Rejoice! and Sitting Among Friends #84

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12 (NIV)

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

7-17-17. 
My son and daughter were up to some shenanigans. My son apparently got the brunt end of the matter, literally.  But was this the tipping point for His next decision?

God has a way of bringing us to Him. I am not always sure what or why or how He does it but He can certainly pull it off.

I have been praying that something in him, my son, would change. That God would change Him. More importantly that God would choose Him to be His own.

A Mother’s One Cry! God, let my children be your own.

I feel He has chosen me to be their mother but let’s be honest. I am lacking. In so many ways that only God will do. I Need Him. I need Him desperately. 

So, after the incident, it happened! A moment I have been waiting for.

As my son sat on the couch, the realization seemed to flood him. "I trust Jesus. I need Him. Without Him I am nothing. I am everything through Him." He kept repeating these sweet words.   

WOW!  I was overwhelmed. Here he is, 10-years-old and the Holy Spirit is flooding over him. And I got to witness it. It was beautiful. It was exciting! The crimson blood seemed to wash over him.

He wanted me to pray again with Him and this time when he asked, I sensed something was different. And I asked Him. Did you ask Jesus to come into your heart?

YES! 

Praise the Lord! He said, YES!

And she treasured these things in her heart! 

This mother’s deepest desire for her children to know Christ as their personal Savior. More than anything I want them to have Jesus come into their lives and rescue them. 

It is my prayer. Lord please chose them to be your own.

For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love, He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the Beloved One. Ephesians 1:4-6 (BSB)

In Him we were also chosen as God’s own, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything by the counsel of His will for us, the ones having first trusted in Christ, to be to the praise of His glory, And in Him you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, having heard and believed the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Ephesians 1:11-13 (BSB)

I don’t know how this works. It seems as if we are offered this gift and we can choose to take it and then we look back and the sign reads “Chosen before the foundations of the earth.”

This is the part, where I say God is God and I am glad I am not Him. I don’t know how He works out this system but I know He does. I know He can and I know He will.

I didn’t want to overwhelm him so I let it settle. I wanted to talk to him and tell him of some of the things that happened and assure him these things happen instantly and can't be taken away from you.

If you are a new believer who is searching for your identity in Christ or a long-time believer that needs your heart refreshed (and who doesn’t) These few verses in Ephesians give us so much hope.


Your Identity

You can see Christ's heart in these verses and out of them pours your identity. We have a purpose and most importantly we have hope.  

You are chosen to be holy and blameless in His sight.

You are adopted as His sons and daughters. You are family.
You are in His will and He finds pleasure in you.

You have been freely given His glorious grace through His beloved.

You are chosen as His own.

You have God’s will working for the good in your life.

You are the praise of His Glory.

You are sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit.

You believe the Word of Truth and the Gospel of your Salvation.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. In Christ, you are so much more. On top of all these amazing things. The Bible also says we are redeemed, free from bondage, robed in righteousness, bought with the blood of the lamb, justified, sanctified, and all to someday be glorified.

If you are reading this today and you are not sure where you stand with Christ, I would love to continue this conversation with you. Feel free to contact me by sending an email to youresewtrendy@gmail.com

If you have made the decision for follow Christ. Tell someone. I know this can be difficult but Romans 10:9 says, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

We can’t have news this amazing and keep it to ourselves. God is working. God is moving in the lives of others through us. Be the change they need today.

Personal Reflections:

Have you asked Christ to be the Lord and leader of your life?

Do you need someone to pray for you today or to be interceding on your behalf?

If you have asked Christ into your life, what was one thing that helped in the beginning with your walk with Him?


How can you do that for someone else in your life right now?

List 10 things you can rejoice the Lord for right now!

Thank you for joining me today in Rejoicing in this very special moment! Please pray for my son to grow in God's graces! 



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Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek God daily.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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Verses to Guide Your Path and Sitting Among Friends #83

If we are finding the delight and joy of our lives in the Lord, He will give us our desires because our desires will be Him.

Many times, during my life, I thought I was on the right path. I had trodden a trail that seemed familiar and recognizable. 

At times, it felt as if I had taken a wrong turn but the longer I was on the path, the more forks I had encountered, the road seemed to be leading me to happiness.

Until it, all came to a head. As I look back it seems it was a dead end. A path that went in circles that lead me to right back to me. 

That may have been okay if I had never let myself down. If I had never disappointed myself or been reluctant to forgive myself and at times love myself. But none of those things were true of myself. 

If there is one thing I learned from my travels on that dry dusty path it is that God is amazingly gracious and unbounding in love and forgiveness. He is all the things that I am not but so desperately need.

Sometimes life is just that. A well-worn path that appears to be the right road.

We feel like we are making progress or are getting on by our own means but in hindsight, it is just the wrong way. We may find the only way to go forward is to get off that road and go back and find the right one.

The Bible gives us a lot of guidance about being on the path that follows Christ. We not only get assurance that it is the right road but we have a hope that we are not left on the path alone.

