"Words" is Tammy's authentically crafted blog, published weekly here and on her Facebook Page, Tammy Ann Winn.  May you be inspired!

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Powerless and Empowered

Typical 12 step programs begin with admitting one is powerless over the matter at hand. There is something to be said for being honest with ourselves about that which is outside of our control. I think it’s equally important, however…

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The Gift of Another Year

Soon yours truly will begin another orbit around the sun, with the help of our planet.  Birthdays are typically a point of reflection for me, a chance to evaluate where I’ve been and where I’m headed, amidst taking time to…

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Beauty for Ashes 

We’ve heard such stories as these from those who have received beauty for their ashes:
 

I had no idea I’d be called to grief counseling one day… 

and that what would qualify me was having endured sudden, tragic loss. 

 

I…

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One Step Forward

Sometimes in life we passionately want something that seems so out of reach.  This makes the wanting painful and we’re tempted to surrender our dream just to stop hurting over it.  Instead of focusing on not having it, however, we…

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True Security 

We all live with a false sense of security, such as if we take care of our health we’ll live a long life… or if we’re loving and conscientious parents our children will stay on track… or if we are…

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Where Our Power Lies

At times in life we may encounter the troublesome behavior of a loved one. When we witness this we may be tempted to step into given situations and try to fix them. Or we may try to articulate our understanding…

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It’s the How

After talking with some friends about difficult relationships in our lives, I was reminded of a common point of challenge.  Someone ends up arguing with someone else over the delivery of a message, before ever getting to the actual matter…

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What Makes Us Free

In her book Violence and Nonviolence in Scripture: Helping Children Understand Challenging Stories, author Catherine Maresca writes, “…God does not force change, but allows us to experience to consequences of our choices.  This is the vulnerability of God.  God…

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Foundation of Love

This week I had the joy of talking to our church's Vacation Bible School students about the Foundation of Love.  As I told the kids, when we say that Love is the foundation of our lives, we’re saying that Love…

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Masks and Mirrors

We all have a Persona, which is the role we play in society.   The word Persona comes from Latin and means “mask.”  Our Personas are what we present to the outside world, and this presentation may or may not be…

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