Be All (That) You Can Be…For Christ…

According to Wikipedia, Be All (That) You Can Be was the recruiting slogan of the United States Army for over twenty years, from 1980 to 2001…

“Be All (That) You Can Be generates a feeling of being able to push myself to all extremes and do it for a cause I can believe in…my country…my freedom…”

So how does that work for us…as believers…

When we have a “mission of mercy”…a “cause for Christ”…or a “God calling” on our life…

Do we push ourselves to all extremes…or do we do just enough to get by…

Do we truly believe in our calling…or are we biding our time til “something better” comes along…

Are we wholly committed followers..or just sideline fans…

Sisters, if you have been called to be a wife…a mother…then be all you can be…for right now, this is where God has placed you…

serveTime will pass and your children will leave your home…what memories will they take with them…

Time will pass and you will grow old with your husband…what memories will you take with you…

This is the time to plant seeds for a healthy harvest later…

Don’t let busyness…or impatience rob you of this very special and privileged calling… #CalledToBe

Then…when it is time…it will be time to pursue your dreams…

What is your passion? That one thing that keeps tugging at your heart…

Whether it is writing a book, starting a business, joining a ministry at church, or leading a women’s study…

Pray on it…then Go For It!

God’s perfect timing will bring it to pass…Just be patient sisters, remember God’s timing is never early, never late…dream

What you think are times of drought may very well be the years of training for only what God sees down the road of your life…

He brings it to pass when He knows you are ready…

In the meantime…

Prepare yourself…

Remain in His Word…

Be open to His leading…

will be doneRest in His Promises…

Be obedient to where He has placed you at this time…

Remember His Faithfulness…

Be teachable…and willing to follow Him…

As He leads…where He leads…

But don’t be surprised if the dreams you hid in your heart begin to take a back seat to the dreams God (re)places before you…

Proverbs 16:9 tells us, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

He has a way of doing that, you know…and oh, how well I know…

But that’s ok…

Because when we pray In His Willfollowing Jesus costs

His WillBecomes Our will

And Our will…Falls in line with His Will…

So no matter where we end up…it’s all good…because God is Good…

But realize this…

When you do fully commit to Him…

When you are all that you can be…He will interfere in your life…

“Moses couldn’t follow God without standing in front of Pharaoh. Noah couldn’t follow God without building an ark that would bring ridicule from his neighbors. Daniel couldn’t follow God by praying to him alone without being thrown into a lions’ den. Following Jesus isn’t something you can do at night where no one notices. It’s a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will interfere with your life. That’s not the small print—that’s a guarantee.” ~ http://www.notafan.com

May this be the prayer of our hearts today…

Disturb us Lord

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

 

By Dianna

Finding My Identity in Christ…

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Expectations…

Not only from all around, but also from within…

As a mother…gonna raise that “perfect little family”…

  • FAIL…

As a daughter…gonna live up to my parents standards…

  • FAIL…

As a wife…gonna be Susie Homemaker and be that “perfect little woman”…

  • FAIL…

As a Godly woman…gonna live out my testimony for everyone to see…

  • FAIL…

Ever feel like no matter what your role is in life, you just can’t seem to succeed at it…or maybe you can’t even find your role…

You seem to just fail at those high expectations placed on you by society…by peers…by family…perhaps even by yourself…

We seem to think that we have to be “perfect” in order to come to God…to have this  life of one success after another to win His approval…and soon…we lose our sense of purpose…our sense of identity…failure victory

But He doesn’t expect perfection…doesn’t look for perfection…and doesn’t condemn non-perfection…

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

I had to come to grips with this truth and fully understand all of this deep down in my heart, not just in my head, after my first marriage ended in divorce…

Since I can remember, all I ever wanted to be was a wife and a mom. Meeting my husband when I was 13 seemed God ordained, as everything went smoothly for 4 years as we dated…He was the “perfect Christian man”…

