So, this is cool, you are all meeting Beth & so am I! We haven’t officially met in person; she lives in Australia & obviously I’m here in Missouri. She found my blog, and messaged me through Instagram with one of the most encouraging/refreshing messages I have ever received from a stranger. I’m so thankful for her bold personality to reach out to me & her willingness to write for you all! I’m so excited to get to know this girl who lives across the world. She has a huge heart for Jesus, His creation, reaching the lost, and spreading joy and encouragement to everyone. I pray her message speaks deep into your heart & please check out her inspiring blog as well.
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“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” – Jeremiah 31:3
I have been praying for a while now, seeking God with my whole heart about what to write for this beautiful blog. I kid you not every single time I thought about “The Well” I thought love hearts.
Let me tell you one of the most empowering stories about how the Lord invaded my heart, literally!
I remember how this unraveled so clearly. I live in Australia, along one of the most beautiful coast lines. I was on my afternoon walk along the beach. I was about 15-16 years old. I have been a Christian since I was 3 years old, I grew up in church, Sunday school and youth group but on my walk, I was praying to God and I asked him, “God, if you love me, can you just show me?” I prayed speciﬁcally to see a sea turtle at the time because I am absolutely obsessed with those magniﬁcent creatures but as soon as I had ﬁnished my prayer, I turned around and to my surprise I saw a rock shaped as a love heart, a ﬂipping love heart! I instantly started crying and I turned my head around again and saw a puddle in the rocks shaped as another love heart. I honestly thought my eyes were just blurry because of all the tears. I can’t even explain to you the overwhelming sense & presence of the Holy Spirit I felt that day. It was incredible.
My love heart story doesn’t end there. My friends, that was just God getting started! I am now 21 years old and still, he sends me love hearts at the most PERFECT of times. When I am anxious, when I don’t feel like I’m enough, when life gets a little bit too much. He will send a love heart to me, in the strangest of ways.
Over the years I have had them through cucumbers, exhaust pipes, sand, head bands, leaves, through rain drying on the cement, through how my tears fell on a t-shirt and one of my most favourite ones was after my dad had passed away I went to our favourite spots for the ﬁrst time since he had been gone and the ﬁrst thing I saw when I stepped out of the car was a huge love heart shaped rock that I could sit in perfectly.
I don’t believe for a second God allowed all of this to happen or for me to experience him in such a unique way just to keep it to myself.
I have recently just got back from America serving on a Christian camp in Lincoln, Nebraska called camp Sonshine. It was week 7 and I had 12 beautiful little 7-year-old girls for the week. It got to Friday night and I was pretty exhausted. I was 7 weeks into serving in ministry for the ﬁrst time and anyone that’s done the work of the Lord will know that it is tough but oh so rewarding. I just remember feeling so overwhelmed. The girls were going onto over-nighter activities and everything up to this point that could have gone wrong, went wrong. “God, please be with me” “Give me your strength, God” These two little prayers went over and over in my head.
I got to one of my activities with the girls and they had to create something out of foam connectors. I was talking with another counselor at this stage. The girls all ran over to me, excited as anything grabbing my hands and telling me to cover my eyes. They led me over to where they had been creating. They told me to open my eyes. Right in the midst of my cry to The Lord the girls had made a love heart out of the foam connectors and inside they wrote – “We love you Beth.”
I gave them all hugs and asked them to sit down, God pressed on my heart to share my love heart story with them. They all listened so intently while I spoke. After I had ﬁnished, a few of them asked if they could go to the bathroom. So, half the group went, and the other half stayed with me creating more objects. A few minutes had passed, and the girls came bursting out of the bathroom. “Bethany, Bethany!!! God loves us! He told us he loved us! The paint was chipped in the bathroom and it was in the shape of a heart.” Five Years ago, my God blessed me with love hearts and now I know every single time my 7-year-old campers see love hearts they are going to know it’s God. He wastes no time with his precious children!
My prayer to you is to encourage you to pay more attention to the little things. God speaks to us in many different ways and so often we can get so caught up in hearing that loud conﬁrmation that we completely miss the small, quiet promises. Seek him in all that you do, I promise he will answer!
“You will seek me and ﬁnd me when you seek me with all your heart.” -Jeremiah 29:13