Hello everyone…”Happy Monday”…and a big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! Well…here we go again…another new week! As we begin this brand new week, I pray that God will truly be with us…through every new step we take with Him!
Well…I hope that you all had a very nice weekend…I know I did! For the first time in months, I took some time off on Saturday, to just not have a schedule…and wow was that different…but very nice! I did come online in the morning…to do some work on Twitter; but when I was finished, I headed for the kitchen and made a couple things and then I was out the door, into some fresh air and sunshine. I’ll tell you…I think my lungs were in shock…lol!
After heading out the door…the first thing that I wanted to do; was to finally dismantle my Christmas wreaths and turn the porch into spring and summer attire. I have several wreaths that I interchange within the different seasons of the year; so it was time to brighten them up with bright and cheery colors of silk flowers. I also have a wooden sign that I painted…quite some time back, while being laid up; that says “Welcome Spring;” so he went out there too. Now everything looks beautiful and alive once more…after a long winter!
When I finished the porch…I thought to myself; should I stop for lunch or just keep going…and believe me when I say…it didn’t take much time to decide that I would just keep going. It’s amazing how we can get caught up in schedules during the week; so I decided it was time to break the schedule and go out back and see what my husband was up to.
Recently, we just go another birdbath; that lights up with a solar bird feeder; so I wanted to have him put some dirt in the planter below; so it would weigh it down better. Also, I had some extra bright colored silk flowers that were older; so I decided to fill the planter with those…and wow…what color! As you can see, I am trying to enjoy something that doesn’t take a lot of time to care for…something that can always look nice.
Once I was finished working on that little project, I just walked around the yard and enjoyed what I don’t always get to enjoy; then my husband offered to help me with my bird feeder, which was a great help. During the winter, I had this feeder hanging in the tree; but during the last bout of heavy wind; I saw that thing swinging pretty good in the air…and didn’t want to see it crash into my office window; so he brought it down out of the tree and put it on a post for me…which I just love!
You know…I have found that it doesn’t take much in life, to make me happy…just some fresh air and sunshine and a few relaxing projects, to remove the stress of a busy week. One thing I have truly come to love within my own life…are the simple things of life; that bring peace and a happiness within my heart; that truly draws me closer to God. When I look back on some of the past moments of my life; it seemed as if my life was so cluttered with what I did personally, to make myself happy…but that wasn’t a lasting happiness…only a temporary happiness.
As we begin this brand new week…reach out to the simple things in life; that will truly allow you to connect with a God of great peace…love and happiness; so you can experience life, for what it was truly meant to be! Have a great Monday...take 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! It’s so good to have you here…and just think; we all made it through another week…praise God! My prayer for you today; is that God would truly bless your day, with His very best!
Well everyone…it’s Friday; so I thought we would just talk about whatever…whatever God lays upon my mind and heart to talk about! You know…lately, I have been struggling to feel the “oomph” in my writings…and that is because the “oomph” is being camouflaged by pain and tiredness…but today, I am going to walk way beyond it and I’m going to experience some “oomph” in this writing!
For the longest time; I have been a person who likes to joke around…even through the hard times. It’s not always easy; but there’s something about making yourself laugh; that lifts you a step higher from the awful moments of despair. For example…my right knee has been removed and now I live with a rod and a stiff leg. After this surgery was done…at first, I had a hard time accepting the loss of my knee…that is, until I realized that this leg could be used in other ways. In other words…since the knee area is flat…I now have a straight table, to sit my plate on, while eating in the living room. I’ve also learned to bend more at the waist, which has actually allowed me to flex my leg muscles…to the place that I can almost touch my head on the floor.
One thing I’ve learned, through the long and difficult years of surgeries; is that God always compensates, for whatever is taken away. I will never forget the day, when I was outside weeding some flowers and I was bent over at the waist…rather than squatting…like most people do. I guess my neighbor got a glimpse of me from her kitchen window…because it wasn’t too long before she was running out the door; to see if I was alright. I said… “Sure…just weeding my flowers.” She was amazed, as to how I could touch the ground with both hands.
God continues to lead me to the lighter side of life…a place where I can see my disability and moments of the past, in a different light…and when I can see the good through the bad; then what used to seem so bad; doesn’t seem that way anymore. One thing I truly believe in is this…laughter is the best medicine for the soul…and when we choose to take a dose of laughter…it’s amazing, as to how life can seem less overwhelming.
