“An Honest Heart” by Dianne H. Timmering

“A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45

Loving with an honest heart is hard to do sometimes. It is easier perhaps to nestle into anger, resentment, bitterness. Sometimes it feels even “right” to feel this way because of the slight, or the perceived unkindness. Much harder is it instead to discern, think through or reflect upon and try to see the perspective of the other.

But taking it to God and putting it out onto His doorstep relieves you of this burden. There is a freedom and peace in all that. And then you feel lighter having laid the toil at His feet; you can walk with an honest heart, burdened with a searing hurt no longer, and it feels good and right and real. Anger subsides and love rekindles. Bitterness peels away and hope for the other restores. Blessings abound.

Just love, because it just is. I suppose that’s what we mean when we talk about “unconditional love.”

Keep going, be encouraged and love to you all. Dianne

Dianne Timmering
Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

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“God and the Sea” by Dianne H. Timmering

“Our father who art in heaven . . . Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9

“So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds.” Genesis 1: 21

Wading through the noise, I have a vision of treading water.

I dig a hole inside the watery deep getting to the bottom of the cacophonous sounds of that which clouds my ears; swimming deeper, pressure bites my eardrums. But I can breathe and I seek the depths where God is a fish and the mountainous terrain is below me.

I switchback, zig-zag, to go ever further where the water grows cold and space dark but the noise begins to die and peace frills across my skin and a strange quadruped swims under my nose as it beckons me forth. Swimming grows easier even while the pressure squeezes, but movement lightens and I speed across the seafloor where man is remote and creatures fly. For God lives in the sea where the world is His and the natural underground is a realm of the heavens on earth. Is this His secret hiding place or is it His one of many houses? He smiles for He does not say, but what does it matter. For we are together and I have found Him, for He has found me.

Close your eyes and find Him too. For He will find you there. Let Him reach into your watery tear and you will know a peace with the ineffable quality of knowing. There is something inside you, that you know, you just know, because it is real.

Dianne Timmering, MBA, MFA, CNA
Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

“The Labor of Rest” by Dianne H. Timmering

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Dearest Lord: Help us to rest in the nestle of Your renewing hand. We pray rest from fear. We pray for good jobs for our family members, especially for those who are out of work. We pray for all favor–blessing overflow, and thank you for prosperity. Thank you, dearest Lord. Thank you dear God that you labor night and day and in the dusk and dawn on our behalf. Stay with us. Your peace, we feel. We love You, God. Amen.

Dianne H. Timmering, MBA, MFA, CAN