For {{REAL}}…

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

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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

What is that in your hand…

There is a popular commercial on tv for a credit card that features some well-known celebrities and some not-so-well-known Vikings… it promises all kinds of good things when you sign up and charge with it…it leads us to believe we simply can’t live without it…and ultimately ends with the saying, “What’s in your Wallet?”…

Is there something magical about this card that opens doors and leaves you something otherwise unattainable? ummm…besides debt? or…

Does this card change you into something you aren’t? Give you special powers? ummm…besides stressed when you go into debt?

I was reminded of this ad during church this week…bare with me here…when our pastor was talking about Jacob and small beginnings…which eventually…over time…yeah like over 200 years from the initial promise to his father Abraham…lead to great endings…

But he also reminded us that God used (and still uses) those (of us) who are ill-equipped for the job…

icorFrom 1 Cor 1:26 we read the words of Paul, “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.”

Not many of you were wise by human standards…really now, how many of the Old Testament prophets went to college and seminary and held a degree in theology?

Not many were influential…hmmm…some of the disciples were fishermen…tax collectors…scoundrels…not too influential by our standards huh?

Not many were of noble birth..Billy Graham…Oswald Chambers…D.W. Moody…may not be of royal birth but they are heirs to the Kingdom…

But I love the beginning of this verse even more…Brothers and sisters (equal opportunity here, ladies!), think of what you were when you were called…

Does it matter that we may not be the smartest dude in the class? Does it matter how tall we are? or How much we have in our bank account?

I don’t think God has a “take-a-number” list…waiting to see who measures up so He can use them for His service…

I believe God calls those He knows will answer…those He knows are up for His Boot Camp…those He knows are weak in themselves…afraid to fail…yet, afraid to succeed…Chosen

I’d say most, if not all, of the men and women of the Bible were less than ready for what God called them to…and had they known ahead of time, I’m not even sure they would have signed up…

But one thing my pastor said in his sermon that stuck with me…

When God called Moses…Moses’ immediate response was one of disbelief…fear…feelings of inadequacy… But God’s response?

Moses…What is that in your hand?“…A shepherd’s  staff…yet it was used by God to part the Red Sea and conquer armies…

David…What is that in your hand? A slingshot…5 small stones gathered…used by God – btw…only one stone was needed – to slay the giant Goliath…

Rahab…What is that in your hand? A scarlet cord…used by God to mark her home and save her family from destruction…

Joshua…What is that in your hand? A pitcher…trumpets…voices…used by God to win a battle and tumble the great walls of Jericho…

You see, God uses us…when we are obedient to His calling…fears…failures…inadequacies… and sometimes even in spite of all our training…

We may not think we have what it takes…

But He equips us as needed…and sometimes He has to strip away those unnecessary tools we tend to hang onto…

He gives us our ticket to board the train…sometimes as we are boarding…but He always gives it to us…

What’s in your wallet? Is it security? Money? Prestige? Extra letters after your name? The things of this world?

imagesGod isn’t interested in all that…

So…I ask you…I ask myself…

What is that in your hand? A willing spirit? A listening ear? Your voice? A Bible?

A bag of outgrown clothes? A glass of water? A cup of coffee?

Ah…now He can work…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

This entry was posted on March 10, 2015. 3 Comments

Tuesday at Ten…{{Create}}…

It’s another Tuesday at Ten and this week’s prompt word Create brings to mind Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”…

and God saw that it was good… over and over…

Now, I’m not real creative when it comes to art…but I do dabble in needlepoint and cross stitch…and I do create some pieces I would say from my own viewpoint… once completed…are good…

tap1But while I’m sewing, I don’t always see the beauty…I only see the frays…the mistakes…the cover ups of my rushing…or my laziness to cut corners to get it done…in my time…

I don’t take time to acknowledge my progress…and perhaps become impatient…bored…

And sometimes, I don’t even take the time to admire my completed project…I set it aside…relieved that it’s done…and move on to another project…

But God doesn’t rush, does He? He’s never in a hurry…

He took 6 days to Create the heavens and the earth and all that was in it…

He saw the beauty in His creation…He admired the progress in each specific thing that He created…He enjoyed His creation…He saw that it was good…

He created man…and woman…and His creation was complete…tap2

And He saw that it was very good…and He rested…

Content in His creation…

And I am reminded of Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

God’s masterpiece…did you get that? Only the greatest works of art are ever called masterpieces…

That’s us…that’s you…and me…

Created by God…New…in Christ Jesus…

That’s us…that’s you…and me…

But we weren’t created to adorn a wall…or to be packed away in a box…

No…we were created So we can do the good things he planned for us long ago…

And that leaves me to ask myself…

Do I see the beauty of God’s creation…or do I focus on the frays…the flaws…the mistakes…of me…

Do I take time to acknowledge the progress I am making as a child of God…or do I become impatient…bored….

Do I even really understand who I am in Christ…redeemed…righteous before God…and am I truly grateful for the work that has been completed on my behalf…

Cause if I didcreate…Really…truly…

My life would be radically different…

and so it is that my prayer… and the cry of my heart…is found along with David…

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

This entry was posted on March 8, 2015. 4 Comments

{{Gather}} me…Under Your Wings…

 

It’s another Five Minute Friday – Five Minutes to write on a word prompt – Today’s Word Prompt {{Gather}} brings me back to a year ago when I wrote this blog on the same idea. I hope it’s okay to reblog – No matter how many times I hear this word, I am reminded of these pics, and these verses of Truth from God’s Word… GATHER…

daddys home 3My son had just returned from Oman…having been away from his wife and 3 young children for 5 months…serving his country…

My daughter-in-law captured this moment when my grand-son woke up and came out of his room to find his daddy waiting for him…

Of all my family pics, I think this is one of my favorites…

The look of love…and relief…to once again be held in daddy’s strong arms…

And knowing my son, there are tears on his face as well…

Tears of love…and relief…to once again be holding his son in his arms…

At one time separated by thousands of miles…only to be reunited…to be gathered in a strong embrace…and held…

Protected…loved…(Re)-assured of his presence…

My grand-daughter woke up shortly after, and the hugs continued…(my youngest grand-son was only a few months old at the time my son left)…

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I am reminded of these beautiful verses from Scripture:

“He will shelter you with his wings; you will find safety under his wings. His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall.” ~ Psalm 91:4

“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” ~ Psalm 63:7

And I am in awe…

That I, a sinner, am able to find safety under His wings…That He is my help…my shield…my protective wall…

Yet, I sing…

But I am also reminded of the grieving heart of Jesus…

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” ~ Matthew 23:37

And I begin to wonder…

How often do I turn away God’s messengers…or turn from His help…His protective shield…

How often am I not willing to allow my Jesus, my Savior, my Lord…

To gather me under His wings….to love me…to (Re)-assure me of His Presence…

And I begin to weep…

Ashamed of my ungratefulness…my self-reliance…my unrepentant heart…

BUT GOD…my Abba Father…my Papa God…my Heavenly Daddy…

In His infinite mercy and love…so very gently…continues to gather me under His wings…

And I have to wonder if there are tears on His face…

under wings

Living with Eyz2God,

Dianna

This entry was posted on March 6, 2015. 4 Comments

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. 2 Comments