Category: Daily Post

She Carries Her Secrets

The Daily Prompt is about Secrets. I wrote a song about SECRETS not too long ago.  There are so many things we try to bury.  Pretend they never happened.

She carries her secrets around in a box, hides them in darkness keeps them locked…

Shoves the box under the bed, some things are not meant to be said.

~Diana Rasmussen AMETHYST SHARDS

Take those things we don’t want to talk about, shove them in a ‘box’ in our hearts, and hope they never come up again.  I think they grow in there. Yep, the more I tried to stuff in there, the worse it got.  And the sicker I got.  And the more I wanted to hurt myself and others. Not a healthy way to deal with things.

Eventually I found people I could trust to share my ‘box of secrets’ with.  Yes, I had to go to counseling and pay someone to listen. I have gotten ‘help’ more than once in my life.  Different counselors, depending on what state I was living in at the time. Yet, I have to say, overall my experience was good.  Having someone to share these things with helped me.  I have heard it said that you are only as sick as your secrets. I believe that.

The more secrets I held in about myself, the more I lived in fear and shame.  And shame will haunt you like no other ghost can.  It will condemn you everytime you look in the mirror.  That shame may have been put there by something that you have done, or even, what someone has done to you.  I had a lot of those secrets.  Abuse, Domestic Violence, lets just say that things happened that shouldn’t have happened.  It wasn’t right.  Those were the things I had to let out and share with someone I trusted. And once I did, I was free of them.

Finally after years I found a Christian Counselor, she was the easiest one to talk to.  Her perspective was different.  I could talk about God there.  I have shared a few secrets with some of the Pastors in my past. Some, not all.  God knows what I have lived through.  And I know He loves me and forgives me.  He was there.  

Amethyst Shards
©2013 Words and Music by Diana Rasmussen and Chameleon
Mixed/Mastered by Protilius Productions

She carries her secrets around in a box

hides them in darkness keeps them locked

Amethyst Shards in the depths of her heart

rattling around like skeletons

Amethyst shards

are falling down like

houses of cards

Shoves the box under the bed

some things are not meant to be said

Amethyst Shards in the depths of her heart

are falling down

Amethyst Shards in the depths of her heart

are falling down

Buries her memories stuffs all her pain

hoping they’ll never come up again

Amethyst Shards in the depths of her heart

rattling around like skeletons

Amethyst Shards are falling down

like houses of cards

Oh love is the key that unlocks 

Yes love is the key that unlocks

Amethyst Shards in the depths of her heart

are falling down

Amethyst Shards in the depths of her heart

are falling down

Fragments of herself locked in darkness

Amethyst Shards falling down

like houses of cards

Daily Prompt: Hear No Evil

Tell us about a conversation you couldn’t help but overhear and wish you hadn’t.

Light of the World

 Once more Jesus addressed the crowd.

He said, I am the Light of the world.

He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark,

but will have the Light which is Life

(John 8:12 AMP)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!


Chocolate Turkeys

Chocolate turkeys

Kit Kat dreams

Resees pieces



(all images from Pinterest)

Daily Prompt: Simply Irresistible

Tell us about the favorite dish or food that you simply cannot turn down.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us TEMPTATION.

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Applaud God

My Prayer For You:

Dear Lord,

Today we thank You.  Thank you for being You.  We applaud YOU, You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Thank you –  we love you Lord!

A Thanksgiving Psalm

On your feet now—applaud God!
Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.

Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn’t make him.
We’re his people, his well-tended sheep.

Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.

For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.


PSALM 100:1-5 The Message (MSG)

The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Castle of Fear

Castle of Fear – that’s where you live when you live with an Abuser.

Looks pretty from the outside – but there is a dungeon on the inside – with chains, gates, and bars.

And you are Rapunzel – trapped inside.

Daily Prompt: Safety First

Share the story of a time you felt unsafe.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SAFETY.

Here is my story of living in that Castle of Fear:

Snow White Darkness (may trigger – be safe).

“Smothered by control

a tormented soul         

trapped in his castle

her tears rolling mist

proof she  exists

in Snow White Darkness”

~©2013 Diana Rasmussen~



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Fog Waters

“When no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not [yet] caused it to rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the ground.  But there went up a mist (fog, vapor) from the land and watered the whole surface of the ground—Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:5-7 AMP)

This is my response to HORIZON – 

In a new post specifically for this challenge, share a photo which means HORIZON to you!

It All Started With Love

Daily Prompt: First!

Tell us about your first day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BEGINNING.

It All Started With Love…

Yep.  Daddy God wanted a family.

He could make something out of nothing – with just a Word.

Yep, that powerful.

And yet, He wanted someone to love, to protect, to cherish, and to be with.

That’s where you and I come in.

