Faith Spilling Over… Into Everyday Life


How to Use the Bible to Grow Your Prayer Life

God's Word has power to fuel your prayer life. Here are 3 Ways to Pray Using the Bible, and a free printable, 6 Prayers From Scripture to Make Your Own.

Do you ever feel unsure of how to pray for someone you love? Have you ever gotten tired of praying the same things day in and day out? Does your mind wander while you’re trying to talk to God?

Friend, you’re not alone. I’m the queen of distraction, so I’ve experienced all of these. I want to grow closer to God and see lives changed through prayer, yet my mind can travel to the moon and back when I try to pray. That’s why I want to learn more about using God’s Word to fuel and focus my conversation with Him. Continue reading


The Best Gift You Can Give

The very act of slowing down to be present is a gift to yourself and to the people you love.

I almost missed a significant conversation with my 18 year old son because of Downton Abby. (Can you believe it?) The only television show I watch all week was about to start, and we’d already been talking 10 minutes. So I said, “Well, I’ll let you go. Was there anything else you wanted to say?”

His answer surprised me.

He said, “My week wasn’t the greatest. Now that school started, I have loads of work, and you know David Bowie died.” Continue reading


A Creative Way to Unlock More of the Bible

Verse mapping puts a creative spin on Bible study.  In 15 to 30 minutes, you can create your own personal map of a Bible verse that speaks to you.

Do you ever read your Bible and think, “Whaaat? What does this have to do with me?” Maybe you’re reading an Old Testament passage, and you just don’t get it. Or you’re skimming over something you’ve read a hundred times thinking, “Been here. Read before.”

You wonder if you should stick with it or just go AWOL from your quiet time. Continue reading


How to Get More out of the Bible

We need the Word like we need water. Here are 10 ways to take hold of God's Word with all your heart.

Have you ever turned on a water faucet, but nothing came out? Back when my husband and I were newly married in El Salvador, our neighborhood had running water only one hour a day, at 3:00 a.m.! We’d set an alarm clock, and I’d start the washing machine while Jose filled plastic storage containers in the bathrooms. Then we’d fill a large sink on the patio next to the kitchen before going back to bed.

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When You Want the Bible to Change Your Life

God's Word. Two keys to a life transformed. 1. Look Carefully into the Word. 2. Do What It Says. Here are 4 ways to apply scripture to your life.

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably lived this scenario many times. You push against an overflowing Lego bin or laundry basket to get the door of your child’s room open. Fighting dust bunnies, dirty clothes, books, and empty glasses, you make your way into the deep recesses of the room to locate your offspring. You tell him to clean his room. He’s looking straight at you and even says, “Um, yeah. Okay.”

Five hours later, his room looks exactly the same. And the best part? He has no idea what you’re talking about when you ask why he hasn’t cleaned his room! NOT EVEN A RECOLLECTION of your asking him. Continue reading


Your Best Love Letter and Greatest Treasure

God’s Word speaks hope into our desperate moments and renews joy on our hard days.

Twenty five years ago I met a handsome, fun, committed Christian guy. Three days later I decided I’d marry him. I only had one problem. He got on a plane back to El Salvador, his home country, leaving me behind in Texas.

How were my guy and I going get to know each other? Back in the days before cell phones, internet and WhatsApp, talking on the telephone was expensive.

One day the mailman brought me a treasure: a letter from Jose! Excited beyond words, I ripped open the envelope only to find that I couldn’t read his handwriting. Like a spy working feverishly to crack a code, I spent an hour deciphering the letter. Continue reading


Waking Up to the Awesome Wonder of God

Rather than settling for a ho-hum life, I want to choose the wonder track. Here are 4 keys to living alive to the Wonder of God.

Can you imagine what the Wise Men felt when they saw that brand new star rise in the East? It must have been spectacular, but if I’d been there, I probably would have missed it. I’d have been too busy cooking on a wood fire or making sure my oil lamp was full.

Imagine the wonder those wise men felt as they followed that star to find Jesus. They had their very own supernatural GPS sent straight from God. If it had been me, I wouldn’t have made the trip. I’d have been too busy weaving clothes for my kids to go off on a wild goose chase to follow a star.

Many of us aren’t really looking for wonder. Continue reading


Merry Christmas {The Best of Faith Spilling Over}

Advent Christmas Card Blog

Merry Christmas, friends! I hope and pray that you’ll enjoy a blessed holiday season with family and friends. May you find moments to stop, breath deep, and savor the wonder of Christ’s coming. If the holidays bring on loneliness or stress for you, may the presence of the Holy Spirit bring special comfort and joy.

I’ll be taking a blogging break to enjoy family time while my kids have vacation from school. We’re all excited to celebrate with both of my parents, my brothers, and their families for the first time in many years.

Thank you for reading my blog. I so appreciate the friends and community I’ve found in you. I pray that the day to day reality of Emmanuel will become more real to us in 2016.

Love, Betsy

I’ll start regular posting again on January 1st. Until then, here’s some of the best of Faith Spilling Over from 2015:

How to Wake up To the Wonder of the Bible

If you're going through a dry spell when the Bible seems silent, here are 4 ways to wake up to the wonder of God's Word.

When You Want More out of Time with God

more out of time with God

When You Need to Remember Your Glorious Purpose

Glorious Purpose FB

Helping Your Husband Through Hard Times

Helping Your Husband Through Hard Times

4 Keys to a Closer Marriage

closer marriage

How to Zip Your Lip When It’s Out of Control

Rather than beating ourselves up and striving on our own to control our tongues, we need to get to the heart of the matter.

How to Be a More Joyful Wife

How to Be More Joyful Wife

When God Closes a Door

Melika door

How to Thrive in the Face of Challenge

how to thrive in the midst of challenge

My Story: How God Got Hold of This Texas Girl

PicMonkey Collage


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Linking up with Holly Barrett’s Testimony Tuesday, Kelly Balarie’s RaRaLinkup, Jennifer Dukes Lee’s Tell His Story,  Holley Gerth’s Coffee for your Heart,  Arabah Joy’s Grace and Truth, and Susan B. Mead’s Dance with Jesus. Check out these communities for more encouragement.


5 Ways to Make Room in your Heart for Jesus

Acvent 5 Ways to Make Room in Your Heart

With Christmas nearly upon us, you may feel more panic over your to-do list than wonder at Christ’s coming. If Jesus knocked at my door today, I’d probably mutter, “There’s no room here,” just like the innkeeper at Bethlehem.  Then I’d get back to my mile-long list. Back in October, I read all about how you should prepare for Christmas early to enjoy a peaceful Advent season, but it must not have stuck, ‘cause I’m doing all my preparations NOW!

We can be knee deep in Christmas with our hearts far from Christ.

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Reflecting on the Overwhelming Goodness of God

Reflecting on the overwhelming goodness of God

Sometimes I need to preach the Gospel truth to myself all over again. Because this brain of mine forgets God’s grace and goodness all too easily when things don’t turn out quite like I expect.

A few weeks ago, I jotted down the last items on my list and was out the door to make a grocery store run before we headed out of town to pick up our son from college for Thanksgiving. But I had a surprise waiting for me in the garage. The car wouldn’t start. Our only vehicle was deader than dead. Not even a click when I turned the key in the ignition.

My mind went off in a thousand directions.

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