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Where Hope Grows – Inspirational Quotes

Where Hope Grows

~Copyright 2016 Diana Rasmussen~

there is life

there is breath

there is longing

there is dirt

there is growth

there is harvest


“Hope is like a flower – it grows in the dirt!” -Diana Rasmussen of Prayers and Promises


Inspirational Quotes on Hope

  1. “Hope is the thing with feathers

    That perches in the soul

    And sings the tune without the words

    And never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

  2. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth the fighting for.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

  3. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to never stop questioning.” -Albert Einstein

  4. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu

  5. “We must accept the finite disappointment, it never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

  6. “Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” – Robert H. Schuller

  7. “We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

  8. “My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and to try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” – Maya Angelou

  9. “Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.” – Victor Hugo

  10. “God’s mercy and grace give me hope – for myself, and for our world.” – Billy Graham

  11. “I always entertain great hopes. ” – Robert Frost

  12. “Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle

  13. “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” – Martin Luther

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

 

 

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Glitter Sprinkles 

 GLITTER SPRINKES

~Copyright 2015 Diana Rasmussen~

 

With our feet standing firmly on the ground
We release Spirit to go forward into the future
Speak God Promise Words into the moment
Mix it with faith and expectation
We can grab handfuls of goodness
Carry it back to the present
Open up our hands and
Sprinkle God’s mercy and kindness
Everywhere we go as
Glitter Sprinkles Gods Grace

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy,and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. (Exodus 33:19 NIV)

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever. (Psalm 23:6 NKJV)

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Radical Faith in High Heels

There comes a time in every believer’s life that we must choose – to believe or not believe what God says. There comes a time where we will challenge the Word and the Holy Spirit. I had a moment this morning. In the natural my ankle is killing me. I overdid it unloading a trailer and making room in the garage for our temperamental van. I am part Bionic Woman now with a Titanium leg bone. I wrote about what happened here – THE WORD HEALS

But in the Spirit – I see myself dancing. And teaching kids to praise dance. That would be fun. Yeah, makes no logical sense. I have been to PT – 3 times now. In the natural I have a hard time standing for more than 30 minutes at a time. I haven’t had a job in almost 3 years. Yet, I want to dance.

When my husband asked me how I was doing today I did not answer with my mind or my body. I was sort of sarcastic and said, ” I am stupendous. I’ll be dancing ballet today.” He laughed. That just egged me on more! Later he asked if I was dancing Swan Lake. I answered, “No I’m not feeling that today.” He said, “Oh more of The Nutcracker?.” “YES! that’s what I’ll be dancing later today!” I answered.

Then when he left for work. My sassy self told him, “Hey if I’m not home when you get back I’ll be out running my marathon.” “OK baby” he said. Funny, right? But that got me thinking. What if we talked like that all the time? What if we gave the Holy Spirit room to MOVE?

I’m tired of my stupid leg stopping me from doing what I want to do. I don’t know ballet, but I would learn a move or two. I haven’t run in almost 3 years now. But the Word says, “By His stripes I am healed.” So ok Holy Spirit – I am stepping out in faith. And talking about all the things I will do once you heal me Lord.

I will run, I will dance, I will ride a bike, and I will wear a pair of high heels again!


I am reading Steve Sampsons book again.

THOSE WHO EXPECT NOTHING ARE NEVER DISAPPOINTED, Let My Spirit Move

“In order to see God do more, we must live with a continual demand on His presence.” ~Steve Sampson

“There must not only be a posture of expectation, but a willingness on our part to submit our analytical minds to the flow of the Holy Spirit. It is the mind of man (not the devil) that aborts the work of the Spirit in our lives. When God speaks, He calls forth results that have nothing to do with our natural circumstances.” ~Steve Sampson

 

God’s Word for You:

 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. ~Hebrews 11:1 AMP

 

Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. ~Isaiah 55:1 AMP

 

My Prayer for You:

Dear Lord,

We believe you – all of it, every Word.  We expect you Lord to do what you say you will. We trust you to do it. Just because you love us. Thank you in advance Lord! Let it be so, in Jesus Name.

 

Points to Ponder:

  • What if our EXPECTATION was the currency that God uses? It’s not money – Isaiah said we could come and buy without money.
  • What if we believed what the Spirit said even if we didn’t see it in the natural yet?
  • What if we believed before we saw it, and just said it anyway?
  • What words do you need to change?
  • What have we got to loose? Get sassy today – speak it, and watch and see what God will do!

 

 

 

Five Challenges to Succeed

I found this note in one of my Bibles. I am not sure where or who it came from, but God bless you Pastor!

One of the ways God Delivered me was from my poisonous thoughts. He  has changed my mind and I expect to succeed today. I expect GOOD things. My life was not  always this way. I was a bit of a self-sabotager. I admit it. I was so used to things going badly in my life that when something was good I didn’t know how to handle it. Many times I would “throw the first shoe” before it got thrown at me!

Its rather funny now, but not then. I remember once I got a sales job. I was super motivated, and worked like a Banchee and got all the sales awards. I was the best of the best. The boss wanted to give me a raise and promote me. Do you know what I did? I quit! Then I went to the next job, and did it again. I was my own worst enemy. I didn’t believe I deserved to succeed. And I didn’t know what to do with success once I got it.

It is only through reading the Word of God that my thinking has changed. God says He wants me to succeed,that I will be the head and not the tail. He says He will be with me wherever I go, and that I am the most blessed of all the people on the Earth because I am His child. I am grateful that God has changed my thinking. And that I was open to change.

Open your heart to Him and His Word – and expect GOOD things!

 

5 CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED

 

1.  POSSIBILITIES

Life’s only limitations are the ones we make.

 

2.  RISK

Nothing noble is done without risk.

 

3. DO YOUR PART

It takes the effort of many to make impossible feats possible.

 

4. CHALLENGE

Push yourself to the limits and experience wonders you never imagined.

 

5. TEAMWORK

It is the work of the team which determines success.

 

 

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” (Mark 10:27 NLT)

 

 

How to Unlock Your Heart

Resentment. . . a door quietly closes.

Anger… the door slams shut!

Hurts from your heritage.. . fasten the latch!

Weakened faith . . . throw the bolt!

Four elements that can lock up a heart, keeping delight out and darkness in.  Resentment, the cocaine of the emotions.  Anger, the destroyer of joy.  Your heritage- the straitjacket of expectation.  Declining faith- the marauder of hope.” ~ Max Lucado

You can read more of Max’s thoughts on how to open a locked heart here:

Stronger in the Broken Places.

(Just a sidenote for those of you who have been in abusive relationships. Forgiveness does NOT mean I will let him hit me again. I had a very twisted view of what Forgiveness meant.  I thought that I was supposed to just ‘forgive and forget’ and let him do it again and again – 70 x 7 right? Wrong.  My forgiveness towards my abusers meant I would not take revenge, nor put myself or my children in harm’s way, but that I would trust GOD to deal with him. I had to let go of the ending  – and walk away.  I was not his Savior, I was not going to change him, it was not my job.  My warped thinking kept me hostage for a long time.  More to come on this area!)