Hello everyone…I truly hope and pray that your Tuesday has been going well! This afternoon, I thought I’d stop by for a bit and spend some time with you before doing some other ministry work.
Let’s see…this morning, I did some cooking and I made chicken cabbage rolls for dinner tonight. It’s a recipe that I kind of put together on my own, which Keith and I enjoy…so that and some chicken flavored rice is what is for dinner tonight. Once I finished in the kitchen…Keith and I had an early lunch and now I’m writing you and Keith is getting ready to mow the yard before it rains.
While having lunch, I was thinking on what I should share with you today…and God was reminding me of one thing that He has been working with me on, while going through the struggles of arm and leg pain. In fact, last night…before going to bed, I truly had my eyes opened, as to how these ailments are more about what Satan is up to, as a means of keeping me distant from this ministry.
You know…I remember many times, in the past 18 years of ministry work, when I would press on through pain and tiredness…and it was amazing as to how the pain would simmer down, after the work was completed. Anyways…lately, God has been reminding me of those moments, when I truly did rise above the despair in my life, to accomplish much for Him.
Today, as I’m sharing my heart with you, I would also like to share some of my favorite Bible verses with you from Philippians 3:12-15…and we read, “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15) Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
With all that is going on in this world right now, I have come to see that we can easily fall prey to what we are experiencing; but one thing I have truly learned…we will never make any headway in life, if we sit in the midst of it all and let the problem control us. Maybe we may lack strength…and maybe we are finding it difficult to have the desire we once had to press on; but I definitely know a God who will be strength for us…that is, if we are willing to let Him do that for us.
You know…through all that I have had to endure lately; I have also been reminded that we can find ourselves focusing too much on every symptom of the problem…to the place where we completely bypass the One who longs to help us…walk with us and lead us away from these moments of despair. Maybe we aren’t perfect in our ways…and maybe we haven’t taken hold of everything in life; but when we can let go of everything except for God; that is when our focus will be on Him, rather than everything else that surrounds us, which will make it that much easier to press on and focus on the prize that will soon await us in the end.
Today, the problems due to this Coronavirus may be piling up high around you…or maybe you are going through a personal problem; but remember one thing…even though life may change…God never does…and He is more than able to help you and give you the strength you need to keep pressing on; so let go of everything that is attempting to make you give up on life.
Have a very blessed day and God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone...I hope you are having a nice day...and that you are experiencing the loving presence of Jesus! This morning, Keith and I were spending time with God and He led me to this beautiful writing of hope...and oh how we all need to feel loved, especially during these hard and difficult times we are living in. As we share these words together today, I pray that you will ALWAYS know that you are loved...and that you will also know that Jesus accepts you...just for who you are! God bless...Diane
A love that accepts you...just for who you are...
I remember a time in my life, when I didn’t feel worthy of anyone’s love, including Jesus’ love. The circumstances I faced at that time...especially the moments I dealt with, while dealing with a past sexual abuse only made me feel like a rag that was tied behind a car, while being dragged down a dusty and dirty gravel road.
Isn’t it amazing how Satan not only afflicts us but uses these moments of affliction to bring us so low that we don’t even feel worthy of Christ’s love or help. When I think on this…that is when I see Satan’s plan in action…a plan that can make us feel so put down in life; that we will never turn to Jesus, which only keeps us trapped within a pit of total despair.
There was a time in my life, when I felt so down and out; that when my husband would attempt to convince me that Jesus loved me…I would just say… “How could anyone love someone like this?” The overwhelming circumstances that had taken my life hostage, were now dictating my feelings…to the place where I felt as if I would just remain in the muck and mire of my despair forever.
For the longest time, I continued to hold onto a thread of hope…my own so-called hope…thinking that I could keep myself afloat, while struggling to hold my head above the troubled waters. Finally one day, my strength failed me and there was nothing more to hold onto…and that is when I began to test the waters with Jesus and see if He would truly listen to my cry for help. As I looked up from where I was sitting at the time, I began to tell the Lord that I couldn’t do it on my own anymore and from there, I laid my life before Him…just as I was…a woman that had fallen beneath the weight of her circumstances. From there…that is when Jesus came along and picked me up into His loving arms and held me and loved me in a way that I had never felt before…a love that I truly experience, even to this very day.
Many times, we can feel so put down by our circumstances…and even feel unloved by those around us because we tend to follow after the feelings that had at one time become so embedded within us, due to these very overwhelming circumstances. When I grew up, the only so-called love I experienced, were two parents that fought continually or lived a life that attempted to hide the dysfunctional life I was caught up in…so I had to learn how to experience real love for the very first time. Later, I came to see that this was why I felt so unworthy of Christ’s real and genuine love. I guess I felt that the only love I was worthy of, was an artificial love…that was abusive…a so-called love that only made me feel like a piece of nothing.
