Tuesday, October 29, 2019

It's here !!! Welcome to My Emmaus Walk through Stormy Waters!!!

Announcing the arrival of my newest book!!!!

My Emmaus Walk through Stormy Waters 
will uplift you 
in the midst of whatever squall you're weathering.

The stories show how faith helped navigate two big storms in my life...grief and cancer...
and it'll help illuminate your way too.

Read it.  
Be blessed. 
Be inspired. 
Be encouraged. 


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Announcing....a (soon-to-be) new arrival!! This one's for YOU!


Get ready!!!

It's coming soon!!!! 

My newest book, My Emmaus Walk through Stormy Waters will soon be available!  

Be inspired. Be encouraged. Be loved. 

More to follow.



Saturday, August 10, 2019

About Me

Welcome! If you're looking for inspiration, you're in the right place! 

I'm Debra Tomaselli and I'm convinced God makes his presence known in subtle, but very real ways. God is always with us, providing strength, comfort and hope. We can trust in God.

Faith makes a difference in my life. You'll see. It can make a difference in yours, too.

Come, discover the extraordinary presence of God in the ordinary events of our days. 

Saturday, July 20, 2019

A new beginning!


"Look at you!" my neighbor said as he pulled into his driveway. "You've got a spring in your step! My wife and I saw you from a distance! You must be feeling good!"

I am! Yes, I am! 

I initiated a discussion with the oncologist recently in which we decided not to continue the  ongoing cancer treatments, skipping those scheduled for May. I believe the side effects were too debilitating and no longer worth the risk. After a short discussion, the oncologist agreed, and I'm back on 'watch and wait.' 

Surely, I grew healthier. And stronger!  This week, I started running again!  

Well, it's a short course, but it's a start..And it represents a new chapter....

Hooray!!!  

I feel good!!  I haven't felt this good in years!  I'm bursting with happiness!

May every breath of my soul be meaningful to you, O Lord. Thank you for this time, for this limited timed we have on earth. May everything we do glorify you, and may we...just do it!


The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?    Psalm 27:1

Here's a song for your enjoyment.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Oh Happy Day!!!

How you feel when your oncologist agrees that it's time to 'take a break' from cancer treatments!!! 

Praise be to God! Now, Lord, how can I use this time for you? 

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.    Psalm 19:14


Friday, December 21, 2018

Be strong! Be courageous! For the Lord your God...is on your side!



Early this morning I'm outside, sipping coffee, and praying. It's chilly, the skies are grey and so is my mood, Today I'll attend the funeral Mass for a friend's husband who lost his battle with cancer.
I feel sad. I feel lonely...but God won't leave me there...
My phone dings.
A text pops up.
It's welcoming words from a dear friend. A holy friend. A just-what-I -needed friend! 
My heart jumps. A smile spreads across my face as I realize it's another 
gentle reminder: We may feel alone, but we are never alone.


Be strong and courageous! Do not be frightened, do not be dismayed. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Making the Most of Now...



Just before Thanksgiving, I completed the latest rounds of ongoing cancer treatments.There were some rough days, but soon afterwards, things got better again. 

The best way to describe my health is to say it feels like an unpredictable wild animal lives inside me. On the worst of days, it's attacking; debilitating. On better days, it's simply crouched nearby, growling. At best...it's lying in the corner....quietly making its presence known...it's there...it's always there...ready to pounce...

I've learned to listen to its cues. I've learned to modify my life. I've learned what's important and what's not.

And I've got a dream. As crazy as it sounds, my book, My Emmaus Walk; True Stories of Faith, Hope and Inspiration, is calling me back into life. 

Recently, (with exceptions) I've been able to make a simple plan and that simple plan has been to speak to groups about the book's message...the glorious reality of the presence and the love of God in our everyday lives...because He's here, you know. .the good Lord is with us...here and now. ..always and everywhere...

Isn't that something worth shouting about? 

It's my passion. It's my life. It's my reason for being.

So, dear Larann Wilson, Steward for Children and Family Ministries at St. Mary Magdalen parish - a heartfelt "thank you" for the opportunity to speak to parents of the religious education classes earlier this month! What amazing work you're doing! What an engaging group they are! What a joy it was!

And to Oakmonte Village Assisted Living Facility in Lake Mary, for allowing me the privilege of reading excerpts from my book to a group of residents who gathered for the stories...thank you! thank you! How wonderful was that?!

And to the woman who bought a book for her daughter who was having a 'hard time' and she thought the book would encourage her. Aren't you thoughtful? 

And to the nurses in the infusion lab at the Cancer Institute who wanted copies of my book...what a blessing! Thank you! You are instruments in the hands of God in more ways than one. I pray the words in those pages bless all who read it.

I'm thankful for so much...for this stage of life, and for all it took to get me here. I'm thankful for my dear husband, Joe, and his unshakable support. I'm thankful for my daughters and my sons-in-law. I'm thankful for my grandchildren. I'm thankful for the blessing of my extended family. I'm thankful for my faith. I'm thankful for my friends. I'm thankful for my coworkers (yes, I still consider you that!) I'm thankful for the good times and even the struggles. 

And today, as I inch forward, I'm thankful for the dreams planted deep within. So, Josie, I look forward to speaking to your group next week. 

May God bless us all, as we fix our gaze on him.


And the God of all grace...after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.   1 Peter 5:10




























It's here !!! Welcome to My Emmaus Walk through Stormy Waters!!!

Announcing the arrival of my newest book!!!! My Emmaus Walk through Stormy Waters  will uplift you  in the midst of whatever squa...