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I was just reading a devotional that encouraged me to read John 15 4-11 and wherever it said “you” to put in my name. Here’s what I did, I invite and encourage you to do the same:

“Beverly, Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you Beverly, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. (When) Beverly abides in Me and I in her, Beverly bears much fruit, for apart from Me, Beverly can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. (now understand this is not His throwing us away, but it is the natural cause and effect of a life of striving on our own) If Beverly abides in Me, and My words abide in Beverly, ask whatever ( fruit ) you wish, and it will be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that Beverly bears much fruit and so proves to be My disciple. As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved Beverly (THAT IS THE POINT HERE! ). Abide in My love. (Oh Lord, reveal to me what it means to abide, to dwell, to remain, to live in Your LOVE) 10 If Beverly keeps My commandments, Beverly will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to Beverly, that My joy may be in Beverly, and that her joy may be full.”

My friends, I am praying for you now that you will hear Jesus’ voice calling to you to live in His love, and that your life will bear MUCH fruit, so that the world around you will know who HE is as a result of it.

With much love, Beverly

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Un-offendable

Good morning friends, I just read this and it touched a core in me. I hope it will strengthen you. With much love, Beverly

Matt. 24:9-14 “…and you will be hated by all nations because of Me and at that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, many false prophets will appear and deceive many.  Because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of MOST will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.”

“We stumble over little things not huge boulders…The scriptures tell us, that because lawlessness abounds iniquity increases and the love of MOST will grow cold…Cold love comes from a hardened heart, a heart that thinks it’s waited long enough for the promise.

A hardened heart comes because we’re looking at the problem instead of the promise Giver and disillusionment is allowed in because of disappointed expectations in God or man and its usually both. Little by little discouragement can creep into our soul and discouragement will offend and wound if taken in.  Therefore discouragement causes our love to grow cold because we cast away our confidence in the Lord, and people.

Jesus linked the cause of apostasy not to wrong doctrine, but to wrong reactions.  We get offended in our “expectations” at God or man. Like Joseph, do you realize Father will even allow brokenness to make room for our healing.  Sometimes he shows us our deep pride and has to break that thing open to cleanse us and lead us into the new pathways of humility to make room for our healing!  He still gives grace to the humble!  This is the juncture of “offense or trust” with God.  Is He mean or truly a GOOD God to us?   Our destiny unfolds or dies at this “juncture of offense” and how we handle it is the key to our tomorrow!”

“Lord, grant us a new heart that can walk as you did, through a world of offenses without stumbling.  Help us to interpret offenses as opportunities that lead to genuine transformation (which is what we actually prayed for anyway).   Grant us Lord Jesus, the pulse and beat of your UNOFFENDABLE HEART!”   Amen
Friends,  As I read this and think of you all I am overwhelmed with the reality of how broken many of your hearts have been. People you thought you could have trusted have betrayed you. Situations that you counted on fell through and your dreams were so crushed that you have put dreaming in the grave and lived in the safety of surviving. All of these things can work a slow and unseen hardness to our hearts and love becomes guarded at best. Jesus said that because of lawlessness,( because there would be such a rampant disregard for the laws and ways of God), that something would happen…not only that sin would become apocalyptic, but far worse-love would become cold. Love is His highest priority because it is the fullness of who He is ( 1 John 4:8 ) and it is His sole intention for us. I pray for myself and for you my friends, that in whatever ways we have been wounded or disappointed or offended that we would receive the grace to humble ourselves before the goodness and safety of our God and receive the promise of Ezekiel 36:26.

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Believing with you, Beverly

 

The Unlikely Gift

Christmas comes and with it the search for the perfect gift for those I love. What would bless them, what would actually be helpful and not just something to cross off my list? How to choose a gift?

The Word tells us in James 1:17 that: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

And yet a few verses before, in James 1:2-4 he encourages us to: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Could it be that the difficulties we are facing, have faced, and will continue to face, are actually gifts to us?

Could it be that the brokenness of others and our own weaknesses might actually somehow, Romans 8:28, work together for “great good” in our lives?

Could it be true that these daily struggles we face while living on this planet are actually purposeful, as Paul strengthens us with his example: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17

As I read this devotional today “Becoming Myself by Stasi Eldredge, I am again convinced of my Father’s hand in my life for very, very great good.

