“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”—Abraham Lincoln
“Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.”- Mitch Albom
“As one whom his mother comforts,
So I will comfort you;
And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” – Isaiah 66:13 NKJV
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”—Unknown
“Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” – Susan Gale
“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.” – Psalm 139:13-14 NKJV
“The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children.” – Author Unknown
“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.”—Stevie Wonder
“If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.” – Robert Brault
“My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.” – Proverbs 1:8-9 NKJV
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”-1 Corinthians13:4-7NKJV
Be with all the Mothers today, whether they are here on Earth or with you in Heaven. Comfort your children and bring peace that surpasses understanding to all, in Jesus Name!
Here are 12 things woment give bith to. It is the Word God have me to share at our Women’s Luncheon this year. God bless you!
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Copyright 2018 Diana Rasmussen
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Gal. 5:22-26 NKJV
A tree doesn’t have to work to make fruit. You don’t walk outside and hear an orange tree saying, “Uggggg, Ohhhhhh, give me an orange.” You don’t walk through an apple orchard and hear, “Noooooo, Ouchhhhhhh, Oh myyyyyyyyy, give me an apple.
Because that is what is was made to produce.
The fruit is already in the tree.
God made it that way.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV
Yes, the trees need water, they need sunlight, and soil. But the important thing is – they were already made to birth fruit!
I want you to think of a birthing suite. There is a special room, special Doctors and Nurses. A special place to bring a baby into the world. God is our father. We are his inheritance, We are His children. He will birth new things from Heaven to Earth – through us. We are God’s Birthing Suite.
As women we were made to birth new things. Yes, we birth children, but God also created us to birth new ministries, new life, and new hope into those we touch. Do you remember your mothers touch? You would be sad or upset, and she would scoop you into her arms and hug you. That love would drive out the sadness or the anger. It washed over you like waves until all you felt was good.
There is healing in our hands. God has given us the right and the authority to heal. A woman’s touch can change world! As mothers of children and ministries and hope we carry within us the Healer, the Redeemer, the King of Kings. Sometimes it’s just a friend that needs someone to listen. Other times it’s a family in need of desperate prayer. Either way, God hears and answers our prayers.
DEFINITION OF BIRTH
• an act or instance of being born
• the emergence of a new individual from the body of its parent
• high or noble birth
• any coming into existence; origin; beginning
12 Things Women Give Birth To
God calls us his Beloved. We are already loved and accepted by what Jesus did at the cross. We are forgiven god calls us to share that forgiveness with others. I remember when my mom was passing away. I was there in the hospital with her. She started bringing up things that she regretted. I stopped her. All I said was, “Mom, I forgive you. You did the best you could with what you had. I love you. And God forgives you too.” She started crying. Forgiveness is a powerful thing we birth into others. It has the power to break down walls and years of regret. Offer it generously.
Women know how to love. God made us that way. We will go out of our way to help someone in need. We will sacrifice every day for our children and our families. We will love the lost. We love the broken. In fact, we are the first to get out the Band-Aids and antibiotic lotion. We will bandage up the broken. Do you remember when Jesus died and was buried in the tomb? It was the women that went to the tomb to anoint Him.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
God is the author of hope. His hope is our anchor. Our hope is not in ourselves, but in God! How can we go wrong when we place our hope in the hands of the Maker of Creation? He knows all things, can do all things, and will bring life to the dead! God will use that hope to spill on over to those we meet. Your hope in the middle of this crazy world is what will draw people to you like a magnet. The entire creation, even the Earth is groaning for HOPE!
Do you remember when God decided to enter his creation as a man? He chose a woman to give Him birth. The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and she became pregnant. God chose a woman to carry Him, to hold Him, to love him when he was a baby. He knew that a woman’s touch would help him grow and thrive. As women we have the ability to bear children. We also find ourselves caring for other people’s children. Heck, we usually adopt the whole neighborhood!
Have you noticed how women are peacemakers? Give a woman a few kids fighting and she will instinctively jump right in the middle of it and break it up. God made us that way. We crave peace. So do those around us. God gave us peace that surpasses all understanding, and we carry to those who we touch
God had given us joy unspeakable. Joy that bubbles up like rivers of living water from the depths of our being. There are times we laugh out loud at the smallest thing. That is the Joy of the Lord spilling over. Joy is contagious. Have you ever laughed uncontrollably and all of a sudden so is everyone else? That is what our God does. He delights in you my Princess. You are the apple of His eye and he adores you!
