Category: Daily Post

On Fire Here: Sharing the Love

DAILY PROMPT:

Tell us about another blogger who has influenced your own online journey.

One of the bloggers that has helped me on my journey is
Cheryl Showers of
Burning Fire Shut Up In My Bones.

I can’t tell you how many times a comment or a prayer from Cheryl has lifted my head, or helped me to weather a storm.  On her “About” page she says:

“It is my prayer that these flaming words will ignite a fire within the hearts of my readers, inspiring them, bringing them joy, and comforting their pain as they enter this safe haven in the midst of the fiery flames.”

And that she does!  Her byline even starts a fire in my heart:

His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not (Jeremiah 20:9b).

Here are a few prayers that she sent me that I would like to share with you.  She will plant the Word of God in your heart, and give you a Word to hold onto when you need it…

Submitted on 2013/03/05 at 9:47 pm

Thus says the Lord:

“Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. The shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood will be remembered no more, for your Creator will be your husband. The LORD Almighty is His name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth” ~ Isaiah 54:4-5 NLT

As I listened to this anointed song, this scripture leapt into my spirit… Thank you for sharing, again, Diana.

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I am so thankful that the Lord delivered you from your pain… Father, in Jesus’ name, I cry out for my sister, and I ask You to make the darkness light. I ask that You would cover her and her children with Your strong-arm of protection, and that You would deliver each one of them from any residue of fear, bitterness and anger that may have latched onto them. In Jesus’ mighty name, I loose Your truth and life over Diana and her children, so that they may walk in the fullness of Your joy and peace and I give You praise, Daddy, for the work You’ve already done in each of their lives, and for the work that You will continue to perfect until You return again. In Jesus’ wonderful name I pray, amen.

Much love to you,
Cheryl

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See what I mean?  And her blog covers the tough subjects too, I like that, no fluff here.  I love that Cheryl stands on the Word of God and declares the Truth, whether we like it or not!  She is faithful, and a true witness. Click on her blog picture above and add her to your Reader!

Thank you Lord, for the burning desire you have put in Cheryl’s heart to minister to all of us.  We fan the flames and join her in celebrating what You have done for us Lord.  Enlarge her territory, give her strength and endurance to run the race, and fill her with peace that surpasses understanding, and joy unspeakable, in Jesus Name!

Created To Be Loved

Describe your ultimate escape plan (and tell us what you’re escaping from)

My Escape – the Word of God.

It allows me to leave this world and it’s troubles behind, and soar in the Spirit to new places. I escape from the cares of this life, the worries, the past, the pain, etc.

This world cannot hold me, I do not belong here, just a pilgrim passing through.  Come, let us leave this place and travel in the Spirit to our God.  Let us look upon His face, and behold His glory, and be changed.

Created to be Loved

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

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

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He molds me and He makes me,
into the masterpiece you see.
I am created with the love of God,
His breath’s inside of me.

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I am created to be loved,
endowed with power from up above.
He is a marvelous display,
I’m captured by His grace.

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He’s the Lord of all Creation,
and I look upon His face.
I rest in His forgiveness,
because I am created to be loved.

 

MORE HELPFUL POSTS:

http://inkpastries.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/the-aisle-poem/

http://francisphilip.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/jesus-heals-his-bride-the-church/

 

 

 

 

180 degrees

Daily Prompt:

Tell us about a time you did a 180 — changed your views on something, reversed a decision, or acted in a way you ordinarily don’t.

It’s funny how God can turn things around. The other morning my husband said this to me, “For someone who used to be stalked, you sure do have a lot of followers!” I thought it was hilarious, and so true!

I used to be a victim of domestic violence.
I used to be afraid to leave the house.
I used to be followed around.
I used to be afraid to answer my phone.
I used to be afraid to talk to anyone.
I used to look behind my shoulder everywhere I went.
I used to live in fear, every day.

That is when I swore to myself I would NEVER get married again.  I had a habit of getting involved with psychos.  Yep, very possessive, controlling, manipulating men.  Of course they didn’t start out that way. They sure were good talkers. Knew just what to say and when to say it.  I was deceived.

After the last divorce I took a year off from dating anyone.  That was a miracle because ever since I was a teenager I always had a boyfriend.  I have to say that was the healthiest thing I ever did for myself.  I went to counseling – by myself.  I went to church – by myself.  I went to the grocery store, and the mall, and a movie – by myself.

