Creepy

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Creepy.”  Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on a blogging prompt.

I didn’t want to use the Creepy prompt for our Blogging 101 assignment as I really didn’t like the picture in that prompt. But we were challenged, if we didn’t like it, say why. Then I read someone else’s response and thought, well, I did just have a creepy experience! And I did blog about it already, here. But what I didn’t do was describe the creepy guy walking towards me….and this is what I thought I saw, but he had a rope in his hands and was reeling it….

I was on the phone with my husband at the time….He knew to not be alarmed, but gave me a warning. I was also walking with Jesus at my side and in my heart, so how could my imagination run so wild? After I passed him, I saw that he was only a young teen and had a twig in his hands!

So how often do we get creeped out by things that are not really there or we see something else than reality? I said my hikes are like my spiritual journey but I never addressed that! So here is one thought about it.

I like comfort in my spiritual walk, and I like routine. But life is anything by comfortable (all the time) and rarely is it routine (every day is different for us now that we are retired and travel full time.) So when things are uncomfortable, like in a new location and we just get creepy feelings where we are staying. But we have each other to decide, “stay or move on?” That is such a wonderful feeling to know we help each other!

And as for routine, when I worked, I had a pretty regimented routine to get out the door. And I always made sure I had planned by workout and packed my gear. But now, again, retired, our routine is challenged a lot! But again, we help each other cope and adapt!

And that is what my Lord and Savior does for me in my journey in life! Yes, I have an awesome husband, but he’s not perfect….and as with my hike that day, he wasn’t there. And as some friends, my mom, my sister, my mother-in-law, know, death may rob me of my husband one day (unless I go first). So what to do? Make sure the Lord is always with me as my spiritual partner. He guides both my husband and I!

So my scripture for this post is from Romans 5:1

Peace and Hope
5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Getting to Know YOU

1. What do you prefer to be called?  I prefer to be called Debbie.
2. What is your favorite memory? Helping my daughter deliver her first child.
3. What is your talent or quirk?  No talents, but my quirk is that I turn on contemporary Christian music whenever I am alone – or with someone else who will enjoy it with me.
4. In one sentence, what is your blog about? I have two blogs: TheTumbleLees.me contains my husband’s and my journey after we remarried (from divorce) and where we now travel full time in our motorhome. The second one is my own personal journey, http://LifetimeofForgiveness.wordpress.com. It’s about my journey in life where I want to share LIFE, by Love, Inspiring, help (to have Freedom) and Encouraging others.
5. What did you want to be when you were a child? I wanted to be a nurse by the time I was 12. But when I nearly failed biology in the 10th grade, that dream was gone. While in college, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer, but I couldn’t afford it when it was time to apply to law school. I held numerous great jobs until I finally grew up at age 32 and became a Federal Law Enforcement agent.
6. What do you want to accomplish before you die?  To be cherished by my grandchildren when I am old and they are mature adults.
7. What is your greatest strength? I am an encourager.
8. What are two things you would like others to know about you? I have lived in three countries, lived in 6 different states in the USA, traveled to and visited more cities in the USA than I can count, and I have traveled to (work related) Bangkok, Thailand; Manila Philippines; Jakarta, Indonesia; Islamabad, Pakistan; and have been “laid over” in Tokyo, London, Singapore and Abu Dhabi! What a life!
9. Is there anything else? I have really enjoyed Blogging 101! I may not have picked up too many new followers (but more than I imagined) but I have begun following a total of 62 blogs-last count! YIKES, no more time to blog if I pay the attention to these amazing people like I would like. But I am WIFI deficient and my 15 GB plan is too expensive to add any more. Continue reading

Simplicity as July’s Blogging 101 ends….and new beginning

Simplicity as July’s Blogging 101 ends….and new beginning

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This was a Christmas gift from my sister in law, three years ago. Who knew how seriously I’d take it and now we have a very simple life!

I’m a minimalist. It’s taken me nearly a lifetime to learn what is important and what is not.  My husband and I are now retired and we travel full time, living in a motor home. Nearly everything we own is with us in a few hundred square feet. And we love it. It gives us more time for the things that are really important in life. For us right now, much of our time is centered around our daughter’s home while we await our second grandchild. In fact, it was when she had her first child that we became travelers. Now it’s hard to want to travel because we’re loving the adventure of being grandparents.

We started a blog to share about our marital experiences because we have a unique story to share. But as we began to travel more, we changed our focus to our exciting adventurous travels. Now I’d like to help people discover truth and righteousness!

There is a part of me that still wants to focus on my own personal spiritual journey and that is what this blog is about. I want to know more about the Lord and how He is speaking to others and how He can use me to reach others who may be seeking truth and righteousness.

But I also want to learn about others and their journeys in this life. But I had no idea how Blogging 101 would expose me to so many others, so many so different from me but yet, we have a common bond. If we met waiting for a plane or train, we may exchange pleasantries….but would we get to know each other intimately? I really enjoy learning about others and Blogging 101 has done this for me.

When my husband and I remarried nearly 26 years ago after our divorce, we had two young high school students sing a beautiful and simple song. Here is a similar rendition and that’s really what it’s all about. To understand, I guess you have to be in the right place at the right time.

