Bethany's BlogWords of Encouragement

To Praise

I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise. 

Psalms 34:1

This week has been a week of praise.  It has been amazing to be with so many people that raise their arms to God in devoted, loving praise.  Intimacy with God and others can be developed through the act of worship.  David is known for his ability to worship God with all his heart. He poured his soul and heart out to God and through that act, he was changed. When he was full of joy, he praised God. When he was distraught, he praised God.  When he sinned, he still came to God and he praised Him!

On the first day of this conference, someone came up to me and said that I had a David annointing, there was fire in my blood.  I like that, and it has given me a few things to think about and ask myself key questions. When I am full of joy, do I give God the praise?  When life presents me with trials and pain, do I still raise my hands to Him and praise Him?  Does He have my praise on the days that are hum-drum?  What about you? Is your praise to God consistent through life, or does it change depending on how life is going? What moves you to praise His name? When you do praise Him, does it change your heart?

I have a lot to think about after a week of praise. 


Reality Is....

.....the reality, however, is found in Christ. 

Colossians 2:17

One of my favorite books is the Velveteen Rabbit. I've read it numerous times, and read it to my children. I've related to the rabbit's question, "Am I real?" I use to ask myself that question all the time, and I truly wondered if the very essence of myself was real.  Then, I came upon this line in the Bible, "the reality, however, is found in Christ."  It was with that one statement that I began the quest to know Christ, believing that if I could know Him, I would know me.  My persistant question of being real would be answered.

Last night, my daughter and I were listening to music, and one of the songs was titled "Im just trying to be real." The song was heartfelt and emotional, but didn't mention the connection with Jesus.  It did, however, bring me to a place of review.  The artists singing this song were dealing with an onslaught of feelings and memories and through that they were trying to be real. I recognized that everyday, as I encounter Jesus, being real has become my reality too.  As I embrace the reality of Who He is, I embrace the reality of who I am.  Just like the rabbit, as he embraced himself, the worn ragged self, and surrendered to that reality, he became real.

I am broken and imperfect, yet so whole through the reality of who Jesus is. 

Is your reality embracing the person of Jesus?  Are you deeping the essence of who you are through the reality of who He is?  

Do you have a deepening reality in your heart, mind, and soul today that lines up with the reality of Christ?

Reality is Christ!

Pray for Redding

Redding CA is in great danger right now as wild fires are burning.  Redding is a city of 90,000 people, and a huge evacuation is in process. 

May the Hand of God protect the citizens of Redding, and our friends. 

Pray for His mighty hand to stop the fires and for rain to pour from the heavens. Pray for safety and protection.

Pray for God's mercy to be with each citizen and for the abundance of life.

Keep praying with authority, strength, and love.

Do You Believe?



The story of Thomas, the guy who had to actually touch the wounds in the hands of Jesus and in His side before he could believe that Jesus was alive again, is a lot like me.  Except, sometimes I can touch, see, and still not believe! As I prayed for God to reveal truth to me, He has revealed to me that there are just some things that I simply do not want to believe! It can be right in front of my face, all the evidence right there, but my unbelief is stronger than my belief. So, my prayer is changing, and I am asking God to give me the Spirit of belief, and with that Spirit of belief, I too will heal the sick, raise the dead, and have the power of His Spirit in such a way that there will never be any unbelief!
Thomas believed as soon as he touched the wounds of Jesus, that's all it took! And, then Jesus said, "So, you believe because you've seen with your eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing."
He closed my eyes last week and asked me to walk by faith. He asked me to believe! And, I have had to pray for Him to heal my unbelief! To believe, at all times, to be sightless and walk  along His path with my hand in His hand. His leading, His calling, His way. Only He can see the future, but I will believe it turns out well, for the outcome is eternal.

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