Psalm 118:24

A few things I’m so thankful for on this election day, regardless of the outcome:

*We live in a democracy where we have the right to a vote and a voice. We have the God-given responsibility to use both wisely and in the way that best reflects what God conveys through Scripture.

*God “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will” and “according to the plan.” Ephesians 1:11

*Not only does God work out everything in conformity with His will, He has promised to work out everything for the GOOD of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

*God sets up kings and deposes them and gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. Daniel 2:21

*We, the beautifully diverse family of God, are never – not at any time – powerless. Nor are we ever victims of a system. Believing prayer takes us through doors we’ll never be invited to enter and into judges chambers we’ll never grace. Take a look back at Genesis 18 once again with astonishment over the dialogue between God and His servant and friend, Abraham. Rejoice that God is ever mindful of a faithful remnant. The Judge of the Earth will always do right.

*Even if persecution should await believers in Christ or harrowing circumstances hound us, God will use hardship to bring unity and purity to a people who need it desperately. The best of circumstances do not always produce the best in the Bride of Christ.

*The living God is firmly established upon His Throne and there at His holy feet we can always find grace and mercy in our time of need.

*No matter what happens today, we are GOD’S elect. He has elected us to show His heart and to walk in His ways in the culture that surrounds us. We are called to walk in the challenging balance of grace and truth.

May we be filled with Christ’s Spirit today and our mouths given to praise and to believing, receiving prayer. God IS faithful and He has us firmly in His hand. We will not fear. We will not doubt. We will not hate.

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.” Deuteronomy 33:12

I remain your servant,


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  1. 151
    Jesusistheparty! says:

    Amen, Beth! You are and have been a great mentor to me. Thanks for sharing the Truth regarding the election today. Love, joy and peace, Dana <><

  2. 152
    Emily says:

    I needed to hear that tonight. Thank you, my Siesta mama. 🙂

  3. 153
    Anonymous says:

    I am so blessed to know you personally through this blog. You are the Real Deal! (I still can’t say that without thinking “Hollifield!”)Imperfect but that’s why we love you, and you NEVER cease wanting God to change you, speak to you, and empty you. You set the bar high but not to perfection…just high enough that we remember God is a big God, and greatly to be praised.

  4. 154
    jennyhope says:

    This brought me great comfort tonight

  5. 155
    kellyR says:

    Thanks you Momma Beth for not leaving us out in the cold on this sensitive subject. You encourage this Momma’s heart. I love you faithful servant.

  6. 156
    Cindy- My Life HIS Story says:

    It’s been an amazing day actually. I found myself in desperate need for Him at 1:30 this morning (am I still awake or am I sleep typing!?) – I was listening to a lot of noise. I think He needed me to be still. I am much better…see my later blog entry…my 3 a.m. blog was NOT pretty…just pretty raw. Praise God, He is Sovereign. Thank you for being used for my encouragement. Sorry if all this sounds a bit selfish, but He has been very busy with me today. I needed Him, and He showed up BIG TIME!

  7. 157
    Becky says:

    Amen Siesta!

    Love you!

  8. 158
    Anonymous says:

    Amen and Amen !!!

    I am excited to have seen so many people out there voting here today. Praise God!

    May God’s will be done in all of these elections.

    In Christ’s Love,

    Jennifer O.
    Southern Wisconsin

  9. 159
    WendyDarling says:

    Amen, Beth!! Thank you for this inspiring word. I was going to post something like this on my blog, but I decided to check your’s first. I hope you don’t mind that I am just going to link to your’s, because you said SO MUCH BETTER than I would have. 😉

    Bless you.

  10. 160
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I was so hoping that there would be a word from you today. I will be reading this daily for quite a while.


  11. 161
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you. I need to read and reread these. I’m just sick over the outcome right now.

  12. 162
    Becca says:

    Amen! I’ve been reminding myself, and others, all day, no matter what the outcome, God is always in control. He reigns. We have to remember to get on and stay on our faces, praising Him.

    Keep shining His light!

    Big hugs!
    Becca in La.

  13. 163
    Becca says:

    Posted that last comment and then I remembered this. A friend e-mailed it to me. We just have to remember…

    1. The Bible will still have the answers.
    2. Prayer will still work.
    3. The Holy Spirit will still move.
    4. God will still inhabit the praises of His people.
    5. There will still be God-anointed preaching.
    6. There will still be singing of praise to God.
    7. God will still pour out blessings upon His people.
    8. There will still be room at the Cross.
    9. Jesus will still love you.
    10. Jesus will still save the lost who come to Him.

    Becca in La. 🙂

  14. 164
    Lindsee says:

    Amen, Miss Beth! Thank you for all this scripture reminder!


  15. 165
    "Maggie" says:

    I have not been here for some time, life has become so busy and it seems as though all things are changing regardless of how tightly we hold on to them.

    As I thought about the election today, your blog came to mind several times and I reminded myself I wanted to visit to see what your thoughts were. I was comforted that our thoughts were so aligned and yes, God IS faithful and He has us firmly in His hand, regardless of the outcome.

