Welcome

cupboardI’m glad you stopped by my blog.  Make yourself at home.  Start meandering by scrolling down…and you can peek into all my cupboards and closets by clicking the side bar.  I know you’ll find some strengthening articles, encouraging resources, fabulous-but-forgotten hymn texts, and perhaps a heartening smile or two.  Most importantly, I hope you’ll be strengthened in your walk with the Lord for the time you spend here with me.  If you do not yet know Him, please click here for a beautiful invitation.  To learn about how He changed my life, click here, and by clicking here you can find out a few more fun and forgettable snippets about me. :)

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Blessings ~Diane

The Carrying Kind

carry“And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”

I know this is obscure to point out in this passage, but it is where my heart is…do you have a friend like this? One who will expend energy for the sake of your well being? One who will carry you when you are limping or lame? One who will compel…even physically bring you to a place of healing? One who has faith enough to take you to the One who sees past the outward appearance to the heart? Even if you have only one, you are blessed indeed.

I have a few who have proven themselves through the years…I can probably count them on one hand. These are the kind who will sing to you when your heart aches…and not pretty platitudes of how “it will all get better”…but songs of solid, plant-your-feet-on-it gospel truth of the God who is our Mighty Fortress. These friends will be a safe place for you…where no pretense is required. They will speak truth to you always…even hard things…but always in love. They will never encourage you to lean entirely upon themselves for strength…they will shove you, little faithless fledgeling, out of that nest of fear so that you may soar with wings as eagles.

If you have a friend like this, thank the giver of every good and perfect gift. If you do not…pray for one, and in faith set a place at your table for the friends you have not yet met.

“Oil & perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel” (Prov 27:9)

Let Down Your Net

nets“And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

Remember that this was Peter’s profession. He knew it well. He understood when the best times were to let down the nets…and he also knew the time and energy required to gather, mend, dry, and store them. To face that whole process all over again, and for seemingly no good or profitable reason, seemed futile and perhaps even foolish to Peter. But, to make a point to an impetuous, impulsive, stubborn fisherman, you need to get him where he lives. And that is just what the Lord Jesus did.

You may wonder why certain things seem to happen to you, and not other people. Why do you have this hardship while others seem to have smooth sailing? Do you remember that Paul admonished his readers not to compare themselves among themselves? What did he say about such a practice? It is “not wise”.

So, that hard relationship, that job challenge, that financial strain, that health issue…whatever seems like a road block in your personal life…don’t look around to see if others share the same lot. This is your lot. It did not come to you by accident. It is meant “for good” (Rom 8:28) and that “good” may very well *not* be deliverance from that thing. The “good” is to become more like Jesus (Rom 8:29)…a point often overlooked in that context.

Today, look at the things God has picked to use in your life. He chose those things because they are “where you live”…you relate to them, whether you want to or not. Don’t apply your human reasoning to it. Had Peter done that, he would have refused to slip those nets back into the water. Oh, what he would have missed! We would not have this tremendous lesson of faith today for ourselves, either.

Whatever that “net” is in your life, roll it out by faith. Drop it into the waves. See what God will do with your simple act of trusting beyond your reason!

Simeon’s Joy

simeon“…for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

If there was ever a moment in Jewish history which was fraught with meaning, it is this.

No words. But this powerful image. Strap on his sandals today, and imagine.

Real Plexus Testimonials…from my house, to yours!

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The last batch of 7-week samples!

I wanted to share some real people testimonials (other than my own) for these great, all-natural, non-GMO products! First, here is a great testimonial from one of the winners of my “Plexus Postal” Giveaway!

“Thought I’d give an update on my plexus journey. I’ve been using Slim for 3 weeks now and the Triplex for 2 weeks. I’ve lost 11 pounds and have a great deal more energy. My kids come in the door from school asking what project I tackled while they were gone. So far I’ve not had any flareups from my rheumatoid arthritis, but it really is too early to tell if that’s just the norm or a result of plexus. I do need to add that I have a lot of weight to lose so I’m figuring the weight loss will slow down soon. I’m amazed at the way Plexus really does curb my appetite. I’m eating way fewer calories and not craving sugar and carbs like I used to. I didn’t have too much trouble sleeping before plexus, but the greatest change I’m seeing is the level of energy I have. So far so good!”

If I did another Giveaway at Heeney Health Plexus Pink, would YOU try??

probiobiocleanseAnd here is a report I posted on our daughter’s recent health challenge:

An excellent report on our daughter’s health. She was dealing with a bad case of thrush (candida) as well as a sinus infection. She’s been on 2 Pro Bio 5 and 2 Bio Cleanse a day, lots of water plus some oregano essential oil (God’s powerhouse antibiotic that does no damage to the balance of intestinal flora). She started that dosage on Sunday. She was absolutely miserable.

She’s perky today, cleaning her room, doing school. Throat is nearly clear. Sinus pain vanishing. The last time she dealt with this, it was close to 2 weeks before she reached this level of healing.

I love finding safe and natural answers to help my family and friends, too!  If you want to know more about these products, comment or message me…or head on over here and check things out for yourself! :)

“The mother of my Lord”

maryandelizabeth2“And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”

This is the chapter with the famous “Magnificat” we alluded to yesterday…Mary’s prayer of praise. But preceding this, we have this small welcome and interchange between Mary and Elizabeth. And this statement.

Up until now, Mary has had few to confide in, if she sought anyone at all aside from her husband. This situation was simply too marvelous, inexplicable, and shocking. Entirely beyond human comprehension…it could also be quite volatile, depending upon who might find out.

But here is someone with whom Mary is safe. And she knows. The child in her womb knows! And probably for the first time since the angel’s announcement, Mary hears a validation from the lips of someone outside the walls of her home.

Have you ever been in a situation that was so challenging for you to fully comprehend that sometimes your mind tried to convince you it was not real…it was a dream, you imagination, a misunderstanding of some kind. I don’t know if Mary ever experienced this, but I do know she was a human being, flesh and blood like the rest of us. How could she possibly take it all in, aside from the confidence she had in the prophecies she knew?

Still. “The mother of my Lord”.

It must have taken her breath away. Five words that astonished, comforted, validated, grounded, thrilled her, perhaps even frightened her a little…all at the same time. I can’t imagine that moment. I wonder if her heart returned to those words later. Bold words. Words of truth. A phrase that connected them in their faith, in a way that no other two women were ever connected. The mother of our Lord, and the mother of His forerunner.

The wonder of it all can easily escape us, because we think we know the “Christmas story”. There is so much we’ve missed, though, in thinking about events and fulfillment, and not contemplating the hearts.

Today, as you see the smiling “Sunday faces”…ask God to help you contemplate the hearts behind them.