Hi. My name is Tammy and here is what I want you to know right up front.
For years I worked hard ~ very hard ~ to do all the right things so that I would get all the right results.
Because as a rule-following church girl, that's how I believed the Christian life worked. I believed that:
- If I married a Christian man, I would have the perfect Christian marriage.
- If I raised my kids God’s way, I would have the perfect Christian family.
- If I followed God’s rules and faithfully served Him, I would have the perfect Christian life.
But those formulas failed to work.
Because formulas never work with God.
Marriage wasn't designed to satisfy every need.
Families weren't created to give identity or purpose.
Ministries and careers were never intended to provide worth and value.
And life in a broken world was never promised to be free of pain, failure or disappointment.
In one way or another, each of us eventually discovers that most dreams and aspirations fail to meet our expectations. I learned this truth the hard way. And when my hope for the "perfect Christian life" slowly crashed and burned, so did my faith.
My passion was following rules instead of following Jesus.
My foundation was based on knowing the Bible instead of knowing Jesus.
My identity was defined in a church instead of the love of Jesus.
After wrestling with God through a long, dark season of doubt and unbelief, I finally understood that Jesus wasn't nailed to a cross so that I could be bound to a system of methods and rules; He died so that I could live free, in a relationship of love. I had been looking at God as a list of requirements and longing for blessing, but He had been looking at me as a precious daughter and longing for relationship. I was striving to earn something that can only be received...His wildly extravagant, unconditional love.
Breaking free from the confinements of religion and embracing the wide-open space of relationship with Jesus has not been an easy transition for this performance junkie! But through God's grace, I am learning to see each new day as a fresh opportunity to surrender to His love, follow His lead and behold His glory!
Tammy is a speaker, a wife, a mom and most importantly, a grandma. She has been a Bible teacher with a deep love for the scriptures for over 30 years, but it wasn’t until the hurts of this world collided with the hope of God's word that her relationship with Jesus truly began.
The entire Bible is God’s inspired, infallible revelation to man and declares His design for mankind.
There is only One true God, revealed in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus is the Son of God, both human and divine; He was born of a virgin, without sin. He lived the life we could not live and died the death we should have died. He was resurrected from the dead after three days and ascended to the Father. He will return to establish His kingdom on earth.
Man was created in the image and likeness of God. He sinned by acting independently of God. Because of that, man is now a sinner by nature and by choice.
Every person can receive salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.
The Holy Spirit indwells and empowers believers and is given as a seal and a pledge of our inheritance in Christ Jesus.
Our physical bodies will be resurrected. Eternal glory awaits believers in heaven and everlasting punishment for unbelievers in hell.
Every believer is commissioned by Jesus to share the Gospel and make disciples.