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Martin Luther King Quotes

He was a legend – a man who inspired us to dream and be more than we ever thought we could be. He was a Civil Rights Leader, a Christian and a Preacher. According to Wikipedia:

Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

Here is a video I made to honor his memory.  You can hear the beginning of his speech in the song too!

Sons and Daughters

by MATT MAHER, JASON INGRAM, IKE NDOLO

How free is anyone, when some are still in chains
Slaves to brokenness, all this blindness
How free is anyone, when all these doubts remain
In the dead of night, no sign of the lightChild don’t grow weary, soon we will see the sun

All my brothers help each other
All my sisters walk together
No one is a stranger
We’re all sons and daughters

Join hands with everyone, don’t you hear the song we sing
Oh there might be tears, but we are more than our fears
We are marching on, but there’s a price we have to pay
For love means taking on, the weight of what was won

Child don’t grow weary, soon we will see the sun

All my brothers help each other
All my sisters walk together
No one is a stranger
We’re all sons and daughters
Help each other
All my sisters walk together
No one is a stranger
We’re all sons and daughters

We shall overcome, we shall overcome
The victory is won, oh we shall overcome
We shall overcome, we shall overcome
The victory is won, oh we shall overcome

All my brothers help each other
All my sisters walk together
No one is a stranger
We’re all sons and daughters
Help each other
All my sisters walk together
No one is a stranger
We’re all sons and daughters

 

© 2015 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing / I Am A Pilgrim Songs (BMI) / Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / Open Hands Music (SESAC) / Ike Ndolo designee

All Things Are New

All things are new in Christ. New life, new hope, new ending.

Did you ever wish you could write a new ending to your life story? You can! In Christ all things are made new. 

Don’t like your life? 

Tired of the craziness? 

Weary of guilt and shame?

It doesn’t have to stay this way. There is hope for you and for me. Life is way more than this.

Ask Jesus to help. Invite Him into your mess – He promised to make all things new. He promised to give you peace and abundance. 

Let go of the past. That is not who you are anymore. It was – but it is not you anymore. God erased it. It really is finished.
What have you got to lose? I promise – He will do it! If He did it for me He will do it for anyone – including YOU! Jesus came to seek and to save ALL who feel lost.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 


But all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ [making us acceptable to Him] and gave us the ministry of reconciliation [so that by our example we might bring others to Him], that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting people’s sins against them [but canceling them]. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation [that is, restoration to favor with God]. 


So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God. He made Christ who knew no sin to [judicially] be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we would become the righteousness of God [that is, we would be made acceptable to Him and placed in a right relationship with Him by His gracious lovingkindness]. – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 AMP

Trust in the Lord Quotes

​Sometimes I wish I knew all the answers. Why my friend is in the hospital battling a brain disease, why my other friend just buried her brother, why my other friend battles with infirmity. I want to fix it all! And now would be good Lord. 

As I look for answers I turn to Him who knows all – Jesus. Idk why stuff happens sometimes. It makes no logical sense to me. But here I am wondering:

If I had all the answers would I need God? No. 

If I could fix everything with a magic wand would I trust God? No.

If I could do it in my own strength would I even ask God? No.

Trust. Today I am learning to trust God in the in-between places. He said he would heal – I might have to give Him a minute. He said He would protect me from my enemies – I might have to stop and watch and let Him. He said He would work all things together for my good – I might have to trust Him to do it.


