Tuesday, July 12, 2011

While I'm Away

I will be in hiatus for several months and focusing on my health...

Monday, July 11, 2011

Important Announcement

Due to health reasons and personal reasons I will be offline for a while. I will be back as soon as I can. For all my faithful followers, thank you for your support and kindness.

Blessings,
Debra Ann Elliott

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Swimming Against the Tide

Have you ever tried going in the opposite direction? It's a moot point, it's like swimming against the tide...

Here's what the idiom definition says: If you swim against the tide, you try to do something that is very difficult because there is a lot of opposition to you.

 Somedays I feel like I am swimming against the tide
only hanging on for the ride...

the tide pulls me out farther...

I cannot swim against the tide
I do not want to go for a ride

the tide lets me go...


Friday, July 8, 2011

The Deep End


Have a jumped into the deep end yet?
One of my friends asked me how I do this everyday....I answered I don't know.

I don't know how I push myself into the deep end of the water. I guess I close my eyes and jump!

I stopped blogging for awhile. I had a lot of excuses why I couldn't or wouldn't, but the truth was I was drowning in the deep end.

I must be out of my mind because I jumped right back into the water by taking on several challenges this month. I'm participating in the NaBloPoMo, the Small Stones challenge and the 250 Words A Day challenge. I must have bumped my head when I dove into the deep end.

I guess I'll just keep on diving into the deep end! 


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Up a Creek Without a Paddle


"Up a creek without a paddle." 

We've all heard the expression and we all know what it means. But in Christian faith those six words take on a new meaning... 

As we travel down the river of life we cannot go without a paddle. We cannot rely on our strength alone to get us where we are going.We have to have a paddle and that paddle is the Lord.

 We've all traveled the long journey down that river without any help, but it's really useless. Where do we get?
Nowhere. We can't complete the task without the strength of a sturdy paddle.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding 
Proverbs 3:5 NIV

When you jump into your "boat" and find yourself up a creek without a paddle don't try to go it alone.
Rely on the one paddle that will get you through the journey of life.

If you don't rely on the Lord, you will continue to go in circles, drift into the unknown and fall over the edge...

So today, don't be that person up a creek without a paddle, be that person who has enough sense to grab the paddle!





Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Swimming in a Sea of Controversy

Yesterday our nation was divided by the not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony trial. FB and Twitter lit up like
a Christmas tree with a million comments.

Yesterday I opened a can of worms, jumped into the deep end and swam in the sea of controversy.

I posted a comment on my FB page after the verdict was read. I am a Christian and I prayed before the verdict was handed down. As a Christian we are taught to forgive and not cast the first stone, so my prayer was that she not be found guilty.

In the depths of my being I never thought she was guilty of harming or killing her child. Yes, she made a lot of
stupid mistakes and who hasn't at that age.

I am sorry there will be no justice for Caylee, but she is now a sweet angel in heaven with Jesus.

Casey Anthony can never be the same. She'll never walk down the steet without having stones cast at her.

As a Christian we have to search the depths of our hearts and forgive her past. God has already done so.

I don't believe my prayers would have been answered if she wasn't innocent.

Today as with yesterday, I know I will swim in the sea of controversy, but that's the great thing about our nation we can voice our opinions whether someone agrees or not.

Let's go swimming....

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Todays Swimming Lesson: Political Cesspool



Cesspool: a filthy, evil, or corrupt place or state

For today's swimming lesson I want to talk about the corrupt cesspool of our nation.

In an earlier post today I wrote on the subject of freedom and how our nation was founded on freedom. Our fore fathers believed in a set of values that somehow where swept under the carpet and now we swim in a politcal cesspool.

Over time politicians have forgotten they have a duty to the American people. It doesn't include hiding behind  a mask of "what's in  the best interest of the people." What's in the best interest of the people is honest, hard working governmental officials who are for the people and by the people.

Robert E Lee said it best.

  "Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less."

- Robert E. Lee


It's time for American politicians to stop swimming in the political cesspool and do their duty in all things, which includes the people.

WE THE PEOPLE...not I or ME

Freedom Isn't Free Without Sacrifice...


For the month of July I've decided to get back into the swing of writing and blogging. I've joined christianwriters.com July blogchain. The topic this month is 'Freedom'. Be sure to check out all the great blog posts for this month. Links are in the left sidebar.

Freedom is a difficult subject to tackle. It  has many different meanings and every individual has their own take.

 Because I live in America, I am afforded many freedoms. I have the right of free speech, freedom of religion and the freedom to choose. My forefathers paid a price to give me such freedoms. A great battle was fought to insure the people of what would become The United States of American would no longer have to live under tyrannical rule.

That battle was won, but not the war. Why?

Almost a century later our great forefathers had us in another battle. This battle was also for freedom, but freedom from the clutches of human beings who held people has chattel.

That battle was won, but not the war. Why?

People forgot the ultimate sacrifice. They forgot freedom isn't expendable. We have come to be a nation of people who believe freedom is a right that was just handed to us on a silver plate.

Freedom isn't just somthing to be taken for granted. Our freedom didn't come from fighting battles. It came from the one person who made the ultimate sacrifice. Freedom was afforded us by Jesus Christ, who died and paid the price so we could be free.

The next time you think about all the freedom's you have remember not when or where those freedom's came from but who they came from.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Swimming Upstream

 Salmon are funny amd mysterious creatures. They spend their entire lives trying to get back to the place they were born just so they can die...

 In some instances of my life I feel as if I am swimming upstream, traveling to the place of my birth only to die.

A person can spend years traveling upstream to get nowhere and at the end of the journey only find youself dying.

