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Monday, December 16, 2013

December 25th 1976 1st real Christmas
All my life I had 'stuff'. emoticon I was raised down the road from GARTH BROOKS, in Yukon, OK. (His now deceased mother, Colleen was a believer in my talents when I was in JR high and High school. The last time I spoke with her was after I was born again, in ’78!)

People SEEMED TO THINK ‘STUFF’ WOULD MAKE ME HAPPY AND I WOULD BE GIVEN MORE STUFF. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Yet when I would try to find a church, It would take me hours. Mom refused to take me and even warned me not to go. (She died at age 38 a couple of years later and I prayed the sinners prayer with her before she passed away.)
Jesus name and Gods name was a curse word in our family, too.
I turned to GOD at 17 crying for reality. After the birth of a deformed child, I searched even harder.
Eventually ended up divorced with 2 sons and lots of ‘stuff’.
As a model, I was in a selfish dog eat dog world. In Dance Competition it was even worse, with a sprinkle of glamor and party added. As an actress it was lonely. PARTY PARTY PARTY!! FUN GLAMOR POPULARITY!!


Empty I cried out to GOD for reality. NOV 29 1976 He called me to come out from amongst them. emoticon


2Cor 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, I turned my back on an acting contract with MGM in LA. That left me jobless for the 1st time ever~


I obeyed what I read: fired my housekeeper, live in baby sitter, and threw away all that was evil or worldly, (which was everything)
Romans 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?


Prayed to GOD for REPENTANCE and asked Him to show me the way the entire time. I followed His instructions verbatim I KNEW HIS WORD HAD COME TO LIFE FOR ME! Then after paying my bills, calling the landlord, I moved, leaving nothing behind with no place to go, all in the same day.


Just in time- as it was GOD’S TIMING FOR ME!

2 Timothy 2:25
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
Acts 9
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

Like Aninias, God led me to a woman’s house who had an apartment building. It was so beautiful! An older home converted into 5 apartments. This woman handed me an application.

I replied with my story of what I knew Jesus asked me to do, as GOD demanded, how I had quit my job as an actress/model and dancer in competition’s.

I had no job, little money in the bank and nothing! Only God’s word and I took it literal! Lol JESUS PLUS NOTHING!

This woman wept, asked Jesus into her heart and offered me the house with all of the furniture TO KEEP AS MY OWN as a gift! I told her I would have to ask GOD. When I prayed I realized she was involved in a ‘cult’ religion. I spoke with my spiritual mother and father WAS TOLD THIS WAS GOD move in -use the furniture, don’t keep it,- but first get it in writing that she wanted no rent and would pay the utilities, LIVE THERE UNTIL THE Lord healed me through His word.
Our 1st Christmas was in that little apartment, and the electricity wasn’t on, yet, Christmas eve. I had a nativity scene that I had found and 1 candle! emoticon We huddled in front of the nativity scene with the candle!

tHIS remains my favorite Christmas of all to this day! Mt sons and I sang many Christian Christmas Carol’s that night! The next day, people poured in with presents for my children, too.

No one knew me. I would go out to walk with my son, and a neighbor offered me food from her garden! Another time, someone gave us meat from a cow they had slaughtered! We ate for months with nearly no money spent, as God healed my wounds, It was the best Christmas I ever had! Because Jesus was so real to me. Others paid me to speak. GOD IS real and wants us to KNOW 'He still talks to us today if we will only listen and obey'!

John 10:27

My sheepe heare my voyce, and I know them, and they follow me.
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  • DONNALEE-53
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  • GLORY-
    Wonderful testimony of the faithfulness of God!
    2373 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15121954
    This thrilled me to hear of your surrender life and faith in Christ as he blessed you over and over until your healing came. This kind of experience helps us to endure the next trial of life.

    Blessing, dear friend,
    2373 days ago
  • BOOKLOVINGGIRL
    Wow. I was totally moved by this beautiful story. I just added you as a friend. You've inspired me this morning to write in my journal. Thanks for sharing your experiences and personal inspirations. May God continue to bless you on your journey.

