Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Light and Hope



Do you remember when you were small on summer nights when you would chase the little lightning bugs around and put them in mason jars?  I loved this summer tradition until it almost became extinct.  I never saw the lightning bugs or was I just not looking in the right spots?  The dark night suddenly not so dark any more because of the light of a small bug and the fun it brought into the darkness.

I am doing an advent study and part of the process is to journal your thoughts on different passages or to write about the passage.  On Monday this week the passage was from Isaiah 9:2 about people walking in darkness and the light.  Go read it for yourself and see what thoughts it brings to your mind about light and darkness.  Today from Isaiah 9:6 brought many things to mind for me about light and hope!

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Today, the Lord brought to my mind all the wonderful things about Him that provide so much hope.  He is a wonderful Counselor, Mighty, Forever and Peace all of this and so much more.  The verse also showed me that this was written a long time before Jesus was born.  A very long time, but it is written truth.  I mean this is written with a strong belief that this was going to happen and  that provides so much hope!  Isaiah believed it long before it was true.  He knew it in his heart and he was sharing it with everyone else.

Do we act in a way that we believe God's Words to provide hope to others?  We are surrounded by darkness daily just like during the time Isaiah.  Lots of terrible things happening, so do we walk allowing God's light to shine providing hope along the way or perhaps not?  Do we really believe God's promises?  

God reminded me this morning to keep my eyes on Him allowing Him to shine through me!  We can't do this without Him.  We allow other things to take over, but HE always shines!

Reminders of lightning bugs and how they reappeared in my life, when I took the time to notice...A beautiful light on a dark night provided by the Only One that truly offers hope.

Sweet Advent Blessings,
Debbie

P.S. The book is Advent Illustrated by Sara Laughed.  I am enjoying the first few days and will continue to share throughout the journey of Advent.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Where we Belong by Lynn Austin Book Review - One Word FABULOUS



Fabulous is the only word that describes this book!  I felt every emotion, I smelled the same smells, I saw with my mind the descriptions in every scene of this book that took me from Chicago, to Egypt, sailing the oceans, to Cambridge with two sisters.  The sisters were very strong believers and they lived their faith with adventures.

Adventures that were set in a very different time for women.  1892 was a time of women being more into the social scene rather than learning and exploring.  These two sisters lead by a strong older sister would not settle for what was suppose to be according to society, but lived by God's words and knew He desired something else for her and she would not settle for less.

Normally I read very fast, but  this book made me want to take in every word and to experience what these women were experiencing and I did!  Lynn Austin outdid herself with this book and I hope and I pray that word gets out about this book.  Christmas is around the corner share it with a sister or a friend that you consider close as a sister.  It is a treasure that will hopefully lead another woman to a closer walk with the LORD.

I felt the fear as they sat in a tent in the desert with a storm surrounding them yet the peace they felt by their faith that everything was going to be alright.  Have you ever wanted to be brave and board a plane to Egypt and ride a camel through the desert?  Well, me either exactly but I did through these sisters.  Only they traveled by boat a very long time to see their dream come to a reality.

I truly can't pick a favorite part of this book or a favorite character.  The two sisters, Rebecca and Flora, are very different in some ways yet alike.  Rebecca is strong and you know it and Flora is gentle yet very strong.  Rebecca is not the beautiful sister (at least in her own eyes)  Flora is the one described with beauty, but don't let that mislead you.  Strength is in Flora too.  

Please order this book for someone you love!  I can't stress enough how much you will enjoy sitting by a fire or at the beach reading this wonder book.  I don't want to share too much because I want it to come into your senses the way it did for me.  Even to the smell of a young man named Soren in the book.  I smelled him right along with the sisters and was trying so hard not to let him know.  Yes, I know it seems ridiculous, but I did.  It was so good!

Also, for those that truly love the Word of God this book is extra special.  These sisters went on a special mission to the desert to find old, old, pages of the Bible to help someone else believe.  It is so good,

I was given this book by Bethany House to review and all I can say is that when I close this blog post about the book...I am ordering some for Christmas gifts!

Order through your local bookstore or through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, wherever you get your books.  Don't miss out!

Lynn Austin such a fantastic job!  Thanks so much for sharing this special adventure with me!

Sweet blessings,
Debbie

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Bread



What is something that you think you must have everyday?  Is it coffee to begin your day?  Is it exercise that you must get that run in?  Is it a diet coke? (hmmmm.) We all have something that we desire daily, but in truth we don't have to have it.

Jesus is something we all need and we desire, but some of us may not realize that is what we are lacking in our life.  Jesus in John 8 referred to himself as "I am the bread of life..."  People in the ancient days would not have survived long without bread and they all knew this and Jesus knew the reference when He referred to himself in this manner.  Bread was baked daily in long ago days and it was mostly round looking like rolls or buns.  People had it in there homes, but it was used in worship as well.  People knew they needed bread.

We all need Jesus.  We walk through life trying to fill up on stuff.  Our stuff just looks different for each of us and it is quite a list I am sure, but truthfully all we need is Jesus.  

Ponder about Jesus today and Him being all we need to survive this world and look forward to eternity with Him.

Sweet blessings,
Debbie

Friday, October 20, 2017

Peace and beauty




A few weeks ago, I text Linda about a road trip.  Are you ready to take more photos?  Yes, when and where?  

Well, the day was here yesterday and it was just what my soul needed.

Peace and Quiet!

Absolutely stunning beauty in the waters out of Karnack, Texas.  The Cypress trees were beyond words and then the birds that just touched my soul.



God truly is amazing and one is reminded when you surround yourself in His Creation.  Whether it is in the bayous, the mountains, the birds, ourselves creation truly reminds us who God truly is...
I don't know about you with all the loud noise of this world I need days surrounded with Him!  Reminders that He truly is in this world and in charge!  I return home refreshed and renewed in Him and I can handle the ugly noises of this world.

When we first stepped in the boat this was my view and immediately it was as if God touched my shoulder and reminded me that Deb, I've got you and I've got this world.  Relax in me and it was truly amazing.
I leave you today with this verse from Psalm 122:8
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you."

Sweet blessings,