As written on January 1, 2006—my sentiments remain the same:

This first day of this new year I am not so much resolving as I am remembering…recounting my Lord’s faithfulness to me as I have entrusted my life unto His keeping …and that is why I have placed this picture here.

Edwin Blair-Leighton’s bride pictured in Signing the Register has been a dear companion to me for many years.

She reminds me that He pursued me. She reminds me that I willingly said, “Yes.”

She reminds me that I am no longer my own; that I have chosen to identify myself with Him.

She reminds me that He stands as my protector to guard me physically, materially, emotionally, spiritually…and woe to him who would ever try to harm me in any way.

She reminds me that submitting to His perfect plan for my life is always a sure and safe choice.

She reminds me that His banner over me is love…and that He will never ever leave or forsake me.

She reminds me that He has taken the responsibility of making me all glorious within in order to present me to His Father.

She reminds me that He will be ever faithful to keep all that He has promised to be and to do.

This New Year’s day I am remembering the day I chose to “sign the register” and  begin the walk down the Covenant aisle toward Christ, my trustworthy Bridegroom, who has, amazingly, chosen me to be His bride.

As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.
–Isaiah 62:5–

Post is here today Soul Notes!

  • Hi Debi!
    I’ve been trying to contact you re. my blog design. I still love the look you gave my blog and would like to pay you to make a simple change on my sidebar.
    Please contact me.

  • Lori Ellen

    Hi Debi,

    I sent you an email last week requesting some info about your blog design services and haven’t heard back. I resent the message a few minutes ago. On the off chance that you are missing my emails because they are being sent to a junk mail folder, I thought I’d leave you a message here notifying you about my emails. Please check your email for my messages and let me know if you didn’t receive them.

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Lori EllenReplyCancel

I haven’t posted anything here in weeks, because I’ve been working feverishly on building and designing a website that is due to go live on Monday!  As you can see, I did manage to make a trip to the pumpkin patch, where I got a little carried away and ended up bringing home 10 [yes, I said TEN] pumpkins of various shapes and sizes!  As you may know, I like simplicity, and that applies to my choice of seasonal decor as well. So my pumpkins are simply set in various pieces of white stoneware.  I have always been enamored with the use of white space, so I am, especially, enjoying the two little pumpkins that are sitting in a bowl on my dining room table, pictured above.

Leah organized a bake-off on Sunday evening, so Jenna, armed with a spring form pan, showed up at the door ready to bake with us.  We made several fall recipes, including Aunt Cindy’s FABULOUS sugar cookies and cut them out with the beautiful copper leaf cookie cutters that my sister, Becky, gifted me with years ago.  Those cookie cutters coupled with that recipe are one of the delights of fall in our home!  If you read my old blog,  you have seen cookies made with this recipe decorated here  and  here   …it is a timeless classic. And in case you didn’t read my old blog, I’ll share the recipe with you:


 We also made a yummy Paula Deen Pumpkin Cheesecake, that would be great to take to a Thanksgiving dinner, because if you keep it at home  you might be tempted to eat the whole thing all by yourself;)  That’s why on Monday night Jenna’s whole family came over to cut the cake.

Can you tell that Autumn is one of two of my favorite seasons?  You might think that strange coming from a Florida gal, who never gets to see leaves change or feel the chill in the air like you northerners do.  I notice little subtleties like the slant of the light and slight drop in humidity and the wind picking up.

I was reminded of the spiritual type that fall represents in creation as I spent time this morning quietly reading the Word asking the Author to speak His truth to me in a way I could understand.  This is what He showed me today.  Principles I’ve known that he reminded me of again today.  I sat and sketched a diagram of these truths and then made one on the computer to share with you.

Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered  [Hebrews 5:8]
He became a great leader through suffering  [Hebrews 5: 9]
We, too, learn obedience through suffering
For obedience to be tested and manifested there must always be a cross…His will crossing my own
The cross always implies suffering and death….either death to self leading to true LIFE or natural life leading to spiritual death
Mature Christians are those who have trained themselves to recognize the difference between what is right and wrong and then do what is right.  [Hebrews 5:14]

click on to print 

I like to think of myself as “dying to live”….how about you?

  • Wow. First off, Amandas website looks gorgeous! U did a fantastic job, i am a designer by day – baker by night..so i appreciate all the work that must have gone into that! U are incredible. I am also so glad i found your blog, its so inspiring. I thank the Lord that HE has put it on your heart to share His thoughts through you here! Its very uplifting and edifying. I look forward to more of your posts :)ReplyCancel

    • Debi

      Thank you….it’s the first BIG website I’ve ever attempted.
      So glad you found your way here :)
      Would love to talk to you more about design, and the Lord, of course!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Debi!
    Praise God – I am always excited to find another sister-in-Christ who is ready and willing to share her faith. Thank you for being bold by sharing – it’s planting seeds and encouraging the body to do the same!


    • Debi

      Hi Lisa…
      Nice to see a new face here!
      Looking forward to getting to know you!ReplyCancel


I reminded myself that Grace is the current that moves me to my destination and that He will always give me just the right size and shape paddle to maneuver the rapids.


Hebrews 4:16  (MSG)
Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.   

2 Corinthians 12:9 (MSG)
My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. 

Titus 2:11 (AMP)
For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind.