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Welcome 2012!

Faith and Hope for a ‘New’ Year

JESUS My Lord and Savior  © All Rights Reserved -Anastasia Diamond                                    

How often we celebrate a New Year thinking, and yes, praying…Please let this year be better than the last one.

No matter our beliefs, we all want to let go of the pressures, sorrows, disappointments and stress of the old…in hopes of revival, renewal, refreshment for the new. Though we know there will be challenges, we press forward in renewed hope that the New Year will bring resolve, peace, solutions, reconciliations and new beginnings.

What distinguishes Christian hope from worldly hope?

Christian hope is intricately connected to faith in God and His perfect will in all things. Worldly hope is in people, circumstances, and luck.

My New Year prayer for you, and for me…

May 2012 bring a year of new beginnings in the depth of your hope and faith in God’s promises, purposes, and perfect will for you and your loved ones. May you not be conformed to this world, but choose to be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. May His anointed word truly be a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. May He continually sanctify you, making you holy by His  truth and teaching you His word. May grace and peace be multiplied to you. May you wait upon Him with renewed strength; mount up with wings as eagles; run, and not be weary; walk, and not faint. May you always seek His face, and in all things submit to the leadings of His indwelling Holy Spirit, who He placed in your heart. May you grow in purity, understanding, patience and kindness. May you love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your strength. May your New Year be blessed with an overflowing abundance of His  love, wisdom and discernment. May you glorify His Name and praise Him in all things. And…may you finish well dear one.

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Christmas in the post-War United States

The Last Christmas Tree

JESUS My Lord and Savior

©Anastasia Diamond

It was Christmas Eve when Daddy put the big homemade star on top of our humble, but brightly lit tree. We happily joined hands: mother, father, brothers, and sisters…smiling and singing Christmas carols…round and round we went, encircling our special little tree. Little did we know…it was our father’s last Christmas tree…and a precious gift to his children.

Filled with anticipation and excitement, my father, brother and I went tree shopping earlier that night. Why did we wait so long? Money, or…rather, lack of money. Our father knew his five children would not have a Christmas tree if we had gone any sooner. Daddy said, “We’ll go late and get one we can afford.” I was only about 6 years old, but already understood we surely didn’t have a lot of earthly things some others had…especially money.

I felt a little embarrassed listening to my father humbly telling the tree man he didn’t have any money. However, I was over-come with true joy when the man charged daddy only 25¢ for that little tree. I was filled with pride and all the joy my little heart could hold. We must have made quite a sight. Two small children and their daddy happily trudging through the snow; carrying our precious Christmas tree through the city streets, and up four flights of stairs to our cold-water flat.

My favorite Christmas carol was then…and is now, Away in a Manger.

Remember…like the Christ child, true Christmas joy comes bundled in little, humble, sweet, unselfish, acts and gifts. Let us not be embarrassed at what our Father has offered to do for us through the gift of His Son, Jesus. He came, to buy our salvation with His blood…paid in full, from a child born in a stable, who died on a cross. Jesus is the most precious gift of all…at no charge, from our loving Father. May we all choose to open our hearts and accept His priceless Christmas gift.

Read about the birth of Jesus: Matthew 1:18-25

MORE Christmas posts on this blog:

https://jesusmylordandsavior.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/is-jesus-knocking-at-the-inn-of-your-heart-this-christmas/

https://jesusmylordandsavior.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/the-very-best-christmas-present/

https://jesusmylordandsavior.wordpress.com/2009/12/06/christmas-what-and-why-we-celebrate/

https://jesusmylordandsavior.wordpress.com/2009/12/06/christmas-joy-to-the-world-proclaim-jesus%E2%80%A6yesterday-today-and-forever/

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ZOE LIFE INSPIRED 2012 Daily Devotional

JESUS my Lord and Savior

Anastasia Diamond

Just in time for the New Year!

 

I am honored to be one of 54 writers

in the beautiful, inspirational

 416 page hard cover 

 

ZOE LIFE INSPIRED 2012 Daily Devotional

 

366 Days of Inspiration (It is Leap Year!)


A Life Empowered is Zoe Life Inspired

 

  • Introducing the 2012

    Zoe Life Inspired Writers!

