Solar Eclipse from Sea to Shining Sea

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Hi! Diane Wigstone here. Those of you who know me well, know that I am somewhat of a science geek. Most people would never suspect it, but I am. I love to research science stuff, and learn how things work… Years of research in different science fields led to the revelations shared in my Master Your Mind book series.

And, I absolutely love seeing pictures of the universe – and stars – and galaxies…  the APOD app (Astronomy picture of the day) is very likely the only app that I use every day on my phone, without fail.

So, this month the galaxy is displaying a special treat for me – and for you…  It is a something that hasn’t been seen for almost 100 years. Ninety-nine years ago, on June 8, 1918, there was a total solar eclipse that was visible across the entire United States from sea to shining sea. Read More

Destiny Declarations

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This morning I woke up late. I had slept at least one hour more than usual. Last night I stayed up late on the computer and needed the extra sleep. When I woke up, I was feeling a bit groggy, and slow. I still felt tired. I wanted to just roll back over and go back to sleep. I didn’t want to get out of bed at all.

But, it was trash day, and the garbage men would be coming soon. I might have already missed them. I groaned. I dragged myself out of bed, and went in and said ‘Good morning’ to my Mom. She asked if I was going to walk this morning like I usually do. I said, “I don’t think so, I am really tired this morning.”

I shuffled around the house in my slippers and gathered up all the trash in the house for the garbage men to pick up. I plopped down in the chair by the door to put on my tennis shoes. Then threw my coat on over my pajamas, and shuffled out to the curb, to take out the garbage. The sky was gray, and the wind was chilly. I pulled my coat closer around me. It was a cold, gray, windy winter day.

I came back in the house shivering. “I am cold and tired, and I don’t feel so great,” I announced. “It is so cold out! There is no way I am going to walk this morning. I don’t think I’ll even get out of my pajamas today! I don’t feel like doing anything today.”

Then I heard what I had just said, and I thought, “Wait a minute! That is not my destiny declaration for today. I am not going to be in agreement with that!” Immediately I announced, “No, actually, I slept great! I even slept in late. I am refreshed, I am energetic. Today is going to be a great day of doing fun things to fulfill my destiny. I am going to go change out of my pajamas and take a brisk walk in this great cool air.”

And, that’s what I did.

The choice was mine. I am the one who decides the perspective I will live my life through each day.

I could have been grumpy and irritable all day. I could have slouched around in my pajamas, complaining about being tired, and done nothing all day long. Or, I could choose to be energetic, healthy, get dressed, and do my destiny.

The choice is yours. Every morning. Every minute. Now.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (NIV)

Love never fails…

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It’s Valentine’s day. The day that we celebrate LOVE. But, these days it seems so few people really know what love is.

It’ not a silly game. It is life. And if we want to win in life, the only way is to love well.

Let’s look to the source of love, for HIS definition of LOVE…

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. 

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13 – New International Version (NIV)

Let’s choose to love well today, this month, this year…

Dream Big

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dream bigThe seminar was starting in about thirty minutes. I was setting up my computer, and getting ready for the lecture portion of the class. One of the women registered as a student for the training came up to me.

“I want to write a book,” she said. “It has always been my dream.”

“Then you need to write your book,” I said. “You can do it.”

“But, I never have the time,” she said. “I have a job and a family. I never have time to get away and write my novel.”

“You don’t need to get away to write it,” I said. “You need to start on it now, where you are.”

“But, I would never have time,” she said.

“If you write one page a day, you’ll have 365 pages by this time next year,” I said. “That is plenty of pages for a book.”

“Wow,” she replied. “I never thought of it like that.”

“So, my assignment to you is this,” I said. “Write one page today. Start now. Today. You have a few minutes before we start the class. Go get some paper, and begin writing it now. Then, write some more during lunch, and during our dinner break. By the end of today, you should have one page.”

“It can’t be that simple,” she said.

“I have written over 50 books,” I replied. “It is just that simple. Start small, and start now.”

She did. By the end of the day she had a title, an outline, and three pages written for her book.

Dream Big: Write a book

Start Small: Write one page

Start Now: Immediately. Today. Now!

