Tag: God the Father

God Will Fight for You in the Middle of Sickness and Cancer

It wasn’t the news we wanted to hear. The “C” word. It wasn’t the news that God wanted either. He didn’t create disease and sickness. That came when Adam and Eve believed the lie that Satan told them and ate that damn apple.

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” -Genesis 3:1-5 NKJV

Adam and Eve knew GOOD.

They lived in Paradise and had everything they ever needed or wanted. There was no sickness. Then Satan lied to them, and they believed him. They ate the damn apple.

Now, Adam and Eve KNEW EVIL. And now, so do we.

 

EVIL came with the fall of man. So did sickness and disease. So did cancer. It was not God’s intention that his kids got sick. He does not want it any more than we do. Can He fix it? YES!

God made a way for man to be saved from sickness and disease, and came in the flesh as JESUS. JESUS paid the price for our sins and our fallen nature at the Cross of Calvary. “It is finished,” Jesus said. The price has been paid for all sickness, disease, sin, sorrow, suffering. We have been redeemed.

So how do we get from here to there?

I wish there was a switch to turn on and off. I wish that all disease was not here on planet Earth. God said we would have troubles.  In Heaven there will be no sickness, no disease, no sorrow, no tears. I wish we all were in Heaven now, but it’s not time yet. So here we sit in the mess. We aren’t there yet. Many of us battle sickness, disease, and even cancer.

How do we go on? We go THROUGH it. God promised to comfort us in our troubles. God sent the HOLY SPIRIT, the COMFORTER to be with us in the middle of the mess. God promised to HEAL. It may be here, it may be in Heaven. Sorry, that’s the Truth. We all want healing now and instantly. I wish it were like that. But it’s not. I know lots of amazing people who died and were healed on the other side. Either way – they were healed. And now, they are free. I have known people to be healed on this side of Heaven too. Miracles, signs, and wonders happen all the time in the Church. God is the Author of Miracles, all things are possible with God.

The hard part, I guess, is not knowing WHEN the healing will come. That’s what I struggle with. I know God CAN and WILL heal. I just don’t know WHEN. So I have to wait, and trust Him. I have to “Give God a minute,” like my husband tells me. Impatient me, who wants to wake up with everything ok and not have to do the trusting part. Yeah, that trust thing. (still working on this)

I don’t pretend to know it all. God says His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts. I think he has a much bigger perspective on things than we do. He is the Author of Eternity right? Yeah, His vision is much bigger than mine.

So, here in the middle of the mess, I thank God that He is with us and we are not alone. Is this the path I would have chosen for myself or my loved ones? No, probably not. My perspective is limited. I don’t like trials or tribulations. I don’t like sickness. I hate cancer. But I know my God, and He will be by my side and yours in the battle. He will fight for us and will help us.

The Gift of His Peace

“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ” – John 14:25-27 NKJV

 

do not fear

Psalm 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 in the house of the Lord
Forever.

God will fight

God will fight for you. He doesn’t like sickness or disease or cancer either…

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He is A Father to the Fatherless

After working at the local High School this past year I was amazed at the number of fatherless children. Kids who didn’t ask to be left – it was thrust upon them by the poor choice of a man. In many cases the Dad had either left, was addicted to drugs or alcohol, was in jail, or had died.

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From the Fatherhoodfactor.com

FATHERLESS STATS

1. 23.6% of US children (17.4 million) lived in father absent homes in 2014.

[US Census Bureau, 2015] Living arrangements of children under 18 years and marital status of parents, by age, sex, race, and hispanic origin and selected characteristics of the child for all children: 2014. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Census Bureau.

2. In 2011, children living in female-headed homes with no spouse present had a poverty rate of 47.6%. This is over four times the rate for children living in married couple families.

[Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2012). Information on poverty and income statistics: A summary of 2012 current population survey data. Retrieved from: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/12/PovertyAndIncomeEst/ib.cfm]

Mom did her best to provide and protect. But speaking from experience, it’s not the same. We Moms get tired. Our incomes drop significantly. We live in poverty now. We work  multiple jobs at multiple places just to make ends meet. Often the Dad leaves the picture – regardless of what the Court says. Yeah that child support he is supposed to pay – don’t count on it. Most fathers don’t pay. We blame ourselves for being so ”stupid”. We lost our homes, our marriages, and our self respect. Often women are totally responsible from that day forward for everything. Totally not fair – to the kids or the mom.

Some of us get lucky and get remarried. An understanding stepparent can make a positive influence in a child’s life – if they and the kids are open to it. Often we women do learn from our ‘mistakes’ so as not to repeat the same pattern. Life can and does get better with time. But having a blended family may bring its own set of challenges with it.

