Many have asked me if there is a significant meaning in the cover photo of our new book. My answer has been yes, but once again it's a story begging to be told. ☺️ In answer to those who have asked, here today is another gift of God's choosing . . . ~~~~~~ I was … Continue reading A Continuing Story: Abiding in Him
The swelling had begun in earnest as the tears rolled down my puffy cheeks. Another medication reaction from a medicine that was not supposed to cause reactions. Surely, God, You saw ahead of time that this would happen? ... It was the launch week of our new book, after all! Just days before the reaction, … Continue reading A Surprise: “Abiding in Him”
The Stillness of the first Snow ushers in the Pause, The Pause of Advent, When waiting hovers all around And Mystery calls out to me. And the Ancient Words flutter down through time, words we memorize as children become so familiar that we miss the meaning lose the mystery. And there were shepherds living out … Continue reading New Seasons: “Our Story, Chapter 11”
I have come to see every drop of sharing as such a grace gift from our Father. And so I would love to invite you to join me, with my friend Anna, for the next Freewill Offering in our book, “Arise and Shine: Beloved You are Mine.”
When my dear friend Anna asked me to consider sharing my art journal page for our latest chapter in our book, “Arise and Shine, Beloved You Are Mine,” I was surprised when the Lord reminded me of an older post from my blog also. He continues to hold onto our hands, all these years later. I am so blessed to be able to share today:
Several years ago, not long into my journey with chronic illness, I wrote a piece that seems to ask for re-examination. I long to share those words here, and a journal page God birthed in my heart all these years later:
There it was again, that old familiar wake-up call: a wave of nausea followed by a jolt of pain and then the rush of anxiety. The journey through RA/Fibromyalgia had left me well acquainted with the Night Watches of Anxiety. But this time, a word followed closely on the heels of the normal rush: HANDS, and it came so insistently that I felt there must be something my Lord wanted to uncover inside of my thoughts.
And then it all came back…
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I woke up with a song echoing in my head today. Imagine my surprise when I opened my Bible app to find those very words: The grass withers, the flower fades,But the word of our God stands forever.Isaiah 40:8 NASB https://youtu.be/9gXrJtvpJXM Seasons change, and our lives may move to different rhythms. But our Living Word, Jesus … Continue reading His Burden is Light: “Our Story, Chapter 10”
The Lord is so gracious and compassionate to us, as He calls us to remember and to believe His Word spoken to us. I invite you to join me and my dear friend, Anna, as I share the conviction and poem the Lord led me in, and the beautiful prayer response from Anna, for today’s offering in the chapter on the Showbread of the Tabernacle in our book, “Arise and Shine, Beloved You are Mine:”
Have you looked around at the darkness of this world and become overwhelmed? Maybe you’ve heard dark things uttered over your own life and you’ve succumbed to the hopelessness invoked?
One night not long ago, I felt the darkness impenetrable for the children of this age. I cried out to God in my weariness and asked Him to somehow protect His little ones. I expected to lie awake for hours, as was usually the case for me. Once a soul-pain begins in me, then my chronic-illness-filled body will often times join in the struggle. Instead, on this night God placed me into a deep sleep until early morning, when I woke up suddenly with the very words from a…
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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
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:
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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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:
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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