Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I need to change....things.

I was reading Matt. 25: 1-13 this evening. 
The words written in this book have always impacted my life. 
Every time I read these verses, they make me rethink what I am doing with my life.

Am I taking for granted the time I've been given?
Am I wasting precious minutes that I cannot live over again?
Why do I put off the things I should be doing today....thinking I have plenty of time to accomplish the things that really need my attention this very moment.

I used to be so faithful in my spiritual walk.
I loved the journey I was on. 
Even when the road was rough, and full of ruts...I knew I could depend on my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

After we moved to the Lakehouse, I became lazy.
I never really connected with a church family up here.
I taught some Bible studies, and sang with the worship team. I also sang solos, and for special occasions.
I just didn't feel like I "fit" in. So I "fell away".
My youngest daughter, and I are trying to keep each other accountable (long distance).
That is why I am hoping to move back home...closer to my family. My oldest daughter attends church with her family, and would like to start our family Bible study back up when Mr. Lakehouse and I move back home.
My middle daughter, and her family also attend church. They would like us to live closer also.
I am trying to do better. I long to get back to my first love...Jesus.
I understand blogs are for decorating, and making our houses pretty, and sharing our newest piece of furniture, or mirror, or tablecloth.
If you choose to skip over my blog, because it's not about what's important to you, I understand.
If you know what I'm talking about....drop me a line.
God Bless You!


  1. What a great post, Debbie! It's not always easy to walk in the faith, and I know what you mean about getting lazy! And not wasting time with our lives. Life it truly a gift, and I think of how much time I've wasted spent worrying and not just "letting go and letting God".

  2. I think this is one of the most important posts you have ever written, Debbie. I know exactly what you mean and am walking in those shoes. I have never really connected with a church since we moved here either. MyHero goes from church to church with his pastorate so it has been easy to fall away...because there is no real accountability. Now, with my son here, he is connecting with a church and I will probably go there because it is a good bible based church.
    There are two or three big mega-churches here and I just have not been able to find my place in any of them.
    What a wonderful post, Debbie. We are sisters of the heart- xo Diana

  3. Wonderful post, Debbie! Faith is so hard sometimes and so very easy to forget. I'll pray for you... you pray for me... okay?


  4. Debbie...I so understand where you are coming from. I was so involved in church grewing up and even when my girls were little, but since we've moved back here...we've had a hard time finding a church home. My oldest has found a church family and they are so involved there. We have visited many times and I feel the strings of my heart being pulled that we should go there too.

  5. Loved this post of yours Debbie. You sure reminded me that I too was getting lazy, so your post did help someone...me:)

  6. Debbie- so glad you put this post up. I know how you feel and I so understand wanting to turn things up and around. Blogs are for posting from the heart, and the heart is never wrong. Your passion lies in Christ, and we will follow your journey as you follow ours. Each of us can learn and grow through each other. That's why he put us here, to help each other and to be helped by others. No matter where you are, He is with you. Shine your light, here, there- every where you can. Love you.

  7. Hi Debbie,
    I love your post. I can so relate to your feelings. I have felt the same and just couldn't connect with a church or group. Now that we have moved back home I'm hoping that I will be able to find what I've been missing.
    Thanks for sharing your innermost thoughts.


  8. Nice post, Debbie & from the comments, it seems that there are more who feel the same.
    My husband & I did Youth ministry for 33 yrs. & that meant Church twice on Sun. & a lot thru the week. Our lives revolved around it. We retired this year, (just from ministry, not from our paid jobs : ) We bought a lake house, where we spend every weekend & have hardly gone to Church. A month ago we committed to each other that we will go, near the cottage, being an example to the kids & neighbors there. My friends are constantly after me to go to Bible Study & I guess I need to start.
    I guess that there are seasons in life & truly sometimes we just need to stop, breath & feel the Lord where we are. I needed to stop doing His business, & just be His business.
    I will pray for you, that your house sells & that you get your hearts desire, in moving back home.

  9. Debbie, I know exactly what you are saying. I have known Jesus was mt best friend since I was 8 years old. At eight,you know friends, maybe not the concept of Saviour. I blog about anything that stricks me...can't always be decorating. Love you my friend, Susie

  10. Debbie,
    Thank you for sharing from the depths of your heart!
    I, too, feel the tugging of the things of this world at me, keeping me from walking closer to the Lord. I would spend hours at my pc each day reading blog after blog, so I decided to "pare" down my blogs that I followed; I only kept a few that I absolutely loved and helped me and ministered to me. It's just a handful now, but I'm so glad I did. I needed to get my priorities in order and since I've done that, I'm closer to God and more in harmony with Him and in peace!
    I will pray harder for your house to sell so that you can move closer to your family!

  11. It was so good to see you back here again, sista! I missed hearing from you! I know how easy it is to "fall away" and wander, and I understand your need and desire to move closer to your girls. I'm praying that your house sells soon! I do believe, too, that blogs can be a testimony for our love of our Lord and our faith journey. At least I pray that's how my followers and visitors feel when they stop by. It's the once place I can share the joy and blessings he's poured into my life. :)

    Love you, sis!

    xoxo laurie

  12. I totally understand, Debbie...and I will continue to follow you mostly because I love your honesty and charity...decorating is one of those superficial but lovely things to do, nothing wrong with that but if it becomes a priority, that could be a problem...keep on keeping on and I hope your lakehouse sells and you can find more peace.

  13. I love visiting you Debbie and am praying every day that your next chapter begins quickly. Maybe just one more holiday season at the lake and the new year will be it!!

  14. I love your heart in this post Debbie. I have been in that rut many times. The bible says that in the end times the love of many will grow cold. I feel such an urgency of late to really study God's word. I've been listening to some online audio studies by Chuck Missler. It has really started a new passion for the word in my heart.

    You are very dear to me, even when I go awol for periods of time lol! Even if we never have another opportunity to get together in this lifetime ( I hope we do), we are going to have so much joy, getting to know each other better in heaven!! Won't that be grand???

    Hugs my friend,

  15. I just came by your blog (I think from an image search or Pinterest link, I got lost somewhere) ... but I am so glad I read back through your posts. At least I don't feel so alone.

    I moved here three years ago. At my "home" I used to be very involved with church, several ministries and study groups, and I'd be doing something from a few to many hours 4 or 5 days a week. Since moving here, I haven't really had a church home, and if I'd known before I came, I wouldn't have been brave enough to move here. I've had rocky spots in my walk before, but this is the closest I've ever come to becoming really indifferent and falling away. I don't really read the Bible anymore, I've missed the past 3 weeks going to any church, and I'm too isolated, not even working. I also just found out my almost grown-daughter (who chose to stay "back home") desperately needs me.

    I bought this house, but the economy here is slow, and now I'm in debt and I can't move unless it sells. I've been telling myself that if it's for the best for myself and my daughter, a buyer will come. And if no buyer comes, then it must not be the right thing.

    I feel a little less alone reading your post. I doubt that's a lot of comfort to you but ... I wanted to say that you will have my prayers. Thank you so much for sharing. Hopefully both of our houses will sell, and we will both move "home" and back into involvement with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

    Thanks again, and be blessed.

  16. Dear Debbie,
    I am so glad I found you.
    This post hits home!
    We had a great family church,we got married there, had our children baptized and made their first communions and confirmations there.
    Our parish was our family. Our paster had to retire and they closed our church, we moved to Gladwin and tried many church's but did not feel like it was home. Now we are back down state and are still searching for a church that feels like home.
    It's so hard.we read the bible and pray but it would be so nice to have a family in Christ again.
    You are not alone,
    Mrs Cherry Heart