Debbie Williamson

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

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.

Saturday

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December 2016

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The Best of 2016

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I love reading “The Best of” lists at the end of each year . . .

Best books

Best movies

Best TV shows

Best music

Best performances

It’s fun for me to see that I’ve read/seen/heard some of the bests, and it’s exciting to add to my to do/read/see lists those I haven’t had the opportunity to experience.

Therefore, in the spirit of the Best of 2016, I thought I would compile my ten best blog posts from these past 12 months. If you’re new to my blog, enjoy! If you’re not, read them again knowing there will be something fresh and different this second time through.

Friday

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December 2016

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15 Seconds To Joy

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And, what’s the first thing that came to your mind when you read those words?

Something stressful, panicky, negative?

Something is wrong with that! Lots of something wrong with that!

The angel said to the shepherds, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10,11)

It’s Christmas! This is good news of great joy! A Savior! Jesus! Christ the Lord! That is good news!

But all we feel is — panic, pressure, pandemonium?!

Parker Palmer says,

“Too many of us consent, or are forced, to spend time doing things for which we have no heartfelt reason. If we were asked, “Why are you doing this?,” we would not know how to answer.”

Does this describe your journey through the Christmas season? Do you find yourself in January each year exhausted, sad, discouraged, spent – emotionally, financially, spiritually? Are you wondering why it is you said yes to some things and no to others? Why you allowed the panic, the pressure, the pandemonium to build and build and build? Do you question why you even do what you do?

Just for a moment then, let’s think forward to January 2017 . . .

Tuesday

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November 2016

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Hope In The Mess

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These words on a pink post it note have been on my kitchen cabinet door for months . . .

There is so much more to this journey than what we can see with our eyes.

Hope in the mess.

He is our provision. DAILY!

As I’m still working my way through the five stages of grief after a brutal November, the holidays have swung into high gear.

AACK!!!

I’m not ready to pivot to festive and cheery and light and bright and merry. And yet, Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the Christmas season.

So, pivot I must.

Friday

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November 2016

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I Was With Her

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8 years ago I was at a luncheon with a group of women from our church. It was an election year and I remember casually mentioning that I was going to vote for Obama. (And that was the last time I casually mentioned anything about my political leanings.)

From across the room a friend said, “Oh Debbie, how could you?”

I’ve been thinking of that moment this week knowing that 82% of evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump. I was in the minority 8 years ago and I was in the minority Tuesday. Somewhere along the line being a Christian meant voting for the Republican ticket no matter what. (Here is a great blog by Tim Stafford that talks about that.)

I grew up in a staunchly Republican home — my dad had a very special term (unprintable) for any Democrat. Consequently, I voted Republican in every presidential election.

Until 8 years ago.

Saturday

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October 2016

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Even If I Broke The Whole World

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One of my favorite people is nine years old. When she was a littler girl, she couldn’t understand forgiveness. Her mom and dad told her that they would forgive her no matter what. No. Matter. What. Unconditional love, they explained. But she would always ask, “Would you forgive me even if I broke the whole world?”

“Would you forgive me even if I broke the whole world?”

Adam and Eve broke the whole world . . . literally.

They took the great good that God had made and abused it. They listened to the sneaky, seductive serpent tell them that God was stingy and selfish. He won’t let you eat from that one tree? No way! That’s no fun. He’s holding out on you. Don’t you want to “see what’s really going on?” (Gen. 3:5, The Message) Actually, NO! It’s never a good idea to see what’s really going on. But they were duped.

God had said No. The serpent said, But why not? And the two of them broke the whole world.

Friday

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October 2016

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You Are In Charge Of Your Own Education

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(I’ve been having problems with my blog sending out notifications to my subscribers. My awesome son-in-law fixed the problem, so I’m going to resend this post I wrote yesterday. I apologize to any of you who did get this post and are now getting it for a second time. Thank you for your patience!)

I love my job.

I have been substituting teaching middle schoolers for 13 years and 98% of the time I really love it. (The 2% can be a killer, but, it’s only 2%. I can live with that.)

Everything about it — the students, the teaching, the reading, the encouraging and directing, and the staff.

The school I currently work at has pretty great teachers. It’s been a joy to get to know them and be their friend. And every so often I actually get to see them at work doing their awesome thing shepherding needy, curious, sweet, aggravating middle schoolers through what most of us remember being the WORST YEARS OF OUR LIVES. It’s quite a task and responsibility. I’m humbled by their dedication and patience.

The other day I had a long conversation with one of them. And one of the things she said was:

You are in charge of your own education.

Thursday

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October 2016

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You Are In Charge Of Your Own Education

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I love my job.

I have been substituting teaching middle schoolers for 13 years and 98% of the time I really love it. (The 2% can be a killer, but, it’s only 2%. I can live with that.)

Everything about it — the students, the teaching, the reading, the encouraging and directing, and the staff.

The school I currently work at has pretty great teachers. It’s been a joy to get to know them and be their friend. And every so often I actually get to see them at work doing their awesome thing shepherding needy, curious, sweet, aggravating middle schoolers through what most of us remember being the WORST YEARS OF OUR LIVES. It’s quite a task and responsibility. I’m humbled by their dedication and patience.

The other day I had a long conversation with one of them. And one of the things she said was:

You are in charge of your own education.