Sunday, May 27, 2018

Happy Release Day! Dancing through the Storms 365 Day Devotional-Surviving the Loss of a Child



Dedication
For my beautiful, butterfly girl Ashley Michelle
September 11th, 1985- May 27th, 2013
I love and miss you more with each beat of time.

EXCEPT:
 Introduction
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:7 NIV

The loss of a child is destructive to a parent’s heart and soul. My daughter Ashley Michelle was twenty-seven when she died from AIDS related complications on May 27th, 2013. In my mind, I knew she was dying, but my heart refused to believe the reality. I did not want to turn loose of her beautiful soul. My faith was shattered. Although her suffering was horrendous, my daughter’s faith in the Lord never quelled.

Since her death, I have shared my personal story with other grieving parents. In writing this book, I wanted to take on a different perspective. We all grieve differently after losing a child. However, the only thing that is constant in our grief is how we cope with the emptiness we feel on a daily basis.

Dancing through the Storms 365 Day Devotional: Surviving the Loss of a Child takes you on a daily journey of healing and hope.

How do you feel today? At the end of each day, I want you to take out your journal and write your feelings down. It’s okay to feel angry, sad, or depressed, but it’s not okay to keep those negative feelings bottled up inside your soul.

My prayer for you, as it is with me; is that the Lord heals your broken soul and revives  your hurting heart.


Blessings,

Debra


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Writing the book has been a long and very difficult journey. It has taken me over a year to complete the devotional. Writing words of encouragement for other grieving parents helped me heal and gave me hope. The Lord was my complete guidance and strength through my daily struggles with finding the right words to share with you.

I pray that the words in the devotional will help you heal and give you hope.You are in my prayers.

Hugs.

Debra

You can purchase the book on Amazon for $14.99  paperback and $9.99 Kindle edition. If you would like an autograph copy, the cost is $21 which cover S & H and can be ordered through PayPal. In the note section, please let me know who the book is for and anything special you would like me to say. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery. US only. If you purchase directly from me $5 of the purchase price will be donated in memory of my daughter to The Red Pump Project.

In honor of this special release day, I am giving one blessed reader an autograph copy of the book along with a butterfly journal, butterfly water bottle, and a butterfly tote. US only. Please allow up to 8 weeks for delivery.  Just enter on the Rafflecopter below.



Saturday, April 28, 2018

Autograph Copies of my book From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose

Attention ladies... do you know a women who feels life has left them drowning in the pity of ashes? Do you know a hurting woman who wants to find her beauty of purpose? My book From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose can help you or another hurting woman through your trials. Although written for women who have gone through an abortion, this book was written for every woman who is or has gone through pain and hurt and felt lost. I give you 11 stepping stones to find contentment in chapter six. In the four part book, you will learn how to survive many journeys, learn how God delights in you, learn God's purpose for you, and learn to live again through rejoicing, renewing, reviving, rejuvenating, and reminding yourself of your beauty. If you would like an autograph copy, please comment below or send me a message.

 Hugs and blessings. If you would like to get a sample chapter before purchasing, let me know and I'll be glad to sent you a PDF.




Monday, April 16, 2018

New Book Release Helps Support the Red Pump Project

Many of you know that my daughter Ashley Michelle passed away on May 27th, 2013 with AIDS related complications. After her death, I went though a very long, painful period of darkness. The Lord brought me out of my darkness into the light ans showed me how to dance in the storms. Through all of my pain and anguish, I sat down over a year ago and started writing a grief devotional. The book will be available May 16th after a very long journey. Many of you also know how passionate I am about supporting AIDS causes. One particular cause I have support is Rock the Red Pump.

Also, I am supporting a new cause with the release of the book.  

AIDS Memorial Quilt: The Names Project


 I have been supporting this cause since 2011 on my blog. The Red Pump Project® is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate women and girls of color about HIV through bold programming and digital initiatives. I strongly believe all women should be educated about HIV. My daughter Ashley contracted HIV when she was 18 and refused to take her medicine. Over the next 9 years, she became sicker and sicker until she died. Dancing through the Storms 365 Day Devotional-Surviving the Loss of a Child was written in her memory. When the book is released on May 16th, it will be available on Amazon for $14.99. However, I am going to offer autograph copies through my blog and website as well for $21 which includes S & H. If you purchase directly from me through PayPal, $5 of every purchase will help fund Rock the Red Pump. and the 
AIDS Memorial Quilt: The Names Project  collectively. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The March 2018 issue of RUBY magazine is available

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lent: 40 Days of Renewal- Day 3:Feelings of Unworthiness




I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NIV

For Lent this year, I am following Pastor Phil Ressler's 40 Things to Give up for Lent: The List. I think it is vital to my mind to make emotional sacrifices during the 40 days of Lent. It is easy to give up tangible things, but to give up the negative emotional that are weighing heavy on your mind is more difficult.  Number 3 on the list is feelings of unworthiness.

