Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the Week of August, 23, 2015

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Give praise to the Lord; He has heard my cry for help. The Lord protects and defends me; I trust in him. He gives me help and makes me glad; I praise him with joyful songs. Psalm 28:6-7 (GNT)

Have you ever felt like you are between a rock and a hard place with no hope for help? Sometimes when overwhelmed by life’s demands, pressures and pain it is hard to believe that God cares when we feel so helpless and alone. With our feelings of insecurity and inadequacy, it is easy to think that God is just too busy with all the problems of the world to hear our cry. This song of the Psalmist is a great reminder that the Lord hears our cries and is there to protect, defend and help us. We are told in Isaiah 61:3 that He gives beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Our loving God hears our cries, restores our hope, makes our hearts glad and puts a song of praise in our mouth. Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7) So give praise to the Lord and sing to Him a joyful song!

Birthday Blessings to Faith Testimony

fpx100508-01Please take a moment to wish Faith Testimony a Happy 12th Birthday. Thank each of you who have partaken of Faith Testimony – Be Encouraged in the LORD over the past Twelve years.

Looking back on the humble beginnings of Faith Testimony, I can only say “Look at what the LORD has done!” I give Him all Praise, Honor and Glory! He had a plan for Faith Testimony and I simply yielded unto His plan. My heart rejoices and I can’t wait to see what is next.  I love each and everyone of you Beyond Measure and I Bless you all  and pray God’s Shalom over you all in Jesus Mighty and Strong Name. Amen ..Truly and Sincerely From my heart – Beth Auman

I wanted each of you to have an opportunity to get to know those who make Faith Testimony such an uplifting and encouraging site. We all Praise God in Jesus name for the opportunity to share what He lays on our hearts with each of you.  It is our only desire that the deposits that He places within each of us go into this amazing World that He created like well formed arrows that hit the target every time and touch all those that need to be encouraged.

So please take a moment to read through our About Page.

Flower5Making the choice to embark on a new journey is simple – you have to take the very first step and trust that the Lord will provide all that is necessary. My dear friends Conny Hubbard, JoBeth Kested  and Lee Gossett are joining me and we are embarking on a brand new journey – exploring the blogging world with each of you. We praise the Lord for the opportunity to Encourage you.

The four of us have quite the encouraging testimony to share with you. The Lord introduced me to these wonderful treasures of His in such a loving and kind way.  At a time that I truly needed  fellowship and encouragement in my own life.  I have felt the Lord leading me and guiding me to reconstruct and redirect. This blog is the way that He has reconstructed and redirected me.

It is my heart’s desire that as we share with you what the Lord has led us to share on this new Encouragement Blog Site The Path of Encouragement, that the following scriptures will  embrace your heart. That you will walk on His well lit path of life and receive His presence and fullness of joy.. and the pleasures forevermore at His right hand..

Bless each of you in Jesus name.. Love Beyond Measure.. Beth Auman

Psalm 16:11  (KJV)11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, keep rejoicing and repair whatever is broken. Encourage each other, think as one, and live at peace; and God, the Author of love and peace, will remain with you.

John 1:16 (KJV) 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

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John 8:31-32 – KJV “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  

Beth is married to Ben Auman and they have two beautiful daughters, an awesome Son-in-law and a beautiful Grand daughter. Ben and Beth have received the fullness of the Lord’s power to restore and make all things new.. Their personal testimony led Beth to answer the Lords call as a Watchman on the Wall – Strategic Prophetic Intecession, allowing the truth (Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior) to lead and guide her to reveal Himself in every prayer opportunity and the freedom comes because Jesus is faithful every time.The Lord has called her to a Psalm 20 Ministry and He faithfully grants the decrees and prophetic declarations into the lives of those He calls her to Watch over.

She walks in Eph 1:17-23 allowing the Spirit of wisdom and revelation provided by Father God through the birth, life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that the Holy Spirit will enlighten her eyes in every prayer opportunity and grant her according to Psalm 20 the fulfillment of all petitions. On Jesus alone she trusts and abides in Him – He is faithful..

