"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

a twenty day fast



The colors of autumn.  
Orange, gold, brown...

The colors around me are turning . The atmosphere is charged with the energy of change.  Winter lurks around the corner and with it the anticipation of earth's slumber.  A much needed rest.  I'm going to be gone for 20 days.  I look forward to this time of fasting and praying.  I look forward to the change that may come about for my obedience.  An improvement in my soul's hearing.  A 'slap upside the head' that says, "open your eyes and weep!"  And then for my crying out in desperation, a change *here.  

There are people who are so lost and in so much pain, it breaks my heart.  So, for 20 days I will join with the '40 Days For Life' team of central Oregon.  Many have been fasting for 20 days already.  I was stubborn and knew that I was being called to fast from right here.  I'm to give up blogging for the final 20 days so that I can focus on the cry of desperate people in the overwhelming place of making a choice.  For the next 20 days I will simply put up a reminder of what I'm doing for those of you who would join me in offering a prayer each morning.

*This type of music is NOT my style.  But the suffering in this message needs to not be dismissed based on artistic preference.  It's beautiful.  Please listen and weep.  There are real people living in this real world with real problems that may or may not look just like us.  EVERY person is loved by God.  Every person aches and longs for love and answers.  Pray with me.  I'll see you in 20 days.

Blessings, Debbie

29 comments:

  1. You will be missed. Thank you for drawing my attention to 40 Days for Life. I had not heard of the campaign. I will pray.

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  2. You bring glory to the Father. May the next twenty days be days of great blessing.

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  3. While the video you linked to might not be your or my style, it is someone's style. A someone made in the image of our amazing Creator God with a hard message to share. Truth is truth.

    Will join you in prayer...

    Blessings, ~Lisa

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  4. Blessings and I pray God will open your eyes to the things that are yet unseen.

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  5. Thank you for your faithful expample.

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  6. I will pray with you also. Video made me so sad.

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  7. Blessings upon you. See you at the other side.

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  8. Bless you as you serve Him! Joy! Kathy

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  9. You'll be missed. Sending blessings!

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  10. You are a good lady. I really love what you are doing. Blessings indeed to you.

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  11. Sending thoughts and prayers and wishing God's blessings for all. Tammy

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  12. Go within and heal the pain....pain is not your enemy it is telling you that something is wrong on some level..embrace it and release it. We don't attract people or situations to us because they are good, but because they are familiar..pain and suffering are not what you want to keep attracting..feel it and move it..it is not a natural state of BEING.like the Carly Simon song "I haven't Got Time For The Pain"

    ~~BIG Hugs~~
    though you will be missed,I'm Proud to call you friend for your compassion

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  13. We've been praying for this for quite awhile. We'll pray for you and the group that you're a part of. To God alone be the glory and honor and praise, our creator and sustainer.

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  14. Blessings on your fast and prayers. Your time will no be lost. JB

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  15. PRAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will lift your name before the Lord daily! Blessings through this time of obedience

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  16. My first thought: Oh no! How will I get along without my daily Debbie fix?

    My second thought (far more altruistic): How admirable to hear from the Lord and respond with obedience.

    I will miss you, my friend, but I'll be right here when you get back. Blessings to you and your family during this time of setting apart...

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  17. I wish you well, Debbie. You are truly an inspiration to others. Maa

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  18. Sigh. Okay. Praying with you, sweet sister.

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  19. Dear Debbie, I admire you. I iwll be praying for you these 20 days. That God will do the owrk in you He has planned. Also that you can allow God to do the work xox Clarice

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  20. Kneeling right beside you. Blessings on this work xx

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  21. Debbie
    Bless you for having a heart that listens to the Lords voice and obeys. I know you'll be blessed. I'm praying for you-Kimberly

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  22. Prayers for you, Debbie, and for all others who are touched or involved... blesssings ~ tanna

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  23. Dear Debbie,
    I can´t watch the video, youtube says I am not allowed (in Germany) but I am praying, always praying...
    JenMuna

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  24. How can we not pray every day? It's hard to pray for everybody, I find - to find a formula that covers all. Because all wander here in the strange land, and even those who seem safe have heart-wounds not evident to eyes. I pray for those who serve, and then for those who try to serve - then those who want to serve, and then for those who don't want to serve and for those who wish to harm or do harm, so dark is their life. I can't stop at one group - because I am in nearly all. We have to pray for the desire to love and nurture and take care of one another, pray to know what to do and when to do it, pray for those who have not been given understanding, and those of us who have been given it but have thrown it aside - and those of us who are willing, and try every day - and are learning a little more with every moment's experience.

    There is no end to suffering but the death that gives us back our lives. But we can share the joy and comfort we do have - and if we don't have it, we can fight for light and get it. I know. I've done it.

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  25. I will keep you in my prayers. Blessings, Catherine xo

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