“Are You Called To Lead? Part II” by Dianne H. Timmering

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

Chosen to lead; chosen to follow–both are important roles. Both come at different times depending on circumstance and situation, based upon season or cause, based upon God’s knowing and our trust in Him. Once called to serve, does God then depend upon you? It is an interesting query. Is it too much pressure, or just the right amount? Is He asking you to circle back and reconsider an opportunity that you have overlooked? Is He asking you to trust Him? Is it a blessing clouded only by uncertainty that frightens you from the choice of opportunity? Can you be bold even at the point of fear? Can you step forward? Especially if the blessing is for you, as well as for another?

Love to all.  Dianne

Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

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“Are You Called to Lead? Part I” by Dianne H. Timmering

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left. 2 Kings 22:2

Have you ever considered if you are called to lead something, to build it, to help build it, or be the soldier who fights to defend it? Often we do not think we are equipped to meet the call to lead and yet I find that God often petitions one to lead because they have the heart to do it–and then the capabilities follow.

If you are called to do something this day, let us step up and take our place to lead, build, or soldier but let us not fear the walk of this unknown path. For what is unknown to us, is known to Him. And I see the hands of faith as rails along the way so we can trust to follow. For if God is with you, and has called you, who could be against you?

Love to all.  Dianne

Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

“In The Foxhole, God Keep Me Safe” by Dianne H. Timmering

Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Isaiah 35:4

Today I visited with a 91 year old WWII veteran who discussed his landing in France (circa 1941) and transport to Germany via railway and how they stayed low and fought when commanded. He was brave with a dominant frame, imposing and certain even in the confines of a wheelchair. He was drafted he said without a flinch of regret. So I asked him, “Were you ever afraid,” but he didn’t understand the question so I rephrased it, “Were you scared?” And in is nestled assurance he shook his head no. “No,” he said. “We stayed in the foxhole and every time I found myself in the foxhole, I prayed, God keep me safe, and then I went out and fought and each night found the foxhole again.”

In the midst of the revolution and in the heart of what may frighten you where there are silent cares and unspoken woes, let us find our faith in the foxhole and stand firm with blessed assurance that protection is ours.

Joy to all – Dianne

Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

“What Is Obedience?” by Dianne H. Timmering

 “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.”
Proverbs 3:1-2

Obedience is an interesting word. As is the word discernment. What do they mean? How are they intertwined? Perhaps obedience means praying and listening for God’s direction, for that guidance when you just don’t know the answer. Perhaps it is a call to wait, to hear Him, to “intuit” or “discern” that which you feel is the right direction to go. Obedience perhaps is beautiful to God simply because it means dialoguing with Him, asking Him, being with Him, seeking Him, relying upon Him, following Him. Perhaps obedience means getting tangled up in His heart where there is no fear. Perhaps obedience offers fierce protection and joy, purpose to your path, and peace to your soul. Perhaps obedience is knowing Him.

Love to all. Dianne

Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

“The Four Flanks Of Segmentation” by Dianne H. Timmering

There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. Revelations 21:13

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.” Luke 11:33

Since the dawning of segmentation last month, I have had a few stakeholders express to me that they feel disconnected in a way, very committed to the revolution, but just “disconnected” in feeling their way through this powerful new strategic design. It is a very understandable emotion, but I encourage each of you that we are more connected than we have ever been. We are an army forming on four different flanks surrounding the enemy with the glory of our services and with a depth of emotional care unrivaled by any competitor.

We are a surrounding infantry with new solutions to heal and new cures of the heart for all those who come through our doors. We fight for those who suffer, who still have great lives to live and lead upon the new landscape of our silver city, our new Jerusalem upon the hill. We go forward as one. We come from east and west, north and south, and we surround the problem and we defeat it.

Definition of a flanking maneuver: If a flanking maneuver succeeds, the opposing force would be surrounded from two or more directions, which significantly reduces the maneuverability of the outflanked force and its ability to defend itself.

Love to all.  Dianne

Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

“One More Prayer To Open, Mercy On The Vine” by Dianne H. Timmering

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us . . . Ephesians 3:20

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—” Joel 2:25a

Sometimes I open a prayer request and think dear God, please not one more need, not one more desperate cry for prayer, not one more moment of suffering. And then I read it and I know that they need us; I know it is in God’s pipeline, and the offering of prayer and peace has been made–from the heart of the bearer into the receiving arms of the Lord. And then He begins His work, to gather the resources so that the healing can begin, that changes can be made, that mercy can reign, that love can flow, that life can be what it is meant, not the suffering of what it can bring. And all is well, and that which has been stolen returns seven times (seven). And He is in the mix, because the word of God, is the word of God.

