Monday, December 27, 2010

special project

i wrote weeks ago, about preparing a room - hearing a whisper and getting a room ready. Aaron received a gift under the tree, for a special project ....

I have been working to reorganize the room - throwing many things out. My goal is for me to tape the room and Aaron to paint ... before the end of the week and the end of 2010!
Pictures to follow!!


Monday, November 29, 2010

Advent confronts this corrosion of the heart with the insistence that God has not abandoned the world, hope is real and something is coming.
- Rob Bell

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Season

Thanksgiving has been celebrated, it is officially the "Christmas Season".

Let the preparation for the birth of Our Savior, Jesus.
Is that always the focus?

Yesterday, I pulled out the Christmas Tree, hung the ornaments, and have started to transform the house with red, green, lights, and little trinkets.
I am questioning, is this all in preparation for the birth of Jesus?
While, some of the items are a bit much ... they do provide a consistent reminder of the upcoming celebration.
It is my prayer that I will keep my eyes focused on the REASON for the SEASON.

In addition to the start of Advent ... this weekend Northview Church is launching the Brookside Christmas Experience.
This will include a gift drive (now until 12/16), a Family Festival (12/12) , Christmas Dinner (12/19) and the Christmas Store (12/21&22). We are so excited to be working with Shepherd Community Center to offer similar services to families during Christmas. The gifts collected will be used to stock the Christmas Store, the store will provide an opportunity for families (adults and children) to select items for family members.

As the Volunteer Coordinator for Urban Ministry for Northview Church I have been charged with the task of lining up the volunteer force that will be needed for ALL the events.
Please pray that those able and willing will provide the gifts needed for the Christmas Store and those called to serve, will move into action.
If you want to serve, click here!

On a different note, Beads By Beth is heading into a fantastic season - this Friday the 3rd, I am working with 2 other local artists to host a holiday open house. Along with 3 other custom parties - LOVING IT!
You are also invited to attend, OPEN HOUSE
To keep the business moving forward, I started a facebook page :beads by beth and a twitter @beadsbybeth, and have continued the original blog ... check 'em out!


Thursday, November 25, 2010


great devo for today, thanksgiving ....

November 25, 2010
Finding Thankfulness / Rachel Olsen

"They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness." Psalm 145:7 (NIV)

In the American tradition, today is an official day of thanksgiving - a day to reflect on, celebrate and express gratitude to God for our blessings. Many will gather with family and friends ... perhaps by candlelight, or firelight, or the light of a TV screen broadcasting parades and football games. Many will eat turkey - some hot and moist, and some slightly overcooked and dry, but well-rescued by gravy or cranberry sauce. And many will acknowledge Who provides both family and friends, as well as food and fire.

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, every day is a day to give thanks to God. In fact, each day that the Lord allows us to draw breath is cause to give thanks. Have you thanked Him today?

Have you praised His Name?

Perhaps this day finds you in a tight spot. Maybe this hasn't been your week, your month, or even your year. Maybe you're having trouble seeing what you have to be thankful for. How about your heartbeat? How about the sun that rose today to illuminate and warm the earth? How about the clothes on your body, or the food in your cabinet?

Take a moment to absorb the great gift that the forgiveness of your sins and the purging of your guilt through Jesus Christ is. And the fact that a day is coming when there will be no more sickness and no more tears. That's cause for deep gratitude.

One thing I'm giving thanks for today is my Bible, which is the living, active Word of God preserved for me and you. It teaches me to count my blessings and focus my mind on the gracious loving kindness of God. The Psalmist David leads me to do that through Psalm 145. Let me leave you with his words today, to jumpstart your own Thanksgiving.

A psalm of praise by David

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. 
Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. 
One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. 
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. 
They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 
All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you. 
They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, 
so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.

