Tag: Spirituality

Above All Powers

There is One who has all power. One who is above all things. In him all things were made. I am finding that in times of sorrow or despair I can look to the One who is above it. The One who loves me and paid the price for my soul – Jesus Christ. Jesus is above depression. He is above anxiety, abuse, and all the sorrows of the past. Let Him reign in your hearts today and see your future change right before your eyes.

I admit, I am still learning to trust Him more. Especially when I don’t know all the answers or have control over a situation. Guess I am still human. Every time I go to Him first in prayer I know He hears me and will answer. Now I might not like the answer. I am not the most patient girl on the block. But I do trust that His ways and His thoughts are higher than mine. Daddy God does know what’s best for me. And He has a much bigger picture of my life than I do. So today I choose to believe Him – and let Him rule Above All!

Jesus is my advocate

Colossians 1:13-18

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.

All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

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Rest in the Glory Zone

There is Glory where the Lord is. God said that we would see the glory and enter in the glory cloud. Just like Moses. In the Glory Zone there is no time. Rest in the Glory Zone. Receive restoration in the Glory Zgloryone. It is a sacred place where God speaks to us. And we can speak to the Lord and to situations as well. Enter the Glory Zone. Repeat the words the Lord says to you – and watch them come to pass in your life and the lives of those you pray for. God has given you the authority to do His will on Earth. Speak it. Miracles happen in the Glory Zone. Release the Word of the Lord. Do not give up yet, the race isn’t over.

John 11:40 – Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

Habakkuk 2:14 – For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 60:1 – Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

SHOW ME YOUR GLORY

by Kim Walker Smith of Jesus Culture

I see the cloud
I step in I want to see Your glory as Moses did
Flashes of light, rolls of thunder

I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid

Show me Your glory
show me Your glory
Show me Your glory
show me Your glory

I’m awed by Your beauty
lost in Your eyes
I want to walk in Your presence like Jesus did
Your glory surrounds me and I’m overwhelmed

But I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid

Show me Your glory
show me Your glory
Show me Your glory
show me Your glory

I long to look on the face of the One that I love
Long to stay; in Your presence is where I belong

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Receive Peace Today in the Middle of Your Mess

If there is one thing you bring with you wherever you go that this world needs it is Peace. The Spirit of the Living God lives within you if you have believed on Jesus. And He is Peace – the Prince of Peace. Receive it today. Let His peace reign in your heart when the world is crazy. Let his peace reign in your heart when things are out of control. Receive His Peace in the storm and in the quiet. And carry the Light of the World into the darkness. Bring kindness and humbleness and rest in Jesus today. The World around you will see it. Shine on!

 

 

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 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 4:5-7

 

 

Know Your Circle

There are lots of so called leaders out there. Lots of people who are looking for followers. But not all of them are worth following. Some are wolves in sheeps clothing. They appear harmless and want to be your friend. But will slice you to pieces the minute you turn your back. Don’t be deceived. Don’t follow a double minded person – they are unstable in all their ways. And they do not have your best interest in mind.

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Have you ever run into a passive-aggressive person? Yeah, me too. One minute they want to be your friend, and the next minute they are stabbing you in the back. Or they just wait to pounce on you to make you look bad in front of others. Secretly they really want you to fail. Especially if you are a Believer in Christ. Be wary. Not everyone you meet is on your side.  According to Wikipedia:

Passiveaggressive behavior is the indirect expression of hostility, such as through procrastination, stubbornness, sullenness, or deliberate or repeated failure to accomplish requested tasks for which one is (often explicitly) responsible.

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Only through receiving the Spirit of God will we have a Teacher who will guide us and comfort us. The Holy Spirit will tell you ahead of time what is to come. The Spirit will tell you who is trustworthy and who is not. Ask the Spirit. And follow His lead. God will deal with the passive-aggressive. You are the aroma of Christ to them, the Light of the World – and not everyone wants to come out of the dark.

The LORD is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. My eyes are always on the LORD, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. -Psalm 25:14-15 NLT
 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. – Galatians 5:25

Let My Faith Increase

Let My Faith Increase

Copyright 2015 Diana Rasmussen

Help me remember

your plans are good

when life is hard

and I’m misunderstood

Show me your light

when the world is dark

You are faithful to me

despite my many doubts

Show me Your Glory

fill me with peace

I trust You forever

let my faith increase

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 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 NIV

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. – Luke 17:5-6 NIV

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10 Famous Quotes on Change

Here we are with a new season upon us. I go back to work this week, kids go back to school, and fall is right around the corner. I love the cool breeze in the air. God is up to something, let me tell you! New doors of opportunity are opening everywhere! His Spirit is stirring up the Living Water in each of us. Can you feel it yet? I am so excited!  Here are a few inspiring quotes that helped me welcome change:

