October 28 This is a special week. The end of October marks one year since Bethany J’s Journal was launched! Can you believe it? For me, the time has sped. Yet so many beautiful things have happened over the past year too. It would take more words than I can conjure to thank God for … Continue reading One Year of Blogging! + A Fresh Design
October 21 I’ve been watching the sky lately. Not because I know of any impending comets or eclipses or irregular moons. I’ve been sky-watching because there’s something inherently awe-inspiring about witnessing a sunrise or a sunset. And when the radiance of hues across the skyline strikes awe within me, I’m immediately raptured by the God … Continue reading Watching the Sky
The New Testament story of Jesus, the demoniac, and the herd of hogs is both miraculous and absurd. In Mark 5, this event is carefully detailed from the disciple writer's viewpoint. Taking a few creative liberties, I recently wrote this story from a different perspective: that of the hog farmer. /// I brushed a grimy … Continue reading The Hog Farmer (A Short Story from Mark 5)
October 14 In Amos 2:7, God confronts his people with a list of wrongdoings that were blasphemous to his name. He starts with mistreatment of the poor and progresses to adultery. The verse ends with this result: …so that my holy name is profaned. (Amos 2:7b) As I read the Lord’s words, I struggled with … Continue reading Does God Rate Our Sins?
October 7 I’m an ardent quote-lover and quote-collector. Today, I've gathered a few of my favorite quotes to share with you, from theologians' words to simple truths. "There is no pit so deep, that God's love is not deeper still." -Corrie ten Boom "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who … Continue reading A Collection of Quotes
Friends, I’m so excited to share this article with you today, written by my dear friend, Gia. It’s an incredibly insightful take on how our infatuation with “personality types” often overshadows our true purpose to be like Christ. I hope it impacts you as much as it did me. / / / “INFP personalities are … Continue reading The Personality Paradox (A Guest Post)