Beth has personally walked in the Ministry of Prophetic Intercessory Prayer since receiving the call to prayer by Father God. She founded and has operated Faith Testimony Ministries – an International Ministry of Prayer since 2003 and trusts that He is faithful every single time that He is included in any situation. 

Through three mutual long time friends Beth was introduced to Conny, JoBeth and Lee.  God had a glorious plan and we were all a part of His plan. 

Conny and Beth were introduced by a long time mutual friend and knew that the Lord had connected them at this point in time for His purpose. They had much in common – both living in the same city in Florida at the same time in the same community and both families moving to North Carolina. They share a connection and deep trust in the Lord and His plan.

Through a long time  mutual friend JoBeth and Beth were introduced via the telephone – on a Strategic Intercessory assignment. They knew in a moments time that the Lord had knit their hearts in intercession together like two pieces of a puzzle.. They have enjoyed friendship, many strategic assignments and watched the Lord perform faithful miracles through prayer and intercession and have a deep faith and trust in the Lord. 

JoBeth and Beth were joyfully presented with the gift of spending 6 days together. They were able share the love, faith and trust in the Lord that is truly beautiful. (They trusted in the Lord with all of their hearts  – the He has designed the perfect opportunity for them to come together in person.) He is faithful, and in the fullness of His time – He grants the desires of our hearts.  Their friendship is a testimony.

Lee and Beth worked together for many years at a local hospital in North Carolina. They were introduced by one of the most kind and loving people on the entire earth, Linda Rankin.  Linda facilitated an amazing bond of friendship because she has the willingness in her heart to share her friends. After Beth and Lee had left their roles at the hospital, Linda invited both  Beth and Lee to her Christmas party and they were reunited. At Linda’s Christmas party they found a much deeper connection shared by both – Jesus Christ.  It’s been an amazing journey – Jesus once again proving that people are placed in our lives sometimes for a season – but always for a reason and He builds the most amazing testimonies and relationships. Lee is truly a united one.

We never know how the Lord is going to bring forever friends – united ones onto our path.  We must always be watching, listening and in tune with Him..  May our Testimony of Friendship and Fellowship in Jesus Christ encourage and inspire each of you.. He see’s you – loves you and has blessings for you too!!

10322525_1416747251939937_4411493996530804412_nConny Hubbard

Conny Hubbard is a native of Southern Germany. She met her husband, Bob, when he was stationed there with the U.S Air Force. They have been married for 36 years and have one son, Daniel, and three grandchildren.

Conny grew up in a Catholic family but lacked a personal relationship with Jesus. After she was married for five years a friend introduced her to Jesus. Her life changed radically as she came out of much darkness into His glorious light.

Her husband who was backslidden when they were married came back to the Lord a  year later. Seven overseas moves and living in several states and countries caused them to learn many lessons and stay flexible.

After Bob retired from the military, they both went to Bible School and did missions work for several years. In 2002 they moved to Pennsylvania to pastor a church. Ten years later, the Lord moved them again – to North Carolina. There she met Beth through her neighbor. In her first conversation with Beth she found out that they lived in the same place in Florida for a while but didn’t know each other then. But they sensed a spiritual connection right away and became friends.

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JoBeth has had a hunger to know God from her earliest childhood memories. In her late teens, at a point when she was considering suicide, she had a life changing encounter with the love of God when she asked Jesus into her life to be her Lord and Savior.

JoBeth ministers as an apostolic, strategic and prophetic intercessor with a breakthrough anointing. She learned to pray as an intercessor and to understand the importance of spiritual warfare in overcoming many years of depression. She has personally experienced the power of God that sets captives free and gives us the oil of joy for the spirit of heaviness.  (Isaiah 61:3) She loves to encourage others in knowing God by learning the character and ways of God as he has revealed Himself in His Word. Also, how to find His hope, peace and blessings in the midst of life’s difficulties by learning to pray His Word.