See, it starts and ends with Love…



Here are 100 sayings on LOVE:

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. ~ Max Muller

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. ~ Aristotle

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. ~  C. S. Lewis

A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy. ~ George Jean Nathan

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. ~ Ingrid Bergman

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. ~ Bruce Lee

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. ~ Mother Teresa

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. ~ Oscar Wilde

Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’ ~ Erich Fromm

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. ~ Victor Hugo

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. ~ Jim Morrison

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. ~ Judy Garland

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. ~ Honore de Balzac

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. ~ Mother Teresa

A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him. ~ Brendan Francis

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there? ~ Richard Bach

Where there is love there is life. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years. ~ Rupert Brooke

We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone. ~ Orson Welles

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. ~ Plato

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. ~ Albert Einstein

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action. ~ Mother Teresa

Come live in my heart, and pay no rent. ~ Samuel Lover

A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love. ~ Stendhal

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. ~ A. A. Milne

Do all things with love. ~ Og Mandino

All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time. ~ Julie Andrews

All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name. ~ Andre Breton

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up. ~ James A. Baldwin

I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it. ~ Audrey Hepburn

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. ~ Joseph Joubert

Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could. ~ Barbara de Angelis

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. ~ William Shakespeare

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I. ~ Michel de Montaigne

A loving heart is the truest wisdom. ~ Charles Dickens

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship – never. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. ~ Henry Van Dyke

A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. ~ Leo Buscaglia

I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved. ~ George Eliot

Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy. ~ Dwight L. Moody

I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty… you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. ~ J. D. Salinger

Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love. ~ Leo Buscaglia

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. ~ Audrey Hepburn

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop. ~ H. L. Mencken

I can live without money, but I cannot live without love. ~ Judy Garland

Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes… just be an illusion. ~ Javan

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

If you want to be loved, be lovable. ~ Ovid

A kiss is a rosy dot over the ‘i’ of loving. ~ Cyrano de Bergerac

Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love. I’d stepped in it a few times. ~ Rita Rudner

Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow. ~ John Lennon

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. ~ Bertrand Russell

We loved with a love that was more than love. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ~ Lucille Ball

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. ~ Mother Teresa

Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Life is the flower for which love is the honey. ~ Victor Hugo

All mankind love a lover. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another. ~ H. L. Mencken

‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

Love is the beauty of the soul. ~ Saint Augustine

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. ~ Robert Frost

The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love. ~ Henry Miller

If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues. ~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you. ~ Loretta Young

Absence – that common cure of love. ~ Lord Byron

Love is a game that two can play and both win. ~ Eva Gabor

It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love. ~ Miguel de Unamuno

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Everything is clearer when you’re in love. ~ John Lennon

It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough. ~ George Edward Moore

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. ~ Henry Drummond

Love is being stupid together. ~ Paul Valery

I believe in the compelling power of love. I do not understand it. I believe it to be the most fragrant blossom of all this thorny existence. ~ Theodore Dreiser

True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

How absurd and delicious it is to be in love with somebody younger than yourself. Everybody should try it. ~ Barbara Pym

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. ~ Khalil Gibran

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. ~ Carl Sagan

Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so. ~ David Grayson

Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever. ~ Leo Buscaglia

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. ~ William Shakespeare

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. ~ Helen Keller

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

Fortune and love favor the brave. ~ Ovid

To say “I love you” one must first be able to say the “I.” ~ Ayn Rand

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. ~ George Eliot

It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office. ~ Shirley MacLaine

Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. ~ Oscar Wilde

The best proof of love is trust. ~ Joyce Brothers


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Morning Has Broken


by Cat Stevens

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s recreation of the new day

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour

the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us DAWN.



The ME Culture

Daily Prompt: Simply the Best

NASA is building a new Voyager spacecraft that will carry the best of modern human culture. What belongs onboard?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CULTURE.


I think it goes something like, “In the beginning GOD created the Heavens and the Earth.  And He made them Man and Woman – IN his IMAGE, and it was GOOD!”

So my question is – why do we try so hard to make up our own image?

Why do we ‘try to find ourselves’?

Why do we spend all those years trying to deal with OUR feelings?

Why does it matter?

Who does GOD say I am?

How does HE feel about me?

Don’t His feelings about me matter more than my feelings about me?


I have to admit, I have been rather selfish in this department.  I know I got that from the “World System’ of doing things – thinking it was all about ME. Really?

