Breathing in His grace.....breathing out His praise!!!

Breathing in His grace.....breathing out His praise!!!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

A day of rest.....








Hope your day is blessed and restful.

Stay safe!

Breathing in Grace,

Deb



Sunday, August 31, 2014

SONday Morning Song - Lord, I Need You.....

I was so blessed to have lunch with my very best friend on Friday.
We laughed and got teary-eyed and realized once again that our friendship was certainly ordained by God, 
because of the things He's allowed us to share.

I want to dedicate this song to her.

I knew I could win you over to contemporary Christian music, 
my friend!!!
And, maybe we can get that tattoo the next time we meet!!!
(just kidding.....I think!)

;-)



Breathing in Grace,

Deb


Saturday, August 30, 2014

I got nuttin'.....

Nothing crafty to share this week.
I've decided my work in progress isn't gonna get much done on it the next couple of weeks because my days have already filled up fast!!
Oh, the joys of not "working"....LOL!!!

This week has been full of.....
My Momma.....
Grandkids.....
Laughing.....
Mowing.....
Vacuuming.....
Laundry.....
Essential Oils.....
Driving.....
Cooking.....
My bum knee.....
Washing Dishes.....
Blogging.....
Texting.....
Talking about God with a new fellow we just met.....
Sittin' a spell in the porch swing with Pappy's sister on Mom's back porch.....
Loading and hauling a ladder.....
Checking on the progress of my brother's new house.....
Shopping.....
Lunch with my bestie.....
More laughing.....

And.....
just living life!!!

I'm so blessed!

Ain't God good?
Oh, yes HE is!


Hope y'all have an awesome Labor Day weekend!!!

Breathing in Grace,

Deb

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Foto.....

(photography by Sam - July 2014)

Nannie and our littlest littles!!

Breathing in Grace,

Deb


Thursday, August 28, 2014

A "Seasoned Citizen".....

I was recently referred to as a "seasoned citizen".
At first I laughed because I had never heard that term.
Then I decided....
I like it!!!



Psalm 92:14
They will still bear fruit in old age,
    they will stay fresh and green....

Breathing in Grace,

Deb





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday's Word - Time.....

Today's word came to mind simply because time is flying by!!
How in the world can September already be right upon us?
I've always heard that the older we get,
the faster time goes by!
Am I that old?
Don't answer that?
At least not in the comment section!!!






Breathing in Grace,

Deb


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The prayers go up.....

.....and the blessings come down!

Those are part of the lyrics to a little song that we used to sing in church when I was a young girl.  The song came to mind recently after our Sunday school teacher touched on the topic of prayer and "why do we pray?", then, I visited my friend, Ms. Mary, on her blog at Visits With Mary, and God had also prompted her to talk about praying.  So, I figured God was telling me to sit up and take notice! 
(if you're not already a friend of Ms. Mary, please pay her a visit.....
she's a precious lady!!!)

Here's the number one thing I realize about prayer.....
God answers ALL prayers!
Does that mean He answers them the way we want?
Absolutely not.
For instance.....
we have a family member who told me once that God didn't answer her prayers because she had prayed for a new car and didn't get it!
Now, that's somewhat humorous, but at the same time very sad because of the perspective she had about who God really is. He wants what's  best for us.  And, obviously He didn't think a brand new car was in her best interest.

I know you have heard it said that God answers our prayers in three ways.....
Yes.....
No.....
and, Wait!
When the answer is "wait".....
oh, how difficult that is.....
to practice patience and wait for God to answer our prayers.....
in HIS time, not ours!

I'm reminded of when Pappy was laid off from work for exactly a year.
2012 was a VERY.LONG.YEAR!
With interview after interview and rejection after rejection, God was telling us to wait.  Being a person of action, I wanted to fix the situation.  
And, I want to be perfectly honest with you all.
 I'm ashamed to admit this, but I've got to be transparent.
I finally reached a point where I didn't think God was even listening to my prayers.  I began to think it was somehow my fault that Pappy didn't have a job.....for whatever reason, God was punishing us because of some big major sin in MY life! I remember the day Pappy went on the interview for the job he has now.  I was terribly depressed that day.  It was a cold and dark and dreary December day.....and that wasn't just the weather, it was also the condition of my heart and attitude.  I had decided this was going to be just another broken dream when he would receive yet another rejection letter.  But, that's now how God works.  EVERYTHING that He does is for HIS glory.....
so that we can see HIS hand at work in our lives.

Who else could have ordained that Pappy would receive a job EXACTLY one year to the day when he lost his last one?
Only GOD!!!
And, who else would have answered our prayer that Pappy's job would be a sort of ministry?
Only GOD!!!
And, since our savings account was practically depleted during that year of unemployment and I had prayed that it wouldn't go below a certain amount and it didn't.....
down to the exact amount.....
who else could have known that?
Only GOD!!!

Does God need us to pray?
No.....
God needs absolutely nothing from us.
What He does want, though, is a personal relationship with each and every one of us who is His own......
and that relationship comes through prayer!
And, in our prayers, we're going to praise and honor Him.
We're going to give HIM thanks for EVERYTHING that happens in our lives.....
good and bad.....
as difficult as it is to say "thank you" for the bad stuff!!!

Now, I didn't mean to write a novel.
I just wanted to share my thoughts on what it means to me to pray.
It's not a "gimme, gimme" time to talk to the Lord.
Although, He does want to hear the "desires of our heart".
It's a time to just simply tell Him how much we love and adore Him.
And, when we have that intimate relationship with Him.....
then, He's gonna send more blessings down on us that we can even contain.....
especially, our hearts!!!


Breathing in Grace,

Deb



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