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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…


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)


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.

Teacher’s Pet

Daily Prompt: Teacher’s Pet

Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?

I wish my head wasn’t so hard. I wish I didn’t have to run into the brick wall before I got it.  Oh well, it has made for an interesting journey.  I was one of the kids that did very well academically, but I had no common sense. I was even voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in High School.

I had many wonderful teachers, and with the wonderful way I could memorize things I could ace most tests. But I really didn’t remember much the next day.  I had a lot of book knowledge, but no wisdom. I looked in all the wrong places…

The world’s measuring system is different than Gods.  In the world I am a success if I have a good job, have a lot of money, stuff, knowledge, degrees, etc.  I bought into  that lie once in my life, but it is empty, and meaningless.

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”(Proverbs 14:12)

Knowledge didn’t help me.  I have the college degree, it didn’t help me make good choices in my life.  Only wisdom could do that.  And wisdom doesn’t come from a teacher or a class, it comes from God.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

My Best Teacher: The Holy SpiritSpirit

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. ” (John 14:26 NKJV)


“So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

“The Benefits of Wisdom”

” My child, listen to what I say,
    and treasure my commands.
 Tune your ears to wisdom,
    and concentrate on understanding.
 Cry out for insight,
    and ask for understanding.
 Search for them as you would for silver;
    seek them like hidden treasures.
 Then you will understand what it means to fear theLord,
    and you will gain knowledge of God.
 For the Lord grants wisdom!
    From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
    He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
He guards the paths of the just
    and protects those who are faithful to him.

 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,
    and you will find the right way to go.
 For wisdom will enter your heart,
    and knowledge will fill you with joy.
 Wise choices will watch over you.
    Understanding will keep you safe.

 Wisdom will save you from evil people,
    from those whose words are twisted.
 These men turn from the right way
    to walk down dark paths.
 They take pleasure in doing wrong,
    and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.
Their actions are crooked,
    and their ways are wrong.

 Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman,
    from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.
 She has abandoned her husband
    and ignores the covenant she made before God.
 Entering her house leads to death;
    it is the road to the grave.
 The man who visits her is doomed.
    He will never reach the paths of life.

 Follow the steps of good men instead,
    and stay on the paths of the righteous.
 For only the godly will live in the land,
    and those with integrity will remain in it.
 But the wicked will be removed from the land,
    and the treacherous will be uprooted.”  (Proverbs 2 NLT)


Dear Lord,

We thank you for those people you have put in our lives that give us wisdom, not just knowledge. They touch not just our heads, but our hearts. Thank you that we can learn from Your Word as Your Holy Spirit teaches us all things. We are asking today Lord, give us wisdom, give us understanding.  Show us the plans that You have for us.  Show us your glory.

Forgive us Lord, for thinking we knew better, for thinking we could live a life without You.  There is no life without You, in Jesus Name, amen.

Jesus the Anointed One


Jesus, the Anointed One

© 2012 Diana Rasmussen

(TOP 10 SINGLE on Broadjam, Inc. R&B Religious Catagory 2012)


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.


Jesus, The Anointed One, He is Jesus the Anointed One,

God in our midst. He is Jesus the Anointed One.


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.

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My Favorite

DAILY PROMPT: what’s the most time you’ve ever spent apart from your favorite person?


I, like many of you, have many favorite people, my husband, Bob, the love of my life, my beautiful children (all 6 of them), my Dad and Stepmom, my Father-in-Law, my brother, my sister-in-law Kris,  my mom, and Bob’s mom(who both passed away this year), and all of the body of Christ, the many Pastors & their wives that have been such a blessing to me…too hard to choose for any mortal woman!  So, since this is a blog, I think I’ll share a story….about the most wonderful person I have ever known.

We didn’t meet till I was 40.  I had heard of him, but never really knew him.  People talked about him, but I hadn’t really seen him for myself yet.  Then, when marriage #3 was falling apart, (here we go again), there was this sweet woman that would come by my trailer and sing these old hymns, Grandma Pat.  She’s a handful, very direct, but under her brass exterior is a woman that loved him.  She told me she knew someone who could help cheer me up.  And she was singing ALL the time.  My life was falling apart, my ex refused to work, or keep a job any longer than 3 months, I had 2 babies, I was behind on my child support for the older two kids I already lost, we were losing the trailer, the power was going to be shut off,  and she was singing  – about him.  She told me I should go with her to meet him.

I thought, yeah right, who would want to talk to me?  Here I am, no job, no money, living with psycho-man (very hot headed), and I’m supposed to go meet somebody?  She must be crazy.  I knew I was. For some strange reason I said yes, must have been desperation.  She wanted to take me to church to meet him.  I wasn’t really a church girl, if you know what I mean.  I didn’t really think God wanted anything to do with me anyway.  But, she was still singing.

Grandma Pat brought me to Abundant Life in Janesville, WI.  I met Jim and Linda Moses, (Yep, I met a Pastor, and lived to tell about it, there was no lightning from heaven that came down or nothin!) And yes I was kinda shocked – they were married for like –  forever….that was new to me. And they weren’t fighting.  People always got divorced in my family, or at least fought alot so you wish they would have.

