Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! It’s so good to be back with you today…and my prayer is that we will become more deeply rooted in Christ, rather than the problems we face; that we may continue to stand strong in Him…Amen!!
Yesterday, as I was spending some time with God; I was being led to an older writing that He had given me many years back…and as I was reading it out loud; God began to open my thoughts and my heart to something that I believe could be of encouragement to us all right now…so let us first start out by reading a couple Bible verses in Mark 4:16-17…and we read… “Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. (17) But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.”
Throughout my life, I have come to see that I not only need to know about God but even more, I need to be deeply rooted in Him. You know…it’s so easy to read verses from the Bible and even memorize them; but to experience them and live them is a different story. When we are only clinging to words; then we will soon find that they do not keep us standing during the tough times.
A long time back, while sitting outside, I remember watching the heavy winds blow against a single flower; but no matter how hard the wind blew, the flower remained standing and that was only because the roots were strong enough to hold up the flower. You know…nothing is ever going to keep us standing strong during the difficult times, unless we have strong roots that are deeply connected to God.
I remember a time in my life, when life seemed to be its toughest. Due to what I was facing at the time; I had decided that I would take the New Testament apart and study it deeply, as a means of seeking God’s help. As I did…God began to open up a greater wisdom, through some of the verses that had pertained to what I was facing at the time. In fact…there were moments, when I would sit with my Bible and just respond with a “Wow!” One thing about that time in my life, was that this wow factor didn’t fade away, like it would have, by just simply memorizing these verses; but instead, I was beginning to see how God was opening up little hidden treasures within these Bible verses that could help me at that time, while becoming deeply embedded within the heart; so that they could be opened and used, for other difficult times that may arise. Now as I look back on my life, I see how God’s word has truly formed a strong root within me…and I can say 100%; that this is what has kept me standing, with the will to continue on…no matter what I have faced in my life.
Today, can we say that we have roots that deeply connect our hearts to God’s heart? Do we know that if we were to face a fierce storm; that we are prepared and ready to weather this storm with God? We can prevent a lot of needless suffering, while weathering these storms, when we allow the wisdom of God’s word to keep us strong and deeply rooted in Him.
As we walk through another new day, I pray that we will not only be people of knowledge; but even more…people of wisdom…a wisdom that can keep us closely connected with God, rather than our problems…and a wisdom that can keep us standing strong and rooted deeply in Him; that we may never be brought low, while facing the storms of life…Amen!
Have a very blessed day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving…and that you are having another nice day! My prayer, as we begin our time together; is that we will come to see that with every new day; comes moments of renewal…Amen!
As I’ve been sitting here in my office…looking out to another new day; I see a view outside my window that is so different from yesterday. Where there were once clouds…there is sunshine peeking through those clouds…and even the yard has a different look and feel to it this morning.
You know…I have come to see how easily we can miss out on these brand new days that God sets before us; just by continually focusing on everything that might have gone wrong in our yesterdays.
As I’ve been sharing my heart with God this morning; He began to lead me to a Bible verse in 2 Corinthians 4:16…and we read… “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”
In my situation…I find that it can be so easy to judge my tomorrows, by the pain and tiredness I may experience today. Isn’t it amazing, as to how a bad moment can attempt to convince us that tomorrow will be the same?
One thing that God has taught me to do over time; is to end my day on a positive note. In other words…look for something new…for another new day; and not only anticipate something new; but also allow these thoughts to become hope for another new day.
There have been many times throughout the past, when my day would end in pain and extreme tiredness; but there was this one particular time, when the day was just overwhelmingly busy. As I sat on the edge of the daybed and took a deep sigh of relief…the first thought that honestly came to my mind; was how would I ever make it into the next day…which actually became thoughts that Satan was longing for me to thrive on.
Anyways…as I began to settle down and think through these moments rationally; I began to say to myself… “Diane, it’s going to be ok…because tomorrow is a new day...a day that will turn these moments into a yesterday.” From there…hope began to spring up within me…a hope that reassured me that everything was going to be alright.
You know…there can be times, when we are brought so low in life; that before we realize it…we begin to believe what these moments are attempting to convey to us, which can easily cause us to lose heart; but one thing we must remember…is that even though our bodies, minds and hearts have a way of taking us down to a place of hopelessness; Jesus is at work within us…preparing us with a new strength and new moments that can carry us through another new day. Sometimes, I think we just need to slow down and let Jesus encourage our hearts…and not fly off with every deceptive thought that enters our minds.
A few Bible verses that God has laid upon my heart, to share with you right now…that I truly believe can help us through these trying times; is found in Lamentations 3:22-23…and we read… “Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23) They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
You know…even though a trying circumstance can attempt to make us believe that this will always be our lot in life; we must remember that the love that Jesus had for us at the cross continues on…a love that will never allow evil to defeat us; and just think…He created this life in a way, where we wouldn’t have to live one long day into eternity; but rather, He created this life in a way, where we could experience other new days…days where we could truly come to see and experience hope, compassion and most of all His faithfulness.
No matter what you may be facing today…don’t give up, just because you had a bad day; but rather, take hold of the One that has promised you another new tomorrow…Amen!
