A Sinner's Tale and Sitting Among Friends #58


Well, I have never done that.

I am not that bad.

You would not believe what (Pointing with eyes) did.

Ever say that? Ever hear that? Ever think that?

We are so often quick to dismiss our own sins while quickly pointing to the sins of others.

Luke 7 tells a story of Jesus going to Simon’s house. Simon was a Pharisee, a leader in the Jewish temple. A woman, who heard Jesus was there, came with a jar of perfume. As they were reclined at the table the woman began weeping at the feet of Jesus. As the tears covered His feet she began to wipe them with her hair as she poured the perfume on His feet.

Simon became upset at her pouring “expensive perfume” on Jesus' feet. He thought to himself, how can Jesus let this sinful woman do this? If only He knew what she had done. 

Jesus knew what he was thinking and gave him a quick lesson in debts forgiven. 

Before we are too hard on this Pharisee, let’s do a quick examination of our lives to see how many times we have done this same exact thing. We were not in this scenario, but it has had the same results.

We are left thinking, I would never…

We like to quickly file sins in a neat system of have done, will never do, and OH MY GOODNESS!

After our filing is done, we rank ourselves somewhere typically near better than… that guy!

A quick look at Romans 1 and our thoughts of filing can quickly disappear. This part of Romans talks about God’s wrath against a sinful people. A people that knew Him but turned away from Him anyway.

Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. Romans 1:29-31 NLT

I hate to admit this but my list of never done that... quickly fades into the midst of proud, boastful, gossip, quarreling, envy, and I need to stop this list is getting too long. Suddenly, my sins don’t look as pretty as I made them out to be.

The truth is All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. Isaiah 53:6 NLT

Jesus then turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:44-47 NIV

This story has many lessons we can learn but the one I want to point out is just like Simon the Pharisee, we often keep a record of our wrongs and mostly rights. We like to live on our mostly rights while wondering if someone’s else’s mostly wrongs will get noticed.

We like to put our sins on a level of good vs bad and although sin has different severities of consequences, sin is breaking God’s law. Sin is inherently ours. All of us, have strayed away.

All sin breaks our fellowship with God. All sin needs to be forgiven. So, we can be the one realizing we need forgiveness at the feet of Jesus or we can be the one sitting at the table thinking we are not as bad as someone else.

Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you.” Christ was willing to forgive because she was willing to repent.

She went to the source. The One who forgives. Even though we like to go our own ways, Isaiah 53 tells us Christ laid on Himself the iniquities of us all. He has the authority to forgive our sins. 

On the cross, Christ bore the sins of the world. Every big and little sin, He took it all.

The next move is up to us. Do we fall at His feet with tear-stained hair or do we stay reclined upright at the table? Both have an eternal impact. Forgiveness leads to life with Christ while the other leads to eternal separation from Him.


If you would like to talk more about how you can seek forgiveness from Christ and begin a relationship with Him, feel free to email me and we can begin that conversation.





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Start Fresh with Rest & Sitting Among Friends LinkUp


Starting fresh for the new year for many people means starting with new goals, a one word to be inspired by, or being resolved to being a new you.

I ran into a mom this morning at my kid's school (well, not literally). She said, "We were going to be on time in the new year and we have already blown it." As we laughed, I reassured her she has all year to work on it. 

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves in the new year. We fill ourselves with promises sometimes too hard to keep. 

I would like to encourage you to something a little different. I would love to encourage you to start fresh with rest. 

I've come across this word and idea of rest in all of my Bible reading. I think the Lord has a message for me or one I should be sharing. I am going to go with both.

We can go all the way to the beginning of Scripture when all was being created. There was Jesus speaking the world into all its vast beauty. 

Light, sun, moon, animals, plants. He spoke and it became. Then in His greatest hour created us. To walk and talk and fellowship with Him. Then He rested.

In giving the Israelites the ten commandments, God commanded rest on the Sabbath to be kept and not forgotten. They too must have gotten wrapped up in their busyness. God had a solution. Rest.