You know…I came to see over time that we don’t have to be this perfect person in the eyes of Jesus, to experience His perfect love. He just wants us to come to Him as we are…broken and in need of repair. One thing I know…Jesus isn’t mad at you and He will never be disappointed in you, for your imperfections and weaknesses; but rather, He will take hold of you, in such a loving way and He will lift you into arms that will hold you close and love you through the problem…in a way that you have never experienced before.
As we close…let Jesus gently push you through the darkness and deceptive lies that surround you…lies that are attempting to keep you distant from His love, while placing you deeper in despair…and let the light of His presence bring these dark moments in your life to light; that the chains of despair may be broken; so you can experience a love that will keep you free and close to Him…a love that will never let go, for all of eternity. Come now to Jesus…He’s waiting to accept you…just as you are!
Blessings so much on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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Hello everyone…and how are you doing today? It’s been another great day for me…and even though last night was a rough night…God has once more proven Himself as a God that is greater in strength than my weakness…praise Him!!
As I began my day, I went into my kitchen and made a cold chicken pasta salad, as today was supposed to hit 90 degrees. You know…some people who deal with pain seem to like the warmer weather, rather than the cold winter months; but I’m actually the opposite…yeah…I’m one of a kind for sure…in fact, I was not only born with two bad legs; but also one kidney that is pointed, rather than rounded off. Anymore, I just laugh at life…and moments like these only make me long for heaven even more.
Anyways…after I was done in the kitchen and a few other things were accomplished; Keith and I had lunch…and as I was relaxing for a bit; I was thinking on something that Keith and I were talking about earlier this morning. I don’t know what brought this to my thoughts; but I was saying to Keith, as to how we tend to make God seem weak during the difficult times of life. In other words…we either want Him to do something our way…or we don’t seem to express our faith in a way that says that we serve a strong God…One whose strength is far greater than weakness.
Earlier in my life, I was going through some very difficult times and one thing God showed me; was that even though we are weak…and even though our prayers aren’t always answered according to our timing; there is a God whose grace is sufficient to carry us over the rough times in life, until we can be permanently free from them. In other words…His strength can enter our weaknesses and go into overdrive and take us far beyond the pit of destruction that Satan longs for us to fall into.
These past few weeks for me have definitely been some difficult times, as I have felt bombarded by Satan. You see…I believe that his aim is to do whatever he can, to take me out of commission with God, so others won’t find the encouragement and hope, to help them press on; but through it all, I have come to experience a God who is truly strong…one whose strength is sufficient for times such as these.
A few of my life Bible verses are found in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10…and we read… “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8) For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
I wonder how many times we have begged God to help us…thinking that a healing would be the only way out, of what we were experiencing at the time. Don’t we realize that at the moment, when God isn’t quite ready to relieve us of these trials; that He will be there for us…for His grace is sufficient? One thing I have learned; is that safety isn’t always found through the absence of danger or trial; but rather, safety can be found in the presence of God…even through the darkest trial; for even though the trial has weakened us…to a hopeless state of mind; it’s His strength that can step in and be made perfect through our weakness.
No matter how hopeless life may seem today…and no matter how long you have been waiting for God to answer your prayer; there is a way…a place of hope that can brighten a darkened path and that hope can be found through Jesus Christ…for He can take hold of you and the weak moments your facing…and sustain and hold you up above these pits of defeat that have been set up by evil. Instead of accepting thoughts of defeat…why not accept help from a God who longs to be a perfect strength for you…One who can take hold of the weakness in your life and exchange it for a strength that will never fail or forsake you.
Have a great evening…and many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…I hope that your day has been a good one…I know mine has! I’m still taking it a little easy right now…but still pressing on and trying to accomplish what God has given me to do each day…and I praise Him so much for His loving care and strength…for without it, I couldn’t do these things!
This morning was such a nice part of my day, as I went outside under the tree near my office and painted a birdhouse that I have wanted to paint for quite some time. I also did a little cooking and then picked a few pink roses from my front flowerbed, to bring in the office. Now I’m relaxing and longing to share something very special with you that happened to me yesterday, while grocery shopping.
You know…one thing I never seem to come to grips with; is how God’s timing truly does play an important part, in every little thing that takes place in our lives each day. It’s so amazing how we tend to forget this…that is until something happens that reminds us of this.
