With Natural Eyes

What do we miss by seeing only with natural eyes?

Israel stood south of the Promised Land. God instructs Moses to send 12 spies to go check out the Land He promised Abraham. Canaan.  The spies spend 40 days scoping out the Land and return with disappointing news.

At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land.  And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the people of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh. They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there…We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height.  And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them” Numbers 13:25-28; 31-33.

There is much more to this story, but for today’s purposes, I want to focus on the 10 spies that could only see with natural eyes.  (Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, saw with supernatural eyes of faith.)

What the 10 spies saw determined their report.  At least for the moment they failed to remember Who God was.  Their faith failed. (We’ve all been there). They only saw what their physical eyes could see.  They saw a land flowing with milk and honey (just as God promised) but they also saw the people in the land were strong, stronger than they, and the cities were fortified and large. They saw a land that devours its inhabitants and people of great height.  Hurdle. Hurdle. Hurdle.

What they saw with their natural eyes left God out of the picture completely, so their conclusions were no surprise.  Humanly speaking – there was no way they would possess the land.

That reminds me of David.  He too faced a “giant.” Goliath was about 9’9” tall.  (My nephew is 6’9” and he’s tall. I’m trying to imagine Goliath towering 3 feet above his head.)  David did not see with natural eyes. He saw Goliath through the eyes of faith in the God of Israel.

And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37; Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord‘s, and he will give you into our hand” 17:45-47.

David believed the God of Israel would deliver him against all odds and stepped out in a demonstration of his faith.  He saw with supernatural eyes of faith. We all know the story. God slew Goliath with a single stone from David’s sling shot. David doesn’t say he will slay Goliath because he is such a great shot. He understood that to slay Goliath would require supernatural ability only God can give him.

Are you more like the 10 spies or like David?  Do you see with natural eyes or do you see with supernatural eyes?  Do you believe only what you can see or do you trust God is true to His Word and promises?

Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because of their lack of faith.  Their faithlessness cost them dearly.

What have we missed out on because of our natural eyesight?  What has our faithlessness cost us?

Lord, give us supernatural eyes of faith to live way beyond our own natural abilities.

Blessings, Diane

Diane Hunt serves part-time on the staff of America’s Keswick providing ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at dhunt@americaskeswick.org.

 

The Email from a Nigerian Prince

When you look through your junk email, there are a few things you might come across… spam emails from stores, email notifications from Facebook, and of course… scammers. Earlier today, I was looking through my junk email and found one of those emails. Now, I have to admit… it wasn’t from a “Nigerian Prince,” but it was the same kind of email. It said:

Cordial greeting message from Ella, I am seeking for your help, I will be very glad if you do assist me to relocate a sum of (US$4 Million Dollars) into your Bank account in your country for the benefit of both of us. I want to use this money for investment. I will give you more details as you reply.

 Yours, Ella

Now, upon coming across this email, I did what any mature and sensible 21-year-old woman would do. I took a screenshot, sent it to my best friend, and started telling her about how annoyed and angry it made me. How could people do that – try to steal from gullible and innocent people? I hate that! These scammers are THE WORST.  

As I was stewing in my anger, I thought of the tax collectors in biblical times… you know, those people who would cheat others out of their money and keep much of it for themselves? Sounds a lot like the situation I came across in my email today, huh? It’s crazy, even 2000 years later people are still committing the same sin, just with a different approach.

How did Jesus treat those tax collectors? He sat with them. He loved on them. He told them that God loves them… and many followed Him. I mean, look at Matthew and Zacchaeus. What a transformation God did in their lives, right?

And it happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him. – Mark 2:15

GotQuestions.com states it very well, by saying:

“Jesus taught that we should love our enemies. To emphasize the point, He said, ‘If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?’ (Matthew 5:46). The word ‘even’ is significant. Jesus was telling the crowd they needed to rise above the level of publican behavior. If our love is only reciprocal, then we’re no better than a tax collector! Such a comparison must have left its mark on Jesus’ hearers… The Pharisees saw tax collectors as enemies to be shunned. Jesus saw them as the spiritually sick to be healed. The Pharisees could offer nothing to the tax collectors except a list of rules. Jesus offered forgiveness of sins and the hope of a new life. No wonder the publicans liked to spend time with Jesus (Luke 15:1). And tax collectors like Matthew and Zacchaeus were transformed by the gospel and followed the Lord.”

