A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11

Saturday, January 31, 2009

my hiding place

Psalms 119:114
Thou art my hiding place and my shield:
I hope in thy word.
~~have a great weekend and Lord's Day

Friday, January 30, 2009

Craft room comments answered

Oh you girls,
You made my day with all of your comments !!!
Let's see if I can answer them, or at least somewhat.
*Wall color--I am thinking PALE pink or just more WHITE
*Floors will be linoleum or something WASHABLE, I am messy
* Shelves from TARGET--you buy them piece by piece and layer at will
*Rocking chair, Lowes
and yes I will do after pictures
or even "in process" you have already seen the worst, right !!
I am going to unpack and organized before painting,
doing floors, etc. My husband assured me he can work around things ????
Or use our dolly to move things in and out.
A loving Thank you for prayers of health.
When you have something that is chronic, mine is fibromyalgia
It is common to take awhile to *kick things*
I know MANY of you deal with things like this too.
I am not that patient--trying to learn it
but I feel so often
*the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak*
Thank you for all your comments !!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

My *Realness* a before picture(s)

Well friends, we tend to show our AFTER pics
this time I will give a little peak into
what will be my hobby room.
This is going to be my room
formerly called my *Lovely room*
this one has no name yet
I love it that it has a big window in front,
those drapes will go...think I already
have something to put up.
Shelves waiting for me to organize, boxes to unpack
Do you see the chocolate word on the box?
We bought these boxes off of Craig's list
Embarrassing they all had Chocolate on the side.
Wonder what our neighbors thought, hehehe !!!
Oh I would love a professional organizer
These shelves will hold things I like to do.
Stitchery, Stamping, crafting, sewing
and my Grace Livingston Hill books
My work desk...SOMEDAY
What my husband will do:
Paint the walls
Put flooring down on subflooring
Crown Molding (he insists)
minor repairs
WHEN ????
it doesn't matter, I will be at the bottom of the list
because I want time with him,
more than him working 24/7.
Things will get done
I am still feeling too crummy to do much unpacking
Very weak and tired....that will pass too.
Just keeping it real and in perspective
A verse that is on my mind tonight:
Psalms 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A evening at Norm and Roses' home

I can't remember exactly, but it was at the first part of this
month. Our friend Rose and her husband Norm asked us to come over after
Sunday evening service. I thought it would be coffee/tea and cookies.
Oh no...
This, Proverbs 31 woman, was prepared. She had homemade split pea soup
that she had frozen and then had it almost ready to go. She had little sandwiches
Oh and of course before dinner, crackers with a salmon spread that her
son makes every year. For dessert we had a few things from the holidays to
include her fruitcake. NOW this is a GREAT FRUITCAKE.
I now have a copy of the recipe, and will make it next year.
Fruitcake gets a bad rap, oh but not this one
Think I will re-name it at the beginning because
of the stigma when I give it someone.
She loves candles. She lit some when we were there
She keeps the inside of her fireplace filled with candles.
So so cozy.
Oh her tree is gorgeous.
This is a 80 something woman that does all of this.

I love this look, I feel like I am in a Grace Livingston Hill book
when I am there. She does things with joy.
I love to observe and hopefully learn from Rose.
In dealing with her husband, Norm,
I have never heard her berate him, contradict him, no dirty looks.
She serves him lovingly and you can hear the love in his voice for her
he calls her *Rosella*...they have a rock solid marriage.
I know she has learned many things through the years.
I hope the Lord gives us many times together.
Rose, is a dear friend.
You would love her.

**Finally the anti's have kicked in and feeling better slowly
thanks for the prayers, emails and your concern.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

a Blessing from being on line

Connecting with people from the past.
That is the neat thing from being on line.
I saw this on my friend, Sharon Ramirez' site.
She found us and wow, did this picture bring back memories.
Her dad, Paul Escalera was our pastor in England.
Let's see....our oldest son was a Senior is High school
our daughter, a Sophmore
our youngest son a 8th grader.
My beloved and I----much younger and thinner !!!
This was our last Sunday there....I cried when we left England. I loved it there.
We then went to Italy for 7 years.
Thanks, Sharon for this walk down memory lane.
Oh what a sweet reunion Heaven will be.
Now I need to stick on this diet....
first week I had a great loss

Monday, January 26, 2009

squirrely girl

I thought this picture was so FUNNY.
One of the first things I noticed when we came to check out
our *new to us* home was a Squirrel on the back fence.
I probably would have wanted the house just for that reason.
I love watching their antics, don't you.
I know some can be a pain, yet some are so docile.
I am looking forward to the weather warming up so
I can make friends with my new yard buddies.
Do you have any squirrel stories ?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Tea party or coffee, come over

I don't usually post on Sunday. I am today I am home with this cough that sounds like I have deep furballs.
So...I listenened to a couple sermons on line.
Hence this post--------

IF I could I would invite you all over right now for a tea or coffee party. We would sit with our Bibles in our laps and sip as we would listen to this:

"God is still running things"

Oh we would all be encouraged, not just me right now. We would get our focus back. I think we would be praying and maybe even shouting "amen" as that is what I did in my recliner just a bit ago with my coffee,by myself...dog looking on bewildered.

