Diana Leagh Matthews
Rebel to Redeemed…Sharing HIS Kind of Love
Leigh this is great. I am inspired and so proud of you girl. Pattie
A precious reminder . . . thank you for this worthy post! Love your blog!
This is a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing it. You’re a good writer. I will look forward to receiving more from you.
Very good article. God will bless you with a family in His time. His time is not our time.
What a comfort to know that God sees our desires. Psalm 56:8 has always been a comfort to me. I am still learning to open my heart and be totally honest with the Lord. What a release when I do that. Thanks for sharing. God bless.
Lee – this is a beautiful reminder of how the Father sees within the places no one can see. . . . thank you for this encouragement to all of us.
My parents are not elderly just yet, however they are lonely and seem to have a hrd time letting people in. We do what we can to show them our love. I can only imagine how hard it may be for elderly people who may have been forgotten in their home… Lord help us love and show our care.
I love that you give us a challenge at the end.
Good reminder and article.
I love your post about laughing…truly the Joy of the Lord is so healing.
Thanks Glenda, so true! Look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
I totally agree; turning that frown upside down is the trick to a better life:) . Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:)
Through laughter, a lot of the time you can defuse the tension that would usually be there.~Michael Hunter obtained from Tension Quotes
Thank you for providing that wonderful quote.
The words of this poem are penetrating . . . it makes us humble low, doesn’t it? Thank you, Lee for sharing this worthy post.
I’m glad you enjoyed it and that the poem touched you the same way it touched me.
Thank you for sharing Lee. This message is always timely, convicting, and convincing. We were made for relationship.
Yes, we were. Thanks Glenda!
Thanks! It’s a reminder I need at times.
Thank you for sharing Leagh. I was a religious rebel until Jesus redeemed me. So much better to have a close relationship than religion without knowing Him. Praise God, he doesn’t forget us, butbwaits til we are ready to come back home…then he runs to meet us and welcome back home.
Thanks again for sharing.
Glenda, I’m so thankful that he’ll wait for us and will be patient. His love is unfailing and he’s waiting for all of us rebels to come to Him.
Thank you for your transparency. Until we come to the cross we all live the same way…self-centered, prideful, and with a heart bent on our own way.
After the cross, we may still have moments of pride and self-centeredness, but if we truly love Him, our hearts are different. Still sinful at times, still wanting our own way at times, but deep inside, wanting to want what He wants for us.
Blessings, sweet friend!
Vonda, you state it so eloquently. I’m so thankful for the cross and Jesus sacrifice, but you’re right there are times when I still struggle with wanting my own way.
It was great to see you yesterday!
Thank you Leigh for taking time to share about the victory that does finally come as we continue to walk with the Lord. He leads from the pit to the mountaintop…when we finally let go. Whatever losses we face in this life, God is there waiting for us to lean on Him to take the next step. Many of us have been rebels and Jesus stands ready to redeem. What a Redeemer
Thank you for commenting, Glenda. You summed it up beautifully. Isn’t it wonderful that we don’t have do anything alone, but can rely on God to help us get through it?
Beautiful post, Leagh! Thank you for your transparency and your wisdom. Others will benefit from your experience. God never wastes any scars…
Thank you for your encouragement, Vonda. That’s my hope that I can help others through my experiences. I love what you said, “God never wastes any scars.”
I love this . . . and it’s a great exhortation. So often our intention is to reconnect or show attention to one in need, but life gets in the way. Thank you, Lee . . . I’m going to call an old friend right now!
I hope you have a great conversation! I’m glad I was able to help you reconnect with an old friend, Verna.
What a great gift you gave to your grandfather and his friend! Thanks for the reminder to keep friends in our lives.
I’m glad now that I did it. Thanks!
Thank you Lee for this good reminder to reconnect with friends. Today I sent out 5 cards…all belated because I just had not taken the time to do it earlier. What a relief to get them in the mail!
That’s wonderful, Glenda! I’m sure they’ll be appreciated. I think cards are wonderful, but it is so easy to get busy with other things and let it slide.
