Debbie Williamson

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Sunday

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July 2016

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The Dark Side of Me

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I was jealous the other day and made a jealous comment. To a friend. Whom I love. Shoot. I don’t like it when I let my dark, selfish, jealous side come out my mouth. So I confessed to the Lord this sin and asked Him to help me again stop this movement of unhelpful, unloving words rolling out into the public arena. I’ve learned there are no take backs once they’re out there.

This isn’t the person I want to be. And it’s a yucky feeling when it happens.

Tuesday

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July 2016

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#whatswrongwithus

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I sit and type and look across the street at the two flags flying at half-staff . . . again. They wave in the wind from their place half way up the flag pole. It’s becoming a common site, seeing these flags fly in that middle place.

Baton Rouge, Nice, Dallas, Istanbul, Orlando, Brussels, Paris, San Bernardino . . .

Will it ever stop? Or is this the new normal?

And in our city, while waiting to check out with her daughter at a CVS, a woman was randomly attacked by a guy who came up behind her and slammed her on the head with a liquor bottle. She died several days later.

What do we do?

What can we do?

I can’t walk into Target anymore without a niggily, icky feeling creeping up my spine that maybe this will be the next place of violence. Does that slouchy, baggy clothes guy have a gun? What would I do if he starting shooting? Where would I go?

Or what about the library? Or Costco?

Is our city the next place to be the focus of the world? Crawling with people from CNN?

Wednesday

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July 2016

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How Not To Say The Wrong Thing

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My dad is in the hospital again. In the fall it was for pneumonia — pretty serious and we all kind of prepared for the worst. But, Hallelujah! he got better and went home. Because he got so much better, the doctors decided that he was a candidate for hip replacement surgery.

Hip replacement surgery.

Did I mention that he’s 94?

He had the surgery last week and is wanting to come home.

My mom and I talked on the phone this morning. She was apologetic that she hadn’t gotten any news out about his condition. I assured her it was okay she hadn’t emailed and that if we wanted to know, it was our job to check in with her and ask. (And our family motto = no news is good news.)

This conversation triggered a memory of an article I’d read about who gets to do what in a time of crises. I googled it, found it, and shot it off to my mom.

It’s called the Ring Theory, and the motto of Ring Theory is:

Comfort IN; Dump OUT.

Here it is for you to read and tape to your refrigerator. And email to everyone who loves you.

Sunday

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July 2016

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God’s Playlist

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I love my playlists. I don’t have many, and the one I love most was put together by a young friend who keeps me up on all the current Christian music. Whenever I want new music, I take my iphone to her and ask her to work her magic. Voilà.

Psalm 19:14,

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

The meditations of our hearts.

The word meditation can be considered “the musical soliloquy sung in my heart.”*

In other words, the meditations of our hearts can be like songs we sing to God. And David wants these meditations to be pleasing to God, acceptable to Him, the One who is our rock and our redeemer.

Meditation — musing, pondering, reflecting, ruminating, brooding.

What do you think about?

Do you ever think about what you think about?

What do you muse about, ponder over, reflect and ruminate on?

Thursday

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June 2016

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What Story Are You Telling?

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This is a guest post by Carolyn Dunn, my mom. She’s pretty amazing. She got her Marriage and Family Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1986 and has been in private practice since then. Recently, she decided to add to her resume, Life Coach. As she continues to counsel and coach, she weekly blogs smart, funny, practical advice. This is this weeks post and I LOVED IT!!! Women need to hear these words over and over and over because we can be our own worst enemy. Take time to read this soon and learn to make friends with yourself. If you’d like to read more of what she writes and what she’s doing, go to carolyndunncoaching.com

Monday

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June 2016

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The Kingdom Way

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The disciples have been with Jesus long enough to see Him do great and miraculous things — all kinds of healings; settling a storm; casting out demons; raising the dead; changing water into wine.

Now they are on a mountain with 1000’s of hungry people. (John 6:1-15) Jesus turns to Philip and asks, “Where are we going to get food for all these people to eat?” The bible says Jesus was testing Philip because He already knew what He was going to do. (Of course He did and Philip failed this test. But they’ll be others. He’ll get it right eventually.)

And Philip says to Jesus, “Are you out of your mind?! There’s no way we have enough money to buy bread for all these people.” (I can picture Philip maybe doing the exasperated eye roll thing to the other disciples.)

Saturday

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June 2016

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Does Your Position Exceed Your Passion?

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It was the best bible study I’ve ever done. We’re all still talking about it. It’s impacted every area of my life and almost every day, I think about pieces of David’s life, the highs and the lows, and how that needs to form and inform me as I long to love God with a whole heart.

Tuesday

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June 2016

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CrossFit 2.0

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CrossFit must be the new craze. I wouldn’t know. My idea of fitness is not getting winded when I carry the clean laundry up to the second floor. But I see bumper stickers, Facebook posts and TV shows proclaiming the benefits of CrossFit.

Wikipedia defines CrossFit as, a strength and conditioning program with the aim of improving, among other things, muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility. It advocates a perpetually changing mix of aerobic exercise, gymnastics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weight lifting.

They lost me at “strength and conditioning program.”

I’m not a big fan of exercise programs. I’m not a member of a gym. I don’t walk with others. I don’t own a bike or a treadmill. Anything with the words, “boot camp” is not for me.

My “program” is taking my dog for a walk twice a day. Oh, and I try and park as far from the front door of Target as possible.

Saturday

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June 2016

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Are You Trying To Ruin My Day?

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It’s summer and another school year has come and gone.

Our district was out on a Friday, and the Tuesday before I was subbing in an 8th grade social studies class. The teacher had left a worksheet for the antsy, almost high schoolers to do. As I gave the instructions and reminded them that they were to finish the worksheet by the end of the period, Sophia said to me, “Are you trying to ruin my day?”

And I smilingly and sweetly replied, “Not just your day, but the rest of your week as well.”

Sophia and I have a long history, going back to her 6th grade year. She was chatty and squirrelly then (lots of time spent in the hall), and three years later she’s still chatty and squirrelly (lots of paragraphs written beginning with, “I have been disrespectful to the guest teacher . . .”) Hilarious that she was worried about me ruining her day. Hahahahahaha.

Tuesday

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May 2016

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Great Words 9

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I love quotes! I used to keep notebooks filled with quotes from books, magazines, newspapers, signs. But now there’s Pinterest, and I can fill my Great Words board with funny quotes, sad quotes, profound quotes . . . So, here again for your reading, giggling, soul-searching enjoyment, is Great Words 9.