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10 FAMOUS QUOTES ON CHANGE

  1. “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” ― Maya Angelou

  2. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa

  3. “You can’t stop the future

    You can’t rewind the past

    The only way to learn the secret

    …is to press play.” ― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

  4. “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ― George Bernard Shaw

  5. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” ― Wayne W. Dyer

  6. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

  7. “There were people who went to sleep last night,poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again.And those dead folks would give anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of plowing.So you watch yourself about complaining. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it,change the way you think about it.” ― Maya Angelou

  8. “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” ― Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay

  9. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

  10. Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

   a time to be born and a time to die,
   a time to plant and a time to uproot,

   a time to kill and a time to heal,
   a time to tear down and a time to build,

   a time to weep and a time to laugh,
   a time to mourn and a time to dance,

   a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

   a time to search and a time to give up,
   a time to keep and a time to throw away,

    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,

    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

 What do workers gain from their toil?  I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.  That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. (Ecclesiastes. 3:1-14 NIV)

He Hears Your Tears

God knows. And He hears your tears as prayers. We started this Bible study at Church about Depression. I know it’s a good thing. But can I say I am coming unglued? After our second session I went up to the Guest that came to teach us and just hugged her. I said thank you. It was like a wall came down in me. I had to go downstairs in the bathroom to cry. All these emotions just flooding over me. Idk why. Guess it was time for them to come out. As tears. So much healing yet to be done.

Help us all Lord, open our hearts and our minds as Deep calls out to Deep and we let the Holy Spirit in the secret places in our hearts. The rooms that words don’t touch. The rooms of hurt, and darkness. Shine your light Lord, and bring Healing in Jesus Name.

 

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Psalm 116:1-14
I love the Lord because he hears my voice and  my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! Death wrapped its ropes around me;the terrors of the grave overtook me. I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord:“Please, Lord, save me!” How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! The Lord protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me. Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. He has saved me from death,my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth! I believed in you, so I said,“I am deeply troubled, Lord.” In my anxiety I cried out to you,“These people are all liars!” What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord’s name for saving me. I will keep my promises to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 

 

 

Published on Jul 27, 2014

“Raindrops fall from the sky because the clouds can no longer hold them”

RAINDROPS ARE TEARS

©2013 Diana Rasmussen
Timbre Design and Engineering by N. Jones of Protilius Productions

“Raindrops fall from the sky because the clouds can no longer hold them”

There are tears
my heart can’t hold
falling down soaking the ground

Water from my soul
releasing pain
It’s my cry to begin again

From a secret place
I see your face
Your raindrops are tears
Sent from above
pouring out love
Your raindrops are tears

drench my hurt
heal my pain
You can call me by a new name

soak the trees
heal all things
that are precious to a King

From a secret place
I see your face
Your raindrops are tears
Sent from above
pouring out love
Your raindrops are tears

You wept when I wept
You cried when I cried

From a secret place
I see your face
Your raindrops are tears
Sent from above
pouring out love
Your raindrops are tears

Maybe My Faith is Bipolar

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Faith. It’s one of those things we try to understand with these great brains of ours.  In our own wisdom we think we have it all figured out. Well, maybe it’s just me…

“Oh yeah, I believe You God. You can do all things. Nothing is impossible for you.” And then the storm comes. I confess, I’m just like the disciples on the boat. “Jesus get up and do something here!” Uggggh.

Some days I’m on fire for God and other days I’m just not. My feelings and emotions come and go like the wind. This being human stuff just isn’t always easy. I guess I am learning that my faith does not depend or rest on my feelings. I am learning to let my faith rest in God’s power, not my wisdom, or lack there of. And I’m ok with that. I’ll let God hold it up, not me.

Every test I learn more. Thank you Lord that You are faithful and patient with me everyday. Thank you Lord for your mercy that is new every morning. And thanks for the lesson – I need You Lord, everyday and every way.

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Pursue Peace

We have been so blessed this month with visiting family. My brother came out from Nevada with his family for a week. And this week my brother in law from CA and my sister in law from MI are here. Now may I confess, we do not have the picture perfect family. There have been troubles and fights and disagreements. I have to confess that prayer changes things. When we knew they were coming to visit my husband and I started praying. “God open doors and open hearts to heal our family.” Can I tell you what? God answers prayer. And he did. Our time together was so blessed with one more gathering tonight for my father in laws 84th birthday.

Stuff doesn’t matter, money doesn’t matter – it’s the people that we have in our lives that are the best treasure here on earth.

Thank you Jesus for healing hearts and opening doors!

