Thursday, February 14, 2019

Meet my Valentine ♡

Happy Valentine's Day!
42 years ago just three weeks shy of Valentine's Day,
I met my Sweet Heart. 😎
While we had just met and were not "officially" dating, 
my husband asked if I would be his "Valentine" on Valentine's Day. 
What a disappointing reply when I had to decline as a good friend
whom I worked with at the time had asked first
and I thought it would be rude to be a "Valentine" to more than one,
even though he was just a friend whom I worked with.  
Till this day my husband has never forgotten that
and every Valentine's Day he is sure to ask the question, early by the way ~
"Will you be my Valentine?"
Of course my answer has always been yes since my mess up that very first
Valentine's Day shortly after we met. 
My husband is a tender hearted guy and those little meaningful things
matter to him, for which I am very thankful. ❤

I met my husband on the ski slopes where
I was working as a chair lift operator while my husband was enjoying being a tourist.
My husband and a friend saved their money and came to Colorado
just to ski for three months.
All the way from Canada he meets a girl born and raised in Colorado,
only God!
This photo is of Game Creek Bowl where I worked, gorgeous isn't it?!
My husband took this picture after a snow storm just weeks ago.
he said it was an "Epic Day" snow up to his knees.
Unlike the year when we met ~

 That particular year, 1977 was a bad year for snow
and so my husband spent most of his time on the slopes
where the chair I worked on was located, it was there he would strut his stuff
hamming it up for this operator on his ballet skis.
Ballet skiing was something all new to me,
so of course he caught my eye, though I never let on.
My husband has a style in his skiing like none other, I could pick him out
on a slope covered with hundreds of skiers,
whether he was on his ballet skis or down hill skis.
The first time I saw him coming towards my chair lift
I was smitten!
And the rest is history...

Meet my Valentine ❤

This video is of my Sweet Heart doing down hill skiing.
I do not have any videos of him on ballet skis, sure wished I did.
John Denver's song "Sunshine on my Shoulders"
goes perfectly with this video that was done here in Colorado.
Enjoy some Colorado beauty ~

I thought it would be fun to share with you a couple of photos
that were taken for a Valentine's Banquet my husband and I went to
since it's Valentine's Day and all. 
Gone with the Wind ~
The theme was well known couples, we were Rhett Butler and Scarlett ~
I think my husband looks quite handsome with pitch black hair. 😉

Another year the theme was the 50's ~
The two of us had a great time playing it up as boyfriend and girlfriend ~
we were "going steady" and in love.😍

So happy you stopped in for a visit to say hello!
I've been in Arizona enjoying some time with my dear mother. 
Enjoy your day in all its glorious beauty
and spread some love today. 

Take Joy!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

My Determined Life of Worship ~

 Hello to you my dear readers and friends!
As I'm sitting here by the fire writing this post
I can't help but think of those of you who live in a warmer climate, 
here it is {{freezing}} outside! 
Some of you are experiencing frigid temperatures so
be very careful as you venture outside. 
I was talking with my Chiropractor (who is from Minnesota) and he shared 
of a year when there was below freezing temps with a wind chill of below 50 
that would cause frost bite if you were outside for any length of time.
Oh be very careful!
I will soon be headed to Arizona for some warmer days
as I spend time with my dear mom. 
Donatella and I will be traveling alone, I'm driving this time so
I would much appreciate your prayers ~ and thank you so much!

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With each New Year many of us have goals that we set for our lives.
While I'm not one for resolutions per se I usually have a goal that I 
prayerfully lay before the Lord that I desire to work on in order
to better my life in some way or another.  
Spiritually there is always something that I long to do better
and this year the desire of my heart longs to block out the noise
that seems to find its way into my worship time with God. 
I'm finding noise to be the enemy of my soul, 
so it's time to examine the area of my worship time with God. 
Life just seems to find a way of becoming cluttered 
with all sorts of activities and things that rob us of the one essential thing
we need most in our lives, the worship of God.
Often times I find myself rushing through my quiet worship time, 
how sad is that!?

