Dressed to Kill… !!!

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I don’t mean that colloquial expression: “All dolled up in fancy clothes.” I mean dressed to turn something alive into something dead. Dressed to kill that something, literally. Once and for all. Thanks to You, Lord, this happened to me twice today. Concerning two enemies that needed to be put out of my misery. One was a large stump in our backyard. It started as a little weed a few years ago. From sheer neglect on my part, it grew into a large tree with multiple branches. An unwelcome squatter overshadowing a whole section of lawn. Hurricane Irma took care of some of it in September. What she started with high winds, we… Read more »

What? When? Where? How?

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I’ve been struggling with this post, Lord. Son-day is a time for reflection about my recent encounters with You. One in particular stood out to me the moment it happened. Somehow, I knew instantly it would become the subject of today’s post… … even though I haven’t yet fully grasped all the ways You want to change me through it. I was out of town, in a restaurant with two friends. I love them both, Lord. And we all express love for You… at least, on some level. Only You know fully what is in each of our hearts. Our waiter came. Two things were obvious. 1) He was friendly… Read more »

Beam Me Up, Scotty?!

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I love the tag line AT&T came up with years ago, touting the benefits of the telephone in connecting loved ones separated by long distances: “It’s the next best thing to being there.” I guess for us, Lord, that tag line refers to prayer… right? Without a landline or cell phone in sight. Without a Facebook post or Tweet at our fingertips. Just our hearts connecting with Yours in the split second we turn our focus to You. [Deep sigh.]  🙂 Tonight, I’m taking another step in this blog space… by learning to go Video! I don’t know all You have planned for this, Lord… but today is a starting point…. Read more »

Beware of “Cyber-Germ-itis”

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It must have been a computer virus, Lord. I didn’t realize they were so… contagious! Yesterday morning, I was supposed to have a teleconference with a dear Forever Sister. I had emailed her the day before with the dial-in instructions. She had emailed me back, saying she had picked up a respiratory flu “bug” and couldn’t talk. We had rescheduled for later in the week. Not before joking about the “cyber hugs and kisses” I had already sent her… that she could return them to me without infecting me. By yesterday afternoon, my throat started getting sore. 🙂 Just kdding, Lord! Not about my sore throat… it is definitely there…. Read more »

Pretzel Thinking

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Pretzels of the twisted kind.  Thinking of the twisted kind.  I heard it just yesterday.  From those who claim to love You, Lord. Even me…?  Not yesterday, perhaps. But I am certainly not immune… “…watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”  (Galatians 6:1) We were talking about events in our day.  How, increasingly, the rhetoric against Christians has turned more hateful.  HATE-FULL.  How words expressed in support of what You have taught us, Lord, are being twisted by minds (and hearts) that are calling… what is evil “Good”… what is wrong, “Right.” I heard one at the table say, “I hate them with all my heart!”  My spirit winced…. Read more »

Reaching For The Stars!

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I must have gained a new level of Healing, Lord.  By Your grace, of course.  How else could it have happened? You have given me a Message to share.  Some dear brothers and sisters-in-Christ have challenged me to venture far beyond my comfort zone.  By taking the initiative to search out and contact people with… Star Power. Famous people I have never met.  People with national spheres of influence.  People who, ordinarily, would never give me even the time of day. And here’s the thing:  I am not afraid!   🙂 “When you are brought befoe synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what… Read more »

DownUnderLand

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Maybe my name isn’t really Diana after all.  Could it be that it’s really Alice, Lord?  That’s certainly how it has seemed these last few days! Like I fell down a rabbit hole and ended up in DownUnderLand.  The place where… … automobile steering wheels are on the right side.  (As opposed to the “wrong” side???) … automobiles drive on the left side.  (As opposed to the “right” side???) … baggage trickles in from distant countries, One-at-a-time, Days apart.  With interior contents — clothes included — soaking wet??? Thankfully, though, it is ALSO the place where… … we finally got to visit with the family we had come so far… Read more »

My Latest UPs and DOWNs

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UP at 5:00 AM every day… fine-tuning the Labor of Love that will soon be in print.   “Soon”… meaning as little as two months. Not long, in light of its content spanning a lifetime. History.  His-Story.  Your Story in my life. UP emotionally, when I reflect on that Story.  Those Stories.  So many Stories in this particular book.  So many Stories yet to tell. Only so many hours in a day to write such Stories… so I have not been posting here of late. DOWN… The direction the tears on my face trickle, as they overflow from the Joy welling UP in my heart.  All because of You, Lord!… Read more »

Sliding Down… Leveraging Up!

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Sliding down… into an old Pattern.  That’s where my client was when we last spoke. The Pattern and its Root are not uncommon… especially in our culture.  The Pattern is Anxiety and Fear… always over money.  Never having “enough.”  Even when we have a lot. The manifestation of this Pattern is a level of striving that leads to overscheduling, overachieving… at some point, even underperforming.  Due to chronic sleeplessness, exhaustion and/or just plain STRESS. She had… finger-pointing questions:  “Why does this keep happening?”  “When will I get past this?”  … self-condemning thoughts:  “I know what I should do, but I don’t.”  “What’s wrong with me???”  … all-too-familiar feelings:  Frustration.  Impatience.  Anger.  Remorse…. Read more »

Beyond The “Book’s” Cover

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Our pastor read a wonderful story in church on Sunday.  One of those “tear-jerkers” that drove his point home.  I assumed it was a true story, but it wasn’t.  Turns out it was a fictional story written in 1974 by Elizabeth Silance Ballard. The story itself may not be true.  But it’s truly heart-warming.  And the principles it embodies are both true and timeless. It’s about a little boy in the 5th grade.  His name was Teddy.  His new teacher, Mrs. Thompson, had watched him the year before. He was habitually dirty.  He and his clothes could both use a good cleaning. More importantly, he didn’t play well with others… Read more »