Yesterday, I had planned on going for another grocery shopping spree, as I only go out just as needed…especially since I have been in so much pain lately. Anyways…I had just walked into the store and was looking at some items that I wanted to buy and all of a sudden a lady called out to me. At first, she thought that I was a lady from her church; but as I turned my face in her direction…she quickly came to see that I wasn’t her. You could tell that this lady had been through some difficult times in her life; but her heart seemed to be so on fire, when it came to knowing God.
As we began to talk at a distance, I told her that I did have a ministry, which made her even more excited. Within a short time…she held out her hand and said only a few words…“Drug addict”…“Wedding Ring”…and “Trailer.” At first, I couldn’t quite understand what she was attempting to tell me; then it all came together…she had been a drug addict on the streets…thinking that even God couldn’t love her. You see…her husband had verbally abused her and it appeared as if much more had taken place in her life; but through it all…God used a wedding band and a trailer, to provide a home for her off the streets…and now she’s experiencing God’s love, rather than the effects of drugs.
Later, as Keith and I were talking, I began to say to him that I truly believe that people who take drugs and drink heavily, are usually looking for something to not only make them feel better; but to also fill the emptiness within…from something that has hurt them deeply…just like this woman did; but just as this woman came to see; there is a God who can fill up the empty voids of life and make life complete…something that is not temporary either…but eternal.
Later, as this woman and I parted company, I gave her my name and ministry web address and in response to what I had given her…she asked me, if I would share her testimony with my readers…so here I am today…praising God for sparing another life, from the clutches of evil.
You know…it doesn’t matter what you are going through…or how bad the situation may seem…for there is One who can fill the emptiness of a life gone bad and His name is Jesus Christ. One thing I know…when we let go of everything except for Him; then we will truly come to see that He is all we need. May I encourage you today, to let go of the temporary things that you are attempting to use, as a means of sufficing the soul and let God move in…and from there, He will truly come and make your life complete, just as He has done for this lady and even myself.
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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Hello everyone! As we start our day together, I would like to share a thought with you; that God placed upon my heart the other day and it goes like this... "We struggle to experience perfect peace and joy on earth because evil is attempting to combat us, in an imperfect world."
Even though we face these struggles and battles in life; there is a peace that can win out and carry us through these hard times and it's found in John 14:27...and we read... "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
As we walk through this day, may I suggest that we turn away from our own man-made ideas of peace...to turn to a peace that isn't fragile; but a peace that is different than the peace that's found in this world...a peace that can calm any storm we face...and a peace that will keep us pressing on, even into eternity...and that peace is only found through Jesus Christ!
Have a very blessed day in the Lord!
It's Always & Only Because of Him...
Hello everyone…I thought that I’d stop by and visit you for a few minutes! I truly hope that you are having a good start to your week! As for me, I am enjoying a nice break in the day…and so is the squirrel that’s sleeping on the limb of a tree…just outside my office window.
These past couple of days, I have still been living with quite a bit of pain in my arm and right leg…but I’m so grateful that I have a good friend like Jesus…One who I can share all the up’s and down’s of life with.
Talking about talking with Jesus…I just spent some good moments with Him…never realizing that I would be back on here today…typing right handed; but Jesus truly opened up something to me this afternoon and I just had to share it with you.
I don’t know about you; but when I’m recovering from an injury…surgery…or maybe a bout of pain; the first thing that seems to cross my mind is how long will this last. In fact…since I injured my arm, I have been hoping for some better days…every day.
Anyways…while sharing my heart with Jesus this afternoon…one thing came to mind and I’m sure it was from Him…and that is that a slower recovery or what can seem to be an endless moment of despair, actually causes us to slow down…and if we are slowing down; then just maybe we will find that we become more in sync with Jesus…especially since these times have a way of causing us to reach out to Him, for the help that we seem to be so desperate for at the time.
You know…we all have a way of growing impatient with life; but if we could just slow down and enjoy the view…maybe just maybe, we would come to actually see what God is attempting to convey to us throughout the journey.
I don’t know about you but I am going to start slowing down; so I can see the purpose for these difficult times more clearly. Hey…and you know what…we might as well do that because God is in charge and we aren’t going to experience what He longs for us to experience through these difficult times, until it’s just the right time…His time.
Have a great day with Jesus…and many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him
“Stay on the path that the LORD your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.” Deuteronomy 5:33
Hello everyone…and a “Happy Sunday” to you all! This morning, Keith and I were reading an older writing that God had at one time inspired me to write and we were so touched by these words; that I thought that I would share them with you on this blog.
