Hello everyone! Happy Thursday…and a big welcome, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I’m so glad you stopped by today, for another visit…and I pray that your day will truly be filled with the presence of God!
Well yesterday was a great day…and it sure felt good to get out of the house and office for a while, to go grocery shopping. I never thought in my lifetime; that I would think of grocery shopping, as a vacation away from home…but I do. After a couple very busy weeks of work…it was time to fill up the cupboards and fridge, for another two weeks. You’re probably wondering…now why would she shop for that many days at a time. Well…I guess you haven’t seen the schedule God has given me for this ministry…and besides, it does make it a lot easier on my legs.
Anyways…as I was tying up some loose ends with the ministry, while preparing to head out the door; I spent a little time with God and asked Him to bless my husband and me, with two good cab drivers and to keep us safe and bless us at the store…and you know what…He did it all and more!
The first cab driver we had was a retired school teacher…with a smile that could make you happy, even if you were having a bad day. As I got into the cab…he was quick to say “Hello” and then he talked with my husband and me, as if he had known us all his life.
Once we got to the store and began to shop…I thought to myself…wow Lord, you have already started my day with answered prayer…but then on the way home, we were greeted by a cab driver, who seemed to be either having a bad day or was just not a happy man. As we got into his cab…he did say “Hello;” but seemed more to himself. After letting him do most of the talking…I just sat there listening and smiling back…and just like I shared on Twitter…that smile seemed to do the trick; because as we pulled into our driveway; his whole outlook on life seemed to be slowly changing.
After the cab came to a halt…my husband got out and began to take the groceries from the cab, while I prepared to pay the man. Within a short time, I saw something in this man that I hadn’t seen the whole way home. He looked at me and said… “You know…my meter hasn’t been working right lately; so let me do this manually.” I said… “Ok…that will be fine.” Within a few minutes; he turned back to me and gave me the cost of the cab ride and it was cheaper than what the meter said. When I left that cab…my thoughts began to focus on how a simple smile and heart can truly allow God to work and change a person completely around.
You know…one thing I was reminded of today; is that we don’t have to be anything special to serve God. Rather than getting upset, over the way someone is treating us…why not give them a smile. It’s amazing how a smile can not only change their heart…but our heart too!
No matter where you are in life…just know that you don’t have to be anything special to serve God. Just a simple smile can take a heart that is hurting…cold and calloused and make it into something brand new…so “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Well…it’s been another great visit! I pray that your day will truly be blessed from above! Take care and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a Happy Wednesday to you! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! What a great time of the day, to slow down and enjoy your company…and even more; the presence of a great…loving and powerful God! As you begin your day, I pray that your day will be truly filled with His awesome presence!
You know…sometimes it’s so nice, to just slow down and sit on the daybed in my office and stare out the window into nowhere! I don’t know what it is; but when I do that, I seem to connect even more deeply with God. I can be looking up at the clouds, as they move by…or I could just be watching a tree blow in the wind…and words of hope will drift through those moments, into a heart that can truly feel the heart of the One who is sending those thoughts my way. Sometimes, I even feel prompted to write these thoughts down and tuck them away, in my little box of thoughts…or maybe even use them on Twitter. No matter what…it’s these quiet moments in my day that actually draws me closer to the heart of God.
How many times do we actually sit down and let go of every thought that has invaded our minds throughout the day…just to sense the loving presence of God close by? Don’t we realize that His presence surrounds us each day…in so many ways? I truly believe that if we could only slow down and look, listen and anticipate His loving presence; then we would find Him, in the still and quiet moments of that day.
You know…I actually believe that the busy moments of a day, can be one of the greatest opportunities for Satan to step in and raise havoc. Since we are already feeling out of control, during these moments…he just seems to think that he can add more fuel, to a fire that is already burning within us.
One thing I have come to see in my life; is that I not only need God, as I begin and end my day…but on and off throughout the day. What a comfort to know that He is only a prayer a way…and I find that when I speak a simple prayer like… “God, I could use your help;” that this is when He steps in and completely turns a day around; that can feel so out of control.
You know…time with God can truly make the day into something special…and oh the feelings that come, from His heart to ours…feelings that can calm a troubled moment and bring sweet peace into our hearts…and His presence definitely has a way of warming the heart and bringing new life back into it…a time, when we experience moments that have never been felt before.
