Love & Sacrifice

Love. We’ve been hurt by it and we’ve been blessed by it. People have even died for it. Love evokes a passion from within us. However, for a lot of us love can be so confusing. How can one fall in love and then years later fall out of love? How does that work? Is love really so frivolous? Is love really that unreliable? Despite the passion that lives in that one little word, we have managed to water it down. Love has become this abstract concept that our culture distorts for its own purposes. In fact, love has become …

His Way is Better

My life is not at all what I thought it would be, and nowhere close to what I “hoped” it would be when I was growing up. I don’t say that regretfully. The Lord has shown me so many times that my thoughts are not His thoughts and His ways are not my ways. Praise the Lord for that! Sometimes in life, we end up being most grateful for the things in life that at that time we hated the most. I look back over my life and see fingerprints of God all over it. Places I lived, people I …

Oh How He Loves Us!

      When I think about the month of February, of course I think about love, don’t you? I think of pink and red hearts, valentines, and about the love I have for my husband, children, family, and friends. However, I’ve found myself really thinking about God; who He is, His infinite wisdom and understanding, and oh…how He loves us. God is our Creator; we were in His care even before we were born (Isaiah 44: 2). He created us in His image (Genesis 1: 27) and we are His cherished personal treasures. He knows (and cares about!) every …

How God Changed My Life

When I think of the word transformation, so many times in my life and circumstances start running through my head. I really have to slow myself down because I feel like I am really having an attention deficit moment. I have been changed and shaped by many things and people at different twists and turns, some good and some bad but I can honestly say that Christ has done a major work in my life at two pivotal times. I pray that as you reflect on these with me that you too will remember a time of transformation in your …

Remember The Recipe

We’ve all done it at one time or another. Forgotten an ingredient in a recipe or mixed an unnecessary element or even whipped it all up wrong. I remember a sponge cake my niece and I made together when we were just kids. We ended up with a flat block of something far removed from sponge cake. All because we didn’t follow the directions. God speaks to my heart. Successful outcomes happen when My people follow My directions. Any concoction of ingredients added to or taken away from My Word spells failure for My Word stands alone and has all …

IF – And It Is So!

When we said our vows so many years ago none of them included the word if. When we birthed three babies we never included in our adoration of those babies the word if. Those words have never come up in all these years of conversation. My husband is my soul mate – it’s just so. Our kids are our kids – it’s just so. Yet IF is in Scripture! Was God giving a caveat to His Word? Was He holding back? Oh beloved, God speaks volumes in a two-letter word this morning! He speaks to you! He wants to stop …

You’re Dead And Yet Alive

We came home from the conference we attended and between washing clothes and napping we watched two old westerns. High noon was one of them. Kane, the just resigned as sheriff and married a Quaker, knew he needed to stand up to the man who was returning from prison on the noon train. His efforts to round up a posse at the tavern, and then the church, are met with fear and hostility. Some townspeople, worried that a gunfight would damage the town’s reputation, urge Kane to avoid the confrontation entirely. Others are Miller’s friends, and resent that Kane cleaned …

Whole Heart Living

While looking for a particular photo I came across one of two of my grandsons who are brothers. They were sitting at my piano and one was obviously singing with all his heart. The other one was fiercely playing the piano with total abandon. They were enjoying themselves thoroughly. What makes for the best life and the most fun? Wild abandonment and releasing anything that wants to hold you back. The Word contains phrases like “with all your heart” from the Old to the New Testament. There must be something to that phrase. Oh beloved, don’t you want to just …

Time to Renew

A Repost from 2016 by Rebekah Beene to My Journey of Faith Magazine.  Still current today. For the past decade we’ve done a lot of travel in ministry. Almost every weekend for a while was spent either going to an event or home with family. Either way there wasn’t much time for upkeep of home or yard. Our one-acre place just didn’t get much attention. Now we have temporarily slowed down and have time to make assessments. There are things we need to work on that we just didn’t even have time to see! We’ve started repairs on the house …

Childlike Wonder

I think what I like most about Christmas is that it opens our hearts to childlike wonder. Christmas is definitely for children especially. After all it centers around Christ who was born a babe in a manger. I am glad to be like a kid again with fun and enjoyment of decorating, wrapping and preparing. But I am also glad that Jesus is no longer a babe in a manger. Oh beloved! Emmanuel has come and God is with us! Our risen King! He was resurrected into power and gives us all of Himself to celebrate every single day! Most kings …

A New Tradition

A tradition is simply the transmission of beliefs from generation to generation.  We have to be careful that we do not get caught in them and undermine the authority of our creator, but rather bring Him pleasure by remembering Him in all that we do.  Such traditions that bring Him pleasure are saying grace before we eat or the taking of the Lords Supper.  As we do this, we quote “…Do this to call me (affectionately) to remembrance.” I Cor. 11: 24 AMP  I am always amazed at the various types of family traditions that I hear about during Christmas …