I’m honored to introduce you to my friend and first guest blogger, Deb Dutton. Just a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum in Fort Worth with my sweet friend. Deb is a wife, mom, grandmother, friend, author and interior designer. I met her a few years ago on a mission trip and I’ve been loving her sweet spirit, brilliant eye and creative heart to help others make their home a sanctuary. This is Deb, her husband Terry and their three beautiful daughters.
She and I had an awesome conversation over lunch about some things she recently shared in her small group about overcoming fear. I thought it was so good that I asked Deb if she would let me share it with my friends. Who doesn’t need to become a little more fearless?
If you’d like to know more about Deb or are interested in her interior design services, you can reach her at Duttro1@yahoo.com. (She says some very nice things about me here…she must love me! Don’t let that distract you from the pearl of truth found within – love overcomes!)
Deb mentions a book she’s recently written. I had a chance to read it recently and I was totally inspired to view my home with a different perspective. It was like looking through a prism of light and seeing color as an overflow of God’s heart for my family. Join me in praying for the right publisher and the right connections for Deb – so many homes would be transformed by her vision.
I think museums are a good place to lose one’s self. While browsing, no one cares if I’m alone or take my time. As an interior designer, the art and subject matter inspire me. The creativity all around whisks me away from the troubles of life and if only for a moment, I experience the beauty and rest all around me.
I took Jan to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum in Fort Worth this week so we could lift our minds and our hearts from the cares of the moment. This museum is a place where they showcase the brave, strong girls of the past. We strolled through the Annie Oakley exhibit, enjoying her amazing story which is a permanent feature of the museum.
Annie Oakley’s passion to empower women through learning to shoot a gun reminds me of Jan. She’s like my own Annie Oakley. Time with her is empowering. It gives me a new view out of an old window. She makes me see things differently and believes I can do anything, even learn to shoot a gun or write a book.
I really got to know her on a mission trip to Belize. This was my very first mission trip. It was while sharing a room and laughing the night away about the differences in our mission trip viewpoint that Jan became dear to my heart. When I shared my desire to write a book with her, she spoke such life into me that I came home and began to write. (I have completed the book and I am currently seeking a publisher. It’s about God’s design for our lives though his colors.)
Over lunch that day, the strong, brave Annie (and a lot of other modern day ground-breaking women) inspired us. We began a conversation about walking fearlessly.
Our family recently walked though the loss of my mother-in-law. The day of her home going, we sat in the room and realized there was no fear. Rather, the blessing of peace and even joy surrounded our family. It was such a sweet moment that I began to study with new understanding 2 Timothey 1:7. “For God has not given us spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.”
I began to ponder how we can experience the power, love, and sound mind promised to us in Scripture? Learning how to live fearlessly in a place full of fear is a battle all of us will eventually face. How do we feel peace rather than anxiety in the midst of tough circumstances? How do we walk in a fearless manner? I realized we don’t have the power the overcome the spirit of fear without the help of Jesus. 1 John 4:18 says “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…”
Do you want to overcome fear? Then you must receive more of the perfect love that only Christ can give. His power brings the ability to cast our cares, walk in power and experience a sound (anxiety free) mind. We felt no fear at the moment of my mother-in-laws passing because we were experiencing the overflowing, fear-crushing love of God.
While at the museum Jan and I took a photo standing in front of these two fearsome Indian braves. I placed my copy of the photo where I can see it daily. It reminds me to pray brave faith for my friend and that we’re all capable of being strong and brave. Maybe there is a little Annie Oakley in each of us.
Blessings to all,