock and my fortress; you lead and guide me for your name’s sake. You will free me from the net that is secretly set for me, for you are my refuge.” Psalm 31:3-4 (CSB)  Dearest Reader, I came across Psalm 31:3-4 a few mornings ago, spending time in the commentary, pondering the nets that catch me. David is pleading for protection from his enemies; the traps set out to snare him. This particular passage of Scripture became personal to me. I am my own worst enemy. The nets that ensnare me are not from others, but...

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Choosing to Sink or Swim: Jumping Overboard

We waffle between staying in the boat or jumping overboard. Choosing to step out of the boat with Jesus, I sink. Dearest Readers,  I shared this with you in our last installment: “I chose the boat with Jesus in it. I fell into His embrace in the wilderness. I needed calm in the storm.” That is where I am today, in the boat with Jesus. Walking, sometimes dancing, occasionally being carried through the wilderness. If you have not chosen Jesus, my heart longs to share a time when I jumped out of the boat. Angry with God, I turned...

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