WELCOME TO SIMPLY DEBBIE. IT IS MY DESIRE THAT
YOU WILL FEEL AND SEE THE HAND OF GOD THROUGH
ARTWORK, CRAFT PROJECTS, RECIPES, AND THE SHEER
LAUGHTER OF ME LEARNING TO SEW ON MY NEW
SEWING MACHINE. THIS IS A PRAYING BLOG AND
A BLOG THAT LOVES TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS.
WON'T YOU JOIN ME AS WE GREET 2011 AND ITS'
BLESSINGS, CHALLENGES, AND SMELLING THE ROSES
EVERY DAY. I'LL BE YOUR UMBRELLA WHEN STORM
CLOUDS COME YOUR WAY AND ASSURE YOU THERE
WILL BE A RAINBOW COME AGAIN.










Monday, February 22, 2010

GOD'S TIMING

XOXOXOXO
AMY 



I  FOUND  ANOTHER  LOVELY  BOOK,  HARD  BOUND,  FOR  .35  CENTS  AT  THE  THRIFT


STORE.   LUCKY  FOR  ME,  THEY  ALWAYS  PUT  THE  CHRISTIAN  BOOKS  ON  SALE.


THIS  BOOK  IS  TITLED  'GOD'S  ABUNDANCE-----365  DAYS  TO  A  SIMPLER  LIFE.


 


WOW!   COULD  WE  NOT  ALL  USE  A  SIMPLER  LIFE.  I  KNOW  I  DO.


BEFORE  I  EVEN  FOUND  THIS  BOOK,  I  WROTE  DOWN  ON  A  PIECE  OF  PAPER


EVERYONE  THAT  HURT  ME,  ALL  THE  THINGS  THAT  HAD  HELD  ME  BACK


BECAUSE  OF  BEING  ANGRY  AND  HURT...FOR  AS  FAR  BACK  AS  I  CAN


REMEMBER  AND  THEN  I  ASK  GOD  TO  FORGIVE  ME  FOR  HARBORING  THIS


HURT  AND  ANGER.   THEN  I  TOOK  THE  PAPER  AND  FOLDED  IT  AS  SMALL  AS  I  COULD


  AND  BURIED  IT  IN  THE  FLOWER  BED......."NEVER  TO  BE  REMEMBERED  AGAIN."


THEN  I  FOUND  THIS  AMAZING  BOOK.




GOD'S  TIMING

~ROSALIE  J.  G.  MILLS



GOD'S  WILL,  DONE  GOD'S  WAY,  BY  GOD'S  APPOINTED


PERSON(S),  IN  GOD'S  TIMING,  WILL  GET  GOD'S  RESULTS.

~RON  SMEDLEY






"IS  IT  TIME  YET?"  THE  BUDS  ANXIOUSLY  ASKED  THE  MASTER  AS  HE  WALKED


THROUGH  HIS  GARDEN,  GREETING  EACH  ONE  IN  TURN.  THEY'D  BEEN  TOLD


OF  THE  GENTLE  BREEZE  WHICH,  AFTER  THEY  BLOOMED,  WOULD  DELICATELY


BRUSH  BY,  CARRYING  THEIR  FRAGRANCE  TO  EXPECTANT  NOSES  EARNESTLY


ANTICIPATING  THE  FIRST  SIGNS  OF  SPRING.   "NOT  QUITE,"  CAUTIONED  THE


MASTER,  THEIR  CREATOR.


"I  WANT  TO  BLOOM!"  COMPLAINED  ONE  IMPATIENT  BUD.  "IT'S  TIME."


"NOT  QUITE  YET,"  CAUTIONED  THE  MASTER,  "JUST  A  LITTLE  LONGER."


"BUT  I  WANT  TO  BLOOM  NOW!"  RETORTED  THE  BUD,  PUSHING  OUT  OF  HER  POD.


"I  HAD  GREAT  PLANS  FOR  YOU,"  SIGHED  THE  MASTER.


SUDDENLY  A  BLAST  OF  FRIGID  AIR  CAUGHT  THE  NEW  FLOWER  BY  SURPRISE.


SHE  TRIED  TO  RETURN  TO  HER  POD,  BUT  WAS  LEFT  AT  THE  MERCY  OF  THE


MERCILESS  WIND.


"MASTER,  HELP  ME!"  CRIED  THE  LITTLE  FLOWER,  SHIVERING  IN  THE  COLD.






"I  CAN'T,"  HE  REPLIED  SADLY.  "YOU  BLOOMED  TOO  EARLY,  AND  NOW  MUST


ENDURE  THE  COLD  UNPROTECTED."


