Need Some Help!

Hello, Friends! As many of you know, the Lord has led me this past year to be willing to minister to ladies in person, and not just through writing. A few of you have had the opportunity to hear me speak at your churches, and I need your help. Would you be willing to write a few kind words about your experience when I spoke and allow me to use your quote on my site and publications? I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks, in advance! Blessings, Tammy

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Speaking Engagements Available–and going quickly :)

Hello, Everyone, just wanted to let you know that I have a few days still available to speak at your event this fall or holiday season. Please contact me quickly so we can get your event on the calendar! I do not charge a set fee, please just give me the opportunity to minister to your group and to have a place to set up my book table. Looking forward to helping you this season! Blessings, tammy

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Ava & The Staircase, The Summer Adventure Series, Day 30

Ava & The Staircase

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths,” Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV.

We had the opportunity to stay in a hotel recently, and Ava got to go along. We were assigned a room on the third floor, and the dog walk was just outside the staircase door. So, instead of traipsing back and forth to the elevator when Ava needed to go out, we took the stairs. The staircase was the old fashioned type—concrete walls with metal railings and no sight line beyond the landing just below. The first time I took Ava to the stair door, she crouched closely beside my leg and wouldn’t walk one step more than I did. But, after a few trips, her attitude changed. She knew that I had said we were going “out,” and this was the way to the door that led to a walk and some freedom to play or run, as well as take care of business. She knew I was going to stay with her and as soon as I opened the stairwell door, she bounded down the stairs, around the corner and out of sight. She had no idea what was around that corner of the staircase—there could have been a person or another dog, but that didn’t matter. She trusted me to get her to the outside door and she was willing to go.

Ava reminds me of what God asks of each of us. He asks us to acknowledge Him—recognize Him as the Lord and Master of our lives. We chafe at that concept sometimes, but it is important. Ava trusts me as her owner to take care of her and although she doesn’t always approve of my commands, she has learned it is in her best interest to submit. Now that she knows she can trust me and I work hard to do what is best for her, she bounds down the stairs. Each of us can come to the point that we trust God’s direction and follow it—bounding down the stairs—knowing that He is with us and will send us to a good place.

I am looking forward to the day when I see myself bounding down the stairs much more often than crouching in doubt. I hope we all get there soon.

Thought-provoker: What is holding us back from completely trusting God with our lives and direction? What is the source of our doubt?

Lord, please help us today to acknowledge You in everything and be willing to trust You enough to stop doubting. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

As we finish up The Summer Adventure Series, I want to thank you for joining me. I am going to take a little break from the blog as I work on the manuscript for the next book: Devotions from Everyday Jobs. I will pop in from time-to-time to give you an update and keep you posted.  In the meantime, you can enjoy other devotions from Devotions from Everyday Things, More Devotions from Everyday Things,  & Devotions from Everyday Things: Horse & Farm Edition. All are available through Have a good, Godly summer! Blessings, Tammy

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The Entrance, The Summer Adventure Series, Day 29

The Entrance

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it,” Matthew 7:13-14 NKJV.

I recently attended a venue that was on high security alert. Normally, there were several entrances open to the event, but this day, there were only three. Each person lined up and waited their turn, and then we had to open our bags for searches, and walk through a metal detector. Once cleared, we were then scanned by another hand-held wand by the security guard. State police were posted at the gates and anyone who attempted to bypass security was greeted by the officers and their strong presence.

Personally, I appreciated the extra security. With so many threats and potential dangers, knowing the State police and the security company took the situation seriously and worked extra diligently to detect and neutralize a threat, was comforting. Yes, it did take longer to enter, but knowing that every other person there was going through the same protocols meant that there was a certain level of security and we did not need to be anxious.

God’s gate to eternity has its own security as well. No, it’s not angels standing guard with wands or metal detectors at the gate; it is the truth that Jesus Christ is the only Way (John 14:6). If God had several different gates available, then we would all be trying to figure out which gate we could slide through the easiest. We would be wondering if we would be stopped by security and told we could not enter, or we would try to find some way to avoid the spiritual detectors or bypass His path.

With only one entrance, with Jesus as the only Way to Heaven, we are safe. We know when we put our trust in Him, we are able to enter and no one is going to kick us out or tell us we came in the wrong way. It gives us security—Jesus has done all the work to open the gate and make it available to us. It gives us comfort—Jesus has provided the peace and security to keep all eternity in His hands for us, and there is no line in which to wait. He accepts us the moment we believe. As His children, coming in through faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ, we have access and no one can tell us otherwise.

Thought-provoker: Have we entered through the one safe gate in Jesus Christ, and if we have, are we telling others about the One Way?

Lord, thank You for the peace and security that comes from only having one Way to trust You with our eternity, and that Way is through faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Help us to share Your one Way with others today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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The Flea Medicine, The Summer Adventure Series, Day 28

Only two more days left of The Summer Adventure Series.  Thank you so much for being a part of the journey! If you haven’t read all of the series, you can catch up on the blog–just click on the link, or go to today. Blessings, Tammy

The Flea Medicine

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! Psalm 19:9-10, ESV.

