God’s Diamonds Tune In Thursday # 17

God’s Diamonds Tune In Thursday # 17

Tweet Did you know that a diamond is the hardest natural substance found on the Earth?   Yes, it’s true.   In fact, the word “Diamond” comes from the Greek word “Adamas” which means “unconquerable and indestructible”   Even the hardest rocks crumble with enough pressure and heat over time, but not a diamond.  God designed the creation process to create the most beautiful of things out of pressure.  Diamonds are made from a carbon substance much like coal.  Coal and carbon are plain, ordinary looking substances. Yet, when pressure is applied to them, what was once ordinary is now precious and highly sought after.  This is the case with diamonds. When pressure is applied, #God is making diamonds.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   Diamonds, like gold, are one of Gods most beautiful creations, and yet are formed under the most grueling of conditions.  They are a much sought after precious gemstone, but not until going through the refining and cleaning process.   There is a quote I found that says:         Diamonds do indeed dazzle, but there is so much more to them than meets the eye.  The same could be said of  people, in fact let’s look at some parallels between people and diamonds?There are four characteristics of diamonds, known informally as the four C’s.   Let’s look a little closer at the four C’s: carat, cut, color and clarity.   Carat Carat refers to a diamond’s weight.  There are several Scriptures that talk about God weighing us, our life’s, and seeing how we measure up or balance out. Tekel: You have been weighed...
Shame is Undone Vlog #40 Lessons from the Lake

Shame is Undone Vlog #40 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Shame.  To some it is a five letter word that holds them back from fully entering into the presence of our Savior. Shame as defined in the dictionary is the painful emotion caused by a consciousness of guilt or shortcoming or impropriety. Have you ever felt shame over something you had done? Or Maybe others made you feel shame because of something you did or did not do?   Shame is not a part of our identity in #Christ.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This Scripture tells us that shame is not to be a part of our identity.   “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11 ESV)  Join me today on the video blog below as I share a what the Lord impressed upon my heart while I was singing the song, “Holy Spirit.”     This line from the song “Holy Spirit” written by Brian & Katie Torwalt is so powerful. “I’ve tasted and seen Of the sweetest of loves Where my heart becomes free And my shame is undone Your presence, Lord”   My shame is undone – when the Holy Spirit comes and moves, He takes our shame and it is undone.  We are no longer bound to it.  Our hearts are free – we are free to fully enter into and be in the presence of our Lord and Savior.   In the presence of #God my shame is undone. Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   Just like the paralytic man in Luke 5.  When he was lowered into the very presence of Jesus, his...
The Father’s Heart & Tune in Thursday #16

The Father’s Heart & Tune in Thursday #16

Tweet I was all prepared to NOT have a post to share for today’s linkup due to my travel schedule. You see, I didn’t get a chance to write a post this week.  However,  as I headed out the door to teach tonight, my daughter asked if I needed any graphics for the link up and I said, no, I didn’t have a chance to write anything so there is no need.  My plan was to post a Father’s Day blessing and the linkup survey.  Well, as you  can see below, that isn’t the case.   My daughter Brandi is brilliantly creative.  God has gifted here in so many areas of creativity.  She sings, she paints, she writes music.  She is our churches entire media department; creating everything from promotional materials and videos to weekly announcements and blog post graphics. But I have always loved it when she would write.  Maybe because that is something we share.  Although, she hasn’t written anything in a very long time.  (Actually, I think the last time she wrote something was about four years when she was a senior in High School).  So it’s no wonder that as I was heading out the door her words stopped me short. As a side note, she replied in passing, that maybe she would write a guest post for me. Oh no, I wasn’t going to let this moment pass by. “Of course you can, I would love that!”  (oops, ok maybe my response a little too exited for her… deep breath – calm down)  “Oh, ok, well, If not for tomorrow’s linkup then maybe you...
Respond vs. React Vlog #39 Lessons from the Lake

