Friday, May 12, 2017

Reflection Time ~


Hello dear and faithful friends!
I'm going to be taking some time off indefinitely from my blog posts.
My husband and I will be traveling and I do not wish
to think about the computer while enjoying those relaxing days,
 so this is a good time to step back for some much needed time 
to reflect on some things that have been tugging at my heart strings. 
Sometimes it can be difficult hearing the voice of the Lord
through the noise that surrounds our lives and I need to stop and listen
to what the Lord is trying to say to me in some areas of my life.
I don't know about you, but I'm  finding that social media has a way of 
taking hold of the hours in my day, it's not all bad, just time consuming.
Through God's Word and His gentle leading
I will be taking some time for reflection.
Lately I've been pondering on Psalm 23, mostly verses 1~3
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"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; 
He leads me in the paths of righteousnes.
For His name's sake.
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Jehovah-Rohi, meaning The Lord my Shepherd.
The Lord, my Shepherd, cares for me in every aspect of my life,
His loving, protective care is perfect in every way
and I know that as I take this time for reflecting on some issues at hand
He will lead me to a place of sustenance and rest, beside still waters,
where at peace I will find answers and direction.
With a heart of gratitude I would like to say thank you
for your precious friendship and faithfulness 
as you have so graciously blessed my life through this Blog.
Thank You Jesus!



HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY LOVELY LADIES

Praising my Jesus!
~ Debbie ~

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Living Water ~

"On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying,
If anyone thirst, let him come unto Me and drink.
He that believes on ME, as the Scripture has said, 
out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. "
* John 7: 37,38 *



Anyone who thirsts can come to Jesus and drink



Jesus quenches every thirst




He is knowledge to the thirsty mind ~
Love to the thirsty heart ~
Peace to the thirsty conscience ~
Holiness to the thirsty spirit ~
"Ho, every one that thirsts, come ye to the waters"
* Isaiah 55:1 *

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Thank you for your visit and bringing joy to my day!
Friends, enjoy the day that God has set before you and sing praises
to our wonderful,  Majestic and Holy God. 


Be Gracious!
~ Debbie ~

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Life is Beautiful ~


My oldest daughter and her family have been hiking
some beautiful areas here in Colorado this Spring
and I was invited to go on one of those hikes alone with my daughter. 
What an eventful day! 
She had a sleep over with her dad and me the night before the hike
so we could get an earlier start, but, we all know that delays happen for a reason. 
We didn't leave as early as we had hoped but we had no worries. 
The hike took place over an hour from where we live
and on the way there after stopping for gas her vehicle began making
quite a clunking noise in the rear end. 
I'm one of those that believes ~ it will go away ~ not always. 
We continued down the road thinking only of our hike, 
until the noise became louder with every stop we made. 
My daughter phoned her husband and he suggested that we find a brake shop
as he had just previously looked at the emergency brake.
He thought that he was the cause of the problem, NOT!
So... as ladies with one thought on our minds, our hike, 
we chose to do the 6 mile hike first then search out a garage
not taking into consideration that my daughter still
had over a three hour drive home and needed to be home 
for work early the next morning.



What a glorious hike as we took in the beauty that surrounded
us in this canyon, Devils Canyon actually. 
Colorado National Monument, where there are 22 trails you can take
off the loop as you view the wild flowers, birds, wildlife
and, the trails can be enjoyed by horseback as well. 
In all this open space I managed to catch a cold
and have been under the weather ever since. 
My daughter and I took a couple of the trails off the loop
and came across some gorgeous rock formations
when suddenly, after 4 miles into the hike I was DONE!
Just like that, my knees were finished and I believe it was God Himself
who brought me to the place of needing to quit.
You see...quiting at the time we did allowed us to find the garage
God was directing us to. 
Turns out the vehicles clunking noise was her left rear axle
that had fallen due to a screw that had been sheared off.
We were dragging the axle.
The owner of this awesome garage told us that his 1:00 appointment didn't show,
otherwise he would not have been able to look after us until the next day.
It was a 4 1/2 hour job where the owner worked diligently 
so that my daughter could still make it home that evening.
Delays and God's perfect timing...
He knew that we could make the 1:00 apt. 
if I was to surrender and humbly say, I'M DONE!
During the time that my daughter and I waited we enjoyed a lovely walk
into the town, had a great lunch followed by a caramel frappe
and sweet, sweet fellowship that will forever remain in my heart. 
God's Word commands us to " rejoice always in the Lord."  ~ Philippians 4:4 ~
And to shout for joy as we trust in Him.  ~ Psalm 5:11 ~
We have so many reasons to rejoice in the Lord. 
The expense of a vehicle breakdown is still worth rejoicing over
because God is in charge and He looks after our every need.
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
and that my soul knows very well."
~ Psalm 139:14 ~




No friendship is an accident
 ~ O. Henry ~

  This week a dear and godly friend of mine invited me over for a cup of tea.
 This wasn't just your usual cup of tea with a friend, no, rather it was
my dear friends first tea luncheon. 
My friend has joined Stephanie's tea cup/Mug exchanges but only with a mug.
This last exchange she decided to come on board and experience
the joy of  exchanging a tea cup in hopes she would find a liking for tea.
Well, she was blessed in abundance from the sweet lady who
gifted to her. Being a first timer with the tea cup exchange
her lady went all out in sharing tea related items with her
and all sorts of tea flavors, it was a beautiful package!
My friend couldn't wait for the day when she could share her new tea cup 
and goodies with me.
As she hosted her lovely luncheon and we visited over a cup of tea
 the sweetest of memories were made. 
I do not feel at liberty to share names or photos
as each of these lady's do not have a blog. 
I think it is beautiful that these two ladies were brought together
and a sweet friendship is beginning to grow.
Just another precious testimony of a friendship 
through Stephanie's wonderful exchange. 

