Author: Tammy L. Mashburn

From My Corner Of Life: An Update From The Wilderness Place

“Spring is the river that bubbles up in the wilderness. It is the river that flows in so many corners of my ever-shifting, always changing life.” Christie Purifoy from Roots & Sky Dear Readers, I wanted to drop in, share a bit of life with you. We traveled to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia this past Sunday. Sat in the pew with my Mom and Pops, the same pew, my Sweet Man and I occupied for a season. Heard words that have lingered deep in my soul for days. We celebrated a bride to be. Belly laughed at all the stories told from what seemed like the golden days. The same stories pulled out at every family gathering. It was a sweet time. A sweet time that reminds me, these are the days. These are the days, and I want to live them well. Click To Tweet I am in full “Nanna Camp” mode this week. Stealing kisses, washing dirty hands, serving snacks, and more snacks, listening to the patter of six extra feet. Giving hugs, combing through tangles, and buying loads of ice cream. The little ones are taking their job of filling up bird feeders very seriously. Watching in amazement as feathered friends make short work of their efforts. Fingerprints and crumbs, giggles and chatter. The sweet times captivate me. These days will pass in a blur,...

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Sing: Five Minute Friday

“God knows we ache when he asks us to go on How will we go on We will sing to our souls We won’t bury our hope Where He leads us to go there’s a Red Sea Road” Ellie Holcomb-Red Sea Road Open windows, sunshine, warmth-what more could one ask for on a Friday? Y’all I love Friday! When the sun is shining and I feel warmth on my shoulders, I love it even more. It’s date afternoon. We’ll meander through flowers, bring home a few, run some errands, and just be. Tim McGraw sung these words in his song Watch The Wind Blow By “All I want to do is let it be and be with you and watch the wind blow by” That’s what Friday’s are for me. Being with my Sweet Man, watching the wind blow by, seeing us go on forever, s-l-o-w-l-y, he and I. Meanwhile I’m joining Kate Motaung and others writing five minutes on one word. Won’t you join us?  Today’s word: SING  *** I took to the Scriptures, searched the word sing. Yes, there are many. I was drawn to six.  Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! I Chronicles 16:9 (ESV) Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Psalms 105:2 (ESV) Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell...

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Going Gray: How Making One Radical Change Simplified My Life

“When was the last time you allowed yourself to consider who you are?” Emily P. Freeman-A Million Little Ways “I now felt unaccountably joyful having purged the unnecessary emotionally laden fashion baggage. The sense of liberation was profound.” Anne Kreamer-Going Gray My life begs for simplicity. I look around me and see the changes we have made. A smaller home, meal planning, creating space for rest. Learning to say my best yes, which sometimes-often times is no. (Thank you Lysa TerKuerst for sharing your wisdom!) One small radical change cultivates simplicity Click To Tweet I look for ways to make living with chronic illness easier and safer, while at the same time being fully present in a quieter, less chaotic way. Living with chronic illness, is much like carrying a backpack on your shoulders. A backpack loaded with heavy stones. It goes everywhere you go, there’s no removing it. The weight is always with you. I’ve come to realize, we all carry a bag, though the stones may look different in your backpack. Either way, they are sharp, gouging painfully in tender places. Soul piercing, painful, and heavy. It’s a work in progress, transforming, learning new ways to ease the weight. Perhaps, shift it around a bit, simplifying-minimizing the hardships I carry. The hardships you carry. One stone had been troubling me for well over a year. Deep in...

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Are We Too Far Gone To Come Back?

“Canon Tallis suggests that perhaps for our day the best translation of love is the name of Jesus, and that will tell us everything about love we need to know.” Madeleine L’Engle from Walking on Water But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19: 26 (ESV) Holy Week, a week when all goes quiet. A week of  contemplation. Listening. Soul-scaping. This is where I find myself. I’m wondering if you are feeling the same? There’s a heaviness in my soul, and still, I quiver in anticipation for what is to come. The very air around me vibrates with it. The full moon shining bright, reminds me of it. Gazing out the window, stands a pear tree, she begs for a groom and a trim. We’ve been here three years now, and still we’ve neglected her. I scratch words on the page, hold them tight. Words that come through my own soul-scaping. My own need for pruning. Trimming the excess, the need for more. Quieting myself, listening. In her Bible Study, Sacred Secrets, Beth More said this: “We don’t have to tell it all, but we have to live in such a way that is honest before people and not contradictory.” Perhaps I’ll share the words soon. Meanwhile, I fix my eyes on the tree. There’s life...

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I’m Going To Give You a Bear Hug: A Book Review

“I’m going to give you a duck hug. A webbed feet, Feathered seat, Waddle through the muck hug.” from I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug Written by Caroline B. Cooney-Illustrated by Tim Warnes Pssst, come in close, I’m excited to share a new children’s book with you today! The best part is I have one copy to give away! As a Nanna, and a former pre-school teacher, I love children’s books! Gathering little ones in close and watching their expressions as they listen intently to an engaging story is as good as a warm gooey brownie fresh from the oven! I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug, written by Caroline B. Cooney and illustrated by Tim Warnes, is a delightful book.  Rhyming words, rhythmic prose, and beautiful illustrations will have your little ones giggling and wiggling, begging for more. This is a sweet story, whether used as a read aloud, a good night story, or sharing at story time, I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is delightful. A feast to the eyes and a song upon your ears. I guarantee you and your little ones will fall in love with Bear Hug! I have! “I’m going to give you a horse hug. A grab the mane, Race through the rain, Yes oh yes, of course! hug.” “A just right, Turn off the light, Sleep...

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