October 11, 2020

Freely You Have Received



©2005 Debbie Turner Chavers

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1 Thessalonians 2: 4-6
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:
Nor of men, sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

The Word of the Lord quickens our understanding. As I consider the written Word I am reminded of a natural meal that has been prepared. Many ingredients and much labor has been bestowed for the meal set before me. Ingredients naturally taste unique, yet each cook brings a flavor profile with their cooking style. Do not fail to share the meal because you judge yourself to be a subpar cook. The ingredients are superb, with practice your presentation can and will mature.
We are called to share the gospel of Christ with others. At times the meal of His word is prepared and served from home and at times it is shared at a gathering else where. 
The point is to feed the hungry. 
Do not force feed those who are not hungry. Prepare the meal, aka ..study to show yourself approved. Set the table whether it is “buffet style” or “sit down”, pass the bread and the salt around the table. 
You have been given the best ingredients contained in God’s word to serve a dying generation. 
Do what you can, when you can. Those who are hungry will eat. Those who are not hungry...will criticize.

The provision is there. Prepare and serve.

~Debbie 




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October 08, 2020

You Are Well Able

I am blessed by Jesus’ testimony of the woman who anointed Him and washed His feet with her tears. 
He said, “ She hath done what she could.”

Do what You can.
~Debbie

Mark 14:8-9 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.




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September 05, 2020

Missteps Allowed


Fishing Vessel
© 2008 Debbie Turner Chavers


And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Matthew 14:31


Do not worry. Step out in faith. Faith in He who will catch you if you fail. 

Little faith? Peter answered him and said “Lord, If it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Matthew 14:28-29


So what possibility seems impossible to you? All things are possible with God.

Try, go for it. 

In the realm of the Spirit, there is rejoicing when we put our trust in God and not ourselves.

It honors God to see my effort and your effort. The trust that shows that you and I will do what we can do by stepping out of our comfort zone aka “the boat.”

Circumstances don’t always go smoothly, yet with our eyes on Him and our dependence upon He who is faithful. We too, if needed, can say, “Lord, save me.” And He will.


~Debbie



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August 18, 2020

In This Very Room


In collaboration with Founder/ Director Bruce Cochran and the East Valley Chorale (80 singers)
You can follow them on Twitter @EstVallChorale and visit their website  at eastvalleychorale.org


© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers


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April 01, 2020

Poetry, Prayers, and Encouragement

Man of Many Colors

Redemption
A word
A man of colors
His beaten body
The color of every man

Shredded and torn
A bowed head
Crowned with thorns

No man was ever as this man
Unique
The only begotten Son of God

Redemption has a name
and it is
Jesus Christ, the Messiah.



LOVED

There is a love
Deeper than the ocean
Where you may drown
Yet be born again
Where the Holy Air you receive
Is blown over and into you
killing the old you,
yet birthing a new life within
Where reaching bottom
Is not obtainable
For His love is and always will be
without measure.
3-13-19


KNOWN

Christ's blood redeemed
and covered her
Each sin and shame atoned for.

Even as her mouth declared
I made a mistake
My sins are many
I was wrong.

Do you still love me?
Yes,Christ replied,
You are my lovely Bride.
Though your sins be as scarlet,
They shall be white as snow.
10-19-18



The Wind

The Wind is free
And I a song bird in colors bold
Flying swiftly, catching each faint breeze
Gathering at times, scattering at times
Bearing precious seed
Fly faithful ones
The Wind doth call to thee.
2-20-19


Resurrection

Laughter was heard
The stone rolled away
A crown of thorns laid aside
Beside the puddles of blood
Whereby an abyss
of lost souls had been set free.
Even now the blood of Christ
calls for thee.
9-8-18


Of Salt and Light

A walk on the beach
The sound of gulls
Waves lapping
The pungent taste
Of briny air upon your lips
Bits and pieces
Gathered
Memories stored
Of joy released
And visited anew.