God’s Word for You:

  •  But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around. – Psalm 3:3-6 NKJV
  •  The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. – Psalm 9:9-10 NKJV
  •  “Now, O Lord God, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, establish it forever and do as You have said. So let Your name be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is the God over Israel.’ And let the house of Your servant David be established before You. For You, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to You. “And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant.  Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord God, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.” – 2 Samuel 7:25-29 NKJV
  •  But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept;I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around. – Psalm 3:3-6 NKJV
  •  I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is for me among those who help me; Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes. – Psalm 118:5-9 NKJV
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,And He shall direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV


    My prayer for you:

    Dear Lord,

    Thank you for being here right now. You know me. You know I want to fix everything for everybody right now. I’m sorry I am so impatient. Thank you for loving me anyway and giving me these opportunities to turn to You and trust You more, in Jesus Name

    There Are Times to Fight

    Yes, there are times to fight. Fight for what is right, for what is true, fight for what God said could be done here on Earth. But our fights as a Christian aren’t like the movies. We don’t fight evil with guns, or knives, or weapons. The weapons of our warfare are not of this world. The battles are not even with the people of this world. It’s a spirit thing.

    2 Corinthians 10:3-6 AMP

    For though we walk in the flesh as mortal men, we are not carrying on our spiritual warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. 

    The weapons of our warfare are not physical weapons of flesh and blood. 

    Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 

    We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the true knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience as a church is complete. 


    There are plenty of arguments that set themselves up against the Word of God. There are plenty of thoughts that set themselves up against the Word of God.  There are plenty of vain philosophies that set themselves up that are contrary to the Word of God. What will you do with these? The fortresses of the world and the fortresses in our own minds. Believe them or reject them?

    There is a battle going on – for your peace, your faith, and your loyalty. 

    Are you ready to fight God’s way for your mind and for your friends and families lives?

    God’s Word says we ARE healed – by His stripes. 

    Are you ready to fight fight for that? 

    Will you March around that fortress for 6 days and on the 7thday shout for the victory? 

    The Israelites had to shout BEFORE the walls fell down. They had to praise God for the victory BEFORE it happened.
    Praise and worship invites God into our “now”. Think of it as the door. Inviting God into our mess. Light in the darkness. 

    Our prayers are weapons. When we declare God’s Word the walls fall down. They defeat the enemy. 

    Our faith gives God room to work and bring Heaven down to Earth.

    Our fasting kills our fleshy desires and feeds our spirit.

    God said that HE would defeat our enemies. He crushed them at Calvary on a cross. 


    Are you ready to fight? 

    I am. I am sick of my friends and family getting pounded by the enemy. Enough is enough. God said it, that’s the Truth. I will STAND on the Word of God, march around those fortresses,and SHOUT and watch the LORD defeat my enemies! 

    Letting Go of the Past and Negative Thoughts

    It has been said that “as a man thinks – so he becomes.” Yes, we are what we think about. One of the hardest things for me after domestic violence and abuse is learning to renew my mind. I had to learn that just because someone said something to me, that did NOT mean that it was true.  Abusers are excellent manipulators and agents for the Enemy. They plant lie after lie in your head and after hearing something so many times, I started to believe it.


    You know the Negative thoughts:

    • You are worthless
    • Nobody would ever want you
    • The kids and I would be better without you
    • You are dumb, fat, ugly, and stupid
    • You never do anything right
    • You mean nothing to me
    • Are you really that stupid?

    Can you relate? 

    Only reading the Word of God has helped cast down these lies. I needed a new tape, a new mindset. I needed a new truth.

     Praise God –  He is able. He is waiting to meet us and get rid of all the lies. Satan has come to kill, steal, and destroy – BUT GOD is exceedingly abundantly willing to give us a new life with new thoughts and life more abundantly. Don’t be deceived any longer my friends.


    Those words spoken over you from the Enemy I cast down and turn into dust in Jesus Name!



    For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. 