You know…some of us may live with chronic pain, while others live with other chronic illnesses or disabilities; but remember one thing…no matter what is counted as loss…we gain so much more, by seeing the good through the bad. Life is definitely not easy…and the things we endure can truly take a toll on us; but when we can see the lighter side of it; then we will find that life isn’t so bad.
No matter what you may be facing today; I’m not asking you to write it off and not deal with it; but I would like to encourage you to look for the lighter side of it…a place, where your mind and heart can truly find peace in God.
Well…it’s been a great week…no matter what has come my way…and I truly hope and pray that your day will be a very special one…and that you will have a great weekend! Please take care and I will hope to be back with you again on Monday morning! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone… “Happy Thursday”…and a big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad you decided to stop by today…and my prayer for you; is that you will truly experience God in your day!
These past few days have been very busy days, with pain and a lot of tiredness…and as I was listening to one of my favorite songs today, by Yolanda Adams; I was being reminded, as to how we should never allow these discouraging moments to take us down; but rather, we should allow God to help us to rise above these discouraging moments of despair.
Seventeen years ago, I began this ministry, with God’s help and one of the first things He taught me…which I quickly passed along to my readers; was to never hold tightly to despair; but to make an exchange…my weakness, for God’s strength. Through this time of learning and growing in Him, I came to see that weakness could never be strengthened through Him, unless I was first willing to hand all my weaknesses over to Him.
You know…I remember a time in my life, when doing my very best…or pursuing life; never really mattered much to me. Second best always seemed to be good enough; but I found out later; that I never longed to do my best because my weaknesses were in the way…pulling me down and keeping me from going beyond second best, to experience God’s very best for my life.
There is a feeling a person gets, when they are being snagged and pulled down by weakness; which can make us all feel, as if we’re caught up in a raging storm…as we struggle to just keep our heads above the troubled waters.…and this is why we truly need to let go of our weaknesses and hand them over to God…in exchange for a perfect strength that can help us to stay above the weakness.
In my own life, I find that the pain I experience, from day to day, has a way of convincing me that first, I can’t make it…and second; you’ll never be able to achieve all that God longs for you to achieve; but those feelings are only coming from a deceitful lie, while the pain becomes the decoy; that Satan longs to use, to draw me further into weakness.
You know…it’s a good feeling to know that God is only a prayer away…and that His strength can be made perfect through our weaknesses! One of my life verses is found in 2 Corinthians 12: 9…and we read… “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.” Just think…with God in our lives, we don’t have to live with weakness; but we can experience a strength that can cause us to rise high…to a place where we can truly feel the power of God’s presence resting upon us…wow!
I know how hard life can be…because my whole life has been very difficult at times; but may I encourage you…as I remind myself; that there is a strength that can take us up to a realm, where we are no longer face to face with our weaknesses. Reach up to God today and let Him take hold of you and lift you high above despair!
Well…this has been another great time together today…and I pray that as you begin another new day; that you will lean on a perfect strength that can keep you standing, even in the midst of weakness! Take care and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone..."Happy Wednesday...and a big welcome, to "A New Day of New Hope Blog"...through the Risen Hope Ministries! I hope your day is off to a great start and my prayer for you; is that you will truly feel the presence of a loving and powerful God, in this brand new day!
I hate to tell you this...but I won't be posting a blog tonight, due to some unexpected work; but the good news is that I have a brand new audio posted, at "Sounds of Hope"...titled, "God is There!" Come and connect to a God, who surrounds you each day...and let this be a reminder, as to how you are never alone in this world.
If you would like to check out this short audio, at "Sounds of Hope;" then all you have to do is click here ...sit back and relax and connect with a God, who will always be there for you! I hope you will enjoy the audio and your day...and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow! Take care & 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! I am so happy that you stopped by today…and my prayer for you; is that you will come to see that Jesus can be everything, for everything you need!
Yesterday was quite the day! Let’s see…the morning started out with an internet problem, which I thought was going to last into the afternoon; then my health attempted to take a turn for the worse…and my mind even went completely blank, while trying to write on Diane’s Place. Well…that about covers it, which is more than enough for me…but do you know what…the internet was fixed within a half hour…God gave me the wisdom to write…and the Lord overrode the health issue by evening…otherwise, I definitely wouldn’t have been sitting here writing you today!
You know…it’s so easy to get caught up, in every little circumstance that crumbles to our feet. We can feel so overwhelmed at times; that we completely bypass the complete remedy that we need, during these difficult times, which is Jesus Christ.
Yesterday…it seemed as though the words for the day were… “I could use your help, Lord”…but just think, as to what it would be like, if we didn’t have Jesus to call out to. I can’t even begin to imagine that; as I need Him all throughout each day.
