Articles written by: bethanywoods
No one can make you feel inferior without permission. – Eleanor Roosevelt
I saw this quote and it struck a chord in me. As I have battled with the spirit of condemnation like never before in this season, my response was ‘but they will sure try’. The key words in his quote are ‘feel’ and ‘permission’. I started thinking about taking the first step which is not receiving. You cannot feel what you have not received. Step two was not to give permission at all to eventually negate step one.
I am thankful that words spoken and written many years ago still can apply today just like the Bible. He uses His Word to speak and sometimes He gives wisdom to others to speak them.Read More »
It’s hard to find your daily testimony when walking through some of the most barren times ever in your relationship with Daddy but He is faithful. During barren times it is easy to feel like He isn’t pleased with you, your must have somehow got off course, what your doing isn’t enough, and the list could go on. Then He had me reach out to someone and pour into them even when I had nothing to offer as my spirit seemed so empty. Through a course of events it led her to lead a third person to Christ, with whom I am now beginning to speak into their life too. I am blown away that the smallest obedience can have such a ripple effect with great impact.
Today I am grateful that God can use me despite this season He has me walking through. Things we may all “know” but it goes so much deeper when you walk through it.
Having just purchased our very first house that was 100% orchestrated by God, He’s been speaking to me through house analogy’s. I wrote on my blog this week about how many of us are going through a spiritual remodel. For some it is a paint touch up and for others it is an extensive remodel. The hardest part is living in the space while the remodel takes place and trusting the Designer and Architect, God.
Sometimes He allows us to see the design specs before they take place and sometimes not until after. I have been guilty of trying to leave the house while it’s being renovated or questioning the Designer. Today I am committing to putting away my sketch pad and grateful that the Master Architect and Designer plans are being built in my life.
I was recently handed a book to read. I read the title and knew God had heard the cry of my heart and I’m grateful and humbled. It’s titled, “Learning To Dance In The Rain – The Power of Gratitude”. After my baptism my heart oozed thankfulness and gratitude towards God. As I’ve walked through the fire and my faith greatly tested in the last few years, I’ve lost that level of innocence in my heart to be thankful. As I was reading the book I thought – this is what Everyday Testimony is to me. It gives thanks to God but more importantly is provides an avenue to Change My Heart where gratitude and thankfulness are birthed. So today I am merely going to share some thought provoking quotes.
“When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present…we experience heaven on earth.”
“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”
“When it comes to life, the crtical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with grattitude.”
Today my testimony is to my Abba Father in heaven who sees my heart and loves it so much he sent me through the fire to be closer to Him.Read More »
I have been pondering the last few days about God’s timing. For those that know me would say I’m a calculated planner with a flares of spontaneity. I used to be much more spontaneous. As I have reflected on the years gone by and see that some of my biggest mistakes were in those moments, I now tend to guard against them. So what happens when God’s plans interject? To us it might feel like spontaneity or wrong timing? It then requires TRUST! In Genesis God promises Sarah a child and she laughed at the timing. Gen 18:13-14 – “ Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
Even when God created the earth in Genesis 1:14 He gave time…. “And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,…”
This last week God had us buy a house even though it was out of my calculated and planned time. Today I heard from a young gal back in California. For a long time I had wanted her to come to church with me years ago. Last night she ended up at that same church and God spoke to her about me. He has a perfect plan and with it carries PERFECT TIMING! It doesn’t make it any less perfect just because we don’t understand it. So today I am grateful for His timing and I lay aside my calculated plans and expectations.
God operates many times like the “behind the scenes” guy for a broadway stage. You know they are there preparing the next scene but you don’t see them. God prepares us for the next scene or season we call it. Many of us are focused on the current scene asking why or how come or I don’t understand and we fail to realize He has already prepared for the next one. We just can’t see it! So God I’m grateful for all the work in the Spirit You do that is unseen. This frees me to trust in You knowing You’ve already prepared the next scene!Read More »
Last night I watched a movie I’d seen a long time ago called “Faith Like Potatoes” based off of an inspiring true story. There was so much I was gleaning towards the end but the parts that stuck out were of tested faith and trusting what God gives us.
Towards the end the main character feels led by God to plant potato seeds during the middle of a drought in Africa. The local pastor (church) has become his sounding board and had always been supportive but in this moment he says, “there is a fine line between faith and foolishness…” and discourages him from planting. His friends kept saying, “it’s impossible”. Then the bank (world) called to place fear in him. I realized in that moment God was testing his faith and even those placed around him didn’t believe what God had spoken to him. Tested faith becomes it’s purest when there is a grand canyon of opportunity to doubt and fear but instead we choose to trust in Him.
The man’s response was poetic, “A condition for a miracle is difficulty but for a great miracle its impossibility.”
I have spent many times gauging how well I heard God based upon the response from those around me. Today I am thankful for tested faith.
Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;Read More »