Lifes Raging Seas

There are times when our circumstances get the best of us. We react badly. We get angry. We lose control. Our lives seem like sea waters splashing against the rocks when other people’s lives seem to sunny and great….but mine, yours, is all in termoial.

Sea waters splash against the rocks

Sea waters splash against the rocks

Here is the King James Version:  Exodus 14:13-14 13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

We all know what happen when Israel came up against the Red Sea and the Egyptian hot on their tails in anger. Fear set in the hearts of Isreal. They are now angry with Moses and they turn on him complaining, saying all this was his fault and so on. Verse 14 tells us of Moses’ response.

I found this version of this verse and it set me back. It was like, WOW!

This is from the Message: Exodus 14:14  14 God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut!”

Even though life around us may seem good, yet ours is in an uproar, it doesn’t need to shake us. We feel as if we are being chased by the enemy and up against an impossibility, like the Red Sea. But we are looking at everything naturally.

BUT, you don’t get it. You don’t know what I am up against and what I’m facing. You don’t know what people are doing and saying. My life…….has it’s storms also.

NO I DO NOT KNOW…..BUT THE LORD KNOWS EVERY DETAIL. He knows everything that is behind, in front of you and what you tink and feel and how others are treating you.

Jesus knows. He is full of compassion and merrcy. Trust HIm. Psalms 145:8-9 (KJV)

Jesus knows. He is full of compassion and mercy. Trust Him.                                                          Psalms 145:8-9 (KJV)
The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

God is no different today than He was yesterday for Israel as they faced these circumstances.

God wants to calm our seas of life. But, we have to allow Him in to do so. If we are tired of the fight of faith then we are allowing satan to win this battle.

Isaiah 40:27-31 (The Living Bible) 27 O Jacob, O Israel, how can you say that the Lord doesn’t see your troubles and isn’t being fair? 28 Don’t you yet understand? Don’t you know by now that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary? No one can fathom the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. 30 Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

We are safe in Christ. Why do we fear and complain against Him? Luke 7:13 (KJV)

We are safe in Christ. Why do we fear and complain against Him? Luke 7:13 (KJV)
13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. ….the Lord Jesus gave life here. He will to us also.

Do you get all that is being said here. I am not sure I grasp all that the Lord is saying here, but I know the Word is truth. I am asking Jesus to reveal the fullness of His Word to me, I want to know and understand all He is telling me.

The Lord is the God of the calming of the Sea. Trust in Him. This is all we have as Christians.

Mark 4:37-41 (KJV) 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

If all our seas were calm, we would not learn or know Jesus. “A ships purpose is not to stay in the harbor, but to set sail into the sea, even the storms of the sea.” God is our ship maker and He has equipped us with all the necessities we need to set sail…Jesus.

Jesus is with us inthe midst of lifes storms.

Jesus is with us in the midst of life’s storms.

Do not let life’s storms over take you.

Psalms 124:4-5, 8 (AMP) 4 Then the waters would have overwhelmed us and swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; 5 Then the proud waters would have gone over us. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Psalms 57:1-3 (NKJV) 1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by. 2 I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me. 3 He shall send from heaven and save me; He reproaches the one who would swallow me up. Selah God shall send forth His mercy and His truth.

Never lose sight of the Love of God for you. He is always with you. He has always loved you and always will. Jeremiah 31:3 (AMP) 3 The Lord appeared from of old to me [Israel], saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.

You are never alone.

You are never alone.

Remember you are not the only one going through storms of life.

God each one of. Look unto Jesus.

Lord bless you and I will be praying for you. As I am going through storms of life I am not alone, you are battling there beside me as I am with you.

The grace and hope of Jesus be with you.

Your friend, in Jesus, Candy @ pinchofgrace 🙂


Simply Perfect & Simple Elegance

Simply Simple

Love & passions. We all have them. Here are a few of mine.

SIMPLY PERFECT is a line of bath products I have designed. SUGAR SCRUBS & BATH SALT. All good for you stuff. Proverbs 27:9 (AMP) Oil and perfume rejoice the heart;

SIMPLE ELEGANCE is simple unique jewelry from me to you. Isaiah 61:10 (AMP) I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

I enjoy creating and crafting things for others. But I love and am passionate about Jesus our Savior. His Word (the Bible), my husband, my kids, family, church/ministry, friends and people. I will also share a few of these other passions with you.

Jeremiah 31:3 (AMP) The Lord appeared from of old to me [Israel], saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.

