Wednesday, June 8, 2011

the "overcomer's"

succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty).
to get the better of 
 surmount  overcome difficulties
It appears that in life
 one can "over"come
or be"come" by over.

I have been pondering Revelation 2:17...
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
and the midst of all this ponder...
I got these really cool books in the mail ☺

 Bethany Hamilton is known for surviving a shark attack in which she lost her left arm, and for overcoming the serious and debilitating injury to return to professional surfing. She wrote about her experience in the 2004 biography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. In April 2011, the feature film Soul Surfer was released, based on the book and additional interviews. (Wikipedia)

Ask Bethany: FAQs: Surfing, Faith and Friends (Soul Surfer Series) 
stop by Bethany Hamilton to sign up for her newsletter the Coconut Wire☺.

Ask Bethany is a candid Q. and A. time in which Bethany shares conversation with the reader on any and anything from food, faith, to personal questions such as "how do you braid your hair with one arm", "do you like junk food", to "when you see yourself in your sleep, do you have one arm or two".  Faith, strength and the beauty of Jesus can be seen in Bethany in her answers to each question.  This girl IS an over comer and you quickly learn that her strength comes from the Lord. Here is a sample "surf" ☺...
On The Same Wave
If we have one arm or two,
if our arms are weak or strong,
God's arms will be stronger and always
ready to protect us.  Here's what the
Bible says about God's arms:

O Lord God Almighty, who is like you?
You are mighty, O Lord,
 and your faithfulness surrounds you...
Your arm is endued with power;
 your hand is strong,
your right hand exalted.  Psalm 89:8,13

The eternal God is your refuge,
and underneath are the
everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27

Rise Above: A 90-Day Devotional (Soul Surfer Series)
Rise Above is a ninety day devotional by Bethany Hamilton.
My suggestion is that you get it for your 10, 11, or 18 year old daughter. Or for yourself.  You will be encouraged by this beautiful, Jesus loving, twenty year old who seems to attack the sharks of life with a slingshot full of faith.

Everything Sings Praise
Do you breathe? Then you were made to praise God.
 "Praise the Lord.
How good it is to sing praise to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!" Psalm 147:1

God's Words Inspire
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6

Chatting With God
Almighty God, I praise you for all you are.  I praise you for your wonderful creation. I praise you for all you have done for me. Let me gladly praise your name forever and ever. In Jesus name, amen.

Did you know?
The Hawaiian hone creeper, or 'i'iwi, is a bird (about the size of a sparrow) that lives only in Hawaii.  It got it's name from how it creeps when searching flowers for nectar and insects.

I received these books for the purpose of review.


  1. Overcomers Indeed! What a great example you gave...Bethany Hamilton! Such an inspiring role model for young people (& us moms) of what it means to live lives of faith! Thanks for sharing & encouraging!
    ~ Jen

  2. I loved this movie! Hope many see it and are blessed. She is certainly an overcomer!