Love to you all – Dianne

Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

“Mercy” by Dianne H. Timmering

I desire mercy, not sacrifice . . . Hosea 6:6

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6

Joe spoke of having “mercy” at Friday’s meeting to the team. How powerful mercy is; how difficult it is to give some times and yet we are asked by God to give it freely even when wronged by another. Yet we readily hunger for mercy if we have wronged them. Let us freely give, freely offer and freely receive mercy and in the difficulty of doing so, ask Him for help.

Dearest Lord, help us give mercy to those who have wronged us and receive it from those who offer. We are worthy, and where necessary, help us to give mercy in the space it is often so hard to give–to forgive ourselves. Please Lord enrichen our discernment with clear eyes and Your vision of love.

Love to all – Dianne

Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

“The Battle Around Us” by Dianne H. Timmering

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand . . . with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith . . . Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Ephesians 6:10-17

The battle is around us. Medicare cuts, talks of an extended recession, fears at night, fears when we awake, fears for our children, fears of unknowns. But I say to you, we shall not fear. We will say to the mountain move and it will move. We will not fear for we will bundle our endurance and skills and win a revolution for a broken people, a suffering people, for an elderly nation who needs the compassion of concern, and the glitter of hope in our eyes. We will battle on the side of the angels and with an endless scope of protection and God power. And we will have joy and strength, laughter and kindness. We will know no loss and no boundary, as territories expand and healings unfold. For He is with us. Have a most blessed week.

Love to all – Dianne

Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

“This Child” by Dianne H. Timmering

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10

This child passed away this week. It hit me hard, as it did many of us. It struck me how much the battle rages against our children, even our well being, our destinies, our purpose. So many had prayed for this child. What could it possibly feel like for this family; how could I ever know the pain of such an event and yet, maybe there is a blessing now that the wait is over, the child is well and there is a peace incomprehensible in this shadow of pain. It does not take away the potency of the loss, but it offers solace to the heart and a stillness to the mind in trying to dissect the why. Dearest ones, I suppose we will just leave this one to God, for He is the God of all comfort, absolver of all sorrow, and sewer of all peace. Let us rage against the battle and continue to pray for our people and fight for the revolution. Amen.

If it’s in the prayer pipeline, God’s got it.

Love to all – Dianne

Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

“Rescue For The Simple Soul” by Dianne H. Timmering

[The Lord said], “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you . . . “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I [Jeremiah] said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:5-8

This morning outside the home office, Gary Cooke and I rescued a tiny baby bird which had fallen from a tree. It laid their with veins and heart pumping and beak in distress and we weren’t sure it wasn’t dead. But it wasn’t; it was very much alive, crawling along the sidewalk as helpless and needy as an ant under the shadow of a shoe. It could only trust outside itself. We scooped it up into a nest of toilet paper and began wondering how to save it since putting it back in the tree didn’t seem to be an option. So Gary began calling around and found a conservation organization which then referred him to a bird sanctuary which was only 12 miles from the office.

Surrounded by every kind of tree, the sanctuary was basically a retired couple’s home and hobby. They rescued just about every kind of wild animal (except raccoons, for example, because they carry rabies) and when the dear man, John, wrapped the tiny thing in his grip, it came alive as if the warmth of his hand flamed its hope for life. “Oh, a baby sparrow,” he smiled. “He’s hungry. It just needs food.”

And I thought about just how many simple solutions arrived at the hand of man and at the feet of this precious creature. It was like we had found a hospital for the indigent, lost, abandoned and afraid. Is it silly to think we had saved a life? Our hearts poured out into its need, so helpless, so undeserving to have fallen from the promise of a gifted life: to nest in the summer, fly south for the winter, and back again.

Gary said it best: Funny how connected we can get to the universe. When we consider in Matthew: God knows when a sparrow falls and when we think of the affection we had for this creature how much more, unfathomably more, Our Creator loves us. Powerful stuff!

Anyway, we learned today that a small solution for a simple soul is worthy of a rescue. Maybe most solutions come from the offer of time and the magnificence of love.

Love to all – Dianne

Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC