Bethany's BlogWords of Encouragement






There's a beginning.
There's an end.
And, there's the dash in between.
The dash in between is the life we live between being born, and dying.
The Dash.
It's full of our parents hopes and dreams, anticipations, cries, and maybe even disappointments. 
It's crammed with friends, possibly siblings, strangers, our own families.
 Or, maybe we are all alone.
The Dash; has stuff, lots of stuff. 
It's full of countless choices, thoughts, and decisions.
Maybe regret.
Hopefully rejoices.
Thousands of celebrations.
For some, it is short, way too short. For others, it is long.
It has a tendency to be riddled with fear as age creeps upon us, or maybe it is loneliness.
The dash is often accompanied by illness, anxiety, and stress.
So many hopes and dreams for this dash----
When I come to the end of my dash, all of these will be true for me.
Jesus holds them all, and so much more.
Dance in your dash.
And, when it comes to the end, even though there is sadness, I would like to think that my dearest friends have the courage left in their dash to dance for me!

The Invisible Mystery




Jesus said, "You're not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation--'the wind-hovering-over-water' creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life--it's not possible to enter God's kingdom. When you look at a baby, it's just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can't see and touch-the Spirit-and becomes a living spirit.

John 3:5-6

As a child, and early in my adult life, I did not know the Holy Spirit. The ability to comprehend the invisible Spirit was something that did not make sense to me. I wanted everything to fit into a logical place in my mind. The Holy Spirit was not logical to me. 

He still isn't! 

Transformation, heart change, earthly journeys....they don't always make sense. The Holy Spirit works in such a mysterious way, that I've learned that the best way is to accept the mystery. That deep inner stirring, the wind-hovering-over-water, is unexplainable.  His invisible workings in my life has given me peace in times of turmoil. His living, breathing presence within me, has given me hope everyday. His nudging has become my gentle guide.

How did it happen? Surrender.

What is the shape of your life today?  Are you trying to make sense of everything? Are you going with the flow of everyone else, or asking the Spirit to lead you in mystery? What and Who are you listening to today?

It is your birthright to have peace in all circumstances. I bless you with this peace. Today, may you embrace the invisible and rise above the trouble all around you.

Today, the mystery is yours.

In His Image

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27
David says this:
Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule the works of Your hands; You put all things under his feet.
Psalms 8:5-6
God created Eve to be His Image Bearer. He was calling her into a deep intimate relationship with Him, a long walk. A life time journey. He wanted her to study Him. He called her to make Him her center. 
She was also called to walk daily with her husband and be in relationship with him, but he was not the one that determined who she was! She was not called to reflect Adam, she was called to reflect God.
And, together, they were crowned with glory and majesty. Together they ruled the works of God's hands, together it was under their feet.
Eve was called to be a helper (ezer)  Genesis 2:18
Ezer is used sixteen times in the old testament, and means "strong helper" as in Warrior!
Adam was alone, and he needed a warrior by his side. Someone strong, someone that could lead at times, make wise decisions, share God's Word with all people, fight, and play. There's no way he could've done it alone.
No man can stand alone.
As a strong woman with a calling I know that my purpose is to be an Image Bearer and God's Warrior. This is His original design. His calling on my life has purposed me to speak His truth to all people when His Spirit prompts me to do so. 
Because He has crowned me with glory and majesty, He has given me gifts to lead in battle, and that is good.
What will you do with your gifts and abilities that God has given you? How are you being an Image Bearer today? How does your ezer benefit others?
Father, thank you for creating me with strength in Your Image, show me how to continually speak Your truth in love.

Fully Convinced





He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Romans 4: 20-21

My favorite part of this verse is "fully convinced", there was no doubt that God would do what He promised to do.  It leads me to this question for us today, are we fully convinced that God will keep the promises He has made? Or, is there a seed of doubt mixed in?  God has made some personal promises to me, and there are days I am filled with doubt. As I talk to Him about the doubt, He will always remind me that He is the God that keeps His Word. Still, there can sometimes be a little bit that wonders. Do you deal with this too? 

Are you fully convinced that God will pull all things together for good?  Are you fully convinced that God will work through you, even when you don't feel it?  Are you fully convinced that you are saved? Are you fully convinced that He will provide all that you need? Are you fully convinced that His Word is for you, and His grace is abundant? Are you fully convinced that He has a purpose for you and has designed you according to that purpose? Are you fully convinced that you are His child, and He loves you beyond measure?

Today, this is my continual prayer: Father, create an attitude of Fully Convinced in all Your promises.

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