The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
The LORD upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. 
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. 
You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. 
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. 
The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. 
Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. Psalm 145 (NIV)

Dear Lord, today I want to say thank You for my life. Thank You for the chance to feel sunshine, to taste fruit, to swim in water and to watch lightening. Thank You for my home and family, my church and friends. Thank You for the chance to know and serve You, now and eternally. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


Monday, November 8, 2010

believing HIM

the word fills me up! and i will keep my eyes fixed on HIM ... believing in HIS promises

from joel osteen

Persevere Until You See the Promise

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised” (Hebrews 10:36, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria What are you believing God for today? Promotion? Healing? Stronger relationships? Deliverance? God has promised all these things to you in His Word because it’s His heart for you to live in blessing and wholeness.

When you follow the will of God by obeying His Word and precepts, it opens the door for His promises to be fulfilled in your life. You may be doing all the right things today — don’t give up! Perseverance will carry you to the promise.

Perseverance means that you are focused, that you are believing what God says about your situation. It’s looking away from distractions and any negative, defeating thoughts. Perseverance looks away from discouragement and looks to the Word of God. Perseverance has a voice, and it says things like, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper! If God is for me, who can be against me! I am more than a conqueror through Jesus!”

Whatever you are believing for today, keep believing! Stand strong and fight the good fight of faith. Ask God to give you endurance, perseverance and patience so that you can see His promises fulfilled in every area of your life!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father in heaven, thank You for Your good promises to me. I ask that You give me a heart that is steadfast and fixed on You. Fill me with Your peace and perseverance so I can live in victory all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Monday, October 25, 2010

a whisper

During my stay in Denver and since, I have heard a whisper of the Lord asking me to prepare a room.
More specifically to prepare a room for children.

Before I go further, we are not at this time expecting. pregnancy remains a prayer request

I think I have a bit of a feel for what Noah felt when the Lord commanded him to build the ark. He lived in a land with no visible body of water and they had never experienced rain. Noah was obedient to the Lord and spent the next 120 years building an ark. The result, when the rain came he was ready.

I have been reluctant to write about this, but I desire to have all prayer warriors to have some insight for specific prayers.

In obedience to the whisper, I will be transforming the "middle room" into a kids room. I had a vision of a crib and bunk beds in that room. Before any of that happens, I must reorganize and reevaluate the items in the room.
Overwhelmed by the work ahead of me, I began in the attic on my Birthday. Yep, making room there - so we have areas to store the items I do not re-purpose, give away, or throw out. We received an amazing blessing from dear friends and family of gift cards to Lowes. These gifts will help us to paint, create window treatments, and develop storage solutions. I am so excited to get to work on the space. So when the kids come, we will be ready.

Northview Church just completed a series called *free. I learned that I am overly concerned with how others think of me - when really I should only be concerned with how God thinks of me. "Am I not trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or and I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, i would not be a servant of CHRIST." Galatians 1:10

So the whole idea of preparing a room, for our future family seems a bit crazy in the present. ... with GOD all things are possible. I certainly do not want to miss a blessing.

I have started a private blog, writing notes to our future children. I do not know exactly how these children will come to be in our home - I only know that the Lord is doing a work in my heart and I love the feeling of being in alignment with HIM.

Exciting times lay ahead ...

Friday, October 22, 2010

mounting a comeback!

the artist in me is awakening ...
yesterday I met with two other local artists that create handmade items. We are planning a holiday open house to peddle our wares.

who are these ladies ... click on them to learn
Wendi Hull, Whimsical Dezign, handmade Handbags and Totes
Stephanie Williams, Blue Eyes and Bare Feet, Clothing and Design featuring a collection for girls created from vintage and recycled fabrics.

I was so inspired by these two ladies ... I look forward to how we are going to work collaboratively and encourage each other! What a blessing.

our open house is set for December 3rd ... details to follow, be on the look out for new designs!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Today I visited Fishers High School.
More specifically I was a guest of Matt Rund, Performing Arts Department Chair /speech and drama teacher, and Speech Team Coach.
Before Matt taught at FHS, he was at North Central ... his 2nd year was my first year.

So why the visit?

Over a year ago, shortly after Matt and I became friends on Facebook, he asked for permission to use my blog/my story of Jeremy, for a script to use for a speech. I said sure.

Fast forward to last week, Matt sent me a note that he had the student that was perfect for the script would I like to come in and observe.

