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Transformed

TRANSFORMED

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Transformed from glory to glory,
as the LORD renews my mind.
Restored by the image of God,
through Jesus Christ my Lord.

I’m changing from day to day,
as I behold His face.
I’m just a reflection,
of His Spirit in me.

I’ve been planted by the Master Gardner,

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with the seed of the Living Word.
I’m growing endlessly,
with Living Water from above.

I abide in my Lord and Savior,
I’m a branch of the living vine.
There is fruit in every season,
as He multiplies His ways.

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NKJV)

 

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:5-8 NIV)

The River of Life And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.  They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.  There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. (Rev 22:1-5)

 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for leading us, and changing us from the inside out.  We acknowledge our sins and shortcomings, and come to You for forgiveness.  Thank you Lord, for your Blood at Calvary that redeemed us.  Thank you for giving us Your Spirit, and a new life.  Transform us Lord, renew our minds, and let the fruit of Your Spirit just fall off us in every season, by your grace, in Jesus’ Name.

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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.

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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:

hope

” 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/

God’s Love

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Yesterday I shared about what love is NOT.  All of that pain led me to Him – the Healer, the  Way, the Truth, and the Life.  Jesus.   He is faithful, and true.  He is what love looks like. I poured out my pain as I cried at his feet.  It was not wasted.  It mattered.  It was costly.  He took my head in His hands, and looked in my eyes.  For the first time, I felt loved.

If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.” (Psalm 34:18 MSG)

GOD’S LOVE

V1
God’s love is faithful,
He’s forever true
He loves me with mercy and grace to be new.
His love has no ending,
His covenant stands.
A promise between us,
and I’m in His hands.

imageCHORUS
God’s love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things,
God’s love never fails for me.
God’s love never fails for me.

V2
How great is the love Father lavishes on me,
now I am called a child of God.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived what God has for me!

REPEAT CHORUS

BRIDGEimage

My God is love,
I now live in God,
and he lives in me

REPEAT CHORUS

© 2102 Diana Rasmussen

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father!” (Galatians 4:6)

But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for your love today.  You are faithful and true.  You loved us even in our darkest days.  You are close to the broken-hearted, and will bind up all our wounds.  We are putting our trust in You, in Jesus’ Name.

TOO BUSY?

TOO BUSY?

I first saw this video about 5 years ago. There are many versions on the web, but all the same message…

It is rather “haunting” – but true…

GOD’S PROMISE:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]

Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. ”  (Matthew 11:28-29 AMP)

A Psalm of David; when he was in the Wilderness of Judah.

O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.”(Psalm 61:1-3)

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.

He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

We confess, we have put other things above spending time with You.  We confess, we have built idols of knowledge for our own pleasure.  Forgive us Lord, and purify us from all unrighteousness.  We know You are for us, and You are the source of all good things – even wisdom and knowledge.  We turn back to You today, in Jesus’ name.

A Long Ago and Faraway Place

A Long Ago And Faraway Place

Collaborative song with CU Productions, Scott Guthre, Diana Rasmussen

V1
I remember a time, when I felt you near,
An awe struck child with stars in my eyes
Anticipating, expecting grace.
A long ago, far away place.

How did I get here, where did I miss my turn?
I’m tired of walking alone.
I miss your smile, the love in your eyes,
My long ago, far away place.

CHORUS
I’ve come to my senses, leavin’ the past behind.
Your ways are higher, Your plans are good.
I’m Coming back, I want to go home.

V2
When troubles surround me,
When trials come my way,
I set my mind on things above,
and a Long ago far away place.

I lay down my worldly wisdom,
Become a child again.
Rest in your presence Lord,
My Long ago far away place.

BRIDGE
I follow in your footprints Lord,
ask you “Daddy where we going to?
You take my hand, You say to me,
“To a long ago far away place”

REPEAT CHORUS,  REPEAT VERSE 1,  REPEAT CHORUS

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

“But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

I ask you to break the yokes of heavy burdens today.  Let us rest in Your presence.  Let us fly like the eagle above the world it’s problems.  We choose to put our trust in You today.   Thank you Jesus!