Since I can't do that. Can I encourage you, TAKE a BREAK...to here...go to 11/23/08....title
"God is still running things" get out your Bible..or just listen. Have a cup of your favorite tea, coffee, or even your bottle of water. Prepare yourself. You will look at things differently. You will be blessed, you will be encouraged. It is worth your time. It is for ALL of us. I am convinced.
I just had to share this with you my dear blog friends and family.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Looking forward

Have a great Lord's Day

Friday, January 23, 2009

getting back in focus

I am finding myself having to turn the news off.
All this doom and gloom, it is easy to get my eyes on situations
and not on the Lord. To much news seems to affect
my prayer life, my thought life and just ME.
What about you?
Need to switch channels to more time in God's WORD
more time in PRAYER...the list is endless.
"On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, All Other Ground is sinking sand"

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Red-eye gravy---Huh?

This is the Evangelist we had at our church last week.
Do you know I am stilling mulling over the things he spoke about. He is from the south. The first thing is, his love for *RED-EYE Gravy*,now you southern girls you will have to EXPLAIN this all to me and maybe even share your recipe, hint, hint.

His main theme of his preaching, which is so dynamic and convicting, is *Prayer*. Statistics show the average Christians does not even pray 5 minutes a day--the average pastor 12 minutes. Oh boy does he talk about prayer, real prayer.

Please visit Bro. Benny Beckum's website. There are some neat things. Check out his itinerary. IF he is in your area. GO ...go....go...you will not be dissappointed. Drive a bit if you have to. I tell you, I don't just want to be a hearer of the WORD, and I know you don't either. I want what he spoke on to take root in my heart. We have ordered a book of his and hope to find a source to listening to him on line. I took so many notes, so much scripture. Please if you have heard him and want to share something you were convicted about or learned. Feel FREE...we need to be a people of prayer and encourage one another

Now....about that RED-eye gravy....I am clueless and did not *google it*...but thought someone out there could fill me in.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kitchen pictures

This is a glimpse of my counter. It is a glass top stove
with a oven/confection oven unerneath.
The long bar has a button on it, you push it,
and then up comes the oven vent/fan.
Paper shade on the window right now, what a great invention.
I love dishes, trays etc.
This cupboard DESPERATELY needs some paint.
I just had to get some stuff put away pre-painting.
I sanitized double or triple cleaning it before I put the dishes in.
This is just one 1/2 of it.
Oh I love having cupboard space, it is a treat.
My husband is working hard to finish getting our
other house ready to sell.
As I have shared, this new to us house
needs a LOT of TLC
Some major, some minor.
I don't want to pressure my husband AT ALL !
When things get done, they get done.
I am doing what I can, the best I can.
Moving with fibromyalgia is hard.
Yesterday I lifted tons of boxes, not big.
SO today, I hurt and will pray just to get a few more unpacked.
In the scheme of things, what does it matter?
When I was younger, it would have.
Nahhhh....not now, priorities change when your health does.
I am SURE as I write this, MANY of you know what I mean.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

True Anticipation---**more added

I am spending the day in much prayer as many of you are.
God is as much on the Throne today as yesterday.
HIS plan will unfold.
People need the Lord
Our country needs the Lord
Hoopla is in Washington today
Wait ....
OH !!!! there is so much more and so much BETTER coming for
Us that are HIS !!!!
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face,
and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin,
and will heal their land.
We are one day closer to the Lord's Return
Dear friends, I am writing in response to some private emails:
Oh..... in my heart, I am so sad.
I know what he stands for, how he is pro- choice and all the rest…
but, there are no surprises with God—
WE just have to stay faithful even more….
Stay in the WORD, even MORE,
stay in prayer... even more…
those who live Godly WILL suffer persecution

