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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.

Welcome to DL Designs

Photos By Design, is my photography and artwork, which is displayed in this blog and my PBD website. http://www.dbpbd.com and my art store

Oiled by Design, is Young Living products, which I sell, and absolutely believe have changed my life for the good http://www.youngliving.org/rudd717

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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 !

I enjoy a good series. Regina shares her knowledge of history into each storyline with great detail without it becoming boring. (I’m not a history buff – at all!).

Based in the Civil war era, in the American wilderness, the harshness of war, leaves a woman with some cynicism and determination to live life without leaning on people. I would imagine in that time frame of the late 1800’s, it must have been such a tough life.
Regina tells the story with ease and some tension.
Adding love, restoration, and a reminder that what was lost can be found. Never give up… what a great reminder for TODAY!

Feel the inspiration as you read this lovely story.

I enjoy reading. Since becoming an author, I have appreciated folks who will write a review on my book. So, when I came across the opportunity to review new books, I jumped on it. It helps the author to grow an audience as well as to help people decide what book to purchase.

This is one of those sweet Amish books. I enjoy these because they are so easy to follow – and so relatable.

As I read through it, I had the sense I was right there, in the culture and era. Very relatable, real life and with a biblical foundation.

Hebrews 12:1-2 says to look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. What a powerful word to speak to us today, in the year 2020.

Softly Blows the Bugle, is a story of togetherness. (we sure do need a tribe like never before).

Without giving the story line away, it is a sweet and simple message.

Part of that message is when we miss one stitch (if we are sewing a pattern) will affect the whole design. It becomes uneven, unbalanced – hard to work with.

Life happens, marriage, death, finding another mate to walk through life again – sometimes we don’t look for a mate, but the opportunity walks across our path. When the Lord leads two people together, we don’t often see it for what it is. A gift.

Enjoy this tender yet real life story. Sweet and simple.

Guest Blogger: Kelly Balarie

Kelly Balarie, Author of REST NOW is my VERY special guest today! Enjoy!

Recently, I met someone going through a hard time. God clearly put it upon my heart to set down my work and to pray with her. On the call, I listened to her heart. I allowed her to talk. The minutes ticked by, but I knew the invitation from God was for me to be present in her pain. This calling to love was clear.

At the end of the call she asked, “Kelly, can we be friends? I want to call you with my concerns and you can help me.”

I understood her heart; God had moved on the call. However, I also knew, I could not be her all-in-all. 

To be honest with myself is to say:

1. I do not have the space for a new best friend at this time.

2. I do not have the bandwidth with my family, with ministry and with all God has called me to

do — to venture into this woman &every problem. 

3. To love her this way, means I probably have scraps left-over to love my family in other ways. 

I told her: ‘I am sorry. I cannot have regular calls with you’.

I could feel her disappointment. Yet, she said, “I understand”.

After the call was done, the feelings of being a bad Christian; washed over me. 

Was I supposed to say yes, God? 

Am I selfish? 

Am I being self-centered? 

No. 

To reserve God’s love — to the person He is calling you to love — is to persevere in love.

Otherwise, I know how it goes… I’ll act passive-aggressive when all is said and done. I’ll

complain about who I had to love.  I’ll get upset at myself later for not saying no.

The burden to love is not always real love. Yet, as we are wise about: who we love, when we

love and how God is calling us to move out in love — we will live-out true love.

“If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed

all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.” (1 Cor. 13:2)

Without real love, our acts mean nothing. We are left with nothing.

Are you truly loving? Or, are you striving and acting like you are loving? The beginning of true love starts with self-examination.

About “Rest Now: 7 Ways to Say No, Set Boundaries and Seize Joy

If you feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Three out of five people admit to doing more than they can manage. Thinking God requires this, we say, ‘I must be everything to everyone.’ Then we struggle and feel selfish and guilty when we say no, grow weary, or snap at someone out of sheer exhaustion. Is this what God desires? Somewhere along the line of being a good Christian, wife, daughter, or friend we lose sight of who we are in Christ. We put our performance above God and who he says we are. But what if we chose a more soul-full way?

Rest Now offers permission to breathe. It exposes the lies that distract, tire, and bully us, so we don’t strive for rest but love from it, like Jesus did.

 Learn how to: 

– create boundaries that allow you to overflow with love

– say no so you don’t hate yourself later

– ditch passive-aggressive behaviors in favor of healthy conversations

– embrace permission-giving thoughts to create mental space for God

About Kelly Balarie

Kelly is a Cheerleader of Faith and a Fighter of Fear. She’s a get-on-the-gloves kind of

girl. By seeking God’s unending encouragement, she uncovers His deep callings right under the surface of her worst failings. Get all of Kelly’s Purposeful Faith blog posts by email for a dose of inspiration and encouragement. Kelly is a blogger at http://www.purposefulfaith.com, Crosswalk.com and iBelieve.com. Her work has been featured on Relevant and (in)courage.me, and as the cover story on Today’s Christian Woman.

Rest Now, Available on Amazon

Book Review of Rest Now by Kelly Balarie

This crazy busy society leaves no room to rest. Not just sleep rest, but peaceful rest. The sincere rest of the soul. How do we obtain that? Only with Christ.

Kelly offers us such a powerful, practical and sincere way to simply breath. To let go of the busy, performance mindset, to appreciate life to the fullest That can be tough. I lived through many seasons of total whacked out crazy tired, sometimes not so pretty times where I thought I might fall apart. That is not the way God intended for us to live.

There is a wholeness we gain through Christ, that offers a real rest. When we are joined with Christ, who is the Prince of Peace, we gain so much more than doing this life like a marathon race.

The Word of God offers us such wisdom on how to trust Him for peace.
When you run yourself to the ground, end up worn out and exhausted, Look to Him. He is the Master Peace Maker.

In the intro of the book, Kelly reminds us that we ALREADY have peace. We don’t have to achieve it. Nor wait for it. We do not earn it. We have it when we live in Christ.

Wouldn’t it be nice to really live life worry free, and trusting God more? Kicking anxiety to the curb, to be able to appreciate life in the now!?!? Ah, folks, we CAN have that.

Less overachieving creates a more peaceful mind. When we let God take the reigns, knowing He will guide us – IF we choose to truly LIVE IN HIM, oh……. it seems daunting, I get it! But wowza, the overflow of amazing love that flows through our soul and mind when we know our Daddy is in control. (—-> do you realize ….. y.o.u. aren’t really in control?). The more we strive, the more difficult life gets. Sigh. Been there. Done that. Ate the cake. Got sick from too much of too much of what I thought was a good thing! Big S.I.G.H. Time to breath in …. breath out. Now, sing : Let it Go, Let it GO. let it gooooooo. 🙂

Don’t allow others to control your schedule.

We need something more in life. NOT things… but ‘soul rest‘. #restnow

Acquiring more only leads to more work to maintain, and working harder to make more money for those things. God gives peace that passes all understanding. THAT is what we need. Philippians 4:7

One of my favorite parts of this book, each chapter ends in a prayer, and has focus questions for you to do personal reflections! We ALL need to take time to reflect and ask ourselves the hard questions. It’s the best way to make positive changes in our life. This book has so much more to it… please – if you are at your wits end, please please, please, go to Amazon now, and order your copy. Take time to read this book and allow God to make changes from the inside out. You’ll be glad you did!https://www.amazon.com/Rest-Now-Ways-Boundaries-Seize/dp/0801094976/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1YUEA614N1ELK&dchild=1&keywords=rest+now+kelly+balarie&qid=1601520664&sprefix=rest+now%2Caps%2C348&sr=8-1