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Daughter of the King - born from above in 1989.

Deborah grew up in a military family and moved to Florida in the early 1970's.  She began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her writing.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fruitful or Barren - What Will Your Spouse See?

     I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.
     Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.
     I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is – when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.             (John 15:1-8  MSG)

When you are living in a spiritually uneven marriage, your husband becomes a fruit inspector, even if he doesn't totally grasp the concept from a Christian standpoint.

He looks for evidences of your conversion.  He sees your reactions to everyday struggles.  He watches to see if you'll acknowledge him for something he's done for you.  Do you have fruit for him to appreciate, much less notice?




Jesus told us we would bear good fruit when we abide in Him.  That means we are to stay in an intimate relationship with Him which entails Bible study, praying, and following His commandments.  Fruit bearing is a result of living in total surrender to Him. 

The following is an excerpt from an article in the magazine In Touch by Dr. Charles F. Stanley:

The wisest decision you can make is to set your heart, mind, and will on doing whatever is necessary to grow up in Christ.  Then whenever the Lord gives you a specific responsibility of any kind, you will be prepared and equipped to fulfill your calling.  Here are some spiritual markers of a believer.

The Fruit of Spiritual Maturing
Spirit-controlled character  (Gal. 5:22-25)
Stability of sound doctrine  (I Tim. 4:6)
Passion for Christ and His calling  (Phil. 3:7-14)
Increasing love for one another  (I Thess. 3:12-13)
Ability to gently exhort others  (II Tim. 2:24-26)
Discernment  (Heb. 5:14)
Godly wisdom  (James 3:13-18)
Increasing holiness in behavior  (I Peter 1:13-16)


In the New Testament Jesus used the fig tree to illustrate spiritual hypocrisy in the religious community of His day.  Here is one such passage:

Now in the morning, as He [Jesus] returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” And immediately, the fig tree withered away.  (Matthew 21:18-19)

Jesus cursed the tree because it should have had some fruit on it naturally – simply as a function of its fruit-bearing nature and tendency to blossom nearly year-round.  He correlated the tree’s lack of fruit to the nation of Israel’s spiritual deficit and moral corruption.  The Jewish people had forsaken God and rejected Him time and time again.  The religious leaders made a mockery of the original intent of the Law and had burdened men with hundreds of man-made rules and regulations.

Fig trees in Jesus’ day were abundant and as common as an oak or maple in your front yard today. Everyone had a fig tree and they dotted the landscape in the hillsides surrounding Jerusalem.  In the Old Testament it often represented prosperity.  In I Kings 4:25 we read that “every man was sitting under his own fig tree.”  The fig tree makes a good shade tree, often growing up to 20 feet or more. (John 1:43-50) 

Many times fig trees were planted alongside the grapevines and flourished in the well-maintained vineyards.  Fruit often appears before the leaves which don’t appear until right before summer.  Two crops of fruit appear: one in the spring which is eaten fresh, and the other in fall which is often dried during the winter. 

The first time a fruit tree is mentioned and named in Scripture is in Genesis. Fig leaves were sewed together and used to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:7) The fig leaves are roughly the size of a human hand and are hairy on the back side.

 So, let’s talk about OUR fruit (or lack thereof).  How do we assure a year-round crop of eye-pleasing, mouth-watering fruit?  How do we stay connected to the Vine and grow as a follower of Christ?

We go back to our passage in John 15:1-8.  We abide.  We make Jesus the hub of our lives.  As the Apostle Paul says in Acts 17:28, “for in Him we live and move and have our being…”  What should our fruit look like?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  (Galatians 5:22-23)

I just happen to know a really great Gardener, and His fruit is always ripe.








Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”.  It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.  Visit


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Bona Fide Convert

Salvation:  deliverance from the power and effects of sin.


If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  
(II Corinthians 5:17)

If you ask a handful of people to define what a “Christian” is – you’ll get a variety of answers. Some say if you attend church you’re a Christian.  Others think if your parents and grandparents were Christians, then you are a Christian by birth right.  You might know someone who thinks being baptized or dedicated as a child qualifies you to be a Christian.  There are churches full of people who believe they are Christians, yet don’t follow His commandments or know Him intimately.  Pastors, choir members, Sunday school teachers and deacons have made public professions of faith after they have spent their entire lives in church.

