Category Archives: thoughts by Debbie West

The Gift of Experience

‘Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5&6 Continue reading

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Don’t Think Too Much

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” Isaiah 41:10 I am a “worst-case scenario” thinker. No matter what the situation, I can always jump to a horrible conclusion. A … Continue reading

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Practice the Present

God promises throughout His Word that He has got our future under control and has amazing plans for us. He knows our past and can use it for great things. Our focus needs to be in the present. Here. Right now. This moment. Today, I can enjoy His presence anxiety-free and experience His blessings, while leaving the future and the past to Him. Continue reading

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Forgiving

Forgiveness is for us, not our offenders. It releases us to live in freedom and to learn from the hurts in our past. But it’s not for weaklings; it makes us stronger. Continue reading

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The Lost Art of Listening

Lord, I live in a world full of people who desperately want to be heard. Help me be a better listener to You and to the people around me. Amen. Continue reading

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Work For Peace

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 2:26 God often speaks at the most unexpected times. One day I was casually talking with a friend about a situation at my … Continue reading

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Talk is Cheap Love Is Priceless

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1 One day in the summer of 2003, I stood on a street … Continue reading

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True Confession

Have you ever had a secret? “Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all of you who are upright in heart!” Psalm 32:11 Continue reading

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Trust in God’s Justice

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:5-6 Continue reading

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Remember What He Has Done

“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” Psalm 77:11 A few years ago in my journey toward healthy living, I came to a game-changing realization. Despite my efforts to the … Continue reading

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Nothing to Fear

“He said to His disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’” Mark 4:40 Being from North Texas, I am quite familiar with storms. I can recall many occasions when I was hunkered underneath a mattress, … Continue reading

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Believe and Love

“And this is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us.” 1 John 3:23 Over the course of my life, I have spent a lot of time … Continue reading

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Quiet Significance

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you … Continue reading

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The Heart is What Matters

“…The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 I grew up in a time when we dressed up to go to … Continue reading

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Jesus Our Perfect Representative

”For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 During a … Continue reading

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