Posted by: papaslap | April 16, 2020

Walking With Papa.

When I wake up in the morning, I try to read my scripture for the day as soon as I wake up. Sometimes I’m successful, sometimes I’m not. This morning I was. I’ve also been doing the “One Minute Pause” from John Edredges’ book “Get Your Life Back” its a good read and a good reminder of things forgotten. So during this pause I asked God to help me finish my children’s book to be my hands, to do the art. Today I had to take my car into the mechanic because it keeps overheating. I figured this was a good time to walk home and listen to what Papa had to say to me. As I plugged in my worship music the first song to come on was “Show Me Your Glory” by Jesus Culture. Did He ever. As I walked I began to notice the dance all around me. Bugs were swarming, birds were soaring, the sky was clear and my heart began to melt. Oh how I had forgotten the wooing of God on my walks so long ago. He and I would spend hours together. I walk on Heaven’s ground when I walk with my Papa, I began to cry. It felt like I hadn’t seen my lost love for years and we were reuniting again. Most of my days are spent singing worship songs and thinking of God. This was different, God was healing my heart calling me back to a deeper love of Him and all that this entails. It was the easiest, most beautiful and too short of a walk. All alone He spoke to me. See how the trees embrace the sun. How each leaf appears to be a different color. The light hits parts of the tree so brightly while other parts sit in semi shadows. See how the bird’s wings look almost translucent when the sun shines through them. All the dead things are coming back to life. See Father I am making a new thing. Oh how I love walks with Papa. I wanted to run into His arms and sit with Him forever. Every scent, every sight, the worship of Him. All of creation shouts your praise and reveals the glory of who You are. I cried. I cried a good sweet cry of refreshing and Papa met me in this moment. God let me see all the things I miss while I’m driving in my car. Slow long moments help me to renew my strength and love for the things God has created. There is so much more that I can learn while I’m here. I just need to let my Papa in, and let myself go. Thank you Papa for letting me see You today, for renewing my heart and loving me with all You have created. Please bless my family, my friends, and heal our world through Your Son Jesus Christ. Be blessed.

“1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5

Posted by: papaslap | March 29, 2020

Spring Cleaning

When the Israelites left Egypt they ate unleavened bread and God fed them with Manna from heaven. To celebrate this feast now, the Jewish people clean their houses of leavening, yeast. In fact, they go throughout the house and clean every bit of yeast, spring cleaning as we would call it.  So for 21 days, the Israelites were to eat unleavened bread in celebration of their liberty from Egypt Exodus12:15-20.

Jesus talked about the yeast of the Pharisees in Mark 8:15 to watch out for this sin that could creep into their lives. He also talked about yeast in Matthew 13:33 how the kingdom of heaven was like yeast that works through a whole batch of bread. So now as we approach the feast of unleavened bread at a time when we are all confined to our houses maybe we should consider the yeast of sin that remains in our lives that God is giving us an opportunity to cleanse. So when this time of cleansing is over we can become the yeast of heaven that infects the whole world. If a virus can turn our world upside down in a matter of weeks imagine what the word of God can do to the world if we spread it so freely like this virus has spread. So as we wash our hands to keep ourselves clean we should wash our minds with the word of God. So we can be ready to spread His word like a virus when this containment is over. Be the virus the world needs you to be contagious in His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Looking forward to worshiping Him with the body of Christ again!

Life by the Spirit

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

 

Posted by: papaslap | December 5, 2018

Chasing Storms

Chasing Storms
When I was a little girl my father loved to chase storms.  He would see a Thundercloud, see it building and want to get in his car and just go chase that storm. I love chasing storms. I love chasing the rain. I love to go see where the rain is and where the snow is falling it just brings joy to me. It’s so refreshing something about the rain and the lightning. It’s interesting when you get to that rain it eventually disappears, and then I’m off chasing another storm looking for the rain. God is a storm chaser.  We are all little storms and God is going after us. I was just thinking you know we chase the storms of life. We chase after these things that disappear. We don’t chase after God and we wonder why our lives are the same or at least I wonder why mine is. I’m not always chasing after God. Of course, there are moments of my life when I am just chasing after God, constantly seeking him, constantly looking for Him in His word. I read scripture every morning and I pray every morning and still I have this void that needs to be filled. I keep going back to that idol that thing that I put before God that He is less important. I  know He’s using me and I’m being used in the little things but I want to be used in something big. Maybe I want to be recognized? Maybe He’s trying to break that in me, and I don’t know if He ever will.  I want to do what He wants. If He could just deal with me.   I don’t want it to be about me anymore.  I want to stop chasing my own storm. Don’t know if anyone else struggles with this, or if someone is feeling this today. Just know, as the storms pass, this too shall pass.  Papa, please help me to chase You and not myself. Help my friends who struggle with this to also get through and see more of You. Amen!

