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About Bethany

Who am I? I am a nobody who happens to be so in love with Jesus. When you seek to know who the creator of this world is he WILL be found. And when you find him and seek to know him... oh what joy you will find! No man or thing can satisfy your heart like he can. Psalm 16:11 "You show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever."

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

We all have a story. Some have been lucky enough to have experienced relatively few hills and valleys and other’s life journeys have been so wrought with destruction you have to wonder how the person is still standing. Today, I’m pulling one out of the personal folder. No, not a heart breaking story – although I do have those – but a special song. When I was coming out of a really awful season of my life I used to cling to this song with hope and I would crank it uppp.

Who said all worship music has to be “Christian”?

If you listen, the words of this song are full of praise and thanksgiving. The title alone corresponds to the Christian walk: I can see clearly now, the rain is gone.  🙂  Hallelujah!

Do you treasure any special worship songs that would be deemed “secular”?

 

I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin’ for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Look all around, there’s nothin’ but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin’ but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

 

Psalm 34:8
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”

Psalm 86:5
“O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.”

Nahum 1:7
“The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust in him.”

Jeremiah 33:11
“The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.”

Jeremiah 31:12
“They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem.
They will be radiant because of the Lord’s good gifts—
the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil, and the healthy flocks and herds.
Their life will be like a watered garden, and all their sorrows will be gone.

Look straight ahead! With Jesus, it’s nothing but blue skiessss!

Blessings!
Bethany 🙂

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A warning

During a time of worship I saw a lion devouring a man… the man was in the lion’s mouth horizontally. His head was to the left and his feet were hanging out to the right. I won’t show you a picture, it was gruesome. The above picture will suffice. Taken from the famous YouTube video, the video captures the same metaphor..   what would happen if the glass wasn’t there? I believe there are those who are oblivious to the lion inches away.. staring at them behind glass. Well my friends, I believe the glass is coming down! These are the words that came to me after I saw the picture in my minds eye:

I will strike down my leaders who are not about Me
I will cast them off their positions
(I saw the Lord’s strong mighty hand sweep across the United States.
In one swipe, many fell leaving several open positions)
They will be devoured by the lion
For my word warns to be self controlled and alert.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
NO, these ones will not be in their positions any longer.
I the Lord will not allow it!
NO!

My people, the people I am releasing, the people I am raising up
THEY will take those positions! I will position them to be ready to step into the open roles.
They will speak My Word
They will proclaim My coming
They will reflect My glory!

Next I saw long skinny canoes.. ten to twenty of them. They looked to be homemade or partially homemade as I saw birchbark on the side of the one in focus and wooded branches woven together inside. The canoes were strong, sturdy, and leak proof. The canoes were packed with supplies and had one to two people rowing. The canoes with two people were married couples -only couples who BOTH have strong individual relationships with Christ. The people were confident and calm like trained athletes. They looked to be about 300 feet off the shore. The sky ahead was full of billowing BLACK clouds. It reminded me of the black skies of tornado weather. The calm before the storm…

They (the Lord’s faithful people) will row their humble canoes into the stormy waves
They will row forth with faith
Not fearing the black storm clouds or the prevailing winds
They will not fear the mighty waves that taunt their canoes with lies of destruction

No, they will speak to the storm
With the PEACE I have placed inside
I am raising up an army that will not fear
They will row and go forth into any storm
Because their eyes are fixed on Me

Their love for me is their goal

They trust me

I believe the handmade aspect of the canoes is  metaphor for our personal relationship with Christ. It can’t be bought. We have to have build our own! The canoes that were partially handmade – I believe they represents those who were lucky to have a mentor or ministry to jump into and grow with. They had help building the framework of their canoes but the rest of the canoe was created individually. I hesitate to share words like this because I can’t say 100% this was from God or “thus sayeth the Lord.” I am simply sharing what I saw and what I felt impressed to write. Only time will tell what happens! What I do know is that things are stirring… I am anxious to see what the next few years hold.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Those not walking with God will not have the fruit of self control.

1 Peter 5:8
Be self-controlled and alert.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

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Prison

“Every prison has a door”

You don’t have to stay in your hell

There is hope,  there is joy to be found

Stop the pain

Every prison has a door

Let Christ unlock your prison and lead you to freedom

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Get Out of the Boat and Lead (4/10/13)

Powerful post about Joshua 1:9 and stepping out of the boat! At 13 Mary Chilton was the first one out of the Mayflower. Everyone else followed..

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Hot Cocoa of Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Cocoa of Me
Let my loving presence warm your heart
Soothe your tired hands and warm your toes
Let the comfort of my Son fill you
I Love you
I Provide for you

Come snuggle with me
Let me blanket you with my love
Let me comfort you
Let me warm your heart to forgive those who hurt you
TRUST ME
I will soothe your aching heart
I will heal your pains

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Blossoming Spring

Just as the cherry trees and apple trees are blossoming

So are my people!

The vines are about to burst forth with my fruit and provision

The sweet juicy fragrance of my presence

It is the spring of the last year in my time

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Prepare Ye the Way

This is one of my favorite songs to crank up and dance to when no one is home! haha shhhh! My roomies have no idea what kind of praise breaks out when they’re gone. The drum intro is incredible on stereo or perfect to drum to on your steering wheel. haha 🙂

My last post about end times makes me think of this song.
Song is by Michael W. Smith from the cd, A New Hallelujah.

PREPARE YE THE WAY

He’s coming..   are you ready?

 

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Until My Arrival

My promises will not be broken! 

Tell my people that my promises will come to pass!

The curtains have opened to showcase my glory and splendor.

The city on the hill is MINE! 

The sun and stars may shine for awhile until my arrival

 

Matthew 5:14-15

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”

Matthew 24:29

“Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

Isaiah 13:10

“The stars of heaven and their constellations
will not show their light.
The rising sun will be darkened
and the moon will not give its light.”

Isaiah 34:4

All the stars in the sky will be dissolved
and the heavens rolled up like a scroll;
all the starry host will fall
like withered leaves from the vine,
like shriveled figs from the fig tree.

Revelation 21:23

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it,
for the glory of God gives it light,
and the Lamb is its lamp.

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I call you MINE

I call you mine.

I am yours.

You in me. Me in you.

We are together.

You are not alone.

I am always here to talk to you.

It’s my gift to you.

Use it!

Cultivate it!

Oh! The blessings I want to give to you! Joy.. peace.. provision.. favor..

The things the world can’t obtain by their strivings.

So are you going to take it?

You can hear me.

Start trusting me.

I will help you discern.

I will let you know when it is not of me.

You’re going to have to move beyond wondering if it is yourself.

If it lines up with the Bible, then it’s me.

I am here to help you.

I’m here to love you. To wrap my arms around you.

To accept you.

You forget that I created you.

I know you.

I know your thoughts, feelings, dreams…

even those you’re not aware of or about to begin.

I want to love you.

But I cannot petition to you because I am a gentleman.

You have to choose.

You have to jump.

You have to trust.

You’ll learn to trust my voice.

jump

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Faith to see

During worship today I saw an ugly frog in my mind’s eye. These are the words that came to my mind:

The world sees me as a frog

But your faith is the kiss

That activates your eyes to see your prince


Your bridegroom
Your lover
Your friend
Waiting with arms wide open
Waiting for you

John 14:17
“The world cannnot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. “

 He is in pursuit of YOU!  🙂

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