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Called by Grace

I answer phones all day at work as a Customer Service Rep for a large Company here in WI. I like that I get to talk to people all over the US and help them with their needs. It really never is the same day twice. All kinds of people, all kinds of needs.

It got me thinking – What would you do if God called? Like what would you say? “Hi this is Diana with XYZ Company, how can I help you?” Then He would say, “This is God.” I can hear that awkward pause right now in my head. I mean this is God calling me. What do you say when God calls?  How could I possibly help Him with anything?

Then I would respond, “How can I help you God?” My head is spinning right now.I think to myself,”Oh man, is He mad at me? Did I do something wrong? Is He angry? Is he going to point out all my faults? What am I supposed to do?”

I think He hears my awkwardness and hesitation to answer.  I guess He knows I am nervous right now. I really don’t want to screw this up.

He answers, “I have called you by name. I knew you before you were born, and I called you to be covered with grace from your mother’s womb. I have sanctified you and set you apart to show you my love and mercy. I love you with an everlasting love. There is nothing you can do or not do to make you love you any less. This is Grace calling. Lift up you head my child, I am with you. Emmanuel.”

That’s it, I’m crying happy tears already! Rejoice my friends – you have been called by GRACE before you were even born!  God is not mad at you – He is calling you by name and He is with you always😉

Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 


Isaiah 49:1 “Listen, O coastlands, to Me,And take heed, you peoples from afar! The Lord has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name. 


Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” 



 

He Is With Us – by Love and the Outcome

 

Your hope is lost and faith is shaken
Remember when
You wonder if you’re gonna make it
There’s a hand stretched out
Through your deepest doubt

We can’t pretend
To see the ending or what’s coming up ahead
Don’t know the story of tomorrow
But we can stay close
To the One who knows

CHORUS
We can trust our God
He knows what He’s doing
Though it might hurt now
We won’t be ruined
It might seem there’s an ocean in between
But He’s holding onto you and me
And He’s never gonna leave, no
He is with us, He is with us, always, always
He is with us, He is with us, always

We believe
There is purpose, there is meaning
In everything
We surrender to His leading
He wants nothing more
Than to have us close

CHORUS

Our faith is sealed
Our hope is real
Come what may
We’re not afraid

We can trust our God, always, always
We can trust our God, always, always

CHORUS

He is with us, He is with us, always, always
He is with us, He is with us, always
Our God is with us

Publishing: © 2013 Word Music, LLC (SOCAN) / CentricSongs, 2 Hour Songs (SESAC) (Adm. by Amplified Administration)
Writer(s): Jodi King / Chris Rademaker / Seth Mosley


In Search of Natural Healing

Have you ever gone to the Dr. and have him give you medicine that made you more sick?  I broke my leg in two places back in 2012.  The D.’s answer? Pain meds.  Yeah, they worked temporarily – but the detox from those was awful.  Then they told me to take Ibuprofen daily. So I did –  4 years later they told me it was killing my liver.  Great.  Now what?  So I started my search – for something natural to help with the aches and pains of getting older.

My friend let me use her oil on a particularly hard day at work.  I thought, “Right, like this is going to help?”  I put some on my wrists and the fragrance enveloped me. Instantly I was transformed to a peaceful place.  The power of scent – wow! My nerves calmed and the anxiety left.  I was a believer. This past month I signed up as an Independent Distributor for Young’s Living Oils.  I had to learn more and keep trying these for myself.  I wanted something natural, that God made to heal my body instead of drugs.

What are your thoughts?  Have you ever used essential oils?

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Natural Healing Quotes

“If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?”  ~Unknown

 “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will  Cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” Thomas Edison

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” – Genesis 1:29

“The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.” – William Osler, M.D.

 “All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature, the Challenge of science is to find it.” – Philippus Theophrastrus Bombast that of Aureolus  Paracelsus (1493-1541)

“Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favour compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” – T. A. Edison

“The greatest wealth is Health.”  ~Unknown

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” – 3 John 1:2

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The Joy of Listening

The older I get the less stuff I want or need. I guess stuff just doesn’t matter to me like it used to. The older I get the more I value people – friends, family, kids, husband, everyone.  Everyone I meet has a story. 

Do you like stories? I love hearing stories of what people have lived through and overcome. I’m naturally curious and ask questions to almost anyone. 

Our church went Christmas Caroling tonight at a local nursing home. We had a blast. I met a music teacher from a close by town. She told me about how she taught for years. Her eyes lit up while she talked. We shared a moment in time that was precious. 

Then I sat by another lady and she shared how her friend was turning 100 in April. She said she had to go meet everyone before we started. She pointed our another friend who was still as young as ever at 86. I said, “I hope, I’m that active when I’m 86!” Another precious moment with a beautiful woman created by listening. People love to talk. 

Tonight I learned the value of just shutting up and listening. We bring value to others just through listening. The joy of listening brings magical moments! Hallelujah!

 Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us]. – James 1:19-20 AMP

Prayer When You Are Tired

Dear Lord,

You know I am tired. This world is so draining. Sometimes it seems like I am just a rat running circles in a cage. These endless bills and living paycheck to paycheck just sucks. Enlarge my vision Lord. Help me to see what purpose I fulfill here on planet Earth. Show me your glory. I am so hungry for a fresh revelation of You. Make your home in my heart Lord.

