Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore

Get Out of That Pit

Get Out of That Pit reflects on Psalm 40:1-3. In the book, Beth Moore reflects on her heart-rending journeys to the pit but also what God has done since. He has given her a new song and freedom found in Christ. As she shares this with the reader, the same promises are given to the reader.

As always with Beth Moore’s books, this book is easy to read because of the conversational style. I do not agree with all the points she makes, as I never do. So I recommend keeping the Scriptures in mind and seeking them out for yourself. To be honest, there were no revelations here in this book for me. But this book had me thinking about the pits in my life and reflecting on those pits. It seems like I often need the reminder of needing to forgive. I also need the reminder to move on. This book did both of those. Beth Moore had me thinking on a lot of these things, on how we fall into different pits and trials in our lives and what we must do to get out of those.

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I received this book free from the publisher through The BookLook Bloggers book review program. As always, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

The Gift Of Four Hours

The Gift Of Four Hours

In a season of busyness, God has given me the gift of four hours every week. Two hours every Friday, two hours every Sunday in my car.

On Fridays, those two hours stretch endlessly before me as everything in me is longing to be home already. Home can never come soon enough. It is a silent longing inside of me, one that I don’t necessarily even notice during the week. But on the way home, to what I know is good and comfortable – I notice it.

I have been thinking about the gift of these two hours on Fridays. How I have been reminded that this is the way we all live while we are still here on earth. We live, we take our residence here – but we do not belong. Our home is not here. There is that little something, in the way we breathe more freely and it feels like our hearts expand when we are in the presence of the Lord. That, is our reminder of our home in heaven. Our days are clouded with darkness here and there. Some seasons we seem to walk through the valley. Other seasons, we are only reminded of the darkness when we see our shadows fall behind us. Still we know, we need more light. This is good and comfortable; but there is something better waiting.

On Sundays, I spend those two hours in awe. Home, family, church family and fellowship – these are all things that fill my heart in ways I cannot describe. Safe, secure, loved; always beyond what I deserve. I drive, my mind on the sermon and the ways God is changing my heart right now. Am I happy with how much I love these people of mine right now? How can I reach out? How can I love them better?

I look at the beautiful scenery of the countryside, the beauty of God often leaving me with a heart leaping with joy. I am a failure; I know I do not deserve this. Yet God has poured out His love and grace. His love is expanding before me in the wheat fields turning gold, in the leaves slowly taking on yellow and orange as autumn season falls upon us. There is something in the way the golden sun graciously, gently turns this scenery into art. I cannot help but wonder, how He does the same with my heart. This little heart of mine, so messy and mundane – yet He wants it. Like He wants yours. Did you know that? He wants your heart. He thinks it is beautiful.

These are such mundane things, these two hours every Friday and every Sunday. I drive because I want to be somewhere else, because I need to be somewhere else. This is the season of life God has me in: doing an internship two hours up north. I go sometimes with a grudging heart because I have a hard time not attending church twice a week. I even cried over it just the other day. But I am growing, as different and hard as this season is for me.

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” (Psalm 107:8-9)

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How Do You Know God Is Real?

It was a Monday morning when those words popped up on my screen, demanding my attention because suddenly there was a question that seemed bigger than life — and I found myself wondering, unprepared to be the one to answer a question like this.

“How do you know that God is real?”

I sat there for a while, a cup of coffee warm in my hands and the Bible steady in my lap; but these words were heavy and demanding. How do you know? And I knew this question required something more than what my heart had to say: that I just do. I kept thinking about this that day because really. How do you know God is real?

My heart answered: I believe it because it is the Truth. I believe because God reveals Himself everywhere, in every situation. But I know, having grown up in a family of non-believers, that this is not always so easy to believe. And I know this is a question that is found in the hearts of many. I know because there was a time when that question took a lot of space in my heart.

So if you are in that place, wondering if it’s true that God exists. This is for you. If there are any questions, you can always e-mail me at adashoffaith[at]

How Do You Know God Is Real

God created the world

I know that God exists because it is so obvious in His creation, in the nature, animals, and us humans. Friend, just think about our bodies and the way everything is connected and works just right — how could that have happened by accident? I find us too complicated to be created by an accident. For example, think about our brains and the two hemispheres of our brains that look exactly alike. Yet the two hemispheres carry out entirely different functions, in a way that it is all connected. And to some extent, one hemisphere — carrying out different functions than the other — can make up for the other one if there is damage.

