Missions #2 church

“Wait wait! ” my translator said shaking her finger while laughing. I had just finished a story about how God gave me a ham gravy recipe. I had overcooked the ham for an Easter dinner and there was no gravy. My husband needs gravy with his ham. I was wondering what to do when the Lord broke through my thoughts and said “orange juice, cinnamon, water and flour.”  While the class I was sharing in knew English, periodically my translator would have me pause while she restated my words in Portuguese to make sure everyone understood.

I was sharing in a Sunday School class of a very large church in Rio de Janeiro. The topic was from Proverbs 3:5-6.” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” I was sharing on trusting God. I trust in Him everyday all day. I would not want to live a day without the Lord. He is my love, peace, joy, wisdom, comfort, strength, power, fortress, and my best friend. There is nothing on this earth that compares with Jesus. Not a thing. It doesn’t take long to realize that our own problem solving mechanisms fall way short when compared to the power of God activated in our circumstances. We simply activate His power by praying in faith, relying on what Christ has already done, and trusting in His word.

After the message, my son and I had an amazing time giving prophecy and praying for every member of the class. Our translator worked with us carefully sharing in Portuguese all that was said. It took us a couple of hours but it brings great joy to my heart to be able to minister to everyone and encourage them in the Lord. There were many hugs given and friends made. It was simply glorious! May God be honored and glorified! It is all about Him and what He wants to accomplish in each and every person’s life. He continues to transform us each day into the image of Christ Jesus!

Missions

Dear Friends,

We came to a standstill. There were five of us inside a small car driving to our first church to preach at in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The news spread through the traffic jam. Rio was involved in a massive protest against the government to oppose rising costs in the economy. We would soon come to find out over one million people were involved. How long we would sit there, we did not know. The church service was to begin at 7:00pm and it was already past that time. I was thinking how people handle traffic jams in the USA. Usually it is with much complaining and frustration. Yet our Brazilian friends seemed hardly phased by it. They are used to traffic jams everyday. They kept my son and I in good spirits and for the most part, relaxed. We were in this traffic jam about 2 1/2 hours. It was by the grace of God that we were able to endure happily.

I believe we all need the grace of God everyday to happily handle the affairs of life.
In the natural, a traffic jam for even one hour, let alone 2 1/2, would create intense frustration. The grace of God is available to us to handle any adversity that life throws at us. Let’s keep our joy!

2 Corinthians 12:9
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

We arrived at the church at 9:20pm. The congregation had already been there over two hours. The worship was over. I had anticipated, earlier in the day, that once we arrived at this church I would worship and hear what the Lord wanted to speak and do. Now I am arriving past the hour of worship, past my bedtime and having just endured a lengthy traffic jam.

The Lord filled my heart with His. I looked into the eyes of the people and felt the compassion of Jesus. He was there with me. He had a word for these people about “release.” He wanted to free the captives. He wanted to free the hearts of the oppressed. He wanted His people to know how much He loved them, cared for them and would provide for them. I began to speak His heart and feel His love. I called the children up on the stage to pray for them. The Lord did not have me share too long, for more importantly was the ministry time where we would pray for each one and hug them for Jesus. His grace is sufficient or more than enough. All my tiredness went away. It was an awesome night with many people coming into freedom. I give all the glory to Jesus, my best friend forever!

Blessings

Missions: India trip

“Watch out!” I screamed in my head as our taxicab driver played chicken with an oncoming car, motorcycle, bicycle, rickshaw, pedestrian and cow. This was to happen time and time again. I eventually learned, that while a traffic collision seemed inevitable our driver expertly avoided any calamity. Soon I was able to sit peacefully in our mode of transportation and smile out the window.

Welcome to India! The land of fascination. People are everywhere, crowds of them, just like vehicles of every shape and size. Cows and dogs share the narrow roadways. Rickshaws, a three-wheeled bicycle pulling a two man cart, is a means for a man to support his entire family. Motorized rickshaws are tiny three-wheeled half enclosed cars which buzz in and around traffic. My friend Cindi and I had the experience of riding in one of these. It was quite the test of courage.

India has been on my heart for the last one and one half years. After two trips falling through, this one God endorsed. It was a trip led by a west coast ministry, who helps oversee thousands of churches in India. Our leaders were seasoned experts in the travel, food, culture and customs of India. We were in good hands. They traveled us around by plane, train and boat. Ministry was premiere on our agenda, however we did manage to see the Taj Mahal at the end of our stay.

Our mission was to strengthen the Christian Church Pastors with teaching on the prophetic and the apostolic gifts and offices. After the teaching, our leader would release the team to prophesy and pray over the congregation. We released many words of encouragement and saw hope restored after breaking oppression. Our leader also released the team to minister in various house churches. He would inquire of the Lord and the Lord would show him what people were to go where, to minister in which church. I had the honor and privilege to share in three different village and house churches. This brought great delight to my heart and I am immensely grateful to the Lord for such an assignment!

We had a special farewell for the first congregation we ministered to. A couple of team members had the God inspired idea to purchase Indian slipper socks for the people. We would then pray over each person’s hard, dry and cracked feet while pulling on their socks. This turned into quite an emotional experience and many people were weeping as God released freedom into their hearts. It was a time of honoring them and blessing them. Then in return they gave us scarves and hats. We received their blessing as well. I love the way God works. I love the way He delights in us honoring one another.

Our team leader’s wife, Ann, is a worship leader. She led us into the heavenlies each morning with worship before our journeys got started. God touched each of our hearts during this time to draw us closer to Him and whisper new revelation to us. Ann also had opportunites to share and minister. During one occassion at a large church she closed her teaching with worship. The presence of the Lord showed up in a mighty powerful way. People were still as statues sitting in their seats encountering the Lord. I saw a young man who was having an extreme encounter and felt led to go to him. As I gently laid my hand on his back he wept and wept. We cried together. I did not know his story I only knew that my heart was responding to his cry unto the Lord. Eventually he stood to his feet, raised his hands and went into non-stop prayer in his prayer language. I found out the next day that he was a Pastors son and had strayed from Jesus. He returned his heart to Jesus and his prayer language was restored!

Cindi and I were released to minister at a village church which was an hour and fifteen minutes away. The drive was bouncy and bumpy. I breathed a silent prayer that I would not have to use the bathroom for the next six hours. For a bathroom in the countryside of India leaves much to be desired. Upon arrival we found the people had been waiting on us for over two hours. They had been sitting on the hard ground. The women in their beautiful saris on one side, the men on the other. The children were on the women’s side. We immediately began to share, talking briefly to allow plenty of time to pray over each person. There were about 250 people there. The people sat under a thatched roof. The women looked like a rainbow of color, signifying God’s promises. We prayed for everyone and we saw people delivered, healed and set free from oppression. It was a glorious time and one that brought delight to my heart. This was the highlght of the trip for me. I hugged many a person, cried with some and determined to contend for greater healing anointing to see God’s miracles next time. I prayed for a man with leprosy and two young boys with rickets. While I saw no immediate physical healing, I do believe God touched their hearts.

Ann had a worship session prior to us seeing the Taj Mahal. I went to it and layed down across the bed in the room. Soon the presence of God came upon me and for the next three and one half hours I could not move. The team had left and then came back to get me. This encounter is all about intimacy and revelations of God’s love. It was delightful!

I led a woman to accept Jesus during one of the meetings. Thank you Lord! I praise you for that!

The trip had God’s grace abounding in it. I experienced no stomach ache, headache, tiredness or diarrhea. I did catch a cold on the return flight, but not while I was there. I even had non-spicy foods to eat. I was not scared nor fearful. The Lord’s angels encamped around us. I am truly thankful to my husband for blessing me to go on this trip as he stayed home and interceeded for me. I am indeed thankful for the Lord calling me to India for I expect to return and continue advancing His kingdom. I am thankful to my dear friend Cindi who traveled with me for she is also anticipating returning.