Honestly, I had forgotten that he had asked ... so I was surprised at the invitation. But made plans to attend class today.

So 10:30 am rolls around - so different to be visiting a school after having been a teacher for so long. My feelings were mixed, what was she going to share - how would i feel hearing someone else share my story - how would i feel hearing someone share her interpretations of my story - I was concerned about my emotions, would i even be able to hold it together.
the scripture from Joel was quite timely:
"Be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go" Joshua 1:7

With the strength of the Lord, and peace from HIM ...
I sat and observed a fantastic prose performance by a talented Senior at FHS.
She was outstanding.
Yes, it was emotional, hearing my story through another voice, my journey with Jeremy and trisomy 13 ... what a blessing.

I am so humbled that the Lord continues to use Jeremy in such a powerful manner. What an honor to be his mom.
How fitting that this weekend Pastor Poe asked us all to bear our hurts and scars to others ... reminding me that HE uses ALL things for HIS glory.
today was no exception.

i am so blessed and humbled.

And the voice of Truth says, this is for my GLORY.
More to post later today.
grace and peace

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

time to breathe

where have i been?
The end of September was filled with conferences and travel.
I must have been running on empty, because I was so blessed at each conference.
beyond my imagination.

Conference 1:
True Woman 10, Now is the Time ...
This was an amazing time to be filled with a particular focus on Pastors Wives. All the ladies that presented were new to me ... and all POWERFUL!
The only name I recognized, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, but after the conference my eyes have been opened, the veil has been lifted there are many on the journey to living as a Biblical Woman - I had no idea. check them out: TRUEWOMAN
Going into this 3 day conference, I was just moving along, working through how the transition of Aaron was going to effect me ... these 3 days, gave me the time to reflect on how my prayers, actions, and words can honor God and Aaron.
I left feeling convicted that I need to affirm Aaron more. Affirm his leadership in the home and ministry.

Conference 2:
DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative(DVULI) , Reunion - Denver Colorado
Aaron participated in this 15 month program, 1 part grad school , 1 part boot camp, 1 part retreat. DVULI, is a tuition sponsored leadership development program for urban youth workers. (DVULI) Aaron was a part of the Indianapolis City group, 2008. Every 3 years they have a Family Reunion for Graduates and spouses. The reunion is a time to reconnect and be filled with the word of God. There were fantastic daily devotions, keynote speakers, breakout sessions and FUN! We reconnected with the Indianapolis group, and made new friends from all over the nation. Imagine being surrounded by 400 other Urban Ministry Workers ... the stories and work being done across this nation - the Lord is truly up to something BIG! I had no idea the network created by DVULI!

Following the DVULI conference, Aaron and I extended our stay in Denver.
Saturday we had the chance to stay with Jeff and Kim, they have been in Denver 8 weeks. They are the process of planting a church in Denver (harvest bible). hard to believe, that Aaron and I were able to share our start up experiences with Brookside Community Church. I enjoyed spending time with Brooke (3) and TJ (1.5), their little ones.
Sunday, we headed over to Bill and Ann's ... they have been in Denver for a year and half, with their 2 girls Katelyn (9) and Allison (7) - they are soo tall! Both enjoy playing volleyball:) We vegged out at their place, had the opportunity to watch the Colts game (not the colts best showing), head to a state park for a bike ride ... and have a mountain view during dinner.

Having the time to visit with friends, fellowship was just as filling as the conferences. It was fantastic to sit and talk about life. We are so blessed to have friends that are willing to open their homes to us. Providing a time to breathe.

and now we are back, refreshed, refueled, and ready to hit the ground running in the name of the LORD!

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things are all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

and the season changes

Today is the final day of Summer, Fall officially starts tomorrow. I find it quite fitting that just as the seasons are changing, Aaron and I are in a season of change and transition.

Immediately in my head when I think of transition - my mind goes to volleyball. For more then half my life i have been "practicing" transition. It is the movement from offense to defense back to offense to defense (you get the idea) - it is the flow of volleyball. Constant movement.

So I am not at all surprised when life also parallels volleyball.

The Lord has Aaron and I on the move again.

