Sharing: I Take You, A Beautiful Gift of Marriage Hope

Love is patient, love is kind. 1 Corinthians 13:4a I TAKE YOU: A DREADED PHONE CALL As I held the phone in my hands, I knew that it was time to make another hard call. It had been over a year since I had spoken with my family friend and counselor. She had helped me through … Continue reading Sharing: I Take You, A Beautiful Gift of Marriage Hope

Part 7: Chapter 1 – Onyx Stones and Other Gem Stones

What a joy to share this post with my daughter today, as Anna and I begin Part 7, Chapter 1 of “Onyx Stones and Precious Jewels” in our book “Arise and Shine: Beloved You are Mine.” Join us at Anna’s site as the Lord joined our hearts together there:

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Welcome to Chapter 1 of Part 7 of Arise and Shine. Today, Bettie (with the help of her daughter Becky) is introducing us to the free will offering of onyx stones and other gem stones.

Take a sacred offering for the Lord. Let those with generous hearts present the following gifts to the Lord:
9onyx stones, and other gemstones to be set in the ephod and the priest’s chestpiece.Exodus 35:5,9

-Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions—the work of skilled hands. Make it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. 16 It is to be square—a span[a] long and a span wide—and folded double. 17 Then mount four rows of precious stones on it. The first row shall be carnelian, chrysolite and beryl; 18 the second row shall be turquoise, lapis lazuli and emerald; 19 the third row shall be jacinth…

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Part 7: The Blood of Christ and the Doorway of God’s Heart for Us All

What a blessing the Lord has been bringing as my friend Anna and I are sharing this last Part, The Blood of Christ and The Doorway to God’s Heart, in our book “Arise and Shine: Beloved You are Mine.” We both have been amazed at the way He is weaving our thoughts together and writing His Word upon our hearts. I invite you to join me at Anna’s site:

Arise & Shine

Welcome to Part 7 of Arise and Shine. Today, Bettie and Anna are together introducing the final part of this book that God has been writing on our hearts. In these final weeks, we look forward to sharing the final 5 free will offerings with you all.

Sharing this book with you all has been an adventure in trust and surrender, as God has continually led us to lay down our plans to pick up His. He has changed the order of posts, the content of posts and the direction of posts as we prayed our way through sharing this book with you. Beautifully, He continues to awe us with His leading, as He establishes our steps.

As Anna asked Bettie to sit with a string of words she and Anna had written in the past year, and to pen a free will offering for ram skins dyed…

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Breaking the Mask: Our Story, Chapter 9

Chapter 9. 1999 - 2004 If you have missed any of the previous chapters in the book, Our Story, A Ministry of Abiding,  click here to catch up. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be … Continue reading Breaking the Mask: Our Story, Chapter 9

Sharing: Worry and Concern, Revisited

Have you ever felt worry bubbling over inside your mind? A few years ago, we visited the story of two women, Worry and Concern, and followed a portion of their days. We wondered what might have happened to them over the time that has transpired between then and now. Will you join me as I venture … Continue reading Sharing: Worry and Concern, Revisited

Part 6: Chapter 1 – The Veil

My heart . . .  It’s not the same as it was a few years ago when I began this journey of writing with my dear friend, Anna. And it’s definitely not the same as it was before Chronic Illness joined me several years before that. How has this transforming been possible, in such places where I feel my weakness so deeply? I would love for you to join me at my friend Anna’s site for the next chapter, “The Veil,” in our book, “Arise and Shine, Beloved You Are Mine:”

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Welcome toPart 6‘s Chapter 1 ofArise and Shine. Today, Bettie is introducing us to the freewill offering of The Veil. As the LORD leads us, we will add daily free-will offerings to the bottom of this post.

