Closer than my next breath. “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:20b) Even when I do not live up to all I desire to be and do for You. “For the Lord will not reject His people; He will never forsake His inheritance.”  (Psalm 94:14) You are Almighty God — Creator of the Universe, Fearsome in Power.  Yet You draw near to Your people and speak to us so personally that we “melt” — and are reformed — in the “fire” of Your passionate love! “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.  I will build you up again… Again you will take… Read more »

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I come to You, Lord, to fill my “tank” this morning.  I am running on empty. Regular grade “fuel” will not do.  Medium grade is not up to the task. I need Ultimate High Test.  I need YOU. I come on my knees because that’s the best position from which I can open my tank.  I have felt out-of-sorts lately, as if I had “sludge” in my system.  Too often lately, I have stopped at a “convenience” store to buy fuel.  I got what I paid for.  Reduced power under the hood.  Reduced gas mileage.  Sluggish performance. I need to make the most of the life You have given me today.  I don’t… Read more »

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You blessed me today through a call with some precious brothers and sisters in Christ.  The conversation turned to a topic of Deep Truth.  The topic was Authenticity.  One person on the call relayed the news that she had just acquired a new client — a person who had been following her website posts for a full year. Your Lesson today was important, Lord.  It may take a long time for us, as Christians in business, to build the “Know, Like and Trust Factor.”  People are always watching us, checking us out… drawing conclusions about what they see.  Are we genuine in our faith, or are we using a Christian “veneer” as… Read more »

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Am I a “Pollyanna,” Abba… as some have accused me of being? “Pollyanna:  An excessively or blindly optimistic person.  Someone who is unreasonably or illogically optimistic.” (Dictionary.com) Some might say, “Yep!  That’s Diana to the core!”  But I would argue otherwise.  More importantly… so would You, Abba!  Because I am what I am because of You! Like this morning, in our sweet time together just before dawn.  That time when the world sees only darkness but, by Your Spirit, Your children see Light.  You had me “camped out” in the Psalms and I read these claims that would sound “pollyannish” to many: “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Overflowing Joy.

My fishing line was hopelessly tangled. We headed out early this morning, in the crisp air and under a socked-in grey sky, to wade fish the nearby Robinson River.  We tried one spot with no success, then headed to a second spot downstream.  No sooner did the hook hit the water, a huge and beautiful rainbow trout grabbed it and fought the good fight!  But we weren’t ready for it!  We scrambled to get the net, our mouths watering with the promise of a fresh trout dinner.  The fish read our minds and lurched one last time… flipping off the hook!  Bummer, Dude!  He swam away slowly, as if to… Read more »

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The Art of Being Wrong. Two days ago, we thought there was enough water in the Robinson River for a leisurely canoe ride.  Wrong.  Yesterday, we thought an 8.4-mile bike ride would work out the soreness in our leg muscles from “horsing” our canoe through the many places we had become grounded.  Wrong again. I spent a lot of my life being Wrong.  Me — a “serial sinner” who made Being Wrong into an art form.  My mother (or is it all mothers?) used to say, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”  Like doing something we know is wrong and then lying about it as a cover-up.  That was my specialty. I… Read more »

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Were You laughing as hard yesterday as we were, Abba?  In light of the head-shaking, mind-boggling, body-challenging difficulties we were encountering in our Once-in-a-Decade Adventure? Life at the margin.  That’s where we were yesterday. “Margin:  a bare minimum below which or an extreme limit beyond which something becomes impossible or is no longer desirable.”  (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary) We had planned our first canoeing trip in over a decade!  We were SO EXCITED!!!  It was a beautiful day — partly cloudy, mid-seventies, zero percent chance of rain.  We had gathered up our gear and scouted our “put in” and “take out” spots.  Both vehicles were fueled up, because we had to leave one… Read more »

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I love seeking You in the early morning hours, just before dawn.  Before the pace of the day has a chance to shift into fifth gear.  Before the world wakes up.  When it seems like it’s just You and me in the silence… and I can hear, “see” and even feel You. I seek You this morning, Lord.  Not to ask You for anything.  Just to be with You.  To love You.  To cuddle with You.  To soak in Your Presence.  Yet, even without my asking, You speak… and my hand cannot write fast enough to capture a beautiful Truth — that the time for seeking You is not just in the pre-dawn stillness…… Read more »

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Posted by & filed under Seeking Intimacy.

Sometimes I wonder. Why does cancer — or any illness (life-threatening or not) — hit some people and not others?  Would faith “as small as a mustard seed” prevent a Christian from ever getting sick?  Would faith “as small as a mustard seed” prevent a Christian from dying of anything other than “natural causes?”  Did illness and disease become new “natural causes” when Adam and Eve ate that first apple, the Forbidden One?  When, at the Fall, the perfection You had created became flawed? I spent much of yesterday morning in Culpeper, at “It’s the Cure.”  A Christian street outreach across from the railroad station, in a park on a corner the size… Read more »

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Some walls are meant to be… others are not. You had me camped out in the book of Nehemiah this morning, reading about the rebuilding of the walls around Jerusalem after the long exile of the Israelites in Babylon.  Before I began to read out loud, I prayed that You would use Your Word this morning to speak to me — to change me — and the very atmosphere here.  You did not disappoint me. “For the Word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  (Hebrews 4:12)… Read more »

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