Five Minute Friday…{{Visit}}…

Well, it’s another Five Minute Friday with the word prompt {{Visit}}…

visit-pc-block-207x141This word…has me thinking…cause with the cold weather and snow we’ve been having the past month, I am definitely ready for a Visit to warmer climate…and sunshine more than 2 times a week…

A Visit is brief…It’s just a small amount of time spent somewhere…and/or with someone… sometimes planned…sometimes spontaneous…

But the best kind of Visit is one that is anticipated…and welcomed by both parties…

And I think of Jesus…and His Visits

With His friends…Mary…Martha…Lazarus…and how they spent their time together…

With complete strangers walking down the road…discussing the Scriptures…

With His enemies…gently showing them…through blinded eyes…that He is the Way…the Truth…and Life…

But even though I love to go away…to Visit new places…and spend time with old friends…

I always love returning home…the sweetness of home…

mattIn Matthew 11:28 Jesus speaks to His followers, “Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”…

And in my own sacred time with Him, Jesus speaks to me…“Come to Me, Dianna…you are weary…you are carrying burdens too heavy for you…you are worried about too much…Come…Visit Me…Sit with Me for a while…and I will give you rest…”

The sweetness of Home…and a Visit with Jesus…

you just can’t do any  better…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

 

 

 

This entry was posted on March 3, 2015. 1 Comment

{{FEAR (not)}}…

It’s another Tuesday at Ten…another word prompt…and due to surgery last week, I am late…very late…in my post…

This week’s word is {{FEAR}}…

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Moses and The children of Israel…while facing the Red Sea in front while Pharoah’s army approaches from behind…

Joshua …Gideon…while preparing their small armies for battles against massive numbers and an impenetrable city…

Mary and Joseph…Shepherds…while receiving news that would forever change their lives…

The disciples…the women at Jesus’ tomb…while receiving reassurance in the midst of uncertain and seemingly impossible circumstances…

Throughout Scripture men and women were visited by angels…Heard the voice of God…Were soothed by Jesus’ gentle words…

“Fear Not”

What caught my eye was not only that these great men and women were visited by an angel…or that Jesus spoke to them…

But they were reassured with the words FEAR (not)

Before they were rescued…fear not

Before they were victorious in their battles…

Before they were catapulted into church history…

Which just puts a new twist on the Scriptures when I read them…

You see, God visited each one of these men and women to strengthen them…to reassure them…of His Presence…

Before they were sent into battle….

So they would remember His Presence…

While they were in the midst of the battle…

God knew they would be afraid…He knew they would look around for their help…

He also knew what each one would be feeling and facing in the coming days…

He came to them fully knowing their human-ness would leave them paralyzed with Fear…when they heard their marching orders… 029-pixabay-lighthouse-116524

So He came to them in His Glory…in His Mightiness..to ease their fear before it began…

With a promise…a promise of His Presence…of His Strength…of His Help…

And look at the amazing results…

The Red Sea parted…Pharoah’s army was destroyed…Walls of a great city tumbled…A small army won without even lifting a weapon…A Saviour was born…Simple shepherds visited a King…The Church began…and continues to spread…

So what does this say to me…

About my future…

And what does this say to you…

About your future…fear not1 Living With Eyz2God, Dianna

This entry was posted on March 3, 2015. 2 Comments

Five Minute Friday…{{OPEN}}…

It’s Five Minute Friday…another day to gather with others and just write what’s on our hearts…for 5 minutes…

Today’s Prompt Word…{{OPEN}}…

Start…

I’ve heard it said, and I firmly believe it to be true…

That when we hold onto things too tightly it becomes harder to release our grip on those things…

When we are called to serve Jesus, in whatever capacity He calls us, and we are tight-fisted with the things of this world…

Our hands are closed…

Closed to reaching out…

Closed to lending a hand…

Closed to blessing others…open

And

Closed to Receive…

Hands clenched….holding on…

Leaves no room to receive from others…

To receive those blessings God has waiting for us…

But when we {{OPEN}} our hands…

We have Open hands to reach out…

Open hands to lend a helping hand…

Open hands to bless others…

Open hands to receive all that God can place into our Open palms…

Open hands and palms up…ready to praise…

Stop.

