Debbie Blackwell, 2014

Writing this reminds me of the first grade project my daughter did years ago to share with her class.  We dug through drawers to find pictures and answered questions on the pre-printed poster she was given.  We helped her with questions about her favorite food and why she is special.  I guess this is the grown-up version of that poster.

I am a follower of Jesus Christ, who is my savior and my hope of glory.  I have been saved by grace through faith alone, and that is simply amazing.

I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and attended church throughout my childhood.  I struggled as my childish version of religion came up against the realization of what a wretched person I truly am.  I could not reconcile who I knew myself to be with the “God loves me” unconditional acceptance of my limited knowledge.  I struggled, searched and eventually came to understand grace and forgiveness as God faithfully drew me back to Himself.

In an effort to understand what and Who I claimed to believe in, I began to delve into the Bible and seek those who had more knowledge than I did.  What I found was more than I could have ever hoped for or imagined — I was actually able to understand the Bible myself!  The more I dig, the more there is to learn!  It takes me time (and I do spend a lot of time) and I have come to know and understand more about the God I desperately love and the Savior I desperately need than I ever thought I could.  And I am constantly learning and that is why I am still Seeking Paradise.

I teach Bible studies, lead discussion groups and study on my own. I also have had the opportunity to teach Bible study methods, have written an inductive study on 1 Corinthians, and do some speaking.  I do not have a theological degree.  I avail myself of commentaries, concordances, dictionaries and other resources written by those whom I have researched and whose interpretations I trust.

Greg and I

Greg and I

I have been married to my sweet husband, Greg, for almost 28 years and we are blessed to have a son and a daughter.  We work together in my husband’s business and our dogs help as we work.  We live in north Texas and attend Hillside Community Church in Keller.  We also volunteer with the area homeless.

It’s not nearly as colorful as the poster I still have from my daughter’s project, but I hope it tells you a little about who I am.  I welcome you to join me on this journey.  I can only wonder where the adventure of Seeking Paradise will lead.

No matter where I will be or what I will be doing, it will be paradise for I can know that because I am His, He will never leave me nor forsake me.

…for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.  What will man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5b-6