    I am glad I visited here today. Thank you for your endless encouragement and wise counsel.

  16. 166
    ikensyl says:

    I read this email after finding out that Obama was elected president and boy did I need those words of encouragement. God is definitely in control and we are safe and secure, hidden in his wings. We will be okay. Again, thanks for the beautiful words!


  17. 167
    Carey says:

    Beth, since the election is over…and I have a heavy heavy heart at how it transpired…I posted your comments on my blog. God is in control and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

  18. 168
    Sears Kids says:

    Thank you Beth. I so needed to read and receive that today. Hope that you don’t mind but I placed what you said on my blog – giving you credit.

  19. 169
    Michelle Bentham says:

    Beautifully said, Beth. Thank you for the encouragement.

    I am praying now, as much as ever and praying to that whatever happens in the next four years that God’s glory would shine through as His Will is accomplished for this nation and this world.

    May the redeemed of the Lord say so… Tonight I am grateful that though I had hoped for a different outcome, I honor the fact that Barack Obama has won the office of President and I offer him my prayers and my respect.

    Blessings dear friend, teacher. Thank You.

  20. 170
    *~*Pilgrim*~* a.k.a. Jesla says:

    Thank God that no matter what happens in our country, He is still in control…that is the 1 thing I must hang on to in the coming days…
    I pray so hard that God will make our new President into a good man who will lead our country into a good way…SOMEHOW.
    With God, ALL things are possible. They are. I have seen it.

  21. 171
    Keri says:

    I got to spend the evening with my husband as we celebrated 13 years of marriage. I would vote for him again in a second!

    I find comfort in knowing that our God is in control and He was not sitting in heaven watching the news waiting with baited breath to see which states went red or blue.

    Thank you for the encouragement, Beth!

  22. 172
    helene says:

    Oh Beth, I pray to the most high God to still my heart, my frightened heart, and that I listen to His small voice and not my human thoughts… He is our shield and protector…

  23. 173
    Anonymous says:

    I just heard the results and must say I was very saddened as I shut off my TV. This was very timely for me. God showed Himself mightily to me in your words. His light is always at the end of the tunnel. Thank you siesta for being such a mighty servant. Love you. Lori

  24. 174
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you! I really needed to read that and remember God is always in control. Thanks again. This is my first time to leave a comment. I love your blog and all you are doing for the Lord. I always watch you on Wednesdays with James and Betty Robison. Kathie

  25. 175
    Bev Brandon says:

    Two kinds of people in this world and it’s not Democrats and Republicans. It’s those who trust God and those who do not. We put our trust in Him as this night falls and put our hands to the plow some with tears rolling down carrying heavy burdens but all together being redeemed. You so stir me up!

  26. 176
    Jenn says:

    Thank you for the reminder, Beth! It’s so tempting to get in the mud tonight, but I’m “Stepping Up!” God bless America – In GOD we trust!

  27. 177
    Jackie Sue says:

    Thank you sweet servant. I will be leaning on the truth of these verses too. My worrying revealed my lack of faith in His goodness and character. I have nothing to fear… He is God alone…there is none like Him. He alone is my hope and my peace comes from Him. Praise be to the One and Only, my Savior and my Rock!

  28. 178
    Rebecca says:

    Ammen Beth!

  29. 179
    tealovingmom says:

    Amen and thank you!


  30. 180
    Mary Anne from Colorado Springs says:

    Thank you so much for the encouragement Beth. I was a little upset at my husband yesterday, who called me from Iraq. Satan tried to interfer and I was reminded that GOD is in control. I just thank you for always saying the right thing I know whenever I need to hear them. You are such a blessing to me. God Bless, Mary Anne from Colorado Springs

  31. 181
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you for those words, Beth. We will need to be diligent about praying for our pastors- especially if the Fairness Doctrine is made law- our pulpits must continue to be places where salvation is declared, that the Son of God is proclaimed and where sin is defined for a world that has become numb to it. More than ever before, they will be on the front lines- pray for pastors and their families.

  32. 182
    Barb says:

    I woke up with such a feeling of dread and fear. Your words ministered to me in an amazing way! Praise God for His faithfulness!

  33. 183
    Jennifer says:

    Thank you for these reminders. I have been burdened latley with the thought that we should all be mindful that God is calling us to make HIS name famous during this time. Now that we know the result (I am posting on the “day after”…)I feel more strongly than ever that we should take advantage of the freedoms we do have and procalim the strong name of Jesus and make sure that others know to put their trust in Him and not in any man. I am amazed at the peace God gave me alst night before I went to bed and didn’t know the result. Our God is Sovereign

  34. 184
    Nancy Douglas says:

    Thanks for the much needed encouragement Beth.

  35. 185
    Heiress of God says:

    Thank you so much for the post! It was timed perfectly and well received on this tender heart. Our God is Awesome!!!!

    Love you Beth.

