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God Went Ahead to Get Things Ready for You

Wherever you are going, whatever you are doing, God promised to go ahead of you to prepare the way. I can’t tell you how many times I have depended on these verses. I started a new job this week. I’m back in the School District helping kids. That part is exciting. But can I tell you I was really nervous the first day. I didn’t know what to expect. It’s not always easy being the new kid on the block. Walking into a new environment with all new people. I was pleasantly surprised. The Staff was amazing. The Secretries in particular have made me feel at ease each day. And I am setting up my classroom, learning new equipment, meeting new teachers, and learning new things.

I asked God to show me if this was the right move for me. Can I tell you He answered? I felt His Presence in an amazing way on my first day at school. There weren’t any kids there yet, just teacher work day. No bells, no whistles, no trumpets from Heaven or anything – just a calm peaceful feeling and the amazing awareness of His Presence. God was there – He went before me and prepared the way. He was waiting for me to get there. I just didn’t know it yet!

Who knew such a good thing was right round the corner?Best path

What about you? What new things are you facing?

Are you a Mom with the kids going back to school? Are you starting a new job? Looking for a job? A student heading back to school? A soldier heading overseas?  Are you retired looking for your next adventure?

How can I pray with you today?

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” – Deut. 31:8 NLT

“I will go before you and make the hard places smooth. I will break the brass doors to pieces, and cut through their iron gates.” – Isaiah 45:2 NLV

“But you will not go out in a hurry. You will not leave as if you were running for your lives. For the Lord will go before you. And the God of Israel will keep watch behind you.” – Isaiah 52:12 NLV

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

I thank you that You go first. Thank you  for leading us in the way we should go. Thank you for the Holy Spirit that you have put inside of us so we can commune with you anywhere at anytime. Thank You for confirming Your Word with Your Presence in our everyday lives, in Jesus Name.

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10 Famous Quotes on Change

Here we are with a new season upon us. I go back to work this week, kids go back to school, and fall is right around the corner. I love the cool breeze in the air. God is up to something, let me tell you! New doors of opportunity are opening everywhere! His Spirit is stirring up the Living Water in each of us. Can you feel it yet? I am so excited!  Here are a few inspiring quotes that helped me welcome change:

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10 FAMOUS QUOTES ON CHANGE

  1. “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” ― Maya Angelou

  2. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa

  3. “You can’t stop the future

    You can’t rewind the past

    The only way to learn the secret

    …is to press play.” ― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

  4. “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ― George Bernard Shaw

  5. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” ― Wayne W. Dyer

  6. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

  7. “There were people who went to sleep last night,poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again.And those dead folks would give anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of plowing.So you watch yourself about complaining. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it,change the way you think about it.” ― Maya Angelou

  8. “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” ― Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay

  9. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

  10. Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

   a time to be born and a time to die,
   a time to plant and a time to uproot,

   a time to kill and a time to heal,
   a time to tear down and a time to build,

   a time to weep and a time to laugh,
   a time to mourn and a time to dance,

   a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

   a time to search and a time to give up,
   a time to keep and a time to throw away,

    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,

    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

 What do workers gain from their toil?  I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. (Ecclesiastes. 3:1-14 NIV)

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What Happens When God Smiles at You?

Originally posted on Prayers and Promises:

Do you ever wonder what happens when God smiles at you? I have been learning more about Abba Father these days and that thought crossed my mind. I mean he’s our Daddy right? Daddy’s always smile at their kiddos. I picture a little kid climbing right up in God’s lap. Looking up into His eyes. Now, let that kid be you! Just try it, give Him those big eyes and watch Him smile at you!

Numbers 6:24-26

God bless you and keep you,
God smile on you and gift you,
God look you full in the face
and make you prosper.

Psalm 67:1-7
God, mark us with grace and blessing! Smile! The whole country will see how you work, all the godless nations see how you save. God! Let people thank and enjoy you. Let all people thank and enjoy you. Let all far-flung people become happy and shout their…

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Love Boldly Poems for National Poetry Month

Here is a collection of some of my favorite Love Poems. I have assembled this for Proflowers and National Poetry Month. Head on over to Proflowers and their #Love Boldly Campaign and buy your muse a beautiful bouquet today! I dedicate all these poems to my husband, Bob Rasmussen. He is the reason I have learned to love again despite all the heartache I have been through. God restores all things – even love!

 

Here is the invitation I received from Proflowers:

With August being National Romance Month (http://www.proflowers.com/loveboldly) and Poet’s Day being celebrated this year on August 21st, we’re reaching out to some of our favorite literary bloggers for our upcoming Poet’s Day campaign.

Source - Proflowers.com

Source – Proflowers.com

DID I TELL YOU

©2013 Diana Rasmussen

I see the ocean in your eyes
years of laughter and surprise
Waves of sorrow, tides of tears
Being together all these years

The moon sparkles on the water
Reflects my devotion always
Our love is tried and true
Time is still when I’m with you

Did I tell you I love you today?
I thought I would ask and say
Like the waves on the shore
Can I tell you once more
I love you today
and forever more


Source - Proflowers.com

Source – Proflowers.com

MERLOT

©2015 Diana Rasmussen

Like a dark Merlot

My love for you flows

Passion waiting to explode

In your arms again


Source - Proflowers.com

Source – Proflowers.com

Created to be Loved

©2015 Diana Rasmussen

The Creator of the universe
is the creator of your life
He paints His grace and mercy
on the canvas of your face

He molds you and He makes you
into the masterpiece we see
You are created with the love of God
His breath’s inside of you

You are created to be loved
endowed with power from above
What a marvelous display
to be captured by His grace

He’s the Lord of all creation
as you look upon His face
Rest in His forgiveness
You’re created to be loved

 

 

(All images from Proflowers.com and their #Love Boldly Campaign.)

