Diana Brandmeyer Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story welcomes a long-time friendthe wonderful Diana Brandmeyer. To give you an idea exactly how long is long: the two of us met at an RWA conference at a Faith, Hope and Love chapter meeting and when I had trouble remembering her name she suggested that I think about (the then alive) Princess Diana. Never had trouble with Diana’s name since. It’s been years of sharing, praying, and helping each other and I’m very pleased that Diana is back on my blog. Diana speaks up on the seasons we go through in life. Do check out Diana’s Giveaway! We’re both looking forward to hearing from you!

Plus, click here for Diana’s Free promotion of The Honey Bride only on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th!!

News: And although I think I might have told the world already about my exciting news (well, at least for me!) check out my update below Diana’s feature.




Diana is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter  1 copy of The Matchmaker Brides Collection, in which her story, The Home Grown Bride, appears. The winner will be announced here on Friday, May 5th between 6-7 PM EST.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.



Seasons by Diana Brandmeyer


Seasons—I’m in one, how about you?

I thought by now I’d have life under control. My control that is, not God’s. See that’s where I made my mistake. It was easy to do after all, God’s pretty busy and He created me as a capable creature to make my own goals, production calendars and even set my own hours.

And that’s what I did.

I should have asked.

I should have listened.

I should have been still.

Are you like me in any way? Busy and over-booked?

I did my thing as a stay-at-home mom and 80% of the time I loved it. I wrote when my sons were in school or while they were at one activity or another. As soon as they were all out of the house, my career plan emerged. I’d write every day, have a clean house and always have a stocked pantry and fridge. I’d be available to family and friends for fun, or anytime they needed me.

And gasp! I’d never miss a workout. Oh my, did you see what I forgot to put on my plan?


Yep, left Him out, well not completely out. I knew/know He is there whenever I call, He’s watching out for me even when I’m blind to His presence. But I ran on ahead without checking in as much as I need to. And I don’t think He liked the distance between us so He let me run, wobble, and crash.

Be Still

I didn’t take care of myself and ended up with adrenal fatigue. You can google it. It left me with is total exhaustion unable to put two words together. Then one grandchild arrived, then another, and their mom needed help. Who doesn’t love babies? Soon I was watching over them and trying to do career building things, like blogs, social media, and book signings.

Why was this a big deal? Doesn’t everyone who has a job do things that are similar or have to do to get ahead? Probably, but I’m not everyone, and neither are you. You are God’s child as I am. If you saw your own children—even furry ones over working themselves you’d tell them to be still, take care of yourself and check in with your mom/dad because they care.

So I’m in a season of checking in with God, and I’m praying I don’t run off on my own again. He is teaching me that I’m not the answer to everyone else’s difficulties. He is teaching me to step away while allowing me to keep watch out for what is truly needed. Do I need to watch children today or is it something I want to do?

If I watch them, will it bring me stress about the work I have left to do or joy?

Do I need to write 10 blog posts this week?

Or can I take a break and post one?

Is a 20-minute stretching time better for me than a hard 45-minute workout?

I’m learning to cut out, pare down and eliminate that which does not bring me joy, health, energy and most important time with God.

I’m learning to be still and see the gifts He gives me every day. I’ve even started writing them down.

How about you? Are you in a season of not listening? What path you like to let God lead you on?


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Author’s Bio:

CBA and ECPA Best Selling, Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances about women choosing to challenge their fears to become the strong woman God intends. Author of Mind of Her Own, From A Distance, A Time to Dance, We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families and more. Sign up for her newsletter and get a free novella. All in Good Time the story about Sandra Anderson free!

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Diana and I look forward to your comments.


I am very grateful and Praise God to announce:


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30 comments to Diana Brandmeyer Speaks Up!

  • Hi Diana, Oh boy can I relate! Life is full of commitments and we want to be available and the next thing you know you’ve crowded out the most important thing, time with God! I love the book The Best Yes by Lysa TurKeurst where she talks about spending time with God is our first priority! I find when I make him a top priority I actually get more done. Learning to say “no” has also been helpful! Thanks for the encouraging post!

    • elaineadmin

      I’m in agreement, Diana and Kelly. I was also going through a season… and had to learn that God wants His joy in my life… and had to learn to daily ask Him for this blessing.

    • Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

      Kelly, I loved The Best Yes! Thank you for bringing that book to the surface for me to read again.

  • Diana Brandmeyer

    Oh my! I didn’t remember suggesting Princess Diana a name reminder…but I’m glad I did so you would remember me. :). I’m so thankful for friendship.

    Thank you so much for having me back on your blog.

  • Don’t you think sometimes we really give God a chuckle? Thinking we have it all under control? Psalm 46:10 is one of my favorite verses. And thanks for the free copy of The Honey Bride!

    • elaineadmin

      I know I always give Him a chuckle and a half… but hopefully not a headache!

    • Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

      Chuckle? I’m sure I’ve had God laughing so hard tears are flowing…hmm, maybe that’s why it’s been so rainy around my house. 🙂 You’re welcome for the book. 🙂

  • AND CONGRATULATIONS Elaine!! Wow! You so deserve it. 🙂

  • Diana,learning to say no is something I have not accomplished … yet. But I have gone down through a few years, watching grandchildren and trying to do the things I love. Well, taking kids camping is something I love, so my writing was put on the back burner lots of times. Next week the second grandchild will graduate — got five more to go. I only watch one grandchild, now. Others are “too big” to be watched. 🙂 I’ve learned (I think) to accept the fact that my sitting down and writing seems to be at the bottom of the list. My grandchildren and my mother will not always be close by. God gave me the desire to write, but he also knows how precious humans are. The balance between things in life is hard,and God will help us find the most important things for the right time and the right season of our life. 🙂 I need God’s help right now.

    • elaineadmin

      Karen, I’m glad to see you here, especially responding to Diana’s words. From what I’ve been reading, God wants us to always realize and accept that we need His help ever second of our lives. Praise God!! I know I wouldn’t make it through one day without Him.

    • Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

      Karen, I had to make sure I didn’t write that comment! It’s so my life right now. I still have my mom, but for how long and as we know babies grow up so fast. I’m struggling as well with balance. Somedays I have it, and other days I ask God repeatedly to bless my time so it will multiply. I’ve recently started using a dictation app on my phone to help with writing. ALON dictation is the name of it. I’m not 100% in love with “writing” this way but at least I get some bare bones scenes done while pushing the stroller.

  • Patty

    It’s so hard to learn when to say yes and when to say no! Priorities can often get out of whack. I’m married but no kids and I often wonder how those with several kids do it all!

    • elaineadmin

      Nice to see you again, Patty. I’m also married and have no children and marvel how any parent manages to write, whether mom or dad!

    • Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

      Patty, I thought for sure once my kids were out of the house I’d have so much time, nope. Looking back I don’t know how I ever accomplished anything while they were here. 🤔 Saying no is so hard.

  • Great post, Diana. Finding balance and giving God control are ongoing lessons for me too. Wish I could master the lessons quickly and move on to something else, but I seem to be a slow learner and have to relearn these particular lessons.

    • elaineadmin

      Always a joy to see you here, Derinda.

    • Diana Brandmeyer

      Hi Derinda, thanks for stopping by. I suspect you and I aren’t the only slow learners. 😉 I think it’s because like a child we want independence and we aren’t ready for it on this side of heaven and I’m okay with that.

  • Marilyn R

    A great reminder from Diana Brandmeyer about how easy it is to take control instead of relying and keeping God first in our lives. I’ve been in the same position before. Then when I was overwhelmed, I would have to stop and tell God how sorry I was and that He needed to be first above everything else.

    The Matchmakers Bride Collection sounds like a great novella series to read.
    God bless one and all as we all learn to slow down and let Him lead us.

  • Susan Johnson

    Thank you for the reminder that we can’t do everything and probably shouldn’t try.
    I love the Barbour collections. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this one.

  • Ann Ellison

    Wonderful post about priorities. I have really enjoyed the books by Diana that I have read.

  • elaineadmin

    Though I’m not is a rush to say a temporary (I sure hope so!) good bye to my guest Diana Brandmeyer, I want to thank Diana for being a great guest this week. Diana, you’ve lifted my viewer’s hearts and I’m grateful. May you continue to be blessed with your writing, family, and health.

    And thanks for your BookGiveaway of The Matchmake Brides. And the winner is…

    Karen P. Happy reading, Karen! Both Diana and I will contact you shortly.

    Blessings to all.

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