OTHER HELPFUL POSTS:

The Broken are Becoming the Chosen

“Hope Will Lead us On” by Barlow Girl

(Verse 1)
Rise up again
Shake off the shadows
Unlock the doors
and let hope live once more
Cause up from the ashes
oh the fire is woken
Cause those who were broken,
are becoming the chosen

(Chorus)
So lift up your eyes
Cause we’re not forgotten
And hope will lead us on
Oh we pray for the dawn
and we reach for the mornin’
And hope will lead us on

(Verse 2)
Come let us see
Beyond these moments
Open our eyes, to to see the truth that You see
Cause all that we know now
When You’re all we hold to
You can’t disappoint us, it’s safe here with You

(Chorus)
So lift up your eyes
Cause we’re not forgotten
And hope will lead us on
Oh we pray for the dawn
and we reach for the mornin’
And hope will lead us on

And hope will lead us on
And hope will lead us on
And hope will lead us on

 

Define Yourself

Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.

by Brennan Manning

 

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From: Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

I started reading this book last night, and wow….great read!  It made me think of all the labels I have given myself in the past.  Hi, my name is Diana and I am a _____________.   I have put many things on that line, how about you?  A lot of times I filled in that blank space with what others have said about me.  And it wasn’t even true.

I have found, if I associate and call myself something, that is what I become.  Words are very powerful, especially the words that I speak over myself.   Words have the power of life and death.  We can build someone up, or tear them to shreads, – all with our words.  And, I can do this to myself, all by myself.  I never really used to pay attention to how I talk about myself until a friend pointed out that I was always cutting myself down.  How about you?  Now I’m not going to extremes either.  I don’t sit in front of the mirror for hours like the Queen of Snow White either

Back to the with the premise above.  I am beloved by God…whether I feel it or not.  If God said it –  it is true. I looked up what “beloved” meant:

1.  greatly loved; dear to the heart.
2.  a person who is greatly loved.
Synonyms
1. cherished, precious; sweet, darling.

And that’s how God sees you too – beloved.

And here’s a great video called WORDS, by Hawk Nelson…

GODS PROMISE TO YOU:

My beloved spoke and said to me, Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. (Song of Solomon 2:10 NIV)

 And the Lord answered, Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, they may forget, yet I will not forget you.  Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed a picture of) you on the palm of each of My hands; [O Zion] your walls are continually before Me. (Isaiah 49:15-16 AMP)

 A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].  Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].  (Proverbs 18:20-21 AMP)

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

Renew our minds. Help us shake off the labels that we have put upon ourselves that keep us in bondage.  We want to be free of anything that has not come from You.  And Lord, we give you permission, to pull out the lies that we have believed about ourselves.  And pull out the lies that others have spoken over us too, k? And the lies hat have been planted there by the enemy too… Pull out the weeds Lord, so your Word can grow more freely, in Jesus’ Name.

OTHER HELPFUL POSTS:

Burning Fire Shut in My Bones – I am Fearfully and Wonderfully made

Pastor Shockley – Rising Above the Lies About Who You Are

Heidiviars – Stop Looking

Jesus the Anointed One

Jesus, the Anointed One
© 2012 Diana Rasmussen

V1
He is Father to the fatherless,
Protector of the weak.
He is Husband to the forsaken,
Defender of the meek.

He is Provision for the widow,
Freedom for the slave.
He is Justice for the oppressed,
Deliverance for the captive.

CHORUS x2
Jesus, The Anointed One,
He is Jesus the Anointed One,
God in our midst.
He is Jesus the Anointed One.

V2
He is Shepherd to the lost one,
Healing to the sick.
He is grace, mercy, and righteousness,
His Kingdom has no end.

He is comfort to the broken heart,
Counselor to the accused.
He is Prince of Peace in the storm,
He is the King of Kings.

Repeat Chorus

You Are With Me

You are with me

You are with me in the fire,
You are with me in the flood,
You are with me in the desert,
I put my trust in You.

I enter into Your story,
what You are already doing.
I trust you Lord to make things right;
Instead of trying to be right on my own.

I sit down in Your presence,
Spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow.
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
maker of Heaven and Earth.

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

Psalm 121  A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from?

 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

 He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber;

 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you — the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore.

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,
Watch over us; keep us from all harm;  protect us from the evil one.  You are the shade at our right hand. 

Thank you Lord that even when we look back in sadness, we are not alone.  You are right there beside us.

Thank you Lord that you never leave us nor forsake us –  even on the dark and dreary days, in Jesus’ Name.

The Spirit of the Lord

Rejoicing in the Word with Isaiah 61.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

This is Your Life

Daily Prompt

If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

When is the last time you went to the movie theater? (or theatre, depending on where you live!)  Remember the person that is inevitably behind you.  I can hear them now, ” This is the third time I’ve seen this movie this week. I loooooooooooove it!”  Then the movie gets to a suspenseful scene and they say, “I remember this part, they are going to…”  at which point they blurt out what happens. Don’t you just wanna turn around and deck them at this point?  It kinda ruins the fun when you know what’s gonna happen.

