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God’s Faithfulness for a Lifetime

Betty and her husband, Buck, in 1946
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How can a word be so powerful? To eighty-nine-year-old Betty Bishop, words are a part of her life. “I first started taking notes to keep myself from falling asleep in church.” But after discovering how those words impacted her devotional life, Betty kept at it. “I have 3,100 legal pad pages of notes I’ve taken while listening to Andrew’s program over the last several years, and even more from church or other teachers I listen to. I’ve understood [Scripture] so much better since studying with him.”

When Betty first heard Andrew Wommack on television, she had been a Christian for years. “I discovered Andrew’s program while scanning through the Christian stations. I was attracted to the uncompromised Truth he spoke. I take notes because I know I won’t remember everything he says, and I don’t want to miss anything important. My notes let me go back and study to make sure I understand what I’ve been taught.”

Betty and Symmi studying the Word together (Click to enlarge)Since studying with Andrew, Betty says she’s learned to totally depend on God. Recently her 16-year-old cat got lost: “Symmi usually stays very close to the house,” Betty recalls. “Her back legs are weak and she’s deaf. But when she hadn’t returned by nightfall, I began to worry. By the third night, I was losing it.” Rarely letting her emotions get the best of her, Betty says she “was bawling.” “I went out with a flashlight to search for her, and just as plain as if He were visible, I heard God say, ‘I will take care of Symmi. You calm down and go to bed.’” Immediately, Betty felt God’s peace, and the next morning, Symmi waltzed around the house a little thinner but just as bossy and spoiled as before. “As simple as that may seem, it illustrates how personal God is in each of our lives when we learn to trust Him.”

Betty Bishop at a commemorative ceremony honoring her work building these planes during WWII (Click to enlarge)With a lifetime of stories of God’s faithfulness—even in her unfaithfulness—Betty takes time each day to remember His goodness and write down her “life notes” in a book she’s putting together, called Traveling Life’s Road on a Learner’s Permit. In it, she details God’s faithfulness to her during childhood, through war, as a mother, and the death of her spouse—in narrative poetry. Betty’s hope is that the power of the Word in her life will reflect in the words she writes and                                                             will bless others.

                             Enjoy this excerpt from one of her poems:

I waited for the feeling that Christians talk about—

The feeling folks experience—the one that makes them shout.

I’ve seen the tears of happiness flow freely down their face,

And wondered when it was my turn to feel this work of Grace.

I did just what the Bible said to have my sins forgiven;

I accepted Christ and all He did to pay my way to heaven.

I bowed my head in thankfulness, but still I wanted more—

That feeling that I knew should come from Heaven’s open door.

I read His Word, as written; I memorized it, too.

Then found each time I studied my soul was fed anew.

I learned to listen to His voice and heard Him speak my name.

He touched the chord that filled my soul—‘twas then the feeling came.

Reader Comments (10)

just read Betty Bishop's testimony,hope there will be a follow up when her book becomes available
I don't read a lot of books outside of the Bible and Andrew's but would like to read this one.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLouia Ritter

Betty has got it. It's a special gift when he leads us to his words.

December 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDavid McKenzie

I am very touched and can not stop reading it. Betty, God bless you for sharing.

December 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRuby Arigbe

This poem is so beautiful!

December 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Valencia

Most Beautiful! I am learning to truly trust God. Often times I think, well what should I be doing to make things better. I ask Him, God please help me to surrender all and trust You for provision and direction. However, I get confused at times, for faith is action, and I wonder if I am truly where I need to be to receive His provision and doing what I need to be doing. Thank You for sharing. Your story, Betty.

December 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Lally

Betty's story touched my heart. What a wonderful gift she has to express her life in poetry. I would love to read her book when it is available.

December 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Poucher

Thank You Lord for Betty!

This book sounds like a real light on a dark path!

Hope it comes out soon

Thank you for sharing this wonderful guidance Betty

January 9, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergwen

I was so touched by the picture of you with your precious cat. I could relate to your absolute despair at the thought she might be gone. How thoughtful our Lord to put these creatures on earth to comfort us and be our treasured companions. For God to recognize your despair, speak comforting words to your heart, and return Symmi to you is such an intimate act by the creator of our universe. In a world filled with need, he spoke directly to your heart about this precious cat. How kind, how loving, how miraculous. He knows our hearts. He rewards our faith.

April 15, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Plumley

I wrote my response to the story of Betty and Symmi 24 hours ago. Last night I had a bad dream about my own precious cat. How like Satan to plant a bad seed in my head during the night and keep Trixie from returning like clockwork this morning. , I thought of Betty's story and Gods faithfulness, I opened my Bible to Mark 9:23 and read. I thanked God for bringing her home, and rebuked Satan for his evil trick. I kept my heart faithful and refused to panic. I thanked God one more time, boldly opened my door with expectation, and heard her meows. She is a feral cat, currently being treated for respiratory distress from probable lung worms. There was a big storm last night, trees down etc. Then there was the bad dream. I had reason to be afraid, but remembered Betty's story and my own post, remembered Andrews story upon his son being declared dead. I kept my mind stayed on the greatness of God and the words of His son. My girl is nestled in my lap right now. She was given to me, by God, right before my 18 year old cat passed away. Our God is so great, so kind, so loving. Don't overlook life's "little" miracles, don't fail to recognize every day tests of faith. God is with us every single day of our lives. Don't let Him walk alone, see the wonder of every day and participate with unquestioning love and faith.

April 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Plumley

Amen, Judy! That is an awesome testimony! Praise God that He is always faithful! God loves you and is proud of your act of faith for your kitty's protection! -AWMI Team

April 25, 2018 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

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