A Treasured Gift and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #26

Change? A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about change, The New Has Come! Change as humans is not something we will ever escape. 

Every day we are a day older. We change seasons in life. Kids to Adults. Students to graduates. Single to married. Childless to a Family. It is something to embrace or fight. 
  
Change as a believer is inevitable. According to Ezekiel God gives us a new heart. One not just made of stone as stated in Ezekiel but one made of flesh. I praise the Lord for it. It is an amazing victory! Nothing shy of a miracle.

What about those days it doesn’t feel like a victory? What about when it feels like a battle? What about when I don’t feel like an overcomer but feel overcome?

Before you go, I want to give you some verses to help you when you feel like you are in the trenches of life and need the hope of a new tomorrow.

My trench may not be the same as yours, but I hope these verses will be something you, too, can hold on to.

Ever since I wrote that piece, I have been to struggling with this inevitable change that happens at this time of year.  It is the realization that my children are another year older.

I don’t know about you, but I do not like the end of the school year. Not because it means my kids will be home with me all summer (I LOVE that part), but because they are another grade older. 

My babies seem to be growing up before my eyes and I feel if I blink too long, it will all be gone. Let me hear from you mamas out there. How do you or did you feel about another school year passed? How do you handle changes or seasons of your child’s life?

The end of the school year. I don’t think it affects my husband in the same way, or at least it doesn’t seem to. Me, I am a wreck. I feel completely overwhelmed and saddened. What about you daddies out there? How do you feel after the end of the year? How do you handle the changing seasons of your children’s lives?

Here are the verses I promised. If you are struggling like me, put them on a post-it. Hang them on the door frames of your hearts and repeat God’s Word for comfort and guidance.

You don’t have to do this alone. God is always there for you and His Word can provide the steps to peace and calm hearts.

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)

I know you all are treasuring these moments!

However, Mary continued to treasure all these things in her heart and to ponder them. Luke 2:19 (ISV)

A treasured gift!

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3 (NLT)

God is our constant! When change seems to be too much, we can rely on Him as our constant no matter what we are feeling.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17 (ESV)


What are your favorite verses when you feel anxious about the end or beginning of a new stage in your life? What are the verses you hold onto as the anchor of your heavy heart? Please share any tips, tricks, or verses to encourage us through this stage or season of life to the next.

I would also like to announce the winner of the ESV Family Devotional Bible is Lisa E.

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"My Daddy" Syndrome and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #25


Recently, I was reading a daily devotional (Today in the Word by Moody Publishers) and it stated that half of the missionaries stated their biggest obstacle was working with other missionaries.

At first, this surprised me, and I wondered why. I was wondering what we do as God's children that cause us to react this way. What causes others to have these obstacles and how can we change these situations.

I like to call it the “My Daddy” Syndrome. A term totally made up by myself, but I am sure it has been published in some psychology magazine somewhere. Not really!

The “My Daddy” Syndrome is very common among small children and sometimes into adulthood. We may have even said this or heard this from our own children.

It begins in childhood. For little girl’s it the moment when they stand in front of their daddy and twirl around in their new dress and say, “Daddy, what do you think?” They want to hear three little words. “You, Look Beautiful!” He is her daddy.

Little boys go outside, get out the wrench, and tear the training wheels off of their bikes and attempt to drive down the street with no hands. Turning to look at Daddy they want to hear, “You can do it, son!” He is his daddy.

Although we have all gone through this and gotten mixed answers, as believers, we often lay this same mentality down in our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

We do something we think is astounding and we turn to God and say, “What did you think?” We want a great big pat on the back. We want our measure of success to be according to the measure of our skills or accomplishments or in comparison to the person next to us.

We want God to notice the great big job we did and we want to know that He thinks we are amazing.

Then, we start to look around at God’s other children, our brothers and sisters in Christ. We notice the things they are accomplishing for Him and sometimes our great thing begins to look not so great or big OR grand.

And we wonder if our Daddy noticed.


We get possessive over our Daddy and we want Him to be just ours. 

We become like the little girl twirling in her new Sunday dress and the little boy who has just climbed another mountain and we want our worship to mean more, to look better, and to sound better.

