Publishing Deal – Special Edition of Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Have you ever had a dream in your heart that you thought would never come to fruition?  Yeah, me too.  Join me for this special edition of lessons from the lake, to find out more…..   Got the contract one day – signed and reviewed another.  I am so excited for this next step in my writing journey, I hope you will join me in celebrating my good news.  My journey is a testimony of God’s faithfulness and dreams coming true!     Today is just the start of the journey, the book is scheduled to release in August of 2018 … I know it seems a long time from now, but I promise, it does take that long to go through the process. I have a huge ask, would you please consider praying for me and this new adventure? Thank you in advance for your prayers. Blessings,...
New Perseverance Series & Perseverance Through Fear Vlog #34 Lesson from the Lake

New Perseverance Series & Perseverance Through Fear Vlog #34 Lesson from the Lake

Tweet I am excited to introduce you to a series that begins today and continues for the next eight weeks with three of my incredible friends. As of now, I plan to share a “Lessons from the Lake” Video  on the topic as well.  Check out both videos, the first is the introduction to the series, and the second is a little  bit about the topic my friend Mary Geisen wrote about today.   Together we will share insight, challenges, and our faith through our journeys of perseverance. Please join myself, Mary Geisen, Holly Barrett, and Patricia Krank as we learn from each other and share encouragement with our own stories of perseverance. [Tweet “Come join @MyOldThingsNew, @HollySBarrett, @MaryGeisen and me for a series on perseverance.”] Perseverance – Bravely Overcoming Fear By Mary Geisen I stood at the bottom looking up, shading my eyes to see the top. “You got this”, I said to myself. The rest of the group congregated nearby to hear the directions from the leaders. I look again to where my destination lies and vaguely hear, “it’s about a mile and a half to the top.” A thought crosses my mind. “I walk farther than that daily. No problem”! Confidence and smiles grace the faces of those around me. I plaster a smile on my face and begin the trek up the side of the volcano. After a few minutes my courage and confidence turns to fear. Will I make it to the top? Do I want to climb to the top and will I make it before the sun sets? The perseverance I embraced minutes ago now looks impossible and what seemed easy became challenging. … Click...
The Cross Beckons Me & Tune In Thursday #7

The Cross Beckons Me & Tune In Thursday #7

Tweet For many in the Christian Faith this week is called Holy Week.  It is a week that draws our attention toward the Cross and what our Savior, Jesus Christ did for us there. This past week, I attended the Mount Hermon Writers Conference for the very first time.  It was rather strange not to be in my home church for Palm Sunday, and yet it seemed fitting for the season I am in.  With all the craziness of life, and even attending a conference, my focus and attention has been drawn again and again to the foot of the cross.  You could say the cross has been beckoning me.  The Palm Sunday service during the conference brought memories of my childhood church experiences rushing back as we sang hymns, and the organ pipes reverberated through the sanctuary. This past Palm Sunday, I woke early, way before the sun was even up to make the trek to the top of the mountain. About 20 other brave souls and I began the climb to the top so we could watch the sunrise and worship at the Cross.  There was an excitement within all of us, but at the same time a Holy reverence had settled deep in my soul.  Truth be told, I wanted to stay in bed where it was warm.  I wanted more sleep. I didn’t want to walk in 37-degree weather, up to the top of the mountain, but something was beckoning me.  I couldn’t escape this pull deep within my spirit to get to the cross. The #Cross is beckoning me, drawing me to #Jesus.Powered By the...
Strengthen Yourself in the Lord Vlog #33 Lessons from the Lake

Strengthen Yourself in the Lord Vlog #33 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Do you have a favorite Scripture? I do, lots of them actually.  Depending on what is going on in my life will depend on what my favorite Scripture is for that particular day, or moment.  In fact, this question “What’s your favorite Scripture?” was asked recently by another blogger.  At that moment in time, I was hit hard by discouragement and loss, and felt like I needed some extra strength. Do you ever feel like you need a little extra strength to just face the day ? Watch today’s Lessons from the Lake video to see how I responded to the question about what my favorite Scripture is and why. 1 Samuel 30:6  And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul,[b] each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. – David strengthened himself in the Lord – our strength comes from God.    During times of trials and tribulation, David cried out to God and God ministered to him right where he was at.   Let’s be people who seek after God’s heart.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   We can get encouragement from the Word of God, but also encouragement can come from other people as well.   Find you strength in God.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   What is the verse that you cling to when you need encouraged or strength? What lesson is there for you personally in hearing that David strengthened himself in the Lord? Tweet Special Announcements: New Link up Party...
Distracted Much? & Tune In Thursday #6

Distracted Much? & Tune In Thursday #6

Tweet Do you ever find yourself overloaded with responsibility? Do you often get distracted by meaningless tasks instead of focusing on the necessary more important issues at hand? Do you tend to find your day filled to overfull? Do you have a hard time finding space to breathe and rest? Yes, yes I do. I must confess, depending on the moment you asks me any of these questions, I would have to say yes.  Yes, I do have difficulty taking time to just breathe and rest.  I have a hard time not feeling the burden of responsibility. Yes, I often find my plate so full, I have no time for anyone or anything else.  I somehow feel guilty if I am not doing something every minute of the day. Luke 10:38-42 tells us about two sisters, Mary and Martha.  One sat at Jesus’ feet just “Be-ing” in His presence and soaking up all He said and did.  The other sister was busy “Do-ing.”  In fact, the scriptures say, “Martha was distracted by all the preparations…”(Luke 10:40). As I read these verses today, I was struck with this thought:  Martha was so distracted by everything and the way things needed to “look” that she missed out on the main attraction! The message translations says it this away… “Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen.”  And when she asked Jesus to make Mary help her, Jesus replied, “you are fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing.” Ouch… Can you image how Martha must have felt?  She was trying to honor Jesus. ...
Dwell Vlog #32 Lessons from the Lake