She has been married to her best friend and husband, Russ, for 40 years. For eight and a half years from 1978 – 1985 they served the Lord with Youth With A Mission primarily in Spain and Hawaii. They were 18 years with a church in the Dallas area where JoBeth ministered as an intercessor and also traveled on numerous national and international ministry assignments; twice to Israel. They have raised three children, all married and have seven wonderful grandchildren being raised to know and walk with God. They currently live the Denver area.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

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Lee’s been called authentic, compassionate, warm, and welcoming. More importantly, she’s known as a fierce follower of Jesus Christ. Using her own story, she encourages others to live out God’s calling placed on their lives and shares the message of grace with Divine humility and love.

Raised in impoverished conditions, Lee pursued a less than “perfect” life repeatedly making mistakes and poor choices with devastating consequences. At the age of 42, Lee heard a life changing message of grace and God’s abundant love for her. Now, with a transformed heart and a fresh perspective about life, she teaches others to live their faith, to find purpose – to matter!

Lee’s mission is to share the authentic truth about God’s love and the gospel of grace to women everywhere. Her passionate love for Jesus Christ inspires people to pursue a real relationship with God for an extraordinary life.

Guest Authors:

Be Encouraged welcomes Guest Authors from time to time. God places a rich deposit in us and we are led to share. There are many out there who have an Encouraging Word to share. Be Encouraged will be selecting Guest Authors to encourage you in the LORD.

Bonnie Vaughan

Bonnie Vaughan Faith Testimony 8.5.2015Bonnie Vaughan is a passionate writer who seeks God with utmost abandonment to find His heart for her life. Having taught sign language on several occasions, she enjoys the fulfillment it brings to others. Bonnie and her husband, Paul, currently reside in North Carolina and attend New Day Church at High Point. They have two grown children, Richard and Anthony.

Blessings to you in abundance in Jesus Precious Name,

Bonnie Vaughan

www.bonnievaughan.tateauthor.com

This entry was posted on August 20, 2015, in Beth Auman.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of August 16, 2015
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“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV)

Do you ever get caught in the every day worries of home repairs, increasing grocery costs, what to wear, and the unexpected bills or other emergency demands? We are exhorted in these verses to not worry about any of these things and reminded that our Daddy God know and cares about all our needs. Verse 26 in the same chapter states: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” How easy it is to struggle and strive trying fix everything ourselves and forgetting how precious we are to our miraculous and loving God, who is able to supply all our needs according to His riches in Glory. So, be encouraged to seek first the goodness and blessings of His Kingdom purposes for you with the assurance that He is more than able to “supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). Thank You, Lord!

 

Ransomed Grace by Lee Gossett

We would like to take a moment to welcome Ransomed Grace to Faith Testimony.

Please welcome Lee Gossett’s Ministry Ransomed Grace to Faith Testimony.  Lee will be encouraging you and maintaining her personal webpage Ransomed Grace on a ongoing basis and we could not be more excited! We Praise God that she will be sharing the rich deposits that the Lord has poured out on her with each of us.

Meet Lee Gossett

LeeLee’s been called authentic, compassionate, warm, and welcoming. More importantly, she’s known as a fierce follower of Jesus Christ. Using her own story, she encourages others to live out God’s calling placed on their lives and shares the message of grace with Divine humility and love.

Raised in impoverished conditions, Lee pursued a less than “perfect” life repeatedly making mistakes and poor choices with devastating consequences. At the age of 42, Lee heard a life changing message of grace and God’s abundant love for her. Now, with a transformed heart and a fresh perspective about life, she teaches others to live their faith, to find purpose – to matter!

Lee’s mission is to share the authentic truth about God’s love and the gospel of grace to women everywhere. Her passionate love for Jesus Christ inspires people to pursue a real relationship with God for an extraordinary life.


RG1What Is Ransomed Grace?

Ransomed Grace is a movement to share God’s love and the gospel of grace through an understanding of the price His beloved Son, Jesus, paid as ransom for all our sins.

