I am finally getting around to replying to Jill’s challenge to list what inspires me. It was good to think about these things.  The way I defined ‘inspire’ in my mind was something that actually caused me to change, whether in thought or in action.

As long as I can remember color has inspired me.  I am always drawn to things with lots of color, or certain color combinations.  It can be in nature, in clothing, in photos, or in my dye pot.  I really love color.  Most of my hobby creations are full of multiple colors.

Creation really inspires me.  I love to look at the big and the little things of creation.  I am lucky to live where I live.  Sometimes I go outside late at night, and look up at the stars through this circle of pine trees framing the sky.  Unbelievable.  Sometimes I look at a pansy, and think of how beautifully and delicately God painted it.

The media inspires me.  This is a weird one.  But because we live in a world where we are just saturated with information of various sources, the media has played a big part in some major life changes for me.  When I was in a discipleship course back in Texas (in 1983, yikes!) I was thinking about what God might want me to do with my life to be more involved with people (my life was all about dogs back then.)  And I read a couple of articles in Reader’s Digest about premature and severely ill babies, and I couldn’t stop crying.  That eventually led me to go back to college and become a nurse.  Then several years ago, when I was contemplating quitting nursing, again praying about what God wanted me to do, I saw a TV show about an 80 year old cop who was still working BECAUSE HE LOVED WHAT HE DID.  Wow!  I decided to take a new look at my job, and instead of thinking about retirement all the time, to think about enjoying what I do for as long as I could physically do it.  Lots of other things in the media inspire me.  When I see a double amputee walk across Oprah’s stage, it inspires me to get out and walk a little bit more, and to be thankful that I can.

Finally, God’s word inspires me.  The Bible has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember.   But recently it has inspired me in several different ways.  First, I started reading modern translations.  I especially like The Message and the New Living Translation.  When I started walking seriously, I started memorizing chapters of scripture (don’t be impressed, I haven’t done that much.)  But doing that allows you to really think about what it is saying to you, how it can be applied to your life.  A couple of years ago, I decided to make a series of quilts that would make people think of heaven (the bird quilt is one of the first.)  Since then, there are so many passages that give me a vision of a great quilt.  Example:  Psalm 8…when I gaze into the night sky and see the work of your fingers…oooh, it just makes me want to go work on illustrating that right now!


Well, girls, not so much about weight loss today.  Oh,  yeah, you all have really inspired me to keep on the straight and narrow.  To really be mindful of my food choices, and of getting out the door to exercise!  THANKS!





3 thoughts on “Inspiration

  1. Oh my gosh Debby, what a beautiful, beautiful post. I love all the pictures and your descriptions are spot on. Your quilts are gorgeous too!!

    You are becoming a great blogger – I love your writing.

    I am inspired by media too, (we probably all are, more than we are aware). I’ll read something or see something on TV or in a movie and be moved to make some changes. Of course I can’t think of an example right now, but you know what I mean.

    Great post, girl! Keep it up! =)

  2. Thanks so much for all of your continuing encouragement. It is people like you who make a positive impact on others. Thank you so much!
    I really enjoyed all the gorgeous pictures on your post. Your inspiration helped the “funk” that I have been stuck in all day.

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