Country Corner

Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday, got me reminiscing about growing up on the farm. I sure had fun. Horses and chickens and cats and dogs and lots more stuff. Here is a song I am working on with my friend Frank Radice from Danbury, Conneticut. Most of the lyrics are things I remember from our farm.

 

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COUNTRY CORNER

2014 Music and Lyrics by Frank Radice and Diana Rasmussen

Red plaid flannel shirts and blue denim jeans
machine shed and parts, fathers with log splitters
horses and chickens, puppies and kittens
cows in the barn and huge weeping willows

baby chickens in the kitchen, dinner on the stove
acres of fence and moms picking up kids
flowers and pink lemonade in glass pitchers
homegrown veggies, beef and moonshine liquor

She stands in Country Corner, smilin’ wide and bright
She drives an Old Chevy cuz that’s what she likes
And the city will never bring her down
she’ll stand in Country Corner cuz
she’s part gun powder and lead

tractors driving down the middle of the street
old pick up trucks, rolling stops on the roads
yellow school buses and dogs chasing cars
lots of old farmhouses with big red barns

big wrap around porches, hanging swings
lilac bushes outside big bay windows
corn fields planted in straight pretty rows
fields of oats and hay, a garden that grows

She stands in Country Corner, smilin’ wide and bright
She drives an Old Chevy cuz that’s what she likes
And the city will never bring her down
she’ll stand in Country Corner cuz
she’s part gun powder and lead

Sweet as sugar, hard as ice
Hurt her once, she’ll shoot you twice

She stands in Country Corner, smilin’ wide and bright
She drives an Old Chevy cuz that’s what she likes
And the city will never bring her down
she’ll stand in Country Corner cuz
she’s part gun powder and lead

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Have You Met Lady Wisdom?

Lady Wisdom. Wow, I wish I would have met her earlier in life.  Live and learn  I guess. I am grateful that today we are friends. I recently started reading Proverbs in the Message Bible. It really has opened my eyes to the “heart” matters. I was not raised in Church. I did not a Bible until I was 30 something. I did not know how to discern good people from evil people. I believed what people told me – even the lies. I was naive. But without the Word, it was like walking around a big forest with no compass. I was lost. Proverbs helps me learn what good looks like and what evil looks like.

PROVERBS 4:16, 18 MSG

Evil people are restless unless they’re making trouble; They can’t get a good night’s sleep unless they’ve made life miserable for somebody. Perversity is their food and drink, violence their drug of choice.

The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine. But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker—travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.

 

 

PROVERBS 8:12-21 MSG

“I am Lady Wisdom, and I live next to Sanity;
Knowledge and Discretion live just down the street.
The Fear-of-God means hating Evil,
whose ways I hate with a passion—
pride and arrogance and crooked talk.

Good counsel and common sense are my characteristics;
I am both Insight and the Virtue to live it out.
With my help, leaders rule,
and lawmakers legislate fairly;
With my help, governors govern,
along with all in legitimate authority.

I love those who love me;
those who look for me find me.
Wealth and Glory accompany me—
also substantial Honor and a Good Name.

My benefits are worth more than a big salary, even a very big salary;
the returns on me exceed any imaginable bonus.
You can find me on Righteous Road—that’s where I walk—
at the intersection of Justice Avenue,
Handing out life to those who love me,
filling their arms with life—armloads of life!

White Knight

WHITE KNIGHT

Copyright 2014 Diana Rasmussen

White knight

Ride into my world,
I’m looking for a hero
Toss your mane around
Let’s win the triple crown

Is everything black and white?
Where are shades of gray and never ending grace?
Will you look beyond your sight?
I dream of you as my White Knight

You win the prize in my eyes
I love you beyond measure
Run into my arms surprise
We’ll ride into the skies

(All images from Pinterest)

Life Lessons from a Teen Driver

I recently had the pleasure of helping my teen daughter get her final hours of drive time in before she got her drivers license. She took the class and did some drive time with the teacher, but us parents get to help out too, especially with the night driving. Yeah, nothing like handing over the keys right? Anyway, here are my observations from the passenger seat. Got me thinking about the bigger picture and the types of people we all meet on this journey called life.

 

LIFE LESSONS  FROM A TEEN DRIVER

1. The Diversions
Keep your eyes on the road and look forward not back. Don’t pay too much attention to the guys behind you. There will be people who follow too closely, who will tailgate you trying to make you go faster. Ignore them. They are diversions.

