Mercy in the Withering

  At the back edge of my daughter's yard there stands a gnarled, withered old apple tree. When I spent several days with her last week, I found myself drawn to this tree each morning.  It was the aging of the fruit scattered on the ground and the withering of the leaves that felt familiar … Continue reading Mercy in the Withering

In the Shadow of His Hand

  I crave sunshine.   Even though I can easily become over-heated, I still follow the sunshine around, and refuse to pull all of the blinds closed during the hot summer time.   I crave the light.   During the long dark days of winter, you might find me leaving lights on in an empty … Continue reading In the Shadow of His Hand

The Blessing of Friendship

      "There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."  Proverbs 18:24 NIV   For the last few weeks I have been part of an inspiring "Poetry as Therapy Online Retreat" sent out by Jenneth Graser of The Secret Place.  If you would like to check it out, there's still time to … Continue reading The Blessing of Friendship

Remember: A Mama’s Memories

    We have a favorite story that usually gets shared at least once a year in our family gatherings. Even though our children were all young when it happened, (in fact our daughter wasn't even born yet,) each one could probably repeat the story verbatim now, since they've heard it throughout their growing-up years. … Continue reading Remember: A Mama’s Memories

Simple Woman’s Daybook June 2018

For Today June 5, 2018: I am joining in with the lovely group over at The Simple Woman, for her monthly link-up. Looking out my window   After a long winter, and an even longer spring, the gift of summer-like blue skies and green trees is feeding my thirsty soul with life from above.   … Continue reading Simple Woman’s Daybook June 2018

A position on suffering

      "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)   These verses hit me in an unexpected way last week.  As I heard that word "witness," … Continue reading A position on suffering

General Data Protection Regulation

Photo by Oli Dale on Unsplash   Hello friends, This post is a bit different from the usual offering. I (Bettie Gilbert – blog owner) am writing to alert you to some changes in data protection which affect how you might receive emails from my website, BettieGsRAseasons. General Data Protection Regulation (EU) In order to … Continue reading General Data Protection Regulation

Forgiveness: The Return of the Elder Son

    Have you asked the Lord for a friend who could come alongside you as you pray for loved ones?  Have you felt the alone-ness that comes when your church body has grown weary of hearing you request prayer for your wandering ones again?   I have felt those cries when my children were … Continue reading Forgiveness: The Return of the Elder Son