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Debra Jo Borden
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Blaming God - From Anger to Faith
The first time I was angry at God I was personally stunned by the emotion.  It seemed that I'd always had a deep and convicted faith so I couldn't understand how I allowed myself to get to a place of true anger with God.  How could I be mad at the only pers...

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Shame Culture vs. Mormon Culture
Is SHAME CULTURE part of your congregational experience at church ? Are you so caught up in the details of what's right and wrong (like the Sadducees and Pharisees of old), that you don't truly know who your Savior is? Are you so busy trying to save the wor...

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Blanket Statements with the Atonement
(These thoughts were written a few days before "My Awakening" & post, after a deep discussion on the topic of trauma and healing through Christ.) 2/17/17 The Atonement is not exactly like a magic wand (well actually, it could be argued that it is, one of my...

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My Awakening
I grew up in a bubble. I didn't think I did. I thought I had problems...like when all my friends were busy on the weekend and I felt left out.  I thought I knew how to live and love. I thought I knew what life was about.  I thought I understood success and ...

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Obamacare - Threatening My American Dream
June 2016 My husband and I have been facing this struggle for 8 months, now, but we've been mostly quiet about it on social media and here. For 11 1/2, almost 12 years of marriage, we've been working towards and dreaming of purchasing a home to raise our ki...

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Taking Time...Meticulous Time
During the Christmas holiday I was stressing out about getting a million-and-ten things done when I came across a bundle of necklaces.  I was in a cleaning and de-junking mode and all I wanted to do was throw it in the garbage.  Except...there was a shiny m...

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Love Your SELFie but Not Too Much, Please
Before I go ANY further, let me publish this important and necessary disclaimer:  1) I am the most self-centered person I know (TRUE FACT).  2) If you "LOVE your SELFie" too much, don't read this, because I will offend you....  I probably shouldn't worry, t...

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The Day the Music Died & The Day It Lived Again
Everyone has a Ghost from Christmas Past don't they? December 19th, 2003 was an infamous ghost of Christmas Past for the Joseph Tenney family, and let me tell you why:  Anyone who really knows my dad, knows that he's a dreamer.  He's a can-do person, a don'...

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Mama Bear Feelings for All My Children - the Ones I Know and the Ones I Don't Know, Yet
I wrote my last post while still in despair over circumstances I could not change or influence.  But my feelings have changed since I wrote it!  I'm more sure that what my friend Merri said was true, and maybe some of the things I said in my doubting and de...

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Patience in Reverse
(Written June 16, 2014) Monday night we had a family home evening lesson...on patience. Taylor, who is now home from his mission to Guatemala, shared some thoughts he had, and distributed gifts & souvenirs that he brought back for us. It has been such a swe...
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