As you begin this brand new day…take a little time…stare out a window and breathe deep and let the spirit of God enter these moments; that you too may experience the fullness of a God, who can truly make every moment of your day complete!
Well…I truly have enjoyed this time with you…and what a way to write…enjoying some quiet moments with God, as I prepare to walk through another new day with Him! Today, I pray that as we begin to step into another new day; that we will also feel the presence of One so true…stepping into each moment that lies ahead of us; that we may not walk alone; but rather walk close beside someone that we can commune with…throughout each minute of the day!
Well…until tomorrow…take good care…have a great day and I will hope to see you again soon! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…Happy Tuesday…and a big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to be back with you again…and my prayer for you; is that you will truly feel the depth of God’s presence…walking close beside you today!
Well…the other night was what I call a humdinger of a night…and what I mean by that; is I spent more time awake than asleep. I think that I can say that this was one of my worst nights ever. Have you ever felt as though your feet were going to jump off the bed or have you ever felt as if someone had been stretching your toes, while having a vibrator attached to your feet? Let me tell you…it’s quite the experience. I was so desperate for help; that after calling out to God; I turned on a fan and hung my feet over the bed…just to see if the cool air would numb them.
Finally, after only 2 ½ hours of rest…I sat up in bed…thinking on all that needed to be done for the ministry...and after a few minutes of thinking on everything that was crossing my mind at the time; I chose to shake off the misery I was feeling…and from there, I began to get around for my day.
After returning back to my office; I sat on the daybed…feeling numb, from all the pain and spasms my legs and feet had gone through during the night; but at the same time, I wasn’t going to let Satan get the credit for any of it; so I said to God… “I may have had a rough night; but you brought me through it. I’m still breathing and functioning this morning; so Lord, I give you praise, for bringing me through…what seemed so overwhelming at the time…Amen!”
Believe me when I say; that I know how easily we can fall prey to a circumstance. Before we know it, we find ourselves focusing on every detail of the problem and what went wrong, until we find ourselves sitting in the muck and mire of that despair.
One thing I’ve learned through time; is that maybe we don’t always have a good report to praise God for…but have you ever thought; that it’s a blessing in itself, just to survive the difficult moments that Satan puts us through? You know…just knowing that a powerful God was able to hold me above that pit of total destruction the other night, was reason enough to praise God.
As you continue to walk through your week…don’t give Satan the time of day; but rather, give God the praise He so rightfully deserves…for just holding you above a pit of despair. Things may be bad at the time; but they could always be worse too…and when I think on how God has control over my life…and your life too; that’s enough, to lift a heart of praise up to Him!
Well…I truly have enjoyed this time with you…and what a great reminder…to always praise God, in the midst of despair. Remember one thing…when we do fall prey to the weaknesses that Satan afflicts us with; then he is getting the credit, for what he just did to you and me; so shun him, as you walk through your day and focus on a God, who can be everything, for everything you need. I truly believe that when we approach life, with this kind of an attitude; then no matter how rough life may seem…it won’t overwhelm us.
Today, as you begin another new day with God; I pray that you will truly know His presence above anything else that may attempt to enter your day! Take good care and have a great day…and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a big Monday welcome, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I pray that you had a very blessed Easter…and that your new week to come would be truly blessed by Jesus Christ…the One who is alive and lives forevermore!
Many of you probably already know of the journey that I’ve been on, for many years of my life…and as I’ve been sitting here today…thinking on all that God has brought me through; one thought crossed my mind…and that was how God came to me, during these difficult moments in my life. I didn’t have to beg Him to do anything…for He just came freely to me.
As I look back to a time, when I was beginning my journey through months of counseling, for a sexual abuse that took place as a child; I remember a time, when I was being interviewed…before the group counseling actually began. As I sat with a lady…answering her questions; I remember turning to her and saying…“Why did this horrible memory have to come up…so late in life?” She turned to me and said… “Diane, God has a time for everything…and this seems to be the time, in which He wants you healed of the past.” Little did I know that His timing would be due, to what He had in store for my life right now.
Not only did I come to acknowledge God’s timing, during these very difficult moments in my life; but I also came to see how God sustains us and protects us, from the blows of life; that are just too hard to handle on our own. As I look back, I see how God allowed this memory to be hidden deep within me, until just the right time…for the pit that Satan had plotted to put me in was now a place, where God was suspending me above the moments of defeat.
