About Jeff

Hey guys! Appreciate you stopping by the site. The first time meeting someone is always awkward so I thought I’d start by sharing a little bit about myself.

  • I was born in Tacoma, WA
  • I played baseball in college
  • I co own a company called Claro Candles that gives profits to different areas of injustice around the world
  • I love frosted flakes
  • I have a dog named Aslan (for Narnia!)
  • I have a BS in Politics & Government (doesn’t translate much to YouTube though)
  • I am married to an amazing, beautiful, sweet woman of God – Alyssa
  • I’m a dad!!! Kinsley Joy Bethke is my sweet little daughter
  • I wrote a book (so surreal!)
  • I like to make creative videos

If you found your way here through my various videos, blogs or posts you probably know that I am quite the avid grace lover. There’s nothing that sparks in me a joy for life and other people more than when I truly understand just all God has done for me in the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

The day my life changed was when I realized that He saw all my filth, all my sin, all my shortcomings, and all my insecurities yet still looked me right in the eye and said, “I love you and I’m not going anywhere.”

The best part about being a Christian is that I don’t have to have it all together because I’m loved and pursued by a God who does. I never went searching for Him, but He went searching for me. That’s quite an awesome truth!

Anyways, feel free to take a look around and stay awhile. Also feel free to give me a shout at jeffersonbethke at gmail dot com or here.

About Alyssa,

So wish I could sit down and have coffee with you (Grande soy no water chai tea latte please…yum!)—to get to know you. Perhaps one day we will, but until then, here’s a little about myself.

I am in my mid-twenties, married and a mother to our sweet yellow lab Aslan. (Actually, maybe a better descriptive word for him is “active”. He certainly keeps me on my toes!) I am married to the most wonderful, handsome man who passionately loves Jesus and reflects His grace to me daily. We were married on October 14, 2012—still in the honeymoon stage and certainly a “rookie wife”. Each day gets better and better. I can’t believe the Lord blessed Jeff into my life—that I get to spend the rest of my life with him as we are being sharpened and transformed to be more like Jesus. He is my best friend and the love of my life.

The one and only Lover of my Soul, Jesus, won my heart when I was 15 years old. I had asked him to be my “forever friend” when I was 7 years old at Vacation Bible School—I still vividly remember the flannel board. (Anyone with me!?) However, I didn’t fully understand my desperate need for a Savior, and the abundant love and grace He gives until the summer before high school. It was then that I understood how Jesus wants a relationship with us—He wants all of us—and that following Jesus is way better than trying to do things my way. He is after our joy, and in Him there is true hope and life.

Since then, life has been quite an adventure! From traveling the world, to going to college in sunny California, studying abroad in Israel, interning at a church in Maui (clearly I am a lover of the sun!), and marrying my best friend. It hasn’t been all roses and rainbows; there have been hardships and deep valleys along the way. However, my God is faithful. He has never left my side, and all things truly have been for my good, so I can be made more like Jesus (Romans 8:28-29) & know Him more intimately.
Thank you for stopping by today! My hope and prayer is that you will be uplifted, encouraged, and challenged by this site as we grow together. I’m a sinner, pursued and saved by my incredible Lord who is all-powerful, all wise and all good. May you be encouraged today, and reminded of Jesus’ great love for you right now, and may you find rest in Him.

Love,

Lyss