Good Tuesday evening everyone…and a big welcome tonight, to the Heart to Heart Blog! I am so glad to be back with you this evening…and I am truly looking forward to our visit tonight!
As we begin our time together, I would like to tell you a story and this story is a true story…a story that actually has a good ending. If you remember several days ago, I mentioned that our overseas friend…along with six other apartment complexes full of people had their electricity meters blow up on them, due to such high temperatures. Anyways, for several days now, our friend has been without water, due to a water pump that runs by electricity, which meant that he was unable to take showers…wash clothes…do dishes or any other kind of thing that required water. On top of all of this, he couldn’t even use a fan to keep cool…through daytime temperatures that hit the low 100’s and night time temperatures that hit the mid to upper 80’s. Then there was the question, as to how he would be able to keep his phone charged; so we could remain in contact.
After receiving this news…this past Saturday, my husband and I began to pray for our friend…and for God to provide a way to pay for this meter, as it was going to cost him $350. By time, we had reached Sunday morning…God was already at work…as He began to send our friend some rain and cooler temperatures. In that alone, I knew that God was caring for him, until something could be done.
Since there was no way to get anything done on Sunday…we would have to wait out the remainder of the weekend and see what could be done on Monday. After our friend returned to a job that only pays $100 a month, for working 9 hours a day…six days a week; his boss noticed that he wasn’t his normal happy self; so his boss called him into his office and asked him what was wrong and from there; he told his boss what had happened. At first, his boss was going to give him a loan for $150, if we could come up with the remainder of the money needed; but with my husband and I already supporting him…that just wasn’t going to happen; so I contacted a church that had mentioned to me a while back; that if I ever needed anything…to just contact them...so, as this was coming back into my thoughts…I contacted this church but didn’t get a reply…and time was running out.
After spending time with God…earlier last night…my heart was breaking so deeply for our friend; that I just eventually went to bed. As I crawled into bed…there were no words that could be spoken at all; so I left everything with God and went to sleep.
When I got up this morning; there was a part of me that was hoping for some good news; but at the same time, I was also finding it difficult to make my daily morning call to our overseas friend…but I did anyway.
As our friend picked up the phone and began to talk with me, I began to see that he had more news to share with me. He mentioned that his boss had asked him back into his office once more…to help him get started with the loan; but as they sat there together, our friend mentioned that he wouldn’t be able to do it because he didn’t have any other way to raise the remainder of the money needed for the meter. From there, his boss was complimenting him on his work and how he wanted to help him…because he didn’t want this problem to affect his job; so after some more talk…his boss mentioned that if he could gather together the amount that he could give; then they would match it. After talking with me…I told him that I could give him $60 until payday and they agreed; so as of my tomorrow morning, our friend should have his electricity back…and the best thing about this story; is that this blessing landed on his birthday and the person that actually helped him the most, was a Muslim.
Our friend has had this job with this boss, for a couple years now and I have seen over time, how God has used his humble spirit, to be a great testimony to this Muslim boss. At Christmas, his boss even gave him some money, for a hot cup of tea…even though he doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ…and now, he is helping our friend, in a very giving way…a way that should also be seen in Christians; but sad to say…I don’t see that very often.
You know…at first, I never understood why God put our friend, in such a busy job…with little pay; but now I’m beginning to understand how God has put him there for a reason that seems to be unfolding…bit by bit.
In our friends country…the Christian gets second place in everything; but from what I am seeing now…this Christian friend of ours seems to be moving up…and I truly believe that it’s God that’s taking control and using this situation at the same time.
No matter what we go through…God can make a way for us; in the least expected way. If we could just quit expecting it to happen, in the way we feel it will happen and start anticipating God’s next move; then I believe that we would truly see a powerful God at work within our lives.
Well…I’ve enjoyed our visit tonight; but it’s time for me to go, as I have more work to do this evening. I pray that your night will be filled with peace, from the Prince of all Peace and that your Wednesday will be truly blessed by God! Take care…have a good night and I will hope to be back with you tomorrow evening, as I share more thoughts from the day, along with the goodness of a great, loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings on your night!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Good Sunday evening everyone…and a big welcome tonight, to the Heart to Heart Blog! I am so happy to be back with you this evening and my prayer; is that God would truly work…through the time we spend together tonight!
