Author Archives: beth

About beth

I started this blog in 2011 shortly after I finally opened my heart and mind to Jesus as a last resort. My intent with this blog is to share what I learn and feel along my path with Jesus.

Was God Affirming My Art?

A friend asked me to create a painting of her boyfriend’s three cats. It will be a birthday present from her to him. She gave me no further instructions, but she did provide photos and a brief “bio” of each … Continue reading

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Hang-Ups vs God’s Word

Hang-Ups – Default templates guiding my day-to-day decisions, big and small. Do my templates align with God’s Word? Do they limit me and my living out God’s purpose for placing me in this spot in this time? Do my templates … Continue reading

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Read it and Weep or Jump for Joy?

I know that my faith is not proven by emotions or feelings. And yet, as I read Isaiah 53 translated by Eugene Peterson, I wept. “Why?” I asked myself, “Why am I weeping?” (The NIV translation didn’t grab me as … Continue reading

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Hold Space (Bite Your Tongue)

Our Bible study leader told us not to give each other advice during small-group discussions. I liked the experience. Would you? Refraining from counseling/advising/citing scripture/quoting Christian clichés holds space open for Holy Spirit (The Counselor) to be heard. Holding space prevents … Continue reading

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Grow-Your-Own Proverbs

Here’s a sampling of my Life Group’s home-grown proverbs. Below those, is the prompt you can use if you’d like to write some of your own.   He who talks but never listens will soon be talking to himself.   … Continue reading

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Reason Rant

Let’s say something unexpected and unpleasant has happened to you.  Someone says, “Things always happen for a reason.” Is that a comfort to you? Or an annoying platitude? How do you respond to it? Things always happen for a reason. … Continue reading

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Too Old to Cry

At age twelve, Zekie was too old to be seen holding his mother’s hand. He wrenched his palm from her grip and ran ahead to listen to Jesus again. Zekie’s mother wagged her finger. “Stay with me!” He knew he … Continue reading

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