Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made {Titus 2 Tips Thursdays: A Guest Post}



Psalm 139:14 became my life verse the day I met with my dear friend Michele.

I had approached her after church one Sunday. We didn’t know each other very well at the time so approaching her to ask if she would meet me for a cup of coffee was a step outside of my comfort zone. My pastor had urged me to find a spiritual mentor and God nudged me toward Michele.

Would you meet me for coffee, Michele?

Without hesitation she replied, "Absolutely!"

We met at Panera. It didn't take long for her to ask why I had wanted to meet with her.

Oh yes, there is a reason.

Michele would be the second person I’d share my secret with. My pastor was first.

I shake in the knees because I always shake when telling pieces of my story. I don’t tell her all the parts. . . just enough.

I’ve been battling with bulimia for far too long. The reasons? There are many. I need help though. Would you help me? Be a mentor of sorts in this spiritual journey of mine?

She doesn't wait to start. I don’t even think she gave me an official yes to my question. She simply prayed those words from Psalm 139:14 over me.

We have met for coffee many times these past two years and every time we meet she asks, “How are you doing, Beth?” I know exactly what she wants to know. When my answer remains the same as the last time we met she says those words from Psalm 139:14 again.

We met again right before the Lenten season began.
I'm not sure why but this meeting was different.
Her voice, while still gentle, was stronger.
The words from Psalm 139:14 sunk deeper into my soul.

I left our time together with three words on my heart:
“It is finished.” ~ John 19:30

Yes, God. I know. It’s time.

But how?

I'm figuring this out one day at a time. Can I share with you a few things I’ve learned and am still learning? Maybe you too have old tapes playing in your head that say you are not-enough and unworthy.

Let Christ in. Let Hope in. He is our Living Hope.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ…” ~ 1 Peter 1:3

Open up a Bible and let His Word breathe new life into your soul.
Don’t know where to start? Start with the Gospels. Let the Bible become your life manual.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17

See His beauty. Become a beauty hunter. Name His graces.
"Grace--that is what the full life is full of, what the God-glory is full of. To see the glory, name the graces." ~ Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Give thanks, in all things.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18

When we let Him in, make a commitment to spend time in His word, name His graces and give thanks our hearts begin to transform. The problem was always with the heart. It’s a heart thing and thankfully Jesus specializes in heart transformations.

Does the transformation happen overnight? No.

I promise though, as you do these things over and over again, you will begin to unwrap God’s love for you. And those old tapes that may play in your head? It is finished — you have a new life in Christ.

I know this to be true.

How do I know?

For lent I gave up my eating disorder. I actually gave it up the last time I met with Michele—four weeks ago. I’m reading through the Bible, I’m naming His graces and I’m giving thanks in ALL things.

Freedom is within my reach.

“Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:57

We are fearfully and wonderfully made and His works are wonderful.

You are enough. You are worthy. Because of Him.

Much love,
Beth

 
Beth Stiff is Simply Beth, at least that’s what her blog is called. A wife to her Army Reserve husband and a mom of two boys, with her oldest son serving in the Navy, and a mother-in-law too. She a Jesus lover, a family gal who loves her friends, and reading with a hot cup of coffee. Her life is changed, even after 20 years of marriage with a love that grows stronger. But the bottom line, is in the heart. Beth loves the heart things and to speak about the Love that changed her and keeps changing her. She’s an encourager who thrives on being in our corner. You can also find her over here, bloggingTwitteringFacebooking, and posting pictures to the Pinterest world.
A Soft Gentle voice
I am honoured to host these guest posts in this series on women mentoring women 
Some weeks you may find tips from the kitchen or healthy recipes, tools other women have used to grow spiritually, hints to help us build up and love our husbands, and lessons they have learned as they have walked along with their children to teach them to love God wholeheartedly, habits they have developed in keeping their home, ways they have worked on to keep their behaviour respectful, or rhythms that allow peace and rest in the home and hearts that dwell there within.
You will find all the posts in the series here.


"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behaviour,
not slanderers or slaves to much wine.
They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands,
that the word of God may not be reviled."

{Titus 2:3-5}


16 comments:

  1. Brave and beautiful post. Truly! May God use every single word to continue to keep you in freedom & free many others.
    Love,
    Joanne

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    1. Thank you so much, Joanne. I do pray that God uses my story to free others. Oh, how I pray. Much love to you.

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  2. Such courage, Beth! Your vulnerability here will bless others, I know. Praying that healing will continue to come for those broken places and His truth and love for you will overpower any temptation to fall back into old patterns.

    Christy @ A Heartening Life
    www.ahearteninglife.com

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    1. I appreciate you stopping by Rebekah's to read, Christy. And thank you for your kind words and your prayers. Blessings to you.

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  3. May you continue to cling to God's word as He heals you.

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  4. Praying you continue to walk in ALL the freedom He has waiting for you. I'm so proud of you for bravely-willingly sharing your heart/story!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers, Alecia. I apprecitae you! xoxoxo

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  5. This right here will lead so many toward healing. I just love you. Made me think of this song:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKXmwCQuVSM

    Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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    1. You know I just adore you, right? {Hugs}

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  6. Beautiful. I love courageous words that open the door to hope and freedom to others. You offer that.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa. Your kind comments are always a blessing to me. {Hugs}

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  7. Every time I read your words, I just want to hug you, sweet Beth. For real. I affirm this call on your life and praise you for your courage. Keep on, friend. Keep on.

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    1. I'd so love a hug from you, Sharita. I'm keeping on thanks to the love and support of the people God has placed in my life. People like you. {hugs}

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  8. I LOVE you. I am sorry it took me so long to find myself here to read these words. There are some things in my life that I need to give up, to allow God to take, to bring healing. You have given me courage. One day, my friend, we shall sit across a table and sit coffee together and share our hearts.

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    1. I love you too, Barbie. I'm so grateful we have been able to encourage each other through our journey's. We will meet for coffee one day. Much love my friend.

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