  • Aisha Smith-Thompson…………Jacquelin Priestley

  • Aja Porter………….Joyce Gilmer

  • Alfanette Rice-Mays…………..Joyce Y. Jones

  • Ana E. Chambers…………..Karen Deslandes

  • Anastasia Diamond………….Kelvin Williamson

  • Anita P. Latin………….Kim Weaver

  • Anna Simone Moon…………..Linda L. Smith

  • Anthony Chambers………….Lori Bryant

  • Ayanna Blackmon-Balogun…………..Mal Nicholson

  • Beryl Rooks………….Marcia Murphy

  • Bill Nicholson………….LT Colonel Melvin L. Myers

  • Brinetta Thomas…………..Michelle Wilson

  • Carolyn Watson…………..Miriam Moore-Hunter

  • Cathy Naylor…………..Pedro Nicado

  • Charles E. Chambers…………..Ratibu Jacocks

  • Chiquita Tillman…………..Raylene Murphy

  • Clarissa Pearson…………..Regina Williamson

  • Claudia Epperson………….RJ Jackson

  • Dante Marks………….Roy Guilford

  • David N. Chambers…………..Sam Maze

  • Donna Williams…………..Sharon Terrell-Brown

  • Erika R. Godfrey…………..Starla Faye

  • Felix Bobo………….Susan Nordang

  • Genevieve Shenton………….Tracey Walden

  • Gwendolyn Coggs–Moore…………..Tyronne Porter

Be Encouraged

Be Empowered

Be Inspired

 

Reserve your

Zoe Life Inspired

2012 Daily Devotional today!

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The Church is the Body of CHRIST
JESUS My Lord and Savior
©All Rights Reserved 2011-Anastasia Diamond

 Do you believe this familiar Laurence J. Peter quote? “Going to church doesn’t make you any more a Christian than going to the garage makes you a car.”

Well, let’s see…on the surface, you might agree, as going to the garage certainly will not make you a car. However, do we become any more of a Christian from going to church? Though it may not necessarily happen…it is more likely it will.

A car is an inanimate object that cannot make the choice to go to the garage…it cannot get there or leave by itself…it must be driven, pushed, or towed. Though someone may take a person to a church building, they have the option to stay, go, or return. However, God Himself can call a person to go to church and become a member of the body of Christ.

Is everyone who goes to church a Christian? 

Unfortunately, no, because all persons who go to church have free will to choose to accept or reject Jesus, and may be in various steps of submission or the process of sanctification.

However, going to church should provide all potential Christians the spiritual setting, scriptural background, knowledge, leadership, and opportunities for increased faith and spiritual growth that will improve the possibility of that happening.

Going to church should also provide the declared Christian a place of worship, fellowship, prayer support, and opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth that will increase the likelihood of them remaining in church, the body of Christ.

A person called to be a Christian answers Jesus’ knocking at the door of their heart…opening the door and inviting Him in.

Not everyone who enters a church enters into a relationship with Jesus. However, it is available to all who choose Him. As much as some people like to give their car a name and personality that reflect them selves, it is impossible for a car to have a relationship with anyone or anything. However, our God invites us to have a relationship with Him.

Christians…we are His church, made to reflect His way, His truth, His life, His light, and His love.

While people cover, guide, protect, direct and love their cars, it is God who covers, guides, protects, directs, and loves His people. Let us not just sit in our church…as a car parked in a garage.

Let us be active members of the body of Christ.

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I AM the Resurrection…and the Life

JESUS My Lord and Savior

©2011 All Rights Reserved

Anastasia Diamond

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25-26

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very heartbeat of Christianity. However, though most Americans view Easter as a religious celebration, many do not know why.

A recent Barna Group study asked adult Americans what Easter means to them…

While 67% consider Easter a religious holiday, there was some serious confusion: 2% of those said Easter is about the “birth of Christ”; another 2% indicated it was about the “rebirth of Jesus”; and 1% said it celebrates “the second coming of Jesus.”