Chasing God Instead Of Me,

Diane

Posted by: papaslap | July 13, 2018

Oil In My Lamp!

You know I was thinking about the women who were waiting for the bridegroom and how some didn’t have enough oil in their lamps when He came. They had to go searching for oil because they weren’t prepared. It could be so easy to stop worshiping to just stop replenishing the oil in your lamp in the midst of trials, and sometimes I think I do. In the moments of deep sadness and questioning, I do what I love best, worship. Even if I don’t feel joy I worship I lament in worship and I realize I’m keeping oil in my lamp every time I trust God and pray even though it hurts. Every time I worship God even though it hurts. Every time I read His word even though it hurts. Psalm 23: 1 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.  Habakkuk 3:17-19 Even though the fig trees have no fruit and no grapes grow on the vines, even though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no corn, even though the sheep all die and the cattle stalls are empty, I will still be joyful and glad, because the LORD God is my savior. The Sovereign LORD gives me strength. He makes me sure-footed as a deer, and keeps me safe on the mountains. Psalm 91: 7 Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. Even though. Despite the fact that I am going through this I will praise God because He is worthy to be praised. I will keep the oil in my lamp because I want to be ready when He calls me again. Whether it is to battle or to worship I will wait on the Lord to call me again for He is faithful to me and His loving kindness never fails. Be encouraged if you are going through trials and you can’t seem to worship your Papa, this trial will pass. Keep the oil of faith in your lamp do not let it go out because of the trials of this world He is not done with you yet. Even though your pain may last for a night His joy comes in the morning. Papa protect my beloved friends, comfort them in the trials and grief and let Your light shine upon them. Thank you for all of the blessings you have bestowed upon me.

In His Presence,

Diane

Posted by: papaslap | July 5, 2018

No shoes!

Have you ever had a time in your life when believed or had faith in something that you were willing to give up everything for it? Or if not everything just something you love. I had to make that hard decision, and all because of my feet.  About seven years ago I was in a place of be tweens. I had no place of worship and I was searching for a new church family, this was before the Nell came along. I would sit in my backyard by my pond either listening to or singing worship songs. I’m pretty sure my neighbors thought I was a bit crazy. It was in these moments of worship to Papa that He asked me to take off my shoes…you are on Holy ground.  I made it a regular purposeful duty and I felt as if there was nothing between He and I. It was awesome. When I began attending my current church I didn’t initially go shoeless, it took me a while. Then one day I was reading through Exodus and there it was Moses and God and the command of shoelessness. It made sense it felt appropriate. I began to worship before the congregation without my shoes. It was a freedom to abandon myself before my Papa, a vulnerability that has cost me that worship. People would ask me why don’t you wear shoes? I would tell them of the Holy ground that we invited God into our presence and we are on Holy ground, cool was usually the response. Some would joke, we are going to buy you shoes, and I would say great I’m probably not going to wear them. So here I am today blissfully happy with my shoelessness, having to make the choice. Do I worship with my shoes on to preserve a spot on the worship team, or do I keep worshiping my Papa in my heart like He has asked me to with my shoes off? Well I am still shoeless, it wasn’t a hard decision to make, it was made for me. Faith, strongly convicted faith a faith worth giving everything away for is what I have. I love my Papa, God, Father whatever name you cry out in times of joy, grief, and sometimes anguish. I would do whatever He asks. This is why I don’t wear shoes, because He asked me to be naked. Naked and poor wretched and blind I come clothe me in white. My feet are naked before God as a slave and servant to His worship. This is my conviction, this is my covenant, this is my love language. So for now, I worship with my family down on the floor, on our knees, on our feet, or in the seats. I will wait patiently for my God on high and see what He has in store for me.