In closing, the greatest grace on this trip was seeing people with spiritual eyes and not seeing their impoverished living conditions. In estimation I probably ministered to more than two hundred people on this trip. Multiply that by fifteen and you see three thousand people being touched by the Lord. Praise the Lord!

 

 

 

nothing can separate us from Christ

One of my favorite passages in the Bible has to be Romans 8:37-39.

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Nothing can separate us from the love of God… nothing. Not your past, not your sin. Those things may be hurdles in your relationship but they will not make His pursuit for you any less furious.

Usually people give these verses little thought after having gleaned the obvious… that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

I would like to draw your attention to another equally important part of this passage… victory! Verse 37 uses the word “conquerors” or “overcomers,” and draws a correlation between conquering and Christ’s love. You are not only victorious, but even more than that through His love.

If you take a short time to connect the dots here you find that not only are we constantly surrounded by His love, but nothing can separate us from Victory either. We have His love at all times. We have victory through that love at all times. Chapter 8, verse 31 of Romans says “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

When you find yourself fighting an uphill battle I would encourage you to stand on these verses as a foundation of faith and proclaim victory over your circumstances.

God’s Good News-Perseverance

Dear Friend,

I heard the word “perseverance” spoken softly into my spirit. I wondered if this was a warning of an upcoming trial or difficulty that I would have to endure. Perseverance means to  a) be steadfast  b) a strengthened form of  c) denotes to continue steadfastly in a thing and give unremitting care to it.
I searched the scriptures on perseverance. My attention arrested on the following verse in Ephesians 6:18; With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,. This verse follows the armor of God mentioned in the previous verses.

I am recognizing God urging me to spend more time in prayer for my own destiny, for our nation and the world at large. The prayer shield for America must be strengthened for darkness is arising. We must persevere in prayer for those in authoritative positions, for all the saints and those who yet need to know Jesus.  As we pray we activate the power of God and destroy the works of darkness. May the Holy Spirit guide our prayer time.

Let me encourage you. God will give you the strength and grace to persevere in prayer for whatever situation you are facing. He is with you and since “nothing is impossible with God”  your situation is not impossible but instead a victorious one. In your persevering, think positive, speak God’s word, and proclaim the victory that Christ already won for us! 1 Thess. 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Don’t give up! A professional athlete never gives us because they know the victory that perseverance produces. How much moreso does the believer in Christ experience through perseverance!  Romans 5:3-5 says, “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance, and perseverance, proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Blessings,
Diane
 

Transition

Dear Friends,

           Looking at Jesus’ life I would think that transition for Him was his wilderness experience. The time between His baptism and His ministry. Mathew 3:16-4:1 And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

        Transition is the in-between time when God is preparing you both internally and externally for your next assignment.  I found in my experience that the internal preparation made way for the external. I had a Holy discontentment and lost my desire to do the spiritual assignments I was engaged in. I knew in my heart there was more and I wanted to go after the more. God began to softly speak to me about changing direction with ministry. As He spoke and it registered in my heart, I knew I had to make a change. Someone said “The key to longevity in ministry is following your heart.” We can stay in a place where we can please people, doing things we know how to do, and being comfortable. I get bored with comfortability and for me the excitement in life is doing a new thing. So when God started whispering to come out of the church world into the community, I got very excited. I started serving in church at the age of twenty as a nursery worker.  Since then my husband and I have been in multiple churches and in various locations because he was military. Each church we were at we served in. When God said come outside the four walls to minister I was ready. However, let me say I enjoyed serving inside the church for the time He had me there. I have not left the church, just left the assignments I had there.

