Tammy Helfrich

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On Opening Up and The Brilliance

Last month, we had the honor of having The Brilliance with us for all of our Easter services. David Gungor and his band are an amazing group of humble and super talented musicians.

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We’ve been singing some of their songs for a while during our weekend services, but it was so great to hear them sing their songs live. One of those songs that I have always loved is called Open Up. Take a few minutes and listen to these powerful lyrics.

You heard the cry of our hearts
And You came down
Freely You gave us Your love
Showing us how

Make me an instrument of Your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is darkness let me shine light and
May Your love cause us to open up
Cause us to open up our hearts
May Your light cause us to shine so bright
That we bring hope into the dark

All that we do without love
It means nothing
Grant us the courage to give
As You’re calling

Make me an instrument of Your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is darkness let me shine light and
May Your love cause us to open up
Cause us to open up our hearts
May Your light cause us to shine so bright
That we bring hope into the dark

Hope for the hopeless, Your love is
Strength in our weakness, Your love is
May we love, as You love
Hope for the hopeless, Your love is
Strength in our weakness, Your love is
May we love, as You love
(As only You can love, oh God)
May we love, as You love
May we love, as You love

Hope for the hopeless.

Strength in our weakness.

May we love, as You love.

 

Every time I hear this song, I am challenged to open up my heart and my simple ways of thinking. I’m challenged to continually learn to love as He loved. Is it easy sometimes? Absolutely not. But, when we open up our minds and hearts to new ways of loving, it is incredible what God can do.

I loved meeting David, his family, and The Brilliance. Go check them out on iTunes and buy their awesome music!

Do you have lyrics that continue to resonate with you long after you’ve heard the song?

Love People Right Where They Are {Podcast Episode #52}

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On today’s episode, we talk about:

  • Loving God and loving people
  • Inspired by my friend Sarah and Neighbors Table (be sure to follow her. She’s awesome!)
  • Learning to love people right where they are
  • Setting aside our own expectations
  • Choosing to love people. Period.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Who do you need to love right where they are?

 

Thank you so much for your honest reviews on iTunes. If you haven’t done so, would you be so kind and leave a review? You can do it by clicking here. I greatly appreciate it!

 

Remodeling Clay Podcast

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Today, I have the honor of being a guest on Clay Shaver’s podcast, Remodeling Clay. If you’re visiting from his site, welcome! I look forward to connecting with you.

You can check out the episode here.

Be sure to check out some of Clay’s other episodes. He talks about losing weight, being healthy, and remodeling your life for the better. And while you’re there, be sure to leave him a review on iTunes.

I’d love to hear your feedback on the show. Leave a comment below.

 

 

Matt Ham on Living Richly {Podcast Episode #51}

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Matt Ham joins me on the podcast today.  He is a successful business owner, husband, father, writer and speaker, and he is learning to redefine what it means to be rich.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • What it means to be rich?
  • There’s an internal draw to the natural comparison trap
  •  Asking yourself “What am I doing all of this for?”
  • His personal story of hearing “You make my life rich”
  • R – Recognize you’re broke
  • I – Invest in others
  • C – Choose to be grateful. Gratitude is the currency of the heart
  • H – Humble yourself with confidence (Hebrews 10:35)
  • How important it is to lead at home
  • In the middle of a journey, you can feel lost
  • We have a choice
  • You can always choose how you respond
  • Responsibility is a response

You can find Matt on his blog, FB, and Twitter. Be sure to sign up to get a copy of his free ebook, I am Here.

What does it mean for you to be rich? I’d love to hear.

 

Rick Helfrich on Letting Go of the Brakes in Life, Love and Faith {Podcast Episode #50}

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Episode #50!!

I can’t believe it. Time has flown, and I have had an absolute blast with the first fifty episodes. I am so thankful for all of the guests who were willing to take time to be on the show, and I cannot thank you, my listeners, enough. As I thought about what to do for this special episode, there was one person who kept coming to mind. He has been so supportive of me, and encouraged me to continually step out of my comfort zone. He is someone that most of you do not know, but he is full of wisdom. Please give a special welcome to my husband, Rick Helfrich! This is probably the most raw and vulnerable episode I’ve released so far. We get very real about challenges in our marriage, and how we continue to work through them. On this episode, we talk about:

  • How Rick fell back in love with a childhood passion
  • How he stopped his sedentary lifestyle
  • How he went from taking a ride on the trails to signing up for a 30 mile race
  • How cycling changed him in other areas of his life
  • How he learned to Let Go of the Brakes
  • We get really honest about our marriage
  • How Rick didn’t feel needed, but was unable to express it
  • How I pressured him to be on the same spiritual path (or how I was a giant pain in the ass, in his words) :)
  • How compartmentalizing emotions and bottling them in is not good for any of us
  • How we continue to fight for our marriage
  • You are not alone in your marriage struggles

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode. We’re truly hoping that you can learn from our mistakes. You can connect with Rick on Twitter. You can view his blog series we referenced here.   As always, I am so appreciative of your honest iTunes reviews. Would you take two minutes and leave one here?

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