Mission Opportunity!

Dear Friends, Family, Readers,

Over the past few months, God has placed a calling in my life. This summer I have the opportunity, June 2020, to spend time with Amy for Africa sharing the love of Christ with kids, teenagers, and adults in Uganda!

I will be traveling with others from our church and churches in the US and we ask that you would pray for our team as we pursue this adventure that God has asked us to join.

We will be building relationships through sports ministry, teaching

Our teams will be in the community sharing the Gospel and teaching the

Vacation Bible School, helping with service projects, and ministering to a group of people near Jinja, Uganda.

Jinja is located in central Africa near the equator along the northern shore of Lake Victoria, near the source of the White Nile.

Bible as much as possible during each activity.

Each team member is responsible for raising a portion of the trip’s cost. The entire cost of the trip is $3000/ person plus the cost of vaccinations. We are needing half of this by March 1, 2020.

If you would like to partner with us as we prepare to go to Uganda, you can donate on- line here Amy For Africa


or send a check to Amy For Africa at 816, 23rd Street Ashland KY 41101.

Please write Debra in the message or memo so they know what the funds are for. All contributions are tax deductible. Most importantly, I ask that you would pray for our team before and during our trip!

Thank you and God Bless,

Debra ~forever Joykeepin

Eph 3:20 More than I can imagine!

Just sit with God for a while.

In 2008, I was fortunate to be invited to a Freedom Conference with Dennis Jernigan and what I heard was used by the Spirit to help me get back in my race. His song Sit With You For A While has been one of my favorites to reflect and rest in God. There have been lots of times since then I have felt the Spirit drawing me to surrender and to be hidden in Christ. I’ve always been the kind of sheep who has to take life moment by moment. I have never been a one and done kind of person. So surrender for me is progressive. I take it day by day and sometimes hour by hour.
That’s the great thing about being exposed by our GOD who allows us bold access to Him. He is patient, faithful and kind enough to give us glimpses of what we need to surrender to him. His kindness and goodness always lead me to repentance. We don’t have to tackle the whole mountain all at once, just take one step. That step takes as long as it takes.
Some things help me in this race. Being grateful and waiting are probably my best weapons. It takes the glory from humanity, the Devil, and me. Wating places it on God who owns everything, paid for my sins and who provides the road I am traveling. When I am ungrateful it is like driving without sight.
Waiting on God has been an amazing learning experience. I used to wait like a brat, with tears and expectation that God would answer my whims. I distracted myself with impatience. Now intimacy with God means that he is the only answer and waiting for his timing is worth everything in the world because he has better imagination for me and plans for me. All of my prayers get answered because I am waiting on him to issue guidance and trust him to keep His word.
Now that doesn’t mean my prayers are answered according to my hope or human desires. You have to remember God deals with us according to what is best for us. He always gives his best to those who leave the choice to him. So being the precious Father he is there’s a timetable that is best for me and in due time he will answer. Here or in heaven.
Oh, the peace that comes with releasing something to your Father! Learning I control very little outside of my own thoughts and Spiritual race is true freedom. Dying to self is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes it is hard and hurts. Being able to just sit with him for a while is comforting. I tell him everything because he can take it. He wants me to be real and be who he planned for me to be.
Dear Ones, I could tell you all day about how GOD loves you and how much it can mean to your life. I could expound on the grace and peace and the intimate times when you realize GOD is enough and all that you need. If this is something you desire to have, I can promise you I don’t know everything but I am happy to tell you how I got here and walk toward Jesus with you.
These verses are the basis for all I have said.
Duet 33:12 And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORD shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.
Eph 3:20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Heb 4:16Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
PS. Pray for our brother Dennis, God knows his need.


Be Present, Not Social

Quality Time is a lost art. Nothing feels worse to be ignored and second to a 3 x 5-inch screen or 65″ TX. Here’s the deal.

Digital distractions keep you from being present. They can placate your ego, offer vicarious experiences and inspire your fantasies. You can scroll everyone’s life for comparison, affirmation, and inspiration. That can be motivational but more times than not, it is useless information overload. It widens your community to an extent that is impossible to have authenticity.

Now I know a lot of people will say that they use it to keep up with folks. How can you keep up with 200-300-400-700+ people all day every day? When is the last time you asked someone this question? “How have you been lately?” Clicking like doesn’t equal connection. Typing one-liners that may or may not be read doesn’t offer lasting bonds.

Digitally people can be anonymous, gigantic, edited and scripted. There is a lot of fake courage pouring into the way people want to portray their lives. Unfortunately, some of that bad form and rhetoric spills over into their lives as their personal interactions become less intimate.

I know people say that they can inspire and do some good sharing the Gospel and sharing their experiences on social media. I am not maintaining that everyone jumps off social media and goes sing Kum Bah Ya at their local coffee house. I am saying don’t forsake being present with real people who need your influence in their lives in real time.

I can post the experience on social media and get 50 likes with very little connection to my hundreds of friends. It could have been an aha moment that was very significant to my life journey. It immediately becomes marginalized along with another generic post about the mundane. It will never have the effect of looking someone in their worn, weary face, and saying, “Me too. I have been there. This is how my life changed and it will get better,”

Nothing beats a warm hand, an understanding gaze, and seasoned words that pour courage into a person. Social media kills intimacy. Let’s be present more. We know better than to let a phone, tablet or TV be our gateway to the world. Whose in?

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Break Every Chain, No Longer A Slave

No Longer Slaves, Voices of Lee

It’s not a matter of giving up… it’s a matter of giving in …….and letting GOD….

