Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Randomness (Vol. 5)

Scripture speaking to my heart

"I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." ~ Psalm 16:8

"Even though I walk through the darkest valley; I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." ~ Psalm 23:4

Devotional Love

"The One who walks beside you, holding you by your hand, is the same One who lives within you." ~ Jesus Calling (November 12)

More from Let Hope In

"Eventually everything we hope for will disappoint us. Every circumstance, every situation that we're hoping for is going to wear out, fall apart, melt down, and go away. When that happens, the question then is about your deeper hope, your foundational hope, your fallback hope when all your other hopes have disappointed.

All of Scripture points to one man, one God, not because he gives us everything we're hoping for but because he is the One we put our hope in."

~ Pastor Pete Wilson, Let Hope In (pg. 196)

Believe it or not I finally finished reading this amazing book. My reading has been a bit slow lately.

What is next on my list? Coffee Talk With Jesus -- a book soon to be released by my lovely friend Barbie Swihart of My Freshly Brewed Life. I'm super excited to be part of the launch team.

Favorite blog read from the week

Shelly Miller of Redemptions Beauty writes "May we never take someone's "yes" to surrendering their life in the name of freedom for granted." -- An Unforgettable Veterans Day Legacy

I also think I really read the words from Romans 15:4 for the first time and I loved how Shelly paraphrased in her post, "Their stories were written so we would remember what hope looks like."

Please take a moment to read and be sure to watch the video!

Favorite Internet find

I'm being a bit selfish and sharing a video of my husband's unit being honored at the Chicago Blackhawks game this past Sunday. You can watch here. Really, it's super cool!

Have I told you how proud I am of my soldier? I'm bursting with pride!

Favorite Facebook post

How one young boy is making a difference

I received a touching email on Tuesday from my younger sister and knew I needed to share with you.

Is this not just awesome?!?! Would you consider joining him by making a donation to UNICEF? You can donate here.

Showing up

My friend Amy Sullivan is sharing at Mercy Notes on the impact we have when we simply show up. "...rule number one in creating community was easy: show up." A great reminder for us all.

I'm humbled

Lauren of It's A Wilderness Out There...And in Here Too blessed me deeply on Tuesday with her Share the Love Tuesday post. My hope is always that others see through my writing how deeply God loves us so her kind words just about made me cry. I love you, Lauren, and I'm very grateful for your friendship.

I'm finding blessings in a deployment

~ Nieces who makes signs for you to help cheer on my husband and his unit as they are honored at the Chicago Blackhawks game.
~ Squeezing in another celebration with family because they simply want more time with him.
~ An amazing Aunt who treats us to a special dinner at her place.
~ Neighbors who invite you over for dinner for a final good-bye and then invite other neighbors over before calling it a night.
~ Children of those neighbors who make a special parting gift for their favorite soldier.
~ A neighbor who makes you chocolate covered Oreo balls...super yummy!
~ One last dinner with two of our favorite couples from church.
~ A coworker who comforts you when she catches you crying.
~ Making a sideshow presentation with photos of our soldiers and their family members for a send-off ceremony
~  Military spouses who warm your heart and remind you we walk this journey together.
~ A family date night via Skype.


  1. Beth - Thank you for the honor of being able to see the video of your husband's unit! Seriously, no, you were not selfish in sharing that at all. May we all remember to pray for our military OFTEN!
    Hugs to you!

  2. That video was so AWESOME! Thank you for sharing it:) And it looks like your nephew, Andy is a special boy too. What a big heart. Great Friday Randomness:) And thanks for the love you show everyone, Beth! It's like a hug when I read your blog:)

    1. Isn't is fabulous? I could watch over and over again. It was rather awesome to be there to see if live too! Thanks for your oh so kind comment Lauren. I felt like I just got a big hug from you!
      Love you,

  3. I'm not a cryer and your video made me cry. Thankful for you and for your husband and for your family's willingness to serve. xxoo

    1. I'm quite the cryer these days. Enough tears for both of us probably. :)))
      Thanks for stopping in Amy.

  4. Thanks for the shout-out, Beth! And I'm so glad you shared that video. That was awesome. Thankful for your husband and for your family for your service.

    1. Thank you, Julie! I was happy Amy led me to your place. I still get goose-bumps whenever I watch that video too!! Many blessings to you.

  5. I love this post, Beth! I'm in such a dither these days that another random brain dump post might be what I need!

    1. Thank you, Susan! I have to say it is quickly becoming my favorite post to write. It's nice to see you again. I've been thinking of you. I hope you had a wonderful vacation!! Many blessings.

    2. Thanks, Beth. We got back late last week and have been sorting and settling ever since. And I'm still waiting for some things to get fixed on the blog. Instead of no-shave November, I'm doing a no-post November and enjoying a little break! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, complete with a Skype date!

    3. Enjoy your no-post November! I have a feeling I will take a little blogging break toward the end of December. Hugs to you, Susan. Thank you for your friendship. :)


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