I've been learning two things that may sound like opposite concepts but can both be applied simultaneously. It's OK to do things that feel a little crazy, that seem too hard, too big, too complicated. & Living an ordinary, unbusy, unhurried life is OK too. It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life. … Continue reading growth
(None of the links in this post benefit me in any way. They are simply to serve as resources.) In 2018, I set a lofty goal for myself concerning the amount of reading I wanted to do. I failed. Epically. (WordPress says that's not a word but IT IS NOW.) This year … Continue reading Twenty-Nineteen Reads: Part One
Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. - Psalm 36:5, 7 I have fallen massively short recently. It probably doesn't sound like a big deal, but … Continue reading grace upon grace upon grace
Since blogging about the social media epidemic, I re-downloaded Instagram. I was only on it for a week before recognizing (ok, my husband noticed it first) how much time it had started to take up. It wasn't that much - comparatively. It wasn't as much as it had been before I deleted the app back in … Continue reading You Never Know What You Had ‘Til It’s Gone
"I release myself from the obligation or expectation to share with the world what is going on in my life." That was what I wrote in the back of my sermon notebook a few weeks ago in the middle of the service. I had deleted Instagram off my phone the previous night, Facebook that … Continue reading The Social Media Epidemic
About a month ago, Josh and I got to spend a few days in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. While we were there, we got matching stickers that say: GO OUTSIDE AND DO THINGS. The irony is that we put them on our laptops. But they serve as a two-fold reminder to us. First … Continue reading GO OUTSIDE AND DO THINGS
Sometimes life is hard. But sometimes, life is harder. Sometimes you make mistakes and have to go back and apologize, and hope they forgive you, no matter how much you think they won't. But sometimes you do everything right, and they still hate you. Sometimes you recognize you did something wrong and restitution has to … Continue reading sometimes: a reminder
Everyone wants more money. But I believe the money we need is already ours; we just don't make the best use of it. Yes, I said "we." We started our minimalism journey over six months ago, but old habits die hard. My desires still tend to lean toward shopping. Minimalism is a mindset and a … Continue reading 5 (Partly Silly) Things We Do to Save Money
I've been a part of ministry since I was a baby. First I was just the child of a traveling preacher, then a YPK, PK, Sunday School teacher, missionary, camp counselor, youth group leader, part-time worship leader, pianist, mentor, nursery worker, small group leader. . . and while there have been countless things I've … Continue reading The Mess of Ministry
I want to broach a topic that, in my personal opinion, is not discussed enough among Christians in a scriptural way or in a safe environment. Sex. It is time we stop acting like this is not an issue. It's time we start acknowledging that it is a struggle to remain pure in any … Continue reading The Talk: For Singles
a step toward mindfulness: part four My eyes have been opened, y'all. Two words for you: MEAL. PREP. I finally get why this fills my Pinterest feed and everyone talks about it! Meal prep has made our lives so much simpler. We decided back in January that we wanted to attempt meal prep … Continue reading Meal Prep: Worth the Hype?
In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Prov. 14:26-27 I've been thinking quite a bit about this concept since my last blog post. It … Continue reading God is my Defense, pt 2
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on [Jesus] the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before … Continue reading God is my Defense.
a step toward mindfulness: part three There are countless things endlessly vying for our attention. I've blogged about the big one here but that is just one distraction. Today I want to share with you how going without something we used almost every day impacted our lives, and how it continues to. We went without Netflix for … Continue reading The Time-Eater
a step toward mindfulness: part two Just being honest here: I struggled to start writing this because I couldn't decide the format. The original plan was to have several "steps toward mindfulness" in one blog post; but that ended up being way too long for anyone to sit down and read in one sitting. Then … Continue reading The “Unmentionables”
Happy 25th birthday to me! How crazy is that? Sometimes when I get asked how old I am, I have to stop and think because in my head apparently I'm still 22 or thereabouts. When my husband turned 25 back in October, he wrote 25 things he had learned in his 25 years of life. … Continue reading Quarter of a Century
Dear friend, I've known you for a long time. Years ago when we first met, you seemed so young. You were so full of life and so excited to learn new things and make new friends. Excited to become my friend. I didn't realize back then how much you looked up to me. I … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Girl I Can’t Help
It's just been one of those days. Well, it started last night. I was getting ready for bed, doing my usual nighttime routine; and as I washed my face, it just hit me in the gut. That sudden nagging feeling of sadness, almost loneliness, for no reason. This morning was fine, but then it … Continue reading In the Dark Moments
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. And what was I doing a few minutes ago? Being discontent. Ugh. Get ready for another episode of Brutal Honesty with Bethany. Can I stick an emoji rolling its eyes right here? Earlier this afternoon I started thinking about the house we just bought, and going over all the things we still … Continue reading There’s more to life than brunch & puppies.
I was taking a walk with the little guy I watch every day, and pulled my phone out to call my sister. She didn't answer, so I tried to think of who else I could call. Then I thought, "Well, maybe I'll listen to some music." I couldn't think of anything I wanted to listen … Continue reading Do Just One Thing
(not my photo. No copyright infringement intended.) About two weeks ago, I deleted the Facebook app from off my phone; and that one tiny act has literally changed my life. I don't know why Facebook is such a time-waster for me. Instagram? I can hop on, scroll for a couple minutes, and hop off. … Continue reading the best thing I’ve done in 2018
This past Sunday, Joshua and I stopped at Starbucks around 2:30 to treat ourselves to an iced mocha and iced chai latte. The plan was to get our drinks and chill inside, reading or journaling until choir practice. After I got my drink and sipped the spicy almond milk deliciousness, I mentally wrinkled my nose … Continue reading Impressed.
It's interesting to me that social media is called a "platform." I've been wondering recently what I communicate from my platform. My most recent blog post was about my husband and I becoming minimalists. I've posted on Facebook about being a Big Sister for a ministry called Delight & Be. On Instagram, I am a … Continue reading What Are You Saying From Your Platform?
Minimalism is such a buzzword now. I'm pretty sure if you asked any millennial right now, they would probably tell you they are trying to lead a minimalist lifestyle or be a minimalist. I've been saying it for a while, but it hasn't really been a reality. Let's be honest. We all have more than … Continue reading minimalism and the Christian
How many of y'all have seen the video on Facebook by Christian comedian John Crist where he says "Check your heart" in response to everything? It cracked me up because I do hear Christians say it quite often, usually in a joking way. But after my Bible reading yesterday, I think I--and all of us--need … Continue reading “Check your heart!”
(not my photo, no copyright infringement is intended) fem·i·nism 1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests (merriam-webster.com) After typing the previous definitions, my goal was to have the millennials’ definition of feminism; but the several websites I’ve … Continue reading True Feminism
I feel the need to clarify something. First of all, I appreciate the response to my last blog post. I really do. It means so much that people comment on my post, like it, share it or excerpts from it, and message me about it. It is overwhelming and humbling, and I love y'all. … Continue reading stop looking for “the one.”
[photo by Ashley Crutcher Photography] It was a sticky day in July. Campers would be arriving in just a few short hours and there was a lot to do before then. As we sat at brunch, I could tell he was nervous. "What's wrong?" I asked after we prayed over our rice bowls. "I … Continue reading How to know you’ve found “the one”
At the beginning of 2018, my husband and I started a Bible reading plan to read the entire Bible in one year. I've never actually read the entire thing start to finish, and I have absolutely loved it! This particular plan has us read two chapter in the Old Testament, one chapter from the Poetry … Continue reading Did you take away the high places?
"And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and … Continue reading Being Told “No.”