Dusty Women-Debbie

Several months ago I came across Titus 2 Tuesday blog posts. Inspired to do the same thing I set out to make a list of my own questions. Women who have encouraged me to be a radical follower of Jesus. Radical in the sense they love God with all the heart, mind and soul and their neighbor as themselves. They are ordinary women who love and serve an Extraordinary God. Women I want to be like so the Word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:5 I ask about coffee or tea and vanilla or chocolate to find out who I will be drinking coffee and eating chocolate cake with!! I wanted a catchy title other than God's Women, so I asked a friend for help and she said
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 1:13

During 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.

What encouragement would you give to a young mom struggling to make it through the day?

No matter how busy your day, squeeze in time (5-10 minutes, if that is all you have) to recharge your batteries. Spending time alone reading your Bible or doing something you enjoy. And put into your budget, money for you & your husband to spend time together. There have been times in our marriage that we would visit McD’s for a coffee before or after our weekly grocery trip. It is possible to save for a weekend away by planning & saving just a few dollars a week. An empty nester?  Let God plan those empty hours. I have always been amazed by who or what God brings into my life. Our children need us in a much different way now, and in our case, God has brought us 4 beautiful daughters-in-love (Thanks, Jody for this!).  And now 7 grandchildren.

What does God's Word mean to you?

God’s Word is Truth. I know I can believe what I read in the Bible when all seems to be falling down around me. If God’s Word says I will provide all your needs (IT DOES SAY ALL!), then even when the cupboard is bare, I can trust him.  God’s Word has so much for us, spending time reading; meditating, memorizing and sharing will build those spiritual muscles. Can you tell I get excited about God’s Word?

What does the body of Christ mean to you?

I can not put into words the countless times God has worked with and through the Body of Christ to minister to me and our family. For me, the Body is as necessary as breathing. But God has also made us a part of the body of Christ and He has many things for us to do. My husband & I were members of our local body for just a few years, yet one of the elders asked if I would be willing to chair the committee for their 150th anniversary. As one of the newer members, I was given the task to put together a celebration of God’s faithfulness. God never meant to have us sit on shelf (or in our pew week after week)!  Listen carefully, He will instruct you in the way He has for you.

Coffee or tea?

Yes, I am very much a mood eater (I have had to train myself to eat good food). So I like my coffee in the morning, iced, and flavored, but I like a cup of tea at times as well.  And nothing beats a tea party with the granddaughters.

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Yes, see above. But added to that vanilla ice cream and only dark (the darker the better) chocolate! Read the series Dusty Women here.

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