We’re excited to share with you the first interview on the Blogger Voices Network! We hope you enjoy getting to know Debbie Putman as much as we did. Don’t forget to link up your post at the end!
Meet Debbie Putman
Please start by telling us a little about yourself.
I’m Debbie Putman, a 62-year-old retired teacher. My husband, Van, and I have been married for 41 years. We have 2 daughters: Kimberly would be 40 and lives in heaven. She passed away almost 9 years ago. Erin is 39. We also have 3 grandchildren, Zach, 16; Katie, 15; Robyn 13. I lived in California my entire life, until nine months ago when we moved to Prescott Valley, AZ.
List approximately three favorites.
- Christmas (I always know how many days until Christmas. Today? 204!)
- The beach
List one unique fact about you.
My dad started taking me to UCLA football and basketball games when I was 11. I have attended UCLA football games for 51 seasons! I saw Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) play and was a Sophomore when UCLA won their final NCAA basketball championship in 1975.
Debbie Putman’s Blog
Tell us about your blog/ministry?
My blog is titled Uncharted Water, Trusting God No Matter What Comes My Way. I chose that title because at a time when I felt overwhelmed by grief and a series of extremely difficult circumstances. I cried out to God,”I don’t know where I’m going or how to get there.” I felt the Holy Spirit comfort me by reminding me I didn’t need to know. God knew. And He reminded me of three verses: Hebrews 13:5, Hebrews 13:8, and Psalm 46:10.
What’s the best blogging tip you have for your fellow bloggers?
Learn from others. Don’t compare what you do or your stats or responses with other bloggers. Be obedient and do your best.
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Debbie Putman’s Spiritual Growth
What Bible character has influenced your life the most?
I am most influenced by Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. She went against her culture and chose to sit at the feet of Jesus instead of helping her sister. Jesus commended her for “choosing what is better.” Before we moved into our new home in September, I wrote that verse on the foundation in the kitchen so every time I get ready for guests I’m reminded of the importance of being there for the people not for how things look.
Describe a significant time in your life and how God carried you through.
The most difficult time of my life was when my daughter, Kimberly, passed away unexpectedly at 32. My daughter, Erin, and 2 of my grandchildren had moved in with us only a week before Kim died. All I wanted to do was hide. But that was impossible, of course. God used this experience to draw me closer to Him. I learned I could lament and even when I didn’t hear from Him, I knew He listened and cared. Slowly, He transformed me from a person who demanded perfection and was impatient with others to become more caring and compassionate.
Wisdom from Debbie Putman
How do you keep your Daily Time with God regular?
God’s Word is one of my favorite things. I love to get up and take my pot of decaf coffee into my office and sit with His Word each morning. Recently, my church challenged us to pray 3 times a day, at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. I set the alarm on my phone and no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I pray.
How do you think we best need to respond to criticism?
Remember who you are in Christ. I am a beloved daughter of the King of kings. I’ve learned, only recently, to tell myself this when others criticize. But I also need to listen carefully to the message of the person criticizing me. Rather than getting defensive, I need to look for gems of truth and learn from what they said. Ask God to search my heart and see if there is any offensive way in me (Psalm 139:23-24) and help me to change as He wants me to change and grow.
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