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Quotes About New Birth and New Beginnings

Everybody loves a new baby. Just the act of bringing forth a new life into the world is a miracle. New babies are so adorable. Life is so precious. Totally helpless, the new baby  depends on their parernt(s) or adopted parent(s) to feed them, to hold them, to love them. Babies aren’t picky. Anyone will do. All babies need someone to help.

The same is true for the Church. New babies in Christ are born all the time. They need spiritual mommies and daddies to care for them, to feed them, to hold them, and to love them. Let us be the hands and feet of Jesus and not only look forward or to our own needs, but let us  look beside us to feed the new babies Lord.

Babies remind us that we can all begin again. We can always make a new choice and start over. God is patitent with us. He is not willing than anyone should perish. God is FOR us, not against us. Let us start today – with our new life and a new beginning with Jesus. Your story is not over yet – it is just beginning!

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Quotes About New Birth and New Beginnings

 

  • “God’s Word is the living seed that brings new birth. It is the milk that nurtures the new life of a young Christian and the meat that builds the muscle of a mature believer.” ― Colin S. Smith
  • “As a newborn baby breathes and cries, so the signs of life in a newborn Christian are faith and repentance, inhaling the love of God and exhaling an initial cry of distress. And at that point what God provides, exactly as for a newborn infant, is the comfort, protection, and nurturing promise of a mother.
    “If God is our father, the church is our mother.” The words are those of the Swiss Reformer John Calvin … it is as impossible, unnecessary, and undesirable to be a Christian all by yourself as it is to be a newborn baby all by yourself.” ― N.T. Wright
  • “A son or daughter in any human family is either born to or adopted by the parents. By definition, a child can’t be both. But with God we’re both born of Him and adopted by Him.” ― Jerry Bridges
  • “Faith is the evidence of new birth, not the cause of it.” – John Piper
  • “The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation. Not to make people with better morals but to create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Spirit that burns within, who would live in ever greater fidelity to the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the center of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love. This, my friend, is what it really means to be a Christian.” ― Brennan Manning
  • “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • “Eternal life is not a peculiar feeling inside! It is not your ultimate destination, to which you will go when you are dead. If you are born again, eternal life is that quality of life that you possess right now.” – Major Ian Thomas
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3
  • “The gospel declares that no matter how dutiful or prayerful we are, we can’t save ourselves. What Jesus did was sufficient.” ― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out
  • “A transformed life is the greatest of all miracles. Every time a person is “born again” by repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ, the miracle of regeneration is performed.” ― Billy Graham

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Letting Go of the Past and Negative Thoughts

It has been said that “as a man thinks – so he becomes.” Yes, we are what we think about. One of the hardest things for me after domestic violence and abuse is learning to renew my mind. I had to learn that just because someone said something to me, that did NOT mean that it was true.  Abusers are excellent manipulators and agents for the Enemy. They plant lie after lie in your head and after hearing something so many times, I started to believe it.


You know the Negative thoughts:

  • You are worthless
  • Nobody would ever want you
  • The kids and I would be better without you
  • You are dumb, fat, ugly, and stupid
  • You never do anything right
  • You mean nothing to me
  • Are you really that stupid?

Can you relate? 

Only reading the Word of God has helped cast down these lies. I needed a new tape, a new mindset. I needed a new truth.

 Praise God –  He is able. He is waiting to meet us and get rid of all the lies. Satan has come to kill, steal, and destroy – BUT GOD is exceedingly abundantly willing to give us a new life with new thoughts and life more abundantly. Don’t be deceived any longer my friends.


Those words spoken over you from the Enemy I cast down and turn into dust in Jesus Name!



For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. 

The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 

We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete. – 2 Corinthians 10:3-6AMP



God is Calling You Deeper

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Listen, do you hear Him in your heart? He is Calling you, “Come.” The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.”

Come sit at His feet as the waterfall of His love washes over You. Be washed, be renewed, be loved. He will fill your heart as you spend time with Him!

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Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;

all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

 By day the Lord directs his love,

at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life. 

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Why, my soul, are you downcast?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.

– Psalm 42:7-8,11

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Only Grace Can Fix Stupid!

I was talking to a few friends yesterday and we were sharing our struggles. Some of us struggle with our bad habits and trying to change. Yes, God is greater and He will change our hearts, but let’s face it – sometimes we just make stupid choices. As with all of this, I will start with  myself. I have battled with the bad habit of smoking for over 8 years now. I didn’t smoke as a kid. I didn’t even start until I met my last husband and started going to those ‘wonderful’ 12 step meetings. Yeah. Drink coffee, smoke, and talk about how life sucks. And after that divorce I just kept going.

