Debbie Williamson

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Monday

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April 2017

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The Story Only God Knows

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He is risen!

He is risen indeed!

Hallelujah.

But for many of us, the reality of the resurrection competes with the reality that we still stand in the middle of a plain of dry bones (Ezekiel 37), looking over a wasteland of hopelessness, despair, chaos.

Sunday

19

March 2017

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Safe From the Mayhem

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As one who avoided all science classes in college and managed to graduate with Anthropology 11 fulfilling the science requirement for a Sociology degree, I actually can get my mind around these few lines of explanation. I can picture what that looks like.

Realizing that it’s happening in my mother’s brain though, breaks me a bit. How can it be her? What happened that caused the plaques and tangles to form in her wise, sweet, kind mind? Diet Coke? Balance bars? Pretty much zero exercise?

But this is the mystery of Alzheimer’s . . . apparently, no one knows. Why is it her brain cells and tissues are dying? Where did the plaque come from? The tangles? Will the tracks ever straighten?

Sunday

12

March 2017

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My Bandwidth is Full

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Bandwidth = the energy or mental capacity required to deal with a situation. My bandwidth is full. So, I’m going to unload on you some of what’s been filling my head and my heart. I pray that you’ll be encouraged with these words, pictures, thoughts, and scriptures. They’ve given me strength and courage during some very interesting months. “The world will know what we believe by seeing who we love.” Bob Goff “Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness, and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.” Anne Lamott From Luke 9: (All scripture references from The Message, by Eugene Peterson) Jesus […]

Wednesday

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March 2017

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Love Is Sovereign Here–all evidence to the contrary*

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I walk early each morning. Really early. Often, the Chip man and I are off as the sun is coming up. But this is what I’ve noticed lately. Before the sun actually rises in the east, the clouds and hills in the west are all pink and glowy. And lately with all the rain, it’s dark and gloomy our entire walk. Today, though, the rain had stopped and the west broke first with morning light. The east was still dark and cloudy, but the west was bright and white and shiny. Could it be that when life is hard and confusing and complicated, […]

Sunday

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February 2017

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Remember Your Training

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Thanks to Jen Hatmaker’s daughter, Remy, I have a new phrase to add to my growing list of things to remind myself of on the dark days.

Jen (@jenhatmaker) wrote in an instagram post recently:

“Our family went to a Texas basketball game last week, and as always, it is hilarious to sit by Remy. She doesn’t understand sports and never picked up on proper cheering, so she has her own special brand of yelling. One of my favorites from last week was this (always said with full sincerity): “Keep trying! Make it into the basket! Remember your training!” LOL. Wondering if any of you need to “remember your training” today?”

These three words are awesome on so many levels.

Remember your training!

Saturday

11

February 2017

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Alzheimers.org

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“Hi, I’m Debbie and my mom has early stage Alzheimers”.

10 words I never thought would leave my mouth. Ever. Ever. Ever.

I was sitting in a small office at the local senior center with four elderly women each of whom was caring for a loved one with some form of dementia. Two facilitators were leading this support group for care givers. To say it was a bit surreal is an understatement. It felt more like I’d been transported to the Twilight Zone. On Jupiter. Without a space suit.

They talked and I listened still in disbelief that I was in that room for that reason on that sunny Friday morning.

Life is weird.

So many other things had come unglued in my life at the end of 2016, but the health and mental capacity of my mother was not one of them.

January 3, 2017 — our lives took a radically different turn.

Wednesday

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January 2017

7

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My Word For The Year

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For many years I have asked the Lord for a word for the new year. Last year it was YES! and the year before it was Wonder. One year it was the last verse of 1 Corinthians 13. For me, this word acts like an anchor for my heart and soul. Rescuing. Saving. Like a plumb line I can keep returning to when I come off the rails in fear, despair, heartache. It’s something so real that it actually feels like the hand of God guiding me back to Him and His protection and provision. “Come on sweet girl. Let’s go home.” […]

Monday

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January 2017

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Everything Belongs

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Last week I was on my way to a spa day with a friend. Lovely in every way. Driving along, grateful for this friendship and her generosity. Happy to be having a day of rest. Was already feeling the facial. Ahhhh. The verse for me that morning was — He fills my life with good things. Ps. 103:5 Yes, Lord, you fill my life with good things and I give you thanks. Speeding along — no traffic! — I was listening to a podcast when my van began to loose power. No! No! No! Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! But I was calm and […]

Monday

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January 2017

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The Second Journey

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So soothing and sweet, this quote by Brennan Manning. Most people, though, would call this a mid-life crisis.

I think I’m there.

The second journey begins when we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the morning program.

Shoot.

And right when everything was humming along.

It’s so interesting this life of faith. Many of us live with the illusion that we control our lives. Because, often life does hum along quite nicely and peacefully. Not always, but most of the time. Hence, the illusion that we are in charge. We’re nice people, making good decisions, eating healthy and hoping to move our bodies at least 10,000 steps each day. (That’ll be easier to do once football season is over.)

Therefore, life goes well.

Or so we think that’s how it works.

Sadly, though, no. That’s not how it works.

Tuesday

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January 2017

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Adios 2016.

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Adios 2016.

It has been weird.

In many ways and on many levels, this past year has not been a favorite. (And I’m usually a fan of the even years.)

Hurt, despair, fear, more despair, more fear.

Relationship issues, sickness in the family, doubt, loneliness, confusion, brokenness.

So, as the Advent season began, I had to make a concerted effort to be cheery and grateful and filled with good tidings.

Once the tree went up with the ornaments representing more than 30 years of marriage, family and friends, and the lights got hung outside and in, and the fudge got made and wrapped all pretty, I was on my way to good news of great joy that will be for all people.

And it was good.

I made ornaments and delivered gifts and caroled with teacher friends.

I mailed presents to friends far away and gave home made gifts to friends near.

The girls were all home at one time or another.

We celebrated the B girl’s 1st birthday with a trip to the aquarium and Chili’s.

And I listened to Christmas music on Pandora as I cooked and read and tied everything up with ribbon.

It was good. It was sweet. And I was grateful.

But the darkness crept in at the edges of my heart and mind even as the lights sparkled and the candles burned and the Christmas cards came each day.

And I kept thinking, 2017 will be different. It will be better. It will be happier.

It will be.

It has to be.