Tuesday at Ten…{{Grateful}}…

be gratefulWell, it’s another Tuesday at Ten writing prompt…and of course the word for this week {{Grateful}} has to be one I am struggling with at this time…

I’m trying really hard to be grateful for the chronic pain I live with every day…especially this morning as I cried out to my Jesus while I stood under the hottest water that I could tolerate, directed at my sciatica…

I’m trying really hard to be grateful while watching family and friends going through their own health issues…marital issues…financial issues…spiritual issues…

Perhaps that’s why I am writing at the last moment…

I just don’t know what to write…

It’s always around November you see people posting “Gratitude Challenges”…

Well, of course…It’s Thanksgiving…We should be Grateful…Right??

But…What if we woke up today with only those things we gave thanks for yesterday?

Hmmm…

Or…What if we woke up today with only those things we complained about yesterday?

Ouch…

Either way…we would still wake up with the same things…

But our attitude…how we accept where we are…is what makes the difference…

In 1 Thess. 5:18 Paul writes, “In everything give thanks” -

Hmmm…When he penned those words, he had been in prison…chained between 2 guards…day…and night…he had been beaten…falsely accused…chased out of cities…threatened…shipwrecked…and he was still able to give thanks…to be grateful…and God used him mightily…

So…What if Today…We Were Just Grateful for Everything…snoopy

For the sunrise…for the roof over our head…for the food on our table…for the aches and pains we awoke with…for the friends who agree to meet us for coffee…and pray…for that Disconnect Notice that comes in the mail…for the falling leaves…and the falling rain…or snow…for the dead car battery…for the dirty diapers…and the dirty dishes…the sunset…and the fact that we lived through another day…

Get the drift?

It’s a choice…

Gratitude…is an Attitude…of the heart…

I guess I needed a jump start on my heart today…and maybe writing this blog was exactly what I needed…

Sometimes we may not have the words to express how we feel…but once we begin to express how grateful we are…even for those things we may not really be grateful for…words just seem to flow…

We take for granted things that others are desperately praying for…I’ve learned that the hard way…and I need to be reminded of that…over and over…

So today, I am grateful for the rain that is falling outside my window…because it isn’t snow…

I am grateful for the pain in my back…because it reminds me that I am alive…

I am grateful for the friends who gather around and pray for me…even from as far away as Canada…because they remind me of God’s Love…

I am grateful for a Saviour who comforts me in times of pain…because He reminds me that He also knows pain…

And I’m grateful for Charlie Brown and Snoopy…because they just make me smile…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

 

By Dianna

Five Minute Friday…{{STILL}}

Five Minute Friday…Today’s Word Prompt…{STILL}}

God gave me a vision to open a resale shop to serve the community in 2011. Everything came together and it was only God that opened A Second Glance Resale Shop (from Brandon Heath’s song, Give Me Your Eyes). I loved going every day. I loved receiving and giving out donations that poured in.

But after a year my health forced me to close. And I was confused, depressed, and yes, angry at God. During that time, He gave me this verse, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time. It will speak and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it. Because it will surely come.” Habakkuk 2:3.

Last summer I became involved in Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies, and in January was asked to be a volunteer Small Group leader. Yesterday, our Team leader posted a question, asking what our vision is…

Recently I’ve had my doubts of my vision…and of where I “belong” serving in God’s kingdom…

habBut yesterday God reminded me…

Another sister posted this very verse from Habakkuk as her daily devotional scripture…

  • A Reminder that God {{STILL}} remembers…even when I forget…

I posted a prayer strength assessment for my group – my result…Compassion….

  • A Reminder that God {{STILL}} can use me…scars, faults, sins, and all…

Last night, I connected with a gal on a local selling site to adopt a single mom and her 4 month old son for Christmas…

  • A Reminder that God {{STILL}} has an appointed time…His Time…

So, my vision? Maybe A Second Glance Resale Shop wasn’t about a physical building anymore than the church is about a physical building…or the body of Christ is about a going to a building…

I’m not sure exactly what God has in store for me yet, but I do know that the ladies He places in my path to minister to, to lead, to help… they are His vision for me.

