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

Part 5: Chapter 1 – Day 1: Come

As my dear friend Anna and I prayed over the offerings for this next Part 5, Chapter 1 of “Goatskin, No Outer Attraction,” I felt God stirring my heart to reconsider this older post. How would He have me edit this poem, and how would the memories of this dream change me even now? I am so blessed to invite you to join me at Anna’s site for this installment in our shared book, “Arise and Shine, Beloved You are Mine:”

Shalom Aleh

Welcome to Day 1 of Part 5‘s Chapter 1 of Arise and Shine. Today, Bettie is bringing forward the first free will offering of goatskin (no outward attraction).

I woke up from the dream with a start. I was supposed to be praying, after all! But as the images from the dream replayed themselves in my mind, I realized that God had gifted me with thoughts from Him.

In the dream I found myself down in a deep ditch. Above me I could hear the sound of cars whizzing past on the roadway just on the other side of the ditch. A panic began to swell in my heart.

How would I ever be able to go as fast as those cars above me? I could not get out of the ditch, and I certainly did not have the strength to go beyond a slow, steady plod. And then I…

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Part 4: Chapter 3 – Day 4: Heaven’s Weaving Revealed

Today’s offering for Part 4, Chapter 3 The Blue Thread of Heaven, is such a beautiful memory of the Lord’s weaving in my life. I would love to invite you to join me over at my friend Anna’s site for another daily gift from our book, “Arise and Shine: Beloved You Are Mine.”

Shalom Aleh

Welcome toDay 4 ofPart 4’s Chapter 3 ofArise and Shine. Today,Bettie is bringing forward the fourth free will offering of blue thread.

There are times when we don’t realize that the blue thread of Heaven has been joining our lives with others until many years later. It’s only in the pausing and looking back that we can see the shining of Heaven as God’s Holy Spirit gives us a small glimpse of His presence among us. Such was the case with my dear friend and her English Nana.

We became Mom-friends as we walked our young kids to school every day. But we became heart-friends as we shared the struggles we each were facing. She wasn’t used to someone like me who brought the Lord into all of my moments. I wasn’t used to someone like her who loved me so unconditionally.

And when her…

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Part 4: Chapter 3 – Blue Thread – The Promise of Heaven

Here in this new season of my life, I am so thankful that God continues to remind us to lift our eyes up to the Heavens. I am so blessed to invite you to join me over at my friend Anna’s site, for the next chapter of our book, “Arise and Shine: Beloved You Are Mine.” An old poem that I wrote several years ago, has become so fresh again for this chapter on the Blue Thread, The Promise of Heaven:

Shalom Aleh

Welcome toPart 4’s Chapter 3 ofArise and Shine. Today, Bettie is introducing us to the free will offering of blue thread and she invites you to join her and Anna in prayer. As the LORD leads, Anna and Bettie will also be adding daily free will offerings of blue thread to the bottom of this post.

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

“He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. John 3:31

Do you have a favorite color? Most anyone who knows me would be able to name me as one who is drawn to blue. Whether it’s the early spring of pastel skyblue…

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Part 4: Chapter 2 – Scarlet Thread: The Cleansing Blood of Christ

What a joy to be able to re-blog with my dear friend, Anna Smit, the next portion of our book, “Arise and Shine: Beloved You are Mine.” This week’s landing page is for Part 4, Chapter 2, as we see The Scarlet Thread, an offering that has been woven throughout all of Scripture to show us the beauty of our precious Savior’s blood shed for us. Will you join me at Anna’s site this week:

Shalom Aleh

Welcome to Part 4’s Chapter 2 of Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is introducing us to the free will offering of scarlet thread and she invites you to join her and Bettie in prayer. As the LORD leads, Anna and Bettie will also be adding daily free will offerings of scarlet thread to the bottom of this post.

