Alphabet Faith Stories (Believing Betty)

Believing is faith in action.

B: Believing Betty–Matthew 21:22: “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (NIV)

Before we get into the story of “believing Betty”, I turned to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary for a definition of the word believe:

  • To consider to be true or honest
  • To accept the word or evidence of
  • To have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something

What do we believe? We believe in:

  • Reports
  • People
  • Weather
  • Scriptures
  • Attitude of believing

Believing Betty is one such character who turned her belief into action by accepting and not doubting what she asked God for.

“Betty was used to going to the store for her mom and dad, but she had to walk a distance to get the things that they asked for. On one such occasion, she decided to browse before asking the manager of the store for the items she needed. Her eyes glanced at a cookie jar sitting alone on the bottom shelf.

When she asked the store manager how much it was, he said $1.75. Wow, Betty thought. That is a lot of money. (This, of course, was over 50 years ago when this amount of money was an exorbitant amount to an 11-year old girl.) Since she had wanted to get her mother something extra special for a Christmas gift, she decided that she could save and be able to have the money necessary to pay for this item in time for Christmas. There were only three weeks left so she had to work fast.

She asked if the store manager could save the cookie jar for her, and he agreed that he would set it aside until she had the necessary money. As soon as she got home, she made a plan to do extra chores and ask her neighbors if they had anything she could do for them in order to earn what she needed.

Luckily, Betty had a piggy bank, but when she checked what was inside, there was only $1.00 worth of pennies. She still needed $.75. She thought that getting the rest would be easy and decided to pray and ask God to help her find the rest of the money.

Betty checked with her neighbors and Mr. Simmons said she could take out the garbage for him. After doing so, he gave her a nickel. Mrs. Smith said she could sweep her porch and gave Betty a nickel. Her mom seemed surprised by Betty’s persistence to earn money, although she was not aware of what she wanted to purchase.

After two weeks of helping her neighbors, Betty checked her piggy bank. She had $1.70. She needed five more cents. She continued to pray and believe that by the time she went back for the cookie jar that she would have all the money to pay for it.

Three days before Christmas, Betty still did not have enough money. So she decided to talk with the store manager about her dilemma. She told him how she earned almost the entire amount by helping her neighbors and taking the money from her piggy bank. She also explained that she “believed” that God would answer her prayer and provide the rest so that she could give her mom the “best gift” of all.

Hearing her story, the store manager told her to wait while he went to the back of the store. As Betty watched him return, she noticed that he had the cookie jar in hand and presented it to her. He said, “I will give you the rest since you worked so hard by helping your neighbors.” He was impressed by the way she believed and did not doubt that she would have all the money necessary to purchase this special gift for her mom.

As Betty left the store, she realized that God answered her and provided the last few cents she needed to purchase the cookie jar through the kindness of the store manager.

You can see why Betty was so excited for Christmas morning when she presented her gift to her mom. She was beaming from ear to ear. Her mom loved it and would cherish it.”

I know this story is true because I was “believing Betty” and my mom absolutely loved and cherished the cookie jar so much that she told all of her friends how I earned the money and how I believed that God would provide it in order to give her that special gift.

Little did I know that when my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer several years later that we would talk about the cookie jar for one last time before she passed away. A gift that I will remember for the rest of my life.

So you see, if we believe and not doubt, God will provide what we ask for in faith and by believing that he can do all things.



Alphabet Faith Stories (Awesome Annie)

Alphabet Faith in Action

A few years ago I began the Alphabet Series which included Alphabet Faith Scriptures and Alphabet Faith Hymns. Today I begin a series on Alphabet Faith using stories to discuss important characteristics that we all need in order to grow in our faith.

A: Awesome Annie: Psalm 65:5–“You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness, O God our Savior…”

One day while Annie was riding her bike, she noticed the new boy, David, from her class, sitting on the curb crying. “Why are you crying?” she asked. “Because I have no friends and no one will play with me,” he said. Annie said, “Well you can be my friend, and I will play with you.” Surprised that Annie wanted to play with him, he asked her, “But aren’t you the girl in class who is always playing tricks on everybody?” Annie shrugged and said, “That is because no one ever plays with me on the playground. So I tease them hoping they will play with me.”

