Monday, July 2, 2018

Women and friends, Different yet alike but true treasures in this journey

Friends truly are gifts from above!  Recently, I traveled with two of my friends to New Mexico and Colorado and we laughed, we discussed, we explored, and we sang!  Yes, we had the radio going and turned over to the 70's channel.  Well, let me tell you it was a wonderful experience.  We had traveled for hours looking for Buffalo in this wonderful state park in Texas didn't find one buffalo, but we found lots of beauty without the big beast.

After we left the park, and we were riding along suddenly the song "I am Woman by Helen Reddy" began to play.  Well that car became a trip back in time with all three of us remembering the words, the hand motions even (yes I know) and it was epic.  We laughed and I suddenly said I think it is so funny that I have always loved this song, feminist that I am now.  Well, feminist isn't a word that I would use to describe myself, but we began to discuss this and Valine pointed out that one we are all 3 strong women, we have worked hard to become who we are, and that indeed we are women!

I am sharing a couple of photos of us on our trip.  Linda and I go way back to junior high and then our families working together in business and church.  (she is in the middle)   Linda and Valine ( she is one with dark hair) met in college and are besties from that time forward.  Yet, we all get along great and like to explore and travel, so the bond formed.  Oh and I can't forget Cassie!  Yes, my doggie is a member of this group too!

I think our group is a great example for the world today.  We are all very different in some ways, yet alike in so many others.  We are able to accept each other and love each other and bond over our similarities and build and treasure great friendship.  Do we sometimes disagree?  Yes, but you know what we do?  We agree to disagree and move forward.  Oh, how I wish we could take it out of that vehicle into the rest of the world.

Again, laughter is great medicine for the world.  It got me to thinking what do we laugh at?  We laugh at funny memories, we laugh at these old stories like they happened to each of us and it is so good for the soul.  We find things that we all like to talk about or do.  We all like photography, we all like nature, we all like crafts, we like to read, we all like to try something new.  Linda, is working with both of us on painting and we like it.  

We accept when we aren't all quite ourselves.  On this last trip, I wasn't feeling 100% actually went to the doctor twice before we left town trying to get better.  I was a little better, but not myself by any stretch, but they overlooked I wasn't 100% and didn't act like they noticed. Yet, something else we need to extend in this world. I don't think I ever mentioned to Valine I had been sick and to the doctor, but hopefully Linda told her.  Anyway, Valine if you didn't know now you know why I didn't have much energy, but I did try to keep going.  We accept, the good, the bad, and the ugly and keep going!


We allow each other to be ourselves knowing that is truly what matters.  Yes, we are women and sometimes we roar, but most of the time we laugh, share, and grow!  Also, we are Christian women that still hold some of the same belief system, but not all of it, but we allow each to soar like eagles!  Yes, remember the scripture in Isaiah 40:31:  I love this verse and it just comes to life, when you get the joy of watching an eagle soar.
...those who hope in the Lord renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint.

  
The eagle isn't soaring here, but resting next to the nest.  Look close at this photo in the hole and notice the eagle inside the nest too!  God gives such wonderful surprises even after the trip is over and you are back home celebrating friendship and love.  

I can't wait for our next adventure!  

Sweet blessings,
Debbie

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Rest on every side


When I stand on the back porch in Colorado, truly I worship God.  I don't always have my hands in the air, but I do worship Him.  The mountains surround me and I see Him and feel Him everywhere so very profoundly.

Where do you worship God?  Is it everywhere?  Anywhere?  Only at certain places?

Last Sunday at Simple Church, Justin preached from 2 Chronicles 20 and it really got my attention.  So I have been pondering on it all week.  I have looked at, read it, and written about it all week.  The reason being it is about truly trusting God and letting go.  Totally believing in God and trusting in Him and letting Him handle it all.  Go read it for yourself.

How many times do you give something to God and in a few days pick it right back up again?  Or should I say think you can handle it because perhaps God isn't doing it the way we expect Him to or we don't know what He is doing, so let's help Him out?

I am going to share a portion of the story, but please read it for yourself.  Jehoshaphat is about to lead the people into a battle.  He isn't sure what to do, but he calls the people of Judah together to seek God's desires.  God tells him to not be afraid or discouraged because the vast army isn't theirs to fight.  It is God's battle.  So Jehoshaphat listened to the instructions and the next morning instructed certain men to sing and praise Him for the splendor of God.  Yes, the choir lead the army into the area for battle.  Well, confusion took over the enemy and they took care of each other!  God definitely works in mysterious ways!

