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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


"Strength! Courage! Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take."

Wow, how good is that? To know that God is with us wherever we go and whatever we do.

As I read this from the first chapter of Joshua, I get excited knowing that God is about to lead Joshua and people of Israel into the Promised Land. How would you like to be heading to your promised land? I know, I would!!

God tells him to have courage, strength, to not be terrified or discouraged. God is going with him, protecting and guiding him in this huge endeavor.

BUT...before we get to these exciting words, let's read what God requires before this can happen-

"Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it."


I don't know about you, but I sure like the success and prosperity part. To have God go before me and with me in my endeavors, cutting down my enemies and those things that stand in my way. But all too often, I desire the goods without desiring God. I want His blessings, His stuff for me, but forget about the first part.

Today, once again, I'm starting anew. Back on track, not turning to the right or left, but listening to God.

Reading His wonderful Book He has provided to give us guidance and wisdom to live the best kind of life.

Yes, I want blessings, but more than that, I want to know that God is pleased with me.

So, today I can be strong, courageous, without timidity or fear, no discouraging thoughts. All because I have a relationship with Someone who has my best interest in mind.

Where are you on this journey? Discouraged, doubtful, afraid or can you say, STRONG! COURAGEOUS!

Take some time, ponder these questions. My prayer is that you find that certainty that God is with you, that you are following Him into your promised land. The good news is, that even if you are uncertain and afraid, He's as close as your prayers. And I'm praying for you too...

Queen Dee

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Down On Your Luck?

Last week I received a text from my husband asking me to pray for a veteran that he has been working with.
You see, Jim has the job of Veterans Services for the State of Mi.  This particular vet had been seeking employment for many months.  He's an older fellow, lost or sold about anything to keep food on the table.  He was extremely discouraged and sat at Jim's desk often, just looking for a little encouragement.
As time passed, the two struck up a friendship of sorts and Jim had the opportunity to share his faith with this man.  He felt that although Jim's faith was fine, he wasn't so sure it was his 'thing', although he did appreciate Jim's offers of prayer.
Back to the text: 'please pray for my friend John, he's thinking of ending his life. I hope I changed his mind.'
Apparently, Jim had told him to find a quiet place, take a walk on the beach,whatever and give it all up to God.  The man left very broken and Jim felt the same.
Jim came home, very discouraged and we prayed.  It is so hard when someones needs are so real and all you can do is pray.  That sounds wrong, even to me, to say 'all' we can do is pray.  That should be the most powerful thing we can do.  But he has material needs that we can't fill. It can be such a powerless feeling.
Well, we've continued to pray for this man and just the fact that Jim didn't receive a phone call that he was deceased has been considered good news.
So, today, God showed up in a BIG way!!  Jim's phone rang and it was John.  He was brimming with excitement as he told Jim he got a job!!  And a good job!! He was so thrilled and couldn't thank Jim enough for all of his encouragement and sticking with him.
To see my husband with tears of joy running down his face over this man and his good news, once again reminded me that God is in control, He always shows up right on time, and as in John's life, It's often darkest just before the dawn.  Never give up, on God, on yourself or on those around you.  You never when God is going to show up!
Psalm 41:1,2 "Dignify those who are down on their luck; you'll feel good-that's what God does. God looks after us all, makes us robust with life-" the MSG Bible
Blessings, Queen Dee

