Dive into More

Fearless Friday

Dive into more. There was a hot tub attached to a pool. Both looked inviting. We started with the hot tub…sitting on the side waiting for it to warm up. It was sooooo pleasant…just being. The pool looked cool on a hot Texas day. Instinctively I knew not to touch the water. My insides knew it was chilly! Yet the water invited me. So I decided. I’m getting in. I stood up and dove into the blue and it WAS cold. I have not been in a pool in years. I felt weight lift. I got giddy. I felt joy. I started laughing. It was so freeing to NOT analyze to death why I should not get in the pool. I needed to let go. Moving forward is difficult. Leaving what you thought true about others, yourself, and God. The Word talks about not thinking more highly about yourself. And we camp there. We try so hard. Make sure our hearts are right. Yet that attempt not to make your life about you can cause your life to be all about you!! Sometimes we just need to take a breath & dive. There were others who chose not to get their suits on. They talked in the shade. They watched us laugh, joke, swim & play. You may think it’s easier to ease in but moving that slow can also cause you to retreat from the water. If I had taken time to go to the shallow end and stick in my toe, the chill factor would have discouraged me. I would have missed the refreshing. I would have missed the swim. I would have missed the sun ever so gently streaming into my skin. I would have missed the joy. Yes, others watched and I was uncomfortable at first to remove my wrap and expose my very modest swimsuit. But, I knew I had to let go what I thought others were thinking. So my dive represents a turning from my way into His way. A dive into worship, into the unknown, into my future, into destiny. I asked one of our pastors how to keep from choosing your own way versus His way. Without hesitation she said WORSHIP. Just worship. Thank You Father for compelling us forward into more of You. I choose to dive into worship. I choose to carry the mantle of Your presence instead of my own ways. I choose You. You are the more.  

 

Pick Up Hope

When Hope is removed, confidence and expectation are removed. Pick up HOPE again. Let HOPE reacquaint you with living. There are still promises left to come forth.stand to your feet! Breathe again! Live again! Love again! Open up your blinds. Go check your mail. Call someone up to say hello. Write yourself an an encouraging  note. Tell yourself that you ARE going to be okay and that you are passing through not standing still.

Get out of giving up and HOPE AGAIN!! Be confident again!Give birth to trust and watch your promises come forth!

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Run Me Over

Run Me Over copyright Donna ReinersSeriously? Are you not looking where you are going? Apparently not. Did you almost run me over?
So, I’m driving down the road on the way to my weekly class and I slowed to allow two moms with their baby strollers cross the road. They are hesitant but get the hint and start to cross when lo and behold a white car whizzes past me as if I’m not even there. The result was almost hitting me AND almost hitting the strollers. I’m like – really????? Is this necessary? I let the stroller mamas past and drive forward with a thought…wouldn’t it be interesting if she is headed where I am headed? It was HAHAHA funny when I saw her white car drive into the same driveway as me! Oh how funny life can me sometimes, don’t you think? It was humorous to me and I commented – you almost ran me off the road! And do you know what she replied? “Oh, was that you?” Oh was that you?!! That’s it?! HA!
Where am I going with this….? I’ll tell you. She was/is oblivious to anything except where SHE WAS HEADED. I’m not sure how different she is from the rest of us and to be honest, it was pretty difficult to be upset even though she did just about run me over.
What do YOU do when someone wants to run you over?
I just want to encourage you today to look where you are going…how are you getting there? Are you running someone over in your zeal to push ahead and finish your race? Just remember, this is not a sprint – it is a marathon. So, be kind along the way. Watch where YOU are going and maybe stop and help someone along the way instead of barging ahead as if your race is the only race that is important. When you stop to get a drink, how about fetching a drink for someone else too? Then, you can rest with a friend while you prepare to head back out …there…where you may just get run over 🙂

Until next time,

d

Immature Boundaries

Immature Boundaries Donna ReinersSo, I was talking to a mom the other day who never sees her grow up adult kid. Now, I know this mom and they spent lots of time being there for their kid when they were young – all the sports games – took them lunch when they forgot it – took them their books when they so forgot them in the car – made sure the uniforms were clean – got them back and forth to school, to games, to friends, to…well…you name it. Fast forward – kid is now in the 20 something age. Guess what? Kid is soooo busy becoming a mature adult that there is no time to visit parents who are still alive and cognizant of their name and presence. This is not maturity – this is selfishness and lack of consideration. I’m calling it immature boundaries.