They are my Second Glance…

And I’m ok with that…

Because He is {{STILL}} God…and He is {{STILL}} on the Throne.

Amen.

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

By Dianna

Now…{{TURN}} North…

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Ever 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…

We can continue camped where we are…we can continue circling the mountain…or we can {{TURN}} and “head north”!

In Deuteronomy God spoke to the Israelites, His chosen people…and told them exactly that…Enough is enough…Time to move on…To The Promised Land…already given to them…

BUT they couldn’t see it through their fear…their grumbling… their disobedience…

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

“NOW {{TURN}} NORTH.”…

And they did…but overall they wandered for forty years…

SAY WHAT??? FORTY YEARS??? 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 {{TURN}}…and head north…

To the blessings waiting for me in the Promised Land…

Living With Eyz2God,
Dianna

By Dianna

You Must {{Seek}} Me to Find Me…

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It’s another Tuesday at Ten…Today’s Prompt word…{{SEEK}}…

 

I remember when I was little and played Hide and Seek with my friends and I was “It“… At the count of 20 I was off…running after my friends…searching for them…seeking after them… with ALL my heart…with ALL my energy…with EVERYTHING that was in me…

So why is it so different now that I am an adult…with my God?

 “You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with All your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:13

Interesting to read what comes before this particular verse though…

10 “This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 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. “

He was talking to His chosen people, Israel, who had turned their backs on Him…

They had wandered away…and found themselves in captivity…

true, physical bondage…

 spiritual captivity…

worshiping idols…

forgetting the miracle of the Exodus…

and the Law handed down from generation to generation…

12 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

But His mercies are new…every morning…

His promises are never-ending from generation to generation…

We call…we pray…He will listen…

You see, there are consequences for disobedience…

From the beginning of time…

with Adam & Eve…

with the children of Israel…

with God’s chosen…Moses…Abraham…David…Jonah…

But there are also blessings with obedience…

And second chances with repentance…

Ask Moses…and Abraham…and David…and Jonah

And this is where I find my HOPE…in the God of Second Chances

When I read Jeremiah 29:14 I get excited…

14 “I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

Did you get that?

“and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

Restoration…

You see, He doesn’t leave us in our sin…or in “limbo”…Matt 7.7

When we seek Him with ALL our hearts…He Will be found…

But it’s up to us…

It’s up to me…

Just how much of my heart I am willing to give to the search…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

By Dianna

31 Days to Remember…

I’ve heard it said that it takes 30 days to form a new habit…

Well, I have 31…

31 Days to Remember

To Remember God’s Goodness… to Remember His Faithfulness… to Remember His Love…to Remember His Protection…

Need I go on?

I think we become comfortable in our lives and tend to forget all that we are…all that we have…in Christ…

So…I am taking the 31 Day Challenge – Five Minutes of writing…on a specific topic…for 31 days…

Five Minutes is a double challenge from Kate Motaung @ Five Minute Fridays -

Of course I can make all kind of excuses…

But a verse keeps coming to my mind…

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and I need to Remember

for 31 Days…

and beyond…

I’m thinking I will be able to form a new habit…

How about you? Care to join?

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

By Dianna

Tuesday at Ten…{{CHOICE}}

This Week’s Prompt Word for Tuesday at Ten is CHOICE

What a coincidence that I am beginning a new Study with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study called “The Best Yes, Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands”, by Lysa TerKeurst…

Or maybe it is a Divine Appointment…

Since I was little I have always faced CHOICES…

ethical-choices-signWhat to eat…what to wear…what to watch on tv…what to put on my Christmas list…

Growing up, the CHOICES became a bit harder…

Which job to take…which college to apply to…which boy to date…which man to marry…

And once I was married…and a mom…the CHOICES became overwhelming at times…

Which committee to serve on…which child’s sport to go to…to work or stay home…to say “yes” or “no” to another request…