Breath of Life 

There is a love
Deeper than the ocean
Where you may drown
Yet be born again
Where the Holy Air you receive
Is blown over and into you
Killing the old you,
Yet birthing a new life within
Where reaching bottom
Is not obtainable
For His love is and always will be
Without measure.


Sown

May the seeds of righteousness
be dispersed by God.
Planted in fertile soil
and watered by His Word.
Bloom where you are planted
As you are carried by the wind of His Spirit.
3-11-19


Deliverance

Sometimes Holy Ghost boldness
Breaks forth like fireworks
With beautiful colors
and piercing light
in the darkness of spiritual night.
Wait upon the Lord.
11-24-18

Invited

Every man is invited
Go and tell
For you Christ has died
And rose again.
Beautifully Redeemed
Receive the gift of salvation
Today
1-30-19


Prayer

Father God, grant justice to those who have been wronged.
May the cry of the unborn be the joyous laugh of a precious new life
received and welcomed into this world.
In Jesus name.
Amen
Psalm 34:15
3-27-19


Everyone 

EVERY child that is not allowed to be born
Is an aborted purpose that was meant to bless mankind.
God does not make mistakes
Every life matters.
Psalm 139
1-25-19


The Way

Love made a Way.
His name is Jesus Christ.
Sorrow no more.
The King of Glory has risen.
We are redeemed.
Set Free from every prison.
Salvation
Salvation granted to all who would call upon His name.
He who is risen from the grave.
The Messiah, Jesus Christ.
3-12-19


Beauty

Beauty within
only fades as we walk away
from the Light of Christ
that is within us.

Stay the course.
There is light just ahead.
12-20-18


The End of the Matter 

If we kneel
Yet in our hearts
We stand
Standing against the call of His Spirit
We shall fall.
Every knee shall bow
To He who sits on the throne.
And every tongue shall confess to God.
2-21-19


Repentance

The boat abandoned
Yet seaworthy still
A patch to the hull
Made from a tree
Splintered and rough
From Calvary's tree.
12-21-18



As Seen

"Beauty" she said,
I see nothing but beauty.
Amongst the dead.
Evergreen
Growing still
Those who have risen
beyond their own reasoning
And have believed the words which
Christ has said.

The darkness came
Yet, the Light Arose
9-28-18


Youth

She with the golden skin
Bejeweled
Bedazzled
She was blind to our faults
Wrapped her wild hair
In the kindness of others
As we gazed at her from afar.
9-28-18



The Science of Art

A mass of corpuscles
Collide amongst the ebb and
Flow of tendons and muscles
Under the microscope of
Artistic sight.
5-26-18


Silent the drift came in
Rosy red
Parting the atmosphere
Shadowed yet concrete
The imagery appeared
6-12-18



Never Alone 

Love is colorless
Yet God has made a rainbow of people,
The rainbows end,
the treasure found,
Culminating in His Son,
Jesus Christ.

Someday.
Possibly today.
You will look and see,
That you were
NEVER alone.
5-23-18



Prayer - Thank You

Father as the day ends
Thank you for the gift of this day.
Thank you for kindness given
and kindness received.
Thank you for joy and for your peace.
As we lay our burdens down and lay at your feet
May our sleep give refreshment as we rise
With the new mercy given for tomorrow.
In Jesus name.
Amen
5-13-19


Prayer of Blessing

As the sun rises on this new day given.
May your joy double and your wisdom increase.
In Jesus name.
Amen
12-5-18


~Debbie
© 2020 Debbie Turner Chavers



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March 16, 2020

To Those in Christ Jesus

Be A Light,He Went That Way
© 2010 Debbie Turner Chavers

Come into the light.
Are we inviting others into the mist or into the light Of God’s Word?
Is our daily interaction with others a mixture of dark and light?
A mist, a gray area?
Or are we inviting them into His light?

There is a boundary established in our relationship with God. This boundary of His Way and our own way. The clear presentation of His Word by His Spirit brings clarity and comfort to our hearts and minds.
He is light and there is no darkness in Him. We expect Him to be the Light and He is the Light.

