Monday, June 4, 2018


It was a Monday afternoon, and I had my car radio blaring, as I often do, especially when a song I like is playing. Just as I arrived at my doctor’s appointment the song, EVEN IF, by Mercy Me was playing. I sat in the parking lot for just a moment and finished listening to it before going in to my appointment.

I was called back for my appointment and began the normal imaging process. The young woman and I engaged in conversation, and when she finished, she told me I could have a seat in a room across the hall. Shortly she came back in and said, “Mrs. Pratt, do you have time to wait for a little while? We may need additional imaging.” In that instant…fear gripped me. My mind began to race, and then I remembered what was playing on my radio just before I walked through the doors. So I googled the lyrics and began to read them.

They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now, right now I'm losing bad
I've stood on this stage night after night
Reminding the broken it'll be alright
But right now, oh right now I just can't
It's easy to sing
When there's nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I'm held to the flame
Like I am right now
I know you're able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone
They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Well good thing
A little faith is all I have, right now
But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul
I know You're able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You'd just say the word
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone
You've been faithful, You've been good
All of my days
Jesus, I will cling to You
Come what may
‘Cause I know You're able
I know You can
I know You're able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, I know the hurt
Would all go away if You'd just say the word
But even if You don't
My hope is You alone
It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Songwriters: Bart Marshall Millard / Benjamin Glover / Crystal Lewis / David Arthur Garcia / Tim Timmons

and then I wrote this email to my husband, Gary.

“Gary, I had to share ALL of the words of this song with you...because as I sit here in this waiting room anticipating test results that are suspicious...all kinds of thoughts and concerns are flooding my mind and my emotions!   Waiting is always the most difficult.    They have ordered further tests and want me to wait to consult with the radiologist....I’m concerned…I’m nervous.  This song is the last thing I heard before coming into this appointment.   So, as I sit here waiting, I’m TRUSTING...BELIEVING...Even If!   It Is Well With My Soul!”  

After further tests and consultations, I walked away from the appointment with relief that everything was going to be okay.

I share this with you because along this journey of life, there are moments when our peace is challenged.  I encourage you to TRUST in the One that is able and the One that can…Jesus.    When you do, you will find it will be well with your soul.

If this is the first time to read my blog, you may not know that I am a seven year cancer survivor, and I am GRATEFUL for every day.    I actually began blogging, because I lost my ability to communicate verbally,  while on the cancer journey.   Writing became my means of sharing the TRUSTING Journey.   

It has been a while since I posted to my blog, but I have continued to write and share through our magazine, GLIFE.     This was an article I shared in the Spring Edition of 2017.   I LOVE producing the magazine.  Every article shares FAITH, HOPE, AND TRUST. 

 If you would like to read GLIFE, go to our church website at,

Living and Loving Life!   GRATEFUL

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


As we move along our daily paths of life, it is easy to get so caught up in the daily grind that we lose sight of Life’s Bigger Picture.  With the distractions, struggles, and just everyday living, we can easily lose focus of what our life is really all about.   

In my profession I attend a lot of funerals.    So often at these services, we hear neighbors, friends, and relatives stand and give a eulogy to their loved ones.  They share about how the individual impacted their lives.  Often they share about how loving, patient, kind, and maybe what a great cook they were, or how the doors of their home and their hearts were always open.  When these attributes are shared, they are sharing this individual’s legacy – how this individual impacted and touched their lives. 

I have given much thought about the life of my precious mom who went to her heavenly home on June 27, 2012. After much pondering and reflecting, I have come to realize that my mom’s legacy isn’t in what she left behind, but WHO she left behind.  I see my mom’s legacy lived out every time I am with my siblings, or every time I am among people who knew and loved her.
She lived her legacy.   

I have jotted down a few things that I believe will help us keep our focus and give more meaning to our lives as we live out our legacy and have a happier and more fulfilled life.

1)       Having money is nice, but it’s not EVERYTHING!    I like nice things as much as the next person, but very clearly, we cannot take our money or our “things” with us.  My mom and dad lived very modestly.  Growing up, we did not go without anything we needed, but they were very careful with how they spent money.  They were very careful stewards of the resources they were given.   Mother never had expensive jewelry or expensive clothing, but what she did have, tucked away in her personal items were love notes that our precious daddy had given her over the years. Her treasures weren’t in things money could buy…her treasures were in the meaningful relationships she made over the years with her family and friends

Recently my daddy wrote another poem to my mom and with his permission, I am sharing it with you. 
Kip, you never lost the girl inside, for this I will always take pride.