I know this may seem strange to some; but when I was around the age of when I was being sexually abused as a child…I remember sitting in the backyard and as I sat there…all to myself, I remember seeing, what appeared to be pieces of straw coming out of the sky. These pieces of straw weren’t being blown in on an angle; but rather, they were coming straight down, out of the clouds…like large raindrops falling from the sky. Never did I stop to think at the time; that this just may have been something God was allowing me to experience, as a means of letting me know that He was with me.
You know…we don’t always understand why God allows such painful moments into our lives; but one thing I have truly come to see; is that God never afflicts us with painful moments like these…because good cannot produce evil. Yes…He could have stopped it; but I truly believe that He had a plan to use it, which I am seeing take place right now.
Remember one thing…even though God may allow something into your life that Satan has afflicted you with; that doesn’t mean that He no longer has control over it…because even though Satan sees that the affliction has taken hold of us; he tends to forget that there is a God, who is greater in power and strength.
No matter what you’re walking through right now; just know that God has a time for everything and He will sustain you and be with you…and most of all control the circumstance, as you walk through it with Him.
Well…I truly have enjoyed our time together today…and I pray that as you begin another new week; that you will come to see that God is always there for you! Take care...have a great Monday…and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Friday” to you! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to be back with you today…and I pray that you will have a day that is truly blessed by God above!
Some of you may be wondering what happened to me yesterday…well, I was experiencing a lot of pain in my right knee area…where it was fused with a rod. Spasms were jolting me throughout the day and at times, I was finding it difficult to walk…and to top it off, it felt as though the knee area wanted to dislocate…like it did many times in the past. The only thing strange about that; is there is no kneecap in there to dislocate…so by evening, I just decided to call it quits a little bit earlier and get some rest.
As I woke up this morning, the leg seemed to be doing better; but I was feeling totally drained, from all the pain and discomfort, along with a rough night…so before starting my day out on Twitter, I got alone with God and just poured my heart out to Him. You know…I realize that there are many in life that have it much worse, with cancer and even those who are in wheelchairs; but this has been a lifetime of problems for me…so there can be days, when the brain is just tired of pain and the day to day problems I deal with, in both of these legs.
Anyways, as I began to spend some time alone with God…it was as if I could feel His loving arms around me, as the tears flowed, from a heart that is just so tired of pain. Within a short time; it was as if I could hear that still small voice within me saying… “Diane, it’s going to be alright!”
As I opened the Bible that rested on my lap, I was immediately taken to one of my favorite readings in the Bible…one I have used in the past, as a means of strengthening my heart, when I’m just too weak to stand on my own…and it’s found in Psalm 18. In fact, if you are going through some tough times of your own…please take a little time and read this chapter in Psalms because it’s a powerful chapter that will truly help you to disconnect yourself from the problem and reconnect your heart with God.
Anyways…back to what I was saying…I opened my Bible and I not only was lead to Psalm 18; but two verses immediately popped out to me, as though God was relaying a message directly, from His heart to mine and the first verse, in Psalms 18:6 reads… “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.” Immediately, I knew that He had heard my cry…then from there, He lead me to Psalm 18:19, which reads… “He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.” One thing I can say, since I read those verses; is that God did hear my cry…and He did deliver me from the excruciating pain that was attempting to take me down.
No matter what you’re facing today…you don’t have to suffer alone; because there is a God, who is waiting to reach out to you…but there is one thing I have found to be so true and that is that He is waiting for us to reach out to Him first. I have found that when we reach out to God; it’s a humble way of admitting that we can’t walk these narrow paths alone…and when He sees our humble hearts reaching out; that is when He comes running…to reach out to us.
Today, as you begin another day…reach out to God in your hour of need…and I know that He will reach back to you…for this is exactly what He did for me!
Well…I hope you have a great day and a blessed Easter! Please come back this weekend, to Sunday Inspiration…for a special Easter writing…and until Monday, I pray that God will truly bless your heart with His loving presence!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a Happy Wednesday to you! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries!” I’m so glad that you decided to stop by and pay me a visit…and my prayer for you; is that you will truly experience the depth of God’s love, as you walk through this day!
As I’ve been sitting here in my office…a song has been going through my thoughts; that goes a little like this… “In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along; where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet, God leads His dear children along. Some through the waters, some through the flood, some through the fire, but all through the blood; some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, in the night season and all the day long.”
