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

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Arise & Shine

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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Our Story: Chapter 4

Isaiah 35:1 Rescued Blooms in Wisconsin The tulips shone brightly in the morning sun as I opened the window blinds, and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Tulip bulbs are notorious for slowly fading and eventually dying out. But this one bulb that I had rescued from alongside the road many years ago had … Continue reading Our Story: Chapter 4

Sharing: Finding God’s Upholding Strength

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.Psalm 46:1 The silence echoed throughout the house as I felt the aloneness that I knew would be coming. My husband was in post-surgery recovery at our oldest son’s home, and our daughter had finally agreed with my urging that I would be fine … Continue reading Sharing: Finding God’s Upholding Strength

Our Story, Chapter 3

Miniature Iris captured by Barry, Haiku by Bettie, springtime 2021 Of Miracles and Mysteries On the day, just a few weeks ago, when we thought my husband might be released from the hospital, I awoke with a start from two very strange dreams. Both dreams were about blood. And I thought of several dear friends … Continue reading Our Story, Chapter 3

Sharing: A Place of Quiet Prayer

AN INVITATION FROM JESUS – COME PRAY IN SIMPLE SILENCE Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 THE WORLD IS NOISY The headlines shouted … Continue reading Sharing: A Place of Quiet Prayer

Sharing: Letters to Family And Friends

I began the morning jolted awake by one of those Emergency Warnings that your phone blares loudly. Squinting my eyes, I read the note and offered a quick prayer over those involved in that crime scene, and I tried to go back to sleep. But 5am or not, I was now awake for the day, … Continue reading Sharing: Letters to Family And Friends

Our Story, Chapter 2

As the snowstorm raged across most of this entire country, I was at home alone, wondering and praying for my husband. He was moving through heavy medical tests in snowy Chicago and meeting with specialists to discuss the results of those tests. What would they tell him? Would our lives be turned upside down yet … Continue reading Our Story, Chapter 2