Monday, July 3, 2017

Sweet Communion



Over the past two weeks, I have had such wonderful moments with special people in my life!  I traveled over 2000 miles with my mom and my aunt.  We laughed, we talked, we were quiet, we were together and it was memorable. 

Yesterday, I traveled with my parents to Ida United Methodist Church to share worship with a long time family friend that was in the pulpit to share his gifts with all that were there.  It was a small group of people, but it was special.  Brother Jerry lost his wife not long ago and this was a special time for him.  He was back in his home town with his friends, his supporters, his people to worship Jesus and remind us what that looks like in our life.

He reminded us that Jesus came here like each of us.  Human and what that meant to him and he encouraged us each to figure out what that meant to us by being in His Word.  He shared that Jesus was tempted and He won and we can too!  It was special and then we came to communion time.  Brother Jerry had helpers because he is still recovering from knee surgery and he came behind them to give each of us an individual blessing meant for just us.

  It was so special to hear Bro. Jerry to give such a sweet word over my daddy and then my mom.  I love these two more than words are able to express and I love Brother Jerry, so I was just about to come undone with emotion and he came to me.  A sweet man that came into my life when I was in high school and is still such a special part of it.  A man that is honest that he is flawed, but loves the Lord dearly and he showed through his honesty how to walk.  He stumbled and he got back up.  He loves and he continues to love.  He is compassionate and he teaches others how to be compassionate.  He is real.  It helps so much when we realize that our leaders are like us...flawed, but still loved. 

Anyway, he came to me and he spoke such sweet words after I received the Lord's Communion.  It was a powerful moment that I was definitely reminded that I am loved by God.  God provided through Brother Jerry such a sweet beautiful morning at Ida UMC.  I stepped back in time for a moment and it was wonderful.

Thank you Lord for the past few weeks for such special moments with my family and friends.  I am blessed by each one and treasure our moments together and love each one more with each special moment.

Share your moments with your loved ones and friends and treasure each one!   Give thanks for each one to the One who provides each moment.  The photo I took this weekend is a special moment that God reminded me to stop and take in His beauty. 

Sweet blessings,
Debbie

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette



I love a book that keeps you so excited that you will not put it down and this book is indeed a page turner!  Alanah, is a survivor, fighter, woman, unique, broken, and beautiful person that you will fall absolutely in love with and fighting for from the beginning.  Tobiah, the Hebrew who saves her on the battle field is a true gentlemen that captures your heart and together they make the most beautiful love story.  Life is not easy for anyone, but God provides in the most amazing ways.

Connilyn Cossette is an author that uses just the right word and phrasing that makes your heart soar and falter with the characters.  I truly become a part of her stories and this is the 3rd book in Connilyn's series Out From Egypt.  I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite, because each one is truly beautiful.  Capturing God's stories and putting them into a fictional story that makes you think and makes you fall more and more in love with God through each one.

I have always wondered about manna.  Yes, manna.  Well, through the pages you begin to think you know how it taste and the absolute miracle that it truly is and once again the author captures how we take things for granted.  Alanah was so hungry the first time she tasted manna and she never lost the desire and love for the sweet taste.  

Alanah was a Canaanite warrior when you meet her that was fighting disguised as a man and wounded when Tobiah discovers her laying hurt and wounded.  Tobiah brings her back to camp to the woman that is a midwife, she also helps with the wounded.  The healing of her body and heart begin the moment that Alanah meets Tobiah.  

I don't want to give any more of this beautiful story away.  I want each of you to give this gift to yourself or a loved one.  I promise it is beyond 5 stars and it will capture and make your heart swell!  God's love and forgiveness are shown throughout each page.  It is real.  It is authentic and so honest that you will see things in this story that are happening right now and perhaps new eyes will be given through these characters and this author's gift of storytelling.  Eyes for all of us to forgive and let go and keep our eyes on Our Savior.

Go to your local bookstore or order it online today!  It would make a perfect Mother's Day gift if your mom likes to read.

I also want to tell you that this book also entices you to open your Bible and read it with new eyes!  So don't wait.

Sweet blessings,
Debbie

DISCLAIMER:  I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been paid for this.  It is my honest opinion and review.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Baseball and Blue Angels



Yesterday was a real treat!  We had some of our great American values at the ball field!

We had baseball, the American flag, take me out to the ballgame in the 7th inning and the Blue Angels!  It doesn't get any better than this...I was sitting beside my dad, who is now 84 and another gentleman that looked much older than my dad and it was great.  I have to tell you it was emotional.  Emotional with the flag flying proudly over the center field wall, my nephew playing catcher in one of his last college games, the Blue Angels which just give you chills and my dad sitting with Pam and I.

It just doesn't get any better than special times with people you treasure.  It really has been emotional with Vaughn getting to this point in his life.  Not exactly sure what his next step is and where that will lead and supporting him as much as possible and then honestly just getting older.  Not so much me as much as all the folks I love so dearly.  We truly realize with age what really matters...or at least I hope we all do.  It is not stuff.  It is people.  It is moments.  It is these truly special moments of patriotism and family.

I am a proud aunt and daughter.  I love going to all the games with my dad to support my nephews.  Pam truly does share these guys with me and they mean the world to me.  So I celebrate life!


Moments that thrill you beyond words, but scare you at the same time!  Wow, these guys are special! Thanks for the show Blue Angels!


My oldest nephew is the one standing up in the back.  He is truly banged up at the moment with back injury and hurting.  Please keep him in your prayers, he wants so badly to finish up strong!

I love you Vaughn and whether you continue on the baseball field or decide another route...you make me so proud to say you are my nephew!  

Sweet blessings,
Debbie

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Reinvented in the words of Aunt Martha



New things all to a new and improved you?  Does that sound good?  It did to me.

  I am feeling very pushed out of my comfort zone, but I am enjoying it.  I don't show you this painting, because I think it is wonderful.  I show it because I am stretching myself to try things I've never done before.  No jumping out of airplanes, but creative things!  We are never too old to learn and grow.

I heard Nancy Kerrigan say on Good Morning America that she really enjoy DWTS because it was pushing her out and that is how I am feeling.  My Aunt Martha told me at dinner Monday night Deb you are reinventing yourself and that is a good thing.  She went on to say that we should all do this several times in our lifetime. Aunt Martha is ??(not sharing her age)Re and still learning!  I thought about it and she's right.  Life gets boring, if it is the same.  Yet, I believe God wants us to learn and grow and that is why these times are so fulfilling.  He wants us to create and to share in His Creation and so I am.

I am enjoying taking photos and I am enjoying art.  So today's post, is about encouraging others to get outside your comfort zone.  I don't how that might look in your life, but push past the same, the ordinary, the safe and try to widen your horizons.  You will feel good and it will improve your outlook on life.  Opening your eyes to a whole new world!

Sweet blessings,
Debbie