“For God, the Faithful One, is not unfair. How can he forget the beautiful work you have done for him? He remembers the love you demonstrate as you continually serve his beloved ones for the glory of his name.”
Hebrews 6:10 (TPT)
Summer is great, I love it. It was once my absolute favorite season, but now I’ve moved more towards loving Fall, mostly because I’m not as tolerant of the heat as I use to be. But, still, summer is oh so nice.
My daughter finished up her sophomore year. My son got a new job. We moved closer to our adult children. We all survived Covid. I moved to a new office. Our puppy is almost 10 months old but looks five years old. (he’s super big)
We’ve pulled out our bikes and been riding almost every evening down by the lake. My husband has decided to eat healthier and has a salad almost every day. (Miracles do happen!) My books are selling. I was blessed to do a workshop in TX. Life is good!
I think about all these things when I start to feel a little stressed about other things. Things like the state of our country, the price of gas, the price of groceries, the future for my grandchildren, taxes, our freedom of speech.
I know I have needed some encouragement from time to time as I watch some of the surprising changes right in front of my eyes. I need to remember that God will always provide for his children. God will be there to uplift and encourage. He is faithful to comfort. He is faithful to give strength. God will send the community of people that I need.
I know these things because He is good. His love for me is beyond all that I can imagine. He pursues me in such a way that with each day I am more and more rooted in him. He empowers me to move forward through every circumstance.
He strengthens me to be authentic about my life and he always reminds me that I am loved.
God is REAL, and in turn so am I and so are you. The more we lean on him, surrender to his way, and allow him to root us in himself, we have the strength to rise up and live in freedom no matter what the circumstance.
“For God, the Faithful One, is not unfair. How can he forget the beautiful work you have done for him? He remembers the love you demonstrate as you continually serve his beloved ones for the glory of his name.” Hebrews 6:10 (TPT)
He is the Faithful One. He remembers our love. In good times and hard times, He is always faithful to his children. He is with us to “passionately advance until the end and you find your hope fulfilled.” Hebrews 6:11
I recently traveled to TX to attend a retreat. I was honored to give a workshop at the retreat. God rewarded me with the presence of Holy Spirit soaking each woman during the workshop with deep revelations. He was so faithful.
For me, it was another sign of him advancing me to the hope he installed within my heart many years ago. He was using me to bless others and to advance them through the difficulties of their lives. He was using me to bring them closer to being REAL-
Today, as I was interviewed for an upcoming show, he again reminded me of his faithfulness. I used to believe that I was alone in my struggles. But as the interviewer and I shared stories we both realized how similar they were. He empowered me to share and be authentic. He brought me into community with someone else that walked through similar struggles. He is so faithful.
My book I AM REAL shares my story of overcoming the pain of abuse and PTSD. My devotional GET REAL guides you through steps of being Rooted, Empowered, Authentic, and Loved.
Because of my journey and the immense faithfulness of God I claim this for myself:
“And now we have run into his heart to hide ourselves in his faithfulness. This is where we find his strength and comfort, for he empowers us to seize what has already been established ahead of time-an unshakeable hope! “ Hebrews 6:18
My name is Bethany. I am a friend and devoted follower of Jesus Christ, I love spending time with him and sharing the stories he tells me with others. I’ve been married for over 36 years and have four sons and one daughter, three daughter in-laws, and seven beautiful grandchildren. God has blessed me with a ministry, Agape Celebration, we focus on celebrating God through art and bringing woman to a place of understanding their identity through Jesus. I love to write and speak about life experiences and the hope of Jesus.
Agape Celebration, Rooted in Mercy
Here you will find a mix of encouraging and inspirational articles written from members within the Community of Christian Creatives.