God is Mightier Than the Sea and Sitting Among Friends #43


The first night I moved to Hawaii, I went to the beach. I laid down on the shore and just listened to the waves pouring into the beach. One wave would crash after another and the gentle rhythm soon had me in a tranquil rest.

The contrary part of that same ocean lies beneath the shoreline with mighty power.

One of the things my grandpa told me over and over before I moved was to be careful of the ocean on the North Shore. “It is so strong.”
Of course, I listened. When you see warning signs posted on the beach to stay clear of the water, you stay clear of the water.

The water at that time of the year has a very strong pull. On this particular beach, there are huge shore breaks or areas the beach drops off. When the water is not covering them you can see the huge walls that lie below the water’s edge.

Where the shore drops the water tumbles in a circle. If you are unfamiliar with it, think of it like a sideways washing machine. Turning over in the same spot.

This particular day, I had stayed clear, I thought. In fact, I was sitting on the beach. Not in the water but at the edge. A wave came in a little further than the last and picked me up and pulled me right into its mighty grip.

I found myself being pulled in and turned over in the water. In fact, it took someone to literally pull me out of the water and to the shore to get out of it. It was so strong; I could not stand up under its force.

Psalm 93:4 says, Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!

I can tell you first hand, I have experienced the mighty waves of the sea. I have seen it’s majestic 20+ foot waves.

My life was at stake with its mighty power but this verse in Psalm tells us God is mightier!

One day Jesus was preaching to a crowd (This passage can be found in Mark 4). It was getting late and He decided that He and His disciples would go to the other side of the sea. While they were crossing the sea, Jesus fell asleep in the stern of the boat.

A violent storm came upon them and the disciples started to panic while Jesus remained sleeping. Their boat began filling with water and they thought they were going to drown. They woke Jesus up shouting, “Don’t you care that we are dying?”

I love this next part because Jesus doesn’t immediately rebuke them. He rebukes the wind and the sea.

He quiets the wind. He quiets the water. Before He begins to quiet their hearts.

The sea is mighty but God is mightier!

"Who is this?" The disciples ask themselves. "Even the wind and the waves obey Him?"

We often think things are so out of control and we wonder if God even cares?

Does He even notice?

We think He must be so tied up in X, Y, Z that He doesn’t have time to take care of me.

And we panic. Just like I did when I was being tossed in the ocean. Not knowing if I would get out of the water. I was submerged in my problem and all I could do was think to survive. Oh, how so many times we resort to this.

Instead of remaining tranquil in God’s truth, we drown in our own problems just looking for a way out instead of the real rescue. 

How often do we rest in God allowing Him to control the storm around us while walking us through it?

Don’t get me wrong, I know our lives are real and our lives are hard. If only we would cling to God’s Truth and Word, like this story of Jesus calming the sea.

It is not just a story about how Jesus can calm our raging hearts. It speaks truth to the fact that He can control the very air we breathe and the waters that seem to be overtaking us. He attests to the fact that He can take care of every detail of our lives if we let Him.

Here’s the kicker. When I was living in my Hawaiian Paradise, I was living for myself. I was there on a mission to be me. Far from God and any plans, He may have had for my life.

What mercy God showed me that day. Allowing me to be pulled from the water. Allowing me to one day be restored. Allowing me to serve Him and tell of all His goodness.

Now that is the power of a mighty Lord. 
Knowing and taking charge of the details of my life.

Do you have any stories of how God has shown up in your life in a mighty way? Come along side of us and encourage us with your stories. Share with us in the comments below. We love to hear from you and are encouraged by what God is doing in your life.

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The Biggest Story DVD and Audio CD Review and Giveaway


The Biggest Story is a delightful story by Author Kevin DeYoung.

Retelling the story of a rebellious people, beginning with Adam and Eve, Kevin DeYoung brings us full circle to the end of the story where we are redeemed through Christ.

I was not able to read the book but received a copy of the Animated DVD and audio CD.

