Category: Hope

You Are Proof that God is an Artist

Daddy God is an Artist. And we are His children. The Creator of the Universe who made the Heavens and the Earth spoke the Word and it was. And you are proof that God is an Artist. He made us, and if you are a born again Believer He put His Holy Spirit in you to create. Let it out – feed your creativity today!

Are you an Artist? A Songwriter? A Painter? A Craftsman?  What are you creating today? Stir up the Spirit and begin today – make something wonderful!

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. (Psalm 139:14 NKJV)


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You have a destiny my friend!

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12 Quotes on How to Enjoy Your Life – Carpe Diem

Are you enjoying your life? Do you savor each day as it comes? I think the older I get the more I treasure each day here  with my family and friends. Maybe it’s just the ‘aging’ thing, idk. But I do know that each day that I live there is something more to be grateful for. God is good, no matter what the circumstances. And He is faithful, He will see us through these troubling times, He promised.

Let us live each day as a gift, a treasure that God has provided us. Let us savor the moments we have together and not the things that come our way. And let us encourage one another and build each other up on our journey. God bless you all my friends and thanks for stopping over today!

Carpe Diem – Seize the Day

Carpe diem is a Latin aphorism, usually translated “seize the day”, taken from the Roman poet Horace’s Odes (23 BC). Carpe is the second-person singular present active imperative of carpō “pick or pluck” used by Ovid to mean “enjoy, seize, use, make use of”.Diem is the accusative case of the noun dies “day”. A more literal translation of “carpe diem” would thus be “pluck the day [as it is ripe]”—i.e., enjoy the moment. In western education the tag is now often rendered as “take advantage of the opportunities arising in the day.” (Source-Wikipedia)

12 Quotes on Enjoying Life

  1. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ― Helen Keller, The Open Door

  2. “In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

  3. “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” ―Jesus in John 10:10b

  4. “Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

  5. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

  6. “Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” ― Emily Dickinson

  7. “What you have to decide… is how you want your life to be. If your forever was ending tomorrow, would this be how you’d want to have spent it? Listen, the truth is, nothing is guaranteed. You know that more than anybody. So dont be afraid. Be alive.” ― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

  8. “Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns -the pains and problems they cause you – and enjoy life” ― Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die

  9. “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” ― Benjamin Franklin

  10. “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

    “Do anything, but let it produce joy.” ― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

  11. “We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” ― Bill Watterson

  12. “You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

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Find the Beauty

Find the Beauty

find the beauty~Copyright 2015 Diana Rasmussen~

Like the farmer who found buried treasure

In the field was wealth beyond measure

Like the shepherd who left the flock

To find the one sheep that had wandered off

I’m willing to find the beauty

Even in the ugly days

I’ll search for it like gold

Sell everything I own

I’m willing to find the beauty

Even in the ugly days

Like the woman that crawled on her knees

To touch the Kings robe and receive

Like the farmer who planted his seed

No matter what kind of soil was at his feet

I’m willing to find the beauty

Even in the ugly days

I’ll search for it like gold

Sell everything I own

I’m willing to find the beauty

Even in the ugly days

get over your hill

AFTER THE STORM

By Mumford and Sons

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Your Story Matters

We are here, right now in this moment. You inhale then exhale and I hear it. I as well inhale and exhale and you hear it. And just for this moment in time we hear and understand each other without saying a word. 

Silence, 

stillness,

peacefulness, 

simply being 

and resting

In this moment 

Changes everything

  

Your story matters

You matter to me

 I am grateful for you

Thank you
-Diana

His Yoke is Easy

Rest my child. Come to Papa God. Rest in the loving arms of Jesus. His yoke is easy and He will give you rest.  Come away to a quiet place today.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-10 NKJ

 

God is greater – greater than whatever we are facing today. He is greater than fear, greater than disease, greater than lack, greater than our jobs, our money, or any other thing that may try to lead us astray. God is greater than any devil, any curse, or any witchcraft. He is even greater than our hearts. His plans for us are even better than the ones we have for ourselves.

 

Let’s bring him our baggage, our doubts, our shame – and leave it at the cross of Calvary. He paid for it. He doesn’t want us to try and carry it all on our own anyway. He is greater!

