Saturday, August 11, 2007

Where has Beth Been?

I have gotten this question in so many different forms and from so many different people. The question is actually not that easy to answer. Yes of course I could give the normal response of "around" or "oh you know here or there." I could also give an actual location such as "Uh...North Carolina" or "In my new house at my new desk with my new computer..." But to be truly honest no one is asking the question with those answers in mind. So I have decided to tell you where Beth has really been. It is not easy to vulnerable, or honest, you are never quite sure of the outcome or the response of the party who is hearing the truth. I feel as though in life right now, being honest may help some of you really understand "Where Beth has been."

As many of you know and as some of you might not know, I have been challenged beyond words or comprehension the last year. God has been stretching me, breaking me and refining me through so many events in my life. Zi my dog getting bit by the rattle snake, moving to NC, my husband starting a new job, leaving many friends in CO, selling our house, buying a new house, staying at my parents house, and sending my husband to Korea have just been minor things. The most impacting thing in my life that many of you do not know about was loosing my baby. You might be reading this and thinking to yourself that I never had a baby, but I was never ready to talk about it until now.

Two weeks before Kevin excepted his job in NC I found out I was 6-8 weeks pregnant. You can imagine Kevin and mine excitement and surprise as we took in a new move and the hope and dream of a new little Tanner. I was more then excited, and sick as some of you remember....
When I went in for my first ultrasound they could not find my baby, they were concerned and thought that I had miscarried my first little baby. The next morning they called informing me that I was still pregnant and that I needed to wait a week. This is probably the time that I fell off the face of the earth. I was put on bed rest, I was scared, confused and sad and trying to embrace my growing baby everyday. A week later I found myself in the emergency room about to go under for surgery, my baby was in my fallopian tube and if they did not remove the baby we would both die. On may 31, 2007 at 5:00am the Lord took home mine and Kevin's first little one. Even now it is hard to talk about.

You know what I am learning through all of this? That it is okay to be angry, upset, mad, and emotional with God. He knows your heart anyway why not tell him and that is exactly what I am trying to do. During these tough days I have not been the Beth you know, I don't even know myself at this moment in time. It is an accomplishment if I get out of bed in the morning and put two feet in front of the other, and to believe that God really does work out everything for his Glory!

Many of you call and email which I cannot even tell you how much I love and appreciate. But I need you to know I am not talking to many people right now. I can't explain it and I am not sure how long I will be this way. I turn my phone off a lot because it make me anxious...I know crazy. But remember I am just trying to be as honest as I can and I need you all to know about this! I do not want any of you thinking that I am ignoring you or not wanting to talk. I love you all and miss everyone!
Thanks for the prayers and support!

Thursday, July 12, 2007


So I admit I have been a little behind on blogging. I promise you that life has been beyond crazy. One thing you can be sure of is that I miss the heck out of all of you. So what is up?? Well here a first hand interview by me with me for you!!!

Beth: So Beth how was the move?

Beth: Well it was good, it was a long drive from Colorado all the way to NC but that's okay. We stopped in Kansas and saw the world largest prairie dog and you know what??? It was a Miss leading!

Beth: Wow that is interesting I will put a note down not to visit it, at least you had fun on your journey. So what is the best thing about being back?

Beth: Probably the family. I am enjoying my nieces and nephews immensely and love seeing them daily.

Beth: Ah yes the kids, they change often. So what is the worst thing?

Beth: The obvious, being away from all my friends in CO. It has hard and I miss them. That and not having a home right now, we are staying with my parents and it is really hard...

Beth: Oh I'll bet that is hard, I really admire you for being able to do really are amazing...a hero....the best person I have ever!!!
So how long will you be with them?

Beth: Only ten more days, we bought a beautiful home and will be moving in very soon, we are so excited!!

Beth: That is exciting I would really like to come for a visit! So is there anything else?

Beth: Nope this was a great interview, I am sure I will blog again soon...until then I encourage you all to keep your eyes on God..he is the only way~

Love you!!!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Moving Away

My friends,
How I already miss you.
I can't believe all that God has done this past year. He has used each of you in my life in such a huge way. As Kevin and I prepare to leave the great state of Colorado we leave behind many friends and family. Please know how hard it is for Kevin and I to go. The Lord has stretched us beyond what we can explain in many ways and we are being stretched even now as we leave. We know that this is all part of Gods planning!