God has a place for women in his Body the Church. Without women, it would be pretty dry out there! We are the water for a dry and weary land. We are the light bearers who go rescue those who are lost in the darkness. We are the hands of God to a lost and dying world.
8. New life
“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
And He who formed you from the womb:
“I am the Lord, who makes all things,
Who stretches out the heavens all alone,
Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself;” – Isaiah 44:24 NKJV
God will use us to bring life to dead things. Have you noticed how a woman can take a run down old house and make it a home? We are resourceful. We use what we have. We are creative. God made us that way. We bring life to the dead, just like Jesus.
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”” – Matthew 21:21-22 NKJV
The faith we carry to those around us will open up the doors of Heaven over them. Our faith is contagious in a good way. When we bring God into the situation, we bring health, healing, hope, love, forgiveness, and new life!
“In that region there was an estate of the leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. They also honored us in many ways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were necessary.” – Act 28:7-10 NKJV.
As women of God there is healing in our hands. We carry in us this hope of Glory, Christ in us. Christ can touch people and heal them when we simply reach out and touch someone. God will do the healing. We can just lay hands on them and they shall recover, God promised!
“ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6 NKJV
“Confess your trespasses[ to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” -James 5:16 NKJV
Our prayers move mountains. When we stumble and fall, there is a sister to pick us up. We carry each other’s burdens. We pray for one another. God answers our prayers.
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 NKJV
God fills us with His power with the Holy Spirit. We have received a deposit. A precious deposit that guarantees our inheritance. It marks us as His.
“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” – Ephesians 1;11-13 NKJV
To summarize, the fruit is already in you. God put it there.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.” John 15:16-17 NKJV
You were give the power with Jesus to birth 12 new things into this world:
Forgiveness, Love, Hope, Children, Peace, Joy, Ministries, New Life, Faith, Healing, Prayer, and Power.
Now go on out there and share the love, and share the fruit, in Jesus Name!
“An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.” — Spanish Proverb
“A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.”—Author Unknown
“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” — Abraham Lincoln
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning
“As is the mother, so is her daughter.” — Ezekiel 16:4
“Mothers were meant to love us unconditionally, to understand our moments of stupidity, to reprimand us for lame excuses while yet acknowledging our point of view, to weep over our pain and failures as well as cry at our joy and successes, and to cheer us on despite countless start-overs. Heaven knows, no one else will.” — RIichelle E Goodrich
“Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe
“Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.” — Kate Winslet
“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” — Unknown
“The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men — from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” — Stevie Wonder
“Mothers were the only ones you could depend on to tell the whole, unvarnished truth.”―Margaret Dilloway,
“Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.” — Author Unknown
“A mother is a mother still,
The holiest thing alive.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.
-love you Mom and Oma. Dance with the Angels today!
Here is a song about being a Mom. My son Adam shared this with me – it made me cry. Love this!
Ever get one of those nights you couldn’t sleep? Or two in a row? Yeah, me too. I woke up 3 times each night for two days in a row. And tried to go back to bed, no luck. I have learned that when this happens it may be God asking me to pray for someone or something. So after the 2nd time, I finally got it. I prayed without really knowing why or who it was for. This went on for two nights. Again, no idea who or what – just pray.
I heard about it on the third day. I’d like to to meet my 2nd daughter, Amamda. She is so strong and courageous. She truly is a strong woman that has overcome major obstacles in her life. She is a beautiful Artist, Jewelry Maker, and a bartender at a local Madison Cafe.
It was Mothers Day night. For whatever reason she told me her fellow co-workers decided to stay late after work that day and hang with her as she finished her shift. She works till like 3 in the morning. There were a few customers sitting down at the bar and one with a Superman shirt on.
Amanda told me a man came into the bar and pointed something at her. Demanded she empty the cash register. There have been multiple robberies in Madison bars lately with perps using semi-automatic weapons. She complied. She told me she took out the money from 1’s to 20’s out of the register, hesitated a minute, and something told her to lay the pile of money on the bar. She did. And here is where the customer with the Superman shirt on saw what was going on and stood up.
And here is where you’ll have to read the rest of the story…
Really does restore you hope in humanity, as Amanda said.
At 10: We talk to the @AlchemyMadison bartender who was working when a customer took down an alleged robber. #nbc15 pic.twitter.com/ZepHsR2DKD
Thank you to Amanda for keeping her wits about her and calling the Police. You stayed calm and kept people safe. (I would have lost it!)
Thank you to the co-workers who decided to stay later. (You rock!)
