Friday, July 1, 2022

Saturday Scriptures: Trusting in God

 

backyard waterfall

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. 

Isaiah 12:2  KJV

While having devotions this past week, I read this verse and it stood out to me. Does that happen to you as you read scriptures? Oftentimes, a scripture just seems to fit the circumstances that are happening in life. I don't believe these things happen by "coincidence" but are rather God speaking through scripture. 

Trusting in God, and not being afraid, can be challenging. I'm a natural worrier by nature (unfortunately) and I tend to ruminate about problems and how they are going to work out or be solved. While I'm not proud of this, I have been this way since childhood so it seems to be a part of my nature. While I take worries "to the Lord in prayer", as the hymn goes, I also tend to take them back sometimes! Being reminded of God's steadfastness through scriptures like this one from Isaiah, helps me to feel better. 

Luckily, I have good company with other "worriers" in scripture who were used by God. In Exodus Chapter 33, Moses was speaking with God in the "Tent of Meeting" outside the Israelite's camp and was concerned that he (Moses) didn't know God's full plan for who God was going to send with him as he led the people forward. Moses was doing a little bit of complaining to God about why, if God knew Moses by name, He had not let him know more and the plans. God's answer to Moses was incredibly simple and as follows:

"And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest."

Isaiah 33:14

Isn't that wonderful to know? The answer for Moses, and for us, is simply that God's presence goes with us and gives us rest. If only my worrisome attitude could remember these words and rely on them more! I also love how "The Message" version interprets Isaiah 33:14. That version says, "My presence will go with you. I'll see the journey to the end." 

Friends, the simple truth is that we are never alone in life's worries. God's presence is ALWAYS with us. Even if you're like me and want to take the worries back sometimes. God has our backs. He gives us rest. And, most of all, He sees us through to the end of our journey....and beyond!

What a blessing it is to have the Lord in our lives!

Blessings and Peace,

Debbie


Monday, June 27, 2022

Pink Paper Bag Skirt and An Explanation

 Skirting The Issue

paperbag skirt

Hi friends!  If you've been missing me for awhile (and I hope you have) it's been because I have been out of town for about nine days helping to care for my oldest sister who has been very ill. She is now stable and in a rehab facility for now and The Mr. came and got me and brought me back home as I have come down with a bug myself and have not been feeling well. I hope that being home in my own surroundings will help me to feel much better soon. In the meantime, I want to share a bit of styling for you with photos I took before I was abruptly called out of town. 


I've been trying some new-to-me styles this summer as you saw in my last post about my olive green dress. The paper bag waist style is one I wasn't certain I would like. However, when I saw this pretty pink skirt at Target I tried it on and decided to give it a try and I must say I am enjoying it very much. The waist has a drawstring tie so I can cinch the waist as much or as little as I want for comfort. The skirt length is perfect for me and the material has a bit of stretch to it which I like. So, overall I'm a happy camper with this purchase. 



My mauve Sketcher Mary Jane style shoes work well with the skirt and I like the white jean jacket with the look as well. This paperbag skirt is available online in small and extra small in green if that color and size would suit you. And maybe there are still some in stores available. I found mine in March or April I believe. I'm not receiving any compensation for this post. I just like the skirt!

I'm sorry to have missed not only style posting these last nine days but also I missed posting two Saturday Scriptures. When I found out my sister was hospitalized we just threw things in the car and left the following morning and I didn't take my computer. I plan to be back for this Saturday's devotional post. Family is more important than the blog. I did miss all of you, however, and hope that each of you are well. Prayers for "S" would be appreciated!

Until Next Time,
Debbie





Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Olive Green Summer Dress For Hot Days

 Perfect Summer Dress for Hot Days

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summer dress for hot days
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Hi friends!  If where you are is like here, then you are suffering through some very hot days! Today, I'm sharing a perfect dress for just those type of days. It is still available online and possibly in-store too depending on where you are, so I thought I would go ahead and share it with you.


This dress first caught my eye in yellow and I bought it and brought it home to try. I knew it looked like it ran large so I went with a medium even though it is cotton. Well, the yellow medium was waaaay too big so I took it back. Of course, they didn't have the pretty yellow anymore in the size I wanted so I went with the olive. I have grown to like olive color and feel like I look pretty good wearing it. I also sized down to a small and it is just perfect on me. I don't wear much anymore in a small but this dress fits just where it needs to "billow out" on me so it is perfect. I have washed it and it washes up really nicely and I didn't notice any shrinkage. The brand is Time and Tru and their line tends to run large. I bought it during cooler weather and have also worn it with leggings and it looked great that way, as well. So you can be versatile with this dress.


The Mr. and I ate on the outside porch of one of our favorite eateries today and I was thankful to have worn this little dress. The table we like to sit at (which we refer to as "our table") had a stand-up fan blowing air right at us which helped to keep us cool in the heat. 

eating at Apollo Flame Asheville

Plus, my hair was "Oh-so-Breck Girl" with the fan blowing. Remember the ads from the seventies with all of the models' tresses blowing freely? I always wondered how they did that. Duh, with fans, Debbie!! Anyway, we had a lovely lunch and I asked The Mr. to snap a few photos along the way. 

I hope your week is going well. Other than Saturday Scriptures I haven't posted lately but I have a few ideas coming so stay tuned. The best way to know when I post is to either follow me or sign up to subscribe. That way you will be notified when I post. Sometimes I post a lot and other times not so much. I am working on consistency with the Saturday Scriptures for the summer.   


