Friday, October 13, 2017

YIKES! Winter is a comin'

~The road leading to our home ~

Autumn is still showing forth her beauty
but we have already had two incredible snow storms
here in the Rocky Mountains.
Our first storm started with rain and thunder
and then through out the night it turned into a heavy and wet snow fall
bringing down a number of the aspen trees around our yard.
What a shock when I looked out of our bedroom window
that over looks our back yard! 
I could hear in the night some noises 
that I thought may have been thunder in the distance
and then rustling on the back deck that I figured was just the bear. 
NOT!!
All those noises were trees snapping and falling to the ground.
What a sad sight...
We are still cleaning up the mess, all the while hoping that those trees that are leaning
will pop back up with time.
Just like that, our grounds were changed without warning.
Nothing stays the same, does it?

*******

God has His ways of keeping us from getting too comfortable with life.
One of my daily prayers is that I never become complacent in life
 or in my walk with the Lord.
I pray that God, through the Holy Spirit, will help me to learn 
what His Word says, what it means, and what it means for my own life.
James compared the Bible to a mirror (James 1:22).
As we gaze into the Word of God, we see ourselves reflected in it.
"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves."
I pray that I will never walk away from God's mirror without making
the needed changes through the help of the Holy Spirit.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty,
and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer,
but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in His deed."
(James 1:25)
Is God's Word written on your heart in such a way
that you have fallen in love with Scripture?

*******

Well my dear friends, life has certainly had its changes here with mom.
Mom was working diligently with her physical therapy
and pressing forward towards the day when her and I would leave for Arizona,
only to find herself  at "ground zero" and back in rehab.
Mom was given the flu shot and 12 hours later thought she was experiencing 
flu symptoms only to find out that she had urosepsis, an infection
that spreads from the urinary tract to the blood stream, causing a systemic
infection that circulates through the body through the bloodstream.
Her blood pressure dropped and is still low, and I believe she was in septic shock
when her legs became like jelly giving out on her, 
as well as her confused mind.
How grateful I am that help arrives quickly through calling 911.
Over the past four weeks with mom's illness she has become very weak and frail.
Arizona, mom's winter home, still awaits her.
"The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry" By Robert Burns
No matter what our expected plans may be, something can still go wrong.
Once again I had to fall back my own words,
"Trust in the Lord, and rest in that trust."
God is in complete control of our lives no matter what our expected plans may be,
and life is all the sweeter when we give Him control.
You have been so faithful in holding mom and our family up in prayer
over these past three months and with a grateful heart
I want to express to you how very thankful I am.
FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, THANK YOU!!
God in His grace and mercy touches the hearts of His people
and moves them to their knees on behalf of others.
I may never meet you face to face this side of Eternity,
but our spirits are joined together through the power of God 
and the working of the Holy Spirit.
Because of Christ ~ life is beautiful!
♡♡♡
Sending you all my love and {{hugs}} 

Joy! 
~ Debbie ~

Friday, September 22, 2017

God is Merciful~



Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
yea, our God is merciful.
* Psalm 116:5 *

♡******♡

Hello to you, my dear and sweet followers!
I'm popping in to leave you with a little up-date on mom.
She continues to jump over each hurdle that is placed before her
and is getting stronger each and every day. 
God is merciful!
Mom was in ICU a total of 27 days ~
that is serious cause for substantial physical impairments
muscle loss and weakness that can have a lasting effect,
but by the grace of God she is doing extremely well. 
While our days have been filled with therapy, doctor visits and just plain rehab
the spring and summer months have come and gone so very quickly
taking us into those cool autumn days and bringing with them 
the changing colors of our aspen leaves here in the Rocky Mountains.
I was beginning to think that it wasn't going to be a colorful year,
but oh my, each day has brought with it such glorious beauty.
Some of our doctor visits are a three hour drive,
but I'll take those drives any day just to see God's creation and beauty.
As of now, mom and I will be heading to Arizona October 9th.
I will stay with mom until the end of October and help with getting her settled
 then return home just in time for Stephanie's Tea Cup/Mug Reveal Party

♡******♡

Over these past three months you have so graciously gone before the throne of God
and prayed over my mother and our family
and for that, I am truly grateful!
Your many prayers have been heard and our Great and Loving God has been merciful.
He has bestowed His grace upon our family and carried us through 
Some difficult hours meeting our EVERY need.
May I ask for your prayers again on behalf of the surgeon who
did the Mitral Valve Clip procedure on mom?
Last week at mom's follow up visit this amazing Doctor (and Believer in Christ)
shared with us that he has pancreatic cancer. :(
My heart sank as I sat there looking and listening to this man
who has a young family and a life ahead of him now facing the battles of cancer.
His testimony of the Lord was awesome and he had a joy 
that was contagious.
He was one of the Instruments God used in saving mom's life,
now I wish to reach out on his behalf  to the many prayer warriors
and ask for prayer and a miracle in the healing of this wonderful Doctor.
When I say "miracle" I believe that what ever the outcome will be,
whether God heals him or calls him home to glory 
that will be the miracle God has in His marvelous plan.
Thank you, and God bless you!