Your eyes and smile will always be the treasurers of you that meant so much to me.

I miss you in my life and will love you always as my wife.

We had so much love, happiness and joy with our three girls and one boy.
You gave me these four children in love.
I could only give to you that from above, my loyalty to our vows and true love.

I loved you then and I love you still.
I loved the girl inside and I always will.

H. H. Davis
March 3, 2016

It is within our power for each one of us to give of our time and resources to do something for others that will make a difference in their lives.  It isn’t ALL about us…in the end, did we make a difference in someone’s life?

2) Follow your passion.    Over the years I have met people who are stuck in doing things that they have no passion for…things that they really have no interest in.   As a child, I had the privilege of having a front row seat in watching my mom and dad follow their passion and it led them all over the world as they shared the gospel and the passion they had for lost souls.  Is it any wonder that in June of 2014, my dad and I with a team from Lawton First Assembly went to Kenya, Africa, to build a church in honor and in memory of Reba Inez Davis?    My mom didn’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out the call that God had placed on her life.  She had the courage to follow her heart, and as a result, she was instrumental in leading her mother, daddy, her siblings, and countless others to Jesus as her legacy lives on. 

3) Learn to appreciate QUIET. I can’t count the number of times that I would call Mom and say, “Hi, Mom, what are you doing?” and her reply would be, “I’m just sitting here being quiet today.”  I knew exactly what that meant, and I could see her with my mind’s eye, sitting in her chair with her Bible open and a hanky in her hand.  As I have reflected on this, I realize that many times I have lost the ability to be quiet.  It is the daily clamor, I believe, that drowns out so much of our own inner voice that is crying out for some QUIET!  By just taking time to be silent each day, by taking time in the morning for a daily devotion and time in the word of God, by taking an after-dinner walk, or just having some much needed porch time, which is my favorite, we will discover what’s important in our lives.    By quieting our hearts and settling our spirits, we can start to make a difference in our lives and in the lives of others also. 

4) Be KIND. This sounds so simplistic, but do we practice it? Treating people with the respect that each person is due is part of what you will leave behind. You can be strict, you can be firm, you can be a visionary, but never ever treat others with disrespect because at the end of the day, when you’re gone—that’s what people will remember.  I have to say, I do remember this about my mother.  She was strict, and she was firm…but she was VERY REAL!  She did not treat people with disrespect and would go out of her way to help anyone.

5) Believe in something greater than yourself.   It is very important to realize that we are part of a greater purpose.  My mom demonstrated that in so many ways through her years as a pastor’s wife.  We are all linked together in this web of life. By realizing that, we can reach beyond ourselves and offer a “hand up” to those we come in contact with.   At the end of the day that is our legacy.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LET IT GO..............

We just returned from West Lafayette, Indiana, where I was privileged to have a front row seat at the most entertaining and heart warming concert!  It was in the living room of my Son and Daughter-in-Love's home, where our two year old granddaughter, Leighton was performing her debut of  "LET IT GO".

Leighton's concert wardrobe was given to her by friends, Val and Joy for her Birthday.   As you can see in the video, she was having a bit of a wardrobe malfunction, which her daddy was quick to assist her with.   As I sat listening to her very dramatic and entertaining rendition of LET IT GO, I heard through my heart's ear, Jesus say, "LET IT GO, Debbie."    I knew exactly what Jesus was saying.............I was holding on to things that I had no control over..........things that I couldn't do anything about.  Things that were heavy on my heart and I just simply needed to LET THEM GO! 

Every day there are things in our lives that we tend to allow to get us down. Some things we can change, but some things we just simply have to let go of,  into the hands of our loving Heavenly Father, that know what to do with them, once we let go of them.

Proverbs 3:5 & 6 - Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding.  In all of your ways acknowledge Him (LET IT GO) and He will direct your path.

I am once again, in AWE of the faithfulness of God!

When  the burden is to heavy to carry on our own,  LET IT GO!

I love the Message translation of Matthew 11:30 "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Sitting on the front row of my little 2 year old Granddaughter's concert of LET IT GO, I was reminded, that I didn't have to carry the burden any longer, I could LET IT GO into the hands of Jesus, and I could trust Him to figure it out for me.........I'm learning to live freely and lightly.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Let THANKFULNESS temper all your thoughts.