As we begin our time together, I would just like to share my heart with you. You know…the past 6 years, I have learned so much more; then I ever thought I ever would. I have learned that I don’t always need the things that I always felt I needed in life and more importantly…I have come to gain a heart that sees life in a much different light. I have also come to see that even though I don’t live like a queen…I am still living so much better than others I know.
How is it that we have become so caught up in material things? Seems like we need food and other things to bring happiness into our lives…or even to cover up the pain we’re experiencing deep within.
The other day, I talked to someone on the phone that we have been supporting overseas, for the past 6 years. He’s a Christian that will never experience the blessings that I have come to see within my own life because as a persecuted Christian, he never will receive the very best…only the second best. He’s also a person who suffers greatly, for the cause of Christ…and probably in a way that we may never have to face.
Anyways…as I began my conversation with him, I noticed that he wasn’t his old happy self; so I asked him what was wrong. He hesitated for a moment and then said that his electricity meter…along with the meters of 6 other apartment complexes had blown up and quit working. Two things you must understand; is that in his country, they don’t have the same electricity set up as we do…and second, if a meter quits working; then he has to purchase another one, which costs $350…with labor. He also works 6 long days a week in the heat and only gets paid $100 a month…so I would say about now; that we all are truly feeling blessed, in comparison to what he is continually experiencing within his own life.
What amazes me about this person; is that he will get on the phone and talk about his “big God” and pray for Keith and I all the time. No matter what he is experiencing; it appears as though my husband and I become more important, than anything he is experiencing at the moment…and I would say that this is truly a person, who chooses to rise above despair.
Now, as he is waiting to see what can be done to restore a meter that he cannot afford…he is living with temperatures that are going into the low to mid 100’s. He can’t get water for a shower or to wash his closes because his water pump runs by electricity…and, there is no electricity for a fan, to keep him cool. He also is struggling to stay in contact with Keith and me because he doesn’t have the electricity to charge his phone…which is our only means of communication.
As I sit here this evening…the problems that used to feel so big within my own life are now nothing. You know…it’s not always easy for me to understand why God allows some to suffer more than others; but one thing I have come to see; is that these hard and steep mountains we have to climb at times truly does point us in God’s direction…for each step that seems almost impossible to take; gives us a reason to call out to God and lean on Him for help.
No matter how overwhelming a circumstance can seem and no matter how impossible it appears to be; there is a God who is much stronger than any weakness we face. Satan definitely has a way of making these moments of affliction seem far worse than what they really are…so that’s why we should never get caught up in these moments…because focusing deeply on what Satan longs for us to perceive, will only take us to a place of more discouragement.
Today, we need to stand strong, in the knowledge; that our God will never leave us or forsake us…at a time, when we need help the most. No matter how dark and dismal these moments may seem; there is a light that can illuminate the darkness and replace anxiety with peace…hopelessness for hope and most of all cause the darkness to leave for good.
No matter what you face or are facing at this time…don’t focus on what the problem is attempting to convey to you; but rather focus on a God who is much greater than the so called strength of a weak moment.
Well…time for me to prepare for another new week of ministry work. I pray that our time together has truly blessed your heart, as it has mine! May you truly find the peaceful presence of God surrounding you this evening, as you rest and I pray that your Monday be truly blessed from above! Take care and I will hope to be back with you tomorrow evening, as I share thoughts from the day, along with the goodness of a great, loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings on your night…and this brand new week!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Good Friday evening everyone…and a big welcome tonight, to the Heart to Heart Blog! What a week it’s been but what a God; that He would lift me above the struggles of this week; to love and care for me, in such a special way!
Well…after a week of work and prepping for a new floor…along with clean up...I am so thankful, that God has brought me to where I am tonight! This kind of a week has truly put my pain levels to the test; but I’m being reminded even more; that it’s about God…and how He can brings us through these difficult times…that count the most!
