Tag: Love

Liebster Award – Thank you!

What is the Liebster Award?

“The Liebster Blog Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The Meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.”

A big thank you from Jubilee Journey for this award.  I love reading Jubilee’s posts, she always puts a smile on my face.  She is faithful, She is precious, and She is a fellow Princess!

 Of course there are rules so here they are

1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
2.  Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, and then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.
4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5. No tag backs.


1.  I used to be depressed, a lot.  I spent about 6 months in bed doing nothing, more than once.  I was a walking shell, empty inside.
2.  I am sooooo tired of snow, longing for warmth.
3.  I am not a morning girl.
4.  I am actually shocked that this blog is going so well. I really don’t talk this much!
5.  I didn’t grow up in church.  Yep, there’s a lot of stories I won’t share.
6.  I have been homeless with kids.  It was not fun. Lived in about 3 different DV Shelters.
7.  I have a lot of instruments at my house, I guess I’m just a kid who likes to play!
8.  I have colored my hair since I was 18.  Today it’s brunette, but maybe not tomorrow.
9.  I am kind of a book junkie – mostly non-fiction, christian, self-help.  I knew I needed help, I just didn’t know where to go!
10. I am the oldest of three children.
11. I had to help my youngest daughter do a family tree, so I started on Ancestory.com. This is not my cup of tea, I don’t want to see another ‘green leaf’ ever! Well, only if it’s from a real tree!

 11 questions from Jubilee

  1. Why did you decide to start your blog?  I had a dream and God spoke to me that I needed to ‘quit playing church’ and talk about what He has led me through.
  2. How many countries or US states have you been to and stayed for at least one night? IL, WI, MN, ME, NV,NC, WY, FL, TX = 9
  3. What is your favorite National Park (or state/provincial)? I have been to Yellowstone, but I’m not too much of a park girl. I guess I watch too much CSI!
  4. How do you prefer to travel, auto, train, bus, plane, etc? Auto, love to see the country on a fun road trip.
  5. Have you ever had an epiphany? oh yeah, sudden appearances all the time here.  
  6. What is your favorite movie (or genre)?  Pay it Forward, love that movie
  7. If you wrote a book about your life what would you title it? Prayers and Promises
  8. What is your favorite landscape feature? Water- anywhere
  9. How do you think the world will end?  That one is up to God, no man knows.  But I do know we will all be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and we will meet Jesus in the air!
  10. What is your favorite food? Pizza
  11. When you search for blogs to read what search criteria do you use? I search by the TAGS. And I also like to click on the Gravatar on the bottom of each of the posts.


I am choosing 11 people that are battling(or have battled) some form of depression, anxiety, addiction, abuse, or other mental illness.   Having been there, I want to encourage these 11 (and all the rest reading this)

you are loved, you are special,

you matter, you are valuable 

there is hope, and you can make it


1. The Anonymous Diva

2. The Dark Side of the Moon

3. Abuse and Addictions

4. A Day With Depression

5. Depression Time

6. Echos of Yesterday

7. Lost Companion

8. Deenakdrowaln

9. Crazy in the Coconut

10. Just Me

11. Little Girl in the Rain

Questions for You

1. What is your favorite color?

2. What is your favorite season?

3. How does blogging help you?

4. Where would you like to visit?

5. Do you have a favorite verse/saying?

6. What is it?

7.  Who is your favorite Band?

8.  How do you relax or calm down?

9. What is your favorite book?

10.  What is your favorite hobby?

11. Can I (and my followers) pray for you?

A song for you from a fellow musician: Richard Jensen of Aberystwyth, Britain (UK)

Roses are Red…

(some bad language, may be offensive to some – no harm intended)

Just wanted to make sure you laughed today 🙂

This is in response to the Daily Post

It’s Valentine’s Day, so write an ode to someone or something you love. Bonus points for poetry!


God’s Love

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 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.

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.

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!



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


© 2102 Diana Rasmussen


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)


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.

You Said You Loved Me – I Guess You Lied

OK, Valentines day is tomorrow.  The Hallmark Holiday that reminds all of us who have been heartbroken that we got lied to.  Thanks.  So glad we get to celebrate that one!