 

GREATER

By MercyMe

Bring your tired
And bring your shame
Bring your guilt
And bring your pain
Don’t you know that’s not you’re name
You will always be much more to me

Every day I wrestle with the voices
That keep telling me I’m not right
But that’s alright

‘Cause I hear a voice and He calls me redeemed
When others say I’ll never be enough
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world
In the world
In the world
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world

Bring your doubts
And bring your fears
Bring your hurt
And bring your tears
There’ll be no condemnation here
You are holy, righteous and redeemed

Every time I fall
There’ll be those who will call me
A mistake
Well that’s OK

‘Cause I hear a voice and He calls me redeemed
When others say I’ll never be enough
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world
In the world
In the world
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world

(He’s Greater, He’s Greater)

There’ll be days I lose the battle
Grace says that it doesn’t matter
‘Cause the cross already won the war
He’s Greater, He’s Greater

I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how He sees me
And it makes me love Him more and more
He’s Greater, He’s Greater

There’ll be days I lose the battle
Grace says that it doesn’t matter
‘Cause the cross already won the war
He’s Greater, He’s Greater

I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how He sees me
And it makes me love Him more and more
He’s Greater, He’s Greater

‘Cause I hear a voice and He calls me redeemed
When others say I’ll never be enough
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world
In the world
In the world
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world

There’ll be days I lose the battle
Grace says that it doesn’t matter
‘Cause the cross already won the war
He’s Greater, He’s Greater

I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how He sees me
And it makes me love Him more and more
My God is greater (He’s Greater, He’s Greater)
Than he who is living in the world

Songwriters
BART MILLARD, MIKE SCHEUCHZER, ROBBY SHAFFER, BARRY GRAUL, DAVID ARTHUR GARCIA, NATHAN COCHRAN, BEN GLOVER

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P.U.S.H is Pray Until Something Happens

We have this great banner at church that says

P.U.S.H. – Pray Until Something Happens

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I certainly appreciate your prayers this month. I am grateful for brothers and sisters who know how to pray. There are times when we can stand together and petition Heaven with our prayers. God is faithful, He hears, He listens, and He answers. His timing is not always our timing. And His ways are not our ways. Like so many of you, I am trusting Him, leaning on Him, depending on Him in those places where I cannot see. Thank you for your prayers, I am praying for you too!

If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.(John 14:14 NKJV)

QUOTES ABOUT PRAYER

Pray without ceasing. ― 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” ― Mother Teresa

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. ― Philippians 4:6Prayer

“Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley, Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes

“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. ― Luke 11:9

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” ― Bruce Lee

“The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.” ― Rick Warren, The Purpose of Christmas

“May God break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.” ― Mother Teresa

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” ― Francis of Assisi

BROTHER

By NEED TO BREATHE

Ramblers in the wilderness we can’t find what we need
Get a little restless from the searching
Get a little worn down in between
Like a bull chasing the matador is the man left to his own schemes
Everybody needs someone beside em’ shining like a lighthouse from the sea

Brother let me be your shelter
I’ll never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call
When you’re low
Brother let me be your fortress
When the night winds are driving on
Be the one to light the way
Bring you home

Face down in the desert now there’s a cage locked around my heart
I found a way to drop the keys where my failures were
Now my hands can’t reach that far
I ain’t made for a robbery I could never take the world alone
I know that in my weakness I am stronger
It’s your love that brings me home

Brother let me be your shelter
I’ll never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call
When you’re low
Brother let me be your fortress
When the night winds are driving on
Be the one to light the way
Bring you home

Brother let me be your shelter
Never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call
When you’re low
Brother let me be your fortress
When the night winds are driving on
Be the one to light the way
Bring you home

Brother let me be your shelter
Never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call
When you’re feeling low
Brother let me be your fortress
When the night winds are driving on
Be the one to light the way
Bring you home

Brother let me be your shelter
Never leave you all alone
I can be the one you call
When you’re low
Brother let me be your fortress
When the night winds are driving on
Be the one to light the way
Bring you home

Brother let me be your shelter
Brother let me be your shelter
Brother let me be your shelter
Brother let me be your shelter
Brother let me be your shelter

Songwriters
BO RINEHART, BEAR RINEHART

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The Lord of the Turnaround

Lord of the Turnaround 

  

My faith may come in waves
But You always stay the same
I’ll lift up my head to believe again
You’re the Lord of the turnaround

1 Samuel 2:1-2 

And Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord.I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation. “No one is holy like the Lord, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God. 

  
Isaiah 43:18-21 

“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?I will even make a road in the wildernes and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wildernes and rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise. 

