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Trusting in Him

Psalm 37:8b says, "Do not fret--it leads only to evil."

Websters says the meaning of fretting is becomes vexed or worried.

All the verses in the first two posts lead us now to a decision--the decision of TRUST.

Here are links to the first two posts--

Are You Hurting?

Do You Know Anyone Who Wouldn't Like This?

Will we choose to accept by faith the truth of the previous scriptures, especially Romans 8:28.

Wow!  Do we really believe that?  That fretting leads only to evil.
But honestly.............think about it.  Can you think of one single solitary time in your life when becoming vexed or worrying added any "good" to your life?It is one thing to take common sense precautions about the things that we have some control over but to deliberately stew and worry over something over which we have no control is not pleasing to our Lord.In fact, not only is it not pleasing to Him, He truly wants us to be "worry-free."  He wants to carry all of our burdens for us, …

Just Checking In

Just wanted to check in with you.

 I am so sorry but am not going to be able to get the next post (in the series) up until tomorrow evening.

 We have had a super busy week--so, so fun but I'm exhausted--a very good exhausted.

 On Sunday we traveled with Renewal Ranch to Pine Bluff, just a little over an hour away.

 We had a great service and their church put on a potluck the likes of which I have never seen--everything homemade! And dressing (my favorite food besides biscuits and gravy) in January. I don't think I've ever eaten dressing in January before. I am talking about the good stuff--no Stovetop Stuff(ing) or anything like that.

Yesterday we traveled with them to Swifton, AR to Butterfly Ranch.  This is a similar type program to Renewal Ranch except it is for women.  I fell in love with the women and we had an incredible service.  Swifton is a little over two hours away so we had over four hours of driving.

Link to Butterfly Ranch

We battled some bad weather on the w…

Do You Know Anyone Who Wouldn't Like This?

Yesterday we left off with this verse from Romans 8:28--

(link to yesterday's post)

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

This verse is incredibly comforting.

This verse should be incredibly comforting, but there are conditions--

God doesn't say that "all things work for everybody's good."

The conditional clause contains the phrase

"to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

One could spend many hours, days, months studying all the ramifications of this phrase but a simple study reveals this:

John 14:15-
"If you love me, you will obey what I command."from Matthew 28--37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets h…

Are You Hurting?

This post is especially written for four very special people who are hurting very badly at the present time.  If you are hurting, this post and a couple to follow are for YOU.

You know who you are so please know that this is for you. This may seem hard at first, but if you can see the truth in what I want to present to you and come to embrace it, I think it will give you new hope, peace and a sense of security.

Many years ago I had to come to grips with what I really believed about the Christian faith.

I knew for me that I could not pick and choose what verses I wanted or didn't want to believe.

The way I interpreted the Bible spoke to me of its inerrancy and that is what I have chosen to believe. Really accepted by faith.

(If you have a problem with the inerrancy of the Bible, here is a link to a great video on this subject by John Piper.)

All of the Bible is precious to me but through the years there came to be a certain strand of verses that played off one another, depended u…

Weekend Worship

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.  Psalm 95:1-7

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Pray With Me

In the past under "Pages of my life" on the right sidebar of my blog I have had a page entitled "Pray With Me."

 I have not written out my prayers for my family in some time but in response to a message I received this morning from a mother burdened for her child, I am going to try this again.

Many of the prayers will be taken straight from scripture because that is how I love to pray for my family and loved ones.

He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers
to teach their children, so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands. From Psalm 78
If you feel led, won't you join me in prayer?

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A Little Boasting

"Your boasting is not good.  Don't you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?" 1 Cor:5:6

Still no internet around here but I am grabbing a minute from my neighbor.

Today when I was photographing some still life, I couldn't help but notice the boastful stance of this cocky little rooster.

It reminded me that I should let no form of boastfulness or pride ever come in to my life, let alone reside there for any length of time.  We see from the scripture what happens if we give it a little time--our whole being is permeated with it.

