I Find Faith in…God’s Promises…

I Find Faith in…God’s Promises..

shoppingWhen I was a teen, one of my youth leaders gave me a Christmas gift – it was a beautiful little box packed full with Scripture cards with verses of promises from God…I would open this box every morning before school and read a verse, and then pray that verse for myself for that day.

Somewhere after high school that beautiful little box got packed away as I moved away to college…then on to married life…

And somewhere during a very troubled marriage that beautiful little box reappeared…with all of God’s Promises still there…just for me…for each of my days…

And I cherished them even more…

You see, God’s Promises are never ending…They are for our yesterdays…and for our todays…and for our tomorrows…

God’s Promises cover a multitude of life circumstances…They are for those days we look for wisdom…and for the days we stand in awe…they are for the days we feel alone…and afraid…and for those nights we stain our pillows with tears…

Finding Faith in God’s Promises gives me something to hold onto other than something of my own doingjeremiah2911

And personalizing God’s Promises makes them oh, so much more real…Have you ever taken one of God’s Promises and inserted your name? It’s like God speaking to you…Just to you…Right. Where. You. Are.

God gave me some verses when I was going through a very dark period in my marriage which I claimed as His Promises to me for that time – and He has been bringing these verses back to me the past two weeks –

Jeremiah 29:11-13 ~“For I know the plans I have for you, Dianna” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me Dianna and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Dianna, you will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

If you haven’t already, I encourage and challenge you to do a word study on the Promises of God found in His Word. There are literally thousands to be found! Pick a few – personalize them – and start your day by praying them for yourself.

When Scripture becomes personal, our God becomes more personal…and our faith grows…

John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God. ”

Hmmm…Wow…So…What does that tell you about personalizing and praying God’s Word? And the power that comes with God’s Word? And the power in God’s Promises?

I Find Faith in God’s Promises…Honestly? I don’t know where I would be today without them…

But I do know where I will spend eternity because of them.

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

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5 “BE’s” for a Sweeter Day…

Do you ever get to the end of your day and wonder where the time went? Or what you  actually did with the time you had? Or how about just being plain weary..

You know, God wants us to take joy in our days…but how do we do that when we deal with the needs of our children…spouses…and families…demanding jobs…distractions…bad news…or a fast paced life…

How about 5 Simple “BE’s” to think on and put into practice each day? Nothing earth shattering…nothing new… perbe gratefulhaps just gentle reminders as we go about our day for added joy and a sweeter ending…

  • BE Grateful….wow! Really? Yes…really! When you open your eyes in the morning, give thanks. Give thanks for your breath. Give thanks for your eyesight. Give thanks for the sunshine. Give thanks for the rain. Give thanks for your children. Give thanks for the quiet. Just. Give. Thanks.

God tells us in His Word to “give thanks in everything.”  Try putting on praise music as you wait for your coffee…do your morning workout…take your shower… Starting the day with thanksgiving and gratitude in our hearts and praises on our lips gives us a positive attitude before we even head out the door. And I don’t know about you…but attitude is a game changer – mine…or some else’s…I can’t control others, but I sure can control mine!

  • BE Prepared…Just as we would prepare for a business meeting…or a shopping trip…or a day in the clasfirst5s room…we need to prepare ourselves for the day….we need to prepare for the battle(s) we will face perhaps even right outside our bedroom door…we need to prepare for the battle(s) we fight within the rooms of our own hearts..

So…How do we do that? Spend time with God. Simple right? By giving Him even the *first 5 minutes of our day (see info below) we will  receive so much more from the rest of our day. Whether you use a Bible Study plan, Daily Devotional, or Open your Bible and Read, it is so important to spend time “renewing our minds” before we enter the busyness of our day….and forget…or are too tired…ya know what I mean?

  • BE Ready…even if a soldier is trained and prepared for battle he must be ready and protected as he goes into battle… This protection includes wearing the proper clothing, and carrying a working rifle and other appropriate gear as needed…each piece for their intended purpose…

In Ephesians we are told to “put on the whole armor of God so we can face the enemy.” The whole armor friends, not just parts or pieces. If a soldier goes into battle without his full armor he is facing certain injury and possibly ddba74d3ef2f742f4cf95e3051be8146death. As uncomfortable as it may be, it may save his life. Ephesians 6 tells us, “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert.” Each piece for a specific purpose…

  •  BE Alert… If we truly want to hear from God, we need to be looking for Him…not only to be aware of opportunities and the people He sends our way…but also to be aware of the enemy stepping into our path…just as troops post guards to be on the look out for the enemy, so too, do we need to be on guard…

By asking ourselves,”Am I ready to hear from God today?”we become willing vessels in the hands of a Master planner, thankful, prepared, and ready for the day He has set before us…But be aware, that as we are used by God, the enemy will most certainly step up his game…

As we settle in for the night…a 5th and final “BE” to remember…

  • BE Reflective…by taking time to look back on the day, we are able to look for, and see, where Gods hand was in our day… opportunities we chose to follow…opportunities we missed or chose to ignore…ways we were blessed…ways we honored God…and ways we can do better tomorrow…I-remember

Using a notebook or journal gives an ongoing and permanent record…and it is amazing to look back at the journey God has set me on…the ups and downs…lessons learned…but always incredibly blessed that He has planned out my day and chosen the special tasks He knows are best for me.

