I Often Wonder…when did I stop?…

It’s another Tuesday at Ten…and another time to write our thoughts…

This week’s prompt phrase “I often wonder” actually prompted a sadness in my soul…and here’s why…

I Often Wonder…

When did I stop?

sky2Really…When did life become so serious…so busy…so complicated…

That I allowed the art of wonder to be crowded out?

When did I stop laying on my back looking up at the stars, wondering what was beyond…

When did I stop gazing out at the endless horizon, wondering how far the ocean reached…

When did I stop looking at an ant hill as an incredible wonder, and start seeing it as just a mound of dirt…

Why have I allowed life to take over this gift from God?

Cause that’s really what it is, isn’t it? Wonder? Imagination? Creativity? Dreams?

Job 37:14 tells us, “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders.”

Did you get that? Stop…and consider…

Perhaps Job had allowed life to get in the way as well? Cloud his vision?stop and consider

I used to go to the park with friends and lay on my back on the merry go round and look up at the sky…the clouds…and just talk about what it would be like to fly above those clouds…wondering what we would see…

Now it seems I am so grounded I don’t even look up at those clouds…let alone wonder…

So, why is that? Age? Distractions? Disillusionment? Busyness?

And how do I get that art, that gift, of I Often Wonder back?

sense of wonder

First, like Job, I just need to STOP…I need to stop in the busyness of life and allow myself time to consider His wonders…and wonder…“Listen to this, Dianna; stop and consider God’s wonders.”

I also need to look up…not around…I need to  look up at the Creator of the wonders of this universe…I need to keep my eyes focused on His majesty and beauty…

Okay, so I’m thinking maybe it’s time for a trip to the beach…or a walk with my 4 year old grandson…or, barring a vertigo episode, a ride on a merry-go-round…

Yep, I think that’s a start…

How about you? Have you lost your sense of wonder? Today is a new day, my friend…and the stars or the clouds are sure to be out tonight! “Listen to this, (Insert Your Name); stop and consider God’s wonders.”

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

This entry was posted on May 18, 2015. 1 Comment

I’ll Praise Him in the Hallway…

doorAnother Five Minute Friday…5 Minutes to write on the prompt word…{{DOOR}}

How incredibly appropriate for me…as this week I attended a Pastor’s Wives Retreat – as a support person to our pastors wife – and the theme of the retreat was “Ask for the Old Paths”…

Hmmm…

HOW does this have anything to do with a door you ask?

Our theme verse was from Jeremiah 6:16 ~ “Thus says the LORD, “Stand in the ways and see. And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls.'”

Have you ever stood in a doorway of an unfamiliar place? Perhaps a new job…school…church…and wondered, “Which way should I go”? or, “Which door should I enter to find what I’m looking for?”…

Well, that’s where I find myself lately…

Just standing

Seeing all the closed doors before me…

Wondering…

Which door should I choose?

Like a contestant on Let’s Make a Deal…Excited to choose…Yet almost afraid to find out what’s behind DOOR #1…DOOR #2…or DOOR #3…

In case I should make a wrong choice…and get a ZONK!

But that’s where my Hope comes in…

10511224_10203432272740492_4596299504186699820_nYou see, God has set these doors in front of me…

So what I need to do is ask...Where the good way is…And walk in it

God will take care of the rest…

My rest…

And until God directs me to that door He wants me to open…

I choose to praise Him in the hallway…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

This entry was posted on May 1, 2015. 4 Comments

Why Wish Upon a Star…

when_you_wish_up_a_star-407925Remember being a kid and waiting for the stars come out at night so you could sing-song the rhyme, “Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might. Have the wish I wish tonight.”?

Or closing your eyes as the birthday candles are lit…trying to narrow down your list of wishes to just one wish?

Or how about singing the Disney song, “When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. Anything your heart desires will come to you”?

Truth is…we all have wishes…

From the one who has nothing…To the one who has it all…

From the smallest child of age…To the biggest child at heart…

Simple wishes…complex wishes…selfish wishes…heart’s cry wishes…

From snapping the turkey wishbone to throwing a coin in the fountain…

There’s a part of all of us who has “something” we long for…something we wish would change…a deep rooted dream we hold on to…

And yes, I’m sure our wishes have changed a bit since we were young…

Nonetheless…each one of our heart’s desires is important…and I believe even shapes who we become and what we go after…

star2I’m currently in an Online Bible Study with Proverbs 31 Ministries studying “What Happens When Women Walk in Faith”, by Lysa TerKeurst…a study on trusting God as He brings our dreams to fulfillment…

It’s only week 2, but this study is eye opening – Week 1 we learned the importance of leaving behind the old in order to go to a new level of faith with God; In Week 2 as we leave the old, we enter a famine phase – our comfort zone is gone, and we need to depend on God fully.