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Now I have tried to quit. I tried the patch and felt like I was having a heart attack. I tried Chantix and almost went crazy again. Now, I have bought the lozenges to try again. I know I am not alone. My sister in Christ and I shared our struggles and agreed to pray for each other. last month I had a respiratory illness and the Dr. gave me an inhaler. And what did I do? Instead of using it as an opportunity to quit, I would go smoke and then use my inhaler. Yeah – stupid.

 

And then another sister and I were sharing about how those that we love continue to make bad  choices about their health. It is so hard to see those you love continue to struggle with self destructive behavior. Especially when you know that God has put an amazing call on their life and great destiny in front of them.

Now I know why Paul started all those letters to the Churches with “Grace unto you…”. Yeah, he knew that we needed more grace. Grace that abounds to love and to live the way Christ wants us to. Grace to change our hearts and our minds. And grace to give to others so we don’t hit them over the head.

Yeah, only grace can fix stupid!

Without the Word of God there will be no change in ourselves or others. The Word is alive and is able to change our hearts and our thoughts – and finally our actions. Help us Lord, to see things from Your point of view. Transform these stubborn minds, in Jesus Name.

Idk about you, but today I am going to open up that Book of Life and eat! And I pray that those we love do the same. Give them a hunger and thirst for your Word Jesus.

The Cheerful Giver

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 NKJV)

 

 

 

 
  

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

Psalm 100:4-5 NKJV

 

Renew Our Minds to Heal Mental Illness

After my post yesterday on the prevalence of Mental Illness in this Nation, I feel compelled to share the only way that I have found to renew my mind. You see, I could relate to that girl.(Here is the post – THE SEMICOLON PROJECT)  I have had those self-destructive thoughts in my mind for years. I hated those thoughts. And I know they are NOT from God. God is not out to destroy me, the Enemy is. The Enemy has come to kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus has come to give us life and life more abundantly.

I have tried the ‘psychology’ fixes to change my thoughts. I have read almost every self-help book out there. But that did not quiet the thoughts in my head.

The only thing that has renewed my mind and shut up the destructive thoughts is the WORD OF GOD.

 

Think of your house.

You don’t let any old person in do you?

Just because they come to the door does not mean they get to come in and sit down on your couch and move in right?

The same is true with our thoughts. Just because a thought comes to the door does not mean we have to let it in.

Every thought we get to ‘take captive’ and test.

Is that thought true?

Is that thought what God says about me?

Is that thought out to destroy me?

If it is not true or destructive we can close the door and not let it in our house. Instead we can think on good things. God says we are good. God says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. God says that He has a plan and He will never leave us or forsake us. God speaks Truth, and those thoughts bouncing around may be LIES. Don’t let them in.

That is how we renew our minds and heal our mental illness, one thought at a time with the Word of God.

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Bible Verses on Renewing Your Mind

 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], (Ephesians 4:23 AMP)

For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), (2 Corinthians 5:3-5 AMP)

 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God,even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. (Romans 12:2 AMP)

 

For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. (Philippians 4:8 AMP)

 

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Where Do You Find Hope?

Hope – it was the number one word searched for in Google in 2014. We are all looking for Hope. She is friends with PEACE and JOY too. Once you are with those three, anything can happen! Here is a video I made a while back when I was searching for HOPE. Guess what? I found her!

God’s Word for You:

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;Psalm 62
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me
from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.Psalm 71
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
Surely the lowborn are but a breath,
the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
together they are only a breath.
Do not trust in extortion
or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
do not set your heart on them.
One thing God has spoken,
two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,
and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;
and, “You reward everyone
according to what they have done.”  (Psalm 62:1-12 NIV)

My Prayer for You:

Dear Lord,

We confess we have been looking for Hope in the wrong places. We thought our jobs, our houses, our friends, our spouses, and our money would bring us Hope. They do not. Today, we lay down our idols. We burn them outside of the camp. They are like grass, withering away. They are like the tumbleweed blowing in the desert sand. We are tired of chasing the wrong things. Create a clean heart in us today God, renew a steadfast spirit within us, and restore unto us the JOY of your Salvation, in Jesus Name.

When God is Everything

This is for my friend t.  Remember 911? I do. I was getting ready for work. I turned on the tv and saw the Towers go down.  Speechless. But yet nothing compared to what my friend t went through that day.  She was there that day – working. She survived. But her sister did not. T told me she is going to the dedication for the new museum honoring the victims of 911.  I have looked at the pictures and it still breaks my heart.