And for the first time I found out what I liked. And how I felt.  And what I believed in. I think I was an easy prey for the abusers in my life.  I didn’t know who I was or what I wanted.  I had no opinion on anything.  I would agree with them just to avoid a fight. I would be whoever they wanted me to be.  It is funny, if I look back at old photos,  I became who I was dating. There is my “yuppie” pics, my “biker” pics, my “preppie” pics, etc.

Things are different today. I am free. I am safe. I started this blog on Jan 1st of this year, and there have been over 4200 visits from all over the world. I am humbled. I am grateful. I am blessed. Thank you Jesus for turning things around and giving me hope and a new life!

And followers are a good thing! That’s 180 degree change for me!

My Prayer for You:

Dear Lord,
I ask you to turn things around for whomever is reading this.  You are the King of Turnarounds and You can make ALL things work into something beautiful.   Give us beautiful things for the ashes in our lives, Lord, in Jesus Name.
The song I have been hearing and seeing all week is
 “Beautiful Things” by Gungor.

The Spirit is Calling; DP Challenge 2AM Photo

Creative Writing Challenge: 2AM Photo

It’s 2AM and your phone has just buzzed you awake, filling the room in white-blue LED light. You have a message. It’s a photo. No words, no explanation. Just a photo. Tell us all about it. And what happens next.

Ok, so I’m off by an hour, but how funny is this?  I did get a ‘phone call’ last night at around 3 am. Only it wasn’t from earth, it was a heavenly calling.   I felt the Spirit ask me to pray. This has happened more than once this past month.

So, I got out of bed and went downstairs.  I sat on the couch for a bit, prayed in tongues for maybe 10-15 minutes, and then grabbed a blanket and went back to sleep on the couch.  When I pray in the Spirit like that I don’t always know what God is using me for.  That’s OK, I trust Him  

Then when I woke up again around 6:00 am I heard The Spirit say, “Can you not stay awake for one hour to pray?” The picture on my phone was of Jesus praying in the Garden. Ouch, sometimes the truth hurts.

From http://www.ephesians.wordpress.com

Has this ever happened to you?  I have a lot more to learn about this intercessory praying. Help me Lord.

Please feel free to add a comment and share what you have learned…
Here are some other places that talk about 3:00 AM Prayer

http://ezekielregiment.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/prayer-watches

http://mypeoplepc.com/members/rthomasl/lwmstl/id12.html

http://m.3amiwpn.co.uk/About-Us.html

http://diasporaxchange.net/nationalprayerwatch/the_8_prayer_watches/fourth_watch.html

http://www.blurtit.com/q633872.html

from http://www.ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com

What a Wonderful World – Show and Tell

DAILY PROMPT
You’ve been asked to do a five-minute presentation to a group of young schoolchildren on the topic of your choice. Describe your presentation.

There are some things that can’t be TAUGHT, they have to be CAUGHT – wonder, awe, confident expectation, excitement.  

I would give the kids a glimpse of something bigger than ourselves – God and His wonderful world!

 (Thanks to sister-in-law Kris, who sent me this video yesterday!)

 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.  (Psalm 33:6-9 NASB)

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/daily-prompt-show-tell/

Walking By Faith in My Neighborhood – Weekly Photo Challenge

Phoneography Challenge:My Neighborhood

It’s here: our first phoneography challenge!

“To kick this off, grab your phone and head out the door. That’s right — get on your feet and go outside to explore — and document — where you live. I want to see your neighborhood: The path you take for your daily morning run. Your local coffee shop or dive bar. The nearby alley of street and community art. A shot of the intersection that perfectly captures the bustle of your own corner of town. Or a serene landscape view of your village”

Around the corner from our house is a Golf Course.  I took this picture with my phone a few days ago during our last snowstorm.  I think that day we got 6-12 inches here in Wisconsin.

It is a tree (obviously), no leaves, surrounded by snow. In winter.  Sometimes that is how I feel, it’s winter in my soul.

But yet, It is still a tree, no matter how it looks today. It may look desolate, but Spring is coming. No matter how I feel, Spring is coming.  A new season is just around the corner.

The leaves will bud soon and it will turn green, and so will I, and so will you.  We just may not see it yet.

This tree is on a golf course, surrounded by green grass and pools of water – you just can’t see it yet.

That is what faith is, believing in what we can’t see yet. Even though it looks like winter with our senses, we are still a green tree, planted by living waters.  God says so.