Dwell Vlog #32 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Well, we are into the second quarter of the year already, and supposedly into Spring! Wow, usually times seems to fly by, but this year with all the rainy weather and strange weather we have been experiencing in the PNW, it seems like time has been slow moving. I think it is a good time to stop, breathe, and evaluate where we are and how far we have come since the beginning of the year. Did you make New Years Resolutions?  If so, how are you doing so far? I don’t do resolutions anymore, becasue I always felt guilty when I didn’t make it past March. How is your #ONEWORD2017 going so far?Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This However, a few years ago, I started to participate in choosing #OneWord for the year that I feel is from God. Today on the video blog, I share about how I have seen God working through my #OneWord – DWELL!     If you want to read more about my #OneWord for the year, you can read it by clicking on the picture below:     When we Dwell in the secret place, it help us stay connected to the sure foundation on Jesus.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   I would love to hear from you in the comments below: What is your #OneWord2017 for the year? How have you seen God already move in your life based on your #OneWord? 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...
Mission Possible & Tune In Thursday #5

Mission Possible & Tune In Thursday #5

Tweet Mission: Possible… Your mission should you choose to accept it….. is participating in Intentional acts of kindness. What? Don’t you mean random acts of kindness? Nope, I mean intentional.  Let me explain ….A random act of kindness according to Wikipedia is: a nonpremeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. The phrase “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a placemat in Sausalito, California in 1982. I love the idea of random acts of kindness, but shouldn’t we go about being consistent and purposeful in our actions. I believe, that God had more in mind for His people than us randomly going about being kind.  I mean, doesn’t He call us to be kind all the time? (Col 3: 12-17)  Shouldn’t we want to be an extension of Jesus’ love every day? I believe He wants us to intentionally be loving, kind, patient, and … intentional about operating in all the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22.  In fact, if you missed my video blog on Thursday, where I talk about putting on kindness, you can check it out by clicking on the picture below. As I was praying over what to share with you today, I felt God remind me of a time when I had the honor of running a project I  called “Mission: Possible” on behalf of a ministry I worked for many years ago. The idea behind “Mission: Possible” was simple: intentionally target someone For good.  The ‘someone’ could be a business, a person, a ministry, etc.  The intentional target was usually...
Put on Kindness VLog #31 Lessons from the Lake

Put on Kindness VLog #31 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Colossians 3:12-17 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Join me today on the video blog as I talk about what we are wearing.  We are told in Colossians to put on certain things, the question is, “Are we?” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23). I don’t think anyone of us would consciously put on a jacket full of nails and walk around with the intent to hurt others.  But the truth is, some people are, and they are not even aware of it. We must each ask ourselves, “Are we walking around with nails sticking out of our life that we are puncturing and wounding others with?” Or instead are we wrapping others in the warmness of God’s loving kindness? ...
Overcome Discouragement In 4 Steps & Tune In Thursday Linkup #4

Overcome Discouragement In 4 Steps & Tune In Thursday Linkup #4

Tweet I watched the screen, excited for the young girl headed out into the open waters of the ocean, on the adventure of her life.  She was full of dreams, and passion.  Nothing could hold her back now, or so she thought.  She had almost made it passed the barrier reef that the waves crashed upon, when she was suddenly blindsided and overtaken by a wave.   The wave pushed her down toward the ocean floor and she was all turned around. Which way was up toward the surface?  With every second, my heart beat faster as she struggled to get to the surface to gasp for air.   Only to then be tossed and turned and pummeled by wave after wave.  Nothing she did seemed to help, until all of sudden she broke free and seemed to be able to gain her bearing and swim to shallower water where she gained her footing and breathed.  Deep, gasping, cleansing breathes, just happy to be able to breathe without being pushed around, forced under, or wondering which direction was up.   I sat there on the edge of the couch, feeling what this character on the TV screen was feeling.  It was as if I was right there in the water with her.  Gasping for air.     Have you ever felt like you were drowning in the activities of life?   As I sat staring ahead in quiet contemplation, at the scene I had just watched. I tried to calm my racing heart, no words to say, just BIG …. Deep …. breaths.   Lately life has been tossing,...
Tug Of War Vlog #30 Lessons from the Lake

Tug Of War Vlog #30 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Have you ever felt like you were in a spiritual tug of war with the enemy? I sure have.  In fact, life’s circumstances these last few weeks have resembled this very picture I share on today’s video blog below. When I recorded this video, it was well in advance of the last two weeks.  I didn’t anticipate or think I was on a verge of being in a spiritual battle.  But God!  God is so good, that He knew in advance, exactly what I needed, and He made sure I had this encouraging picture to hold on to. We are already Victorious, becasue Jesus was Victorious!Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Sometimes, it feels like we are getting pulled over the line and we are about to lose, yet, the Word of God promises as we call upon the name of Jesus, He will come.  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31 ESV) Jesus has already won the victory and when we are on His side, we win too. We are victorious. He is our Rock and Our Salvation.  He is our ever present help in time of need. “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? (2 Samuel 22:32 ESV).   God is our refuge and strength,     a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,     though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam,     though the mountains tremble at its...