Redeemed and Forgiven

Hello everyone and welcome to the well today, I am happy to have you all back! 

“ For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. “  John 3:16 NLT

I was journaling today and found myself being thankful for forgiveness from things I have done. As I allowed my thankfulness to really resonate, I began to think about what it truly means to be forgiven by Christ and redeemed. First, I looked the two words up and took note that they are both verbs. Both are action words, they speak of an action. Forgiveness means to stop being offened by something, to no longer find fault in it or to cancel it out. Redeemed, also an action word, means to compensate for one’s faults, to regain possession of something. 

I began to think over these definitions and how it applies to salvation, and our being saved by God’s grace. We are forgiven because of Christ’s death on the cross, meaning Christ literally took our place in sin and death. God canceled out our sin (Offenses) because Jesus died in our place and because of that, God no longer sees our sin. He sees us washed in the blood of Jesus. He sees Jesus in us and standing beside us and therefore redeeming us, or restoring our relationship with Himself, putting us back in the place He had planned for us as His children to be. He restored us by providing this path to give us back what was lost in the garden, we read about the fall of mankind and how sin entered the world in Genesis chapter 3. God in this act of love in John 3:16 sends Jesus to restore us and forgive our sins once and for all. For past, present and future sin. 

It does not matter what we have done, where we are at in our lives; God’s grace is here. You don’t have to wait for the right time or until you get things perfect to come to Him. You can come as you are, right where you are right now! He is truly waiting for you to talk to Him. Do not wait! Talk to Him now. 

I sit and am humbled by a love like this, our Father God loves us that much. If we really look at the bible we will see countless examples of God’s love and how He has and continues to fight for us, to keep us in relationship with Him. To ultimately get us to eternity with Him. I just wanted to share these thoughts today and say to the person maybe who is close to making a decision for Christ today; you will never know a greater love than that of God the Father through Christ Jesus. Who was willing to give His son as ransom for our sins. 

If you don’t know Christ as savior today, please read His words today and humbly ask him into your life, He wants to forgive your sin and wash you clean. He wants to restore you and welcome you back into His grace. 

May God bless you all and fill you with His Holy Spirit! 

See you next time at the well, 

Beth 

Holding every thought captive

For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.  2 Corinthians 10: 3-5

Welcome to the well today! I am thrilled to have you all here. Today my heart is reflecting on retraining our thought patterns. I guess what I’m saying is, I tend to think negatively toward myself. I’m pretty hard on myself and where I don’t expect to be perfect (Lord knows I am NOT) I do want to do my absolute best. I learned a little while back from a good friend that we have to retrain our brain, this is the process of taking the negative thought and holding it captive, ( 2 Cor 10:3-5) and standing it up against the truth of God’s word. You see, Satan uses our thought life to wage war against us. You recall in John 10:10 God’s word tells us that Satan is here to kill, steal and destroy… well, he will absolutely use our own mind to do just that if we do not take every thought, imagination, day dream or anything that will set it’s self up against the knowledge of God. An easier way to look at this for me is, anything I think that is contrary to what I know is against God’s plan for me. God doesn’t want me to call myself a loser because I feel like the work I did on a project wasn’t perfect. Nor does he want me to feel like I am unworthy because I did not get called to do a different project/job. God does not want us to think about things we should not, like Lustful thoughts, hate filled thoughts, unforgiving thoughts, things that go against what God says is the truth. The truth is I am a daughter of the most high King, and I am forgiven, and loved. There is truly a myriad of verses to support this. If you are looking specifically today for someone to tell you who you are in Christ, read Ephesians chapters 1 & 2. ( Yes,I did see the movie Overcomer and I’m using this, it is awesome!!!) 

 We talked about the armor of God a couple a days ago, it applies here also; the word of God is our sword and we have to know the word to use it. We have to keep reading, listening and finding ways to fill ourselves with it. This is how we get strength for the battle! 

