Monday, February 28, 2011

Morning Coffee and Conversation with Debra Monday February 28th

 "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God." Luke 8:11

Good morning! It's time for morning coffee and conversation.

Monday! The first day of the week....how are you going to start your day?

I like to start my day with the Word of God. It is so important to plant seeds daily in order to grow throughout your week, thoughout your life.

Before you even start you day today, grab your bible, grab your coffee and reflect on His word.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Morning Coffee and Conversation with Debra Sunday February 27th


 Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 AMP

Good SONday morning! It's time for morning coffee and conversation with Debra.

Today is the Lord's day.... it is the day we worship and praise Him.

Whether you are headed to church this morning or watching the Word of God on televison, remember to give Him all the glory. He is your Redeemer, your Savior, your God....


Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from Heaven above
With wisdom power and love
Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from Heaven above
With wisdom power and love
Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from Heaven above
With wisdom power and love
Our God is an awesome God!

Our God is an awesome God!
Our God is an awesome God!
Our God is an awesome God!
Words and Music by Rich Mullins
© 1988 BMG Songs, Inc.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Morning Coffee and Conversation with Debra Saturday February 26th

We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Hebrews 6:12 NIV

Good Saturday morning my friends! It's time for coffee and conversation with Debra.

 Saturday! A day to be lazy and take it easy...


 You've worked hard all week and now it's your turn. How many times do you wish you could just put a do not disturb sign on your week-end? On your life?
 
The week-end is your time. It's a time to unwind, be lazy and not have any cares in the world.

 There are many ways to shut yourself off on the week-end, but you can't shut yourself off from God. He tells us in Hebrews 6:12 not to be lazy. It's OK to relax, take it easy and unwind. But don't be lazy in your faith.
Faith is not a 9 to 5, five day a week job. Faith is an endless job. Faith is something you continue to work on.

Do not disturb...I'm working on my faith.
Gone fishing.... with the Lord.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Morning Coffee and Conversation with Debra Friday February 25th

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

Good morning! It's time for Friday coffee and conversation with Debra. Come join me for a cup of coffee or your choice of beverage, put your feet up and relax. It's Friday!

TGIF! To most of us TGIF means "Thank God It's Friday", but to me it takes on another meaning.

"Thank God I'm Free!"

People hurry through their work week and can't wait until Friday. It's rush, rush, rush through their time to get to where? To the end of another day or away from their hectic week. A lot of us can't wait for TGIF, myself included. I count the days until Friday when I should be counting my blessings. I'm blessed to be free, I'm blessed to have had Jesus die for me and I'm blessed to be loved so much.

When next week gets here and you're tempted to rush through your week to get to Friday, remember not to thank God it's Friday, but to thank God you're free. TGIF....Thank God I'm Free!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Morning Coffee and Conversation with Debra Thursday February 24th

It's time for another morning session of coffee and conversation with Debra. This morning I want to talk with you about time. How do you manage your time? If you're like me you're a juggler of time. We juggle kids, work, home, friends and church. Not to mention the many projects we juggle for our children.

We measure our time  in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years, but God measures our time differently. There is a time for everything....

We rush through our day with combat boots on like there is no time, but we need to slow day and make time. The best reminder of time is Ecclesastes 3:1-8. This is one of the most powerful reminder's of God's time.

There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die,a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal,a time to tear down and a time to build,a time to weep and a time to laugh,a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up,a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend,a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate,a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesastes 3:1-8 NIV

Today instead of rushing through your time, stop and remember time is precious, time is gold and time cannot be retrieved once it's spent.

Today take time to savor all God has laid out in front of you!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Morning Coffee and Conversation with Debra Wednesday February 23rd

Give us today our daily bread. Matthew 6:11 NIV

Good morning, it's time for more coffee and conversation with Debra.

'Give us this day our daily bread....' When I was preparing today's coffee and conversation this verse got stuck in my head. It's part of the Lord's Prayer and one of the best known prayers in the bible.

When you woke up this morning where were your thoughts? Were they jumbled and scattered about? Were they focused on the Lord?

Most mornings our thoughts are jumbled and scattered. We are not focused first thing in the morning. With so many tasks how do we focus in the mornings?