“For even the son of man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 NLT)

Lee’s unparalleled passion for speaking truth to others and sharing stories of pressing through life’s ups and downs prepares women around the world to live a life of significance based on God’s Word. What you believe transforms your heart!


To visit Lee’s Web Page – Click here http://faithtestimony.org/ransomed-grace-by-lee-gossett/

This entry was posted on August 14, 2015, in Lee Gossett.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of August 9, 2015

JoBeth56So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)

Have you ever felt that you are not good enough to approach God or that you somehow must try to “clean up your act” before trying to talk to Him. If most of us were honest, we probably imagine God sitting on His throne just waiting to “throw the book at us” in terrifying judgement and is ready to roll out some long list of everything we have ever done wrong. What a drastically different and liberating picture is given to us in this scripture that instructs us to boldly enter into the awesome and majestic throne room of our God from where He rules the universe. How wonderful to realize that because of Jesus we are invited into the His presence, to crawl into His lap, where we will receive mercy instead of judgement with unmerited favor and help when we are in our most desperate need. Thank you Father God for grace!

Everyone Has a Portion by Beth Auman

crocusEvery person has a portion. God created each of us with purpose. The Bible says:  Psalm 16:5 (Voice) You, Eternal One, are my sustenance and my life-giving cup. In that cup, You hold my future and my eternal riches.

Your portion is the portion that God designed for you and giving your portion has everything to do with your purpose. It contains everything that God designed for you to give back to Him throughout your entire lifetime. Your portion is your key when it comes to anything that we need from God.

Each of us has free will and we can choose to give God our portion or keep it. If we give our portion back to Him, He will give us what we need. If we bury our portion deep down inside and refuse to allow God access then we receive nothing back from Him.

Many people live their entire lives and never give God His portion. They die in sin and never fulfill their purpose. That is very sad. Many Christians never give their entire portion to God and they do not fulfill their purpose. Take a moment and ponder what the Church would be on this earth if we all gave 100% of our portion to God. What an amazing world to live in would that be?

God created each of us a storehouse, filled with everything that we need in this life. There are keys to our storehouse and these keys communicate with God in a way that you may not have ever thought.  When our hearts are open to Him in every area of life and we can come to Him with total abandon – our spirit plays a symphony to Him. There is a melody within each one of us and our song is incomplete many times because we have hidden places within ourselves that we refuse God access.

At church for example, many times I have gone and with total abandon given Him 100%. Other times I have been preoccupied and repented later because I did not give my portion in total abandon to Him in worship. He is so worthy of my all. He is so worthy of your all. Giving Him our all plays a melody to Him – a pure communication and He answers every time. When we give Him our all we give Him access to us 100% of the time.

When we open ourselves to Him and give back all that He has given to us. When we cry out to Him and He hears the song that He wrote inside us crying out to Him in total abandon, He answers and provides whatever that need is. But when we hold back and keep negativity, unforgiveness, bitterness, rejection, shame, hate, anger, fornication, sin, dark cords of our soul inside ourselves, He is not answering.  God provided His son Jesus as the perfect lamb slain on the cross. He took our shame, sin and iniquity onto Himself and His blood created a pure path back to God. We can communicate, sing our song, worship, pray, intercede, cry from our heart, come before God – only through the blood of Jesus Christ. When we do this He answers and provides.

Each and everyone of us has to remember that it is our freewill and choice to give God our portion. If we don’t give Him full access, how can we expect Him to? We have all had times of darkness in our lives, only by allowing God in can Jesus bring His life – for light overcomes darkness – every single time.  John 1:5 (VOICE) A light that thrives in the depths of darkness, blazes through murky bottoms. It cannot and will not be quenched.

I want to give Him my all. I don’t want to withhold anything. I don’t want to become ensnared by others religious traditions, nor their repetitious sayings. I want my worship to come out of my being like a flower blooms in the sunshine.

It is my desire to yield into God in every area of this life that He has given me. Worship, prophecy, prayer, intercession, financial, watchman, healing, wisdom, revelation, counsel, power, knowledge and the fear of The LORD Most High, in every area and aspect of me with nothing hidden from Him. If He desires to use Me in any way, I set my will to come in line with His in Jesus Name.

