Monday, September 29, 2008

Orson at MBA

Angie and Orson
Debbie, Kacey, Alycia and Jan

Most Monday's I am ready for them to end before they begin but today I would not of been disappointed if it had lasted a little longer. We had the great privilege to go and hear Orson speak at MBA. He did not have long but what time he had he used it wisely. He spoke about everything from his time with the FTC all the way back to his being a prisoner during the Vietnam War.

I love to hear him talk about being a prisoner of war. I don't particularly like to hear how badly Orson was treated but I do love to hear his stories of courage. To me they are courageous to him they were survival skills he used and used well to honor his country. Through all of the torture he never gave up any information that would go against his country The United States of America. The Land of The Free and The Home of The Brave. I am so grateful to men like Orson who gave up so much to keep this great country free.

We also got to spend a few minutes with Angie and Orson. We had not seen them in a while so of course we had to get the cameras out and take some memories. While Orson was talking to a Government class we sat outside enjoyed each other and the beautiful fall day.

Alycia and Kacey, Finally a good pic with me and the girls, Jan and the Girls.

Orson and Angie

Every time I hear Orson speak it makes me proud to be an American. Maybe we need to hear more of these veterans speak so that we can be more appreciative of what we have. Sometimes I feel like the generation coming up takes to much for granted and needs to be reminded that all of our freedom was not free...somebody paid the price.

Friday, September 26, 2008

KACEY is 12!

I can't believe that it was 12 yrs ago today that Kacey Lee Noland was born. I didn't go into labor this was a planned c-section. Even though it was planned I can still remember the butterflies that were churning in my stomach. Kenny got to go in with me unlike with Alycia. He was there holding my hand and then holding Kacey. God had blessed us with another beautiful baby girl. Until Kacey arrived we were not sure what we were going to name her. One of the names was Cassandra. We thought that would be here grown up adult name and we would call her Casey. We had tried all different kinds of spellings and nothing ever looked right to us. Not long after she was born it was so clear to us that she wasn't a formal grown up Cassandra. That name just didn't fit her...she was a bubbly, smiling, full of joy Kacey. Kacey fit her to a T. On September 26, 1996 God blessed our family with a beautiful baby girl and 4,380 days later she is still blessing us.
Happy Birthday to you (Cha, Cha, Cha)
Happy Birthday to you (Cha, Cha, Cha)
Happy Birthday dear Kacey
Happy Birthday to you! (Cha, Cha, Cha)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Take me to your leader...2

I shared this pic last month and I wanted to continue with the story.

These three great guys are John, Joe, and Tom. They are our Children, Young Adult and Youth Pastors. A wonderful team with an awesome since of humor. The last time I posted this picture I titled it "Take me to your leader" Well...I found the leader.

Pastor Danny our Leader. This man is (as you can see) fun to fellowship with and can flip a mean burger.

I thank God daily for sending us these Godly men.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Luke 8:18
Be sure to pay attention to what you hear. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they think they have will be taken away from them.

My mom used to tell me, "If you would shut your mouth for just a minute and listen you may hear what I am saying." Wow! What a concept. Listen! I know that most of the time my mouth is running and I am hearing nothing. My bible study is about listening. How God is talking to us but we are not hearing Him.

I think I am listening...The cell phone, computer, TV, kids, hubby, house cleaning, cooking, school work...Surely I can do all of this and still talk to God. Well, maybe talk but am I really going to be able to listen with all of these distractions. No...I don't truly think I can talk to him with these distractions. It drives me crazy when I am talking to one of the girls and they do not pay attention, so how do you think that makes Him feel.

Once again it is not about me, me, me! It is about Him, Him, HIM!!

I must intentionally sit down and have a conversation with Him. Sit down and have a cup of coffee and talk to him like a friend, because he is my best friend. He puts up with a lot from me but is always there to LISTEN.

Monday, September 22, 2008

A true friend...forgets about himself.

About two weeks ago my family participated in the broken wheel festival. We had so much fun. One of the things that stood out to me that day was the 5k run. Kenny(my husband) had been challenged to run. He hasn't ran in over 20 years. He has bad knees, terrible back problems and right now a broken shoulder that is in the healing process. Even though you would think all of these things would stop him from running they didn't...he couldn't turn down a challenge even if it would disable him for several days afterwards.
Our pastor Joe that challenged him became concerned (I think) and fixed Kenny out a plan to prepare him for this race. It was a two week plan and I don't know how much you can prepare in two weeks but it would have to help some.