This past Sunday Aaron announced that he will be transitioning out of the role as Brookside Community Church Senior Pastor. A position he has filled almost 4 years, in addition to serving as the Northview Church Urban Pastor. Over the past 4 years both ministries (brookside and urban) have grown to the point each is in need of a single focused leader. After MANY months of seeking the Lord, Aaron felt the Lord was asking him to focus on developing Northview Urban Ministry. The search is is on for a Senior Pastor for Brookside Community Church.

I am still processing what this looks like for me ... I have been VERY involved with the Brookside Church Youth Ministry (Sunday and Wednesday) along with helping to train and place volunteers. I believe I will continue to train and develop volunteers for urban environments, to be placed all over the city of Indy - with a focus on the Brookside Community. I have heard it said "urban ministry is bigger then brookside" - I am certain that Aaron and I needed the experiences of Brookside Church to be equipped to do work beyond our imagination.

I am open to how the Lord will use me, we are planning to continue to be involved with Brookside Church on Wednesday Family Nights, and attend Brookside Church one time a month - and Aaron will preach every other month, one time.

Last weekend the Brookside Church Leaders gathered, the Lord has raised up a fantastic group that will continue to serve the Brookside Church congregation. There is stability that has been established over 2 years that will provide a foundation for the next leader to continue to build. What an amazing blessing to step back and say "LOOK AT GOD!" He has been so faithful, and I pray I can do my part and be obedient.

Love the following scriptures ... all from Joel this week:
"But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph…"
(2 Corinthians 2:14, AMP)
"We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose"
(Romans 8:28, NIV)
“Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]”
(Philippians 2:5, AMP)

Prayers are welcome as Aaron and I enter this transition ... as well as for the Brookside Church family. I am rejoicing that the time has come for the Lord to raise up more leaders that will be serving the Brookside Community and the Near Eastside of Indianapolis - ultimately transforming lives and a city!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010


i have recently started to run ... specifically because i am tired of jiggly parts and desire for my clothes to fit a different way. i have yet to return to pre-baby weight/size ...
the word from Encouragement for Today ... right to me!

September 15, 2010 Defined By God | Shari Braendel

"The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord." Psalm 45:11 (NIV)

Devotion: One word. Flabbergasted. That was the emotion I had coursing through my body as I sat at the coffee shop discussing my weight issues with a friend. I told her I had recently cut out certain foods from my diet, but was continuing to maintain my "happy weight," that number the scale just seems extremely happy to faithfully report whether I have eaten healthy and exercised that week or not. We had a good laugh as she described how sometimes she locks her scale away so she's not tempted to jump on it every day just to find out if she's still her same "happy" self.

As a result of this conversation I realized that if I am not careful I can easily allow the scale, or the mirror, to become a compass that shifts my focus and points me in the wrong direction. It seems illogical, yet at times I look to this digital device, or this earthly reflection to gauge my emotional status and essentially define me.

The Bible tells us that the God of the universe is enthralled with our beauty. Seriously? Yes, indeed! He thinks we are amazing and wonderful. Unfortunately, more often than not, we look in the mirror and only see our flaws; hair that's just a mite too frizzy; a tummy that's a bit too fluffy; and thighs that have a few too many dimples on them. My friend Renee likes to call her cellulite "the fingerprints of God." One time I shared that with a group of women, and one of them said, "Well then He must have REALLY big hands!"

So, what would life look like if we accepted God workmanship? Can you imagine how different we would feel about ourselves if we glanced in the mirror and told God "thank You for making me so wonderfully"? If you listen closely, I bet you would hear Him respond, "All beautiful, you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you" (Song of Solomon 4:7, NIV).

No matter your size or shape, the number on your clothes tag or your scale, you are beautiful! Let's embrace that we are fine just the way we are because if God says so, then it's true!

Dear God, thank You for making me the way I am. Please help me to have more confidence. I will practice defining myself through Your eyes and not my own. I am grateful, and humbled to be Your beautiful daughter, and I can feel Your approving gaze upon me. In Jesus' name, Amen. 

