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I am Me~

May 24, 2016 — Leave a comment

I was trying to attach one of those magic hooks to my bathroom door.  I couldn’t make heads from tails from the pictures, but when I found the written instructions, I was fine and didn’t have any trouble from there.  Now, that reminded me of Debra who is always saying that she is visual.  Apparently I couldn’t be more different.  I had to have the written words to understand.  That made me think of how different we are!

God made each one of us with our own bends and talents.  So many times we envy somebody because our ways are not like theirs.  Somehow we think theirs are better.  The next time that happens to you grab yourself by the collar and shake!

You are who God made you to be.  You are a unique blend of ideas, talents, emotions, strengths and weaknesses.  God didn’t make you to be like anybody else.  He didn’t want you to be like__________ (fill in the blank) or he would have made you that way!

Psalm 139, what a beautiful passage!  Not only is it beautiful, but it affirms who we are…fearfully and wonderfully made.  We value handmade items in the market place.  Many tout that they are “one of a kind” and somehow that increases the value.

                  What about you?  You’re one of a kind too!  And your value?  Beyond what your finite mind can behold.  Regardless of the circumstances of your birth, you’re no accident.  Today, celebrate who you are. Your Creator does! Gwen~

Like A Sore Thumb!

April 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

photoI have a friend that some people might believe sticks out like a sore thumb.  He has long white hair that he wears in a short pony tail and has a long beard to match.

His superior’s grumble about it at work and others have been known to make snide remarks.

What they fail to see is the reason behind his appearance.

“Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected  him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV)

During the months of November and December, Charles is Santa’s Helper.  He is Santa personified!  He works every night and weekend bringing the joy of Christmas to hundreds of children and their families.

Some people would say this is a silly ambition, but we see Charles’s heart!  His love for the Lord overflows as he ministers to these children.

I bet that several prayers are said over these little ones as they share their dreams with this man of God.   th (2)

The next time you see someone that “sticks out like a sore thumb” remember, God uses ALL kinds of people to minister.  Those that are old, the very young, those with down syndrome, the poor, rich, deaf, crippled and even Santa Clause.

“In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purpose and some for ignoble.  If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes , made holy useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” (2 Timothy 2:20-22, NIV)

Love Heart, take your blinders off and see the work of God! ~Debra

The picture you see above is Charles and Gwen Fischer.  My friend and Co-Founder of Love Heart Ministries is married to Santa Clause!

Not A Fan!

July 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

th (2)I had a friend come in today and ask me if I found a certain word offensive.  My reply, Yes!

I’m not a fan of name calling of any kind!

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 4:16, ESV)

I grew up with name calling, with my sister being deaf and mentally challenged, it was a daily occurrence.  Actually, in my day, they used the word “retarded.”

Merriam Wesbter dictionary defines retarded as:  old-fashioned + often offensive: slow or limited in mental development!

Just because my sister is slower than most; in no way implies that she is stupid!  Quite the contrary.

Laurie is a shinning light in this dark world.  She doesn’t judge, she loves everyone, and she lives life to the fullest!  She is considered pure joy by ALL!
th (4)I attribute this to our upbringing and our wonderful parent’s outlook!

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:3, NIV)

Count Your Blessing, Name them One by One! ~Debra  th (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t She Lovely?

October 1, 2012 — Leave a comment

 


Remember it’s not that your different that matters; it the difference you make!

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful , I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalms 139:13-16, NIV.
I love you sissy! ~Deb

Laurie and I are shopping for an upcoming wedding.  Laurie is deaf and mentally challenged.

Unconditional

May 13, 2011 — 1 Comment

How do you treat people that are different than you?  Now, that’s really a loaded question, isn’t it?   

You ask.. how do you define different?  Loud, fat, skinny, shy, loaner, energetic or dirty, smelly, homeless, mentally challenged?  Do you define those that aren’t like you…different? 

I have a personal take on this one.  You see, my sister is different!   Laurie is different in the eyes of the world because she is deaf and mentally challenged.

She is unusual to her sister because she exhibits “unconditional love.”  She cares for those around her.  When she sees someone “special”…wheelchair, walker, blind, she moves in to help.

 Laurie

She shakes the hands of the military and salutes, as if to say “Thank You!”  They smile and salute back. 

 Does she have limitations?  Yes, but she serves where she can.  (Deut. 10:12)  I believe Laurie’s  advantage is that she has no clue has there is anything wrong with her.

Let’s capture her spirit to love and serve those around us “unconditionally.”  We all have limitations but we are called to serve!  “…to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul (Josh 22:5).”

Just think about it the next time you see a need that you are able to fill and fill it.  Deb~