Feelings of Unworthiness – You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. 

On the third day of Lent, I am giving up feelings of unworthiness. We all have felt unworthy. It easy to let the voice of Satan get inside our head and make us feel unworthy, like we are not good enough to serve the Lord.  In my book  From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose  I talk about feeling unworthy. It's a trap Satan sets for us. He wants to catch at our most vulnerable moment and destroy our self- esteem. I know because I have been there. After my abortion, I felt unworthy of the Lord's love. After my divorce, I felt unworthy of God's encouragement. After my daughter died, I felt unworthy of the Lord's strength.

Today, I am giving up my feelings of unworthiness because HE loves me! God sacrificed His Son because He loves me enough to die for my sins. Don't let Satan trap you in the pit of pity. Remember, you are worthy in the sight of God.

For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive and You are abundant in mercy and 
loving-kindness to all those who call upon You. Psalm 86:3  ASV 

For Lent, throw away doubt and fear. Replace your negative emotions with hope and encouragement. Make the sacrifice to stop feeling unworthy. God will rescue from Satan's trap.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lent: 40 Days of Renewal- Day 2: Your Comfort Zone



I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery,’ Job 7:13 NLT

Yesterday was the first day of Lent and I wasn't sure what I wanted to give up or sacrifice in my life because Jesus sacrificed for my sins, then I ran across a Facebook post with a link to Pastor Phil Ressler's 40 Things to Give up for Lent: The List. The list is nontraditional things to give up during the 40 day period of Lent and number # 2 on the list is Your Comfort Zone.

"Your Comfort Zone – It’s outside our comfort zones where new discoveries are made."

Today is the second day of Lent and I am giving up my comfort zone.  When my daughter passed away almost five years ago, I wrapped myself in a cocoon of comfort. I created a comfort zone and retreated to my bedroom and within myself. I was at a point in my life where nothing could comfort me except the safety of my bedroom. I didn't want to be around people, I only wanted to hide under the covers and never come out.

Most of us are guilty of wrapping ourselves in a cocoon of comfort. Why do we create comfort zones? There is no right or wrong answer, but what we do to break out of our comfort zone determines how we live.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 NIV

We all have a comfort zone where we retreat and won't let anyone in. Although my comfort zone is no longer my bedroom, I still have one. It has become a crutch and instead of relying on God to be my staff in difficult times, I wrap myself in a cocoon of comfort inside my office. Instead of breaking away from my comfort zone after my daughter's death, I created another one.

For Lent, I have to give up my comfort zone and discover who I really am. I have to allow peace and joy inside my heart and soul. I cannot stay inside the warmth of my cocoon any longer or I will not grow.

Are you living inside a comfort zone? It is time to step outside and discover a new you. Break out of your cocoon and live.





Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lent: 40 Days of Renewal- Day 1 Fear of Failure







'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.' Isaiah 41:10

For the next 40 days of Lent, I am going to focus on the things in my life that are holding back my joy and peace. Phil Ressler has written 40 Things to Give up for Lent: The List and #1 is Fear of Failure.


"Fear of Failure – You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fail forward."

In my life this is my worst obstacle. I have always been an overachiever and perfectionist because I fear failure. I tend to worry about what people will think about me or if I am good enough. I need to understand failure is part of life and sometimes it is okay to fail. Fear is an obstacle Satan manifested to keep people from enjoying their lives. Today I am giving up my fear of failure. What is your obstacle?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

Romans 12:2 NIV


Monday, January 29, 2018

Speaking Engagement at Grief Group

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Gratitude Giveaway Hop 11.15-30


November is a time to be grateful the little things. It is a time to be grateful for friends and family. It is also a time to be grateful for my readers and followers. This Thanksgiving I am joining the Gratitude Giveaway to show how grateful I am for YOU! I am giving one lucky reader an autograph copy of my book From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose along with a gratitude journal.
All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter. Be sure to other the other great blogger gratitude giveaways. Thank you!


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3rd Annual Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop



Merry Christmas! I cannot believe Christmas is right around the corner and as I prepare to start my Christmas shopping, I am always trying to find the perfect stocking stuffer. If that's your dilemma this Christmas season, don't fret... 

The 3rd Annual Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop is in full swing and you can stop by all the great bloggers to win awesome prizes. The Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop is hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island and runs from November 15th through 29th.

I'm giving one lucky reader an autograph copy of my book From Ashes of Pity into Beauty of Purpose and a Live, Laugh, Love Journal.  All you need to do is enter on the Rafflecopter.


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