Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday Randomness (Vol. 14)

Scripture speaking to my heart

"But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." ~ Exodus 9:16

Storyline by Donald Miller

"Christ's death on the cross was the ultimate act of love, the largest bouquet of flowers in history, the sentiment of a million love songs played out in real live." ~ Donald Miller

Three Word Wednesday Featured Writer

I promise to return next week with a featured writer. New to link up this week are #14, #16, #22, #23 and #25. Would you stop by and say hello to them? Click here.

A few of my favorite blog reads

Jennifer Dukes Lee encourages us to #TellHisStory even if it's scary and Nikki talks about finding the Hallelujahs in our stories. Both posts are filled with goodness.

If you have not already, you must read Deidra's post Damn Vices. Truly...don't miss it.

It has been a while since I've been to Bonnie Grey's place but grateful God for some reason prompted me to pay her a visit this week. The {Beloved} is Real: Do You Have a Beautiful Secret Place?

What do you need to be encouraged? The lovely Diane Bailey tells us exactly what we need.

I visited Kitty for the very first time and will surely be back to her place again. Be Still And Know.

Favorite Internet find

A video you must watch ~ Joy of New Life in Christ

Favorite picture

Because of the video above I had to share the picture taken right after we were baptized this past summer. It will forever be a favorite.

Did you miss our story of transformation? Read here.

"You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy." ~ 1 Peter 1:8 (NLT)

Favorite share by another on my Facebook timeline

My daughter-in-law posted a video on my timeline and wow...totally unexpected.

Favorite videos shared by friends on Facebook

I've fallen in love with Glennon Melton. I hope you take a moment to watch her video: Put Down The Stones. Thank you for sharing Alecia.

I'm late to discover the beauty of Humans of New York. How about you? Have you heard of Brandon Stanton? His work is beautiful. I'm sorry but I do not recall who shared.

A delightful photo shared by Wives of Faith

Every day is one day closer!

Favorite moment

I had a delightful and refreshing Facebook chat mid-week with my writing friends Joan and Shelly. They are two amazing encouragers. I was so blessed by our time together and I learned a few new things too.

Favorite new song

The Civil Wars - From This Valley

Thank you, Tammy, for sharing.

Connect with me

Because I really do love connecting with you beyond the lovely comments you leave, I'd love for you to come join me over at me blog Facebook page. Of all the social media outlets, Facebook remains my favorite. So if you are on Facebook come by and say hello to me and let's chat.

I'm finding JOY in a deployment #JoyDare #1000gifts

#72 ~ A lovely dinner out with a milspouse friend. I'm so grateful for how we are able to share honestly with each other.

#73 ~ Waking to a fresh blanket of snow.

#74 ~ A lovely walk in the snow with my camera in hand.

#75 ~ Making snow angels.

#76 ~ Sharing a cup of coffee with high school friends. I love that we are still so close.

#77 ~ An evening with two of my sister-in-laws that was filled with laughter.

#78 ~ Decorating the box we would use for my husband's next care package with lots of fun messages.

#79 ~ My niece who makes the inside of the box all pretty.

#80 ~ Packing the box with lots of goodies.

#81 ~ Skyping with my hubby... the SIL's were so happy to see his face.

#82 ~ Relaxing with one of my SIL's on her comfy until we were ready to call it a night.

#83 ~ An early morning drive home; it was so peaceful at that early hour.

#84 ~ Pizza and movie night with my son and his girlfriend.

#85 ~ A text from my oldest son saying, "Aloha, Mother." It had been over a week since I had heard from him.

#86 ~ Hearing my oldest son's voice again.

#87 ~ A delightful Facebook chat with two blogging friends who refreshed my heart.

#88 ~ Dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants with my son and his girlfriend...I'm so grateful for the time I get to spend with them.

#89 ~ Ladies night at church.

Happy Friday, friends.

Sharing with Barbie for The Weekend Brew, Elizabeth for Whatever is Lovely and Shelly for Recommendation Saturday.


  1. Beth - I loved the picture of you & Scott at the baptism! What a precious photo! Much love!

    1. Thank you, Joanne. I still get goosebumps just thinking about that amazing day.
      Have a blessed weekend.

  2. oh the baptism picture ... I could weep for the joy of it, dear Beth.