A few days before the race Jeff one of Kenny's friends said that he would run/walk with Kenny. This made me feel good for two reasons. The first was so that someone would be with Kenny (just in case) and the second was because Jeff is a seasoned runner and could of ran this race in half the time. He chose to stay with his friend. This was such a wonderful testimony about Jeff.

It wasn't just about him it was about being a friend.

Thanks Jeff!


Today I am bragging a little about Kacey. This past weekend she was named Homecoming Queen. It was a wonderful day and a great memory for her.

Standing in line getting ready...

Walking up and being introduced.

Kacey and Bailey
Homecoming Queen and King.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Week Two...Boost!

Sunday evening Bible Study. I was looking forward to this day all week. After my first class last week I have been ready to know how when your watching a TV show that continues every week and you wish they would make a ten hour show and stop the suspense. Well tonight Bro. Danny could of talked for two more hours. The study, the questions, the comments and just the all around feel was amazing. There were so many questions answered that I had pondered before but had never really understood. It is an non-intimidating study nothing is considered silly or unimportant.

As I had said last week Kenny and I decided to do the "Kingdom of God" study. For years I was in the mind set that I knew it all or at least all that I needed to know. I was saved when I was 16 and I knew where I would go in the end. I, I, I! This makes me sound so selfish. Selfish...what a very disturbing word. It is just nearly embarrassing for me to say it out loud. Tonight we were talking about the "all about me thing." You know...God came and died on the cross for me. There is so much more and I left feeling like I had stolen something from God and myself tonight. You know it is not all about me, me, me...or even you, you, is about Him, Him, HIM!!! I had stolen the glory from him that he deserves and I stole the knowledge of Him from myself. How could I be so selfish? I am sure over the next weeks I will discover these answers.

I am so amazed at how forgiving God is with us. He just keeps coming back trying to teach and fill us with the knowledge of Himself. You know there has been many times I have tried to teach my kids things and when I realize that they were not listening or that they didn't care I just moved on because it was taking up my time. Luckily God does not give up on us so quickly.

I need to thank our wonderful God for being patient and willing to wait until I am ready to listen. I also need to thank Him for being such a great example to me. I need to use his example of patience in my life with the girls, my husband, my family, my neighbors, when I am waiting in line and when I think that my time is more important that others. I need to not be so me, me, me centered and remember that Gods image is seen in me by others. I want it to be Him that they are seeing not the selfish Debbie.

We are just in week two and already I am learning some life changing things. We have four weeks to go. I don't think I can wait. Patience.....

Thursday, September 18, 2008

If time could stand still...

Do you ever wonder about time standing still? That may be a crazy question for you but for me it seems like there is never enough time in a day to do all that needs to be done. Most days I go to bed feeling like I didn't do anything very well. I did everything just well enough to get by. Over the past couple of days I have been praying that God would show me a way to slow down and enjoy the small moments that are so special in life. Sometimes I feel like I miss important little moments because everything is going by at a fast pace. It is just a blur.

One of my favorite songs "Your Going to Miss This" by Trace Adkins keeps going through my mind here lately. I guess this is why I wish time could stand still. I wish everything would stop except our lives of course. We could stay at home watch movies, read books, do crafts, cook together, eat together, play games and just enjoy each other. I would even enjoy hearing the girls fuss over who gets to be in the bathroom first because we would be in no rush to get anywhere.

Kacey and Alycia have always loved the old shows. Shows like Andy Griffith. I guess because life seems so easy and care free. Last year we went to a town called Bell Buckle. Kacey just fell in love with the place. She thought that she could go anywhere she wanted there and feel safe. Oh, to go back to that small town feel. I know Kacey, Kenny and I would love it but I'm sure that Alycia would feel like she just dropped off the map. Where would she go? What would she do? Would there be anybody to hang out with?

I am at the point in my life where I need to sit on the porch and enjoy the breeze with my family. I think God expects us to take in all of the daily beauty he provides for us. This beauty includes our families. Today I am going to take my coffee and sit on the front porch. I am going to talk to God but most importantly I am going to LISTEN. I am going to slow down and listen to what God wants for me and my family.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Orson Swindle

Orson is Jans cousin Angie's husband. He was a prisioner of war with John McCain. He is a great speaker and has a wonderful story.
Click below to see interview on Fox News.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Kids say the darnedest things...

Alycia and Tomi
I don't know if anybody can remember the show Kids Say The Darnedest Things but today it hit me that sometimes my kids say the smartest things. I am stressing the sometimes because my two girls are usually screaming at each other.

