Until the Mountains Fall

My Book Review

I saw that one of my favorite authors was selecting people to be on her launch team for her next release, and I applied immediately. I had the privilege of being chosen to be on the launch team for her new book; a book I had been anxiously waiting for. The publisher sent me an early copy so that I could read it and start reviewing and promoting it. Matt made a comment to me after I was selected that went something like this, “How do you even know you’ll like the book? What if it’s not any good, then what?” I tried not to laugh – how could I NOT like a Connilyn Cossette book. If you know her books, then you know what I mean. Not a single bad book in her repertoire.

As to be expected, I loved, loved, loved this book. Not that I could possibly have a favorite among her gems, but this one is up there for sure. I think this one resonated with me more than any of her others because of the message behind and within the story. The story of Rivkah and Malakhi is a spin on the parable of the Prodigal Son.

There is a powerful beauty in this story. I’ve heard the parable of the Prodigal Son many times, but in this way, how she made it feel so real and raw, moved me to tears. Rivkah leaves her family to pursue her own freedoms against a law she doesn’t want to live by and becomes ensnared in something much larger than she could’ve ever imagined.

“But still she fled, leaving me battered and bleeding among the remnants of my brother’s life, each of her parting footfalls another blow to the dream I’d not deserved, but had foolishly dared to hope for.”

One of my favorite moments is as Rivkah’s father who has pursued the hunt for his daughter for a long time is confronted about spending too many resources and time to find her. He says…well, I won’t spoil it. It is literally one of the highlights in the book for me. It is a simple line that holds so much power and made me stop reading and go “wow.” 

I love that this story takes us through the dark times and struggles that come when we try to run our lives the way we think they should go. We often don’t even mean to take a wrong path, but in going away from what we know is right, the path can become dark and twisty. That has been a theme in my life, creating for myself these dark and twisty paths; paths that my heavenly Father didn’t intend for me. And although He didn’t intend those paths, He always uses it for His glory and redeems us and our stories. He doesn’t leave us. He will never leave us. He will never give up on us. He is waiting for us to turn back to Him and return to His open arms.

From the author: 

“My hope for this story is that we will all be reminded that no matter how far we’ve run, no matter how we’ve wasted the days and talents we’ve been gifted with, there is no place we can go to hide from the One Who Sees and there is no pit we can dig deep enough that he won’t graciously climb into to rescue us and carry us to safety.
Thank goodness for a God who keeps pursuing us and loving us, even when we are caught in the same destructive cycle the ancient Hebrews were swept into time and again. But our Abba is always there, isn’t He? Standing on the roof. Hand shielding His eyes as He searches the tree line for any movement. Ready to run to us with arms outstretched, robes flying, to welcome us home.”

How wonderful it is that we have a God and Father who loves US like that.

It reminds me of this song that you need to check out if you haven’t already. Hillsong United’s “As You Find Me.”

I’ve been strong and I’ve been broken within a moment. I’ve been faithful and I’ve been reckless at every bend. I’ve held everything together and watched it shatter. I’ve stood tall and I have crumbled in the same breath. I have wrestled and I have trembled toward surrender. Chased my heart adrift and drifted home again. Plundered blessing till I’ve been desperate to find redemption and every time I turn around Lord You’re still there.
I was found before I was lost. I was Yours before I was not. Grace to spare for all my mistakes and that part just wrecks me. I know I don’t deserve this kind of love, somehow this kind of love is who You are. It’s a grace I could never add up, to be somebody You still want but somehow You love me as You find me.

“Could my return to the arms of my abba be all that was required to wash away the blackness that had consumed me for so long?”

Rivkah, Until the Mountains Fall

Thankful for books like this one by Connilyn Cossette to point us back to Jesus and remember how GREAT is His love for us.

Go read this book! …even if you haven’t read the other ones in the series (which you totally should, by the way).

Another in the Fire

Have you heard this song yet??

I first discovered this song by Hillsong United through my sister-in-law, Jamie, and it has basically been on repeat ever since. I have been playing it so regularly, that now our whole family can easily belt it out, and I love hearing them sing it.

I will add the video/link at the bottom of this post – listen now or listen later, but listen!!

I love the powerful imagery within this song.

When I hear this song, I picture Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; the three who stood up to King Nebuchadnezzar. The king threatened to throw them into a fiery furnace because they would not bow down and worship his gold idols and false gods. They boldly claimed that not only would they not bow down, but the one true God was able to save them…BUT IF NOT…if God chose not to intervene and rescue them, they would still not bow down. This angered the king tremendously so he ordered the furnace be cranked up to seven times its normal temperature – even the soldiers who threw them in were killed from the fire’s brutal heat. But as the king stood and watched, he noticed a fourth person in the fire with them…walking around! They were not alone. God sent them protection and kept them from being touched by the fire. (Daniel 3)

Then I picture the Israelites crossing the Red Sea to get out of Pharaoh’s grasp. They finally were released from slavery and were leaving Egypt when Pharaoh changed his mind and wanted them back. He pursued them along with all his top soldiers and officials; hundreds of Egyptians, in their fancy chariots, charged after God’s people. As the Israelites stood on the bank of the Red Sea, looking back in fear of the approaching army, Moses spoke to them saying “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” God gave instructions to Moses, that probably sounded absurd to him, but at this point he’s seen some crazy stuff. He did as was told and the waters of the Red Sea parted. The Israelites, the hundreds of thousands of them, crossed without even getting their feet wet.