You know…I never knew that vinyl flooring, with a wood plank design could look so real? Now if I could just get my cast iron pans off the floor; then we would be back to normal…although they do add a rustic charm to the room…lol. Seriously…the man who laid the flooring had to attach and adhere some trim, on one of the outer edges of the flooring…so he said… “Ma’am, would you have something heavy that I could put on this trim for 24 hours; so the trim could adhere properly?” So000…I started handing him cast iron pots...and now, I have one place, on the edge of the flooring that is decorated in red and black cast iron pots…but only until this evening. One thing I can say…it’s really been a challenge, to remember to step over them…and it seems as though the minute I get near the pottery…a red flag goes up in my head…as though to say… “Remember…construction zone ahead!”
Well…before I ramble on and forget to remind you…Sunday Inspiration will be posted later this evening! For those of you who weren’t here the other night…the title of this week’s writing is “Holding Tightly to a Thread of Hope.” If you are feeling that the rope of hope you once clung to; has now become a thread of hope; then you definitely won’t want to miss this week’s writing! Also, for those of you who are new to Sunday Inspiration…this is actually our church page, at the Risen Hope Ministries and you can come and enjoy inspiring music…a Bible reading…a beautiful graphic thought for the week…along with this great God inspired writing. I hope you will find the time this weekend, to come and be blessed through the words that God has given me to share with you this week! Like I’ve said in the past…if you would like to enjoy Sunday Inspiration over the weekend…or anytime; then all you have to do is come back to this blog post and click on this link or you can find Sunday Inspiration, under the tab…near the top of the page; that’s titled… “God Inspired Writings.” Also…you can view Sunday Inspiration later this evening or Saturday morning, at the earliest. I truly hope and pray that the words you read and the music you listen to, will be a blessing to you, while bringing hope back into your life!
Well…as I end my week…I am sitting here, with my feet up, while enjoying some beautiful pink roses that I picked this afternoon. When I look at these roses and view each petal that surrounds this beautiful flower; I am being reminded that no one could ever design something so beautiful…like God can. I don’t know about you; but I find nature to be very inspiring…and also a great way to connect with God. I think that if we could just slow down and take a little time to not only soak in the beauty that surrounds us; but to also see God’s hand in each beautiful thing we view; then I truly believe that these moments would become a reminder to us; that there is nothing that our God cannot do!
As we close our visit together tonight, I pray that you will truly find God to be a close and loving companion in life…and even more, as you enter this night of rest…and may you truly be blessed from above, as you once more begin another new day with God! Take care…have a great weekend and I will hope to be back with you Sunday evening, for more thoughts from the day, along with the goodness of a great, loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings so much on your night…and also this weekend!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Happy Thursday everyone…and a big welcome today, to the Heart to Heart Blog! To be honest with you…I can’t quite tell what time of the day it is; as my whole schedule is completely turned around! Also…as I’m speaking with you…my husband is out mowing the lawn and I have a person in my kitchen and dining room, doing the prep work, for our brand new flooring. You know what’s nice about all of this? I don’t have to pay a cent for the flooring, as our really nice landlord was very generous, in doing this for us! What a surprise…and definitely, what a blessing!
As I’ve been shut up in my office all morning, it has actually felt good to be off my legs. You should see my office today, as last night; my hutch desk was instantly turned into a buffet counter, for today’s lunch. Earlier, I had crows squawking up a storm…and squirrels singing their own song in the trees. Now, I’m enjoying the sound of a lawn mower close by, with some kind of scraping sound coming from the kitchen. I don’t think that I’ve ever had to write under these conditions before. Oh well…everyone needs a challenge…right?
No matter what kind of a day this turns out to be…there is one thing I do know…God has control! What seems chaotic and overwhelming at times; is truly God’s plan unfolding before my very eyes…so000 I’m telling myself right now…just relax Diane because what seems to be a noisy mess, will eventually turn into some beautiful later.
You know…isn’t it amazing how we allow what we see before us…to actually dictate our thinking…to the place, where we find ourselves convinced that the very worst will happen? I have come to see that if we could only view the day through God’s eyes…and what He is trying to convey to us; then I’m sure that we would probably see a completely different view, of what we are seeing through our own thoughts and our own eyes.
