Reaching Hurting Women Ministries™ 2018 Update

How You Can Support Upcoming Projects

Hello Friends!

 

For 10 years the Reaching Hurting Women Ministries™ (RHW) has been an online presence only. Through life stories, book reviews, podcasts, and resource columns I’ve shared my addiction recovery journey and the valuable life lessons God’s been teaching me.

Since 2011, God has been bringing contemplative spirituality to the forefront of my studies. I found so many benefits to my contemplative path that I have completely redirected my approach to recovery and ministry.

In 2012, I was introduced to Benedictine Spirituality and Saint Benedict’s 12 Steps of Humility. Soon I noticed an amazing connection between St. Benedict’s 12 Steps and the traditional 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. It wasn’t long before God put a book project on my heart. I hope to have my manuscript submitted to my publisher by September 1, 2018.

Along with my website and book I’ve started designing RHW‘s first women’s retreat. The first retreat will be a small group of friends who will help me get my “retreat-leader” feet wet. Going forward I plan to have contemplative women’s retreat travel packages for destinations around America and possibly in Europe. It’s my hope and prayer to have my first destination retreat in the Spring/Summer of 2019.

At the RHW Seeds of Contemplation™ retreats I will be sharing some of the contemplative practices I’ve been writing about on RHW for the last few years: mindfulness, journaling, art therapy; sacred reading, and centering prayer. With the healing power of the Holy Spirit as our guide, retreat attendees will journey with me into a more peaceful way of recovering from the hurts, habits and hang-ups that have held us all captive for too long.

Friends / Patrons, here’s where you come in… I have a full-time 9-6 daily job that pays the bills. However, it doesn’t provide enough to self-publish my book or get my retreat ministry off the ground.

How can you give? You have various tier options to give monthly from $1-$50 and up.

Where is the money going? Your monthly subscriptions will help me self-publish my book and begin the planning/reserving the Summer 2019 women’s retreat. ​

What reward will you get for your monthly support? Each tier level has its own rewards beginning with a listing on the RHW Thank You webpage all the way to webinars, and discounts on retreats and future products.

Reaching Hurting Women Ministries™ is a non-profit organization so any gift is tax deductible.

I’m so excited to have partners who want to support my contemplative Christian ministry for women. I look forward to time together in the RHW Private FaceBook Group, on quarterly webinars, at retreats and sharing life messages as we grow forward on this contemplative journey together.

Thanks in advance for learning more about Reaching Hurting Women Ministries™ and prayerfully considering supporting efforts that will help other women find hope, peace and healing.

May the grace and peace of Christ be with you…

Tamara

“The Father has delivered and drawn me to Himself out of the control and dominion of darkness and has transferred me into the Kingdom of the Son of His love.” ~ Colossians 1:13

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Freedom

Rejoicing In God's Grace In The Midst Of _______________

Find freedom in the midst of:

Sickness

Addiction

Oppression

Poverty

Pain

Anguish

Depression

Worry

Strife

Temptation

Whatever our struggles are, even if God doesn’t deliver us from them but allows us to walk through them; we know His grace will be sufficient to carry us. This is where the joy and the “re-joying” comes. As we trust God’s plan, results and timing we can find the free grace that brings with it true freedom.

Always be full of joy in the Lord. ~ Philippians 4:4

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Are You Sinking? Reach Up… Jesus is Near!

Life sometimes makes us feel like we’re drowning. Maybe you’re there now.

Overwhelmed and don’t know where to turn…  JESUS IS NEAR.

Life presses us down and we can’t breathe…  JESUS IS NEAR.

Stepped out in faith yet suddenly sinking…  JESUS IS NEAR.

