Mission: Lead the Way and Sitting Among Friends #53


Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth had waited years for children. They were both very old and Elizabeth was not able to have children. Zechariah was a priest. I would like to bet that for many years they had made their requests known to God. If only they could have a child. If only God could grant them that small request.

This was to be Zechariah’s year. As a priest, one thing they would eagerly wait for was to be chosen as the priest to enter the Holy of Holies in the temple. This would have most likely been a once in a lifetime opportunity.

To stand before the very mercy seat of the Lord, what an honor! It would probably not be a far-off guess to suggest that not only did Zechariah do his priestly duties but didn’t waste this opportunity to make his requests known.

If it was not a verbal prayer, it certainly must have been one on his heart because as the worshippers were praying outside, an angel appeared before Zechariah to settle this very matter.

The angel said to him that his wife would bear a son and they were to call him John. There are so many things we could draw out of this story but I want to draw our attention to this boy John.

The one whom Jesus said, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. We often know him for his role as baptizer but his role as leader and messenger were his very calling.

The prophet Malachi spoke of him and his role hundreds of years before he was born. "Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:1(NLT)

I am always interested in knowing what this can mean for us? If the Bible is written about someone else in a different time, what does that have to do with me? In everything, show yourself to be an example by doing good works. Titus 2:7a (BSB)

John the Baptist was sent to go before the Lord to make a way for Him. We can look as his good works as an example of faith in action. He had a mission. Make a way for the Lord. John was working for a hope he had not yet seen but one he set his faith in.

We can certainly look to the example of John.

He gave up the comforts of the world to complete his calling. John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. Mark 1:6 (NIV)

He was teaching the people repentance, turning to God and then baptizing them.  Before he came, John the Baptist preached that all the people of Israel needed to repent of their sins and turn to God and be baptized. Acts 13:24 (NLT)

When questioned about who he was, He pointed to Jesus. John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet: “I am a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” John 1:23 (BSB)

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29 (BSB)

“I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.” John 1:34 (BSB)

He stepped back and allowed God to take the glory instead of himself. As John was completing his work, he said: 'Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. Acts 13:25 (NIV)

He continued the mission even through suffering and giving up his own life.

How often, for the sake of our calling or for the mission to further God’s kingdom do we even like to get a little uncomfortable? John was a great example of someone sent to fulfill his job and lived it out to the end.

John was faith in action. He pointed people to Jesus. He exalted Him as Lord over all. He taught people the way to repentance and turning toward God and 

He stepped back so Jesus could step into His proper place.


Leave us some encouragement below. 
What do you think of the story of John? Do any of the parts make you uncomfortable? 
Does any of it spur you on to make some changes in your own thinking or mission field? 
What part of John’s life do you think we can look to as an example? 
Give us some of your ideas of how we can walk out our faith. 


Looking Forward to Christmas? Here is a really fun link! It is a list of Christmas songs and Bible verses to reflect on. The 12 Praise of Christmas. 

















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Magnify No Other Name & Sitting Among Friends #52

I almost missed our meeting here today. Last night, I fell asleep reading to my kids. I know this may sound ridiculous to most bloggers but I write the night before I post.

Which means after the kids are asleep, I take to the computer and begin my “work”. Last night, that didn’t happen until I was suddenly awoken singing “Magnify no other Name.”

When I am slammed wide awake in the middle of the night, I am often time reminded of the story in Esther, when King Xerxes is awoken in the night and can’t sleep.

That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. Esther 6:1

God had something for him to notice. In those records, it was brought back to the attention of the king that Mordecai, the cousin of Esther, just so happened to save his life. 

I always find it funny when God stirs us in the night to bring something to our forefront. So here we are, 2:30 in the morning to be reminded to magnify no other name.

Here is part of the chorus from the song I woke up singing.

Magnify by We Are Messengers.

Take it all, Take it all away
Magnify no other Name
Open up, open up my eyes
To you

This week tends to be a busy week. Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner. We can get overwhelmed with our to-do lists, getting and buying gifts and cooking, cleaning, hosting.

I love doing all these things. (Well minus the cleaning part.)

