Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

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It’s Wednesday again! Time for another book share. This book was also given to me as part of the Launch Team. But this particular book is fun for me to be able to share with you. It was written by my friend back in Ohio! I got to meet her about two years ago as a fellow blogger. We met at good ol’ Panera for tea and had a lot of fun. So – about the book…

The name of this week’s book is: “Full: food, Jesus, and the battle for satisfaction” by Asheritah Ciuciu.

Since part of the deal of being on a Launch Team is to give an honest review of the book you receive, I will do just that. You must understand that it is MY opinion, and you can take it or leave it! But for the book, on a scale of 1-10, I give this book an easy eight. There are some things in the book that I have learned along the way already, so it wasn’t all new material to me – but for someone just new to this line of thinking, it’s some good stuff!

One of the things I do love about Asheritah’s style, is that it is written as if she is siting across the table with you. She is very eager for you to hear about the things she has learned as she prayed for God to take away the fixation with food. And think about it, most of us have just that – a fixation with food. Like Asheritah says in the book, not all have a fixation that overwhelms them, but if we are the keeper of the kitchen in our homes, we have to concentrate on getting the “3 squares” on the table pretty much every day. We aren’t that lucky to walk into the kitchen and the plan is made, groceries are bought and prepped and we have the perfect amount of time left to fix it properly and get it on the table AND it taste wonderful! Ahhh, but doesn’t that sound dreamy? I wish!

However, many of us go beyond that and constantly think about food. As if food would be that magic fix for what ails us! I can vouch for the fact that it isn’t and Asheritah shares her issue with that as well.

Asheritah does a great job of identifying the issues, next defining them, and then giving us practical steps to regain a healthy relationship with food. It is not a diet book, so you know. It’s a heart and soul book!

I would definitely recommend this book if you are ready to stop the merry-go-round of the love-hate relationship with food! After all, we still need to eat each day!

Here’s the book if you’d like to purchase it, and it also has a companion workbook:


Have a great week!

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I am an Affiliate for many of the items I recommend. Purchasing items through my website may result in a small commission from that company. I appreciate your purchase.

Happy Sixth Birthday!

It’s true! Today marks the sixth anniversary that I have been blogging. Yet if you notice the date of the last blog post, I was MIA for 2016. To say it was a rough year would be an understatement. Though the  year was filled with heartache and sadness and changes it was also loaded with blessings from God. Over the next few months, I will share more about the lessons of 2016, but I wanted to start off with something new and exciting (I think!) for the blog this year. Some of the lessons I’ve learned were through reading. I’ve read my Bible as usual, but I have read a lot of other books as well. I always like seeing what others have read or are reading, so I’ve decided to add that feature here on the blog and start it today on it’s birthday! I will be calling it –

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

I hope you will join in the conversation. If you read the book, I really want you to share your thoughts on the book as well. Also, I hope you will comment on some of the favorites you’ve read lately, too.

So let’s get started!

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The first book I would like to share with you is one I finished right after Christmas. I was happily selected for several Book Launch Teams in 2016 and this book was one of them. But I have to confess, when I signed up for this team, I never felt it was going to be for my benefit. Fear? I don’t have deep fears holding me back from anything. Yes, I do sometimes get afraid in the dark due to some childhood circumstances of being left alone a lot for late nights, but it doesn’t hold me back from anything. The book I received is: “Fear Fighting, awaking courage to overcome your fears” by Kelly Balarie.

When I received it, my intention was to read it, give my honest review and share it with a couple people I felt could really use some help in this area. Let’s just say, I cannot pass it on, but will have to purchase them a copy because I underlined and wrote all over it in pink highlighter!

What I wasn’t prepared for was the realization that I really do have issues holding me back. A lot! And I never identified them as actual fear. The author works hard to help you identify the things that hold you back and then takes it one step further as to the “why” they hold you back. She speaks to the heart of fear sharing her struggles to let you know…she gets it.

It was really tough to come up with just one example to share with you (remember…the pink highlighter throughout?!), but one of my favs was this:

“What would happen if you were to walk throughout this world believing that not one grain of your worth, your call, or your identity depended on other people? Because let me tell you something: it doesn’t.”

It’s not like I have never heard that before, but through this chapter some of those fears were beginning to fall away that when I got to these few sentences, I heard them in a different way. Maybe it was the fact that I was more receptive to the message being shared.

