Yes, You Can! &Tune In Thursday #33

Yes, You Can! &Tune In Thursday #33

Tweet When my daughter was a toddler, she had a favorite phrase. It wasn’t the typical, “Why? …  “Mine,” “How come?” Or even the shouts of “No!”  I mean, those were said on occasion, but rather her favorite phrase to say about anything was … “I can’t.” She would say it about everything: Brandi it’s time for a nap. “I can’t.” Brandi put your shoes on. “I can’t.” Brandi brush your teeth, eat your lunch, drink your milk, let’s go outside and play.  “I can’t!” … “I can’t!” … “I can’t!” … “I can’t!” It didn’t matter what it was, she had somehow heard the words “I can’t” and taken them on as her mantra and answer for everything.  When she was two-and-a-half, it was kinda cute, but as she turned three, four, and even five it was not.  It was a terrible mindset, a pattern, a way of thinking that needed to be eradicated from her vocabulary and her life. I recall having a conversation with her when she was four years old, telling her she could do anything she set her mind to and she could be anything she wanted to be.  But can you really rationalize with a four-year-old.  She persisted in saying and proclaiming, “I can’t” about everything she didn’t want to do, and everything that took a little effort. We read the book and watched the movie about the little engine that could.  I thought, this will help her believe in herself and change her thinking.  But it did not. I desperately cried out to God one day asking for wisdom about how to...
Fall Decor & Tune In Thursday #32

Fall Decor & Tune In Thursday #32

Tweet This past  weekend I took a little time decorating around my home and my front porch for autumn.  I have been so busy writing for the final deadline of my manuscript, that now it’s time to get a post  ready for Tune In Thursday, and my brain doesn’t want to write anymore. Have you ever been there?  Needing to write, and with no desire or inspiration?  I sure hope I am not alone in this. So instead, I decided to share my pictures of how I spent my downtime this weekend as I was refreshing and recharging. Being creative in other ways besides writing is how I fill my tank and refresh my mind. However, I am not sure it saved any time or was any faster than writing a blog post.  In fact, I think I spent more time taking pictures and editing them for you to view today. LOL I hope you enjoy my fall decor, and maybe you will get a little inspiration for some decorating of your own. Not everything is purchased at the same place or the same time.  I am always on the look out when I go to thrift stores, or second hand stores for items I might add to my decorations. Fall is one of my favorite season because of all the beautiful color changes that occur.  This little pillow below was my newest find from Home Goods. Here is my Table-Scape (minus my fall dishes). I love lanterns, and the one I use for fall on the table was brought home from one of my trips to South Carolina. Meet...
The Wheel of Life & Tune In Thursday #31

The Wheel of Life & Tune In Thursday #31

Tweet I want to take a minute and shout out a special THANK YOU! Thank you to all the individuals who joined me here over the summer with a Guest Post.  Thank you all for sharing your heart, your writing, and yourselves with those who join us here each week. I enjoyed having each one of you contribute this summer as it helped me to focus on my writing deadlines for Chosen Books.My final deadline is in fast approaching (12 days) but whose counting. LOL But more importantly, I loved sharing my space with you and your writing. The topics you tackled and the authenticity with which you shared touch many people! I hope that you each gained new weekly readers from the process as well. Today I am officially back, but please keep me in your prayers and I push through to finish the manuscript.  Now onto this weeks post.  ENJOY!     Laughter erupted from the other end of the couch as my husband sat watching a video on his phone. After he was done laughing with tears in his eyes, he said to me, “You’ve got to watch this!”  I thought to myself, it’s probably another video of baby goats bouncing around aimlessly or the ones that faint when they get scared.   He turned his phone towards me and instead I was staring at hamsters!  Hamsters running on a wheel, what could be so funny about that?  But as I watched the video, I suppose I could see why he thought it was funny, but I did not. Two hamsters trying to run on the...
Be the Change & Tune In Thursday #30 Guest: Roseann Hampton

