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Birth of Peace

May you and your family find hope, peace, comfort, joy, and encouragement this Christmas season! Blessings to you! — Delana H. Stewart When Christmas is Cold Inside Wintertime Frost Found by the Joy Giver Advertisements

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Soul Visitation

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be visited visually by the Lord Almighty, even in a dream or a vision. I wonder, at times, what it was like for those visited by angels…who often began with the phrase “do not be afraid.” Sometimes I have wished at least for a hand to…

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He Knows the Way

The stories, poems, and devotions in Three Days at Sea are an outpouring of personally experiencing the presence and power of the Lord in my life during difficult seasons. In looking back at those times in my life, two verses often come to my mind:

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Thinking about Whose Child I am

Today I have been thinking about the coming Father’s Day this weekend…and thinking about the day the Lord God adopted me into His family as His child. Sometimes we go through trials in our lives that may  leave us wondering and questioning His love for us. This morning as I read a familiar passage in…

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Believe

Esther fasted and prayed and trusted that God had brought her to this place and position in her life for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). She believed in God’s power to rescue her.

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Rising Above

An excerpt from chapter 20. “Will we believe God can give us the measure of faith to rise above any situation— to go when He says go and wait when He says wait?” “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you…

Despairing

An excerpt from chapter 19. Three Days at Sea I learned my lesson amid a school of fish, as I sat inside the churning stomach of a great beast. In stench so strong, the deep, darkness fell heavily around me. “I demand a new verdict! What have I done to deserve this?” my mind screamed,…

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Tested and Tried

An excerpt from chapter 16. “Lord, when trials come, help me to remember they are tests of my faith. I pray in those times I will find my strength in You and remain faithful. And for the times in between the trials, I want always to count my blessings, express my thankfulness, rest in You,…

Thinking about Today

An excerpt from chapter 10. “Lord, whenever difficult situations arise, I wonder if the grass is greener someplace else. In Philippians, You admonish us to think about whatever is true. Often I find myself thinking about things I do not know about. I want to know if the tomorrows will always be so far from…

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Gasping

How wonderful it is that we serve a God who does not give us more than we can handle! Even in the deep places His hand guides us. He does not leave us to drown in our times of sorrow or grief or fear. He pulls us up to the surface just in time.

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Broken Vessels

“Almighty Father, how timely is Your Word to me. You gave me new understanding today. You desire a broken spirit. When we are broken by You or by the circumstances You allow in our lives, we become useable, moldable, flexible. . . .

Heavenly Tweets

By: Delana H. Stewart During my week-long sabbatical from WordPress, Twitter, and Facebook, I worked on putting the finishing touches on my book Three Days at Sea: Soul Flotation When the Waves are Pulling You Under. In this devotional book, among many verses, I share 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Pray without ceasing.” Praying without ceasing…

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Hurricane Season

Sometimes we go through seasons of long or subsequent storms in our life-journeys. In those times we should find places to rest and people to trust. I find it helpful to remember God’s faithfulness during previous storms to get through current or coming storms. . . .