Sunday, December 16, 2012


Let us daily take our cross
And walk as He has walked.
Let us daily check our words
And talk as He would talk.

Let us daily look at scripture
To see what things are so.
Let us daily pray to God
That we might learn and grow.

Let us daily meet with saints
And gather with one mind.
Let us daily show the Christ-
For all the world to find!

Let us daily be renewed
By the hope that our God gives.
Let us daily walk by faith
In our God for Whom we live.

Let us daily encourage others
That we might not fall to sin.
Let us daily persevere;
The crown of life to win!

Let us daily think of grace
And of His death upon the tree.
Let us daily think as Jesus
And be as He would be!

By Tamara L. Vanderdasson
Written:  March 30, 1998

1 Pt. 3:15; Col. 4:6; Acts 17:11; 1 Thes. 5:17; Eph. 3:17-19; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 5:42; Matt. 5:16; 2 Cor. 4:16-18; 2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 3:13; Jms. 1:12; 1 Pt. 2:21; 1 Pt. 4:1; Eph. 5:1, Mark 6:33-34

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


God has made Himself clear by the things that He has made;
By our souls; by His Word; by the debt that His Son paid!

God has made it evident that, from Him, this world came.
And even though man turns from God, this truth is still the same.

Sunsets, stars and atmosphere; in all things nature shows,
God makes Himself evident so that our hearts may know.

God has made it evident that each human has a soul.
Who am I?  Where am I from? Only God can fill this hole.

Every soul has an emptiness when it is not filled with God.
Vacant hearts and searching souls wandering on this sod.

God shows what kind of God He is within His very Word.
(A faithful, holy, jealous God) to make our hearts assured.

His Word teaches us how to live and shows us the right way.
It reveals the sweet love of God that our hearts may always stay.

The greatest evidence of God has been revealed within His Son.
Jesus Christ with man to live – the greatest deed is done!

Jesus Christ came to earth to teach us how to live;
To show us the heart of God – the perfect gift to give!

In life He taught us to truly love.  In death He taught the same.
Enduring death with our sin, but raised in Jehovah’s Name!

May my life be evidence of the God for Whom I live.
May others see His glory as my heart to Him I give!

May my heart be surrendered; daily bowing on my knees.
May my humble heart towards the Lord be His light for all to see!

Yes!  God has made Himself clear by the things that He has made;
By our souls; by His word; by the debt that His Son paid!

By Tamara Lynn Vanderdasson
Written:  July 26, 1999

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Tender Compassion

A tender compassion from God’s own heart
Pours through mine when it’s torn apart.
Cleansing comfort in the Father’s love;
Perfect comfort from up above.

His perfect loves casts out all my fear;
Inviting me close; inviting me near!
Convincing my soul there is nothing to hide,
All of my pain in Him I confide!

He wraps His arms around my soul
Hugging it tight, making it whole;
Reviving my life with His tender touch,
He reminds me He loves me!  Oh! So much!

His Spirit whispers my hurts in His ear;
He touches my face, wipes every tear.
He holds my heart in His very hand;
He lifts me up and helps me to stand!

His tender compassion is new every day;
Renewing my life in every way!
God of all comfort giving endurance;
Easing my burden; bringing assurance!

He calls me to come; to lean and to rest;
All of my heart in Him to invest!
His yoke is easy!  His burden is light!
Look!  A healed heart!  What a beautiful sight!

Yes, a tender compassion from God’s own heart
Pours through mine when it’s torn apart.
Cleansing comfort in the Father’s grace!
Perfect comfort when I seek His face!

By Tamara L. Vanderdasson
Written: October 2, 2008

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Jesus Convention

I have, like many others, I guess, been thinking a lot about politics these days.  Both parties have had their big conventions.  With only about 65 days left till the big presidential vote, there is a lot to think about.  The funny thing is, this past week, I haven't been thinking about the election much at all.  I don't want to talk about who to vote for, or who is right and who is wrong, or about who said what or did what deplorable thing, or about any such things as that.