Lean into God

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

The wisdom of Proverbs tells us that our understanding is not dependable, but God’s is. We can lean on Him. He will show us which path is right when we are seeking His will.

His Word Will Guide Your Path

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 NLT

My path can seem dimly lit even to the point I am not sure that I am on the right one. With God, our paths will be brightly shining so we can be sure that we have a proper footing.Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Psalm 24:5 NLT

My path can seem dimly lit even to the point I am not sure that I am on the right one. With God, our paths will be brightly shining so we can be sure that we have a proper footing.

Lead me, LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies-- make your way straight before me. Psalm 5:8 NIV

When in God's Word, we can be sure that the road signs point us to Christ and to righteousness. Even if we are lead down the path of our enemies, God will be there to guide us back to the righteous path that leads us back to Him.

I Am Alive in Christ

I confidently believed that following the desires of my heart and being my own independent person were going to lead to my ultimate happiness.

Those ideas are widely promoted. They sound good. They sound promising.

Those ideas are the well-trampled path of the world. It may seem unnatural and counterproductive to believe anything else.

In reality and with eternal perspective those ideas are completely opposite to what the Bible teaches.

Sure, the Bible says God will give you the desires of your heart but it follows the phrase, Delight yourself in the Lord.

If we are finding the delight and joy of our lives in the Lord, He will give us our desires because our desires will be Him.

So instead of this never-ending self-centered circle where my life revolves around me, I place God in the center and He becomes my absolute joy. Then my desires will be fulfilled.

Galatians 2 says with Christ I have been crucified. I need to put myself aside because to really live I must live through Christ. When I put my faith in Him and His death and resurrection, He lives in me.

Because He lives in me, I AM ALIVE!

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 NIV

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Psalm 25:9 NIV

Dear Heavenly Father, I stand humbly before you. Lord, my greatest desire is to know you more, be obedient to your ways, and find my delight and joy in you. Lord, you are the path that leads to holiness, righteousness, and all the greatest desires of my life. May I live my life not on the well beaten path that the world has already laid before me but the path that leads to the glorious richness of your beauty. May I live my days with an eternal perspective that makes my life here joyful and consistent with your ways. Lord, lead me, guide me, and help me to live each day seeking you.

In your precious name. Amen

Personal Reflections:

Are you able to look back to a well-worn path in your life and see where God changed your perspective?

A life with Christ begins by recognizing that we are going the wrong way and we need to turn to the way that Christ leads us. Have you made the decision to turn to God’s way? If you would like to continue this conversation or have questions, feel free to contact me.

What do you use as a marker for a well-worn path? How do you help others follow that same path?

Have you trodden a path for the next generation leading them to Christ?


As Always, thank you for joining me today! 

I am glad you are here. I would love for you to join us at Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.

Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek God daily.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

We're doing life together so come and join in the conversations. You can join this group by clicking HERE! While you are there feel free to invite some friends along for the journey. We would love to have them!

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You all are amazing writers who share Family and Faith, DIY's, Recipes, Photos, Giveaways, Homeschooling 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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Let Freedom Ring and Sitting Among Friends #82



I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend for everyone who celebrated. One thing I love about holidays is spending time with family. 

With that being said, I think it is essential to take the time to step away and focus on family and that is what we did today. 

Here in the Midwest, it is always raging hot on the fourth and this day was no exception. Our family fourth tradition includes going to two parades, collecting lots of candy, cookouts, and fireworks. 🎆 We have done this since I have been a kid and there is something wonderful about continuing those traditions with my own children. 

This is a great opportunity to not only celebrate our freedom as a country but as believers celebrate who we are in Christ. 

In Christ, we are free. John 8:36 says, So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

We have been set free from the bonds of sin. Sometimes it is hard to live as free people and if we are not careful we can put ourselves back in that bondage. 

Another type of bondage we can place ourselves under is the law. I know in talking with people, as believers it is sometimes really tough not to try to live by the law and it can actually bind us instead of offering us freedom. 

Paul talks to the church in Galatia about falling under the false pretenses of the leadership and going back to laws that Christ has freed us from on the cross. 

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law. Galatians 5:1

This is a much deeper topic that I would love to go into but I am going to save that for another time because I want to share to posts that I have previously written about two men in my life that have bravely fought for our freedom. 

My husband, dad and son spoerting their new T's from Kerusso
In God We Trust!
My grandfathers were my heroes. They were brave and have helped me understand the beauty that we have in our freedom both in both Christ and as a citizen. I am very excited and proud to share a small piece of their stories. 

The first story is about 
my paternal grandpa. He was 93 when he passed away 4 years ago. He was an amazing grandpa who stood about five feet tall but was never short on telling us how much he loved us.

In fact, one day I walked into his house and I said, “Hi grandpa” and he looked at me and said, “I love you and don’t you let anyone tell you anything different.” We were surely loved and he wanted us to know. Continue that story here in Men Like Him!

My second story is one of faithfulness. My grandpa (my mom's dad) was not only faithful in service to his country but to his God. 

