~Five Minute Friday~

The weeks prior to Lent, I began to chew on the thing I might choose to give up. To sacrifice.

I chose in a quiet way to give up television. I didn’t shout it out to the world or broadcast it any way, should I fall prey to the things I am tempted by.

The exception, all things Hallmark channel, The Message music channel playing softly in the background, and the occasional peep at my sweet man’s black and white westerns.

I don’t watch much television, hardly any at all in fact, I would rather listen to a good book or a good podcast. However, I am a news junkie. I’m prone to sit on a story for days until it wears itself out and quietly fades away. A good story, news, it draws me in until I am absorbed by it.

In the absence of news, I am finding my heart has more space for the beautiful things around me. There is no political debating, haranguing, or tossing of insults in the edges of my life.

At a time when things around us are boiling over ugly, I am not sucked in to the mire of it.


Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Proverbs 4: 23~NLT

Graced by God

Tammy Mashburn