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Wednesday to you all! I’m so glad that you stopped by for a visit today…and my prayer for all of us; is that we will truly come to see the good that can be found, even while facing the hard and difficult times of life…Amen!
This morning, as I’ve been sitting here…thinking on Thanksgiving…and how different everything seems to be this year; I was reminded that if we could just find one small thing to give God praise for; then these thoughts of praise would truly become a weapon formed against evil.
You know…I think that sometimes, we can become so caught up in all that is going wrong around us; that we forget that there is a powerful God watching over us…One who can truly be our strength and help; and that alone should give us a reason to praise God.
While preparing to write you this morning; God led me to a couple Bible verses…and the first one that I would like to share with you is found in Colossians 1:12…and we read… “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:”
As I was preparing to go to sleep the other night, I was praying for all the lost souls in this world…and as I was thinking more deeply on this; I began to say to God… “If I have nothing else to be thankful for…I can praise you Lord, for pointing me down the right path to You.”
I don’t why; but it seems as though we have to have everything going completely well…before praising God. Don’t we realize that when we can praise Him, in the midst of despair; then these moments of praise can lift us closer to Him…and further away from the difficulties of this life?
As I continued to look through God’s word this morning; He also led me to a beautiful Bible verse in Psalm 28:7…and we read… “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”
You know…maybe life isn’t always going in the direction that we would like it to go…and maybe this world seems to be changing for the worse…and maybe these times we are facing right now have made life even more difficult than before; but one thing we can praise God for; is that He never changes…for He is truly our strength, when we are weak…and our shield, when the flaming darts of evil attempt to take us down.
One thing I have truly come to see within my life; is that things come and go; but God always remains the same…and if we are headed in His direction…a direction that will eventually take us to an eternity with Him; then I would say that this is more than enough to be thankful for.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving…there may be some who won’t be able to afford a nice dinner…or maybe you may be ill in the hospital or at home, which can make it difficult at times to praise God; but may I encourage you to go beyond your own thoughts and desires and give praise to a God, who is there for you right now.
I don’t know about you; but the greatest thing in my life that I have found to give thanks for; is just knowing that God will always love and care for me, while continually leading me in a direction; that will one day free me from this world forever.
No matter what you have planned for Thanksgiving…I pray that you will come to see that there is always something to be thankful for, even in the midst of despair…Amen!
Have a very blessed Thanksgiving, from Keith and I…and the Risen Hope Ministries…and I will see you once more on Friday! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Tuesday to you all! It’s so good to be back with you today…and as we begin our time together, I pray that the truth of God’s word will free us and help us to see life through His eyes, rather than the eyes of this world…Amen!
Yesterday, I started our time together, by sharing a little of my journal with you…and what God had taught me through that particular time in my life…and because I was so moved with the words that God had given me yesterday, I decided to share a little more of the journal with you today…and we read… “How is it that God has allowed even more loss within my life? Is it that He wants to create even more room, for Him to work within me?
Oh how we see loss differently in this world…and oh how we allow these moments of loss, to distract us from what we can truly gain through these moments of loss.
The things we lose out on are going to be eventually lost forever; but what we gain through them is eternal.”
As I look back on my life, I remember experiencing many times of great loss. As the doctor told me… “No more bike riding…no more tennis and no more ice skating…it was as if I had been singled out by God, to suffer in a world of my own. From there, I came to see that I would also never be able to have children. As these moments of great loss began to pile high before me; my eyes began to convey to me…a God that had stopped loving me.
Later in life, God led me to a Bible verse that truly set me free from these thoughts…and helped my eyes to view these moments of great loss through Him, rather than myself…and the Bible verse He used to help me is found in Matthew 10:39…and we read… “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”
One thing I can say for sure…I have gained so much wisdom through these moments of great loss. In fact…it has felt like an exchange to me…my loss for His gain. In other words…the moments of loss were only emptying the heart; so I could gain more of Him.
Now as I look back on my life…I am seeing it in a different perspective…one that has caused me to see the true reason for suffering and loss. Yes…these moments I faced were not always easy to get through; but what I have gained through it all, has truly made my life richer, than what I could have ever obtained through the things I once lost.
The one thing I truly took hold of in Matthew 10:39; is where it says… “…and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” You know…as I look back to my growing up years, I realize that I never really knew the true purpose for my life. It seemed as though I was piecing my life together on my own…only to experience moments of great disappointment; but as God began to work…it was as though He was chiseling away my own desires, while allowing these moments of great loss, to be filled with the true purpose He had for my life. Now as I look at my life, I see more and more…that if these moments of great loss would have never taken place; then I wouldn’t have been prepared to serve God, in the way I now serve Him.
No matter what we face in life, we must remember that when we give our lives over to Christ; that it’s His decision, as to what direction our lives will go…and even though loss and great disappointment may come to us; that doesn’t mean that God has stopped loving us...but rather, He is preparing us for the true purpose that He had in mind, since the day we were born…and once He has completed His work in us; that is when we will have truly found the real reason for living.
Have a great day…and may you always see your life, in the way that God has destined it to be! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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