Today Alycia my 16 year old said to me, "Mom that wasn't very christian now was it." After I had gotten over the anger that flew through me and thought for a moment I realized that it wasn't very christian. Sometimes especially here lately things have come out of my mouth with not much thought. My anger and hurt feelings have gotten the best of me. I have had to pray here lately for myself not to say things that I will regret later.

Back to Alycia reprimanding me...Once I was over the shock of Alycia's comments I was proud of her for bringing it to my attention. You know those moments that you think to yourself "She was listening!" Oh my gosh, all those years I thought I was talking to myself she was really taking it in for use in the future. Little did I know that it would be used on me.

One of Alycia's comments that hit so hard was just common sense. She said, "Mom if all of you adults could act like Tomi and I you wouldn't be having so many problems. We are friends first and the other stuff going on is not a problem with us." Wouldn't it be great to have that kind of outlook. It would be great if we could brush these weights on our shoulders off like they were feathers. Today I have started praying for God to allow me to get through the anger more earnestly than ever before. To have an attitude like my sixteen year old. (Who would of ever thought I would of said that statement?) To let it go and not be consumed. I know that it will not be easy but I know that God can help me to conquer anything that I lay at his feet.

I am so glad that Alycia is listening. Maybe she is using her selective hearing on the things I am preaching to her daily about loving her sister. Her motto about Kacey is this, "I can mess with her all I want but nobody else better mess with her."

Sunday Morning Bible Study!

Sunday we had our "first" Sunday Morning Bible Studies. This is our Youth Group led by Bro. Tom.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Boost Delivered!

This past week has been long and the other day I said I need a boost to get me going again. Well, guess what? Boost delivered. Thanks God! This morning I was on my churches web site. Our Pastor had been talking about some Bible studies that would be offered this fall. This morning there is a new title listed. Providence College! How exciting is this? Well to some of you maybe not so exciting, but to me this is great. Here lately I can't get enough of the Bible. I just want to know more. You would think that being a christian and being in Church most of my childhood and adult life that I wouldn't need to learn anything else about the Bible. Surprise, Surprise I don't think you can ever learn enough about the Bible.

Over the past months I have been studying in Psalm, Philippians, Romans, and Ephesians. I keep shaking my head as I read and study thinking that this is odd because I have read it before and I don't remember it this way, but maybe when I was studying before I was not ready to hear what I am hearing God tell me now.

I guess the study we are going to be doing on Ephesians excites me the most. During my life at different times I have read Ephesians 1:3-6 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessings in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved." Every time I had questions. I have asked about it but usually the answer was, "Well that's what it says but that is not what it means." So what does it mean? The answer was always the same, "I don't know but I know that it does not mean that!" To me everything in the Bible was put in there by God and there are no mistakes in the Bible so how can I ignore what is said in Ephesians.

People are afraid to explain Ephesians. I am grateful to out Pastor for wanting to teach on this subject. I want to be able to explain all questions to my children. I want to be able to explain fully with knowledge of what I am talking about. Sometimes the reason people don't explain and try to skip around a subject is because they don't know. I know that learning something new can be scary, especially if it is unlike anything you have ever been taught. I would rather be informed.

I don't think there is anything wrong with being informed even if you have a different opinion about a controversial subject. We need to remember that there are some things that we can not disagree on...most importantly that Jesus died on the cross and arose in three days. That is something we must agree on, the rest we may be surprised when we get to heaven and God says, "You were close but not totally correct." I figure there will be many things that I have gotten wrong. All I need to know is that God has saved me for the glory of His Kingdom and I need to get out and spread His word so others can experience God and go out and spread the word.

Tonight 9/14 was our first class. Kenny and I chose to go to "The Kingdom of God" a six week study. Bro. Danny gave us an overview of what was to come in the next six weeks. We were in class for 1 1/2 hours and I could of sat there for another 1 1/2 hours. Learning about God is so Good!!! :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Our Youth...The Future!


This morning I opened up my e-mail and this is what I found. Pictures of our Florida trip. All the smiles on the kids faces took me back to that week. The week had started with some sadness. We were going as two churches not one. You could see the pain in their faces as we stood outside the church and waited to get on the bus. Nobody knew what this week would bring.

The first night in Florida our Youth Pastor Tom brought the big pink elephant into the forefront. He let us know that it was ok to feel the way we did. He also let us know that this was the perfect week for us to focus on God and to let Him help us to heal.

It was amazing how God worked that week. It was like our speaker Landon Dowden had a direct line to God and knew exactly what we needed to hear. So many times I would say "Wow!" I wish THBC and Providence Baptist Fellowship were here to experience what God has explained to us today.