But the truth is all these things, that can be good can quickly turn to pride, greed, jealousy, covetousness, bitterness, more of me and less of Him.

As we go into this holiday season, may we, not only sing but show the actions of this song. Magnify No Other Name.

We often hear this world is temporary and as believer’s, we know this world is not our home. But we can bring on the misery while living here or we can choose to not forget the mission and magnify no other Name.

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.  Acts 4:12

God has given no other name that will save us now and for eternity.

I hope God’s praise will be the source of life that flows from your conversations and your activities. I pray that your hearts will flow with the gratitude because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. May the Lord see that God is bigger than it all and may we be a true reflection of who He is.


Have a blessed holiday, my friends!



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Where Jesus Slept by Norma Lewis Review


One of my favorite types of books to read my children are cumulative tales. These are books that build on the story as the pages progress. Each page repeats the previous page and then a new thought or sentence adds to the story. 

I love these types of stories because they promote confident readers. Even if a child cannot “read” the page they feel as if they can. These stories are also a great way for children to see the whole picture come together at the end of the story. 

I couldn't have been more delighted to read the new book by author Norma Davis called Where Jesus Slept. While teaching the story of our king's arrival we slowly gather around the manger scene. 

We see all the pieces of the blessed night when Jesus was born from the angels singing in the fields to Jesus' humble beginnings the night he was born. 

Illustrator Katy Hudson has captured our hearts in the faces and scenery she has so beautifully drawn on every page. 

I enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book to anyone small children. What a great way to tell them the story of when Jesus was born. This book would make a fun way to add a family tradition of reading the Christmas story. With the repetition, your kiddos will be telling you the story in no time!


John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He sent His One and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 

Reading Age 4-7

About the Author: 
Norma Lewis is the author of 10 books. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a marmalade cat named Scalawag.When Scalawag isn't busy living up to his name, they both love spending time with her six grandchildren. 




Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the 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.



Verses to Serve up Hearts of Gratitude!


This is the time of year where we remember to have a grateful heart filled with the attitude of thankfulness. As we are Seeking God, I hope these verses will inspire us to serve up your grateful heart all year not only for the sake of your own attitude but for the sake of furthering Christ’s kingdom and that others may see Him through you.

Colossians 3:15-16 reminds of our calling to let peace reign in our hearts and to be thankful. We can then be known for a grateful heart and Christ can be glorified through them. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, for to this you were called as members of one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (BSB)

This Thanksgiving let's cook up and serve some grateful attitudes. Let us be the light to brighten the day. Enjoy these verses that will help you keep your focus on a heart full of thanksgiving.

I love the verse that reminds us to sing a joyful noise unto the Lord. Why? Let’s just say I may not have inherited the voice of a songbird. However, The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7 (NLT) 

I love this verse. Let’s burst out in songs of thanksgiving, not because we’re songbirds, but because of our hearts overflowing with joy.  

That wasn’t enough to convince you to burst out in song. Add these two to your playlist. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. Psalm 95:2 (NASB)

Then I will praise God's name with singing, and I will honor him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 (NLT)

As God’s children, we are to Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4-5 (NIV)

May you remember as you embrace this holiday season to put on your attitude of gratitude for all of God’s faithfulness. Not only His faithfulness to all the generations but to your very own heart.  

As believers, we can count on living this life with a kingdom perspective. We don’t have to put our hope and faith in this shakable life. We have a home that is unmovable and unshakable. This holiday let this hope be our ultimate reason to be filled with gratitude. 

Therefore, since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us be filled with gratitude, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28 (BSB)

As the busyness of this season seems to engulf us all, may we stop to take the time to not only remember Christ but to come before Him with hearts full of thanksgiving!


Have a wonderful holiday season this year!



And You Will Be Saved and Sitting Among Friends #51

One of my favorite things to do is to discuss scripture with people so I am glad that you have joined me today to talk about a part of scripture that cannot be overlooked.

So often we want to point out the qualities of God that fit into a neat box or help us to connect to Him or help us to feel like we understand Him.

Maybe we need forgiveness so we like to stress that God is a God of mercy or a God of Grace. Maybe we are lacking compassion in our lives so we say God is a God of Love. While God is all those things, He is much more.

