Author: Tammy L. Mashburn

Jeremiah: The Bible Verse You Don’t Want To Hear

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) We carelessly toss these words out to the one standing before us crying ugly tears of hopelessness. Or, the one standing at the crossroads of a weighty decision. To the grief-stricken, the unhealed, the broken, and weary. Suppose you feel exiled? Whether physically or spiritually, you feel abandoned, exiled in a place that seems to have no end. I’ve had the same words said to me, and...

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Creating A Place To Gather: Five Minute Friday

“Making a place for things that matter means I must create space.” Tammy L Mashburn – Gifts of Grace Happy Friday Dear Reader! I’m blessed to have you join me on this journey!  It’s Five Minute Friday, the day where I join Kate Motaung and others, writing on a one word prompt.  Today’s word: PLACE *** A place can be many things. Home, security, family, a soft place to land, or a place to gather.  Click To Tweet Some months ago, my Sweet Man and I, heaved and tugged, hauling home two broken down picnic tables. When I gazed...

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Sustain Life Through All Seasons

“Just as water sustains physical life, God’s Word sustains spiritual life.” Denise J. Hughes – Deeper Waters  Dear Readers, There’s a hurriedness in the days as summer first begins to fade. I can feel it in the cooler air, hear it, as cars speed down the road, see it in the drooping blooms of summer. I watch the blooms, their weariness of time passing, and I am smothered in my own weariness. Mama’s hurry through the aisles of Target grabbing school supplies, weary in their own tiredness. We live with the tension of wanting time to slow down and...

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To Try and Fail: Five Minute Friday

 “To try in my own strength is to sink my legs in a muddy swamp. To try in my own strength is to fail.” Happy Friday Dearest Readers! I’m joining Kate Motaung and others for Five Minute Friday, where we write on a one-word prompt for five minutes! I hope you will join me!  Today’s word: TRY *** “I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself-after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t...

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My Bookshelf: What I Read In July

“Sometimes we tell our stories and sometimes our stories tell us.” Patti Callahan Henry – The Bookshop at Water’s End Dearest Readers, July was busy, a trip back home, visits with family, celebrating our thirtieth anniversary, and learning the rhythms of retirement life. We’ve meandered down country roads, found treasures, and made good memories. It’s that time when I share what I read this past month! I hope you will join me.  Click To Tweet The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion A portrait of loss and grief, The Year of Magical Thinking is worth your time. Didion...

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