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We enjoyed having our three oldest grandsons through the New Year
so I was not able to pray in the New Year quietly
as I have in the past years.
After their return home I sat down and focused on a plan for having a
determined life of worship making notes of the things that would
benefit me in my daily time alone with my Savior. 
As I said earlier, noise seems to be the enemy of my soul;
therefore, I had to be honest with myself and ask the question, why?
Well... now that I'm home and not having to leave early
for work and other activities that would cause me to rise early,
I now try and have that precious "Quiet Time" much later in the day. 
For others that works great, but for me, not so much.
Get out of bed Debbie!!
Now it's not that I'm sleeping until noon, I could never do that, 
but it's those early and I mean early hours of the day
when I found such quiet and alone time with God.
I will say, I have enjoyed staying in bed just a little longer these days, 
but if I am going to be honest with myself, it's not a good thing. 
I've now experienced both sides of the coin and I like being a 
Perky Patty over a Sleepy Head.
"I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. "
~ Proverbs 8:17 ~
 I must get back to what I know works best for me,
seeking God in those early hours.
"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee;
my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee
in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is."
~ Psalm 63:1 ~

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I must worship God in spirit and in truth.
"But the hour cometh, and now is, 
the true worshipers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth;
for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. "
~ John 4:23 ~
God is Spirit ~
 The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God; therefore, 
the Spirit is the only one properly to lead
my heart to worship God acceptably.
My prayers need to be with all sincerity, with honesty,
with simplicity and from the heart.
I need to return to my quiet little corner early in the morning 
before the noise and activities of my world creep in. 
With my Bible outspread before me, I will be still and wait on God.
"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
~ John 8:8 ~
While I'm alone with God, the Scriptures assure me that
as I draw near to God I will begin to hear Him speak to my heart.
Awww...that still small voice begins to speak
and in the quietness of my morning, God meets me.
As a follower of Christ, I have a responsibility to maintain
my worship time alone with God on a daily basis
and the effect of all my love and devotion to God will be this:
"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, 
are changed into the same image from glory to glory, 
even by the Spirit of the Lord. "
~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 ~

Take Joy!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Lesson on my Daily Walk~

 I love taking walks and many times it will be then that God shows 
me something in my life where I need to learn a lesson.
I'm a thinker ~ My mind has a way of going places,
good places of course, with God as my focus.
He walks with me and He talks with me,
something I look forward to on a daily basis.
Not that He doesn't talk with me otherwise, its just that my walks
are a special God and I time alone, well, of course Donatella too.
I couldn't be more thankful for the beauty that surrounds our home
making my walks all the more enjoyable.
The snow surrounding the creek is like soft marshmallow 
or fluffy white pillows, just gorgeous!
When the earth is blanketed with snow there is a beautiful quietness,
a hush in the air as even the winter birds sing softly and sweetly. 
The ice crystals on the branches of the growth near the creek
are reminders that Jack frost is still in the air. 

After I rescued Donatella her and I took a private obedience training course
together and I must say, I learned a lot about a dog's behavior.
We do not know the story of Donatella's previous owners or her life,
 our trainer said "maybe it's better that we don't."
Donatella was running from something when I found her
and it took a good year for her to stop running.
She is now at peace in our home and happy with her surroundings
and the love that she gets from other family members.
She is a real JOY in my life! 
I believe God knew that she would find a special place in my heart
and that she has!

With Donatella being a Beagle, she is happiest sniffing rather than walking,
but her tummy needs more than what her nose can give her.
I have always leashed Donatella as my bad knees could never reach her
should she decide to run and take off, which she did once
and thankfully a lady walking on our road was able to get to her.
I was in tears ~ I thought for sure I had lost my new best friend.
While I was out on one of our latest walks the Lord began to show me something
through Donatella's leash.
In the winter month's there is a shortage for Donatella to sniff
due to all the snow we have where we live ~
high in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
I have always walked on a certain side of our quiet dirt road
and it's been that way since Donatella made her way into my life.
But...lately She has decided that she is going to fight me and walk on the 
opposite side of the road thinking there is more over there to sniff!
As we walk I am constantly tugging at her leash and telling her
"no, this side please."
Oh she obediently listens and responds to my command,
but it's a constant tugging and commanding.

