Monday, February 13, 2017

See With Your Heart

God is an imaginative, creative Being, wouldn’t you agree?  After all, He created octopuses and spiders, elephants and you and I.  And He created mankind in His own image and likeness.  Therefore, we are imaginative, creative beings as well.

As young children entering into the school system in America, we are quickly taught that we are not allowed to be imaginative anymore. God-for-bid you are caught looking out a window daydreaming or doodling!  We learn at an early age to squelch our imaginations.  In art class, they put an apple on a table and we were told to paint what we see.  Meaning what you see with your eyes. But, the greatest artists in history have used their spiritual eyes - their imaginations.  That is the mark of genius.  
A few years back, I participated in a drawing exercise.  A statement was put on the blackboard and you had to draw your interpretation of it using three separate boxes. As soon as the exercise began, everyone started drawing. However, I sat with my eyes closed for quite a while. I imagined, then drew. The results surprised even me. 
Out of everyone doing the exercise, I was the only one who did not draw the exact image the statement portrayed. And I was the only one who did not do it in box #1, then #2, then #3 order.  The instructor’s reaction was very profound. So much so that she kept asking me questions about it.  She literally sat there staring at me with her mouth open, shaking her head.  And she could not get over that I didn’t draw in order yet it made perfect sense. She told me that she could tell from my imagery of the statement and the use of the boxes that I was a “deeply spiritual person”. She had never met me before that one class and knew nothing about who I am. 
To this day, I daydream, especially when stressed.  “THINK on things that are good and lovely….”  “Think on” means to imagine it; to daydream about it. To this day, I have certain daydreams I settle my mind on when I cannot sleep at night. It relaxes me and I drift off.  

The genius, Einstein, said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  Einstein! 
Why would Einstein 
believe such a thing?  Because he had to have imagined it before he could create it or find an answer to his quest of discovery. Just like God. Before we were created in our mother’s womb, God knew us - through His Imagination.  We were imagined first. in. The. Heart. of. God. Then created in the womb.

So, let me ask you: Is your imagination of God skewed?  How do you imagine God Almighty?  Do you actually ever visualize Him?  Only when you’ve read all of the Bible - all the Old Testament and the New - do you get a proper “image” of God.  You can’t even have the proper image of Jesus Christ without the imagines of God and His Spirit from the Old Testament. For “They” are One God.  What is your image of Him?  Does it align with Who He actually is?

May you ponder these questions.

Because of Him and Unto Him, 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Danger, Will Robinson!

It is 6:08 in the morning. I tuned into the weather channel this morning because I needed to make a decision about canceling Bible study for tomorrow.

The report is 6-10" of snow hitting Long Island tomorrow beginning in the morning.

Wouldn't you know? I ran out of milk yesterday, so that means I must hit the store VERY early this morning or there will be no milk to purchase because everyone goes into panic mode.

Most people listen to the weather channel with more respect and belief than they do The Word of God.   The report is 6-10".  We could get 3". We could get 24".  No one ever knows.  But, we act as if the weatherman's words are accurate and belief-worthy.

Geez, we even heeded the words of The Robot in the Lost In Space TV show.  When he yelled, "Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!", I'd be on the edge of my seat. Ut-oh!

God Almighty warns us throughout all of Scripture of dangers.  Do we heed Them?  Do we respect His Words and believe those Words as much as we do the weather report or a TV show?

He guides us in what our thought patterns should be like - for our own good.  He declares to us all His spiritual laws that are in effect in the universe so we can understand how our behaviors will affect our lives going forward.  He affirms His Love for us so that we can walk in freedom and victory and hope and faith as His children.

But, the majority of Christ-believers that I know give more honor, respect, and allegiance to the weathermen than they do Christ's Words.

Oh, what a sad society we live in.  Those who choose to live by true faith in The Son of God and His Words written down for our well-being are truly a minority.  I stand in that minority.

Because of Him and Unto Him,


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Thank You To My Blogging Family

I've awakened and stretched my wings

My long, three-year and three-month ordeal has come to a God-glorifying conclusion.  In this last week God moved upon, and through, the opposing attorney.  Not mine.  What transpired is truly a book-worthy miracle.

Knowing this day would come, I've tried several times to pen an appropriate thank you to you, my blogging family, for your prayers and encouragement to me along this long and challenging journey. Truly, I do not have adequate words...If only I could convey the gratitude that fills my heart for you...

Due to all the deep inner healings during these past three years, I'm becoming more and more the woman who Abba originally designed me to be while I was in my mother's womb.  Before dysfunctional family changed His original design. He took me out of 60 years of dysfunction and placed me in a place of solitude. He cocooned me in, inside His Holy Presence, where I was still and rested in Abba's pure, undefiled Love and allowed Love to have His way in me.  Love healed so many new and old wounds and took away scar tissues that accumulated over the years allowing the healing to be deep and complete leaving only soft, pink, healthy flesh.  Then, He breathed His Breath of Life into these dry bones.  I've awakened and stretched my wings like a beautiful butterfly emerging.  To say I'm ready to fly is an understatement.  I am already flying.  To say I'm a changed woman is an understatement.  I am enjoying getting to know the original version of His Diane.

