Friday, September 29, 2006

Have you sought to save yourself?

From todays daily Ransomed Heart Devotional, I pray this makes a difference in your life as it has in mine.........Jesus come for me.

Turning from the Ways You’ve Sought to Save Yourself


Change a few of the details and you have my story—and yours. We construct a life of safety (I will not be vulnerable there) and find some place to get a taste of being enjoyed or at least of being “needed.” Our journey toward healing begins when we repent of those ways, lay them down, let them go. They’ve been a royal disaster anyway. As Frederick Buechner says,

To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do—to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst—is, by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed. (The Sacred Journey)

God comes to us and asks, “Will you let me come for you?” Not only does he thwart, but at the same time he calls to us as he did to our friend Susan, “Set it down. Set it down. Turn from your ways to me. I want to come for you.”

Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her. (Hos. 2:14)

To enter the journey toward the healing of your feminine heart, all it requires is a “Yes. Okay.” A simple turning in the heart. Like the Prodigal we wake one day to see that the life we’ve constructed is no life at all. We let desire speak to us again; we let our hearts have a voice, and what the voice usually says is, This isn’t working. My life is a disaster. Jesus—I’m sorry. Forgive me. Please come for me.

(Captivating , 98–99)

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Goodbye My Little Italian Villa......

I have been away for a while because I sold my house and have been packing furiously to get everything moved out in time. It is a Happy and Sad time all the same. I leave this wonderful home that God blessed me with to move to Gallatin where my friends, my extended family and church are located. This house has so many wonderful memories that I will always cherish, most especially the times that the Youth were here for get togethers, games, sleepovers, great food, Shania Twain and lots of fun. As most of you know I love to have the people I care most about, my friends, over and cook for them and hang out and talk and have a wonderful time together....this home has been host to many such gatherings. I will never forget those special times. I cherish those memories.

I am also happy to be moving in with friends for a while. It will be so nice to have others to come home to and do things with. I am sure we will have many friends ready to get together and I will still do one of the things I love doing for people....cook. Thanks to all of you, my friends, for the good times we have had, and for the wonderful times we will have going forward. I give what I have most to give to you love, with all my heart.

I love you,
Tammy Posted by Picasa

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Football, Cowgirls and Dairy Queen

It was a fun night at the Football game as some of the girls wore their Cowboy hats and boots and of course in honor of the dance team I had to wear mine. Abbey Sue was there with her beautiful curls and smile; some of us topped the evening off at the Hendersonville DQ.

Friday, September 08, 2006

United We Stand

"What could I say, what could I do, but offer this heart, O God, completely to you. I'll stand with arms high and heart abandoned, in awe of the one who gave it all. I'll stand, my soul Lord to you surrendered all I am is yours."

"Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades, never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame and the cry of my heart is to bring you praise from the inside out of my soul cries out. My heart and my soul, I give you control, consume me from the inside out. Let justice and praise become my embrace, to love you from the inside out."

"Falling on my knees in worship, giving all I am to seek your face. Lord all I am is yours, my whole life I place in your hands. God of mercy, humbled I bow down, in your presence, at your throne. I called, you answered and you came to my rescue, and I want to be where you are. In our life - be lifted high, In our world - be lifted high, In our love - be lifted high."

"Your love reaches out to me, your grace has made a way to you. Your word lives inside of me, your truth is life to all who hear. We live for you , live your truth. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, we serve your heart - serve your heart. Let salvation flow, as your people pray, Lord we long for more - long for more. In you death is overcome, no power can stand against your name, the power of your name. In faith we will rise to be your hands and feet to all the earth, life to all the earth."

"God of all the heavens, now and forever, high above the universe. God of our redemption, God of my surrender, The Glory is yours, Holy, Holy, Holy Lord." Posted by Picasa