At the Feet of Jesus and Sitting Among Friends #59


I hope you didn’t miss last week’s post, A Sinner’s Tale. It described the Pharisee who was too proud to see his own sin and a sinful woman who poured her tears of repentance out at the feet of Jesus.

Oh, what it must have been like to physically be at the feet of Jesus. I have, many times, brought my sins and sorrows to His feet and can confidently say, I know He has forgiven me and comforted me. But I long for the day, I will be able to look Him in the face with gratitude for all the He has done for me.

There is an amazing story in Matthew 15 when a lady knelt at the feet of Jesus for healing for her daughter.

The story begins in verse 21. A Canaanite woman came after Jesus and His disciples, crying out and begging Him Lord, have mercy on me. 

The disciples tried to dismiss her but she knelt before Jesus and begged Him, “Lord, help me!”

Then this very interesting conversation takes place. The discussion over bread and throwing it to the dogs seems very confusing, after all, she is asking for her daughter to be healed.  

Matthew 15:24-28 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” 

Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

Looking further and closer into this conversation and these few lines, we can see a glimpse of the heart of Jesus so beautifully.

He is merciful, loving, gracious, good, just, forgiving, a comforter, truthful, compassionate, all-powerful and this is not even the completeness of who He is. Absolutely, amazing, isn’t it?

Jesus stated to this woman He had come for the lost sheep of Israel. This was a Canaanite woman. This was a group of people from Genesis that were cursed to be the lowest of the servants. They were a hated people.

He was making clear to her that he had a purpose and it was to save Israel. What He was doing was seeing where her faith was.

Jesus had healed many and He wanted to know if she was there because of faith or because she wanted a quick fix.

He was saying the bread, was for His children, Israel. He was asking her why He should throw crumbs or a bit of mercy in her direction.

In the face of Jesus, this woman knows where she stands. She knows what she deserves. Humbly, she says even the dogs, referring to herself, would take a crumb of mercy that fell her way from the master.

His response, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.”

Just like the sinful woman that we saw humble herself in Simon’s house, at the feet of Jesus, we see this woman humble herself before Jesus.

Both instances, Jesus shows us that gender, race, and sin are all on the same playing field with Him. He has bigger concerns and that comes out in His response to the disciples. I am here to save the lost and whoever comes to me, I will save.

Both woman, lost. Both women showed great faith. Both women humbled themselves at great risk to fall at Jesus’ feet seeking His mercy and He granted it both times. Just a beautiful story of who He really is.

Do you have anything today that needs to be surrendered at the feet of Jesus? 

We can see from this story (and many others) that Jesus' purpose was the heart of the matter. Saving lost souls. It was not limited to a people but given to all people who choose to humble themselves before Him.

Sometimes we are afraid to surrender ourselves and our situations. We fear rejection or further shame or hurt. We feel we may be denied.

I cannot say what Jesus will choose to heal or how He will choose your path of forgiveness. I can be certain of this. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

What He did for those women, He can do for you! How and when He chooses is up to Him but a quick glance back through these stories and you can see His faithfulness, mercy, love, grace, goodness, just, forgiveness, comfort, truthfulness, compassion, and power.


Do you need a little time at the feet of Jesus today? 






cb Share Here bc

I would love to connect with you on social media! 
You can Find Me at the Links Below!


Jaime Wiebel - Facebook | Twitter |  Pinterest |  Google+

This week's featured friend is Valerie Murray from Cord of 6. Valerie is doing a great series now on trading fear for faith. She is giving practical steps on facing fear and moving forward. I am glad you are here, Valerie.


Thanks for joining us and Sitting Among Friends


WOW! Thank you all for coming here and for the 79 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!

There are easy share buttons to your left or at the bottom of each post (mobile) and after you link-up. Thanks for sharing! 

Thanks! From all of us at  #SittingAmongFriends
*** Joining Us Here? You are welcome to join me on Pinterest and Pin to Our Sitting Among Friends Blog Party Board where I will be happy to re-pin posts to my other boards. ***






Want Reminders and Updates for Sitting Among Friends Blog Party. 

Yes, Sign Me Up!

* indicates required






Email Format


cb Share Here bc

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.





cb Share Here bc

I would love to connect with you on social media! 
You can Find Me at the Links Below!


Jaime Wiebel - Facebook | Twitter |  Pinterest |  Google+

This week's featured friend is Crystal Twaddell from crystaltwadell.com. Crystal has a lovely site and I love that her site is a place which encourages combining a little bit of intention with a lot of passion to create an overflowing legacy of hope! Thank you, Crystal, for joining us. I am glad you are here!



Thanks for joining us and Sitting Among Friends

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!

There are easy share buttons to your left or at the bottom of each post (mobile) and after you link-up. Thanks for sharing! 

Thanks! From all of us at  #SittingAmongFriends
*** Joining Us Here? You are welcome to join me on Pinterest and Pin to Our Sitting Among Friends Blog Party Board where I will be happy to re-pin posts to my other boards. ***







Want Reminders and Updates for Sitting Among Friends Blog Party. 

Yes, Sign Me Up!

* indicates required






Email Format


cb Share Here bc

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?

cb Share Here bc

I would love to connect with you on social media! 
You can Find Me at the Links Below!


Jaime Wiebel - Facebook | Twitter |  Pinterest |  Google+

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. 



Thanks for joining us and Sitting Among Friends

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!

There are easy share buttons to your left or at the bottom of each post (mobile) and after you link-up. Thanks for sharing! 

Thanks! From all of us at  #SittingAmongFriends
*** Joining Us Here? You are welcome to join me on Pinterest and Pin to Our Sitting Among Friends Blog Party Board where I will be happy to re-pin posts to my other boards. ***









Want Reminders and Updates for Sitting Among Friends Blog Party. 

Yes, Sign Me Up!

* indicates required






Email Format


cb Share Here bc

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.

"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. 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.”



Be Still

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

For Sharing...

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

Translate