How reassuring are the words of God found in Jeremiah 29:11 ~”For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans not for evil but for your good.”

When I take time to spend time with my sweet Jesus, my day always seems to go better. Yes, the dog may still run away, I may still have a flat tire, and I may still be late for an appointment, but my outlook is a lot different when I start my day with Him.

And looking back on my day before I close my eyes, my prayer is that I did my best to honor my Saviour…and if I missed an opportunity… a lesson learned…well…that just gives me something to work on tomorrow. And His mercies are always new every morning…

Living with Eyz2God,

Dianna

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Did God REALLY Say….

did God“Did God really say?”…..

Those (in)famous words from the serpents’ mouth…to Eve’s ears…in that beautiful, perfect garden…

Ever wonder why she listened?

Was it the mesmerizing beauty of the serpent? Or the fact that a serpent spoke? Although the Bible doesn’t tell us that Eve was surprised by either of these…

Or could it just have been the words that were spoken? Placing doubt…feeding her ego…touching the root of her heart’s desire…

But let’s be honest here…Are we really any different today?

Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us “there is nothing new under the sun”…and oh, how true that is…

A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court of The United States (SCOTUS) ruled 5 to 4 that “the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live”…

Since then, I have read and heard comment after comment from all sides of the spectrum…agreeing…disagreeing… quoting Scripture…mis-quoting Scripture….name-calling…etc…etc…etc…

Over the past year or so, I’ve watched men and women who I have respected as teachers of God’s Word speak of The Bible as “irrelevant for today”, “too literal”, “letters from 2000 years ago”, “just written by men”…

And I’ve grieved silently…

Until today…

Cause God has been speaking to me and showing me that we are walking in dangerous territory – really dangerous territory…and the enemy is 3031268-Small-garden-with-a-lot-of-fruit-trees-flowers-and-other-plants--Stock-Photoapproaching the church today just as he approached Eve in that beautiful, perfect garden…

“Did God really say?”…

And the way the church…and some believers are responding…is the same way Eve responded in the garden…

  • She entertained conversation with the serpent and listened to a twisted truth…
  • She looked (again) at the fruit – the same fruit that had always been there – but this time saw it in a different light – she saw something more desirable, because of the seeds of doubt that had been planted…
  • She took the fruit, ate, and shared with her husband, who also ate…to satisfy their own desires…

1 John 2:16 tells us, “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.”

I believe the church today…and followers of Christ…are freely entertaining conversation with the enemy, and far too often listening to his twisted truth…

I believe the church today…and followers of Christ…are looking again at the fruit…the Bible – God’s Holy Word -, God’s Law – and seeing it in a different light…because of the seeds of doubt planted…

I begospellieve the church today…and followers of Christ…are taking the fruit…the Bible – God’s Holy Word – God’s Law – and making it their own…offering opinions…to satisfy their wants, their needs, and their desires…

Satan knows just where to tempt us, doesn’t he – after all, his own fall from the heavens was because of his own desire to be like God… he was prideful…self-seeking…

And seriously…aren’t we all?

I have recently spoken to, prayed with, and prayed for, women who’s hearts are aching…aching and breaking for their marriages…for their children – young and adult…for their extended family members…for their friends…

Aching because society…and loved ones…are telling them to choose…To choose between a love for – and acceptance of – the world and all it stands for…and their faith…

So how does the church…how do we as believers…respond when we are faced with a myriad of social issues that go against the very core of what we believe…

How does the church…how do we as believers…make sure we don’t get caught up in a serpent vs. Eve syndrome – listening to the voices of society instead of the Voice of our Father?

How about simply spending time with God? Too easy? How about this…

  • Study God’s Word so we truly and clearly know the Truth – “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2
  • Know God’s Word so we can refute the enemy with the same power as Jesus – “But Jesus answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” ~ Matthew 4:4
  • Believe God’s Word never changes and is written for today – no matter when “today” may be –  “Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” ~ Psalm 119:89

And by the way? Standing firm in your faith isn’t easy…standing firm for your faith can lead to misunderstandings… alienation… persecution…and yes…possibly one day, even death…PicMonkey Photo

But standing firm in your faith also reaps rewards…and the greatest rewards may never be seen this side of heaven…but know this my friend…they are there…waiting…

And quite honestly? I would rather bow before my Abba Father in Heaven knowing I stood firm in my faith…than stand before my Abba Father knowing I bowed to the world…

“Did God really say?”

Yes. He Did.

Living With Eyz2God,

Dianna

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

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