From the deepest place in my heart thank you for walking this journey with me.  Thank you for holding me up when I stumbled. Thank you for crying with me as you allowed yourself to experience my pain.  Thank you for your kindness and empathy and non-judgments. 

Thank you for praying for me!  I am who I am in this moment in part because of you, my blogging family.  And I am eternally grateful for each and every one of you.

Because of Him and Unto Him,
The Retired Wife

Monday, January 23, 2017

Who Me?!?!

Well, Abba, slapped me upside the head this morning to get my attention.

As awoke this morning, I thought, "I will put all the Christmas stuff away today."  

LOL. No, not this bad! 
Even though I took all the Christmas decorations down right after New Years, I did not put them away.  It's not a chore I look forward to doing. I piled them up in my office. Where. they. still. sit.  To my shame, I even vacuumed around it all. 

I got up and put the coffee up.  I walked into the office to get my laptop and as I walked the pathway through all the Christmas stuff, I thought loudly to myself, "Nope. Not today."  

Coffee in hand, I sat down and opened Charles Stanley's devotional for today.  This is  where I got slapped: 
Many people never stop to realize that laziness is a sin. But like any other landmine, it has the potential to hurt or destroy lives. To be constantly idle and fruitless is contrary to scriptural teachings. And anything that goes against God’s Word is a sin. In the parable of the talents, Jesus said of the servant who’d buried his master’s money, “You wicked, lazy servant!” (See Matt. 25:26 NIV.) The Lord put both wickedness and slothfulness into the same undesirable category.
The book of Proverbs gives us a description of the lazy person. First, he is a procrastinator—somebody who puts off what needs to be done (Prov. 20:4). Second, he uses any excuse to avoid work (Prov. 22:13). Third, he wastes time (Prov. 6:9-11). And finally, a slothful person is neglectful and careless with regard to what’s going on around him (Prov. 24:30-32). 
Laziness does not fit who we are as believers. Our Father expects us to live purposefully and work conscientiously; to be lazy and turn out a poor performance damages our testimony. Proverbs 25:19 warns, “Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot is confidence in a faithless man in time trouble.” A lazy, untrustworthy person leaves tasks unfinished and, as a result, is a poor witness for Christ. What will unbelievers see in such a life that they would desire for themselves? 
We have a wonderful opportunity to participate in God’s work, and that includes performing well in our vocation as a demonstration of obedience. Choose to work for Him today.
Lazy Procrastinator, Yes today!  And all this correction before 5 AM! Guess what I'm doing today as I wait for this Nor'Easter to hit The Island?

Because of Him and Unto Him,





Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Heart Tune-up


What does this speak to your heart?

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Goodness Causes Good


2016 is drawing to a close.  Everyone always looks ahead to the New Year coming in.  Everyone wants it to be a better year in 2017 because of all the negatives of 2016.  

But, do we ever stop and reflect on the goodness this year brought us? For surely we did have good things in our lives this year, regardless of the negatives. For the Goodness of our God, causes all things to work for the good in our lives. We just need to see those good things.

I decided to do just that this morning. I reflected on the good of this past year, as I want the good to overshadow the negative:

1.  I handled my landlord with grace and kindness.

2.  I’ve allowed the healing, healing, healing of my soul and emotions.

3.  I made the life-altering decision of moving out of Southold (my place of "hiding") to my own little place.

4.  I became actively involved in church. Again.

5.  My creative juices flowed as I created cards - a long-time heart’s desire to create cards coming to fruition.

6.  The long-ago vision of my “Forgiveness Rendered” story being made into a little book is almost complete.

7.  I stood up to a man in church who was getting too friendly with his hands.  Victory!  

8.  And I did it with grace and kindness.  

9.  I said, “No” to someone who requested something of me that would take me off course.  Victory!

10. I made the decision (which I was unable to do for years) to let my hair grow.

11. I’ve continued to face my “Goliath” with courage and in The Spirit, walking in grace and kindness - being me. 

12. I have not hoarded money out of fear of the future but, continued to give, give, give.

13. I’ve stayed Golden - true to who I am.

14. I didn’t try to justify myself or even have a need to explain myself to someone's judgments of me for I know the truth of who I am. Victory!

15. Even though I shed a few tears, I didn’t allow those judgments to cause rejection to take root, to overpower me, cause me guilt or anger. 

16. I have allowed change, change, and more change and am continuing to become God’s original design of Diane.

17. Abba gave me strength to stand in this world alone.  Something, three years ago I could not envision myself doing.  This past year, I find that I stood straight and tall with an unceasing smile on my face.