“The story of my life and the struggles I have lived with—make that “live with”—have helped to shape me into the woman I am today and the woman I am becoming. My scars, my struggles, my failures, my joys, my private lonely agonies have been forging my soul into something beautiful. Eternal. Good. Yours have, too. Now, we can fight that process—or we can yield to it. My dear mother had her rough edges; you have yours; I have mine. We can choose to let suffering soften us or harden us. We can choose whether we will allow it to make us more compassionate or let our hearts become jealous of others. We can choose whether we will love Jesus in it or resent him for it. Only one set of choices will make us more beautiful. The pain we experience, the sorrow and the agony, serve a purpose. God is working all things together for our good. He is etching a masterpiece of stunning design. The beauty being forged in us through the transforming work of suffering is one that will leave us breathless, stunned, and forever thankful. And the crowning glory will be that because of the pain we have endured, we have come to know Jesus in a way that causes us to treasure the trial as one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Amazing.”

Father, help us to believe in something greater than what we can see and to set out hope on more that what we think would please and bless us. Help us turn to You, so that we may sing as David did: ”You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand”. Psalm 16:11

By His grace may we all be open to the gift of truly finding our joy in His presence. There is nothing higher.

Merry Christmas

Remember

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted…”Psalm 34:18

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”   Philippians 4:4,5

 I read a devotion by John Eldredge this morning entitled “Forgetfulness is no small problem”.

I related with him as he grieved over the fact that many mornings he wakes forgetting, as if a spiritual amnesia had robbed him, robbed him of the joy, of the confidence, of the power of knowing that the Lord was near. Oh, how else are we to be steadfast in this world in which we as are continually bombard than to remeber that Jesus is near?

”Do this in remembrance of Me.’  Luke 22:19 

Does Jesus speak this so much as a command, as a plea, or perhaps as a warning? It is as if He saw us then and calls to us now: “You are going to forget Me beloved, I saw it then. But remember Me, and do this in remembrance of me. Do all these things that I have done for you and do them in the community of believers, of your fellow forgetful believers.

You will all forget, all of you, so do this serving and loving and washing of the feet, this passing of the bread and wine, so that you will remember Me. So that you will remember My sacrifice for you, My devotion to You, My love for you.” 

This Christmas dear ones, let us help each other remember the bread and the wine, the body and  blood of Jesus, this sacrifice and irrefutable assurance of His great love and devotion to us. Let us remind each other that indeed “Emmanuel, God is with us”.  Isaiah 7:14 

“God rest ye merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay, remember…”

Merry Christmas friends,

Beverly

Good morning friends, I wanted to share with you a group letter I received from a friend today:

“I have challenged myself and friends to take some time each day, shut off all distractions for a mere 15 minutes of alone time with Our Father. Focusing on how much He loves us, His goodness and the mercy He has shown us… Quieting oneself is no easy task.  But please be diligent in this habit and the rewards will be extraordinary.    

You May Be in a Hurry, but God Is Not    By Rick Warren

“God … does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what he is doing” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NCV).

If you want to slow down your life, you’ve got to learn to trust God’s timing. Do you know what impatience is? It’s a lack of trust. When you’re impatient, you’re saying, “God, I don’t really trust you. I don’t think you have my best interest at heart. You don’t know when I need it and I’m in a hurry.” You get worried and you get hurried and you start scurrying because you don’t trust God to do it at the right time and in the right way. You struggle and strive.   Is fast always better? Not always. One of the most painful things in life is when you’re in a hurry and God’s not. When children grow up, part of maturing is having to learn the difference between “no” and “not yet.” A delay is not a denial. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you have to learn the same thing with God: A delay is not a denial. God knows the right time and the right way. He has a plan and a timetable. And his timing is perfect. That vision that God has given you that hasn’t happened yet, it’s coming. It’s coming on God’s timetable. In the meantime, trust God and slow down.

 •          What is the vision God has given you that you have been waiting on him to fulfill?

•          What do you think God wants you to do while you wait on Him and His timing?    

Friends, my Reb and I began learning this valuable truth while we lived in Colorado for those 3 years. I found that it took me a long time each day to quiet my thoughts and agenda, ( I thought very highly of my thoughts!) But the Lord “led me to the still waters”…because it turned out that I couldn’t find the way myself. It truly has made the difference between the life and death of our hearts. I love the question Rick Warren asked: What do you think God wants you to do while you wait on Him and His timing?  When I was in a very difficult “waiting time” the Lord spoke this to my heart .

“You will see the day you are waiting for. You can wait to rejoice then, or you can rejoice now. It’s your choice. ”

So while I am waiting I ask the Lord, as promised in Hebrews 4:16, to help me…to help me to still my heart, to trust His love,and to rejoice now. 

 

 

 

 

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.