Just Be Held ~ Casting Crowns

Just Be Held

Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on

And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

If your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You’ll know I always have and I always will

And not a tear is wasted
In time, you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who won’t let go

So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held

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Quiz: Which Reading Nook is Perfect For You? – re-blog

Here’s a fun quiz from Bethany House Fiction!  Check it out, y’all…  I’ll share my results below.🙂

~ Quiz: Which Reading Nook is Perfect For You? ~


Books on a bookshelf


See the original post here: Quiz: Which Reading Nook is Perfect For You?


~ My Results ~

A Hammock

In this idyllic spot, the weather is always perfect, and you can smell the fresh breeze and blooming flowers as you gently rock and read. The distant sound of bird calls can’t distract your focus from your favorite book, though you might stop every now and then for a sip of lemonade. Maybe you can even wander over to the pool nearby and dip your feet in for a change of pace.

Fall BHP Book Recommendations for You: Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette, A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson


I even went back and took the quiz again giving my second choice answers and got the same results!😄


Now it’s your turn: go take the quiz and share your results with me!  I wanna know what you got!😉

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Psalm 33:6-9

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the  host of them by the breath of his mouth.  He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.  Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.  For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
Psalm 33:6-9

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Look Into My Eyes

I love eyes!!  And I have really enjoyed taking pictures of them!  I only wish I could take more… and better eye photos.  Right now, I’m trying to get some of my family members to submit to having their eyes photographed.  Some of them have agreed so I’m hoping to be able to get some more eye photos soon!😀

These are most of the ones I have so far…  Visit my photo blog: Photos By Aerykah or my Instagram: @photos.by.aerykah to see the photos individually (and larger😉 ) and to see some photos that aren’t featured in this collage.


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The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

The Goodbye Bride (Summer Harbor, #2)

The Goodbye Bride
(Summer Harbor, #2)

by Denise Hunter



Well….. *deep breath*

Okay, I have to say… I think I enjoyed this book more than the first one (Falling Like Snowflakes), but only a little bit more.😉

To be honest, I liked Zac more than Beau from the beginning so I was looking forward to reading his story almost as much as I’ve been looking forward to reading Riley’s (who’s still my favorite Callahan, by the way). It didn’t disappoint. (At least, the storyline didn’t disappoint, but more about that later).

I love stories like this where a couple comes back together after a difficult time or a situation that seems impossible to overcome.

Though “hate” seems like too strong a word, Zac’s family & friends almost do hate Lucy for what she put Zac through. And then she suddenly turns back up in his life, supposedly still in love with him & “conveniently” having forgotten the past several months and everything that had happened since before she’d left the town and Zac behind her… Yeah, I can see how that could cause Zac and his loved ones to have hard feelings toward Lucy. It would be hard to come back from that. But that’s one thing that makes this story so good.🙂

And Lucy! That poor girl!😦 She wakes up totally bumfuzzled ((Don’t know what that means? Find out here: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumfuzzle)) about where she is and what’s going on… She thinks she’s lost a few days, but she’s actually lost several months! And, my my, what an awful lot had happened in those months! She’s still in love with a man that doesn’t want her anywhere near him and she can’t understand what in the world could have gone wrong with their relationship to bring them to this point. Talk about having a rough time…

I liked the way Lucy’s amnesia was handled. I’ve heard (and I’m totally an expert on this, don’t ya know?) that amnesia can be brought on, in part, because a person truly wants to forget something so badly that their brain actually blocks it out. This makes complete sense in Lucy’s case, seeing that her mind blocked out everything back to the last time she was truly happy. And I thought the gradual return of her memory was done quite well, especially the flashbacks.

There’s a lot dealing with trust in this book… Lucy and Zac both struggle with this, especially (in different ways) when it comes to trusting each other. And trusting God. I liked seeing them each struggle, grow, and heal in this area throughout the story.

Aunt Trudy was in grand form as always and I’m excited to read more about her in the next book– because there’s no possible way that Denise Hunter would end this series without a satisfactory happy ending for her! Is there..?😐

The ending was great and I loved the way everyone helped Lucy surprise Zac like that!😉

A couple of things that I took exception to (and that caused me to give this book 4 instead of 5 stars):
1) As with Falling Like Snowflakes , I was disappointed with the amount of sensuality in this book. It was unnecessary and I did not care for it at all.
Note to Christian authors: Can y’all please tone down the sensuality a little?
2) I also didn’t really like Zac and Lucy’s living situation. While some may not see anything wrong with it, I felt it was inappropriate and just begging for trouble. I was actually rather surprised that Zac didn’t decide to stay with Beau for a while or something– that would have been a wiser decision on his part, anyway.




All in all, I loved this book and recommend it if you like contemporary romance novels. Such a great book!  Read more…

Brilliant as well as heartwarming, The Goodbye Bride has easily made its way into my top favorites from Denise Hunter.  Read more…

The Goodbye Bride is a romance, but it’s also a story of rediscovery and of healing, as one character explains:
“Our reactions don’t always seem rational, but they make perfect sense in light of our experiences.”
As we discover more of Lucy’s past, her actions and reactions do make sense, but will it be too late for her and Zac?  Read more…



Everything about her was so… delightfully unexpected.  And he could listen to that drawl of hers all night.

Beau was going to have a cow.  But when did Beau’s opinion ever keep Zac from doing what he wanted?

Same old, same old.  Beau and Eden came in last night with Aunt Trudy.  Sheriff stopped by the table to flirt for a while.  That’s always entertaining.

Maybe you should say something to her, man.
Like what?
You know what.
Like, ‘Gosh, best buddy, I’ve fallen in love with you, and I know you don’t feel the same way, but will you put your life on hold for me until my tour’s up?’  Something like that, you mean?
You might want to soften it up a little, but yeah.

Just keep telling yourself the truth.  Your emotions will catch up eventually.

The truth.  I don’t even know what that is anymore.
Be patient.  Pray about it, and listen to God.  He’ll help you figure it out.



Check out the entire Summer Harbor series!
Falling Like Snowflakes (Summer Harbor #1) The Goodbye Bride (Summer Harbor, #2) Just a Kiss (Summer Harbor #3)
The first image is linked to my review post for that book.
And I’m currently reading the third book so I’m hoping to have a review posted for it soon!🙂


Click HERE to see more review posts on my blog!  :)

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Psalm 145:1-5

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.  Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.  One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.  I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
Psalm 145:1-5

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Eye Of The Storm ~ Ryan Stevenson

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Looking Back on September 2016

An Elegant Façade (Hawthorne House, #2) Where There's Smoke (Montana Fire, #1) Love on the Range: A Christian Western Romance (Looking Glass Lake, #0.5) Two Little Girls in Blue Double Minds Tidewater Inn (Hope Beach, #1) Undercover Bride (Undercover Ladies #2) Calico Spy (Undercover Ladies #3) No One to Trust (Hidden Identity, #1) Starving Hearts Nowhere to Turn (Hidden Identity, #2) The Goodbye Bride (Summer Harbor, #2)


New-To-Me Authors:  4

And the places I “visited” in my reading…

States: Alaska – Montana – Massachusetts – New York – Tennessee – Virginia – Arizona – South Carolina – Maine – Georgia

Countries: England – Scotland – Jamaica – Benin

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Hebrews 11

I love reading this chapter & I wanted to share it in its entirety.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.  Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.  Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.  By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,  Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:  Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.  By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.  By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.  By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.  By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.  Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.  By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.  By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.  By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.  And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:  Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.  Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.  Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:  And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:  They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;  (Of whom the world was not worthy: ) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.  And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Hebrews 11

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Oh My Soul ~ Casting Crowns

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