My kids, I can't even tell you how many of you I adopted in my heart. You have made me laugh, scream, smile and even cry. Many of you got yelled at by me at Dare2Share and Winter Camp and yet you still loved me and excepted me. You are my pride and my heart. My desire for you still is to to know Jesus Christ and to make a choice to follow him, one you will never regret! Keep in touch with me!!!!! I will visit I promise!

Here is our info:

Address (for now)
203 Davis Mnt. Rd.
Hendersonville, NC

LOVE YOU!!! I will continue to update my blog~~~

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Not my plans but your steps

So Life has been beyond crazy. There has been such a theme in my life the last couple of years where I really feel God challenging me with my favorite verse;

Proverbs 16:9

"Man plans his path but the Lord will direct his steps."

I find myself in situations where I have planned out how I want things to go and the Lord changes it all up. Here are some examples that have happened in the last couple weeks.

1) Two weeks ago after a lot of prayer and consideration Kevin and I made the decision that it was time that I step down from my job at Woodmen. It was for a lot of reason but was not what I was expecting nor was I planning... once again a Challenge.

2) A week ago this past Friday I went on a hike with some of the most amazing high school girls EVER! Katie Mac and Corrie Egli, we headed out to Ute Valley with my two dogs Zion "Zi" who is three years old and Moab who is only 13 weeks old. We hiked up about a mile or two... I really am not sure and decided to turn around. As we were walking down my dog Zi jumped in the air like three feet. I was like what the heck when all of the sudden I saw this ugly rattle snake staring straight at my dog who was only at this point three feet from the snake. I had to get closer to the snake to make sure that Zion would come to me, he did and then Corrie and Katie and I had to walk five feet from the snake to get past it. When we were sure we were far enough away from the snake I put Zion down to make sure he was okay but sure enough he got bit on his back right paw. At that point I lost all sanity and began freaking out. We quickly grabbed Zion who is almost 40 pounds and started running to the car. There are so many other details but needless to say that in the midst of everything I could feel God challenging me to trust him in this moment, it was not at all how I planned my day but was I willing to believe that in this moment this was his best for me. Zion is doing amazing and is slowly getting back to normal!!!!

3) So when we moved here to Colorado we bought a house and we were planning on being here for at least 5 years. As the year has progressed and things have changed at Kevins job he decided we would at least take opportunities that may present themselves on other jobs. On Tuesday after the whole rattle snake scare Kevin got an email from a Job in NC. He had interviewed with this company a couple of months ago and we were waiting to hear back. It would be a job that would take me back to my family. As hard as it would be to leave it would really mean a lot to me and my family to get closer to them. We WAITED what seemed to be forever and Got the job offer on Tuesday. I did not realize however that they would want us to move so fast. We will be leaving on June 11th for North Carolina. It will be so hard to say good bye to my students, and friends at Woodmen. It has been amazing and God has put the most amazing girls in my life. I feel so blessed and overwhelmed. I never dreamed I would meet some of my closest friends here in Colorado Springs.

As you can see God has different plans for our lives. I am challenged even now with somethings I cannot share, things I never expected nor asked for but in my deepest heart I know that in this time this is GODS BEST!!!! This his absolute BEST!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Changing Seasons

As the seasons change I can hear the sweet whisper of God calling my name through the blowing trees, sunsets, and blossoming flowers. I hear his voice whispering his promises to me, his promise to love, to prosper and not to harm me.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Through the falling rain I can feel him raining his love down on me touching the deepest parts of my soul and healing my wounds. As the weather is warmer, as the ice melts away and as the flowers begin to bloom into the most beautiful colors I can feel the winter melting away from my heart. New seasons bring new life. I embrace the new life with everything that is within me.

I am ready to change, I am ready to grow, I am ready to be new!

Are you willing to lay everything you know at the feet of Jesus? He is calling your name, he is whispering in your ear, can you hear him?