"But we will give ourselves continually to prayer,
and to the ministry of the word.
* Acts 6:4 *

Be Gracious!
~ Debbie ~

Friday, September 1, 2017

Beauty in the Garden ~


Life is incredibly beautiful.
Enjoy it with a grateful heart.


For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee.


For tender grass so fresh and sweet,
Father, we thank Thee.


For the song of bird and hum of bee,
For all the things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
~
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~




More than anything, I must have flowers always, always.
~
~ Claude Monet ~
~
"Giving thanks always for all things 
unto God and the Father in the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ"
  ~ Ephesians 5:20 ~
Giving thanks for all things may not always be the easiest,
but take heart friends ~ God's perfect love will see you through 
all of life's circumstances.
Isn't it reassuring to know that our God will see us through
each and every circumstance of our lives?
In the eye's of God, everything matters to Him,
and through His tender mercies we are loved and looked after
in all His grace and glory.
I am going to be off line for awhile as I continue looking after the needs of my mom.
While she is doing extremely well, and the two of us have worked out a wonderful
schedule together, it is all so time consuming.
Mom is working hard with her therapy
so that she can get back to Arizona before the snow flies,
and here in the Rocky Mountains the snow can fly as early as September.
No, it doesn't usually stick around, but it can make it's appearance.
I will be the one taking mom to Arizona so I will be away traveling
and I see no need to worry about my blog posts.
I find visiting with each of you and corresponding with comments
quite relaxing and very enjoyable, but when my day is done, so am I. 🙄
I haven't had real time to respond to your comments and e-mails
to the extent that I would like to have and that bothers me,
so it would be better for the time if I just focus where I need to focus.
I will definitely be around for Stephanie's 11th annual Tea Cup Exchange!
Thank you, for your loveliness and the beauty that you all
so graciously share here in our blogging community.
Much Love and BIG Hugs to you!

Be Thankful!
~ Debbie ~

Monday, August 28, 2017

Springs of Living Water ~

Summer days of splendor...
These are the days in which we wait patiently for 
during those cold and blustery days of winter,
yet, it seems as if they fade so very quickly after their arrival.
I trust that you are enjoying each and every day
in the beauty and splendor that God affords us over these late summer days.
Summer for Texas has brought such 
tragedy and devastation to the lives of many.
My heart weeps over their struggles and loss, so throughout the day
I find myself laying it all upon the throne of God
and remembering them in prayer.
Please take some time out of your day and hold these dear people up in prayer.
Our effectual fervent prayers can avail much.

~~~♡♡♡~~~

When my husband and I were at the lake two weeks ago,
we visited an area that had some gorgeous water falls
and I couldn't help but sing the hymn "Springs of Living Water."
I have been singing that hymn ever since we viewed those three water falls 
as the rushing waters gushed forth over the hill side.
 

"Drinking at the Springs of Living Water,
happy now am I, my soul they satisfy"
Satisfied in God, the Spring of Living Water, Who quenches all my thirst.
Happy now am I!
"I thirsted in the barren land of sin and shame
and nothing satisfying there I found.
But to the blessed cross of Christ one day I came,
where springs of living water did abound"
Just like the gushing water of these falls,
Christ's Living Water abounds.


In these verses Jesus talks to the woman at the well ~
"Jesus answered and said unto her,
whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again.
"But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;
but the water that I shall give him shall be in him
a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water,
that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw."
~ John 4:13-15 ~


In the Old Testament, many verses speak of thirsting after God
as one thirsts for water.
"As the heart panteth after the water brooks,
so panteth my soul after thee, O God."
~ Psalm 42:1 ~

"And the Lord shall guide thee continually,
and satisfy thy soul in drought;
and make fat thy bones:
and thou shalt be like a watered garden,
and like a Spring of water,
whose waters fail not."

God is called the fountain of life ~
"For with thee is the fountain of life:
in thy light shall we see light."
~ Psalm 36:9 ~

He is the fountain of living waters ~
"O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed,
and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth,
because they have forsaken the Lord, 
the fountain of living waters."
~ Jeremiah 17:13 ~

Only the Messiah could give this gift that satisfies the soul's desire
of thirsting for God.
Our souls thirst after and need spiritual food and water,
just as our bodies hunger and need nourishment.
I know for myself,  I certainly do not deprive my body of any nourishment,
so why would we deprive our souls?
The living Word, Jesus Christ, and the written Word, the Bible,
can satisfy our hungry and thirsty souls.

