Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Randomness (Vol. 20)

Scripture speaking to my heart

"I am the way and the truth and the life." ~ John 13:6a

Joy-filled quote

"Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God." ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Ann Voskamp - One  Thousand Gifts

"I turn my hand over, spread my fingers open. I receive grace. And through me, grace could flow on. Like a cycle of water in continuous movement, grace is meant to fall, a rain...again, again, again. I could share the grace, multiply the joy, extend the table of the of the feast, enlarge the paradise of His presence. I am blessed. I can bless. A life contemplating the blessings of Christ becomes life acting the love of Christ."

Featured Three Word Wednesday writer

This will surely be a monthly thing because I'm not doing very well with featuring someone every week. I'm hoping to share another fabulous writer with you next week.

A few of my favorite blog reads

"Your broken and small are big and mighty in the hand of Christ. You are salt that brings forth the richness of Christ into a hurting world.." ~ Why A Small Life Doesn't Mean Useless, by Diane Bailey // Oh, how I loved this post!

"Choosing love is always a success in God’s eyes–no matter the outcome or response." ~ A No-Fail Plan for Your New Week, by Holley Gerth // Holley speaks such beautiful truth. We never fail when we choose love.

"Then this one lie becomes like a weed in my heart. And it doesn’t need water to grow. In fact, it likes drought." ~ Hope In The Weeds, by Meredith Bernard // But there is hope in the weeds! I'm so glad God led me to Meredith. You may remember I shared one of her posts last week too. She has quickly one my heart.

"What if, for one day, Jesus were to become you? What if, for twenty-four hours, Jesus wakes up in your bed, walks in your shoes, lives in your house, assumes your schedule?" ~ A Heart Like Jesus, by Max Lucado // The 40 Days to Easter Devotional series over at FaithGateway is so worth catching up on. I've loved every single post.

My favorite, favorite blog reads

"Like a vapor disappearing and reappearing, floating aimlessly between here and then and when they see me, they see but for a second and then I’m gone and they’re gone and nothing has changed." ~ For When You’re Different From Others, by Duane Scott // Beautiful, beautiful post!

"Yes. Savor the hard stuff. Enter the deep. For that is where treasure lies. Where dross is drained away and love roots deep, where self withers and trust grows, and we learn to abide." ~ Savor the Hard Stuff by Cindee Snider Re // Don't miss this one. A beautiful and moving post by a friend I truly adore. There will be tears.

"Take that glint sharp edge of His Word and hack that snake creeping up the back of your neck." ~ The One Thing You Absolutely Must Do Today, by Ann Voskamp // Amen to every word she wrote!

One of my posts...Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I guest posted over at my friend Rebekah's of A Soft Gentle Voice this week. If you missed the post would you come on over to her place and read here? I've shared Rebekah with you in previous posts and if you have not taken some time to get to know her yet you are missing out on a real gem.

When your husband hijack's your blog

Not my husband. LOL. But my friend Elizabeth's husband hijacked her blog and honestly his post is all kinds of loveliness. It's short and oh so sweet. Come read here.

A Mosaic of Sojourners

I'm speechless and do not know how to even begin to share with you how humbled I am to be included in an e-Book from the writing team of Outside the City Gate called Pieces of Faith: A Mosaic of Sojourners. Never could I have imagined my name and words appearing in the same book with these writers: Diane Bailey, Amy Breitmann, Tammy Hendricksmeyer, David Rupert, Duane Scott, Nacole Simmons and Kelli Woodford. I'm awe-struck.

The book is "a labor of love, a collaboration voices, is not us standing in our Sunday-best, but writers and artists gathering the truthful pieces of ourselves, our stories, and giving them away."

You can read more about the book here, here and here and subscribe here.

A spoken word poem

I promise you...if you have not seen this video you will want to be sure to watch and listen closely. From IF:Gathering ~ "Esther Generation" by Amena Brown Owen and Ann Voskamp

How do you spend time with God?

Guest writers from the Circles of Faith community (me being one of them) are sharing how they spend time with God. Come join the discussion here. I'd love to hear how you spend time with God.