My prayer for you today; is that these words will truly touch your heart in the same way as they did ours…and that you will come to truly see that the love of God still shines in the midst of the darkest circumstance…God bless!
A Love that Shines thru the Darkest Circumstance
"You know…isn’t it amazing, as to how a circumstance can seem like a dense fog…something that tries to separate us from the love of Jesus and even convince us that He is no longer there. I have come to see how these difficult moments not only make us feel distant from Jesus’ love…but also, as to how easily we can find ourselves forgetting that He even loves us at all.
As I look back to the most difficult times of my life; I remember moments, when the circumstances I was facing at the time, actually made me feel like a piece of nothing. The pain from many surgeries…and the counseling that was taking place at the time...to mend a broken heart that was completely shattered, had definitely brought me down to nothing.
One thing I could never come to grips with; for the longest time was this…how Jesus could love someone like me. Never did I realize it at the time; but it wasn’t me that was feeling that way; but rather, it was all these circumstances that were making me feel like this. The shame and brokenness, due to sexual abuse and a dysfunctional home life had pretty much made me feel like a worthless piece of junk. In fact…I felt so low at the time; that I would say to my husband…if I die, just bury me in a trash can…because that is all I felt at the time.
As I rethink these thoughts of the past, I now see that I couldn’t expect Jesus to love me because I didn’t even love myself. In fact, I was so focused on how bad of a person I seemed to be at the time; that I began to believe that Jesus felt the same way too.
Later…as I started to work with Jesus on every problem that needed to be fixed; He led me to a Bible verse in I Samuel 16:7, which reads… “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” After reading this verse, I came to see that the Lord wasn’t interested in my outward appearance…or even the appearance of what I was seeing deep within myself; but rather, He was interested in my heart…something that I hadn’t felt close to in a long time.
Isn’t it amazing, as to how we as humans become so caught up in the outward appearance of ourselves…or even as to how our circumstances are making us feel at the time? One thing that Jesus has truly taught me; is that when we become too tightly focused on these ways of thinking; then we soon find that these thoughts not only manipulate the heart; but we also find ourselves bypassing the heart and the perfect love that resides within us. In other words…we become more in tune with what is happening, rather than the One who longs to love us through what’s happening.
Once I began to see clearly, as to what direction I had been heading in for so many years of my life; I began to turn around and quit following the path of deceptive thinking…and instead, I began to listen to the One, who could counsel my heart and lead me in the right direction.
Today, I would like to say with all my heart that Jesus truly loves you! I know this because I came from a place where I felt that no one could ever love me…not even Jesus…and now as I walk a new path…one that is taking me in the right direction this time; I am truly experiencing One who shows a deep and lasting love, through the loving ways He works within me.
If you are headed in a direction that is only led by the way your circumstances are attempting to lead you…a direction that makes you feel unloved and all alone; then ask Jesus to help you get on the right path and turn away from the deceptive thoughts that are controlling your heart. One thing I know… the moment that you choose to let go of the thoughts that seem to be bringing you down, rather than lifting you up…that will be the moment, when there will be room within the heart…to experience a love that goes way beyond any love you could ever experience!"
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
While others are ending their day to rest, I am sitting not only in the darkness of my office; but I am also sitting in the darkness of a circumstance that seems to have no end. Some may say that it’s due to a lack of faith; but I have seen it many times, as an old chapter in my life that’s about to close, while God is about to open up something new before my very eyes.
For several days now, I have been walking down a broken road that seems to reveal nothing before me. Moments like these can make a person feel lost and alone. Oh how I long for that special touch of something new; that I have experienced so many times in the past.
As I came on here tonight…typing with one hand, while the other one continues to heal; I’ve been thinking on how there are times, when we simply have to let go of the lost and unknown moments of despair, to just simply trust God. You know...it’s not always easy to trust in what God may be up to…especially when all we seem to see before us is darkness; but one thing God was reminding me of tonight; is that when we make Him the light of our life…especially during these difficult times; then there are no dark and unknown moments ahead…for the light of His presence illuminates darkness and gives us a light of hope to hold to, until He walks us directly into the answers to life’s questions.
Right now I am looking out into the darkness of another night. Even though that darkness appears to have no end…a time will come, when the darkness will give way to another new dawn…a time when life will begin again, with new possibilities and a fresh new start…and the discouraging feelings that once weighed us down, will also give way to new thoughts; that just may move us one step closer, to what God has been longing to show us through these difficult times.
You know…we may struggle for the answers we so desperately need right now; but if we could just take life one step at a time and allow God’s footprints to walk us through the unknown moments that stand before us; then I think that we would truly come to experience that new dawn…one that God has been planning for us all along.
