So, so far on Wednesdays I’ve written about Beth Moore’s teachings, godly wisdom and insights and you can probably expect that I’ll do that every Wednesday. For the past few weeks she’s been talking about family and the work that we have to do when we face strife and conflict with our family in a series of talks called Family Calamity and Restoration on Life Today with James and Betty Robison. Today, Life Today did not air a new taping of the series, they re-aired part 4 of the, so far, 5 part series. In case you’ve missed any of it, I would highly recommend checking it out. I’ve placed all five parts here:
Part 1: http://lifetoday.org/video/family-calamity-and-restoration-part-1
Part 2: http://lifetoday.org/video/family-calamity-and-restoration
Part 3: http://lifetoday.org/video/family-calamity-and-restoration-part-3
Part 4: http://lifetoday.org/video/family-calamity-and-restoration-part-4-2
Part 5: http://lifetoday.org/video/family-calamity-and-restoration-part-5
And here are the five main points she’s made so far:
1. Any family can have calamity.
2. Family calamity is never uncomplicated.
3. Family calamity often involves consequences.
4. Family calamity does not have to be terminal.
5. Even if relationships don’t heal, you can heal.
When I noticed that there was not a new part today, I was going to recap the last five parts and highlight those bits that I found to be life giving. Instead, as I went through the series today, I became so intrigued by the bible story from which she’s teaching that I decided I’d take the rest of today and this week to read it. It’s mostly coming from 2 Samuel 7, 13, 14, and 15 but instead of skipping around, I’m going to read all of 2 Samuel (and maybe 1 Samuel too, but that may be a little ambitious to do by next week with these two little girls I’m raising . . . we’ll see).
My times with Beth have been so rich, and I appreciate her fervor for the Lord. He beckons me to dig in and get some of it directly from Him, not just through Beth. That’s one of the reasons why I admire her so much. She makes it clear that she is just a vessel through which His word and work may choose to flow. She’s been through so much and I don’t pity her. I rejoice in the face of her trials because right now, she is living such a triumphant life and I can sense the encouragement of the Lord gently saying, “My dear Pammie, all that you and your family have been through was not for naught. Give me all of you, your whole story and watch me make glory out of what you think is gory. Let me make you triumphant too.” So, that’s what I’m gonna do!
For reals, if you haven’t already seen the videos, you don’t wanna miss it. Check it out. Here’s one of my favorite quotes so far (I have so many of ’em!!):
“People are going to think about us, alright. But we do get to have something to do with what they think. Maybe they can think that we’re a wonder. Maybe they can think that we’re a miracle.”