 It seems I've spent fifty years swimming upstream, going in one direction to get to the end of a journey that has taken over my life, consumed my waking hours.

 Swimming upstream really gets you nowhere in life. You can't spend an eternity fighting an opposite current because in life you aren't meant to go backwards.

Don't be a salmon swimming upstream to only die. Life is meant to be lived in the present. The past can't be relived, can't be rewound and can't be rethought.

Go where the current takes you.... 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Swimming In Circles




Growing up I led a shelted life. My parent's were overprotective and unaware of my feelings. I always felt like I was swimming in circles.

Somedays I felt like I lived in a fish bowl. It wasn't easy for me to make friends. I was shy. I became introverted.  It wasn't that my parent's controled me or abused me, it was that they didn't let me be a kid.

I wasn't able to join in fun activities, allowed to date or even spend the night with my friends. Deep down I guess the reason my parent's were that way was because I was adopted and an only child.

I never questioned their motives out loud, but I often wanted to scream at them. I felt I was being punished for something I didn't do. People saw us as the perfect family, but there were hidden secrets.
 
I continued to swim in circles the older I got. I was growing up and I tried to rebel. I guess it was the natural
course because I had always been sequestered from the outside world

I did love my parent's, but I honestly can say I didn't like them. For a child who grew up without the pleasures of childhood, I guess I became the adult I am today.

I still suffer emotional scars from that time in my life. It wasn't easy living in an era where secrets existed and lies were formed.

Today I still swim in circles because my head is filled with painful memories. Yes, I do have good memories but not many.

Life isn't perfect and mine was far from it. I often dreamt about having a normal childhood, but it wasn't to be. My adulthood was formed from my childhood. I can't go back and change those days, but I guess I will
continue to swim in circles until I can break free.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

If Only I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time

It's been a few weeks since I've participated in the Indie Ink challenge. I'm excited to be back this week for a new challenge given to me by headant @ Let's Go on a Picnic
I challenged Ixy this week. Be sure to stop by and check out these great blogs. 

headant's challenge to me this week is "You wake up one morning and time is going backwards."

"If only I could turn back the hands of time", I thought before turning in for the night.

My day had been filled with too much noise and too much stress. I just wanted to go back to the way things used to be before....before I was  a grown up.

Buzz, buzz, buzz the alarm clock signaled for me to wake up. I couldn't open my eyes. My head was a blurr.
Where was I? What was going on? 

After lying there a few minutes, I finally opened my eyes. I found I was in an unknown place. I had been jutted to another time. I was no longer fifty, but ten. I was no longer in my bed, but in my old room decorated with Donny Osmond posters.

"What the heck!"  Time was going backwards, how could that be?  I didn't believe in time travel or quantum leaps. I didn't believe in magic or fairy tales, but somehow I had wished myself back in time.

Maybe it was all a dream. I closed my eyes and went back to sleep.

Buzz, buzz, buzz, my alarm clock went off again. This time I couldn't open my eyes. I heard a lot of strange noise around me. I didn't understand what everyone was saying.

"Mrs. Phillips, you have an eight pound baby girl."

Waa, waa, waa....

Swimming Lessons

Today's post for July NaBloPoMo is about swimming lessons.

I grew up in the sixties and my family couldn't afford the luxury of swimming lessons.

I must have been around ten when my dad bought a blue plastic 3 foot deep swimming pool. I thought I was
cool. I was all the rage with the neighbor kids because we were the only family with a pool. The only problem was I didn't know how to swim.

There in itself was a problem. I wanted to swim. I needed to swim, so my dad in all his wisdom taught
his ten year old daughter to swim.

He threw me in the water and told me to paddle. I sank and gulped for air, but he stood on the sidelines and
continued to encourage me to paddle.

I tried with all my little girl strength to coordinate my little arms and make them move, but I was a fish
out of water.

I sank again and felt something grab my arms. It was my dad. He hauled my up and sat me on the diving board. His voice was stearn.
"Baby Doll, he said to me. "If you want to learn to swim, you first must learn to float."

I just nodded. My lower lip treambled and I shivered. I just wanted to get out of the freezing water. To me it seemed like I'd been in there for eternity.

I finally did learn to swim after much insistance from my dad. Those were times I would never forget. I would
never forget my dad throwing me into the deep end and feeling like I would drown.

Those swimming lessons remind me of how we go through life trying to swim without learning to float first.We
go through life trying to swim through the deep end and wind up drowning. We have to learn to float
first. 

We have to keep our heads above the water. We have to take direction and not swim out to the deep without
knowing how to stay afloat.

Don't try to swim, if you can't stay afloat!

  




Friday, July 1, 2011

Sink or Swim Day 1


Note to self: sink or swim....

This month I am participating in the NaBloPoMo. The topic for July is Swim. I've chosen to write about the
proverbial phrase 'sink or swim.

Last month was not a great month for me. I sank. I couldn't stay afloat. I forgot how to swim.

It was easy just to give up and sink to the bottom of a quagmire. I flailed about caught in what seemed to be
a never ending bottomless pit. 

No life jacket was thrown to me. No rescuer came to my aid. 

I had given up but I knew I couldn't sink if I put my trust in the lifeguard. The one person who could
save me. 

I could escape the depth of the murky water and swim toward the shore with the help of the Lord.

He had been there all along waiting for me, waiting to rescue me.

He doesn't let us sink into the depth of the unknown. He is our lifeguard. He is our Savior.

When we need to swim, but instead sink like I did; call for help. He will calm the waters and take your
hand.  He will not let you sink into the abyss of the many dangerous waters waiting to take you to the bottom.

You have to remember to swim.... 






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