Preceded by Chaos

The Body of Christ is so weary, including me.  Yes, it’s Monday. And I fall down at the feet of my Savior and cry out, “How long Lord, how long?” We desperately need a new breath of God. Everything we thought we knew has come to naught. The new wind of the Spirit will revive us. So we sit and search and wait. Just like those folks did in the Upper Room. I’m sure those Disciple guys felt like their world was falling apart into complete chaos. But the best was yet to come!

Let’s pray and sing psalms together and wait for what God promised.

Come to Me

What promise are you waiting on?

Here are 3 Promises I am holding onto these days:

 

  1. I am waiting on the promise that, “Not by might, not by strength, but by My Spirit.” We are so blessed to have a congregation of worshippers. Praise and worship brings in the presence of God like a breath of fresh air. God knows what we need, and when we need it to. He promised to provide – not only in the physical world, but in the spiritual realm as well. He knows his kiddos are tired and He has the oil of joy that will break the yokes of bondage. The anointing of GOD is in the oil – the Holy Spirit. Thank you Holy Spirit –  lead us, comfort us, guide us into all truth, in Jesus Name.
  2. And I am waiting on “Everything your hand touches will prosper.” I have seen it happen in my children’s lives. They are so blessed beyond belief the don’t even know it.  I am grateful that God has shown them all tremendous favor.  And I am grateful for the new season He is bringing me and my husband into. I don’t want to camp in the valley. I don’t even really like camping. And I know what the valley looks like. I’m ready for a new view. How about you?
  3. And, “I will restore the years the locust have eaten. ”  I have to believe that God can make some use out of my messed up life. I didn’t think all that junk would happen. Maybe you didn’t either. Sometimes the best intentions end up going haywire. Sometimes covenants are not kept due to no fault of your own. Sometimes junk just happens. We live in a fallen world.

“Life is a hell of a thing to happen to a person.”

~Rossi on Criminal Minds

But I survived, and so did you.  In fact, God can make good come out of whatever the enemy used to try to destroy you. Look at Joseph. Look at Job. Don’t give up yet – your story isn’t over yet my friends. And neither is mine. Let’s see where God takes us. I hear He is a really good driver. He knows the way. And I  don’t even think He needs Google Maps!

Here Comes the Fruit!

We have this beautiful cherry tree in our yard. This past week it started to bloom and that got me thinking. You know all winter it was just branches. It looked pretty dead. But there was life in there just waiting to bloom! It had to wait – for just the right time. If it had bloomed in Winter the blossoms would have frozen. If it had bloomed in Summer the blossoms would have shriveled from the heat. But it is Spring – and just the right time for it and us to bloom.

Sometimes things look ‘dead’. Like nothing will ever happen. But have faith my friends – there is life in you! Jesus promised that if we abide in the vine we would bear much fruit. Soon we will blossom, right where we are. And where there is a blossom, there will be fruit!

 

BIBLE VERSE ON FLOWERS

    1. The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the rose and the autumn crocus. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellency of [Mount] Carmel and [the plain] of Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty and splendorand excellency of our God. (Isaiah 35:1-2 AMP)

    2. Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither [wearily] toil nor spin nor weave; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory (his splendor and magnificence) was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today, and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you [people] of little faith? (Luke 12:27-28 AMP)

    3. [She said] I am only a little rose or autumn crocus of the plain of Sharon, or a [humble] lily of the valleys [that grows in deep and difficult places].

      But Solomon replied, Like the lily among thorns, so are you, my love, among the daughters.

      Like an apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved [shepherd] among the sons [cried the girl]! Under his shadow I delighted to sit, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. (Song of Solomon 2:1-3 AMP)

    4.  I will heal their faithlessness; I will love them freely, for My anger is turned away from [Israel].

      I will be like the dew and the night mist to Israel; he shall grow and blossom like the lily and cast forth his roots like [the sturdy evergreens of] Lebanon.

      His suckers and shoots shall spread, and his beauty shall be like the olive tree and his fragrance like [the cedars and aromatic shrubs of] Lebanon.

      They that dwell under his shade shall return; they shall revive like the grain and blossom like the vine; the scent of it shall be like the wine of Lebanon. (Hosea 14:4-7 AMP)

    5. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8 AMP)
    6. And the glory (majesty and splendor) of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.

      A voice says, Cry [prophesy]! And I said, What shall I cry? [The voice answered, Proclaim:] All flesh is as frail as grass, and all that makes it attractive [its kindness, its goodwill, its mercy from God, its glory and comeliness, however good] is transitory, like the flower of the field.

      The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely [all] the people are like grass.