I only want to talk about who I should be supporting; of who my allegiance is to; of who I am going to follow this year, and in the years to come.  I support Christ!  I believe in Him!  I will follow Him!  I want Him to reign in this world, in this country, in each and every heart and soul that populates this planet!  I think that is on God's heart as well!  (John 3:15; 1 Timothy 2:1-6)

This past Sunday, the pastor talked about his 5 year old son who happened to see a snippet of the national convention.  He saw a sign on TV that read, "We Believe In Mitt!"  This 5 year old boy said, "Dad, shouldn't we believe in Jesus?"  Who can say it better than that?  Really.  Think about it.

It is awfully easy to get caught up in this world and it's politics and it's why's and wherefore's.  It is easy to get distracted and busy and on a soap box that has little to do with God's purposes. (Sometimes, even, my soapbox might be 'godly', but my tone and purpose and judgment and attack might be way off of God's plan.)  I think it is always better to be kind than to be right.  (quote by Ann Lamott)

 It is easy to hold banners that everyone else is holding and yell for a better America.  It is easy to get discouraged at how things have been in this country the past several years.  Is is easy to yearn for something better and to attribute the possibility of a better America to a party, or candidate, or law, or program, or....!

But the truth is that the world won't be better until it embraces Jesus Christ.  America won't be better until we embrace Jesus Christ.  The communities won't be better until they embrace Jesus Christ.  The churches won't be better until they embrace Jesus Christ.  Families won't be better until they embrace Jesus Christ.  People won't be better until they embrace Jesus Christ.  I won't be better unless I embrace Jesus Christ.

Nothing will be better or right until Jesus is the center of it all; until He holds the place in individual hearts.  Until communities and families are built on Him as the foundation.  Until countries give their allegiance to Him.

How can such a grand scale transformation happen?  Does it seem impossible and improbable?  Well, nothing is impossible with God.  And with faith, we can move mountains! (even with faith as small as a mustard seed!)  (Matthew 17:20)  And without faith, it is impossible to please God!  (Hebrews 11:6)  And someday, really, EVERY knee will bow.  (Philippians 2)

I have a desire for all to know Him...for everyone to carry a banner that says, "I believe in Christ!"  Imagine...a city-wide convention, or a national convention, or a world convention, where everyone would be supporting Jesus, and carrying their banners for Jesus and showing their signs and spilling out the love of Jesus to everyone and each other!  Imagine billions of people all at once recognizing Him as Lord, glorifying and praising and worshiping Him!  (I think it will happen when every knee bows, and I can't wait!)

But meanwhile, in my own little family and community, all I know is that I, as a Christ-follower, have a responsibility to reflect and shine and show Christ to those around me.  If I can carry my banner for Jesus and celebrate Him in every instance in my life, showing Him my complete allegiance, and influence those around me to shine for Him and carry their banners and celebrate and glorify Him and give Him allegiance, then I am doing what God asks of me.

And truly, I am happy to do it!

It may be un'conventional' (pun intended) and politically incorrect (yes, pun intended again) to wave a banner for Jesus, the Lord, the Savior for all people, God's One and Only Son!  But the more of us that gather to His 'convention' and take on His purpose, and wave the banner with His name emblazoned on it,  the more impact He will have through us; the more visual Jesus becomes to a spiritually failing planet and nation, and the more glory that goes to Jesus!  I am all for that!

Who's with me?

Sunday, September 2, 2012


Since my foolishness reveals Your purpose;
Shows Your wisdom for all to see;
May my purpose be as Yours;
May I learn from Your piety!

Since my weakness reveals Your power;
Shows You in the strength of Your might;
May I stand within Your strength;
Hold Your ground and fight Your fight!

Since my emptiness shows Your fullness;
And all You are is then revealed;
May I ever be Your child;
Full of You and Spirit sealed!

Since my humility shows Your Glory;
Removes myself entirely;
May my pride be non-existent;
May I always have bended knee!