Let us look through our Faith and not our eyes:

Here is the same Golf Course 🙂

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”  (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV)
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3 NIV)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,
Let us look through our faith, and not our eyes today.  Thank you for planting your Word and Your Promises deep in our hearts.  They will sprout up and they will grow. We choose to trust You and Your Word today, no matter how things look on the outside, in Jesus’  Name.

Happily Ever After?

This song is in response to the Daily Post: Fantasy

The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .) : a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?

Many of you have read yesterdays post My Everyday Life – plus Court.  It sort of inspired a song/poem.  Sitting in the courtroom I could not believe all the women that are in the same boat.  Lots of moms are doing the best they can without receiving any financial help from the other parent.

Dear Lord, please provide for all of these moms with kids who are not receiving their child support!  And give them a better ending to their life story as only You can. Restore to them all the monies due them so they may spoil their kids rotten  – well, you know what I mean!

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

V1
There’s an empty box of Kleenex, she cries out in fear.
She stands in disbelief, realizing he’s not there.
20 years of marriage, flushed down the drain.
He met up with someone else, as she stands numb with pain.

CHORUS
No more Prince Charming, Snow White will not wake up.
Cinderella’s slipper is smashed, it’s a quarter to twelve.
Little Red Riding Hood got eaten by the wolf,
3 Little Pigs are homeless now, Goldilocks met her end.
Happily Ever After is just a fairy tale, Happily Ever After is just a fairy tale.

V2
Her tears flow freely as she’s trying to let go.
All her castles washed away, not the ending she had planned.
Its lawyers and judges, contempt and child support.
Truth is stranger than fiction in never-never land.

REPEAT CHORUS X2

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU

 And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

 

Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering and an ascending sacrifice instead of his son!
So Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide. And it is said to this day, On the mount of the Lord it will be provided. (Genesis 22:13-14 AMP)

Reno, NV for Daily Prompt: Places

Daily Prompt: Places

Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?
I love neon.  I am like a moth to the light with neon.  A while back the kids and I went to visit my mom and brother in Reno, NV.  Mom had just had a heart attack, and we wanted to see Grandma Linda. 1900 mile road trip in a Toyota, me and two kids, that was fun!
My daughter took a lot of these pics while driving in the car.  Some are kind blurry, but I like it that way.  Sometimes my vision is blurry too.  I added a few from the internet that remind me of Jesus.  I think Jesus would like neon, it lights up the darkness.
Fun Facts About Neon
*The word ‘Neon’ comes from the Greek word neos, which means “new one”.
*Neon gas in a light, can last for 15 years, without going off.
*When excited electrically, neon gives off a bright red color, but the gas itself is colorless.

 

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ARISE (Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward)

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

This is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge FORWARD

Why “Prayers and Promises”?

Daily Prompt: All About Me

Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

“Prayers and Promises” came to be when God spoke to me and asked me to ‘quit playing church’.  I didn’t grow up in church. It wasn’t till I was 30-40 something that I even cared.  And, like many other groups I went to,  I changed my mask to fit in when I first came.  We all want to belong.  They wore skirts, so I did too. They didn’t cut their hair or wear make-up, so I didn’t either.  Well, that didn’t last very long, a few years.  Then I got tired of the daily battle of what to wear each day. It was time for me to quit pretending. I grew up on a farm.  I am me with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.  I felt like David in the Kings armor – it didn’t fit right.  I spoke to the Pastor, stepped ‘down’ from the music ministry, and put my jeans back on.  He wasn’t too pleased when I told him, “God made me naked, so I don’t think He cares.”  Well, lets just say we parted ways.

There are times when I have wanted to fit in so badly, that I would do whatever anyone wanted.  I had no voice, or if I did, I didn’t use it.  I had no boundaries.  Yep, a real doormat. And since I did not put value on myself, I attracted people who did not value me either.  You get what you project.  When I saw myself as worthless, I attracted people who would treat me that way.  When I saw myself as weak, I attracted people who would dominate me. My vision of myself really needed to change.

My blog shares my journey to wellness, to healing, to Jesus.  I went to about 10-15 years of 12 step meetings.  Yes, everyday I would say, “My name is Diana, and I am a ________”.   The meetings helped me realize I was not alone, but the vision was “once an alcoholic always an alcoholic, or once an addict always an addict.” That wasn’t what I wanted; it left me with the vision that I would always be “a victim, an addict, a drunk, etc.” That wasn’t freedom to me. I wanted more.

