Some days I fight hard to remember that His focus is on the inward appearance …that this outer life is just a vapor.

1 Samuel 16:7 (MSG)
But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”

James 4:14  (AMP)
….. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].

Proverbs 31:30  (AMP)
Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!

___________________________________________________________________________________________________ "I write so I can know what I am thinking." —Linda Dillow


I kept trying to fill the fame with what I thought my life should look like, but He had other plans. He wanted to fill it with His own.

Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

___________________________________________________________________________________________________ "I write so I can know what I am thinking." —Linda Dillow
  • i love this debi. so convicting and true. xoReplyCancel

  • “what I thought my life should look like”
    So very convicting. It seems like this is a constant work in my life. I think we should be xyz and yet we’re not. We’re right where God wants us.
    Thank you for checking in on me. I am doing well. It’s hard to believe that Dad passed away 6 weeks ago tomorrow. Romans 8:28 :-) Truly this has been the push that I’ve needed to changes our lives (food).ReplyCancel

I know how the story ends; He LOVES me.

The Lord your God is with you, a Powerful One Who wins the battle. He will have much joy over you. With His love He will give you new life. He will have joy over you with loud singing. 
Zephaniah 3:17 (NLV)

___________________________________________________________________________________________________ "I write so I can know what I am thinking." —Linda Dillow
  • Stacey

    I have always loved that verse. Getting it fully into my head and heart for others is super dee dipper easy. God’s getting it there for me right now.ReplyCancel

    • Debi

      Funny how we can believe God for everyone else but ourselves. I am so much that way too…but am learning to push through my emotions to the Truth, and when I do, I see it. Believing is seeing and not the the other way around.
      Love you…ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    Thank you! I’m writing this one on a card and committing it to memory.
    How KNOWING He loves me changes everything.
    So blessed to be walking this journey with such a precious friend with a heart to know HIM..
    Keep telling me what I need to hear.
    Love you and who you are!ReplyCancel

    • Debi

      Do you have any idea how much my life has changed since you walked into it?
      We’ll both commit this verse to memory…together…
      Love you too!ReplyCancel

It’s like she [1. Pam Lowe…my God-given Bible study teacher] always says, “People can’t patch up their old lives; they have to get a completely new one.”

John 1:12-13 (NLT)
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

Zechariah 4:6 (CEV)
… I am the LORD All-Powerful. So don’t depend on your own power or strength, but on my Spirit.

Jeremiah 14:22 (NLT)
Can any of the worthless foreign gods send us rain?
Does it fall from the sky by itself?
No, you are the one, O Lord our God!
Only you can do such things.
So we will wait for you to help us.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________ "I write so I can know what I am thinking." —Linda Dillow

The essential thing is knowing that I cannot live without hearing His voice.

Deuteronomy 32:46-47 Amplified Bible (AMP)
He said to them, Set your [minds and] hearts on all the words which I command you this day…  for it is not an empty and worthless trifle for you; it is your  [very
] LIFE .

Philippians 1:21 King James Version (KJV)
For to me to live is Christ… [the living Word]

___________________________________________________________________________________________________ "I write so I can know what I am thinking." —Linda Dillow
  • We used to have a chorus we sang — Don’t give up on the brink of a miracle. Don’t give up, God is still on the throne.” My daughter sang it, “Don’t give up, God is still on the phone.” I’m thankful we don’t have to have the availability of a phone to hear God’s voice.ReplyCancel

    • Debi

      How cute…..”God is still on the phone”
      and Amen to that… grateful that we don’t need a phone to hear Him:

      Deuteronomy 30:13-15
      Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear and do it?
      But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it.

      Love that!

      Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

I sensed in my heart that she was broken beyond repair, but the house seems so empty when I come home and she’s not standing there wagging her tail when I come through the door.


….an answer to the prayers of my, then, 9 year old
daughter…and my shadow for 14 years:)


Job 12:7

“Just ask [observe] the animals, and they will teach you….”

___________________________________________________________________________________________________ "I write so I can know what I am thinking." —Linda Dillow
  • awww…I miss her…ReplyCancel

  • Debi

    Jenna…me too :)
    Remember her “Barbara Bush” pearls? She has them on in this pic ;0ReplyCancel


There were no tears as she spoke, just affirmation after affirmation of the fact that God really is Who He says He is.  And I was so very humbled by God’s display of love for me as she, who unexpectedly lost her 33 year old son in April and her husband of 46 years just over two weeks ago, irregardless of self, sat taking the time to show me how to find my way to seeing Him.