Thank you to the Superman customer who saw what was happening and decided to act, to protect, and stop the robber. He actually held him until the police arrived! (What a true hero!)
And thank you to God – for putting everyone right where they needed to be that night. Thank you Lord for keeping my daughter safe. Thank you Jesus for answered prayers (even when we don’t know what we are praying about!) I love her so much, Mom/Diana Rasmussen 🙂
Happy Mother’s Day Mommy and Oma! We all love you, miss you, and celebrate YOU today. You are as awesome as ever, and our love for you never dies.
P.S. Have fun at the Angel dance tonight!
Linda Rae Roelle
Linda Roelle (Aug. 2 1942 – Sept. 11, 2012)
Linda Rae (Alexander) Roelle, age 70, died peacefully on Sept. 11, 2012 in Reno, NV. She was born to Lewis Russell and Edith Grace (Krausman) Alexander on August 2, 1942 in Chicago, IL. She was a successful Real Estate Broker, with licenses in IL, MN, and NV. She also worked many years as a Costumer and Seamstress for area school plays, renaissance fairs and professional play houses alike.
Linda is survived by her children, Diana Lynn Rasmussen of Milton, WI, Sandra Marie Roelle of Eagle River, WI, and John Lewis Roelle, of Reno, NV, and her ten grandchildren, and her sisters, Lois Ferguson of Schaumburg, IL, Laraine Scott and husband,
Bill Scott, of Polo, IL, and Lee Anne Walles, of Zion, IL, along with all of their children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Lenore Schmidt, and her brothers in law Rich Schmidt and Starr Ferguson.
A memorial has been established in Linda’s name at the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org). Linda did not want a memorial service, she asked that we remember her life. She was a blessing to all she met.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Sept. 21, 2012
Anna M Rasmussen (Oma)
Anna M. “Marianne” Rasmussen
(February 22, 1936 – January 29, 2012)
Anna M. “Marianne” Rasmussen Age 75 of Monroe, died Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Pleasant View Nursing Home following a courageous battle with cancer. Marianne was born February 22, 1936 in Wuerzburg, Germany, the Anna M. “Marianne” Rasmussen Age 75 of Monroe, died Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Pleasant View Nursing Home following a courageous battle with cancer. Marianne was born February 22, 1936 in Wuerzburg, Germany, the daughter of Heinrich and Elisabeth (Kraus) Bayer. She married LeRoy R. Rasmussen on December 23, 1954 in Wuerzburg. Following their marriage they were stationed in various locations while LeRoy was serving in the U.S. Army, before coming to Monroe in 1973. Marianne was employed at the Swiss Colony for 27 years, working mainly at the Swiss Colony Inn and Seventh Avenue Outlet before retiring in 1992. She was a Past President of the N.C.O. Wives Auxiliary and was a member of the Monroe Noon Optimists for several years. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, bowling, and crocheting (making many warm blankets for her family!). Aside from the love of her life (Lee), her children, and grandchildren, she especially loved her dog, Beaker who gave her much joy. She is survived by her husband, LeRoy Rasmussen of Monroe; two sons, Robert W. (Diana) Rasmussen of Milton, WI, Richard M. (Jennifer) Rasmussen of Palo Alto, CA; a daughter, Kirsten A. Rasmussen of Kalamazoo, MI; eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Amanda, Christian, Johnna, Timothy, Adam, Peter, and Oliver; her sister, Inge (Earl) Brockman of Monroe; her brother, Kurt Bayer of Germany; nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Beaker. She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Adolph, Karl-Heinz, and Franz Bayer. Anna loved her family. She often stated “We’re family-we need to stick together” and that’s what we did. She is the most beautiful woman, inside and out, that we have known.
YOU ARE CHANGING THE WORLD – ONE LITTLE HEARTBEAT AT A TIME
by Stephen Curtis Chapman
You’re up all night with a screaming baby
You run all day at the speed of life
And every day you feel a little bit less
Like the beautiful woman you are
So you fall in bed when you run out of hours
And you wonder if anything worth
Doing got done
Well maybe you just don’t know
Or maybe you’ve forgotten
That you you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time
Making history with every touch
And every smile
Oh you you may not see it now
But I believe that time will tell
How you you are changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time
With every I know you can do it
And every tear that you kiss away
So many little things that seem
To go unnoticed
They’re just like the drops of rain
Over time they become a river
You’re beautiful so beautiful
How you’re changing the world
Yeah you’re changing the world
I believe that you you are
Changing the world
One little heartbeat at a time
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