    The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 

    We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete. – 2 Corinthians 10:3-6AMP



    Happy New Year Quotes for 2017

    Happy New Year Quotes 

     

    • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Rooseveltimg_0440

    • “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein

    • “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

    • “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” — Brad Paisley

    • “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis

    • “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, “It will be happier.” —Alfred Lord Tennyson

    • “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” — Mother Theresa

     


    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

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    Identify and remove the Jezebel spirit

    Have you ever run into a Jezebel spirit at work? You know – the one who refuses to listen to any suggestions and takes your words as a threat. The one who retaliates after you question her. Yeah, me too. It is so frustrating. You can shar what you did right and it still doesn’t matter. Read more on how to recognize this spirit in the workplace…

     

     

    In the Bible, Jezebel was a powerful, wicked queen, and wife of a passive king called Ahab. She was a false prophetess who worshiped the false god, Baal. Baal was the god of prosperity, god of the …

    Source: Identify and remove the Jezebel spirit

    Bless God Anyway

    Bless God – even if things are still working themselves out. Bless God who makes a way where there is no way. Bless God who can part the waters and make a safe passageway. Bless God who hides us under the shadow of His wings. Bless God who leads us beside quite waters and restores our soul!

     Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. – Psalm 103:1-6 NKJV



    Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

    Check out this video I made with Animoto: Oh Come Let Us Adore Him – 

    God’s abundant peace and joy to you the Christmas Season! Blessings,. Diana

    Prepared to Be Awed by His Presence

    I am so excited! I just feel that the presence of  God is going to overwhelm us this Christmas Season! 

    Are you ready to be awed by His presence? 

    Are you ready to melt in His arms and just be speechless?  

    Are you ready to worship the King of Kings?

    Yes! He was born a King, even though it didn’t look like it at the time. 

    Who would put a King in a manger?

    I love how God shows up outside of our “box”!

    He is so freaking awesome, 

    And He is ready to invade out time and our space as never before!

    He did it before – when He came into this world. 

    Luke 2:8-20 In the same region there were shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone around them, and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people. For this day in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord the Messiah. And this will be a sign for you by which you will recognize Him: you will find a Baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 

    Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host angelic army praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.” When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying one to another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem, and see this wonderful thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 

    So they went in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the Baby as He lay in the manger. And when they had seen this, they made known what had been told them about this Child, and all who heard it were astounded and wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them. 



    Do not be afraid. Your God has come to you. To hold you, to heal you, to save you and your family.  This world is not all there is.  There is so much more.  We are citizens of Heaven thanks to the Lord who decided to enter His creation as a baby in a manger. 

    Lord, thank you for coming for all of us. You came to seek and to save the lost. you came to give us hope, a life, and a future.  You did for us what we could not do for ourselves. You are our Hope, our Joy, our Savior, and our Future! Hallelujah! Bless God!
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    Be Gentle with Yourself this Holiday Season

    Holidays can be stressful. So much to do, so little time. Why do we do this every year? We are the most over stressed and over worked people in time. Then add a cell phone. Instant access – to everything and everyone – all the time. No wonder we are at our wits end.

    Then, just for fun, let’s  throw in a family party. Why not? Hey what should we make? Do I need to bake cookies? Truthfully the last few times I tried to bake it was an epic fail. I tried a new banana bread recipe that had oil in it and it just sucked. Then I thought I would “cheat” and buy cookie dough. Hey – who can screw up chocolate chip cookies? Can I tell you they were awful!

    Welcome to reality Miss D – you are not a Baker. My kids are awesome Bakers but truthfully I am not. Today I am OK with that. I’m NOT going to bake. I can buy cookies anyway. 

    Be gentle with yourself this Holiday Season. 

    You don’t have to do it all. 

    Delagate. 

    Let it go, it’s OK to let go of unrealistic expectations for yourself! 

    I gave up trying to be the “perfect little hostess”. It wasn’t real anyway. This Christmas I am going to enjoy my family and our special moments together – that is what matters the most anyway. God bless you my friends. Love you all, Diana

    casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 

     Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 

    The Joy of Family

    The Joy of Family

    -Copyright 2016 Diana Rasmussen-


    We all want family 

    A place to belong

    And be loved 

    Where we are accepted 

    Despite our flaws

    And covered with grace 

    Just because.

    We stick together 

    No matter what 

    The good, the bad,

    And the ugly.

    Family can come by blood

    Or by love, 

    either is the same.

    Because we are one

    In life, in love, 

    and purpose.

     Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

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