Rosie in the garden
Impossible is Nothing
It ENDED in the LIGHT
The SAND Room
In Started in the Dark
It STARTED in the DARK
Diane C. Shore lives in San Ramon, CA with her husband Jim of more than 40 years. They are enjoying these years together after raising three sons, and now being the grandparents of six. Writing and sharing stories about God is Diane's passion as God continues to lead her and show her new ways of how He expresses His love toward us each day. Whether it is sitting one-on-one with someone, or speaking to a group, Diane is excited to boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and how He works in our daily lives.
...he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
Psalm 40:2b (NIV)
Independent and capable Rebecca. Since her divorce, she has been managing on her own just fine. Yet, beneath the surface, Rebecca struggled. Life was hard, disappointing, and filled with pain and unmet desires. Others seem to cope with the difficulties of life and appear to be happy and content. Why were these things beyond her grasp? Life was so lonely and uncertain. With what seemed to be one small change, Rebecca heads into something new and surprising. Would she allow her heart to be open? Would this new direction offer her the answer to her deepest longings? Would it be enough to fill the emptiness and bring healing to her battered soul?
Those poor in spirit.
Anyone fighting an illness, or helping someone who is.
Mourning the loss of a loved one, money, home, or job.
Those in need of comfort for enumerable reasons.
Someone living in fear.
The list goes on and on in this crazy world today. So many may feel they are in a place that is impossible to move on from—but with an open heart and mind to God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
This book will leave the reader with GOD HAVING CONTROL and being the FORKLIFT out of any and all difficulties if we will just LEAVE WHATEVER it is AT HIS FEET, LISTEN, LEARN, and FOLLOW HIS DIRECTION! The “following” part is the part that gets us humans into trouble! Satan is strong, but OUR GOD is EVER STRONGER!!! – Connie Fulmer Dixon
Jesus doesn’t want us in a pit of despair.
He wants us to be in His arms of care.
What is impossible for people is possible with God. Luke 18:27 (NIV)
Grief seems an impossible journey when we first start down that long hard narrow road. It seems much more a destination we have arrived at, rather than a place we will travel through. Getting stuck in the darkness is tempting and almost seems right. But with Jesus, there is a way through and out of that darkness.
In the pages of this book, I share many of my own trials and triumphs on the grief journey after our sixteen year old son lost his battle with Leukemia. Although I was nowhere near finished during this second half of the first year of grief, I was beginning to learn how to use many of the tools God had shown me through the first half of the year, tools I shared in “It Started in the Dark.” Each book can be read separately. Book one contains more of the devastation. This book contains more of seeing Jesus’ Light and Hope at the end of such a dark tunnel. We can move from questioning to knowing, from doubting to believing, and from hurting to healing with an eternal focus on our Savior.
We all want to see God, don’t we? It would make it so much easier to believe that God really exists if we could actually see Him…and yet, when He does show up in our day-to-day experiences, do we notice Him? Do we acknowledge Him? Do we thank Him? Or do we just chalk these extraordinary events up to luck? Coincidence? Or our stars aligning just right on that day?
God is very active in our lives, if we will be available to see Him. God let me know we have to be looking for Him to see Him in our every day, otherwise we can miss the very subtle ways that He loves on us.
Since these writings now come to you from the room in our home I call the Sand Room, because of its color and the décor, I thought maybe it would be part of the title of this new season of writings. I didn’t know how, or what SAND would mean, and God just gave it to me through opening of A book. We have to be: Searching And Noticing the Divine. God is already meeting me here in the river! “But as soon as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, the water began piling up…” Joshua 3:15,16. Thank you Lord Almighty!! You are awesome!!
How does a person go from Questioning to Knowing, from Doubting to Believing, from Hurting to Healing?
There are no easy answers to the questions above, except for Jesus. He is the answer to all of life's questions because He is our Hope. The question then becomes, "How do we find our way into His Hope?" That is what this Travel Guide is all about--it is about your personal journey into the Hope of Jesus. In "It Started in the Dark," I share my journey with you. Now you can share your own journey in this guide book. It can be a long way from the darkness into the light, but it's never impossible when you have Jesus. He came to bind up the brokenhearted and to set the captives free.
Share your experiences with others in the group you may be traveling with, or if you are traveling alone with Jesus, that is fine, too. He is happy to be your Guide as He leads you into His hope for today and for all of eternity.
We all experience grief of some sort in our lives. Where do we find the healing and answers we are looking for? Will our joy return one day? Will the pain ever stop? How do we not give up? With Jesus, we not only have an eternal Hope in Heaven, we also have hope for each day we live. We can find that Jesus is more than enough! What starts in the dark can truly end in the light.
It Started in the Dark
|“The advice, tools, and answers in this book are crucial for anyone going through the tragedy of losing a child or loved one. But the book not only addresses grief, it also provides valuable survival skills for anyone trying to live joyfully and purposefully in our challenging world.”
“A Highly Recommended Read!”
|“Diane is a reliable, wise and thoughtful guide through the dark journey of deep grief. If you have lost a loved one, this book will not only resonate with you, you will also find a life-giving companion in Diane and her encouraging words.”|
|“Many people who enter extreme grief tend toward a process of denial, followed by a myriad of coping mechanisms that won't work and don't heal. Diane gives us a model of how to accept and go through the pain and truly be healed and transformed by God without spending months and years chained in bondage. No matter what your experience is with pain, grief, and suffering—this is proof—There is Hope for all of us in the Trinity!”
Aimee D. Harris
|“I believe those who read this book will find "The Truth" spoken in love to be real and powerful and able to do immeasurably more than we can think to ask for. It is difficult! It is beautiful! It points the way to Jesus where hope and healing are real... This book is for anyone living this life.”|
|“Diane has put into words a true story of one of life's pathways that no one would choose to go down. But it does happen every day in this life. My brother lived through some of these same feelings that Diane writes about after losing his own son. Starting with heart-wrenching grief, my brother also found that life can be turned around into joy because of God's great love for all of us through the sacrifice made through His Son. Jesus gives each of us Hope...even in life's darkest moments.”