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Stand Through the Trials

I would like to share with you my testimony of the strength of Love. My husband and I have both been married before. Nobody said it would be easy. In fact the odds were against us. We both have kids from previous marriages. And the ‘fun’ with the ex’s – yeah right. Yet in spite of everything God was and still is faithful. He has given us strength to overcome all the trials that were thrown our way these past 8 years. There would have been many times where it would have just been easier to walk away. We have lived through both of our moms passing away – in the same year. We have had 3 cars get smashed or just plain ‘die’. Both of our dads have made it through major surgeries this past year – thank you Jesus! I lost track of how many times we have moved. Then there was the leg break and losing work for the last 3 years. But God is faithful. He held us up when we couldn’t hold on any longer. God provided for all of our needs. Our families helped and we stuck together despite it all. And God never left. He was right there beside us through all of it. Our family is stronger these days, and so is our love.

Perhaps this is your season of testing. Stand strong my friends. God is with you and sticks closer than a brother. He will provide a way when there seems to be no way. He will sing songs of deliverance over you. God will shine light into your darkness and lead you out of the valley of despair. Your story is NOT over yet!

Come on in. Welcome to my family and our home. Come on into our lives and watch and see what God can do! These pics are from our lives in the past 8 years, along with a few from Pinterest. Life is good, and God is great!

 

 

STAND

Copyright 2015 Diana Rasmussen, Dedicated to Bob
Mixed/Mastered by Ken Wagman, SAJAE studios

 

VERSE 1
When the money’s gone and the bills come in
When the sky turns black and it’s thundering
When it seems the only answer is to walk away
We’re gonna forgive them anyway

 

CHORUS
We’re gonna get through this
Hope is born in the middle of the storm
We’re gonna get through this
Dig down deep and take my hand
Only together, we stand

 

VERSE 2
When the work is long and the pay is slow
When our hair turns gray cause we’re getting old
When the kids move out to find their way
We’re gonna love our life anyway

REPEAT CHORUS

 

BRIDGE
God is our light in these waves
Hope is our Anchor, we’ll stay

 

REPEAT CHORUS

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My Rock

My Rock

Copyright 2015 Diana Rasmussen

  
On those days I don’t want to get out of bed

Just turn over and hide under the covers instead

Or maybe I park myself on the couch

Watch tv for hours pretending to be someone else

God You are faithful to me

There’s hope beyond what I see

I’m clinging to your Word

regardless of these waves

You’re my rock in this stormy place

When I don’t answer my phone because I’m hiding from bills

Then I burn dinner trying to do too many things

The kids and I fight because they don’t respect the rules 

Remind me that it won’t always be this way 

God You are faithful to me

There’s hope beyond what I see

I’m clinging to your Word

regardless of these waves

You’re my rock in this stormy place
 

 

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Predatory People and Toxic Relationships

My rant to a harassing person from my past that will not respect my NO:

Not everyone is our friend. There are those people who are alongside the Enemy and just wish to kill, steal, and destroy. There is good, and there is evil. Learning to discern the difference between the two has been a journey for me. Evil people don’t wear horns and carry pitchforks. Sometimes they dress and act just like you and pretend to be a friend. So you try to help. Invite them in. And wonder why you got bit from the wolf 6 months later! There are Predatory People out there.

 The Bible teaches us that you will know a tree by its fruit. And some trees are bad. No amount of tlc will change it. Learning that I am not the Savior was a hard lesson for me. I kept getting myself into toxic relationships with Drama Kings and Queens until I learned to say NO. 

No, You don’t get to pretend to be my friend and stab me in the back at the same time. 

No, I will not allow you to treat me disrespectfully time after time and pretend it never happened. 

No, don’t expect me to believe a word that you say when all I hear are lies. 

No, you are not my friend and I do not have to let you back into my life. 

For the dog that keeps knocking on my door and trying to bully their way back in – NO. 

   
I forgave you, God commands me to do that. That doesn’t mean you get to come over and have lunch like nothing happened. God also gives us wisdom. 

Forgiveness does not mean that I accept what you did to me and my family. IT WAS WRONG. And you treated many others in your life the same way. I can’t believe we all believed the same lies. Wouldn’t you at least change your story? Playing the same ‘ruse’ is so sad. 

Forgiveness means that I trust God to deal with you. I am not your Savior. He is. I will not ‘tie’ myself to you in friendship. You do not know what that word means. Nor do I think you even care. In my opinion you are a Narcissist. All about you, all the time. They have real counselors that may be able to help you with that. Not me. Not my job.

I tried to help, but you only used that as an opportunity to attack. I will protect myself and my family from Predators. And I respect myself  and my family enough to say NO. 

Stop harassing me. No more emails, no more friend requests to me or my children, no more stopping by to damage anything where I live. Go live your life and leave me and my family out of it. 

  
  

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