Rest Doesn't Mean Idleness or Laziness. It is restoration for the Body, Mind, and Soul. Spend time in Prayer, God's Word, and Worship.
We almost find this word taboo in our day. As if rest means idle hands or laziness. For some, that causes feelings of panic and distress. But when the Lord rested on the seventh day, it meant He ceased or finished His creating.

God doesn't condemn any type of good work not to take place, even on the Sabbath (the day set aside for rest). Even Christ himself was persecuted for healing on the Sabbath. His response was to continue to do good, even when work was supposed to cease. 

The Israelites were commanded early on to cease working, even during their busiest time of year. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day, you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest. Exodus 34:21 NLT

In this version of the verse they use the words " you must stop working" where some versions use the words rest. 

We get so busy in our lives that we work after we get off work.  We jam our weekends with work and activities because we only have two days to get our extra-curricular time in. We don't take the time to stop working. 

We run run run and most the time on a very empty tank.  

What good can come from rest or stopping for a time?

God didn't rest out of His own necessity or weariness.  Isaiah 40:28 says,  "Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding." But He knew for us it would be a necessity. He gives us this for our benefit. 

God knows what is the best for us and I believe that God sets this standard and precedent because He knows our weary bodies need to stop. He knows our weary minds need a reboot.

Maybe most importantly, He knows the heart of every individual needs a time of refresh and refocus on the One who matters. The One who set it all in motion.

5 Steps to Finding Rest for Body, Mind, Soul in the New Year. Christian Blogs. Pray. Read God's Word, Worship, Rest, Give yourself the Freedom to Rest!
What can we do for a rest?

1. First, give yourself guilt free time to rest. Work when it is time to work but take the time to take a step back. Ask God to honor this time. It is necessary.

2. Take time to pray. We need the time to connect with God and one way to do that is prayer. Not only making our requests known but listening, praising, and giving God our undivided attention while resting in His hands.

3. Take time to read your Bible. God gave us this beautiful book that shows us who He is and what He desires for us. It pours out His love to generations of faithless people. We can know Him more and know how to love Him more by being there with Him. Trust me, you will see Him come to life in your life when you just sit and rest with Him there.

4. We can physically rest. Take a nap. Go to bed early. Give yourself an extra 10 minutes of sleep in the morning.

5. Take time to Worship God. Go to church. Listen to radio sermons. Praise God with Songs. Spend time in fellowship with loved ones. 

So, I challenge you as you begin the new year to start fresh with rest!  Our bodies, mind, and souls will be better for this.

Let me know in the comments what you do to rest or to take a step from the business of life to give God just you. Let us know how often and what are the personal blessings you receive from this?

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Welcome Back after a short break to Sitting Among Friends Blog Party!
This week's featured friend is Angela Howard from No Ordinary Days. Angela writes about how God impacts our imperfect lives in extraordinary ways even on the ordinary days. Thanks for being here, Angela. 



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The Beginner's Bible Review and Giveaway


The Beginner's Bible, New and Updated Edition 2016   -     By: Zondervan
I am so excited to be reviewing what has been one of our families favorite children's Bible. The Beginner's Bible from Zondervan has been newly updated with 3D pictures that are bright and bring the stories to life.

Not a story has been left out of this classic children's Bible so you will not be disappointed when turning to your favorites like David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lion's Den, or Jonah and the Whale. 

With over 25 million copies sold, there is a good reason this has been a family favorite. The stories are told in a way the littlest learner can capture God's story and begin to hide these truths in the hearts. 

This was our son's first Bible. I remember spending literally hours pouring over those pages. He couldn't seem to get enough of those stories. I had to read story after story and he would request one added another. It was such a fantastic way to give him a love for scripture at such a young age. 

I have also used this Bible in many children's classes that I have taught because the stories as just the right length to give a good foundation of the story and the pictures are exciting and brilliant and keep the little reader's attention.

I would recommend this Bible to anyone with small children. It will give them an early hunger for God's Word and help them learn all their favorite Bible stories.

I am really excited to have the opportunity to be giving one of these Bible's to one Seeking God reader. This sign up is easy but is only going to last a couple of days (until 1/12/2017).

To enter, comment below. What is your favorite Bible story to tell children or what is your child's favorite Bible story? 