So David and Annie became friends from that day on, and she never played tricks on any of the boys and girls in her class again. Everyone noticed that Annie played with David at recess and instead of saying Annie was “awful”, they began to call her “awesome Annie. She became good friends with a number of boys and girls at school.

Whenever there was a new student, Annie would make them feel right at home. She was always helpful and introduced that person to all of her friends who were happy to include them in all of their activities.

When someone is “awful” to another person, they are actually isolating themselves to the possibility of being friends. But one young girl changed her character from “awful” to “awesome” and ended up with friendships because of it.

May we all be aware of our reaction to meeting new people and making them feel welcome in our homes, schools, and churches.



Reading: “Defined: Who God Says You Are” by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick. (Your Identity Drives Your Behavior)

Things You Will Never Regret

A smile does not cost anything!

Recently, while scrolling down my news feed on FB, I came across a friend’s post who shared “Things You’ll Never Regret” by Peaceful Moments for Women. As I read through the list, I decided to look up scripture verses that would give us better insight into the things on this list.

Praying: I Thessalonians 5:16-18–“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Regardless of what is going on in our lives and the circumstances of our surroundings, we are told to “continually pray.” God hears and answers.

Putting Your Phone On Down: Psalm 19:14–“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Phones keep our minds on earthly things and keep us from talking with one another. Keep the communication open with friends and family by listening. Put your phone on mute so you can enjoy a wonderful conversation face to face.

Listening Over Talking: Proverbs 19:200–“Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.” It is so important to listen to one another. We can learn so much.

Visiting Grandma: Leviticus 19:32–“Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.” We should show respect for the elderly by being there for them.

Reading the Bible: Joshua 1:8–“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” The Word of God clearly teaches us how to live and guides us on our journey.

Kindness on Social Media: Galatians:5:22-26–“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying one another.” A lesson to show kindness to everyone we come in contact with.

Investing in Memories Over Things: Matthew 6:19:21–“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Invest in your family, friends, and neighbors; not in the things of this world.

Not Gossiping: Proverbs 20:19–“A gossip betrays a confidence; if you wage war, obtain guidance.” Gossiping leads to hurtful feelings and loss of trust.

Thankfulness Over Comparison: I Thessalonians5:18–“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” In all things, we need to be thankful.

Buying Lemonade at the Stand: Although I wasn’t able to find a scripture verse, I believe this implies that if we buy from a child’s lemonade stand, it will encourage them to succeed. Positive attitude.

Taking the Higher Road: Romans 12:21–“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Let us take the high road to avoid any evil thoughts and replace them with good.

Catching Fireflies with Your Kids: Proverbs 22:6–“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Be a good role model for your children; show them God’s love by just being available when they need you and teaching them valuable lessons along the way.

Forgiving Others: Mark 11:25–“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins.” It is so important that we learn the importance of forgiveness; not only to forgive others, but to forgive ourselves. If we don’t forgive, then how can God forgive us.

Forgiving Yourself: Mark 11:25 (above). If we don’t forgive ourselves, we can harbor anger, resentment, and we can actually become sick.

Doing that Scary Thing: Isaiah 41:10–“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” If the Lord is with us, there is no fear.

Giving the Compliment: John 3:16–“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son; that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Selflessness. We give a compliment as an act of love without wanting anything in return. Love.

Drinking More Water: John 4:14–“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” We know the importance of drinking more water so that we do not hydrate; however, Jesus talks about a “spring of water” which is the Spirit operating in our lives.

Saying I Love You: John 13:34-35–“A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” When we love one another, it is easy to tell them that we love them. God commands that we do so.

Trusting God: Proverbs 3:5-6–“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” If we trust God, he will provide for our every need and protect us along the way.

There are a number of scriptures that I could have chosen. My prayer is that you take each one on the list and begin searching for scriptures that would apply to your own life/situation and to your relationship with God.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.