I've Got Questions

I have questions. I have lots of questions. I always have questions. Today's questions are super important to me. You can answer them via email or by commenting on this post. Whatever you prefer. And let it be noted that there is no judgement here - I'm just trying to get a feel of where people are at.

Do you go to church?
If not, why? 
If you do, why?
Why did you decide to go to the church you currently attend?
Was there something specific you were/are looking for?
What is one thing you feel the church is doing well at?
What is one thing you feel the church is not doing well at?
Is there something you'd like your church to address or provide?

Again, you can email me your answers if you'd prefer... tam@tamhodge.com

Thank you for your time, as always. I hope your day is full of joy!

He Names Them Tam

A graveyard for aborted babies. It's a real thing. And it is both heartbreaking and, oddly, life giving.

Tong has buried over 10,000 babies in the land he bought for this purpose. He simply wants to give these unwanted ones a proper burial.

He honors their lives by giving them names. He names the boys Vinh - which means honor. He names the girls Tam - which means heart.

And then every tear leapt out of my body.

I love this man. I love that he recognizes these babies as human beings who deserve respect. Thank you, Tong, for giving them identities. 

Read full story here.

I prayed for you today

Well before this posted I had decided to pray for you. I don't know what is going on in your corner of the world right now, but I do know that our world is a bit chaotic at the moment... Not only at large, but for many of us... our personal worlds. 

When someone tells me they will pray, and I actually know they'll pray, oh the difference that makes. 

So I want you to know that I've prayed for you. I have prayed for peace, clarity, courage, strength, the ability to forgive, the will to let go, the strength to walk away, the renewal of faith, the ability to simply face your day...

You woke today - you get to leave a beautiful imprint in history again. You've got this.

What If You...?

"You just have to choose." Choose, choose, choose.

When you are up to your box-dyed hair in the emotional roller coaster of life, the last thing you want to hear is, "You just have to choose to dig out of this."

How 'bout I choose not to hear you?

But darn-it-all-to-heck that is some good advice. The choose part.

How much time do we spend waiting?
We wait on circumstances to change.
We wait on people to change. 
We wait for the perfect time.
We wait for the apology.
We wait for the handout.

We wait. We wait. We wait.

I'm afraid the more we wait, the more we waste.

What if, in all this waiting, it has been you all along that can change your circumstances?

What if you blessed and released that person who refuses to change?
What if you created the perfect time?
What if you forgave without the apology?
What if you worked for it instead of feeling entitled to it?

What if you stopped waiting and you started choosing?