As a light bearer others should not be left in darkness or confusion by our witness of Christ in us.
We leave others confused when we waver in our morals or walk out our faith with a lackadaisical attitude toward our own sin or the sin of others.
Light reveals hope in Christ and warms and warns the repentant.

Others may reject our attempt to be a light in the darkness. Some have sat so long in the dark that the intensity of the Light takes a few minutes for the souls eyes to adjust.

But adjust they will, as the light reveals the hidden things of our hearts. Speak truth. Speak life.
The truth received sets men free and the application of Gods’ truth allows us to walk in the Spirit instead of the flesh.

Be a light, even if only a night light, until the Daystar shines brighter and brighter unto your and their new day.

~Debbie



2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:19
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:




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January 08, 2020

Poem: Love


© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers



Love has no color
Love is liquid as Living Waters
flowing from the midst of us

Love is pneuma
That encloses and infuses
Our breathe and prayers

Love came to us
For us
Enclosed and birthed us

He the Living Word of God
Who sings over us
Stands us firmly as He slays the opposition
against us and call us beloved.

We are His
He is ours
Rejoice with me

Praise His Holy Name.
Father, Son, And Holy Spirit
Our God, Three in One.

© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers




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December 04, 2019

In Remembrance


© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-man Series
Hebrews 12:2  


“In Remembrance of Me” Jesus said. This taking of the Cup and Bread. Our memory holds him, our tongue tastes. He gathered them to give the memory of this gift. The gift of God’s love for us.
God has prepared everything and everyone. Each step Christ took tells a story of how and why it is as it is.
Even before the gathering for Passover, “The Last Supper,” Christ sent them to prepare the gathering of sons and daughters. Judas Iscariot was there also.
At church gatherings, the coming together, there is usually a Judas present there as well.
Jesus knew that, knows this.
The betrayer would attempt to have all eyes on himself. He still holds the bag. His love of money, fame and recognition is still present.
Do not fail to gather together. Every Judas soon removes himself.

~ Debbie

Luke 22:19  And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

Luke 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Luke 22:21 But behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.

Luke 22:22 And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!






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November 17, 2019

Art Parable Painting - The Heart of God

The Heart of God
© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man Series




The Heart of God
© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man Series




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August 23, 2019

Shadowed Reality

Shadowed Reality
© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers


Sitting in the dark, one notices deep shadows of what is present.
Small details are blurred.
Our memories try to fill in the gaps of what we remember, yet what may not actually exist any longer.
The dark of ones night does that.
On the horizon is the glimmer of light back lighting the shadows.

The rising light begins to fill in the picture before you.
The blur of imagination and the reality of life become clearer as the light rises within you.
The light of the day star arising in your heart does that.

He filters the darkness through and into His glorious light
Washing the discrepancies of our failures and faulty thoughts in His shed blood.
We are washed, we are made new.
The water of His Word bathing the filth of the old man into the sea of forgetfulness.

God would reason with us
If we would listen.
He will draw you close and remove the shadows of that which would obscure His clear leading by His rod and staff.

Sit before Him
He has not gone any where.
He still sits on His throne, extending His scepter of goodness to you.
Come.
He is waiting.
The night is far spent. 
Give Him your tomorrow where His mercy is new for you.

~Debbie



Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 


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August 05, 2019

The Relationship of Salvation


© 2010 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man Series
Welcome home. Luke 15:11-32



Once Saved. Always Saved?
Serious question, serious answer. From the very first days of my salvation I heard many people refer to this concept “once saved, always saved.”
So I decided to write a few of my thoughts on this statement and the question, “Once saved, always saved?”
From my perspective it has never been about whether Jesus changed His mind about saving me or being my Savior.
The question was more in line with my agreement to the received fact.
At any point in my walk with God, past, present or future, did I change my mind?
Am I walking away from God or toward Him?

God has promised to never leave or forsake me. Did He mean it? Yes
Did I mean it? Yes.
Am I backing up my decision with my obedience? 
Am I applying myself to the study of His word to show myself approved?

