Monday, January 27, 2014

Now you can download my new "Courage to Fly" ebook!


I am so excited to share the Courage to Fly with you all wrapped up and ready for download! I recently shared the 6 main steps during an interview with Sherry Poundstone at Blog Talk Radio (Coffee and the Word). You can listen to the full interview Here

I am passionate about helping women feel encouraged, empowered and inspired as they realize God's purpose for their lives. The Courage to Fly was originally a 6-week series right here on this blog - my magazine, Christian Women's Voice was born soon after. I want to encourage YOU today to search your heart for the dreams and goals God has given you. You know...today truly is your someday! May you have the Courage to fly!!!

You can download your copy of Courage to Fly (9 pages) right here: Add to Cart

Be blessed today and always,
Debbie



Friday, January 17, 2014

The Light of the Lord





The hours and the minutes blurred past. A typical afternoon spent rushing, doing, racing against the clock and checking off the boxes…and then this.

How it stopped me.

Caught me off guard and held me there in honey-colored sunlight.





The unexpected shadows that give dimension to life and define our strength...or our weakness.

It’s grace that moves the shadows onward.

They only settle for a time casting their many shades of light like long fingers stretching, searching.






"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)








There's truth in those glorious shadows. A hallelujah to sing strong and loud. Praise Jesus - the light has overtaken the dark! Rejoice in the light of the Lord!

The shadows are no match for the light that fills the soul
and the heart
and the home.

But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. (Acts 2:24)

"...weeping may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5)

The dark shadows are temporary, my friend. 
May you always seek to live in the light of Jesus!
Debbie



Monday, January 13, 2014

Because Some Days We Need to Shout It Loud!

Rise Up! (revisited)


'Walking in the Rain' photo (c) 2011, Hartwig HKD - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

It’s when joy dissolves into frustration and simple happiness into worry. When the fears of this world seem larger than the hands that created it and words of love and truth give way to bickering ….
When my mind clouds over and I shake to find my breath. When the knotting starts and it’s a fight for air…
It’s me in a crowded room yet alone and unheard, standing invisible on weak legs. It’s the enemy who invades my sleep and sends me falling, reaching for a light in the darkness…
And when I shake my head and shout ENOUGH, my soul cries,
Rise Up!
In the name of Jesus, rise up to the enemy who taunts and whose only mission is to hurt and cast guilt and shame.
'Praise belongs to the King' photo (c) 2011, kelsey_lovefusionphoto - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Rise Up!
By the blood of the lamb, rise up in His strength and remember who you are! Your validation does not lie in the hands of man, but in the heart of your Creator! He has prepared a place for you.
Rise Up!
Hallelujah to the Savior! When you’ve given enough days over to the things that are not of Him, rise up and speak His name. Rise up and give glory and praise to the One who continues to hold you through it all.
Rise Up!
Yes, today, even now, especially now rise up against it all because you’re worth fighting for. You will never embarrass or disappoint the Father when you seek Him with all your heart…so, rise up in His name!
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” 
(1 Chron. 16:31) NIV

Rise up and be joyful!
Debbie

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sharing Today's Newspaper Article



Hello dear friend...

I just want to share the link to my article that's appearing today in a couple of the Southern California Acorn newspapers (Camarillo and Moorpark). I hope you'll take a moment and read...and remember..."You're forever beautiful to Him, whether broken or whole, crumbling with the world around you or dancing on top of it."


Be blessed
today and always,
Debbie

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

You Already Possess the Courage to Fly!




It wasn't much of a wind. Just enough breeze to ruffle the chickens’ feathers and cause them all to face towards it instead of against.

I tried, in vain, to sweep the dead leaves and debris from the patio only to grow more frustrated as each new pile I created swirled and blew back around my feet.

Seems there’s always some sort of obstacle, doesn't it?
There’s always something, some hurdle or challenge fighting against our good efforts.

It’s all part of life, I suppose.

Funny how those challenges pose questions within themselves and suddenly we’re to decide whether to give up, give in or continue slow and steady through unsettling winds toward our goal.

I’ve met plenty of challenges since first starting my magazine, Christian Women’s Voice CW Voice   If I had given in to my many fears and all the voices speaking negativity and allowed mere words to tear down the dream…what sort of message would I have sent about my faith and my God? Who am I to BE that obstacle standing between a hungry heart and the blessing that awaits them in the pages?



But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
James 2:18

I want to invite you to listen in this Thursday, January 9th, @ 9am (or anytime on demand) as I talk with Sherry Poundstone of Coffee and the Word Here. I will be talking about the blog series that sort of launched CW Voice. It was called “Courage to Fly.” However, this Thursday, we’re calling it, “You Already Possess the Courage to Fly” because you do, friend! You already have the strength of the One who conquered the grave on YOUR side.

If you're still here, there's still work to be done!

I’m so looking forward to the opportunity to share my 6 important steps toward realizing and living out your dreams and goals. Won’t you join me?

Be blessed,
Debbie


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