Wednesday, March 23, 2016

This Gift of Life




Sometimes I have to wonder why I do some of the things I do. Why do I overextend myself? Heap extra burden and responsibilities on top of my full schedule? Sometimes I think I should spend more time in idle mode, just hanging out literally doing nothing. I pass by my favorite comfy spot on the patio and wish for more time to just sit and listen to the water trickle in the fountain and watch the many finches zip in and out of the garden.

Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day and I fall into bed at night exhausted and spent only to wake up overwhelmed with little energy to accomplish all that’s demanded of me.

But sometimes…one dream builds upon the next and the next and I realize it’s what makes me feel alive. Alive and thankful for the passion behind every single dream and every single goal because as long as I’m living, I will always be striving, reaching and moving toward that which makes my heart sing.

Being raised by someone who gave up on living about 40 years before her actual death taught me a lot. I saw the sin in taking each new, glorious day gifted to us by the Father and basically throwing it off the highest cliff like a useless stone. Like it didn’t matter. Like a spoiled child wanting more because the gift of a day wasn’t enough.

This life is for the living and the doing. It’s for the giving back and praising God for every bit of it.

I do make time for sitting in my comfy spot, for watching the birds, for hugging and appreciating my husband and my kids. But the day I stop striving and doing and dreaming will be the day Jesus calls me home.


1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (NIV)

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, (NIV)


Saturday, March 5, 2016

The March/April issue of CW Voice is ready and available!

Hey friends!

I just love spring. Don't you??? I'm super blessed with the opportunity to celebrate this glorious new season with the March/April issue of CW Voice Magazine!

Let this issue encourage and inspire you!

         CW Voice March/April 2016        
     
       

                     CW Voice March/April 2016                  

     
     
       
         By Debbie Dillon                    
       
         32 pages, published 3/5/2016        
     
     
       CW Voice shares articles related to frugal living, physical & spiritual well being, family & relationships, life after divorce, movie & book reviews, recipes, and testimonies.      
     
                 Find out more on MagCloud              






















Thursday, February 18, 2016

Have you registered yet???





Well, I don't often share press releases, but I am definitely sharing this one!

I'm going to be at the Orange County Christian Writers' Conference April 15th and 16th and I would love for you to join me! This is going to be such an amazing event - check it out!

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 Christian Writers' Conference to Host Well-Known Professionals as Mentors
            Modern traditional publishing, self-publishing, and the blogosphere are creating more and more opportunities for writers. But writers of all genres can profit from all-day mentoring clinics and one-on-one help from industry professionals at the 2016 Orange County Christian Writers' Conference.
            The conference will be held Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, at the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, 2904 Brea Blvd., Fullerton, CA., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
            Well-known authors Cindy Woodsmall, B. J. Taylor, Aaron Gansky, Kathi Macias, and others will head mentoring clinics in beginning, intermediate, and advanced fiction and nonfiction as well as a teen track and a young-adult track. One-on-one appointments with industry professionals in the Resource Room will be available to all attendees.
            On Friday evening, conferees can attend an informal meet-and-greet to chat with faculty members, industry professionals, and fellow attendees. Anyone who registers for either a mentoring track or a day in the Resource Room is welcome to attend the Friday evening event. Giveaways will be an added bonus throughout the evening. Come to network, fellowship, and have fun!
            To register: http://www.occwc.com.

Monday, January 25, 2016

My Tribute






It was the weight of the past two weeks and the love of 27 years that brought me out to the garden this morning. It was there that I sought comfort and found it in my sad, neglected space among the weeds and forgotten plants still fighting against the seasons; there with my robe and coffee cup and tears.

And there in the first light of this new day, this beautiful gift meant to be cherished and lived because we’re still standing and still breathing, God broke through the heaviness of death and grief to show me life. Right there in the garden in the middle of my mess. Life triumphant. New and just beginning.






