Friday, October 1, 2010

Crime fighting

Heres' how it all went down...First, I need to admit I'm not a hero:o(  A young woman came into Yeta's just before I was closing and asked for a shopping bag.  Typically, not a request that we get, unless of course someone has made a purchase.  She appeared to be carrying a jacket or something, and her hands were full, so I figured I'd help her out and close up.  She left and I received a phone call from Gazelle across the street saying that we should be aware of shoplifters downtown.  I hang up, start to walk across the hall to let the gals at Merle Norman know, and there lies a bracelet, tags still on, from yet another store, in the hall.  As my mind realizes that this was probably the shop lifter and I may have just given that little thief a bag for her goods, I race over to tell them and there she is....shopping in the makeup store!!  Fortunately, a salesperson from the store the bracelet had come from was just done working, visiting at Merle's and I got her alone and told her.  We raced back to Yeta's, the other two get the message, detain the thief and we call 911.  Never underestimate women!  Those gals at Merle's not only showed her lipstick and eyeshadows, they tried them on her and even booked her a facial for next week, hoping to get a name and phone number.  (Which they did, but probably fake) I'm assuming she won't keep the appointment either.
Now, I have to tell you that we could have run down to the police station, found a cop, ran back TWICE, in the time it took to finally see one of Holland's finest on the scene.
Before an officer ever arrived the girl left and continued walking down 8th Street.  We attempted to watch and follow at a distance and then it happened.  Apparently she had stolen a dress from a store about 5 down from us.  Apparently she also wasn't so smart, because she had changed into this dress and then paraded right past the store she stole it from....HELLO!!   Bless the owners heart, she went outside, very diplomatically and asked for payment for the dress.  Of course, the thief has no money, but says she is willing to take it off and give it back.  They get her into the store and FINALLY, an officer arrives.  We are standing outside our stores, watching with baited breath, and then running down to the scene of the crime.  Here is what we found when we entered the store.  The owner screaming that the policeman was getting the crap beat out of him, another officer arriving and pouncing on this girl, as she was screaming(and I mean screaming, kicking, cussing) at them.  It took two of them to hold down this chick, who weighed no more thatn 110 lbs.  She was one lean, mean fighting machine.  They actually threatened her with a tazer to get her to shut up. I think I would have yanked on her hair, slapped her face and told her to knock it off, but then I'd go to jail too.  I sure wanted to though!!! She was crazy!!It seems that she got some good kicks to the head of the first officer before his back up arrived.  She had some mean looking boots on, I noticed them earlier(actually I was coveting them) Later found out they were brand new and stolen too!!
Finally, she was removed from the scene and carted off.  As the officer went through her purse(which was huge) he found items from more than 5 stores.  The bracelets and bangles she wore were identified as coming from a boutique, but the tags were gone, so went the proof.  It was an exciting night and I'll bet that officer will have one dozey of a headache.  He may have an ache in his pride too.
So, you see, all I did was find a bracelet, put two and two together, got my crime fighting sisters with me and we had the time of our lives. 
And the only thing she got from Yeta's was the bag!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thoughts from the Throne: I NEED A VACATION!

Thoughts from the Throne: I NEED A VACATION!: "I am tired, worn out, weary, need a vacation, done, shot, over it, tired... Ever feel like that? Ever NOT feel like that? Being worn out so..."


I am tired, worn out, weary, need a vacation, done, shot, over it, tired...
Ever feel like that?  Ever NOT feel like that?
Being worn out sometimes becomes a way of life for me.  Racing from this meeting to one job, to my other job, home, dinner, running errands, on and on and on.  It creates stress just typing it out!!
How do we escape that kind of stress?
I guess the simple answer is...Calgon, take me away!!!!!!!
Honestly, if it were that simple, we'd all be soaking in the tub, a lot!! But who has time?
The best way I know to find some relief from all of that craziness is to just schedule one more thing into my planner.  Yes, one more thing. 
When my life is just going too fast and I can't keep up with myself, I sit down, look at the calendar and plan a date with God.  Now, He gets a snippet of my time each day already. Just enough to take my list of needs, wants, and have to haves.  He listens to my thank-yous and all too often, token praise.
But honestly, this isn't always the quality time He desires and I desperately need.
So, when I find myself feeling overwhelmed, like I do today, it's time to look at the calendar and schedule, yes, schedule a date with my Daddy.
Let's see, next week Wednesday is open!!  After working 6 days a week for quite awhile now, I have a Wednesday free!!! 
Dear Father, Would you be interested in hanging out with me next Wed.?  I mean, spend a few hours together, maybe take a walk and talk to me?  You're in my planner and I promise I won't forget.
Thank You for peeling me off the ceiling and giving me some of Your time.  I look forward to it with great anticipation and know that I'll be more focused, energized and ready to serve again after spending time with You. 
Your daughter,
p.s.I have a lot of friends that need some of Your time too.  Could You nudge them just a little to get out their planners and ask You for a date?  I'm more than willing to share You!! queenofquite_alot@yahoo.com

Monday, August 9, 2010


I have been challenged recently regarding my faith walk.  Who is challenging me?  No one in particular, just those little nudges on the inside.  I suspect it's the Holy Spirit, as I have asked Him to show up in a loud way and let me know what needs to change. 
Too often, I allow myself to slip into a comfortable place of just living a good life, going to church, listening the 'right' music, giving to those in need, and just attempting to be a 'nice' person.
You might think, "Oh, come on Diane, what's wrong with that?"  I suppose nothing in one sense.  But the question I ask myself is, 'is that really what I'm here for?'
Suppose God has more for me to do and be.  Suppose I'm not paying attention.  How many hurting people am I walking past each day that I could have spoken an encouraging word into their lives?
What if I miss the main reason that God put me on earth and just live out my days comfortably?   I'll still be in heaven, but I think of the people who might not be, because I missed an opportunity to share my faith with them.
Some of you taking the time to read this will think that I just need to lighten up, not be so hard on myself, live life and enjoy.  Some of you may think I'm crazy to even be concerned about what God thinks, as if He even exists.
For others, you will consider my words and also wonder, What am I missing?  Is life more than just being a good person? Even more than just being a 'good' Christian?