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

This entry was posted on February 22, 2015. 2 Comments

Tuesday at Ten…{{ACCEPTANCE}}…

past2I grew up in the church…so The Woman at the Well was a story I knew well…

or did I…

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…

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 “Sam” when she arrived…

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 “Sam’s” physical and spiritual need for Acceptance…more conversation…Gentle Jesus conversation…

Once “Sam” “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 Acceptance

She found perfect love…at the well…

I wonder what happened to “Sam” 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…

The past two years I have battled health issues I didn’t count on…emotional losses that have left me drained…and family losses that have left me heart broken…but of course, my Jesus knew that…

He had to go through Georgetown…

  • where I live…Acceptance

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

 

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

This entry was posted on February 18, 2015. 7 Comments

Tuesday at Ten…{{RENEW}}…

It’s another Tuesday at Ten…and this week’s prompt word…{{RENEW}}…

so tiredDid you ever have one of those days when you were running late…get in the car…and start to drive…only to look down… and see that your gas gauge is on “E”?

E…M…P…T…Y…

I have played Russian Roulette so many times with my fuel…praying as I get closer to a gas station…”Please, Just let me get there, Lord…”

But is the stress and the worry I am dealing with…driving on fumes…driving on Empty…really worth the 10 minutes I could have taken the day before to fill the tank…

Or have you ever had to make a phone call, picked up your phone, and noticed the battery is on it’s last charge? Or you only have 1 bar of service?

D…R…A…I…N…E…D…    O…F…   E…N…E…R…G…Y…

Or how about the 5 dozen cookies you need to bake for your child’s Valentine party the next morning, that they just informed you of as they were brushing their teeth, while getting ready for bed…as your youngest child complained of a tummy ache and whoops…too late… threw up in the hallway…while your oldest child informed you that, oh yeah, Dad called, and said he needs you to pick him up cause his car broke down at the office…when?…an hour ago…

O…V…E…R…L…O…A…D…

Can you relate? Ok so maybe the 3 kids and the dad thing may be a little over the top…

Or is it…

There is a reason for the old “Calgon Take Me Awayyyyyyyy”….. commercial back in the day…Haha! most of you are probably too young to remember, but if you google it you’ll get a kick out of it…

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Sometimes, we as moms, as wives, as women…

Need to get away…to retreat…to RENEW our minds…and refresh our spirits…

But what do we need…what do we really need to RENEW our minds and refresh our spirits…

Well…let’s take a look at Someone who took time away…to RENEW and refresh His Spirit…

and what He did…

“But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.”  Luke 5:16

“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone.” Matthew 14:23

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”  Mark 1:35

Even though He had the Power and Authority of Almighty God Himself available at all times, Jesus grew weary…

He even fell asleep in a boat and slept through a storm…

And He didn’t even feel guilty…He was tired..He slept…

But He also knew…that He needed time alone…with His Father…to RENEW and refresh His Spirit…

So He withdrew…

to pray…

He slipped away…often…

to pray…rest

So what do we do when we are Running On Empty…Drained of Energy…Overwhelmed…

I don’t know about you, but there’s just something about a time of prayer and communion with my Abba Father that recharges me when I am feeling run down…

I can sit on the front porch with a cup of coffee and watch the birds at the feeder and just pour my heart out to Him…

and i know He hears me…

or I can be curled in the darkest corner of my room pouring my tears and my heart out to Him…

and I know He hears me…

You see, when we are Running on Empty…it’s so easy to become drained of energy…overwhelmed…fearful…depressed…

We were created to have fellowship with our Father…and not Praying to Him is like not speaking to anyone in your house…ever…

It’s like not putting fuel in your gas tank…ever…

It’s like not charging your cell phone…ever…

prayerWe have an opportunity to tap into an Unending Resource of Energy…Every Day…

A way of being RENEWed…

It’s Free…

And It’s Called Prayer…

How Awesome Is That?