When I was 17, without exchanging words, we gradually drifted apart…I graduated from high school, planned for college, and was fine with moving on without him…I had learned to be content where I was in life…

A year later, he unexpectedly showed up, and wanted to be a part of my life again. After much prayer, I accepted this as God bringing him into my life again, and we rekindled our relationship where we left off…and married 5 months later…

Throughout the next 12 years my expectations of a happily ever after marriage were put to the test…my faith was tested repeatedly…my self-worth was torn apart…mirror2

My view of myself as a wife…as a mom…even as a “Godly” woman…became distorted, because I was looking at myself through the eyes of a man who was self-absorbed and addicted to the world and it’s views of marriage and women…

I was looking at myself through the eyes of society who told me “stay-at-home moms” didn’t have a place of importance in society…

And through the eyes of my parents, who loved me and stood by me no matter what,  but always held to a standard higher than what I thought I could reach – they didn’t believe in divorce…

When my marriage finally ended in divorce after months of abuse, affairs, alcohol & pornography addiction, and finally 6 months of non-productive counseling, I was even looking at myself through the eyes of a church who very legalistically told me “reconciliation” or nothing…”you need to love him just because”…

In Limitless Life, Pastor Derwin Gray writes,” Your identity must be built on something solid, immovable, and unchanging.”

But that’s NOT what I was doing…

I was seeing myself as a failure because my marriage had failed…

I was condemning myself not only for my failure, but also for being a failure…

Because I was looking at myself through the judging eyes of the world…And not through the Loving eyes of my Jesus…

And when I started to see myself as He saw me…As His Child…Forgiven…Washed and Cleansed in the Blood of the Lamb…

I could then accept my “failure” as one of many chapters in my life story…Understand that I am not defined by any one “failure”…

And recognize that God can take any circumstance and use it for my good and for His Glory…

“Limitless life begins the day we let the Limitless One love us. The power of His love is transformative. It is where we find our purpose.” ~ Pastor Derwin Gray, Limitless Life

And He has transformed me…

He has gently bound my wounds…and healed my scars…

He has renewed my spirit…and restored my self-worth and self-confidence…

“Our purpose is to simply let God love us, and as we gaze into His eyes, we are transformed into His beautiful image. A limitless life is a beautiful life that flows out of the Beautiful One.” ~ Derwin Gray, Limitless Life

I’m ready…are you?

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Living With Eyz2God,
Dianna

CeceWinans “Alabaster Box”  ~ A Song of Forgiveness

http://youtu.be/G5zIOcBiTGg

By Dianna
Aside

formedWhat defines who you are? Your career? Your job? Your achievements? Your degrees?

Or better yet…Who defines who you are? Your boss? Your spouse? Your family? Society?

So what happens when your career…job…achievements… degrees… fame… fortune…

Just aren’t enough…

When you lose your job…your spouse grows distant…your children leave home…society shifts their focus onto someone else…

What then?

Do you take those years of defining moments…savor the memories…move on…and make new ones…

Or do you replay those years of memories…get stuck in those defining moments…and find it hard to move on…

Good or bad, we all have labels, or soul-tatoos… Derwin Gray writes in Limitless Life, ” a label is a soul-tatoo, that is ingrained deep in our hearts, so much so that it determines how we see ourselves. And how we see ourselves determines how we live.”

Wow…did you get that? Read that again… slowly…Let those words sink in…

Labels…Soul-tatoos…ingrained in our hearts…determine how we see ourselves…determine how we live…

Since I am a visual learner that is stuck in my head right about now…

I can also imagine years of labels being stuck on top of each other, like those inspection stickers on our license plates stuck right over top of the previous one… year… after year… after year…heal2

Until they become hard and calloused…next to impossible to separate…and the labels at the bottom are hidden…forgotten…

Or are they?