Monday, January 19, 2009

Spring is coming

Is there a bit of you that is thinking:
There is in me, it will be here before we know it.
Found this list and thought it was fun.
What flowers mean to me, though
is creation, beauty--and
our God who created such a gorgeous pallette of colors.
So have fun with the list
Ignore what you don't like
or even make up your own bouquet of meanings.
Or give a flower, or bunch with a poem, a verse
or whatever, whoever receives them will be blessed.
I sure would be, wouldn't you ?
Amaryllis - Pride
Apple Blossom - Hope
Bellflower - Gratitude
Blue Periwinkle - Friendship
Blue Violet - Modesty, faithfulness
Bluebells - Constancy
Cala Lily - Splendid Beauty
Camellia - Loveliness, gratitude
Carnation - Distinction, fascination
Chrysanthemum (red) - I love you
Chrysanthemum (white) - Truth
Cyclamen - Modesty and shyness
Daffodil - Regard
Daisy - Beauty & Innocence
Fern - Fascination and sincerity
Flowering Almond - Hope
Forget-Me-Not - True love and remembrance
Gardenia - Secret Untold Love
Honeysuckle - Devoted affection, generosity
Hyacinth - Loveliness
Hydrangea - Boastfulness
Iris - Warmth of affection
Ivy - Eternal fidelity
Jasmine - Amiability
Larkspur - Laughter
Lemon Blossom - Fidelity in love
Lilac - First Love
Lilac (white) - Youthful innocence
Lily - Majesty
Lily-of-the-Valley - Return of happiness
Magnolia - Perseverance
Marigold - Affection
Mimosa - Secret love
Myrtle - Love and remembrance
Orange Blossoms - Purity or fertility
Orchid - Rare beauty
Peach Blossom - Captive
Peony - Bashfulness
Red Chrysanthemum - Love
Red Rose - Passion
All roses say, I Love You, but each color has it's own meaning:
Burgundy - Unconscious Beauty
Orange or Coral - Desire
Pink - Grace and gentility
Red & White Together - Unity
Red - Passion
Sweetheart Roses - Darling, Dear or Honey
White - Worthiness
White Rosebuds - You're too young for love
Yellow - Joy
Rosemary - Remembrance
Sweet Pea - Delicate pleasures
Tulip - Love
Violet - Modesty, affection, faithfulness
Yellow Tulip - Hopeless love

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Naming our home

My "new to us" home
needed a name. This is what I came up with,
based on the fact that we live on a slight hill
*Hill~Light Cottage*
Read the scriptures below and you will see why?
What do you think?
Matthew 5:14
Ye are the light of the world.
A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Matthew 5:15
neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel,
but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Friday, January 16, 2009

new house --lights

Here is just a photo of the lights that hang
in my new (new to us, but NOT new)
house. They hang over what is like a counter that I will put stools at.
I love Tiffany lights.
The cupboards are new, I wish they were WHITE but
I will live with them .
Progress is slow...we are not young anymore
and just don't seem to bounce back as fast.
I might be able to send more pictures when I find my CAMERA CORDS
As someone who has moved 30+ times I know better.
I know I put them in a safe place,
just can't remember

Thursday, January 15, 2009

We finally met

This is my,dear blog friend, Susan of "BY GRACE". Please check out her blog
Her blog was one of my first blogs when I first started reading them.
She works along side her husband as missionaries in Canada.,
We finally got to meet in person. Oh I was so excited. Susan
is a sweet lady, with a accent that is just the best. You see, we
don't hear those accents as we type.
I hope we can get up and visit their church. Pray for them, as Wes and Susan work in Vancouver,BC.
I would also encourage you, if given a chance to meet a blog friend in person. Do IT !!!! Of course be prudent and be careful. We were....we had our husbands and were at a Revival type thing that was fantastic. Can't be much safer than that. Would love to meet her children next...saw Sam at a distance....Thanks Susan for your friendship !!!
We are still not feeling to great yet. We are 98% moved OUT of the old house
We have (my dh) has a few things he needs and wants to do before we put up the FOR SALE
sign. Settling here will be slow as there is some real TLC, needed. This is all going to be a process. THANK YOU for all the prayers, they are so appreciated.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A book recommend and a bit of a catch up