Respond vs. React Vlog #39 Lessons from the Lake

Tweet Can you just take a minute and imagine with me?  Alright, are you ready?   Take a deep breathe, it will be ok, I promise.   Let’s say you are driving your car, minding your own business, obeying the rules of the road.  When all of the sudden, out of nowhere, a car comes barreling down on you.  You notice it as you glance in your rearview mirror, but you don’t do anything different, other than pay attention to what’s in front of you and what’s now so obviously behind you.   What do you do?   Now the car has gotten right up behind you and the driver is honking the horn and flashing their lights at you.   Now, what do you do?   Do you react? or respond?   There is a huge difference between reacting and responding.  While they are similar in definition there are some subtleties.   In the case of the above car situation, a responder might simply respond in a thoughtful, cautious manner.  The might not get emotional or mad but rather simply get out of the way of the crazy driver.   On the other hand, someone who is a reactor, may get upset, mad, and maybe even yell a little, to no one in particular, but out of sheer frustration.  One might say, their emotions took charge and they reacted.   Sometimes we do the same when we are in relationship with others.  Whether it be a spouse, a family member, a co-worker, or a boss.  We may feel someone barreling down on us, and we have a choice to react...
Step Into Your Authority Tune In Thursday #15

Step Into Your Authority Tune In Thursday #15

Tweet   Tuesday, I had the privilege of writing the final piece in the 8-week perseverance series with my friends.  In that post, I shared how God had spoken to my heart about getting my house in order.  He wasn’t talking about the wooden structure my family lives in but rather, my life; body, soul, and spirit.     With Tuesday’s “Get your house in Order” post in mind, I want to dig in a little deeper and share one of the areas in my life that I needed to get in order. There are things in our lives that shape and form us into who we are today.  Some good, some not so good.  Some of the things that have shaped our life can actually hold us back from fulling entering into the promises God has for us.  That is unless we let go, get some healing, and renew our minds. My husband John, is preaching a series right now about the life of David and Saul.  A few weeks ago, He shared from 1 Samuel 15, where Saul is a little full of himself, disobeys God, does his own thing, and  then blames it on the people.  Saul even sets up a monument to honor himself.  Oh boy, from bad to worse. In 1 Samuel 15: 13-14 And Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed be you to the Lord. I have performed the commandment of the Lord.”  And Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears and the lowing of the oxen that I hear?”  Saul said, “They have brought them...
Get Your House in Order – Perseverance to Health Part 8

Get Your House in Order – Perseverance to Health Part 8

Tweet   Today, is both a happy and a sad day. Happy because, it’s finally my turn to share again. Today, is my second piece in the perseverance series I have been writing with my friends.  But it is also a sad day because, it means we have come to the end of our 8 week series on Perseverance. Today I will be sharing about persevering in my journey to get healthy.  Check out my “Lessons from the Lake” video below on the topic, which goes along with what I share today on the blog. *(Please note the video is not the same content as below, it just touches on a portion of the topic).       Together over the last 8 weeks we have shared insight, challenges, and our faith through our journeys of perseverance. THANK YOU for  joining myself, Mary Geisen, Holly Barrett, and Patricia Krank  we hope you have learned from each of us and been encouraged as we each have shared our own stories of perseverance.     If you missed any of the series so far, you can check them out here: Part 1 in the Perseverance series (Bravely Overcoming Fear) can be found HERE, Part 2 (Persevering in Recovery) can be found HERE,  Part 3   (When Prayers Remain Unanswered) can be found HERE   … Part 4 (The Sting of Rejection) can be found HERE ….  Part 5 (Wishing, Waiting, & Pursuing) can be found HERE … Part 6 (Turn and Face the Changes) can be found HERE … Part 7 (Persevering Through Pain to Freedom) can be found HERE     Come join @MyOldThingsNew, @HollySBarrett, @MaryGeisen and me for part 8 in a series on...
Tune In Thursday Linkup #14 & Survey

Tune In Thursday Linkup #14 & Survey

Tweet Hello Friends and Welcome to this week’s Tune In Thursday.  Today there will be no post, just the survey I mentioned a few weeks ago.  If you would please take a few short minutes to answer the 5 questions I would so appreciate it. Your responses will help me navigate and prioritize the Tune In Thursday Linkup. Also, if you are interested in being a guest writer and have your post featured right here on the #TuneInThursday linkup, over the summer I want to hear from you. There is a place on the survey for you to comment and leave me your email so I can contact you.  Some of you have already inquired as to what I am looking for in regards to guest posts, some basic details are below. Guest Post Basic Details: Family Friendly Post (Everything from encouragement to cooking to DIY posts are welcome) Theme:  You choose the Topic Word Count: 800 – 1,200 words. More details will be given to those who are interested in guest posting. Again Welcome and Thank you for joining me for #TuneInThursday it is an honor to have you here! I have had a few people ask for a badge/button to display on your blogs.  I would absolutely be honored if you would display it, or link back here in some way.  Thank you!     Now let’s get this party started, feel free to link 1-3 posts:  Join the fun at #TuneInThursday and link up your family friendly post.Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   Tweet Do you wonder if God still speaks today?  Do you wonder if...
Persevering through Pain to Freedom  – Part 7 in the Perseverance Series