The first line in my devotion was “Let THANKFULNESS temper all your thoughts.  A thankful mind-set keeps you in touch with Me.” 

Later in the morning, just before I left to go to the Cancer Center to lead the LIFE MATTERS group, I checked my phone and noticed that I had a new “TimeHop” notification.    TimeHop is an app that helps you see moments of your past.  I discovered it a few months ago.  It’s a digital diary that traces memories from what I posted on Facebook  1 year ago, 2 years ago….even up to 6 years ago.   The particular picture that popped up, stopped me in my tracks.     It was a picture of me sitting in the infusion room of the Cancer Center getting my 6th round of Chemo, along with pics of when Matt and Lisa came to visit.

I loved my FROG blanket....FULLY RELYING ON GOD....given to me by Wanda Gipson

  I told Matt I had gotten a high and tight haircut:) 

Matt sitting with me while I rested


Immediately, the devotion that I read moments before became reality………Let THANKFULNESS temper all your thoughts.”  I was overcome in that moment with a heart of THANKFULNESS and GRATITUDE.  

Each Wednesday, I have the privilege of being with the women that attend the LIFE MATTERS support group at the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center in Lawton.   Life Matters is a safe comfortable place for women to meet and talk about the physical and emotional aspects of cancer.  Many of the ladies are currently in treatment.  Some have recently finished treatment and are still trying to navigate the changes in their lives after cancer.   

Upon arriving in the parking lot of the Cancer Center, I could not find a parking space.      There is a lot of construction going on at Comanche County Memorial Hospital, so for a few months, parking has been limited all around the Hospital and Cancer Center.  I continued to drive around and finally found a space located quite a distance from the Center.  As I stepped out of the car, into the sunshine of the beautiful, Oklahoma Spring morning, I once again was overcome with a heart of THANKFULNESS.     For one thing, I realized how thankful I was that I had the strength to walk to the entrance on my own, without assistance.  Four years ago, that would not have been possible.  

As I greeted the ladies, I shared that although we have all been through some very traumatic times, perhaps we could each find something that we could be grateful for.      So each one began to share their special moments and a sense of gratefulness began to unfold, grateful tears flowed, smiles began to appear and the laughter engulfed the room as each lady was able to embrace LIFE and share HOPE.  LIFE REALLY DOES MATTER.   I’m so GRATEFUL!    

I’m grateful for the little app that appears on my phone from time to time that gives me an opportunity to remember days past as I look forward to the days ahead with a GRATEFUL HEART.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

"When You Are Well.........."