2. The Harassers
There will be followers and not all of them are friendly. Some just want to harass you so they follow you around. If the enemy can get you to keep looking in your rear view mirror, you will lose your focus, cross the line, and get pulled over. And you may not make it home. Ignore the harassers.

3. The Time Stealers
Be careful who you allow to sit in the passenger seat. There will be some people who want to just drive them around for no reason. They are the time stealers. They lie, cheat, steal, and come up with all sorts of reasons you need to drive them around. Only there is no fruit. No good comes of it, and you only end up more frustrated. Don’t let just anyone sit beside you – be careful.

4. The Tormenters
Not everyone gets to park in your driveway. These people like to torment others with their presence. The Narcissists, the Jezebels, the Fakers. They barge right into your life and try to take over. They have no compassion and no respect for anyone other than themselves. They are not your friends, even if they brag on about you. They may smile at your face, but there is a knife behind their back. They would love to see you fail.

5. The Gossipers
Beware of who you let in the backseat of your car. Yes, the backseat drivers. They criticize you for everything you do, all while you are trying to drive. They tell you where to go and how to get there. Bossy, condemning, and controlling people like to sit in the backseat. It’s their way or the highway. And they want to drive your car – from the backseat. They don’t want to take responsibility for their lives or happiness, they just want to criticize yours.

6. The Real Friend
They are out there. And they want you to succeed. Let them in. They are the ones who will listen, pray for you, and help you on your journey. They would ride with you anywhere, anytime just to be with you. They like your company and it doesn’t really matter where you go – as long as you are travelling together.

Here Are Your Keys

From “HIS PRINCESS” by Sheri Rose Shepherd

Today we go meet our new landlord and get the keys to our new home. Got me thinking about keys. They open doors and loimageck doors. Each door has a different key. And when you close and lock one door, another key opens the next one.

When someone comes to our house and we are behind locked doors we have to goth the door, unlock it, and let them in. It’s the same way with the Lord. We all have rooms that aren’t clean yet, full of junk and dust bunnies. We all have stuff.  And man, I have a lot of junk downstairs. We have been living here at this place for 3 years. I really think I might need a dumpster, lol! I can’t help but think why are you holding on to this old stuff? So, making a new choice today – ditch it. All that old junk, I don’t need it anymore. It’s not a part of my future, and I can let it go!image

Today I am going to unlock those doors, and invite the Lord right into the middle of that messy room.  Let the Holy Spirit lead us and show me what to keep and what to throw away.  Just because something was part of my past does not mean it’s a part of my future.

The same is true in the Spiritual. There are places in my heart that I must let the Lord be the key. I have to choose to trust Him in the middle of my mess to come in. I hear him at the door of my heart. And He is knocking at yours too. Will you let Him in today?

Keys to the Kingdom

 My destiny is not defined by the borders of this property.
-Bob Rasmussen

 

(All images from Pinterest)

 

It’s OK to Let Go at the Crossroads

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Diana. Walk forward. God promised to go before you and prepare the way. Just get up and walk. You will hear Him whisper the way.

Our family is moving in the next 2 weeks.  Things happen. Things change. Lord, let me let go of what I thought was going to happen, and just walk forward with you – without all this baggage from the past. Show me Lord, I’m asking.

“O people who dwell in Zion at Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.

And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide Himself any more, but your eyes will constantly behold your Teacher.

And your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.” -Isaiah 30:19-21 AMP

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“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!”-Bob Marley

“Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat……Forgiveness does not create a relationship. Unless people speak the truth about what they have done and change their mind and behavior, a relationship of trust is not possible. When you forgive someone you certainly release them from judgment, but without true change, no real relationship can be established………Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive. But should they finally confess and repent, you will discover a miracle in your own heart that allows you to reach out and begin to build between you a bridge of reconciliation………Forgiveness does not excuse anything………You may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times the first day and the second day, but the third day will be less and each day after, until one day you will realize that you have forgiven completely. And then one day you will pray for his wholeness……”
Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity

 

“Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.”
Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity

 

“Jesus?” he whispered as his voice choked “I feel so lost”

A hand reached out and squeezed his, and didn’t let go. “I know Mack. But it’s not true. I am with you and I’m not lost. I’m sorry it feels that way, but hear me clearly. You are not lost.”
Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity

 

“Here I am at these crossroads again,
wondering what will never become of me.
Now and then, I’ll take one on the chin.
Because I wear my heart upon my sleeve.”
Jerod Mankin