Side note: the narrowest part of the Red Sea is 16 miles across, at its widest, it’s 190 miles across. The average depth of the sea is 1,607 ft. We don’t know where they crossed, and regardless, can you even just try to imagine the wall of water on each side of these people crossing through?? Insane. I would love to know what was going through some of their heads as they walked along through that miracle! After they had safely passed through, and as the Egyptian army was in hot pursuit, God commanded the water to release. He drowned the enemy. Entirely. (Exodus 14)

Two powerful examples of God being right alongside His people. And as awesome as those stories are, there are so many more like that…back then, and even today. This song reminds me of His faithfulness. It’s such a beautiful picture they have painted with these lyrics. Regardless of our trial or situation, God is with us. The writers of the song wanted it to be an anthem of being able to speak that truth over our circumstances.

No matter what you are in the mist of, or where you’re headed, you’re not alone.

You have never been alone.

You will never be alone.

I realized that everyone’s ‘fire’ is different. We all have our own struggles, trials and situations, but the common factor in it is that we all have the opportunity to put out hope in our savior, Jesus Christ, to lead us through. Sometimes His leading looks different from what we’d want, and sometimes it feels a lot like He’s not leading us or saving us at all. But He’s still good. His character never changes. He didn’t promise an easy life. He flat out acknowledged that we will have hardships and struggles, but that we don’t have to worry – He has overcome it all. (John 16:33)

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2

So…whew!…that was a long way of saying – you should totally check this song out! You can obviously go to your Spotify or Apple Music or Napster (you know who you are) and listen to it, but I’m adding it here from YouTube for your convenience…


There’s a grace when the heart is under fire
Another way when the walls are closing in
And when I look at the space between
Where I used to be and this reckoning
I know I will never be alone

There was another in the fire
Standing next to me
There was another in the waters
Holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding
Of how I’ve been set free
There is a cross that bears the burden
Where another died for me

All my debt left for dead beneath the waters
I’m no longer a slave to my sin anymore
And should I fall in the space between
What remains of me and this reckoning
Either way I won’t bow
To the things of this world
And I know I will never be alone

There is another in the fire
Standing next to me
There is another in the waters
Holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding
What power set me free
There is a grave that holds no body
And now that power lives in me

And I can see the light in the darkness
As the darkness bows to Him
I can hear the roar in the heavens
As the space between wears thin
I can feel the ground shake beneath us
As the prison walls cave in
Nothing stands between us

There is no other name
But the Name that is Jesus
He who was and still is
And will be through it all
So come what may in the space between
All the things unseen and this reckoning
I know I will never be alone

There’ll be another in the fire
Standing next to me
There’ll be another in the waters
Holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding
How good You’ve been to me
I’ll count the joy come every battle
‘Cause I know that’s where You’ll be

So good, right??

I was playing around the other day with some designs and made this one. It’s the chorus to this song and I just love it. I have them available to purchase if you are interested – all proceeds will go to my fundraising efforts for the sports ministry in Kenya through MOHI. All info on my trip and the info on the fundraising can be found in previous blog posts.

These are high quality prints on heavy weight paper.
8×10 – $10
5×7 – $8
4×6 magnet – $8
4×6 – $5
+ $5 shipping unless you’re a local who’d like me to just hand it to you!

I don’t have an online store, so if you’d like to order one, please head over to my CMFI page and send your payment through there since that’s where it’s all going anyway!
Please list in the comment section the size(s) you’d like. Assuming you’d like to keep your info private, please then send me an email with your address and I will get your order going!
My email is thecotefam@yahoo.com.
Thank you!!

Directionally Challenged

Do you ever wish God would make clear the path you should take?

Like, where’s my big blinking arrow with neon lights?? I need traffic signs to tell me where to go people! Unfortunately, that’s not how it usually works.

I have had one of those weeks where I doubt and question everything, which I’m sure is super fun for those in my daily circle who have to hear about the process (sorry gang).

It seems like for the past several weeks I keep pacing around the same dilemma, but God hasn’t sent me a directional arrow of any kind, not even a nudge. Just when I think, “Oh here it is; here’s my siiiiiign!” the next day a ‘sign’ for the other direction pops up, negating the sign of the previous day. (insert eye roll)

I do, however, love the ways He chooses to speak to us, whether it be through a friend, a song, His Word, whatever it is. He gave me just that in the midst of my ‘should I or shouldn’t I’ debate. I stumbled across this devotion online by Jennie Allen (You Were Made For This) that was perfect. Here are a couple snippets from it that I love…

Life is too short to spend time worrying about where on this planet you should be.

“Wherever you are, be all there.”

Jim Elliot
Rather than becoming paralyzed with fear that you might move when you should stay or stay when you should move, pray and commit your ways to the Lord. Then go do something!
It takes determination to trust Him while you’re still in your place, doing the seemingly mundane tasks of life. Let’s assume that if we’re breathing, then we have a purpose for being here. Every one of us with breath in our lungs still has something left to do.

So instead of wasting my life worrying over whether I’m making the right choice at the proverbial fork in the road, I’m going to make the choice knowing I’m always in His hands and nothing surprises Him.

In my current fork in the road, I chose the path that isn’t easier and really, my least favorite option. I will chalk it up to knowing when it’s all over that I can put it in the ‘challenge overcome’ pile and look back at it with a sense of accomplishment that I persevered.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Prov 3:5-6

“Being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience” Colossians 1:11-12

||and literally while I’m writing this, “Right Where You Want Me” by Sarah Reeves started playing in my shuffled playlist. Go listen and enjoy the funny little ways God does give us nudges.||