I remember a time, when this song truly came alive within my own life. On January 04, 1989; these were the words that God shared from His heart to mine… “I will take you through the wilderness…I will take you through the storms…I will take you through the valleys…and if you trust me, the victory will be yours.” Some of you may have already heard me speak of these words before; but these words…like the words in the song above, have meant so much to my heart; because you see…these are not just words…read from a book and put back on a shelf; but rather, these became the words that brought my broken body and mind back to life.
At a time, when there was absolutely no hope of rising above anything; God stepped in and had already given me the plan for my life, through these words. He said that He would walk me through a wilderness…some storms and a long and lonesome valley…but if I could just keep focused on Him; then He would be the One that would lead me through the wilderness...the storms and that lonesome valley…to a life victorious and free.
Right about now…some of you may be asking yourself…why didn’t he just prevent all of that from happening and just give you a free life? I’ll tell you why…because I had to go through one of the toughest spiritual boot camps; in order that I may be equipped, for the true plan God had for my life. You see…when Satan thought he was going to win and bring me down; it was God, who stepped in and walked me through a tough and difficult journey…just so I could be where I am with Him today.
One thing we need to remember; is that no matter what wilderness we walk through…or no matter how fierce the storm…or no matter how dark and lonely the valley may seem; God is there, to walk every mile with us…and this is what has truly drawn me close to Him. Life isn’t always about a hop…skip or jump; over the difficulties of life; but rather, it’s the steep mountains and the lonesome valleys; that make us cry out to God and lean on Him all the way.
No matter what you may be walking through right now…just know that God’s got you and He will never leave your side. He has a plan…one that you may not fully understand right now; but one that will lead you to His very best for your life; so hold tight to His loving hand and don’t let go…and I know that in the end; you will find yourself looking back and saying to yourself…so this is what He’s been up to.
As you begin another new day…take God with you and let each day become a journey that leads you closer and closer to Him! Well…it’s time for me to go; but I truly hope and pray that your day is a good one…truly blessed by God! Take good care and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a Happy Tuesday to you! Welcome today…to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! Well…we made it through our Monday…no matter what came our way; so that only means that Tuesday with God should be just as good…right?
As we begin our time together today, I would first like to invite you to come and visit me, at “Diane’s Place!” For those of you who aren’t familiar with this page on my website; it’s actually what I consider, my home away from home…a place, where I come once a week, to spend time with my readers. When you come to “Diane’s Place,” you will enjoy a couple writings and much more…plus a free gift for the month…with no strings attached…just something from my heart to yours. Come and let go of your day for a few minutes and relax with me, as I share my heart with you. If you would like to visit “Diane’s Place”…just click here!
Also…before I forget…this Sunday…on “Sunday Inspiration”…come and enjoy church at the Risen Hope Ministries, as I will be posting music…a thought for the week…bible readings and great God inspired writing for Easter, which will be posted later Friday evening; so if you can’t view it on Sunday; then you will be able to view the page, by late Friday night or Saturday morning…at the earliest.
Well…I don’t know about you; but I had a great start to my week! I woke up with the sunshine and minimal pain and from there; God seemed to walk me through my day. Don’t you just love it, when you experience God at work in your life? One thing I ask Him for every morning…before starting my day; is for happiness…peace and joy, to enter my heart…and I’ll tell you; He always seems to help me out with that…no matter what I’m facing at the time.
You know…I remember a moment in my life, when I had no faith in what God could do for me. In fact, it seemed that I found myself believing more in my circumstances, than a powerful God…One who could have lifted me out of those circumstances and kept me from moments of needless suffering.
It was later, when I began to experience God’s powerful work within my life; that my faith began to soar and now I KNOW that when I ask Him to help me; that He will always be there to meet the need of my heart.
One thing I can say to you today is this; don’t just speak it…but believe it and meet God, at the place of your pain and deep heartache. Many times we pray and ask God to help us trust Him or to help us to believe in Him…never realizing that even though it’s good to ask God for His help; that this can also become a crutch to lean on…where all we do is pray; but never try to work with God.
For many years of my life…I seemed to have sat in the muck and mire of my despair…or like I said, I would ask God to do it for me…never realizing that He wanted me to play a part in my healing. Once I came to truly see what I was doing wrong; that is when I began to see God crown each effort with success.