Talk about convicting. I was telling my best friend that if I could respond to that email scammer, “I’d surely give them a piece of my mind.” Jesus responded in the exact opposite way… and it’s obvious which way is better. I am choosing to follow the instruction found in Matthew 5:44 and Luke 6:28. Instead of cursing these people, I will pray for them – specifically, I will pray they come to a place of repentance and come to know Jesus as their Savior.  I’m just thankful that the Lord doesn’t give up on me even when my first response is the wrong response.

Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!

Praying and Decreeing the Word

Recently we celebrated Purim on the Hebrew calendar.  In light of the feast, we heard a message on the book of Esther at church.  I have studied and even taught from the book of Esther.  It is one of my favorite books.

Have you noticed that every time you study a book of the Bible you find a “new” Truth, a great blessing, and you wonder why you did not see it in the past.  Well that is what happened to me.

Esther 8:8 says, You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.

I saw that verse in a whole new way.  In my mind it went like this, “You, Pat, write a decree concerning those things on your heart, in the name of Jesus, seal it in the blood of my Son; for whatever is written in the Kings of kings name and sealed in His blood cannot be revoked.  WOW!!

We left church and went to our son and daughter-in-law’s home.  When we arrived, two of our three precious grandbabies were VERY sick.  Caleb had been the hospital twice already for respiratory distress and he was in distress again.  Our Cate had a high fever was rather listless, not willing to even drink but just sat in the arms of her grandpa.  Our third grandchild, Charlotte, was the only one who was healthy, with the exception of a nasty cough that sounded horrible.  How did this happen?  I had seen them on Wednesday and they looked good and were recovering from a nasty cold.  How did this infirmity find an open door to attack so fast and furiously?

Fortunately, my precious daughter-in-law is from a Christian family.  Her Mom and I went to (war) prayer.  I shared with her what had been pointed out to me at church.  That night we wrote words from the scripture down and texted them to each other.  We then decreed those words with our mouth and sealed them in the blood of Jesus.

Fast forward…by the next day all three children were doing better.  No one went to the hospital, Caleb was breathing and was no longer in stress, and fevers were gone.  Charlotte went to school.  Within two days the only thing left was a mild cough in all three children.  I was overwhelmed with thanksgiving and awe how God prepared us just how to pray in order to break infirmity and release the blessings of health on our grandchildren.  Blessed be His name.  He desires to release good gifts to His children who are called by His name.  (Matt.7:11; Luke 11:13)

Ladies, the Word of God is TRUE.  Keep reading, keep seeking Holy Spirit for understanding and keep applying it to your life.  It never returns void!! (Is. 55:11)

Blessings,

Pat

 Rev. Patricia Wenzel is the founder and director of a state wide prayer ministry, PRAY New Jersey Inc. since 2002.  The ministry is committed to praying for and blessing those serving in authority positions in our state, particularly in government.  The ministry is also committed to equipping the saints to pray for those serving in government.  The vision and ministry is guided by the Word of God, in particular 1 Tim. 2:1-4 and Is. 61:11.  Pat is thankful for the ministry of America’s Keswick.  She graduated from Women of Character in July 2008.

**Not sure what happened on Tuesday but if you were unable to see the text you can go back in the archives and re-open that one.

 

Attitude Problems!

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  Eph. 4:31-32

I really enjoy watching HGTV, especially the show, Fixer Upper. Johanna is always saying to her kids; “You be sweet”. This couple loves the Lord and I’m guessing it’s her way of teaching the little ones the biblical principal of being kind. As much as they joke around a lot, she is very respectful of her husband and it shows. She builds up and so does he. If you’re a fan of the show you know how much he loves “Demo Day!” But you’ll find the only thing getting demo’d is the Fixer Upper they’re working on. Never one another. Instead, you’ll see a lot of building up instead of tearing down where people are concerned. What a great inspiration, reminder and godly example to follow. Yeah, there are still some good things on TV; as few as they may be, their light shines brightly.

I’d like to be more like that. When my pastor was teaching on this scripture he said some things that encouraged me greatly: “It’s a lot easier to love people than to hate them. Practice forgiveness and you won’t be bitter. Remember what grieves the Holy Spirit that lives in you. It’s not about trying harder, it’s about submitting more.”