       Transition took longer than I thought. I expected change to be quick, new assignments to come tumbling in, and voila! Sort of a microwave transition. However, with some cases God needs to process us through the change. One of the first things He told me was “love at all costs.” Then I began to practice abiding. Since I could not see my future, I became very clingy with the Holy Spirit. I learned to live one day at a time. I opened my eyes to consider new ways of ministry and new possibilities. I became more confident and more grown up.  My dreams became full of direction and kept me on track. I understand why some people give up during the process of change. We simply aren’t given the timeframe because God wants to increase our faith and trust in Him. Just a few months back I wrote God an e-mail asking the what and when questions. I layed my life on the altar, surrendering over and over again. The Lord poured out grace during this time and I did have joy in the midst of my questions, but I learned that having unanswered questions is a part of life and we will experience this with God. 

       After coming through transition, I saw that timing was a factor. My kids whom are older, our youngest of four is a junior in college were also in transitional seasons. At this point they have all come through their seasons of change as I have mine. My husband and I are empty nesters, and therefore I have more time to devote to ministry.

     On a final note I say to you, don’t quit God’s processing. He knows what He is doing. Posture your heart to live in agreement with His Kingdom, with the word of God,  and stay positive and in the joy of the Lord. The next assignment for you is greater than the one you left, so He has to do a new work in you to prepare you for it.

Blessings
Diane

Peace

Dear Friends,

Isaiah 26:3  You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.

The battle we all face is how do we keep our mind steadfast on Jesus, on His word, when our circumstances are shaking and quaking? When uncertainty surrounds us and we have no answers?  How do we access the peace of the Holy Spirit, which every believer has access to, in such unstable times?

Recognize that the devil tries to quench our effectiveness by stealing our peace and causing us confusion.  He would like us to live in a constant state of worry and emotional upset to render us immobile to advance God’s Kingdom.  Jesus says in John 10:10 that “the thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Phil. 4:6-7
Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.   If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. NLT

Look at your situation through the eyes of God.  Is it something He cannot fix?  For there is nothing that God cannot repair and restore.  Have you thanked Him for what He has done for you and for what He is going to do for you now?  Thanksgiving engages His supernatural assistance into whatever you are facing.  “We enter His gates with thanksgiving”  Ps. 100:4  Can we trust and release our faith, “casting all our care upon Him?” 1 Pet. 5:7

Jesus is not worried, upset or depressed about anything.  He is the “Prince of Peace.”  This is one of His names.  So therefore, as believers in Christ, we can also live in peace because His spirit dwells within us.  So if peace is already in us, we simply need to pray away our cares believing that victory is already ours because of Christ crucified and raised to life!  He already defeated our adversary so let’s live our freedom out!

peace,
Diane

Potential

Dear Friends,

          I wanted to take a moment to encourage you in your spiritual journey.  I don’t know your past or your history, but I do know how magnificent God our Father is, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit is.  God can repair and mend any pain whether it be emotional or physical.  He is good and has your best interests at heart.  He knows all that you need and desires to supply all your needs, as scripture says in Phil. 4:19.   He knows your potential and as we yield ourselves to Him, He will show us His path.  Yes. That’s the path we want.  Our own path will will not be nearly as glorious as His.  For God knows how we are made and for what purpose we can maximize our potential.   

       Maybe you don’t want to live maximizing your potential, but if you do, God will show you what to do and when to do it.   Since He uniquely designed and created us, He knows best how we function.   Did you ever hear that someone had “hidden talents?” Yes. I believe we all have them.  Whether or not they get discovered is another question.  When God displays Himself through us and in our talents, we go beyond our own ability into supernatural ability.  At this point, if we keep ourselves humble and honor Him with our talents, then we will continue to increase.  If we become prideful God opposes us.  Proverbs 3:34

       For any of you who may not know what God’s path involves, seek Him and He will reveal it to you.  Daily trust is a must to walk the path of maximized potential in God.

       Blessings

The Goodness of God

Dear Friends journeying in the path of Jesus,

      One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalms 34:8.  Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.
        Jesus tells us in John 10:11 “I am the good Shepherd.”  Again in John 10:14 Jesus says “I am the good Shepherd.”

