Wednesday, September 28, 2016

After The Disappointment

Sigh. Don't you hate it when something/someone majorly disappoints and unfairly hurts you? Well, that happened to me this weekend.

*&!$#@. But please don't ask. I so don't want to talk about it. 

Instead, I'd like to report that Jesus is awesome in the Cheering Up Department. Following a rough night, I came down here to the computer and He made certain I saw this photo (from an upcoming tv show)--

... and He reminded me that, always, He is there for me that way. Close, concerned, and focused upon healing any new tear in my heart.

That photo encouraged me for hours.

He sent other I'm-thinking-of-you notes, also. Like these sentences from this week's Chicago Med (anyone else love this show?). 

Near the end, Dr. Will said to Nurse April, "You've got to learn to deal with things, April. This world isn't perfect."

Oh my goodness.

Now, hadn't I heard words like those before? Of course. But their timing helped soothe, then seal the last rip of my recent wound. You know, rather like this: 

"Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances."   ... Proverbs 25:11

(So if God nudges you to speak encouraging words you think someone's already heard? Just. Say. Them.) 

And now, for me, (and for your sake), it's time to move on. Time to consistently choose brighter, more grateful thoughts and a few new projects, as well.

Don't you love the way God can customize our healing because, after all, He's our Maker? How important, then, does it become to learn to receive that healing.

Receive, receive, receive.


Speaking of new projects:

To the left of our front door I want to hang pencil sketches (by artists, not by me, for hey, who wants to look at stick figures?) in small black frames.

I spent much of yesterday wading through postcard-sized sketches on Ebay, saw all sorts of stuff, then discovered perfection. Notice the original price: I'm thinking these may be from the 1950's:

Stay tuned for the final result.  :)


Oh! And thanks so much to you who prayed for Naomi and Justin's trip down South. They had a wonderful time and made it home safely. God bless you for praying!


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Friday, September 23, 2016

To Him It Is What?!

"If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do, but doesn't do it, to him it is sin."   ... James 4:17


Did you see that verse? Man oh man. That must be one of the most haunting Bible verses, ever.

Especially when you apply it to being online.

I mean, Facebook tells me when it's a friend's birthday, but hey, sometimes I'm pretty busy there, so I consider sending good wishes later.

Then it comes to me-- "Riiiiight. Like the time you procrastinated _____'s birthday wishes and then forgot entirely till two days later?"

Gulp. If I know that wishing others a happy birthday (and adding a few extra encouraging words, also) is good, but I don't do it? For any wobbly ol' reason? To me it is sin.

Same goes when a Facebook/email/blogging friend asks for prayer and I can't pause long enough to assure her I'm praying (if God so nudges me). Or at the very least, if I don't just simply pray, then to me it is--ouch--sin.

If I read that someone has lost a spouse/friend/pet and I can blithely move on to the next post without commenting, "I'm sorry you lost someone you loved"? Then to me it is sin.

If a friend is promoted and I can't offer congratulations? Or if I read an article/post so confirming, life-changing for me, yet can't say, "Thank-you!" (especially after God's nudging)? Then to me (moi!) it is, yes, sin. 

And ok, some of you might be thinking, "Debra can be kinda hard on herself." And yes, sometimes I can (blogging has shown me that occasionally). 

And yet, the examples, above, gosh, they're such basic common courtesy. Really, if I'm not even doing those, then how radical, how bright of a light am I in Today's super-dark world? 

May busyness, indifference and blindness be flung away far from me. May I stop settling for boring mediocrity.

Even if I see other Christians skipping these good things. Even if I'm called old-fashioned. Even if, at first, I don't seem to reap much good. Even so, may my choices be the ones God's taught me to make. 

Time after time after time.

"Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep."... Romans 12:15


Maya Angelou said, "When we know better, we do better," and that's been a comfort to me about mistakes from my past. ("When I didn't know better, I often messed up." --Debra)

But oh the responsibility when we do know better!

Yes, even when we're online.


Interested in watching a little bit of Buffalo history and present-day good stuff around town? Go here:

Buffalo:  America's Best Designed City

It surprises Tom and me how many good changes have taken place in Buffalo since we moved here in 1993.


(Especially this year after our dreadfully long, hot summer. Oh dear.)

Happy Autumn to you!


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Making Changes. Living With Purpose.

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."   Galations 6:9


So the new ottoman is here and I nearly felt like Laura Ingalls helping Ma fit everything puzzle-like inside their tiny cabin. Such is life with a small living room which can, basically, only be arranged one way.

But I did it. And like it.

Then this morning I hung our winter lap blankets outside to dry so they can be placed inside the ottoman rather than Tom's room which already has too much stuff (another blog post for another day. Maybe.).

Oh, and yesterday after my daily perusing of Daisy Cottage's home tours, I brought in this iron curly-cue thing from the Prayer Garden and hung it up. (The previous day, I brought over the clock my parents' made which does not rest on top of Daniel's fling-on-the-floor green mat.)

Doesn't it feel wonderful to be creative? Even if you made just one pleasant change a day in your home, not counting weekends, that would mean 261 improvements in a year(!). And all because of one simple change per day.

No matter what shape any of us is in, I think we can all do that much. If we're determined.

Did you read that verse, above? I don't believe it means to never rest when we're tired. But rather, to use wisdom, resting as needed, so that we won't become bone-weary in the first place. 

Giving ourselves permission to rest is part of the moving forward process. Go running yourself into the ground (or your couch or a hospital bed) and moving ahead suddenly becomes harder.

Work. Rest. Stop the excuses and forgive yourself if your rest somehow lasted years. Then move forward toward the light. 

What matters is that we climb out of any ditches and return to God's unique path for us so we end up where He's planned to meet us, pick us up, and carry us Home at the very end.


The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there's ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it's really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow. 

---- Carlton Cuse


Years ago I told you I'd nearly worn out my taped-from-tv video of Bon Voyage Charlie Brown. I watched it with a young Naomi. I watched it after she grew up. I watched it when she moved away and beyond. It became my comfort film.

Er hem.

Anyway, imagine my delight when I discovered this week that finally this movie has come to DVD! 

Oh happy, happy day. My copy will arrive soon.

(I can guarantee one thing: if you are a Francophile and you love Charlie Brown, you will adore this film. Get. It. You will not be sorry.)   :)


"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." 
Philippians 4:7 


Oh! And I'd love it if you could pray for Naomi and her boyfriend who will travel to Nashville tomorrow (Thursday) and Atlanta on Friday. Naomi will be bringing back the last of her belongings from there on Sunday. Thanks so much!