~~~♡♡♡~~~

The woman at the well was a Samaritan, (John 4:7-9) a member of he hated mixed race,
she was known to be living in sin, and was in a public place.
No Jewish man would talk to a woman under such circumstances.
But Jesus did.
The Gospel is for every person, no matter what his or her race is,
social position, or past sins.
If we desire to be like Christ, and walk worthy of His calling,
then we must be prepared to share the Gospel at any time in any place.
Jesus crossed all barriers to share the Gospel,
and we who follow Him must do no less.
What a joy it is as we reach out to others with the Living Word,
sharing with them Jesus Christ, Who can satisfy their hungry souls.
Just as we would share fellowship and a meal around our tables,
lets remember to share, with grace, the written Word
 with those whom God brings into our lives
giving them the hope that we have, through Jesus Christ, our Savior.

~~~♡♡♡~~~

"I will worship toward thy holy temple,
and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for THY TRUTH;
for thou hast magnified THY WORD above all thy name."
~ Psalm 138:2 ~

Be Gracious!
~ Debbie ~

Saturday, August 19, 2017

~ My Peace I Give Unto You ~


 Last week my husband and I took our motor home to a nearby lake
to enjoy some rest and one-on-one time with each other.
When we arrived at the State Park, the host informed us 
that there was no cell service, at least not with AT&T 
and wouldn't you know it, that is our provider.
In an instant my heart sank!
Mom? What about mom?
How was I to be contacted should anything happen with mom?
Quickly following my short lived panic attack, I was reminded of John 14:27
 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid."
The world cannot bring peace, true peace comes from God.
"And the peace of God which passeth all understanding
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:7
God's  peace is different from the world's peace,
it is not found in positive thinking, in absence of  difficulties
or in good feelings. Real peace comes from knowing
that because God is in control, our citizenship
in Christ's Kingdom is sure, and we can be sure of His concern over us.
I know that I can trust in the God of peace no matter what
and I can rest in that trust.
What is trust if you cannot rest in it?
When we left for our mini vacation we knew that mom was being well looked after
in the Rehab Center and we had no need of worry.
With Christ, I have no need to worry, for I have that confident assurance
that in any circumstance God is in control.
"My Peace I give unto you" what a promise we can claim for our every day lives!

~~~♡♡♡~~~

After quietly talking with the Lord and thinking on Philippians 4:7 
there was such a comforting peace that passed over me,
a peace that really does pass all understanding.
I was able to rest in the Lord with perfect confidence knowing that
as I was away enjoying time well spent with my dear husband,
mom was in God's wonderful care.
Cell service or no service, all was well with my soul.

~~~♡♡♡~~~



 Our mini vacation consisted of 
*Floating on the lake in our rubber raft*
 *Bike rides*    
 

*Four Wheeling*


*Walks ~ Campfires*


 * a surprise delivery for my husbands birthday *
German chocolate cake (oh yea😍)  and precious God and I time.


While we were at the top of the mountain the view was amazing!
You could see for miles and miles across the valley
and God provided the greatest tripod for my husband to take his photos with.
 God knew last week was the perfect time for a Get-Away,
because after arriving home mom was released the very next day from Rehab.
This week has been fast paced on my toes, full days
of care-giving and getting all things in order with mom.
We have established a great routine in one week, praise the Lord!
Mom will receive in home therapy starting next week, 
but I have had the pleasure of assisting her this week.
Mom is still very weak and tired, that is to be expected, though I have seen
improvement each and every day and that is encouraging.

~~~♡♡♡~~~  

Once again, my dear, sweet and faithful friends, thank you
for your much love, care, concern and prayers during this season of our lives.
There is great joy in my heart as I rejoice and sing praises unto my God.
Life is beautiful in all and everything that God allows in our days,
and I am reminded that God makes no mistakes.

~~~♡♡♡~~~

"This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it" 

Rejoice in Him!
~ Debbie ~ 



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