When the Lord calls you to come across the water, step out with confidence and joy. And never glance away from Him for even a moment. You will not prevail by measuring the waves or grow strong by gauging the wind. Attempting to survey the danger may actually cause you to fall before it. Pausing at the difficulties will result in the waves breaking over your head. “Lift your eyes to the hills…” (Ps. 121:1) and go forward. There is no other way.  ~ Streams in the Desert

Contemplate God’s Creation

Finding Peace In Times of Despair

Scriptures abound that teach us to look at God’s creation in wonder and amazement. How many of us look at God’s creation with eyes of wonder and amazement? Scriptures abound encouraging us to pray for others. How many of us pray for others when we ourselves are struggling?

In a recent devotional reading I was in Job chapter 42. Job has spent 30+ chapters being accused by friends and family of being a terrible person. Job’s accusers believed God was punishing him with all his suffering.

After all this rejection and verbal abuse, Job takes it out on God and pridefully begins to complain to Him. Of course, God sets both Job and his friends straight. Then Job humbles himself before God in remorse and apology.

Job recognized God’s goodness among all creation which brought him to humility. This humility then brought Job to a place where he could pray for those who had accused him. It was in this place that his vindication and restoration began.

AFTER Job stopped arguing with his accusers.

AFTER Job stopped trying to tell God what to do.

AFTER Job stopped his pity party.

AFTER Job stopped looking at himself.

Only then was he able to pray for his friends. Then God was able to bring about restoration. This was actually more than restoration because the Bible says God blessed Job with double what he had lost.

You can’t stay in a pity party and contemplate a tree blowing in the wind.

You can’t stay in despair and listen to the birds sing.

You can’t stay mad at your spouse and play with your pet.

Whatever your struggle is today, step outside and contemplate God’s marvelous creations that surround you. Find peace and grace there.

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Launching Out!

When I look back over my life there were many times of spiritual complacency. Yes, I knew the Lord and was walking with Him. But my walk wasn’t what God wanted for me. He wanted me to know Him better, deeper. I believe this is when God allows trials and tribulations to come into our life.

God knows that when life is settled and calm we have a tendency to stop depending on Him. We begin to float quietly and stay safely tied to our shore, whatever it may be… family, friends, work, money. We begin to see these things as our purpose for living, maybe even our source for life. God has better things in store for us than a safe shore.

If you yourself do not cut the lines that tie you to the dock, God will have to use a storm to sever them and to send you out to sea. ~ Oswald Chambers

The Apostle Paul says to be thankful in all things. I am thankful for the struggles of the last two years. They have brought me much closer to God. In the last few weeks God has allowed various things to fall in place that are launching my ministry to a new level. Today I truly feel like I have been unleashed from my safe shore and launched out into deep. It’s exciting and a bit scary traveling in uncharted waters. But I know God will guide me safely as I stay close to Him.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you… Do not be afraid, for I am with you. ~ Isaiah 43:2;5

Are you tied safely to someone or something other than God?

Watch this beautiful video and let it help you step out into the deep with God!

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The Holy Companion

Your Best Bestie!

In 2005, when I was rebuilding my relationship with God, my dog, Lady, who I had recently rescued, stayed very close to me. She was always following me from room to room around the house. She rarely left my side. The Holy Spirit reminded me that that’s how He is. He is always my companion but even closer than any human or pet friend can be.

For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”  

So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear…”

Hebrews 13:5-6

Pets are sometimes our best friends. And for some their only companion. Our furry friends are a gift from God to be sure. But we need to remember that we have a friend that is even closer and better. Someone who is there for us at all times. Not just for our lifetime. But Forever. He’s only a conversation away, only a thought away, only a prayer away.

Are you feeling lonely? Do you sense God is far away?

I hope you will take a few minutes and watch or listen to Misty Edwards beautiful song below. It’s one of my new favs!

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My Mother’s Day Floral Adventure

Helping Prepare Love Deliveries

On Mother’s Day weekend in May, I was blessed with the unexpected opportunity and honor to work behind the scenes in a large florist business. If you’re like me you are unaware of the incredible amount of hard work that goes into preparing and designing professional floral arrangements. The Mother’s Day holiday is upstaged by only one other holiday, Valentine’s Day. So needless to say, it was a hectic day for the florist shop and warehouse where I was working. 