And the enemy is so subtle and devious in the way he goes about tempting us with pride at times--it can actually come in the form of humility, well, that is false humility.

We must be on our toes and be aware of how satan will come in and try to steal our witness.

When we are, we will know it is only in the Lord that we have any right to boast at all.

Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boastboast in the Lord.”--
1 C…

Internet Woes

Our internet is out and has been for two days.

I was able to get on our neighbor's guest wifi for just a short time this morning and it just connected again.

I don't know how long this will last so I will get a quick post up to say I miss you and am praying for you that the love of Jesus abounds more and more in your heart.

I had an incredible time at Renewal Ranch today. We have several new guys and God is doing a mighty work. We have five who will be getting baptized on Sunday.

Keep fighting the good fight of faith. Hope to be with you again soon. Love, Dianne

As the Sun Rises

Enjoy your week filled with all the showers of His blessings.

"As the sun rises, he will appear;
He will come to us like the winter rains,
Like the spring rains that water the earth."
Hosea 6:3

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Weekend Worship

Update:  For my non-English speaking readers, the script on the picture says "I will be betrothed to you forever."  --God talking to His people--

Betrothal is not the same thing as marriage but some scripture versions interpret it as marriage--

However, it was just as binding as marriage and required a divorce to end it.

Our God is committed to us!

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Be Still and Know.....

It was a very quiet day at my house--

Linking this picture with Texture Tuesday I flattened my picture before I remembered to write down the texture I used-- I think it was Yesteryear--I tried several but finally decided on just one-- and as almost always used softlight and went down a little on opacity--

The morning started cold and cloudy,
snow and sleet descended mid-morning,
But it wasn't here to stay--
Thank goodness because I was not looking forward
to the prospect of more power outages.
My husband left really early to go to Renewal Ranch
and is going to be gone til late this evening--
I spent a long time in Bible study..........
It was good--Hosea, the Psalms, the story of Abigail and David--

I was very bad--
I fixed (yes, we say fixed in the south) me some
instant mashed potatoes for lunch and they were to die for--
It helped that I added butter, dry Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix,
cream cheese, garlic powder and pepper, oh, and how could
I forget that heavy crea…

Christ's Ambassadors to the World

Isn't technology wonderful? Blogger stats show that readers from the following countries have visited my little window on the world in the last few months.

So if you are reading from any of these countries, welcome, and if your country is not listed here today, hopefully, I will catch it and get it logged in to my notes.

Argentina, Australia,

 Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil

 Cameroon, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia,



 Gabon, Germany, Greece,

 Hong Kong,

 India, Indonesia, Israel, Isle of Man, Italy,

 Jamaica, Japan, Jordan,


 Latvia, Lebanon,

 Malaysia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro,

 Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway,

 Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico,



 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland,

 Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks and Caicos…

Everything is His

I painted the little flower this afternoon and added a portion of David's prayer from 1 Chronicles 29:10-13--I am linking to Spiritual Sundays

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Unleashed, Again

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. ~Author Unknown

What would happen in your life today if you let God unleash all the potential He has invested in you? Would you compose an aria that would be sung in opera houses around the world for the next few centuries, or paint a picture Michelangelo would envy, or fashion a sculpture that would dethrone Venus de Milo in the Louvre?

Or maybe you would design a cathedral the likes of Notre Dame or St. Peter's.  Or invent a cure for cancer or Parkinson's disease--maybe you would create some technology that would make the IPad seem like it should be housed in the historical section of the Smithsonian.

Or maybe you would donate a smile to a stranger you meet on the street, or ask a grocery clerk if anyone today has told them Jesus loves them with an everlasting love, or bake a latticed homemade apple pie to take to an elderly neighbor or mow your pastor's law…

Salvaging Life

One of the great things about watercolor is that you can prune it--

a little nip here---------

A little cut there--

and we have salvaged something that originally was thought for naught--

Aren't you glad that when God looks at us, he sees the parts of us that are salvageable, that are right, that are beautiful, that are ministry to others.