  36. 186
    Isaac's Mom says:


    Nobody says things the way you do Beth. Thank you for this wonderful reminder of who we are as Americans and followers of Christ. I plan to pass these words of wisdom and encouragment on to many who may be less than excited about the choices our country has made lately.

    Isaac’s Mom

  37. 187
    kat says:

    We just finished up “Believing God” yesterday (election day)…which was perfect for our group. And I am so thankful that I have that ringing fresh in my heart.

    And thank-you so much for your words of encouragement and reminders. God kept reminding me last night that no matter the outcome…HE is still on the throne. HALLELUJAH!!!!

  38. 188
    Lizzy says:

    I’m reading for the first time yesterday’s blog…the morning after. Beth’s words are so pertinent today. I needed them…our country needs them. We need Him and we need to love (agapao) our new leader.

  39. 189
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Spiritual Mom Beth, good to hear from you, this word of encouragement has blessed me this morning. The scriptures are very comforting…He is in complete control, and nothing can snatch us out of His hand…yes, purifying fires have a way of taking out the dross and impurities of our lives…walking in grace and truth, yes, that’s where the balance is, isn’t it? The Truth of His Word, and the enabling Grace to obey it…Yes, we need to be filled with the Spirit, and that filling should not produce fear, doubt, or hate. Amen, we can rest secure in Him.
    I finished Day 3 of Wk 5 of A Woman’s Heart today, and what you said about the Holy Spirit and the lampstand was timely and profound to me this morning also. We are the light of the world (Mat. 5:14)-Lord, help us to shine brightly. Only in You, Lord, only in You; for Your glory. Have a blessed day Spiritual Mom Beth and sorry for the long post:)

    Psalm 119:145-146 (AMP)
    “I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord; I will keep Your statutes [I will hear, receive, love, and obey them]. I cried to You; save me, that I may keep Your testimonies [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying them].”

  40. 190
    Mary Lou says:

    May we as The Church unite and look to the King of Kings, who is the one who puts men into power and takes them out. We truly need to be united as one and pray and seek His face. Psalm 75:6-7

  41. 191
    T or Aunt T or Tricia says:

    Thank you Beth- I needed this 1st thing this morning to set my attitude better.

  42. 192
    Nichele Lynn says:

    This is a time in which believers need much encouragement! Thank you, Sweet Beth!

  43. 193
    Renee says:

    Beth, thanks so much for the reminder that my God has elected me! I have to admit I was disappointed in the outcome of the election, but now WOW! I will pray for our new president and his lovely family that God who holds the heart of the king in His hand would draw him to Himself and guide and direct his footsteps. PRAISE JESUS! This world is not my home. I am a citizen of heaven.

    In Him Alone,
    NC mom of four (23, 19, 13 and 9)

  44. 194
    Carrie says:

    Beth- Thank you for your words of encouragment. Fear has gripped me since I heard the election results. Also, discouragement because I prayed and fasted so hard for a different outcome. Thank you for reminding me that God is control and that He will use this so His name will be glorfied and the hearts of His people will return to Him. You are a woman of integrity and truth. Keep up it up!

  45. 195
    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    Oh, you put it so beautifully. Everyone around me was so stressed. They were sure if a certain person became president they were goijg to destroy this country and we were all going to die. Well, they didn’t say that last part but they sure acted like it and they couldn’t believe I was so calm, but all those things that you said are exactly why I wasn’t upset. I calmly drove myself to the polls (Yay!!) and voted for who I thought best and left the rest completely up to God. After all what else can we do?

  46. 196
    creative gal says:

    THANK YOU for sharing! It is so true. ESTHER arrived today!! I can’t wait!

  47. 197
    W4s says:

    The best circumstances do not always bring out the best in the Bride of Christ. AMEN, sister! We are called to lift holy hands, reach out and trust our God who remains steadfast in His faithfulness. Blessings to you, Miss Beth, for sharing God’s word.

  48. 198
    Anonymous says:

    I was thinking this morning what a renewal not only our country, but our world would have if every human being applied all of God’s Word his/her entire lifetime.

  49. 199
    Anonymous says:

    It has been one week since the election. I feel as if the enemy is trying to come in like a flood in many ways, ie. stock market downfall, the bailout which seems to be growing, and some personal problems to boot. Before I read your comments I felt alone in my fear, but I find hope in your message.

    I read in II Timothy 2: 1-8 about how we are to pray for those in authority over us so we can lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. I haven’t made this admonishment a priority in my life, but now I know it must be attended to.

    We are Americans, but we are a also citizens of a kingdom that is far above all princes and principalities even of this earth. A kingdom whose King is The Lord Jesus Christ, and we are his children and the sheep of his pasture. He is our Shepherd King who knows the way and will always guide us home.

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    DebSoulSister says:

    Thanks for putting everything into proper perspective. I was wondering if you (or you and your daughters) have ever considered doing a study on Deborah, the judge and prophetess? There are words going out across this country (whether they are all actually prophetic or not I don’t know) about Deborahs needing to wake up and rise up. One thing that seems clear to me is that if ever there were a time that we need to be like Deborah, it is now.

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