Thankful for HIM

Dina

Raise Your Hand if You Have Questions

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12

At our Bible study one evening the discussion was “interesting.” We dug into Genesis 18 & 19. Honestly, I think we all left with more questions than answers. There are some hard things in these chapters – Why is “LORD” all capitals and then later, just capital “L?”  Who were the three men who Abraham saw before him? What is going on with Lot and his daughters and later, the daughters and Lot? There were so many questions and so many varied answers.

I love to leave a study feeling like I learned something. Leaving with questions is uncomfortable. Having questions is not bad; it’s what you do with your questions that count. We have a few choices. We can continue to dig into commentaries, search out the Hebrew or Greek meanings, and read about the culture. Perhaps new light will be shed on our reading. Still questions may remain and you are left to the last two choices. First, you can move on in belief. Acknowledge that God may reveal more truth to you in the future. Something you don’t see or understand now you may see with new eyes later if you continue to study and grow.  Secondly, you can choose to let unbelief creep into your heart and mind and trust your own intellect over what God says is true.

As a child, I grew up hearing about Noah’s Ark in Sunday school. Later when I came to Christ, knowing I needed a relationship with Him, I had to make a choice. “I believe what you say about my sin and my need for a Savior… but I’m not so sure about the Ark though.” I had to grow and not let the parts of the Bible where I didn’t have all the answers and understanding deter me from growing in my relationship with Christ or the study of His Word.

We all wrestle with questions. Things we find a bit challenging to understand or to believe. We must keep pressing on! I trust that the many things I don’t understand will be seen when I see Jesus face to face.  I even wonder if my questions will be important. I think in light of Jesus my questions won’t need answering.

Blessings,

Kathy

Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.

 

New Beginnings and Spring Cleaning

Guess what?! It’s SPRINGTIME! I’ll be the first to admit… I’m the biggest brat when it comes to this season. In my mind, once Spring hits, nobody is allowed to wear coats anymore and sandals are always PERFECTLY acceptable – even if it’s 40 degree weather outside. It doesn’t matter. It’s SPRING!

Needless to say, this season is my favorite – warm weather, blooming flowers, chirping birds … and if you ever read my Victory Call bio, you’ll know that one of my favorite things in the world is SPRING DRESSES! It’s just such a happy season. It’s also a season that makes people think of “new beginnings.” The cold, dreary, and dark winter is melting away to reveal something beautiful and joyful.

I think you can guess where this analogy is going…

Isn’t it so great that as believers, we were able to have our new beginning? We are a new creation – born again! The old, dark, and dreary “us” has passed away – we are not bound to the flesh and to sin any more. No, once we repented and gave our hearts to Jesus, He melted away the “winter” and revealed something beautiful and joyful.

2 Corinthians 5: 17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Ezekiel 11:19-20 – And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

Galatians 5:24 – And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

There is also a very popular phrase associated with this season… Spring Cleaning! At the time, it’s no fun… but isn’t the end result so great? When you put the duster, rake, and magic erasers away and look at your beautiful and clean home?

That kind of Spring Cleaning is what I call “exterior.” What about interior cleaning? Do you need to do some “Spring Cleaning” in your heart? Are you angry at someone and you just can’t bring yourself to forgive them? Is there a struggle you’re going through that you need to stop trying to control and instead give to God? Or maybe you’ve wandered off the path and need to get serious about your walk with God again?

The process of Spring Cleaning might be hard, but the end result is great. Don’t wait… because as a believer, you are a new creation. You are a daughter of the King!  You’ve experienced your new beginning, and you’re not bound to the flesh anymore; You are something beautiful and joyful. You’re just like the Spring season! An old season has passed away and a new one has come. Make this season one of change for the better!

Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!

Mrs. Job

A study of contrasts.

The book of Job jumps right into the drama. In Chapter 1, God grants Satan permission to touch Job’s possessions but not his person.

What does Job lose?

500 Oxen and 500 donkeys

7000 sheep and 3000 Camels

Very many servants

All 10 of his children – 7 sons and 3 daughters died.

How did he respond to the news?

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. And he said,Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’” In all this, Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. Job 1:20-22

Then added to his loss, Job soon suffered great sores all over his body.  Did Job suffer?  Yes. He suffered greatly. His friends came to see him and did not speak a word to him for 7 days and 7 nights because …they saw that his suffering was very great Job 2:13.