There is an amazing story in the Bible of an UNNAMED WOMAN
Mark 5:25-34
            Jesus went with him (speaking of Jairus), and all the people followed, crowding around him.  25.  A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding.  26.  She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better.  In fact, she had gotten worse. 27.  She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28.  For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”  29.  Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition. 30.  Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?” 31.  His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you.  How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”32.  But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33.  Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done.  34.  And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.  Go in peace.  Your suffering is over.”
            If this happened in today’s society, can you imagine how the social media would have lit up and all the hashtags she would have tweeted?  In fact, Girlfriends, I have seen some of your hashtags, and I think this woman could have you beat.
By the law of Moses, this woman was not allowed to touch anyone.  The law demanded that a woman suffering in this way should be segregated.  For twelve years this woman had been excommunicated from every religious place of assembly; she was shut out from her family, and ostracized by society.  She had endured incurable illness, social isolation, constant pain, financial poverty, and personal humiliation.
            One day she heard that Jesus was coming to her village and SHE WAS DESPERATE.  Have you ever been there?  Desperate enough that you would do whatever it took to get some relief from the pain, whether physical or mental.
            Although this woman is often referred to as the “woman with the issue of blood,” I would rather refer to her as the WOMAN OF COURAGE.
            Can you imagine what it took for her to even be in public?  After all, anything or anyone with whom she came in contact would also become unclean.  She had lived with the stigma of her condition for twelve LONG YEARS.
            Then one day, THIS WOMAN LEARNED ABOUT JESUS.  I don’t know how she heard about Him.  ALL we know is that SHE BELIEVED with all of her heart that Jesus could heal her.  So, as Jesus made his way through a LARGE CROWD, this woman began making her way towards Him. 
            Although she probably hoped to be able to slip away unnoticed, Jesus immediately knew that someone had touched Him.  Jesus still knows today who reaches out to touch Him!  Even though the crowd was all around Him, touching Him, He stopped and asked, “Who touched me?”  Jesus did not ask that question for his own benefit, He is the Son of God, but he asked for her sake and for the sake of the crowd.
            If she had gone away without a further word, she might have believed that there was some magic power in His clothing.  He wanted to assure her that it was her FAITH IN HIM THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE. 
            Another word for “faith” is “trust.”  THIS WOMAN WAS HEALED BY THE SIMPLE FACT THAT SHE TRUSTED JESUS!
            On December 16, 2010, I was diagnosed with throat cancer.  I had no warning signs; I did not fit any of the profiles for the type cancer with which I was diagnosed.  I DID NOT UNDERSTAND! 
            I remember sitting on the couch after receiving the diagnosis, crying my heart out to God saying, “I DON’T UNDERSTAND.”  I was devastated!  I was DESPERATE.  As I sat there in my despair, I began to quote the scripture, Proverbs 3:5 and 6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, but in all of your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”  When I was finally able to say, “I DON’T UNDERSTAND, GOD, BUT I WILL TRUST YOU,” that is when the TRUSTING JOURNEY THROUGH CANCER began. The doctors tried to prepare me for the journey ahead, but nothing could prepare me for the intensity or how debilitating the treatment would be.  I laugh and tell everyone that I lost my hair, I lost my voice, and I lost an extreme amount of weight.
            TODAY, I have my hair, I have my voice, and it is none of your business how much I weigh!!
            However, during the very dark and difficult days, there was a particular song by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir called “He’s Been Faithful” that inspired me.  When I would get anxious, fearful, or even when I would have trouble eating and swallowing was extremely difficult, my family knew that this song would wrap me in a comforting blanket and would bring calm to my spirit.
            Some of the words say; “In my moments of fear, through every pain and every tear, THERE’S A GOD WHO’S BEEN FAITHFUL TO ME.  When my strength was all gone, when my heart had no song, still in love He’s proved faithful to me.  Every word He’s promised is true, what I thought was impossible I’ve seen my God do. HE’S BEEN FAITHFUL, FAITHFUL TO ME, looking back His love and mercy I see.”
            I would listen to that song over and over and over again.  One particular day, when my baby sister, Fara, was sitting with me, listening to “HE’S BEEN FAITHFUL,” I drifted off to sleep. I remember waking up, and she was sitting on the couch crying.  I looked at her, and although I had no voice, I whispered, “NO FARA.  NO CRYING.”  She pointed her finger at me and said, “DEBBIE, when you are WELL, we are going to go hear the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir sing in person!”  IN THAT MOMENT, something sprang in my heart – HOPE.  WHEN I AM WELL, we are going to go hear the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. 
            Days, weeks, and months passed.  My recovery was slow.  My strength and stamina was slow to return.  Fara would call ever so often and say, “ARE YOU READY TO GO TO BROOKLYN?”  She kept HOPE alive in my Spirit.  I would say, “YES, when I am well we are going to go.”
            FINALLY, last September, she asked, and I said, “YES, LET’S PLAN TO GO IN THE SPRING!”  That’s all she needed to hear.  My sisters, Deatra and Fara, and I began to make our plans to go to Brooklyn, New York.
            We made all of the necessary arrangements, and then one day Deatra said, “Debbie, have you called to make sure the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will be singing on the weekend that we are there?” I almost panicked!  I HAD NOT!!
            So I quickly sent an email, and said, “My sisters and I are going to be in Brooklyn on April 27.   In which service will the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir be singing?  I am a cancer survivor, and their music has inspired me.”  A few weeks later, I received a call from the Brooklyn Tabernacle.  The lady inquired about how the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir had been a blessing to me and asked that I send a written testimony to them about my TRUSTING Journey so that it could be shared with the Choir.  She then informed me that the choir would be in both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., and asked which service I wanted to attend.  I quickly replied, “BOTH”. 
            As our conversation came to an end, she said, “Debbie, we will have reserved seats for you and your sisters in both services.”  I was beyond excited!
            SO ON APRIL 27, bright and early, Dee, Fara, and I began to navigate our way on the subway from Times Square in Manhattan to Brooklyn.  That is a whole different story for another time.  Definitely entertaining!  When we arrived at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, we were graciously escorted to our reserved seating, right in the front of the sanctuary.
            We sat down, and I began to soak in the moment I had HOPED for!  When the organ hit those familiar chords that identifies the magnificent music of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, the tears began to stream down my face and FARA’S words came back to me, “DEBBIE, WHEN YOU ARE WELL, we are going to go hear the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir in person.”  Through tears streaming down my face, I began to say, “I AM WELL………….I AM WELL………………I AM WELL!”
            That day in December 2010 as I was sitting on the couch, HOPE SPRANG UP IN MY HEART, and I reached out to touch the hem of His garment and I have been made whole.  I AM WELL! 
            We didn’t just stay for the 1st and 2nd services; we also stayed for the 3rd service.  We walked into the Tabernacle at 8:30 a.m. and walked out of it at 5:30 p.m. with GRATEFUL HEARTS!   