Hey I  got my iPad, iPhone, iPod, iHome, and my iMovie for my iLife  “i” everything these days – hmmmm…

I am kind of glad God is renewing my mind in this area.  I am weary of trying to figure ME out.  When it’s not even about ME – it’s about HIM.  And until I  get rid of this PRIDE thing, He is waiting…

P.S. For one of the BEST posts I have read about PRIDE head over to


A Clean House: An Allegory of How God Changes us from the Inside Out

Dear Lord,

Forgive us, for putting ourselves up on that pedestal and worshipping our own thoughts and feelings. Forgive us for being prideful.  Thank you Holy Spirit for bringing this to our attention, we confess our idolatry.  Let us cast down our vain imaginations, and our graven images of ourselves.  Let us not rely on ourselves, but upon YOU Lord, for you have made us in Your image.  And what You make is good.  Let us stop magnifying our feelings, hurts, sorrows, shortcomings and ourselves – it is not about us, it’s about YOU, in Jesus Name.

This is what HE did – for us…

“Lay Down My Life”

By Sidewalk Prophets

All your pain
Will be made mine
All your troubles
The tears you cry
Give it up
All that binds
I will place it on my shoulders
And up this hill I’ll climb
Father, give me strength
I know there is no other way
I lay down my life for you
This is the moment when all will be made new
I know that you don’t understand
But this is part of a greater plan
So I lay down my life for you
This is love
That had to bleed
To bring you mercy
To set you free
You are mine
I am yours
And I will wear your burdens
Just like this crown of thorns
I will take your place
I know there is no other way
I lay down my life for you
This is the moment when all will be made new
I know that you don’t understand
But this is part of a greater plan
And I lay down my life for you
Give me all your pride
Give me all your fears
Give me all your secrets
Give me all your tears
Give me all you doubt
Give me all your shame
Watch them wash away
Watch them wash away
Give me all your pride
Give me all your fears
Give me all your secrets
Give me all your tears
Give me all you doubt
Give me all your shame
Watch them wash away
In Jesus’ name
I lay down my life for you
This is the moment when all will be made new
I know that you don’t understand
But this is part of a greater plan
And I lay down my life for you
Though I know that you don’t understand
These scars are part of a greater plan
And I lay down my life for you
Arms stretched out
Upon this tree
To show true love
To set you free

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Free Indeed

Freedom – comes with a price.  It’s not really free.  It costs our military their lives sometimes, it cost Jesus his life.  And my freedom, cost me a marriage 9or two).  There were many posts I was not sure if I should write.  It may have been easier to keep my mouth shut.  Leave the secrets behind closed doors.  But that would not have helped me heal, nor been of any use to anyone else going through the same situation.  So, we write to heal, to release the pain, and be free!

Here are a few of my posts that share what it was like. And, as those of you who know me, I sing about it too (under Diana’s Music tab).  My lyrics tell my story as only a song can.


I can’t tell you how many times people have said this to me when I was trying to get out of an abusive marriage.


This one was especially hard – I released the artwork that my children had drawn with the counselor while we were at the Domestic Violence Shelter for the last time.  It was really ‘the straw that broke the camels back’ for me – I never went back after seeing these pictures.


This one ‘spills the beans’, it really made me look at who I used to be. And I confessed to many things I used to do.  Kind of hard to just put it out there – but it’s the truth.


This is my response for:

Daily Prompt: Release Me

Tell us about the blog post you were most nervous to publish — and what it was like to set it free.  

Photographers, artists, poets: show us FREE.

Living in Fear

Daily Prompt: Fright Night

Do you like being scared by books, films, and surprises? Describe the sensation of being scared, and why you love it — or don’t.
I do not like being afraid.  I am not a ‘ride’ girl, skip the roller coasters and stuff.  And skip the horror flicks.  I guess it comes from all the times I was terrified in my own home behind closed doors.  That’s what happens when you live in Domestic Violence.  There is a reason people call one person the “abuser” and the other the “victim”.  It is sort of like being a POW – the mind control that goes on and the fearing for your life and your children’s lives too. Here is a poem that I wrote and turned into a song.  It talks about the fear, and what it feels like to live there.

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

An Album for Domestic Violence Awareness


She looks in the mirror, seems vaguely familiar

like steam on the glass, shame covers her past

the fog slithers down, as evil surrounds

His worst fantasy, her reality


he pulls the strings, does unspeakable things

a sadistic entrance, for his acceptance


Smothered by control, a tormented soul

trapped in his castle

Her tears rolling mist, proof she  exists

in snow white darkness


Clouds of confusion, rolled into illusion

He veils perversion, forcing her coercion

her body he takes, while she flies away

unbelieveable, she’s invisible


love is the shadow, that darkens her window

she’s crying for help, to escape her hell

Smothered by control, a tormented soul

trapped in his castle

Her tears rolling mist, proof she  exists

in snow white darkness


she hides in the fog, drinks hair of the dog

hates her behavior, craves one to save her


Smothered by control, a tormented soul

trapped in his castle

Her tears rolling mist, proof she  exists

in snow white darkness

The Sun of Righteousness – Weekly Photo Challenge


“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.

And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.

(Malachi 4:2 NLT)

This is my picture for the WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – Good Morning