So my answer would be no, I would not want to read it.  I can’t imagine knowing exactly what would come next in my life.  It would take all the fun out of it!   There would be no more surpirses, no more “ah-hah” moments.  If we knew the ending would we enjoy the moment? Would we have miracle moments?  I don’t think so. If I read something sad in the book, I would cry when I read it.  But then when it happened, I think it would be empty, almost void of emotion.  Same thing with joy. I wouldn’t wanna miss a chance to laugh!

One of the gifts of life is living it; with the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Would you even feel things like happiness, sadness, joy, or sorrow if you already knew what was coming.  I think I would feel robbed.  It would make me feel like a puppet in a play. Or an actor reading her lines.  Yeah, you could “pretend”, but it wouldn’t be the same.  Could you even call it life?

I kinda like not knowing.  It makes every day an adventure!  And what about building your faith?   Can you imagine a life without faith?  or hope?  You wouldn’t have to hope for anything, you would know what would happen already.  And you wouldn’t have to trust God or anyone, you wouldn’t need to.  And what about prayer, what would you have to pray about?  You would know what happens to yourself and all your family/friends/acquaitences/church, etc.  alreadly. Life without prayer would be unbearable.  The more I write about this, the worse it gets!

Oh yeah, then we could get political.  What about free choice?  You really wouldn’t have a choice in anything for the future, the ending is already written.  That must be illegal or something.  What about the Declaration of Independence, why  it would violate our civil rights! We like to choose, something about declaring these truths to be self-evident. (History was like my worst subject, well, other than gym)  Ok, simmer down girl…

GOD’S PROMISE FOR YOU:

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 the  life that you have given each of us.  Thank  you for the happiness, the sorrow, the good and the bad, and  for all of the things that we have gone through that have drawn us closer to You.  Thank you Lord, that You have come, to give us life, and life more abundantly.  We eagerly await whateverYou have for us next, for we know that You are the Author of Life, and the finisher of our faith.    You are a good God, and delight in giving your kids the best.  Thank you Lord, that You never leave us or forsake us in this journey.  And we are grateful that we can trust You with whatever comes next, in Jesus name.

Helpless

TearsDAILY PROMPT: Helplessness

Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that –- and what did you do about it?

This was a hard year for our family, a year of enduring.  My husband ‘s mom passed away this past January  Then, we had fun with me breaking my leg in Feb, and being out of work for 6 months.  Then, my mom passed away in September.  Then, at the end of the year, even my father-in-laws dog died.  Sounds like a year of enduring, that or a bad country song.

It was (and still is) a time where I felt/feel out of control.  Christmas was not the same.  I didn’t even want to decorate this year, but you know, we have kids,  so 2 weeks before Christmas we bought a tree.  But honestly my heart just wasn’t in it this year.  This has definitely been a year of trials and testing.

As far as what I did and am still doing about it, I am daily choosing to trust God.  There are times you read His Word, and times you desperately hold onto it for dear life. this would be one of those times.  I feel like the kitty hanging on the tree branch.  Reading His Word gives me peace, gives me hope that things will change, and helps me endure whatever I am going through.

One of the most memorable moments I have had in this mess was sharing the Word with both of my moms before they died. I read parts of the “Father’s Love Letter” to both of them.  Have you read the Father’s Love Letter?  Here is the link

http://fathersloveletter.com/text.html

And yes, I cried all the way through it. But I did get to ask them the question, yep, the most important question we will ever ask anyone.  Do you believe in Jesus, that He came in the flesh and died for your sins, and was resureected on the third day?  Yes, thank you Jesus, they were saved.

God’s Word has a way of coming alive and it was and is what gives me hope when I have none.  When things are out of control and I can’t see my my way out, Jesus has lead me and carried me through.  I know He is faithful.

I also know what NOT to do.  I know that I cannot listen to the thoughts the enemy puts in my head.  I don’t know if you know what I mean, but there are some things that do not get a say.  There was more than one occasion I listened to “those voices” and I ended up in the psych ward for trying to hurt myself.  The devil does come to kill, steal, and destroy.  Some of us have lived to tell about it.  And we know that there is a God, because we are still breathing.

These are the times when I find a promise in God’s Word that has not yet come true for me, and read it, speak it, believe in it, hold onto it for dear life, until I see it come to pass.

GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:

11 Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
He’s my God.  Psalm 42:11 (MSG )

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord, I pray that you would renew our hope.  Lord, lead us, guide us, and restore us as only You can.  Let  Psalm 23 come true for us, we are relying on Your Word Lord, in Jesus Name.

Psalm 23 (NKJV)

A Psalm of David.He Restores

23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever.