Happy New Year! I intentionally waited to post my first blog for the New Year. As so many of us are reading about fad diets, to-do lists, goals, and whatnot, I decided to change it up a bit.
Many of the people I coach are looking for their purpose. Many wonder what they are here for.
Many struggle with their identity, not understanding that our identity is not based on the roles we fill.
Many start their new year off with great expectations and motivation, only to fizzle out by February.
Like many of you, I had my new year planned. I knew what I wanted to achieve and what it would take to get there. I was ready to roll! But I was met with an unwanted interruption.
I learned that a tooth I had been struggling with for a month needed to be pulled. That’s right, fighting to save this tooth only delayed the inevitable and kept me in a lot of unwanted pain. So on December 31, I had emergency oral surgery. As if that wasn’t bad enough, my tooth broke before the surgeon...
Why do we celebrate the season? Jesus is the reason!
2,000 years ago, it was a star that led men to the Christ child. How wise was God to guide mankind to the Savior of the world by using a bright and brilliant star! More so, God was so kind to proclaim His coming for centuries in order to prepare the hearts of mankind to anticipate and watch for it.
This holiday season, know this. God proclaims what is coming in order to prepare our hearts so we will be ready when it arrives. What may be coming personally for you?
I know this, something is being prepared for those of us who know Him. When Jesus came, He proclaimed His return. In His Word He has given us instructions to be watchful, sober, and ready for the season of His magnificent reentry to gather His people.
There is so much to anticipate! So much to be excited for. So much to be grateful for. So much to prepare.
This season I pray that all may come to find peace, love, joy, and rest in the Savior, Jesus Christ...
We’ve all seen people use Facebook as an outlet to share their opinion. They may air out their dirty laundry, thinking they’re being “real”. Some may express depressing thoughts, hoping to gain sympathy from their followers. Others may put forth a negative agenda of some sort to stir the pot or attract attention. How about the political meltdowns we have seen! Oy vey!
Here is why I tend not to post opinions or comments:
As many of you may know, I’ve had my share of health issues. My journey is broken down into chapters and seasons that drew me to grow and learn more and more about holistic health.
Holistic health? You may ask, “What does that mean?” All that means is treating your entire body (physical health), including your mind (emotional health) and soul care (spiritual well-being).
I have had over 25 years’ training in holistic health. My most recent encounter with the deterioration of my health was from 2014-15. I was eating clean. I was very athletic, even leading a women’s volleyball team at church. I was feeling pretty good about myself for my age and my ability to be very active.
At the beginning of 2014, I noticed I was starting to lose energy when I should have been gaining. Seemingly overnight, I started on a steady downward spiral.
Thinking I might be coming down with something, I tried waiting it out. But to my disappointment, I...
The Lord sent me a burning bush. As I prepared for a personal retreat, I prayed that God would meet me in a special way. I needed to have a moment with Him.
I was struggling with where life had taken me. I lacked understanding and sought answers only God could give me.
My Wilderness Experience
I could really relate to Moses. Everything was going well, and then bam! Life halted in an instant. You see, I had gone through a traumatic time with the birth of my fourth child at 29 weeks of gestation. I was devastated and struggled for weeks because things were so touch-and-go with him.
This put me in a tailspin that threw me into a brick wall. We spent two months in the NICU and then two years quarantined at home so his lungs could grow without compromise.
I associate this with Moses fleeing to the wilderness after murdering the Egyptian. Moses never would have left the palace, so God used a hard circumstance to get him to flee. And I would never have slowed down my...
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverb 13:12
How many of us have had our hope deferred? We’re longing for our prayer to be answered, waiting for the ray of hope that things will get better. That our dream will come true some day. Some of us have been yearning for such a long time, our hearts are just sick from waiting.
What is your heart just sick over?
Many of us are heartsick over a dream not yet fulfilled. It could be anything from our Prince Charming, the deliverance of our children, a job offer, lifting of a financial burden, waiting on the next big break, or so much more.
Are you heartsick? Has your hope been deferred? Do you know someone who is heartsick?
Here’s a thought. I don’t believe we are the only ones who become heartsick. I believe God feels heartsick over delayed hope, desiring a more intimate relationship with us. I wonder if this verse is how He shares the hurt of His heart and His desire and...
"I wish I was like So-and-so.” “She did this and it worked, so I’m going to do that too!” We’ve all been there. How often do we find ourselves chasing after other peoples callings?
It’s so easy to pick up what others are doing when we are searching for the one thing God is calling us to do. We naturally try on all those ministries like we would a new dress or a pair of jeans or shoes. We want to see what will fit.
However, that is not the way God hands out assignments. He isn't hit or miss. When we tune in to His voice, we find He is precise, direct, and compelling.
Life is hard, isn't it? We may truly want to serve God and do His will, but so many voices compete for our attention. Too often we fall prey to the pressures of man, the voices of reason and control of others, and of course the enemy detouring us to keep us from fulfilling our destiny.
Be encouraged! You were born individually and uniquely with a specific purpose, plan, and...
Each of us lives our life on a journey, what we call our story. Experiences build chapters that mold us into who we are today and who we are becoming. We have a responsibility to learn from our past hurts and become better for it, not bitter.
Here is one chapter of my story.
As a young child, I was unpopular. I was overlooked and bullied. No one knew who I was.I can remember other kids talking about the popular kids, saying, "Oh, she is with so-and-so,” maybe cousins or best friends with someone of influence. But I was not connected with any well-known individual.
I didn't have designer clothes. Kids laughed at the colorful vests my mom crocheted for me. We shopped at K-mart or a good J.C. Penney sale. My sneakers were the K-mart special. All the kids knew it and let me know it. I can remember begging for better shoes.
Finally, in 8th grade I got a pair of Jordache jeans for Christmas. In the 80s all the popular kids were wearing them. I wore them every...
Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed, needing a place of retreat? I know there are plenty of times I do. I just need to get away from my surroundings to think, clear my mind, and focus on Jesus. I know when I’m struggling, it means I have lost sight of Jesus’ saving power.
Do you find yourself trying to do life on your own? Relying own your own strength to get you by? Yeah, me too. It is so important for us to refocus and really learn how to give up control, yet still participate and be intentional with our lives.
I get this question all the time. Debbie, how? How do I trust Jesus? How do I give up control, yet live my life?
Here is what I have learned. When I am in His Word daily, seeking Him for guidance, walking very closely, listening for His voice, I go to Him for everything. I don’t get out of bed before talking with Him, praying to Him, giving Him praise for being my God. I acknowledge my great need for Him and ask Him to help me.
For me, this is what...
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