August 1, 2017 Update

August 1, 2017 Update

Wow, it has been a while since we last updated you all about what’s happening with us!

This is Angela and I will share what is up with me! I really want to go ahead and share some news about Jerry, but I feel like his insight will be best to share what he has been up to, lately. I will say that we are seeing miracles and God has been answering prayers. There is a mountain moved that we have been praying to be moved for a long time. God is faithful. I count on my Lord because He who promised is faithful.

Some exciting news for me to share is that I just finished writing my first book and self-published it on Amazon as an e-book. The paperback is also available on Amazon and I used CreateSpace for it. The book has received two five star reviews and that is quite exciting to me. No, it has not sold a million copies, yet. But the people I have shared the free version with have said it is very helpful to anyone suffering from depression or who knows someone who has. The best comment I received about my book is that it does point people to the Word of God for encouragement. My purpose in writing the book was to point people to the same source of comfort and help that I have found and that is Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit. So, I am happy with the feedback, so far.

One thing going on with me is that my school closed and we are not sure yet if it is permanently closed or not. I pray that it re-opens but I am not sure how it will all work out. I do know that God is in control and has a great plan for each and everyone that this situation affects. I was going to continue my education at another college, but I have felt led to take at least a semester off to help my children with school, write another book, and help Jerry and his business partner with their new venture. We have a lot going on and we are trusting the Lord to continue to lead, guide, direct, uphold, and grow us.

Also, I am continuing to volunteer and serve with a couple of ministries and I have been invited to speak at a women’s conference this coming October. As always, I am available to speak to groups or share my testimony at anytime. You can contact me at angeladingler70@gmail.com if you would like more information. Also, I do have a Facebook page and the link is here.

May the Lord bless us all and keep all of us. May He turn His face towards us and shine His countenance upon us. May He be gracious to us and give us His peace.

Thank you for stopping by and we love you in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You can find the book here: Amazon “From Affliction and Refinement to Fulfillment”

The Hole and the Answer

The Hole and the Answer

One time this guy met this girl

She became his world

She meant everything to him

But soon

Trouble started

She told him there was something wrong

Definitely something wrong with him

And she’d be leaving, soon

He was shattered

He couldn’t bear to see her go

So he began to look

For ways to fix himself

Someone told him he had a hole

Right there in his chest

Where his heart spot is

So he started putting stuff there

To cover up the hole

Maybe that’d fix it

And she wouldn’t leave

He put newer clothes on

And that worked for a few days

She said, “Nah, something’s still wrong.”

Then he put huge jewelry over the hole

That was even worse

She was jealous and took it for herself

He wanted a tattoo

But you can’t tattoo a hole

So he started wearing signs

To cover up the hole

They said how he felt

About various topics of the day

That kept things interesting for her

For a little while

She loved to disagree with his signs

And confuse his mind

But even that bored her

And she said, “Yep, something’s still wrong.”

One day he found another guy

Who mentioned he once had a hole

And that everyone has this hole

And he knew how to be whole

So, this guy asked that guy

What is the way to fix this hole

And so, he was told

The hole you have is round, like a circle

There’s a cross that you put over the hole

And it keeps things from falling through

It’s magnetic and it draws things to it

So that good things you want, hang around

And help keep the hole filled

There’s a bigger part behind the cross

And it grows the more you wear it

It is shaped like a heart

And there’s another part attached

To the cross that you can pull out

You can touch others with it

And see if they need a hug or a hand

You can touch things with it

To use it to tell if something’s good or bad

It is really a useful piece

It also gives you a lot of peace

Because when you put this cross over the hole

Once you get it there, it will stay

And you won’t worry about having a hole

Not one more, any other day

So this guy asked that guy

Why didn’t I know?

About the Answer and the hole

And that guy said

That people kept covering their holes

And using different things for so long

And just moving on from thing to thing

And person to person

Until everyone just forgot

We all have a hole

And the way to fill it

Sure enough, this guy was shocked

To see, this girl had a hole, too

When he really looked close

And they tried out a cross

And their heart shaped parts grew

And they became dependent

On the piece attached

They used to know if the other needed a hug

Or a hand or a smile

And they used it to see if things were good

Or bad for them

And their crosses became even more magnetic

And they drew more good

People and things and situations

Into their lives

And they realized they had found the fix

To the something that was wrong

With both of them

The holes they had in their chest

Where their hearts were

And they began to tell others

About how all people have this hole

And how to be whole

written by Angela Dingler June 23, 2017 4:00 a.m. Not to be copied, shared or reproduced without crediting the author.

