It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
(The Message Translation)
(The Message Translation)
I was married only six months when the Lord took me to a very painful classroom of life. I was blessed to have been raised in a godly home where I knew that I was loved. My college years studying to become a physical therapist were super fun and I was happily married to my college sweetheart… when the bottom fell out emotionally for me.
You see, God looked at the foundational belief systems that I was building my life upon and He saw some huge cracks. To allow me to continue to build my family, my career and ministry would be dangerous. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my sense of value and purpose rested in my performance, my titles, my accomplishments and the opinions of others in my life.
God very purposefully began to take apart this foundation, faulty belief system one stone at a time. The Word of God became so relevant to me in this season. Each stone, each belief about myself and about God, had to come from scripture before it could be placed into this new foundation. I wish I could say this new foundation was laid in a week…but I can’t! God was more interested in the process of my healing than in getting me there overnight! One day I will see Him face to face and fully understand who I am to Him but for now, each day I am building my foundation on the truth about who God is and how He sees me. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
In 1998 the Holy Spirit powerfully planted a dream, deep within me that I would one day be ministering to men and women to teach that their purpose and their identity are only found in a relationship with Jesus and in the truths found in the Word of God. I was a young mother at the time and the Lord impressed on my heart that my present day priority was raising my kids to be grounded in the Word. The Holy Spirit encouraged me that during the years with the kids at home, He would have me be in a training camp for ministry.
"Training camp" ministry experience
God kept His word to me. In the years of “training camp”, He opened so many doors for me to teach in a variety of venues:
In all of these wonderful venues, common themes were woven throughout: of discovering your identity and your purpose in Christ, of healing from past wounds and discerning the voice of God.
The past thirty years have been an amazing journey into the MORE that He has for me.
Stepping into the "MORE" today
In order to prepare for the MORE I knew God was calling me to, I returned to Bible college at Southeastern University and was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 2017.
In the spring of 2018, the Lord began to impress on me that the season of transition was here. My sons were grown, married and out on their own. In 2019 I retired from my work as a physical therapist and I stepped down from my position as the children's pastor at our church. Debbie Keever Ministries was launched.
I am forever grateful that God loved me enough to tear down my faulty foundation and to rebuild my identity and purpose based upon the Word of God. It is my passion to help others embrace the truth of Ephesians 1:11 and reach the “MORE” that God has for them.
Embracing the “MORE",
– Debbie Keever