Part 2: Chapter 2 – Bronze Judgment

Praise God for the gift of God’s merciful and right judgements in our lives. I would love for you to join me at my dear friend Anna’s site, for Chapter 2 “Bronze Judgement” of Part 2 of our book, “Arise and Shine, Beloved You are Mine.” Every week when I re-blog these new chapters, and the landing page for that week’s devotionals, I am in awe of how God’s timing is so perfect. He continues to bring His Word deeper into my own heart too:

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Welcome to Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is sharing an introductory post on the free will offering of bronze, including a prayer she penned together with Bettie and a link to a Michael W. Smith song.

Take a sacred offering for the Lord. Let those with generous hearts present the following gifts to the Lord: gold, silver, and bronze; Exodus 35:5

The bronze from the wave offering was 70 talents and 2,400 shekels. Exodus 38:29 NIV

The site Bible History tells us:

“The main use for bronze was in the tabernacle furniture within the outer court, in the places where exceptional strength and heat resistance was important. Bronze has a melting point of 1,985 degrees. Since the altar was a place where intense heat was present it was overlaid with bronze.

Ex 27:1-2 You shall make an altar of acacia wood…

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Part 2: Chapter 2 – Day 5: Eternal Redemption

Today at my dear friend Anna’s site, God renewed a poem I wrote several years ago. He brought it full-circle for me in this season of transition and redemption. I would love to have you join us for Part 2, Chapter 2, Day 5 of our book, “Arise and Shine: Beloved You Are Mine.”

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Welcome to Day 5 of Chapter 1 of Part 2 from Arise and Shine. Today, Bettie is sharing a personal story about prayer and God’s redemption. The devotional includes a beautiful prayer and a link to a song that communicates the beauty of God’s eternal redemption.

“I will restore to you the years
that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
my great army, which I sent among you.

“You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
and praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has dealt wondrously with you.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.

“You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.” Joel 2:25-27 ESV

In the wandering…

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Part 2: The Living Water of God

I am so grateful to join with my dear friend, Anna, this week as we begin Part 2, The Living Water, from our book. I would love to invite you to read my poem and thoughts that God brought fresh to us both again:

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On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out,“Ifanyonethirsts,lethimcometomeanddrink.John 7:37 (ESV)

Welcome to Part 2 of Arise and Shine: The Living Water of God. Today, Bettie is opening part 2 with a devotional, including a poem and prayer. She shares a personal testimony on the gift of God’s living water that washes us in the truth and grace of our God.

May God bless you richly today, as you sit at His feet with us to listen and drink deeply of His living water in your weakness and need. May God pour out rivers of living water in our midst, out of each of our hearts, as He awakens fresh faith in us, through the power of His living and active Word.

“Oh, Lord, I will never be washed clean enough!” The words escaped from my lips as yet another sore…

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Chapter 2: Clothed in Fine White Linen

I am so very thankful to be able to share with my dear friend Anna Smit, this week’s installment of our book, “Arise and Shine, Beloved You Are Mine.” Join us at her site for Chapter 2, and the daily poetry and devotionals about the Fine White Linen of His Purity.

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Welcome to Chapter 2 ofArise and Shine: Beloved, You are Mine. This week we invite you to join us, daily, in bringing forward the free will offering of pure white linen: the white garments Jesus has promised to clothe us in, as we overcome in His Name.

Today,Bettie Gilbertintroduces us to chapter 2 and the free will offering of white linen, as she looks at its function in the Old Temple. Through a personal story, she shares how Jesus showed her that this now mirrors Christ’s hemming in, as He lovingly invites us to be set apart unto Him to be clothed in His purity in our surrender to His beautiful purposes.

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

Rev 15:6 And out of the temple…

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Our Story: Chapter 5

You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow.” Isaiah 62:2 Her name was Beckon Fretfulness. Everyone knew they could depend on her to listen to their hard stories. After all, her life seemed easy compared to the difficulties that most of her friends found themselves in. They … Continue reading Our Story: Chapter 5

Part 1 – Chapter 1: A Dwelling Place

I am so blessed to share that this week is Chapter 1: A Dwelling Place, in Part 1 of the book “Arise and Shine” that my friend Anna Smit and I are sharing over at her beautiful website. I would love to invite you to join me there:

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Welcome to Arise and Shine: Beloved You are Mine. This is Chapter 1: A Dwelling Place of Part 1: The Bread of Life. You can choose to listen to the introduction (read by Anna Smit) and the opening prayer (read by Bettie Gilbert) in the two recordings below, or read on further below.