Anyway, I met him, yes, the Him, Jesus,the big guy in charge,  one Sunday morning in Janesville, WI.    I couldn’t see Him with my eyes, but I felt Him all around me…my heart was turning into mush, I was crying, and all these people I had never met, came and gave me a hug.  Verrrrry strange, for a girl like me. That was the beginning, of the most important relationship I have ever had, and we are still learning about each other every day…

So, I guess it took 40 years…


Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.   Luke 11:9-10

” For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11


Dear Lord, I ask You to draw us closer to You. You have called us, You have chosen us,  we are Your children.  I ask You to continue to touch our  hearts and change our lives as only You can.  Thank you for giving us hope when we had none,  for making a way when there was no way, and thank you for not giving up on us, even when we had given up on ourselves, in Jesus’ name. 

Keep a Notebook by the Bed

Daily Prompt: Keep a Notebook by the bed

Let God

This is so true. I have notebooks everywhere. It seems that I get the best inspiration when I am NOT trying.  I was surprised to learn that God speaks to us in dreams and visions. I was one of those people that hardly ever dreamt, or I didn’t remember them.  After I found scripture, the Living Word, I asked God to restore my dreams.
 Wow, that’s sure a statement, “God, restore my dreams”…
Well ,He did…in more ways than I could have ever imagined possible.


  • “he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.” ” Numbers 12:6
  •  “For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.   In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction. In order to turn man from his deed, And conceal pride from man, He keeps back his soul from the Pit, And his life from perishing by the sword.”  Job 33:14-18
  •  “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,  your old men will dream dreams,  your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women  I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”  Joel 2:28-29

Just a thought: Maybe this is the only time that I am quiet enough to listen…to just be…thank you Jesus, for sleep!


Dear Lord Jesus, I pray that you restore our dreams, our visions.  Speak Lord, your servants are listening.  Quiet our minds and hearts as we rest in You, and open our eyes to see You, and our ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.  Jesus, you redeemed us at the cross with Your blood, You have paid the price for our sins, we accept your forgiveness and salvation. 

Come Holy Spirit come,  Show us how to dream again…

Quote Me

Daily Prompt: Quote Me

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

“You can laugh, you can cry, 

you can live, you can die,

but there’s no love without scars.”

(“Scars”, a song in progress by Diana Rasmussen)

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Funny how the same situation can make you laugh or cry, depending on where you are at.  Is the glass half empty or half full?  Did the chicken come first or the egg?  Timeless questions that make us think and ponder the meaning of our existence.

As I get older, things that used to make me cry are now funny.  Like when I locked my ex out of the house when he was in his bathrobe.  Yep, it was another fight, and he had the hood of my car open and was pulling things apart.  God told me to lock the door, so I did, and called the police…needless to say, he had to leave that night.  At the time I was frightened, afraid of what he might do to me, and crying.  But today, now that I am free, it’s hilarious!


Dear Lord,

Help us find the humor in things today.  You are the author of  laughter, let the joy of the Lord  overtake us like a flood.  Help us not to take ourselves so seriously, and be thankful for all that you have done in us and through us. Let us dance in the rain,  in Jesus’ name.


Everything Has Its Time

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

Ecclesiastes 3:1  (NKJV)


Finding Shelter

image When you think of the word “shelter” what comes to your mind?  Sometimes when I am sleeping God will put a word in my head . Last night it was the word “shelter”. Throughout the day I started wondering…what kind of shelter?  There are alot of shelters out there…

homeless shelter – been there

animal shelter – been there too

emergency shelter – nope, haven’t been there yet

house/home/tent/car/rv – yep, I’m there now, thank God, it’s coldin Wisconsin tonight!

Usually when I get a word in my spirit like that, I search it out in the bible.  Yep, I really do that, that’s how I get alot of lyrics for my songs.  God says He’s my shelter. Hmmmmm, how does that work?  Then I remembered…

I remember a fight with my ex (well ok, more than one fight), he was screaming and in my face.  I silently prayed and asked God to protect and shelter me.  Then, it’s as if a wall of mirrors surrounded me.  He was still screaming but his ugly words couldn’t get through.  Everything he said got reflected back to him.  Well guess what, he stopped screaming! I was in God’s shelter that day, and my spirit was strangely calm in the midst of the chaos.

Has that ever happened to you?



1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,  my God, in whom I trust.”


Dear Lord, I ask you to step into the life of whomever is reading this post.  Let them come to know you as their Protection.  Shield them from any ugly, hurtful words that come from others.  Fill them with your Spirit of Truth so that they may know that these hurtful words are NOT TRUE.  Let these hurtful words fall to the ground like dust, in Jesus’ name.

Healing in 2013

There is an average of 207,754 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.1
Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
Here’s the math. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey –there is an average of 207,754 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.
Yes, you probably know someone who was raped…but she may not have told about out it.  We survivors are often reluctant to talk about it.   We think that it will go away someday…denial is often a coping mechanism.  But when we bury the pain, it only festers, and comes out in other ways.  For me, it was bad relationship choices.  I was unconciously playing the “victim”, and as a result, I chose abusive men for partners.  Not a healthy way to deal with things, that’s for sure.
From my experience, it took over twenty years for me to seek healing.  I pray that if you have been raped, you would seek help sooner.  I know that God put people in my path that I could trust to tell them the truth.  There is healing in sharing our pain, and there is freedom.   And yes, Jesus, can heal the hurt and restore your heart and mind.


Dear Lord,

I ask you to step into each of these women’s lives, reveal your healing presence.  You saw what happened, you know that it was not their fault, and they did not ask for it.  Lord, let them come to trust you, and put someone in their lives that they can talk to, and share the truth.  You have promised to give us life, and life more abundantly.  I pray that you would restore their hearts, minds, hopes, and dreams as only You can.  Bring them new life Lord,  in Jesus name. 


Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

(Romans 12:10 NKJV)