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Thanksgiving Amidst the Trials
Hannah & David at the airport when Hannah arrived for her surprise visit!

Hannah & David at the airport when Hannah arrived for her surprise visit!

The Lord says he stores up our tears in a bottle. This gives me comfort knowing that he cares deeply about our pain.

Last week I wrote about some of the pain that our family and some friends of ours endured. if you missed it you can read about it here Trials & Tears!, and Trials & Tears: Part Two, Answers.

This week especially we focus on the many blessings that God has given us, and it truly has been a better week.

My daughter, Hannah, who was in a bad car accident last week is here with us to celebrate Thanksgiving. My son, Jon, who had an emergency eye surgery last Friday is recovering. It will be a while before he gains full use of his right eye, but the surgery was successful. We give much thanks for that, and we continue praying for a full and complete recovery.

God Uses Ana’s Pain to Bring Adam to Christ!
The same creative and powerful God who made the beauty of the Sunset cares for you and me!

The same creative and powerful God who made the beauty of the Sunset cares for you and me!

Our friend, Ana who was detained last week was set free last Friday. She is now back with her family!

Ana made a wrong turn last week when she was taking a friend’s son to school. That wrong turn led to her being detained.

The father of the boy Ana was taking to school is named, Adam. After all that happened last week Adam came to church last Sunday with Ana and her family. He heard the gospel, and he gave his life to Christ. God works in mysterious ways, doesn’t he? Yet, he is always working, and doing so in such a way that he gets the glory.

We don’t always understand the reasons why, or the how’s, but we can trust that he is working.

God’s Loving Care
English: "The First Thanksgiving at Plymo...

“The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lord cares for you. He tells us he will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He says that the plans he has for us are good (Jeremiah 29:11). He encourages us to ask him for our needs, for even a father will give his child a piece of bread when he asks for it (Matthew 7:9).

Aren’t those wonderful and encouraging promises? We just need to lean on him and trust him.

Lift Our Voices in Thanks to Our God

Lord, I praise you that, because of you we have much to be thankful for. Thank you for hearing our prayers. Thank you for giving us friends and family to love!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you my friend!

In HIs Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeOnTheBorder.org

The fist is taking a risk - you could say it's an act of faith

The fish is taking a risk – you could say it’s an act of faith

I’ve been thinking recently of how easy it is for me to become fearful rather than to live by faith. Fear is a common problem, and I’ve seen even people who I consider to be strong and courageous leaders succumb to fear. In part, the issue is focusing on the wrong thing.

When we are fearful we are focusing on the problem, the issue at hand. We begin to wonder how, and if we can overcome this obstacle? Yet, God calls us to be men and women of faith. He rewards faith, not fear. One of my favorite verses that I quote almost daily is 2 Timothy 1:7,

“We have not been given a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love and sound mind.”

I get frustrated with fear, because I think, well I don’t fear speaking in front of people as much as I once did. I can see God’s given me more confidence. Yet there are times when I can get really down, because I’m focusing on the problem instead of the problem solver. The ultimate problem solver.

Our difficulties are simple things for the Lord, but He is using them. He is committed to making us and molding us to be more and more like Christ. Hebrews 11:1 describes faith for us,

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”

When you think of it when we live by fear instead of faith we harm ourselves. Stress and anxiety are a result of fear. These fears eat away at our bodies and they keep our doctors busy.

Dave & Dawn Diaso

My prayer is that each day I will focus more and more on the being a man of faith. Truly believing in God and His promises. This is hugely important as I seek to be a good father and husband as well a leader. “O Lord, I have so far to go, but you are faithful even when I am faithless.”

“I do pray that you would help my unbelief.”

“Lord, when we face trials and obstacles in life I pray that we will turn to you in faith. Please do increase my faith. Increase the faith of my wife, my sons and my daughter. Increase the faith of my friends and colleagues. Increase the faith of your church. O that we would live each day, each moment by faith.”

In His Grip, Dave

DiasoLifeontheBorder.org