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“A Tribute: Annette and Pam” by Dianne Timmering

November 22nd, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” Psalm 31: 24

On Tuesday, we attended two celebrations of life for two of our CEO Administrators who passed within 24 hours of each other. They were special. They brought excellence to the job in the care of the resident and excellent in their work in the management, leadership and love of their teams. They both met the challenge of death with bravery and yet hope was ever present as the prayer team, family members and so many fought for their healing, and a peace in their core–the kind that only God can give.

It was the best we could do–pray, and hope the seeping of God’s solace would infiltrate so that fears would allay without hover in such journeys of the unknown. I close my eyes and see them–Pam a secret angel, a gifting of encouragement when needed most, unexpected in the moment. She was joyful, ever so, and as tender as the soil of new sand along the beach of morning softness.

Annette was tough and generous. She did not give away “I love yous” freely–they were never a waste and when you got one, it was the soil of truth embedded in a root that could grow up and out in a thousand directions of touch and impact; she had the grace to lead and the desire to master what was put before her.

The soil of kindness and the root of grace: both whisper, “Never give up.”

We honor you both and we will miss you, but your eye is upon God now and we are your distant shore and your light is the portal to newness of every wonderful thing. Your legacies are now our memories, and you are free.

Dianne Timmering, MBA, MFA, CNA Vice President of Spirituality Signature Consulting Services, LLC

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“Paint” by Dianne Timmering

October 31st, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

“Moreover, you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen and blue and purple and scarlet yarns; you shall make them with cherubim skillfully worked into them.” Exodus 26: 1

I took an all day oil painting class on Saturday. I am a beginner for sure and Preston’s Art Studio was kind to let me join as others already had experience in the medium and understood the variations in oil which was like listening with ears clogged to the rush of water. The teacher and students spoke a language I didn’t know and asked questions that I didn’t fully understand. It was complicated–how to hold the paint brush, how to actually paint, how it dries, how to mix colors, how to observe, how to paint light. Did you know that the naked eye can pick up 1,000 color variations and you can train yourself to see thousands more?

And I loved it. It was a retreat within a reflective day. A new learning moment, a stepping into something I feared but something I desperately wanted to try. Painting on canvas I thought must be similar to painting with words. Well, it wasn’t exactly like that but I understood that besides it being a gift, painting could be a skill, and one I could learn. With some patience and diligence and desire I could keep trying.

That day, I decided to wear jeans and an old sweater of my mothers. In the early afternoon I could smell her on my sleeves. She was my arms and we were painting together. I could feel her and I knew that she was happy to try along with me. “Be who you are,” she whispered in the sweet swoosh of the brush.

Her visits from heaven have grown shorter and her eye is always on the prize of light at her back, her own portal to the way back home. But she was with me that day and her arms painted with mine and her hands were my own. And I love to paint.

Try, push forth, be. In the secret desires of the heart, we will find Him there.

Love to all. Dianne

Dianne Timmering, MBA, MFA, CNA Vice President of Spirituality Signature Consulting Services, LLC

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“Peace To The Soul Of Imperfection” by Dianne Timmering

October 22nd, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

“My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.” Proverbs 3:1-2

Obedience is an interesting word, frightening perhaps inside the sensory of restraint. Is obedience possible without an element of discernment? How are they intertwined?

Perhaps obedience means praying and listening for God’s direction, for guidance when you just don’t know the answer. Perhaps it is a call to wait, to hear Him, to “intuit” or “discern” that which you feel is the right direction to go. Obedience perhaps is beautiful to God simply because it means dialoguing with Him, asking Him, being with Him, seeking Him, relying upon Him, following Him. Perhaps obedience means getting tangled up in His heart where there is no fear. Perhaps obedience offers fierce protection, purpose to our path, and peace to our soul of imperfection. Perhaps obedience is knowing Him.

Love to all. Dianne

Dianne Timmering, MBA, MFA, CNA

Vice President of Spirituality

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“The Green Sponge Roller” by Dianne Timmering

October 3rd, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.” Job 8: 21

Earlier this week, I was able to join the prayer circle which meets every day in front of the home office. They are steadfast in their seeking of the Lord for the secret desires of the heart. You can’t imagine the impact of a circle of 10 to 25 people on a daily basis and seeing them with bowed heads, dedicated to the power and impact of prayer; of asking, of being, of silencing the time around them–stacking time in a linear process of peace. Simply, they are beautiful.

On that day, I was driving into the office at the top of the hour just before nine o’clock, when they meet, and was able to join the hallowed ground of Moses and the burning bush of petition. Upon leaving the circle, a kind stakeholder came up to me and whispered, “You still have a green sponge roller in your hair.” Now my hair is wild with curls depending on the day and the humidity in the air and the green 10¢ sponge roller has been my dedicated inexpensive “friend” on bad hair days.

We all laughed as I untangled it from my hair, expanding the circle of time and space when we were with God and He was with us. And it struck me that God is giddy in the moment with a sense of humor about our imperfections and saved me, along with my kind colleague, from walking into a panel discussion with a big curler in my hair!

Laugh out loud; He’s got you. He’s got whatever it is that frightens you. When you laugh, envision the prayer of need plunging down to circulate at His feet. Leave it there, and get the day in the palm of the real, for you cannot get the day back. Joy! amidst the noise of the world and the fatigue of routine. Joy in the simplicity of the unexpected laugh. Love to all.