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Graceful followers, thank you for taking the time to stop in, 
it is always a joy visiting with you!


Be Gracious!
~ Debbie ~






Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stephanie's Tea Cup/ Mug Exchange ~

Here we are enjoying another wonderful tea party
through Stephanie's 10th Tea Cup/Mug Exchange.
As Stephanie's mother, my heart is blessed as I watch Stephanie in action
over the many hours that she pours into these exchanges.
She cares about every single lady and just who she should pair them up with.
Much time and prayer goes into these exchanges 
and the beauty and friendships that are formed over a tea cup or Mug
makes all the time invested worth it all.
Stephanie, thank you for the love, work, time and grace you put into making
our lives richer and sweeter through these exchanges.
Your beauty shines forth in every aspect of this exchange.
You are lovely, you are gracious, you are kind hearted,
and you are sweet spirited with every detail that comes up.
God's blessings be upon you. 

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Through each exchange God has graciously blessed me
with new friends from around the globe
and in this exchange I had the joy of gifting to Pamela who lives in Kansas.
She loves pink just as I do, so with delight,
 I enjoyed putting a package together in the pink tones. 
I look forward to connecting with Pamela and becoming friends. 
Below is a photo of the gift that I sent to Pamela.
The beautiful thank you card I received from Pamela
was filled with lovely details about herself.
While reading her card it was as if I was sitting with a dear friend over a cup of tea
and enjoying sweet fellowship around the kitchen table. 


"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving"
~Mother Teresa~
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This quote certainly depicts Lisa, the lovely lady who gifted to me. 
Her package was filled with love and I could feel it from the moment
I opened up the huge box. 
It all started with this most adorable Beagle plush pillow!


This little darling was placed right on top just waiting to jump out!
When I saw that sweet face I giggled and giggled with delight,
just as I do with my precious beagle, Donatella.
My rescued beagle friend, Donatella, just warms my heart 
and Lisa was sensitive in figuring that out about me. 
Her tag read ~ Beagles are lovable, happy, easygoing and excellent companions. 
Boy, that is so true!


My tea cup is quite unique in color and beauty,
 almost matches the back side of the beagle pillow.
Its Royal Grafton Bone China from England, and quite elegant and beautiful. 


Doesn't my new tea cup just make my curio cabinet  pop?
I would have to say that she graces the curio quite beautifully. 
~ Looking at my photo I see the tea cups on the top shelf are leaning. eeks! ~


Inside this lovely floral box was delight after delight!
A pretty pink basket filled with treats of all kinds ~
Ginger cookies and melt in your mouth tea biscuits ~
Three, one serving size cake mixes, great for my husband and I ~


Tea of all flavors in adorable tins ~


A Garden plaque & Garden magazine ~

 

Lisa certainly took the time to know a little about me and it showed
as she graciously poured her love into sharing this beautiful gift with me. 
Thank you Lisa, for your most thoughtful and loving heart.
 God bless you!




Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
and his greatness is unreachable.
 (Psalm 145:3)

Be Gracious!
~ Debbie ~





Friday, April 14, 2017

Calvary's Cross ~

Jesus, our Sacrificial Lamb, our Savior, our God, our Redeemer ~
He laid down His life as our sacrificial lamb to pay for our sins. 
When He rose from the dead three days later, 
He gave victory over eternal separation from God (death)
to all who put their faith and trust in Him. 
New found faith brings us into a personal relationship with God, 
through all that Jesus has done and continues to do. 


John the Baptist introduced Jesus, saying,
"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."
(John 1:29)
The penalty God imposed on sin is both just and loving, 
for God Himself,  in the person of the Son, paid that penalty
for all who will accept Him as their Substitute.
God the Son, clothed in human form, shed  His blood for man's sin,
therefore, satisfying every demand of holy justice.
And through that precious blood, God showed Himself to be both
"Just and justifier of him which believeth in Jesus"
(Romans 3:26)


"We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of His grace"
(Ephesians 1:7)
"You were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, 
from your vain manner of life... but with the precious blood of Christ,
as a Lamb without blemish and without spot"
(1 Peter 1:18-19)
Apart from Jesus Christ,  all people are separated from God. 
Sins rebellion forged a gulf between God and man
that is humanly impassable.
Yet, Christ's blood built the bridge from God to man. 
"Now in Christ Jesus, you who formerly were far off
have been brought near by the blood of Christ"
(Ephesians 2:13)
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that, 
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood,
we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him"
(Romans 5:8-9)
Human sin produces a pollution of the heart that can only
be cleansed by God's grace.  And that grace proves itself
in the power of Christ's sacrifice.
"The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, 
cleanses from all sin"
(1 John 1:7)
The Bible emphasizes Christ's blood because only in His sacrifice 
can we find forgiveness, cleansing, reconciliation, salvation and glory!

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Do you know the Savior, who's blood was shed upon Calvary' cross?

Thinking of you, dear friends,
and wishing you the blessings of God's grace,
the peace of His promise and the joy of His love. 

Be Gracious!
~ Debbie ~
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