 After my grandson gets off to school I grab my coffee and then my bible. For us to be focused throughout the day we have to be anchored. And we can't be anchored without our daily bread.

The next time you feel scattered first thing in the morning, grab your coffee, tea or juice, retreat to the quietest place  in your home  and open your bible to the Lord's Prayer. Receive your daily bread.

Start your morning off with the proper breakfast....

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Morning Coffee and Conversation with Debra Tuesday February 22nd


 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  
Psalm 118:24 NIV

Good morning! Today is a brand new start to something a little different. Today I am bringing you  Morning Coffee and Conversation with Debra. Every morning join me for coffee and conversation.

Let's be honest. What's the first thing you did this morning when you woke up? Did you hit snooze on your alarm, did you jump up and rush to get that first cup of coffee and get the kid off to school? Whatever you did this morning where your in a hurry?

If you're like me I don't do morning's well until I've had my first cup of coffee and then I rush through my day. When I went to bed last night I thought where had my day gone, it was just a blur.The verse from Psalm 118:24 kept replaying over and over in my head before I finally fell asleep. I realized I am always in a hurry throughout my day. I don't rejoice and I'm not glad. I just want the day to be over.

As I sit here drinking my morning coffee, I have to stop and remember this is the day the Lord has made. He wants me to rejoice and be glad in it. God doesn't want us to rush through the day. We have to savor every moment of His glorious creation. There are twenty-four hours in a day, what do you do with your's?







Saturday, February 19, 2011

God's Treasure Box


"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal."But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and stealFor where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 NIV

My almost seven year old grandson is the first grade special class and loves school, but like most kids can't wait until Friday. Friday is popcorn day, the last day of the school week and treasure box day. If their attendance for the week is perfect and they don't sad faces his teacher rewards his class with a trip to the treasure box on Friday's. My grandson loves this part of Friday. It's his favorite thing to do. He usually picks some small trinket, but yesterday he surprised me.

He didn't pick anything out of the treasure box for himself, he got something for his mom. He brought home a Hello Kitty watch for her. He was being unselfish and thinking about his mommy instead of himself when he got his treasure. I thought about his action and wondered are we unselfish with our treasures God has given us? Do we choose the right treasure's out of His treasure box?

Inside God's treasure box is our reward for faithful service. Many trinkets lie inside. Inside the treasure box is love, hope and prosperity. God gives us love, but not to stow up. We need to give our love back unselfishly without question. He offers us hope. When we choose hope, we need to give it to other's who may need it more. The last treasure inside our box is prosperity. God wants us to prosper, but we can't if we hold onto love and hope. Give your treasure's freely to others. God will give back what you gave away with more treasure than you can ever imagine.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How Do I Love Thee?


 I have the pleasure this week of writing on the subject of love for the Christian Writers.com February blog chain on the subject of love. Here is my take on the subject. To read more just click on the links to the right listed under christianwriters.com blog chain.



The most famous sonnet in the world was written by Elizabeth Barret Browning to her great love Robert Browning.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.


This is a beautiful sonnet and I have chosen to write about the Love of Jesus using the stanza's. 


How do I love thee Jesus? Let me count the ways....



1. I love Jesus to the depth, breadth and height my soul can reach.... 
Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39 NIV




2. I love thee Jesus to the level of everyday's most quiet need...
By this we shall come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we are of the Truth, and can reassure (quiet, conciliate, and pacify) our hearts in His presence.  I John 3:19 AMP 




 3. I love thee Jesus freely, as men strive for Right...
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion. Philippians 2:1 NIV


 4. I love thee Jesus purely, as they turn from Praise...
 I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame. Psalms 138:2 NIV


5. I love thee Jesus with a passion put to use in my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith...
 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." Jeremiah 31:3 NIV


6. I love thee Jesus with a love I seemed to lose with my lost saints...
 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. I Corinthians 13:8 NIV



7. I love thee Jesus with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life!
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalms 106:1 NIV

8. and, if God choose, I shall but love thee Jesus better after death...
 I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. Psalms 89:2 NIV


Jesus loved us unconditionally, without question. He died on the cross for our sins, so we could live.
How do I love thee Jesus? With every fiber of my being.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13 NIV








Wordless Wednesday!!



Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed!