Dianne Timmering, MBA, MFA, CNA
Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

“An Honest Heart” by Dianne Timmering

September 27th, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

“A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45

Loving with an honest heart is hard to do sometimes. It is easier perhaps to nestle into anger, resentment, bitterness. Sometimes it feels even “right” to feel this way because of the slight, or the perceived unkindness. Much harder is it instead to discern, think through or reflect upon and try to see the perspective of the other.

But taking it to God and putting it out onto His doorstep relieves you of this burden. There is a freedom and peace in all that. And then you feel lighter having laid the toil at His feet; you can walk with an honest heart, burdened with a searing hurt no longer, and it feels good and right and real. Anger subsides and love rekindles. Bitterness peels away and hope for the other restores. Blessings abound.

Just love, because it just is. I suppose that’s what we mean when we talk about “unconditional love.”

Keep going, be encouraged and love to you all. Dianne

Dianne Timmering
Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

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“God and the Sea” by Dianne Timmering

September 6th, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

“Our father who art in heaven . . . Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9

“So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds.” Genesis 1: 21

Wading through the noise, I have a vision of treading water.

I dig a hole inside the watery deep getting to the bottom of the cacophonous sounds of that which clouds my ears; swimming deeper, pressure bites my eardrums. But I can breathe and I seek the depths where God is a fish and the mountainous terrain is below me.

I switchback, zig-zag, to go ever further where the water grows cold and space dark but the noise begins to die and peace frills across my skin and a strange quadruped swims under my nose as it beckons me forth. Swimming grows easier even while the pressure squeezes, but movement lightens and I speed across the seafloor where man is remote and creatures fly. For God lives in the sea where the world is His and the natural underground is a realm of the heavens on earth. Is this His secret hiding place or is it His one of many houses? He smiles for He does not say, but what does it matter. For we are together and I have found Him, for He has found me.

Close your eyes and find Him too. For He will find you there. Let Him reach into your watery tear and you will know a peace with the ineffable quality of knowing. There is something inside you, that you know, you just know, because it is real.

Dianne Timmering, MBA, MFA, CNA
Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

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“The Labor of Rest” by Dianne Timmering

September 3rd, 2013 by Stephen Bowling

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Dearest Lord: Help us to rest in the nestle of Your renewing hand. We pray rest from fear. We pray for good jobs for our family members, especially for those who are out of work. We pray for all favor–blessing overflow, and thank you for prosperity. Thank you, dearest Lord. Thank you dear God that you labor night and day and in the dusk and dawn on our behalf. Stay with us. Your peace, we feel. We love You, God. Amen.

Dianne Timmering, MBA, MFA, CNA
Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

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“God Speaks” by Dianne Timmering

July 29th, 2013 by SHC Spirituality

The beautiful sky this morning was pillowed with purples and grays and sunlight cascaded into the realm of earth winking God’s divine presence into the wealth of the world–all that is good, and all that can be. When I was a little girl and the Divine light would funnel through a broken cloud, I just knew God was speaking; so this is what He says, dear team, this crisp pleasant morning:

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever–the Spirit of truth. . . . you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you . . .”(John 14:16-18)

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine . . .” (John 15:1-4)

He is the vine, we are his branches. The vine wraps around us and He speaks; and we are protected, and we can walk in fearlessness of purposeful stride.

Love to all. Dianne

Dianne Timmering, MBA, MFA, CNA
Vice President of Spirituality

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“Spiritual Freedom” by Dianne Timmering

July 5th, 2013 by SHC Spirituality

“Listen, you heavens, and I will speak; hear, you earth, the words of my mouth. Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” Deuteronomy 32:1-2

We are blessed by the fruits of our spiritual freedom to rove, to discover, to be. Let us take our spiritual freedom and dive into our being, our purpose, our path of God, believing in the healings of our requests and asking for the desires of our hearts. Be so blessed in the fire of God and the depths of His endless love. God bless you; God bless America.

“If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God. You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.” Deuteronomy 28:1-2

Dianne Timmering
Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

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“Words” by Dianne Timmering

June 7th, 2013 by SHC Spirituality

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24

Words, they mean something. And words once said, you can’t take back. But words never said will not convey the love for someone, or an encouragement, or an honest moment which could restore a broken friendship or work relationship, or an opportunity for that which resides in your heart, which you may never get, if you don’t ask for it. Words. Words. They form at the back of the throat and launch from the tongue like a diving board into the deep end.

Words matter. Words matter in prayer and in thought. Words matter in the realm of the heavenlies once launched from the soul. If you think “not” then it may never happen. Words have the power to create, build, do–words and faith coincide and entangle into the possible, into the manifestation of a dream, a hope, a cure.

Believe in the words you speak to God. When it is tempting to fail to believe, when it is tempting to doubt, ask for help in the sieves of the mind so that mind and heart meld into the faith of the good that will happen. Use words for your own good, not to strip down but to build up, to be transparent and honest, not to let strife linger.

Can “good” words spoken stop something bad from happening? Can compassionate words lessen risk? Repeat to yourself the good of your prayers, and it will happen.

Love to all, Dianne

Dianne Timmering, EMBA, MFA, CNA
Vice President of Spirituality
Signature Consulting Services, LLC

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