Make sure to sign in with your Google name or leave me your email address so I can contact you. The winner will be notified via email on 1/13/2017.
This giveaway is open to US Residents 18 years and older.

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Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”



Have a Blessed New Year

The new year is just around the corner and I look forward to sitting down with all my friends then. I am on a break until January 11. My family is on a break and we are having lazy days, work days (getting ready for a new year requires so fresh starts), and a great time hanging out. Thank you all for coming every week. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a most Blessed New Year.

Wednesday January 4, I will have a giveaway for a children's Bible. Stop by for a chance to win!

While you are here, I hope you will enjoy some of these previous posts!
 And You Will Be Saved
 Hope When Life Hurts the Most
 Lord, Heal Our Nation!
 I am Not Alone


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! & Sitting Among Friends #56


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I just can’t get this picture out of my head. Jesus. Standing up from His throne. Laying aside His crown. Removing His outer robes, only fit for a king, and looking His Father in the eye to say goodbye.

Leaving comfort. Leaving honor. Leaving privilege.  

To take on flesh. To walk and live among us.  

An actual account of Christ leaving heaven is not given to us. We know from John 1 He became flesh and made dwelling among us.  I can’t say I know of someone leaving such a privilege to privilege others.

But the greatest news doesn’t just end there. If I met you I may say it is a privilege to meet you. But this is beyond that kind of privilege.  

Romans 5:1-2 says, Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory.

Jesus didn’t just lay His privilege aside for us to have the honor to meet with Him. He poured His grace out on top of that.

Jesus chose to dwell among us so He could fulfill His Father’s will. Hebrews 4:3 tells us His works have been finished since the creation of the world. The plan now fulfilled through Christ Jesus.

As I sit before God on this matter, I am completely humbled.

Not only did Christ lay His privilege aside but He poured it out on those who believe.

What are those who choose to believe and put their trust and faith in Christ privileged to?

Here is a small sampling.

Romans 5: 1-2 says we are made right in God’s sight by our faith. Our relationship is no longer that of someone in rebellion to God. We can live in peace with God and we will share in His glory.

1 Peter 4:16 says we are privileged to be called by His name.

Revelation 2:7 says we will be granted the right to eat from the Tree of Life.

Romans 8:17 says to the children of God, you shall be the heirs of God. And co-heirs with Christ.

Ephesians 3:7 By God's grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. NLT

Galatians 5:1 says, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. NIV

Co-heir to the King of Kings. Life Everlasting in His Glorious Presence. Peace. To be called His children.  Servanthood. Freedom. Privilege.

If this time of the year is not feeling quite so wonderful to you or you are feeling the pressures of all the hustle and bustle.

Take a step back. We are celebrating the coming of a King! That is wonderful!

Take a moment to re-read just a small part of what you are and what you have in Christ. Rest in Him this holiday season.

Co-heir to the King of Kings. Life Everlasting in His Glorious Presence. Peace. To be called His children.  Servanthood. Freedom. Privilege.

This cannot be taken from us. This does not depend on our circumstances or how we are feeling at this moment. This is based on Christ and His faithfulness to us.

If you are not at a place where you think that you have taken that step to give your faith and trust to Christ, be assured that what you can have with Him is real. It is everlasting. It is binding.

If you would like to talk further about what it means to put your faith and trust in Jesus leave me a message below or email me at youresewtrendy@gmail.com


Let us know in the comments below what is something that you rest in knowing that you have or are in Christ.
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WOW! Thank you all for coming here and for the 61 Amazing posts from last week. This party has been wonderful and it is thanks to you, friends, who link-up with us and those who stop by and read and SHARE! Thank you!

You all are amazing writers who share Family and Faith, DIY's, Recipes, Photos, Giveaways, Homeschool and more. Many of you have amazing journeys of faith and I praise the Lord we are able to connect here!

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Be Still

Be Still
Be Still My Friends! You can rest assure that God is in Control.

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Seeking God

Hope In Him Alone!

Hope In Him Alone!
Thank You, Lord, for deciding who I am!

Seek Him First! Today's Bible Reading

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
If you have questions about how to know more you can email me at youresewtrendy@gmail.com

2 Timothy 1:7

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