It is a new year. A new start. What will you do differently this year to move toward making your dream a reality?

SO, let me begin by asking you, “What is your dream?”

Your big dream.

What is it that you want to accomplish in your life? What is it that you care about? What is your passion? What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? What is your big dream? How can it ever be accomplished?

That is what my new book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” is all about.

I have developed some simple tools that can help you get more clarity and stay focused in your life. Throughout the book, I use a simple tool I developed that I call the “Focus Funnel” to help you get clarity on your Big Dream, and stay focused as you Start Small, and Start Now with the tasks that need to be completed to make your dream a reality.

DreamBig-_frontcoverYour dreams can come true! 

If you can dream it, you can do it. 

Learn how by ordering Diane Wigstone’s new book “Dream Big – Start Small – Start Now” today!

You can order the book on the DestinyCenter.com website: http://www.destinycenter.com/read?limit=100&product_id=461

Thanks. Giving.

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The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930) Public Domain

The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930)
Public Domain

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 

35 Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” 1 Chronicles 16:34 &35 NIV

Thanks. Giving.

I have been thinking a lot again these last few weeks about what Thanksgiving means, and was struck by the two words found in the one… Thanks. Giving. I have been pondering thanks, (gratitude) and giving, and how they impacts our lives.

Thanks. Without gratitude, our attitude becomes toxic – literally. I discuss how what we think has direct repercussions on our health in my book, Master Your Mind. We must stay thankful to stay healthy! I believe our attitude will affect how successful we are in all areas of our lives. I want to be thankful at all times.

Giving. I think there is a similar principle for our finances. Without giving, our finances become ‘all about us’… and that can be toxic to your finances! I believe we must give with a cheerful heart for our finances to stay healthy! I want to be generous at all times.

Many years ago, I heard about Robert Gilmore LeTourneau. RG LeTourneau was a prolific inventor and held nearly 300 patents. He was a very successful businessman, whose earthmoving equipment, and Engineering vehicles, represented nearly 70 percent of the machines used during World War II. The University he founded, LeTourneau University, is still among the top of its kind, and “unapologetically Christian”.

But what struck me about his story, was not how much money he made, but how much money he gave! RG, during his day, was called “God’s Businessman”, and was known for his extravagant giving. LeTourneau gave 90% of all he made, and lived on 10%. He called it the “reverse tithe.”

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Root issues…

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Attribution: Rod Allday

Attribution: Rod Allday

Well, I found out what the brown spots were in our yard, that I have been mowing over all year. It is a particularly gnarly type of weed, with beautiful tiny purple flowers. They were brown all summer, and just started getting green leaves, and blooming the little flowers, now that we got some rain, and it’s a bit cooler.
Mom said there was a write up in the paper about them last weekend. She pointed them out to me yesterday, and taught me how to pull them out. You have to gather up all the little ‘branches’, and then twist the plant, as you pull it, to get the entire root out. Because, of course, if you don’t get the root out, it will just come back again.

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Adventures in Publishing…

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For several months this year, we will be featuring some of the Destiny Center Authors as guest bloggers. This month we will hear from the Author of “The Creatively Imagined Explanation of Gabriel’s Blue Giraffe,” Kimiya DeRuiter.

It has been a thrill and an experimental adventure publishing my first children’s book. I am so thankful to my publisher and all who have encouraged and supported me in this journey.

The Creatively Imagined Explanation of Gabriel’s Blue Giraffe is an invitation to explore the maybe’s and perhapses of the limitless world of imagination. By nurturing, igniting, and fueling the adventure of discovery and plain old making stuff up, it is the ancient belief that we are created to create and expand our world into new worlds of thinking and inventing in partnership with our Divine Designer.


TaljonAside from just plain old fun, writing this book is my intentional effort to counter the loss and depletion of children’s imagination and recapture and mine the Gold in our #‎NextGen of Discoverers, Inventors, Writers, Filmmakers, Problem Solvers and Artrepreneurs.


 

My B&B&B&KBook Signing at Pasadena Central Library’s Author & Arts Fair was such fun. Honestly, I was overwhelmed with

gratitude towards all of the people that came out to support me and do a happy dance with me over the joy of getting my children’s book published and show casing it’s debut at the Pasadena Central Library. Feeling like the newbie on the block to all of this, it is an honor to run with a tribe of authors that have accomplished so much themselves.