We look at each other with “My Daddy” eyes. (You know what those are.)

In the process, we forget to take the time to celebrate and encourage our brothers and sisters thinking it somehow diminishes anything we may have done.

We forget our goals and purposes are to further Christ’s Kingdom for His Glory and not our own. We forget it is Christ’s grace, mercy, and His righteousness that was bestowed on us that has made us who we are. God loves us because HE IS LOVE! 


And, Yes, Your Daddy Notices You!


May I encourage you after you leave here today to consider what your worship is, why you worship and who it is for. Are you wasting any time having "My Daddy" Syndrome?

1 Corinthians 1:28-31 (NIV) God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord."

Let’s not waste time with “My Daddy” and boast in “Our Daddy” who has nullified our sins on the cross to make us right in His sight.


Take a step in the direction of growth. I would like to challenge you to find someone that has encouraged your walk with Christ in any way big or small. Praise God for them. Take the time and find some way to encourage them to continue serving Him and then continue on boasting in the Lord!

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WOW! Last week had 103 fabulous posts. This party has been amazing and it is thanks to you, friends, who link-up with us and those who stop by and read! 

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Please, link-up (up to 3) of your family-friendly inspiring stories, recipes, DIY, homeschool, giveaways, or share your life's greatest passions. 

Friends are here to encourage and challenge us in our walk of life, so enjoy!

Thank you for posting and linking up. I try to read and comment on as many of these wonderful posts as I can and as time allows. I just want to say you are all doing wonderful work and praise the Lord that I have had the opportunity to come across the path of so many of you. 

This party has been fantastic and it is thanks to all of you who stop by and Share this party with your friends. Together, we can make this our great place. There are easy share buttons to your left or at the bottom of each post (mobile) and after you link-up. 



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ESV Family Devotional Bible Review and Giveaway!


Finding a family devotion can be quite a task. Don't get me wrong, there are amazing books out there for families.

I needed one, however, to span ages, build on previous knowledge, and keep their interest. My kids love reading Bible stories. I want something our whole family can enjoy, comes from an actual Bible, and we can learn and engage in conversation at the same time.

My kiddos range from ages 4-9. The ESV Family Devotional Bible has struck a chord with our whole family.

First of all, this is a complete ESV Bible. The ESV is a "word-for-word" translation of the original texts. Meaning each word of the original texts are translated rather than what is considered a "thought-for-thought" translation.

I am going to highlight the features of this Bible that are added to this version that I find to be so amazing they have my family running to the table to enjoy.

The Family Devotional Bible has 130 gospel story synopses. The featured stories are within the actual text that they come from. I find this to be an added feature because many times we want to expand or read parts directly from the Bible and it simply means turning the page.  

Each story has a full-color illustration that draws you into the story.
The expressions and the detail are superb and add great understanding to the story.

After each story is a list of 3-4 questions for the family. We turned this into a game show type questioning and the kids loved being able to answer the questions. The questions are dig-deeper kind of questions. What I loved was each child could answer at their own level and still give great answers. (I was excited to see how well they listened and how much each of them knew.)   

At the end of the Bible is a list of the synopses in order. Also, included is six colorful maps that have pictures to emphasize certain features like small and large cities, ports, and mountains.

Overall, I would recommend this Bible and Devotional for families seeking deeper family devotional time. Further understanding of key Bible stories and times well spent in the Word of God together.

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The New Has Come! and Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #24

Change seems inevitable. Yet, we often find ourselves, digging our heels in and gripping onto our old way of being. Do you ever find yourself having these inner conflicts about changing?

Another year older? Not me, I still tell everyone I’m 35 or is it 36? Oh well, it doesn’t matter. I refuse to change. Just put on a little more makeup or buy some new cream and change does not have to happen. Or does it?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Wow! I love this NIV has an exclamation point at the end. The new is here! No getting around this change the new has come!

Wait, what is this newness?

"Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26 (NASB)

Ahh! A sigh of relief. This change is not just a jumpstart or a new pair of shoes. I get a new heart and a new spirit! Not that same old girl, I used to be. Hallelujah!

But this change is hard and scary and I feel too weak to face it alone…

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:26-27

What if it doesn't stick? Nothing ever seems to stick around …

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you." Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)

What will become of me?