I was mentioning to my husband last night; that one thing I have come to see, through the past few days; is that other home projects and the ministry don’t blend…but at the same time; that is my way of seeing it. Right now, I’m thinking that if we would only view our situations through God’s eyes; then we would probably have a settled back feeling…just knowing that God has everything planned out…to fit right in its rightful place…like a puzzle. I wonder why we are more willing to stress ourselves out, over what seems to be the littlest things in God’s eyes, rather than just trusting Him to do it His way, which is really the best way.
Well…I have a couple hours and all furniture…refrigerator and anything else that’s hiding in the living room, will go back into its rightful place…and get this; the person that’s laying the flooring has offered to help us get the appliances back, to where they belong. That blessing I talked about earlier…in our time together is growing by the minute and I thank God, for all He has done for Keith and me today!
As we close…my prayer for you; is that the rest of your day will be truly filled with peace…the peace that only comes from the Prince of Peace…and that your Friday will be truly blessed from above! Take care and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow evening, for more thoughts from the day, along with the goodness of a great, loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings so much on your evening!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Good Wednesday evening everyone…and a big welcome tonight, to the Heart to Heart Blog! I just want you to know how much I enjoy our visits…and I’ll tell you…tonight it’s even more welcoming to me, after a very busy day, with the ministry and my home!
The past day or so has been very interesting around the house and I have come to see…throughout this day; that the only safe place in our home; is either my office or the bathroom…but the most spacious rooms are the kitchen and dining room because they are waiting for new flooring.
Last night, after moving everything from the kitchen and dining room, into the living room; I realized that I had forgotten to turn off a light behind the couch, which was actually quite the challenge to turn off last night. Then this morning, I came out of the bathroom, from getting around and I found my husband in the living room…sitting in the midst of plants and our refrigerator…eating breakfast. Oh…and it’s even more of a challenge looking through the living room; to see if someone is at the door because you’re automatically camouflaged, behind the plants that are sitting on the tables. There…now I’ve got it all out of my system…lol! One thing I can truly say…I will never take my home for granted again!
Anyways…God is good…despite all the chaos that can take place in a home…and tonight, as I was preparing for our visit; I was thanking God, for putting up with me. I’ll tell you…when I look back on my life…I see many times, when He has been so patient with me. Isn’t it good to know that God walks beyond our weaknesses and loves and cares for us anyway…despite what we may be facing at the moment?
Well…in the midst of everything that is happening in our home; I did take several hours today…to spend it with God, for this week’s Sunday Inspiration. What a refreshing time…a time, to just get away from everything and commune with the best friend I could ever have!
For those of you, who would like a sneak preview of this week’s Sunday Inspiration…the title of the writing is “Holding tightly to a Thread of Hope.” If you are experiencing some difficult times in your life and you feel as if you are barely hanging onto what little hope is left; then you won’t want to miss out on this week’s Sunday Inspiration. Many of us face times in our lives, where we feel as if the rope of hope we once held tightly to; is now a thread of hope…and I don’t know about you; but in the past, when I have felt this happening in my life; I would look at that last thread of hope, as though it was about to break and send me down, into a total pit of destruction. So anyways…before I give everything away…keep your eyes open because on Friday evening, I will be posting a link…where you can find Sunday Inspiration…or you can just find it under the tab…near the top of the page, titled… “God Inspired Writings.” For those of you, who may be new to the blog tonight…I will be updating Sunday Inspiration later Friday evening and you can either view it late that night or at the earliest…Saturday morning. I hope you will take the time, to visit Sunday Inspiration this weekend…for inspiring music…a great Bible reading…a beautiful graphic thought for the week…along with this great, God inspired writing!
Also…before I forget, I will be posting the blog post earlier tomorrow evening…and it could even be into the later part of the afternoon, due to what will be taking place in our home tomorrow. I’m sorry that I don’t have a specific time; but you can just stop by later in the afternoon or early evening and I will hope to be with you at that time.