To this point, we must take the negative thought captive, meaning hold it accountable, go directly to the word of God and see if that thought is biblical, if it is not cast it down and rebuke it with the word of God that is true! Tell Satan, this is a lie, this is the truth, recite the scripture and tell him he is not welcome here! Your heart, mind and soul belong to the Lord God and he is now before the throne of God and to take it up with your God, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords! Whoo Hoo…feeling the Holy Spirit up here in the well today!!! 

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are not in a typical war, we are in a war with spiritual opponents, that will use our thought life and imagination to destroy us if we let it. This is a secret and private place we can all keep very secluded from everyone. No one but God knows our true thoughts. Give this part of your life to him, hold these thoughts captive and do not let them have place or dominion over you. Remember to take these things to the throne, this is the retraining, and yes, it will take time and practice. Nothing about retraining yourself is simple or easy. I can promise you to free yourself from the anxious thoughts, the negative self-talk, the lustful thoughts, whatever the lie is Satan is clogging your mind with, it will be worth it to rid yourself of this “stinkin thinkin” that Satan has tangled you up in.

I would like to offer this prayer for all of us, we are all guilty and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Father God, 

We thank you for your grace and unending mercy. We pray that you would guide us in the process of freeing our minds of these attacks that Satan throws at us. We ask for you to help us take these thoughts captive, to stand them up against your word, to prove them wrong and rebuke them in Jesus name! Father we ask for your help to stay in your word, to find the scripture we need and we thank you that when we don’t know what to say your Holy spirit intercedes for us. Help us to tackle this battle for our minds. Show us the areas that are our greatest struggle, help us to be aware of the traps in our television, music and entertainment choices. Help us to open our ears to hear you as you guide us. Forgive us where we have not been obedient in our thoughts. In Jesus name we pray, 

Amen 

I pray you all have a blessed day and I will see you next time at the well. 

Beth 

Running the race set before us

Hey everyone, thanks for joining me at the well today. I want to talk a little about a verse in Hebrews 12:1. It was my verse of the day, and it has really resonated with me all day. I feel like the Lord wants me to write this message to someone, so sit back and let drink in some of this cool living water our Abba has for us from the well!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. “Hebrews 12:1 NLT

I was not a particularly healthy child growing up. I was constantly sick and in and out of doctors’ offices all the time. Growing up, I did not ask a lot of questions except where is the food and can I go play outside! Through the years I would have bouts of sickness and fatigue that was debilitating, even as a teen and throughout my twenties. In my thirties  I had children, I figured this was normal! In all seriousness, it was not until late in 2012 after a knee surgery that I discovered and was diagnosed with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Yes, that is more than enough for anyone, I was overwhelmed with new meds, a totally new way of life and a new reality I could not control and did not want to face. Discouragement, anger, and fear were my constant companions. I literally tried every vitamin, oil, diet, powder, you name it I tried everything promising a miracle. I did not get it. I got worse and had to start infusions, and giving myself chemo shots, more pills, and still the illness and pain was worse than I had ever felt. It was horrible. This has been a part of my story since I can remember, it now had a name. Auto-immune disease. Ugly as it was, I had the blood work and the symptoms and was laid out because of it. I thought my life as I knew it, my purpose was ruined by this diagnosis. By me not being able to physically and at times mentally keep up, work or even get out of bed some days.

So, what is the point of all of this you ask? My point is this, we all have a race to run, the way we think or plan is not always the way our race goes. We have all been called by God our Father to faith through Christ, to run our race and to endure to the very end. My race doesn’t look like others races, and yes, I have a disability, at times one that literally puts me in bed for days. That in no way excludes me from serving in the capacity I am able  or from sharing the good news of Christ! As I look over this passage today in Hebrews 12:1 and see the second part of the verse, that says we are surrounded by a great crowd of witnesses, I cannot help but think of those who have gone before us , the champions of our faith, those who ran with endurance their races. Those who left it all on the track. This is where I get my inspiration, this is where I find my strength when I feel like throwing in the towel. The verse has three parts, in the first Paul challenges us to think of those who as I said finished their race, with steadfastness, and endurance. The second part is to lay aside the things that hinder us, sin. There it is, we have to take that sin off of us, the one bible I have describes in a text commentary running a race with heavy boots, and heavy clothes on. Runners wear next to nothing, they want to be light, not bogged down with things that only cause them to be slower. The third part to the verse is to run the race with endurance, that God has set before us. We have to endure, this is not a sprint, it’s a long race, it’s life. We can’t endure without fuel, without encouragement, this is why I believe Paul described the cloud of witnesses, those who we can look to for examples of how to live, how to endure, we look to those heroes of our faith to guide the way. We have to keep our eyes on Jesus and keep running, remembering to cast off the garments of sin and death that will only weigh us down and hinder our race, maybe even cause us not to finish.

