Part 7: Chapter 3 – Day 5: A Thrill of Hope

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.”

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Welcome toDay 5 ofPart 7′sChapter 3ofArise and Shine. Today, Bettie is bringing forward the fifth free will offering of Holy Hands.

Song of Songs 4:8

The Passion Translation

Now you are ready, my bride,

tocome with meas we climb the highest peaks together.

Come with me through the archway of trust.[a]

We will look[b]down

from the crest of the glistening mounts

and from the summit of our sublime sanctuary,

from the lion’s den and the leopard’s lair.


4:8[a] This phrase is translated from the Septuagint. The Hebrew is “the crest of Amana.”Amanacomes from a Hebrew root word from which we get the English word “amen.” This is also one of the Hebrew words for “faith.” The crest of Amana is the realm where all God’s promises are kept and realized. Amana can also be…

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Part 7: Chapter 3 – Day 2: Where Faith Becomes Sight

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:

Arise & Shine

Welcome toDay 2 ofPart 7′sChapter 3ofArise and Shine. Today, Bettie is bringing forward the second free will offering of Holy Hands.

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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His Burden is Light: “Our Story, Chapter 10”

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 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”

Part 7: Chapter 2 – Day 3: Fellowship Restored

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:”

Arise & Shine

Welcome toDay 3 ofPart 7′sChapter 2ofArise and Shine. Today, Bettie is bringing forward the third free will offering of the table of theshowbread.

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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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:

Arise & Shine

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:”

Arise & Shine

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