Be the Change & Tune In Thursday #30 Guest: Roseann Hampton

Tweet Guess What? It’s Officially Fall Y’ALL!  YAY… My husband will now allow me to decorate for fall, since both Siri and Alexa have indeed confirmed it is fall in the northern hemisphere as of today! LOL Fall is one of my favorite seasons, because of all the beautiful colors of changing leaves and it bring me one step closer to the holidays! Our Summer Guest Blogs, have carried over into September and Fall, with today’s Tune In Thursday Guest Blog from Roseann being the last official one!  I plan to be back next week with a post to share. Now, let me introduce you to today’s guest, Roseann Hampton.  I met Roseann online as we often used to link up near each other at link parties.  One thing I know about Roseann is she is a woman who seeks to find Joy in the everyday.  She is also a woman who doesn’t back down from a fight. (She is a determined fighter).  As you can read from her Bio she has lived with autoimmune  diseases, but she doesn’t let them stop her from living life and making a difference in the lives of those she meets. Thank you Roseann, for sharing your heart and journey with us today at Tune In Thursday. I encourage you to leave comments below for Ruth, and don’t forget to link up your posts below. Enjoy and Blessings, Debbie      ROSEANN is a wife, mother to 4 grown children, a Christian, she teaches middle school by day and blogs by night. For over 30 years, Roseann has had multiple autoimmune issues and...
Are You Tired and Weary? & Tune In Thursday #29 Guest: Gayl Wright

Are You Tired and Weary? & Tune In Thursday #29 Guest: Gayl Wright

Tweet Well summer vacation is over and most people have begun to settle into the routine of fall, but here on the blog, we are extending summer just a little while longer as we have two more guests in the series: Summers Tune In Thursday Guest Blogs!  I hope Y’all, have enjoyed the guests we’ve had so far.  I have! Today’s guest is Gayl Wright.  I first met Gayl in 2015 in the hotel lobby at a bloggers conference in Greenville South Carolina.  We chatted and visited and was nice to connect a face with names I had been reading and seeing online. Can I just say, it is so much fun meeting online blogger friends in real life!  Anyway, I am excited for you to get to know Gayl as well.  She writes writes poetry, is often found participating in the 5-minute Friday community. Thank you Gayl, for sharing this encouragement with us today at Tune In Thursday.  I encourage you to leave comments below for Gayl, and don’t forget to link up your posts below. Enjoy and Blessings, Debbie      Gayl Wright makes her home in upstate South Carolina. Will soon celebrate 43rd wedding anniversary, mother of 7, grandmother of 14, she is a seeker of truth who looks for beauty in ordinary things. She tries to capture what she finds using her talents to encourage others and glorify God. She loves to explore new areas of creativity as she writes for her blog, composes poems, and dabbles in her art journal. Gayl writes at Words, Photos and Art Her Twitter handle is @GaylWright  ARE YOU...
September Guests Preview &Tune In Thursday #28

September Guests Preview &Tune In Thursday #28

Tweet Hello! I hope you been been blessed by our summer Tune In Thursday Guest Bloggers.  I sure have!  In case you missed any of Augusts: just click on the pictures below. I can’t believe it is September already! It’s the time of year when kids head back to school and people begin talking about fall, pumpkins, and football.  Fall is one of my favorite seasons as all the leaves change and the beauty of nature is on display…(also fall gets me closer to the holidays when my kids are home). Although in my house, my husband said I am not allowed to talk PSL(pumpkin Spice Latte’s) or decorate for fall until October. LOL  He’s not ready for summer to end just yet since we had a cold winter and a wet spring, and summer was delayed here in the PNW for a bit.  But shhhh…. don’t tell him, my mind is already racing with plans on how decorate the mantle and front porch this year for fall.  Besides, I can’t wait ’til October. I have to do it when I get a break while my manuscript is being reviewed and before it comes back for new revisions. (You can be sure to find pictures appearing on my Instagram @Dare2Hear when I do!) Click on the porch picture below to be taken to the post, and see all the pictures of what I did last year (2016):                                I would love to hear what you’ve been up to and what you are looking forward to in the months ahead?  Please share in the comments below. Did you enjoy...
Faithful to the End Vlog #48 Lessons from the Lake

Faithful to the End Vlog #48 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Are you ever struck by the lyrics of the songs you sing during worship?  I am, especially when the Holy Spirit orchestrates the service and it fits so well with the sermon. God will often whisper to my heart during times and worship, and release His truth into me. Join me on Lessons from the Lake today and watch the video below, to see what God whispered to my heart recently, and don’t miss the blessing I speak over you at the end. I am God’s treasure and so are you!Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This     God is faithful to the very end to complete the promises He has for you and I.  It may not be in our timing, but in His. We must remember, we are safe within His promise of calling and destiny.  The truth isn’t what we do from 8-5 the truth is what we do with the plans and calling and destiny God has for us. Do you know what they are? Psalm 37:4-5 NIV says: Take delight in the Lord,     and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord;     trust in him and he will do this: Look to God for His plans and His Destiny for your life.  His word tells us that as we look to God, as we focus on Him, His desires become our desires.  His plan and His will becomes our hearts desires.   We are Heaven’s spun creation.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This I will #Sing about all #God has done.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   Enjoy...
The Rainbow After the Storm & Tune In Thursday #27 Guest: Esther Dorotik