You have to stop and listen, you have to close your eyes and let him warm your face by the sun, run his fingers through your hair by the wind, and stroke your face with the mist of the rain, but you must stop for a moment in your busy life to allow him to romance you.

Are you ready to change? Are you ready to Grow? Are you ready to be new? He is waiting for you!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I know I know I know....

So I realize and accept that it has been forever long since I last wrote you guys! So much has been going on. My parents being here was more then amazing, it was good to get spoiled and to have them here. I can't tell you how much I miss them now that we are so very far apart.

We had the auction, which was amazing, they raised $15,000 dollars for missions. I was amazed at Gods blessing and provision! I love being surprised by God!

So guess what I did on Saturday afternoon???? I bought a brand new little puppy. He is a little Westie and is to cute for words. It was a total surprise and we were not planning on getting a puppy on that Saturday in front of Wal-mart but God blessed us!!! He has the greatest little personality and is doing really well with Zion, they love to play and wrestle together!!!

So please meet MO--

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Guess What...

My Parents are in town!!! They are amazing, outstanding, incredible, parents and I am so blessed that they are here visiting!!!

I will blog more soon but because they are here I am taking a couple of my days off sooner then later!!


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Yard Work

So yesterday was undeniable unbelievably gorgeous. And so instead of staying in, instead of hanging out in front of the TV, Kevin and I decided that we need to be out in about we needed to embrace the good weather that God had given us and do some yard work. So we did, we got one of those machines that tears up all your hard dirt and makes it nice and soft so you can plant new seeds and boy was it hard. I tried helping Kevin but after a few minutes my arms and back began to hurt... later that night my back was shot... and I have been wobbling around like I am 84 years old. But I can 't wait to see the new little baby grass come up to life!!!

As I was using that stupid machine it made me realize that in life sometime we need something to come in and grind up the hard dirt that has stubbornly found its place in our life. And boy is it hard. It can feel like you are being torn apart from every direction in every way, it can grind you, pull you, stretch you, and leave you weary to the bone. But after a few months of the hard times you will be ready for new seed to be planted.

Now if we planted that seed, and did not water it or tend to it it would never grow, it would never sprout into new life. So even if the tearing up is hard, and even if we have come to a point where new seed can be planted if we do not water it, or tend to it, it will only die away.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

We need a little Spring


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Prepare for the Rain

There were two farmers, neighbors, both praying for rain for their crops - for their livelihood. After praying, one farmer waited for the rain; the other farmer went to his field and started preparing for rain. Which one do you think had the greater faith?

So my question is how can we prepare for the rain? What does this mean, what actions do we take. Obviously for the farmers they went, they got there crops ready... so how can I prepare my crops and fields for the rain? What are my crops and fields?

Well I have been thinking and processing this a lot, and I am not sure I even really have answer. My fields are my life, and my crops are the lives around me that God has placed before me. My life needs rain! I feel dry and dead, my spirit weary and worn out, how then do I prepare for the rain? I can tell I need the sweet aroma of rain, the feel of it soaking into my dry and weary land, I can sense around me, when I look into the eyes of those who are close, they too need rain. The crops need rain.

The rain is the beautiful, amazing, fulfillment of Christ. His spirit soaks into our dry and weary souls, waters us, nourishes us and brings us back to life. And as we soak in his spirit as we are filled with his presences and as he ministers to our souls we then are able to poor into the crops around us, the friends who need us, the family members who are dry and worn out. We can allow Christ to water them through us.

So I prepare my fields first, I prepare my self, I fall before the throne of God with nothing left to give of my self, and I allow him to poor into me, I allow him to touch the deep part of my heart that has become so broken and cracked with the dryness that has overcome me in and allow him to pour his spirit upon it. Then and only then can I poor into the lives around me, then and only then, when it is none of me and all of Him can he use my soul, spirit and love for others. He will fulfill every depth of my spirit, and my being.

Psalm 72:6
He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.

Ezekiel 1:28
Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I just want you to know

So I just spent the last 30 minutes of MY LIFE to write an amazing blog for you only to discover that is got deleted! And so this is my blog for today and this.... this is how I feel and what I want to do...................................

