Faith Spilling Over… Into Everyday Life


When Complaints Crowd Out Contentment

portion and cupMy heart lurched as I stared at the 15 year old pick-up, complete with cobwebs, that was supposed to take my family of 4 from Austin, Texas to Washington D.C. and back.

“You.Have.Got.To.Be.Kidding.” I whispered to God.

“Are you crazy?” I silently asked my husband.

My teeth gritted as I thought back over 20 years of sacrifices serving overseas. God provided for our every need, but sometimes I felt like we were always making do with what looked like never enough. Now on home assignment, we needed a vehicle to make a road trip. A generous friend offered us a truck he never used. Could it make such a long trip? The back seat looked narrow.

I’m ashamed to say that rather than being thankful for God’s provision, my heart rebelled. Why couldn’t we just rent a vehicle more adequate to our needs?

Not exactly the attitude you’d expect from a full-time Christian worker.

Early the next morning, we started off. Thirty minutes down the road, a policeman stopped us for an outdated inspection sticker. One hour and a $150 later, we were on our way again. In the cramped back seat, my stress level rose with each passing hour. Then we hit a severe thunderstorm. Rain pelted down on our suitcases in the back of the truck, and I exploded as my husband and I bickered about how to keep our things from getting soaked.

Really?” I asked God.

Twelve hours later we woke up in a luxury hotel that we hadn’t paid for. As I sat in that hotel room reading my Bible, God convicted me.

I’d let complaints crowd contentment out of my heart.

I read these words that David penned while running for his life from Saul:

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I was challenged to see David choose contentment despite circumstances a lot more difficult than travelling the country in a 15 year old pick-up.

As I read his words, I thought about the places where my boundary lines had fallen. I remembered the advantages of the overseas life God assigned to me: travel, life-changing experiences, and amazing opportunities to see people transformed.

My life assignment is God’s best gift to me.

I want to be thankful for His gift. Like all assignments, mine includes blessings and trials. I may not like the challenges, but they’re part of the process God’s using to shape me for his glory.

When difficult circumstances come up, we find it hard to say, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.” Illness, financial problems, marital conflict, and work-related stress make it hard to see the pleasant places, but I want to count my blessings, and embrace the life God is giving me.

(I also want to thank Him for that pick-up. It made the whole trip!)

May God open our eyes today so we can see more of Him and say yes to the assignment He’s giving us.

Now it’s your turn. Where have your “boundary lines” fallen? Do you find it easy or difficult to view your life assignment as a gift?

Linking up with Holly Barrett , Meredith Bernard, and Holley Gerth.


The Best Gift You Can Give Today

Faith in Action Fridays

What if you knew a secret that revolutionizes relationships? This nugget of wisdom can make us better wives, better parents, and wiser counsellors.  It’s one of the best gifts you can give someone.

No book offers more practical wisdom for putting feet to our faith than James, and in the 1st chapter he says this:

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (James 1:19) Continue reading


Building Community: Let’s Get to Know Each Other

Today’s post is different than usual. I’m sharing my new “About” page, so you can get to know me and my blog better. I’d love to get to know you too. Please leave a comment to tell me a bit about yourself. If you have a blog, leave a link for your about page too!


me pic for blogHi, I’m Betsy. I love dark roast coffee and home schooling. I want my faith to spill over into my every day, even during the bumpy moments, like when you have a family blow-up with fireworks during breakfast.

I’m passionate about enjoying God.  I want to know Him better. I’m also passionate about enjoying the one life He’s given me. I try to open my eyes wider to see beyond my crazy, stress-filled moments and recognize the gifts God gives me every day. Continue reading


Rescue House Cleaning for Busy Women

Faith in Action Fridays

Most days my house looks like the Queen of Chaos lives here, not the Proverbs 31 Woman. My home has a mind of its own and quickly slips out control. While I’m cleaning the kitchen, entropy takes over in the bathroom. I do a quick room rescue in the living room, but by bedtime it looks like World War III. Continue reading


10 Tips for Getting Out of a Bible Reading Rut

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Have you ever been bored by the Bible? Back in high school, I’d make grand plans to read the whole Book, and I’d open to page 1 of Genesis. After 5 minutes, I’d start yawning, and that would be the end of it. Then a month later, I’d start again on page 1 of Genesis. By the time I got to the genealogy of Noah, I was snoozing.

It’s easy to get into a rut with Bible reading. Continue reading


What Our Kids Really Need to Know (Faith in Action Fridays)

Faith in Action Fridays

Today I’m excited to start a new series called Faith in Action Friday. Join me on Fridays for shorter, practical posts about living out our faith in our families and communities. I want to learn more about putting feet to my faith in everyday life, and I invite you to grow along with me!


When my kids were little, they loved for me to tuck them into bed and pray for them at night. Now they’re hulking teenagers, and it’s almost impossible for me to stay up late enough to tuck them in. But you know what? They still like it when I pray for them at bedtime.

I suspect they like it because I pray blessing over them. I list their qualities and talents, thanking God for each one. I pray that they’ll know how much God and their dad and I love them.

Our kids need affirmation, yet how often is our interaction with them based on instruction and correction? Continue reading


Choosing Joy When Your Road Gets Bumpy

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Ever had one of those days that take the smile right off your face? The car breaks down on your way to work. The school calls to say your child just threw up in the classroom and needs to go home. Hard days make it hard to keep smiling, but even so, we still have reasons to rejoice.

We don’t always get to choose what happens to us, but we can choose our response. Continue reading


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