Well…time to find my way to the stove; so I can get dinner finished and get back to work. I hope you enjoyed this visit…I know I did! I pray that you will have a great night…blessed with peace from above and that your Thursday will be a very special day…surrounded by the presence, of a loving and caring God! Take care and I will see you earlier tomorrow, with words and thoughts from the day, along with the goodness of a great, loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings so much on your night!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Good Tuesday evening everyone…and a big welcome to the Heart to Heart Blog! I’m on a roll tonight…you can’t stop me now…and you know why…because I’ve been preparing my kitchen and dining room this afternoon, for new vinyl flooring. After disconnecting the washer and dryer and emptying out most of the place…I get a phone call…and on the other end of the line they say… “Diane…and I said, “Yes.” Then they gave me the news…instead of coming in the morning, to do the work of tearing up old linoleum and putting down new flooring…they won’t be coming until Thursday. Do you know what that is like, for a busy person such as me? Lol! Good thing I was able to switch Wednesday for Thursday…right? Anyways…what a blessing; that our really nice landlords are doing this for Keith and me! They not only decided to put in new flooring; but I got to choose what I wanted, which will be a vinyl flooring that resembles an old wooden floor, which I just love! No matter what has taken place today…nothing can take away the joy, of this special blessing!
Well…despite this busy mixed up week…and a refrigerator that is now in my living room…I was able to do my audio weekly word of encouragement, on Inspiration for the Heart! I actually put this together in two parts…some last night and some early this morning…but it’s done and it’s a beautiful audio story on my life and I really don’t think you will want to miss this one. One thing that may seem different, when you go on the page; is that I had to do the audio player through Sound Cloud because for some reason, fileden.net was not working…so, when you go on the page, just click the on button and enjoy! The taping is a little over 7 minutes and I’m sure that your heart will truly be blessed! To visit Inspiration for the Heart…just click here and may you truly enjoy the words that God has placed upon my heart, to share with you this week!
I’ll tell you…it sure feels good to put my feet up right now…after a very busy afternoon! I thank God that I have my husband to help me and go into overdrive for me, when my legs just don’t want to finish the job! No matter what I face and no matter how challenging it may seem; my God always makes a way for me…and I praise Him so much for that!
You know…when I was going through some very, very difficult times in my life, I never realized how important it was to praise God, in the midst of a trial. In fact, when God first brought this to my attention…I thought to myself…this just doesn’t make sense to me. What reason would a person have, to rejoice and praise God for, in the midst of pain or even deep heartache? Then God showed me the importance of praise and how it can actually become a powerful weapon…to weaken the works of Satan.
Do we even realize what happens, when we sit around and complain? I’m learning more and more…how moments such as these can actually keep us controlled by evil and the attacks that have already hit us head on. In other words…for each time we complain, we are actually letting Satan know that his plan is working and that his scheme is affecting us and bringing us down…but on the other hand, when we praise God, in the midst of a trying time; then we are doing something that Satan isn’t expecting us to do, which actually weakens him, rather than us.
You know…right about now…you are probably wondering what you can praise God for, in the midst of whatever you are facing at this time…and my answer to you, would be to praise God for bringing you to the moments that you are now living…because even though you may not be relieved of your trial…God is carrying you through these difficult times…from one day into the next.
The next time, when you feel the urge to look at your situation, in a discouraging way…think about how far God has brought you, in the midst of it all and that will not only give you a reason to praise God; but it will also bring hope back, in a way that says; that even though my trial remains…so does my God! Praise Him!
Well…I’ve really enjoyed our time together tonight and I thank and praise God, for all He has done in my life today! I’m no longer dwelling on the painful struggles of my day; but rather, I am focusing on a strong and mighty God, who brought me through those difficult moments in my day!
My prayer for you tonight; is that you will truly experience God and all His benefits; that you may rest in His sweet peace throughout the night and be strengthened, for a brand new tomorrow! Take care and I will hope to be back with you tomorrow evening, for more thoughts from the day, along with the goodness of a great, loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings so much on your night…and another brand new day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Good Sunday evening everyone…and a big welcome tonight, to the Heart to Heart Blog! Well…this has been a great day for me! I have spent some very special moments with God today and even more…I was able to get several hours of rest! Don’t you just love Sunday’s!
I’ll tell you…this has been the best day for resting! After a Saturday of rain and cool breezes, coming through the window this afternoon…I couldn’t ask for more! What a gift from God…and you know what…He truly makes everything work out for our good…in every way!