You said all who are weary could come to You and You would give us rest. Here I am Lord, fill me with fresh hope and joy. I need You. Only your presence gives me hope to carry on in this world of monotony.  Show me your glory Lord.

Be the glory in my Life Lord – you promised. 

The Simple Joy of a Child

The simple joy of a child

Brings hope and optimism

To all they touch

Innocence personified

With goodness and unconditional love

For everyone, everywhere.

 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,  and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. – Matthew 18:1-5 

Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.  But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.  Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”  And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. – Mark 10:13-16 

Happy Thanksgiving to You

​As I look back on this past year there is so much to be thankful for. I choose to remember the good and let go of the rest.  Yes there were challenges, but we made it! Hallelujah bless God! 

God bless you and your family as He keeps you in perfect peace today and always;)

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! 

Serve the Lord with gladness;

Come before His presence with singing. 

Know that the Lord, He is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

And into His courts with praise.

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

 For the Lord is good;His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.

 – Psalm 100:1-5 

Gratitude is a Magnet for Miracles

Have you ever played with a magnet? It draws metal to it by its nature. It doesn’t have to think about it, do something special or do anything to earn it. it just does it, because that is what it was created to do.

Gratitude is a Magnet for Miracles!


Are you grateful today? If not, make a new choice today. Choose gratitude and watch and see what God will do!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 | NIV

Gratitude dispels fear and anxiety. Gratitude makes room for God to work!

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 | NIV

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Hard Times Reveal True Friends – Quotes to Live By

Hard times reveal true friends. I had a hard day today. I think it was just all the stress of everyday life piling up on me.  But I had friends at work who helped me see beyond today. Friends who showed me kindness when I lost it. Friends who gave me hugs and prayed for me in my time of need.  Thank you Lord – for good friends!

 

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend” ― Albert Camus

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“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

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“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ― Elbert Hubbard

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“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ― Alfred Tennyson

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“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ― Helen Kellerwp-1479432024485.jpg

 

“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

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“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” ― Jon Katz

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Break Every Chain – Word from the Lord

This past Sunday God gave us a Word I’d like to share with you. The band was playing “Break Every Chain” and God gave this Word to our friend Laura :

Word from the Lord

11-13-16 

Given to Laura


chains broken 11/13

chains broken all around and laying on an old dirt floor…. like an ancient prision.

 no one moves, they stay where the are not leaving- comfortable where they are.  we have been freed so we must step forward out of the bondage we have been released from to carry out His will in our lives


we need to choose to walk forward from where we were


I have already released the chains ..  what are YOU going to do now….

12 Inspiring Quotes for Veterans Day

There are some things that go beyond words.  Honor. Respect. Sacrifice.  Our Veterans have paid the ultimate price – sacrificing their lives for the rest of us. Some lived, some died in war. They all deserve our respect and our gratitude – for doing for us what we have not done for ourselves.  Freedom is never free – it requires a sacrifice.  Thank you Opa. Thank you Bob. Thank you Grandpa Alexander – you taught me what honor was…

 

12 Inspiring Quotes for Veterans Day

  1. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —John F. Kennedy

  2. “Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”– Gen. George S. Patton, Jr

  3. “Freedom is never free.” -Author Unknown

  4. “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” ― Abraham Lincoln

  5. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. “—Joseph Campbell

  6. “Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” —Winston Churchill

  7. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis

  8. “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” -G.K. Chesterton

  9. “Serving my country was a life-changing experience for me. It was during those years that I realized the importance of commitment, dedication, honor, and discipline. I have never laughed so much; nor have I ever prayed so much. I made life-long friends. The leaders and heroes I served with helped shape me into the man I am today. I feel honored to have been a part of such a great tradition and grateful to others who have walked the same path. Thank you!” ― Steve Maraboli

  10. “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” – Patrick Henry

  11. “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” – George Washington

  12. “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” -Jose Narosky

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“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13

 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6

 

 

God Knows Who Wins

God knows who will win this election. He knows the end from the beginning. 

Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ – Isaiah 46:10



 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.  – Revelation 21:6


No matter what happens tonight God is still on the throne. Whether your candidate wins or loses this is not the end. Our beginning and our ending is on Jesus. 

 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” – Revelation 22:13

Our life is hidden with God in Christ. We are citizens of Heaven just passing through this crazy world.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. – Philippians 3:20-21

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

-Copyright 2016 Diana Rasmussen-

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Forgiveness doesn’t mean that I accept what you did to me

Forgiveness means I let go of taking vengeance against you

Forgiveness means I trust my God to deal with you because He told me, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.”

Forgiveness means I don’t have to think about you or what you did to me

Forgiveness means I am free from your prison of pain

Forgiveness means I can move on and go forward

Forgiveness frees me to be who God made me to be, regardless of what you do or don’t do

Forgiveness gives me the freedom to pray for you

Forgiveness let’s me be me

Forgiveness frees my Father in Heaven to forgive me

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:14-15 NIV

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