This animated story is so beautifully crafted. The colors or the animated illustrations are vibrant and continually moving. The whole thing captured my attention and I felt as if I was looking into a kaleidoscope. It was very stunning and certainly kept our whole family’s attention.

I  have to say that I love any Bible Children’s story that tells the story of Christ. That keeps Him in the center of the story and His great plan and his redemption through the cross.

It is so important for kids to see that people have been sinners and rebellious through the generations but God is faithful to not only keep His promises but to show His love, mercy, and grace through it all. I felt this story did just that.

This DVD was the whole package. In my 
opinion, it certainly would disappoint. I can not necessarily put an age on it because my kids loved watching it and so did I.

The video goes through each of the chapters in this 26 minuted animated short film and we loved seeing the book come to life.

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Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI, husband to Trisha, and father to seven children.
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I Am Not Alone and Sitting Among Friends #42


For months now, you could find me, at any given time, crying like a blubbering mess.

I have been facing a few transitions or what some may want to call a new season in life. Some of you may have been more apt to embrace this change with open arms but me, well, let’s just say there was no embracing.

A couple of months ago, it hit me, I am about to be a stay-at-home mom with no one at home but myself. I know that many of you reading this have been in my shoes, maybe even more than once and know exactly how I am feeling.

I am not the mom that is at the end of the driveway cheering when her kids leave school. I am the one with the bucket and box of tissues in hand.

Last week, as I pulled out the school parking lot, alone, I heard God’s promise whisper to my heart.

You Are Not Alone and You Never Will Be.

I am missing my kids very much, but alone, I am not. Alone, I will never be.

As much as I love my kids, my family, and being mommy, those things can never make me feel whole. Those things can never make me as complete as I am in Christ. Those things will never leave me with moments that at some point I do not feel completely washed over with emptiness.

I have over the past couple of months really been pouring into God’s Word. I have stepped back from all my blogging commitments and not put so much focus on all the little things. I am continuously reminded if this is what God wants me to do. He will also make a way for it to happen.  

I have to stay in His Word. I have to take care of the things He has blessed me with. My husband, my kids, and putting Him above it all.  We are told in Matthew 6 to Seek First the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.

Circumstances in our lives are constantly changing. Last year, I had one kiddo in school full time and now I have two in full time and one in for part of the time. A Change. A Huge Change. And this change, to be honest, has made me feel a bit tossed to and fro.

But I have a guarantee in this life that I have to rest my soul in.

Christ Alone. And in His Unchanging Nature has given me a constant. A firm anchor to remain steady when my boat gets rocked.

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary. Hebrews 6:19 (NLT)

That doesn’t mean I don’t have to feel. It doesn’t mean I don’t get to hurt, feel sad, or grieve a change in my life.

It means I don’t have to do it alone. It means I can come into the inner sanctuary. Into the Heart of Christ and there I can rest at His feet.

I can gain the assurance that even in the difficulties of life and in the change in circumstances, I have the assurance of an unchanged unmovable God. With the Father of Light. He casts no shadow. This means He doesn’t change. What He gives is good and perfect gifts.

James 1:17 tells us, “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” (NLT)

When times get tough we have two choices to make. We can run from God (Trust me when I say I have tried that and it doesn’t go smoothly) or we can run to God.

I have been running to God. I have been bathing in the grace, love and mercy that He has poured down on me through His Word. Through His promise to never leave me.

Although, there has been a time of grieving, He has reminded me, You Are Not Alone.

You are my child and my child, I have you cradled and tucked you in my hand and there, you can find rest and security.

My friend, I know there are many of you going through something right now in your life. You may be surrounded by people and yet you feel utterly alone.

Christ has made us to have a need that is so deep for Him that our very soul will remain restless until we discover how to depend on Him in all of life’s circumstances. It is not by chance that you feel that way.

Now is when you make the choice. Run from God or Run into His arms.

Your creator and master designer has made you to need Him for your completeness.   