I never completed my blogging 101 assignments for various reasons. They are not important now. But I do know, I need to finish what I’ve started here. So I’m signing up to take the course again….and I hope to finish what has been started.

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My dear husband guiding our grandson to our car after lunch out. How precious is this?

What is the purpose of life?

For Day 9 of Blogging 101, we are to write a post about someone we engaged in from our Day 8 assignment (share the love, so to speak).  There were so many I ran across and now I have so many more bloggers I am following.

I think people tend to seek out people like themselves. At least I have observed this in my life’s journey’s. I did seek out others who were very different from me, and guess what? I found many similarities! I love it when that happens.

But I am also seeking those who I can encourage, give hope or at least inspire. So I found this blog, “What is the purpose of life?” If you know me, you know I would seek this person out as I have a pretty good grip on what the purpose is of life. You see, I was seeking it earnestly myself in my late teens and early 20s.

So, let me introduce you to Lydia, who goes by the pen name, Aidyl. Her name spelled backwards. I appreciate her honesty and her style. I would love to engage in further discussions, but for now, we will read each other’s blogs. And the fact she read mine and appreciated it is a plus!

I invite you to check her out and show her some love! Hmmm, and that is one purpose of life I believe.

Life seems so hopeless….but is it?

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Image taken off of FaceBook

Was there anyone who didn’t grieve over the loss of Robin Williams? Everyone was so shocked, he was such a fine man, such a great legacy. So many people loved him. But what happened to him happens to so many people every day.

His death will not be in vain, it has opened dialogue for many to now talk about their own depression. And for many to share hope.

If I don’t do anything else in this life, I pray I can help someone who is hopeless. You see, I was once hopeless….and like Robin Williams, I was living a really blessed life. No one knew how lost I was, how depressed I was, how hopeless I was.

But a miracle happened. You see, I was looking out the window of a 14th story apartment and wanted to jump out. Fortunately, the windows did not open. But if I didn’t jump, would I find another way? I actually was engaged in risky behavior….

So the day of my miracle, two young ladies were serving the Lord, looking for Him to use them, to draw them to someone in need on this beautiful day, the darkest day of my life. They had been dropped off downtown Norfolk, Virginia. At the time, there were three towers, high rise apartments. The were drawn to the towers and had to pick one to enter. Once they were in, they picked a floor, and it was the 14th floor. Then they had to pick one of three apartments.  They knocked on Apartment C.

I had just prayed to God, saying, “God, I believe in you. But who is Jesus? Is he real?” I wanted out of life….and then I heard a knock. This wasn’t my apartment, I had just stayed overnight and when I woke, I was alone. Should I answer the door?  I kept hearing a knock. I looked out the peep-hole and saw two bright and shining faces glowing at me. They knew someone was there, so they asked, “Have you thought about Jesus today?”

I couldn’t get them inside fast enough. I shared with them my despondency, how I wanted to jump, and how I just prayed and asked who was Jesus.  They were so excited as they said they realized they were sent to tell me about Jesus. You see, they both had been lost, too. Both were attractive young ladies, they ran away from their homes, got caught up in prostitution in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They each met someone who shared Jesus with them. And then they wanted to share how they were delivered from the clutches of such an unhealthy and risky lifestyle.

I wanted this too….And on this day, I learned who Jesus was, how He came to this world to rescue the lost, to save our souls for eternity, to deliver us from hopelessness and to give us purpose for life. He actually took the sins of the world, and my own personal sins, and was crucified, died, was buried and rose again on the third day. He then showed Himself to His disciples and to over 500 people. And then after 40 days, He ascended back into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father, our Creator. And He has continued to be this real in my life.

Paul, an apostle who had persecuted Christians, had overseen their deaths, was blinded by Jesus only to be converted and became the greatest missionary of all time. Here are a few words from one of his letters he wrote, 1 Corinthians 15, verses 1-8:

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

And that’s what happened to me – He appeared to me in the faces of these two young ladies. I suddenly had hope, a purpose, a reason to live. He forgave me of my sins and sinful ways. And the black hole in my heart was filled with His love….

And that was when I began to live a life-time of forgiveness.

Who am I and why am I blogging in response to Blogging 101

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Full of HOPE!

I can’t really explain how I ended up where I am today, but it is nothing short of a miracle. I was once very lost, I grew up in a tumultuous household, I had to pay my way through college, and somehow I did it.

But then, I made some really bad choices in life….but yet, I am now retired after an amazing career, I’m a grandmother, have been married 40 years and am so blessed to have a great relationship with my only child, a daughter and her husband. And now she has blessed us with two adorable grandsons who are the light of my life!

The reason I want to blog publicly is to hopefully help someone else who is struggling in life. I pray I can show someone else there is hope. Life can sometimes seem so hopeless, so messed up, but there is always hope.  And there is always a way to regain what was once lost. My life is proof of it!

There have been some very influential people placed in my life that helped me get through the tough times. I can only hope I could help someone else….

My new tagline is now LIFE, for Love Inspiration Freedom Encouragement. I never had a chance to do this at the time of the “assignment” but it finally came to me after jotted down characteristics I want to be known for….

My hope:

Praise to God for a Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you,
who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  1 Peter 1:3-6