No matter what you may be facing right now…pray…have faith…believe…and even more; let God meet you at the point of your pain or heartache; so you can not only have faith and belief in Him; but so you can also learn and grow through Him. This is exactly what God did for me…and moments like these will allow you to experience God…in a way, where you will never be the same again…believe me…I know!
Well…it’s been another great time together and I pray that your day will be its best…truly blessed by God above! Take good care and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone... “Happy Monday”…and a big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! Well…it’s time to begin another new week…are you ready…I know I am! As we begin today…I pray that God will truly renew us with a hope that will keep us standing and pressing on…through every day of this brand new week!
You know…it’s so easy to find ourselves believing in the little messages that are conveyed through what seems to be a big circumstance. This past week was quite the week for me…although most weeks are busy; but for some reason, I found myself extra tired…even before the weekend began.
By time I had reached Saturday evening, I was feeling as though I wasn’t going to make it anymore. We had experienced some rain on Friday night and Saturday, which shot my pain levels way above the norm; so I struggled for the rest I really needed, on Saturday and Saturday night.
As I woke up on Sunday morning…I was struggling to get out of bed, while still feeling the after effects of Saturday…and a couple rough nights of sleep. As I slowly got around, for another new day, I had myself pretty much convinced that maybe it was time to take a few days off and stay in bed; but after getting around…and slowly working my way back into my office, I began to see more and more that it was the voice of circumstance; that was attempting to control my life at that moment.
You know…I’m seeing more and more, as to how easy it can be, to follow after the voice of circumstance, rather than that still small voice of God; that can lead us away from these moments of despair. Even though we know that the power of evil cannot supersede the power of God; Satan definitely has a way of making it seem the other way around, which can easily become a trap that can get us caught up, in deep dark moments of despair.
Through the difficult moments I experienced this past weekend; I came to see that even though our thoughts may be distracted by a deceptive circumstance…it’s so important to get away from these thoughts and get our minds and hearts back on track with God. Once I did this; that is when the difficulties of this past weekend didn’t seem so big and overwhelming.
Now…another new week begins, with new possibilities…and I don’t know about you; but I’m ready to leave these past days of difficulties along the wayside, so I can continue to press on and anticipate God’s next move. Remember one thing…we can’t move forward into the new days ahead, if we are carrying excess baggage, from days gone by…and we can’t experience the best that God may have for us ahead, if we are allowing ourselves to remain stuck in our yesterdays.
As we begin another new week, may I encourage you today, to take hold of a brand new beginning…in this brand new day! Anticipate God’s best and what may be around the corner for you…and I’m sure that God will display a week before you…that is truly blessed by Him!
Well…it’s been another great time together...and I pray that you will have a great day! Take good care and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a big Friday welcome, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! Well…here we are, at the end of another week…and I don’t know about you; but God has just been so good to me, as I have walked through each day of this week with Him! As we finish the week together, I pray that you will truly feel the presence of God…walking close beside you!
Yesterday…as I was doing some writing for this week’s Sunday Inspiration; I was thinking back, as to how far God has brought me in my life…and later, as I was sharing some things with my husband; I came to see for the first time…as to how far back God was already beginning to work in my life…in preparation, for what I am now doing today.
When I was in senior high school, my knees were increasingly getting worse…to the place where my orthopedic surgeon wanted me out of gym class…but in order to get that credit…I would have to do something in exchange for the class; so after my mother talked with the school; they came up with the idea that I could be an assistant to the principals secretary and work with her during the time of gym. Little did I know that this would be the first step; that would walk me towards the skills I would need, to run the Risen Hope Ministries.
Later in life, I also felt as if God was leading me to the mission field as a nurse; so I applied for a special program in my senior year of high school; that eventually led me to a job in our local hospital, as a nurse aide but within a short time; the hospital was preparing to stop the nurse aide program and go to just LPN’s and RN’s; so I was given a choice…I could either leave the hospital and find another job or I could apply for another job within the hospital.
As I looked at the list of jobs within the hospital, I saw a position for an admitting hostess…one who does some office work, plus takes patients to different departments of the hospital. After applying…with no skills, I got the job…but within a couple years, my knees were once more giving me a lot of problem, due to all the time I was spending on my feet. Later, my surgeon asked what kind of work I was doing and I told him…and he said… “Diane, you need to look for a sit down job”…so once more I tried to find another position within the hospital…never knowing that this would be one more step that would lead me one step closer to God’s will for my life.