THE  LITTLE  FLOWER  SHIVERED  AS  HER  PETALS  FELL,  VICTIMS  OF  THE  LAST


FROST.  "IF  ONLY  YOU  HAD  WAITED,"  WEPT  THE  MASTER.  "IF  ONLY  YOU


HAD  LISTENED."




SOON  THE  MASTER'S  VOICE  CALLED,  "COME  TO  ME  MY  FLOWERS.  IT'S  TIME  TO


BLOSSOM."  A  FEARFUL  BUD  PEEPED  OUT  CAUTIOUSLY.   HE  HEARD  THE


MASTER,  BUT  HIS  EYES  FELL  ON  THE  FALLEN  PETALS  OF  THE  IMPATIENT


FLOWER  AND  HE  PULLED  BACK  INTO  HIS  POD.  I'LL  WAIT  HERE  UNTIL  I'M  SURE


THE  FROST  IS  OVER,  HE  THOUGHT.


NOW  DEEPLY  SURROUNDED  BY  HIS  FEAR,  HE  COULDN'T  HEAR  THE  MASTER'S


FINAL  CALL,  "THE  WINTER  IS  OVER,  COME  TO  ME  AND  BLOSSOM,  MY


FLOWERS.


AS  HE  SAID  THIS,  ONE  PATIENTLY  WAITING  FLOWER  HEARD  A  MELODY  SO


SWEET  THE  BIRDS  HUSHED  THEIR  SINGING.   STRETCHING  OUT  OF  HER  POD,


HER  RADIANT  BLOSSOMS  FLOODED  THE  AIR  WITH  FRAGRANCE  AND  THE


AFTERNOON  BREEZE  CARESSED  HER  PETALS  WITH  LIFE-GIVING  WARMTH  AS


SHE  BASKED  IN  THE  MASTER'S  PRESENCE.



 


"I'M  HERE,  LITTLE  FLOWER,  TO  ADD  YOU  TO  THE  BOUQUET  AT  THE  FATHER'S


TABLE."   THE  NEW  FLOWER  QUAKED  WITH  DELIGHT  AS  THE  MASTER  GENTLY


CUT  HER  LOOSE  FROM  THE  BUSH.   "WE'RE  MISSING  TWO  FLOWERS,"  HE  SAID.


"ONE  BLOOMED  TOO  QUICKLY  AND  FROZE  IN  WINTER'S  FINAL  BLAST,  AND


THE  OTHER  WILTED,  AFRAID  TO  COME  OUT  OF  HIS  BUD.   BUT  YOU  HAVE


BLOSSOMED  EXACTLY  ON  TIME,  AND  TO  PERFECTION.   THE  FATHER


WILL  BE  VERY  PLEASED."


HE  LOOKED  SADLY  AT  THE  FROZEN  PETALS  AND  THE  WILTED  BUD;  BOTH  HAD


FALLEN  TO  THE  GROUND.  AS  HE  STOOPED  TO  RETRIEVE  THEM,  HE  SAID,


"STILL,  I  CAN  USE  THESE  TO  FERTILIZE  THE  GROUND  FOR  NEXT  YEAR'S  BLOSSOMS."


AND  HE  WALKED  INTO  THE  FATHER'S  HOUSE,  CARRYING  THE  BEAUTIFULLY 


BLOOMING  FLOWER.  





HOW  OFTEN  DO  WE  IMPATIENTLY  PUSH  AHEAD,  NOT  WAITING  FOR  THE  LORD'S


PERFECT  TIMING,  OR  WE  PROCRASTINATE,  AFRAID  OF  FAILING?  INSTEAD


LET  US  BLOOM  RIGHT  ON  TIME.  IF  THERE'S  AN  AREA  OF  YOUR  LIFE  IN  WHICH


GOD  SEEMS  TO  BE  WORKING  TOO  SLOW,  CAN  YOU  BELIEVE  HE  KNOWS  THE  BEST


WAY?   THEN  YOU'LL  EXPERIENCE  THE  ABUNDANT  LIFE,  ELIMINATING  DISTRUST


AND  HURRY.





BUT  I  TRUST  IN  YOU,  O  LORD;

I  SAY,  "YOU  ARE  MY  GOD."

MY  TIMES  ARE  IN  YOUR  HANDS....

~PSALM  31:14-15

 


PLANT  YOUR  FAVORITE  FLOWER  SEEDS  AND  MEDITATE  ON  SOME  AREA



OF  YOUR  LIFE  WHERE  YOU'RE  NOT  WAITING  PEACEFULLY  FOR  THE


FATHER'S  "GO-AHEAD."