You know…I can see more and more, as to how Satan is working overtime, to take this ministry down. It’s amazing, as to what he can think up…but you know what…he never succeeds. In fact, I would think by now; that he would give up…but I guess he’s so angry at me, for what I’m doing for the Lord; that he just can’t help but dig his heals in deeper.
While talking on this subject today…I remember a time in my life, when I would literally fall apart, while experiencing the littlest thing…but that was because I knew of God…but I didn’t really personally know Him. I have come to see that when we know God; then we will also find it much easier to trust Him.
I’ll tell you…I just love the Lord with all my heart! No matter what comes my way; I have come to see that this is truly a test of my love and devotion to Him. Life is never easy…believe me I know; but I have come to truly see that God can make it much easier, while sustaining us from the blunt of the storm, when we can truly place our complete trust in Him.
You know…God never promised that life would be easy; but He did promise to be with us…to hold our hand and to love us through these trying times in our lives…but we will never experience moments like these, when we give into the rubble that lies beneath us. Yes…life can seem very broken at times; but there is a God, who truly knows where every broken piece belongs…and through my own life experiences; I continue to see how His mighty hand can truly put every broken piece back, to where it should be.
No matter what you are walking through today…don’t just sit in the rubble; but call out to a God, who longs to help you out of the rubble; simply by saying… “Lord, I could use your help”…and I know that when He hears your voice…He will come running!
Well…it’s been another great day with you…and I pray that your day will truly be blessed from above! Take good care and I will hope to be back with you 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! Well…here we go…another new week together! As you begin this brand new day; I pray that you will have a great day…and that you will truly feel and experience God’s love for you!
You know…no one understands the heart like Jesus! Today, as I’ve been sitting here…starring out my window; I’ve been thinking on all that He has not only brought me through; but also, on all that He continues to carry me through each day. When I focus my thoughts on these things; then I find that a new hope begins to spring up within me…a hope that says that Jesus is there…and will always be there.
You know…there was a time, when I never experienced these feelings of hope…and why…because I was leaning on my problems and trying to muddle through on my own, which in the end; only led me to a fall. People just don’t always realize how much love God has for them. Seems like people tend to say that they know that He will always be there for them; but when a problem smacks them in the face; they only seem to fumble around, for a hope that can lift them back up to their feet.
There was a time in my life, when the abusive words of the past only told me that God would never be able to love me…or even care for me. I felt so put down; that I didn’t feel worthy of His love; so I allowed the past to push His love out of my life; but as He began to do the little things that we sometimes tend to bypass; I began to see a love that I had never experienced before…and to this day; that love has grown and grown!
As we begin a brand new week, we need to not only pray for God to help us through the week; but also pray that His loving care for us will become evident…in each moment of each new day. In other words…we need to experience His love and not just try to convince ourselves that His love will be there for us.
Sometimes, when I think back to all the surgeries…pain and deep heartache; I can’t help but see how He has walked through every difficult moment with me…and even to this day; He has a way of comforting me, as I work through pain and tiredness. In fact, I feel His presence even more throughout these difficult times…because His love is bringing me down to His level…where I not only hear His still small voice within me; but I also find that He is taking me beyond the pain and tiredness; to actually love me through the pain…for His loving words have a way of penetrating and soothing the pain waves that attempt to overtake me.
As you walk through this brand new week with God…anticipate the loving care He longs for you to experience…for these beautiful moments spent with God will not only bring peace to your thoughts; but will also help you to know without a doubt…as to how much He loves and longs to care for you each day!
Have a great Monday…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 big Friday welcome to you, at “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy to have you with me today…and my prayer; is that you will truly experience the depth of God’s presence…for every step you take, in this brand new day!
Well…yesterday, I took a few hours to myself and spent it with God…and while I was doing so; I went ahead and did the writing for this week’s Sunday Inspiration, which will be posted and ready to go, by late Friday evening. As I was listening to the music that I chose for this week’s Sunday Inspiration; it seemed as if God was taking me back to a time, when His presence had truly carried me out of a dark wilderness of despair…one for which I never thought there would be a way out.
You know…we can go through the most difficult times…and the darkness that surrounds us and the agony of that circumstance can truly make us feel lost in life. We know that God has the power to deliver us; but why isn’t this happening…and how will I ever find my way out, of these moments that seem to have no end? This is exactly what I felt; before I was delivered from a wilderness of despair.