Within a short time of talking with my doctor…a position opened for a second shift general office clerk. This position was perfect because I would sit and run the hospital switchboard, along with some filing, while learning how to use the hospital computer…and oh…admit patients. Once more, I applied for this job…with no skills and I got the position. I was so happy to now have a job that would make the doctor and my legs happy!
As I look back and see how many doors closed within my life…I now see that this was so another door could be opened. I now see where the footprints of God were gradually leading me and preparing me, for the work I now do. I’ll tell you…I’m so glad that God knew what was in store for my life…because the direction I started out with, would have only led me away from His will.
You know…the things that take place in our lives can make us sometimes feel lost, while we question the direction we’re headed in; but when we let God lead the way…always; then we find out later, as to how each step had gradually walked us into the center of His perfect will for our lives.
As we close our time together…you may be experiencing moments in your life that may make you question the direction you’re headed in. May I encourage you to let God always do the leading…because let’s face it, we don’t know what direction to take on our own. It doesn’t matter if we have questions about a job…a health issue…or just what God has in store for our lives...letting go and letting God walk us through it, will truly bring us to His very best for our lives…believe me…I know!
Well…it’s been another good week and I have truly enjoyed your company! Please take care and have a great day…and weekend…and I will hope to be back with you on Monday morning! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Thursday” to you! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad you stopped by today…and I pray that as you begin another new day; that you will truly experience the loving presence of God in your day!
Sometimes I really wonder if we truly know Jesus…or could it be that we just know of Him. I remember a time in the past, when I claimed Jesus as my Savior…but later I came to see that I had bound Him up within my heart, while I lived my life according to me. The only bad thing about that; is that I wasn’t strong enough…nor did I have the wisdom enough, to come out of the problems I was facing at the time.
You know…I have come to see that having Jesus in our lives; is more than a walk down a church isle…and it’s more than just reading the Bible…singing in the choir or even teaching Sunday School. It’s about a close knit relationship with Him…all the way!
One thing I can definitely say about my past…and all the pain and deep heartache I went through; is that it caused me to lean and depend on Jesus, instead of myself. Now, I can’t get a good night’s sleep, without resting in His loving arms of peace…and I can’t get these bad legs out of bed each morning, without a strength that supersedes my own so-called strength.
Yesterday, I had to go grocery shopping and once my husband and I were finished…it was time to call the taxi and go home…and pick up from where I left off. After I called the dispatch; they said that they would get a taxi there for us, as soon as possible. Well…this must have been a busy day…because we stood outside of the store, for almost 45 minutes. At this time, my husband wasn’t feeling the best and my legs were starting to bother me…and it came to the place, where my husband began to wonder if we should call them and see what the reason for the delay was. I said to him…why don’t we wait 5 more minutes and if they don’t show up; then I will call them back. Just after that, I bowed my head and said… “Lord, we could use your help”…and I’m not kidding; as I lifted my head…here came the taxi.
You know…why do we invite Jesus to come into our hearts; so He can do His good work within us…only to turn around and tie His hands and hold Him hostage within the heart, while we attempt to run the show? Don’t we realize what a relationship we could have with Jesus, if only we were willing to walk beyond religion and come to know Him, for who He truly is?
I have come to see…especially in these days that we are now living…as to how much I truly need Jesus in my life each day. You know…we never really come to know Jesus or lean on Him, if we are always looking the other direction…a direction that can end up being controlled by Satan.
There is a beautiful hymn that I just love and it’s titled, “I Need Thee Every Hour”…and a few of the lyrics go like this… “I need thee every hour, in joy or pain. Come quickly and abide or life is vain. I need thee, oh, I need thee…every hour I need thee; oh, bless me now, my Savior, I come to thee.”
As we prepare to begin another new day; my prayer is that we will truly come to see how much we need Jesus in our lives. Get to know Jesus…love Him…and even more; let Him love and care for you…for He loves you so much!
Well…it’s been another great visit with you today! I just love Jesus…and my heart continues to thank and praise Him, for the distance He’s brought me…and for the relationship we share each day! May your day be truly filled with His loving presence! Take care…and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow! God bless!
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