"In this day when grace and liberty are being redefined to a form of license, may we remember that our liberty is a motivation to service, not to selfishness"
~~~~Paul Chappell
Well I had to stay home sick from church, so I spent time in the WORD and in conjunction with the above book. I have so much underlined in it, I thought I must recommend it. We received these books awhile ago from our church. Now I can't believe that it has taken me so long real get in to it. IT is EXCELLANT.
We are also now 98% moved into our new home. Of course chaos reigns here and will for awhile.
My husband and I both got some respiratory *bug* and so it has taken the wind out of our sails.
I keep thinking, "it will all get done, there is NO RUSH".....this house needs tons of TLC so getting settled will be a process.....maybe taking a couple of years. I can tell that I am going to love it already, just need to be patient. I mentioned to my brother in law that my next move is HEAVEN, and really I would prefer it to be via the RAPTURE before the inaguration (sorry, couldn't help with the politics)......I will be here and there and trying to get around to blogs as time and health allows......So thankful for a sweet family, Lisa and Ken and their kids and also nephew ,Devin who all worked hard and helped us move.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Offline for a bit---UPDATE

I didn't know my husband didn't take his computer down last night, So...I am updating you.
We were safe last night..the River was the highest we have EVER seen it. Many in my state are suffering, the Lord spared us. It is only HIS reasoning and I am thankful for the prayers.
We did take loads out of our old house and have started the moving process...it is exhausting and driving through some of the standing water last night, NOT FUN, and a bit scary for me.....
Will be back as soon as I can, as I miss the *break time* I allow myself or my BODY requires....

Hi, this is Deby's daughter Melissa and she asked me to do a quick post to let you all know that she will be offline for a few days as they are busy moving. She also asked if you would keep WA State in your prayers with this crazy weather that is going on. They got told they could possibly be evacuated as they live near a river, although they aren't worried. Their new place is on the opposite side of town, so they will be safe and sound.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Wagon train vs.U-haul...I take U-haul

MOVING.....arrgh...I have spent a lifetime doing it.
TRULY...think about 37 moves or so.
It is exhausting...
BUT look above it could be much worse.
SO I will be thankful that God is giving me
enough energy to pack these thousands of boxes
(exaggeration here)
and still get a nap...
Oh that bumpy ride in a Wagon Train
hurts just to think about it...

Monday, January 5, 2009

Peace-a work in progress

This is plaque hanging in my house year round.
I have to be honest with you all. I don't feel that I have
walked in that Peace through the past weeks.
Through the death of my brother, the potential of moving to Alaska,
to finding another fixer-upper we could afford. Well I have
been stressed and not experiencing God's Perfect Peace
My Bible says:
Isaiah 26:3
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
So as I look back on the past weeks
I think where did I fall short? not to condemn myself
but to grow from this situation.
I have come to the conclusion it was because I did not
spend enough time in God's WORD ,
I did a word search on the word, PEACE this morning
and yes, it is about staying in the WORD and clinging to the Lord
I am sure this is a lesson I will learn and re-learn
Deby's flesh just wants her own way from time to time and instead
will just get mentally flustered and whew, I am on a roll and not into the WORD
as much as I should be.
What is so good about this is how the Lord, gently reproves me from
HIS WORD, from preaching at church, from things read at blogs or just that :
"Still small voice"
We all are works in progress and I am so thankful for God's Grace and PEACE.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Resolutions or not

Well, New Year's Eve has come and gone. Did you make resolutions ? I tried purposely NOT to go that route this year. I am just thankful for God's DAILY grace and mercy. I feel like to pick January 1st, once a year is so unrealistic. To be free from our mistakes, ours sins, they are a prayer of repentance away. Why wait until January 1st ? I prefer to just ask the Lord to help me grow closer to HIM everyday, and to show me my sins moment by moment.
Oh we serve a merciful GOD .....what I believe HE wants us from me, is ME. Minute by minute
day by day. Why wait for a special day.
Believe me I was glad to see 2009 come along. Last year was rough, but knowing that what the Lord allows in my life is part of HIS plan, is what brings comfort for me. Isn't it wonderful when you are HIS?
Lamentations 3:22
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
Lamentations 3:23
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Friday, January 2, 2009

new year-- NEW NEWS

It has been a VERY busy in our house.
We are still grieving the loss of my brother, which brings tears
and up and down emotions. Many many times.
Then, my husband was offered a great job in Alaska.
I, then was browsing the newspaper one day,
something I hardly EVER do.
I found a ad for a larger manufactured home that needs a lot of TLC.
My husband is the best at that sort of thing.
We were torn.
Well the decision was made.
Dec 31st--
he is NOT taking the Alaska position
and we ARE buying the larger home.
So as you can see.....life has been busy
I have to pack, and pack and pack.
and what I most covet your prayers for is this:
We love them
THEY love US
IT is going to be heartbreaking to tell these sweet people that we will no longer
live next to them. I am thinking I will need to go to 6 different homes to tell
them our news in person.
Am I excited at the prospect of a larger home.
There are many many reasons.
We have a year of living with noise and nail guns etc
but it will be worth it.
The Lord opened and closed MANY doors in the past weeks.
I felt many times so fretful and getting in sin over the stress of it.
I want the Lord's will, that is the bottom line.
So there ya have it.
That is why I have been SWAMPED.
Good REASONS , huh?
I will be in and out.