About Me

I'm learning and sharing as I journey to KNOW Him.

My Breakup with Corporate America

Surviving a break up and starting all over.

The Naked Truth Part 1

Partying, being intentionally reckless and working like a machine to prove I was worth something for four years was really hard.

The Naked Truth Part 2

I needed an EXTREME makeover!

My Mission

My mission in getting naked here is to share as I journey to KNOW Him.

3 WAYS TO DEAL WITH TROUBLE IN ONE WORD

When you have to call 911

I recently witnessed an accident. It was bloody. A little boy was hurt pretty bad. He panicked as he saw the blood trickle down. Then, he felt the pain. He started jumping and screaming for his dad. I will never forget the look of shock and fear on that sweet little face. It was scary. 

It probably took his dad just a few seconds to recognize his son's voice and he immediately ran to him, picked him up and wrapped his arms around him. Then the most incredible thing happened. The child heard his dad say, “It’s ok. It’s dad. I’m here.” He must have recognized his father's voice because, almost immediately, he stopped jumping and screaming. 

He was still bleeding. He was still in pain. He still needed that ambulance. His situation hadn't changed yet, the little boy’s response changed. There were tests and procedures coming but for those next few moments he found peace.  

Does that sound familiar? 
Have you ever been in panic mode? One minute all is well, the next mayhem.   
That phone call? Tragedy was on the other line. The doctor's report? There is no cure. That loved one you were waiting for? They're never coming back. Your marriage? It's over. The bank balance? It tells you you don't have enough. Your dream? Shattered. 

How do you respond? 

Do you jump up and down screaming? Do you curl up into a ball and let life pass you by? Do you call it quits and bury your dreams? 

Many of us have faced at least one of those situations. There's pain. There's disappointment. It hurts. It can seem as if someone poked a gaping hole in your chest and you can almost feel the cold blood pouring from your heart as you gasp for air. 

What if, in the midst of our troubles, we had heard Abba Father calling out to us. What if we operated in the confidence that HE HEARS OUR CRY and He comes running to us? What would change if we felt the feathers of an almighty God as he covered us under His wings? 

Fear somehow takes a backseat when a child hears his father's comforting voice. It was true for that little boy and it's true for me. 

I don't live in a world of unicorns and rainbows but I've learned a few things during the last few years about storms and finding rest and joy no matter what comes and it starts here, my anchor... 
We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. Hebrews 6:19 (MSG)

I have had to run for my life to Him. I've held on to God with both hands and He has been faithful to hold me close. He has taught me to be still. It's been an incredible journey getting to Know Him. I get it now, what He was calling me to do, to be still

And that, my friends, is why I AM NOT starting the new year with a resolution. Instead, I have chosen one word to guide me and remind me that my father is with me and that He's got me during the peaks and the inevitable valleys of life. 

In 2015 my one word is DWELL (v. to live in or at a specified place). 

This world seems to be getting crazier and scarier by the day. No one is exempt from storms or rough days. Not me. Not you. In fact, Jesus warned us all, in this world we will have trouble but I don't want to only run to Him in times of trouble.  What would it look like if I consistently dwell with Him?

I'm looking to reposition my heart and mind so that I'm prepared for whatever life throws at me. These are the lessons I've learned during my lowest valley's and I'm holding onto them this year. I'm praying they help you. 
  1. DWELL in His presence because His presence changes me even when the situation doesn't change. (John 15:4)
  2. DWELL in His word because His word always gives me strength. (Joshua 1:8)
  3. Let His word DWELL IN ME because His word guides my behavior, it determines how I treat others. His word gives me the wisdom I need to  answer my calling and it is a continual source of peace and joy. (Colossians 3:16)
Oh, that we would be more like that little boy with a heart so confident and anchored in a father who cannot fail. I pray you find comfort and strength in His presence this year!


If you haven't already, I would encourage you to choose One Word for 2015. A word that will guide you not just for a moment or a season but in light of eternity


Learning and sharing as I journey to KNOWREFLECT and surrender to Him, 

Diana

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OCEANS...When He restores you and calls you to walk on water

You call me out upon the waters. The great unknown where feet may fail...

If you missed it on Easter Sunday, I'd love to share my story with you today. Won't you grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up and spend the next 15 minutes with me and two incredible people you're going to love? 

Christ Tabernacle shared the story of three ordinary people who encountered the One who would give them an extraordinary story to tell when He called them to walk on water. 

Luis Collazo, is the Former Welterweight Champion from Brooklyn with an incredible 39-5 boxing record. He thought he had it all but he couldn't shake the feeling that there was more. Check out his Instagram account. What you see is what you get--he's a humble family guy who is sold out for Jesus.   

KT was on a path of destruction; her drug and alcohol addiction caused her to lose almost everything. That's when God showered her with a love she never imagined could be hers.  

Your grace abounds in deepest waters. Your sovereign hand will be my guide. Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me. You've never failed and You won't start now.


And, if you don't already know me, my story may sound familiar. I thought God was keeping me from something so I walked away from Him in search for more. Like Luis I was searching for meaning and like KT, I nearly lost it all. At my lowest point God came to me, called me His own and showed me my purpose. 

With Him I have peace, a restored family, I get to work and serve my city at The Legacy Center, lead a life group and I get to write about my journey here. No more searching, my life has meaning. 

None of this means we're perfect. In fact, I'm FAR from it. The difference between my life then and my life now is simple, I don't have to try to figure anything out on my own anymore. It turns out, HE had a plan for my life the whole time; I was just too far and disconnected from Him to see it. He is my constant source of joy and peace when things get scary. I keep my eyes on Him and not on the storms because I KNOW, He won't let me drown. 


Luis, KT and I are sharing our stories because we are excited about what God has done in us and for us, and we want to make sure that you know that God is still in the business of restoring the broken. No matter how impossible it looks

Learning and sharing as I journey to KNOWREFLECT and surrender to Him, 

Diana

PS I'm sorry the comment section below is still closed. I never figured out the glitch in the coding but you can still connect with me on FacebookTwitter or Instagram. There are some widgets on the left of your screen to help you find me. Hope this blesses and encouraged you! 

I CHOOSE JOY

 
You will keep in perfect peace, all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!     Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.  Isaiah 26:3-4 (NLT)
I recently shared some tidbits of my story on my Facebook and Instagram accounts and I've since been asked how I defeated anxiety. 


The answer may sound too simple...I CHOOSE JOY! When life gets hard, I choose joy. When the enemy strikes, I choose joy. When God tests me, I choose joy.  When I don't know what's waiting around the bend, I choose to TRUST Him and I choose joy.

A few years ago I learned there is a difference between happy (an emotion) and choosing joy (comes from KNOWING God, trusting His word, His promises, His plan for my life and believing He's got me). 


A few years ago I learned there is a difference between happy (an emotion) and choosing joy (comes from KNOWING God, trusting His word, His promises, His plan for my life and believing He's got me). 


My face might look serious because I'm thinking or I'm focused on something but in my heart, it is unmistakeable -- I choose joy! 


Since I started choosing joy I've learned to be silly again, to laugh at myself and to allow the joy of The Lord to be my strength! 


Now you know my secret... #ICHOOSEJOY. TRY IT. JOIN ME. CHOOSE JOY TODAY! 


Learning and sharing as I journey to KNOWREFLECT and surrender to Him, 

Diana

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