FaMiLy . . .

So, I loves me some Beth Moore.  I was introduced to her in undergrad by a dear, dear friend.  She gave me the Breaking Free bible study book and a plate of homemade cookies, made by her mom.  One of the best gifts I’ve ever received.  Ever since I first studied the bible, guided by Beth’s teachings, I have been hooked!  She is a tremendously gifted bible teacher.  She compels me to want to know the word and the God of those words for myself.  She lives her life in the light of Christ, just as I am striving to do daily.

Wednesdays she is featured on Life Today with James and Betty Robison in a segment aptly named “Wednesdays with Beth.”  I can almost always relate to the teaching being given on Life Today but I really enjoy Wednesdays because I get to hear from Beth Moore.  I’m telling you, the Lord uses some Beth Moore to stir some things up in me, encourage me, chastise me, sharpen me and draw me in to Himself!  For those of you who don’t know, I can show you better than I can tell you.  She was all up in and through my stuff today with the start of her series titled Family Calamity and Restoration. I thoroughly enjoyed the teaching today and am looking forward to what is to come.  Check it out!

Family Calamity and Restoration

 

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Hello World, Goodbye Fear. . .

Right now I feel like the kid who has been aching to ride her bike without training wheels.  She knows she can do it.  She sees the other kids doing it and wants to join in ever so much.  But . . .

After months of practice compounded by weeks of enduring the extra two small yet powerful wheels that protect her from falling, but also keep her isolated from the adventure and those who dare to venture, she decides that the jutted-out-to-the-side-hindrances have to go.  Free from the fear enablers, she gets on, firmly plants feet to pedals and slowly takes off, every now and then slamming feet on concrete to prevent an ugly, horrible crash.  And she does this stopping and starting until she gains enough momentum not to care anymore.  The thrill of the wind on her face and the sheer accomplishment of succeeding in trying is enough to make her wind those pedals in circular motion over and over again.

Writing can be an experience much like that for me.  I often allow all of the fear concerning my writing gift to halt me rather than allowing my passion for writing to propel me.  But no more.  Here I am world!!  Writing!!  My blog!!  Whew!! (shouts into a megaphone —>) The girl is on the bike!  No training wheels of caution because so far, for me at least, caution has quickly gone from sensibility and thoughtfulness to excuses and failure to even try.  I’m just so happy to be doing something I love with no fear of success or failure (well, maybe there is still just a little bit of fear . . . :0).  Fear has played the role of friend but showed up more like a foe time and time again.  Uhhhhhhh, I think I wanna try something else for a while.  Turns out I still have some courage left.  (who knew??!!?)

The girl is on the bike.  And she has her hands up, head thrown back and she is grinning wildly as she rides down the hill of an open road. . .

 

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