"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be the blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king. "

- J.R.R. Tolkien
Recent Comments:
1. Granny in the Pew - 01/05/2017 6:09 pm CST
commenting on New Years

Love this Beth. a soft heart is good for all of us. Part of that is realizing what we've been given by God...it's called grace.

2. papa - 01/03/2017 8:43 pm CST
commenting on New Years

Great goals. I will be praying for your progress in reaching these goals for yourself. Love you.

3. Gma - 01/03/2017 7:36 pm CST
commenting on New Years

I'm impressed! Great goals!

4. papa - 12/26/2016 7:41 pm CST
commenting on The Hope of Glory

Mesmerizing. Proud of your insight and love of our Lord. Love you.

5. Constanza Fishel - 06/17/2016 11:12 am CDT
commenting on Prayer

I pray along with you... He does say, when we don't have the words, He does.The Holy Spirit does. He hears our cry. So lets cry together
the name of sweet Jesus! Love ya!

6. Gma - 04/11/2016 7:27 pm CDT
commenting on A Slower Pace

Well, I'm impressed. Very thoughtful and wise. I'm glad I finally found your blog (I'm not very good with blogs :-)

7. papa - 04/01/2016 10:07 pm CDT
commenting on A Slower Pace

Bethany, as long as you are being who God wants you to be, you are never "less than." You are loved because of who you are. Love papa

8. Molly - 03/05/2016 7:52 am CST

Preach!!!

9. Gma - 03/03/2016 5:28 pm CST

Very wise and thoughtful. Loved the "cut off my feet" joke.
We all need to respect other's opinions, cut back on social media and Internet, read different views in reputable newspapers and magazines, and calm down.

10. papa - 03/02/2016 9:30 pm CST

I love you Bethany and your thoughts. You make us think and laugh. I didn't have to research that or think about it. Still miss you and so does Texas.

11. papa - 12/24/2015 10:36 pm CST
commenting on My Christmas Reflection

So true Bethany. Glad you got to have some down time to rest and reflect. So thankful that He Came.
Love you - papa

12. Molly - 09/30/2015 8:15 am CDT
commenting on So Long Angst

Two words: SPOT ON!👌🏻

13. papa - 09/23/2015 5:56 pm CDT

Bethany,

I love because you are changing. You are not the little girl that used to scream as I chased you through our house playing giant. I loved that little girl and I love the young woman that you are today. You are changing and moving toward the person that God has planned for you. That is great! Guess what? Life is all about change as we mature in our walk with the Lord. What never changes is God's love for you. Continue to let Him change/mold you into His image that was planned for you before you were born. I don't have an Instagram account so that makes me a zero hipster. I am still proud to say I love you because you are Bethany. No one else can be you.

14. Granny in the Pew - 07/16/2015 5:37 am CDT

Beth, love your honest I've got this...oh wait maybe not!! Hang in their God not finished renovating your beautiful self.

15. Molly - 07/13/2015 7:45 am CDT

This is great, sis! Lots of good truth.

16. lovehas__ - 07/03/2015 9:38 am CDT

Hi I agreed with everything you write so well Beth!!! Shoot

17. Molly - 06/25/2014 10:56 pm CDT

I'm really glad you are not trying to decide whether to be a serial killer or a doctor.:wink:
And your last sentence... I LOL-ed :)
love ya! this is good stuff, as always!

18. dad - 06/04/2014 5:59 am CDT

Wonderfully written! For what it's worth, my summer is already a huge win because you are here with us. I love you sweetie and pray for amazing blessings on you in summer 2014.

Btw, I love the perspective above about "showing up".

19. Molly - 05/23/2014 10:38 am CDT
commenting on Love and The Church

This is beautiful. You put your thoughts into words so well! It is a pleasure witnessing you hash out your struggles and questions-- it really is a blessing! Thanks for being willing to share these things. I love you so much sis!!!!

20. Molly - 03/27/2014 8:45 pm CDT
commenting on The Church

Wow -- what amazing honesty and humility, Beth. So much maturity seeping through your words. I could not have said it better myself. Love you!!

21. Granny in the Pew - 03/24/2014 3:29 pm CDT
commenting on The Church

Beth, confession is good for the soul. It is the Word that washes over our soul clearing the way for truth. Praying God continues to give you grace and a great love for the church.

Love you and look forward to a Bethany hug soon.

22. Dad - 03/24/2014 10:17 am CDT
commenting on The Church

Such wise words. I love you sweetie - praying for you!

23. Molly - 02/10/2014 8:30 pm CST
commenting on For the Weary Heart

This is wonderful!