Like physical tatoos, the removal and healing of soul-tatoos takes time and involves some level of pain…

But…If we allow our God…our Great Physician…our Healer…our Comforter…

To remove our tatoos layer by layer…And apply His soothing balm…to our wounded hearts…

When the process is complete…we are refined…we are (re)defined…

In John 4 we are told about a woman who goes to draw water at noon…

  • the heat of the day…not the most ideal time to go, but most likely it was a time when everyone else was inside their cool homes, and judging eyes would not be watching…“Most likely she was a victim, with a label that read “Damaged Goods” tattooed across her heart” ~ Derwin Gray, Limitless Life

We are also told that Jesus had to go through Samaria…and sat down by the well…

  • most Jews would have bypassed Samaria to avoid any contact with the people…and His timing? Let’s just say He was waiting for “Sammie” when she arrived…Before time began, Jesus had scheduled His appointment with Sammie and had seen her walking to Jacob’s Well” ~ Derwin Gray, Limitless Life

Jesus begins a conversation with her….focusing on something very simplistic…”Will you give me a drink?’…

  • simple and honest request…he was thirsty…it was hot…she had a jar in her hand…He met her where she was…

But she knew He was a Jew…and Jews did not associate with Samaritans…outcast

And she also knew her lifestyle…which most likely was why she was drawing water at noon…there was shame…she was an outcast…she was looking for someone to love and accept her…

Fast forward into their conversation, “you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is quite true.”

  • hmmm…this seems to have switched a bit…from Jesus’ request for a physical drink of water to “Sammie’s” physical and spiritual need for acceptance…more conversation…Gentle Jesus conversation…

Once “Sammie” “gets it”, she leaves her jar, goes back into town, shame forgotten, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”

  • and they followed her…and many believed because of her testimony…he stayed two more days…many more became believers…

What did Jesus say to her that made such a radical difference? We aren’t told the entire scale of the conversation, but just the fact that Jesus took the time to speak to her had to have meant something…

Through His gentle words there was no condemnation…and she finally found love…and grace…and acceptance…

She was (Re)Defined…at the well…

I wonder what happened to “Sammie” after her encounter with Jesus at the well…scars

I wonder if she continued to hide her scars…draw from the well in the heat of the day…

or

Did she wear them as proof that God heals…

and I have to ask myself the same question…

Will I continue to hide my scars…

Will I continue to seek acceptance and approval to cover up my fears and self-doubts…

or

Will I wear them as proof that God heals…

This OBS Study of Limitless Life by Derwin Gray couldn’t have come at a more perfect time…but of course, my Jesus knew that…

He had to go through Georgetown…

  • where I live…

and He sat down

  • waiting for me…

“Will you give me a drink?”…

  • a simple request…”will you spend time with me, Dianna?”…

conversation…gentle Jesus conversation

  • no condemnation, only acceptance…

Derwin Gray nails it with his comment…”God is not intimidated by our damaged-ness; as a matter of fact, He is attracted to broken, damaged lives. From all eternity, He’s looked forward to when His grace would encounter you. You are a trophy of Jesus’ grace.” ~ Limitless Life

Do you believe that? Do you see yourself as “damaged goods” or do you see yourself as a Trophy of Jesus” Grace?

I pray that you will begin to see yourself through the eyes of your Papa God, who loves you so much that before the foundation of the world, he saw you, my sister, He saw me…walking towards Him…with all our messiness and brokenness…and He waited…knowing that our time with Him would leave us changed…by His Grace…

Grace

Living With Eyz2God,
Dianna 

(Re)Defined at the Well…

By Dianna

Deceived Into Doubting…

 

only God knows

In his book “Messy Spirituality”, Michael Yaconelli relates a story about a young girl named Margaret who, at the age of 9 had her world turned upside down because of a conflict with her teacher. Having had several issues already, one day Margaret came in from recess late. Her teacher stood her in front of the class, and asked each of her classmates to come forward and write a sentence on the blackboard, telling Margaret how “bad” she was, in order to teach her a lesson.