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    2723 days ago
  • HABITATVITALITY
    Well done for getting a popular post award for this blog! Guess you can't escape popularity after all !! lOL
    2730 days ago
  • TRAILBLAZER18
    That's beautiful! God Bless :)
    2730 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13838339
    Very inspirational to me! You are amazing!
    2730 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13234279
    Wow Della! What an awesome testimony of God's faithfulness to us no matter what our circumstances are when we obey Him. I love this story! I find it so interesting that I am able to listen to Jesus so much better when all the stuff is gone and it's just me and Him. I'm so grateful for salvation and the rest He takes care of!
    God bless you at Christmas and always!
    Love you girl!
    Dari
    2733 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14327086
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful testimony to God's faithfulness.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family emoticon
    2733 days ago
  • IAMWINNING
    I wanted to weep with joy for all God has done for and IN you, the most wonderful is the fact of your salvation. And then there is you leading your landlady to the Lord, and His providing shelter (including furniture) and food. What a wonderful first real Christmas you had. I'm so glad we're sisters in the Lord, and look forward to meeting you one in Heaven. emoticon
    2733 days ago
  • LFBC1100
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  • MARYBETH4884
    Wonderful Memories and proof the God is truly in control!!
    2733 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3625825
    It is a moving story. I am glad that you became a Christian and that your sons are/will be too. My story is somewhat like yours but with no fame and stuff.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.
    2734 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13658366
    Oh wOOOOOwwww!! What an amazing story. I LOVE how God called you out and took care of you. I bet that was the best Christmas ever. Thank you for sharing.
    2734 days ago
  • RYLEE2014
    Absolutely beautiful blog and definitely something I needed to hear during my own trialing times... thank you! emoticon
    2734 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12499805
    Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THE BEST OF 2014!

    LOVE, CHELSEA
    2734 days ago
  • PIXIE-LICIOUS
    Beautiful blog! Have a blessed CHRISTmas!
    2734 days ago
  • PATRICIA441
    The very best Christmas gift Jesus ever gave us was dying for our sins and gaining eternal life for us. To know we are His, loved by Him beyond measure. Oh what joy that is. Have a bless Christmas with your family and an joy filled New Years.
    2734 days ago
  • GENRE009
    WOW! WHAT A TESTIMONY. THAT WAS SO HEART FELT. THANK YOU FOR POURING OUT YOUR HEART. YOU HAVE SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE, AND TO SHARE gOD'S LOVE WITH US. THANK YOU. EVA emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2736 days ago
  • WORKOUTWITHPAM
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    HUGS
    Pam
    2736 days ago
  • LOSTLIME
    What a powerful blog! Great affirmation of faith! Thank you so much for sharing! Have a blessed Sunday!
    2736 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13539057
    Thank you for sharing. God bless
    2736 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3934996
    Amen.. Thanks and you did not share this with before.. I am the old one who forgets and resends things.. Don't take the job away... Have a very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.. In His Service and Love Jane
    2736 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8249348
    God's love is richer than anything this world has to offer Thanks for being a dear loving sister in Christ Jesus our Lord emoticon
    2736 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/21/2013 9:27:58 AM
  • INDIANABON
    I also had a similar experience. Gow awesome is our God! Thanks for sharing Della!
    Bonnie
    2736 days ago
  • IDARLENE



    Thank you for sharing this precious time in your life, with us.

    You have a wonderful testimony. love, Darlene
    2737 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13663859
    What a wonderful story---His love & mercy is awesome!
    2737 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8522718
    What a great blog!

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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    2737 days ago
  • SURVIVOR61
    Hallelujah!! God will provide.... all ye need is faith rhe size of a mustard seed emoticon
    2737 days ago
  • DUBGIRL418
    Amen Della! What a wonderful blog!
    2737 days ago
  • PROVERBS31JULIA
    Hi Della -

    We had similar experiences when we left Christmas observance and began to follow the Biblical Holy Days as mentioned in the Book of Leviticus - so poor and yet so rich in blessings. It's all in Our Savior's good time for each of us, as He knows what we need and what we can handle. Being willing to obey what you can understand and read yields in blessings. Just like obedience to the Laws of Gravity also instituted by our Savior and Creator... if ya jump off a building and try to defy the law of Gravity, the results are not pleasant, and it makes no matter what spiritual path one is in, even if it's a path where one has never even heard the English Language and knows the Name of our Creator and Savior! :) So I'm pleased to read your story and know your experience was a blessing for you.

    I just saw SINGINGLADY47's (Judi) comment here - and she mentioned a song "Keep me in your will" by Jessica King. I had never heard of the song or the artist, as I'm not too familiar with much of the Gospel music (I have other Spiritual music and hymns that I do listen to, but not in the Gospel/Country style.). I looked on YouTube for the one that had lyrics, so I could follow along - too many songs do not have the lyrics, and that shuts me out with my deafness..

    http://www.youtub
    e.com/watch?v=Hkc91ZhgIlU
    R>Hope you enjoy! Thanks for sharing your story!