24. Ale - 02/05/2014 12:19 am CST
commenting on For the Weary Heart

Loved this Beth! So encouraging! :-)

25. Dad - 02/04/2014 11:56 am CST
commenting on For the Weary Heart

Love this!

26. Molly - 01/21/2014 2:24 pm CST

Your heart is in such a good place. I have been learning this too--I'm finding that it's never a loss to be in a place of weakness. Because when we are weak, He is strong! And you are so right. It can't be about us and our ability to be faithful. It has to be about him and his consistency and faithfulness. I think that we can get to a place where we do those things and meet with Him daily out of an overflow of love and not out of a feeling of wanting to be spiritual or whatever. Maybe that guy you are talking about was in that place, maybe not. But it has to start from a heart of brokenness and need for God-not a place of self-righteousness or doing things to serve our own interests. Anyway, just some thoughts :) I am on a very similar journey right now. Praying for you!

27. Momma - 12/22/2013 10:39 pm CST

"The goal is Jesus. Wherever. Whenever. However. Simply Jesus."

Amen! From Baby Bethany to 20year old Bethany, I love them all!

28. Dad - 12/22/2013 8:39 pm CST

Beautiful and wise post, sweetie. Love you so much

29. Granny in the Pew - 12/22/2013 6:34 pm CST

"And God is SO gentle and kind and silenced any voices I tend to listen to besides his."

Sweet words Beth, love you and praying for you.

30. Granny in the Pew - 11/23/2013 10:02 am CST

Love this Beth, wow!! Life is messy...and that is what makes grace so beautiful.

Oh my, can hardly wait to see all God has in store for you!!

31. Molly - 11/19/2013 8:29 am CST

I agree with mom--sounds like a WIN to me. It's all good, sis. Love you!!!

32. Momma - 11/18/2013 11:29 pm CST

Amen! Sounds like it's been a great semester!! ;-)

33. Granny in the Pew - 10/28/2013 6:14 pm CDT
commenting on Move Forward

Beth, love Matt 6:33. Love him more than life and you can't go wrong.

34. papa - 10/24/2013 1:16 pm CDT
commenting on October 23, 2013

Bethany, I love you. Thanks for sharing from your heart experiences. Knowing that our Lord Jesus loves you and wants what is best for you, you do all things as unto the Lord. Otherwise bring glory to Him. Knowing this, I believe that when you are faced with conflicting schedules, church vs theater, try evaluating which is best for you at that time. Does it benefit you to be present at the theater for that event or is it more beneficial for you to be at the church event? Sometimes you just have to go with your heart. You never know when God wants you to be at a particular theatre event because He wants you to be an example or witness to someone there who may be struggling with the same issue. Remember that God knows your heart, put Him first in your heart and He will survive and not love you any less if you choose to attend a theater event instead of a church event. It may be that the theatre event is what you need at that time and what God has planned for you at that time. God loves you unconditionally. Jesus does to. As you said you have less that 2 years of being a Baylor student and that is what God wants you to be at this time. You will have the rest of your life to serve Him. Get all He has to teach you as a Baylor student while you can. Love you. Keep blogging.

35. Granny in the Pew - 10/24/2013 9:34 am CDT
commenting on October 23, 2013

WOW Beth, this is so good. Loved every word! I see visions of how you could merge God and the gifts/talents He has given you but it will take the rest of your life for all of them to be revealed and used. So until then keep pressing in...

36. Dad - 10/23/2013 11:08 pm CDT
commenting on October 23, 2013

Beautiful post, doll. Praying for you!

37. Molly - 10/23/2013 10:32 pm CDT
commenting on October 23, 2013

Thanks for being open and posting this. Love you and so proud of you sister!! I am sorry for that one time in high school I made you feel guilty for missing the ABS Christmas party because of theatre. Haha. Funny what things seem extremely trivial when you look back on them ;)

38. Molly - 09/15/2013 11:40 pm CDT

So good!!! You are doing awesome. Enjoy every moment.

Though I half-expected you to make a reference to India. That version of the song is definitely in my head now ;)

39. Jill - 09/02/2013 9:14 pm CDT
commenting on Bitterness

Good word, love. You are right when you say,"It doesn't hurt them either. It just hurts myself by planting bitterness in my heart".

Thankful that you recognize this and praying for you as you give it to The Lord! Remember, as someone once said, "we are all jacked up". :-)

40. Granny in the Pew - 08/23/2013 11:36 am CDT
commenting on How I am like Jonah

Beth, out of every nation, tribe, tongue God has His own. Our commission is to Go tell. We must check our heart of compassion, is it as God's or is it one of judgment.

Keep reading and as you read let the light first shine on your heart, it is a purifying fire.