 I want you to know that nothing is to small an act of service, a word, a testimony, nothing is too small to be counted toward building His kingdom! We need prayer warriors, encouragers, people to write, people who can listen to someone, to share a story, fold laundry, give someone a smile or a wave. All these things are important. Don’t let being limited stop you from serving the Lord. There is always room at his table! I have done different things at different seasons, there are times I act as a prayer warrior because I will not be able to do other things, so I want to reiterate this again, please don’t shy away from running this race and completing your race! There is always more to do for the kingdom, and we are all called to many different things. 1 Cor 12 describes the body of Christ, and it’s many parts. Sometimes we are one part and as the seasons of our life change our assignments can too. God will not waste one ounce of you in whatever season you are in. Trust Him! Talk to Him! Serve Him!

God bless you all, and thank you for being at the well with me today. I love you all and am cheering with our great cloud of witnesses!!! Keep Going, you got this, you are a child of the King!!! Keep fighting!!!

Beth

Hunting or being hunted

Welcome to the well everyone! I am so happy you have taken the time to stop in. It is a hot late August day here in Indiana, I don’t know where all of you are checking in from but around here that means: football season is starting, corn and beans are finally growing and hunting season starts in a few months. 

I look out back into the woods I can see the bucks and does feeding on the bean field in the coolness of the morning. I also watch as they come back in the evening right before sunset when the sun this time of years sets a little earlier with each passing week. The beautiful warm orange and bright magnificent pinks glow, God is showing us his beauty in these gorgeous sunsets! As I sit here looking across the bean field I am stirred by the thought of what I do to make my hunts successful.

Well first, I camouflage myself so I blend in my surroundings, in this case the woods, and the trees. I use a spray that also camouflages my scent as well. When hunting season opens I will either sit in the blind or up in the tree stand, elevated so I can see the whole area clearly. Camouflaged and leaving no trace that I am there so the deer will be unsuspecting. I get up early before the sun comes up and take my place, I sit quietly, not moving or making any noise. I stay alert and pay attention to every noise, and keep watch all around. I have my weapon on safety but in a ready position so I can take the shot when I see the deer. Deer are quiet and you have to be ready, they can hear and smell very well. One wrong move or not being ready means no meat in the freezer! 

Prior to this fall, I have used trail cameras to see the path that the deer take, I have observed where they are on our grounds around what times. I have taken great care to study the deer, there habits and schedules. 

If we think about it, is this not how our enemy hunts us. Looking at us studying our moves, our habits. Looking for a weak spot. He looks for the perfect spot to wait in hiding to strike and take us down.  Doesn’t he camouflage himself so well that often times we don’t know he is there, seeking us out. I have read a lot about spiritual warfare over the years and I know we have to be keen observers all around us. Listening and watching, being still…quiet and paying attention. 

We can turn the tables on Satan and take a new approach and instead of being his prey, we can do as 

1 Peter 5:8 says “Stay Alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 

We can search him out and identify the areas in our life that he is trying to get us to fail at, to fall into temptation. We have to keep our weapon (GOD’s WORD, our sword) on the ready. We can’t have it ready if we don’t know it. So, let’s get some target practice in and start memorizing those scriptures! Scripture is to Satan as my .308 is to the deer, it will take him down!

