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Lent and Sacrifice; What is in it for You? Just How Strong are You?

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For those who truly know me you know Lent matters to me. I am not catholic but I have always felt that if God could give His only son for me then there is always something I can sacrifice for Him. In order for it to be a sacrifice it has to really mean something to me. So Ash Wednesday is the start date and that is the 17th of February. I ask that you begin today thinking of what you can either give up and take on to do that would really mean something for God in your life. My first Lent that I observed was 11 years ago. I gave up my Diet Coke which I was addicted too, drinking nearly three liters a day. I had given up my number one beverage before, but this time I gave it to God and I attribute very little withdrawls this last time to that very fact it was now God's. And after about 18 days into this 40 days I realized if I could go without it for that long I could go without it forever. I haven't had a drop since because honestly I didn't need something to control me a

It's Time to Question Your World and Rise up and Roar!

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Would you rather wake up on your own or have someone wake you? Have you ever been sedated? And why would a person/people need to be sedated? What are you able to do when you are sedated? Can you think for yourself? I know sheep would rather you tell them what to do and where to go, but not I. How about you? Or are you too busy counting those sheep to pay attention to what is really happening? Why would anyone want to take down and block information and keep you from forming your own opinion? Unless of course, they are hiding the truth and at all costs they can't be exposed. Possibly could it be that they don't want you to have a belief or an opinion and they maybe hiding a whole lot from you, no matter their cost or reputable business reputation? Could it be that they are not whom you thought they were? Couldn't things have changed over time from what you felt you used to know? How do you continue to put your trust in that if you never question it? Because you realize

Faith is the Substance of Things Hoped for. The Evidence of Things Unseen.

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I have a testimony of faith, of standing in believing what God has told me, what He has promised me. I am so surprised by the amount of every day people that I know that do not have that kind of mainstay type of faith. They can't see beyond the things that cannot be seen. They only see and hear in what they see in the here and now. Its so disappointing to see them cower to giving in and giving up. I pray that they have their moment of awakening and they will be thankful once they do. Of course we each one get discouraged from time to time, sometimes even in moments of each day. Sometimes it is a matter of learning how to discipline our emotions and sometimes we simply need others around us that hold us accountable to continue to fight the good fight against feeling discouraged, doing things that help keep us uplifted. Other times we just need to be in the fellowship of our family and friends. I believe we are about to step over that thereshold into a time where we will not o

Selfishness to Selflessness. What does that Mean? Especially in Marriage.

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Many people look back at their twenties and realize just how young they truly were. Thats the funny thing about getting older,…the realizations of how far we have come. Some people will share how they were only say 19 or 21 when they got married. But I was a kid when I said I do. And a year later I became a mother. I was 16. I had a lot in front of me. At 19 I panicked realizing that I had always been somebody’s somebody. Somebody’s daughter, sister, wife and mother. Who was I? I had not even held a job. So I got one. No matter the things I or we went through or what things looked like, one thing remained true, I loved my man. He was my anchor. When I was 23 Even though I have known God all my life and was raised up in the church I truly fell to my knees to Christ Jesus. I surrendered my life to His Will. This is when I died to self. And it is from this point is when our marriage truly went from two people to living in the oneness of God. You can read more about our story but

God will still have His Way

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When I am feeling discouraged I try to surround myself with Godly people and influence. Somedays I just consume myself in it and I praise, worship and pray. I tune out main stream media and I tune into Christian networks. Faith takes action and so it is work. The reason the evil was at work to stop the momentum of the election and brought things to a stand still was because it came to steal, kill and destroy the power of our faith which it fears. So we have to work extra hard and encourage one another to build up our faith and steam roll ahead. We are waging war. The darkness must be brought to light to be exposed and because we hate evil it is never comfortable even for the doers of good. I am standing in faith that God will finish the work He has begun in our country and in our president who has been prophesied by many prophets to be re-elected. Hang on everyone, its coming! Keep fighting the good fight of faith. Faith is saying that I take Him at His Word. I trust Him, and so

Your words can change the world

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I'm speaking to you, yes, you: I challenge you to get out of your comfort zone. As for me I want to do something so big it's destine to fail without You Lord, something so great it's gonna take a miracle to do. How about you? I want to be like Peter who walked on water! I hear God saying "Diana, get out of the boat!" For me my faith is all or nothing! By believing I have nothing to loose so I am all in. Our Lord tells us that "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21. Which words will you chose? The positive words of life or the negative words of death? Those negative words are the ones that steal, kill and destroy life. The power of your life is in your words, so speak them well and give life by speaking them well of others too. Be an encourager. Be a life giver. Be a game changer. Think about those things and let it inspire you. You matter and you can make all the difference in how yo

America is important to God. Israel gave us Jesus, but this is His Land and this is why

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This year has been a difficult one for all of us and really an ugly year to so many. We've lost a lot. And here in the midst of the political environment some people are saying we Christians shouldn't be talking about such things. But something I want to bring to your attention is this: America is important to God. This is His land. Israel gave us Jesus, but our founding fathers were very specific when they sought out and stepped foot on this land and dedicated this country to Him. This is the very reason they came in search of this Amercia. This is why so many of us remain standing on those promises made to God and His promises to us. Think about that as you pray and feel that hope rise up in you. God never forgets and neither should we. Our words have power, power of life and death, positive and negative (Proverbs 18:21). Convanants and committments have always held great meaning to God. He never changes nor goes back on His Word. He keeps His promises and committments. H