My Mom's Favorite Things

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Hey y’all! This is Peyton, Tammie’s daughter, and I am so happy to be taking over my mom’s blog today! I can’t think of a better way to welcome in the holidays (yippee for Thanksgiving being next week!) than to post a fun giveaway of some of my mom’s favorite things!

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Be The Overcomer God Sees You As

*“‘I sure love you.’”

Erin's words flooded my soul—as he hugged me tight in the middle of our foyer.

This wasn't the first time I heard those words coming from my handsome husband's lips. By now, we'd been married seven years. Adding the time of us dating, we'd been together for nine years. I'm unsure how many times he'd told me he loved me before. Only this time it drenched my hungering soul.

Perhaps you're wondering, What in the world was the problem?

That's a great question. I'd likely ask it too.

The problem was my faulty belief system. I projected onto Erin my own feelings. In many ways, deep down, I still had parts of me that felt unlovable. If I didn't really love me—how could he? Do you know this feeling? Can you possibly relate?

Interestingly, I did the same with God too.

Thinking I was trash—and He wants me? Really?

 

I wonder, Can you hear God calling to you?

More than reading words on a page, is your heart stirred by His presence?

He's calling out to you, dear one.

Maybe a faint whisper? Maybe a prick at your heart? Maybe a desire to cry?

What you're encountering is the presence of God—He's near to you.

If not a whisper or a pricking of the heart, then maybe a pang of anxiety?

You're tendering to love.

You're tendering to the One who chose emptiness to fill you.

He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross. (Phil. 2:7–8, emphasis mine)

Indeed, the perfect, holy, compassionate God of all creation humbled Himself into a womb. A pure womb—but a womb nonetheless. The Seedling Savior, the Author of Life, He subjected Himself to the process of formation within a womb—a womb He first conceived in His hands.

Have you considered how the Maker of Life humbled Himself, taking on the raw nakedness and neediness of a seedling in a woman's womb—a womb He created? Or have you considered the sacredness of our Lord being pushed through the birth canal and into a world of hungry bellies, dirty diapers, breast milk, and needing to be burped?

God had to wait for a diaper change. 'Til the people He formed in their mothers' wombs got a clue from her son's cries and said, "Joseph, would you see if Jesus needs His diaper changed? Perhaps that's why He's so fussy?"

Oh friend, the Enemy has duped us for far too long.

Satan cannot handle us getting a glimpse of our amazing God.

Did you know he wanted to be God?

Did you know there was a mess in heaven first?

The mess didn't start with us—no, no.

It started with Satan who was called Lucifer, a beautiful angel.

If you think you're a mess, get this: Satan has us both beat by a long shot.

Satan is real. Satan is dangerous. And Satan is determined to destroy lives too.

That's not all.

Satan salivates at keeping you and me far away and distracted from God.

Before time began, when Earth was barren of humanity and heaven was full of activity a battle was waged between God Almighty and one of His angels, Lucifer.

He was a beautiful angel by all accounts but swelled to explosive narcissistic measures—he blew up on God in a fitful rage fueled by pride, arrogance, jealousy, and insecurity. He wanted to be "like the Most High God" by conquering his rival and rendering Him defeated.”*

Since the enemy can’t render the Lord God Almighty defeated, He sets his sights on us.

Can I encourage you today to fight the good fight of faith? Be the overcomer God sees you as—all of Heaven is rooting for you!

*Excerpt taken from More: From Messes to Miracles, pp. 112-114

You can purchase your copy of More at: http://ow.ly/UA8q3

Go On, Be An Attention Hog

“My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”

And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”

Psalm27:8, NLT

 

Peyton, my eldest daughter, has a puppy that’s shameless in her affection for us. That little ball of goodness wrapped in the softest fur of white is an attention hog. She doesn't dare let us forget she's there. Milly makes demands on our attention for us to play with her almost constantly. But, you can be sure, we don’t mind. My husband is always saying, "That little dog sure does love her people!" Milly brings us all outrageous delight.

While thinking of our relationship to God, I often wonder if our Heavenly Father longs for us to act like Milly toward Him? Does He long for us to make demands on His attention too, like a bunch of attention hogs? Demands that He love us, be tender to us, and give us His full attention? Does He long for us to be so incredibly taken with Him that He could affectionately say of us, "that daughter of mine sure does love her Daddy!"

I believe so.

He loves us too much not to feel this way.

What if we got on to giving Him what He longs for?

7 Tips For Hearing God More

"You can be sure of this: The LORD sets apart the godly for Himself. The LORD will answer when I call to Him."

Psalm 4:3

 

Not hearing from the Lord, as His child, is terribly deafening. If you've known this sort of eery silence, you'll likely agree. Since we're in a personal relationship, and because relationships require good communication, I'd like to give you a few tips for hearing God more.

 

1. Still Yourself Before Him

I know. My suggestion is a no-brainer. But who doesn't need a reminder in this fast paced world? If we constantly rush our personal time with God, His voice in our lives will often shrink. The more time we can give to sitting and soaking in God's presence will be for us a game-changer.

 

2. Beg Him To Speak

There’s no shame in outright begging God to speak to you. I’ve done it a kajillion times. So did the Psalmist David. It’s all over the book of Psalms. It’s His will to have an active relationship with you. Sometimes what He’s waiting for is to see if you’ll persevere in pursuing Him—so go ahead. Show up before Him. And beg your little heart out!

 

3. Immerse Yourself in Scripture

Take a fresh walk through the Gospels. Read through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Then keep going. The following book is the book of Acts. What you'll discover in the book of Acts is an up close and personal seat at watching the disciples live out their faith; a faith Jesus personally taught them and trained them to walk powerfully in. It's so fascinating! What happens while simply reading the Bible will surprise you. You'll hear God speaking to your heart afresh by applying His Word to your life. Keep a notebook handy so you can jot down what you're hearing.

 

4.  Repent Often

Isaiah 59:2 says, "But your sinful acts have alienated you from your God; your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to your prayers." Because sin separates us from the Lord's presence, we want to keep our relationship close by continuously walking in holiness through repentance. The God of grace will never leave us or forsake us, but He will surely turn a deaf ear to us if we persist in rebellious disobedience. That's why repentance is important. It keeps us affectionately close. Check your heart. Has God asked for obedience, and you've not obeyed?

 

5. Fast Social Media

Once again, I know. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Blogs, Pinterest and Periscope are fun. They're also addictive. With a plethora of noise going on, it's no wonder that we struggle to hear from God. It's okay to enjoy these outlets, but it's also okay to know when we need a break and to take it.

 

6. Fast, Period.

One way I tend to draw closer to the Lord is through fasting. I fast all sorts of things, like social media. Or I fast food. Sometimes just one meal. Other times I fast for an extended period. What I've discovered is this: fasting says, "Lord, I'm going to put boundaries on my flesh in this area because what I really want, deep down, is I want so much more of You."

 

7. Purpose To Praise Him

If negative thinking is your thing, shut it down through purposefully praising your Father. Sometimes we live too much in our heads to enjoy our Lord. Put on some praise and worship. Crank it up. Stand up on your feet. Then, praise Him. For His love! For His goodness! For His faithfulness! Keep on keeping on until you feel the oppression that's been dogging you lift.