So, I ask myself, "Have I applied His teaching to my life?” Am I applying His word currently in my everyday decisions?”
His word is active and alive, am I actively participating in my relationship with God?
Once saved? Yes, I was once saved.
And because I am in a relationship with God through His son,Jesus Christ, I have committed myself to the nurturing of this relationship. 
Not of works, lest I boast, but an active relationship with Christ Jesus who shed His blood to set me free from all that would hinder me. 
In his love he has provided everything that I need, and I am receiving daily what He has provided, a new life in Christ Jesus.

Gratefully Saved,
~Debbie

Have you experienced a falling out, a falling away from your relationship with God?Do not despair, you can return unto your first love.
Repentance is a free gift from a loving Father, extended to all who will receive it.
Ask and receive. You have not, because you ask not.

Father God,
I have turned away from your original intention to bless me, to provide for me, to be in a forever relationship with you.
Forgive me, create a clean heart in me. 
Father God cause me to joy in your provided salvation once again. 
In Jesus name. Amen



Hebrews 13:5; Habakkuk 3:18

Ephesians 1:13  In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

2 Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Ephesians 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Hebrews 3:14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;



*Edited from my original post - May 31, 2011 at http://wordparables.com

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July 22, 2019

For The Joy Set Before Him


© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers



The Last Supper was a glorious event, a gift to the world to celebrate in remembrance of Jesus Christ and the gift He gave us.
The bread and wine, the stripes and the blood of our Redeemer. Remember, it is for us that He died and rose again. Eternally grateful to He who sits on the throne. He who died and rose again, that we might have life eternal in Heaven. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Redeemer.


© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-man Series
Hebrews 12:2 

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

* Click on the painting to see it enlarged. On the title to be taken to the Art Parables website.

The treasured blessing of taking communion.
Can you see the shadow of the Cross?
We are loved.


Luke 22:1-23 
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money.
And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.
And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.
And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare?
And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.
And ye shall say unto the goodman  of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?
And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.
And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
But, behold, the hand, of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.
And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!
And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.


As I painted each one, it was almost as though I could see them. Take time to look at them, at yourself as his disciple. He loves each one of us in our uniqueness. Yet each one needed to be redeemed just as we did.

~Debbie



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June 29, 2019

The King in Thorned Splendor

The King in Thorned Splendor
© 2019 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man series



God is a great mystery. Our pearl of great price.
Our faith, a path to finding the depths of treasure hid in Him. I am on that journey.
When one finds a treasure there is a natural gut reaction to hoard what we have found.
Fear arrives with the knowing of the immensity of the value.
Yet God would have us tell the world.
To overcome the fear we must obey and allow the Living Water contained within the midst of us freedom.
Fear is a dam.
Fear is a thief.
Here is part of my search to find the eternal in the brief interlude that we call life.
It seems quite odd to me that anyone would value what I say.
So I have struggled to not be selfish, to overcome my disdain of the humbling required.
The root, pride.
God would have the garden of my heart, mind, spirit and soul free of all such impediments.
Therefore I must dare to be bold and cast my fear to the ground from which it came.
Treasure is carried in a vessel.
Each vessel different, yet each given gifts and beauty by the Creator.
I am learning how to carry and share the treasure of Christ Jesus within me.
I pray for understanding, strength, and the boldness to be what I can only imagine the Father has for me as I learn to do and to find His strength in the being.

What more is there for this mortal until Eternity?
~Debbie


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June 25, 2019

Catalyst

© 2005 Debbie Turner Chavers Psalm 30:5 



There are catalyst in every persons life.


On June 12, 2019 I was told that my sister had died unexpectedly of a heart attack on the 11th.
Silence.
No more laughter with my sister.
Silence.
No more time or opportunities with her.
Silence.
Until Heaven.