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

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep Hebrews 13:20

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

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Weakness: Our Story, Chapter 7

Moving day had finally come. After 17 years, we were leaving Wisconsin. And we were leaving, not in strength for a bigger and better home, but in weakness as we had become so aware of our physical ill health. The picture before me only emphasized what I had come to know: I had never been … Continue reading Weakness: Our Story, Chapter 7

Part 4: Chapter 1 – Day 1: Preserved in the Wilderness

After several weeks of pausing because of our move, I am so very grateful to be able to re-blog again, joining here at my sister, Anna’s site, as we share from our book, “Arise and Shine: Beloved You Are Mine.” Today’s post is from Part 4, Chapter 1, acacia wood – incorruptible humanity. It was such an encouragement to my heart to read the words that God gave me several years ago–He knew that other desert times would be facing me again. HIS deliverance is so great! Come, read along with us:

Shalom Aleh

Welcome to Day 1 of Part 4‘s Chapter 1. Today, Bettie is bringing forward our first free will offering of acacia wood – incorruptible humanity in Christ Jesus. May you be blessed and uplifted, as Bettie shares the comfort and encouragement God gave her through His Word with us all. Open our hearts to receive Your Word to us today, oh LORD.

Some days the weight of my own humanity feels too much to bear. I am altogether aware of every shortcoming, every wound, and every stain. The trial has seemed to blaze a scorching onto my bare head, and I want to run for cover.

Perhaps you have felt the same?

If we could just hide away, somewhere dark and cool, find a cave in the midst of this desert, we think that we will be safe. Oh, but the enemy of our souls hides in…

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Part 3: The Oil of Anointing

During this last week of packing and moving from our home, what a gift from the Lord to be reminded of this older poem and words He gave me years ago. He has borne the deepest wounding so for us, and in that wounding He became the precious anointing oil poured over our lives. I am so thankful to join my dear friend, Anna, at her site for the next installment of our book, “Arise and Shine, Beloved You Are Mine.” Today we begin Part 3, The Oil of Anointing. Will you join me there?

Shalom Aleh

Welcome to Part 3 ofArise and Shine: The Oil of Anointing. Today,Bettieis opening part 3 with a devotional, including a poem and Spirit-led song she was gifted, as she shares what God showed her about the process required to make the anointing oil and its connection to Christ’s labor of love and our response to that.

Join us in the coming days and weeks for the chapters and daily free will offerings connected to the Oil of Anointing. We will be posting these as the LORD leads us.

Have you seen the beautiful plant called “Crown of Thorns?” It is a reliable bloomer that keeps me going through the garden-less days of winter. But just because it’s reliable, doesn’t mean it’s boring. I am always moved by the beauty that rests alongside the pain of this plant. Thorns are jagged along the whole stem, with…

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Miracles: Our Story, Chapter 6

When I have shared these posts from the chapters of Our Story, remembering the ways that God led us through our years of ministry, I have usually seen a correlation between then and now. However, this month's correlation is a little more unusual than most. So I am saving the current update until after the … Continue reading Miracles: Our Story, Chapter 6

Part 2: Chapter 3 – Gold Perfection

I am so very thankful to share the landing page for Part 2 Chapter 3, of “Arise and Shine: Beloved You Are Mine” with my dear friend, Anna Smit. When we first wrote these chapters several years ago, I had no idea how God would bring these thoughts back to me again, in even deeper lessons. Truly HE is that pure and perfect Heavenly Gold given to us, in the middle of our own imperfect weaknesses. I would love to invite you to join me over at Anna’s site for her precious introduction, and links for each day’s devotional:

Shalom Aleh

Welcome to Chapter 3 of Part 2. This week we are resting in the free will offering of gold: the perfection of Christ, the Living Word of God. Today, Anna is sharing an introductory post, as she reflects on how God compels us to bring forward this free will offering in Christ, through the shaking and refining fires He sends our way.

At the end of this introduction, you are invited to join Anna and Bettie in prayer. Each day, we will then also add a new free will offering of gold – poems, prayers and testimonies of praise and thanksgiving to our God. May each offering encourage you also to bring forward your own free will offering of pure gold in Christ Jesus.

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

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