A Father’s Love

A Father’s Love

I am a father who loves my children very much. I am so glad to have been a part of bringing these children into the world. I am so proud of every moment of growth that I have seen in my babies.

From the moment that their mom gave birth to them, I was excited to see how they would grow and who they would be when they grew up. Even as they grew older, I always thought of them as my babies. My little girls will always be my little princesses and my sons will always be my princes. I knew that they would make mistakes as they grew up, but I knew that it was my job to teach them and show them how to live. I knew that they would need my protection and my guidance. I knew that I would always love them and want the best for them. I wanted us to always be close and to be able to talk about every concern that they would ever have.

I loved the innocence of their childhood when they were ignorant of all the consequences of their actions and they laughed and played with all that they were. They fell when they were learning to walk but they got right back up and kept trying, trusting me and their mom to help them up again without question. Eventually, they were running and they began to touch and feel and taste everything. Every moment was a learning adventure. They learned so much, so fast. I had to keep an eye on them and make sure that no one was around that could hurt them. I made things as safe as I could for them. I wanted to protect them so that they could grow strong. There are dangers everywhere in this world and I knew that as they came in contact with certain things that I would need to be there for them and teach them how to get past those things or avoid them.

So many times, when my babies were young, we would run into a problem. One would forget not to touch the hot stove, one would run too fast down the hill, or one would forget the rules about putting away their toys and end up stepping on a Lego. Each of these times I would be there to wipe away their tears, clean up their booboo, and put healing ointment and a bandage on it. It made me smile to be able to calm them and hold them and ease their fears. I would gently remind them to be careful and how to take care in these situations. I would remind them of the rules if I needed to. I would remind them of my love and tell them how much they were growing. I loved to see them feel like they were learning and growing up when I encouraged them. I loved seeing them become more self-reliant and self-assured as they leaned on me and learned from me. I cherished seeing them put their spin on things and succeed.

As my children grew older, we ran into different problems. One child would have a friend choose to end their friendship and we would soothe hurt feelings and explain that some friendships are only for a season. We would talk about cherishing the moments that we have with our friends and that sometimes it is time to let go and make new friends. Another child would choose to lie about a mistake and try to cover it up rather than face the truth. We would then talk about taking responsibility for our mistakes and face them so that we could learn from them and become more mature. We would talk about how me and their mom would always love them and there is no reason to lie to us. We just want what is best for them. We would explain to our children that they never need to hide anything from us because we will only try to guide them in the way that will help them the most. Another child would have a little trouble in school and we would encourage her to keep doing her best. We would let her know that we expected wonderful things from her and the she was going to be able to overcome any difficulties if she would just keep trying. We would assure her that we would be right there with her to help her and cheer her on.

My children are such a joy to me. Even though they often need guidance and correction, the love that I have for them overcomes any frustration that goes along with being a parent. The joy of seeing them succeed when they put into practice what I try to teach them is something that fills me up and overflows and pours back into our relationship. I love to give them gifts and things that they love. I especially like to give them gifts that will help them do positive things like sharing them with others. Even something small like bubbles, when they were little, was so enjoyable because they would take turns blowing the bubbles and the other would run after them to pop them. They would laugh and so would I. It was a joy to see them having fun together.

Yes, the joy of being a father outweighs the frustration that comes with the guiding and the correcting of them. With the guiding and correcting comes the growth and maturity that they need to be happy and well-adjusted adults. With them becoming adults comes another whole new aspect of being a father, one in which we can be more like good friends who share life together. I will always be there to listen and to advise and to rejoice in every success. I will always be there to lend a shoulder to cry on and a hug to mend a heart. I will always be there to bounce off ideas and to give a different perspective if they want it. I will never stop loving my children. I will always want to be there for them in any way that they need. Yes, even if they need to be rescued from a situation from time to time, I will be there. After all, these are my children, the ones that I and their mom made together. They are a testimony to our love. They are my legacy and my pride and joy. They are mine and I am theirs. Our love will go on and on. It is my greatest hope that they will always know these things and keep them in their hearts as they grow.

