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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

when you're sailing on a rocky sea.

Tonight, I'm thinking about sailing.
How I love sailing, and how I grew up taking sailing trips from time to time with my family. 
My dad has his sailing license, and our family loves the wide open sea.
Living in Southern California, I have several special memories of taking off into the Pacific Ocean & letting our sails fly free.
There's nothing like sailing on the open sea.
It's enchanting.

But sometimes, the waves get rocky.
And that's scary.
Because you are out there - in the middle of the deep, wide vastness and you are vulnerable.
You have to trust your captain even though the wind may whip wildly, the waves crash all around you - rocky, wild waves.

That's how life feels sometimes. 
Free and beautiful and wide open, some days.
And others? Dark and lonely, with rocky waves crashing all around.

I am thankful, in those scary moments, we have this truth to lean on.
I am leaning on it tonight.




Jesus said,

"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 14:27


Goodnight, sweet friends.

XO

Erin

linking up here 

27 comments:

  1. Oh, Erin. How I needed to hear this tonight! He gives us peace and that is a truth to hold on tight to no matter what the circumstance!

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us - and for our friendship! I am SO blessed by you!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing this.
    It was inspired cause it really helps me in my life right now :)

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  3. Needed this tonight! I have spent several hours today reading Piper's "Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ"....Reflecting in who He is, the victory and joy and life I have in Him, and the great plan of God in alllll that is.

    Then, just a few moments ago. A door closed, something happened, and I was tempted to worry. To doubt. To fear.

    Then, I opened up my feed and your post was first. Reminding me again that in God is all I need. Christ is better than anything here. I need Him. I need nothing else.

    His peace, His joy, His life is mine as I know Him and am forgiven.

    Thanks!

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  4. Hi Erin! Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting on my Starbucks Tuesday post! I do a Starbucks Tuesday every week, and on the first week of every month, I do a Starbucks Tuesday link-up! It's so much fun! I'll give you a heads up when we get closer to the next S.T. (first Tues of December!) in case you want to join in the fun! :)

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  5. "I do not give to you as the world gives" - i love this small little sentence. a reminder that we shouldn't be looking for peace in earthly things or in others -- just HIM.
    thank you for this verse.

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  7. How true this is. Today was one of those lonely, rocky out at sea days and your post has given me the truth I know I've been needing. Thanks, mate.

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  8. AMEN! What a wonderful reminder for us all!

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  9. there are two things that are inevitable in this world. That's death and change and you can't do nothing about it. Learn to embrace and accept reality for you can't escape from it.
    travesti

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  10. I love that verse<3 its one of my favorites and a greaaat reminder. Thank you, thank you sweet girl! :)

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  11. This was beautiful! I love that our past creates such a strong character in ourself!
    Thank you so much for sharing such heavy words!
    -jesika

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  12. I absolutely love this post! This soooo describes my life! Thanks for sharing as always:)

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  13. What is the key to a peaceful heart? That is the question of the week!

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  14. Erin, I am so happy to have found your blog. All I want to do is go read your posts because they are so encouraging. Thank you for being such an encouraging woman in Christ.
    Jess

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  15. I have never been sailing and I have always wanted to go. I need to get out there!

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  16. This is such a good post! So thankful for the peace that is found in Jesus. Love your heart girlie. xoxo

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  17. Stopping by from the Almost Friday Thursday Blog Hop and I wanted to say hi!

    Misfit Librarian
    http://misfitlibrariansadventures.blogspot.com/

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  18. Thanks for stopping by Erin. Love your encouraging words!
    Katherine
    www.jagstyleblog.om

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  19. Beautiful words, great reminders!
    Aloha,

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  22. Love this friend. :) That's on my life to-do list, sailing. I think I'd love that! Thank you so much for your email... It made me yet again, so thankful for a kindred spirit with whom I agree and share so many same thoughts and concerns. I'll be replying soon! One more test on Monday and then I have a few days break for Thanksgiving. :) Love you!

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  23. I love that! I do not give to you as the world gives. sometimes He just speaks to you & brings you somewhere on the internet you need to go (: thank you for the reminder

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  24. Beautiful pictures Erin! and I LOVE Santa Monica, don't you! I live in So Cal too! I am a pastor and mentor for woman at the LA Dream Center... We should meet up sometime IRL - that would be a blessing! :) xo

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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