One by one, they came forward…by the time they were finished, 25 sentences stared Margaret in the face…

“Margaret is bad…Margaret is fat…Margaret is ugly…Margaret is stupid”…and on and on…

There is an old sing-song we used to sing years ago, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”….

Really?…

Over time…young 9-year old Margaret grew up and became a 40 year old woman, depressed and full of self-doubt…

She had allowed the labels from her childhood define who she was…

and she carried that hurt through to her adulthood…shadows3

The Voice of Doubt…

Whispers in our ears…in our hearts…

Soon we begin to believe that we aren’t good enough… we aren’t worthy enough…we aren’t smart enough…

Over time…our self-worth begins to slowly ebb away…

We allow ourselves to be defined by labels…labels stuck on us and layered upon us throughout our lives…

And we become deceived into doubting…

I remember when I was in 4th grade and I raised my hand to ask a question about something the teacher was reviewing…wk2look back

Her answer? “Now, That’s a stupid question!”…

For the next 8 years of school and into my adulthood I would spend hours of research instead of asking questions in class…

I would keep quiet in class, thinking my questions and/or answers were either wrong or stupid…

Labels…Lies…

I would not offer an opinion when it came to discussing politics, religion, social media, or today’s news, thinking I didn’t know enough…

Labels…Lies…

Multiply that with an (ex) husband who always put me down in private as well as in front of other people in order to make himself look better…

Labels…Lies…

And you get an insecure woman who questions her worth…

Doubts she is good enough to be of use to anyone…

And at times, even questions her purpose for existing…

baggageWasn’t Jesus deceived by satan in the desert? Wasn’t He labeled? Wasn’t He lied to?

But knowing God’s Word…

Brings us into a closer relationship with Him…

Hiding God’s Word in our Hearts…

Gives us the ammunition we need when we face times of self-doubt and despair…

Speaking God’s Word…

Reassures us of His Promises…Refutes the enemy…

It isn’t always easy to recognize the enemy when he comes along with his subtle whispers of deceit…

But it is knowing and believing who we are in Christ that will get us through…

Remember Margaret? When she was an adult she sought counseling for over 2 years to deal with the many voices telling her “she wasn’t good enough”…

At the end of her sessions, her counselor asked her to recall that horrible day in school, and visualize each student as they walked forward to write on the blackboard…

With tears streaming down her face she did just that, and ended, sobbing in her hands…

But the counselor interrupted her saying, “You missed someone. See? That man? Jesus is coming forward, down the aisle, past the students, and the teacher. He is picking up the chalk, and the eraser. Now He is erasing every sentence your classmates wrote and replacing them with His own…New labels…

“Margaret is Loved…Margaret is Smart…Margaret is Beautiful…Margaret is Compassionate…and on and on…”

Derwin Gray reminds us in Limitless Life, “Because of your union life with Jesus, God the Father loves you with the same intensity and passion that He loves Jesus. You are what God the Father sees! You are not what you used to be! Who are you? Your name is Loved.”

So what matters isn’t how others see us…or don’t see us…

What matters is how God sees us…

Loved…Cherished…Redeemed…Justified…A Precious Jewel…Sanctified…Adopted Into God’s Family…Smart… Wise… Beautiful…His Daughter…Accepted…Secure…Significant…Chosen…Citizen of Heaven…God’s Workmanship…God’s Temple… Bought with the Blood of Jesus…A Friend of Jesus…His Disciple… Ambassador of Christ…Free from Condemnation… Born of God…Hidden in Christ…A Child of The King of Kings…I am of Great Worth…I am His…

That’s what makes me who I am…

 

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna 

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By Dianna

(Re)Define Me…

swingWhat defines who you are? Your career? Your job? Your achievements? Your degrees?

Or better yet…Who defines who you are? Your boss? Your spouse? Your family? Society?

So what happens when your career…job…achievements… degrees… fame… fortune…

Just aren’t enough…

When you lose your job…your spouse grows distant…your children leave home…society shifts their focus onto someone else…

What then?

