Hi my name is Debbie,
I’m a wife and mother of one grown and one almost grown child. I’m in the how did time fly and what’s next stage of life. I enjoy doing many things, reading, writing, traveling; I enjoy seeing plays, watching movies, baking, and of course eating! The list could go on and on but more importantly than what I do is who I am. That’s probably what you really want to know anyway, right? Who is this woman and do I want to read her blog?
Well if I had to use one word to describe who I am it would be Christian. I know. The C word can put people off. It put me off for the first 27 years of life, so I do understand, but if you are of another faith or of no faith at all, I hope you will read to the end before you decide whether to tune me out.
My all-time favorite Bible verse is 1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For God sees not as man, for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.” I believe that’s truly the most important thing about us. That’s what defines us, and that’s what God is looking at, our hearts. As I write this I realize the irony of that being my favorite verse because poetry is all about the heart. That’s why I know regardless of our beliefs we can connect.
So if you’re still there and I haven’t lost you, good! Keep reading while I share the story (I’ll make it short) of how I started writing twelve years ago (it’s a nail biter) no not really.
In 2005, I was driving in the car talking to the Lord when suddenly a poem popped into my head. I did what any sane woman would do, I pulled over two lanes to the side of the road (and cut some people off in the process) to write it down! After I did I thought wow, a poem from the Lord, I’ll treasure it always. I went home put it on the fridge and assumed that was the end of that. But that wasn’t the end, in fact that was the beginning. I started to write, but more than that I started to rhyme. It wasn’t intentional. For some reason my thoughts were being turned into rhyming words one after another. A few years into writing it occurred to me that maybe I’m supposed to share some of these poems. That’s when the struggle came because I had no idea how to do that. How do you share poetry? Well I finally realized one way is to start a blog. So here I am sharing in the way God has equipped me to share.
You know I’m going to be honest, I’ve always wondered why rhymes? Coincidentally enough (or not) today for the first time, I felt the Lord speak to my heart about that with the words, child like faith. Hmm, interesting because rhymes are often associated with children. We start out with nursery rhymes and Dr. Seuss then we grow up. We leave the rhymes behind. But God calls us to have a child like faith. Child like faith is simple, complete, unpretentious. The beauty is in the simplicity of the faith or in the simple articulation of the words of the nursery rhyme. So now maybe the reason for these adult rhymes makes more sense as well.
If you are up to reading a few rhymes filled with reason, then this is the place for you. I would be honored if you would join me. Oh and if you are of another faith or of no faith at all, thank you for reading to the end. I do have writings that don’t mention the Lord specifically by name, they are about creation and life in general, they will be in the Category labeled Just For You at the bottom.
Lastly, you can find me on Twitter@debbie_hazard, Instagram and Pinterest. I also have a My Rhyme N Reason Facebook page. Thank you for joining me.