Good evening everyone! Happy Sunday night…and a big welcome, to the Heart to Heart Blog! I hope that you have had a nice weekend…I know I have…and what a restful time I’ve had…especially this afternoon!
I have to tell you…it’s so tempting, to want to stay in bed, after several hours of rest, on Sunday afternoon; but then, it’s as if God is nudging me and saying…come on Diane, get out of that bed…we have some people to encourage and when it’s put like that…I’m ready and raring to go!
As some of you know…I don’t normally plan much on my weekends, except for some rest. For some reason, I don’t remember being this tired, by the end of the week, when I first started this ministry 16 years ago. My body is either feeling my age or my schedule has picked up over the years…or if you want my opinion…I think it’s a little of both.
One thing I have come to see about this ministry; is that nothing is on my schedule…just God’s schedule and when someone is hurting and would like a little encouragement; then it’s definitely not going to always be at the time I expect it to be.
I remember a time…year’s back, when I was talking with a lady and she was really going thru quite a lot in her life and was wondering if she could stay in touch with me. I said… “Sure” and then I said to her… “No matter what time it is…God and I are here for you!” One morning…about 4:00 am, the phone began to ring and I about flew out of the bed. Once I got to the phone, it was this lady and she said… “Sorry to bother you Diane, but I was just checking to see if you meant what you said”…so she called me early in the morning and put my words to the test…lol. All I can say; is that I’m glad I answered the phone!
Anyways…it’s so true; when God leads people in my direction…it’s always His timing because you see…He has a reason and a purpose behind everything He allows…and this is what kind of happened this morning, as I was beginning my Sunday.
For quite some time, I have been in touch with someone, who has had a rough life. Sometimes, we just shoot the breeze and laugh about the strangest things and sometimes, God is at work…using me to encourage this person.
Anyways…the past few days; this person has really been put to the test; so we began to talk. After a few minutes, I heard this person say…“I just want to move to another city and start over.” I said to them… “Do you want to move, for a fresh new start, or as a means of escaping your problems?” After a few minutes of talk, I came to see that this person wanted to escape what had been going on. Once we both saw this…they began to realize that no matter where they went…this problem would only follow them…and in fact, it might have made the situation even more difficult for them…compared to where they were right now.
You know…it’s so easy to get caught up, in the way a situation is displaying itself before us; that before we know it, we find ourselves separated, from a God, who can truly help us through these troubled times. Believe me when I say; that only escaping a problem, will only allow the problem to follow you wherever you go; but when we can face up to what is wrong and let God show us how to deal with the problem; then the problem can be destroyed right at the root of the problem, which will help the problem to die for good; so we can press on and continue to follow God’s leading, rather than where the problem is attempting to lead us.
As you can see…my life is not my own; but it belongs to the One, who has chosen me, to encourage others in need. Through my own painful past…God has definitely taught me so much and has given me a heart; that goes down to the level, of the person who hurts. I see this, as quite a ministry because this is where Satan works the most. It seems as though it’s his aim to control people through their weaknesses…and take them away from the presence of God…and this is one thing I won’t allow…no matter what Satan puts me through!
As we close…I just want you to know; that I’m so glad that you came and spent this time with me this evening! You are ALWAYS welcome here and if you ever need a little encouragement…you can reach me through my contact page. Remember one thing…when life seems to be throwing a hard ball your way…come and let God take control of these moments and lead you, to a better place of eternal peace!
Well…time for me to go; but I will be back again tomorrow evening! Take care and may God truly bless your evening, with His loving peace and may tomorrow be filled with God’s very best for you! I hope you will join me tomorrow night, as I share some 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 ahead!
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