Anyway, this post is only for those who have a sense of humor, and are not afraid of the truth.  If you want to keep your pretty little vision of Valentine’s Day and little red hearts then stop reading here. I can attest that love doesn’t grow on trees.

Some of us have been lied to. Some of us have been betrayed – by people who SAID they loved us.  So, this post is raw feelings unleashed.  Take what you like and leave the rest.

BE-TRAY (be·trayed, be·tray·ing, be·trays)

* To give aid or information to an enemy of; commit treason against: betray one’s country.
* To deliver into the hands of an enemy in violation of a trust or allegiance: betrayed Christ to the Romans.
* To be false or disloyal to: betrayed their cause; betray one’s better nature.
* To divulge in a breach of confidence: betray a secret.
* To make known unintentionally: Her hollow laugh betrayed her contempt for the idea.
* To reveal against one’s desire or will.
* To lead astray; deceive. 

Synonyms: Judas kiss, deception, dishonesty, double-crossing, double-dealing, duplicity, falseness, giveaway, let-down, perfidy, sellout, treachery, treason, trickery, unfaithfulness

also Deception = misleading; being dishonest

and Desertion = abandonment

Why did I say all that?  To expose the enemy. If it’s one thing I have learned in my journey to wellness, is that you cannot believe everything that a person tells you. I was just looking for love, and commitment, and honesty.They said they loved me.  Their actions proved that was a lie.  I was so naive…I bought into so many lies. And I paid the price for it. Sleeping with the enemy leaves you empty, hollow, angry, afraid, depressed and suicidal.

Yes, I have been deceived, lied to, betrayed, and abandoned.  And I know I am not alone. There are a lot of “pretty people” sitting in the pews on Sunday who are hiding things. Some will talk about it, and share their journey, others will not. 

So I guess today, I needed to share what love is NOT. “You are only as sick as your secrets”, is what I heard once – so true. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, here is a song/poem I wrote. I haven’t recorded it – I’m afraid my kids would shoot me!



It’s a good day to shoot my ex,

I have a 12-gage shotgun in the bed of my truck.

I’m tired of waitin’ for my child support check,

I’m gonna pretend he’s a 12 point buck.


He’s paradin’ around town with his new girlfriend,

feedin,her the same lies over again.

He’s spendin’ her money like its goin’ out of style,

Honey, he ain’t paid the old bills yet.



He comes to the kids games – pretends everything is alright,

But I’ve got the red cross-hairs pointed at his face.

I’m tired of the bullshit, weary of the lies,

Yes, it’s a good day to shoot my ex.


©2013 Diana Rasmussen

(Disclaimer: I do not recommend doing this, I have not, nor do I plan to do this.

“laugh or cry” is my motto!.)

And yes, I have forgiven my ex’s, past boyfriends, and my past “best” friends.  But forgiveness doesn’t mean that it was right – what happened was wrong.  It lead to me feeling only more worthless, useless, and empty. I had to give God the hate I had towards them or it would have consumed me.  I have ‘shaken the dust off of my feet” so to speak on that one.

Live and learn I guess. I survived. Yes, years of therapy, antidepressants, meetings, and lots of prayer.  I have to say that only my relationship with Jesus has taught me what love really looks like.  And I found His Words in the Bible.

I sure do give God a lot to work with…glad He’s a big God!  Thanks for ‘listening”…



Weekly Photo Challenge: LOVE


My mom, me, and my kiddos…Thank you Jesus!

Love is one of those things you receive, and then pour out, from generation to generation…

(and God can make up for any jerks on the way)

Your Love lasts longer than your life
What you have poured into me
I have poured into them…
You have planted  a seed of love in my life and it blossomed and grew.
What your breathed into me I’ve breathed into them

Genesis 17:7 

And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting, solemn pledge, to be a God to you and to your posterity after you.

Psalm 100:5  
For the Lord is good; His mercy and loving-kindness are everlasting, His faithfulness and truth endure to all generations.