Monday, February 14, 2011

To My Wonderful Husband: Grow Old With Me


Grow old with me,
share my last days as if
they were my first.
Give my solace when I
thirst.

Share my anguish and my pain.
Give me shelter from the rain.

Grow old with me,
until I shall part,
my life, my love, my heart.




A Different Kind of Valentine's Day Poetry

I wrote these poems in 2009.






The Lord's Mercy

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Jude 1:2 NIV

Shower me with your love, O Lord...
Let mercy rain down on me.

Shower me with your peace, O Lord...
Let mercy hear my plea.

Shower me with your love, O Lord...
Let mercy set me free.

Shower me with your peace, O Lord
Let mercy pay my fee.

Shower me with tender mercy, O Lord...
give me love and peace.




Yea, Though I Walk

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.Psalm 23:4

Yea, though I walk
through the valley of death...
Jesus is with me through my
last breath.

He is there to guide...
my fear will subside.

Yea, though I walk
through the shadows of doubt...
Jesus is with me
throughout.

He is there to lead...
He is all I need.



Lord, You Are My Harbor

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

Lord, you are my harbor
always protecting and guiding...
In you I am always
abiding...

Lord, you are my harbor
my light, my beacon...
In you I am always
seeking...

Lord, you are my harbor
in the darkness of my prison...
In you I am always
forgiven...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Can Ur Child Reed: Illiteracy in the United States


Illiteracy is a major problem in the United States. The number of children and adults who can not read is staggering. This problem is a concern for all parent's, but for Christian parent's illiteracy should go deeper than just someone else's child. As a Christian parent you should try to help alleviate this major problem facing the citizen's of your community.



There are a number of options a Christian parent can do to help solve illiteracy in their city. The most important is to become involved. When you become involved you are helping and teaching your children to become better citizens. You teach them it's not alright to make fun of someone who cannot read. You teach them the value of learning. You teach them good citizenship.

One of your main objectives as a Christian parent is to become involved. Involvement is the key to reading success.

1. Volunteer: You can volunteer to help someone learn to read through your local library, your child's school or even at your church.

2. Attend illiteracy forums: A great place to start is The Literacy Council. This organization provides many different resources.

3. Provide books: One of the keys to reading success is the ability to have an opportunity to read. Many illiterate children and adult's have never read a book. You can contact RIF for more information.

Christian parent's should address the problem of illiteracy with their children also. Get your child involved. Together as a family you can have a local book drive to collect gently worn books or have a fund raiser in your community and invite a local children's author.

There are many avenue's to solving the problem of illiteracy in Birmingham and it starts with you.

A great online resource can be found at U.S. Dept. of Education.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Invisible Glass

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NIV

An old Scottish proverb reads, “Open confession is good for the soul.” So is looking through invisible glass.
Many Christian's go through their lives looking through rose colored glasses instead of seeing through invisible glass. You may wonder what confession has to do with seeing through invisible glass?

Basically, most Christian's see the life they live as perfect and walk around with blinders. They are oblivious to the fact God's Word directs we confess with our mouth's. Yes, we confess our sins, but do we confess our love?

As Christian's we have an obligation to see through invisible glass not only at our lives but the lives of our fellow men. Confess with your mouth that you are a Christian. Be open with your love and devotion for the Word of God.

Stop looking through rose colored glasses and start by openly confessing and seeing through the invisible glass in your walk with the Lord.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

James Monroe "Beatle" Lindsey 25 Mar 1976 06 Feb 1993



I can't believe it's been 18 years since you were taken from us. When my brother was killed I sat down and wrote this poem that was published in my poetry book 'Life Through the Rearview Mirror'.




Little Brother 



Your life was taken away too soon;

Our hearts became an open wound...



We miss you so very much;

So many lives you touched...



We love you little brother dear;

How we wish you could be here...



In Heaven you are;

With the twinkling stars...



Our lives may never be the same;

But in our hearts you'll remain...

From 'Life Through the Rearview Mirror' by Debra Ann Elliott © 2008 Publish America

 


In memory of James Monroe(Beatle) Lindsey

March 25th, 1976- February 6th, 1993

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My First Article with Birmingham Christian Parenting Examiner is Now Live

Establishing Christian Parenting: Boundaries

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