Hey y’all! This Texas girl is ready to meet up with each one of you. I am so blessed to be able to attend the Declare Conference again this year. Last year was my first. I love that Declare is so close to home, and I found it last year in my Facebook feed, or rather God led me there in my Facebook feed. That sign greeted me that day as I walked in.
I blogged about that wonderful, powerful conference with pictures here. If you are new to Declare, check it out and see what you are about to encounter.
I walked away refreshed and ready to blog and not be concerned about statistics, but rather what God had placed on my heart originally to blog about, and that was about Him to the World and to leave a legacy for my family. I also walked away with so many beautiful freebies. It was like I got so much more than I paid for with all the free books and bags.
The theme last year was about going deeper with Him. I can honestly say I have done that this past year, and it seems I just keep growing and growing deeper the more I read and study and pray, and I am loving reading back through last year’s themed and all the memories of women I met and the things that God laid on my heart. Ladies, do you really grasp what that picture says that I took at the conference last year.
Do you grasp how wide and long and high and deep the Savior loves you.
This year’s theme is Presence. I cannot wait to see what God is going to teach me this year. My heart is open and ready.
In preparation for the conference, we were asked to share answers to the following questions and a current picture. I hope I can find one. I’m always the one taking the pictures.
1. If we were meeting in person, how would you introduce yourself? (job, family, career, ministry, where you live … share whatever details come to mind)
Hi there my name is Debbie. I am a born and raised Texan, and will probably die here. I live about twenty miles south of Dallas. I have been married to my high-school sweetheart for 47 years this August. Yes, I’m still in love with him.
We have a son and a daughter who are both married and each of our children each have one boy. Those little guys are one and a half and the other almost three. I spend many days babysitting with them. What a joy! This was our latest picture on my birthday at one of my favorite places to eat – Cheddars.
And this is a picture last Halloween. The two-year old was wearing a costume my precious Mama made for my son that I had put away upstairs.
I am retired, but I substitute teach. God really spoke to me when I retired about being a light to my community, not just at church but in the world. Many days I substitute special needs children.
I worked for the Government, before retirement, for over 43 years in contracting.
I spend a lot of time as a volunteer team leader for Proverbs 31 On-line Bible Studies. I love it. It’s changed my life being in the Word every day, and this summer well it’s taught me some ways to encourage my husband in a study called, The Husband Project. There are over 50,000 women doing this study.
My ministries are family and friends, blogging, substitute teaching, and leading at Proverbs. Those things make a busy, hectic life that I am living to the fullest.
2. What is your favorite thing to write and why?
My favorite thing to write about is my Lord and my family because without them there would be nothing to write about. I have enjoyed writing about my goals the last few months because they keep me on track.
3. What is your favorite thing to read and why? (If this question is too broad for you avid readers, what’s a favorite book or blog you’ve read lately?)
My favorite thing to read is my Bible. For so many years it was boring, but the Word has come alive in my study time. I do all the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies. I also read the First 5 App devotional each morning on my phone which is also part of Proverbs 31, and I can be found doing all the studies at my church too. Occasionally I love picking up a good fiction book like one by Karen Kingsbury.
4. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?
Family Tree Research because it took a back seat for so many years, and now so many have gone that could have helped me in my research.
5. What’s one thing you love about your blog and one thing you’d like to improve?
That I am sharing with people all over the World. It’s all about knowing Him more and making Him known to me and others. Truly, most of my writing draws me closer to Him. My writing should be impacting me as well as others.
I have been praying about how I can improve my blog and seeking God’s direction so I stay put where He wants me. Last year at Declare when Kris Camealy spoke, I realized my blog should be an altar and not a platform to bring recognition to me, not statistics. Kris reminded us that when we build anything other than that altar to Him, we are not honoring Him.
6. [Lightening Round] Would you rather …
- Read on Kindle or paperback? Paperback so I can underline and highlight.
- Drink coffee or tea? Coffee all morning and tea in the afternoon and evening.
- Go to a musical or a movie? Movie
- Vacation at the beach or the mountains? Love both but probably the beach.
- Have an exciting night out or a relaxing night in? Relaxing night in.
- Watch sports, play sports, or no sports? No sports, except olympics or if some of my family is playing and yes sometimes I love watching a good ole’ Texas Ranger game.
WELCOME to Declare y’all. Can’t wait to meet you.
I would love to connect and meet you there, but in the interim, you can find me here.