what is something that defines us? Maybe not where we're from but where we're going? I always love the analogy of following Jesus so closely that you get the dust of your shepherd on you. Following in the footsteps of your Shepherd. So you could call us Dusty Women.I live in New York because of Debbie..well I should say her husband is responsible and God of course. Rob had sent his resume' to a church in Kingston New York 17 years ago. Allen, Debbie's husband, would not let us say no. After many months of praying and another phone call from said elder, we said yes and moved to New York. Debbie has been a faithful, loving and caring friend for 17+ years. We have both moved from the church that brought us together, but I still count her among my dear sister's in Christ. Some of my fondest memories spent with Debbie are of us sitting at her kitchen table on the farm, drinking coffee. She was the first of many friends I tried to convince I'm a friend before I'm a pastor's wife...could you introduce me as your friend first? I also convinced her by dusting furniture for her. Debbie is a brave woman...she raised 5 boys and lived to tell about it. She is now a grandmother, loving every minute of it. No picture of Debbie, but you can head over to my Facebook page and find her under Debbie Bailey.
Debbie, would you describe yourself in 5-7 words?I love God and family.
Briefly describe how and when you were rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of God. Colossians 1:13During a VBS in 1972, I walked forward to receive Christ as my Savior. At that time I was a pre-teen, looking for stability in my life. My parent’s recent divorce and my mom’s change from alcoholic to God’s daughter impacted my life deeply. The pain of my childhood took years to heal; yet, God has heard this girl’s prayer for forgiveness and has amazingly brought me through many trials and setbacks as well as blessings and times of peace and contentment. As I look back on the 40 + years since that day, I can only see how God has kept me and how He has continued to sanctify me. Over and over God has proven Himself faithful to this, at times,unfaithful girl.
What do you enjoy about being a mother?The calling of motherhood has been a means for my sanctification. So many times God would bring to mind the very words I spoke to my children and He would gently remind me of the very issue I was dealing with as I was disciplining one of my sons.This culminated in releasing my sons as they became young men, making their own ways.Through the tears, I was reminded that my commitment to raise my sons was my commitment, not theirs. God would deal with them as His children, just as He continued to mold me into His beloved. I often found it interesting that my husband did not necessarily share my shaky faith in regards to our sons. Allen would often remind me of the truth of the matter, making me wonder, why Allen was so practical, when I was having pity party. God knew what He was doing when He joined us together.
What do you enjoy about being a grandmother?
Another one of God’s blessing. The best part about growing old is…. GRANDCHILDREN! The worst part is living so far away from them.