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

This entry was posted on February 12, 2015. 1 Comment

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! Early last week I stood at my window, watching as beautiful white powder swirled and fell, covering my yard – ok, ok I’m not thrilled with snow, and we surely lucked out with just a “squall”, 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 anxiously looking forward to Spring arriving March 20th…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 Eyz2God,

Dianna

This entry was posted on February 5, 2015. 4 Comments

Tuesday at Ten…{{FAITH}}…

Well, it’s another Tuesday at Ten…and today’s prompt word…{{FAITH}}…

It is absolutely amazing to me sometimes (and I don’t know why) how God just reaches down and hits me smack dab in the middle of my head…kinda like the V-8 commercial…and gives me a life example of what I am writing about…even as I am struggling to write about it…

I wasn’t sure about how to go about writing about {{FAITH}}…so many angles…so many variations of the word itself…

But God showed me this week in the midst of lighting a fire…hmmm…He does that, doesn’t He?

And my question is this…What Fuels Your Faith?

Faith is not believing that god can, it is knowing that He willI’ve read and heard this quote many times,“Faith is not believing that God can, It is knowing that He will.” ~ Ben Stein

And I have to wonder…How do you get to that point of knowing that He will?

My husband and I have a wood stove that partially heats our home during the winter months – we haven’t gotten to the point of using it as our only source of heat yet, but we’re working on it!

Usually he is the one who gets the fire started in the morning, and once he goes off to work, it’s my job to keep it going until he gets home. He then takes over until we turn in for the night.

This past week it’s been a bit colder than normal during the day, and I have learned a few things about “tending” the fire that also have shown me some things about “fueling my faith”…

  • Building a fire and keeping it going takes the right kind of fuel…paper…kindling…logs…But it also takes the right balance…There’s an art to building a fire…did you know that? Too much paper, it just burns up fast…Too much kindling, it doesn’t catch…Too many logs and not enough kindling or paper, and it smothers the fire before it fire1starts…yep…I learned that too this week…
  • One of the keys to keeping the fire burning hot is to continue to feed it consistently…Okay…I have to admit I am terrible at this…I get busy around the house and forget until it’s too late…
  • Neglecting the fire and allowing it to burn down to embers only takes more time and effort to rebuild it back to the temperature where it does it’s most effective work…Yep…that’s where forgetfulness and neglect take me – in and out of the house, collecting kindling, trying to restart the fire so it warms the house again…
  • Clearing out the old ashes helps start and keep a new fire burning a lot easier than having a pile of ash…This is usually my hubby’s job, before he builds a fire in the morning, so I usually don’t have to worry about this one…but I do notice as the wood burns down, how it leaves a pile of ash…if that ash isn’t cleared out often enough, the paper, kindling and logs would just sit in the old ash, and possibly just burn out as it ignites…

Okay…so how do these “lessons from the wood stove” relate to “fueling our faith”? Well, here’s how…

  • Building our faith and keeping it going strong takes the proper fuel…God’s Word…… Knowing God’s word so it becomes a part of who we are… 
  • One of the keys to fueling our faith is to be consistent in feeding our faith…How? Hearing from Him…Daily…Through wordspending time in God’s Word…Talking to Him…Regularly…Spending time with Him in Prayer…Through gathering with other believers for teaching and fellowship…Learning from other believers…
  • Neglecting our faith allows it to burn down to embers, losing it’s effectiveness to those around us, and sometimes takes years to rebuild…I think we all know someone who’s been down this road…for whatever reason…a prodigal son..or daughter…maybe even ourselves…looking to what the world has to offer…until that small spark, that small ember reignites within…
  • Clearing out the old ash… I believe Paul had a clear vision of this when he wrote to the Philippian church…”forgetting what was behind” and “reaching forward”…

So…how do you get to that point of not just believing that God can…but knowing that He will?

Psalm 119:111 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Acts 2:42 “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

Luke 15:17-18 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.”

Philippians 3:13,14 “but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Fuel your Faith…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

This entry was posted on January 29, 2015. 2 Comments