Job’s wife – because she and Job were one flesh – what did she lose?

500 Oxen and 500 donkeys

7000 sheep and 3000 Camels

Very many servants

All 10 children she bore – 7 sons and 3 daughters died.

How did she react?

Well, we don’t hear much about her, but the little we do know is iconic. Her single statement in response to her suffering and her husband’s suffering was this:

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” Job 2:9

Job’s immediate response to catastrophic loss was to fall on his face and worship God.  Mrs. Job’s response was “Curse God and die.”  Why the difference?  Each suffered the same loss.  One worshipped, one whined.  They each made a choice.

We don’t know anything about Mrs. Job’s foundational beliefs – but we know a lot about Job’s.

He was a blameless and upright man who feared God and turned away from evil (Job 1:1). He knew all he had was because it was given to him by God. “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21). Job did not believe that “if we are good we will not suffer.”  He did not believe that a good God would “not allow suffering.” “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10)

Are you facing challenges today?  Are you suffering or grieving?  Do you know in the depths of your heart that God is good and that He is with you in the midst of your suffering? God is a God of redemption and can and will redeem your suffering.  We never suffer for naught.  God ALWAYS has a plan and purpose He is accomplishing through your suffering.  Does that truth comfort your heart?

Blessings,

Diane

Diane Hunt serves part-time on the staff of America’s Keswick providing ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at dhunt@americaskeswick.org.

 

A Psalm

Lord,

You have been gentle with me through thick and thin.

You have extended me grace upon grace.

You have blessed me beyond measure.

My boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places.

I love to meditate upon Your sovereignty, Your goodness and Your grace.

Creator

Sustainer

Redeemer

Almighty

Sovereign

Worthy of my worship

Yet, another vies for my attention and affection. She calls to me demanding my allegiance – and she is oh so convincing – in the moment. And moment by moment I follow her almost without thought, quieting her demands, cravings, and lusts by giving in to her to give her, her own way.

My self-affection has pushed you from Your rightful place in my heart and life – I have chosen to satisfy myself. Despite my wandering heart – my hardened heart, yet You continue to woo me.

I have taken for granted Your love and sacrifice and I assume Your blood-bought forgiveness.

Hear my cry, O Lord. I lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord Who made heaven and earth.[i]

I see You there – Your head bowed, saddened because You know the joy I forego.  You know the truth about me – the deepest, darkest truths about me. You willingly went to the cross becoming my sin to exhaust the wrath of Father which I deserve.

There You are – Innocent Lamb of God – Slain….

In my mind, I know the truth. Yet my heart resists, knowing that to fully embrace the Truth means I must say good-bye to the other one I love. I want that. I want to be free of her embrace.  I want to delight in and be fulfilled by Your embrace.

Show me Your way oh Lord and teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me for You are God my Savior and my hope is in You all day long.[ii]

Father, sanctify me in Your truth. Your word is truth.[iii]  Sanctify me completely that my whole body, soul and spirit would be kept blameless,[iv] a radiant reflection of Your love, Your grace, Your mercy, indeed of Your glory that others may see and magnify You.

Love,

Your daughter

[i] Ps 121:1-2

[ii] Psalm 25:4-5

[iii] John 17:17

[iv] 2 Thessalonians 5:23

Evidence and Testimony

The other day, I was sitting at home and saw a book on my bookshelf that I had bought, read a bit, and put to the side. It’s called “God’s Not Dead” by Rice Broocks. Interestingly enough, this isn’t just a transcript of the movie written into a novel. Rather, it is a book about the evidence behind the movie. It was, in part, written for believers who struggle when someone challenges them about their faith. There was one quote in this book that really caught my eye. It states:

“People of faith cannot afford to be passive and disengaged. Many fall into the trap of thinking, ‘Maybe if we are nice enough, they will know we are true believers and God is real.’ After all, doesn’t the Bible say to ‘preach the gospel and if necessary use words?’ Well, no, it doesn’t. That phrase is usually attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, but it is doubtful that he ever said it. While we must certainly treat those who express hostility toward God with dignity, we must also be prepared to speak the truth boldly. No one said it would be easy. Even the great evangelist and apostle of the early church Saul of Tarsus asked people to pray for him so he could ‘speak boldly as I ought to speak’ (Ephesians 6:20). We must, at least, be as bold in our witness for Christ as skeptics are in their attacks against the faith.” – Rice Broocks