There should be a time in your life where you can clearly point to an event or a private moment that changed you forever:  your genuine conversion experience with the Lord Jesus Christ.

So, what does it look like?  You begin to fall in love with God’s Word.  You desire to spend more time with His people.  You care less and less about the world’s system and its allure.  You have a tender heart towards things that move the heart of God, and you begin to live to please Him – not others.


Let’s be clear… a Christian is a Christ follower.  In order to follow Christ, you have to make a decision to do so.  But this is the best part – Christ chooses you!  He seeks you out and invites you to accept His gift of salvation.  Jesus says, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him" (John 6:44).




God saves men by His sovereign grace through the Atonement of Jesus.  He works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure; but we have to work out that salvation in practical living... The experience of salvation means that in your actual life things are really altered, you no longer look at things as you used to; your desires are new, old things have lost their power…It is this complete and amazing alteration that is the evidence that you are a saved soul.    ~ Oswald Chambers [My Utmost for His Highest]


Below is an excerpt from my book  MISSION POSSIBLE
Chapter 7   “Victory at Last!”  

            Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 

            My husband needs to have that personal revelation of Jesus where there is no doubt that He is real!  When he has a profession of faith that rivals that of Thomas in scripture, that will be a day of celebration in heaven (and on earth).  His eternal salvation will be secured and the “head knowledge” will be replaced with the “heart knowledge”.  Remember Romans 10:20?  That is “his” verse; “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”

Mission Possible is a book for women living in an unequally-yoked marriage. It offers the reader hope and encouragement using God's Word and applying Biblical truths.  Copyright © Deborah McCarragher 2009-2014.


I'm waiting and hopeful that my husband will truly be converted as a disciple of Christ.  


After 25+ years of being unequally-yoked in marriage, I'm longing for spiritual intimacy and the opportunity to grow old together - serving the Lord.  I cannot see into my husband's heart, but I do know that there will be evidences of a real conversion.  I am a fruit inspector, not a fruit cultivator.  Jesus brings forth the fruit.  

Here is a passage from the Message translation that testifies to a true believer...

This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit.  Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world.  Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God.  We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.   [I John 4:13-15  MSG]

Hold fast to your hope - do not waiver.  Let your faith rise to the occasion.  Believe in God's ability to reach your husband's soul.  Don't give up...






Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”.  It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.  Visit



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Thursday, September 13, 2012

I'll bet your FAITH has not been tested like this...

Welcome to the Book Blog Tour for author 
Elizabeth L Chalker and her new book 

Hanging On by the Scratch Marks My Nails Left Behind (Raw Faith)

About the Book
Foreword by Pastor Charles Carrin and Dr. Corey Cameron 

You—one person—an individual, can literally change this whole world with love. By focusing on love, making a choice to love, feeding all that is positive, good, and of the light with exuberance and abundance instead of feeding the negative and evil things of the darkness. You can literally change the world and yourself. One relationship--one interaction--one decision at a time.

If you are experiencing the dark night of the soul in affliction year after year, it will present you, as it has me, with opportunities not found in most other life circumstances.

This is a life story of being in the fire, where I currently remain, where my heart for the Lord has become increasingly insatiable. A deepened intimacy has developed and continues to grow even through this very moment, and will continue beyond. As you read, this is my hope and prayer for you as well.

About The Author
Elizabeth Chalker is still in the furnace of life’s' calamities and fighting the good fight of faith and endurance, keeping her eyes on the prize of heaven. Before serious, physical illness devastated her body, Elizabeth was on the fast track as a successful psychologist and addictions specialist, working with violent juvenile offenders and their families, near completion of her third graduate degree. 

Her life is a testimony of faith that is steadfast and remains no matter the seemingly dark, unjust, and treacherous circumstances of life. She resides in Lighthouse Point, Florida. Elizabeth continues to minister to those in need and aspires to show God's glory through every breath she takes.
Before and After photos of Elizabeth: 

This is a real life story of being in the fire, where I currently remain, where my heart for the Lord has become increasingly insatiable. A deepened intimacy has developed and continues to grow even through this very moment, and will continue beyond. As you read, this is my hope and prayer for you as well.


