Deb’s Journey…

October 28, 2009

“Happy Halloween everyone in the whole wide world!”

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An answer to prayers…

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We’ve been praying about the upcoming holidays and how to get through them…somehow I’ve had a deep need to “have plans”.  In the last 24 hours “plans” have emerged for the week of Christmas - God has given us an amazing provision -I’m overwhelmed in the beauty of His gift.

Tom & I figured “running away from home” at Christmas is what would help the most - away from all the memories - away from all the “familiar” and into something different especially for this year.  Perhaps that’s cowardly, but we don’t care - it’s necessary.  So we made a few calls to those close to us who have done some traveling, to ask their advice about where to go, which travel agents they use, etc.

One of our dear friends made a call to one of their dear friends and then called us back with an opportunity that has blown us away…

It seems they have a beach- side condo available during the week of Christmas that they are willing to allow us to use.  It was funny because they said every other week from now until May it’s booked solid - the only available week was the week of Christmas - how good is God to know our need and provide for it ahead of time!

When I shared my joy & amazement with my bible study friends one woman said, “NO WAY!  I didn’t tell you this, but I’ve been praying for you to have a condo by the beach!”

We’ve booked our flights & car rental…suddenly what I have been dreading is something I’m anticipating…I just want to declare that our God is a God who redeems, He is One who goes before us, He meets our needs in very real and practical ways as He lavishes His love on us He does abundantly more than we could ask or imagine!

I am overwhelmed in His goodness.  Thank you for your prayers for His provision - He is our great provider - we are amazed and deeply grateful!

October 12, 2009

Seeking to fill the stillness…

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I thought rainy days and Mondays were a lousy combination…we woke this morning to snow - the forecast calls for 3 inches…maybe rain’s not so bad afterall…at least you don’t have to shovel rain…

I saw a movie this weekend called “Love Happens”. The movie was more about journeying through grief than anything else … the message was about healing occurring only as we truly face what has happened, give voice to our honest feelings and then have the courage to step forward by loving again and allowing ourselves to be loved.  It touched me in a challenging, but good way.

I’m not sure I realized before Ian died just how much he “filled” my life.  How much he taught and touched my heart, how much he entertained and how our home rang with laughter.

These days I seek to fill that void with music, friends, movies, books, seminars, etc…frankly they don’t cut it, but they do help…

Tomorrow I’ll go to Bible study with 7 dear friends, Friday there will be 14 of us going to a clean comedy night and Saturday there will be 19 of us going on a worship team retreat…one by one the days somehow go by…

As the snow falls it makes me feel the “stillness” at a deeper level…I hate to  see “winter” start so early as  it may be April before it really quits here in Minnesota…Tom and I might have to run away from home …in the meantime I’ve turned on the radio to help fill the quiet … and defrost my cold thoughts with some  Sonshine…

By the way…Jason Gray’s release “For the First Time Again” made the top 15 most played songs on my favorite local station Praise FM 95.3

October 5, 2009

Rainy Days & Mondays…

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"Talkin' to myself and feelin' old
Sometimes I'd like to quit
Nothing ever seems to fit
Hangin' around
Nothing to do but frown
Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down.
What I've got they used to call the blues
Nothin' is really wrong
Feelin' like I don't belong
Walkin' around
Some kind of lonely clown
Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down.
Funny but it seems I always wind up here
with you
Nice to know somebody loves me
Funny but it seems that it's the only thing to do
Run and find the one who loves me.
What I feel has come and gone before
No need to talk it out
We know what it's all about
Hangin' around
Nothing to do but frown
Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down." - The Carpenters

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