I know what the answer is for me: Keep asking, keep watching, seize opportunities to be Jesus to someone in need and above all, be attentive to the nudges that only come from God.

"Make sure you don't things for granted and go slack in working for the common good: share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship-a different kind of sacrifice-that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets." Hebrews 13:16 Message Bible

Blessings, Queen Dee

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Today we attended an Open House for my daughters sister-in-law, who recently graduated from college.  The food was excellent, the company was delightful and the dessert was cupcakes iced in red and blue.
The first young lady to greet me as we approached the group gathered in the yard, had a lovely smile with bright red teeth and lips.  Yup, she had just finished a cupcake.  Next, I watched as a woman I do not know bite into a blue iced cupcake.  That was even worse.  Teeth, gums, lips...all blue.  The best laugh of all was when my mother and her husband, oblivious to all of the staining, enjoyed their blue cupcakes.  My mom especially was just covered with blue icing.  Not only her mouth, but a smear on her cheek made her look like she was playing Indians and got carried away with her war paint.  We all laughed and her dear husband gently cleaned her face for her. 
Somehow I wish that all food that was not so good for me, would stain my mouth so I wouldn't eat it and risk the embarrassment.  It would sure make it easier to say no to the wrong food choices, wouldn't it?
Along the same line of thinking, our pastor had a message this morning on the tongue.  You know, how such a small body part has so much control?  He asked us to examine our words. What if our mouths were stained each time we spoke unkind words?  Would we be more careful about what we said?
I suspect we would.
From the Message-James 3:7-10 "This is scary:You can tame a tiger, but you can't tame a tongue-it's never been done.  The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer.  With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image.  Curses and blessings out of the same mouth!"
Our mouths can get us into all kinds of trouble.  Not just what we eat, but what we say as well.
I hope that you, like me, will think twice before overindulging in goodies.  But even more, I hope that you will think twice before unkind words are allowed to leave your lips. 
Remember the icing stain?  Unkind words and lies, gossip or back-biting, all leave a stain too. Only this is the stain of sin.  Although it may not be as obvious as the stained teeth and lips I saw today, God sees the stain very clearly and only He can wash it away.
My prayer for you is that you will choose to let Him do just that. 
Queen Dee

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


So much STRESS!! How are we supposed to handle this thing called life when it seems so out of our control?
If the only stress we had was being too busy, we could simplify, cut out a few activities, regain balance.  If our only stress was a relationship issue, misbehaving children, or an irritating in-law, we work through those concerns one step at time, set some boundaries, some rules and continue on.
But what happens when we have no control over the situation in which we find ourselves?
A sick child, loss of job, loss of income, foreclosure, divorce, terminal illness, death of a loved one.  The list goes on of those circumstances we have no control over.

This morning I read from Psalm 77:1-4  the Message:
"I yell out to my God, I yell with all my might, I yell at the top of my lungs.  He listens.
I found myself in trouble and went looking for my Lord;  my life was an open wound that wouldn't heal.
When friends said, 'Everything will turn out all right.'  I didn't believe a word they said. 
I remember God-and shake my head.  I bow my head-and wring my hands.
I'm awake all night-not a wink of sleep. 
I can't even say what's bothering me.
I go over the days one by one.
I ponder the years gone by.
I strum my lute all through the night, wondering how to get my life together."

WOW! Can you relate to that?  I sure can...those troubling times when life feels like an open wound that will never heal.  Each day just brings more anxiety, fear and wonder about where is God when you need Him!!

How do we understand this?  Who can help us?  If it's God, then where is He?

vs. 7-10
Will the Lord walk off and leave us for good?  Will He never smile again?  Is His love worn threadbare?
Has God forgotten His manners?  Has He angrily stalked off and left us?
'Just my luck', I said.  'The High God goes out of business just the moment I need Him."

What do you think?  Is God out of business?  Or too busy helping someone else that He has forgotten you?