We came back as one youth group. The kids realized they were friends no matter where they went to church. I wish as adults we could have this attitude. Sometimes through our daily lives we get hardened to the simple things. These kids are an example to me on how to move forward. That does not mean that I don't struggle, but it is getting better. We need to remember the youth daily in our prayers. Our youth are an important part of the Church...they are the future!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

CMA Music Fest...Ahhhh!

This is what I saw on TV.

Tonight we watched the CMA Music Fest and I loved every minute. I am already excited about next year. This is one of the highlights of our summer. The first time I went to CMA fest was five years ago. Alycia was going on a World Changers Mission Trip with our church. Kacey was so upset because Alycia was going to be gone for a week. I was trying to find something for us to do that I thought she would like. We ended up at the CMA Music Fest. The first two days we didn't even go. We had no idea what we were missing. Now there are not many minutes that we miss during the four day music concert. We get up early to be at the convention center for autographs and stay until the last performer sings in the evening. It is the most tiring yet the most fun you can have in four days. Usually after the last day we all need a vacation. I know I sleep most of the Monday afterwards.

Tomi, Alycia and Kacey with Taylor Swift.

Victoria, Tomi, Alycia & Kim - Kacey and the Bull - Kacey and Randy Travis

Watching tonight gave me a little smile on my face. I saw the girls and their friends holding up signs and singing. It started me thinking about who we'll see next year. It doesn't really matter...we all have a GOOD TIME no matter who shows up.
Kacey w/Taylor Swift's Guitar.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Amazing Day for God!

This past week I said that I thought Saturday was going to be great day for our church and an amazing day for God. Well, amazing can not even begin to explain the feeling that I had yesterday afternoon.

Providence Baptist Fellowship (The Blue Shirts) were out in full force. We ran in the race, gave out water, sold bake goods, painted faces,made and wore balloon hats, most importantly we invited folks to church. I have never been good with inviting people to my church. Today God gave me the courage to step out and invite total strangers to Providence Baptist Fellowship and guess what...I didn't die or pass out or any of those things I thought would happen. I left the Broken Wheel Festival excited about how God had used us...For His Glory! Amen!!

Once again I am feeling very blessed and humbled by everything. God keeps answering our prayers. Doors keep opening and our congregation keeps growing. God is so Good, God is so Good, God is so Good, He is so Good to US!! :)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Go Sarah!

Wow!! What a speech. I can't remember the last time I wanted to hear a speech. When we got home last night after church Kenny was getting ready to watch Seinfeld. This is our normal routine. Tonight I objected to Seinfeld I wanted to watch Sarah Palin. All of the talk over the past few days sparked my interest in this woman. They were talking about her being pro-life, a christian, a mother of five, a wife, the Governor of Alaska and a hunter. I was thinking to myself she must be some sort of super woman. Well after last night I am going to add on heck of a speaker to her list. I don't think once during her speech did a smile leave my face. Well maybe once when she was talking about her son that has downs syndrome, but still I ended up smiling because you could see the love she has for her family in the way she talked about them.

Usually by this time I am sick of all of the political hub-bub, but this year I am looking forward to seeing what tomorrow brings. I know one thing who-ever brings it better watch out because Sarah Palin does not care to stick it to you with a smile on her face. Go Sarah!!

Open House!

Wednesday night was Open House for Providence Baptist Fellowship. Another FIRST for our church! Everyone was invited to come by and see what our staff has been working on the past several weeks. By looking at the office you can tell they have been very busy. It made me proud to say that I am a member. God has blessed us with this wonderful location. It is not far from Sunset Middle School where our services will be held.

At the Open House we had dinner. (Of course! We can't meet without food. HA!) We also had the opportunity to meet and take a crash course on our Youth Sunday School curriculum. Student Life is amazing and it should help us to prepare our youth for living as Christians in the real world.

Several different groups met to prepare for Saturday our FIRST community out reach. Our folks are going to be painting faces, painting hair, making balloon animals, working in the food court, passing out water during the race, handing out bottled water after the race and most importantly witnessing for our Lord and Savior. Saturday at the Broken Wheel Festival will be a lot of fun and an amazing day for God. Stay tuned for more Firsts! I can't wait to share. PBF ROCKS!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Today I was looking through some pictures of the past year. Here are some of my blessings! God is soooo Good to me and my family!!:)

The first snow at our house.

Kenny dancing with Alycia before prom.

Kacey made us Valentines dinner.

Kacey and her daddy singing while making hot chocolate.