Being married and eventually a single mom of 4 children, living with my parents, working full-time, attending school full-time, and trying to “live” life, I was faced with new CHOICES every day…

And I was overwhelmed every day…

Add to the mix that I am definitely a “people pleaser” all my life, and you get a very, very overwhelmed woman who puts everyone first…herself last…and ends up making unwise CHOICES…

BUT GOD…oh, how I love those words…

Has been showing me great and mighty things in His soft and gentle ways these past few years…life seasons

But especially the past month while reading The Best Yes, preparing for our Online Study…

“A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul. An underwhelmed soul is one who knows there is more God made her to do.” ~ Lysa TerKeurst

CHOICE…He has been showing me that it’s OK to take time for myself…

“Not every assignment is my assignment.” ~ Lysa TerKeurst

CHOICE…He has been showing me it’s OK to say “no” so I can determine my “best yes”…

I will continue to face CHOICES until I draw my last breath…everyday mundane CHOICES…and perhaps even some life changing CHOICES still to come in my lifetime…

But this I know…

As I draw closer to the Lord…As I gain wisdom and discernment…As I mature in my walk with Christ…

My CHOICES are not as overwhelming…they are becoming easier to make…

My CHOICES are not as self-seeking…they are becoming more Christ-focused…

One passage from The Best Yes really struck home to my heart…

“Fearing God is ‘one who sees the hand of God in everything’. Being in awe of God. That deep sense of reverence where we truly desire to look for the hand of God in everything. Yes, yes, yes. Whether we are facing everyday opportunities or epic obstacles might we simply do just that. Look for God in it all.” ~ Lysa TerKeurst

Look for God in it all

How in the world can I go wrong…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

By Dianna

Five Minute Friday…{{READY}}…

Today is another day to write,,,

Five minutes to put onto a screen all that I can about one word…

{{READY}}…

Go…

I’ve been READY for over 2 years to see where God wants me to be used for Him…so tired

I’ve been READY for over 5 years to be healed of all my health issues…

I’ve been READY for over 10 years for my daughter to come back to the Lord…

Can’t say that I’ve been very patient in my waiting…

Can’t say that I’ve been very understanding in my waiting…

But I can say that even though waiting seems endless to me…

To God…

It’s nothing…

He already knows the end of the story…my story…my daughter’s story…

And I can honestly say that the past year as I have learned to Abide in Him…

I have learned patience…understanding…

And what He is showing me…

Is that I wasn’t Really Ready…when I thought I was…

My time in the desert was a time of pruning…of redirection…of shedding the old skins of me…

Did it hurt? You bet! Does it still hurt? Absolutely!

Was I Angry? Bitter? Confused? You bet!

But now?

By God’s Grace…and His Mercy…I am Ready…new beginning

For HIS plans…HIS Ways…In HIS Time…

Yes…I..Am…READY…

And you know what?

He has already begun to work…

Amazing God we serve, huh?

Stop.

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

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Tuesday at Ten…{{Believe}}…

                       believe

Wow…What a challenging word to write about…

I think we overuse this word today…

In song lyrics…”I BELIEVE I can fly”…”I BELIEVE in magic”…

In our everyday conversation…”I BELIEVE you”…”I BELIEVE in God”…

But what does it really mean? This word {{BELIEVE}}?…

Amazing that my hubby and I watched “God’s Not Dead” this week, and there was one line that stuck out to me…

riskOne line that a young college student spoke to his girlfriend as he made the decision to stand up to his professor and his entire class…

To defend the existence of God…to prove to all of them…that God’s Not Dead…

One line that, to me, describes what {{BELIEVE}} is all about…

“Only a real risk can test the reality of a belief.”C.S. Lewis

And I think this is so true – we can {{BELIEVE}} a lot of things – and in a lot of things -

But when it comes down to it – our actions towards what – or Who – we Believe in – say so much more…

  • Hebrews 11:7 – “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” –
  • Noah {{BELIEVED}} God’s Word…
  • Hebrews 11:8 – “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” 
  • Abraham {{BELIEVED}} God’s Promise…
  • Hebrews 11:24,27 – “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”
  • Moses {{BELIEVED}} God’s Presence…

