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Debbie is the wife of the real Matt Dillon and mother to Cody and Elise. She’s a church secretary, writer, author, blogger, chocolate devourer, coffee drinker and dog lover. When she’s not out in the garden or burning dinner, she’s enjoying the many blessings of friendships formed with the precious...

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  1. I love outdoors, mowing, trimming, planting. I never get outside now that I live in an apartment. But I do have plants that need care. It might be nice today to get out in the sun today.

    Writing from our hearts speaks warmly to other people’s hearts. Sometimes my brain is all that engages. It’s a precious blessing that you have a special place to go where your heart is stirred.

    <3

  2. I agree – God gives allows us each to walk different roads for different reasons. And along the way we develop a story of our own to share with the world. I used to be ashamed of my past mistakes and struggles, yet now I realize that God is not concerned about erasing my past but more importantly how I choose to use my story for future good. That is why I started a blog – to share and hopefully inspire others who might be struggling.

    • “God is not concerned about erasing my past but more importantly how I choose to use my story for future good.” Oh, so beautiful… thank you for this thought provoking perspective. I agree, and I love it.

  3. We honor Him when we write from our heart and tell our story of His grace–this is our worship and our testimony of His presence in our life.

    Just this morning right before soaking in truth through the hearts of (in)courage, I was spending time with Just. Jesus. and was drawn to the truth that I AM good enough…for my own story. It takes a lot of living sometimes to really See that and to learn how to live by faith in that truth.

    You, sweet Debbie, have purpose. Just as your darkest days have purpose. You can trust in this truth, as your words helped me to See Him today more clearly, and I appreciate you.

    Rich blessings as His radiant colors are splashed brilliant in your story, and you See His mercies and grace just-for-you…

  4. The outdoors is where I hear Him the best. Even if it’s raining, I love to sit and stare at the rain. I can hear Him then too. Maybe that’s when I need to write, is when I am outside, or have been outside.

  5. Writing–the one place I feel like I can be completely honest, completely vulnerable and not feel naked, judged and misunderstood. Writing is a powerful tool indeed. Worship is where I tend to hear God speak to me the most.

  6. God bless you sweet ladies for your beautiful comments. Thanks so much for stopping by – you’ve touched my heart 🙂 One great big THANK YOU to the precious people of (in) courage for allowing me to share my thoughts in this post today. Many blessings to you 🙂

  7. “you and I fill a space in this world that no one else is qualified to fill.” i love this. i believe this. i know this to be true. but somehow, seeing someone else write it, just enforces it you know? like, someone else gets it. someone else gets me. thanks for your words today!!!

  8. Debbie,

    Thank you for sharing and writing from the heart. You are correct – we each have a story to tell and someone needs to read it or hear about it. I am learning to share mine and I am learning that God deals with me through journaling and writing – that is one of the ways he speaks to me.

    Continue to speak what he is speaking to you for someone needs to hear it : )

  9. Love nature, love this post, and appreciate the reminder that “I fill a space in this world that noone else is qualified to fill.” Writing from the heart – it’s all I know how to do. Sometimes I struggle with that and fight against it but am learning (your post helps) to embrace it unapologetically. To be who God created me to be. 🙂

  10. Oh, I am so moved by all the sweet comments 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to read my rambling thoughts and for commenting.
    Many Blessings to you,
    Debbie