About taradiekmann

I am a wife, mom, church planter, and minister! I love Jesus, and I have a desire to reach, teach, and revolutionize this generation!

Perspective Really Is Everything

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                                                                          (Special Guest Blog-By Sarah Griffith)

 Sarah is an awesome friend, woman and leader in the church, and I am honored to have her as my first guest blogger. Sarah Pastors alongside her husband Chris at Pursuit Church in Bartiesville, Ok. I believe her blog today will encourage you and inspire you.

 If you have been in ministry or church leadership for any amount of time, you have likely heard this statement over and over again… Perspective is everything. But can something as simple as our perspective really effect our situations THAT much?

The definition of perspective is: a particular attitude or way of regarding something; a point of view. I find this definition to be unique because our attitude often determines our point of view, and in turn our point of view often determines our attitude.

2 Corinthians 4:18 tells us to “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, and what is unseen is eternal.”

This verse is applicable to every situation you will ever face in your ministry, with your family, at your job. When the bills pile up, when your church isn’t growing, when you feel like you have lost all effectiveness. It provides both instruction and encouragement. If we fix our eyes on our current situation (what is seen), we are forced to take our eyes off of Jesus (what is unseen). Whenever we take our eyes off of Him, our problem becomes magnified. We lose our perspective. And when our point of view changes- our attitude changes. When our eyes are fixed on Jesus we have faith, and hope, and wisdom, and peace. When our eyes are fixed on our situation we have fear, and worry, and doubt, and oppression.

Here is the encouraging part… what is seen is temporary! Our situation, our trial, and our season of struggle… it’s going to end! But our God is eternal, His love is eternal. His provision and solution is ahead of us and THAT is what we are to fix our eyes on. When we keep our perspective (our attitude and our point of view) laser focused on Jesus and what His Word promises for us, we are able to make it through our current difficulty with our head held high and our hearts full of courage. Exactly the way Jesus intends us to.

Throughout the Bible we are reminded that troubles will come, difficulties will arise, and things will not always go the way we think they should. But for every instance we find of God’s people dealing with lack, hardship or trouble, we also see God mightily working things out on their behalf. We see impossible situations completely turned around. We see betrayal replaced by honor. We see miraculous provision in times of desolation and famine. These are the things we need to fix our eyes on- the unfailing eternal power of the God who calls us His own, and loves us so much that He gave His only son to die on a cross, just for us.

No matter what situation you are facing today- whether you’re attempting to overcome defeat, scrambling to figure out how to function in uncharted territory, or experiencing what seems to be the most difficult, debilitating struggle you have ever known, I encourage you to maintain a perspective of thankfulness. Don’t fix your eyes on how bad this temporary situation may seem. Instead thank God for the provision, peace and blessing that is on the horizon. His promises are true; His love never fails. Our perspective really IS everything.

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The Journey Isn’t Over! What God Has Said Will Happen!

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Have you ever had one of those “Wow” moments? I had one of those this past week, as I was doing my morning Devo’s. It impacted me so much I thought I should share it. It is my goal and hope that this post will encourage you to not let go of what God has said to you.

This “Wow” moment began with the story of David in the Bible. Here is the synopsis of the story:

David was anointed to be King at 17; after he was anointed he went back to doing what he always did. I’m sure he thought about that day often. Just like we do when we feel God spoke something to our hearts we think about it, we wonder how it’s going to come to pass. Then David has this “Big Defining Moment” He kills Goliath with a stone and cut’s off his head with Goliaths own sword. The Israelites go crazy and Saul (the current king) is ecstatic. I can’t help but think that David must have thought, “Wow!” “It is happening I am in the king’s presence now”. “I am eating at his table”. It must have looked liked the dream to be king was coming to pass. Remember this was God’s dream for David. He was meant to be king. As most of us know the story turned. Saul began to despise David and everything turns from bad to worse, so much so he has to go in to hiding. (I Samuel 16-20)

I can’t help but think of how David must have felt. I really can’t imagine that David envisioned his Journey to being King would involve running for his life and ducking spears. I’m sure this was not the journey he thought he signed up for. Maybe your reading this an your journey has not looked like the way you thought it would or should. Just remember like David you are still in the middle of the story, and what God said to David really does happen. The dream He has placed in you will happen too. Just keep walking it out, and don’t quit dreaming.