            Perhaps as you have read this article, HOPE has sprung up in your heart!
            I want you to know that Jesus loves you as if you were the one and only person in the universe to love.  HE HEARS YOU as if you are the only one speaking to Him.  EVERYTHING THAT TOUCHES YOU touches Him. 
            If it is pain, then He feels the pain.
            If it is sorrow, then He feels the sorrow
            If it is rejection, then He feels the rejection.
            If it is loss, then He feels the loss
            If it is failure, then He feels the failure.
            WHATEVER it is that hurts you, HE FEELS IT.
            This woman was UNNAMED in the Bible, BUT TODAY, this woman’s name could be yours.  REACH OUT AND TOUCH JESUS. 
            This UNNAMED woman was brave and honest.  She was a WOMAN OF COURAGE!   Be courageous and admit your need for Jesus.

Friday, June 7, 2013


Recently I was with a group sharing fun, food and fellowship, otherwise known as "living, laughing,  and eating chocolate".  Right in the middle of sharing an experience, it seemed as though there were 5 other conversations going on, so I stopped talking,'s obvious that what I'm saying is of no interest to the others.......when one person leaned in, made eye contact with me and said, please finish your story.....I'M LISTENING!   In that instant I sensed the Holy Spirit whisper....I'M ALWAYS LISTENING!    It washed over many times have we just felt like NO ONE is listening.....we aren't even sure if God is hearing our prayers, and JESUS leans in and says, "go ahead, tell Me.....I'M LISTENING!"  In fact scripture says "he inclines His ear to me."

Psalm 116:2
For he hath inclined his ear unto me, and I will call upon him during [all] my days.

Think about all of the conversations going on, all the stories being shared with Jesus RIGHT NOW, and yet HE HEARS WHAT I'M SAYING!!!  How incredible is that......I finished my story, and although the whole group did not hear the end of my story, the ONE that it was intended for, heard it and their heart was touched and my heart was touched because I was reminded......that HE IS LEANING IN TO HEAR WHAT I HAVE TO SAY!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

I am overwhelmed by God’s grace and mercy this morning! 

A few days ago a Girlfriend showed me how to tie a scarf to turn it into a cute vest.
This morning, I pulled one of the scarves out that I had worn often,  after I lost my hair due to the cancer treatment .  

As I slipped on the vest, tears formed in my eyes and trickled down my cheek.  I sat down in the floor of my closet and thanked God that I am able to DREAM AGAIN!    Re-inventing the use of one of my scarves that reminded me of days past, full of pain and sorrow, TODAY, brought about tears of gratefulness and praise! 
Last fall, our Women’s Conference theme was DREAM AGAIN!   Helen Keller once said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”  I know what it is to suffer.  Today, I am so grateful to be a VICTOR not a VICTIM to the suffering.  I am an OVERCOMER!  I AM DREAMING AGAIN! 

The scripture says in Habakkuk 2:2-3 “And then God answered:  Write this.  Write what you see.  Write it out in Big Block letters so that it can be read on the run.  This vision message is a witness pointing to what’s coming.  It aches for the coming, it can hardly wait!  It seems slow in coming, wait, it’s on its way.  It will come right on time” (The Message translation)

Although there were times during my suffering, my vision was clouded, my dream seemed to be fading, God, in His mercy walked me through the “valley of the shadow of death” and today, when I allowed my SCARF TO DREAM AGAIN……………….I too felt the surge of His Presence in my Present!

Although it seems slow in coming, WAIT, it’s on its way, it will come right on time!