We have to get ourselves up in that tree stand, elevated to a higher position to see the battlefield better. We do this by being in church, in small groups and most importantly in God’s word! Not just reading it but living it. We can disguise our scent by not being around the things that make us stink, if you have an area of sin in your life, talk to God, and get out of it. Wash that stink off with the forgiveness and grace God gives us freely. Satan isn’t attracted to the scent of God, just death and sin. So, spray on some of God’s grace and forgiveness and last but not least, the camouflage, well, in this hunt, we are called to put on our Abba’s armor! His full Armor, every single piece. Because we are not just being hunted by Satan, he wants to kill, steal and destroy us in any and every way he can. Physically, mentally and spiritually. (John 10:10)

This is found in Ephesians 6: 10-20. The Lord tells us to put on the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace. (I wear boots, these do the trick too!) Take up our shield of faith and put on our helmet of salvation and to use our sword, our weapon, which is the living word of God himself! 

I’m sure some of you probably have not really heard this analogy of the armor of God before, that okay too. I’m from the country and we do things a little different out here lol! The truth of God’s word still is here, it’s that we have to not let Satan have such an easy hunt. We don’t make things hard for him if we are rolling in the dirt and not reading our bibles. If we are not using the model God gave us, the map is laid out through scripture. We have to use it. 

Thanks for listening to this different view of hunting and being hunted by our enemy, also thanks for joining me at the well today. I pray you all have gained some insight into the ways we all let Satan track us. Most importantly, how we can evade him in the armor of God and how we can keep him off our scent by getting out of and staying out of the things that make us stink! 

See you next time at the well, 

Beth 

Abba showing off for you at the well tonight! 🤗🥰🤟🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Prayer Time

What do you think of when someone asks you if you pray? Maybe specific moments you have prayed flood your thoughts, maybe you feel like I do, and have a tinge of guilt over what prayer time has looked like. 

I look back at where my prayer life started, you know, the rountine “fire Insurance” kind of prayers as a kid. Lord, if I die before I wake kind of prayer. Maybe it was the kind of prayer that you were scared into, thus the ” Fire Insurance” save me and forgive me prayers. These were some of my first pryaers too. I found that over time, as I read more of the bible and lietrally got to know God better through his word, the prayers began to change as well. I gained confidence in knowing the one I was praying to. I know that God is not some unreachable entitity that seemes too far away for me to talk to or have a relationship with. That he was acatually my loving Father, my friend. A personal God, that cared so much for me that he sent Jesus to die for me. (John 3:16) A God who through Jesus restored a relationship with me, who knew me before I even was born.

So with all of that said, when do you pray? When things get really bad? There were certainly times that the only time I prayed were when things went wrong. Do you pray when things are great! Yes , I do but not as often as I should for sure.

What are your thoughts on 1 Thes 5:17 when Paul tells us to pray without ceasing? What comes to mind? When I was a younger Christian, this felt like one of those things in the bible that was impossible to understand. I mean how in the world could one pray without ceasing and live life at all. Right!? The other thought that came to mind was, I don’t know what to say or how to pray. I am not a girl who has fancy words or knows prayers by heart. What if I mess it up?

As I began to look into scripture and pray and ask God for some understanding on this verse and the whole prayer thing in general. He began to show me that being in relationship with him is similar to my other relationships. If I were to only talk with someone every once in a while, and I did all the talking, then that is just a one way friendship and not a very good one. A conversation takes two things: talking and listening to each other. If I take another step and talk with God and only listen a litttle or only every once in a while then that doesn’t show much confiedence in God or my relationship with him. So I started to see that prayer is talking to God, just like I would a friend. This is how I pray. I just talk to God. He knows me, he doesn’t expect perfection. He knows i’m not perfect. The even better news is, he knows my heart. So he knows I just want to talk to him, to tell him my hurts, fears, and give him my thanks for what he has blessed me with. He does not require fancy at all. You can be real with God!

