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Yesterday’s News. Today’s Reality.

This wasn’t just a reminder to charge my laptop.

This bold announcement made me take a big gulp as I thought to myself, ” 59! WHOA!”

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Fifty-nine years ago, I popped out (apparently, an easy delivery) and life’s crazy journey has been unfolding ever since.

I’m so thankful for where God has brought me  — I can’t imagine life without Him.

This weekend, I am speaking at two women’s retreats. Different groups at the same location! The preparation time has been such a blessing. I’ve been thinking about this journey that I’m on . . .

. . . and I am so thankful that God has made me a resilient person. C.S. Lewis says, “It’s not the load that gets you down. It’s the way you carry it.” Oh, how I agree with his wise words. So many times in these 59 years, when I have stumbled, God has made it part of the dance . . .

. . . and my mess has indeed become my message.

Heading out to enjoy a long walk in the woods now. It’s just that kind of day.

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift. 2 Corinthians 9.15






  1. Jessie Burgess

    God Bless you Diane as you celebrate another birthday with the Lord leading your path. I hope you have a great birthday and an awesome year as you plan your trip to Africa in May. Have a good time at this retreat and may the Lord touch the hearts of those you will be speaking to. xo ‘Mrs. B.

    • Diane (Author)

      Thanks so much, Mrs. B. It was a great day – full of birthday greetings and some surprises too! Just finished six hours of tutoring to top off the day! 🙂

  2. Kathy

    Hope you feel the love from everyone today.
    I especially like your comment that The Lord has made your mess into your message. Well put… And true.
    You are such an encouragement to many.

    • Diane (Author)

      Thanks, Sista! Your encouraging words always lift my spirit. 🙂

  3. Kathy

    Did I tell you that there are some women in my church who have started groups modelled after your book “Sisters in the Son”. Apparently they have 56+ women of all ages . They’re all very excited. The gal to whom I gave your book started it after your book inspired her!

    • Diane (Author)

      That’s such awesome news! Thanks so much for telling me! Please pass it on to your friend that I would love to talk to her group some time!

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