- Life is a gift. A big, beautiful, blessed gift.
- Growing old is a gift.
- We each have a unique story. To compare stories or timelines is a useless endeavor. It makes no sense. It is foolish.
- Love is ALWAYS the best response.
- Kindness matters. Kindness is always beautiful. Kindness is always necessary. Be kind especially when it is hardest.
- God is always trustworthy.
- Assuming the worst of people or situations is cancer for the soul (and relationships).
- Smiles are great gifts.
- There is no excuse to not be polite.
- Years go by too fast. Live each day well (I know this is a cliche, but it is still too true). I blinked twice and I turned from 27 to 41.
- Counting my blessings is a good daily practice.
- If I believe the worst of a situation, I will always find that worst. Put on the lentils of hope, even if they might look out of fashion sometimes, because they are good for the eyes. And for the soul.
- God loves to spoil his kids. Yeah, details, details matter and he cares!
- Do not shy away from offering to pray for a person. It shows that you care and that God cares. And then pray for real.
- Follow up is necessary and important.
- Look people in the eye when they say something. They have beautiful eyes.
- Sunrises are a gift from God. They have a promise of new mercies. Enjoy them unapologetically.
- Comparison is poison.
- Never hesitate to ask for forgiveness.
- Humility is beautiful.
- Be what you preach. Minimize the gap between what you say and what you do or who you are.
- It’s ok to not be a coffee lover.
- Take care of your body. Not taking care of it comes with a huge price.
- Write that text. Make that phone call. Most probably it is a prompting from the Spirit. You need it, they need it.
- Busyness is a curse. Don’t get trapped.
- Treasure the people in your life. They bring savor to it.
- Your heart always has room for expansion.
- Margin in life is a must for longevity. Living a life without margin is like living in a polluted city. It takes years off of your life.
- Plan clearly for finishing well. It does not happen unintentionally. Few people finish well.
- Pay attention to details. They are important, too.
- Listen. Listen well. Be present. You are offering a gift that is rare.
- Make lists. Organize your brain and your priorities.
- Call your parents. Don’t give them advice. Just listen. Be kind and patient.
- Boundaries are healthy. Boundaries make it possible for you to be able to give more of yourself.
- Think long term.
- Ask the hard questions. Don’t settle for less, for fluff, for the easy. The reward is great, even if the journey is hard.
- Be a learner.
- Those who are loved well, love well. You are loved without margin by your Creator. Know this and trust this.
- Turn your phone off. Have a rhythm of turning notifications off. Let your brain breathe.
- Generosity in all ways is wealth.
- Jesus is central. Jesus is all. It is worth being all about Jesus, because he is all about us.
Meet Diana (DU)
I’m Diana, but my friends call me DU (pronounced Dee-You).
I live in the capital city of Romania, Bucharest, but I am a farm girl at heart. I love God’s sense of humor, because our apartment is on a street called Farm Road. This is helping me sometimes dream of and seek a slower life, lived surrounded by more nature and natural rhythms. My husband and I serve with an organization called Josiah Venture, an organization passionate about sharing Jesus with young people (they are today’s generation, not just tomorrow’s), and training young leaders to make disciples in Central and Eastern Europe.
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