I’d love to tell you more about the book, but I believe this is a book you should read for yourself. It will be well worth your time, but don’t just plan on sitting down and reading straight through it like a good novel. You will want to take your time and savor the lesson God is showing through Kelly’s words.

How about you – have you read this new book? Please share in the comments what you thought.

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If you’d like to purchase the book, click on the link below to purchase your book at Amazon.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I am an Affiliate for many of the items I recommend. Purchasing items through my website may result in a small commission from that company. I appreciate your purchase.

Is Your Christmas Perfect?

 

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This post today is only going to be a teaser for you! I’m posting over at Ask God Today Ministries and I’ve done something today I have never done before! GASP!!! And I’m not telling what it is either either! What I will tell is that I’m actually tattling on myself. Yep, mmmhmmm!! I’m admitting something about myself and how I was schooled by a wee little one!

Oh yeah! But you are just going to have to click over here => Tammy Tattles on Herself!   But it does have something to do with

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Friendship is Heart Warming Indeed!

 

 

I’m so excited to join in the fun on a new Link-up. Beginning today, ASK GOD TODAY MINISTRIES will be doing a link up entitled – WARM HEARTED WEDNESDAY LINK UP. We will be providing a prompt each time to help you with your post. Take the time you need to write what’s on your heart. I so hope I’ll see you over there!

Today’s prompt:  “Share a recent experience that you are thankful for.”

That’s really a tough one! It’s not because there hasn’t been anything to be thankful for recently, it’s that which one do I pick to write about! I think I’ll have to go with the one experience that was the “most” recent!

We were in South Carolina for the Thanksgiving holiday week visiting our daughter (which we were very thankful for). But the end of the week before leaving to go home, I had the privilege to meet up with a few of the ladies from my writing team with Ask God Today Ministries. Most of us had met up in Nashville at the beginning of the month for a 2016 planning retreat (which I can’t wait to share more about that!!). So to then end the month with lunch with several of them was so much fun.

It warms my heart so much to be serving on this team with ALL of these women. These women are so encouraging and inspiring and I just love talking with and being around them all. Their love for God overflows into all their conversations!

So to be able to grab lunch with three of them this past Monday just topped off a great week. Made my thankfulness meter hit the top!

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We chatted a mile a minute and laughed almost to the point of snorting!

I’m very thankful for each of the women I serve with this on this team. And I’m thankful that we were able to wiggle out some time this holiday to catch up with each other.

And of course – there’s always time for being silly together…

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Now it’s your turn…head on over to WARM HEARTED WEDNESDAY LINK UP and join in the fun! I can’t wait to get this party started!

 

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Sweet Memories

My Sweet Grandma!

My Sweet Grandma!

 

May always brings thoughts of joy and sadness for me. My grandma’s birthday is this month, and she would have been 105 years old tomorrow (5/16/15). I lost her 46 days before her 100th birthday in 2010. I often say, “Oh, if I could just have one more day with my grandma.” So many questions I’d ask, so many things I would love to tell her. I wish she could know what a great example she was to me, how much I truly miss sitting and holding her hand as she tells me a sweet story of “down home.”

My grandma was always such an inspiration to me in my walk with the Lord even when I didn’t understand what her life exemplified to my young heart and mind. She totally lived out the example in Titus Two:

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”   (Titus 2: 3-5  ESV)

 

Read the rest of this post by clicking here where I’m posting at Ask God Today Ministries as part of the writing team today!

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I’m Traveling the World!

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Though I wish I were on this plane flying anywhere warm, I have been out in cyber world traveling a bit! I am now a part of the writing team for Ask God Today Ministry! There are 13 writers on the team and I’m thrilled to be one of them. So while you haven’t seen me here, I haven’t put away my pen or keyboard – I’ve been out traveling the world, so to speak!

I’d love to have you join us over there at the ministry site. Just like you can become a subscriber here so you don’t miss a post, you can also do that at Ask God Today Ministries. Each month we change things up a bit and currently we are talking about Heros of the Faith. The posts have been encouraging as we see how God uses the broken people and not the “perfect” people we would thing he would. I hope you’ll join me over there.

If you’re curious about what I’ve been writing about – you can read the post on:  Earthly Example of God’s Love or The Love of a Friend  or Sarah, I’m with Ya Girl! .

