Bethany's BlogWords of Encouragement

Beautiful Bride

 
 
I came by again and saw you, saw that you were ready for love and a lover. I took care of you, dressed you and protected you. I promised you my love and entered the covenant of marriage with you. I , God, the Master, gave my word. You became mine. I gave you a good bath, washing off all that old blood, anointed you with aromatic oils. I dressed you in a colorful gown and put leather sandals on your feet. I gave you linen blouses and a fashionable wardrobe of expensive clothing. I adorned you with jewelry: I placed bracelets on your wrists, fitted you out with a necklace, emerald rings, sapphire earrings, and a diamond tiara. You were provided with everything precious and beautiful: with exquisite clothes and elegant food, garnished with honey and oil. You were absolutely stunning. You were a queen! You became world-famous, a legendary beauty brought to perfection by my adornments. Decree of God, the Master.
Ezekiel 16:8 MSG
If every woman were to RISE UP to the God-given position created  for her, how would our world be different? If we each used our voice to speak out about not just the pain and the fears, but the joys and the dreams, how could we change each day presented to us?
What if every women were to rise up to the challenges and say yes, if we believe in the dreams that seem impossible, and know that love is constant because love is God. What if, together we RISE UP and in our weakness and vulnerability, we are strong through Jesus!
 If every woman were to RISE UP and accept the gifts from the Holy Spirit, how miraculous would that be?
Gifts of prophesy, healing, and speaking in tongues.
A Word of Knowledge, Discernment, and faith.
As the Spirit anoints the Saints, He stirs within women today. He is calling His Bride to walk in ways that we've never walked before, He is calling women to step outside the mold of lies, and remove the obstacles that bind us. His Spirit has clothed each of us with boldness and hope, light and liberty.
RISE UP, women of God, in every way, for your Creator is calling you!
As women, part of the Body of Christ, we are not limited, we are empowered. Our surrender is to Christ Jesus, and with that surrender comes new hope and new possibilities.
The ceiling of impossibilites will be removed, as the Bride is clothed in truth and life.

In-between

 

 

 

 

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.

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