Side rant –  maybe your parents were selfish and were not there for you AT ALL……..I’m sorry………but you still get to mature and be the better person………

Back to point – If your parent or those that represent your parents have to ask you to visit them…then maybe you do need a reminder. If you have a parent nonchalantly asking to see you – maybe you need to employ a little thing called HONOR and get your butt over there more often and spend time with the one who spent time with you doing all the things you wanted to do when you were a selfish little kid whose life was ALL ABOUT YOU.

Ok – so perhaps you have left your safe nest and live on your own and think you have the right to live however you want. Really? You think they took the right to live however THEY WANTED when they went to every one of your games, got your hair cut, clothes purchased, etc..??  Listen…I know a dad who told me…that’s just part of it. Really? Letting a kid who now is on their own and paying their own bills run all over you and not willing to do a simple task for you is not supposed to be part of it.

Seriously…the parents may have had better things to do but they felt the better thing was to do for the kid.

Now I want to tell you my mom died when I was 17…..it would be an honor to have a time to be with her now..in her 90’s. I’m gonna want someone to love me when I’m oldER. How about you?

So, word to the young one – whether you are 20 going on 10 or 30 or 40 or 50 or ……you get the picture – How about you be mature and plan time to give back your own time, energy, finances and resources. Why don’t you choose this time to grow up….instead of thinking you are all grown up and you should not have to do anything you don’t want to……….like an immature child…why not try giving back…..you never know…you might even find your parents are your best friends….maybe not all the time…but hey…be who you wanted them to be even if they can’t be that yet…or ever. Be the bigger person. Always. Refuse to have immature boundaries.

And if your heart is just not into it and you just cannot fathom going to see your parents or those who consider themselves as your parents then I got to say…………….you NOT seeing them……..is worse than their behavior because what they did in ignorance – you now do on purpose.

Nothing but love for you – but its time to #BEBRAVER and LOVE on purpose.

Until next time……..

d

What to do between here and there?

Meet Me

Meet Me ©Donna Reiners

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Meet Me

Jesus, will You meet Me at the altar?

I choose to trust You with my days.

You’ve numbered each hair on my head.

You teach me to live Your way.

God, I meet You here at this altar.

Laying down in surrender. Meet me.

I give you my life.

My sin not remembered. Meet me.

I bring to You my sacrifice of praise.

I bring to You my offering to pray.

Here I am at Your altar.

I know You have much to say.

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Life Happens

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Women can be very interesting creatures. From moment to moment, we experience a myriad of emotions. In the day to day of our lives we can laugh, cry, hate, love and be in pain – all at one time!

Pain. Sorrow. Joy. Confusion. Happiness. Disturbed. Perplexities. Passion. Depression. Peace. Betrayal. Rejection. Hilarity. Giddiness. Anger. Through us, life happens.

Yet, all these emotions are deep and real because of a loving and powerful Creator Who made us all in His image. Have you grasped the fact that our God is emotional?  And yet, praise God, He keeps His emotions under control!  Otherwise, we would all be wiped off the earth! Interestingly enough, He desires for us to keep our emotions under control as well.

Made from His DNA, we have the unique likelihood of experiencing His emotions. The feelings of God. Wow. How humbling is that?

How can we be made in His image yet have so much pain? One thing for sure is life happens.

What if sometimes God, knowing our travels, would make Himself known through our  journey of pain? What if His desire is to use that pain to mold us and conform us into His will and to learn His way? After all, His way was through pain, wasn’t it?

Heb 5:7-10 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. (from New International Version).

I just want to remind everyone that Jesus did endure and suffer and experience pain. However, it was the journey THROUGH the pain that’s important.  He did not remain in pain or suffering. Sometimes, we remain in a pit of pain from mere desire. We want the attention that comes through being discouraged. If we remain in that place with the wrong motives (to get attention), we will become entrapped and find it very difficult to get out of that hole.

Pray with me – Father, cause my emotions to take on stability as I embrace this season and walk through the pain to the other side in Jesus name. Let it be.

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Love through Devastation

God’s love for us is greater than our circumstances, greater than our trials. His faithfulness is never ending and empowers us to endure the best, as well as the worst, of times. Yes, our God can, and many times does, deliver us from pain and sorrow and circumstances out of our control. On the other hand, there are times when our Lord lets us endure and be strengthened for and through adversity and what seems to be devastation.

Rom 8:38-39 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Irreparable damage

Some years ago, one of our closest sister-friends was diagnosed with a disease called Multiple Sclerosis (M.S). Our sister friend lives with our other sister because the doctors said she could no longer work or drive. All of a sudden, her life was turned upside down. It devastated her to “not be able to do her job.” She took such pride in her work and was very good and respected in the work place. In a way, she got much of her self-worth from her job. After all, she spent at least 8 hours per day in the corporate setting and was paid “to do a good job.”  Now, to be released from those responsibilities and told she was “incapable,” was like throwing ice water in her face. Though her mind was slowing, her heart was, and is, still in tact. As a family, we sadly watched the changes that took place in our now oldest sister. Her thinking and reasoning changed, her short-term memory is minimal, her confidence diminished, her attention span dissipated, and her physical and emotional balance went off-kilter.

