Friday, August 20, 2010

Women of Faith Conference in Omaha!!! Nothing like being there!!!

You just never know how your days will change.....you think you have your schedule all figured out!! I was singing recently for a Sunday service at a church in our community and was approached afterwards about the Women of Faith conference coming up. Patrice asked me if I had considered going. Yes, I had, but the cost is what discouraged me. Well, someone wants to sponsor someone anonymously ad would you like to go......oh, my goodness!!!

It was a WONDERFUL time as, of course, I fit it into my schedule! If any of you ladies have never been to one....oh, there is nothing like being there. Being there in the audience with over 6,000 women praising the Lord, moving to the groove REALLY! and hearing women and there was a man speaker share with us honestly about so many things....the insight! What I appreciated the most was the honesty and being encouraged and just letting it out for all to see that WE JUST DON'T HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER and IT'S OK! We are a work in progress by a loving Father who loves us as we are and sees us in a totally different way than we see ourselves.

I just want to share a few quotes and if you would like me to send you a copy of my notes, I would love to send them to you. I wrote it out so that even though you may not have been there, that you would understand. It prints out to 15 pages and I hope that it will bless you, encourage you and help you in your day to day walk with the Lord, your family, in your job, in your creativity!!! Thanks for letting me share....debbie's e-mail: debbie_demmers@hotmail.com

"GOD CALLS US AS HE SEES US."

"GOD MEETS US WHERE WE ARE, NOT WHERE WE WISH WE WERE."

"GOD USES OUR BROKENNESS SO MUCH MORE THAN OUR PRETEND WHOLENESS."

"HOW WE GET OFF THE PATH OF TRUSTING GOD IS BECAUSE WE LOOK AT OUR WEAKNESSES AND DO NOT APPRECIATE THE STRENGTHS HE HAS GIVEN."

"THE CHALLENGE ISN'T NOT TO DRAW IN WHAT GOD LEFT OUT BUT TO DRAW OUT WHAT GOD LEFT IN."

"WHAT IS GOD'S WILL? YOUR STRENGTHS ARE HIS WILL, SO LET HIS WILL BE DONE."

"OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS NOT BASED ON WHAT WE BRING TO THE TABLE, BUT IS JUST BASED ON HIS LOVE FOR US."

"GOD DELIGHTS IN ME. HE JUST DOESN'T TOLERATE ME."

"PART OF CHALLENGE OF LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS LIVING WITH MYSTERY. I'M NOT GOING TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING IN THIS LIFE."

"DO YOU TRUST THE HEART OF THE ONE WHO IS MOVING YOUR LIFE?"


Ok, more than a few quotes! I am just so excited! One more.....

"WE KEEP OUR SECRETS AND THEN OUR SECRETS KEEP US."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Life goes on......

This was just a handful of beads and a brooch that my manager at the antique store asked me to fix. It was her mother's. I added the old gold metal beads and repositioned the brooch and used all the original hardware. I think it turned out quite nice. We were thinking to make a bracelet out of the beads and turn the brooch into a pin brooch separately....but as I was looking at it and trying to rework things, it just seemed that it needed to be a necklace once again!!!

I don't know if I need to apologize for the blog before this. It is still a hurting time for me and our whole congregation and for people in this small town of ours about our pastor's wife, Marly. We still are in shock and as we work through it "life does indeed go on". There was a funeral to do for another member of our church, work still beckons, others have needs that arise and we continue to take one breath in and exhale one breath out......thank you....

The flower pin just needed to be fixed. Isn't it gorgeous!!!

Blessings this day. Always holding on the Lord and never letting go.....debbie









Monday, August 9, 2010

True Joy.....what really matters.....

I am at the library so this will come without pictures....

Just need to share this about joy because sometimes, even doing crafts doesn't give me all that I need. I am in a bit of a shock as I have just learned that our pastor's wife, Marly just lost her baby....she was due this coming Saturday. We were just laughing after church yesterday as we were preparing for a Ladies' Retreat next month about her having this baby while family members come in a few days.....having her jump on a trampoline or something! We all had already fallen in love with "Charlie" and were looking forward to meeting him soooon. It is times like this.....nothing that I thought meant so much really means anything and I read this about joy in my upcoming Sunday School lesson this morning and I can only hold onto what I know is true at this time and certainly not what I feel. It shows me once again that faith is not a feeling, it is knowing the Truth and one cannot know the Truth unless they are in the Word daily and building a personal relationship with the One who creates us.....One who so much wants to be a part of our lives. So, I share this on joy even though I don't feel much joy at this moment....

"Most people mistakenly believe that joy comes from fulfilling their every desire. But in reality, joy is a byproduct of obedience. God meets His people when they are obedient to Him, and His very presence fills them with His joy."

~Patty David

I am holding on....
Thanks for letting me share. Those of you who pray, please pray for Marly and her husband Josh and Jack who is 22 months old and was waiting for his new brother.....thanks,

debbie

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Reunion and Journals....

At my Bible College reunion. Here I am with a friend of mine who now lives in Colorado....Gary. It has been a long time!!!!



Sharing with you more of my composition book journals!!!





A map of the Theatre War in North America!!! I enjoy map pictures...what a lot of work to put those together!!!




Shadowbox pictures!




Learning on the old slates!!!




The shadowbox pictures are my favorite!




Switchboard service....look at what those ladies had to sit on!!!




During the war....traveling on those rough roads!



For those outdoor kinda guys.....we sell antique pistols and such at the antique store. Some of the writings on those weapons are so small. Yesterday, I was looking at the writing on one a gentleman was interested in....had to put my glasses on AND get a magnifying glass!



A classic picture from Gone With the Wind.....even though the movie was good, the book was great and so was the sequel, Scarlett.



Busy week ahead. Hope you all have a good and productive one!!! School will be starting before we know it! It has been a quick summer for me!!!

~debbie