Book detail:
ISBN-13: 9781612151205     Publisher: Xulon Press    Publication date: 10/26/2010    Pages: 470

You can purchase her book on Amazon with the link (below)



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Find and contact Elizabeth here:
 Book Website
 Personal Website

Additional helpful information:
http://www.publichealthalert.org/pdf/2010/2010_06.pdf (this is a link to Public Health Alert medical paper, the issue has some of my story, photos, and a letter to President Obama). 


You can also view Elizabeth's Book Trailer on YouTube here:




Whatever you do - get this book as an encouragement for yourself or someone you know... This is what real Faith is all about!









Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”.  It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.  Visit




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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Faith as a Mustard Seed - Do you have it?

In Luke 7:2-10 we find the story of the Roman centurion.  A parallel passage is found in Matthew 8:5-13 with a slight variation in the details.  Nonetheless, both biblical accounts give us great insight into extraordinary "faith in action."

In biblical times, a centurion was the commander of one-hundred soldiers in the occupying army.  This particular centurion lived in Capernaum, a thriving town on the Sea of Galilee, and he had been instrumental in building a synagogue for the Jews there. Though he was a gentile, he had a great affinity for the people of Capernaum, and was a godly man, well respected by all.

The centurion was endeared to his servant, who was sick with the palsy (paralysis). The local physicians were unable to help him. This particular servant was very valuable, which is perhaps why he was compelled to seek out the infamous “Great Physician” to heal him. He even had the elders of the Jews intercede for his servant – recognizing that he was unworthy to approach Jesus with his request in person.

As Jesus neared the centurion’s household, his friends relayed his message to Him, saying, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

He showed the Lord great respect, recognizing His authority was from God. He assumed a position of humility as he voiced his concerns and request. Haughtiness never earned favor with anyone. He trusted the Lord to perform all that was necessary for his servant’s healing. He recognized that Jesus, in His physical form, wasn’t needed to heal his beloved servant.

Verse 9 is the key verse in this story. Jesus marveled at the centurion’s great faith! He admonished the crowd as He said, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”  Lastly, we see the centurion’s servant healed, by the Word of the Lord, at the very hour it was proclaimed.



Below is an excerpt from my book  MISSION POSSIBLE 
Chapter 3   “Faith as a Mustard Seed”.   

Mission Possible is a book for women living in an unequally-yoked marriage. 
It offers the reader hope and encouragement using God's Word and applying Biblical truths.

Jesus said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on the earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade” (Mark 4:30-32). 

When we have faith so small it seems insignificant, God can grow it into something sturdy and supportive that even others can “nest in”. In Matthew 17:20 Jesus again said, “… for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed , you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” All things are possible with God!


One of my daily devotionals, “Streams in the Desert” by L.B. Cowman, has an entry by an unknown author named C.H.P. He talks about a passage written by Paul in the book of Galatians: “Before this faith came, we were held prisoners …locked up until faith should be revealed” (Gal. 3:23 NIV). We are set aside for a time to learn a more excellent way of faith. 

Moses, Joseph, Paul, Silas, and even John all learned about being put aside for a season to be locked-up to faith. Commit your circumstances to God. praise Him, and claim Romans 8:28 that “He will work all things to good for those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose.” Isaiah 64:4 promises that God “acts on behalf of those who wait for Him.” Others will receive insight and blessings because you were locked-up to learn the way of faith.

So - where has your faith been challenged lately?  Did your faith start out "small as a mustard seed?"  Are your faith muscles growing as you continue to walk this path called life?

Hebrews 11 has been called the “Faith Chapter”. Paul writes, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3). We can frame our husband with the Word of God by speaking into existence his salvation. God’s Word will not return void.  Isaiah 46:11states, “Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.”  II Corinthians 1:20 states “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 

Amen means so be it! God's promises are trustworthy!









Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”.  It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.  
Visit http://www.spirituallyunevenmarriage.com

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