 

“Life presents us with moments of decision—crossroads where we either choose a new direction and move on, or cling to what we already have and be miserable.”
― Mary Buchan, Over iT: How to Live Above Your Circumstances and Beyond Yourself

 

Black Horse and Black Panther Vision

Prophetic Dream and Vision

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I awoke last night about 2:20 am. Came downstairs, sat on couch and started to pray. God gave me a vision. I saw a black horse and a black panther with red eyes looking right at me. It was so clear, only lasted a few minutes, but I can still see it in my mind.  I asked God what it meant:

From the Bible:

Revelation 6: 5-6 AMPfour horses

 When He broke open the third seal, I heard the third living creature call out, Come and look! And I saw, and behold, a black horse, and in his hand the rider had a pair of scales (a balance).

And I heard what seemed to be a voice from the midst of the four living creatures, saying, A quart of wheat for a denarius [a whole day’s wages], and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm the oil and the wine!

From the book 10,000 Dreams Interpreted: A Dictionary of Dreams by Gustavus, Hindman, and Miller (I like this one because it’s Christian based)

PANTHER
panther“To see a panther and experience fright, denotes that contacts in love or business may be canceled unexpectedly, owing to adverse influences working against your honor. But by killing or overpowering it, you will experience joy and be successful in you undertakings. Your surroundings will take on fair prospects.
If one menaces you by its presence, you will have disappointments in business. Other people will likely recede from their promises to you.
If you hear the voice of a panther, and experience terror or fright, you will have unfavorable news. coming in the way of reducing profit or gain, and you may have social discord; no fright forebodes less evil.
A panther, like the cat, seen in a dream, portends evil to the dreamer, unless he kills it.”

HORSE

“If you dream of seeing or riding a white horse, the indications are favorable for prosperity and pleasurable commingling with congenial friends and fair women. If the white horse is soiled and lean, your confidence will be betrayed by a jealous friend or a woman.
If the horse is black, you will be successful in your fortune, but you will practice deception, and will be guilty of assignations. To a woman, this dream denotes that her husband is unfaithful.
To dream of dark horses, signifies prosperous conditions, but a large amount of discontent. Fleeting pleasures usually follow this dream.

 

And then from PRAYERS THAT ROUT DEMONS by John Eckhardt:

I rebuke the wild cats — leopards, lions, jaguars, which represent higher occult powers–that would attack my life, city, or nation in the name of Jesus.

 

And in another article I read from Prophetic Dreamers says the Black Panther represents a High Degree of Witchcraft or Occult. Perhaps the Lord is going to put this in the scales and make a judgement for those who practice this lifestyle. Lord, lead them all to You in Jesus Name. We all want someone to worship and they have been lied to. The Devil has come to kill, steal, and destroy. But you Lord have come to give life and life more abundantly. Show them the truth Lord. Give them all a Saul to Paul experience Lord, in Jesus Name!

Very interesting this comes on Election Day. Thank you Lord for Revelation.

What do you think the Spirit is saying?

12 Distractions in Praise and Worship

My husband and I are blessed and privileged to lead the worship team at our local church. I am humbled how God can and does meet us where we are at. And how God can overcome our inadequacies.  Pastor Jeff Hanson taught an amazing lesson on how God doesn’t make mistakes.  How all things work together for good, and how some things just happen so God can get the glory. I’ll put the link up when it’s ready.

John 4About a year or so ago our Church bought an iPad to record the sermons and worship to share with the world.  It has been an amazing outreach and God has blessed it. We have been recording the Worship service and the Sermon as separate videos. The sermons are on Vimeo. We have not put up the Praise and Worship Service yet. And right now I don’t think we can. Recently I have been watching the Worship Service Videos  and noticing a few things.  It makes me so sad. I weep over it.

Can I tell you that not everyone who comes to church wants to worship God? Really. There are some who just want to make noise and distract the true worshipers. I have seen it – on the video.

I have been honored to be a part of Christian Praise & Worship for over 10 years now. I have served at 4 different churches during that time. 3 of the four churches have chosen to broadcast video. It has been my experience that every church that chooses to share the Word with a larger audience will have these same challenges.But it breaks my heart.

 

 12 Distractions During Praise and a Worship Service

1. People talking so loudly while we are worshiping God. Or people will be overly vocal to distract you from an intimate conversation with God.

