Debbie J.

Debbie J.

Birth Date: August 7
Birth Place: Tifton, GA

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I was born on August 7. I am from Tifton, Georgia, which has been named the reading capital of the world. I have been married for 17 years and have two boys, ages 10 and 13.

God has allowed me to be successful in many areas of my life, but I am most grateful for completing college. I consider this a major accomplishment, as only a few of my family members has continued their education beyond high school. I am currently operating a licensed daycare center in my home. I serve only the kids in my neighborhood and have the privilege of preparing them for preschool. It’s a hard job at times but it’s so encouraging when the kids are doing well and the parents come back to say thanks. I know God has something more in store for me with my Masters in Business Administration, but until then, I’m thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the 50+ kids that have come through my daycare.

Among the several interests in my life is my newfound love for reading novels. I used to hate reading. In school, I only read what was required and never really tried to like it. I started reading books because my sister-in-law talked it up to be the best thing next to a Sunday meal, so I gave it a try, and now I’m addicted. I now use my love of reading to encourage my kids and to share The Word with others. I also like singing in the choir at my church, teaching Sunday School, cooking, and having get-togethers with friends and family. I have done some volunteer work through my church and I look forward to more opportunities through the Book Club.

I have a lot of favorite scriptures, but in praying for the unity and deliverance of my family, I lean on Colossians 3:12-14 (New Century Version): 12: God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So always do these things: Show mercy to others, be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. 13: Get along with each other, and forgive each other. If someone does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you. 14: Do all these things; but most important, love each other. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity.

My favorite book since joining the book club is “Zora’s Cry” by Tia McCollars. This one has seemed to stay with me long after I’ve read it. I shared it with a friend who, after reading it, decided to become celibate and is still holding strong.

The Women of Character Book Club has made a big impact on my life. Gathering with the members of Women of Character is like going to a spiritual day spa or retreat. When our time is over, I always leave feeling relaxed, uplifted, refreshed, and focused. During our book discussions, we have a time of prayer and testimony. There always seems to be someone in the group who can relate to one or more characters in the book, which brings it all to reality. Sometimes there’s lots of laughter and sometimes lots of tears. I can’t help but share with others what I have gained from the Women of Character because my cup runneth over.

Thanks, Women of Character, for your encouragement, prayers, and support.