Terri was my younger sister by 11 months.
My only sibling.
We were total opposites in almost everything.
I loved her, the gift of her.
No matter our difference of opinion on almost every subject in life, I was grateful that she was my little sister.
Grief is not always silent.
Silence is not always quiet.
Silence can reverberate with "Why?" or "I don't understand" and
"Help me, God."

And He has.

Loss is hard.
Each loss that has come has been a catalyst. A drawing nearer to my Redeemer.
My questions have not been answered, but as I obey, choice by choice I feel His peace bathe my mind, body, and spirit.
As I tearfully prayed about this loss, I heard the Lord speak to my heart.
He said to quit trying to figure out, the "why" and the "I don't understand."
My flesh wants to wail, to wallow, yet I have been told to acknowledge each fragment of grief with gratitude.
I am obeying.
God is comforting me in the process.
Moment by moment as I remember Terri, I verbalize and think about her with gratitude.
Even the difficult moments of our relationship.

I hope sharing this helps someone as they walk through their own grief process.

Father God, thank you.
~Debbie


Philippians 1:3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.







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May 03, 2019

Prophesy


© 1999 Debbie Turner Chavers



1 Samuel 10:6 And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shall be turned into another man.
And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.

These Old Testament verses brought my attention back to the New Testament promise found in Acts 2.

Acts 2:17-21 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see vision, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


*Receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit will change you if you will receive Him.
As you read about Saul and his journey to becoming a king, you can see how his anointing and obedience played out in his everyday life and choices.
Even though a change had happened within him, he hid from it.

We all have baggage we hide in. (1 Samuel 10:22)
COME OUT.
God will not force our repentance. We are given the choice to choose Him.

1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said, Is it not because the LORD hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance?

We too have been on a journey and God has sent His only begotten Son to anoint us to be a captain over his inheritance.
He has given you every good thing

We too have been made kings and priests unto our God.
Consider Revelation 1:5-6
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen

*Today you have a choice. You can receive the gift of repentance and change into a new creation.
 God will receive you.
Jesus said in John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me: and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

Jesus said in John 20:21-23
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.



~Debbie






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February 28, 2019

Poem: Marriage Through the Years

I wrote this poem for my husband, Timothy. We have been together 40 years. Married for 39 years.
So many hard days and happy days. Without God there would have never have been a marriage.
Without God we would be nothing and have nothing.
Only God can help two diverse people become one.
It is a difficult process, yet so worth the trouble. I pray that when you think it is over and you feel misunderstood that you will ask God for His peace that passes all understanding and His wisdom to guide your choices. There were so many times one or both of us wanted to quit.
To take our flesh and our feelings and leave. Yet each time over the years God would grant us the grace to forgive one another and grant another layer of maturity to cover our human failures.
I want to encourage you that there is a ripening of young love that can astonish you with its beauty if you will nuture it in God's presence.

~Debbie



Marriage Through the Years

The path lies before us. A gentle curve to the right, into the distance.
Where will we go from here?

We wandered, this boy man and I, over rocks
and through thickets of emotional splendor.

Leafy limbed we grabbed each branch
and swung with wild abandon.

Our youthful lust driving us ever onward.
A pulsating staccato beat that demanded more.
Always more.

Single file we had walked a narrow path together,
yet separate.

As we aged, the path opened and fingers twined,
kisses taken at the edge of loves grapevine.

We drank deeply and held one another
as we looked for the horizon.

Mountains behind us, hills ahead.
Whispered directions as we joined heads.

For two are better than one
as God has said.

The path lies before us, a gentle curve to the right into the distance.
Where will we go from here?


© 2018 Debbie Turner Chavers

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Matthew 19 :4-6
And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

Genesis 2:22-25
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they both were naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
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January 21, 2019

Thirst No More


© 2006 Debbie Turner Chavers



Good morning! I am inviting you to study, to ponder God's word in John 4 with me today. I journaled my study over several mornings and here is the condensed version of my study.
If you thirst to know the LORD, He will meet with you and by your invitation He will fill you with His Living water. He longs to reveal His truth to you. To meet your every need. You are loved, He has always loved you. Ready? Let's begin to ponder His good word to us.