    Julia


    Than
    ks for introducing me to a new song!!
    Julia
    2737 days ago
  • CIERAPOET
    emoticon GOD IS SO AMAZING DELLA!

    He ALWAYS causes us to Prosper in Spirit, Soul and Body! A perfect Word for my heart. God is Our Provider of ALL we need. No matter how it looks He HAS what we need. I know you said that was your best Christmas ever but God has an even GREATER Christmas for you and a GREATER 2014. Yes He does! You do look like you used to be an actress, model and dancer. I look at your photo and say to myself, "She's so pretty!" What a blessing! To be talented and stand before people. I'm from Tulsa, Ok living in Texas now. Lived there all my life until 2007. How beautiful to lead your mother to Christ! You are full of God's Presence and I know He's Working through you to touch others. What a Blessing you are! emoticon
    Merry Christmas!
    Deb
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    2737 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/20/2013 5:30:54 PM
  • no profile photo CD13434951
    God bless you! I know a few people who would learn from your message...Thank you for sharing!
    2737 days ago
  • RELISA4HEALTH
    Once again, I praise Jesus for the transformation he has done in your life. I thank God how He redeemed you and led you every step of the way. Following Christ is worth it.
    AS I reread what you had shared, I was reminded of how God also used the scripture found in 2 Corinthians 6:17 in my life as well when He called me into the ministry, over ten years ago.
    As an old song sings out, I can say," The Cross before me, the world behind me.. The cross before me, the world behind me.. The cross before me the world behind me.. no turning back, no turning back."
    2737 days ago
  • HABITATVITALITY
    Wow Dell, that is an awesome testimony and beautiful and powerful faith! I never knew that was your past - people's backgrounds can be so interesting! I enjoyed reading this story very much. That's a great testimony to share on HH? Have a great day, hope the foils turned out!
    2737 days ago
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    2737 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14188335
    What a powerful and inspiring testimony of your faith. perhaps I should share mine sometime also
    2737 days ago
  • no profile photo BAMAJAM
    Your faith is truly inspiring--- May you always know many blessings!
    (...once my husband sat next to Garth Brooks on a flight)
    2737 days ago
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    This truly is a beautiful testimony that is meant to be shared .......... and I am so glad you sent me a note ........... I am blessed (but got teary when I read about what God has done for others) ................. You most definitely have been transformed into a new creature in Christ Jesus .................. and old things are passed away. II Corinthians 5:17 ........... Thanks so much and I am always glad to get a note that you blogged ............ emoticon so never hesitate.
    2737 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14250672
    What a powerful testimony of God's love and greatness toward you.
    Please pass this to all your friends in sparkmail; it is to good to be overlooked. Others need to know of the love, mercy and grace of our God.

    Awesome!!!!
    2737 days ago
  • LINTPICKER
    wow. That is an amazing story. Praise God for his leading and provision
    2738 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8169274
    Wow!!!! What trust and faith. As you will soon read I was the exact opposite. God had to literally wear me down to the bone. My parents who are both alive almost loved me to death. I had to go far away from home to get an idea of their love. When you read about me coming home from Georgia with my brother it was very much like the prodigal son. Only I am the eldest and my brother the youngest.

    Have a blessed evening :-)

    Chris
    2739 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12924244
    What an inspiring and beautiful story.
    2739 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I am going through some trials right now,, similar.. my doctor told me he would pray for me: I told him that if God wanted me to have health/life/medications, HE would provide.
    My statement on my page says it all:

    We may not always get what we want, but we will always get what we NEED.
    2739 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14394134
    Wow, a great testimony to God's faithfulness and provision when we trust and obey him. Thank you for sharing this.
    2739 days ago
  • GLORY-
    emoticon What an awesome testimony of the mercy and goodness of our God!
    2740 days ago
  • PATTYMCGRAW
    How great to hear your story, especially this time of year. I am reminded that I have to turn all my sorrows over to Him in order to be healed. Thanks.
    2740 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13948295
    Yours is a wonderful testimony of faith. Thank you so much for sharing it. May it speak to many people who value STUFF rather than Jesus.
    2741 days ago
  • RELISA4HEALTH
    What a beautiful testimony you have shared with us. Thank you so much for sharing. God is so faithful in bringing restoration into the lives of His children. Your life communicates to many young women, of what is important in life. In a world that sadly promotes self and communicates an image many strive after, your wisdom will minister to many, for you have been where others are now coming out of.
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    2741 days ago
  • PURPLEPEONY
    I went from wealth to poverty in 2008 when I lost my 6 figure income. Sometimes God has to take away our "stuff" for us to realize that He is ALL we need! emoticon
    2741 days ago
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