• Encouragement,  Mother's Day

    Am I Enough?

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9) The day I became a mother …  I remember it well. The precious little boy I had carried for 8 months would not be coming home with me. He had gone on to heaven. My heart was in a million pieces. Eighteen days later, Mother’s Day arrived, along with all the Mother’s Day cards, flowers and gifts that were displayed in every gift shop and grocery store I entered. That…

  • Writing

    Consistent and Persistent

    Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:1 (NIV) Is anyone out there writing a book? Do you ever find yourself stuck? I do. From time to time my writing momentum slows down and comes to a complete halt. I allow other things to come between me and my published book goal. I can get quite irritated with myself, but have come to realize that other things will come into my life that are worthy of my attention and time. Knowing how to prioritize my time continues to be a challenge for me. You, too? We all have the same number of…

  • Encouragement

    What’s So Special About Thursday Anyway?

    Thursday, or Friday Eve, as some refer to it, has a unique role all its own. It’s that extraordinary day of the week that gets to pave the way for the celebrated beginning of our beloved weekend — (Just thinking about it makes my heart cheer — WooHoo!) I’ve got a friend who knows me well. All she has to do is remind me Thursday’s coming, and an instant dose of “happy” boosts my spirit. In all reality, though, every day should be our favorite — the very present moment we’re living in — because really, it’s all we’ve got. Tomorrow is never promised, so why not make the most…

  • Encouragement,  Life's Storms,  Mimi Moments

    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…