Faith Spilling Over… Into Everyday Life

About Me


me pic for blogHi, I’m Betsy. I love dark roast coffee and home schooling. I want my faith to spill over into my every day, even during the bumpy moments, like when you have a family blow-up with fireworks during breakfast.

I’m passionate about enjoying God.  I want to know Him better. I’m also passionate about enjoying the one life He’s given me. I try to open my eyes wider to see beyond my crazy, stress-filled moments and recognize the gifts God gives me every day.

Thanks for stopping by here today. I’m honored that you read what I write.

My goal for this blog is to communicate that God loves you to the moon and back. I believe He’s given you a special mission to reflect Him in your corner of the world: at home, in the workplace, and in your community. I want this blog to be a place where we can encourage each other to get more of God’s Word in so our faith can spill out.

I know what it’s like to feel encouraged and touched by God during Sunday worship, and then to fall apart on Wednesday when you can’t find your car in the parking lot, you’ve lost your keys anyway, and it’s 110 degrees outside.

I know what it’s like to be at odds with your husband over a decision.

I’m living proof that God’s grace and love cover our mess-ups and get us through the hard days. We can’t always see it, but He’s weaving together all the crazy, rough moments with the glorious and hopeful to make something beautiful of our lives.

family picture edited

I post on Tuesdays and Fridays about:

  • You and God
  • Family
  • Joy in the Daily Grind
  • Simple Disciplines
  • Self-Care
  • Real Life

If you’d like to join our community here, enter your e-mail address in the box at the top of the sidebar.

You’ll get fresh installments of Faith Spilling Over twice a week.

You can also find me on Twitter at


If you’re new to this place, you might take a look at some of my favorite posts:

Choosing Happily Ever After with Your Mate

Celebratiang 50: Still Learning and Laughing

Renaissance Motherhood: Making Space in Your Life for Personal Growth

Beauty That Goes Beyond Skin Deep

Why You Need Go-To Girls and How to Get Them

Who Do You Want to Be 20 Years From Now?

How to Have a Good Fight and Other Marriage Tips

Red Hair, Tattoos, and Positive Relationships with Teens

Here’s a bit more about me.

I’m a pastor’s wife, married to the most patient man on earth, and I’m set on enjoying our two teenagers while we still have them with us. We live in the Middle East.  I love living here, but I sometimes bump into cross-cultural glitches, like drummers waking you at 3:00 a.m. every night during Ramadan. Most days I feel blessed and privileged to be here; other times I want to pull out my hair and catch the next plane home. Living in a Muslim country can challenge my faith, but morning coffee time with God keeps me thriving and happy.

I love:

    • Laughing with my husband
    • Talking with my teenagers
    • Learning almost anything
    • Reading and writing
    • Playing board games
    • Making new friends and spending time with old ones
    • Cooking for friends
    • Traveling

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to get to know you too. Leave me a comment to tell me a bit about yourself, where you live, what you do, what you love.




28 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello Betsy! I love your new blog; it’s beautiful! I’ll be subscribing, and looking forward to what you share. It is always so uplifting. We really love your family, and respect so much how you have invested your lives in loving and serving others. Thanks for your comment this morning, on Susanna’s Apron!
    Elliot graduated home school this summer! I am still working on putting a little party together for him. He starts at community college in the fall, with plans to be an engineer. He also loves to write, and is planning his first novel! That was a lovely surprise I hadn’t expected! His scores were very high on the standard tests, and I have no regrets about homeschooling!

  2. Hi Betsy,
    Pleased to meet you through my daughter, Columba Lisa. Thanks for your comments on marriage. Columba’s dad and I have been married for 51 yrs this year. Everything you said about marital relationship echoes with me. Thanks so much for putting it down where we can read it. Brian is from England, the northern part, near Manchester. You are an encouragement for me as a Christian and as an internationally-married person. I am so glad that Jesus is the same today, yesterday and forever, since He is the foundation for our relationship and He doesn’t change and His good will is always for us. Furthermore He has the power to forgive us and give us a fresh start when we’ve been sinning. Blessings on you, your marriage and the ministry you have. Stephanie Ashurst

    • Hi! I remember you! So glad to hear from you again. Thanks for your encouragement, and congratulations on 51 years of marriage. It’s true that cross-cultural marriage brings on different challenges, isn’t it 🙂

  3. Hi Betsy,

    How are you? Lisa Smith shared your blog and I’m so thrilled to read about it. Can’t believe you have teenagers now. WOW!


