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
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:
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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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:
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:
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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.”
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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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:
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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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.
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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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
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:
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.
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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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.
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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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