And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. 1 Peter 2:5 (NLT)

This change seems like it is turning into a really good thing!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 (NIV)


Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) 

As believers in Christ, this change is not only inevitable, it is an absolute. It is not something to fear or out-rationalize. It is something to be treasured and celebrated. How are you celebrating your change this season? 

Before you go, stop by yesterday's post for a chance to Win! 
None Like Him by Jen Wilkin 


While you're here, sit down with some of my friends. 

WOW! Last week had 115 fabulous posts. This party has been amazing and it is thanks to you, friends, who link-up with us and those who stop by and read! 

Please remember to visit other friends when you are posting.
They are amazing writers with so many great stories to share with you. Just click on a link below and you will go directly to their site where you can get to know them more. 

Please, link-up (up to 3) of your family-friendly inspiring stories, recipes, DIY, homeschool, giveaways, or share your life's greatest passions. 

Friends are here to encourage and challenge us in our walk of life, so enjoy!

Thank you for posting and linking up. I try to read and comment on as many of these wonderful posts as I can and as time allows. I just want to say you are all doing wonderful work and praise the Lord that I have had the opportunity to come across the path of so many of you. 

This party has been fantastic and it is thanks to all of you who stop by and Share this party with your friends. Together, we can make this our great place. There are easy share buttons to your left or at the bottom of each post (mobile) and after you link-up. 



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None Like Him Book Review and Giveaway


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Jen Wilkin’s new book None Like Him will inspire you to think or rethink your views of God page after page.  Ten ways God is different from us and why that’s a good thing is the premise of this page turner. Anytime I pick up a book and learn about God more in depth, I don’t want to put it down.  

Jen Wilkin uses a list, used by many theologians, listing ten attributes of God, that only He has. This list is paired with a list of attributes of God that we, too, can attain. Even if you are aware of these attributes, for visual people like myself, it is great to see them in list form.  

Each chapter of None Like Him goes into detail about these ten attributes that only God can have. Only God is Infinite, Incomprehensible, Self-Existent, Self-Sufficient, Eternal, Immutable, Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent.

I love how Jen Wilkin goes through each one of these attributes and combines Biblical truths with real-life situations.

Since the beginning of time, starting with Adam and Eve, man has tried to become like God and in many ways become their own gods. We set our sights on things that only God is and we get frustrated that life is not what we want it to be or thought it would be.

In realizing that only God can be God, we can move from worshipping creation and the things we make to worshipping the Creator.  We are then free to be in awe of the Almighty Himself.

This book would be great for the individual, small group, or large group study. There are several features that I really enjoyed in this book that make it great for study.

Each chapter begins with the attribute of God that pertains only to Him, from the list above, and then discusses the Biblical truth along with real-life scenarios. We see these attributes made visible in our lives and read examples of how we try to become like God in those ways. Then each chapter ends with Toppling the myth of human… (i.e. self-sufficiency) followed by verses to meditate on pertaining to that chapter, four questions to dig deeper, and an idea to write out a prayer reflecting on that attribute.

In the very back of the book, there are several pages to write personal reflections which you may feel is adequate space to answer the questions throughout the book or you may want a journal to accompany your time spent in this book.

This is certainly a book you will want to read. I would recommend this book to both women and men because the focus of this book was God and did not necessarily focus on issues faced only by women or men. As believers, I believe it is essential to understand God more to understand ourselves more. This book does a great job of relating today’s social issues with Biblical truths.

Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of Women’s Bible studies. She is the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both our Hearts and Our Minds. 



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Planting the Seeds & Sitting Among Friends Blog Party #23


Happy Mother’s Day to all my Mom friends out there! You have so much importance in the lives of your littles’ and bigs’. You are the ones planting those first seeds and watering them with your love. I thank God and pray for you this week as you continue to walk with your families in faith.



Join Me as we talk about planting the seeds of life!

My little guy loves the idea of gardening and being a farmer. Last summer, he went to the small patch where my parents planted potatoes, began digging, and dug up a whole basketful.

His immediate thought was to sell them. So we went to a few neighbors to see if they had interest. He made fifty cents on a small bunch. He was very excited.