 

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Romans 12:18 – If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

You told us salvation was for us AND our families. I ask you to step right into the middle of our mess and restore and heal hearts. Let your forgiveness of us flow through us to our families. We lay down all offenses and take the higher road today. We forgive those who have offended us and ask you to open up new doors of opportunity for healing in our families.  Let us love one another as You have loved us, in Jesus Name.

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My Masterpiece

Imagine God is talking to you – right here and right now…

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My Masterpiece

Copyright 2015 Diana Rasmussen

You’re  the picture on my fridge
I love to color outside of the lines
The mountains might be purple
The sky it might be pink
And know my plans for you
Are bigger than you think
chosenLift up your head and turn your gaze
I’ll fill you with my peace
Let your troubles fall to the ground
I’ve got you child I’ll provide you with all things
Don’t worry about tomorrow
I’ve got you in my arms
Don’t see yourself through their labels and their licitizenes
look to me and I’ll open up your eyes
You’re not what they say
but you’re beautiful and free
Made with love and mercy
You’re my masterpiece

Fear Not Quotes to Build Courage and Overcome

Fear is something we all deal with. We are all still human here on this side of Heaven. It’s ok. We can talk about it. Some of us are afraid of the future, some are fearful of the past repeating itself, some are afraid of not having enough, some are afraid of failing, some are afraid of succeeding. But what do we do with it?

It is possible to overcome those fears. We don’t have to live in that paralyzed state forever. Acknowledging that we even have fear is the first step. Then it’s important to find someone to share your fears with. I have found that ignoring it doesn’t work very well. They say DENIAL is a pretty big river, lol! And God is greater than whatever you are facing today. He is our strength and our victory. He will empower us to overcome!

Here are some inspiring words from people who have gone before us to show the way to victory.

“FEAR NOT” FROM MUSICIANS

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” ― Jim Morrisonfear not 2

 

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” ― John Lennon

 

“It frightens me, the awful truth, of how sweet life can be…” ― Bob Dylan

 

 

“FEAR NOT” FROM AUTHORS, MOVIES MOVIE STARS, AND PHILOSOPHERS

 

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
Plato

 

“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.” ― Aristotle

 

fear is a liar“Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” ― Jack Canfield

 

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” ― Oprah Winfrey

 

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always … so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.” ― Yann Martel, Life of Pi

 

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

 

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 

“A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a short cut to meet it.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin

 

“FEAR NOT” FROM WORLD LEADERS

 

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ― Nelson Mandela

“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” ― Michelle Obama

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“FEAR NOT” FROM GOD

 

Even 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. -Psalm 23:4

 

The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalm 27:1

 

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? -Psalm 118:6

 

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. -2 Timothy 1:7

 

You who fear him, trust in the LORD– he is their help and shield. -Psalm 115:11

 

But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children. -Psalm 103:17

 

Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands. -Psalm 112:1

 

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” -Deuteronomy 31:6

 

David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or Fear notdiscouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished. -1 Chronicles 28:20

 

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? -Psalm 56:3-4

 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. -Isaiah 41:10

 

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. -Isaiah 41:13

 

“Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. -Isaiah 54:4

 

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. -Matthew 10:28

 

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “”Abba,” Father.” -Romans 8:15

 

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. -1 Corinthians 16:13

 

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” -Hebrews 13:5-6

 

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” -1 Peter 3:13-14

 

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. -1 John 4:18

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Hallelujah I’m Still Human

Hallelujah I’m still human! Yippee! This living stuff is messy sometimes. There are fights and failings, trials, tribulations, and just plain fumbling around. I’m sure glad God is patient with us and loves us in spite of our messy faces!I’m the middle of my little mess I look up to Daddy God and cry, “Abba, Father!” And He smiles at me as I run into his arms.\

This is the day the Lord has made;We will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24

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I love this song. It keeps me humble and real. Love ya! Diana

THIS IS THE STUFF

by Francesca Battistelli

I lost my keys in the great unknown
And call me please
‘Cause I can’t find my phone

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that’s getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I’m blessed

This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I’ve gotta trust you know exactly what You’re doing
Might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use

45 in a 35
Sirens and fines
While I’m running behind

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that’s getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I’m blessed

This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I’ve gotta trust you know exactly what You’re doing
Might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use

To break me of impatience
Conquer my frustrations
I’ve got a new appreciation
It’s not the end of the world

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff, someone save me
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I’m blessed

This is the stuff that gets under my skin
And I’ve gotta trust You know exactly what You’re doing
Might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use
This is the stuff You use

Songwriters
WOOD, TONY / ESKELIN, IAN / BATESTELLI, FRANCESCA

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