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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By Dianna

Tuesday at Ten…{{Believe}}…

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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

Tuesday at Ten… {{TIME}}

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I was born Jan 2, 1958…

Which has given me, as of today, September 2, 2014…

56 years 8 months 0 days…
or 680 months 0 days…
or 2956 weeks 5 days…
or 20,697 days…
or 496,728 hours…
or 29,803,680 minutes…
or 1,788,220,800 seconds…

on this earth…

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Where has it gone?

I look at my children and now my grand-children and I wonder…

How have I spent the {{TIME}} God has given to me?

Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

Do I number my days in this manner? Have I been wise in my life choices? Am I growing a heart of wisdom?

{{TIME}}

A precious gift…

“But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand.” Psalm 31:14-15

Those photographed moments we hold onto…

  • {{TIME}} is our friend…

Those agonizing moments we can’t let go…

  • {{TIME}} is our enemy…

Waiting for an answer…clock2

  • {{TIME}} stands still…

Contemplating a life changing decision…

  • {{TIME}} rushes us for an answer…

So in the midst of all the busyness and uncertainty of life…

I cherish {{TIME}} with my Abba Father…

Sitting quietly before Him…

Communing with Him…

Praying…Listening…

It’s the only way I can remain focused…

It’s the only way I can grow…

{{TIME}}…

God’s gift to us…

And how we spend each moment?

Well, that is our gift to Him…

Yet I am shamed…

I wonder if I can even offer Him those moments…and if I did, would they even be acceptable to a Holy God…

My heart aches because I know the answer…

And I am challenged…

To make those moments count…and to be made accountable…

So my {{TIME}} of communion with my Father is restored…unhindered…

A pleasant offering to Him…

How about you? 

Living With Eyz2God, 

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By Dianna

Five Minute Friday :: {{REACH}}

Like most 5 year olds, my grand-daughter loves to play ballerina…and princess…mady

And in her mind’s eye…when she puts on a tutu or a crown…that’s what she becomes…

I love to I sit and watch her…

Dancing…twirling…

Giggles of pure joy…

“Mom-mom, look at me!”…

Oblivious to life…

Reaching for nothing…

Reaching for everything…

And something in me is drawn to a verse in Matthew ~

“Come unto me, all you who are weak and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” ~ Jesus

“Come” – Requires action on our part…

“Rest” – Is what we will receive…

“REACHing” – Requires action on our part…

“Joy” – “Satisfaction” – is what we will receive…

And in a moment of weakness…

Or maybe it’s a moment of strength…

I join my Mady girl…

And dance…and twirl…

Giggling with pure joy…

Oblivious to life…

Reaching for nothing…

Reaching for Everything…

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Jesus…

And I find rest…

Sweet, Sweet, Rest…

And you can too…

REACH for Him my friend…

He is waiting…

And He will meet you…

Right where you are…

 

 

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

 

 

 

By Dianna

“I’m F.I.N.E”…..But Please {LISTEN}…

Ever ask someone how they are and their response is, “I’m fine”, but your gut told you otherwise? Or have you ever been asked how you are, and through clenched teeth answered, “I’m fine”, meaning, “I’m F.I.N.E.” or as Renee Swope puts it in her book A Confident Heart,“I’m Frazzled, Irritated, Neurotic, and Exhausted.”

Fine

Of course, each of us could fill in our own F.I.N.E. words to meet our individual circumstances, but I believe in the end they would all match up fairly well…

I believe in those times of teeth clenching F.I.N.E. moments we are all asking the same thing…

I believe we are all asking for someone to ask us “Really? Are you really fine?”…

And {LISTEN}…I mean…Really {LISTEN}…

For whatever reason we choose to hide behind our walls of insecurities, we are all looking for acceptance for who we are, in spite of what we may have done, or not done…

But speaking from the viewpoint of someone who lives with a chronic illness, chronic migraines, and chronic pain, I just want someone to step in and stay with me, through the tough times, and understand me, flaws and all…

I want someone to understand that who I am today isn’t who I always was…

do not judgeI wasn’t always Frazzled with Fibro Fog…

  • I usually had it all together, a multi-tasker, with a memory sharp as a whip

I wasn’t always Irritated and Impatient…

  • I had the patience of Job…

I wasn’t always Neurotic…

  • I was care-free and stress-free

I wasn’t always Exhausted…

  • I was like the Energizer Bunny…I could go for hours without stopping…

But then this thing called Fibromyalgia got a hold of me…chronic migraines took over my life…chronic fatigue took my feet out from under me…and all these mini monsters made me who I am today…Forgetful…Irrational…a Napper…and still Exhausted…

So I’m not “Fine” when people ask…

And sometimes, I would like someone to ask me, “Are you really fine?” and just {LISTEN}….

And still assure me that they will be there for my tomorrows…

So many times we put on such a good facade that people don’t even realize what we are going through…and I speak from experience…as I am a Master of Masquerade…

I have learned to hold people at bay…and hide what is really inside…

But I was reminded recently of what I am really doing…and this reminder came through my husband…without him even knowing…

He was working on a house that needed new flooring and he had to crawl under the house to fix it. While underneath, he brushed aside some dirt and found live termites, crawling up the I-Beam of the house. Now, from the outside, the house from all appearances, looked “fine”… and if he hadn’t brushed aside that dirt, those termites would have continued, unnoticed, to eat away at that beam, causing extensive damage to the foundation of the house. But once he found them, he called the landlord, who in turn called a termite exterminator who will treat the house initially, and return for follow-up treatments until they are all extinguished.

I realized that I have termites hidden deep in my heart…

And they are eating away at my soul…

Termites of self-doubt…and insecurities…and fears…

Hidden beneath the surface…causing extensive damage to the foundation…complete work

and I need Someone to treat my heart…

Until they are all extinguished…

and that Someone is Jesus…

The same Jesus who met Sam the Samaritan woman…Mary Magdelene…and the woman caught in adultery…

All with their doubts and insecurities…

All looking for acceptance and approval…

The same Jesus who {listened} and gently removed all of their self-inflicted pain and replaced it with His Pure Love…

The same Jesus who tells me…

{LISTEN}…

“I am come that you, Dianna, might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

So, maybe after the Master Exterminator is finished with extinguishing all that is hidden in my heart…

It is my hope and my prayer that I will soon be able to say, I am “fine” the next time I am asked, and truly say it with meaning.

 

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

By Dianna

Five Minute Friday {Change}

I am notFor Five Minute Friday  – Today’s word is {Change}…

And I think I need more than five minutes…

To express my thoughts on this word…

My hearts’ cry is {Change}…

How many times have I sung this chorus growing up?

“Change my heart oh God,

Make it ever true.

Change my heart oh God,

May I be like You.”

How many times have I whispered this prayer…

“You are the potter,

 I am the clay, 

Mold me and make me, 

This is what I pray.”

Only to take back the very same words I breathe to my Creator?

potterYou see, {Change} only comes when I lay down my will…and my wants…

And submit to God’s Will…and His wants…

It’s then, and only then, that my will…my wants…and yes, even my “needs”…

Fall in line with all that He has planned for me…

And true change begins…

It begins in my heart…

And moves to my head…

And soon, changes everything that is in me…

So the words I sing…

And the prayers I pray…

Become more than just words…

They become Truth…and Life…

Yes, {Change} me, Oh Lord…Change me from the Inside Out…

change me

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

By Dianna