Saturday, March 10, 2018


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My guest writer this month is Diane Gardner. Presently a Bible teacher, she was formerly an RN, and also served as a Pastor's administrative assistant, Director of Women's Ministries, and Communications Coordinator at her church.

Since her retirement, she says the highest and most rewarding aspects of her life is that she is a daughter of the Most High King, a wife of 56 years, mother to four beautiful daughters, grandmother to fourteen phenomenal grandchildren, one granddaughter-in-law, and great-grandmother to one adorable little boy. 

She has gleaned many "Life Lessons" from everyday experiences with her family. This is one of them . . . and there will be more forthcoming.  Enjoy!


Diane Gardner

Our daughter developed her love for ice cream very early on, so she was ecstatic one day when we told her we were going out for some. But when I told her we would get her a hot fudge sundae, her first, her delight turned to tears as she cried, “But I want ice cream!” She had no idea of the wonders of a hot fudge sundae and wanted no part of it. (She soon changed her mind! 😊)

I wonder if we’re like that sometimes. We have our hearts set and our minds made up about what we want and have no intention on settling for anything else. While we’re crying for a single scoop of plain ice cream, God wants to give us the key to the ice cream store. There are delights beyond our imagination there, hot fudge sundaes, banana splits, milk shakes and malts; but there’s a catch, first we have to hand Him our desires. We have to release our plans, our dreams, our wants and trust Him to transform them into delights that will fill our hearts with joy and pleasure. We must release our will, which is often guided by shallow, selfish desires, to His good and perfect will, which is always designed for our good. 

God’s Word tells us that He has good things in store for us:  
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11.
Psalm 84:11 says:
For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.”
Then there’s Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Note the progression. When we delight ourselves in Him first then He satisfies our heart’s deepest longings.)

So, as Bible teacher and author Beth Moore says, the issue is not do you believe in God but do you believe Him; do you really believe what He’s said in His Word? Believe Him. Trust Him. He’s got good stuff in store for us. Like the man on television used to say, “I guarantee it.”



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