Do you take those years of defining moments…savor the memories…move on…and make new ones…

Or do you replay those years of memories…get stuck in those defining moments…and find it hard to move on…

Good or bad, we all have labels, or soul-tatoos… Derwin Gray writes in Limitless Life, ” a label is a soul-tatoo, that is ingrained deep in our hearts, so much so that it determines how we see ourselves. And how we see ourselves determines how we live.”

Wow…did you get that? Read that again… slowly…Let those words sink in…

Labels…Soul-tatoos…ingrained in our hearts…determine how we see ourselves…determine how we live…

Since I am a visual learner that is stuck in my head right about now…

I can also imagine years of labels being stuck on top of each other, like those inspection stickers on our license plates stuck right over top of the previous one… year… after year… after year…heal2

Until they become hard and calloused…next to impossible to separate…and the labels at the bottom are hidden…forgotten…

Or are they?

Like physical tatoos, the removal and healing of soul-tatoos takes time and involves some level of pain…

But…If we allow our God…our Great Physician…our Healer…our Comforter…

To remove our tatoos layer by layer…And apply His soothing balm…to our wounded hearts…

When the process is complete…we are refined…we are (re)defined…

We all pick up labels that define us. But most aren’t true and put false limits on our lives. Thankfully, Jesus came to remove these labels and allow us to see ourselves as God does. In this transformational message, Pastor Derwin Gray reveals the amazing freedom we can find in Christ and the new labels he offers: Grace-covered. Courageous. Free. Purposeful. Faithful.” ~ Cover Review of Limitless Life

Proverbs 31 Ministries is ready to begin the next Online Bible Study (OBS). Limitless Life – You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future – by Derwin L. Gray will begin May 25th and end June 28th.

For more info or to sign up, please visit the following web site: http://proverbs31.org/online-bible-studies/

We would love to have you join us! You will be blessed! That is a promise!

Living With Eyz2God,
Dianna

 

By Dianna

Be the Moon…

Our power went out last week for a few hours, just as it was beginning to get dark…

So I scrambled to find candles to fill the coming darkness with enough light to see our way around the house and sit comfortably in the living room…

After lighting the candles, I noticed how that small light from the candles lit up the entire room, overtaking all darkness. And that reminded me of a verse from one of the chapters in Living So That, by Wendy Blight, an Online Bible Study I just finished through Proverbs 31 Ministries…

lighthouse lstwk5You are the light of the world…Let your light shine before men so that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:14

And I began to think…what kind of light am I ? What am I reflecting? Who am I reflecting?

In John 8:12 we read, When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Matthew tells us we are the light of the world…John tells us Jesus is the Light of the world…

So, as lights, we will shine…

But I guess the question is…will we shine like the new candles I lit…bright…strong…burning long into the night…

Or will we shine like the old candles I lit…hard to light…casting just a dim light… fizzling out before they even had a chance to do their job…

In order for us to be a light, we need to be filled with something bright so we can shine…

In Galatians 2:20, Paul writes,  “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Did you get that? Earlier in John we read that Christ is the Light of the world – and here in Galatians we read that Christ lives in us…

That, my friend, is the Something bright that fills us so we can shine…light of mine

And the enemy will send dark days our way to try to discourage us…to try to dim our lights…

But you know the funny thing about a bright light? It extinguishes the dark…not some…but all…

I remember singing a song in Sunday School,

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” 
“Don’t let satan (poof) (blow) it out, I’m gonna let it shine.”

Even as a child I was taught not only to let my light shine, but also that there was someone who would try to put it out…and that has not changed one bit…

Seems like the older I get the harder it is to keep my light shining bright on a regular basis…I know I have Christ living in me…and He is the Light…

And I would like to think that my light shines bright… although I do have my days when I do hide it under a bushel…or even allow satan to blow it out…

Life is hard, isn’t it? Things don’t always happen the way we expect…

Dreams are shattered…Plans are changed…Courses of our lives are altered…

But life is also good…Dreams are realized…Plans take off and more is accomplished than ever imagined…

Remember our verse in Matthew? “You are the light of the world..let your light shine before men {so} that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”

And that’s the bottom line…It’s not about us friends…it’s not about us…

So, I guess the question remains, What am I reflecting? or better yet, Who am I reflecting?