Choose completeness in Him and you will have an anchor for your soul that will that will remain steady and secure.


Let me know. What is it that you are facing that has you feeling restless and rocked to the core. If it is too personal, you don’t have to share. You can just let me know that you are in need of Christ’s hand on your heart. I want to pray over each of you this week. So please, comment below and let me know how I can lift you up before the Lord.

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This week's featured friend is Beth Steffaniak from Messy Marriage. What I love about Beth's site and all of her posts is that she is real. She comes each week with an honest heart that reinforces the fact that we don't have to be perfect to come to Christ, we just need to come with our hearts. I am glad you are here and join us every week, Beth!



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You're Given Beauty For Ashes & Sitting Among Friends #41



Most of my teenage years and through my twenties, I managed to accumulate a large amount of baggage in my life.

I found myself on the run from myself and from my reality.

In fact, I moved 5000 miles from my home just to try and become who I thought I could be. 

In my island paradise, I found myself crumpled up on the bathroom floor crying out, “I am a good girl.” 

Who I had become was the girl that had added to the mess daily and covered it up with a smile on her face. 

Now that I look back on it, I can see the Lord and His hand in my life, clutching me tight, not willing to let go. My many decisions should have turned out much more disastrous than they did.

My one regret was grieving 
                             My God.

    My Lord.

         My Father.

I had given my life to Christ when I was a preteen but lived my life completely for myself. We have been given free will to do just as we please and that is exactly how I lived.

I grew up going to church. I knew all the right things to do and say but I had driven a great divide between my fellowship with God in my life.


He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2

The Rock on which I now know I can stand firm on, never left me. As far away as I felt, the truth was I was the one who drifted away. Not God.

I know this to be true of God. He can turn your messes into something He can use for His purpose.

What Christ did for me was took a hold of my life in a way that I could not have expected. He found a way to draw me back to Him. Of Course, there can be consequences for our behaviors but God can use it for our good, for His Glory.

What Christ did for me was turn my past into a passion. A passion for sharing His redemptive never-ending love and how it reaches far beyond our mess.
I can rest my hope in who He says I am and not on my past or my mistakes.

He takes our ashes and turns them into beauty.

He will replace our grieving with joyous blessing.

Instead of living a life in despair, even when we have driven ourselves there, He will replace it with Praise. 

He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and no matter our situation, He is willing, upon repentance, to restore all of our brokenness.

He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD's favor has come, and with it, the day of God's anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:2-3

Do you have a past you wish you could erase or escape the shame? Have you faced circumstances in which you need restoration?

My friends, there is hope! I am a testament to the Living God that offers restoration to the broken. A God who is in the business of making all things new.

Are you ready to take the steps into trusting a God that seeks your heart? To love you and make you whole again?

He is simply a conversation away. He is waiting to hear from you.
Cry out to the Lord who reigns in both Heaven and Earth.

Seek Him and you will find Him when you seek Him with all of your heart.  Deuteronomy 4:29


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


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Night Night, Farm Review and Giveaway


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Night Night, Farm is the new children’s book by author Amy Parker. The adorable illustrations are done by Virginia Allyn.

Night Night, Farm is a delightful bedtime story for all those littles in your life.

Being a Midwestern girl, I am immediately drawn into the familiar farm scene. 

These fun lovable animals draw us right into cuddle up mode and into the bedtime routine.  

Each of these brightly colored pages features an array of farm animals. They are all taking part in getting ready for bed as they cuddle into mama. Each page also has the sound of the animal to make it a bit more playful and adding another element of learning to every page.

All the animals are ready for bed and waiting for you to join them! Don’t forget to say Night Night to God before you slip off to dreamland.

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Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada ages 18 and over! 

About the author:
Amy Parker’s children’s books have sold more than 800,000 copies including two Christian Retailing’s Best award-winning books and the bestselling A Night Night Prayer. She lives outside Nashville with her husband and two children.

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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

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