Posts by Deanna Young

Freedom For All.

Today we have a day off work to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to reflect on all he did to pave the way for equality and civil rights.

I think when we have days off work we sometimes see how much we can cram in to these days set aside for rest and reflection.  We look at it as one more day for progress.  An extra day to get ahead of everyone else.  But if everyone else thinks the same thing, then there is no rest.

If you have the day off today, reflect on how far we have come over the decades as a society.  Reflect on MLK and others who have paved the way for freedom.

I know one man who paved the way for freedom in salvation.  His name was Jesus.  He loved everyone.  He called out sin but continued to love.  He healed the sick and brokenhearted and in the process sacrificed Himself for all of us.

As you take time to reflect on all the leaders have done for our country over the years, take time to also reflect on all that Jesus has done to pave the way to eternity in heaven.  It’s a great day to truly relax, reflect and renew out spirits to be thankful for all the blessings we have in this great country.

Wearing A Few Different Hats.

Where do I do what?
Social media is hard for me.  Trying to know where to do what post, blog, share, etc.  I have so many things I want to share and so many things I feel God leading me to do.  But as I reflect on how the year has started, I think I jumped in too quickly.  I like to wear a lot of different subject hats.  It’s fun for me. But sometimes I think it can get confusing.

For those of you who have been following my “trying to do something peaceful everyday” journey, I just want you to know that I am going to be continuing that on my private Facebook page and going to leave this website for my devotions and other blogs.  And just like Mr. Rogers said, “I hope you will be my friend”….. on Facebook if you are not already.

I love writing and God has given me so many ideas over the last couple months and I have just been pushing them down…..always finding something else to do with my time.

Why?

I’m not sure except I get nervous about writing.  I am afraid people will think I’m crazy or that people will disagree or that people will……………..

Then God stopped me.  I felt Him clearly say, “It’s not about what others think.  It’s about obedience to do what I have called you to do.”  And I know, without a shadow of a doubt, God has called me to write and to speak to women’s groups.  That’s what I love and I’m going to follow my calling.

Outside of writing devotions, I want to write about some other things I LOVE – decluttering, organizing and decorating.  I’m going to be sharing some of those ideas on my Facebook Speaker Page.  I call it Table Talk with a Twist.

I hope if you are on Facebook, you will join my journey of PEACE during my Year of 55 on my personal page (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009496667982), as well as follow my fun Table Talk with a Twist by LIKING my speaker page (https://www.facebook.com/deannadayyoung/) and continue to read my devotions on this website.

Thank you for being patient with me as I try to organize where God wants me to write what and when.  Grab a hat and join me as we travel to some pretty interesting places following God’s lead on a journey of fun stopping along the way for a little peace.  🙂

Posing for the Heart of the Picture.

Pose.  Click.  Snap.

I love taking pictures.  My little never-still-always-thinking-sorta-creative little mind is always wanting to capture the moment.

This past week, I found myself getting to spend time with several friends on different occasions  enjoying hot chocolate, football and even some Bible study.  I found PEACE in the matter of just being still with friends.

A cup of hot chocolate with a beautiful whipped-topping heart on top presented to me by the barista.
A journal full of ideas.
A collection of favorite things displayed on my mantle.
A candid shot of my girls.
A secret photo of my parents reading their Bibles.

I love capturing these memories.

Sometimes the subjects don’t like their photos taken.  They may give in, but there’s always an “oh my goodness, I don’t look good today.”  They may just outright refuse to let their picture be taken.  Or if you’re like my daughters, delete, delete, delete until the semi-approved picture is snapped.

I’m the same way.  I am very critical of pictures taken of me.  I usually try to think about the pose that will make my chin not look so doubled, or intentionally “suck in my gut” right on the count of three.

Sometimes I try to stand on the end of a group photo instead of the middle but even on the end a specific angle can make that toosh of mine seem even bigger.  I fluff my hair and pat down my sweater.  I check my eye liner and touch up my lipstick.

We forget that it’s not about the appearance but rather capturing the memory – the heart of the moment.  Man sees the appearance.  But the photographer sees the story.

Just like the story in 1 Samuel 16.  Samuel was looking to anoint the next King and God told him that he would find him in the appointed place.  Jesse sent all of his sons through the process except the little one. When Eliab came through, Samuel thought he was the one.  But God told Samuel,   “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Then God spoke to Samuel and told him to have Jesse bring in the youngest son, David.

He wasn’t what the public would think was the proper king because he was so young and had been out tending sheep.  But God told Samuel to “rise and anoint him.  He is the one.”  (I Samuel 16:12b)

God doesn’t look at the outward appearance but at our hearts.  I’m thankful for that!  Especially on the days my hair is sticking straight up, thick bifocal glasses sliding down my nose dawning my favorite, comfy, ragged, old sweatshirt.

God loves us just as we are.  We don’t need to suck it in or smooth it down.  We don’t need to clean it up or get it right.  No need to pose or count to three.  He wants us.  He wants our hearts.  Just as we are.

Ask Him into your heart today and be a part of His family picture.

A Little Peace, My Deer.

What a great few days I’ve had on this Year of 55 week.

I’ve decided my word for the year will be PEACE.

As I was heading to a friend’s house to deliver dinner to her and her family, I experienced that PEACE.

I looked to the right and saw them.  Grazing in the field.

Four beautiful deer.

I stopped right there on that county road.  No one in front of me.  No one behind me.

I backed up a few feet to meet them – eye to eye.

I rolled down the window and pulled out my phone and they posed.  Yes, it looked like they actually posed for the pictures.  Not a worry in the world.  Just a look. A smile. And then back to enjoying each other’s company.

I probably sat there for 2-3 minutes just watching them.  In silence.  Experiencing peace.

Simple.

But a day of peace in the Year of 55.

It was a great way to start the week that included a relaxing massage and a long overdue lunch with an old friend.

It’s only day eight but God has already filled my start of the Year of 55 with a lot of peace.

Relaxing.  Intentional. God-inspired. Peace.

I hope you can find the peace that God has waiting for you.  It’s there.  You just have to look around.  Search for it.  You may just find it face to face… staring back at you…through the eyes of a couple “deer” friends.  🙂