The Rainbow After the Storm & Tune In Thursday #27 Guest: Esther Dorotik

Tweet   I am so excited for this Summers Tune In Thursday Guest Blogs!  Y’all, are in for a special treat, as we have some very special guests joining us over the summer each week.   Today’s guest is Esther Dorotik.  I haven’t had the honor of meeting Esther in person, but from our interactions via the blogosphere, I know she is a woman full of grace.  She loves the Lord, has a passion for His Word, and she is an encourager at heart.  I love the beauty Esther has created on her blog, and her mission words resonate within me: “Chosen and Cherished, Encouragement for Living Life Abundantly.” Yes and Amen! Thank you Esther, for sharing your hope and encouragement with us today at Tune In Thursday.  I encourage you to leave comments below for Esther, and don’t forget to link up your posts below. Enjoy and Blessings, Debbie      Esther is a mama to two beautiful girls and a wife to an extremely supportive hubby. She’s a photographer and blogger. Most of her spare time is spent with her family or her nose in the Bible or a good book. blog – www.estherdorotik.net/blog Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/dorotik/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/edorotik/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/chosencherished/     The Rainbow After the Storm: Finding Hope In The Midst of Hurt Guest Post by:  Esther Dorotik   The sun glistened on the fresh raindrops outside the car window.  Partially dry windshield wipers screech across the window clearing the rain from the brief mid-June shower.   As I lifted my heavy head from my hands and wiped the pool of tears from my eyes, there...
Chasing Your Dreams Vlog #47 Lessons from the Lake

Chasing Your Dreams Vlog #47 Lessons from the Lake

This post may contain affiliate links. Tweet I have been pursuing the dream God placed in my heart as a child.  Th dream to be a writer.  Not just a writer, but a published author. I wasn’t sure how or if or when it was going to happen, but last year that all changed, when I attended She Speaks.  I met an editor, she loved my stuff, and now I have signed a contract with Chosen. However, it hasn’t been an easy road getting here.  In some ways, it is a dream I almost gave up on, but God wouldn’t let me.  Recently while my book was in Beta testing, I took some time to read. What was the Book?  Watch todays video to see what book stirred me to keep chasing my dreams.   Don’t be afraid to chase your #dreams. Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This     Do you have a dream you have been running away from? Do you have a dream that you are chasing down? Do you need inspiration to find a dream worth chasing? Then I encourage you to check out Mark Batterson’s Books about chasing down your dreams, even when the odds seem against you.  The three books I mentioned in the video are listed below for your ease in finding them on amazon. Be a lion chaser.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This     Tweet Special Announcements: New Link up Party – Tune in Thursday’s is HERE – Join Me THIS Thursday, right here on debbiekitterman.com every Thursday! #TuneInThursday goes live each wek at 3 AM (PST) and...
Seeing Through A Glass Darkly & Tune In Thursday #26 Guest: Pam Ecrement

Seeing Through A Glass Darkly & Tune In Thursday #26 Guest: Pam Ecrement

Tweet Thank you everyone who emailed, and messaged to let me know my site was down over the last 4 days.  I did know right away when it happened, and it was a long 4 days praying for it to come back online. Just in time for the Linkup. I am so excited for this Summers Tune In Thursday Guest Blogs!  Y’all, are in for a special treat, as we have some very special guests joining us over the summer each week. Today’s guest is Pam Ecrement.  I love how Pam can unpack a topic and bring such wonderful insight.  I enjoy visiting her site to see all the beautiful images she has taken in her gallery too.  She is not only gifted with words, but she has a creative eye with photography as well.  Pam is currently working on the final edits of a book project herself (Boy do I know how that feels), so I am honored that she had the time to write a piece to share with us this week. Thank you Pam, for sharing your wisdom with us today at Tune In Thursday.  I encourage you to leave comments below for Pam, and don’t forget to link up your posts below. Enjoy and Blessings, Debbie    “Pam is a retired Marriage and Family Therapist, wife of more than 50 years, mother of two, and grandmother of six. Her passion (whether through words or photography) is to help others gain a glimpse of something about the Lord, themselves, or the world they may have missed and gain a deeper understanding of the Lord’s goodness and...