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I was born and raised in the Columbus,Ohio area. Met my husband and married while in college (we have been married 36 years). I graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor's in English Literature. Over the years I have been very active in the church and have lead Bible studies, have been an AWANA leader and am currently a Stephen Minister. I love to write. I write non-fiction and fiction.

God Hears

Anyone who knew me while I was growing up, was aware I wanted a horse. That’s all I thought or dreamed about from the time I was in first grade. I wanted a black horse with a white star on its forehead. In my teen years, I named my horse- to- be Kentucky Rain after the Elvis Presley song.
I begged and begged for a horse. I’m sure my parents thought I was a broken record. I would bargain with them about household chores, grades, anything I thought would make them consider getting me a horse. The only way to hush me was to say they would consider it.
I persisted in asking for a horse from the age of six until I was sixteen. In the end, my parents were right in not getting me a horse. They knew the dream was better than the reality. Once I started driving and working part time, I dropped my dream and moved onto other things. They were glad they were not stuck with a horse to care for because I was now too busy to take care of one.
I was never afraid to ask my mother or father for anything. I knew I could go to them with my requests. It doesn’t mean they were always granted, but I was heard. The same could be said for Abraham and his relationship with God. He trusted God and knew he could go to God with anything.
God told Abraham that He was going to check out Sodom and Gomorrah because He heard their sin was flagrant. If He found this to be true, He would destroy both cities. Abraham was upset. He didn’t want righteous people to perish and asked if God found fifty righteous people would He spare the cities. God agreed. Abraham went back five separate times to ask God if he would save the cities if they had 45, 40, 30, 20 and ten righteous people. God patiently agreed each time.
God knew that there weren’t ten righteous people in those towns, but he still allowed Abraham to come to Him and ask. The same can be said today. We are to boldly approach God with all our questions, requests, fears, joys and intercession for others. He will never turn us away. He wants to hear our prayers.
Our prayers connect us with God and help to build a close relationship with Him. Like my parents, He will not always give us what we ask for, but we can rest assured that He hears every word we direct at Him and will do what’s best for us.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning, I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalms 5:3

Can Do

In 2012, my husband was laid off from his job. It was a shock. We knew we had to put the house on the market immediately. The real estate market changed in 2009 for the worst and had not yet recovered. Our home was above the price point of people buying at the time. I have never felt so helpless or afraid in all my life. My husband soon got a job out-of-state that paid a lot less than he had been making. I had nightmares of foreclosure and poor credit.
During the time the house was on the market, we struggled financially. We had to lower our price more than we wanted. It took nine months to finally be rid of it. The selling price just covered the mortgage. The good thing was that we walked away from it with our credit still intact and a big raise in pay because we did not have to pay for the house any more.
During that time, my husband insisted that everything would work out and called me out about my lack of faith. I prayed daily for that house to sell and struggled with my faith as time went on without a buyer. When things are out of my control, I have a hard time trusting God. But God did answer and provided a buyer – just not at the time I wanted Him to, nor in the way I had hoped, but He did come through.
The same could be said for Abraham and Sarah. They had waited for a promised son and now they were beyond child bearing age. Three strangers who were angels and one may have been a pre-incarnation of Jesus came to visit them. Abraham provided food, rest and drink for them. At that time, Sarah was 90 and Abraham 100. One of the strangers told Abraham that Sarah would bear a son, and they were to call him Isaac. Sarah overheard the conversation and laughed. She knew she was not able to physically have a child in her advanced age.
Sarah had longed for a baby during her child bearing years. I’m sure she looked forward to being a grandmother and even having great-grandchildren. But it was not to be. She was the age of a great-grandmother when she was told she was going to have a baby. It seemed preposterous to her.
The stranger who was the Lord heard her laugh and confronted her. When she was confronted, she denied it because she was afraid to admit it. But the stranger repeated back to her what she had said. He also said the most compelling thing that still resonates with me today. He said, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
It is a given that we will have bad seasons and horrible situations that we don’t know how we’re going to get through. We may even have something we want badly like a spouse, children, or a better job. Sometimes, we aren’t sure God will do anything to help us, or we may think He does not care.
But He does care. Often, He doesn’t do what we expect, how we expect it, or the timing may not be ideal in our eyes. Only God can see with His eternal eyes what is best for us and our future. We are required to have faith and to believe that there’s nothing that’s too hard for Him to accomplish in our lives. There is comfort in knowing that He can do ANYTHING. Next time you are praying and feel like there is no hope, ask yourself, “Is there anything that’s too hard for the Lord?”

Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Genesis 18:13-14

Our Words

In January 1969, Joe Namath of the New York Jets promised that he was going to win Super Bowl III. Even though he had many accomplishments to his credit as a young quarterback, when he made that promise, many thought it was cheap talk. He was voted Rookie of the Year his first season and became the first quarterback ever to throw for 4,000 yards. Despite his accomplishments, he was looked on as a fluke and an upstart with a lot of arrogance.

The NFL Baltimore Colts were considered at the time to be the best team in football and were favored to win. Namath had no trouble talking to the press about it. Several days before the game, he said that the Jets were going to win. He declared, “I guarantee it!”
Nobody took his declaration seriously. But, to the surprise of all, both the Jets’ defense and offense did a little “shock and awe” on the Baltimore Colts. With the help of his team, Namath delivered on his promise, and the Jets won the Super Bowl 16-7.