Don’t forget to sign up here so you don’t miss a post and leave me a comment below as to what you have been up to this winter!

Find a reason to giggle a bit, today!

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It’s the Month of Love!

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My Sweet Grandma M. at 98!

Do you have someone who you know, without a doubt, loves you? It doesn’t matter if you did something wrong, said the wrong thing or don’t stay in touch as much as you should, that person will love you to the ends of the earth. Are you fortunate enough to have or have had someone like that in your life?

I was very fortunate to have someone like that in my life. I shared about this specific person over at Ask God Today Ministries. If you would like to read it, click here. Then make sure you come back here and share with me your certain someone.

If by chance you still have that person living today, would you take this Valentine’s Day to make sure they know how much you appreciate their love? You just may make them “Tickled Pink” to hear from you! They need to know. Before you can’t tell them any longer.

 

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These Are Better Than I Thought!

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Did you ever see the movie, The Jerk, with Steve Martin? One of the most remembered scenes I think for many people is when  Martin ran out of the house yelling and jumping heading down to the mailbox. On his way, he yelled this famous phrase…”the new phonebooks are here, the new phonebooks are here.” He was so excited as he flipped it open to see his name printed in those pages!

Yesterday was my “the new phonebooks are here” kinda day!

My custom order had arrived. The order even came a week earlier than expected, so when the UPS guy yelled into the kitchen window as he left my package on the porch, I couldn’t figure out what was delivered. My hubby went to the door to get the package and laughed as he said your Tickled Pink Converse are here! Oh yeah, I dropped what I was doing and came to look immediately!

As I eagerly opened the box, I was so pleasantly surprised. I thought where I had the shoes custom signed with my name would be stamped on the side of the right shoe. When I pulled the first shoe out of the box and realized it was actually embroidered – well, let’s just say Pharrell’s song, “Happy” came to mind! I was most certainly “HAPPY”!!!!!

I immediately put them on! And if you knew me, I never do anything like that. Seriously. I will buy a new item of clothing, shoes or even a new sewing machine. I won’t wear or use the item for a while. Actually, not until my husband asks why I’m not using the new thing! But this time, I put them on and began snapping pictures! I took the one above —

And then this one…

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And then this one…

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And lastly, this one…

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My hubby just kept smiling watching me be so excited about my new shoes! What can I say – I was just…(here it comes) so “Tickled Pink” with my new Converse.

I usually don’t have such a positive experience when I order things. I for sure have not had something arrive that was better than what I thought it/they would be. It was truly a Tickled Pink kinda day!!!

Talk back to me…have you ever ordered something and it arrived even better than you thought? Share your experience with us below! I’d love to hear your story!

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Driving a truck like a boss!

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This is the truck I recently drove with half our home’s belongings inside. No, not really. But that’s what it felt like to me!

We have made the decision to move south to join our daughter in the near future. We took our regularly scheduled visit to see her to take a bunch of things down that we aren’t using on a daily basis to get the house “sell ready.” My hubby decided that I was the better driver of the two of us and that I would drive the rented moving truck. I was not, however, excited about the prospect. Not in the least! But I decided to go along with it. Well, actually, I didn’t have much choice!

SO I DROVE THAT BAD BOY LIKE A BOSS!

Ahem…cough, cough! If you call gripping the shaking wheel with white knuckles, hunched over and pulled clear up to the window and sweating like a dripping sponge a boss – then yeah, that was me!

I’m Tickled Pink to say, that God is good and is still in the prayer answering business. I had already asked a few prayer warriors to pray for my drive and my hubby and I had done the same before we left the driveway. In fact, we never leave the driveway on a trip without first praying for our travels. Since I was driving the truck alone as he drove our van behind me, I asked for extra prayers from many! As we left our driveway and wove out of the development my nerves started to ramp up. The truck was a 16 footer and was loaded down. It swayed and rocked and so did my stomach.

We finally made it to the highway and I positioned myself into a spot I was okay with. Or so I thought. I noticed my hands were starting to sweat. I realized I was sweating and the air conditioner was on. I began to not be able to breath calmly. Then I started getting upset with myself that I was out of control. And we were eight — 8 — minutes from home. The ten hour drive was going to be a very long one. I picked up the walkie talkie and called back to my hubby behind me. I informed him that I was getting off at the next exit and going back home. He told me it wasn’t an option, calm down, take a deep breath and that I would be fine.