I will blog more tomorrow........

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I am Back

Hello my friends! It has been way to long!!
It was an amazing vacation. I went to Pennsylvania and visited a very close friend. We had so much fun and laughed until our stomachs ached.

I missed you all so much and am glad to get back in to routine again. I missed Kevin and my dog Zi and were excited to see them again.

God is on the move and at work in my life. I am teaching this Saturday and am excited to share with you how God is changing my heart. I feel like I have been in the dessert and God is using Genesis to teach me and challenge me!!

How are you guys doing? Please email me and tell me what you thought of Winter Camp!!

Thursday, March 8, 2007


I KNOW!! I KNOW!!! I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TWO DAYS .....But my not writing is because I am getting ready for Winter Camp!!! Amazing, unbelievable, crazy fun WINTER CAMP!!!!! PS... Because of Winter Camp I will not blog tomorrow and also I will be on vacation next week, so no blogging and no POP A DAY CHALLENGE!! But don't worry I know I owe a couple of you some POP!!!
Love ya!!!!!

Friday, March 2, 2007

My Dog Zion "Zi"

This is my Dog Zi. He truly is a gift from God and we got him when we were living in Seattle WA. If you want to know the story of Zi you need to ask me or Kevin. I promise you it will be a story you will never forget!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2007


Can you believe how fast the weather can change. I left my house in a light sweater, it was probably around 40 degrees and then it started snowing, the temperature seriously dropped 20 degrees and my 15 minute drive turned into 45 minutes.

It made me realize how unpredictable life really is. The weather can change in a matter of minutes, a drive home can change from the moment you step into your car, life can change the instant you answer the phone, your feelings can change in a moment with words.

Our days our not ours; our days should be lived for the king who lives for and in us. Our minutes are not ours; our minutes should be spent praising and honoring our king. Our lives are not ours; our lives are to be laid down, just as the father laid down his own life for us.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Proverbs 16:9
In his heart a man plans his course,but the LORD determines his steps.

So friends lets live our lives knowing that our lives are not our own!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Challenge

So there have been so many of you who have challenged me to follow in Brian's footsteps. Now as many of you know if he misses a day EXCEPT for Mondays you can comment about it and he will bring you a Pop of your choice to the next service. Well many of you have asked if I would do this as well and I have decided that yes I will join the POP a day challenge. It starts today. Now remember the rules.

1) Never on Mondays
2) Never on the weekends becuase I am not here. (This means it will be Tuesday - Friday)
2) I have to have it posted by 12:00am
3) If I am sick or out of town I will let you know ahead of time
4) You have to comment on my blog about which day I missed.

Have a fantastic day... and look is snowing!!! I am praying for six feet!!!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Delighting in the Lord

"Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart."
Psalm 37:4

This verse has been speaking to my heart a lot lately. So often we come before God with our request, our desires, our wants, dreams, and hopes. It is not wrong to do this in fact Luke 11:9 says “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you." But God has really been challenging me with delighting myself in the Lord. What does this mean, how can I delight myself in the Lord?

a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy;

I want to have a high degree of pleasure in the Lord, I want to have enjoyment in the Lord, I want to have pure, amazing, never ending Joy in my Lord. When my heart is focused not on what my dreams, desires, hopes or wants are, when I stop focusing on me and start focusing on delighting myself in the Lord then and only then God can give me the desires of my heart. But once again I am challenged on "God will give you the desires of your heart." Most people take this as their dreams, desire, hopes and wants, so often that is how I read this verse. But I read it again and have mediated on this and realize that as I am seeking God, seeking his heart,and delighting myself in him then HE will place HIS desires in my heart, making them "the Desires of your heart", they will be HIS desires, HIS wants, HIS dreams, HIS hopes, HIS wants.

So my friends, start delighting yourself in the Lord, and allow Him to give you the desires of your heart!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Relaxing in Gods beauty

I have had such a relaxing weekend. Kevin and I headed up the mountains for a long weekend with some of our amazing friends. I am not a snowboarder or skier but of course Kevin is so he and his friend John headed to the mountains. Nicole (Johns Wife) and I played our scene well, drinking coffee at Starbucks, reading books, watching movies and eating lots of junk has been amazing.