Regardless, we have a whole generation of children growing up as orphans. They feel unwanted, unworthy, and unloved. They feel it’s their fault that it happened. They think they could have changed it. They often give up on love, on life, and on themselves.

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The effects of fatherlessness upon a child can include:

  • Abandonment issues

  • Loss of self esteem

  • Loss of respect for themselves and others

  • Increased anxiety and depression

  • Acting out including fighting, defiance, and rude behaviors

  • Loss of moral compass

  • Early alcohol or drug abuse

  • Overly promiscuous and early sexual involvement

  • Overly sensitive to rejection

  • Overly dramatic or super withdrawn

  • Possible suicidal tendencies

I have heard many stories from many teens out there. It takes its toll on them. Even though they had nothing to do with it, they may feel it is there fault. It is not. It was the Dad that made the bad choice to abandon his family. In the Army they used to shoot Deserters. Let us as the Family of God ‘adopt’ the fatherless. They need things. Let us show up with our checkbooks along with our prayers. Let us, the Body of Christ, heal the brokenhearted. They need us to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

I have found there is only one way to heal the hurt – Jesus. As I have come to know the Lord he has shown me real love – not sex. He has shown me unconditional love. The Lord has continually provided for me and my kids. He has never left me, even when others have. He has been faithful to me when others have not been. He has healed the hurt that was in my heart. He will do it for you too. God promised to adopt us into his family when we admit our sin – our trying to live life without Him, and turn to Him.

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Dear Lord,

I pray for all of the fatherless children in this world and their moms who are trying to keep it together. Lord, shine a light in their hearts and cover them with your love. Heal their brokenness. Give them supernatural provision. Let them come to know You and how you have adopted them into your family. Let them know they are loved, wanted, respected, and cherished. Give them a new name and a new identity, in Jesus Name.

God’s Word for the Fatherless:

But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;
may they be happy and joyful.
Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds;
rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.

A father to the fatherless,
a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.

God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. – Psalm 68:3-6 NIV

 

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” – Romans 8:15

 

 

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” 1John 3:1-2

 

 

Brand New Start

Brand New Start

~Copyright 2015 Diana Rasmussen

Meet me in the way
Reveal Yourself as
I walk along my day
Even in silence
I hear You in my heart
Your Word transports me
into a brand new start

 

 

“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 wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

(Isaiah 43:18-18 NKJV)

God Sings Over You

“The Lord your God in your midst,

The Mighty One, will save;

He will rejoice over you with gladness,

He will quiet you with His love,

He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV)

 

Earlier this week God lead me to this verse. Can I tell you that every day this week I have woken up with a snippet of a praise song in my head. Right when I woke up. I had to sit for a minute at the edge of the bed to let it sink in. It is true. God does sing over us – I heard it! Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!

Ask God to show you this. And He will. He is faithful to His Word. Hold onto it. Cherish it. HIs love quiets us, brings us peace. He is singing love songs over you right now!

 

Here are some of the snippets I have heard God sing to me this week:

 

This is Amazing Grace” ~ THIS IS AMAZING GRACE by Phil Wickham

 

“There will be days I lose the battle,

Grace says it doesn’t matter,

‘Cause the Cross already won the war.” ~GREATER by Mercy Me

 

“Grateful, grateful, grateful, grateful” ~ GRATEFUL by Hezekiah Walker

 

“Start a fire in my soul,

fan the flame and make it grow.” ~ START A FIRE by Unspoken

 

crazy about you

 

(Image Source: gwensmith.net, Pinterest)

 

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.

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“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)

New Things are Coming Your Way!

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I was “visiting” my good friend Ann from A New Creation Too last night and her post just spoke to my heart.  I could say that I feel many of the same things…

So, as Christmas quickly approaches I find myself sinking pretty darned low emotionally, mentally, and physically. Like a dark cloud has settled upon me filled with self-pity, discouragement, hopelessness, bitterness, etc.

Why the Holiday Blues?  For me, sometimes I focus on my past and what I have lost.  And what has not yet been restored.  Holidays are known for self-imposed stress and I have to say I am not immune.  9 more days till Christmas and I haven’t bought a thing yet.  I feel as frozen in time as the snow outside.  I keep waiting for the ‘joy’ to fall down from the sky, but as of yet, I am still looking up.

Then in our conversation, I said I needed to break my HOLIDAY MIRROR. You know the one – that only looks back and doesn’t look forward.  My yearnings for old times and old Holidays had stopped me in my tracks.  Now I am not saying not to remember good times.  On the contrary, remembering the good is what I want to do.