An additional 3% said Easter is a celebration of spring, or a pagan holiday.

Of the 67% who acknowledged Easter as a religious holiday…only 42% rightly identified the resurrection of Jesus as the true meaning of Easter!

HE is Risen

Dear one, do not be confused…our salvation depends on faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9 tells us, “if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

In 1 Corinthians Paul states, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen sleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.”

Then Paul victoriously announces, “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” The resurrection of Jesus Christ secured our justification; He died for our sins and was raised for our justification.

Resurrection Sunday Blessings

I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:10-12

May your Resurrection Sunday be blessed with the truth, knowledge, light and life of the resurrection of Jesus in your heart…and in your life.

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Godly New Year's Resolutions

Blooming in Transparency before GOD

 
 
JESUS my Lord and Savior
© All Rights Reserved -Anastasia Diamond
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Making and Keeping Godly New Year’s Resolutions

Though we realize nothing supernatural actually occurs on January 1st, we none-the-less like the idea of and opportunity for new beginnings that come with a new year.

I have not found anything in the Bible that specifically speaks for or against New Year’s resolutions.

However, Philippians 4:13 declares: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

John 15:5 proclaims: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”

And, Psalm 37:4 promises: “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

These scriptures remind us…

  • It is God who empowers us. He grants us favor, and fulfills our inner most wants and needs when we joyfully abide in Him.
  • God sustains us. We are completely dependent upon Him and truly productive only when we remain connected to Him, our source.
  • We are able to accomplish everything in accord with God’s divine will, plan and purpose…when we submit our will to His.

A resolution is a determined decision in the form of verbal or written goals to make mental, emotional, physical, financial, or spiritual changes for the better.

New Beginnings!

What kind of resolutions

do Christ-followers make?

Are we making resolutions to change habits about smoking, drinking, weight lose, addictions, finances, family, relationships…or are we making vows and promises to God to increase our spiritual relationship with Him?

Even among Christians, the majority of New Year’s resolutions are mostly earthly, not spiritual. However, as you may expect, many Christians do make resolutions to attend church, pray, and read the Bible more often. Though truly wonderful goals, unfortunately, they are often broken as quickly as non-spiritual resolutions.

Whether earthly or spiritual, New Year’s resolutions have no value without having right motivation. Therefore, we must ask ourselves, why we want to make the change, and if the result will glorify God.

Stand close to God; with Him center in your New Year’s resolution. Be connected to the source of His perfect will for your life, spiritual growth, and earthly success in this coming new year.

  • Pray for Holy Spirit wisdom and guidance in choosing Godly resolutions.
  • Pray for discernment, knowledge and understanding in keeping your resolutions.
  • Trust God’s strength and read His Word for encouragement.
  • Seek a prayer/accountability partner who will come-alongside and encourage you to keep your resolutions with hope, faith  and joyful expectation.
  • Accept that you may have setbacks in keeping your resolutions, but a setback does not have to mean failure.
  • Give God the praise and glory in all things.

May you have a joy-filled and truly blessed New Year. Travel ‘Light’ my dear friend.

Lovingly, in HIS name -Anastasia

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Conversations of Courage

NEW INSPIRATIONAL BOOK!!

CONVERSATIONS of COURAGE

Jesus my Lord and Savior -Anastasia Diamond

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CONVERSATIONS of COURAGE

Stories of Success, Hope & Possibility

I am so very honored and delightfully blessed to announce that I am one of the featured authors in the NEW inspirational anthology compiled by ‘The Courage Giver’ – RJ Jackson, and Starla F. Porter of Zoe Life Publications.

Twenty-two authors share stories that will remind you of the future and hope God has in store for you.

My story…

From Darkness…into HIS Light

explores my spiritual journey seeking HIS truth

I knew about Jesus…but I did not know Jesus

Let the Conversations Begin!

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Many continuing blessings,

as you travel ‘Light’

on your journey… Anastasia


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