She has been faced through the years with getting bitter or remaining thankful. She has times of pain, anger, frustration and bitterness but when you have a real conversation with her, you find in the depth of her heart a place of gratitude.

What about you? What about me? When devastation comes, how do we respond? Do we love? Do we hate? Do we turn back from Him?

Father, help us to remain thankful through every situation and trust You to show Your goodness in the land where we are living in Jesus name.

to be continued…

Pray with me – Help me God to remain steadfast in You when all hell breaks through in my life. Help me to love you and love others through devastation and help me to keep my heart right in Jesus name.

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Freedom! ©Donna Reiners

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Don't listen to YOUR Wisdom! ©Donna Reiners

Your Own Wisdom

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He showed me something one day that would change my life from that point onward. He showed me a translation of a proverb that would change my life forever. It went something like this: Do not listen to your own wisdom.  Let me ask you a question – do you listen to your own wisdom?? #BeBraver

I needed no one.

Whenever I had a problem as a little girl, I just got by myself and I sorted it out. If I talked to anyone about it, then I risked someone’s not liking me, so I didn’t ask aloud very often. I would not risk anyone, especially someone in authority, either not liking what I had to say or telling me how stupid they thought I was. So, I used myself as my own sounding board for years and years and eventually built up an altar around myself with an invisible sign that read, “I don’t need you because I already know everything.” I became the authority, and when I made a decision, my mind was made up and it was difficult to change it. Imagine if you will, the kind of false confidence this created in my very young mind. I believed that I knew all the answers, and if I did not know an answer, I believed I could find it on my own without asking anyone. I became very self-reliant and very independent and needed no one’s help. I was dangerous to myself and to others. I searched for Truth and found reincarnation, horoscopes, levitation and a bit of ESP, and as I matured, I used my false confidence to convince others that they could find hope through these resources as well.

DON’T LISTEN TO MY OWN WISDOM?! Why, that was crazy. I had listened to myself for so long that it was ludicrous to begin to think in another manner. Since I was around three years old, I had listened to my own wisdom, relied on my own understanding and been convinced that I was the only one I would ever be able to trust. Imagine growing up thinking I had all the answers. Do you think I might have been a bit arrogant? To expand a bit, let me point out a couple other translations of this text along with the context of it.

The Living Bible puts it like this – Prov 3:4-7 If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. Don’t be conceited, sure of your own wisdom. Instead, trust and reverence the Lord, and turn your back on evil; when you do that, then you will be given renewed health and vitality.

What a novel thought, not to trust my own wisdom. I had trusted my own thoughts for so long that I honestly did not know how to change my mind about it. So, I asked for prayer, and God touched my heart and gave me understanding, so that I could change my mind and listen to His wisdom instead of my own. You see, when we listen to His wisdom, then Proverbs 3:4 can become the way we live our lives – we can have favor with both God and man and we can have a reputation for good judgment and common sense. HOW I wanted this type of lifestyle. How about you? Do you want free from your own wisdom? Go for it!!! Run for it!! HE has made you free!

Do you analyze things to death?

It is not His desire that we examine and re-examine and analyze every single little thing so much that it brings confusion and second guessing. Let me just say that if you are willing to give yourself over to the Lord, you can expect God to begin to move in your heart and bring change to your mind. Let me just tell you that our God is the God of the impossible. He made it possible, one day at a time, for me to learn how to trust Him instead of myself. If He will do it for me, then He will definitely do it for you! It will be a process of learning a brand new lifestyle, one lead by the Holy Spirit. Do you need to be free from your own wisdom?

John 8:31-32 So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

He showed me how to have a change of mind about all those years I had believed I was the only authority. He showed me how I could have a change of mind about all those years I had trusted only myself. In time, He brought down the altar I had built around myself. Quite frankly, what I had done was made my mind, my own understanding, into my own little god – the all-knowing Donna. How deceived I was until I was willing to listen to our God.

