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God keeps me safe, not matter the chaos in life. I am safe. I am secure.

It is not by my works, but with a willingness to follow Him, I will be obedient.

He keeps me. Alive. Fulfilled. I lack for no good thing.

I will obey God in all I do.

He preserves me.

He has my life in His hands.

God is faithful. He holds me close to his bosom.

I will praise the Lord – with my soul.

I am faithful to God – because he has been faithful to me, before I was in my mothers womb.

I am purified by the Blood of Jesus. Whole. Blameless.

God has set me on secure ground, and on high places. He guards me with his angels, who go before me, keeping me safe.

God delivers me from evil.

Psalm 23

To this, I sing Praises to the King.

I say Yes and Amen to his promises.

Yes and Amen is what God says when I lean into HIS word and trust Him with all of me.

In these times of restlessness and evil bouts of hatred across the world. Sickness threatens our being by the organizations that may have an agenda.

But we stand secure. With God. We stand. No fear. Only live in Hope and Faith. We stand on His Word. We praise him in the storms of life. We pray without ceasing. We love God. We trust Him. We lean on him, and ask his wisdom for what to do. We love, even when it’s hard.

God, you know all things. We trust fully in your plan. No weapon formed against us shall prosper. We, your people have the land. It belongs to us, because you said you’d take it from the wicked and give to the righteous. We / I am your righteous child. I am yours. Imperfect, but holy, because of the blood of Jesus that lives in me.

I love you Jesus. I will lay my head down to sleep tonite, and rest in your arms, keeping me safe all the days of my life. You plan my moments. You are mine and I am yours. Praise Your holy name. I say this, trusting you bring me through like a shining star. Amen.

Verse mapping and diagraming scripture!
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DL Rudd - Author, Blogger, Artist, Life Coach, Photographer, Jesus girl, Mom and Friend.
DL (Donna), Author, Mom, coffee girl, Child of the Most High God, Life Coach, Photographer, Artist, blogger and traveler.

I’m a Life Coach, author, artist, photographer, and mixed media journalist, a Jesus girl that does her best to encourage others to rise up and live life to the fullest. I love God’s word, becauseHe’s perfecting me day by day, hour by hour and minute by minute.

Days can be hard, and fun, all at the same time. It’s finding the balance that peace reigns. Hope shines so God gets the glory.

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I was traveling with the radio on and day. (Music is definitely one of my love languages – which is where my heart led me as I listened with a different set of ears to a new meaning of this song). Foreigner began singing “I’ve gotta take a little time, time to think things over“. (open link after reading blog; think about the song in reflection of what I’ve mentioned. I’d LOVE to hear your response! (side note: 93Million+ views of this song -crazy)!

As many times as I have listened to this song, that day I heard it as if the Holy Spirit was talking to me. Line by line in this song. My heart began to sing. Then resonated through my voice, in the car (alone – thankfully! :-)).

Sweet bird, taking time to stop. ©Photos By Design 2020

The idea that Foreigner sang the song, reminded me that we are indeed, foreigners in this land/on this earth. This is NOT our destination. Romans 12 tells us that we aren’t to be conformed to this world but to renew our mind to what God tells us on how to live. Like the sweet bird perched on the porch, relaxed, only for a moment, I imagine she was ready to recalculate what her next flight might be.

We too can pause. Reflect. Change. Recalculate our life. What does love mean? Who is God, and what is he doing in me right now?

This world, it is not our destination. It’s temporary. In the midst of a cray cray whirlwind of hostility, new virus, shut downs, loss of jobs, people in hospitals alone, funerals wrapped up tighter than a drum- that we can’t say our final farewell to the people we care about, and SO much more. I am GLAD this world is not the only thing to live for.

Does that twist your emotions? Put a zing in your brain?

Think about it. We are not guaranteed a long life. My husband was 37 when he suddenly died. I know many who died in their 50’s. Our destination needs some planning. some thought. Is heaven yours? It could be. Keep reading.

Getting back to the song. Thinking things over. He says I better think things over. Read between the lines.