Application Steps: Make a list of five things you really like about your outer appearance. When you find yourself in a funk, remember to define yourself through God's eyes. Accept a compliment with a smile and a thank you.

Reflections: When was the last time you gave yourself permission to treat yourself to something new? You are valuable to Him, and to those who love you. It is okay to take care of yourself too. Does my scale define me?

Power Verses:

Psalm 139:14, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." (NIV)

Song of Solomon 4:1, "How beautiful, you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful!" (NIV)

Ephesians 2:10, "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (NIV)

I will continue to run and accept this new body - that will never quite be the same, just like inside i am not the same ....


Monday, August 30, 2010

my heart

powerful scripture to meditate ...
"The eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His" 2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB

My prayer is that my heart will be fully and completely HIS!

The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him - Henry Varley


Thursday, August 26, 2010

clothes, a whole new look ....

I have heard and read this account so many times - but I never really thought in this light, It gives me deep pause ...

Day 28: Sacrifice Required

Scripture Focus: Romans 3
The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. —Genesis 3:21, NASB

Imagine the scene in the garden. Prior to the fall, everything operated in perfect harmony. Formed by the masterful hand of God, creation displayed a beauty unknown to those born since the fall. All creation danced in a song of praise for the Creator; the animal kingdom knew no fear of man; there existed no concept of pain or death. The earth was full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. But one act of disobedience changed all that and threw all of creation into a state of corruption and groaning (Romans 8:20-22).

Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden was not a mere flirtation with sin—it was an act of high treason against the Creator. The holy God, the Provider and Sustainer, the Just and Merciful, the Giver of all good things—spurned. His instructions disregarded. His commandment rebelled against.

The penalty for treason had to be paid. Blood would be shed. Death would now enter the perfect garden. If we stood as observers, what would we have witnessed? Consider the relationship that Adam had developed with the animal kingdom.

Before Eve, the animals were Adam’s only companions. He not only named and cared for them, but Adam probably spent many hours of enjoyment with the animals under his rule.

Then death came to the animal world. Genesis 3:21 gives a glimpse into God’s redemptive plan. The details are hidden, but it is clearly implied that a blood sacrifice was made. Adam and Eve must have stood transfixed by the shocking sight as they witnessed one of their precious lambs, never having shown hostility or aggression, quietly obey the Creator’s call.

What were they thinking as the Master laid His tender hand on the willing subject’s neck? Were they horrified at their first sight of blood as the lamb’s life ebbed away? Did they feel remorse that an innocent creature was bearing their death penalty and providing the necessary covering for their sin? Later, did they relive those moments every morning as they dressed in their garments of skin? Someday we may know the answers. But for now we understand that this sacrifice would be the first foreshadowing of the Lamb who would be slain for the sin of the world. This was the first hint of the ultimate sacrifice that would one day be made at the cross.

Take Time to Reflect
How does the death of Christ relate to the sinful choices we have made as women and the breach in our relationship with God and others? Have you allowed your heart to grow cold and indifferent toward God’s grace? Read Romans 3, and spend some time expressing gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice.

All I can think on now is that I am wearing clothing today as a sign of my own sinful life, and how Jesus paid the price through the cross to cover my sin. I will now look at clothes in a whole new light.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

M Left to our own devices, we sometimes choose the most locked up, dark versions of the story, but what a good friend does is turn on the lights, open the
M window, and remind us that there are a whole lot of ways to tell the same story.

From bittersweet, by shauna niequist

So thankful for those dear sweet

M friends!


Monday, August 23, 2010

the word i needed

My day starts every morning with multiple email devotions. (Joel Osteen, John Piper, True Women, and Encouragement for Today, from Proverbs 31 women) They are always good, sometimes just in time - others I know I need to pass to friends.

The past few nights I have been not sleeping well, when that happens it always means something is on my mind. Lately it has been our finances. Every month is tight - there is little to none left over at the end. Every month the Lord has blessed us. Some times when I am sitting down to take care of the bills the accounts do not have enough - but we have never missed any payments or even been late. The Lord continues to provide and make a way out of no way. SO you would think I would be doing good in the department of trusting in the Lords provision ... ugh. I am not at all. This is causing restless nights and worry in my head and heart.

