"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, November 8, 2011

a fresh heart and a fresh start




Twenty days is a long time.  It's a long time when you are trying to be single minded in your efforts. It's a long time to commit to staying away from something that has become as much a habit as coffee in the morning... which is exactly why fasting accomplishes the purpose of the one who is honored in our sacrifice. Last night was the wrap up party celebrating Forty Days For Life.  Today, I may be back at the keyboard but my desire is to continue to be reminded in this simple act of blogging, of the twenty days for change that funneled my thoughts and my prayers.  It was good.  Lives were saved.  Mine was changed. Soon I will detail some wonderful ways the Lord moved in my heart.  I look forward to sharing here again.





After twenty days of looking at the same picture on my computer screen (as I changed the reminder countdown) I decided to make a wreath using the flowers from the arrangement that decorated my table when the decision was first made to begin this fast.  A visual reminder of an important time of growth.

Thank you all for your support and prayers.  I'm so glad to be part of the family of God!  And I'm so glad to be back.

Blessings, Debbie 

29 comments:

  1. OOoooo...can I be the very first to welcome you back? (There are advantages to being a night owl. ~smile~) I have truly missed your presence here in Blogland...and I look forward to hearing of your time with the Lord, your time of sacrifice.
    And your wreath is gorgeous!
    {{{Hugs to you on this November night...}}}

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  2. I'm am SO glad you are back - I've missed you terribly. But I'm also very glad it was a good time for you spiritually. I know how badly it's needed sometimes to let go of the noise and refocus on God and the important things. Can't wait to hear more about it. :)

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  3. I really look forward to hearing how the Lord moved your heart! I am also very thankful to have you back. You were missed your than you could imagine. ((HUGS))

    I am a bit sparse because I have my last craft fair to get ready for in 8 days! I got to finish getting things made and keep up with the home. Then.... I can hibernate for the winter. [o;

    Blessings and ((HUGS))
    -Mary

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  4. I missed you friend!

    Looking forward to hearing about all the Lord has done in your life!

    Deanna

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  5. Looking forward to the insights you gained from your fast, Debbie. We've been praying along with you.

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  6. I missed you..but I also understand that sometimes we need to step back and get a new perspective of what is really important. :D

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  7. Looking forward to you sharing, Debbie. xxx

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  8. Good to see you back. Stepping aside tends to bring freshness back into life, to have a new look at ourselves.

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  9. So lovely to have you blogging again:)

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  10. You were missed Debbie and I am so glad to see you in this space again. I am looking forward to hearing how the Lord blessed your days.
    xx

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  11. Hi Debbie! (BIG HUGE HUG!)
    I missed you!

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  12. Welcome Back...
    What a great accomplishment.I'm anxious to read about the time fasting. I have never fasted in such a powerful way.

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  13. I have kept you in my prayers...may the seeds God has planted in your heart bring forth fruit for a life time

    I love having reminders of what God is has taught me in my house...it makes my house tell a story...His Story

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  14. Welcome back, Debbie! I sincerely missed your posts, and I look forward to reading how God spoke and moved during your fast.

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  15. Hello! I am so looking forward to what you share with us about how you grew and what God showed to you...you are an inspiration. Blessings.

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  16. I just found your blog, and admire that you finished your commitment to fasting. I'm sure that God will continue to bless you. Great wreath! I plan on visiting you often. Blessings.

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  17. I can't wait to hear what God taught you during your fast. I admire you for it. I know He will do great things in your life for that commitment.
    I am glad you are back.

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  18. I popped in from The Barefoot Crofter, intrigued by the guitar in the thumbnail for this post (as a late-beginner guitar player). Your fast sounds quite an achievement.

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  19. I am looking forward to hearing more about your experience. The wreath is a beautiful reminder of your journey.
    Welcome back

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  20. Welcome back, Debbie! I missed you but I have so much respect for your fast. Looking forward to hearing more!
    xoR

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  21. I am glad you are back - I am anxious to hear about what you learned.

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  22. Welcome back. Looking forward to what you'll be sharing with us... Love the wreath.

    Blessings, ~Lisa

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  23. I look forward to your future comments on your fast, Debbie. As for me, you spurred me on to more earnest prayer for life. And interestingly enough, I found that my prayer expanded to include the forgotten elderly in nursing homes, my friend Joseph who has such depression - that he would find a purpose in life - that our culture of death could become again a culture of life. Hearts need to change.

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  24. Welcome back, Debbie!! I have missed you and look forward to hearing all about your experience. blessings ~ Tanna

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  25. Happy to have you back. I read the post above this one and was moved. I cannot play the video because of slow connections but if it moved you the way you describe it must be wonderful. Take care my Happy Fulfilled friend. B

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  26. Hello and welcome back Debbie! I have missed you dearly.

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  27. It's an awfully nice family, isn't it?

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  28. What a beautiful visual reminder. I'm glad you are back!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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