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

Sharing: A Lenten Prayer Prompt

He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.” Colossians 2:14-15 NLT During this Lenten season, I paused again, with so many others … Continue reading Sharing: A Lenten Prayer Prompt

Sharing: Praying for the True Meaning of Love

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LOVE? My chair where I spend the bulk of my day is on the far side of the room and directly behind the chair where my husband spends the bulk of his days working at his computer. I sense his tension when the stress level rises. I try to pray … Continue reading Sharing: Praying for the True Meaning of Love

Our Story: A Ministry of Abiding, Chapter 1

Chapter 1, BettieGsRAseasons Have you ever felt the hot breath of the enemy breathing down your neck? These last few months have rocked the boat for many of us here in this world. I believe that Jesus allows the shaking in our lives to cause us to look up for His coming--to cry out for … Continue reading Our Story: A Ministry of Abiding, Chapter 1