man alone thinking, looking for stability, peace

Finding Stability

In my devotional reading today in Beth Moore’s book Whispers of Hope, I was challenged to think about whether I place my faith in what God is doing or in Who God is. Where is your faith placed? How do you find stability in your roller coaster life? See my review of Whispers of Hope,…

valley, darkness, despair, Psalm 23

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:

suffering, ocean, waves

Tragedy to Triumph

Recently, I heard a sermon about suffering by David Platt. In the sermon, he reminds the listeners of repeated examples in Scripture where tragedy preceded triumph. These stories included: Ruth and Naomi, Joseph, David, and Job. During the sermon Platt said: “God ordains sorrowful tragedy to set the stage for triumph to come.” Often as…

waterfall, Virginia waterfall, forest waterfall

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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People All Over the World

                                                                                                                                       Too often in this journey we call life, we get caught up in how we are different, rather than in the things that bring us together. We all experience joy and sorrow, laughter and tears, celebration and suffering. We are all just people. Just People People are people All over the world. Every man,…

wind, windmill, pinwheel, palm trees, oasis

Lifted High

An excerpt from chapter 21. Wind destroys, and wind lifts up.  “Sitting on a boat in open water in a high wind will make a strong stomach weak. Because of television, most of us have seen the destruction which occurs from tsunamis, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Some of us may have even witnessed the destruction firsthand.…

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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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Trusting

An excerpt from chapter 14. Reflect: What are you willing to do (or do without) today in order that Christ be glorified in and through you? Are you walking by faith or sight? What are some things you are depending on instead of the Lord? Are there things you are holding onto tightly which God…

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Passionate

An excerpt from chapter 11. O Father, how often I drift from the intense love relationship with You which You desire to have with me. I often allow unanswered prayer and disappointment to cast shadows over my walk with You. Take the reins of my heart. Restore my love for You alone. Restore my passion…

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…

swimming, struggling to float, drowning, waves, undertow, going under

Really? Never Discouraged?

I told her that it was a devotional with the subtitle Soul flotation when the waves are pulling you under. She looked at me and asked me if I had experienced feeling that way before (being pulled under by circumstances in life). To which I answered

The Proof is in the . . .

No, not the pudding! The mail! The author/proof copy of Three Days at Sea is now being printed by the publisher and should arrive to my mailbox next week! Many of you have asked when it will be ready for purchase. Hopefully the paperback book will be ready to purchase by Thanksgiving (which means in…

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…

Thanking an Educator

September 24, 2012 Dear Ms. Flanagan, Yesterday, as our church honored educators, we watched a video about a neurosurgeon who contacted his middle school science teacher thanking him for encouraging him and telling him that he had what it took to be a brain surgeon. The video clip moved me, and instantly made me think…