One of the summertime issues we have with Ava are the fleas. Ava likes to go out for walks every morning, and the fleas are ready and waiting to make her skin their new home. We bathe her twice a week with flea shampoo and we even get medicine from the vet to prevent them. We do our best to keep the fleas off of her because they irritate her, make her scratch all the time, and she keeps me awake at night pacing back and forth and digging at her ears and collar. But, with the medicine, she is calm, she only scratches her collar occasionally and we both get a better night’s sleep.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had sin-repellant that worked like the flea shampoo and medicine? What if we could apply something in our lives and it would keep the sin away? Instead of being frustrated and losing sleep over the sin and temptations, what if we could be calm and get a good night’s sleep with a clean conscience?

We can. The sin-repellant God has given us is His Word. The more time we spend in His Word, the less likely sin can get a grip in our lives. The more we seek His Word, the less we will wander from the pure principles of holy living He provides. I understand that sinless perfection is not something we will grasp this side of Glory (Philippians 3:12-14), but just like Ava’s repelling of the fleas, the more we stay away from the sin and temptations by focusing on the Word, the less irritation and damage sin can do in our lives.

Starting today, I think it is time we repel the sin and temptations of this world by spending more time dipping ourselves in the sin-repellant of God’s Word. Will you join me?

Thought-provoker: are we spending enough time in God’s Word that we are less likely to be enticed by sin? If not, where do we need to make changes in our schedules or in our habits so that we can live more sin-repellant?

Abba, thank You for Your Word that repels sin and helps us to live how You want us to live. Please give us the desire and the follow-through to spend time in Your Word today, and every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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The Hug, The Summer Adventure Series, Day 27

The Hug

So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it, I Corinthians 12:26-27, HCSB.

We weren’t sure exactly what to do. Dear friends of ours had lost their husband, father and our friend to a difficult disease. We knew he had the illness, but his body had managed it for years. Then, in two weeks, he was gone. What do you say to a nineteen year old who has just lost his dad? What do you say to his sisters? To his mom?

We went through the “normal” expectations for a funeral. We brought food, we went to the viewing, and we were there for the funeral. We did our best not to intrude, but to be there for our grieving friends. We grieved with them. But, there was a moment when we realized it wasn’t anything we could say, it wasn’t the food we brought or the card we had sent—even though each one of those things was important and we needed it to do them. It was being there with them at that particular moment that let them know how important they are in our lives, and how much we would miss their husband/dad. And it was a hug that triggered it.

When a nineteen year old young man, trying to be brave and strong for his newly widowed mom and hurting sisters, looked at us with tears in his eyes and could not say a word, I just hugged him. We never said a word; we didn’t need to. In that moment, he knew we were suffering with him, and we would be there with them for the days ahead. So many times I hear people say, “I’m not going to go to the funeral because I don’t know what to say.” Just be there. Show up and let them know that the body of Christ hurts with them. Let them know they are still connected.

In the days since the funeral, we have watched the family persevere and make tough decisions. We’ve also seen them smile again as graduation came for one of the sisters and life’s little joys returned—birthdays, a new kitten, and a remodeling project done well. We rejoiced in those moments too, because we are connected. Be there when you can and be a part of the body—it’s how we all find the way to keep functioning.

Thought-provoker: Have we ever taken the time to consider that our presence matters?

Lord, thank You that we are connected. Thank You that our sorrows and our joys are shared in the body of Christ. Help us be there for each other today, and in the days ahead. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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The Halter, The Summer Adventure Series, Day 26

The Halter

Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created,” Revelation 4:9-11, NKJV.

Our daughter has shown horses since she was little. She has worked hard and learned the technical skills, as well as the proper form, tack, and clothing to wear for the different classes and events. This past year, she and Dancer were awarded a leather halter for being the High Point Reserve Champions in their division. It is a very nice halter, and Dancer gets to wear it. Charity puts it on her when she is taking her to a big show, for certain classes, and even for pictures. It looks quite good on Dancer as the darkly oiled leather stands out against Dancer’s chestnut coloring.

The reality of the halter, though, is that it belongs to Charity. Charity worked with Dancer many, many hours to learn the proper movements and the correct signals to win the classes that led to the honor of High Point Reserve. Charity cleaned all the saddles, bridles, pads and clothing and it was Charity who took Dancer to the shows, paid all the fees, took care of the stalls and rode Dancer in the shows. Yes, Dancer participated as the horse member of the pair, but Charity was the one who made the decisions and gave direction to the team. Dancer had to be willing to do what Charity asked, and when she did, she was there for the ride.

One day, we will be given crowns to wear in Heaven. We will be awarded for the perseverance of the saints and for the work we have done for the kingdom. And what will we do with those crowns? We will cast them at the feet of Jesus, the One who made it possible for us to not only be in Heaven through His sacrifice, but also gave us the gifts and talents that enabled us to serve Him and further His kingdom. He did the work, He provided, He gave the direction. We just had to be willing, and in doing so, we will win. We will be awarded, and the glory all goes right back to Him. Because, just like Dancer, we will get to wear the award, but it doesn’t belong to us, it belongs to our Savior and Lord who made all of it possible.

Thought-provoker: Do we realize the crowns we will receive belong to the Savior? We owe Him everything—do we live like that is true? How does it show in our lives now? How will we affect eternity?

Lord, thank You for allowing us the privilege to wear the crowns! We will be so grateful to cast them at Your feet and give You the glory when we see You. Help us to live in the reality that it is all You and we are to be willing to do whatever You ask of us. We give You the glory both now and forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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