I missed all of you so much on Saturday night, thinking of you the whole time. I heard that it went well and that God was really moving in your hearts. Let me know what God taught you.

It is so beautiful here. We have a small little house that we are staying at with views of the mountains from every angle. It makes me praise God for all of the beauty he painted and created just for us. I realize that I don't stop often enough to relax and look around at where I am and what God has done and is doing. So much like life, we get so caught up in working, sports, school, and hanging out that we forget to lift our heads and see the beauty that is around us.

When I consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,

Psalm 8:3

I hope I live my life considering the work of Gods fingers, the moon the stars, the heavens, the mountains, the people God has placed in our lives. May we see their beauty embracing them for who they are and seeing them as Gods beautiful creation. Lets start taking moments to embrace where God has brought us and what God is doing!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Unexpected Fun

So everyday is a new day here in the offices of Woodmen Valley Chapel. You never know what will happen or how it will happen. But I will tell you it always makes me excited to come in and see what God is going to do.

When I arrive in the office I always turn my computer and lamp on. Ahh...The nice lamp...Everyone here in our office has a red lamp and I think I am the only person in the whole office that actually uses their lamp. When I first started working here I would run around and turn everyone's lamps on but then I realized it was to much work and I was being to distracting, but that is beside the point. As my computer is loading and as I log on I try to take a few moments to silent my heart and pray for the day. Then my email pops up and usually there is many to read and reply too. I always look forward to seeing who has emailed and what is going on. Usually they are encouraging but you do have those days when you read the email and your heart sinks making you wish you had never opened that email. But the day continues...

One of my favorite parts of the week is Chapel, I think because everyone in the office gets together for a short time to pray, share and worship our God, I wish we could start everyday in chapel. What a blessing it would be.

But the best part of my days in the week is when the unexpected unexpected phone call, email, or card. An unexpected blessing or laugh you did not see coming. The unexpected war of marshmallows....or driving donuts in the parking lot of the church. Yes the unexpected fun of ministry.

And at the end of the day when I lay my head down I realized how blessed I am to work at a place where I get to experience so much fun!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


I just have to say I really enjoy snow!

It is amazing to me how much snow we have actually gotten. Now you have to understand I am from the good ol' south and we don't get much snow back home. In fact if it even was forecasted that the possibility of snow might happen they would cancel school, all the bread and milk would be bought out and we would turn up the heat in our home and wait for a snow flake. If that snow flake would be on the news, kids would have their sleds out and the snow plows would be out waiting to plow the one inch we might just get. I am not even joking.

So now I live in Colorado Springs, and when it snows I call the snow line because in my mind I am thinking, "who would drive in this? It is a national disaster we all need to stay in" and as that phone rings I anticipate the close of Woodmen Valley Chapel, but instead I am faced with a harsh reality "Good morning, the offices will open at there normal time!" What the Heck??? Normal Time???? Where is the delay? Why are we not staying in??? I do not understand... So I have learned to pray for at least 6 feet of snow, or snow with lots of wind, and then my dear friend, we might be able to have an amazing snow day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


There are times in our lives where it seems like all we do is wait. Wait for the red light to change, wait for a phone call, wait for dinner. Sometimes it is bigger, wait for college acceptance letters, wait for a job interview, wait for our teacher to return our test... Whatever it may be we wait. What I am realizing is what I do during the periods of waiting that I have. Do I really make the most of every opportunity given to me. Do I pray for the specific opportunity that I am waiting on or do I allow myself to worry and obsessed?

2 Peter 3:14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

I want to be blameless, I want to be pure. I want to put all my trust into my Father who I know loves me and wait. I know that my God is a big God, and I know he cares for me deeply. So now my friends, I encourage you that whatever you are going through, whatever struggles, fears or anxious thoughts you might have about anything. Place your trust and faith in our father. Take time, sit back and pray over the situation, and then Wait. Wait for his mighty voice, his answer to prayer, his sweet and gentle nudge.