Offering surrendered:

-31“You shall make a veil ofblue and purple and scarletmaterialand fine twisted linen; it shall be made with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman.32“You shallhang it on four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, their hooksalso being ofgold, on foursockets of silver.33“You shallhang up the veil under the clasps, and shall bring in the ark of the testimony there within the veil; and the veil shallserve for you as a partition between the holy place and the holy of holies.Exodus 26:31-33

–Promise given:

-“With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Mark…

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Living Water: Our Story, Chapter 8

Outside My Window, Illinois 2021 The Soil of His Planting The soil is my heart Lordbut my heart belongs to You ...The seeds of faith were plantedby YouWhen You came to dwellwithin As I watch the garden atmy windowspring up new with lusciousdewy, greenSo too, You watch Your plantingAnd cause Your seeds solusciousRinging, singing, springing … Continue reading Living Water: Our Story, Chapter 8

Part 5: Chapter 1 – Day 1: Come

As my dear friend Anna and I prayed over the offerings for this next Part 5, Chapter 1 of “Goatskin, No Outer Attraction,” I felt God stirring my heart to reconsider this older post. How would He have me edit this poem, and how would the memories of this dream change me even now? I am so blessed to invite you to join me at Anna’s site for this installment in our shared book, “Arise and Shine, Beloved You are Mine:”

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Welcome to Day 1 of Part 5‘s Chapter 1 of Arise and Shine. Today, Bettie is bringing forward the first free will offering of goatskin (no outward attraction).

I woke up from the dream with a start. I was supposed to be praying, after all! But as the images from the dream replayed themselves in my mind, I realized that God had gifted me with thoughts from Him.

In the dream I found myself down in a deep ditch. Above me I could hear the sound of cars whizzing past on the roadway just on the other side of the ditch. A panic began to swell in my heart.

How would I ever be able to go as fast as those cars above me? I could not get out of the ditch, and I certainly did not have the strength to go beyond a slow, steady plod. And then I…

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Part 4: Chapter 3 – Day 4: Heaven’s Weaving Revealed

Today’s offering for Part 4, Chapter 3 The Blue Thread of Heaven, is such a beautiful memory of the Lord’s weaving in my life. I would love to invite you to join me over at my friend Anna’s site for another daily gift from our book, “Arise and Shine: Beloved You Are Mine.”

Arise & Shine

Welcome toDay 4 ofPart 4’s Chapter 3 ofArise and Shine. Today,Bettie is bringing forward the fourth free will offering of blue thread.

There are times when we don’t realize that the blue thread of Heaven has been joining our lives with others until many years later. It’s only in the pausing and looking back that we can see the shining of Heaven as God’s Holy Spirit gives us a small glimpse of His presence among us. Such was the case with my dear friend and her English Nana.

We became Mom-friends as we walked our young kids to school every day. But we became heart-friends as we shared the struggles we each were facing. She wasn’t used to someone like me who brought the Lord into all of my moments. I wasn’t used to someone like her who loved me so unconditionally.

And when her…

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Part 4: Chapter 3 – Blue Thread – The Promise of Heaven

Here in this new season of my life, I am so thankful that God continues to remind us to lift our eyes up to the Heavens. I am so blessed to invite you to join me over at my friend Anna’s site, for the next chapter of our book, “Arise and Shine: Beloved You Are Mine.” An old poem that I wrote several years ago, has become so fresh again for this chapter on the Blue Thread, The Promise of Heaven:

Arise & Shine

Welcome toPart 4’s Chapter 3 ofArise and Shine. Today, Bettie is introducing us to the free will offering of blue thread and she invites you to join her and Anna in prayer. As the LORD leads, Anna and Bettie will also be adding daily free will offerings of blue thread to the bottom of this post.

Take a sacred offering for the Lord. Let those with generous hearts present the following gifts to the Lord: blue, purple, and scarlet thread; Exodus 35:5-6

“He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. John 3:31

Do you have a favorite color? Most anyone who knows me would be able to name me as one who is drawn to blue. Whether it’s the early spring of pastel skyblue…

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