I’VE LEARNED THAT…I Continue to Learn…

It’s another Tuesday at Ten…and the phrase prompt for the week…

swingI’ve Learned That…

“Through it all…Through it all…I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God. Through it all…Through it all…I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.”

God’s Word…

“The Lord is my Light and my Salvation…Whom then shall I fear? Whom then shall I fear? The Lord, is the Strength of my life. The Lord, is the Strength of my life. Of whom then, shall I be afraid?”

“When we walk with the Lord, in the Light of His Word, What a Glory He sheds on the way. What He says we will do, Where He sends we will go. Never fear, only trust and obey. Trust and Obey, for there’s no other way. To be happy in Jesus, But to Trust and Obey.”

Trust…Obedience…

“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus….There’s just something about that Name. Master, Saviour, Jesus…Like the fragrance after the rain. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…Let all heaven and earth proclaim. Kings and kingdoms will all pass away…But there’s something about that Name.”

Calling on the Name of Jesus…

“Jesus loves me, This I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.”much I know

Knowing that Jesus Loves Me…

I come to the garden alone While the dew is still on the roses. And the voice I hear falling on my ear The Son of God discloses. And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own; And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known.”

“What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!”

Prayer…Communion…Fellowship…

Are all essential parts of growing my relationship with Christ…

Sounds duh! right? But really, the enemy wants us to forget these things that draw us close(r) to God…

And he wants us (to choose) to remember what God chooses to forget…our past…our sins…”I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25

Yep, I’ve Learned That…When I try to do things in my own strength…When I choose selective hearing over His Voice…When I turn my eyes away from the face of Jesus…When I allow the busyness of life to keep me from spending time in His Word or in prayer…

That’s when the enemy gains a foothold and begins to pull me down…and I grow weary…and his hold grows tighter…and I slip…

But God…God for you

Don’t you just love those words?

I’ve Learned That…He fights for us my friends! When we are weak, He is our Strength. When we are weary, He lifts us up!  When we face the impossible… Through Him, In Him, All things are possible!

My Christian walk is a process, never reaching completion until I meet Jesus face to face.

Until then, I choose to remember all I’ve Learned…

Until then, I Continue to Learn from the Master Teacher…

And I’m plenty okay with that…

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

P.S. Can you tell music was on my mind today??? I’ve also learned that worship and praise music, hymns, and scripture put to music always comes back to me…years later!

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

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

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

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))…

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

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}}…