I say …..no! Read the Scriptures (I’ll attach links to some appropriate scriptures in this story). When we read the Bible we have so so so soooooo much that God tells us. ALL things pertaining to the crazy world – and God offers instruction for ALL OF IT.

This mountain, I must climb“. (maybe this reminds you of The Sound of Music – climb every mountain… ?? Okay.. getting back on track! lol. But God says, lay down in green pastures. Even though we do have mountain tops to climb, we know that the valley is just over that difficult time. Rest. It’s imperative .

“It feels like the world is on my shoulders“. Phew. How many times have I carried that weight. But no more. I learned years ago… I can’t fix all things. You can’t either. We can do our best to help, guide, teach and share. Then we pray. Let God and the Holy Spirit do the WORK and carry whatever weight you bear. Let it go. Let God do the hard thing.

Love shines. Yes it does. Don’t you feel so much better, brighter and valued when people you love are around? God’s the same. Even better! His love never fails. “I want you to show me”. Oh, listening to this lyric, I changed it to: LORD, I WANT YOU TO SHOW ME. Show me YOUR Love Lord. The perfect love that casts out fear, pain, hurt and negative doubt.

Oh, there is nothing that can hide God’s love from us. Allow him to show you HIS pure amazing wonderful love. It gets rid of all things unhappy. ALL THINGS. Simply TRUST and BELIEVE!

We all want to know what love is. God is the only way. He is true and never leaves us. Even to those who seem to be unlovable… he loves them WAY BIG !!!

I’ve traveled so far to change this lonely life“…. do you ever feel that way? Oh, each verse in this song is like the Bible – precept upon precept… line upon line. Filled with HOPE that God gives. Truth. Light. Freedom. Say YES YES YES!!!!

“I want to know what Love is… I want YOU Lord to show me. It may take a little time.. but there’s nowhere left to hide. Love has finally found me“.

If you are reading this today, please know, God loves you so much. He searches for you, and patiently waits for you to run to HIM. Offer your life to him. Ask him to live in you. Ask him to forgive you for running from him. Accept Jesus if you have not yet, as your Savior. Oh, how he loves you so. there is SUCH freedom in Jesus.

As we just celebrated the wonder of Easter, it’s a beautiful way to end the month with this Foreigner song, on wanting to know true love. TRUE LOVE. God – he is our Maker. He knows you. He wants you in eternity – Heaven – oh, it’s gonna be so beautiful to live there one day. It can be your destination too.

I’m confident, I will see you on the other side one day. Rejoice. And thank you, Foreigner, for singing this song. Reminding me of God’s faithful and pure love.

I’m attaching a list of scriptures you can journal, write out in a notebook, as you walk this journey of LOVE.

Enjoy this Journal page…. let me know how this has blessed your life by leaving a comment!

I want to know what Love IS… Scripture journaling

Jesus. No other name above His. He is Alpha and Omega. Beginning and the end.

Jesus is the REASON we have eternal life. #sacrifice #thecross #deathtolife #resurrectionpower

His love is amazing. The ultimate – no one bigger, badder nor better than Jesus. HE is the reason, HE is the way to the TRUTH, the LIGHT, and our salvation. Eternity is real. You either choose heaven or hell. No in between. No limbo. No earth. No grave holds us down when we live in Him. Jesus is crazy in love with you. Not crazy like the world is. Crazy in LOVE with YOU. He loves you with an everlastinggggggggggg love. I emphasis that love. LOVE. Truth. I emphatically share that JESUS is Lord. Our guarantee that HIS love for YOU is real. Trust him with all you are – no doubt, no fear, nothing can change his love for you. There is not one thing that change his love for you.

In Luke 23, he shares the account of Jesus as he walked the road to the cross. Knowing he’d be crucified, he continued to communicate with the Father. (God). What a pure relationship. He said, Your will be done, Father. I will DO what you instructed me to do. I will GO where you send me.