Yet, isn't it so cool that they were singing and trusting God to handle it and He did!  How often do we try to handle the battle going on in our life, but it is not ours to handle?  While looking at this verse this week the words that struck me is verse 30 ~ And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.  What about you?  Does peace on every side sound good?  Have you thought about perhaps the reason you aren't at peace is you are trying to handle something that isn't yours to handle?

All week I have reflected on the awesome picture in my head of the choir singing at the top of their lungs headed into battle with the soldiers following behind.  Do you wonder what was the choir thinking or were they totally lost in worship?  Was the army lost in worship as well?  Isn't it beautiful that an army was so into worship that they let go and let God handle things?

Another thought that is along the same thought process of trusting and letting God handle the battles was a story that Ann Voskamp shares in her latest devotional book.  It is about a Rabbi that sat down beside her on an airplane and he said these words to her, "You may believe in God, but never forget-it's God that believes in you."  He continued by pointing out the window saying "Every morning the sun rises and you get to rise.  That's God saying He believes in you, that He believe's in the story He's writing in you."  Isn't this so good?  

WE say we believe in Him, but yet He proves every moment that He believes in us!  Take a moment and worship the One that loves us and believes in us always!  Let Him handle whatever battle you are facing.

Trusting Him,
Debbie

Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Secret Blessing



Nature is a blessing.  When I take a few moments to just step out into the great outdoors I receive a secret gift from God.  In someway, I always experience a blessing only He provides.  I look for Him everywhere and I am so aware of God being the Creator that it is a gift to just be...I receive a secret blessing in these wonderful moments!

In my morning reading, I was looking at the story of the wedding  about the first miracle that Jesus provided. It wasn't a big moment to a lot of people, because not everyone even knew about it, but the servants did!  I love that Jesus performed His first miracle of making wine in John 2 and that He shared it only with those that were close to Him and those serving at the wedding.  Imagine, these servants when they realize that they are in on this amazing secret blessing!  They realize they know something their masters and all the important people at the wedding don't even know.  They realize they matter!  Jesus took water in jars and turned it into wine.  The servants had to take it to the master for tasting.  I just picture their faces realizing what they know, but the master doesn't...this was water a few moments ago, but Jesus turned it into wine.  The scripture says in verse 9 ...though the servants who had drawn the water knew.  Jesus, Jesus, Jesus sweetest name I know.  I love that old hymn and I love Jesus so much more.  Only Jesus!

Today, take a moment and read about the water into wine story in John 2 and remember that you matter.  Look for beautiful moments that only God provides.  

Sweet blessings,
Debbie

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Ponderings



Recently, late in the afternoon I told Kenny I was headed up to watch the sunset at Caddo Lake.  Absolutely a stunning lake here in north Louisiana and east Texas.  Well worth anyone spending time by the shoreline and pondering life.  I've pondered life and death a lot lately.   I wish that I had gotten a few things earlier in life, but again I realize God's timing is so important to all factors of life.

Lately, people I love have lost the fight here on earth and I am watching their loved ones struggle with the loss and the questions of what's next.  We all face these times in life and well they aren't easy, because we are human.  We don't want to let go of someone we love and we don't like change - which are just two of the things that we face, but if we know Jesus we know in our heart and soul that they are in a much better place with Jesus!  Imagine it!  So much better than anything we have here on this planet they are in heaven.

Easter is this Sunday.  What does Easter mean to you?  Is it the Easter egg hunts making family memories?  Oh that is a good thing, but Easter is so much more.  Jesus died for you and for me and He rose again!  He conquered the grave so that each of us could spend eternity with Him!  Celebrate Easter remember the story of Easter.

Remember Jesus felt some of the same feelings that you feel.  He felt alone.  He was in the Garden of Gethsemane. He had brought friends along, to help Him.  Friends that went to sleep and He was alone talking to His Father.  He knew deep in His heart that He wasn't alone although His Father was quiet.  Yet He called out to Him knowing that He was with Him and knowing that He would face death and pain.  Jesus knows all that we feel or all that we may feel in the future.  We all struggle with these feelings at some point, but will we turn to God like Jesus did?  

Will we remember that we all need Jesus?  Jesus saved us and we didn't do anything to deserve it, but He did it.  Remember trust and believe and perhaps even go read the story of Easter in John 19-20.

Take a moment and ponder some of your thoughts of Easter and give thanks for all your many blessings.  The older I get the true realization of what matters gets bigger and bigger and the importance of sharing of Jesus and His amazing love for each of us.

Happy Easter!

Debbie