As I gently tugged at Donatella's leash and commanded her to return to my side,
the Holy Spirit was tugging at my own heart.
I could hear those gentle words going through my mind ~
How many times does the Lord gently remind you, Debbie, to obey His commands?
A lot!
There are things in my life where just one tug doesn't quite do it.
But God, in His love and concern for my life continues to work
ever so gently, molding and making me into the lovely vessel 
He has chosen for me to be.
I am reminded of  1Peter 1: 13-16  ~ living before God, our Holy and Righteous God. 
"Therefore gird up the loins of your mind,
be sober, and rest your hope fully upon grace that is to be
brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts 
as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is Holy, 
you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, 
"Be ye holy for I am holy."
The desire of my heart is to obey my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, 
in every area of my life with one tug to my heart, not many. 
Teach me Lord, and make me more like You.

"That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, 
being fruitful in every good work
and increasing in the knowledge of God. 
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, 
into all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness."
 ~ Colossians 1:10&11 ~

Take Joy!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

My Word ~ Joy!

Hello Dear friends!
I trust your Christmas Holiday was beautiful, surrounded by your loved one's
and the New Year has found you with peace in your heart
as you look to God with each new day for His unfailing love towards you
because of the hope we have through the promises
of God found in the Scriptures.
My husband and I were blessed by bringing in the New Year
with our three oldest grandsons.
We had a most wonderful time!
Lots of sledding and snow playing days where forts and snow tunnels
were created using their "boy" imaginations. 😉
We had two daughters and mostly girls in both of our family's,
so we are learning how very different the two are from one another.
God's perfect and lovely design as He created male and female
in His image amazes me time after time.

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I have been pondering and praying on the word "JOY" for some time now
and though joy has been a word I love to use and apply in my life,
I have chosen the word "JOY" because of the qualities of this word.
"Rejoicing" keeps coming to mind with my word
and that is the desire of my heart ~ to rejoice outwardly with joy
showing pleasure, delight, faithfulness and gratitude 
to God, my Savior, for His fullness of joy in my life.
In the Scriptures, God has much to show us in the way of Joy.
Verse upon verse can be found and applied to our lives
as we faithfully walk the path of life God has called us to walk.

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"Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope."
(Psalm 16:9)
" You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
(Psalm 16:11)

God is present in all the experiences of life, our every day happenings
and we can take joy and be blessed and be satisfied ~ content ~
with whatever may come across our paths 
showing pleasure, delight and rejoicing with JOY overflowing
so that others will want the joy of the Lord that fills our hearts.

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"The JOY of the Lord is our strength" ~ Nehemiah 8:10
" JOY cometh in the morning" ~ Psalm 30:5
"Restore unto me the JOY of my salvation" ~ Psalm 51:12
"Thy word was unto me the JOY" ~ Jeremiah 15:16
"Will turn their mourning into JOY" ~ Jeremiah 31:13
"That our JOY may be full" ~ 2 John 1:12

Year's ago I challenged myself to start a notebook by collecting
Scripture verses about "My God" and then categorizing them so that when I wanted
to look up a verse that would pertain to a particular topic
it would be right there and handy, plus,
this is an excellent way of writing out and memorizing the Scriptures.
Maybe this New Year you too would find it a challenge 
as well as rewarding by starting your very own notebook on Scripture verses God brings to your mind or directs you to write down, memorize
and apply to your individual life?
Here are just a few of my particular topics ~
My God will hear me
My God is my shield 
My God and my tongue
 My God will be my guide
My God's mercy and grace
My God wants me to have joy
My God wants me to trust Him
My God is the Righteous Judge
God wants me to love His Word
My God is my help and strength
My God wants solitude prayer time
 My My God wants me to love my enemies
My God wants me to be a virtuous women
My list goes on, but you get the idea.
Once I have the topic I then look up Scripture verses that pertain to that topic.
Take JOY my friends and be blessed!

