Showing posts from August, 2009

NOT Forgotten

Have you ever felt forgotten? Well, God has not forgotten you. Regardless, of the situation you find yourself in, you are remembered. As you go about your everyday life, it is important to remind yourself that you are not forgotten. Regardless, of your view of yourself. In Psalm 139, the Lord reminds you that before you were formed that He knew you. If you have ever nursed a child, you know how impossible it is to forget a child. Your bosom has to be emptied! You will stop whatever you are doing to relieve the pressure. In Isaiah the Lord reminds you that He has that same care for you. Maybe at times it feels as though you go unnoticed or that you are working endlessly. Take heart. Your effort is noted and appreciated. You are not forgotten. Slowly read and chew on the scriptures below and insert your name. Really consider that God , the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end is telling YOU and Me that He will not forget us. WOW! Thank you God :) ~Debbie Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman f

Guest author "Kristin Espinasse" of A Day in a French Life...

Kristin writes from her heart about life as she views it from an American perspective while living in France. Kristin is married to Jean -Marc and has two children. They live on a vineyard and produce wine that can be purchased here in America. Kristin lived in Arizona before she met her beloved and decided to live in France. She has written a book that you can find for sale on her blog. Kristin also takes beautiful pictures of the places she visits and her lovely local scenery. If you enjoy beautiful photography check out Kristin's art at Cinema Verite. Thank you Kristi for allowing me to share your writing. Recently her newsletter via her blog recounted a story of an encounter while on vacation. I thought it was well written and touched on things that we all notice as we settle in with our faith whether publicly or privately. A light on a hilltop is to shine and we are to go and tell. In Kristin's case it was in Croatia while vacation

Knowing Your Purpose

Knowing your purpose helps keep you focused when life spins. My study this morning led me to John 13:3,4 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. The thing that jumped off the page to me was that He knew . There is a time in your relationship, in all relationships that you have to " KNOW." You have to know that though people fail, GOD does not. And even when your natural inclination is to know there is no need. There is no need because He is Jehovah Jirah, your provider . There is no need because you know that the Father has given all things into his hands and that he came from God and he went to God. And just as Jesus was able to focus on His mission because he knew his purpose and what he was on this earth to do, you too can focus on your mission. God has promised to work all things for our good to th

This is Painful.

Are you broken? I am considering this question from several angles. It is necessary to allow God to break you in some remold any given area to reflect His glory. This is painful. At times I have willing submitted to a known area of needed breaking down and fixing. And at other times, I have been broken and fixed......screaming and kicking, all the way to the potter's wheel! It hurt each time, willing or unwilling. Each choice brought a different form of pain. Yet each time there is a beauty that appears in my character that I have to acknowledge would have never of happened unless the breaking occurred. Oh! Sometimes.... I can see the crack of "less than" concerning His will in my life. At times it is glaringly obvious to others and myself. At times it is a struggle for me to understand or see the less than divine nature I exhibit. God wants to conform you and I into the image of Jesus Christ. This is painful. Our natural man appears deformed spiritually and


Sitting on the back porch this morning I noticed the okra plants with their pretty yellow flowers and okra pods, standing tall and reaching upward. Even in nature, most things reach up to the light. My garden is right off the screened back porch. I can see tomato plants, apple and cherry trees, okra, and hydrangeas from this vantage point. Each started as a seed, it grew, it flowered, and then it made fruit to be eaten. I noticed that most things bud with a flower but not all have fruit that can be eaten. My fruit trees had flowers then the flower fell away and I had a tiny fruit in its place. My vegetables had flowers and repeated the cycle. Flower first, then something to eat. I think we are like that as Christians. First we flower under the Son and as we mature, others may pick, the sometimes small fruit from our lives. But it is fruit, however small. In God's garden on this earth, let us strive in Christ Jesus to flower and bring forth fruit. Because God expects us to have fr

Be Not Weary-Life Happens

Are you weary? I am. As I write this this morning I consider the things that lie before me. Some days it is nothing but sheer effort that moves us forward. It may be from a general lack of rest,difficult people and difficult situations, to there just doesn't seem to be an end in sight. Ever have one of those kind of days? or weeks? or months? I have. Well the scripture below has been a softly humming song in my mind all morning. I want to suggest that you take a few moments to consider the need to realign your mind with God's good word to you and me. He promises a harvest if we persevere until the end. Do not think it unusual, that with the best laid plans that life still happens. The issue is not life but how we skillfully apply God's word to our lives. Remember it is not that you will not have cause to be weary, you will. Just remember that there is a harvest time coming, do not give up!!!! Rest as you need to, think on His word, and do not consider it unusual the trials

Letting Go of Cockatoo Dreams

Everyone seems to be on a journey to find themselves. And we are. So busy pleasing others. Reaching out for ......the elusive self. Pushing down our needs. Giving out seeds. Seeds others who have grown. Past our self-sacrifice to parts unknown. And we are. Waiting on the harvest. Heart in hand, thoughts afar to times past When we see a harvest at last. Everyone seems to be on a journey to find themselves. And we are. ~Debbie Turner Chavers I have written some of my thoughts as poetry at different times in my life. This poem and others are in my journal titled "Letting Go of Cockatoo Dreams".


Everyday we have the opportunity to encourage one another . There are so many issues that each of us face that we would do well to remember we are not alone. You may feel alone, yet you are not. It is easy to become absorbed in our own problems. Yet we can make an eternal difference by remembering to stir one another up in remembrance of God's goodness to each of us. Do not forget to encourage yourself. Speak good things to yourself and about yourself and others. I was reading Deuteronomy and saw how important encouragement was to the promotion of good things and God's plan for man. Moses was told to encourage Joshua, because he would cause Israel to inherit the plan of God. Do not belittle your ability to truly make a difference by your kindness to someone and the gift of encouragement that could make all the difference in the world. Joshua was an anointed leader that God used to bring about His plan for Israel. Yet, obviously he needed encouragement. You need encouragement.