I told you all that I would be doing a bath product and jewelry line I have designed. Here is the beginning of that.

I will post several things here at pinchofgrace but I will also be posting the products on Facebook at SIMPLY PERFECT & SIMPLE ELEGANCE. Come on over and check out what is happening. As always I look forward to hearing from you.


Lord bless you.


Being Led By The Holy Sprirt Of God

Numbers 9:15-23 (AMP)
15 And on the day that the tabernacle was erected, the cloud [of God‘s presence] covered the tabernacle, that is, the Tent of the Testimony; and at evening it was over the tabernacle, having the appearance of [a pillar of] fire until the morning.
16 So it was constantly; the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.

Are we, You and I, Being Led By The Holy Spirit of God?

Are we, You and I, Being Led By The Holy Spirit of God?

17 Whenever the cloud was taken up from over the Tent, after that the Israelites journeyed; and in the place where the cloud rested, there the Israelites encamped.
18 At the Lord‘s command the Israelites journeyed, and at [His] command they encamped. As long as the cloud rested upon the tabernacle they remained encamped.
19 Even when the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle many days, the Israelites kept the Lord’s charge and did not set out.
20 And sometimes the cloud was only a few days upon the tabernacle, but according to the command of the Lord they remained encamped, and at His command they journeyed.
21 And sometimes the cloud remained [over the tabernacle] from evening only until morning, but when the cloud was taken up, they journeyed; whether it was taken up by day or by night, they journeyed.
22 Whether it was two days or a month or a longer time that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, dwelling on it, the Israelites remained encamped; but when it was taken up, they journeyed.
23 At the command of the Lord they remained encamped, and at [His] command they journeyed; they kept the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord through Moses.

Are  we being led by the Spirit of God?

We need to ask ourselves, “Am I being lead of the Lord? Am I following where He desires me to go? Do I say  or not say the things He desires? Do I go or stay where He tells me? Am I walking in His Spirit as He leads and directs me? Am I allowing myself to be teachable, to be soft and pliable in His hands?”

There are so many questions we could ask ourselves, but, if our heart earnestly has a plea: “Lead me. Cause me to desire Your will above all else so that I may be pliable in Your hands. Give me Your desires so I may be teachable and do Your will as You desire. Lord I want to surrender all I am to You, here I am.”

The Lord will answer. Now we, you and I, are to walk in His Spirit as He leads.

Romans 8:14 (KJV                                                                                                   For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God

I’m sure you have given thought to all the work and effort it took to tear down and set up the Tabernacle, all the tents, care of the animals and what it took to “set-up house” each time one of these pillars moved. My heavens!!!

God took that into consideration, He knew what it would take to pack-up and to set-up.

What do we do when God asks us to do something? AAHHGGGRRRRRRUUUUUGGHHH!!!!!!!                                                                    BUT LORD….YOU DO NOT______________….(fill in the blank for yourself).

But God does know! He does understand what it takes to get us to shift gears and obey. But we are to obey in all circumstances.

Moses and Israel did not know where, when, how or why God was moving them and the changes that were ahead of them. But they obeyed.

Sad to say Israel did not always obey the leading of the Lord. We should and need to learn from their example.

God promised Moses…Exodus 3:12 (KJV)  And he said, Certainly I will be with thee;

We are also promised the same as Moses was….                                            Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV)  …..for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.                                                                                                         Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV) 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

God bless you. Until next time…Remember…Gods grace always gives us hope.

Think about this, an added thought for you. Hope and grace go hand in hand. If it were not for the grace of God, there would not be a pillar of a cloud by day or a pillar of fire by night to lead the Israelites. The pillars that le them gave them hope and direction. Without One to show us the way, the truth and giving us direction, we lose all hope in life. It is the grace of God through Jesus Christ we have hope. Rest in His grace. Rely on His grace. Live and walk in His grace. Neglecting to do so will cause us to drift away from Jesus, His promises, His truth and life He has so richly blessed us with in Him. Without hope we would not be able to experience the fullness of is grace. God’s grace reveals hope we have in Him, while hope illuminates His grace to us. Grace and hope are two of many awesome gifts freely given to us, embrace them.

A rose bud is beautiful....

A rose bud is beautiful….     Photo by Candy Clonts

...but a rose blossom gives a beautiful fragrance to all around and reveals the glory of its creator as it allows its petals to unfold.

…but a rose blossom gives a beautiful fragrance to all around and reveals the glory of its creator as it allows its petals to unfold. Photo by Candy Clonts

In Jesus’ love. 🙂                                                                                                           Candy