God blessed these servants for their obedience…for their faith…their belief…

And if you look at what they believed…

It was really WHO they believed (in)…that prompted them to action…to take risks…

So, I guess in my mind, to {{BELIEVE}} is to trust…or to have faith…to be completely sold out…

That logically, what you do, or what happens, doesn’t always make sense…or have to make sense…trust me

But by faith, it doesn’t matter, cause you know…

God’s Word never fails…God’s Promise never fails…God’s Presence never fails…

God…Never Fails…

And that, my friend, you can always {{BELIEVE}}…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

 

 

 

 

By Dianna

Never too young…Never too old…

Yesterday I was reminded twice, in 2 very different ways, and 2 very different places, of some valuable lessons…

And I have learned, over time, when something is brought more than once to you, it’s usually God doing the speaking…And the confirming…

And I have learned, over time, to listen…

And this is what was impressed upon my heart…

God can use you at any age, any time in your life & Nothing is Impossible with God…

Profound, huh? 

Seems to be fairly cliche’, unless it’s something you have been wondering about…struggling with…

And I have…

God is lookingSo, in church yesterday, our Pastor spoke on Genesis 17-18…Abraham & Sarah…99 years old & 89 years old…Promised a son…After years of barrenness…A covenant…The beginning of a generation that would bear the King of Kings…

  • Reminder #1: We are never too old to be used by Him…
  • Reminder # 2: Nothing is Impossible with God…

“And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarah, I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall become nations, kings of peoples shall come from her.” Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old’? Is anything too hard for God?” Genesis 17:16-17; 18:13,14

  • Reminder # 3: He still uses us even in our times of unbelief...

And last night, my hubby & I watched “Rudy”, a movie about a young boy who grew up dreaming not only of going to Notre movie-poster-copy1Dame, but also of playing on their football team…and his perseverance and passion eventually led to the fulfillment of both of those dreams…against all odds…

  • Reminder # 4: We are never too young to have or follow a dream…
  • Reminder # 5: Pursue your dream with all that is in you…

Friends, God can use us at any time in our lives…

That, I am learning…

And He can also resurrect that which was once dead…including our dreams…

That, I am also learning…

From struggling with “finding my place” to “giving up my dreams”, once again I look to my Abba Father for answers…

Where do I belong? What am I supposed to be doing in this season of life?

Due to recent health issues I am unable to work outside the home – so what do I do while I am home? What do I do to help with the income?  

Hearing these reminders has prompted some soul-searching…some short-term planning…some long-term planning…and has brought me full circle…

God can use you at any age, any time in your life & Nothing is Impossible with God…

And you know what? He meets us where we are…in our struggles…in our doubts…in our places of uncertainty…

With His reassuring answers…

So, this week begins a new chapter…meeting with my Abba Father in prayer…setting new goals…dreaming new dreams…

But all with the understanding that God is in charge…and above all…

  • Reminder # 6: Nothing is Impossible with God

Nothing…

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Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

P.S. To Be Continued…

By Dianna

Five Minute Friday…{{WHISPER}}

quietIt’s night…and I hear a voice whisper my name…“Dianna”

I get up from my bed…go to the bedroom door…no one is there…

I go back to my bed and try to sleep…

A second time…

A voice whispers my name…”Dianna“…

Ok…Now I feel like Samuel…so I whisper back…”Lord, Is that You?”

And a Scripture…is impressed upon my heart…

You see, I had been going through a very rough time in my marriage and friends had invited me to go away with them…to get away from the pressures…and just breathe…

But I didn’t realize at the time that I also needed to get away from all the noise around me…

So I could hear the voice of my Father…

For guidance…

For reassurance…

Like Elijah, I had been looking for Him in the windstorm…in the earthquake…in the fire…

But He came to me in a still, small voice…

In a soft, gentle whisper…

Catching me where He knew I would be a captive audience…

And I’ll always remember hearing my name in that beautiful whisper…“Dianna”

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

By Dianna