Until Next Time,
Debbie


Friday, June 10, 2022

Saturday Scriptures: Seasons of Life


 For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1


This scripture is only the first verse of Ecclesiastes 3 which goes on to name the many different seasons of life that can affect people. What season of life are you in right now? Whatever season you are experiencing, please know that God loves you and walks with you in that season. 

Blessings and Peace,
Debbie




Friday, June 3, 2022

Saturday Scriptures Friendship and Sisterhood

 


I have always felt that women provide special bonds of friendship for one another. Of course, men can have brotherly friendships as well, but when women care for one another, true sisterly bonds can form.

I've seen that this week, as a member of a women's group I belong to suffered a dislocated hip. Some women in our group met her at the emergency room and stayed with her until the medical personnel were able to fix her hip. Others of us brought her food and checked on her to see what her needs might be. This type of friendship goes beyond the "meeting up for lunch" type friendship. This is a sisterhood coming together during adversity. While all types of friendship are important, knowing that there are friends who are there in bad times as well as good is very important. 

Being the introverted person I am, I have always found it hard to establish friendships. It takes me awhile to warm up to people, especially in group situations, and I have often been told I am "quiet" or it has been inferred that I am snobbish. This is not how I see myself at all. I see myself as a friendly person ready to offer a smile to others. But, I don't come into a large group and take the room by storm. That is just not my way. 

Each of us is called to be a friend to others. But, we can do friendship on "our terms" as our personalities and gifts dictate. I am blessed to have friends in my life that accept me as I am even as I know that Jesus accepts me as I am. 

When have you been a friend to someone lately? When has someone been a friend to you? 

Blessings and Peace,
Debbie


Friday, May 27, 2022

Saturday Scriptures: Finding The Light

 


This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. 
I John 1:5

There are times in our world when we stand and shake our heads in disbelief. There are times in our personal lives when we hold our heads and cry. There are times when things happen and we just don't understand why. At times like these, we can trust God and know that He is light and there is no darkness in Him. 

Trusting can be hard to do. 

I rely upon my faith and trust that God does have a plan for our lives  and that it is a good plan. I trust that I am never alone and neither is anyone else. God is ever present in all of our lives.

Why, then, do bad things happen?

This question is centuries old. And, I don't have all the answers. We live in a fallen world. There is sin in our world. There is evil in our world. We may feel at times that evil has won. But, it hasn't. 

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
I Corinthians 13:12


 Here is what I know and believe.
God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. 
May you feel God's love and light in your life today. 

Blessings and Peace,
Debbie

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Feeling My Heart Break

 Hello dear readers,

No pretty pictures today. My heart is not in it. Today, I am just sharing my heartbreak over the loss of little children and teachers in Uvalde, TX at the hands of a gunman. 

And, along with others who have said it before me, I am asking, "What are we doing?" 

These were little children, precious little lives, the same ages as kids I taught for over 30+ years. And they were gunned down. Their innocent lives cut short. It makes me sick to think about it. 

I can picture the classroom because, you see, I taught in one for many years. I can picture the movement of the kids around the classroom, all excited because they had an awards ceremony earlier in the day. The teachers were trying, I am sure, to find things to keep the kids occupied, learning and busy after such an exciting day. I can hear the talking, the laughter, the kidding around that teachers do with their students. Excitement was running high because there were only a few days left before summer break. And then, appearing at the door....a crazed individual who has already killed his own grandmother. 

I can picture the fear on those kids' faces. The fear on the teachers' faces. I've been through the lockdown drills many times and, as teachers, we all knew what we were supposed to do. I remember, as an itinerant teacher who moved from school to school, being in a school when there was a drill that I didn't know ahead of time was going to happen. I sat huddled in the dark in the corner of that classroom with the student I had been testing thinking this was a real lockdown and wondering how I would protect that child if a gunman came through the door. 

And you know that thought was on those teachers' minds, at Robb Elementary, in the split seconds they had to react when that gunman came through the door. 

But tell me...how does one react....how does one protect a classroom full of children....against AR 15 semi-automatic rifles that belong on a battlefield and not in the hands of an 18 year old??!!

I'm sick of it. 

I don't care if I'm trampling on your political beliefs right now. 

This has got to stop.

We need gun control laws in this country and we need them now. Why should any average American need these types of weapons?

How many innocent lives need to be snuffed out in order for our leaders to do what they ALL know is the right thing to do? 

Oh yes, here it comes.  The age old argument. It's our Constitutional Right to bear arms. 

Yes it is. 

But, is it our Constitutional Right to bear assault rifles that are used by soldiers on the battlefields? Do we need those kind of weapons to go hunting? Do we need those kind of weapons to protect ourselves? These are the big arguments that are always given when no legislation is passed when these mass shootings happen. Did our founding fathers want all Americans to have AK-15's???

I'm sick of it. Of hearing these same arguments over and over. People who say, "It's not guns who kill people, it's people who kill people." 

Tell that to those little children cowering in that classroom watching their classmates get gunned down before it was their turn. Tell that to those teachers reaching out to grab kids and shield as many as possible while facing the gunman head on. 

Tell that to those families screaming in agony in the school parking lot when they learned it was their child who wasn't coming home. 

I'm sick of it.  Of turning on the TV to see that yet another shooting has taken place.....at churches, synagogues, grocery stores, schools. 

I'm sick of it and I'll say it again...

We need gun legislation in this country and we need it now. 

But you can rest assured that the NRA and many politicians (yes, mostly Republican ones) are already working to make certain it won't happen. 

Please be in prayer for the families who are suffering right now. 

Until Saturday Scriptures, 
Debbie