Galatians 6:9-10 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity , let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

There are over 600 verses in the Bible that have the word “Good’ in them.  The verses I listed above are to mention two things. 1) God is good.  Jesus is good.  He is the good Shepherd.  If Jesus is telling us twice that He is good, then we need to believe Him.  This is not a topic of question.  Jesus demonstrated His goodness throughout His earthly ministry by addressing the needs of the people around Him and and meeting those needs.

If we don’t perceive that God is good, and have a belief system that He sends calamity and trials to teach us something, then we will be unable to see or tap into His goodness.  The goodness of God is first of all to be understood from the very beginning.  When God created the heavens and the earth He called them “good.”  When He created mankind, He called us “very good.”  Since we are created in the image of God, and He calls us “very good” then it would play out that goodness is likewise in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“Taste and See”  Christianity is experiential.  Head knowledge can only go so far.  Head knowledge is to lead us into experience.  If we read that God is good,  and believe that God is good, then we must also move towards experience.  What do you notice on a daily basis that points you towards the goodness of God?  God is not confined to a sunday morning church opportunity.  He is with you 24-7 to demonstrate His goodness.  Did He bring you encouragement today?  Did He show you a sale for something you needed to buy? Did He help you accomplish what you needed?  Did He give you favor in dealing with a customer?  Did He help you pass a test?  or help you study?  Was your day filled with His joy?  Did He spare you from a car accident?  God is desirious of being intricately involved in every single facet of our lives.  As we allow Him to occupy this place, we will see His goodness abound.

Now, we also have a responsibilty according to scripture  to do good to people.  Hebrews 13:16 says “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
God likens doing good here with a sacrifice.  I believe He says this because you sacrifice doing your own thing and replace it with demonstrating Jesus.  Doing good for others comes in a variety of forms.  Anytime we help another we demonstrate His goodness.  Anyime we encourage or pray with others we demonstrate His goodness.  When we release goodness towards those who mean us harm, we demonstrate Jesus.  There are multiple ways we can show the goodness of God to those we come in contact with on  a daily basis.  This keeps us in agreement with God’s kingdom.  This is a way to evangelize.  God blesses us as we share His goodness with others. 

I felt led to purchase a journal for the primary purpose of jotting down daily God’s goodness towards me.  This is a way to release testimonies of what He has done for me so others can experience the same. 

Love and Blessings
Diane

Diane’s Dialog

Welcome to Diane’s Dialogue, a place where Diane will share words and teachings from the Lord.  Please feel free to participate in a textual dialogue following each message.

Paslms 34:8 is one of my favorite scriptures and it reads:
“O taste and see that the Lord is good,”

There are seventeen definitions of the word “good” in Webster’s New World College Dictionary. Here are six of them 1) producing favorable results
2) honorable, worthy, respectable   3) enjoyable, desirable, pleasant, happy
4) dependable, right, reliable  5) morally sound or excellent  6) able, skilled, expert

Vine’s Expository  Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, says the greek word for good, agathos, means God is essentially, absolutely and consummately good. Consummately means complete or perfect in every way.

Everyday we have the opportunity to see God’s goodness at work.  It may look like an answered prayer, a divine appointment, a job breakthrough, a promotion, a healing or unexpected funds. We can all notice the goodness of God in these situations. However, His goodness is much broader than that.

What about the goodness of God showing up with the purchase of something you need and it’s on sale? Or your car passing inspection? Or the accomplishment of many tasks completed in peace? Or people to help you move? Or wisdom from friends? Or safe travel?

The goodness of God can be demonstated even in trials. You may be overwhelmed with sorrow, or up against the wall, but God will shine His goodness through even then. He will part the sea for you, as He did for Moses. He will bring you out of prison as He did Paul. His goodness will work on your behalf  to  ” produce a favorable result.”

1 Thess. 4:18
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

If you recognize God as the author of the goodness you experience in life,
and thank Him for it, He will take pleasure in increasing your blessings.

God desires to increase His goodness in your life.