Written by Angela Dingler © 2017

What Is Your Resurrection Story?

What Is Your Resurrection Story?

WHAT IS YOUR RESURRECTION STORY?
For those with ears to hear! I challenge each and every believer today to walk in the resurrection power of our Lord and the Holy Spirit at work in us!
Do you not realize that as you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that you who have been baptized into Christ have a resurrection story, as well?
What can you celebrate as your own resurrection story? What is your testimony of an area of your life where you were dead and now you are alive in Christ?
What area of your life have you let go of and allowed God to work in and manifest His miraculous, wonder working power in? Some past hurts? Some past pain? Some past pleasure that was sapping the life out of you that God has delivered you from and given you Living Water to satisfy your soul? Some past obsession? Some past dependency?
When we turn from our own ways and trust Jesus as our Lord and we are baptized into Christ – we die to our old life and the bondage of sin and we are raised to walk in new life – we enter into a covenant with Christ and the body of Christ – our family, brothers and sisters in Christ, we become new creatures, and our spirits are joined with the Holy Spirit. We should be walking with the Spirit leading us. Resurrected from spiritual death, we are! We will not see our full salvation/resurrection until Christ returns, but we are to walk by faith in Christ and filled with His love, power and self control. Is this resurrection power at work in you today? Here are some scriptures to meditate upon this weekend:
 
2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
 
Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ
6 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
 
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
 
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
 
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
 
Slaves to Righteousness
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
 
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
Ephesians 1:18-20New International Version (NIV)
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
 
20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. I Cor. 15:20-23
Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
 (All Scriptures posted are from biblegateway.com and are from the NIV)
From Blessings to Curses

From Blessings to Curses

Stop allowing what God gave as a blessing to be used as a curse.

There are many examples of this and the examples can range from recent blessings to ancient ones. For example, a Bible study and fellowship gathering that has lost its focus and has now just become a duty filled burden because the season has passed but you want to hang on to the tradition of the meeting.

Marriage is a perfect example of this. That is what God put into my spirit this morning. God gave marriage originally in the Garden of Eden to be a blessing. But we have allowed the beauty and the blessing of marriage to be made into a curse. We have allowed it to become known as an invention of man and to be tainted. We have not taught what the original design and purpose for marriage was and we have trampled on the sanctity of marriage. I am not even talking about whether it is between a man and a woman. I am talking about one woman and one man. I am talking about how the divorce rate is as high among Christians as it is among non-believers. I am talking about how even those who are married tend to talk about it and view it as a burden, curse and hardship. Marriage was never intended to be something that we did on our own, without God’s guidance and without God’s power. But we have lost sight of what God did when He gave us the blessing and therefore we have turned it into a curse.

Another example is the Law and the Bible, as a whole. This holy book was given to us and preserved for us as a blessing. To be read and consulted and heard as the whole counsel of the Word and not pick and choose a verse here and there to justify our views. The Bible is a love story, full of grace and mercy and is to inform us of who God is and His intentions for us. It is also not to be used to beat people up or to condemn them. God so loves the world that He gave His only Son to die for us so that whomever believes in Him should not perish but should have eternal life. That is the good news we should be sharing but instead we like to tell everyone about how wrong they are. Even within our faith we argue over minor details instead of sharing the love of Christ.

I may not be sharing this adequately or getting the point across exactly right. The Lord put this on my heart around 2 a.m. and I was trying to go back to sleep but all of this kept coming back up as I would doze in and out. The main thing is to stop allowing things that God does to bless us to become stale, stolen, just traditions or curses to us. And I wonder, why am I supposed to share this? Why do I feel so compelled to post these things? I am one person with not that many friends and not much of a platform. LOL But I know that if one person reads this that is the one that God intends. And who knows if that one person may know another who can share more articulately and with more people. So I am just going to be obedient and share this and trust God to bless it for His glory and use it as He wishes. If you read this far, maybe it is you who can share when and as needed. Have a blessed day!!!