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Sailing

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'The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore." Vincent van Gogh

While visiting with a ninety-year old friend this past weekend, my husband asked her how she was feeling. She laughingly responded, "Well, I'm feeling like an old lady." To which he responded, "Yea, I've heard old age is not for sissies."

And to which I respond in thought, "Yea, life in general, even with all its beautiful moments, is really not for the faint of heart. If we live long enough, we will encounter tests, trials, adversities, and storms that will make us wonder if we truly are going to make it to shore.

I love the picture of the boat above, its sails emblazoned with one of my favorite scriptures. That is what we must cling to and believe with all of our hearts--God's plan for us includes a hope and a future and success. He doesn't promise smooth sailing, n…

Give Us This Day

I am convinced that this phrase from The Lord's Prayer is a perfect example of Kingdom praying.

 "Give us this day, our daily bread."

 There are several meanings this could have and most of them are probably right because Jesus had a way of covering a multitude of topics with very few words.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a dream but today is the day of salvation.





Psalm 118:24This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 
2 Corinthians 6:2
For he says,
"In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.  I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation."



We should be busy about God's business today because this is the only time we KNOW we have to tell others about Jesus and His redeeming love.

So we ask God for the day and for our daily needs.

But far greater than our daily needs of food, clothing, shelter, water, we need the True Daily Bread.

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of …

Thy Kingdom Come

What does this line from The Lord's Prayer mean?

 thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven?

There is a lot of speculation on this particular phrase in the prayer and several different takes on it.  My take is this:

If we are to pray in the here and now for God's kingdom to come to the here and now, I believe Jesus was telling us to pray that God's rule and authority would start to take control now in each individual life.

We should be on the lookout for where God is at work, where He is indicating that He wants to be at work and then focus our attention, our desires on joining up with Him to make these things come to fruition.

I love the phrase "Break my heart for what breaks Yours."  I want to be so passionate about what Christ is passionate about that my heart will break over the situations that cause His to break.

So what would that look like in your world today--if God's kingdom were to come into your life today?

The first thing that c…

The Lord's Prayer--A Kingdom Prayer

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Did I get it right in the last post when I said the definition of a kingdom prayer is this?

Kingdom prayers are prayers that do not dwell on the "here and now" and praying for someone's life to be easy and free of any kind of pain or stress, but focuses on prayers that will bring forth God's eternal Kingdom.
It seems that I said more what kingdom prayers are not than what they really are.

One thing about a blog I like is discovering day by day and being able to voice when we were not quite accurate (or totally inaccurate) in our quest for knowledge.  


I would like to restate what I believe kingdom prayers are.  
Kingdom prayers are prayers that focus on actions or attitudes today that will help promote and bring God's kingdom into our lives today so that people may be touched for eternity.  (I'm sure they are much more than this and I think God will keep revealing to us what kingdom prayers really are.)While praying this morning and asking God to show me what a ki…

Praying Kingdom Prayers

I attended a prayer seminar last night and all day today and wow was it ever good.

 I don't know that I learned anything that I did not already know but things were said in new ways, things I believed about prayer were definitely reinforced, and my lack of fervency and intensity in my prayer life were highlighted by the Holy Spirit and I was given new hope and zeal to continue in my role as intercessor.

Aren't we all called to be intercessors?

I believe we are.

Just for today we will focus on those we love so dearly--family and close friends.

Are you tempted to pray "fix-it" prayers (as they were called today at the conference) or are you led to pray kingdom prayers.

Kingdom prayers are prayers that do not dwell on the "here and now" and praying for someone's life to be easy and free of any kind of pain or stress, but focuses on prayers that will bring forth God's eternal Kingdom.

For the record, I am not saying we shouldn't pray those "fix-it&quo…

Your Prayers Were Answered

Remember when I wrote about trying to raise $1000 for Renewal Ranch?

As of this morning, the amount God has raised for Renewal Ranch through this endeavor is $1195.

Just wanted all of you to know.

Some of you have prayed many prayers for Renewal Ranch and for me trying to raise this money.

You will never know just how much I appreciate your prayers.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Praise be to Jesus!

My contact information is listed in the upper right of the sidebar. Please feel free to email me. I love hearing from you and cherish the friendships I have made through blogging.
© all photographs and text property of Dianne Hogue unless otherwise noted

My First Published Book

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Well, kinda! I published it myself.

Well, kinda! I used my Mac and Apple.

They did an awesome job--the quality of the book is top notch.

Actually makes my pictures look better than they really are I think.

And the cost is really reasonable.

I basically used a post I recently published on this blog (here it is) and turned it into a coffee table book or everybody book as some people call them.