Barefoot Before My Papa,

Diane

Posted by: papaslap | June 27, 2018

Job

God is this how Job felt? As Christians we read the story of Job and think, wow thank God I never have to go through that. Then we get into these moments of life where you feel like Job. The circumstance is different but I’m sure the feeling is right. Though I’m not a righteous woman as Job was a righteous man I know my righteousness is from Christ and in him I am righteous. I have this saying; five years from now life will look totally different.  I say it to the ones I love when they are going through something and I find myself repeating this statement to myself …in five years it will all look different but I must go through to get to it. Only I don’t want to go through I just want it to be over.  Two and a half years ago I was blessed with a beautiful granddaughter who is full of life she is my joy she is new and she deserves the best. A little over a year ago life became hectic. I realized that my mother who was diagnosed with dementia truly has dementia. She said things that I never thought I would hear my mom say, and I lost someone who I thought I could go to in times of trouble. But let’s go back even further five years ago my dad who I loved to talk to had a stroke. Gone were the conversations we had, the jokes we would tell he is still mentally my dad however a piece of him is missing. Fast forward my mom gets dementia that relationship is gone. Last year my husband injured my son, who was struggling with depression, and I had to get a restraining order against him. I found out in that time period of 6 months afterward that I have a 7 centimeter ovarian cyst and endometriosis, which I still have. My husband moved back in and we went to counseling. Recently the church I’ve been going to decided to merge with another church, which meant my solo joy of life, would change. I don’t know about Job, but I feel spent…at the end of a very long rope…the boat I’m in is leaking and I can’t stop crying. I know that God has a purpose for everything, that He is in every situation it’s just right now I need Jesus with skin on. A lifeline a buoy or even the coast guard would help. Can someone else pilot the boat? I know this will pass and I cling to Gods word…it is the only lifeboat…lifeline…and coast guard that I can see. It should reassure me and lift my spirits however I sit here and type and read all that I have gone through and am still in the midst of. I have great moments of joy especially when I worship Papa…this is my ultimate joy, that never changes. He is my lighthouse in this storm; I just feel like the storm needs to end, at least some of it needs to subside.  So I sit offshore bobbing up and down staring at that lighthouse waiting for a harbor to open up so I can dock my boat and wait out the winter. I’ve dumped a lot of things I don’t need overboard all that is left for me to do is abandon the ship and swim to the shore. Paul knew the boat he was on was going to sink, so they ran it aground and swam ashore. I would love to abandon ship…however that is not an option.  So I sit and wait for Papa and I continue to fish and wait for a harbor to open up. Full of hope I wait, because God has and never will leave me. Somehow He will make a way for me to find a safe harbor, for now I will rest in the hope of clear skies and calm harbors. If you too are in the midst of it know that I pray for you, you are not alone, and neither am I

My Eyes Are On Him,

Diane

Posted by: papaslap | April 2, 2017

Revelation!

   As I was driving to pick up Laurena today and listening to my Jesus music on the radio, I began to pray.  I prayed for everyone at Solid Ground who had submitted prayer requests and I began to pray for my children.  I thought how I wish that God would speak to them this Easter Sunday, that He would give them some revelation of who He was.  I watched the sun rise behind me, and remembered that my Papa is always watching me and that with each new day there is hope.  Lately it seems, I have been fighting the battle of self pity.  Pitying  my self for having to do everything, and wondering when the other adult in the house is going to step in and help out.  Then I realized God didn’t say I call you and everyone in my house to serve me.  He said I called you, and I am asking you do this for Me.  Sometimes, I get caught up in my own pity party and then God reveals to me that our time here is so short.  I need to enjoy each day with joy in my heart and realize I answered the call and it doesn’t mean my family will.  I just have to trust in Him and wait.  Thank you Papa for your revelations!

Posted by: papaslap | August 17, 2015

Amazed!

