Author: Tammy L. Mashburn


“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Mathew 18:20 nlt We all have friends. Good friends. Close friends. Best friends. Friends, who are merely acquaintances. Share a cup of coffee and light conversation friends. All types, with varying degrees of closeness. And then there are those friends you have forged a bond with through the common thread of God. Jesus lovers. Prayer warriors. Hearts abandoned to Him. The ones who are not ashamed to admit their need for a loving Heavenly Father. Friends who have been graced by God and not afraid to share it. Friends who lavish grace on you. Friends who allow you to see their vulnerabilities and don’t run from yours. They openly share their pain and angst with you. The kind of people who always have an extra tissue, encouraging words, and a hug when your heart is breaking and hurt is spilling out all over the place. These are my people. Community. Sisterhood. The place where I can feel safe. The place where the layers and the stink of life are peeled off and authenticity and transparency shine through. A place of freedom. Freedom to love and be loved simply for you. Not your perfect Pinterest page, Facebook feed, or through the lenses of enhanced photos, where hurts are covered up and our cracks are sealed....

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Wandering in a Restless Land

“In the days of her affliction and wandering Jerusalem remembers all the treasures that were hers in days of old.” Lamentations 1:7a NIV I confess, lately I have been struggling with a bit of restlessness. You know that feeling of wanting something, but you just can’t put your finger on what it is? Maybe a bit displaced. We’ve been settled into our new home and new community for seven months now. We’ve been feeling our way around a new Church home for about the same amount of time. And I am struggling to find community, a place where I fit. Searching for something to fill the longing in my heart. Wandering in a restless season. Unsettled. Searching. Not knowing what it is that I’m looking for. This is a place I don’t want to be. It is a place of vulnerability. A place where the world and the evil one can creep into the cracks and crevices, causing a crumbling of my foundation, a rattling of my scaffolding. In Jean Fleming’s book Pursue the Intentional Life, she devotes an entire chapter to your “scaffold”. In it she says, “life well lived wears deep tracks. A deep track can be nothing more than a rut, unproductive and perhaps even destructive. I ponder. Well-worn tracks in what direction? The path to the prayer closet pounded hard, indented. The circuit from the...

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Living In The What If's

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Mathew 6:34 MSG Are you giving your entire attention to what God is doing in your life right now, or are you caught up in the what if’s? I caught an interview yesterday with a mother of an eleven year old deaf son who had been saved from a house fire by his dog. With the exception of smoke damage, and some terrifying moments of fear for the safety of her son, all had ended well. The thing that captivated me in this story was the last question that was posed to the mother; “Do you think about what could’ve been?” I went very still, leaning in to hear her answer. Here was a mother who was on the other side of the what if’s and I wanted to hear what she had to say. Because here’s the thing, as women we tend to live in the what if’s more than the present. We fast forward to the worst thing, the most devastating thing that could happen and that is where we sit. Paralyzed. Frozen in fear. With merely a thread of faith. When our husband doesn’t answer his phone,...

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Questions Tugging on My Heart

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the field, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my Strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.” Habakuk 3:17-19NLT This morning I’ve read and reread over and over an email I received. I keep going back to one line. The same line. Over and over. As a precious child tugs on your hand for attention, this one line is relentlessly tugging on my heart today. “I think of you often and how you have managed” Ten words, one line, and between each word I believe there are countless unasked questions. Questions seeking answers. A longing for resolution. Perhaps even a way to find peace and comfort. To make sense out of the senseless. To find light in the darkness. Possibly a slight desperation, a needing to know how they will manage the thing they have run head on into. A vulnerability. The unexpected. And I sense God whispering in my ear, ‘Sweet Child, I put you in this place for this very reason, so that you...

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The Ministry of Countenance

“A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance.” Ecclesiastes 8:1 NIV I recently finished Jean Fleming‘s book titled Pursue The Intentional Life. This is a book so filled with treasures that you will need a new highlighter! I read it on my Kindle, but quickly ordered the hard copy. It is a book that will rest on my bookshelf and be pulled out many times for reference, insight, and comfort. Scripture was weaved in and out of the pages along with many words of wisdom. It is a book I highly recommend. Chapter 12 is titled The Ministry of Countenance and Spirit: Glorifying God and Blessing Others. I want to share a quote with you from chapter 12: “As I bask in the light of God’s countenance, something happens in me. I am changed as I linger. I look at the Lord, and His beauty shines on me and in me. The apostle Paul expressed it this way: “All of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord-who is the Spirit-makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.’ (2Cor. 3:18NLT)  Those of us who know God, who have been saved from destruction and eternal lostness, who carry around in our bodies the treasure of knowing the gospel and...

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