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Remember, today is a day to be creative!

“Maybe or Perhaps we could make stuff up and just use our imaginations today!”

 

 


 

COVER-front-GabrielsBlueGiraffe-sm-228x228ABOUT the BOOK: The Creatively Imagined Explanation of Gabriel’s Blue Giraffe is an invitation to explore the maybe’s and perhapses of the limitless world of imagination. By nurturing, igniting, and fueling the adventure of discovery and plain old making stuff up, it is the ancient belief that we are created to create and expand our world into new worlds of thinking and inventing in partnership with our Divine Designer.

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ABOUT the AUTHOR: Kimiya DeRuiter is “Maybe Perhaps” one of the most unconventional thinkers on the education system and it’s implemented practice. As an administrator for ICAN Children’s Village she is proactive in this influence. As a mom, wife, educator, artist, and business woman, she is childlike in faith and simple minded enough to boldly go where no wonderment has stumbled upon before.

Click here to buy Kimiya’s book The Creatively Imagined Explanation of Gabriel’s Blue Giraffe

Obedience

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For several months this year, we will be featuring some of the Destiny Center Authors as guest bloggers. This month we will hear from Author Lois Lee Soto, known to all who love her as Loi. This excerpt is from her book: Rabbit Trails – But God… has a plan… The Journey of a Life Led by God.

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Spiritual Freedom

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Luke 9:3 – And [Jesus] said to them,
‘Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; 
and do not have two tunics.’
 
Willing to live less so that I could live more…
Blog by Pastor Chris DeGreene
 

 (Memorial Day was celebrated this past Monday, the last Monday in May, in the United States)

 
flag-958343_1920 copyMy mind turns to Memorial Day, because the older I get, the more I value those who have been willing to live less so that I could live more.
 
It has been said to me that Veterans Day celebrates the heroes who came home. Memorial Day celebrates the heroes who didn’t come home.
 
In essence, all these heroes took one thing and only one thing into battle, namely, a willingness to die for their country, coupled with the belief that earthly freedom was worth the price.In today’s Bible verse, Jesus sends out the disciples and basically tells them to take one thing and only one thing into their mission field, namely, a willingness to die for the kingdom of God, coupled with the belief that spiritual freedom was worth the price.

 

Do you see the parallels?

2bereavement-1239415_1920 copyYou could say that there’s at least an implicit charge here from Jesus to us, Jesus sends us out as disciples and basically tells us to take one thing and only one thing on our trip, namely, a willingness to die to self for the kingdom of God, coupled with the belief that spiritual freedom is worth the price. This dying to self will happen when we use time with family and friends to remember, speak of, and celebrate both those who have died for our freedoms and how those sacrifices have blessed our lives.

Many military personnel have died for our earthly freedoms. Many a missionary and Jesus Christ himself, most of all, died for our spiritual freedoms. Let us be found using our time to remember, speak of, and celebrate both those who have died for our freedoms and how those sacrifices have blessed our lives.

Praise God!
Pastor Chris

 

For several months this year, we will be featuring some of our friends, and Destiny Center Authors, as guest bloggers. Today’s blog about Memorial day, is from Pastor Chris DeGreene. To read other wonderful devotionals from Pastor Chris, you can purchase his book, “60 Days of Praise! Devotional” on the DestinyCenter.com website.

Pastor Chris has a large faithful following of his daily devotional “Day of Praise.” You can join the “Day of Praise” family each day by reading a daily devotional from his book “60 Days of Praise! Devotional”. 60 Days of Praise! Devotional book is a collection of two months of wonderful, inspiring, thoughtful, and often humorous, devotions selected from Pastor Chris’s writings. You can start your day off right each morning, with a new daily devotional from 60 Days of Praise! Devotional. Be encouraged and challenged to grow in your walk with Jesus each day, as you read 60 Days of Praise! Devotional. Praise God!