  4. Hi Betsy – After you wrote a note on my blog today, I checked yours and was very interested in your Middle East location. I do some creative writing and am currently (and slooooowly) writing a tween novel. The main character’s parents are divorced, and her mom is living overseas with her new husband while he does a work contract. As it happens, the country I placed them in is SA. I’ve done a little internet research but would like to ensure I’m authentic (even though the book’s actual scenes do not occur there). Would it be possible for me to ask you some questions sometime — just a few cultural things? If that’s OK with you, could you email me when it’s convenient for you at And if you’d rather not, no problem whatsoever!

  5. Betsy,
    Thank you for reaching out to me through Compel. I am rarely online with my writing since my last post to that site. Busy with my trio: daughter high school senior, incoming freshman son, my 1st grade daughter. I am blessed through adoption. it brings joys and challenges however. I am grateful to God for His Presence in the midst of open adoptions. God bless you and I look forward to folowing your blog:faithspilling over 🙂

    • Hi Mary, I’m glad to meet up with you too. Blessings on you and your kids. I hope we’ll all get to see more writing from you in the future. I can DEFINITELY relate to feeling a time crunch!

  6. Today was my first visit to your blog. I just love it! Thanks for gathering up your reflections and allowing them to spill over; in doing so, I know God will keep filling you to overflowing. Blessings on you today.

  7. Hi Betsy! I’ve been meandering around your blog at various intervals over the past week or so. I love the title and everything it implies! Thanks so much for all you’ve written – you have many words of inspiration, advice and encouragement. Thanks for speaking from your heart to ours! I (for one) am listening…

  8. Betsy, I am at a place of trusting my kids to the Lord. My nest is empty but everyday I weigh if the Lord would have me step back into their lives or let the Lord show them who He wants to be to them. Would He use me to do this, do I ….JUST pray? Hmmmmm.

  9. Love the update! Beautiful family!

  10. Betsy, I am so thankful to have you in my little blog community, and I look forward to getting to know you even more in 2015!

  11. Hi Betsy, I’m commenting because I discovered several things we have in common when I read your About Me:

    ~~ I homeschooled my daughters who are now grown.
    ~~I am a minister’s wife. My husband was a Minister of Education. Now he is a part-time hospice chaplain.
    ~~I teach Muslim students every day at an ESL school on a college campus in Oklahoma.
    ~~I blog but have only been doing so for one month, so I still have a lot of polishing to do on my blog.
    ~~I signed up for Jeff Goins’ 500 Words a Day Challenge. His long list of participants is where I happened onto your blog name and clicked on it. Very glad I did!

    I really like your blog and will be checking in again soon!

  12. Betsy, I was pulled deeper into your blog today to get to “know you better” and I LOVE it here.

    Thanks for sharing. Love knowing you through SheSpeaks and Compel. Your words bless me and I am privileged to know you.

    Keep writing! I need your words, as do so many others.



  13. Hi Betsy, Thanks for the encouragement you are sharing here. “Getting God’s Word in, so Our Faith Can Spill Out” – what a great way of saying that! I want my faith to spill over in my life so that I impact the world around me for the glory of His Kingdom. Many blessings on the Kingdom work that you are doing here!

  14. I’m so delighted to discover your blog, Betsy! Your words offer such encouraging insights. I look forward to more of your writing. Blessings, Sharon

  15. Hi Betsy, I’d love to get to know you better – not just through your blog but in person. If you like, email me and we’ll have coffee when you get to Dallas!

  16. New to your site, and glad to have found you! Looking forward to more!

  17. No matter who we are or where we live, may we remember that our blessing of having an “online presence” is to 1st reach the lost of the world with the message of salvation. All else matters not. It is all about Christ and reaching the lost. Once women of faith make that their focus, then all else will fall into place. So glad to have you serving Him, be blessed, Jo Wilmer

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