Since less of me means more of You;
All of You I so profess!
Empty, foolish, humble, weak;
Yet completely Yours – Divinely blessed!

May my life be Your reflection;
Your purpose, plan, strength and glory!
May all I do show all You are;
May my life be Your story!

By Tamara Vanderdasson
Written:  April 9, 2009

(Heb. 5:7-8; Phil 2:8; 1 Peter 4:1; 1 Cor. 1:18-31)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Am I All That?
Well, am I? 

“For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”  Galatians 6:3

I found myself in the book of Galatians a couple of days ago.  I was reading about the truth of the Gospel; about not being enslaved again to the law; about not believing any different Gospel other than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  And it got me thinking. 

I love that Jesus died for me.  I love that He rose and lives and moves and EXISTS.  I love that He is my Mediator and my Savior and my Lord.  I love the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus. And my heart rejoiced as I read….because it convicted me again of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

And I kept reading.

The people of Galatia believed in Jesus.  They loved Him and rejoiced in the gospel of the truth.  Just like me!  And then I read Galatians 1:6-9.  These people, who loved Jesus, just like me, began listening to a different gospel; a distorted gospel; a contrary gospel! 

When I think of distortion, I think of silly putty.  Do you remember that stuff?  I think of getting it and flattening it out.  Then, I imagine taking the flat silly putty and pressing it to a newspaper.  The words on the newspaper get transferred to the silly putty.  But it is backwards! And then, I imagine taking that silly putty and pulling and stretching it. What happens to the words? They get distorted.  They get blurred.  They get hard to read.  It really does make the truth ‘putty in your hands’.

That is exactly what was happening in Galatia. They had the TRUTH of the gospel of Christ, but someone got them believing a distorted version of the truth, thus making it untruth.  They began trying to do it on their own. They went to the law to save them, instead of clinging to Jesus, the Savior.  (Gal. 3:3; 4:9; 5:1)

They were being re-enslaved to the law.  Paul said that by doing this, they would be cursed (Gal. 3:10-14); they would not be justified (Gal. 2:16); they would be deceived (Gal. 6:3); and they would reap corruption (Gal. 6:8) Yikes. 

I kept reading, because this all made me so sad and angry and frustrated. I mean, seriously, how could anyone who has experienced Christ want to move away from that freedom and salvation and sweetness?  I kept reading, hoping for changed hearts. 

And as I was reading, I noticed several contrasting ideas.
Hagar versus Sarah
Sanai versus the New Jerusalem
Flesh versus Spirit
Law versus Grace 

I thought about Hagar; about Abraham; about Sarah.  God made Abraham a promise.  God told Abraham that he would be the father of many nations.  (Genesis 15:1-6; 17:1-6)  His wife, Sarah, was old and did not bear him any children. So Sarah gave her maid, Hagar, to Abraham in order to have children.  When Abraham was 86 years old, Hagar gave him a son, Ishmael.  This caused Sarah to be jealous of Hagar.  As a result, Sarah treated her badly. When Abraham was 99 years old (13 years later), and Sarah was 90 years old, God told Abraham that the promise of many nations would not come through Ishmael, but through a son that Sarah would bear.  Yes, go ahead and laugh… was even humorous to Abraham and Sarah.  But a year later, they had a son, Isaac, just as God promised.  And it indeed was through Isaac that many nations came.  Isaac is in the lineage of Jesus. 

I thought about Sanai; the “law mountain”.  It was at Mount Sanai where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments.  It was at Mount Sanai where the people were not allowed to touch without being killed, where God came down and spoke with Moses and where the people trembled when they saw the lightening and heard the thunder and loud trumpet. (Exodus 19)  Then I thought about the New Jerusalem.  I thought about Hebrews 12:18-24.

I thought about flesh.  It decays and ages.  It misleads and gets me into trouble.  I thought about the Spirit, about His fruit (Gal. 5:22-25); and how against that fruit, there is no law. 