We met on a Christian Songwriting website.  Her courage is amazing. She is one of the women who I trust and I have shared so much life with over the past year – the good, the bad, and the ugly.  And yet I know she loves me, as I love her. We laugh and joke about getting older, life over 50, and well lots more stuff I can’t say, but she never ceases to amaze me.  God has woken her up at night to pray for me and my family, and He has woken me up to pray for her and her family. T and her husband have since adopted two children.

I don’t know if I would have made it this last year without her. She loves me and doesn’t judge me.  She listens, she shares the Word, and what God has told her. I can share my hurts, my shortcomings, and never once has she pointed a finger at me in judgement. We all have stuff. We all need love and grace. We all need mercy, and hope. And I don’t even know what she looks like! (Come on t…a pic?).

T has helped to restore, helped to renew and rebuild a new life – In me and others. She truly has been a “Repairer of the Breach” in my life and in her friends and families lives. She shows me Jesus lives and she gives me hope to keep trying when I would rather just quit. She magnifies the good, and helps me look at Jesus instead of my storms. She is a living testimony – of the goodness of God and the miraculous strength the Jesus Christ provides.

And, she is an amazing Christian Songwriter and Vocalist! I know – right!

We haven’t met – yet…

But I look forward to the day we can see each other face to face!

Here is t’s bio from CCMNI:

I am…
A Songwriter
(If other, please explain)
Christian Songwriter

What style of music do you sing or write?
AC (Adult Contemporary), INSPO (Inspirational), ROCK

Feel free to tell us more about yourself. We want to know!

I am a 09/11 survivor who watched as the second plane hit WTC-2. My family is saved and Spirit-filled. My sister and I had never been separated before (38 years together). We lived in the same apt. building, worked in the same industry, even wore the same colors or clothes when we went to work, unbeknownst to both of us. She loved my husband and my brother and mother. Our dad had died of cancer when we were in college (yes the same school). Our family became very tight knit after Dad died. And we all enjoyed one another. A day never went by when Mary Ellen (my sister) and I didn’t laugh or sing together.

Anyway, she was instantaneously cremated We’ve never found any part of her. I witnessed way more than anyone would be prepared for, when just being at work on a gorgeous Tuesday morning in September. I worked next to WTC-1. Suffice it to say, I ended up with many health issues (considered a first responder because I inhaled the noxious toxic gas) and PTSD. BUT I’M HERE TO TELL YOU GOD NEVER LET GO OF ME!!! He healed me from many illnesses. While my heart is forever broken, it’s OK. Jesus is with me and mine. And Mary Ellen is with Jesus!

Part of the healing story took me back to one of my loves, writing music. I am currently unemployed and living in State College, PA ( Penn State), thus the need to sell my music. My husband has a job here, I watch over my mother here, and we are raising two beautiful children the Lord has allowed us to adopt as our own. I still have my fantastic brother, Joe, who works part-time in Manhattan (will always love that town) and here. He is a gifted writer and is healed to the point that he can begin his writing again. GOD IS GOOD. It is the fallen world, in which we live, that is bad. Bad things happen every moment of every day. We, as the church, must use what satan uses to destroy our souls, as the crutch to take to the Throne Room. Because without HIS grace we cannot stand. But with HIS grace we dance; because we are more than conquerors through Christ our Lord. The beauty of all of the past is that it emptied me of everything, so that all I had was HIM, and THAT IS EVERYTHING.

God Bless you and thank you for taking the time to read this narrative.

Bob, my husband, and I have worked for EarthCam, the Company that made this awesome video-the construction of the 911 museum…enjoy!

T has not only overcome, but she sings and gives all of us strength.  She recently gathered many musicians and engineers from around the country to give God praise.  Listen to her sing-she has the voice of an Angel! Love u t, d.

DIAMOND RIVERBEND.

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Rainbow Promises – NaPoWriMo Day 21

Then God spoke to Noah and his sons: “I’m setting up my covenant with you including your children who will come after you, along with everything alive around you—birds, farm animals, wild animals—that came out of the ship with you. I’m setting up my covenant with you that never again will everything living be destroyed by floodwaters; no, never again will a flood destroy the Earth.”

God continued, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.”And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I’ve set up between me and everything living on the Earth.”   (Genesis 9:8-17 MSG)

RAINBOW PROMISES

©2014 Diana Rasmussen

Lightning flashes
Thunder cracks
Sky turns black
Temporary storm

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Until the wind
blows all away

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The Spirit of God
in colored clouds

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Rainbow Promises
to refresh
to renew
to restore

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