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  • Posts By: Diane Swan

    The Unexpected Delivery

    It’s Christmas time! That sweet, heavenly time of the year when we celebrate the birth of our King by making ourselves servants to a thousand endless tasks. There’s the decorating, the shopping, the wrapping, the work place parties, and children’s Christmas concerts. The travel plans and house guests. And let’s not forget the task of capturing the family’s beauty in the perfect Christmas photo for the annual Christmas cards. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love every one of these things . . . but sometimes I just get way too wrapped up in all of the ACTIVITY of Christmas that I miss the significance of the NATIVITY. Several years ago I was swinging in the full force of the festivities when my littlest girl found her way into my stash of postage stamps. I was preparing to send out the massive mailer of our family’s Christmas cards when I most
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    Your Vote Is Your Voice

    Voting day is quickly approaching and making news across the nation. To many this is a day looked upon with frustration and uncertainty, while others ignore the significance of the day as a whole. “Why even bother to vote?” some say, feeling powerless to the choices printed on the ballots. “What difference will my vote make anyway?” Although I understand the vexation they feel, as I read the scriptures of the Old Testament I am reminded of the responsibility we have. Recently, while reading the book of 2 Kings I found it telling how the Israelites went through seasons of having leaders that served the Lord, and kings that worshiped idols and false gods. One king in particular, King Manasseh, led his people astray to a truly deplorable state were they did more evil than all the detestable nations the Lord had already destroyed before them. During his long reign
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    Sometimes I Forget

    In the middle of my life frustrations, under the heaviness of my fears, during the irritating moments of unwanted distractions, and in the presence of my own ugly sin . . . sometimes, I just forget. I forget how much He loves me. The frustrations, fears, distractions and sin seem to so slyly shift my focus onto them, becoming my new perceived reality. Causing my mind to drift farther and farther away, I soon fail to remember the genuine truth, and I just forget. That is of course until . . . until the lover of my soul helps me to remember. Recently, in a moment of absentminded despondency, He lovingly refreshed my memory. I was reading my devotional and came across this scripture: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your
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    The Truth About Who You Are

    The enemy loves to try to tell us who we are. He insidiously sneaks into our mind. Tainting our thoughts, he attempts to turn them from truth into lies. Lies that tell us we are insignificant, inadequate, insufficient, incompetent, and insecure. Within the confines of our mind we begin to question who we really are in the darkened shadows of his disparagement. If only we would remember this one truth when he hisses in our ears . . .the devil is a liar! He speaks lies. Lies meant to discourage, depress, derail, and ultimately devour our souls. Since he has no ability to create, he instead tries to manipulate.Taking truth he turns it into lies, attempting to plant it deep into our mind, and our identity. But no matter how much he tries, lies are never truth. John 8:44 tells us that the devil is a liar and the father
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    Finding Jesus on Vacation

    It’s my favorite time of year. The time when everything starts to slow down, when days are filled with sunshine, and when everyone in the family is eagerly anticipating the highlight of the year . . . vacation! Over the years we have traveled to many different destinations for our annual family vacation, but Florida, by far, has always been the fav! Gorgeous white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and Disney World are enough reason to want to put this vacation place on repeat. But, besides all the alluring attributes of this vacation destination, there is still one more reason I love to visit Florida, and that is because Florida is my Holy Land. Fifteen years ago, a much younger, more broken version of me, went on vacation to Disney World, clueless to the fact that my life was about to change forever! I had no idea that when my
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    Be Still…And Move!

    Two words I have heard my entire life are, be still. As a child with way too much energy and a father with very little patience, those words decorated the air in my youth. “Diane be still at the table!”, “Diane be still in the car!”, “Diane be still, be still, be still!” It was very easy to understand what my father in essence was instructing me to do . . . he was basically telling me to stop moving!! Be still always meant the same thing . . . sit still, don’t move, and stop fidgeting. But now, as an adult, I hear the voice of a different father instructing me with those same words, and yet, I can’t help but feel they have a completely different meaning. The first time I read those words in the Bible was in the story of the Israelite’s exodus out of Egypt. The people
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    When You Feel Unqualified…

    It’s so easy to say I am unqualified. All you have to do is take a sneak peek into my life or my mind and it becomes painfully clear that I do not meet the qualifications. I have this imaginary qualifying list I use as a measuring stick to determine if I am adequate enough to be used by God. I hold it up against all of my short comings and read the mark: Spazed on my children – DISQUALIFIED! Grumbled at my husband – DISQUALIFIED! Showed up late for church – DISQUALIFIED! The list goes on and on . . . A couple years ago it reached its climax. After the completion of my ministers credential examination I came home and my youngest son sweetly called me “Pastor Mommy”.  The reality of my calling and the awareness of my shortcomings collided! I thought about all of the times I
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