Have you ever thought or asked that of yourself – asking God: what do you want me to do – today? In this very moment? Have that hard conversation. … then pray to Him, asking him with honest intentions!! He will answer and guide you.

If Jesus asked the Father, and then replied, I commit myself to You, then so shall we…. right?

He is our Mighty Fortress.

I share this with you, to encourage you to never give up; Never think you are too far gone to make a comeback. You will! God’s got you through his amazing and willing SON. Jesus is with you, my friend. Stay with Him. Seek refuge in the ONE true place that will heal you.

Resurrection in your own life is real. It is for this time and place. (it might not happen in an instant, it may take a week, or month, just do not let go of His promises). Abundant life.

I am praising God with you right now. Let’s celebrate His goodness as changes for His good are made in us!!!

I enjoyed this book, it is like living real life, the drama, the reality, the good, the struggle — BUT God. I am so happy to read an author’s book that relates real bible comfort. References to God – “emotional – loss, faith, hope and redemption” is how Debbie Macomber put it. (and we love our Debbie Mancomber!!!); I enjoy books that as I read it, I feel like I am in the book/storyline. It’s better than TV – which can be numbing; My imagination takes me to the place – and relating to my own story! #greatread #easy #real #enjoyable

The book tells the story of a couple helping people in the world. Real missionaries. The heart of people and pains we walk through.

I enjoy the creating of a story from a story. Something real and making it relatable in a novel. As I am still reading the book, I am digging into the real Biblical story of Miriam. As long as it doesn’t become sacrilegious to compare the two stories, I find it to be delightful, and a good wholesome option as I choose what books to read.

I will definitely be following Jill Smith in her future books. Looking forward to more from her in the future!

This book based in the early 1900s and in the Boston. On a quest to Ireland,  by a promise made, Maura journeys to Ballymun to teach.   

As the story line reads, the tension of living in another country offers insecurities and some isolation, as I would imagine, especially during the early 1900s.

Like a feeling of being a fish out of the water.  
As Jennifer writes, I can feel and hear the sounds, voices and countryside; She took me there. 

I felt a part of the story – which is what I do LOVE about Jennifer’s writing. 

An easy read. Sweet. With light tension through the book. 

I would recommend any books that Jennifer Deibel writes. She is a pure joy!  

Romans 8 reminds us we will suffer in life. We will go through periods when we groan, cry out, wonder what happened, and ask how catastrophic situations happen to Godly people.

The valleys in life can be dry. Barren. Elongated. We wonder, when will this problem or issue stop? When will the breakthrough happen?

The difficult experiences of life give us strength, if we allow God to shine HIS glory through it all. Each person has their own story, which helps us relate to others when the path of pain enters their life. We can help by praying for those who go through similar struggles we have endured and conquered. We encourage them, lift them up so they continue to hope while they wade through their personal situation. We persevere so to be an example of His strength in us, which shows His glory through our lives.

I’ve surely been there enough times, I should be a pro by now!

The death of my wonderful grandparents left huge voids in my life, they were like parents to me. Thirty years later, I still miss them so much, but appreciate the love and memories I have. God gave them to me as a special gift, which I will treasure forever.

My spiritual mom had a heart attack and died at 57 years old. She led me to the Lord. She loved me unconditionally and showed me how Jesus lives in us. She was a prayer warrior. A mighty woman. I didn’t know how I could continue to grow as a young adult, learning about life, parenting, and marriage without her wisdom.

My husband and I buried two stillborn babies. Surreal as it was, we had to have a casket and a plot for two children, this could put any parent in a crazy suit.

But God.

My willingness to be honest with God, as I’d respond in deep cries of pain that hurt from within my heart. Expressing to him how much I did NOT understand what and why these people in my life had died so young. Yet, I trust YOU, are my LORD. You are my God. You know. I don’t. I can only see a portion of what lies ahead. Help me grasp what you are teaching me in and through these losses.

I still had joy, love, and clarity of mind. Peace was mine, even though nothing felt peaceful. When life was a whirlwind, I always walked in faith. When my faith was small, God showed himself Big. Living in meekness is the best way to become strong live with a good temperance.

