Psalm  104:33
I will sing to the Lord all my life.  I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.


April 27, 2016

It is gardening season. Or should I say weeding, digging, pulling, watering, mowing, planting and sweating season. My plot of dirt had become a haven for dandelions, henbit (who named it that?), clover, and a myriad of other green unwanted things. As I was digging and muttering under my breath I was reminded of the tenacity of sin – my sin. Some of the weed’s roots lay on the surface easy to pull up but a slight touch would send its seeds cascading into the dirt around. Other roots buried deep into the soil ensuring that something would be left behind to covertly creep back months later. Sure, I could spray the dirt with a vengeance, hacking at the soil with glee. But I would only spread weedy carnage and poison the ground. So instead I hunch under the sun, back burning, sweat dripping and think about my sin and God.

God makes things new. I have a ton of dandelions growing in my yard as well as my dirt plot. I don’t like to spray because I want to preserve the bees. So I decided to look for other things to do with the tenacious yet happy blooms popping up by the millions. I discovered that dandelions have multiple purposes. To my neighbors, they serve as enemies to be annihilated. To others, they are food/beverage items. For me, I realized I could turn them into a salve that moisturizes and relieves pain. I had found a new purpose for the dandelions. 

God makes things new. He renews me. He takes a look at my weedy heart and meticulously addresses each one. He nurtures the ground, adding compost and fertilizers. God doesn’t look at me and say “She is too over grown, I’m going to start elsewhere.” Nor does He say “Yikes, that didn’t work. Time to make a new Bethany”. Wouldn’t it be easier to give up and move on? Throw some pesticide on it and call it good? Thank God that He doesn’t go with ‘easy’; He goes with ‘love’. Romans 8:28 says: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose (KJV). Like the dandelions, God finds a new purpose for my sin transforming it into patience, wisdom, understanding, joy, peace, hope. 

God makes us new. And in doing so, we become equipped to “work together for good to them that love God”. Already this month, Heritage has been honored to sing at a memorial service, encourage residents during a Sunday service in Salem, and prepare a group of wonderful women in Powell Butte to be “filled up” by the Lord. Heritage thanks all of you for your prayers, your contributions, and your willingness to be made new – a testament of God’s love. Be blessed. 

Cynthia, Cindy, Debbie, and Bethany 

March 9, 2016

When you think of hope, what do you imagine? What pictures of grandeur come to mind? What stories of triumph? On March 4th and 5th, Heritage was challenged with defining hope through the heart of Jesus. With a stirring message delivered by Julie Bernard, hope was defined as a “confident expectation of a guaranteed result”. The rest of the evening and the following day brought opportunity to consider where our personal hope lay and what we were clinging to.

For myself, I realized that my hope was defined as wishful thinking seasoned with worry and disappointment and garnished with the promises of God. As you can guess, it filled me up for the moment but never satisfied. I was clinging weakly to Jesus and clutching frantically to my worries, my problems, and limited understanding of God. But as David declared in Psalms 93, God is Sovereign: independent of others. He knows exactly what my troubles are, my worries and my failings. No one can understand more than God. There is a relief in that; a feeling of comradery, a partnership. I don’t have to explain because He knows. I don’t need to figure it out under my own power because He has already done it through His. What joy! “…in spite of this, I shall be confident!” says David. 

What an amazing end to a week and segue into another! Thank you Community Bible Church at Sunriver for the opportunity to lead in worship and be strengthened with God’s Words through Julie!

Heritage has truly treasured this time and look forward to many more throughout the year. Stay tuned to our calendar, as our upcoming engagements and news of our CD are updated regularly. Thank you for sharing in our musical journey as we ask ourselves -
              Where does my hope lie? And am I grasping it with both hands?

Cynthia, Cindy, Debbie, and Bethany

September 9, 2015

What an amazing summer! It seems like yesterday when our kids were excitedly looking forward to kicking back and vegging out. But God is never idle, taking the time to bless us with wonderful opportunities to minister, have hope, and overcome! This summer God brought us familiar faces -like our friends at Antelope- and new faces from Burns. 

In Burns, Heritage was asked to not only minister in song but also share God in our lives. Merriam-Webster (2015) defines testimony as “firsthand authentication of a fact: evidence” as well as “an open acknowledgment”. We did just that! Filled with God’s grace, this summer was bursting with hope and overcoming. Overcoming fear, overcoming ourselves, overcoming others and being overcome. God gives us strength to battle our weaknesses, get the best of our fears all while covering us (overcoming us) like a mother hen covers her chicks. Chris Tomlin sings, “How can I keep from singing Your praise / How can I ever say enough / How amazing is Your love!” It is all because Jesus has covered/overcome us completely. 

Each of us has a testimony, a firsthand account filled with evidence of God working in our lives, of His love for us! Let our testimonies become our standard to a world desperately in need of God’s love. 

We, here in Heritage, thank you all for your steadfast prayers, continued support and dedication as we strive to serve you and our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Cynthia, Cindy, Debbie, and Bethany