You can get Pastor DeGreene’s book here: http://www.destinycenter.com/read/Devotionals-Journals?product_id=171

 

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About the Author: Reverend Dr. Christopher DeGreen is Pastor of Christ the King Lutheran church in Birmingham, Alabama. He was born in Atlanta, caught tadpoles in Memphis, grew up in Kingsport, TN, walked on the football team at the University of TN, learned about Pastoring at the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia, was called to Christ the King Lutheran church in Birmingham, AL, got his D. Min. from Beeson Div School, saw his three amazing kids be born and grow, and was blown away by God’s grace when he married his Beloved Amanda.

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day

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ILYM

I Love You Mom! 
by Elizabeth W. Drake
 
There is nothing as special 
As a Mother’s Love 
Created and sent 
By God above
 
A Mother loves at all times
And in so many ways
Making your life special
Even on ordinary days
 
A skinned up knee
A broken heart
No matter what hurts
She’ll do her part
 
To make you smile 
And be joyful again
She’ll cheer you on
She knows you’ll win
 
A million things 
A Mother will do 
All because 
She loves you…
 

We hope you enjoyed part of this poem from the book “I Love You Mom!” by Elizabeth W. Drake.

The next few months we will be featuring some of our friends, and Destiny Center Authors, as guest bloggers. This month, in honor of Mother’s day, we wanted to feature part of this poem from Elizabeth W. Drake’s book, “I Love You Mom!” which is available on Kindle.  It is a beautiful book based on one poem, from a series of poems, written by Elizabeth W. Drake about the Love of a Mother.

The book “I Love You Mom!”, featuring exquisite photography and poetry, is a perfect gift for your Mother for Mother’s Day, her Birthday, or any special occasion! She has three books available on Kindle from this series. If you are interested there are links to the books below.

We also hope you have a wonderful Mother’s day with your Mom, and / or your children, or family or friends that you want to celebrate as great Moms!

Personally, I am so blessed to have the BEST Mom in the world! I hope that you feel the same way about your Mom!

Happy Mother’s Day!

May blessings –  Diane 🙂

If you are interested in getting this book by Elizabeth W. Drake, or any of her other books Destiny Center has published, they are available from our website, and on Kindle. Here are the links…

ILYMI Love You Mom! by Elizabeth W. Drake

A beautiful book based on one poem, from a series of poems, written by Elizabeth W. Drake about the Love of a Mother. The book “I Love You Mom!”, featuring exquisite photography and poetry is a perfect gift for your Mother for her Birthday, Mother’s Day, or any special occasion!

http://www.amazon.com/LOVE-YOU-MOM-Elizabeth-Drake-ebook/dp/B00X8ABTA4/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1461950393&sr=1-2

 

Other books from Elizabeth W. Drake:

AMLA Mother’s Love by Elizabeth W. Drake 

A Mother’s Love 
Will always be 
The dearest thing 
In life to me…
 

http://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Love-Elizabeth-W-Drake-ebook/dp/B00X896EDC/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1461950393&sr=1-3

 

MML“My Mother’s Love” by Elizabeth W. Drake 

When I felt alone
Without a friend
My Mother’s Love
Helped me to mend
 
When I felt afraid 
And didn’t know what to do 
My Mother’s Love 
Always got me through…
 

http://www.amazon.com/My-Mothers-Love-Elizabeth-Drake-ebook/dp/B00X8YFXMK/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1461950393&sr=1-4

CEThe Corporate Escape by Elizabeth W. Drake

“The Corporate Escape” takes you on a Romantic Adventure the other side of the world and back, as Lynn & Paul’s exciting love story leads them to America, New Zealand, Australia and Tahiti. This is Elizabeth W. Drake’s first novel in the new International Romance Novels Series, Kingdom Romance Novels, Published by KEI.

http://www.destinycenter.com/read/Relationships?product_id=57

About the Author: Elizabeth W. Drake is active in Worldwide Missions and lives with her family in the United States of America. Her novels, featured in the Destiny Center/ KEI new International Christian Romance Series, lead you on an international escapade. You will go with the characters in their faith filled romantic adventures, as they travel the world to exotic Global Locations. Her poetry, about the Love of a Mother, has been published in a series of books featuring exquisite photography and poetry.