2. People walking right in front of camera and making funny gestures while you are recording a service. We are recording this to bless others, not to give you a stage for your inappropriate behavior. Grow up – it’s not about you.

3. People walking up to you or someone else and interrupting your worship of God. For me, my worship is intimate. I pour my heart out before my God with my fellow brothers and sisters. I don’t want to hear about your personal things right now – I am talking to God. Please wait until later to tell me whatever you think is so important.

4. Busy bodies going from person to person getting them to talk about whatever. There are those who go from person to person during a worship service and just get them talking to take the focus off God. Just watch. You will see it. All when we are supposed to be talking to God.limit

5 People who get up and leave when the presence of God is present. This breaks my heart.  He came to meet us here, and they just walk out. I pray they meet Him in the parking lot and He floods them with love and healing.

6. People who run into camera to distract others. It’s on the tape. Really.

7. People who stand in front of camera to distract others. Some will pace back and forth right in front of the camera just to be seen.

8. People who walk up to those who are worshiping God at the alter of His Presence and start talking to them about whatever. They walk right up to the Alter of Grace and Mercy  and interrupt other people’s prayer and conversation with God.

9. Singers who get so caught up in the music and push so hard they go flat. Musicians who play every note – loud.  None of us is perfect. We do the best with what we have. But can we get rid of the ego? None of us should sing every note. None of us should play every note. This is not a performance. It’s worship. We are a team and we should take turns. Let others lead, follow sometimes. Again, it’s not all about you. The best leaders are those who know how to follow.

10. There are people who will run the computer in back and not keep up with the words so the Word of Godcongregation gets lost. Or they will put up the wrong song.  Anything to bring confusion and chaos. Some people  will mess with the sound board to mess things up. Really. It has happened everywhere I have been.

11. Some people will talk all during the Worship Service and they position themselves right by the camera. I wonder if they realize that every idle word they are saying is being recorded?

12. Disrespect is disrespect. Whether it is to me, to our worship team, or to God. God knows. God sees. God hears. And you aren’t stopping me or our team from worshiping the King of Kings. I love my Lord and I will lavish my love on Him, whether others choose to or not. I am not better than you. But I am not worse either. I am a fellow sister in Christ. And just like you, I need this time to talk to God. So please – shut up for a minute ok?

 

P.S. I think the camera will be off during worship now. No more stage for the enemy. No more microphone. I will not magnify that. I rebuke it, in Jesus Name. Let the Lord be magnified, in Jesus Name.

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Can I Run Into Your Arms?

CAN I RUN INTO YOUR ARMS?

Copyright 2014 Diana Rasmussen, dedicated to t

Romans 5

when my life won’t unwind
and I can’t clear my mind
can I run into your arms
my shelter in the wind
when my heart is crying out
and I’m numb to the world
can I run into your arms
my lover in the pain
when my eyes rain with tears
from crying with all my fears
can I run into your arms
my healer in despair
when my ears say life is loud
and I’m hiding from the crowd
can I run into your arms
my peace inside the storm
when my mind says I am done
and I want to turn and run
can I run into your arms
my hope when I have none

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“The Well” by Casting Crowns

Leave it all behind,
Leave it all behind,
Leave it all behind,
Leave it all behind,

I have what you need,
But you keep on searchin,
I’ve done all the work,
But you keep on workin,
When you’re runnin on empty,
And you can’t find the remedy,
Just come to the well.

You can spend your whole life,
Chasin what’s missing,
But that empty inside,
It just ain’t gonna listen.
When nothing can satisfy,
And the world leaves you high and dry,
Just come to the well

[CHORUS:]
And all who thirst will thirst no more,
And all who search will find what their souls long for,
The world will try, but it can never fill,
So leave it all behind, and come to the well

So bring me your heart
No matter how broken,
Just come as you are,
When your last prayer is spoken,
Just rest in my arms a while,
You’ll feel the change my child,
When you come to the well

[CHORUS:]
And all who thirst will thirst no more,
And all who search will find what their souls long for,
The world will try, but it can never fill,
So leave it all behind, and come to the well

Yeah
Leave it all behind

The world will try, but it can never fill… leave it all behind

And now that you’re full,
Of love beyond measure,
Your joy’s gonna flow,
Like a stream in the desert,
Soon all the world will see that living water is found in me,
Cuz you came to the well

[CHORUS:]
And all who thirst will thirst no more,
And all who search will find what their souls long for,
The world will try, but it can never fill,
So leave it all behind, and come to the well

[Outro:] leave it all behind, leave it all behind… [repeat]

Jesus Is Lord

Jesus is Lord today and everyday. He is God of everything above and below the earth. He rules the Heavens and the Earth. And at the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that JESUS IS LORD! We are doing something different this year for Halloween. We will not be handing out candy or dressing up. We are going to church to worship and praise the Name of our King – Jesus. We will read from the following verses and release His Word over our towns.  Praise and Worship – at ROCKHOP tonight!