I thought about the Law, and how un-saving; how condemning it is.  The law cannot save.  I thought about grace, that it is a free gift from God (Romans 6:22-23) I thought about the Grace of God and how faith is intrinsically tied to it. (Gal. 3:12; Hebrews 11:6)

Then Paul tells them that by leaning towards the law and away from grace, they, in essence declared that Christ died for nothing, and grace is nullified!  (Gal. 2:21)  That grace in not valid; that it does not have any credence or power!  Again, yikes.

And then I had a drastic thought; a catastrophic thought:  Do I, just like them, do any form of that?  Do I, just like them, lean away from grace in my own life?  Do I try to do it all myself, as Hagar; at Mount Sanai; in my flesh; trying to live in law?  Yes.  Yes, I do.  I do it every time I step out of faith and try to solve a problem without consulting God; without listening to God; without waiting on God.  I do it every time I make my faith about accomplishing tasks or fulfilling a checklist instead of living in the truth of the gospel of Christ.  I do it every time I forget Christ in any equation in my life.  I do it every time I put myself above God.  I do it every time I put myself above others.  I do it every time I try to take the best seat, assuming I deserve it.  I do it every time I try to live my life without Christ in the center of it all.  I do it on some level every time I………!

And then my next thought:  How arrogant and vain am I? How could I imagine that I am even capable of it?  Am I all that?  Seriously!  Am I?  Do I really think that I am strong enough, disciplined enough, knowledgeable enough, powerful enough or thorough enough to pull it off?  How can I try to equate myself and my ‘abilities’ with the awesome, powerful, all-saving, free gift of grace and eternal life?  Why do I not remember that He is God and I am not?  (Galatians 6:3)

And then:  Why would I even want to attempt to do it all by myself?  Am I all that?  Seriously!  Am  I?  Why would I want to try to secure God’s promise on my own?  (like Hagar & Sarah)  Why would I want to live by the Law?  Why would I want to stand afraid and trembling at the foot of Mount Sainai when I can kneel confidently at the foot of the cross and at the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:14-16) and be in freedom at Mount Zion, the New Jerusalem?   Why would I hand my flesh that kind of falsified power?  Why would I want to be enslaved and shackled like that?  Being a slave for Christ means freedom!  Why would I trade that in for a false security?  Why would I want to be cursed or deceived?  Why would I want to prevent God from justifying me?  (I can’t justify myself!)  Why would I want to reap corruption over eternal life?!  I wouldn’t, and yet, against my better judgment, I often try.

So how do I go full force into the grace of God?  How do I go all the way into embracing the truth of His gospel?  How do I prevent myself from nullifying the grace of God:  By fulfilling the whole law; yes, the WHOLE LAW, of Jesus Christ, that is, “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the whole law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)  And, “For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.”  (Gal. 5:5-6) Or as Jesus Himself said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the WHOLE Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 25:37-40)

God brings me to His grace with my complete and utter humility before Him, total surrender to Him, acknowledging my dependence on Him for not only my salvation and justification, but in my day to day living.  My every breath and step and action is because of and for His glory.  It is because of Him I live and move and breathe and EXIST.  It is by Jesus that this whole world is held together.  It is only by His power and strength and will and might that I have any abilities or gifts or talents or success at all. 

“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in EVERYTHING.” (Colossians 1:16-18)

Because Jesus really is ALL THAT!

By Tamara Vanderdasson
August 28, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Intent on one purpose; nothing random at all!
Let’s put love in action – sure of His call!

Community; fellowship in Jesus, our King!
Living our thanks, exulting, we sing!

Loving in truth and loving in deed;
Reducing our lives to serving each need.

Exposing our lives without any shame;
Sharing; confessing; without any blame!

Giving ourselves with all of our souls;
Striving continuously; fulfilling our roles.

Weeping; rejoicing; sharing all things.
Communing together – what blessing it brings!

The nature of Christ becoming our own;
His love pouring forth – our light is shown!

Fruit and obedience – disciples for sure!
Love put it in action – intentional; pure!

By Tamara L. Vanderdasson
Written:  January 7, 2006