And I decided I want to be the Moon and reflect The Son…

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Living With Eyz2God,
Dianna

 

By Dianna

Let(ting) It Go…

hands-CtBI’m struggling…really struggling…with letting go of something…

And the thing is…physically, it isn’t even mine anymore…

But what I have done…is to mentally take it back…

To allow the what if’s…and the fears…of something that is out of my control…to completely control me…

And God has been speaking to me…telling me…to Let Go…and Trust Him…

Completely…

It isn’t easy is it? This Trust thing…

Being so confident in Someone else that you surrender total control to them…and rest…

I think it just has to be a daily surrender, cause when I think I might be doing okay, I realize…I’m not…and I fall…

But the most amazing thing about my Jesus, is that He so lovingly and gently brings me back…prodding me along…convicting my heart…until I “get it”…again…

Over the past week He has been showering me with His Words of conviction and encouragement…

Reminding me through speakers at a women’s conference that this world is not our home – that we are citizens of Heaven…  phil 320Challenging me to become more Heavenly minded…

To ask myself …

Is there anything of this world that has a foothold on my life? …

What am I willing to give up that I might gain more of Christ? …

And like Paul…Do I want to know Christ so desperately that I am willing to put all that I have in the “loss” column?

Encouraging my spirit through songs of worship and praise…I Surrender All…Just As I Am…Great Is Thy Faithfulness…Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus…

Confirming His Faithfulness and my purpose through P31 Ministries Online Bible Study, Living So That, by Wendy Blight, and through Prayer…

Speaking to my heart through a message on The Blessing of Giving by a visiting pastor from Mexico…Oh…Did I mention we were also visiting the church?

You see how God uses so many different ways to speak to our hearts?  To teach us? To admonish us? To encourage us?

So this thing that I’ve been struggling with…doesn’t seem quite so ferocious anymore…

Don’t get me wrong – I’m sure I will have my moments when my doubts and even fear begins to rear it’s ugly head again…But I’m starting to see things from a different perspective right now -

And when I look at this struggle from God’s perspective, I begin to see a different set of “what if’s”…

When I become more Heavenly minded – and look at those footholds – and giving up “things” to gain more of Christ – and desperately wanting to know Christ more so all is counted as loss…

What I am struggling with doesn’t even matter…

passes thru

 

Living With Eyz2God,
Dianna

By Dianna

White as Snow…

trees snow“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18

Good Morning sweet friends! Earlier this week I woke up to 6+ inches of beautiful white powder covering my yard – ok, ok I’m not thrilled with snow, but it was a beautiful sight, and a great reminder of how clean and pure everything can look…from outward appearances…

Now, I know under this beautiful snow covering lies mounds of dirt and a yucky yard, just waiting and crying out for Spring -

Drivers passing by only notice a fresh blanket of clean, white, undisturbed snow…and marvel…how pretty…I know, cause I do it…

But what they don’t see are the patches of dirt…the dead weeds…the unkempt garden…

And this struck a beautiful chord in my soul, as I watched the snow fall…

I thought, how good is our God, that even with our ugly sin-filled hearts He loves us – and tells us in His Word,  “though your sins be as scarlet – they will be white as snow” ~ pure and clean friends – that’s us  wow!winter trees2

No matter what lies beneath…in our ugly hearts…the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus has covered our past…and secured our future…

We can try to cover those patches of dirt…those weeds that continue to grow untamed…and that garden that remains bare and neglected…

Or…we can allow the Master Gardener in…

John 15:2 tells us, “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

Will there be pain and discomfort? Sure there will…but notice the end purpose to His pruning…so that it will be even more fruitful...