Persevering through Pain to Freedom – Part 7 in the Perseverance Series

Tweet I am excited to introduce you to a series that begins seven weeks ago and  continues through next week with three of my incredible friends. Below is the introduction for the series that has been taking the place of my Vlog “Lessons from the Lake.”   Next week, I will round out the series and have a new video  on the topic as well.  If this is your first time here, check out the video below, and then scroll down to start reading  my friend Patti Krank’s post.   Together we will share insight, challenges, and our faith through our journeys of perseverance. Please join myself, Mary Geisen, Holly Barrett, and Patricia Krank as we learn from each other and share encouragement with our own stories of perseverance. [Tweet “Come join @MyOldThingsNew, @HollySBarrett, @MaryGeisen and me for part 7 in our series on perseverance.”]                            If you missed any of the series so far, you can check them out here: Part 1 in the Perseverance series (Bravely Overcoming Fear) can be found HERE, Part 2 (Persevering in Recovery) can be found HERE,  Part 3   (When Prayers Remain Unanswered) can be found HERE   … Part 4 (The Sting of Rejection) can be found HERE ….  Part 5 (Wishing, Waiting, & Pursuing) can be found HERE … Part 6 (Turn and Face the Changes) can be found HERE     Today my friend Patti will be sharing what it looks like to persevere through the pain and to walk in Freedom.  As you begin to read Patti’s post below, I know you will find yourself bobbin your head...
Why God? & Tune In Thursday #13

Why God? & Tune In Thursday #13

Tweet As I prepared to write this post, I saw several news stories cross my social media feed (Monday evening).  Enough to make me ask my husband what was going on.  He always has the news on somewhere in the house.  He explained to me that there was yet another act of terrorism in a public setting with a tragic ending for many people.   It’s at times like this that ALL I want to do is ask Why?   Why God?  Why did this happen?   We choose to #TRUST #GOD even when we want to ask #Why ?Powered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   It’s human nature to ask “why”, it starts almost as soon as we can talk.   As a child, I wanted an explanation for everything, just ask my mom.  She would tell me to do something and I would ask Why?  She would explain it and I would ask why about something in her explanation.   I am sure I was exasperating as a child, but I simply wanted to know Why!   I could always tell when I had crossed the line in asking “why” too many times, she would come back with, “Because I said so, or I told you so.”   Uh oh, now I was in for it.   That’s ok, because, my kids, especially my daughter did the exact same thing to me.  Sorry mom.   We however, do the same thing to God.   When tragedy strikes, when things don’t go our way, or they don’t work out the way we had hoped, we are left...
Turn and Face the Changes – Perseverance Part 6

Turn and Face the Changes – Perseverance Part 6

Tweet   I am excited to introduce  a series that began five weeks ago and continues with part two for the next three weeks.  This series on perseverance is one I have been doing with three of my incredible friends. Some weeks, I will share a “Lessons from the Lake” Video  on the topic as well.     Together we will share insight, challenges, and our faith through our journeys of perseverance. Please join myself, Mary Geisen, Holly Barrett, and Patricia Krank as we learn from each other and share encouragement with our own stories of perseverance.                                    [Tweet “Come join @MyOldThingsNew, @HollySBarrett, @MaryGeisen and me for part 6 in a series on #perseverance.”]   Part 1 in the Perseverance series (Bravely Overcoming Fear) can be found HERE, Part 2 (Persevering in Recovery) can be found HERE,  Part 3 (When Prayers Remain Unanswered) can be found HERE   … Part 4 (The Sting of Rejection) can be found HERE ….  Part 5 (Wishing, Waiting, & Pursuing) can be found HERE …   Today Holly will be sharing about persevering in change, something I know all too well.   In fact, in 2015 I shared 5 things I was learning as I was making  The Journey through Change.  You can check it out Here if you wish. Whether we like it or not, things never stay the same. Change, is going to come. We can run from it, try to hide from it, but we can not escape it.  Eventually it finds us. John Maxwell says, “Change is inevitable. Growth is Optional.” Sometimes, I wish change would be optional. Then again,...