1 Peter 3:15 states: But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

So today’s Victory Call begs the question: Do we fall into the trap of thinking “Maybe if we are nice enough, they will know we are true believers and God is real,” or are we relentless in our evangelistic pursuits? I’m not saying that our kindness won’t reap results – In John 13:35, Jesus tells us that the world will know we are His disciples “by our love.” But I feel like sometimes Christians are not always prepared to give a reason for the hope that we have, which can weaken our credibility because we will come across as passive and disengaged. So many people who attack the faith come prepared with what they believe is evidence disproving the existence of God. Believers are able to discern, of course, what the lies are and what truth is, because if we know our Bible, we are able to recognize a lie when it is before us. What if we were able to, in turn, present our own evidence for the historicity of biblical text (in addition to our personal testimony, of course, which is the most powerful assertion we can give to unbelievers about the goodness of God?) And how much more would that knowledge strengthen our own faith?

Are we prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give the reason for the hope we have? There is so much evidence, such as the fact that the Bible was written over a period of about 2,000 years by 40 different authors from three different continents, who wrote in three different languages, and yet there are no inconsistencies or contradictions in the Bible (Answers in Genesis). That is something most of us probably know, but there is so much more to be learned. Don’t get me wrong – personal testimony is the most meaningful and strongest piece of evidence that can be provided. As we strive to make disciples, it is our most powerful tool. But we should never stop being a student. Learning about the evidence around us that continuously proves that our faith is fact is so… amazing, and it will not only help us as we share the gospel, but will also strengthen our own faith as well.

Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, buying new dresses, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!

 

Fan the Flame of Gift Inside

We took them to the edge and bade them fly. They held on. Fly we said. They held on. We pushed them over the edge. And they flew. —Guiilame Apollinaire

There are three of me. Yup, three Dieras, all jockeying for position. But before you recommend I be institutionalized, hear me out.

The other day I was asked to identify and reflect on various facets of my personality, using the quote above:

1) The Encourager. The part of me that says, “Girl, you’ve got this.”
2) The Cautioner. She says, “Chick, you’re crazy… you can’t do this.”
3) The Risk-Taker. She just jumps feet first, then looks back and says, “Are you coming?!”

As I wrote out my assessment, I could pinpoint precise moments when one Diera was more prominent than the other. Over time, through joys and pains, successes and failures, some of me has simply faded into the background.

Sometimes we learn to squelch parts of who we are to get along with others or to be more acceptable. However, every part of who we are was intentionally created by God, and it’s sinful to diminish that.

I’ll admit my risk-taker can be reckless and got me into trouble more times that I care to recount. But she is also the part of me that is strong, bold, and courageous. She’s the part of me that lived as a single woman overseas. Who bucked when others told her she couldn’t, because she believed she could. She’s the 16-year-old who publicly challenged the Superintendent over a grading policy she vehemently disagreed with.

I realized that to ignore her is to diminish part of me that could be used greatly for Kingdom work. To ignore her is to imply that God made a mistake.

Paul challenged Timothy,

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. — 2 Timothy 1:6

As Timothy had to be reminded he was created for a purpose and was given a promise, we need to be remember that we are uniquely created: the good, the bad, and the ugly. And each aspect has a strength that, when surrendered to God, can be used for His glory.

If you were to reflect on your history, are there aspects of you that have diminished or even disappeared over the years?

God is calling you to embrace ALL of who He made you to be and turn it over to Him for His purpose. Learn from your past, but don’t give up part of yourself because it’s given you difficulties.

All things work together for good for those that are in Christ and are called according to God’s purpose. 

Diera Shaw-Mendez is thrilled to be part of the team Barbara’s Place, and also serves as worship leader and youth leader at New Beginnings Worship Center, Pennsauken, NJ. She is wife to Chaplain Juan Mendez and mama to Olivia Joy. She enjoys graphic design, event planning, and cooking. Diera is a God-fearing, Starbucks loving, tech junkie (…in that order!) who simply wants to remind women of God’s unchanging, healing love.