As an author, Nate hopes to lead his readers to relatable “Aha” moments where convicting truth resonates with the personal decisions to improve. His desire is to encourage, educate, and transform his readers with new and renewed insights from personal experience and the treasure trove of God’s Word as applicable truth.
Deck Time with Jesus
There were thirteen of us in the boat. But we were not worried about our safety—not because of the boat anyway. The water’s edge was within hand’s reach but it was a sturdy vessel built for almost twenty people. There was just something ominous about the night. Our leader said he wanted us to sail across the lake. It had been a long, hot day in the sun while he spoke and mingled with people. It was obvious he was tired. We were all tired. As we pushed away from the shore, he positioned himself in the boat’s stern, folded a deck pillow under his head, and curled up comfortably on deck. As our oars splashed their rhythmic song, he was soon fast asleep.
Then the storm hit. Out of nowhere.
Deck Time with Jesus offers a profound look at the storms of life that eventually come to everyone. Illnesses, tragic accidents, job loss, betrayal, divorce, bankruptcy, depression, premature death—these, along with many others, are all part of the human experience. When experiencing the swaying deck of your frightening storm, grab your deck pillow, snuggle up so close to Jesus that you can hear His heartbeat, and rest. Trust Him with your personal storm.
The inspirational, self-improvement theme is that of a voyager discovering the reasons behind the storms of life. Some reasons are obvious; some become evident through careful discovery. Still others require our faithful trust in God until we reach eternity.
Looking at the examples of several Biblical characters, the reader understands how God’s Word offers many clues to help us navigate life’s storm-tossed seas. When comparing the storms that happened to Samson, Moses, Esther, Job, David and others with some difficult and heartbreaking testimonies of present-day people, readers will understand how the reasons behind every storm fall into distinct categories.
Some storms are the direct consequence or punishment (discipline) for our poor life choices. At other times, God providentially allows storms for reasons we may or may not know. In some cases, storms prepare us for the greater, future plans God has for us. Occasionally, God allows some storms to serve as warnings to others or even as proof of His grace. Overall, storms reveal and fulfill God’s sovereign power over everything and everyone.
Surviving and thriving through your storm is possible by: discovering the underlying reasons behind them, trusting God’s sovereign control over everything, aligning personal will with His desires, and then resting peacefully with Jesus in spite of them. Through it all, Nate’s encouragement is this: Although God may not respond immediately or even as you expect, He WILL take you safely through to the other side.
Deck Time with Jesus is beautifully written and provides practical advice and encouragement to help you get through the world’s distracting noises so you can focus more on God. Someone wise once told me that you are either dealing with a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or one is on the way. It is the perfect tool to help you navigate through life’s seasons.~Steve Repak
“I highly recommend this book! It is a must have for any person. Nate Stevens is an approachable guy, who is passionate about God. I know his book and his philosophy changed my perspective and I am a better person because of it.”~ Cynthia R. Heath, MS, MBA, OTR/L
It began late one evening at a writers’ conference when published and aspiring authors were relaxing together at the end of a long day. First one, then another, and others shared accounts of how God had shown up in their lives in remarkable, inexplicable, and often, unexpected ways. Their stories are our stories. Readers will be encouraged, fascinated, and blessed by these true narratives. Some are sweet, some humorous, others serious. All are wondrous and inspiring.
Nate Stevens shares inspirational and encouraging moments as one of the contributing authors in the following “Moments” Books:
- Divine Moments
- Christmas Moments
- Spoken Moments
- More Christmas Moments
- Stupid Moments
- Cool-inary Moments
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