  3. It was great chatting with you and Shelly the other day! So fun!

    Wow...I just listened to that video of the two boys...AMAZING! What a gift the singer has (and the guitar player is excellent, too!) Thanks for sharing!

    Enjoy your Friday, Beth!!

    Love, Joan

    1. I know, they are both AMAZING. It made me thing of my oh so talented son. :)
      Have a wonderful weekend, Joan.

  4. What a fantastic round up of randomness, Beth! Your beautiful, happy picture of you and your husband being baptized led me to your story of transformation. Amazing! It brought tears to my eyes to read your honesty about your struggles. I loved your note to your pastor- "I'm all in"... Praying for your food issues! I feel your pain on that one :)!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Candace, and also for reading my story over at Circles of Faith. And thank you so much for your prayers. It is truly appreciated.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

  5. Just read your testimony, Beth. God is soooo good. And your #85 gratitude...made me remember when my middle son was living in Hawaii for half a year and how happy I would be to hear his voice. Blessings and more blessings...

    1. It is such a blessing whenever my son calls. He is currently at sea and I'm anxiously awaiting the next call.
      Blessings to you too.

  6. I love the beautiful photo, your both upcoming out the water after baptism. Thank you for all the wonderful, interesting links. I think all these people are so happy with it. And me too. Because I love reading about other Christian women world wide. I like blessing #86! I like it to hear the voices of my two daughters, who lived in their own homes :-) And, yes ... snowangels. We My youngest son Ralph (9) is waiting for months on snow. We have a very warm winter this year. Please, send some snow clouds over the ocean. God bless you, precious Beth.

    1. Oh I would be delighted to share some of our now with you, Jedidja. :)
      Thank you for your sweet comment. It's always a delight to see you here.
      God bless you,

  7. What a beautiful baptism photo and what a beautiful! God is good!

    1. Yes, God is SO good. Thanks for stopping by, Jill.
      Blessings to you.

  8. I love your randomness! The positive encouragement received through each of your pictures or other references was refreshing. Happy weekend to you! Visiting you from Barbie's Weekend Brew!

    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad you stopped in, Mary. May your weekend be blessed.

  9. Beth, I'd not read your story of transformation before and love the picture from your baptism. I cried as I read how God worked on both of you individually to change your lives and then to transform your marriage, home, and family. What a beautiful story of redemption. Thank you for your transparency. Much love to you friend!

    1. Thanks so much, Holly. It still makes me cry. God is SO good. My gratitude for all He has done for me and my family is overflowing.
      Much love to YOU!

  10. Great stuff, Beth - thanks for sharing!

    When I first met you and read some of the comments you shared about being apart from your husband during this deployment I sensed something different from other similar stories I've read from military wives. After reading your testimony, I think I understand. As new creatures in Christ, there is much about your marriage that is "new" as well. I'm sure this makes this time apart even more difficult for you both. As hard as it is, God has a purpose in everything. He will bless you and your husband as you both continue to seek Him even through this difficult time apart. God bless you, my friend and sister in Christ.

    1. You are so sweet, June. Thank you for your kind words. This time apart is difficult but God is growing and strengthening our marriage in new ways. He is SO good. So grateful to have connected with you.
      Much love,

  11. Beth, the chat with you and Joan that night was a real highlight for me, too! I was so surprised and delighted to see myself in your post! The picture of you and hubby's baptism gave me goosebumps! Awesome!
    Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    1. It was so delightful!! Thanks so much, Shelly.
      Love you,

  12. Beth, I love your randomness! It gives me so many places to go exploring! And, for the record, if I was a Facebooker, I would join you. But (so far) I am not. Doesn't mean, though, that I don't LIKE you very much!!

    Hope this is a good week for you. I'll be back for Three Word tomorrow!


  13. I always love reading your list. I learn so many new things :) I'm listening to your Civil Wars video right now. Wow!

    Thanks for linking up last week. I look forward to seeing you again.

  14. Love that baptism picture! Our church makes a day of it at the beach, and it's such a sweet time of fellowship. :)


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