Destiny In Bloom

My Heart Will Go On

My Heart Will Go On

posted on February 28th, 2013 / by Deb DeArmond / 4 Comments

Billed as the world’s first unsinkable ship, passengers clamored to be among the first to sail aboard the RMS Titanic on her maiden voyage between Southampton, England and New York City in the spring of 1912. Shipbuilders, engineers and financiers were confident in the ship’s design and workmanship— trumpeting both its seaworthiness and technical ingenuity. That confidence was quickly dispelled on a frigid night in April of that same year. I recently visited the Titanic Artifact exhibit featured in our local museum of science and history. It was a fascinating experience. A variety of items rescued from the wreckage were on display. The effect of 73 years of exposure to salt water ...

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Take a Flying LEAP!

Take a Flying LEAP!

posted on December 24th, 2012 / by Deb DeArmond / 5 Comments

Are you a dreamer? Do you dare to dream big in God? Have you been dreaming about the soon-to-land New Year and what it might hold for you? God uses dreams. He used a dream to inspire Joseph about his future role, though his brothers derided him. He guided Joseph to accept Mary as his wife. He warned the Wise Men to return home by a different route to avoid Herod. He reassured Joseph that it was safe to take Mary and Jesus back to Israel once Herod was dead. Before the Holy Spirit was given to the church on the day of Pentecost, dreams were God’s primary method of speaking to his people directly. Today, we have the blessed gift of His spirit to warn, comfort, inspire, and guide ...

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Don’t look back- you’re not going that way!

Don’t look back- you’re not going that way!

posted on October 25th, 2012 / by Deb DeArmond / 4 Comments

As a kid, my dad would affectionately call me a klutz. It usually accompanied a trip or a bump or something knocked over. My mom, on the other hand would say, “Debbie – please watch what you’re doing. You weren’t even looking in the direction you were walking.” That walking left and looking right thing can be dangerous. Moving ahead while glancing over your shoulder is likely to take you somewhere you wished you hadn’t gone. It does make sense, however, to take an occasional pit stop to get your bearings, evaluate your surroundings and ensure you are still on track. There are times when it seems appropriate to look back over our life and assess the landscape of where you ...

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Let the Sparks Fly

Let the Sparks Fly

posted on August 6th, 2012 / by Deb DeArmond / 4 Comments

“You’ve been more honest with me in the last 15 minutes than any of my friends over the last six months.” We sat companionably close, although absolute strangers. The nail salon was fairly quiet on a Sunday afternoon. She was experiencing trouble in her marriage. The second time around for both her and her husband, and only 18 months in, they were struggling. The issues were not unexpected. Clashes over his kids, her kids, even though all of them were grown and living away from home. “He prefers his son to me,” she said, a sad expression on her beautiful face. “I resent him. He takes advantage of his dad’s generous heart. He should be on his own. I can feel myself becoming ...

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This is My Story

This is My Story

posted on May 2nd, 2012 / by Deb DeArmond / 12 Comments

Sandy walked toward me following the Sunday morning service. “I’m coordinating the women’s Spring Tea this year,” she said. “I know that you are a professional speaker, and I was wondering if you would be willing to share your testimony as part of our program?” It was a question I had dreaded for many years. In that moment, I would have loved to be able to snap my fingers or blink my eyes and find myself on the other side of the sanctuary. Or the other side of the planet. I’m not afraid to speak; it’s what I have done for more than 25 years. That’s not the issue. My dilemma is much more complicated: I’m not a recovering addict, was never caught up in a cult, my ...

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I Can See Clearly Now

I Can See Clearly Now

posted on February 6th, 2012 / by Deb DeArmond / 6 Comments

"You don’t wear sunglasses, do you?" the optometrist asked. I sat in a darkened examination room with a ridiculously bright light shining in my eye, anxious at the tone of her voice. "No. I always seemed to lose them, and they were inconvenient or uncomfortable, so I just did without most of the time," I replied. What she could see from her end of the light took me by complete surprise. A cataract had covered the lens of my eye, making the world appear as though I had a coat of Vaseline covering the surface. Or maybe wax paper. Definitely not good. You must be thinking to yourself, "Oh my gosh--I didn't know you were that old!" Neither did I. And I must tell you how relieved I ...

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Raise ‘Em to Go

Raise ‘Em to Go

posted on December 9th, 2011 / by Deb DeArmond / 8 Comments

I was chatting with a new young friend, whom I met through a mutual acquaintance. We spent a few moments, exchanging some of the details of our lives as we were getting to know one another. We discovered that we are both Christ followers and that we were each blessed to have sons. “Oh, you’re a boy mama, too!” she said. “I am. How many sons do you have?” I asked her. “Two,” she replied. “A three year old and one who just had his first birthday.” “That’s close to the age of my grandsons,” I laughed. “All three of my sons are grown and married, and two have toddlers of their own.” We continued to discuss the joys and challenges of raising ...

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Gee! Don’t Be So Defensive!

Gee! Don’t Be So Defensive!

posted on September 30th, 2011 / by Deb DeArmond / 3 Comments

I saw a bumper sticker not long ago that read, "Not always right, but never in doubt." I have to admit, I liked it. It felt familiar. Too familiar. And unfortunately for me, those who know me best are smiling right now, nodding and thinking to themselves, "Boy, she's got that right." I was blessed to be raised by parents who built into me the belief that I could accomplish anything I set myself to. This has been a great gift in my life. I've not been plagued by self-doubt on a daily basis, and for the most part, I've lived with confidence that all would generally go well. "Things will fine be fine in the end. If things aren't fine, it isn't the end." That was fortified when I became a ...

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Whose Idea Was This Anyway????

Whose Idea Was This Anyway????

posted on July 13th, 2011 / by Deb DeArmond / 16 Comments

Have you ever been in the middle of some truly crazy situation and demanded to know "Whose idea was this anyhow?" It's sort of the shorthand version of "Stop the world, I want to get off!" and "Hey! I didn't sign up for this!" And it's human nature to want to know who to blame for our misery. Somehow we just feel better if we know who the culprit is. For many, marriage might be regarded as one "crazy situation". Combine two sets of experiences, add four (and sometimes more) parents, stir in a dash of dual career aspirations, a pinch of goals and a heavy dose of dreams--and make a life together from those pieces. Oh, and yeah, don't forget to glorify God while you do it. Sounds ...

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Rescue Me!

Rescue Me!

posted on May 25th, 2011 / by Deb DeArmond / 33 Comments

I haven't had a real job in years. At least, that's what my kids used to say. You know-a real job, in an office building. With other people and maybe an elevator. Or at the very least, a break room, with a refrigerator full of "science projects" underway from colleagues who decided that fast food chicken strips and fries sounded better than last night’s tuna casserole they bagged and brought with every good intention. Oh, I've worked. And I would say that I DO have a "real job"; more correctly, a business. I am a consultant. For the past 14 years, I've officed at home, and commuted-usually on an airplane-to a variety of clients in a broad range of industries. My specialty? Leadership ...

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