Anyone who tends a garden understands that pruning is a necessary part of growth…And our Heavenly Father wants nothing more than for us to grow…into fuller and more fruitful servants…who produce more fruit for His Kingdom…

snow2Unfortunately, some of us need a bit more tending and pruning than others…

Issues in our hearts need to be uprooted…and not just transplanted…but cast away… thrown in the trash…and burned up…forgotten…

In Psalm 103:12 we read, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Hmmm…that’s pretty far, friends…as a matter of fact…it’s impossible to measure…

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I hold onto things that aren’t pleasing to my King…

Ugly things that should be uprooted and cast away….

Replaced with things of beauty…

By the Master Gardener…

I’m looking forward to Spring arriving tomorrow…a time for new beginnings…a time for new growth…a time for uprooting some of the ugly, old weeds that have taken over my garden…

Replacing them with new seeds…that will be fed and nourished…and will grow…and bloom…into something of beauty…

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Living with EyztoGod,
Dianna

By Dianna

Head North Sister!

girlEver feel as though you are in a state of complete stand-still…or the opposite…in a constant motion of just moving in circles?

Whether in your career…in your home…in your church…or in your own personal spiritual life…

Well, take heart, my friend…not all is lost…there is hope for you…and for me…

No matter how long we camp out…or move in circles, we can always find our way…

But it’s our choice… we can continue camped where we are…we can continue circling the mountain…or we can “head north”!

In Deuteronomy God spoke to the Israelites, His chosen people…and told them exactly that…Enough is enough…Time to move on…

But in order to get a better picture of where they were, and what they were doing, let’s visit some earlier verses where Moses is recounting to the children of Israel all about their travels…Kinda like…And now…for the rest of the story…

Deut 1: 6ff: “The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. 7 Break camp and advance into battlethe hill country of the Amorites; 8 See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”

Hmmm…Did you notice yet another mountain stop? and God’s Promise? The land was theirs…already given to them…BUT…

21 “See, the Lord your God has placed the land before you; go up, take possession, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. Do not fear or be dismayed. 26 “Yet you were not willing to go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God;27 and you grumbled in your tents. 34 “Then the Lord heard the sound of your words, and He was angry and took an oath, saying, 35 ‘Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to give your fathers, 36 except Caleb… 37 The Lord was angry with me also on your account, saying, ‘Not even you shall enter there. 38 Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter there; encourage him, for he will cause Israel to inherit it.”

Yikes! The Promised Land was looming in front of them…but they couldn’t see it through their fear…which led to grumbling… which led to disobedience…which led to God’s wrath and punishment on the entire nation…BUT…led to blessing for two…

Deut 2 3Let’s move on to Deut 2:1ff ““Then we turned and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea, as the Lord spoke to me, and circled Mount Seir for many days. 2 And the Lord spoke to me, saying, 3 ‘You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north.”

I can hear God now…Enough is enough…Pack up and head on out…

Deut 2:7 “For the Lord your God has blessed you in all that you have done; He has known your wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.”’

FORTY YEARS….Did You Get That??? The journey from Egypt to Canaan was 288 miles….yes, you read that right…and the trip should have taken a measly 11 days…ok, with 1.5 million people, animals, and throw in bad weather, broken wagons, and stopping for water…add a few months…maybe a year…but 40 YEARS???

And here is where I stop…I look at myself…and my journey…my walk with the Lord…

Seriously? 50 years??? to be where I am today?

You see, I don’t think we are much different than the children of Israel…at least I’m not…

I feel as though I am just like the children of Israel…either camped out at the foot of one mountain…or circling another…

Either way, it’s time to pack up…

Time to put aside the fears…and the grumbling…and the disobedience…close door

Time to stop looking behind…and start looking ahead…

Time to stop doubting…and start trusting God’s Word…

Time to break camp…stop circling…

Time to head north…

To the blessings waiting for me in the Promised Land…

Living With Eyz2God,
Dianna

By Dianna