As we prepare for another new week, I thought that I would take our time together this evening and just spend it with God. I don’t know about you; but I could use a jumpstart, for this brand new week ahead…so tonight, I thought I’d share a Bible verse with you; that has truly touched my heart, which is found in Isaiah 26:3…and we read…“He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord!”
You know…after reading this Bible verse many times, I wonder if we really know the depth of its meaning. It’s not only the thought of keeping our minds on God that keeps us in perfect peace; but actually, it’s a true connection with God that keeps us separate, from the things that can attempt to bring us down.
Think of it this way…when a person has a phone connection with another person; then nothing or no one can intrude on that private connection. It’s like those two people are locked into each other and the conversation that is taking place at the time…to the place, where nothing else can happen or take over those moments, when they are alone…talking about whatever is coming to their thoughts.
In a similar way…when we have a true connection with God and our minds are on Him…and only Him; then nothing can intrude on the peace and the good things that stem from that connection because that connection is only between us and God.
You know…I just wonder how many times we turn our thoughts to God in a day. It seems like our minds are on everything but God. It’s amazing how we can get caught up into everything that is or may be going wrong; that before we know it…this connection has locked us into a place, where it continues to take control, through the remainder of the day. Don’t we realize that connections such as these are only going to bring more struggles and challenges into our day, which only produces needless suffering?
I don’t know about you; but our time together this evening has become a wakeup call for me; that can actually aid in this week ahead! I just wonder what would happen, if we were to wake up tomorrow morning, with God on our minds. I’m sure that this early morning connection would keep us connected to God all day…and I’m also sure that this connection would help us to experience peace, rather than anxiety…no matter what the day may bring our way.
You know…I think sometimes; we just get too caught up in wrong connections, while listening to what the world’s opinions and thoughts are, rather than turning our thoughts over to God and what He can truly do, to help us through these trying times in a day.
Well…again, I don’t know about you…but I’m going to wake up in the morning…plug myself into God and aim to turn my thoughts to that connection throughout the day, rather than what may be attempting to encircle me and take me down.
As we begin this brand new week, my prayer is that we will find more peace in each day…just by turning our thoughts often, in God’s direction. May you truly experience the peaceful presence of God in your night…and may your day be surrounded, by the loving and caring spirit…of a God, who longs to be everything, for every little thing you need! Take care and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow evening, for more thoughts from the day, along with the goodness, of a great, loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings so much on your night…and this brand new week!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Good Friday evening everyone…and a big welcome to the Heart to Heart Blog! Well…I’m taking a big sigh of relief because I’m now entering the end of the week and I’m still walking…breathing and most of all alive! If I could even begin to describe this week…I would but I think it’s better left to itself…lol.
I’ll tell you…today was quite the mixture of everything! Let’s see…I started cleaning my house this morning; then before I knew it…Keith and I were involved with a situation, with the neighbor this afternoon…then a phone call came in, with an announcement that our landlords order, for new vinyl flooring, for our kitchen and dining room had been completed…and Diane, when would you like us to come out and do it; then we finished with the neighbor again, while I rushed to finish the house; so I could come online and spend time with you this evening…whew!! I’ll tell you…I’m so glad that God carried me through this day; because if He hadn’t…I’d probably be flat on my face right now…lol.
You know…how many times do we become so deeply focused on the difficult moments of a day; that we completely bypass the moments, when God brought us through all that mess? I’m learning more and more, to just look beyond the problems of the day and focus on the goodness, of a great…powerful and loving God…and all He has brought me through. I know that when I see my day in this way; then peace seems to overtake the feelings that can attempt to bring a person down.
Well…now that I’m done venting…I would like to remind you that I will be updating Sunday Inspiration this evening. For those of you who are new to the Risen Hope Ministries website…Sunday Inspiration is our church page and each weekend, I post inspiring music…a Bible reading…a beautiful graphic thought for the week…and a great God inspired writing…which this week’s title is…“An Uphill Climb with God.” If you are experiencing a moment of affliction that seems to be wearing you down, while leaving you hopeless and discouraged; then you will especially want to come and check out this week’s Sunday Inspiration, which will be available…late this evening or tomorrow morning, at the earliest. To view Sunday Inspiration, you can either click here…or you can find Sunday Inspiration at the top of any webpage, under the tab titled… “God Inspired Writings.” I hope you will find the time to check out Sunday Inspiration this week…and may God truly bless your heart, as you read the words that God has given me, to share with you.