The ‘Wow” moment that blew me away is what God does for David in the middle of this journey. It is in one of David’s darkest moments that God reminds  David of one of his biggest defining moments. It is found in Samuel chapter 21 verses 8 & 9.

David left in such a hurry that he didn’t have any food or a weapon so he stops to see a priest named Ahimelech. David asked Ahimelech, “Do you have a spear or sword? The king’s business was so urgent that I didn’t even have time to grab a weapon!” “I only have the sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah,” the priest replied. “It is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. Take that if you want it, for there is nothing else here.” “There is nothing like it!” David replied. “Give it to me! (NLT)

How cool is God that He brought David back to one of David’s biggest defining moments! The day he killed Goliath. I think it’s so awesome how God orchestrated that to remind David of that spectacular day on one of David’s darkest days. It’s like I can see David lighting up when he says, “There is nothing like it!”

God is so awesome and faithful to bring reminders to us as we walk out this journey. The arrival to the dream may be further in the future than you desire but God will bring it to pass if we don’t give up. David’s journey to the throne had a ways to go even after he was given Goliaths sword, so don’t give up even if God reminds you only half way through your journey. David did become king and what God said did come to pass the journey isn’t over; this is only one chapter. What God has said will happen. Remind yourself today of how God has always brought you through. Remind yourself that God is faithful to do what he says He will do! He sees you today! You are not forgotten!

– Tara

Reference:

(https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%2021)

 

 

 

One life-changing moment with Jesus can change the trajectory of a life!

Don’t miss an opportunity to share Jesus with someone this weekend it could change someone’s life!Image

Good Friday was a game changer for me! It was 1996 and I was arrested and sitting in the back of a police car. True Story! I was having a conversation with the officer as he was taking me to the station. I said, “Officer do you think God could be trying to get my attention”? The officer replied, “I don’t know maybe.” I then sat back in that police car singing Alanis Morissette, “Isn’t it Ironic Don’t You Think”. Hey, Don’t judge it was 1996.

I was released that night but the next day I had to face my mom (I was only 17). Needless to say we fought like crazy and I told her how much I hated my life, myself, and I knew something needed to change. I just didn’t know how to change it.

I thought about killing myself, I can’t even tell you how may people told me my life was worthless and no one cared for me. I felt I had no purpose and that my life was nothing but a tragedy. Everyone told my mom to give up on me, I’m so thankful she didn’t. She always prayed for me.

A few weeks prior to my “Good Friday” experience someone had invited me to a church, I told my mom maybe we should TRY church and see if God could do something! I always thought God was real I just wasn’t sure He cared about my life or me. We never went on Easter, but two weeks after Easter we visited a church. It was there that I had an encounter with God that changed my entire life. That Sunday morning I gave my life to Jesus. Two things that brought me to that place, one someone prayed for me, and two someone asked me to visit their church. My life was forever changed, and not just mine, but other people who I have now lead to the Lord.

Invite someone to church this week. Please Don’t give up praying for your kids. Don’t count someone out because they seem “too far-gone”. I am living proof that one life-changing moment with Jesus can change the trajectory of a life. Since 1996 I have gone to bible college, spent a month in Peru, did missions work in Mexico, worked and traveled all over America setting up conferences for an international ministry. I was a pastor at a church and now with my awesome husband we are embarking on planting a new life-giving church in Missouri.

Never give up on people. Please invite someone this Easter to church. That seemingly small invite could change everything.

-Tara

PS. —A Special thank you to my mom, Marilyn Purdy. Thank you for praying for me, and never giving up on me. Thank you Trisha H. for inviting me to your church that day. My life has never been the same. Thank you for all the people that shared Jesus with me. I might have blown you off but the seeds you sowed were not wasted. Thank you!