Favorite new song

"Lord, today You know what I need to do,
But You can do more in my waiting than in my doing I could do.
So I won’t run anymore.
I’m waiting on You."
~ Those Who Wait, by Bethany Dillon

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

#182 ~ Traffic...for it allows more time for my audio book
#183 ~ A road trip
#184 ~ The boondocks (the word makes me smile)
#185 ~ 80's dance music
#186 ~ Spotify
#187 ~ An oh so quiet hotel in the boondocks
#188 ~ Reflections on a pond
#189 ~ A game of pool...time with family
#190 ~ A full moon
#191 ~ A night full of classical guitar music
#192 ~ Seeing my son on stage
#193 ~ Bagels and cream cheese
#194 ~ Weak's still coffee
#195 ~ A much needed nap
#196 ~ Skyping with my husband and son within the same morning
#197 ~ Breakfast with a friend
#198 ~ Snail mail from writing friends
#199 ~ Poets
#200 ~ A Mosaic of Sojourners
#201 ~ Missed alarms
#202 ~ Sleeping in
#203 ~ Loved ones becoming U.S. Citizens
#204 ~ Security systems that keep you safe
#205 ~ A walk (you may see this one again)
#206 ~ Time on the phone with a sweet writing friend
#207 ~ Headphones
#208 ~ Scripture cards from a friend
#209 ~ Rain...more signs of spring
#210 ~ McDonald's biscuits...indulging myself
#211 ~ A message from my husband that says, "I just wanted to see your typed words before I head to bed." ~~so in love~~


  1. A husband hijacking a blog. Now that would be interesting. I'm wondering what mine would say ...

    1. I know. Me too. It was cute wasn't it? Happy Saturday, Linda.

  2. I love it that you are thankful for 80's dance music. Excellent!

    1. 80's music is always fun! It had us smiling as we took our road trip, and kept me awake!

  3. I love your gatherings. I could imagine you in a that group of writers, for sure.

  4. Love your joy quote!!

  5. Girl! #211 precious!!! love!!!
    you are blessed!!!!

    1. I married a good man. I miss him SO much. Thank you for stopping by, Tonya.

  6. Well after attempting to comment via my phone three times today and it not working, I’m determined to get my comment on here from my computer! Ha. I LOVE your Friday randomness. Such good inspiration here! And I’m honored and humbled you quoted me two weeks in a row. Eek! Thanks, Beth. You are simply awesome. Your post yesterday was beautiful…it will stay with me for a long time. Blessings this weekend, friend. xoxo

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Meredith. I have been so touched by the words you share and just so grateful we have connected. Blessings to you for a beautiful weekend. xoxoxo

  7. Dear Beth,
    Thank you so much for featuring Ed's blog hijack! You are so very kind!

    And congratulations on being in Pieces of Faith! How wonderful!

    1. It was just so cute that he hijacked your blog. I'm still smiling over it. Have a lovely weekend, Elizabeth.

    2. :)

      Thank you for linking up last week at Beauty Observed! I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow <3

  8. Beth,
    I love the quote by Ann Voskamp...I wish I could weave words like she does. Sending you love and ((hugs)),

    1. She is amazing, isn't she? Love you, Bev. (((hugs)))

  9. Beth, there's so much greatness here! I always look forward to your Fridays. I think I'm in love with Elizabeth and Ed!! How awesome are they? :)

    Love you, sweet friend! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    1. They are awesome! That post was so cute.
      Love you, Shelly. <3

    2. Awww. I just saw this! Thank you Renewed Daily! You are very kind!


  10. I love coming here and finding new inspiration for my week. Sending you love and hugs!

  11. Hi Beth! Thank you for your highlighting other bloggers. It's so great to meet new writers. I loved your comment in blessings "weak's still coffee!" Way to pull out a blessing there my friend!

    Hope you are having a joy-filled Tuesday :)

    1. Thanks, Ceil. I have to say I was guilty of complaining about the weak coffee at first but was then reminded that I'm finding blessings! :)
      And blessings to you my friend.

  12. What a blessing these Friday posts are! You provide so much to ponder, and so many great places to visit. Thank you for the time it takes to put all this together.

    I loved the quote that joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God. Might I just add that it is also the infallible presence of God that brings me the most JOY!


    1. Thank you, Sharon. I'm glad you enjoy these posts. I love sharing how others have blessed me. Love your add on to the quote. I whole-hardheartedly agree!
      Much love to you,


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