You know…it doesn’t matter what comes our way…because there is always hope. We may not always see it that way at the time; but when are hearts are truly connected to a powerful God, during these difficult times; then we can rest assured that He will always be there…watching over every little thing that may come our way.
As we close our visit tonight, I would just like to remind you that God truly loves you! It doesn’t matter who has walked out of your life…because I have come to see that God always remains and when we feel as if everything has crumbled down around us…to the place, where we feel as if all hope is gone; He will come and replace these broken moments, with something brand new…something that will give us a fresh start…but first, we must be willing to look at these broken moments through God’s eyes rather than our own…because when we look at these broken moments, through our own eyes; then we tend to see something that just may be impossible to fix, which only leaves us broken…alone and hopeless for sure.
Well…I can’t believe it but it’s time for me to go for now. My prayer for you; is that you will have a great night of peace and rest and that your weekend will be filled with the loving presence of God. Take good care and I will hope to be back with you Sunday evening, as I share more thoughts from the day, along with the goodness of a great, loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings so much on your evening…and your weekend too!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Good Thursday evening everyone…and big welcome, to the Heart to Heart Blog! What a great day it’s been! I actually woke up this morning with a lot of pain…but I knew that God was with me because He kept a smile burning in my heart, even when I was probably making all kinds of faces throughout the day…due to the pain.
Well…this afternoon, I ended up spending 2 ½ hours with God, as I wrote for this week’s Sunday Inspiration. Wow…what a great time I had with God today and I even became so engrossed within the writing; that I actually forgot about the pain. I truly believe that when I spend these moments with God…deep in thought and close to Him; then I am being taken to a place that is higher than any problem I face…a place where God and I are on the same realm…sharing together…heart to heart.
Anyways…even through the struggles I faced this week, I ended up with a beautiful thought for the week and a great God inspired writing for Sunday Inspiration, which is titled… “An Uphill Climb with God,” which is something that I had never originally planned on doing. It just goes to show who’s in charge and that isn’t me. If you are feeling as if you are climbing a very high mountain in your life and you’re feeling drained…discouraged and hopeless; then you won’t want to miss out, on Sunday Inspiration this week. I know I say that every week…but what am I supposed to say, when God is leading the way and giving us these beautiful words of encouragement each week. If you want to check out this week’s Sunday Inspiration; then I will be posting a link, in tomorrow night’s blog and also, you can find Sunday Inspiration, under the tab at the top of the page, titled… “God Inspired Writings.” Also…the page will be updated late tomorrow evening, for those of you, who like to stay up late and read.
You know…today has really amazed me, after several difficult days of struggle…and I don’t really know why I say that because God should never amaze us, in the way that He can work within our lives.
Anyways…today, I actually saw a complete turnaround…compared to the past few days…or even the past week or so. Like I said…even though I woke up in terrible pain; there was a different feeling inside of me today…a feeling as though I was going to come out of these difficult moments, with something brand new.
As I spent some time alone with God, for several hours this afternoon; it was as if God wasn’t only taking me to a different realm with Him, in the writing; but it also seemed as though He was taking me to a place, where He was bringing back a little more joy within my heart, as my hands were being lifted on high…with so much love in my heart for Him.
You know…the way I’ve been hammered lately by Satan, would probably make him think that at one time or another, I would probably throw in the towel and give up…but that’s not what I did. One thing I’ve learned, through my own difficult moments of affliction; is to always keep pressing on…no matter what attempts to get in my way. It doesn’t always mean that it’s going to be easy…because it isn’t. The battles we fight with evil are very draining…discouraging and can even make us want to give up; but when we choose to press on…no matter how difficult it may seem at the time; then I have come to see that eventually Satan does give up and walk away.
No matter what you may be facing right now; may I encourage you to lean on God’s strength because when we lean on God’s strength; then we are being fed with a strength that is endless…a strength that can walk us through any difficult time and take us to the other side of the trial.