Diana, there are many days that I longggg for heaven. Not that I’m ever suicidal or anything. But on those days when it seems nothing goes right or something doesn’t happen as I want or people let me down, I remember how sweet heaven will be.
And the older I get, the sweeter it gets!
Vonda, I know my Grandmother can’t wait for the day she’s there. She never expected to be looking at her 88th birthday in a few months. When I was in my abusive relationship, I yearned for it all the time. Thankfully we know that things here are only temporary.
Heaven gets sweeter by the day, especially the older I get!
Amen! I couldn’t have said it any better!
I long to be with God’s forever family where there will be no more separation from loved ones. Thanks for reminding us about the joys awaiting us.
You’re welcome. Isn’t it wonderful to know that one day we’ll never be separated again?
Great advice, Diana! Thanks for sharing it!
Love your new post about springtime…my favorite season also…and your quote from Ecc. is one of my favorite scriptures. I do love this new season of my life…Thanks for sharing, Lee.
You’re welcome, Glenda! I love this time of year also.
There is wisdom in waiting . . . this is good counsel, thank you Lee.
You’re welcome, Verna.
Thankfully . . . He is alive! You’re right, Lee . . . history tries to smooth out the life and death of Jesus. Thank you for sharing the truths from His word.
You’re welcome, Verna! We wouldn’t have anything to talk about if he’d not risen. So thankful for his sacrifice.
Easter brings me joy because it’s the only reason I have hope!
I totally agree, Vonda! Amen!!!
He is risen indeed. praise God for being able to identify with Jesus in His death,and resurrection life! Thanks for sharing.
Amen, Glenda! Where would we be without Jesus?
But my friend, you are a blossoming Rose..if you read Song of Songs, Solomon speaks of his bride as a Rose of Sharon…blooming even in the desert places of life, giving a beautiful fragrance…praise God we are all a work in progress…thanks for sharing, I needed to read this today!
So glad it helped you, Glenda! Thank you for reminding me of those beautiful Bible verses. I agree completely!
Absolutely beautiful post and song. This scripture has often been given me when seeking God’s direction. Thanks for sharing,
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Glenda. Thank you for the encouragement.
Yes, Jesus loves me, the bible tells me so! What a wonderful reminder just before I go to sleep. Thanks for reminder, Lee !
You’re welcome, Glenda. Glad you enjoyed!
Beautiful pictures and beautiful message, Glenda! Thanks for sharing them with us!
Vonda, thank you for the encouragement. I passed your message on to Glenda. Blessings, Leagh
Excellent post about hospitality! I have company all week, first 4 grandkids, then Verna and Jeff Bowman for the weekend. there is much joy when we open our homes and hearts to others. Thanks for sharing!
Glenda, I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I hope you have a wonderful visit with your grandkids and Verna and Jeff. Tell Verna hello for me!
Great reminder, Diana!
Vonda, thanks for stopping by.
Beautiful post Lee, thanks for sharing. Loved your pictures and the song. Who is the singer?
Hi Glenda. I’m so glad you enjoyed. The singer is not someone I know. They did not have his name listed. Sorry I can’t help you more with that.
Thank you for the strong reminder to learn while we wait, Lee . . . we know God is always working for our good, no matter how long He tarries! Love your post!
Thank you Verna! You are right! I hope you have a blessed Mother’s Day.
Yes, He always answers; we just have to learn to discern his blessings. I know as a youth I prayed so hard for a certain thing and felt for years that I never got it. It wasn’t until I had grown and looked back that I realized He had answered me in a way that I hadn’t recognized back then, but that had blessed my life since powerfully.
Isn’t it amazing how we can look back and see God’s answers but find it more difficult to see in the moment. I know that’s been the case in my own life. Thank you for sharing!
It is so good to see you blog again. Great post about the deceiver and how he trys to mask his evil. Thanks be to God for his protection as we pray!
Thanks…I was surprised when the blog went through myself. Hopefully it’ll keep working….Still having problems with the other two blogs I have.
Great post, Lee . . . yep, the beguiler . . . we’ve met! Love your writing and photos! Good to see you’re back . . . .
Thanks Verna. Hoping the technical problems are over.
Thank you, Glenda for sharing your heart.