THERE  ARE  SO  MANY  FRIENDS  IN  NEED  OF  PRAYER:


GYPSY  LULU, NOELLE,  JANNA, ELISABETH & ROY, TERRY'S  MOTHER, STRENGTH

FOR  TERRY,  LADY  KATHERINE,  SHARON AND  BARBARA, ANASTASIA, BEKAH,

JEFF &  ROBBI, GINA, PAT, SHAUNA, JACKIE, TERESA, ARCHEE, JOHNNY, JOHN,

MICHELLE, CLYTIE, LYNN,  BETTY'S SON, PASTOR MARNEY'S DAD, KRISTIE,  CAROLE,

NITA, JAMIE, BEVERLY, SWEET ANN, TED'S JOB,   HOLLY, WILL, CASS, GLORIA, JESSIE,

LEILA AND KORBI,  ME  AND MY DH, OUR DOG SAMMY,  ALL THOSE WHO NEED A JOB,

ALL THOSE WHOSE HOMES ARE IN FORECLOSURE, HAITI, 

WE  LIFT  EVERYONE  OF  YOU  INTO  GOD'S  THRONE  ROOM  OF  MERCY  AND  GRACE,

INCLUDING  OUR  PRECIOUS  MILITARY.

 

AS  ALWAYS  GRACIE  ANNE  AND  I  THANK  YOU
FOR  SPENDING  A  PART  OF  YOUR  DAY  WITH  US.
YOU  ARE  SO  VERY  IMPORTANT  TO  US  AND  WE  HOPE
YOU  FOUND  SOME  ENCOURAGEMENT  TODAY  AND  FELT
THE  LOVE  OF  THE  LORD.


SIMPLY  DEBBIE 

13 comments:

Bernie said...

Debbie what a beautiful book you are reading and I thank you for sharing a part of it with us. I loved the story of the 3 flowers and I so love how you include so many in your prayers. I believe God hears them and will always answer prayers in his way, not necessary ours......:-) Hugs

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

What a beautiful story of the blossoms, Debbie! I hope many will happen upon it and take away the lesson and the help it gives.

So many on your prayers list -- I hope visitors will realize that right now, YOU need to be on theirs, for bodily healing and healing of grief.

Lynn @ Painting Thyme Needfuls said...

Thank you Debbie.....I needed those words of encouragement today.....thanks for your prayers and I agree with what Holly/Penniwig said.
Hugs,
Lynn

Buttercup said...

Thanks to you and Gracie Anne. Dear Debbie, you are daily on my prayer list. Take good care of yourself! With hugs across the miles, Buttercup

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Debbie: There is a book called "The Shack" I believe would help you heal. I am almost finish reading it. If you have not read it and would like to read mine. Please email me, I would love to share it with you. Lots of love, Martha marthasfavorites@aol.com

Michelle Palmer said...

Hi Debbie~
Such a beautiful post!
So glad you stopped by to say hi~ I will continue to pray for you as your heart heals. Such a beautiful girl... in every way!
Thank you for your sweet note!
I'm following you now... so I'll stay inspired and blessed with your friendship~
Wishing you all that is wonderful!
Michelle

Queenmothermamaw said...

That was indeed an inspiring and revealing post. You are so working in God's plan right now as you heal and share your ways of doing so. God bless you and your family, dear Debbie.
QMM

Nezzy said...

Hey sweetie, this Ozark chick is with Martha and strongly suggest you read "The Shack." I will kept you on my heart and in my prayers.

God bless your family have have a blessed day!!!

Martha, Vintage Trifles said...

Thank you for sharing and also for visiting me. Your name will be entered twice! Good Luck and many Blessings, M.

Judi said...

Hi Deb
*hugs*
I hope that you are feeling better and that you are having a better day. Thank you for sharing the book with us. Wonderful thoughts and inspirations and stories to remember and to remind us of our thoughts and our journey.
think of all good things and for all that we need to be grateful for
Judi

Christine said...

Debbie, I am so sorry it has taken me so long to reply after you left such a sweet comment on my blog last week. I want to thank you and I've just become a follower and look forward to getting to know you too.
That was a beautiful poem to share.
Best wishes
Christine

Cynthia K. said...

Debbie ~ Oh, what a meaningful story of the three flower buds - so much truth in it - when I err it is usually on the side of procrastination...Brings to mind the words from an old song, "oh, what needless pain we bear"...

Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

Dawn said...

What a wonderful, wonderful story Debbie. I've been both the impatient flower and the fearful one, but God has kept me from freezing or withering. I'm in a place of contentment now, eagerly awaiting what comes next but enjoying the here and now as well. Life is beautiful when you place yourself in his hands.

I almost forgot to mention I came by because of your cute comment to Holly. It reminded me when my two year old sister ran from the house without a diaper and actually did sit on a little cactus with tiny, fine, prickles. It delayed our trip to Disneyland for several hours while she was taken care of. My poor sister!
Hugs,
Dawn