How? Do.I.Do.This? you ask.

The flesh cannot fulfill faith. We must have the Holy Spirit living within our mind and heart. The plans of the Holy Spirit, which benefit eternal life. It helps remind us to yield to Him, for strength, especially when we are weak. (1Corinthians 6:19.

We have to daily die to self to cooperate with Him. In time we see the reason and the plan which is always beneficial, and often helps others strengthen their walk with God, or come to Him for salvation.

Oh God, He is SO so good. He shows us his promises and gives us such patience, which we need to learn, ESPECIALLY when we walk through the darkest of valleys!

When our second baby died, I shook my head. I did not understand what God was doing, or allowing. I will be honest and say I told him it upset me when this happened……again.

Some years after we buried our little Mark, God had been doing a work within my husband, who was seeking God, asking many questions over the fifteen years we were married. God was opening his heart and mind towards Him, while he was watching me stay in faith as I fully trusted in Jesus, through the hardest times imaginable. During these times, my husband came to accept Jesus as his Savior, at thirty-eight years old.

Through the times we faced the death of our loved ones, and other factors throughout life, (jobs loss, surgeries etc.), I knew that God would get us through it all. He would guide us as a family. Yes, tears and sadness came in floods sometimes, but at the end of the day, the tears and heartache were captured in His arms. He had it all taken care of. Hope was always mine. My husband silently watched. Somehow, even though he never mentioned it, God was doing such a deep work in him. Once my husband surrendered his life to Christ, two weeks later a car accident took his life. Was this a triple whammy? I had buried two babies then my husband. Some would say so. But I knew that God was doing something profound. He did it in my husband, as he watched my faith grow throughout our marriage and all the many struggles we had. My husband came to know faith was real. He knew Jesus was Savior.

Joy, Mercy, Goodness and Peace are yours, no matter what the circumstances are!

Even the blue bird sings when it’s cold out….

Beauty….

He sure does give BEAUTY FOR ASHES! Joy for strength…

Healing was his. Healing was mine. Healing is yours too. It is through the suffering we must trust God to do a cleansing. A real work. Purifying us from within. We are justified in Christ. We are redeemed. God calls us from the depths of despair. My husband conformed to His calling, as did I.

To live as Christ is gain. Will you live redeemed? Or live in despair? The choice is yours. With small faith, you too can rise up and be filled with His hope and know that eternity in heaven will be your prize. Never give up hope. Read Romans 8, it’s a wonderful assurance of God’s glory and hope. God is alive, he is doing a work in you, my friend. Let him fill you up, even when it seems hard.

If you would like to read more about the goodness of God, and how you can be encouraged in HOPE, purchase your copy of Forever Hope here. I am also available to speak at your church, in person, or on Zoom for your group, so that others can see the GLORY OF God right here on earth…. now! Simply send a message to donna.foreverhope@gmail.com

To view and purchase more photographs by Donna at Photos By Design, click here.

Ah!!! I so enjoy the writing of Erin Bartels! She’s a midwest girl like me.
Her book “All that we carried” is a novel tells a story that is relatable, easy to follow, yet enticing enough to want more with each page read!
Life is “treacherous” at times… how we handle each situation is a story.
I enjoy relating my life to the story line of any book I read. Which I found this one to be on core to my style of what I enjoy …..
Can’t wait for more from Erin! Great job girl!

The characters are real to life, especially if you are a midwesterner… with some drama, but hope in the midst of the story line… much like life.

I will continue to read more from Erin, cuz I am biased to the midwest, and she brings HOPE that comes from God into her stories.

Hope seems to be my word for the past year, after writing FOREVER HOPE.

Ya’ll – God is real. Hold onto him, and grab a copy of All that we carry, here

What I appreciate about Sharon’s writing, whether in book form, or blogging, (and speaking), she is honest, real, forthright and relevant for today. 
In her newest book, When you Don’t like your Story.…. it relates to our very personal life. 
Life is tough. We do things we regret; things happen to us that may be simply horrific, time passes and we don’t accomplish as much as we had hoped to… but in those deep dark times, is when God sheds HIS light !