There is a saying from an anonymous source, “Make your words tasteful; you may have to eat them later.” Think of how little Joe Namath’s words would have meant if the Jets had lost. His promise backed by the win made his words true and meaningful to those who listened. How many times have you promised something and not followed through?

Our words are an indicator of our character. If we make a promise or say we are going to do something and don’t, we are evaluated by others. At the workplace, failed promises devalue us. To our friends, our lack of action tags us as unreliable or uncaring. Even in an everyday conversation, what we say reveals a little bit about who we really are.

Words are powerful. Each of us has an opportunity for lasting power and influence when we back them up with deeds. In the end, we are the ones who decide what comes out of our mouths and what becomes a reality after all is said and done.

For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:37

 

Names

When I was a young girl, I really hated my name. Back then, I went by Debby, and there were at least 2 of us in every classroom. My heart rate always accelerated whenever the teacher would call out the name “Debby” – especially if being called on for a question I didn’t know the answer to. Not only that, I found out my name meant “bee”. I really hated bees!
I got so mad about my name that I asked my mother if she could change it. She said, ‘no’ and asked me why. I told her I was tired of having the same name as other people in my class, and I was not a bee. I also asked her what other names she had considered. I swore I was going to change my name when I got old enough to do it myself.
My mother said when she was pregnant with me, my father and she talked about names. They had no trouble deciding on a boy’s name. I would have been named after my dad, but they could not decide on a girl’s name. My dad wanted to name me Mary Ann after his mother, and my mother wanted to name me Hazel after her mother. The only name they could agree on was Deborah which they put on my birth certificate and shortened it to Debby as a nickname.
No offense to my grandmothers, but I was glad I didn’t get either of their names. There were a lot of girls named Mary in my class, so that would have been no better than Debby. And Hazel would have been an even worse choice. I would have been mercilessly teased. Back then, Hazel was the name of a maid on a television show. I was already teased enough as it was.
Today I have learned to like my name. I have done away with the Debby and now go by Deborah because I admire Deborah in the Bible. She was a strong, wise woman. In my generation, it’s not the most unique name, but it is the name my parents wanted me to have.
Just as my parents named me, God named Abram and Sari. When Abram was 100 and Sari was 90, God changed their name to Abraham which means “father of many nations” and “Sarah” which meant “princess”. He did this to reconfirm his covenant with them about giving them a son. Abram was doubtful that they could have any children at their age. But God tells them they will have a son, and they were to name him Isaac which mean “he laughs”.
For someone to know our name means we have a relationship with them in some area of our lives. It can be a significant one or a minor one. We choose how close of a relationship we want with that person.
The same can be said for God. No matter what name we have been given, God knows it. Just like Abraham and Sarah, He may also have a unique name for those of us who are close to Him. He has a relationship with every person on Earth because we are part of His Creation. We are loved by Him unconditionally no matter what we do.
We are the ones who decide how close our relationship with Him will be. We have a choice to call Him, Father, and to take His hand as we walk through life and learn more about Him so we can live more joyful lives despite our circumstances, or to keep Him at arm’s length and never have the blessing of His presence and strength in our lives. It’s our choice.

You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. Psalms 139:1

Majesty of God

You had to be an ostrich with your head buried in the sand this week (8/21/17) to not be aware of the fact a swath of our country was experiencing a full eclipse of the sun. Because we live in South Carolina, my husband and I were blessed to be part of that experience. We got our glasses and took the boat out on the lake. I can only say it was a fabulous show that the Lord God Almighty put on for His children to see.

It was in the middle of the afternoon, and it grew dimmer and dimmer around us. There was an eerie feeling in the atmosphere as though there was something extraordinary about to happen. Even our dog Lily barked to signal that she knew this was out of the ordinary. On the lake, the horizon burst into violets, pinks and blues of twilight.

As I watched the moon completely cover the sun, I observed the glorious halo that surrounded the moon. It was such a breathtaking view. My husband and I sat there in awe about what we were witnessing. The moon continued to pass over, and it got light and lighter until it was normal again.

How like God to teach us a lesson about Himself in such a magnificent way. As all this was happening, I thought about how the moon represented sin in our world. It seems today more and more people are going their own way and trying to blot God out and ignore that He is and that He has laws we need to abide by.

No matter how people try to cover up or blot out God, He is still here and can be seen. His glory and majesty cannot be covered. It shines out from behind any sin or attempt to ignore Him. He is the Great I AM. Those glasses we used to watch the eclipse represent our spiritual eyes that can see His glory when others who do not have them cannot.

I was amazed at how it took only a sliver of the sun to make the darkness go away. The same can be said for God. This world, as sinful as it is, would easily be and often seems to be a dark and awful place to live, except for the fact that God is still among us in all His glory. A halo of light in a dark world.

Those of us who believe and have faith in the LORD, take on His light. We then become bits of light in the darkness. It is our job to show the LORD to others and keep Him alive in humanity by practicing and showing others the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Those are the things that are stronger than anything Satan can hurl at us. These things come from the LORD and show a glimpse of what He is like. The darkness cannot cover these things, for they shine too brightly, especially when practiced in His name.

For me the eclipse was a reminder that God is in control no matter what we do here on Earth. His Glory is always shinning for those of us who have the spiritual eyes to see. I am humbled that I can share in that glory by being a light in this world and shine for Him by faith and practicing the fruit of the spirit.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

Psalms 145:3-7 NIV