Well…I have really enjoyed our visit tonight and it’s felt so good to just “shoot the breeze” and talk about whatever this evening…but it’s time for me to have dinner and get back to work. My prayer for you tonight; is that you will truly experience a perfect peace that will bring you rest throughout the night, while giving you renewed strength, for another new day! Please take care and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow evening, as I share more thoughts from the day, along with the goodness of a great, loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings so much on your night!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Good Wednesday evening everyone…and a big welcome to the Heart to Heart Blog! All I can say tonight; is that it’s a miracle that I’m not somewhere else, instead of here with you this evening! What a day or should I say…what a week and it’s only half over! Maybe I’ll go to bed and stay under the covers, until the weekend…lol.
Anyways…I’ll tell you, I have truly felt like a yo-yo this week. Every time Satan pulled me down…God was right behind him…bringing me back up, to where I should be….and I thank God; that He was there, for every pull!
After what Monday and Tuesday appeared to be days of struggle, I actually went to bed last night with a good attitude. I was determined that today was going to be it…the day, when the rain would quit falling around me and the sun would shine again.
As I got up this morning and began to get around…everything seemed to be going fine…that is, until I went to call the taxi; so my husband and I could go grocery shopping. For some reason, their phones weren’t working and no matter how many times I tried…it appeared as though their phones might have been out of order, which I’m sure made an off day for them too.
Finally, after not being able to reach them, I decided to look for another taxi service…and believe it or not…I did find one. The man on the phone was so friendly and even thanked me for calling. He did say that there would be a half hour delay; but someone would be there to pick us up, as soon as possible. I was so happy to hear that because I not only had grocery shopping to do…but also a full ministry schedule for this afternoon.
After visiting with my husband in the living room for a while; I looked up to the clock and an hour had already passed by…but no taxi; so I called them back and the dispatch person was going to check it out and call me back. After a half hour…there was no call and no one coming to pick us up; so once more, I tried to call them back…only this time, their voice mail came on the phone. By that time, I was looking at the clock, to see if I even had time to go shopping and complete my work for the day…but at the same time, I had to get more food; so my husband and I just sat there…trying to think of what we could do next. The one thing I wasn’t feeling good about was this…what if we did make it to the grocery store and no one came to pick us back up; so it was time to go to plan B…and before thinking about plan B, I bowed my head and said… “Lord, we could really use some help.” Within a short time, our neighbor came pulling into the driveway and I remembered here saying… “If you both need some help with a ride…just let us know.”…so I did. I gave her a call and within a short time, Keith and I were on our way to get groceries…and what was even nicer; was that we didn’t have to think about whether we would have a ride home.
Today, I spent almost my whole day, calling cab companies…and mostly waiting on a ride; but as I was sitting there on the couch…trying to figure out what to do…I had a strange feeling come over me; that made me feel as if God was sparing me from some big plan of Satan’s…especially after the things that I had already experienced this week.
You know…one thing God is teaching me…bit by bit; is that just because something goes wrong; that doesn’t mean that God has abandoned us; but rather, maybe it’s His way of caring for us and protecting us, from something that could lead us to total destruction. One thing I’ve definitely learned in life; is that even though God may allow Satan to afflict us…He still puts these boundary lines up…and that’s His way of loving and caring for us, through the times that can seem so difficult.
The next time you feel as if God has forsaken you…slow down…think the situation over more clearly and see what God may be up to. One thing I know for sure…is that the difficult times; is when we truly experience God’s presence the most…that is, if we are looking at the picture through His eyes, rather than our own.
Well…it’s been a day…and not much has been accomplished; but one thing God is reminding me of tonight; is that if He made a way for me to get my groceries safely…in His way; then He will do the same, for what is still unfinished. What a God…that He would care for us, in such a loving way!
Well…as we all know, I have some work to do; so I better leave you for now and get a quick bite to eat and finish up for the day. I sure have enjoyed our visit tonight…and what a relief to let go of this day! My prayer for you; is that you will have a great night of peace and rest…in the arms of a loving and caring God and that your Thursday will truly be a day of blessings! Take care and I will hope to be back with you tomorrow night, as I share more thoughts from the day, along with the goodness of a great, loving and powerful God…heart to heart!
Blessings so much on your night!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…