This year, he has decided he is going to be a farmer. My husband decided to support his adventure by building a garden. He has big plans and he is eager to get started. He has plans for a garden/lemonade stand and selling vegetables of all varieties.

We started a few plants indoors to be ready for outdoor planting. I will not even show you the results. They are sad and straggly looking. While I am reminded that even with the best intentions, we can plant the seed and water them, but only God can make them grow.

We are reminded in 
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (NIV) I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.

Often times we work, we pray, we try to speak truth into lives around us and we are left wondering why our words and our lives seem to be falling on deaf ears.  We want those around us to experience the joy and peace that we receive from God, just to have it turned away.

Don’t lose heart my friend! Christ is the source of the growth. As His followers and disciples, we are to plant the seed and water it. Christ alone has the power to turn hearts and produce fruit.

The Story in John 4 tells us after Jesus had talked to the Samaritan woman at the well, His disciples returned. They were urging Jesus to eat. 

Jesus replied, “His food is to do the will of the one who sent Him and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are four months then comes the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35-36 (NIV)

The disciples were wondering why Christ was talking to this Samaritan woman. What Christ was telling them was that there are many people that need to hear of God’s Word. She, who seemed like an unlikely candidate for spreading God’s Word, began immediately planting seeds that Christ soon grew.

So don’t ever think that even a small bit of God’s truth is a waste or your time or energy. We are told in 
Isaiah 55:11 (NLT) It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

Christ’s Word will not go out and return void. HE will accomplish with it what He has set out to do. It doesn’t need to be wrapped up in a pretty bow and camouflaged as something it is not. It has the power of The Word backing it up.

The Gospel is the food that feeds the soul. Sharing it is the will of the Father. Christ came to accomplish that work.

The fields are wide open with many people that need the seed of the Good News of Christ to be planted in their hearts. Let’s be eager to get to the fields while the harvest is plenty. While the time is now.


So get busy friends, planting seeds, watering fertile ground, and doing God’s work because God’s mighty hand is ready to make all things new with growth.    


Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to guest post at RachelBritton.com. I really appreciate her allowing me to be a part of her #BeBoldGirl Series. When you have a moment we would love for you to stop by Rachel's page and Read Hold Your Head Up High. I hope you are encouraged to Be Bold. 

While you're here, sit down with some of my friends. 

Wow! Last week had 103 posts. I am so glad you all are here. Please remember to visit other friends while you are posting.

They are amazing writers with so many great stories to share with you. Just clink on a link below and you will go directly to their site where you can get to know them more. 

Please, linkup (up to 3) of your family-friendly inspiring stories, recipes, DIY, homeschool, giveaways, or share your life's greatest passions. 

Friends are here to encourage and challenge us in our walk of life, so enjoy!

Thank you for posting and linking up. I try to read and comment on as many of these wonderful posts as I can and as time allows. I just want to say you are all doing wonderful work and praise the Lord that I have had the opportunity to come across the path of so many of you. 

This party has been fantastic and it is thanks to all of you who stop by and Share this party with your friends. Together we can make this our great place. There are easy share buttons to your left or at the bottom of each post (mobile) and after you linkup. 



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Hold You Head Up High

There are many days where boldness slips my grip. I wake up ready to conquer the world, be all that God has asked of me, but quickly begin to feel less than worthy.

Standing in the greatness of an awesome God, those feelings are nothing new. We see Moses fall to his face when he realizes whose presence he is in. In the sight of Jesus, John the Baptist realizes he is not even worthy to untie Jesus’s sandals.

In one of my favorite passages from Isaiah, we read about Isaiah’s vision of the Lord in all His Glory. Isaiah’s response in Chapter 6 Verse 5 is, 
"Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts."  


As believers, it seems common to feel undone, ruined and unworthy to serve or to be in the presence of the Lord. I think this is an appropriate response. One that is normal and one that we should not feel shame for. But often times, we feel guilty for feeling less than great and mighty.


I have had the amazing opportunity to guest post at RachelBritton.com where you can finish reading the rest of this post. I don't want you to miss it. I believe it will encourage your heart today. So just ...   Hold Your Head Up High Friends!

Be Still

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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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