Don’t Bury Your Talent

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Matthew 25: 14-30

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servantsand entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, and ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well-done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours” (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2025:14-30&version=ESV)

I want to encourage you today to use what you have. I don’t want to see anyone bury his or her talents. You have a purpose and something unique that you can bring to the table. No matter what your gifting or ability is there will always be obstacles that you will have to overcome and face.

What inspired me to talk about this topic was a phone call I received from a great friend that I hadn’t spoken with in years. About 10 years ago I met this awesome dynamic world-changer we will call her M. She had a passion to lead worship, and was going to a certain Christian University that had some killer talent in the worship department. She felt she didn’t measure up! In our conversation she reminded me of something I said to her 10 years ago. I said, “So what are going to do M bury your one talent, or are you going to use what you have?” She said those words stuck with her and she used what she had. I can say she has now led worship for some large dynamic churches and her one talent has grown and been cultivated.

I really don’t want to see anyone bury what he or she has. So here are three things to help as you walk out the plan and use what you have.

1) There will always be someone better!

Get over it now! If you wait to be perfect or the “best” to do anything you will always be waiting. When M said my own words back to me it convicted me. I started thinking of areas I was burying because I didn’t think I was as good as someone else. Seriously, nothing new would ever be started if we get caught up in the comparing game. Use your one to bless someone today! Don’t bury it. Your one talent can change someone’s world today.

2) You will be rejected

Anytime you step out there will always be someone to tell you what you can’t do, and what isn’t possible. I wish I could tell you everyone will love you and clap for you, but the reality is some people won’t like you. Deal with your insecurity now. If you don’t have an understanding of who you are In Christ discover it now. Deal with it because there are people who need what you have. Don’t bury your talent because you fear rejection understand some will reject you but others are waiting for what you can do.

3) You will want to quit.

Anyone who has as ever done anything will tell you they have wanted to quit. I’m not talking about quitting your job, career or a position somewhere; those are irrelevant and can change with different seasons. What I am talking about is quitting your dream, and burying your talent. There will be days you will want to quit, especially when you don’t see the results as fast as you would like to see them. Just don’t do it! Just because the thought of quitting enters your mind does not mean you failed. Just don’t quit. Quitting doesn’t only affect you; it affects the people around you. People you meet in the future will be encouraged to go on, and not bury their talent, because you went on.

I just wanted to encourage you today to use what you have whether it’s 10, 5 or 1 talent! Just don’t bury it! Use it! If you are using it I want to encourage you to keep on. You are making a difference, and someone’s life is being impacted today because you didn’t bury it.

– Tara

DO YOUR ASSIGNMENT!

       I believe every person has a God assignment!  Something they were born to do. Maybe your reading this and you know exactly what that assignment is, or maybe your just beginning that journey, and starting to discover what that is. Either way I think this blog is for you, and I want to share some of the things I have discover as I have walked out my assignment.

1) Don’t compare yourself and your journey to someone else’s!

          Seriously write that down!  You cannot do your God assignment successfully while comparing yourself to what others are doing. You have everything you need to do what God has designed for you to do. You have the right skill sets, the right gifting, and the right personality. You have what you need for your specific assignment. If you start comparing yourself with someone else you will get off of your assignment and start trying to do theirs. That’s a frustrating unfulfilling place to be.  You don’t have the grace for their race you have grace for your race.  You are an original and you need to be you. This world needs you! Please be you! Plus if your busy wishing you were doing what they are doing you will miss the awesome things God wants to do in you, and through you.

2) Don’t look for the “Wow” and miss the Now.

        The little things you do everyday matter. It may not seem like it, and it may not feel like it, but it matters. Those seemingly un-wow moments can be very significant. Keep doing what you know to do.  We all like the “Wow” moment in a story, that place where we see the effects and the fruit immediately, but the reality is most great things take time.

            Think about It.  I wonder if David from the bible saw the significance of killing the lion and the bear.  I wonder if he knew it was preparing him for the “Wow” moment where he would take down Goliath. It really is all those little things that prepare you for that “Wow” moment. So don’t despises the moment your in. Zechariah 4: 10a say’s, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” ( NLT, Biblegateway.com).

 3) Enjoy the journey!