It has been a good year. Why?  Because our Abba is a Good, Good Father Who bestows His Goodness unto us.  Thank You, Abba!  Thank You for all You did FOR me.  Thank You for all You did IN me!  I bless Your Holy Name!  To You be the Glory.


*** My OneWord resolution for 2017: “FULLNESS”  (…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. ~ Eph. 3:19b)  To be filled with the fullness of God's Goodness is my goal -  my aim - for 2017.

A blessed 2017 to you!

Because of Him and Unto Him, 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hope's Inbred Ability


God calls us “prisoners of hope”. (Zeph. 9:12)

If you are a prisoner, there you stay - no leaving.  The privilege to come and go as you please is revoked.

Our God is a God of Hope and we are “prisoners” of that hope.  But, the key is to stay in that place of hopefulness. In the hope-filled place, we will be experientially filled with joy and peace to keep on believing and to keep on abounding in hope.  
Now may the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit~ Apostle Paul, as recorded in Romans 15:13 
STAY in that place of HOPEFULNESS!



Because of Him and Unto Him, 




Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nature's Green Room

There is a photographer in my church.  His name is Donald Case.  He travels the USA and searches for what I call God moments (instead of Kodak moments) when scenery, lighting, and stillness all come together through his lens. He captures moments in time for our breathless enjoyment.

As I sat looking at his latest photography book, a few photos caught my spirit and words flowed.  Here is one.


Benched  


There is something about this bare bench and its setting that beckons to me. “Come. Sit. Rest the soul. Inhale fresh air, exhale stress.”

Maybe it’s the varying shades of green-age that frames the bench that de-stresses me.  Did you know that the color of green is a calming, refreshing color? People waiting to appear on TV shows sit in “green rooms” to relax and hospitals use green because it relaxes the patients, so the color experts tell me.

I can picture myself in this particular setting - on this particular bench.  With legs stretched out and crossed at the ankles, head back, eyes closed as the cool air soothes my weary soul. I seem to breathe easier and see clearer as my spirit speaks to Abba.

When I open my eyes I take in the forms of all the various sizes and shaped trees around me. Oh, how my soul rejoices when it sees a huge, old tree.  My fingers run over its bark like I was reading Braille; my eyes follow the branches to their soaring heights; my soul wonders what secrets the old tree may hold. I allow my imagination to “watch” the children of yesteryear as they climb higher and higher laughing and calling to each other.  Like a spider dangling from above, I “watch” the boy give his first young kiss to the girl. 

Ahh…childhood.  

Trees are for children. Benches are for “old” people. “Old” people who need to destress and be reminded of their youth.  

I think I will come back here often. Back to nature’s green room and its beckoning bench.
~~~

What does this photo speak to you?

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Monday, October 17, 2016

got thorns?


And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me - a messenger of Satan - to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.  Concerning this thing, I pleaded with The Lord three times that it might depart from me.  And He said to me, "My Grace is sufficient for you, for My Strength is made perfect in weakness." ~ Apostle Paul, as recorded in 2 Cor. 12:7-9
We have all heard sermons on this portion of Scripture. And what I have been taught is that the "thorn in the flesh" is sickness or disease. That is not what these verses allude to. The word "flesh" means "human nature".  A thorn in our human nature.

Think of how we physically and emotionally react when we get stuck with a thorn.  It hurts. It pricks. It annoys us.  It can get infected.  And it continues to annoy, prick, and hurt us until we get that thing out of our flesh.

And what else has that same affect on us?

Other human beings.  Some people truly are like a thorn stuck in your thumb.

The LORD God Almighty says, as recorded in Judges 2:2-3:
And you shall make no Covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.  But, you have not obeyed My Voice.  Why have you done this?  Therefore, I also said, I will not drive them out before you, but they shall be thorns in your side.
Spouses.  Family.  Co-workers.  Neighbors.  Those who sit alongside us on Sunday mornings. People.  Relationships. That is the thorn in our sides or flesh - the annoyance and pricking to our human nature.

And most of the time, these "thorns" show us exactly how WE are NOT Christ-like. And that is what we have to deal with - US.  Not them.  God allows the "thorns" for a reason. Satan buffets us (which means he pounds, pounds, pounds us) through certain people in our lives. And God desires us to be Christ-like.  Our reactions to what has been said or done shows us something about
ourselves, not just about them.

What better way to bring about Christ-likeness in us than to allow the "thorns" to keep buffeting us until we deal with ourselves.  Our Father's Grace IS sufficient toward us as we allow His Holy Presence to shine His Light on the dark places of our souls and reveal what must change within us.

Is anyone dealing with some "thorns" in their life?  (My hand is raised.)

Because of Him and Unto Him,