God uses broken vessels to show HIS glory. When we are blinded by our thoughts, life, experiences, God will open the eyes of our heart to see HIS love in us. when we can FULLY trust he will turn ALL things for our GOOD, that includes the bad stuff. 

Allow God to talk to you as you read this book. Pray before starting this book. If you are stuck in life, using this book, the Bible with Prayer and Faith can move from this place to a better one. Only Believe.

Welcome

I’ve been thinking.

Don’t laugh! I know what you might be saying! lolol… I do a LOT of “thinking”! ……As I have been speculating how many people have lost their homes, jobs, or on the verge, due to this long year of lockdown and strange circumstances we have lived with during Covid19. Even in our vibrant community, small businesses have struggled – some have shut down after years of building a wonderful rapport with the area.

Sad. Reality. Truth. How do we change and help?

There have been a few times in my life, when I knew of family who needed a place to stay. My husband and I agreed, since we had the space, even in the inconvenience of it all, they moved in with us while they got back on their feet. It’s what we are suppose to do. Yet, sadly, the majority of people don’t help – especially when it comes to having someone live with you. Why is that? What are people afraid of? Reality? Others might see how we live on the inside? Shame? Selfishness?

I’m afraid that our culture has become just that. Private. Never be inconvenienced.

As I pondered more on the subject, I realized that those who haven’t much to offer are the ones who will share the most. Those with the big houses, money, cars etc tend to keep their lives tidy within their agenda, not wanting anything to upheaval their schedule and lifestyle. Think about it…. other that throwing money at someone, do those you know help in big ways – ways that put their lives aside for the sake of someone else?

Here’s what God says about HOSPITALITY:

Acts 16 verse 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

BE JOYFUL when entertaining others. You are hosting angels in the midst of your company.

Luke 14 12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Dance with joy when you help others.

Luke 14 7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Be happy to help others
Joyfully sharing with others

The list can go on and on…. at the end of the day, ask God : Who can YOU help today? If someone is in need of a place to say, bring them in, give them food and a pillow. Help by sharing with wisdom and prayer while they get stronger and options open up. God will richly bless you more than you know!

Here we are, December of TWENTY-TWENTY.

Pandemonium. Pandemic. Irregularities of every kind. Sickness. Aloneness. Depression. Suicides. Chaos. Virus called Covid19. Deceit. Election gone awry. Hatred. Sadness and too much of it!

We ask WHY. This IS our FREE America, yet people are acting crazy. Some ask why God would allow this to go this far. It is SO important to read the Bible and KNOW he is God. He gave this instruction manual to learn from.

The scripture tells us in John 16:33, we will have trials and tribulations. Wars, rumor of wars. He warns us so we will indeed HOLD ONTO HOPE. With God anything is possible, we can fight the fight of Faith. Matthew 19:26, 1 Timothy 6:12.

Notice in the two words pandemonium and pandemic. Did you know that PAN+ in LATIN derives from daemonium, “evil spirit” (from Merriam Webster Dictionary). DEMON. Demonic. All this crazy worldly state of confusion and disorder, is from the enemy of our soul. the devil. I don’t even want to capitalize his name. He is to remain lowly, the snake that he is. He has brought into our world such ugliness and hate.

I have spoke openly that I will NOT fear. I have the power in my hands that Jesus Christ has given me. No weapons of warfare will come against Isaiah 54:17, 2 Corinthians 10:4, me nor my household. I will not tolerate it. I can CHOOSE to live with a smile. With a heart to help and care. I do not walk in fear wondering what might happen.

Today, take the time to realize what a warrior you are in Christ when you trust Him FULLY with all your being, you never have to fear sickness, the government, people, situations. God is the ONE true God, who will help you conquer any need you have. Faith. Hope and Love.

Blessings to you today – let’s get ready to take 2021 with Christ and see where he will take us!!! I’m ready !