If you would like to make a book but don't have a Mac or don't want to use Apple, check out books from Blurb and Shutterfly.  I have seen one that Shutterfly did and it was on the same order as mine.  Have fun designing!


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Please feel free to email me. I love hearing from you and cherish the friendships I have made through blogging. 

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Armor of Light

This post is taken from my journal dated January 24, 2003.

 I am going to copy it word for word.

 {my words to God}

"I turn to You by faith, Lord--I turn deliberately from my mind's wanderings unto You, O Lord my God-- I am here to experience You,

O Lord-- Bring me into a vivid, personal, overmastering relationship to Jesus Christ to make me a minister and a witness.

Lord, I want to be devoted to You not a Cause--I want to be absolutely Yours--

As Paul said, 'For I am determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.'

{God's Words to me in my spirit}
"Tell them I will exchange garments with them--in exchange for their rags and filthy clothing I will give them linens of purest white unsoiled by the world and the world's way of thinking which we know is 'calling evil good and good evil.' Rejoice, my daughter, and all you who hear My voice that you are clothed now in armor of light--The enemy cannot come near as long as you…

Faith Kept Alive!

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was reading through an old journal from 2002 and wanted to share what I was meditating on at that point in time.




I labeled this as a "crucial teaching"-- When Jesus was looking toward Peter's denial of Him and cautioning him against it, He said, "Simon, Simon, behold satan hath desired to have you, to sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for thee, that they faith fail not."Peter's faith certainly faltered but it did not fail. 
What I took from this is: Faith is kept alive by prayer. Faith is obedient--faith acts- Faith goes to wash in the pool of Siloam when told to, it casts the net where Jesus commands, instantly without question or doubt or hesitation--faith takes the stone away from the grave of Lazarus.Do you know someone today who is in jeopardy of their faith failing? I certainly do.   Let's take a lesson from Jesus and be an intercessor for them. My friend, if you are reading this and you feel as though your faith may fail, please remember that …

A Tutorial On Sparkly Eyes (and other things)

Good morning,

Would you like your soul revived this morning?

Would you like to make wise decisions today?

Would you like to have a heart full of joy? 

How about radiant, light-filled eyes? Everybody loves sparkly eyes, right?

I memorized Psalm 19 a couple of years ago and am revisiting it because it was becoming a little fuzzy in the ole memory box.

It seems to me that this scripture indicates, if not flat out says, that if we study God's Word and put it into practice, we will have the benefits stated.


THESE ARE AWESOME!

 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

 9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.

 The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.

 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than hone…

I Am Praying For You Today

I am focusing on Psalm 25 today. I am planning to read it at least a few times, studying and absorbing it as I go.

I am also focusing on Andrew Murray's book, Waiting On God and his "go to" scripture for the chapter I am reading is Psalm 25:2-3, thus my extreme interest in that chapter.



O my God, I trust in you;  let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me.  Indeed, let no one who waits on you be ashamed;  let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.

Murray states, "In our meditation for today, let each one of us forget himself and think of the great number of God's people throughout the world who are waiting on Him right now. And let us all join in this fervent prayer for each other:  'Let no one who waits on You be ashamed'."

This is my prayer for you today.  Wherever you are in the world, I am praying for you--I wish every one of you had a copy of Andrew Murray's book in front of you right now so you could read of hi…

Mud Pies!

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i can't believe i ate the whole thing!

Did you ever make a mud pie when you were little?

Looking back I wonder what was so intriging about them.

True, we got to play in water;

true, we got to play in some dirt;

true, they did look amazingly like my grandmother's pies except mine were little individual pies.

Sadly we couldn't partake of their delectable goodness.

Speaking of my grandmother's pies brings to mind this little incident that has been told on my Aunt Frances.

I think she was about 7 or 8 years old when this happened.

It seems that my grandmother had just baked two of her out of this world, creamy, flaky-crusted, heavenly (I hope you are getting the picture here) chocolate pies and set them in the window sill to cool AFTER reminding everybody to stay out of them and not touch them until suppertime. (Well, that's what it was called back then.)

My aunt, being overcome with the temptation of it all, proceeded to consume a piece of one of the pies.

Knowing that she would…

Were You There?

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Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Were you there?



Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble, were you there when they crucified my Lord?


Were you there when they nailed Him to a tree? Were you there?





Were you there when He rose up from the dead?
Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble,
Were you there when He rose up from the dead?

Read more about the resurrection of Jesus here.

Blessings for a wonderful Easter,
Dianne

Photos are of an original acrylics on canvas painting I did several years ago--
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a repost from past pages

Before the Cock Crows

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