Declare this with me today: So beginning today and everyday hereafter LORD, I give You access to all that I am. Take me, use me, help me focus on You and yield unto You all that I am, all that I will ever be and all that I will ever do. Help me give You my entire portion and fulfill my purpose eternally in Jesus Mighty and Strong Name. Amen.

Matthew 22:37-40 (VOICE)

Jesus (quoting Scripture): 37 “Love the Eternal One your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.”[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is nearly as important, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 40 The rest of the law, and all the teachings of the prophets, are but variations on these themes.

Psalm 42:8 (Voice) Yet in the light of day, the Eternal shows me His love. When night settles in and all is dark, He keeps me company— His soothing song, a prayerful melody to the True God of my life.

Psalm 81:2 (Voice) Sing and strike up a melody; sound the tambourine, strum the sweet lyre and the harp.

Psalm 98:5 (Voice) Make music to the Eternal with the harp; sing a beautiful melody with the harp and chorus.

John 3:16 (VOICE) 16 For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.

Psalm 16:5 (NASB) The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot.

Mark 4- All

Love Beyond Measure, Beth

©Beth Auman –  2015

 

This entry was posted on August 6, 2015, in Beth Auman.

Hardships by Bonnie S. Vaughan

Be Encouraged in the Lord welcomes Guest Author Bonnie S. Vaughan. We trust the Lord that Bonnie’s submission will Encourage and Bless you today.

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Hardships can come in many forms and fashions, and we can find ourselves wondering what is going on. But amidst it all, God is working all things out for our good. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NKJV)

At times, our lives may take twists and turns leaving us to lean more and more into the One who knows our frame. Not that we understand it all, but it’s in the unknown that faith is made alive, and we continue to trust even though we don’t have all the answers.

Our focus tends to lean inward and outward causing us to search for reasons as to why the outcome is not as expected. It’s in these times we need to realize and look into the face of the One who holds us close to His heart, and will only allow us to go through what His hand has not permitted. He is faithful and will not lead us astray, but will continue to lead us by His Spirit onto the path that leads to righteousness.

Having had two siblings in less than a year and a half go home to be with the Lord, and yet another one at heaven’s door, can cause questions to arise, wondering if God’s Word is truly what He says it is. It’s not a matter of a lack of faith, or a sense of not knowing in whom you believe, but learning from past experiences of His steadfast love that will carry us through no matter what we encounter or come up against.

His faithfulness is forever etched into our hearts, and we can rest assure even with questions at hand, that He will be our all consuming shelter, friend, companion, and comforter, as long as we continue to allow Him to be the entrance into our every situation and trust Him completely.

It’s okay to have questions not answered; it’s okay to wonder at times where God is; it’s okay to ask Him, “God where are you?” For He is big enough to handle the most difficult questions we embrace, and is more than able to supply our needs even if the answers we desire do not surface.

So let me encourage you to hold tightly to His unchanging hand, and never allow anything to keep you from His presence; the place of sweet rest and peace.

Blessings,

© Bonnie S. Vaughan

www.bonnievaughan.tateauthor.com

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of August 2, 2015

JoBeth55I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 (HCSB)

Have you ever been awed and captivated by the majestic beauty of the mountains? Some of us welcome the challenges of hiking and climbing mountains for the thrill of enjoying the breathtaking scenic beauty, the fresh smell of pine trees, and the enrapturing views from lofty peaks. But, sometimes we may face the treacherous slopes of life’s daunting dilemmas and mountains of difficulties that can seem impossible to climb. We need to be reminded that no matter how insurmountable our problems may be, the Lord is with us, He hears our cries and is able to lift us up higher than we ever thought we could climb on our own. Trust the Lord today to see your mountain of impossibilities as a mountain of opportunity to be overcome in the power of His might. Look up and hold out your hand to The Lord God Almighty, Who is already reaching out to you.