Pray with me

Jesus, I admit to listening to my own wisdom most of the time. I admit to needing Your wisdom more than my own wisdom, and ask for You to change me. Show me how to lean into You for Truth, because I am tired of living life my own way. I want your way from now on. Forgive my sin of being so hardheaded about things. Today, I have a change of mind and I turn to You. I do look to myself for everything. It is sad, but I don’t trust anyone else’s opinion by my own. I have looked to myself for so long that I’m not sure I’ll know how to respond to You in this way. Even so, I say I trust You and expect You to move in my life. I ask You Lord to let me learn how to trust You as well as others. Touch my heart and give me understanding. I confess today as the day I change my mind from listening only to me and not to You. Today, I choose to listen to Your wisdom instead of my own and trust You to work out my life, as You want it to be. Amen.

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Change your mind and not longer listen to your own wisdom

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BE BRAVE!! ©Donna Reiners

Do you know God desires for you to know Him intimately so that He can be your Provider and Protector? Do you know that God is faithful, and He wants trusting Him to be second nature for you, His daughter, His son? However, sometimes we can live a certain lifestyle for so many years that we have no idea it is not “right thinking” according to the way God thinks. We go about our business in a mindset of doing everything our own way and then wonder why oh why our lives seem to get all fractured and confused. The only way to have His mindset is by following His instructions.

John 8:31-32 …if you abide in My Word (hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them), you are truly My disciples”…and you will know the Truth and the TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!

Praise God, HE is all about helping us think like Him, and He gives us His Truth so that we can begin the process and even stay with the program! He knows we are miserable in our own ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. He knows that we will only feel right about Him and right about ourselves and right about others WHEN we give ourselves over to knowing Him and His Truth. So, He pursues His sons and daughters with His love and conviction and Spirit and continues to attempt to draw us into His Truth day by day.

Pray with me – God, I know that I believe things about myself and others that are just not true – some things are lies that I believe. Help me to know what is true and what is false. Help me to understand what is good and what is evil. I want to live according to good and according to truth and not falsities and evil thinking. So, I open my heart to hearing Your Truth that will make me free from any lies I believe. Amen.

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Beaten Black and Blue

My sister remembered another time when she was a little girl, and my dad got angry over something she did. He beat her so black and blue she could barely walk. If she had gone to school the next day, the authorities would have taken Daddy away and locked him up for a long time.  She admits that she had a sassy mouth and that was part of the problem. She challenged his authority, and he did not know any other way to express his displeasure, other than to treat her the way he had been treated. She had no relationship with our dad. Am I excusing our Dad? No, I’m not excusing. However, when you enter into that mature place in the LORD, you identify the reasons people do what they do. She knows he was wrong to treat her in that manner, and she was bound up by fear and intimidation and anger and self-hatred for most of her life, simply because that was how she was treated. She did not know any other way to respond to his behavior. She became an intimidating, challenging, manipulating. Condemned for years by her own self image, she was set free by the love of God, and the unceasing mercy of His steadfast faithfulness in her life. JESUS loved my sister out from her cave. She is now a person who is non-condemning and more empathetic to the tears and frustrations of others.

When you receive the love and forgiveness of our Father in heaven, you learn how to give it out as well.

What kind of season are you in right now? Are you in a season of pain because of a wounded heart or are you in a kaleidoscope of fear? Are you discouraged or feel beat up? Has God been showing you some things about your heart that He would like to change? Did you know that every change He desires to make is for our own good? He wanted to heal Sandy’s heart. God did not want her living her entire life with a wounded heart! Just as He healed Sandy, He is also concerned about you! Have you have experienced a difficulty that has caused you great pain or sorrow? Maybe you are grieving due to the loss of a loved one? Maybe you are confused from an act of betrayal? Maybe you feel rejected, and would rather no one know the truth of how you feel on the inside. Be assured that God knows and God cares, and He will not leave you as you walk through the experiences of life and in time HE makes us all TO #BEBRAVER as we become BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL!

Do you feel discouraged or beat up? Briefly express to the Lord how you feel in this season and why. Be sure and write it down so that you can see where you were/are and where you are headed. 

Pray with me

I do feel discouraged and beat up and need to be renewed according to Your Spirit. Help me feel alive again. Show me how to cast off this discouragement and despair and cause me to enter into life again! I need You Jesus! Help me! I admit that my heart has been wounded time after time, and I am so afraid to trust anyone. It is difficult for me to believe You have good plans for me and want me to enjoy life. So, Lord, come and change my distorted view of You. I forgive all those people who have offended me. I admit I responded to their abuse by letting it strongly hold me in a non-forgiving attitude all of these years. I release them and I release myself from my own unforgiving heart in Jesus name. I choose to FORGIVE!! I love You Jesus and need You to lead me into Truth and love and trust again. Lead me through this season God, and take me to the other side. Walk with me through this pain, so that I can be set free. I love You and as I learn how to #BEBRAVER, I look forward to living life BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL!

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