Yeah – fully…

I don’t know where you are in your walk with the Lord…or in your search for your dream…or which phase of faith you are in as you journey to achieve your dream…(there are 5 phases)…

But this I do know –

  • God has a wonderful plan for your (my) life and He is working out every detail for your (my) good and for His glory.
  • God will walk with you (me) along this journey – every step of the way.
  • Even though He is walking with you (me) – He is already ahead of you (me).
  • God has written your (my) story – He is the author of your (my) dreams.
  • God knows how it ends – and it ends well.

Knowing all this,

I don’t need to wait for the first star to appear to make a wish…

I don’t need to narrow my list and choose just one wish…

And I don’t need to wish upon a star…

delight

When God tells me straight up…in His Word…

“Delight yourself in the Lord, Dianna, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

And that’s a promise I can live with.

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

*Linking up with Tuesday at Ten; Make a Difference Monday; Grace & Truth

This entry was posted on April 22, 2015. 4 Comments

RESTing In His Grace & Power…

God’s Grace…Is Sufficient…For Me…2Cor129WEB

“My Grace…Is Sufficient…For You, Dianna…”

God’s Power…Is Made Perfect…In Weakness…

“My Grace…Is Made Perfect...In Your Weaknesses, Dianna…”

Therefore…I Will Boast…Gladly…Of My Weaknesses…

Because of This…I…Will…Boast…With a Joyful Heart…of ALL my Weaknesses…

Wow…I’ve read this verse probably hundreds of times throughout my life…But breaking it down…is so…well…personal

But the questions I’ve had to wrestle with this week…

Do I Believe God’s Grace is Sufficient?

When a job is lost…or a dream is shattered…when a loved one dies…or a relationship is broken…

Do I Act as if God’s Power is made perfect in my weaknesses?

When health deteriorates…or a spiritual battle rages within…

Do I Boast Gladly of my weaknesses?

When I am alone…or in a social setting…

Have brought me back to the #TRUTH of God’s Word…

word“But He Said to Me”…

How can I NOT believe God’s spoken Word? His Promises over and over throughout His written Word confirm…

His Grace Is Sufficient…

When Joseph was demoted…and Mary’s dreams of a huge family wedding were shattered…when Stephen was stoned…and Abraham and Lot were estranged…

His Power Is Made Perfect…

When Job was ailing…and when Saul was blinded on the road to Damascus…

His Chosen Ones Boasted Gladly…

When John was isolated on the Island of Patmos…and when Peter preached to an angry mob…

But Wait! There’s More!…

So That the Power of Christ May REST...Abide…Remain…On Me…

Whoa…Did you get that?

The same Power that rested on Joseph…on Mary…on Stephen…on Abraham…on Job…on Saul…on John…and Peter… 

The same Power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same Power that is resting on me…on you…

One thing I have determined…

I will take this to heart…

ImageI will believe that God’s Grace is sufficient…that His Power is made perfect in my weaknesses…

I will boast gladly of my weaknesses…

So that the Power of Christ may rest upon me…

Oh yeah…

Personal? You bet…

Living with Eyz2God,
Dianna

 

Linking up with Tuesday at Ten – This week’s prompt word ((REST))…

This entry was posted on April 15, 2015. 1 Comment

For {{REAL}}…

Five Minute Friday…Prompt Word…{{REAL}}

Start

I’m not much of a Reality Show watcher…I mean, how REAL can you be with television cameras filming your every move, listening to your every word, watching every emotion…knowing that thousands, if not millions, are tuned in…watching…critiquing…maybe even including your mom…

I know for myself, when I know someone is watching me, I tend to be extra careful…more cautious…and maybe I’m not so REAL at times…hiding things that I’m afraid might show my vulnerable side…

danceI read a saying years ago…

Dance like nobody’s watching…Sing like nobody’s listening…

Now, that’s being REAL

Especially if you’ve ever seen me dance…or heard me sing…

Why is it we let down our guard when we are alone…

And put up walls when we are with people…friends…even family…

When my daughter finished college, she went to live in Trinidad for a while, working with a Missions Team…I helped her move some things for her stay (tough job right?) and while I was visiting, couldn’t help but get caught up in some of the Trinidadian lingo…

One phrase in particular I still remember over 15 years later…

Instead of “For REAL“…the phrase they would use was “For TRUE”…

I heard it over and over…

And I think it stuck with me because it resonates with what Jesus said over and over in His ministry…

“Truly, Truly, I say to you”…

So to me…

Being REAL

Means being TRUE

Showing your true colors…Awkward dancing…Out-of-tune singing…And everything in-between…

Guess I need to work on my dance moves, huh?

