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I Have Moved!

Hello!  Thank you for coming by and visiting LIfe Images; but, I have moved to my new Website www.dianewbailey.net.  Will you come by and visit, look around and leave a comment?  Each Friday, between now and February, I will have a Door Prize drawing, as an Open House and welcome to my new website.  I will choose at random from the comments left during the week and have a drawing for some wonderful books and bags!

 

Please come by and visit my new website Open House!  www.dianewbailey.net  and be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win some great gifts!

 

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Because There are Seasons of Hope

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The winter has been warm, and a few roses defy the cold, and blush their joy for life in their bleak gray surroundings.

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Each year, I say that Christmas will live in my heart though out the year.  But, it fades as the season of Epiphany marches into the Season of Lent.  Each season bringing a renewed joy, and renewed hope.

Maybe that is why we make New Year’s Resolutions.  We are trying to renew our hope.  I hope –  to loose weight, to begin exercise, meet someone special, to get married, to have children, to get a job, to start a savings account – I hope to get it right this year.

We wake up each day seeking hope.  I hope – to get the laundry done, hope to get motivated to clean out closets, to do the work it takes to impress the boss, to make my mark.  I am hoping today is the day that things will change.

Each hour, I hope to remember all that is on the to-do list, to remember a name of someone, to hold my tongue, to say something positive, to encourage someone.

We hope, as we edge out on what seems like thin air, to find something solid on which to stand.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart my be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling” (Ephesians 1:18 NASB)

We have a gift in us, given at the time of birth, waiting to be discovered, waiting to be  developed and then given away to others.

Sometimes are hope is not realized, because our eyes are always looking forward to the next thing.  The eyes of our understanding need to be opened.

We need to see that we have the thing hoped for, given as a resource, at the beginning of time.
I have asked God for a word for the year.  I have never asked Him for this before.  I think the word is HOPE.  I’m going to run with that and see where it takes me, trusting God to  deliver me from my own wilds if I have heard him incorrectly

Happy New Year to you all! I Love you all so much!

~Di

100 Pound Loser!

One Hundred pounds!  You read correctly, she lost one hundred pounds!  I am so excited to introduce you to my amazing friend Jessica Heights, who blogs over at Muthering Heights.

Not only is Jessica beautiful, energetic and creative, but also, the girl lost one hundred pounds and kept it off! That is like a whole person!

In her new eBook, 100 Pound Loser, which is now available on Amazon, Jessica gives us the wisdom of her success.  She shares her discernment in eating out of depression, eating out of hormone changes, and eating from hunger.

I was able to quickly recognize myself as Jessica’s quick wit and colorful descriptions of eating styles brought a spot light to my kitchen!

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Are you thinking about losing a little or a lot of weight this year?  Wouldn’t you like to get advice from someone who is an everyday mom, like us; and, not some movie star?  She didn’t join a gym, or perchance an eating plan or have surgery.  So how did she do it?

Why not go to Amazon, and get her eBook, One Hundred Pound Loser, by Jessica Heights?

Knitted Together

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“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalms 139:13

Opportunity

It has been months since I have  been able to participate in one of my favorite blogging activities, Five Minute Fridays with Lisa-Jo Baker.  So, to say that I’m feeing a little rusty is an understatement.

The word for today is opportunity – so here goes!

Like fishing line caught up in the engine of a jet ski, so are our activites that are not directed by God.  Plans for a hope, and a future, can become a tangled mess if we are completely in charge of our own dystiny.

Our own purposes can get tangled with the Will of God, when we get ahead of Him. When we do not seek Him before casting our line into the waters of life, we simply slow down the plans that He has for us.

We know we are called to be fishers of men (women); but, throwing the line out on the wrong side, or casting out when God is backing us up, is the perfect recipe for a tangle in the engine.

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It is also the perfect opportunity for us to see God in a new light.

God never wastes anything – including errors made by over ambitious children – they are simply learning opportunities.  They are times when God can pull us close, hand us a boy scout knife, and explain the fine art of cutting loose fishing line cast too soon; and, line that is caught up in an engine that is suppose to take us fishing.

There are days that seem like a total disaster to us; but, those are the days that God calls, Opportunities.

We are redecorating

Hi everyone I am not blogging much right now as my blog is transferred to my new website. I hope to have an open house some time next week for you to come by and look around!

So, hang in there with me – this is a little inconvenience for now and a whole lot of fun to come!

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Christmas Miracle

This year, for Christmas, I asked God for a miracle.  2012 has been a difficult year for me, and I needed encouragement.

That is what miracles do best, you know?  Encourage us in knowing that God is there, and He knows us.

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Our Christmas was spent in Mississippi celebrating Christ’s birth with the Grands.

Oh, the Grands, they live up to their name; they, are truly grand.  They are our reward for not resigning during the difficult teen years.

Christmas with young children renews the hope of miracles in all of us.  Their wide-eyed wonder at seeing colorful lights on trees inside and outside, and the story of a baby in a manger renews an excitement in all of us.

“Yes, a baby, just like you.”  And, the one-year old pulls her doll close, and kisses the top of its baldhead.

Yet, the whole time we are with the Grands, the alarm in our home continues to go-off.

First, our youngest son goes to check the house, and reports, no problems.

We are then notified a second time that the alarm on the house is sounding.

Now, our oldest son checks the house.  Again, no problems found.

The alarm sounds three more times for no apparent reason.

Though nothing can be found, we decide to return home.  We gather the family around, and open Christmas presents, two days early with the Grands and their parents. Then, we tearfully pack up our car, which is much lighter than when we arrived, and make the four-hour trip back home.

Christmas Day was quiet.  Our oldest came over to regal us with stories, and some Christmas cheer.

But, late in the afternoon, storms began to build.  We battened down the hatches and prepared for heavy rains.

A tornado hits Mobile, Alabama late in the afternoon.  Storms carrying severe thunderstorms and other tornados blanket central and southern Alabama all afternoon and into the night.

That is when I realized that I had seen my miracle – My touch from God – My Christmas gift of encouragement.

Had the alarm not called us back home, we would have been traveling right in the middle of those storms.  God had protected us by arranging for us to return home early.

In what seemed like an interrupted Christmas and an irritation to be handled, God, perhaps, saved our very lives.

“If you will hold on to me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble.  I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me.  Call and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.  I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”  (Psalm 91:14-16 MSG)

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Linking with Getting Down with Jesus, Walk with Him Wednesday, and Wifey Wednesday