I was telling a confidant the other day (my grandma), the more I learn about God, the less I feel like I know about God. The more knowledge I gain, the smaller I get and the bigger He becomes.

In our pursuit to make God what we need Him to be we often overlook our need for dependence and a genuine relationship. We make God someone we can wrap our minds around.

Paul speaks in Philippians about God transcending our understanding. Job gives us a picture of how great and marvelous our God is and reminds us that He is beyond our understanding.

The reality of God is He is the One in whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). He is the Author of our Life and to play Him as anything smaller would be a huge understatement and we would miss His all encompassing attributes. 

Something that always transcends my understanding is why a God so great and marvelous would choose a wretched people like us to love, to die for, to forgive, and to call His own.

The greatest love story, in my opinion, is that of a Father choosing His Only Son to be a sacrifice for all of humanity. A story that transcends my understanding.

I don’t know about you personally, okay, I do, but we’ll get to that in a minute. But as for me, I don’t deserve the redemption. I don’t deserve the mercy or the grace. I didn’t deserve for God to leave His throne and humble Himself to rescue me.  

As for you, you fall in the same arena as I do. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.”

Now that we are all on the same page. We can see our need for a Savior is more than just a morning cup of coffee. 

Because of our sin, our relationship with God is broken. God provided a way for it to be restored on the cross. Our life rests in His hands and here is the great news.

News that can be beyond our understanding but doesn’t have to be beyond our reality. God came to rescue us, not because we deserve it, but because of who He is. He is Love. He wants us to be restored to a perfect relationship with Him.  

The same God who created the stars and calls each of them by name set a plan in motion that would not only make us right with Him now but for all of eternity.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith--- and this is not of yourselves, it is a gift of God.  

I hope you caught that. It is not of yourselves. It is not based on whether we deserve grace because we don’t. That is why it is called grace. That is why it is a gift.

I am relieved by that news, how about you? The creator of heaven and earth offered us a free gift. One we don’t deserve but one He wants to give us.

What is it and How do I get it?

Romans 10:9 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.

My grandma once told me that her mom used to always say, “The way you people talk anyone can be saved.”

I don’t want you to miss this. The answer is Yes! Yes, you can!

Christ came to earth. In the flesh, humbled Himself as a servant and died for each one of us. Three days later, He was raised from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God as king and authority over all.

Read Romans 10:9 again. 

The choice is yours. Do you choose to believe that today? Do want to call Him Lord of your life? 

Believe in what He did on the cross and that He was raised from the dead. Seek His Forgiveness. Believe in your heart that need you Him because He is the Only Way. Confess this to Him. And You will be saved. Isn’t that Awesome!

If you have made a decision like this. Don't keep it to yourself. Tell someone that can help you. Don't know who to turn to? Send me an email and let me know and I will help you with the next steps.

I am glad you sat down with us today! Don’t forget to read some posts below from my blogger friends. They write great stuff and you won’t want to miss it.


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You can find her at sarahefrazer.com where she gives us the invitation to study God's Word in the ordinary days. Such encouragement from a mom and encourager of real Bible study. I also appreciate all of Sarah's printable pages to keep us organized in our study. I am glad you are here, Sarah!

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WOW! Thank you all for coming here and for the 75 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!

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Celebrating at Seeking God and Sitting Among Friends #50

I am very excited for this post this week. I have such a wonderful reason to celebrate, not only for myself but for all of you who have visited and joined me here at Seeking God.

What am I celebrating today? First, this month I have been blogging here at Seeking God for two years. WOW! The time has gone by so quickly. Life is but just a moment, isn’t it? I stepped out in faith and followed where I believe God has lead me in ministry.

It has been a great journey. I have made many blogging friends and had the opportunity to meet so many faithful servants. What an honor it is to serve here with you!

There have been many different changes here including changing the name of my site and getting focus and clarity on the things I am working on.

I have also had the opportunity to work with some great companies like Propeller Promotions, BookLook Bloggers, loved+blessed, and Fortify My Faith. In fact, before you go,  go to yesterday’s post, see the reveal of this brand new company and I would love for you to sign up to win a 3-month subscription from Fortify My Faith

My new series that I am excited about is the Seeking God Series. If you have not had the opportunity to read the first two posts, you can read Verses for Assurance When Seeking God and Lord, Heal Our Nation.  

I am looking forward to writing this series and bring it here to you because I think it is vital to know God through His Word and I am excited to bring that to you through this new series.

Next, I am celebrating YOU! You have been with me for 50 Blog parties! Nearly a year and I cannot tell you how much each one of you means to me. I could not do this without you, nor would I want to. 

Thank you, you give this procrastinator a bunch of accountability partners to be here every week and on time. I am absolutely thrilled to join you every week and share the Love of God with you.

Finally, this next week is my 11-year anniversary to one of the loves of my life. My husband has been so supportive of my ministry here. Although it is not easy to work from your home, my husband has made that possible with his love and support.

His support not only extends to me using the web as a ministry but he has been my spiritual mate. I love that I have been joined with someone who equally loves the Lord and knows what it means to submit in obedience to what he is calling you to do. You can read more about see how I view our marriage as a three strand cord in Two Chairs Become One Bench.

Now every celebration needs party gifts.

I have put together a gift package of some of my favorite things. Many products from one of my favorite companies, CTA. They offer great products and devotionals that are super affordable. They are great to have on hand to give to people you meet.

I love to cook and so I have included an apron made by You’re Sew Trendy Designs. (Yeah, that is me! My web address used to be youresewtrendy.blogspot.com and that is where it comes from.)

A mini recipe book for those who love to cook Mexican food – that’s me, too!

A $5 Starbucks card because I know many of you are mega coffee drinkers. If not, get an iced tea like I do.

A journal and a pen because well, as you can tell, I like to write. I always have a notebook in my purse and this one will fit in great in any space.

This package is valued at over $40. But it can only be your if you go to the raffle below and sign up for a chance to win!
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WOW! Thank you all for coming here and for the 80 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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Fortify My Faith Subscription Box Reveal


This week I have had the privilege of working with a brand-new company and I am very excited to introduce them to you.

Fortify My Faith is a subscription box company that offers faith-based products delivered right to your doorstep.

They have several options for their subscriptions. They offer a month-to-month that auto-renews. They also offer a 3-month, 6-month and 12-month prepay option that would be a great way to continually receive encouragement month after month. The more you prepay the more you save! They would also be a great opportunity to send inspiration to a loved one.

I received October and November boxes to review and have revealed the boxes to you in the video below. Enjoy!



You can see from the video that each box contains multiple items. Both boxes we beautifully presented in a basket and included several items. They both contained a 30-day women’s devotional along with several other fantastic gifts such as a necklace, pumpkin butter, a scented candle, wall plaque, coloring scripture cards, and a few other fun goodies.

I loved all the products I saw and was happy to not only support Fortify My Faith through this post but also to support all the companies they are sharing through their subscription boxes.

Fortify my Faith is a family business striving to bring you great products that inspire and encourage. They are a Mother, daughters’ and sons’ team that searches for great products from other faith-based companies to encourage and inspire you throughout the month.  

The best part is it is delivered right to your front door!

They not only offer monthly subscriptions but a one-time package which would be great for gifts.

The possibilities are also endless for gifting a Fortify my Faith gift box, Birthdays, Christmas, Showers, Engagements, Weddings, Graduations, Retirements, Get Well, Teacher Gift, Office Party, Holiday Exchange, or Just Because it’s Friday! Whew! Whatever the occasion, you won’t be disappointed!

Want to Know More? 
Here are the links where you can connect with Fortify My Faith Online.


This week only! I have the honor of giving away a 3-month subscription! (That's an $80 Value)  Sign-Up Below and Get Connected! It is Super quick and Super easy!

That’s Not All! For all Seeking God readers who order from Fortify my Faith in November or December with the code THANKFUL in the checkout will receive 50% off your first month’s Box! How Great is that!


This raffle is open to residents of the US ages 18 and over. Please check your email after the raffle to see if you are the winner! 


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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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