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

God will never move a fearful and unwilling heart. That’s why WE have to surrender what we can’t control, to his precious care. By HIS virtue he wants what’s best for us. He gives his best when we leave the choice to him. Courage isn’t an absence of fear. TRUE COURAGE is when we face what we fear and push beyond it by trusting God. We all come to the crossroads many times in life where we get to make the choice for GOD or for ourselves. I was a fallen little lamb who needed a Savior desperately. I can tell you that GOD has grown me up by this process.

I can beg a person not to believe a lie or walk in fear but if they choose to keep control in their life to do so. THEY WILL. It will be THEIR WILL to do so and NOT GOD’s WILL. GOD has made it possible to break the chains of past behavior by clearly laying out the steps.

1. Don’t fear I am with you (Fear thou not I am with thee)
2. Don’t be discouraged (be not dismayed)
3. I am reminding you who I am because you have forgotten I have this under control. (I am your God)
4. where you are weak in this I will give you strength (I will strengthen thee)
5. I will even help you with it (I will help thee)
6. I will hold you by my virtue to accomplish this (I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness)

When you come to the impossible REMEMBER GOD SAID. Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

When I refer to the GOD who is holy, just, immutable, righteous, faithful, true, loving, beautiful no matter what the task … I know what is supposed to happen is possible.

Dear ONE you have done it your way a long long time. How has that worked? Give GOD a chance to restore what the locust has eaten. Give Him the glory so others can follow your light and see a better way. For the sake of the future … press in and press on WITH GOD.

I have it all!


LIE of the devil, “you can make up for the lost time in life.” STOP that thinking. YOU can only create a new past and new future from right now. This moment in time. Yesterday is gone, you can go back there only one way, in your mind. Do you know how detrimental that is to your life? It destroys your ability to focus. Would’ve, should’ve, could’ve. I have said them all. I have wasted years at a time thinking “IF”

Here’s the problem, the action doesn’t take place in the mind, it takes place in the follow through. So if I want my actions to be right my heart needs to be right and my thinking needs to be toward the direction I am heading not the direction I fear. This means I am already there in my mind. I am not talking about hocus pocus or sheer will. I am talking about believing the promises of GOD that are mine, believing that he is faithful and true. I am talking about seeing my body healthy, my marriage strong and my life impactful because he called me to those things.

He said he would finish the good work in me. He said he would start a new thing and complete it. He said I was loveable at my worst. He said I could do all things through Christ. So I won’t sit here and feel sorry for me. I have it all. I have Christ. I won’t give up on what he promised me. I already have it because he promised. It won’t matter what happens because I am a child of the king.

My Abba Father knows my name, knows where I am and I can’t hide from him if I wanted to. He promised not to let go of me. He said he would open doors no man can shut and shut doors no man can open. SO I won’t stand in the doorway because I am all in. He can shut everything he wants to, I am his. He can open anything he wants to I am his and I will go through.

I believe my GOD is more powerful than anything I can imagine and he promised to do more than I can imagine. He’s called me to obey and trust his everlasting love and life for me. Having done everything I know to do, I stand right there. IF GOD is for me, who can be against me? With that, I will sleep.

He said he would sing over me and I love his sweet voice. The voice of the one who will accept me in the beloved. I have volumes of words he’s said on my behalf to help me live. It is humbling to know I can’t do it without him and exciting at the same time. It’s humbling to know how frail I am and how he can take my mess and make it something beautiful. What a relief! It was all planned and my steps are ordered. HOW free is that?

Challenge. Find Bible verses to support everything I have said. This was written from my Scripture memory. God’s Word is my life line for how to live.

The power behind the mystery.

Send The Rain Prayer

We’re in a battle that started before we arrived here. It will be here when we die barring the Lord’s return. I know that on my own I can not battle. I found the key to victory.  In my mind prayer is how I confirm my orders (God’s Word). It is where I confirm my arsenal (God’s power) by trusting Him with what I can only know by His Word. I can trust it sigh unseen because of His Word.

Fervent prayer, not wish list praying. I’m talking prayers where I acknowledge how wrong I am and how right and powerful God is. Prayer where I specifically call out to God to open cold dark places and expose my heart and mind so that it is aware and alert to complacency, which leads to decline.

Prayer where I relentlessly fall into the skillful hands  of the triune Godhead like a patient in an operating room. Where I acknowledge that I can’t do anything in the kingdom agenda for good and for God, without His unbridled participation.

Prayers that once prayed, are emboldened in my heart to know that I just came from the throne of grace where I received mercy instead of justice.

Prayer the only vehicle in my life that activates God’s intention for me as it understood by His Word.

Prayer A wonderful mystery  that partners God with me in a personal and identifiable way that glorifies Him.

As this battle has ramped up on the world’s stage I can only see two things that will keep me. Obedience and humility as I engage God in His Word and prayer. It’s my life line to Faith.

Life is tough but love is stronger.

Life is tough but LOVE IS STRONGER 
Sometimes we are so underwhelmed by God and overwhelmed by life that we lose precious sight of the power of God’s love. God’s love can flow into relationships and heal them even if they appear dead to the world. Love can take a person from pitiful to priceless, it redeems, revives, restores and resurrects. To believe anything less would be to deny my own life. This year my life has changed so much just from being loved by God and others. I still have hopes and dreams of more change as I wake up and rely on Truth instead of the lies of the world. Eternally I am secure and earthly I am confident that my life matters to GOD and his love can sustain my heart forever. His Spirit is a constant guide that never leaves me. Eph 3:20 I defer to his imagination for me and can’t wait to see what is next. I have nothing to fear and everything I need. I hope to share this with everyone I meet. Faith, hope and love …. the greatest is love.