Hello my friends, as I was reviewing past posts, I felt compelled to repost this one from earlier this year, I pray it will encourage someone. Love, Beverly

April 7, 2016

My dear friends,

I was reading in an old favorite book today, “Overcomers”, by Richard Wurmbrand.

If you are not familiar with Richard Wurmbrand, he pastored an underground church during the Nazi and then the Communist invasion of Romania.                                                   He was imprisoned for 14 years. His biography, “Tortured For Christ” is a must read.                The love from Jesus that he walked in transformed many lives. I read this passage today:

“Can we become masters of a joy that persists even in the midst of terrible suffering?”

After reading this today I wrote the following letter to a young wife I know, she is weary and suffering in a difficult marriage.

“I felt the Lord talking to me today about you.

To encourage you to be calm. To be noble. To do everything in love.

He is guiding you to a life of great joy in the midst of  your sufferings.

Hold this close to your heart.

He knows of loving when love is not retuned.

He will guide you my dear…to love.

There is nothing higher”


My friends,

I pray for us, that as we walk through our days we will see clearly that our lives were created for one purpose, and that is to know our God, to truly know Him and to know His love; that we may thus be compelled to live out lives of love,love for Him and for others.

Any other pursuit or vision or agenda will lead us to wandering.

I have all confidence and great thankfulness that the  Holy Spirit of Jesus will lead us in this, He is such a good Shepherd.

With much affection,                                                                                                                                     Beverly

Who am I, Really?

How many times have you been at a gathering where you have been asked to introduce yourself and tell the others something about you?

My mind often goes to the standard: “my name is…”; “my husband is…”; “my children are…”;  “in my free time I like to…”; etc.

But when I read the following devotion today it captured my heart; and I smile even now as I share it with you; for it is who I really am.

“Who am I, really? The answer to that question is found in the answer to another: What is God’s heart toward me, or, how do I affect him? If God is the Pursuer, the Ageless Romancer, the Lover, then there has to be a Beloved, one who is the Pursued. This is our role in the story. In the end, all we’ve ever really wanted is to be loved. “Love comes from God,” writes St. John. We don’t have to get God to love us by doing something right-even loving him. “This is love: not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” Someone has noticed; Someone has taken the initiative. There is nothing we need to do to keep it up, because His love for us is not based on what we’ve done, but who we are: His Beloved. “I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me” (Song 7:10). “

Oh, dear Jesus, I pray that I and those reading this will dare to believe this, to believe You,  more than we think we already do. I pray with my brother Paul:

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”  Ephesians 3 17-19

So, who am I?  I am the Beloved and the Relentlessly Pursed by my Lord Jesus who is the Risen One ..and oh yes, by the way, my name is Beverly.

Soul Care

Good morning my friends. I love my life, I really do. I am surrounded by a wonderful husband, 6 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Now, please understand that neither their lives, nor mine are walking in all the purposes Jesus has for us yet; but we are growing in authentic love for each other, and most importantly, Jesus is showing me how to follow through with the direction I believe He gave me a year ago. These were the 2 things He laid upon my heart: “Represent My love to them, and be the safest person in their lives.”

That being said, in all honesty, I have been so tired lately that I feel I am not really walking well in what I believe the Lord has for me; and as is usual for me, my “unattended emotions” come to life in my dreams…Such was the case this morning.

I woke with this tormenting dream: In the great flurry of activity of a family reunion, I realized that I could not find my 5-year-old grandson who I was caring for. I asked my husband, but he had not seen him. I found a group of friends who were gathered and I wept with them crying out for this lost child, had they seen him?  They couldn’t help me either. Then I realized that I had actually left him on the beach the day before and he had been missing all night. How could I have let this happen, how could I have forgotten him?

When I woke I prayed for the meaning of this dream, I was heart exhausted and couldn’t get my mind off of my grandson. Then the Lord showed me, as with most dreams, that it was not to be taken literally. It wasn’t about my grandson.

The Lord spoke these words to me “soul care”.

My grandson represented the tender, vulnerable part of my life that I have for a while now neglected to care for…and that is, my own soul. So much to do, so many family responsibilities, that when I wake  I begin running. In my dream I had hoped someone else would have been looking after this precious one who depended on me for care and nurturing and protection. Neither my husband, nor my family members, nor my friends were able to do this.

Only I could care for my soul…and I must..

“Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8,9

My soul follows hard after You, early in the morning I will seek You, my soul thirsts for you…” Psalm 63

Friends, please know that I am not referring to a dutiful time each day to read the Bible and say prayers. What child (or soul ) would be nurtured by such obligatory care?  Our souls are worn and battered by this world that we are in. Psalm 23 shows us that on our own we do not even know how to care for them. We need to be led by our devoted Shepherd to green pastures and quiet waters so that our souls will be restored. Today I came to Jesus anew and said yes to His leading, “He restores my soul” . I am confident He is calling to you as well.

Dear friends, When we find ourselves seeking something to satisfy our hearts, something to take away the ache, or the fear or the restlessness, we often go to what has temporarily worked before: food, Facebook, shopping, controlling, cleaning, hording, or other escapes less “acceptable” in the Christian community. The result is regret and shame and often, returning to the same false comfort. This morning as I read the quote below,  I was encouraged and wanted to encourage you as well. You see, we are led to the false comfort by the Enemy of our souls…and once there, we are shamed and condemned by this one who is intent to “kill, steal, and destroy” us.