It was when I was really down to the end of myself that I discovered, If I really want a personal relationship with God through Jesus then I have to put time into this relationship. Not just use God as my personal wish granter. God loves us too much for us to not see the value in what he did for us on the cross. He wants to talk with us, just as He did in the Garden with Adam and Eve before the fall. He wants us to tell him all our highs and lows, all our dreams and sorrows. No matter how big or small. He wants to hear it all. He wants to be more to us than a fairy Godmother.

So this brings us back to prayer without ceasing… I look at something that does not cease to be something that remains constant…it keeps going. So I take this to mean, keep talking to him, keep the dialog open. The verse after says pray about everyhing. That’s what God wants, for us to talk to him. If you haven’t give it a try. God wants to hear from you, no matter how bad or how good the thing is you want to talk to him about. He will listen and love you.

Thanks for joining me at the well today, God bless you and I will catch you at the well later.

Beth 

Warning Lights….

Thanks for joining me at the well today, let’s drink some living water in!

This morning I started out the activities I had planned on, and you know…that doesn’t always go as planned. I needed to run into town and gather a few things, I got into the car and the key was left on, it cranked over and no lights were on, so I left for town. Prior to getting to my destination, I see the dash is lit up with lights, everything from one side of the instrument panel to the other. As I have a million things running through my mind in this moment, among them is what in the world is happening to this vehicle. I knew the battery needed replaced and had not yet got to that, and now every warning light in the car is on! Isn’t this how our lives are at times? We ignore the warning and hazard lights ahead? We think there is time, I will get to it shortly… and that shortly turns into hours, days, weeks. I suppose one could look at the warning lights God gives us in life like this, we somehow feel like it doesn’t apply to us, or we have it under control. I could list a hundred scriptures here and give examples of things I do to ignore the warning lights…I will be honest, among them is loosing my temper quickly at the car today. Why, well…. I was in the drive through attempting to get my first meal of the day, it was afternoon already. So I didn’t take care of myself very well today. Another, I was lazy and did not get a battery when I knew this one was going bad long before now. This is just a small example of how neglect of our bodies and the “things” God has given us to work with can lead us into trouble. We need to get our daily dose of the word of God everyday, We need to take care of ourselves before we set out to do other things. If we are not strong and healthy how can we complete even the smallest tasks without falling easily into temptation or have it fail because we didn’t do the necessary work to make it work like it is supposed to. We are vulnurable when we are weak, physically, mentally or emotionally. I could not complete my tasks today for several reasons, I did not take care of my car… By the time I got the car home, it was too late in the day to get the tasks done I had planned. They will get pushed to another day. I got up late and did not fill my spiritual tank with the word of God. The moral of my story today, pay attention to the warning signs!! These come in a myriad of ways. God will speak to you. We have to fine tune our ear to listen to his guidance. If we pass on this we find our selves broke down like the car. Neglected and unable to do what it was designed to do because it did not get the regular maintenance it needed.

Whether it is your body, your car, your mind, in everything, be alert, and pay attention to what the Lord is calling you to do. It may not seem that significant at the time, but if will come in handy when you need that little task like buying a battery to have already been done! I did get my steps in today but that’s not the point! We need to walk in obedience in the little things if we want to have the big things!

” If you are faithful in the little things, you will be faithful in the large ones. But if you are dishonest in the little things, you won’t be honest with the greater responsibilities. ” Luke 16:10 NLT

Convicting words from Jesus in the gospel of Luke, praying my testimony today helps you see the truth in His word .

May God bless you today! Be safe and I will see you at the well later!

Beth

My First Blog Post

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

This is a new journey for me, one I do not take lightly. One I feel inadequate to accomplish. I was called last year by the Lord to write a book. For those of you who do not know me, I truly am not a writer! I am a simple gal who lives in the country, just an ordinary sinner, saved by the grace of Jesus! With that said, I am beginning another part of this journey and would like to sharpen and work on my writing skills by blogging. I absolutely look forward to talking with everyone. Please be nice to one another and respectful of one another’s thoughts and opinions.

Blessings,

Beth