Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jewels in His Hand

The amethyst blooms
on this Catmint
in my garden
were shining like
beautiful jewels
this morning.

And last night's verse
was made all the more
real for me:

The Lord their God will save his people on that day
    as a shepherd saves his flock.
They will sparkle in his land
    like jewels in a crown. Zechariah 9:16 NIV

Into a week filled with both weariness and blessings, 
and an infusion with side effects,
God brought words to me that carried 
HOPE into my heart.

Are you in need of fresh hope?
Do you long to know that someone hears your cries for help?

Jesus hears, and Jesus answers
with words of beauty 
spoken for us.

Jewels in His Hand    

On the day I cried out for help
On that very day
The Lord sent forth His Strength
Like a Shepherd caring
Like a Savior redeeming
Is my Lord

On the day I crumbled under the load
On that very day
The Lord sent forth His Song
As a Lover wooing
As a King majestic
Is my Lord.

On the day I lay famished in the battle
On that very day
The Lord sent forth His angel
Like a Warrior advancing
Like an army victorious
Is my Lord.

On the day I succumbed to the shame
On that very day
The Lord sent forth His crown
As a Bridegroom adorning
As a Lover preparing
Is my Lord.

He will save
He will sing
He will win
He will clothe
And call me His own

The Name of the Lord
I will wear
The jewel in His hand
I will be

Placing my crown at His feet
This is my Lord

"Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it."  Revelation 2:17

Oh, the love that Jesus has for His children! 
Each one, His precious Jewel:



  1. Hi Bettie,
    Isn't that just like God to send us what we need when we need strength and grace to make it through our days? Sometimes it's not what we're expecting, but when we reflect on what's in front of us, sometimes it's enough to be in his presence and assured of his love! I'm praying for your health and hoping you find relief and healing. I'm always encouraged and uplifted by your soulful words and gratefulness for how God loves you! xo

    1. Dear Valerie,
      Yes, He is so good to meet us right there with His presence, just where we need Him! And you are right--it's so often in those unexpected ways that I see what I had really needed after all. Thank you so much for your prayers, what a fellowship that allows us to bear each other up in prayers. I am so thankful that you found encouragement here too! xoxo

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    1. Dear Karrilee,
      Thank you so much for your sweet words! We have such an amazing Lord, don't we? Blessings to you!

  3. Dear Bettie, this is beautiful! Your poetry is full of truth. I like the song, too. We used to sing it in church when I was a child. Edith Schaeffer also mentioned it in at least one of her books. Can't remember which one. It might have been the one called What Is A Family?

    Your posts are always inspiring and I appreciate them and you. Many blessings to you!
    Love and hugs dear sweet friend. xo

    1. Dear Gayl,
      Yes, we always sang that song whenever there was a baby dedication (our church's version of a christening) so there are such sweet memories connected with it for me also! That is so intriguing that Edith Schaeffer mentioned the song also. Now I want to re-read her book that I have, it is the one titled, "L'Abri" about the dream and founding of their ministry. I am thankful that the Lord brought inspiration to you here--He is so good to do that for each of us, as we share back and forth! Love and hugs to you also, dear friend! xo (P.S. I just finished Jamie's book, "Book of Hours: In Shadow and Sun," and left a review. It was such a blessing!!

    2. Oh, thank you for leaving a review. I'm so glad you found it a blessing! That reminds me that I still need to leave a review. :)

  4. You will probably never know the comfort and help your words on this Blog bring to many of its readers. Thank you. Keep blogging.

    God bless you, Bettie.

    1. Dear Victor,
      Thank you so much for your encouraging words! Every time I hit that "publish" button, I must pray and surrender again, asking the Lord to take these small words and use them however He wants. So your words are such a comfort to my soul. I am thankful that He has helped you here. God Bless you, my brother!

  5. OH, how precious! I needed this encouragement, sweet friend. Thank you so much. :)

    1. Dear Cheryl,
      I am so blessed the Jesus brought you such encouragement, my friend! What a gift that we can share back & forth, as we speak words & pray for each other. May He continue to lift you up, and bring His love to you! xo

  6. I just love drinking in your melodious poetry, Bettie. Your writing reminds me of that of king David's in the Bible, and brings us back to the truth each time. Through the trial - through the storm, and Who is able to hold us and uplift us when we feel like we are being tossed about. Thank you for sharing your heart. Prayers for you friend. xoxo

    1. Dear Meg,
      Thank you for such sweet words my friend! I am so blessed that out of this trial, God would bring words that could point to Him, and bring us to His truth and love. He is so good to "hold us and uplift us when we feel like we are being tossed about." Thank you so much for your prayers. May you be blessed too! xoxo

  7. Bettie, Thank you for sharing this very encouraging post! The poem was so rich in edifying truth, and the song sung by Allison Krauss, whose voice btw I LOVE, was very beautiful.

    1. Dear Karen,
      I am so thankful that you found encouragement and truth here. God is so good to bring His help to us! And, yes, isn't that song beautiful? I was captivated by the way she sang it also! Blessings to you!

  8. Oh Bettie...chronic illness stinks. Praying, friend.

  9. Oh Bettie...chronic illness stinks. Praying, friend.

    1. Oh Dear Susan, I am so thankful for your prayers. I know that it is because of those prayers that I feel the Lord's Grace bringing such help! Blessings to you!

  10. Thanks Betty for your encouragement. I feel like we are both struggling with side effects of our disease, but God is faithful. You have done better than I because I am really struggling to write anything. So much fatigue. With love

    1. Dear Mandy,
      I am so glad that we can lift each other up in prayer to our Lord! I have had to slow down on so many things also, because that fatigue is so difficult! I am so grateful that our Lord doesn't put the same pressure on us that we do to ourselves! You are so right that HE IS SO FAITHFUL to us. Gentle Hugs and Love to you too, Dear Sister!

  11. Beautiful! The amethyst flowers caught my eye first since it is my birthstone. Your words to the Keeper of our Soul are a great reminder of whose we are. Thank you for this offering.

    1. Dear Mary,
      What a beautiful birthstone! I love amethyst, in any shape and form. And, yes, how precious of our dear Keeper to find such ways to remind us that we belong to Him, and our souls are held by Him. Thank you for your kind encouragement! Blessings to you!


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