I don't have a clear answer on this, and I've been in that place of wondering myself.  But what I do know, as I look back is that God has ALWAYS come through. Not in ways I planned, I might add.  I've learned some lessons along the way.  He doesn't usually just come to the rescue and deliver the answers I've needed, certainly not as I expected.
I've had to search and stretch myself to find those answers in Him.  Pride has been kicked to the curb as I visited the food pantry when there was no money for groceries.  Sins admitted and confessed to others as the healing began after divorce.  The willingness to give it ALL to God, even if it meant losing my house and living in a cardboard box.
God's ways aren't always easy, but He does refine us along the way.
The longer I walk as a believer, the more I can look back and see His faithfulness.  Exactly what the Psalmist says and here lies our confidence:
vs.11-15 "Once again I'll go over what God has done, lay out on the table the ancient wonders.
I'll ponder all the things you've accomplished, and give a long, loving look at your acts.
O God! Your way is holy! No god is great like God!
You're the God who makes things happen; you showed everyone what you can do-
You pulled your people out of the worst kind of trouble, rescued the children of Jacob and Joseph."

And He will rescue you as well.  He's done it in ancient times.  He rescued last week, last month, last year, and yes, He will rescue us again.

Keep on praying, praising, and making your requests known.  You can count on Him to be faithful, in ways you may have never dreamed.
Queen Dee

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Be Kind-Rewind

BE KIND-REWIND:Remember that old phrase?  It's seems antiquated, doesn't it?  It was only a few short years ago when that phrase was posted on videos we picked up at the video store.  The idea was to kindly rewind the tape prior to returning so the store or the next customer to rent the video didn't have to do it.
Today we have CD's, DVD's-DVR's and the video tape is a thing of the past.
It seems to me that we should re-work that phrase and use it once again in our lives.
REWIND-BE KIND is the perfect makeover for the old saying.
Too often we react unkindly to others.  Harsh words, nasty thoughts, dirty looks are all ways that we show dislike or contempt towards another person.
Instead of re-acting, I think we should re-wind.  In other words, rewind those negative thoughts, harsh words before they come out of our mouths.  Once rewound, think of a better way to respond.  A little kindness goes a long, long way.
Remember, someone may need to rewind for you too.
Colossians 3:12 "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
Queen Dee

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Lesson from "The Girls" ;o)

For my well endowed friends, this post may come as no surprise.  But for my friends who, like me, struggle to decide if I'm an A, B, or maybe a C cup is my size,  this post might amaze you!
Last week at Yeta's ( the retail store for fuller figured women in Holland where I work)  I learned something new.  Actually, I learned something new and then witnessed what I learned ALL in one day.  God uses the craziest things as teaching tools!!
First, a woman, rather busty, I might add was trying a dress on.  Her complaint was that the 'girls' just didn't fit right.  Yeta suggested that she bend forward and shake, thus the 'girls' fell right into place.   Now, being smaller than I'd like to be, I was AMAZED!
Then, later that day, I had the privilege of working with another 'FULL' figured woman who was putting on a special bra prior to trying on a beautiful special occassion dress.  You know, it is important to have the right undergarments, regardless of our size. ;o)
Anyway, I did all the hooks and eyes on the back of said undergarment and what did she immediately do?
She bent forward and SHOOK those girls until they landed properly!!
My jaw dropped!  I'd witnessed this miracle twice in one day!  And I was jealous!!
Now, what does this have to do with anything?
I got to thinking how often God has had to shake me up to put me in my place, my perfect place in Him.
Often, I get so dragged down and want to just do my own thing.  But eventually, I realize that without His support, life just sags.
Today, if you find yourself in a place of being shaken or you're feeling droopy, ask yourself what it is that you need to be lifted out of and rest in the support that only God can give.
"...Your love, O Lord, supported me." Psalm 93:18b
Queen Dee

Thursday, July 8, 2010

How Clear is Your Vision?

There comes a day when most of us succumb to reading glasses.  Oh, you may be young and chuckling, but, trust me, the day will come.
It's hard to believe when it happens, but thankfully there are some very cool readers out there so at least we can look good!
Last year I decided to get glasses, progressive lenses they're called.  It's a fancy name for bifocals with no lines.(Like my grandpa's)  |
I was tired of always having to put those darn readers on and off, on and off, so these 'progressive' glasses seemed a good alternative.
When I picked them up the optician told me that they may take some adjustment.  You see, he said, when you look straight ahead, you will see very clearly.  Looking straight down your reading will be clear too.
However, if you glance off to the side, your vision will lose its clarity, so as much as possible, look straight at whatever you are viewing.
That got me thinking...The Bible talks about "look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you." Proverbs
What are we looking at?  Hebrews 12:2 says, "let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith"
We easily get sidetracked by our circumstances, the wants and needs of others, and our own selfish desires.
How often do we focus on our wants, our problems, our wants and needs?
Instead of answers, we only find fuzziness and lack of clarity.
When we look straight ahead again, focusing on Jesus, our vision clears and we see again the direction we need to go.
What's fuzzy in your life?
Where do you lack clarity?
I encourage you to identify that area, put on your glasses and look straight ahead to Jesus for a clear vision.
Just like my new "Progressive" lenses, He will make everything clear.