      Seriously enjoy were you are at. Stop waiting for the season your in to be over!  Your life is not just a specific moment it’s the entire journey. Enjoy whatever stage of the journey your in. Don’t spend your life living in the one day I’m going to do this or that. Or I’m going to be satisfied and feel successful and fruitful when I fulfill this specific assignment. If you live like that; you will miss the journey. Don’t rush it! Enjoy it.

                                                                                           -Tara


Break the Cycle

Have you ever shared your dream with someone and instead of hearing I believe in you! You can do it! They belittled your dream, your goal, and your assignment. Perhaps you were hoping for a Mordecai to cheer you and say you were brought to the kingdom for such a time as this. Instead you encountered Saul, someone jealous, and ready to haul spears at you.

I am convinced that most people at one time or another have faced rejection! From personal experience I can say that it stings more when it comes from someone who you valued but they didn’t value you back.The question is not if someone will reject you or your dream, but what to do when someone rejects you or your dream?

1) Don’t let what’s happen to you happen through you!

I was reading earlier this week about Joseph. If you have not read the story before check it out starting in Gen. 37, but here is the synopsis. God gave him a dream and his brothers hated him because of the dream. That’s what I always saw when I would read this story. They hated the dreamer, but the other day I saw something I had never seen before. It’s found in the verse right above where Joseph shared his dream.

It says, “ when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him” (NLT).

The bottom line is hurting people hurt people! His brothers felt hurt by their dad and they took it out on Joseph. Thankfully Joseph stopped this cycle he forgave, and his dream actually came true. He also delivered, and saved his entire family from famine. It seems that most people who have tried to kill your dream have had someone kill theirs. It’s so important to forgive! I know it hurt. I know their words or actions stung, but this world needs healthy leaders. Don’t let what’s happen to you happen through you. Stop the cycle, and forgive!

2) Be to the next generation what you wish someone would have been for you!

Years ago my husband and I were just starting out in ministry we were let go (which is a nice way of saying fired) from a ministry position. I was 5 months pregnant and we were now jobless, no insurance, and felt abandoned. I remember crying out to God saying I have no one!

I flipped on the tv which I know doesn’t sound very spiritual but I happened to be living in Tulsa where almost every station that Is local has some type of preaching on it. Lisa Bevere happened to be on, and said something that would become a defining life-changing moment for me. She said, “she use to ask for that mentor that person that would cheer her on and, mentor her until one day God said be to the next generation what you wish someone would have been for you”.

That statement hit me so hard back then. It changed everything. From that moment I chose to be for people, and their dream! To be that leader to others that I wish someone would have been for me especially in my earlier years. Just to clarify, I discovered that as I got my eyes off of myself and what I desperately thought I needed, God brought other leaders into my life that have spoken life to me and encouraged me. I’m thankful for those mentors. We do need each other! We were never meant to do life alone!

I hope this blog encourages you today to go and speak life to someone! You could be the Mordecai they needed.

Prayer & Strategy

It takes both Prayer and Strategy! It is not an either or thing! I’ve seen a lot of churches and leaders pray for the lost and pray for their community, but with little results. I’ve seen churches strategize like crazy but not pray and they have little results as well. The churches that I have seen that are healthy and growing have both! As a certain Pastor often says, “It takes the natural and the supernatural working together that make an explosive force for God” (Kenneth W. Hagin). I think sometimes in our non-denominational churches we have been strong in the area of prayer but lacking on the strategy or action side of it!

 A great example of both prayer and strategy is found in Matt. 9: 35-38 Message Bible        

Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”

 Jesus prayed for harvest hands. He prayed for the harvest! He got his disciples to pray, but notice He didn’t stop there! After he prayed he had a plan and he put that plan into action.

This was the strategy He gave His 12 disciples

Matt.10: 5-8—Message Bible

Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:
“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.

 Jesus had a strategy on what his team was too do next!!  He prayed and then He said ok this is How we are going to walk out what we just prayed out. –Church Leader If you have been praying to impact your city and for God to shake your community Great, What is your strategy to reach your community? In prayer God can show you unique ways to impact your community, but then you need to put action to it to carry it out! I hope this inspires you to think about what you have been praying for and to discover the next step and action you need to take.