I find this quite miraculous. And I see God’s design there clearly.

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:20 NLT)

Universal moral standards

This is the one that has always proved to my heart that there is God. There are moral standards and things that are considered immoral pretty much by most people and cultures – say, murder or rape. How is it that there are these universal moral standards if morality has always been determined by us? How could we think the same if truly we all were the ones to decide what is right and what is wrong?

I see God’s hand in there too, creating us and giving us these moral standards that most of us hold.

It is a relationship, not religion

More than anything, I know God is real because I have a relationship with Him. God has answered my prayers. He has provided for me miraculously. He has delivered me from darkness, depression, and illness. I have seen His work in other people’s lives very clearly, too. It is not religion but a relationship with God. A relationship is a connection based on communication: the sharing of one’s heart with the other. I know God’s heart because He has given me His Word. And I know He knows my heart, as He has walked with me through this journey of life and all the pain.

That is how I know God is real: because I get to talk to Him and He answers. He is a living God who loves His creation — enough to come down from heaven and bend down to the lowest, just so that He can spend eternity with us. And He took the punishment of death so that we wouldn’t have to. He loved us bigger than life — and still does.

Friend, if you are interested in reading more about this topic, I found this good read from Answers in Genesis.

Why We Choose Grace – For Ourselves And For Others

Why We Choose Grace

When Life Is Hard

It is not a new thing for us Christians, that we have to face the storms of life. We Christians tend to go from one storm to another one because that is where our faith is tested. When a great storm rises, we surrender and fall on our knees quicker. And we are reminded of God’s faithfulness when He delivers us from the storm or through the storm.

Some seasons of life, the storm is in trying to make it through the week. Life has a tendency of working like a whirlwind, growing greater as the gloom sets over us. It is in those unexpected circumstances, unexpected battles — those ones that catch us off guard and throw us off our balance. Those are the ones that rattle our weary bones, the weight of this fight a heavy on our shoulders. It is in the words spoken to us, those that cut deep or reopen wounds — especially when they are untrue and unjustified.

I am only learning this, telling people when I’m not doing good. There is still much more work to be done in this area. At the same time, I seem to have this gift of looking like my life is all together and everything is just fine. Honestly, these days I don’t even try to look like this. It comes naturally, somehow.

“This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So 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 5:15-16)

Your Honesty Matters

Your honesty gives others the freedom to be honest as well. Honest about their brokenness. Honest about their struggles. Maybe even honest about their victories and milestones. Just the same, your example of extending grace to yourself gives others the freedom to extend grace to themselves.

We all mess up. Some days I wonder how we make it through, us messy people who really have no idea how anything works here. We fall short, for a hundred times and then a thousand times. We stumble, we hurt, we hurt others — and this seems to be the circle of life, really.

“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.” (Proverbs 24:16a NLT)

Choosing grace for yourself is not wrong, friend. Choosing grace for others, is what we should do. Because love believes the best of the other. Love endures through the hard times and hopes in them. Love covers a multitude of sins. And that, my friend, is how our God loves us, as well. Choosing grace for others can require a miracle of God on some days. In some circumstances, choosing grace goes against everything we know. And so it can be with choosing grace for ourselves. We know our sins, how great they are. We know the pain and the heavy weight of it all.

You Don’t Need To Do It All

Sometimes — quite often, really, I forget this one important thing. I do not need to do it all. Honestly, I forget this so often. I think I need to do it all, that I need to be able to do it all. I need to be strong enough to handle this all by myself. The storms, the difficulties, the unexpected blows and wounds, the sadness and sorrow. But that is not true. God brings this to our lives so that we would turn to Him. And in turning to Him, we witness His faithfulness to carry us through every season and circumstance. God is our help and our shield. He is our strength. He knows our hearts, and He will be there for every hour of every day.

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
    He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
    for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
(Psalm 37:23-24)