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness:
come before His presence with singing"
~ Psalm 100:1&2 ~


Monday, December 31, 2018

Have I Done my Best for Jesus ~

Do you ever find yourself while all alone, quietly reflecting 
over your past days of walking with the Lord
and wondering...have I really done my best for Jesus?
I do...a lot... because the desire of my heart is to live my life following hard after God.
I love to look back and ponder on life, the good and the bad,
because I believe I can learn from all my past experiences.
There's no better time than now with the New Year here
to look back and reflect on how I have lived my life throughout 2018.
One of my favorite hymns is ~
"Have I done my best for Jesus", the lyrics have a way of speaking
right to my heart about my walk with the Lord.  

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~ Have I Done my best for Jesus ~

"I wonder, have I done my best for Jesus,
Who died upon the cruel tree? To think of His great sacrifice at Calvary!
I know my Lord expects the best of me."

Jesus paid the price and was crucified for my salvation.
Am I sharing with others of what Christ has done for me?
"For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast"
~ Ephesians 2: 8 & 9 ~

"The hours that I have wasted are so many,
The hours I've spent for Christ so few;
Because of all my lack of love for Jesus,
I wonder if His heart is breaking too."

I often ponder on the hours in a day that God affords me,
am I using them wisely for the Kingdom of Heaven?
Do I go about my daily life, moment by moment
loving Him, serving Him, worshiping Him, praising Him, honoring Him?

"I wonder have I cared enough for others,
Or have I let them die alone? 
I might have helped a wanderer to the Savior,
The seed of precious Life I might have sown."

Do I see the need that surrounds me and faithfully plant the seed of salvation?
Am I sharing the love of Christ to a lost and hurting world? 
Do I care enough to put into action what I know to be true of God's Word
to the benefit of others?

No longer will I stay in the valley, I'll climb the mountain heights above,
The world is dying now for want of someone 
to tell them of the Savior's matchless love."

"How many are the lost that I have lifted?
How many are the chained I've helped to set free?
I wonder have I done my best for Jesus,
when He has done so much for me."

God has supplied a divine formula for rescuing His people who are lost in their sin ~
  His rich mercy ~ Psalm 103:8-12
His great Love ~John 3:16 ~ Romans 5:8 ~ 1 John 4:9
His Grace ~ 1 Timothy 1:13-14 
And all these combined produce a Free Gift ~ Romans 6:23
Received through Faith ~ Romans 10:17

As a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, my desire is to be found faithful
to God the Father, to Christ who redeemed me,
to the Holy Spirit who equips me, to the Word of God,
which instructs me, convicts me, and sharpens me,
so that I can do my best for Jesus.
"For the Love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge,
that if one dies for all, then were all dead; ... that they which live
should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him
which died for them, and rose again."
~ 2 Corinthians 5: 14 & 15 ~
I would be deceiving myself and frustrating the grace of God (Galatians 2: 21)
if I believed I could earn my salvation through doing good works.
What I do for the Lord is out of love and gratitude 
to the Lord Jesus for saving me.

"Go to bed seasonably, and rise early. 
redeem your precious time: Pick up the fragments of it,
that not one moment of it may be lost.
Be much in secret prayer, converse less with man, and more with God."
~ George Whitefield ~ 

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 George Whitefield said it well ~
May we rise early and begin our day redeeming the time
that we have been given so that not one moment may be lost
as we live out our days to the glory of God.
With a New Year ahead of us may we be found faithful
in our prayer life, in our worship time alone in the presence of our Holy God, 
in our moment by moment walk with God
as we are guided and directed of the Holy Spirit.
I am looking to do my best for Jesus, as I daily choose to walk in His perfect ways.
May this New Year find us doing our best for the Kingdom of God.

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Precious Heavenly Father, 
We seek Thee, but we will only find Thee
when we have sought Thee with our whole heart and mind.
We turn to the Holy Spirit, our guide and teacher.
May our hearts yield to Your work with joy unspeakable.

To God be the Glory!
~ Debbie ~
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