Your Story Matters

We are here, right now in this moment. You inhale then exhale and I hear it. I as well inhale and exhale and you hear it. And just for this moment in time we hear and understand each other without saying a word. 

Silence, 

stillness,

peacefulness, 

simply being 

and resting

In this moment 

Changes everything

  

Your story matters

You matter to me

 I am grateful for you

Thank you
-Diana

Joy Comes in the Morning

dianarasmussen:

As my father in law recovers from his heart surgery and my father prepares for his brain surgery later this month – here I am. Thank you Lord for the joy that is coming soon!

Originally posted on Reflections From the Heart:

My heart is heavy, Lord. I can’t go another day.

The sun is hiding its face from me. Dreams are shattered. My heart is torn. Sleep escapes me. My eyes are swollen from the never-ending tears. My head hangs low. My shoulders slumped over. My feet feel like they’re walking in concrete.

Yet You say: Trust Me.

I don’t know if I can hold on longer. I’m not sure I can take another step – another hour, another minute, another second. I can’t today, Lord. I feel like a failure. I have nothing left to give. This darkness doesn’t lift. There’s trouble on every side, darkness all around. The burden is too heavy. The valley is too long. The ocean too wide. The pit too deep. God, please don’t leave me like this! Don’t forsake me now! Whom do I have besides You, Lord?

Please, God. Help. Me. To live.

Yes…

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Riots from a Biblical Perspective

dianarasmussen:

Amazing Sermon by Anthony Baker that will help us see from God’s perspective with all this chaos going on in the World!

Originally posted on The Recovering Legalist:

Just this morning I read a tweet from the ACLU that declared “Black Spring has begun.” At a time when racial tensions are high, why foment them even more? Why encourage it?

Most of the reporting going on these days has nothing to do with journalism; it’s more about stirring up a story for ratings. A combination of manufactured stories, lawless “thugs” looking for any opportunity destroy, and a news media constantly driven to push “breaking news” have contributed to an overall spirit of bitterness and hate.

On the urging of certain race baiters and hate merchants who blasphemously wear the title of “Reverend,” youth have been running the streets, misinformed, angry, and burning down their own neighborhoods. And they think this is supposed to help?

Romans 12 and 13 have a lot to say to what has been going on in Baltimore and all the other cities…

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Here Comes the Fruit!

We have this beautiful cherry tree in our yard. This past week it started to bloom and that got me thinking. You know all winter it was just branches. It looked pretty dead. But there was life in there just waiting to bloom! It had to wait – for just the right time. If it had bloomed in Winter the blossoms would have frozen. If it had bloomed in Summer the blossoms would have shriveled from the heat. But it is Spring – and just the right time for it and us to bloom.

Sometimes things look ‘dead’. Like nothing will ever happen. But have faith my friends – there is life in you! Jesus promised that if we abide in the vine we would bear much fruit. Soon we will blossom, right where we are. And where there is a blossom, there will be fruit!

 

BIBLE VERSE ON FLOWERS

    1. The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the rose and the autumn crocus. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellency of [Mount] Carmel and [the plain] of Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty and splendorand excellency of our God. (Isaiah 35:1-2 AMP)

    2. Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither [wearily] toil nor spin nor weave; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory (his splendor and magnificence) was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you [people] of little faith? (Luke 12:27-28 AMP)

    3. [She said] I am only a little rose or autumn crocus of the plain of Sharon, or a [humble] lily of the valleys [that grows in deep and difficult places].

      But Solomon replied, Like the lily among thorns, so are you, my love, among the daughters.

      Like an apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved [shepherd] among the sons [cried the girl]! Under his shadow I delighted to sit, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. (Song of Solomon 2:1-3 AMP)

    4.  I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely, for My anger is turned away from [Israel].

      I will be like the dew and the night mist to Israel; he shall grow and blossom like the lily and cast forth his roots like [the sturdy evergreens of] Lebanon.

      His suckers and shoots shall spread, and his beauty shall be like the olive tree and his fragrance like [the cedars and aromatic shrubs of] Lebanon.

      They that dwell under his shade shall return; they shall revive like the grain and blossom like the vine; the scent of it shall be like the wine of Lebanon. (Hosea 14:4-7 AMP)

    5. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8 AMP)
    6. And the glory (majesty and splendor) of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.

      A voice says, Cry [prophesy]! And I said, What shall I cry? [The voice answered, Proclaim:] All flesh is as frail as grass, and all that makes it attractive [its kindness, its goodwill, its mercy from God, its glory and comeliness, however good] is transitory, like the flower of the field.

      The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely [all] the people are like grass.

      The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:5-8 AMP)

 

Where I Am Right Now – Jared Anderson Song

I love how the new songs in Christian Music are so honest. I am so weary of the music that feeds the flesh. I don’t want to shout at God. My worship is not going to be just jumping around and clapping. Yes, that is fun, but I want to get beyond that.

It’s kind of like a relationship. You start out slow, laugh, talk, go to a movie together or out to dinner. But real intimacy doesn’t happen in the beginning.  Sharing our shortcomings doesn’t happen on the first date.