As God would have it, He gave me a gift about and hour and a half into the trip. We had just come through two main city’s rush hours and I was about to call back to my hubby that I needed a break at the upcoming rest stop. I shouted to myself, “Good grief girl, pull yourself together.” At about that point, I noticed all the red lights in front of me and started to slow that heavy truck down. With the traffic all stopped, it was evident that there must be an accident as we had no construction signs. Eventually, most of us turned off our cars/trucks and waited. At this point, I texted my prayer warriors with an update of the accident and that I really felt like I was on the verge of a panic attack. They all texted back words of encouragement and promises of prayers.

After our twenty minutes of sitting, the cars began to slowly move. I realized my racing heart had slowed down and I was a little more at peace. Thank you, God!

Off we go. Until…

The West Virginia Turnpike!

Oh. My. Word! I’ve never been a fan of those S curves and drop–offs on each side of the highway, but with a loaded truck – this was terrible. My heart began to race again. My palms were dripping wet. And the air conditioner on high was doing me no good – I was so hot and sweaty.

Now, I have memorized a lot of scripture in my old age. And on any given day I can pull up the verse and recite it when needed. Except, of course, today when I needed it the most! I wanted to calm my nerves so the verse I wanted I knew was in Philippians. But I couldn’t think of the the chapter or the verse. I couldn’t even think of all the words! AND I’ve recited this verse a bazillion times! So – all I said was:

“Anxious for nothing, by prayer and supplication.”

I just kept saying it out loud over and over and over all through the entire West Virginia curvy Turnpike. I had most of it, and I knew I needed something to hang onto to rid myself of the fear of this truck. The actual verse is this:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 NIV

And again, God was good and I made it through unscathed! I’m so Tickled Pink for His answers to my prayer of safety over and over!

When I was further down Route 77, I began to laugh at the fact of how a verse I have known and used for the better part of my life was just gone. I had a few words, but for the life of me I could not get the whole verse. Then I was reminded of a talk I heard Kay Arthur (a well-known Bible teacher) say of a time she had a similar situation to my dilemma. She was in a stressful and fearful moment and knew she wanted to pull on the verse Psalm 91:4 – “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (NIV) Her story made me laugh then and it brought me back to a chuckle at that point. She shared that she, too, had memorized a verse and used it over and over. At that moment of stress – she could only remember one word. She said, “Beloved, I could not come up with the verse I knew so well, but I remembered a word and started shouting it at the top of my lungs…FEATHERS, FEATHERS, FEATHERS. And you know what ladies, He knew what I meant.”

I knew He knew what I meant, too, because I was now two states away from that crazy turnpike and was doing fine! I was VERY Tickled Pink!

Though it took us an extra hour and half over our usual drive time, we arrived safely. And I must confess, this is the actual size moving truck I drove:

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It just felt like a semi truck!

What about you? Was there ever a time, when you tried to pull on a scripture that you knew for sure you had memorized and had also used many times before but for some reason it just would not come to you? Were you able to at least remember a word and lean on that? I’m thinking He will still get what you’re thinking!

…and that’s all I have to say about that!

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Welcome to My New Home!

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Photo from Pinterest – not my house…but I wish it was!!!

Well, whaddya think? I have finally packed up all the boxes, moved the boxes out, swept the floor – then unpacked the boxes and am finally home. Here – to my new cyber home. I love it! Still working on some little features, but I just couldn’t hold back any longer–I’ve been dying to show off what we’ve done. And when I say we – in all actuality I mean the team over at Faithchix.com! I have a new address, too! It’s now tammykarasek (dot) com. I hope you will subscribe over on the right side so you can stay in the loop. I’ve been gone a bit this spring as we play and move things around, but I’m back and so excited to be back AND for some new features I’ll be adding to my new cyberhome!

I have to take the time and give a huge shout out to my friends over at Faithchix.com for helping me do the change over from Tickled Pink Tammy on Blogger. If you are needing some help in making a move from Blogger to WordPress or need some help getting all the Plug-ins and Widgets to work – they are your team. Nick can help you redecorate your cyperhome, too! Of all the places I checked out, this team was very budget friendly. Check them out: Faithchix.com.

Glad you’ve stopped in today, you’ve made my day!

Oh…and it’s my birthday!!! So your visit is doubly good!

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