“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, 79) to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-79
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him
Hello everyone…I know that it’s been awhile since we spent some time together. Actually, I have been laid up in extreme pain…only this time it’s been something else besides the leg pain.
About a week ago, I woke up early to post a writing…and within a short time, my left arm and hand was in extreme pain. At first I thought that it could have possibly been related to my heart; but later I came to see that I had injured my arm while sleeping.
Today I am much better than a week ago; but at this time, I am only able to type with my right hand, which has been a challenge. It’s been amazing though, as I have seen days of increase on the ministries website, which only goes to show that God is truly in control of all things…and that when we aren’t able…He is…praise Him!
While away from ministry work, I was getting something out of my wallet one day…and I had come across a card with the name “Diane” on it. As I began to pull the card out of the wallet; there was a meaning for my name, along with a Bible verse, which I would like to share with you today. The biblical meaning behind my name is “Divine One”…and the Bible verse that is printed on the card is found in Psalm 18:2…and we read… “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust…”
You know…when we look back to Paul in the Bible…we also remember a time when he begged the Lord three times to remove the thorn of affliction from him; but God’s response in 2 Corinthians 12:9 was this… “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.”
As my eyes were drawn more and more to the card that I had found in my wallet; I began to see that God was reminding me that even though He couldn’t remove this thorn of affliction from me at the time…that He would be my rock to hold to, along with the strength I would need, to get through another tough moment in my life…and because of this, I did find it easier to trust and love Him through it all.
One thing I did come to see through this time; was that He was allowing me to be out of commission for a while, as a reminder that He doesn’t always need me, to do His job for Him…and that He may have other plans that don’t include me at the moment…which has also became a great reminder to me; that this God I serve is even more powerful then I can even fathom.
May I encourage you today, to never give up on what may seem to be an endless road of despair…for God may be up to something that hasn’t been revealed to you yet. Just trust Him and know that this God, who is greater than anything, will never fail or forsake you.
Well…time to rest both arms now. I never knew that I could type one handed; but God did…and He is truly reminding me today; that we can do all things through Him and the strength He gives us to do it.
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him
Throughout the past week or so, I have been bringing some beautiful peony flowers into the office. If you haven’t seen a peony flower before; they definitely remind me of an oversized carnation, with the most beautiful scent.
Anyways…it seemed as if no one was going to enjoy these flowers outside; because I was gradually bringing them all into the office to enjoy myself, as I love these flowers very much…plus I love to bring flowers in the office to Jesus.
After getting down to the last few flowers; I found myself looking at this one poor bud that was struggling to open. At first, I thought that I would leave it on the bush; but later, I went back out the front door and decided to bring it in and see what may happen…and as I’m sitting here visiting with you right now…it’s starting to open up…and it appears as if it will be the only brighter pink flower from that bush…amazing!
Earlier in the day…God began to place a song on my mind, titled… “Friend of a Wounded Heart”…and as I’ve been sitting here looking at that wounded flower; I have come to see that by giving it a chance to come in the house and drink some fresh water; that the flower seemed to have left its wounds behind…to open up and enjoy life.
You know…sometimes we can be like that flower…wounded and struggling through life; but when God comes along and takes us into His arms of love; He has a way of also mending what has been broken deep within…and once we find ourselves experiencing that kind of selfless love; that is when we find that we aren’t alone; but rather, we have a friend…One who truly cares about all that is hurting us.
Through time, I have definitely come to see that God longs to be the friend of the wounded heart. In fact…I have also come to see that when we struggle to reach Him, due to the wounds we bear; that He will meet us at that place of despair and be there for us…to help, in healing the wounds that have torn us apart.
Many of us are walking through the battlefields of uncertainty and despair…and there can be times when we are hit by evil and wounded deeply; but I know a personal friend of mine, who will meet us there…to heal and restore that which has been broken deep within…One who will mend the brokenness, while only leaving a scar; that will continually remind us of His true love and faithfulness to us…and that friend is Jesus.
No matter how deep the wound…and no matter how hopeless these moments may appear to be; this is not the time to give into the wound and what has taken place; but rather, now is the time to turn to the One, who can be a friend to your wounded heart. Won’t you turn to Him today? One thing I can say for sure…He will meet you there and be the best and most sincere friend you could ever have…One who will not only remain close, during these difficult times; but One who will truly become the remedy you need, while facing what seems to be the most hopeless situation in your life.
Have a very blessed day in the Lord…and may you truly find God to be a friend for your wounded heart!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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