Good Morning,

I am continually amazed at the patience of God.  How He waits for His people to come back to Him like a wise and loving father who waits for his children to mature and realize that their dad only wants what is best for them.  I have watched my children grow.  I have seen the struggles they have gone through, and the joy they have  experienced.  I remember the days when they depended on me as babies, looking to me for their every need and how much I loved their innocent beauty.  As they have grown, I have come to enjoy the individuals they are.  Making up their own minds, and living life the way they want to.  As a mother, you want to shelter them through every bad decision and bad situation.  You rejoice in their victories and mourn when they are defeated.  I think of my heavenly Father and how His heart broke, rejoiced, and mourned over each decision I have made and still make.  As children, we want to blame our parents for all of the mishaps in our  lives.  Can we as adults blame them for who we are today?  At some point in your life you need to decide who you are.  I know, not all children grow up in a wonderful home.  In fact most of us, if we are honest, come from less than perfect homes.  We are a flawed people, living a flawed world, raising our children with a flawed view.  Some people may call me crazy for believing in God.  The God of the bible.  I would say to that, then I am crazy.  I only know that my life was a train wreck at one time.  I was lost with no direction.  God reached out in my darkest hour and lifted me up from those tracks and set me back on the tracks.  I love Him.  I love to worship Him.  He is water to my soul and the food that nourishes me.  In this crazy upside down world everyone is looking for a Savior.  Who will your Savior be?  As for me and my house it will be the Lord!  When the world around you calls you crazy because you believe in a God who lived, died, and rose for you to be saved, smile and realize you are not the only crazy one out there.  I am on that train with you.  Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He came to this earth to seek and save the lost.  He died for us so that we could spend eternity with our Father in heaven.  He rose from the dead, conquered death, and destroyed sin.  When God looks at me He sees Jesus, and I am glad He does.  I am staying on this train until the end of the line, stay on it with me and I promise you won’t regret the ride.  Be blessed my friends!

Riding The Train To The End,

Diane Maldonado

Posted by: papaslap | July 31, 2015

I am a soldier!

Did you ever watch one of those gladiator movies where he is fighting the enemy and then he gets attacked by someone else unexpectedly.  Sometimes our enemy does the same thing.  You are battling this sinful part of yourself and you feel great.  Your armor is on, your sword is sharp and your fighting and winning.  That’s when your enemy sneaks up from behind and gets you through a weak spot in your armor.  The sooner you realize you are in a battle, the better.  The sooner you use your weapons the quicker the enemy is slain.  Our battles are not against flesh and blood but against the dark forces of this world.  Dark forces, sounds like a star wars movie.  In the end the dark force looses, and the good guys win.  Sometimes when we are fighting the battle we forget, oh yeah, the good guy, God is on my side.  And He wins the battle.  Be encouraged my friends.  If you are fighting more and more battles these days, stand up put on your armor and fight back.  The war is already won, we just need to stand our ground and fight where we are at.  Trust your Father, and He will give you what you need.  Thank you Lord for all of my family and friends.  Strengthen each and every one of them as they fight the battles today. Bless them in all they put their hands to and keep the enemy from their doorsteps.  Be blessed my family and friends.  “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14  Wake up soldiers, time to fight the good fight.

Wearing My Armor,

Diane Maldonado

 

Posted by: papaslap | July 15, 2015

Be Encouraged!

Good Morning,

I was sitting outside by my pond enjoying the sound of the waterfall, relishing in the splendor of all that God has created, and I felt overjoyed.  I noticed the bright orange, yellow, and purple berries hanging from my umbrella tree and the bright green leaves of the mandevilla with their fuchsia flowers. The humming birds come and feed while I sit and talk to Papa and  I felt encouraged.  So much of my Father I see in all that He created, and how easily nature goes about it’s praise of the Father.  Whenever I feel like things seem to look hopeless, I think of what Paul said:

1 Thessalonians 5

The Day of the Lord

Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord [a]will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then [b]destruction [c]will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you [d]like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as [e]others do, but let us be alert and [f]sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.But since we are of the day, let us be [g]sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore [h]encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.  

Be encouraged.  God is on His throne, and He has not forgotten His promise to His people.  There are so many blessings in my life in all of our lives.  Remember to encourage one another and to urge each other to be Christ in this world.  We have brothers and sisters in other parts of the world who are being tried and tested.  Those who are dying for their belief and testimony in Christ.  While there is still daylight, be a witness to this lost and fallen world and walk as Christ has taught us to walk.  Christ has gone to prepare a place for us and He will come back to collect His bride.  I encourage you to be in His word and in prayer.  I know in my busy life I fail to put God first and I lose the opportunity to spend time with my first love, Papa.    Pray for my lack.  I will pray for your strength.   Be blessed as you go about your day and love each other as Christ loved us first.  Thank you Father for my friends and family.  Bless them this day as they go about their travels.  Speak to them with words of love and encouragement and watch over them as a shepherd does his flock.  I love you Lord.  Thank you for sending Your Son so that I could spend eternity in Your presence.  Open my eyes so I can see with Your eyes.

Loving His Presence,

Diane Maldonado

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