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

 

Preeminence of Christ
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood,[c] the forgiveness of sins.
1He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:9-18 NKJV)

 

Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding[c] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15-23 NKJV)ephesians 6

 

The Humbled and Exalted Christ
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phillipians 2: 5-11 NKJV)

 

The Government of the Promised Son
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 NKJV)

 

The Great Commission
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:18 NKJV)

 

Coming of the Holy Spirit
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4 NKJV)

 

God’s Spirit Poured Outblood of Jesus
“And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
“And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said,
Among the remnant whom the Lord calls. (Joel 2:28-32 NKJV)

 

Preaching to Cornelius’ Household
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.” (Acts 10:34-43 NKJV)

The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.
Then Peter answered, “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days. (Acts 10:44-48 NKJV)

Be Sensitive to Conscience
Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.
Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. (1 Corinthians 8:1-6 NKJV)

 

Spiritual Warfare

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The Throne Room of Heaven
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was[a] like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.” (Revealation 4: 1-11 NKJV)

 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU:

Dear Lord,

You are the Lord of Heaven and Earth. We release your Kingdom Power and Authority in our area, our homes, our families, ourselves, and our governments today. You are Lord – let it be done, in Jesus Name.

 

 

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Music is Healing

musicMusic – love it, hate it, just can’t live without it.  We were made to praise, to worship, and to love. Happy songs, sad songs, love songs, break up songs. We tell our stories in songs. Our lives are the lyrics – all the good parts, and all the ugly parts.

Who is your favorite Artist?  

What is your favorite song?

For me that depends on the day. I confess, I am a music junkie. I listen to praise and worship. I listen to country, jazz, pop, folk, and even old time rock and roll. It really depends on the day for me. And I love listening to Indie music. Yeah, the songs the rest of us make. We may not make millions, but we tell our stories. And there is a truth in that.

I came across an interesting article today on Music and Healing from Psychology Today.

“Does Music Have Healing Powers”

 

Yes music can heal. There is a movement that is using music to heal people with mental illness.They call it Music Therapy. On a music 5physical level listening to music lowers blood pressure and reduces heart rates. Music is being used to treat people suffering from depression, suffering, and chronic pain. Now I know this is true from my own personal experience. And I didn’t “get it” until today, lol!

When I was in 3rd grade my mom made all of us kids take piano lessons. I love her for that. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but I am grateful today.  I played piano all through school and college.  But then I got married – and the music stopped. Yeah, really. After college I didn’t buy a keyboard. I didn’t have a piano. And the clouds came.  I lived in the land of shadows. It was like a piece of me was gone.  Divorce, date a jerk, marry, divorce , date a jerk, marry, divorce- this went on for years. Still, no music.

music 7I remember the darkest times in my life – after the divorces, after losing custody of my two older kids, after running away from state to state. When I look  back now I realize that those were the times I did not have a keyboard/piano.  I had no outlet. And the pain went from bad to worse with no escape.  I ended up in the Psyc ward after a self-harming incident. And I was dating another Psycho at the time.  Yep, even got to wear the “I love me” jacket after I tried to punch a cop!

After I got out of the Hospital my Therapist suggested I get a keyboard and play music again.  I thought she was nuts (yeah, that’s funny!) but I did it anyway. I still remember playing it for that first time.  I didn’t have any music books at this time, so I played the songs in the manual that came with the piano. It was like part of me woke up that day. And that’s the day things started turning around for me. Guess I had to play and sing my way out of the valley of trouble.  I had to learn to sing in the dark.

 

 

Things are different today, thank you Jesus.  My husband Bob and I play together all the time.  Our treats to each other are new instruments. Seriously, every year we add at least 2 new instruments to our collection.  We sing, we dance, and we play together. Now that’s restoration! Thank you Jesus!

 

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To hear my music – travel to the STORE/ page…

thank you so much! Diana

 

 

 

 

 

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