Monthly Archives December 2014

Ambition Transformed

 For those in political life, Washington D.C. represents the apex of power. Some come to it with a well-planned strategy, connections, and all too often, ruthlessness. Chuck Colson, the founder of Prison Fellowship, was one such individual. However, God had His own plan. A redemptive one.

Like Saul, Colson’s cause was misguided and served his own ends. Watergate changed all that, and he entered prison a different man. God’s reach wasn’t obstructed by prison bars, either. He sent others inside the walls to reclaim an unworthy candidate to serve another cause, one he could personally relate to.

 In the intervening years Prison Fellowship, with its vital army of volunteers, has become an international force to turn “hearts of stone into hearts of flesh.” Offenders and their forgotten families have been given another chance at a different ending to their stories. When we lay down our plans and accept His, transformation happens.

 What if Ananias had refused? He knew the chance he was taking, and why should he? Saul was a murderous zealot! But in the end, God’s plans became Ananias’ plans, and Saul’s eyes were opened.


Today’s Scripture: Acts 9 1-18 

 “Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord– Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here– has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 

 Acts 9:17 

Application for Life:  God’s sovereign plans come with preparation and power.

By : Beth Weikel /December 23, 2014 /By His Design Blog /Comments Off on Ambition Transformed Read More

Follow in Faith


When was the last time you knew God was asking you to accept a challenge and your initial reaction wasn’t apprehension? Even when we’re sure the prompting comes from God, not a human source, we may wonder, “How can I possibly?”

Though we’d done years of ministry, when this new call came to my husband and I to extend our borders to unfamiliar regions, I know I wasn’t so keen on walking through that door. After all, when the promptings started, we were in the aftermath of several traumatic events in quick succession. Even so, we accepted each opportunity on faith. Then the momentum quickened.

In a few short years God has sent us, with this newly developed message of hope in loss using gifts and talents He’s been honing over decades, to the following, so far:  men’s prisons, a Communist country, a Muslim country, an island steeped in voodoo worship, and disaster sites to meet strangers facing life after tragedy has ripped away their dreams.

God says, “Consecrate yourselves, keep listening to My Spirit, follow wherever I take you–as anointed ones.







I will show you…” Whereupon, we witness Him do His work through us again and again.

Today’s Scripture: I Samuel 16:1-13 

   “…Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way; I am sending you…” But Samuel said, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me.”   I Samuel 16:1b-2a
Application for Life:  In following after God, the choice is always fear versus faith.


By : Beth Weikel /December 20, 2014 /By His Design Blog /Comments Off on Follow in Faith Read More

Miracle Birth

With all the medical advances at our disposal in modern society, it’s easy to lose sight of giving birth as a miracle of life. Women do it every day–in hospitals aided by starched personnel or squatting i n a hut in some forgotten Third-World country. Births are common naked-baby-couple.jpgoccurrences

Yet, when my husband and I were expecting our first baby, we prepared. The doctor discovered my pregnancy during an unrelated appointment one afternoon, and kept advancing the date as he saw the baby’s progress. In reality, we had about six months to get ready for the change of our lives.

Still, the most important part of getting ready was asking God to help us be parents. Neither of us had ones we cared to emulate, so we were a blank slate. “Please, Lord, make us adequate to raise a child. You know our misgivings, but we trust You for all the love and wisdom we’ll need.” God answered that prayer, as we gave those gifts back to Him.

Manoah and his wife gave birth to their special son in the midst of less than ideal surroundings. They were captives of the Philistines when the angel visited them with surprising news. How they responded to their miracle baby had far-reaching consequences for a nation in crisis.

Today’s Scripture: Judges 13:2-5, 24-25

 “The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are sterile and childless, but you are going to conceive and have a son.”  Judges 13:3

Application for Life: Since our children are gifts from the Lord,  only by depending on Him and releasing them to His care, will we see His miracles.

By : Beth Weikel /December 13, 2014 /By His Design Blog /Comments Off on Miracle Birth Read More

Return…and I’ll Return to You

Have you ever been treated with contempt when you thought you were being gracious? Your heart was right, and the act sacrificial, but those on the receiving end didn’t welcome the gesture. In fact, you were met with hostility. 

When this happens, depending on the parties involved, the sting can be lethal. “How could they have missed the cues,” we wonder? 

Reconciliation is like that. It only works as a two-way street. A hand extended can be slapped away. Though it hurts, the offer needs to be made. 

King Hezekiah sent his priests and messengers throughout Israel and Judah to call the nation back to worship the living God. The hand of God was extended in compassion, but the reaction was mixed. In fact, only a minority responded in kind. The rest laughed.

Christmastime reminds us God’s hand is extended waiting for a response. It’s an invitation to return.

How far away are you? Am I? Is pride, or possibly some other human barrier, the obstacle to receiving what only God can give?


Today’s Scripture:  2 Chronicles 30:5-12

“The couriers went from town to town in Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun, but the people scorned and ridiculed them.”   II Chronicles 30:10

Application for Life: Lord, thank You that You made the offer that night in the stable. Help us to recognize Your invitation  and return.

By : Beth Weikel /December 06, 2014 /By His Design Blog, Uncategorized /Comments Off on Return…and I’ll Return to You Read More
  • About By His Design

    Dave and Beth Weikel have worked in full-time ministry, business, and public education for over 30 years. God is using their season of loss to provide hope and healing for others.
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