Even to this day, I find that it can become so easy to get caught up in the pain and weakness, of a body that seems to be struggling at times; but one thing I have to keep telling myself; is to go back to Jesus and remember that if He carried me once; then He will carry me again. In other words…He’s saying to all of us… “Don’t allow another circumstance to take you back into the wilderness of despair, for which you just stepped out of.”
You know…it’s so easy to speak words of faith…but are they words that lie on the surface of our lips or are they words that take us deep into the heart, where Jesus resides? One thing I can say for sure…is that no matter what I’ve experienced in my life…or no matter what I may still be experiencing in my life; these moments have taken me to Jesus and has given me a relationship with Him; that I never thought I’d ever experience. You know…it’s so easy to get caught up in a healing; that sometimes, we completely bypass the things we can learn and grow from…before the healing even takes place.
As we close our week together, I would truly encourage you to come back this weekend and check out this week’s Sunday Inspiration, titled “A Wilderness of Despair”…because you will not only read more about my life; but you will also find hope, as you may be walking through your own wilderness of despair.
Even though God may allow us to walk through these difficult times…for reasons we don’t always fully understand; it’s still not His intention to leave us there. Our circumstances may attempt to convince us; that we may never find our way out…just as it did in my own life; but remember one thing…God has a plan…and when He’s finished…He will carry us out of the wilderness of despair.
If you are interested in checking out this week’s Sunday Inspiration…come back this weekend and look for the tab that says… “God Inspired Writings, near the top of the page and in the drop down box, you will find Sunday Inspiration.
Well…it’s been another great week together…and I hope and pray that you will not only have a great day…but a great weekend too! Take care and I will hope to be back with you again on Monday morning! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone! Happy Thursday…and a big welcome, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad that you came to visit me today…and I pray that your day will truly be blessed from above!
Well, as we start out today…I thought that we would just “shoot the breeze” together. If you came from my era; then you would know what “shoot the breeze” means; but if you didn’t…I’m really saying that I’d like to just have a simple visit with you, as we begin our time together today.
As some of you may have already noticed…there have been a few changes on the website…now that we have left winter behind, to step into the season of spring…and by the way…“Happy Spring!” Anyways…the past few days, I’ve been updating a few things on “Diane’s Place” and the front of the website. I figured that we all have seen enough snow and freezing temperatures for a while; so I decided it was time to change the logos to something springy.
By the way…have you ever had a moment, when you just can’t get something right? Well…that was me; these past couple of days. See what pain does to the brain…and no, I’m not on drugs…lol! You know…I think that I’ve lost track, as to how many times I’ve changed the background to “A New Day of New Hope Blog” logo. I told my husband that I probably had you confused; but every time I would post the logo below my header…I either felt like I needed sunglasses or something to calm the brain down…lol!
Even though I went through 4 or 5 backgrounds…I finally feel at peace with what I’ve chosen…or should I say…what God and I have chosen together. You know…life can take us to a place, where we feel, as though we are stuck in a rut. We try life this way…and we try it that way; but still…nothing seems to come out right. Isn’t it amazing how we will allow ourselves to go continually in circles…wearing ourselves out to almost nothing; before we actually stop for a minute and say… “Lord, I need your help!”
You know…as I’ve been sharing these thoughts with you right now; I have this strange feeling that God allowed me to go through all that extra work on the website…these past couple of days; so I would actually be able to say what I’m saying to you today…because I gave those moments to God, as I worked on the website…but you know what…sometimes He does allow something to not work out, when He has a purpose to serve; so today, I think He’s trying to remind us all…as to how we cannot do a thing without Him.
Life can definitely be a challenge! It can make us feel twisted in knots and it can take us down paths that we never thought we’d ever walk down; but one thing I do know…God is great at untwisting the knots…and He definitely is good at getting us back on track with Him…but first, I believe He wants to hear from us…and know that this is what we truly desire.
As you begin another new day; you may experience moments that seem to take you in the opposite direction, of what you expected for the day…but there’s nothing to fear; because when we call out to God for help…He will come running, to help us get back on course with Him!
Have a great day everyone…and don’t forget that God is only a prayer away! God bless…and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow!
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 am so glad that you came to spend a little time with me today…and my prayer; is that God will truly bless each moment of your day, with His very best!
One thing that Jesus and I have truly shared heart to heart, for many years…especially during the difficult times of my life; are the moments, when He would speak deep within my spirit and heart. To some…they may say… “She’s lost it for sure”…in fact, I did have someone tell me that before; but no one can take away the moments, when His still small voice enters my spirit…to bring me hope and a way out, of whatever I’m facing at the time. To me…this is what I call a true relationship with Jesus Christ!