Recording of Introduction & Blessing
(Anna Smit)

Recording of Opening Prayer & Invitation (Bettie Gilbert)

Have you ever noticed that God gathers us together in the most unlikely ways? Have you ever noticed that every way He sets us apart is His Way of joining us together in His suffering?

Sometimes, chronic illness or trauma can make us start to believe God has sidelined us, set us aside. It can even make us feel like we don’t truly belong in God’s family, or that we are second-rate citizens somehow. We can believe that God’s beautiful…

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Part 1: The Bread of Life

I would love to invite you to join me over at my dear friend, Anna Smit’s site for Part One of our book, “Arise and Shine.” As God leads we will be releasing more thoughts on the Living Word, our true bread from Heaven, in this first part.

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Welcome to Part 1 of Arise and Shine: Beloved, You are Mine. In the coming weeks, we will be resting in The Bread of Life (Jesus). In each chapter of this part, we will invite Jesus to feed and sustain us through His fresh, warm, living and active Word. Today, you will find the introduction to part 1 and next week, we will publish chapter 1 (which includes an opening prayer, poems and devotionals: material to sit with each day of the week).

Have you also noticed how our God longs for us to receive His fresh warm bread – Scriptures filled with His Spirit breath? How He longs for us to lay down those cold stones (Scriptures wielded in part by the enemy as accusations against us) that we have clung to as God’s condemnation of us?

When we walk through trauma or chronic illness, we are all…

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Sharing: Psalms as Prayers and Songs

Awake, my soul!Awake, harp and lyre!I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;I will sing of you among the peoples. Psalm 57:8-9 NIV ​POETRY AND MUSIC OF THE PSALMS I paused as I read the poetry and let the music of God’s verse seep down deep into my soul. The … Continue reading Sharing: Psalms as Prayers and Songs

Arise and Shine: Beloved, You are Mine, Intro

For the past 4 years now, I have been writing and creating a book with my dear friend, Anna Smit. This week we are beginning the process of releasing these words, as the Lord guides us, step by step on Anna’s site: Shalom Aleh. I would be so honored if you would join me there today, for the opening intro. As the chapters are released, I hope to re-blog them here, to share God’s precious ways that He has moved upon our hearts

I am linking with #RememberMeMonday

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Life is hard, so very hard. Oh yes, we know the truths of God’s beautiful Word, don’t we? But there are days the darkness presses in. Days our hearts, our minds, our souls struggle to breathe, to believe.

Where do we go on those days? When waves of crashing grief pull us under? When triggers of our past rip open deep wounds and leave us gasping for air? When it feels as if someone has strapped us into a frightening rollercoaster and our screams cannot escape?

Is there a place for us, for us wounded and broken, for us who have been told if we’d “just trust God at His Word” our storms would subside? For us, who run to hide behind closed doors, ashamed, weeping and fearful?

These are questions Bettie Gilbert, Anna Smit and their friends have wrestled through, lashed by the winds and waves of physical…

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Arise and Shine: Beloved, You are Mine

What a blessing to join my dear friend, Anna today,
in releasing a prayer along with the beautiful poem
God gave her. Her invitation to pen this prayer caused
Me to pause and rest with Jesus. Please come along with
Me over to her site:

Arise & Shine


This is 
My Word
Flowing
Through you
In truth
Kissing grace
I'm declaring
My children
Mine.

Each word
You pen
My song
Is singing
In Spirit
And truth
My children
A hope
And a future
In every Promise
I AM
Declaring.

Sealed
In My blood
And raised
From the tomb
Feast now
In broken bread
And new wine
Flowing into
New wineskins:
Mine.

For, My goodness
And My mercy
Has been
Chasing you
Beautifully opening you
More and more
To love
From the hands
And feet of
Your servant King
Who loved you
First.

For, I've
Anointed you
Not to boast
In your pride
But in your
Weakness
That My
Perfecting work
May now rise
To sing.

For, in
Christ alone
Your offering
A free-will
Offering
Has Become
For I build
My Temple
In truth
And grace.

Sing of how:

My Body's tears
I gather
Into joy
Transforming.

My Body's…

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