During the six hour shift I worked, there were at least 16 people feverishly working to send love out the door in the form of flower arrangements. There were floor cleaners, box preppers, vase preppers, flower preppers, floral designers, office staff, delivery drivers, and of course, the owner, Sue, over seeing every step of the process. 

When I arrived I was quickly assigned to vase washing. It wasn’t long before I was reminded of another monk who is famous for washing dishes… Brother Lawrence. Once I thought of him, the rest of my day was an incredibly contemplative experience. 

When ordering professional flowers we usually think how we are sending our love to a friend or family member. I never imagined the amount of physical labor that goes into the florist business. Back breaking, sweaty hard work is attached to every professional flower arrangement especially those prepared for a major holiday. 

This experience will stay with me for the rest of my Life. I am grateful to God for providing this opportunity for me. I hope it won’t be the last time. 

“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”

~Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

 

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Chasing Karma

Trusting Good Works to Save Us vs God

 

Sometimes we’re so focused on getting that we do things for the wrong reason.

We might be doing the right actions but our heart motives are wrong. Just because you are doing something good doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to get good back. Yes, there is the law of reciprocity, give and you shall get. But if our heart is resentful while we are giving, what we will receive will match our heart motive.

The Old Testament believers were under the Mosaic Law which meant they had hundreds of rules to follow every day to stay in right relationship with God and their future. When Jesus came he abolished that law and provided grace to make the way for our way to God and our future. Thanks be to God! Grace replaced rules!

Instead of following a bunch of laws and rules, or chasing karma and expecting a high return on our time and energy investment, we can relax and accept the grace that Jesus provides for us.

The Bible says, Trust God and do good. (Psalm 37-3). That means as we are doing the good things that we have the ability to do, we can trust God will bring about the best outcome for us and our future.

Let’s make a commitment to do something good for the right reasons with the right heart motive!


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Springing Back to Life!

 

Hi Friends!

It’s been several months since I’ve been able to post a column. Unfortunately, life sometimes gets in the way of our plans and favorite projects. With winter behind us and spring in full swing, I’m energized and refocused on my writing and ministry goals. It’s my hope to start publishing blog columns more regularly. I have some great ideas and plans that I trust God to bring about this year. Thanks for all your support and prayers for this budding ministry.

May grace and peace be yours in abundance! ~ (2 Peter 1:2)  …Tamara

Check out TobyMac’s song that’s helping reenergize my ministry focus and purpose!

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A Hard Reboot

Has Your Life Been Restarted Without Your Permission?

 

After children misbehave, have been too self-dependent or possibly rebellious, parents will sometimes give children a time out to their room, restrict them from activities or friends. They’re given time to evaluate their behavior and hopefully reset their attitudes.

There are times when our computers freeze up for various reasons. Maybe the memory is low or too many programs are running at the same time. The computer won’t respond to any keystrokes or instructions from the user.  Whatever the case, in these times the only way to get our computer back in working order is to perform a hard reboot.  A hard reboot is done manually by pressing the power button until it shuts down the computer and then pressing the power button again to restart the computer. A second hard reboot method is done by completely unplugging the computer from its power source then replugging it into the electricity and pressing the power button to restart the computer.

In much the same way, God may perform a hard reboot on our lives when we have, as my daddy would say, “gotten too big for our britches.”  We may be edging God out by allowing our ego to run the show. We’ve become self-dependent thinking we know the best way to run our lives. Whatever the reason, God knows exactly how to reboot our lives in a way that will humble us and get us set straight back on His path.

Is life challenging for you today? Do you feel like you’re in God’s timeout? Take a few minutes to watch/listen to this incredible song sung by Jenn Johnson. It’s given me much hope in the last week. I pray it brings peace and hope to you as well.

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