      The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:5-8 AMP)

 

Justified by God

There will always be those who accuse you. It’s just how it is in the Kingdom of God. Especially when you are walking in the Way.  Fault-finders, those who are jealous or envious, and those who point the finger and try to disqualify you. Don’t receive it. And don’t disqualify yourself either. God has already qualified you by putting His Spirit within you.  Your anointing is from Him. He is your teacher and comforter. I wrote about that here: Don’t Disqualify Yourself for What God has Qualified You For.

I came across the word ‘vindicate’ in my reading yesterday. I had to look it up, I wasn’t sure what it meant.  And then I searched it out. What great news! God will vindicate me. He will clear my name and protect me, no matter what others say about me. The truth will come out, it always does.  It is hard though when your enemies are laughing over you. Some people love to kick you when you are down. And they want to keep you there too so they can feel extra ‘spiritual’. It’s not you, it’s them. It’s fear and insecurity. They are afraid. Pray for them, love them. But their words do not have to come into your spirit. Let them fall to the ground.

Thank you Lord, that You justify us and deliver us from the enemies. I guess I could look at all those accusers as confirmation that I am in the will of God. He said troubles would come. But He also promised to lead us through it and protect us on the journey. Always gonna be the haters. Love ’em anyway.

VINDICATE:

1. To justify, prove or reinforce an idea
2. To absolve from guilt
3. To lay claim to
4. To clear from accusation
5. To show that someone should not be blamed for a crime, mistake, and to show them as not guilty
6. to show that someone or something that has been criticized or doubted is correct, true, or reasonable.
7. to show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
8. To deliver or avenge

QUOTES ON VINDICATE

Psalm 26 :1
Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity; I have [expectantly] trusted in, leaned on, and relied on the Lord without wavering and I shall not slide.Psalm 35:24
Judge and vindicate me, O Lord my God, according to Your righteousness (Your rightness and justice); and let [my foes] not rejoice over me!Psalm 43:1
Judge and vindicate me, O God; plead and defend my cause against an ungodly nation. O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!

Psalm 54:1
Save me, O God, by Your name; judge and vindicate me by Your mighty strength and power.

Psalm 135:14
For the Lord will judge and vindicate His people, and He will delay His judgments [manifesting His righteousness and mercy] and take into favor His servants [those who meet His terms of separation unto Him].

Psalm 55:16, 22-23

As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord will save me. Cast your burden on the Lord releasing the weight of it and He will sustain you; He will never allow the consistently righteous to be moved made to slip, fall, or fail. But You, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in, lean on, and confidently rely on You.

Here is a great FB post from Chuck Pierce that gave me strength yesterday, and another from Graham Cooke that helped me remember:

God is Not a Deadbeat Dad

God is NOT a deadbeat dad. With over 50% of marriages ending in divorce these days there is a lot of child support being collected – or not. I am one of those statistics. I have four kids from two different dads. With the first two I paid child support – for 16 years. Every dime. I even paid after the youngest turned 19 to get caught up.

And then I had two more kids with another dad. And I have placement this time? So he has been court ordered to pay for the last 9 years. But he hasn’t. So, back to court we go for the umpteenth time. He’s working, has new house, car, etc. yet he refuses to pay his support.

I wrote about this last year in

MY EVERYDAY LIFE PLUS COURT

http://www.dianarasmussen.com/my-everyday-life-plus-court/

I am sure I am not the only one in this boat. And I got to thinking about God. He’s not a deadbeat Dad. He provides more than enough in every story. Remember Joseph? Remember Esther? Remember Abraham? God always made a way where there was no way. He owns it all. And He is the Father that is never behind on his child support – because He never divorces us!

And I have to brag on God. The Lord has provided for me and the kids. We have always had a home, a bed, a car, and a job. God is faithful. He provides, especially for the widows and orphans, and the fatherless. And God restores. I had pretty much given up on love and marriage after that last divorce. I took a year off from seeing anyone. And just when I had given up hope God brought me a man he had chosen – Bob. Bob and I have been together 7 years now. I believe in love, I have seen it. And thanks to him, so have my children.

Step parent

“For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.”
(Isaiah 54:5 NKJV)

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Will bring her into the wilderness,
And speak comfort to her.

I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope;
She shall sing there,
As in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.

“And it shall be, in that day,”
Says the Lord,
“That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’
And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’

Hosea 2:15I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me
In righteousness and justice,
In lovingkindness and mercy;
I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness,
And you shall know the Lord.”

(Hosea 2:14-16, 19-20 NKJV)