• Encouragement,  Life's Storms,  Mimi Moments,  Storms of Life

    A Day of Holding and Beholding

    Yesterday was the kind of day I want to remember forever! I don’t know which touched me more — getting to spend the day holding my new little grandson after his 52-day stay in NICU or beholding my daughter in her new role as a mother.  Both have done a number on my heart! As I spent the day with Luke and held him in my arms,  I strangely discovered he filled a part of my heart that I didn’t even know was empty.  How can someone so little do something so big? And, as I watched my daughter in her new role as mother, there was even more joy…

  • Mimi Moments

    A Lesson in Patience

    Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Colossians 3:12 (NLT)   There’s just something about the moment when 7 lbs. 9 oz. of newborn snuggly softness is placed in your arms for the first time. I’d like to say I have the perfect words for such a moment. But I don’t. There are no words. Just a heart that feels likes it’s going to burst with joy and melt with love all at the same time. Definitely a moment worth celebrating and tucking away to be pulled out over and over again. This little guy…

  • Christmas

    The Night It Happened

    “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (KJV) One holy night, in a moment, the BEST gift EVER was given to the world. This gift was not wrapped in Christmas paper but was wrapped in love, and the gift tag was addressed to: THE WORLD The gift of life, love, peace and joy. May you receive the gift that keeps on giving — Jesus, who is Christ the Lord. With my whole heart, Diane        

  • Encouragement

    Sometimes Weary

    “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, it we faint not.” Galatians 6:9 (KJV) Weary? Oh, yes – that’s me sometimes. I can become weary for different reasons:  lack of sleep, boredom, or tired of doing, to name a few. The “tired of doing” is the one Galatians 6:9 addresses. We are instructed to not become weary in well doing. I can get so busy doing, doing, doing that I burn out. Tired with a capital “T”. When I reach this point, it’s time for me to stop and re-evaluate why I’m feeling the way I am. Sometimes rest is all…

  • Life's Storms

    In the Shadow

    Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 63:7 (NLT)   What do you think of when you hear the word shadow? Darkness, sadness or gloom cross my mind. But then I’m reminded —  The only way to have a shadow is to have rays of light present. This is where it gets good … When you feel like you’re walking through a dark and difficult valley and you can’t see what it is God is doing, you can rest knowing He is present. There is joy in the shadow when we set our eyes on the Light of the World. I find comfort in knowing…

  • Life's Storms

    Above the Clouds

      The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Psalm 50:1 (ESV) On a recent drive to Haleakala Summit, 10,000 feet up, my husband and I witnessed something amazing — a breathtaking sunset above the clouds. On our drive up Haleakala volcano, we journeyed through some rainy weather, but when we finally reached the summit, we broke through the clouds and were met with a gorgeous full rainbow.  We got out of the car and found front row rocks to sit and watch the sun set into the clouds below us. As the sun dipped deeper and deeper into the clouds, beauty and splendor swirled together to produce brilliant shades of orange,…

  • Life's Storms

    Rest = Renewal

    He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. Psalm 23:2-3 (NLT) It had been a hectic week. You know the kind. The kind where there aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. The week had my patience running low and my mind exhausted trying to keep up with everything I needed to remember to do. Plainly stated … I was overwhelmed. I hadn’t let myself take a break. The kind of break where I walk away from the computer, the phone, the noise, and go to a place where I can just be. Ahh, yes! Psalm 23 reminds me that rest is part…

  • Masterpiece

    The Love Behind the Celebration of Life

    For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 (NLT) There’s a piece of my heart that holds special memories of birthdays past. My mother was the Queen of cakes.  She would design and bake a cake to fit the theme of my life each year —  a ballerina cake with pink and purple streamers and a guitar cake with licorice strings to name just two. She loved making them and making my birthdays memorable. I have since grown up, and my mother has passed away, but the tradition of making birthdays special in our family continues. Homemade cakes, however, have been replaced with store bought ones, but the love…

  • Life's Storms,  Prayer

    The Unknown and What If’s

    Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12 (NLT) Are you facing a challenge right now? Does worry have a hold on your thoughts? Are the unknown and what if’s of life weighing you down? May I say I’ve been there, too, and oh me,  I’m there once again. Life’s certainly full of its challenges, right? The good news for me is this — each time I step into this world of the “Unknown” and “What if’s”, I find myself becoming a little stronger. As I look back over my life, I can see how my faith has grown over the years because of my trials. Romans 12:12 above is a good…

  • Masterpiece

    His Masterpiece

    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) One of Merriam-Webster’s definitions for masterpiece is “a work done with extraordinary skill; especially: a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement.” Most of the famous masterpieces we know, i.e. Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel, to name just two, were not completed overnight. Years and years of work went into them. I recently viewed a video on Smithsonian.com which showed how Michelangelo used a creative technique to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It was not done…