Oh God, feel free to prune and cut, nip and tuck til you get me just like you want me.  Oh yes, the discipline can be hurtful for a while but it feels so good after the shearer has shorn, the pruner has pruned.

For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life.  Proverbs 6:23

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No Shadow of Turning

Now.....before you jump all over me for being negative about my latest painting, let it suffice to say that there are a couple of things I like about it and most importantly, I learned a few things.

 Not the least of which is--well, see that top petal--I learned how to make a petal look like it is 3-d. Nevermind the fact that it is turned the wrong way coming out from the pod as are many of the others--smile!

Although I did look at another artist's painting when I did the one yesterday (it doesn't look a lot like the original), I am trying hard to make up my own compositions and today I did not look at anything while I painted this AND it shows.

No matter how hard I worked I could not get these flowers to face me--they just wanted to turn backwards--and because watercolor is so hard to control, I just had to go with the flow--no pun intended.

Have you ever felt like you were turned the wrong way and just couldn't get headed back in the right direction?  That is the way I f…

The Promises of God

In my lifetime, which has not been short, I have yet to come across a situation or circumstance that the Bible does not cover.  Have you ever wondered if suddenly it would stay night forever and the morning would never come?  I remember, many years ago, having a fleeting thought like that and then coming across this verse.

God has everything taken care of and thought out--before the foundation of the world even--with a God like that, who leaves nothing to chance, we need not be discouraged, disappointed, depressed, or downhearted today.

Hope you have a wonderful week.

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Painting--painted January 6, 2013
added some text with Photoshop Elements

Linking with Deidra today--

Just A Little Babble

babble-to utter meaningless or unintelligible sounds

While reading the Bible today, I came to the part about the tower of Babel and how God came down and confused their speech--

How interesting--I tried to find the derivation of the word babble but couldn't get it back to biblical roots--

However, I can't help but think there must be some connection.

I say all of that to say--Have you ever noticed how some bloggers can say so much in such a short amount of words (my friend Nava amazes me with this talent) and others (like me sometimes) use a lot more words to get their meaning across?
This is not necessarily a bad thing,
and some are so good I want them to be long,
and some are so funny I don't want them to end--


In this world of busyness, my goal this year is to say more in less words so that when you come here you will find deep meaning or a bit of fun in fewer words.

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary …

The Greatest Revelation

It has been interesting reading all the social media concerning the new year. I have read more than one person who has made the statement, "I am wondering what the new year holds for me and my family." When I read today's devotional by Oswald Chambers I thought it related perfectly to those comments.

Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do— He reveals to you who He is.  Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you “go out” in complete surrender to Him until you are not surprised one iota by anything He does?

He will reveal Himself to us if we earnestly seek Him.  I pray that I may not be looking so much for what He does this year as I do to learning WHO HE IS.
The painting above is my first watercolor of the new year.  I am extremely pleased and terribly excited.  I am taking an online course and I don't know if this was beginner's luck or if she is a good teacher.  Here i…

Planning, Not Resolving

Without a vision the people perish--Proverbs 29:18a

I am not making resolutions for the new year but I do want to have a vision for what I would like to accomplish with God's help--so here is my plan for 2013.

And my WORD for the YEAR is SEEK--

My scripture for the year is Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Plan for 2013        *Set my alarm each day for at least 6 a.m. *Spend time in the morning first thing with God, quality and quantity. *Paint at the art studio every Monday. *Exercise every day in the mornings and before I leave the house. *Use this house cleaning schedule--click here for link. *Be faithful to my blog readers--I promised God when I started  in 2008 that I would write faithfully for five years--I have 5 months to go.  Finish strong and then consult God on his direction--keep writing blog or devote that time to something else.  Include one creative piece (poem or prose) every 5 to 10 posts.*Get down on paper my favorite …