Over the weekend I shared with Aaron my troubles, worry and emotions. He had just the right words and calming spirit, yes he was chosen for me! thank you Lord!

This morning 2 of the devotions and my daily bible reading provided reminders and comfort to my weariness.

Encouragement for Today, from Proverbs 31 women (this is just part)

Feelings were getting in the way of my faith. So I went to Psalm 25 (NIV), and allowed the following verses to wash over my spirit.

Verse 1, "To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;"

I felt discouraged, unworthy, hopeless, rejected. So I poured my feelings and my soul out to God. And He listened.

Verse 2, " you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me."

God reminded me to trust Him, not a desire or a dream. Not the world's view of things. Not my abilities. Not my time frame. Not my ideas. Just Him. I prayed about my enemies - intangible feelings such as self doubt, insecurities, frustration, and discouragement.

Verse 3, "No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse."

Regardless of whether or not my desires become a reality, I will not be put to shame, because God is my God. If His plans coincide with my dreams, I know He will keep His eternal promises.
Verses 4-5a, "Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me,"

These words stopped me in my tracks. I began to think more rationally. Why have I been beating my head against a wall? Why have I been consumed with anxiety and frustration? Am I allowing God to direct my paths?God gently reminded me that He is the teacher; we are the students.
Verse 5b, "...for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
If I put my hope in my own desires and abilities, I simply set myself up for failure. My only hope for joy and fulfillment comes from Christ alone. Hope can only be found in Him, not people, careers, husbands, children, church, financial success, a carefree life, or dreams that come true.
Disappointments will always happen. With God, however, we can turn those disappointments into God's appointments to trust Him. The first step is exercise our faith over our feelings.

Dear Lord, You know the hurt in my heart and the sting of disappointments I have experienced. Please help me trust You, instead of being consumed by feelings. Empower me with a faith that is stronger than my emotions. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

From Joel:

"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You"

(Isaiah 26:3, NKJ)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Do you need more peace in your life today? Are you frustrated or upset over something or fighting off discouragement? The first question to ask yourself is "What am I thinking about?"

If you're thinking about your problems all the time or how impossible everything is, then your life is going to follow that negative direction. But, when you get your mind going in the right direction, when you focus your mind on the Word of God, then you are setting yourself in the direction of peace.

Today, choose to keep your mind focused on the Father. Be empowered by meditating on His Word. As you set your thoughts in the right direction, your life will head down the path of peace and victory He has in store for you!


Heavenly Father, thank You for peace today. I receive it as a comforting blanket to my heart, my mind and my emotions. I choose to focus on Your Word today. Direct my steps and guard me by Your peace. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

My daily reading has me in Jeremiah ... "The Joy of Restoration"

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25

... just the words i needed today!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

little bit clearer

I am attending the True Women 10 conference in September (23-25).
I signed up for a 40 day devotion to help prepare my mind and heart for the event ... they are all fabulous! If these devotions are any indication, the 3 days are going to awesome!

yesterdays helped open my eyes to the work the Lord has been doing in me:

True Woman 2010 Conference

Day 33: Complementary Versus Competing

Scripture Focus: Mark 9:33-41
“Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” —Matthew 23:12, NASB

“The role of men and women in ministry is complementary. True enrichment for both Christian men and women comes when these roles are fulfilled side-by-side. A woman’s ministry is primarily maternal in flavor and style, and the man’s is primarily paternal. This marvelous and rich role difference should be celebrated and reflected. It’s cooperative ministry.” —Joni Eareckson Tada*

The woman was created to fulfill a vital role in man’s life, serving as his co-regent over creation and functioning as his helper. Some women react to the concept of being a “helper” as if that were an inferior position. But to the contrary, the helper role is honorable, vital, and can be embraced when it is seen as a necessary complement for the man.

Let’s look at one “helper” whom Jesus commended as the greatest Old Testament prophet.