But I had to stop looking for today’s peace in yesterdays events.  It was robbing me of my ‘now’.  

“Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”  (Habakkuk 1:5)

 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures. (James 1:17-18)

  “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)

My Prayer for You:

Dear Lord,

I thank you for new beginnings and surprises from You this season Daddy.  We still believe you can and will turn things around for us. You know our needs, and we know how generous You are. Yep, we have the best Daddy in the Universe!  You knew we would need a Savior, and you birthed baby Jesus. We worship and adore you God, and rest in You this season, in Jesus Name.

(photo Source: http://peace-love-read.tumblr.com)

Blessed Beyond Belief

Daily Prompt: Tagline

Often, our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us ADVERTISING. 

My Tagline would be and is:

BLESSED BEYOND BELIEF

from: theoriginalnetworker.com
from: theoriginalnetworker.com

As a man thinks in his heart , so he becomes…

  •   When I kept telling myself I was depressed – I stayed depressed
  •   When I kept telling myself I was broke – I stayed broke
  •    When I kept telling myself I give up – I quit

Ms. D had to have a ‘thought operation’ and discard all my old ways of thinking. God told me I was blessed.  So I say these verses out loud over and over to myself, until I get it.  I use my faith like a muscle and believe them BEFORE I see them.    Then, because God is true to His word, it comes to pass.  really – I mean it.

I had to make a conscious choice NOT to say the first thing that came to my head.  That usually wasn’t God, it was me – talking down to myself.  And it was not true.

Do you want to see miracles in your life and in your family’s life?  Start confessing the Word of God out loud over yourself and your family.  God is faithful. He will renew your mind as he is constantly renewing mine.  I don’t have it all together yet, but I am way better than I used to be.  And the amazing thing is that God will use us along the way!

Try it, what have you got to lose?

Change your thinking and change your life!

NO, I am not preaching a Prosperity Gospel, I believe in Christ Crucified.  But Christ did not die for me to stay bound in lack, poverty,  or depression.  Jesus came to give me life and give it to me more abundantly.  And I have to tell you, not everyone will like it when you begin to prosper.  That old mean jealousy streak will come out in those you least expect.  God is greater than our hearts, and I trust Him, in Jesus Name.

PROVISION CONFESSIONS

The following are from Joseph Prince’s Resources at

http://www.josephprince.org/Resources_Confess_The_Word_Provision.html?active=resources

And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. – Deuteronomy 8:18
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
– 2 Corinthians 8:9
The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
– Deuteronomy 28:8
Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
– Proverbs 3:9–10
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
– Deuteronomy 28:3–6
You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock.
– Deuteronomy 7:14
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
– Proverbs 10:22
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:19
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.
– Luke 6:38
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
– 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
– 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
– Psalm 1:3
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
– Romans 8:32
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
– 2 Corinthians 1:20
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
– 2 Corinthians 9:8
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6–7
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
– 1 John 5:14–15
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
– 3 John 1:2
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
– Hebrews 4:16
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
– Matthew 7:11
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
– Matthew 6:31–32
…those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
– Psalm 34:10
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
– Psalm 35:27
The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked.
– Proverbs 10:3
For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.
– Psalm 107:9
The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath…
– Deuteronomy 28:12–13

 

from: proverbs4today.wordpress.com
from: proverbs4today.wordpress.com

Father to the Fatherless

FATHER TO THE FATHERLESS

Copyright 2013 Diana Rasmussen

You’re Father to the fatherless.
and Healer of my brokenness.
You’re the Husband to the Abandoned One.
You are the Righteous One I love.
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You’re the Keeper of my inner peace
You are the Sustainer of the Universe.
You’re my Protection from the Evil One.
You are the Righteous One I love.
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You’re the Healer of all disease.
You put Your Robe upon my shoulders.
You’re the Comforter of my soul.
You are the Righteous One I love.
From:  http://woyheart.blogspot.com/2010/08/father-to-fatherless.html
From: http://woyheart.blogspot.com/2010/08/father-to-fatherless.html

The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.  Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you. (Psalm 9:9-10 NLT)

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 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;

you consider their grief and take it in hand.

The victims commit themselves to you;     

you are the helper of the fatherless.(Psalm 10:14 NIV)

More info about Being Fatherless

Part 1 – What is Fatherlessness

Part 2 – The Effects of Fatherlessness

Part 3 – What Does God Say About Fatherlessness

Part 4 – What Can You Do About Fatherlessness