As I learn more and more about who God is, I hunger for more. I want Him to tell me secret things.  He said He would. What does He like? What does He do with his spare time? How does he take care of all those kids? Can He help me with mine? I need His wisdom here in life. And I want to share things with Him. I want to confess how much I need him in my everyday life.  This new song by Jared touched my heart – it is so honest.

From Centricity Music:

“The title track delivers a powerful message of being content of where we are at the moment. I’m called to be where I am right now/In the middle of a storm but I have no doubt/You are here with me/You are here with me/I won’t give in or second guess/I’m trusting you with every step/Father you are here with me.”

 

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And see Jared live – His tour schedule is here:

http://jaredanderson.com/home/tour/

Jared Anderson

Justified by God

There will always be those who accuse you. It’s just how it is in the Kingdom of God. Especially when you are walking in the Way.  Fault-finders, those who are jealous or envious, and those who point the finger and try to disqualify you. Don’t receive it. And don’t disqualify yourself either. God has already qualified you by putting His Spirit within you.  Your anointing is from Him. He is your teacher and comforter. I wrote about that here: Don’t Disqualify Yourself for What God has Qualified You For.

I came across the word ‘vindicate’ in my reading yesterday. I had to look it up, I wasn’t sure what it meant.  And then I searched it out. What great news! God will vindicate me. He will clear my name and protect me, no matter what others say about me. The truth will come out, it always does.  It is hard though when your enemies are laughing over you. Some people love to kick you when you are down. And they want to keep you there too so they can feel extra ‘spiritual’. It’s not you, it’s them. It’s fear and insecurity. They are afraid. Pray for them, love them. But their words do not have to come into your spirit. Let them fall to the ground.

Thank you Lord, that You justify us and deliver us from the enemies. I guess I could look at all those accusers as confirmation that I am in the will of God. He said troubles would come. But He also promised to lead us through it and protect us on the journey. Always gonna be the haters. Love ’em anyway.

VINDICATE:

1. To justify, prove or reinforce an idea
2. To absolve from guilt
3. To lay claim to
4. To clear from accusation
5. To show that someone should not be blamed for a crime, mistake, and to show them as not guilty
6. to show that someone or something that has been criticized or doubted is correct, true, or reasonable.
7. to show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
8. To deliver or avenge

QUOTES ON VINDICATE

Psalm 26 :1
Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity; I have [expectantly] trusted in, leaned on, and relied on the Lord without wavering and I shall not slide.Psalm 35:24
Judge and vindicate me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness (Your rightness and justice); and let [my foes] not rejoice over me!Psalm 43:1
Judge and vindicate me, O God; plead and defend my cause against an ungodly nation. O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!

Psalm 54:1
Save me, O God, by Your name; judge and vindicate me by Your mighty strength and power.

Psalm 135:14
For the Lord will judge and vindicate His people, and He will delay His judgments [manifesting His righteousness and mercy] and take into favor His servants [those who meet His terms of separation unto Him].

Psalm 55:16, 22-23

As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord will save me. Cast your burden on the Lord releasing the weight of it and He will sustain you; He will never allow the consistently righteous to be moved made to slip, fall, or fail. But You, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in, lean on, and confidently rely on You.

Here is a great FB post from Chuck Pierce that gave me strength yesterday, and another from Graham Cooke that helped me remember:

Fix it From the Other Side

We have this temperamental riding lawn mower. This past week the mowing deck got stuck up. It would not lower down. It was stuck.  My husband did what he always did, went to one side of the mower and tried to release the pulley. It did not let go and did not go down.  Then, a moment of inspiration.

“Sometimes you have to fix it from the other side.”

English: A John Deere L120 lawn mower in a Fin...
English: A John Deere L120 lawn mower in a Finnish garden. Suomi: John Deere -merkkinen ajoleikkuri puutarhassa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, he went to the other side of the mower and yanked on the deck. Guess what? It released and came down.

That got me thinking.

  • How many times have I tried to ‘fix myself’ and ‘fix others’ in my own strength?
  • How many times do I keep trying to do things the same old way I always have?
  • How many times do I criticize myself  because I am a not ‘perfect little Christian’?
  • How many times do I focus on my sin and not my Savior?
  • How many times have I chosen not to show grace and mercy?

Sometimes you have to fix it from the other side. I believe that once I confess these things, the Lord will change my heart and fix it from the other side. He has to change it. All my willpower and ‘want to’ will not do it. My self-righteousness is like filthy rags. Yes, I struggle. I think we all do. We all have our thorns – those things that bother us again and again. But God is greater than our hearts. And He is able to help. This only brought more questions:

  • And what about when people get sick and are not healed?
  • What about when someone dies prematurely?
  • What about suicide?
  • What about all those things that don’t make sense here on Earth?

Maybe GOD WILL FIX IT ON THE OTHER SIDE – in Heaven.

There is no sickness, no tears, and streets of gold.

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

from nyupperroom.blogspot.com
from nyupperroom.blogspot.com

 God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4 AMP)

I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. (Psalm 32:8 AMP)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

We confess we try too hard in our own strength. We confess that we are our own worst enemies sometimes. Forgive us for criticizing what you have made – us. And for trying to ‘fix it’ ourselves. Thank you Lord that you can fix it from the other side. Today we choose to trust You and Your ways – even if it doesn’t make sense to us. Thank you Lord for creating a new heart within us and turning our hearts back to You, in Jesus Name.

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