My grandpa was fun, loving, honorable, and faithful. He was devoted endlessly to his family, had a great sense of humor, and a love for Jesus that was undeniable. He spent his life giving back all God had given to him.

My grandpa passed away six weeks before I got married. We were all at the hospital his final week of life. No one wanted to leave him for a moment because we wanted to absorb every second of life that we had left with him.


My grandpa was at such a deep peace. He seemed to be the only one ready to let go. He would call people to his bedside to take the opportunity to witness to them or give them some final life advice. Continue his story here in a Life like His!

Thank you for joining me today! 


I am glad you are here. I would love for you to join us at Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.

Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

We're doing life together so come and join in the conversations. You can join this group by clicking HERE! While you are there feel free to invite some friends along for the journey. We would love to have them!

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You all are amazing writers who share Family and Faith, DIY's, Recipes, Photos, Giveaways, Homeschooling 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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God Hears Your Cries and Sitting Among Friends #81


Have you been here? Curled up in a ball. Crying out to the Lord. Just a complete mess and the only thing that you can do is turn yourself over to the King of your Heart.

Maybe, He is not that. Maybe you are grasping at straws at this point and know nowhere else to turn. Maybe you have gotten to what feels like the bottom of the pit that looks endless as you look up.

Let me assure you, looking up is the best move. The one who created you can hear you. Turn to Him. Maybe He feels like the last resort and maybe you haven’t realized He is the only resort.

Life is hard. Someone who knew that well was David. As a young boy, he was anointed King of God’s people. The problem was, there was already a king. A king who wasn’t going to quickly give up his crown or his sons right to reign.

David was chased down for more than a decade. He lived in caves and knew the desperation of literally running for his life.  He was in wars and constant turmoil and if those problems weren’t enough, he was pretty good at creating his own.

You may have been there. In the turmoil that was self-inflicted and thought there was no hope. Maybe you are just in the turmoil we call life.

If you are thinking that turning to God is not a plausible answer.  I can tell you from experience, it is the only answer.

Don’t lose hope. Don’t lose sight of the possibility of hope. God will hear you when you cry out to Him.

Now, I say this with a bit of hesitation. I know there are people reading this that don't trust God as their personal Savior and only turn to Him when life gets rough and wonder why He doesn’t answer. 

Isaiah 59:1-2 (NLT) says: Listen! The LORD's arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It's your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

If you have unrepented sin against God, that is something that you must take care of. 

If you have an unrepented life, you must submit your life, turn from your sins, and realize He is the only one that is going to save you and make all things new. Your sins may have kept God from stepping into your situation. If you want to talk about this further, I am here for you. Just me a message.

As for David, he was called a Man after God’s own heart and yet we see his sins clearly time and time again. David, however, repents and cries out to the Lord. Verse after verse David gives God glory for not turning away from Him. He gives God his praise through songs about hearing and being near when He cries out.

Here are just a few of David’s psalms. He knows that the Lord hears him when he cries out to Him.

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 (NIV)

Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:2 (NASB)

But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Psalm 66:19 (ESV)

Through the last couple of weeks, we have talked about remembering God’s faithfulness. One way to do this is to look throughout history, God’s Biblical History and see the evidence of that.

In 2 Kings, the LORD first reminds Isaiah that He is the God of his ancestor David. In that God reminds us of His faithfulness and constant presence to the generations. Then he tells Isaiah to tell Hezekiah that He hears his prayers and sees his tears.

"Go back to Hezekiah, the leader of my people. Tell him, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and three days from now you will get out of bed and go to the Temple of the LORD. 2 Kings 20:5 (NLT)

He is not a distant God that is too far off from His people. His arm is not too weak to hold us up nor is His ears too deaf to hear.

Immanuel is the with us God so do not lose hope. Do not be afraid that the distance has grown to great. If you have turned away, turn back and cry out. He will hear your cries.

God is in the business of healing broken hearts, mending what needs fixed and making whole what was once shattered. He can do the same for you.

Personal Reflections:
Do you have any unfinished business with God that needs to be repented today?

Have you given your life and your heart to God?

When was the last time you can yourself uninhibitedly to the Lord? Did you feel the freedom and peace that only He can offer?

Does it remind you to give all things to Him, big or small?

Share with us in the comments below your experience with healing when you have given your absolute heart or share your heart with any of the above questions. 
I am glad you are here. I would love for you to join us at Seeking God Daily. Because a couple friends and I are passionate about sharing God’s Word we have joined forces to bring together a Facebook Group called Seeking God Daily.

Seeking God Daily is a group that offers hope, encouragement, and support in learning God's Word and applying the truths to our walk with Christ. 

We want to encourage one another through authentic, honest and respectful conversation as we earnestly seek Him daily.


Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

We're doing life together so come and join in the conversations. You can join this group by clicking HERE! While you are there feel free to invite some friends along for the journey. We would love to have them!

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You all are amazing writers who share Family and Faith, DIY's, Recipes, Photos, Giveaways, Homeschooling 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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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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