She was making a spring while passing through the valley of Baaca  [valley of tears].
And I wondered how I could have spent so much time at Vanity Fair seeking an illusion called happiness.

Psalm 84

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

How lovely are Your dwelling places,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
The bird also has found a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
My King and my God.
How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are ever praising You.

 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
The early rain also covers it with blessings.
They go from strength to strength,
Every one of them appears before God in Zion.

  O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob!

Behold our shield, O God,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
The LORD gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in You!

___________________________________________________________________________________________________ "I write so I can know what I am thinking." —Linda Dillow
  • “The Lord gives grace and glory…” My Dad passed away 2 weeks ago. This passage is needed.ReplyCancel

    • Debi

      Hello Tami…
      So glad He brought you by today….The Lord always has a way of giving us what we need when we need it! Psalm 84 is such a beautiful, comforting passage…so rich and full of meaning to those of us who belong to Him.
      I know you will miss your dad, and am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am praying for you to see the Lord at work as you trust in Him.ReplyCancel


It was so comfortable and easy to slip on when I was alone behind closed doors.  I was embarrassed when I looked down in the grocery store line and saw I had forgotten to take it off.  When I got home I discovered another tear in the shirtail and a hole under the arm.

If I really want a new life, why do I keep clinging to the frayed, tattered old one?  Has it become so comfortable that I don’t want to take it off?

Ephesians 4:17-32

J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

  This is my instruction, then, which I give you from God. Do not live any longer as the Gentiles live. For they live blindfold in a world of illusion, and cut off from the life of God through ignorance and insensitiveness. They have stifled their consciences and then surrendered themselves to sensuality, practising any form of impurity which lust can suggest.

But you have learned nothing like that from Christ, if you have really heard his voice and understood the truth that he has taught you. No, what you learned was to fling off the dirty clothes of the old way of living, which were rotted through and through with lust’s illusions, and, with yourselves mentally and spiritually re-made, to put on the clean fresh clothes of the new life which was made by God’s design for righteousness and the holiness which is no illusion.

Finish, then, with lying and tell your neighbour the truth. For we are not separate units but intimately related to each other in Christ.

If you are angry, be sure that it is not out of wounded pride or bad temper. Never go to bed angry—don’t give the devil that sort of foothold.

If you used to be a thief you must not only give up stealing, but you must learn to make an honest living, so that you may be able to give to those in need.

Let there be no more foul language, but good words instead—words suitable for the occasion, which God can use to help other people.

Never hurt the Holy Spirit. He is, remember, the personal pledge of your eventual full redemption.

Let there be no more resentment, no more anger or temper, no more violent self-assertiveness, no more slander and no more malicious remarks, Be kind to each other, be understanding. Be as ready to forgive others as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________ "I write so I can know what I am thinking." —Linda Dillow
  • Leah

    So good!ReplyCancel

  • Oh how I want the clothes of new life. The verses you chose are perfect. Ephesians has so many “real-life” verses.ReplyCancel

  • I all of this, but “never hurt the Holy Spirit” especially grabbed my attention. I haven’t read it in quite that form before and it brings it to a whole new level for me.ReplyCancel

    • Debi

      …grabbed my attention too! I think we sometimes forget the Holy Spirit is a “person.”ReplyCancel

As you may know, Steve Jobs resigned as Apple CEO.  Thought you might enjoy his 2005 Stanford University Commencement speech.  His is an amazing story. So much of what he says here is thought provoking.  And, although he doesn’t necessarily acknowledge God as sovereign over his life [how sad] , we know Who has connected the dots!

___________________________________________________________________________________________________ "I write so I can know what I am thinking." —Linda Dillow
  • I was so sad to read about this in the paper — I know that his stepping down must mean that things are getting pretty rough for him. My husband works at Apple and I know they are really suffering with the shock.ReplyCancel

    • Debi

      I know….I’ve been asking the Lord to reveal Himself to him, if he doesn’t know Him. Do you know where he is spiritually? My father passed away with pancreatic cancer two years ago. It’s a tough one!ReplyCancel