Then I went to therapy.  Another 10-15 years on and off. And lots of meds.  Took the edge off, but they always wanted to know “whats wrong with you today?”.  There was always something wrong. Let’s talk about it…  Again, it helped me on my journey to get the skeletons out of the closet, but I wanted more.  I wanted to be whole and well.  The past was over, yes I could learn from it, but I didn’t want to live there.

Alas, then I went to the church.  And that’s another story.  There were sick people and well people there too.  But I did find one thing there that I didn’t find anywhere else.  God’s Word, and Jesus.  I would read things like “Jesus came to deliver the sick and heal them ALL.”  I wanted that, healing. I wanted to be well.  I wanted the “Prayers and Promises” that God said I could have.  I wanted the Promises/Prayers to be real.  I wanted to see those words come to pass in my life. And I still do, but now I want them to come true for more than just me.  I want them to come true for my husband, for my children, my family, my friends, the church, the nations, and the world!

My life verse:

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)

I am still learning what God has promised me.  I am still learning who God made me to be.  I am still learning who He is. But I am growing, and I have hope today.  I am not sitting in a fetal position and rocking myself behind a locked door today.  I am not in jail, in the hospital, strung out, drunk, or messed up today.  I am peaceful, and hopeful, and enjoying the path to wholeness that God has provided. I have found LIFE, I have found HOPE, I have found HEALING – thank you Jesus! Yes, I have bumps in the road, but at least today I am going in the right direction. 🙂

Hope

DAILY PROMPT

Write about anything you’d like. Somewhere in your post, include the sentence, “I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.”

HOPE

© 2012 Diana Rasmussen
(PSALM 62/Matt 12/Romans 4)

My soul waits silently for God,
My expectation is from Him.
I pour my heart out before Him,
He is a refuge for me.

His name is the Hope of all the world.
I will trust Him at all times.
He is my rock and my salvation,
I shall not be moved.

Even when there is no reason for hope,
I will keep on believing,
God is more than able,
To do what He says.

I woke up with this song in my head this morning. And the verse “God’s mercies are new every morning”…hmmm.

Sometimes I think I limit God by what my expectations are. I have lived in the chaos (the desert) for so long, that is what I got accustomed to.  It was familiar.  And even though I didn’t like it, I knew what to expect – nothing. When you expect nothing, you get nothing.  Nothing changes, everything stays the same.  Predictable. Boring. Not healthy. Staying in the desert with my victim mentality meant that it was always someone else’s fault. I could blame others for their bad choices while I failed to make any new ones for myself.  I did not take responsibility for my own life – I was too busy telling everyone else what to do.  Then I didn’t have to do anything.  I didn’t have to change, or make a new choice. I learned this was ‘criminal thinking’ at its best.  And I was robbing myself of a better future.

There are times when you are at the edge of a new season, and you admit to yourself that you can’t go back. But you are hesitant to go forward. Almost like time has stopped. And then

I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock.

I am still here.  Time has not stopped. I survived.  My life will go on. I don’t need all the answers to take the next step forward. It will be ok.  Today is the day to say “Yes” to God.  I choose to be healed.  I will be made whole. God promised to help me, so I am going to let Him.

In the valley of decision, I admit that my hope is not based on my ability, nor the things others do or don’t do. My hope is not based on my failures.  My hope is not based on my past abuse.  I am no longer a victim. I can make a new choice.  I will get up.  My hope today is anchored in what the Word says

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

” My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.  He only is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my Defense and my Fortress, I shall not be moved”.  (Psalm 62:5-6)

It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.

The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him. (Lamentations 3:22-24 AMP)

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27 NIV)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for slamming the car door and waking us up.  Thank you for shaking what can be shaken to see what remains in our lives.  We admit, we have tried to live without You, and it hasn’t worked.  You are our Hope, show us a new way Lord. We choose to trust in You. Refresh our souls. Renew our minds.  Restore our lives, in Jesus’ Name.

MORE POSTS ON HOPE:

http://unshakablehope.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/more-than-just-a-dream/

http://anewcreationtoo.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/one-thing-remains-his-love/

http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/why/

http://hope4usnow.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/hopes-not-hurts/

Roses are Red…

(some bad language, may be offensive to some – no harm intended)

Just wanted to make sure you laughed today 🙂

This is in response to the Daily Post

It’s Valentine’s Day, so write an ode to someone or something you love. Bonus points for poetry!

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/cupids-arrow/