Breaking the Rules: “Abiding in Him: A Life Together in Ministry”

My spiritual Mama, Bettie, and her husband, Barry, have published a book – through Chronic Joy – about their life long journey of abiding in Jesus. This very book chronicles their journey into breaking the religious rules – again and again – to follow after love: the true and pure heart of Jesus. Something that I am ironically now also doing – breaking my agreed social media fast to share this with you all 😊.

This breaking of the established rules didn’t (and still isn’t) make (making) life very easy for them, but precisely in these places of pain, loss and sorrow, they have found and are still finding Jesus draw so very near to them and to others through them. God is turning their pain, loss and sorrow, into comfort, hope, joy and peace, not just for them, but so many others through them. In their testimony to Christ repeatedly returning them to the heart of worship, they are returning others – in Christ – to that pure heart of worship too.

Bettie became a dear friend and spiritual Mama to me from afar, when we both stepped into blogging, as God began to hem us in through illness. I was honored to be the keeper of many of her beautiful stories that convicted, encouraged and freed me, by the touch of the Holy Spirit, to love, obey and serve our God wholeheartedly.

When Bettie invited me to pray through the writing of this book Chronic Joy has now published, alongside dear mutual friends, the Holy Spirit only took the love and testimony of Jesus she and Barry shared deeper in my heart, bearing even more fruit, as He convicted, cleansed and built me up in His Word.

Read this book and be touched not only by the humble beauty of Barry and Bettie- but by the God who is that humble beauty unfolding in them their whole life long. Almost daily, I find fresh fruit from beautiful blessings, prayers and stories Bettie has shared with and spoken over me. Everything Bettie touches turns to pure gold (refined through fire) because the Holy Spirit is so alive and active in her.

The photo above is of three geese that I saw on my way to visit a friend of mine – just as the hard copy of Bettie’s and Barry’s book (with the geese cover) dropped onto their doorstep. God always affirms His Word. Now may that Word He speaks through this book affirm and unfold the beauty of Jesus in you too. Come with Bettie and Barry on their journey to meet with and abide in the love of Jesus (click on the cover below to find their book on Amazon):

For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love,and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-21 HCSB


  1. Dear Anna, thank you so much for being such a precious friend and sister in Jesus. Your heart of love for Him, and longing to see His story expressed, has helped me to let Him uncover His stories in my life too. What a joy it will be when Jesus brings us together in person, either here or on the other side. But until then, I’m so grateful that His arms stretch around the world, holding us in His grace! Thank you for sharing your beautiful review that humbles me and brings me back to surrender again. Love & hugs & blessings to you.


    1. Dear Bettie, Amen! What a joy it will be. And I too am so grateful that His arms stretch around the world, holding us in His grace! May you feel the Spirit of truth and grace leaping with JOY inside of you at this birthing of our Savior’s story through you and Barry. Love and hugs and blessings to you and Barry too from across the oceans.

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