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In a world where sorrow and need is abundant it is a gift to know that there is a well of salvation that never runs dry and is available to everyone.
Are you thirsty? I was.
I longed to have Living water and a relationship with the LORD.
I jumped through the hoops of good works and tried to be good.
I concluded with the Preacher (Ecclesiastes) that after all the self-effort I was still thirsty.
After trials and error, I recognised the fact that there is hope.
Hope that beckons to the unbelieving and the believer.
A revelation that we can trust the LORD.
That if we are thirsty, we can sip and drink deeply from loves inexhaustible supply.

We all long for help in areas of perceived need, yet the majority of mankind is not sure why we feel this innate sense of lack.
Most of life is filled in some manner by the pursuit of work and worldly pleasure.
The grasping at life straws to fill time and bank accounts.
All pleasure is momentary and addictive in that it demands more from the recipient than it gives.
Simply put, the well of mans pleasure runs dry.
The well of pleasure takes and takes and yet it is never filled.
I too have gone this route and from experience I know there is a better Way.
There is a well of salvation that never runs dry.
A hope that is pure, proofed by and in Heaven.
We may drink deeply and be satisfied forever more.

As I considered this thought process I began reading John 4. The scripture accounting of the woman at Jacob's well.
Starting at verse 6 my attention was arrested by the statement:
Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

Jesus revealed a need to someone who was not expecting to be called.
Someone who questioned.
Someone who thought they had the answer.
Until..Jesus reasoned with them and revealed Truth.

Jesus told the woman in verse 10 "If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that sayeth to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Jesus used a natural need to highlight a supernatural revelation.
If you are thirsty, God will open your eyes to the provision which is right before you.
Just as as Hagar was shown in the Old Testament, so we can be shown that which is right before us.
(Genesis 21:19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water...)
Then we can use our dipper, our bucket to receive this Living water by faith.

We see Isaiah 1:18 in the conversation that is happening between the woman at the well and Jesus, the Messiah.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

As we continue to read chapter 4 of John, you can see how Christ reasoned with her compassionately.
Jesus sums up her life choices in few words, yet the validity of his summation causes her to declare to him, "Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet." (verse 19)

As they reason together, the woman questions what she perceives, by what she has known previously..."Our fathers.." she states.
Jesus then plainly tells her that he is the Messiah.
Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. (Verse 26)

The revelation of truth and the promise of provision draws the woman to the well of salvation.
Verse 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come here to draw.
Her response was natural. Our need to be provided for is natural, yet Jesus was revealing her deepest need. Our deepest need. A well of water springing up into everlasting life. (Verse 14)

Jesus told us that any well that we drink from that is not sourced from the Living water that He gives, will leave us thirsty again. (Verse 13)

Are you thirsty?
Ask Jesus to give you Living water.
To cover you by His shed blood and to fill you with His Holy Spirit.

~Debbie




John 7:37-39
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)








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January 07, 2019

Sweet Encouragement





Last night I observed a wonderful thing about honey. If you put several teaspoons of honey in a bowl and cover it with several teaspoons of water and swirl, an amazing thing is revealed. As you swirl the water rapidly over the honey it will image / return to its original honeycomb shape.
As I did the experiment I was reminded of the scripture in 2 Timothy to stir up the gift of God within me because our DNA is in the image of God.

Persevere. Stir up. Press forward into your destiny.

~Debbie

Genesis1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

2 Timothy 1:6-7
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.



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December 28, 2018

Bandage? Or Bondage?


© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers 
Water-Man Series



Everyday we have an opportunity to experience healing through the Word of God.
When our thinking is out of order it plays out symptomatically in our spiritual, emotional and physical health.
You have the ability to choose. You know this.
You can be bound in bondage or bound with healing bandages.
You can be wrapped in a cloak of sin or a robe of righteousness.
You choose.

~Debbie



Luke 5:31-32 
And Jesus said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Romans 8:15
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba Father."




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