Monday, July 5, 2010

I'm a do-er by nature.  You know, Hey Diane, can you ____________(fill in the blank)?  Sure, I can!
You need some walls painted?  I can do it.
You need a Bible study leader?  I can do it.
You need what?  When?  Of course, I can handle that!
Are you a do-er like me?  Of course, I can say no, but too often the things I do are things I love and know that I'm reasonably good at, so why not? 
That's where I find myself today...not over committed yet, but on the verge of it.  So many possibilities looking at me right now and all of them are good.  BUT, are they the BEST?
As a sit and ask God for wisdom regarding all of these choices, I hear Him say 'wait on Me for direction'
In other words, it's time to BE quiet, listen and wait for His BEST.
God is asking me to be a BE-er instead of a do-er for awhile longer.
His best is always worth waiting for.
If you find yourself ready to jump into the next 'good' thing that comes along, I encourage you to BE quiet, listen and wait for God to show you His BEST.
Is He asking you to be a be-er or a do-er? Never settle for good when you can have His BEST!!
Queen Dee

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Let Freedom Reign

Fireworks, family, picnics, and parades....it all makes for a great celebration.  The 4th of July.  Independence Day! 
Freedom, sweet freedom.  Simple question for you.  Are you free?
Oh, I don't mean as in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  I mean really free?
We all have areas in our life where we are held captive, don't we?  An addiction, a bad habit, a bad relationship, even negative thoughts can hold us captive.
For many years I fought with negative emotions regarding myself.  Never feeling smart enough, pretty enough, thin enough, just never enough.
I have come to realize that I will never be enough...not in and of myself that is.
Some of you may know I have a tattoo on my foot with Psalm 73: 25,26 on it.
This decision came after I went through divorce and loneliness and searching for worth.
God broke through and I finally understood...He alone is enough.
Enough to fill every empty hole in my heart.
Enough to heal every emotional wound.
I hope you will give Him your place of captivity and ask Him to free you too.
May this year truly be your Independence Day!
"Whom have I in heaven buy You?  There is no one on earth I desire besides You.
My heart and my flesh they fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Psalm 73:25,26

Friday, July 2, 2010


There's something that's happening to my body is I get older.  I'm getting 'softer'.  Some may call it flabby, or fluffy,or cushiony,  but I prefer 'softer'. 
Now that I'm working in a women's clothing store, I hear this from many women.  One particular comment stands out..."Oh no dear, not sleeveless.  I don't want my arms to show!"
The conversation continues about how time and gravity make changes, how we should at least be lifting soup cans to build up some muscle and develop tone again.
We know that daily exercise, over time, develops those muscles resulting in less flabbiness and more strength and tone.
To strengthen and tone our flabby arms, we need to exercise them.  In the same way, I think we need to exercise our faith.

But how do we exercise our faith?  Lifting soup cans isn't the answer!
Hebrews 11 says that "faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
In other words, faith sees the promises of God coming true before they happen.
So, 1st...we must exercise our knowledge of God's Word-His promises, by spending time reading and studying it.
2nd...we must exercise our prayer life, by praying and believing that what God has promised He will be faithful to deliver.
The 3rd and hardest part of training our faith muscle is believing without seeing answers.
That's when we exercise our minds by remembering God's faithfulness in the past and trust that He will be faithful again, regardless of what circumstances may look like.
We all need to challenge ourselves to exercise our physical bodies, but let's challenge ourselves to flex our faith muscles too.
By spending time in His Word, in prayer and reminding ourselves of His faithfulness, we will soon see the results and enjoy the benefits of a peaceful mind, a strong spirit and hope for the future.
Will you take the challenge?

Thoughts from the Throne: A.S.A.P.  As Soon As Possible!!Is that how you li...