In that moment, God showed me that we’re to nurture the living; the wife now without a husband, the children now without a father and countless others left holding hearts full of love, admiration and cherished memories. We’re to honor the lives of those who have gone before us simply…by…living.
And as they who pass from this world and into the next are to forever rest in the peace and comfort of our savior, so shall we when we remember that they have received their reward in full. We are to rest and live in peace knowing God’s promises are true and it’s the faith of the believer that brings us full circle.

Revelation 7:15-17 “And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear
 from their eyes.” (NIV)



 I will always love you, Bruce. I will never forget you.
Thank you for embracing me as your own and welcoming
me to your family so many years ago. And thank you for
loving me unconditionally ever since.
Debbie

Monday, January 4, 2016

Sharing from My Food Blog




So....do you like fresh vegetables? Are you a lobster lover? Aaww, I KNEW I liked you!

I'm sharing the link to my food blog today because I've made a ceviche using a little left-over lobster and I just have to say, it's super good. I'm one of those people who tend to believe that a really good recipe is meant to be shared, and believe me, this one does not disappoint. Check out my recipe for lobster ceviche here


Blessings,
Debbie

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Let This be the Year




It’s 6am here.

Dark and early.

That wonderfully quiet time with the perfect cup of coffee and the soothing warmth of the fireplace…and my heart stirs.

I think of this new year stretched out long before us with its possibilities and opportunities. I think of how we each enter into this clean slate of promise, of hope and dreams yet be realized.

Friend, let this be the year not only for dreaming big, but for taking long, big-girl strides toward turning our biggest, wildest dreams into reality.

Let this be the year of seriously moving toward a healthy mind, body, spirit and lifestyle and for helping others to accomplish the same.

Let this be the year of gathering up all the loose ends of our lives and bringing organization and structure where it’s needed.

Let this be the year of living more aware of those needing prayer, friendship… the love of Jesus. I pray we will go about our days with eyes wide open and sensitive to the needs of those around us.

Let this be the year of breaking down the barriers of fear and worry that we may find strength to turn worry and fear into faith and trust; trust in the One who moves mountains.

Let this be the year of salvation for loved ones who have turned away and against it far too long. I pray you and I will be that light to those living in darkness, and may they realize that the truest, purest form of happiness isn’t found in the things of this world but only when we run to the open arms of our Savior.

Let this be the year.

"'If you can'?" said Jesus. 
"Everything is possible for one who believes." 
(Mark 9:23)



I would love the opportunity to pray with you for the big things you'd like to accomplish in 2016. You're welcome to share your thoughts in the comment section. ALL things are possible with Jesus!






Monday, November 9, 2015

Celebrate the Season

I am so totally excited about the holidays this year. I love breaking out the boots and sweaters, Christmas carols and holiday movies, hauling firewood inside before the rain starts, stoking the fireplace and heading out for an afternoon of Christmas shopping. But what I really love is organizing all my cooking and baking plans.


I've been sharing a few of my latest endeavors over at my new food blog. It still needs a bit of work on the site, but it's a fun little place to share some of the dishes that actually come together well (the others get tossed out in the chicken coop, LOL). I love coming up with my own creations, my own spin on some basic recipes, but I also look forward to pulling out my tried and true favorites...and I have many.

I love challenging myself by using only ingredients I have on hand. For example, these little apple caramel cakes to the left are my own concoction using 3 Granny Smith apples and 1/2 bag of Caramel Bits along with all the flavors of the season; cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.

I'm also SUPER excited to share the latest issue of CW Voice! Our November/December issue celebrates 4 years of encouraging women for Christ! I am so blessed to be a part of this little magazine. There's something in every issue that connects and resonates as our amazing contributors share their hearts and love for Jesus. I do hope you'll check it out here. Sitting down with a copy of CW Voice and a cup of coffee or tea is the perfect respite from any busy day.


Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with me here. I do pray you'll have a wonderful, blessed, healthy and safe holiday season.

Peace upon you,
Debbie

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