In the Gospel narratives, John the Baptist stands out as a premier player, one of a kind and necessary in preparing the way for the coming King. But what did John say of Jesus and himself? “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30, NASB). Why didn’t John grasp for fame? Why didn’t he grumble over losing the following he had acquired in his wilderness ministry? Because he understood the principle “It’s all about Him; it’s not about me.”

Do we view John as less than the impacting proclaimer that he was because he played a supporting role when the Son of Man arrived on the scene? No, we hold him in even higher regard for humbly taking his rightful position as the “preparer of the way” while refusing to be proclaimed as “The Way.”

So why do we, as women sometimes take offense at being considered a supporting player rather than the leading character when it comes to God-assigned roles? Somehow we’ve convinced ourselves that there is less value in this position, so we view our role as demeaning or as less significant than the man’s.

Where did that kind of thinking come from? Perhaps during a dialogue in Eden? We’ll take a look at that fateful exchange tomorrow.

Take Time to Reflect
How did Jesus respond to His disciples’ competitive spirit in Mark 9:33-37? Do you compete with the men around you, or do you try to use your gifts and abilities to complement them? Do you seek to honor worthy men in respectful and appropriate ways, or do you have a demeaning attitude toward men? Ask God to open your eyes to your own attitude and behavior.


*Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada,

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So thankful that I know HE is doing a work in me, and HE is not done ... THANK YOU!!!!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

the WORD

yesterday was a a downer day. typically day 28/29 of my cycle for the last year has been a depressing day, yesterday was no different.
i do not talk about it much - but it seems to be always on my mind. ugh. the more i try to put it out, the stronger it pounds in me. it is wearing me out.
daily i find myself handing it over to the Lord - sometimes multiple times in a day.

this morning, a powerful reminder at the right time ... the scripture from joel:
"But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your loving kindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of my distress" Psalm 59:16
Words from Joel: Everyone goes through situations and circumstances in life that can cause distress, worry or anxiety. The key to overcoming these situations is exactly what David did in today's verse. Even though David's very life was at stake, He knew that His source of strength and victory was in His worship. He knew that He would find refuge during the day of distress as He sang praises to the Most High God. No matter what you're facing in life today, realize that there's no better place for you to be than in the presence of Almighty God. Everything you need is found in Him. When you begin to worship Him, when you call upon His name, He promises to be near you. And when God shows up on the scene, the enemy must flee! Today, if you've been fighting discouragement, worry or anxiety, cast those cares on the Lord. Come into His presence with singing and enter His courts with praise. Let Him be a refuge for you and give you the strength you need to overcome every obstacle in Jesus' name!

Prayer for Today: Heavenly Father, I humbly come before You today. I declare that You are good and faithful. I will sing of Your love and mercy. Fill me with Your strength and joy as I worship You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

So thankful for the living WORD that i can study each day, the encouraging emails and podcasts that are available. His word is all around me - strengthening me and pushing me forward. He continues to transform me, the work is not done. I submit to the work that must be completed.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

with hope ...

today was a long day - information overload ... i look forward to implementing this new information.
when i got home this evening, i began cleaning out my email box and read the devotion i received from Joel ... WOW looking forward with hope.

Greater Than the Past

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE"The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house," says the LORD Almighty. "And in this place I will grant peace…" (Haggai 2:9, NIV).

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria God wants to amaze you with His goodness! We are living in a day where God is increasing His favor. Maybe you have seen God's goodness to a certain degree. In reality, you haven't seen anything yet! God has favor in your future that will supersede anything that you've seen in the past.

The Scripture talks about how the glory of the latter day will be greater than the glory of the former day. That means what God did for your parents or grandparents, He's going to surpass in your generation. The blessing and favor of past generations was good, but we serve a God of increase! He has greater things in store for your future!

Today, I encourage you to get your hopes up. I encourage you to enlarge your vision. Be expecting God to bring opportunities across your path. Be expecting to meet the right people and get the right breaks. Prepare your heart and mind to receive the increase and blessing God has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father in heaven, thank You for being the God of increase. I trust that You have great things in store for my future. I surrender every area of my mind, will and emotions as I wait on You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

- Joel & Victoria Osteen

The wait continues to build perseverance in me ... and for that I am thankful.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

look at GOD!

today was a day only GOD could have ordained - love it when it is obvious!