Stop.

Living With Eyz2God, 

Dianna

This entry was posted on March 21, 2015. 4 Comments

Renewed {{Strength}}…

waittrainingDid you ever have surgery and afterwards needed to (re)condition your body to renew your strength?

It’s hard isn’t it?

Over the past 2 years I’ve had surgery on my rotator cuff, my lower back, my foot, and just recently, my foot (again) and ankle, of which I am still recovering.

I needed intensive physical therapy for my shoulder…ouch…ouch…ouch…

But for my back and my foot/ankle…it was recovery at home…slow and easy…one step at a time…til I am back to normal…

I know that every day I put weight on my foot is a day closer to being able to walk without a boot…and crutches…It’s a day closer to wearing regular shoes…and sandals (whohoo!!)…

But to get there…it takes consistent work…LOTS of patience and waiting…and yes, even a bit of pain…

I am seeing progress though…over the past 3 weeks I have gone from non-weight bearing, a boot, 2 crutches and sitting allllll day…to 1/2 weight bearing, a boot, and limited movement…to a shoe boot, 1 crutch and being able to vacuum and other household chores…to hobbling around in a shoe boot and driving alone…and that, my friends is progress…

The hardest part of any of this? Hasn’t been the pain…hasn’t even been watching the dirt in my house accumulate 04-08-13-woman-sunsetaround me (eeeek!)…

It has been the weariness of waiting…

You see, I’m not very patient when it comes to waiting…I want to see results…

Now…

Much like my spiritual life…

But God tells us in Psalm 37:7a, “Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him”

Oh.My.Goodness…

Rest AND Wait Patiently??? Really?

But just like my body needs to rest after surgery in order to become stronger…so also my soul needs to rest in the Lord…my Strength…

Now, if I take matters into my own hands after surgery and rush my recovery, most likely I will re-injure my foot and will probably set myself back for an even longer recovery…

More waiting…

So resting and waiting…patiently even…are just plain necessary to regaining strength…

I’ve been antsy lately, waiting for God to show me where I fit in…where my life is heading…where He is leading me…this season of my life…

so tiredFeeling so weary…

As though my own strength is failing…

My own patience is wearing thin…

So I’m thinking this post is probably more for me than anyone…

And you know what…

I think I finally get it…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

 

***Linking up with Tuesday at Ten – This weeks prompt word…{{STRENGTH}}…

 

 

This entry was posted on March 19, 2015. 7 Comments

Tuesday at Ten…{{GROW}}…

growMary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden GROW?…

It’s another Tuesday at Ten…and today’s prompt word {{GROW}} brought me back to my childhood and this sing-song poem…

Silly, right? No one is even sure of the true origin or meaning of these words…

Maybe it’s because I am looking forward to Spring and planting my own garden…

But the more I read these lines…

The more I have to wonder…

How does my (spiritual) garden Grow?

Do I take as much time to tend and cultivate my spiritual garden as I do the garden in my front yard?

Am I as concerned with my spiritual garden and how other people see it as I am the garden in my side yard?

Do I share the beauty of my spiritual garden with others as I share the beauty of my front garden?

What’s even Growing in my spiritual garden anyway?  How can I be sure that what’s there should be there?

When I tend a garden, I spend time…planting, cultivating, clearing out weeds that don’t belong…

So it seems fitting that in order to tend a spiritual garden I need to spend time with the Master Gardener…planting -Every_flower_must_grow_through_dirt-_~_Laurie_Jean_Sennotttthe seeds of His Word in my heart… cultivating those seeds with prayer…and allowing Him to clear out those things that don’t belong…ouch…painful but necessary…

A garden doesn’t take care of itself…when I let mine go, the weeds and bugs begin to take over…if I don’t water the flowers, they die…

But when I do take the time to tend my garden…to water…to weed…

Flowers begin to blossom…butterflies and birds take pleasure in the blooms…I am able to share the beauty of my garden at my kitchen table and with others…

Growing a garden takes work…

And growing my spiritual garden takes work…

grow in graceIn 2 Peter 3:18 we read, “Grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Grow…Develop…Mature…Increase…Expand…

All verbs…all action words…

And oh, so necessary if we want to harvest a garden that glorifies God…

So…how does my (spiritual) garden Grow?

In the knowledge and grace as I seek Jesus’ face…

That’s how my garden Grows…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

This entry was posted on March 11, 2015. 6 Comments