Jesus is not like that.

He created our hearts to live in delight and the exhale of wonder, not just surviving. We sometimes risk to believe it can “be more than this” and go about wandering. Sadly,  we are told to put these desires down, to “stomp on them”, and are given nothing with which to replace the.

Jesus said “All you who are weary and heavy-laden, come to Me, and I will give you rest for your souls”. Matthew11:28

Here’s what David says about the Lord: ” You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is FULLNESS of JOY”; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore “.

“Forevermore” is not later on in heaven, forevermore starts now. We are not relegated to “survive” now and have joy later…

I pray that the Spirit of God will open our hearts and souls to risk seeking Him, and that you and I will smile and sigh and even cry with the delight of being with our Lord today.

Please take time to read the quote below. With great affection and expectation, Beverly

John Flavel (English Puritan – 1630-1691), was one of the main influences in Charles Spurgeon’s spiritual formation in the gospel. This quote will let you know why.

“Ecstasy and delight are essential to the believer’s soul and they promote sanctification. We were not meant to live without spiritual exhilaration, and the Christian who goes for a long time without the experience of heart-warming will soon find himself tempted to have his emotions satisfied from earthly things and not, as he ought, from the Spirit of God. The soul is so constituted that it craves fulfillment from things outside itself and will embrace earthly joys for satisfaction when it cannot reach spiritual ones. The believer is in spiritual danger if he allows himself to go for any length of time without tasting the love of Christ and savoring the felt comforts of a Savior’s presence. When Christ ceases to fill the heart with satisfaction, our souls will go in silent search of other lovers. By the enjoyment of the love of Christ in the heart of a believer, we mean an experience of the “love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us” (Rom. 5:5). Because the Lord has made himself accessible to us in the means of grace, it is our duty and privilege to seek this experience from Him in these means till we are made the joyful partakers of it.”

Good morning my dear friends, I was so encouraged by this devotion this morning, I wish I could sit down with each of you personally so we could read this together and look into each other’s eyes and say “It is SO true!”

I especially love reading Spurgeon because he was a brother who struggled with his wandering emotions, and yet he continually turned to the Lord and the Holy Spirit was ever faithful to show him the overwhelming love and faithful devotion of Jesus to us.

http://spurgeon.lukesterwebdesign.com/devotional/2012-06-28-0                            “Looking unto Jesus.” Hebrews 12:2                                                                                                 It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus;                        but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ.                                                                                                 He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.”                                                            All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self he tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.”                                                              Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith.                                                                                                                            We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings;    it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.”          Keep thine eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee.                       “My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness:                           I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

Oh, take the risk to look away from your “doings” or “not doings” and believe He is Who He says He is.                                                                                                                            “What must we DO that we may DO the works of God, Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who He has sent .”

John 6:28,29

All my love, Beverly


Dear friends,

There are few things more despairing in this life than to believe than we are alone in our difficulties, and nothing that can give us more strength than to know that we are not. In his book “Moving Mountains” John Eldredge yet again turned my eyes to Jesus:

 “These passages intrigue me deeply. It is a source of enormous comfort to know that Jesus is interceding for me. (Did you know that Jesus prays for you?!) But to be honest, it is also a little sobering to know that I am living in a story where Jesus needs to pray for me! Wouldn’t you love to know what Jesus is praying over your life right now?” 

“Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus Who died—

more than that, Who was raised to life—

Who is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:34

 “Because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. 

Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, 

because He always lives to intercede for them”. Hebrews 7:24–25 

 Oh my sisters, who would you call if you needed prayer, I mean REALLY needed prayer.       Who do you know that when they come before the Father they have faith to believe they are heard, and they are confident in His love for you? 

I pray for us all right now that we can believe the truth that Jesus Himself brings our lives before our Heavenly Father, and that He knows how to intercede for us in a way that will bring about God’s highest. It is true. 

Do you need prayer today?

“He always lives to intercede for them…”


Dear friends

As I read this excerpt this morning from the book “Moving Mountains” by John Eldredge, I thought of you all.

I hope this encourages your heart today….Oh, who knew that prayer was not about our striving to “say it right” or “say it long enough”?

Prayer, yet again, as with so much of our revelation lately, is about the Father desiring us, and desiring to reveal His heart to us and His heart regarding those we bring to Him in prayer.

As we explore the many beautiful and intimate ways Jesus comes to heal our inner being, keep in mind that whatever the damage may be, in any realm of your inner being, the essence of healing prayer is always to facilitate the presence of Jesus into the specific places of damage. Whatever else might be involved, it always begins with, “Jesus, come into this and heal.”

Oswald Chambers, a man who wrote profoundly and elegantly on prayer, made a radical statement when he said, “The idea of prayer is not in order to get answers from God.”

Good heavens—it’s not? What then is the purpose?

“Prayer is perfect and complete oneness with God.”

A mighty truth is being uncovered here. Oneness with God is the goal of our existence. It’s not merely to believe in God, although that is better than not believing in him. It is not merely to trust in God, though that is far better than simply believing in God. It is not even to worship God, which is higher still.

 The destiny of the human soul is union with God. The same oneness that Jesus talked about with his Father is our destiny as well. That’s what we were made for. Prayer is one of his primary means of doing it, drawing us to himself, getting us to pour out our hearts before him so that we can receive his heart toward us.

Isn’t He lovely!

All my affection,