The morning started with me making the attempt to mow the yard, the battery lasted only for three rows - that is the space between the sidewalk and the road in front of the house. I would have had just enough time to get the yard mowed before it would be time to head out to pick up the jeep. Instead, I learned that the batteries for the lawnmower were not getting a full charge, because the cord is not connecting flush. ugh - but at least now I know.

Aaron then took me to pick up the jeep that looks brand new :) I do not think I wrote about the crash I was involved in 2 weeks ago - but now the jeep is fixed, oh how I missed it.

Then on to meet a group from Northview Church for an activity that would take us to Fashion Mall. While driving to the mall, I was asked if I missed teaching ... the quick answer is not like I thought I would. What I miss is the people, the other teachers and the students. Thankfully I have been able to keep in touch with a many through facebook (I troll pages to see what people are up to - this is your warning if we are friends on FB beware!)

As we entered the mall, each pair (2x2) hit the shops with a list of challenges in hand. I was paired with Miss Janice from Childrens Ministry - our first stop the Apple store, with the explicit direction to enter the store and ask "how can an iPad help me do my job better". We had a plan and entered the store - before I could get to the iPad area I heard "beth beth" ...

A former studnet with her adorable little baby (almost 1) was calling out to me - first it is shocking to realize I have former students with children ... but second I had not seen Erica in a long time. She was one of my devoted jewelry students that spent multiple class periods for 2 years in the studio.

Then with tear filled eyes she filled me in on the recent nightmare of her life and how she had thought many times over the past 2 months to reach out to me ... you see in early June there was a horrible automobile accident - a limo with a wedding party on the way downtown to take pictures. One of the groomsmen was killed - her husband. Shocking, unbelievable, complete tragedy. My heart aches for her loss, and for sweet little Annebelle.

Only GOD could have ordained such a meeting - quite random for me to be in the mall on an ministry assignment ... to cross paths with a dear student, now mom ... now widow. I pray that she will find peace that passes all understanding.

We will work to get together soon, she has also connected with another teacher that I have maintained contact with ... that will be great. All I can do is shake my head and say, "look at GOD!"


Monday, July 26, 2010


i did it, today was the first day i completed a full hour of yoga.
10 years ago, or so, i tried yoga, hated it.
it was sooooo boring. i fell asleep.

last week i ordered a yoga dvd, realizing how tight my hamstrings are was one of the main reasons and that it can help with conception. (oh yeah, aaron and i are working on creating a baby)

last week i did about 20 min, and it was doable. today, i completed the full hour. who knew that it would be hard - i made it, but not with out sweating and a struggle. i was not about to fall asleep, like i did years ago. well maybe at the end with the relaxing. among other areas that need work, breathing is a major one, i was concentrating on the pose in many instances that i forgot to breathe.
all in all it was great.

so regardless of if this leads to conception, i know my body will feel better for it.

who knew the "older|wiser" beth would enjoy yoga.
this is a good word:
Run Your Own Race
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE "…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…"
(Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJ).

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria It's easy to be tempted to go through life competing with everyone around us. When we see someone who's more talented, better looking or has more gifts, instead of running our race and being comfortable with who we are, oftentimes we feel inferior and think, "I've got to catch up to them." The problem with this unhealthy competition is that it's a never-ending cycle. There will always be someone ahead of us. But, it's a very freeing thing when you realize, "I'm not competing with you. I don't have to have as big a house as my neighbor to feel good about myself. I don't have to keep up with my co-worker. I don't have to be a certain size. No, I understand that I'm not in competition with my friend, my neighbor or my co-worker. Instead, I'm going to be the best me that I can possibly be." Friend, that's an attitude God can work with. When you focus on being who God made you to be, that's when you'll rise up higher and position yourself for every spiritual blessing He has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father God, I humbly come to You giving You all that I am. I choose to keep my eyes on You and allow You to work in my heart and mind. I declare that I am free from competition today. In Jesus' Name. Amen. - Joel & Victoria Osteen

have a great start to your week ... i am!