Monday, January 12, 2009

Hold Fast--God Knows The Way

Hi Everyone!

I'm sorry I'm running late getting this post done. I'm on deadline with a book and am at the point where I'm bleary eyed and bumping into doors because of lack of sleep! BUT--His Cowgirl Bride is almost ready to be dropped in the mail on Wednesday and will meet its deadline. Praise God :)

However beware--the post below hasn't been edited!

I'm really enjoying the wonderful post on faith. I know for myself, walking by faith these last five years has been a must. When my husband died in 03 I learned trusting God's plan for my life was all I could do. I clearly was able to look back over the three years prior to Wayne's death and see the beautiful gifts of love that God had given me. He'd urged me to lay my writing aside and concentrate on my family for the four years before my son's graduated. At the time I knew I was very close to being published but I had been feeling that way for six years. God awakened me to the fact that at that time I needed to be obedient to what He was telling me and to concentrate on my family. The writing would still be there at the end of four years. I listened, and for the next three years didn't write a word. I went to ballgames, watched TV with my husband and sons. Went on a wonderful vacation in the Smokey mountains--and was completley in the moment with my family--not half in the moment with the other half of my brain plotting a book! I have to tell you that laying down the writing hadn't been and easy decision. I sort of laid it down kicking and screaming. Thankfully the next day God gave me peace about it and I was able to completely enjoy my family time without any sort of regret for the dream that I was delaying. I thought God had given me this nudge for the benefit of my son's but had no idea it was because God knew that He would be calling Wayne home to be with him during that time.

We serve an extraordinary God! He has our backs! He asked us to have faith in what we can not see--and to trust in what He can see and where He leads. For me, walking in faith since Wayne's death has been easy. Yes I've had my struggles with great grief. But I've also moved forward knowing that He loved me enough to give me a beautiful gift of speacial family time with Wayne and my boys before Wayne died.

I tell this story often as a reminder that God is faithful and His love for us is not measurable. We must trust in what we cannot see...but I can see what He has done for myself and others and so we do not blindly trust. So now, here, in this hard time that is happening all around me I will admit that I have moments of worry. For my friends and family and others who are struggling or fearing their futures. But when I start to worry, I back up, thank God for the way he has been faithful and then I put myself in His hands and go on.

He has never failed me even in the darkest of times...so if you are out there and this is a dark time for you I pray that you will hold fast to God and let Him lead you to the other side.

Blessings to all!
Debra Clopton

10 comments:

  1. Debra, Thank you for this very inspirational, sweet post. This was a great reminder that many of us can use. Blessings to you,
    Patti Jo :)

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  2. Thanks for the post. God is so faithful.

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  3. Hey Debra, you've written a beautiful and inspiring post.

    So many people blame God when a loved one dies that it is truly wonderful to read how you are still praising Him and 'holding fast'.

    May God shower His blessings upon you for your faithfulness.

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  4. Debbie -- I've heard your story before and am inspired each time you tell it. God is good to us, isn't He? I know what it would have been like to lay down your writing dreams for a time, but (you're right) you gained so much from it.

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  5. Hi Everyone thank you for your comments. I hope it was inspiring.

    Anita Mae what a sweet, beautiful way with words you have. Thank you.

    May God bless all of you,
    Debbie

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  6. Okay, Debbie, I'm crying. What a beautiful testament to God's love and power.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Margaret

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  7. Debbie, you are one of the bravest women I know. You always inspire me. And your love for your children and Wayne is a testimony to your strong faith. God did have a plan for you, and I'm so glad that plan brought you into my life!

    Lenora :)

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  8. Debbie, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story about God's faithfulness.

    Missy

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  9. Debrah, beautiful post. I have always taken your advice to heart, from the first moment I met you at a conference and heard your story.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Cheryl

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