Thoughts from the Throne: A.S.A.P. As Soon As Possible!!
Is that how you li...
: "A.S.A.P. As Soon As Possible!! Is that how you live life? It seems that we live in ASAP mode, doesn't it? Whether it's your job, your hom..."

Thoughts from the Throne: Knit or Knot

Thoughts from the Throne: Knit or Knot: "You know, I love yarn! Walking through a yarn store or aisle just makes me happy! Beautiful colors and glorious soft textures! I just lov..."

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Knit or Knot

You know, I love yarn!  Walking through a yarn store or aisle just makes me happy!  Beautiful colors and glorious soft textures!  I just love it! The problem is I can't do a darn thing with it!! I can't crochet or knit.  My son is world class knitter, I'm just a knotter, if you know what I mean.  He makes scarves and mittens, afgans and sweaters and yes, he tried to teach me...without success.  Try as I might, it always ends up a mess.  Knots and dropped stitches, never a finished project.

I feel like that sometimes too.   A mess, lots of dropped stitches and knots.  Ever feel that way?

Does God really know what He's designing in me?

Do you ever dislike the design He has planned for you, like I do?

You know, none of us are completed projects.  We are all works in progress.  And we all have a few dropped stitches too!

Psalm 139:13 says, "for you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

Although like me, you may be a knotter, and not a knitter, remember that God is working on us and in us, designing us exactly the way He wants us to be.

So whether you knit or knot, when you think of yarn, remember that you are God's beautiful work in progress and He never drops a stitch.
Queen Dee

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Student Again...

Last week I attended a Speak Up With Confidence Seminar in G.R.  This is my second year of attending and I am amazed at how much more I learned this year.  It was gratifying to hear many of the leaders tell me how much improved I am over the course of the year.  Learning things like outlining, the aim of a message, how to build a talk or Bible study, were all helpful learning tools.
But what I took away more than anything is the need to be in the Scriptures, studying on a daily basis.
Oh, I read the Word, but honestly, not much more than that.  My goal for this next 12 months is to be a student of the Bible.  I am going to read it in chronological order, not necessarily in the order it is in the Bible.  This should prove interesting. I must confess one of my daughter's actually planted the idea in my head.
As I read, I'll be sharing my thoughts on some of the stories and lessons.  It is so helpful to write or journal our thoughts, so blogging is the perfect answer.  Whether anyone else reads this or not, I will have what I read more deeply thought out and ingrained in my spirit for having done the journaling.  I hope you'll join me and also keep me accountable.
Queen Dee

Do Overs & Start Overs

God, Can I get a do over on this life?  I've made so many stupid mistakes, made so many hurtful comments, didn't do things I should have done and did other things I shouldn't have.  Unfortunately, life isn't a dress rehearsal, or is it?  The next life will be one of joy unspeakable, praise, perfect fellowship, no tears, and Sonshine all the time!!  Today, instead of a Do-over, I'll accept a Start over...choosing to live in fellowship, joy, praise and thanksgiving for all of the blessings You have given. Sort of a practice session for the life to come...

Psalm 73:25,26 "Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none on earth I desire besides You.  My flesh and my heart fail: But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

Queen Dee

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A.S.A.P.  As Soon As Possible!!
Is that how you live life?  It seems that we live in ASAP mode, doesn't it?  Whether it's your job, your home, your family, your mind, we always live with the 'As Soon As Possible' mentality. Life just has so many demands.  From the time we awake until we lay our heads down to sleep, it's a constant state of busyness.
Much of my busyness, I must admit, is right between my ears.  If I'm not physically busy, my brain is still storming all the time.  I've learned something  new recently and I'd like to share it with you.
Although life is still at ASAP speed, I have new way of looking at it.


How much calmer life would be, even in our busyness, if we could learn to Always Say A Prayer.
God desires for us to bring all of the chaos and noise to Him.  He wants to bring order and peace to your busy life.  I encourage you to start your mornings with a prayer, asking God to take all of our ASAP moments and turn them into Always Say A Prayer moments.  
Blessings, Queen Dee

Thoughts from the Throne

Although my birthname is Diane, I am often referred to as Dee. I kind of like that, I think. My life has changed so much in the last few years, maybe my name should too. Although you may think it vain, my closest friends and family know that I refer to myself as Queen Dee, or as my license plate reveals: QWEENDEE. Vanity has nothing to do with this title however. You see, I am a child of God, a daughter of the King of Kings, and thus my audacity to call myself Queen. As women, we are all God's queens, or princess, if you prefer. I hope you'll stop in occassionally and take a peek at some of my thoughts as I listen and receive "Thoughts from the Throne"