These past couple of days have truly been a struggle for me…but even as I’ve been sitting here…anticipating the words that God longs for me to share with you today; He has once more reminded me of a song that He once brought to me, while feeling broken…battered and beaten…and the song is titled… “Look How Far You’ve Come.” Before I share some of the lyrics to this song; I have…for the longest time; seen these songs or other thoughts He’s given me, as true messages from His heart to mine.
Even as I have been sitting here…struggling to write, through the pain and tiredness, of a broken body…these are the words that He longed to share with my heart, from this song… “Don't give up. Don't give in. Give it all to Him. Cause He cares so much more than you know.
When it seems who you really want to be; is someone you'll never become…just look how far you've come. I know it's not always easy (How far you've come); but don't you throw it all away
(How far you've come) I know that He will take care of you every day.”
When I stop and think on the words that stand before me right now…I know what Jesus wants me to know…and that is to not give up. He knows that these roads we walk down are not always easy…and even the moments of the past; that have led us to where we are today, haven’t always been easy; but we can make it through anything with Him, as He reaches out to care for us.
The first time I ever heard this song, was at a time when I found myself sitting to myself…with tears streaming down my face. As I sat there; I became numb to what I had been walking thru at the time…and even the words I once shared with God had disappeared into thin air; but then God brought this song to my thoughts…and as I listened to each word that ran through my mind; I began to feel His loving presence…ever so near. I somehow knew at that time; that He had come to lift me out of the pit of despair…that had taken me captive…and you know what…He did; so now as I read the words to this song; God is reminding me once more; that He longs so much, to be the same God for me today, as He was for me…many years back. What a great friend He has been to me!
You too may feel stuck, within the muck and mire of despair…feeling there is no way out; so may I encourage you also…to not give in to the problem; but rather, listen for the still small voice…of a God who longs to minister hope, to your broken heart and soul.
Well…God sure led the way in this writing today…and as you start another new day; I pray that you will truly feel His loving presence…deep within your heart and soul! Take 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 welcome on this Tuesday, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy to have you with me today…and my prayer for you; is that you will experience God, in a very real way, as you walk through your day!
Yesterday started out to be a very busy day, as I have been working on one of my newest pages…“Diane’s Place.” After finishing my work there; it seemed like…from there on, I wasn’t feeling the best. Lately, I have not only been struggling with chronic pain; but a lot of tiredness too.
After getting around for the evening, I came back into the office and was doing a little work on Twitter…and while I was sitting here; my eye caught the attention of a couple little hanging plagues, I have near my windowsill. About almost 2 years ago, I was going through a similar time in my life, when I felt totally drained; to the place, where I could barely write; so I took about a week off and spent some time with God…working with Him, to let Him refresh me and renew me in His Spirit.
Anyways…after spending much time with God; I wrote down some personal thoughts that had come from His heart to mine and I placed a few of those thoughts on some beautiful paper; that had a picture of Mary Magdalene bowing at the feet of Jesus…and then I put the paper in a couple of clear frames and had hung them close, to where I work each day.
As these frames caught my eye yesterday, I began to take them down and read what I had written, from God’s heart to mine and you know what…it was just what I needed. It seemed that as I read each beautiful word; that the moments from about 2 years ago, began to come alive within me again.
You know…sometimes we just need to get alone with God and read the promises that He has given us…promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. I will never forget the time, when I had hit rock bottom…and to be honest with you, I never thought I’d make it this far in my life; but then the still small voice of God came to me…deep within my spirit…and He made a promise to me that He would bring me through those hard times…and even though I didn’t know what to think at the time…He did bring me through.
Sometimes the days can be very difficult to get through; but I am being reminded that all we need is to connect ourselves with the One, who can truly bring peace and comfort, while facing these overwhelming moments; that can truly seem so out of control.
There are two verses in the Bible that had become promises to me…many years back and to this day, I hold tightly to these words in Psalm 112:7-8, which says… “He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. 8 That is why he is not afraid but can calmly face his foes.”
Sometimes, we just have to slow down and take hold of God’s promises and allow them to be strength for us, during the times that seem to weigh us down. When we can live with a settled feeling; that our God is always there for us; then we will find it much easier to face the difficult moments that are attempting to take us down.
Well…I truly pray now; that you will find God’s promises, to be of strength to you too, while walking through the difficult struggles of life…and I also pray that your day will truly be blessed from above! Take care and I will hope to be back with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…