Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Not Writer's Block [and God's goodness]


The fewer posts are not a result of writers block. It has nothing to do with not having anything to write about. As I wrote in my last post, there’s a wrestle that happens when I write but maybe the wrestle will always be there. Maybe it has to do with how God created me. It simply takes time for me to process my thoughts.

That’s okay. What God creates is always good.

There's a wide range of topics I could cover in a post because life is full these days. The days are filled with good and hard stuff. In the midst of everything my heart still sings of His goodness. There are truly ten thousand reasons (and more) for my heart to find.


Yet, I do not feel prompted by God to write. Well, there are words still written. Bits and pieces of my heart scatter around me in different forms. These things on my heart though, sometimes they are more sacred and not meant to be shared.

Some of the writing happens via prayer requests; there's a big one circling right now. Thank you to those who are praying. You are teaching me the power found in gathering with sisters and brothers in Christ in prayer. Prayer does works.

A friend wrote to me today and left words which encouraged my heart. Her words remind me of how God puts people in our life for a reason. We are called to be the body of Christ and this body has many parts. And every one of us is a vital member of the body (1 Corinthians 12:27). I am also reminded of words from Jesus in in Matthew 18:20: "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." He created us to gather with others. The way we gather is not limited. Oh, how unlimited the ways we gather can be.


For example, online friends are real friends who gather together via the web. Online friends continue to bless me daily. They give me at least a thousand reasons, likely many more, to sing praises to God.

The friend I mentioned above wrote the below in her email to me:

"I love how you write - truly from the heart and I miss your more frequent posts, but am excited to hear what new things God is calling you to?? So tell me...what is new...what are you up to?  In what direction is God tugging your heart?"

It was Christ that bound us together across the interweb as I read her email.

As I pondered my response to my friend, I thought I might share with you at least one thing I am up to these days. It's all kinds of exciting. It has everything to do with Him becoming greater in my life.

One of the best yeses I have given to God since becoming a Christ follower is joining a local Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class. Every Monday, since September 2014, I gather with 200+ other women to be in God’s Word together and have meaningful conversations. Every day of the week, since the first meeting I attended, I wake early to be with God and study His Word.


This time has drawn me closer to Him. You do know it’s what He wants must from us, right?

The above has led me to give God another yes. Last weekend I started training to be a Group Leader for BSF. Oh friends, I have wobbly knees over this yes but I am also super-duper excited to lead other women in going deeper in their relationship with Christ.

I happen to be writing a lot these days as I give daily lesson questions more thought and attempt to figure out how the heck to do homiletics. More hours per week are devoted to my studies but it’s so worth it.

God’s Word is indeed alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). It’s rocking my world!

There are other new things to talk about but until we make the rounds with family I am holding off on talking about those things here. My husband and I both come from large families so give us time.

Oh, by the way, the friend of mine who so encouraged my heart today has a beautiful blog. I would be most grateful if you would hop on over to say hello to her. You will love her, I promise. Meet Beverly of Walking Well With God


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35 comments :

  1. wow. loved reading what God is doing in your life and your family. I have heard of BSF .. great Bible study training I have heard.... Praying for all that God is doing for you

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Jenn, and for your kind words of encouragement. Blessings.

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  2. Oh that's wonderful that you are training to be a BSF leader. Your love for God's Word and to see other women in it will be the thing that makes you effective. His Spirit will lead you in these things.

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    1. Thank you, Melody. I appreciate you stopping by and taking a moment to share. Blessings.

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  3. Oh Beth, how wonderful that you are going to be a Bible Study leader. Excited for you & all which God is going to do in & through you! Blessings!

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  4. What God creates IS always good. Love, love this update. And I love that we both referenced the same song today. :) I am praying for you and your family. And I'm grateful this crazy, big internet connected us. You're dear and you bless me so. xoxo

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    1. Oh, how grateful I am too!! Love you. xoxo

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  5. Yes! I am with you, Beth! My life has been very full lately and my energies have been diverted away from my writing. That doesn't mean that I am not growing! It is a time of silent service. Thank you for giving this season I am in words to describe it! You always bless me!

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    1. Silent service. Love that, Jennifer. And I absolutely. Bless you as you continue to serve Him. Hugs. xoxo

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  6. So glad to see you here. Your writing seems more relaxed and natural--love it. And you being a BSF leader, I could see that one coming a mile away! :) Much love to you.

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    1. This one did come with ease, Tammy. It felt good. Thanks for all your encouragement. Much love to YOU. xoxo

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  7. Beth, you are such a blessing to me as I look at your heart through your words...and I know that is barely a peek at your heart. You are so honest and real. God did good! and you are beautiful to so many more than you know.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda
    @ Being Woven

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    1. Linda, you touch my heart every time you visit. You are a beautiful encourager. So very grateful for you. And thank you for paying a visit to Beverly. It meant much to both of us. Much love to you. xoxo

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  8. Hi Beth!

    I haven't felt led to write recently either...but, like you, it's not writer's block. My life is so full with growing even closer to God and serving in new and exciting ways that I haven't felt the urge to write. And, that's ok. :) God is good...all the time. I love how He works in the different seasons of our lives to stretch and grow us. I'm loving hanging onto Him for the ride! Blessings & love, Joan

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    1. P.S. I'm so excited that you are following God's lead and serving in a place where He will truly use you! BSF...wonderful! <3

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    2. Joan, I so want to catch up with you and hear what you've been up to. It's been far too long. I miss you. But always enjoy your pictures on Facebook. Love you. xoxo

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  9. So great to see you here, Beth and to know that you are well and pursuing Him - though there was never any doubt on that one. You are a phenomenal leader and you'll just bless those women with your gracious words and kind heart. So nice to know that one God calls us to pull back in one area, He gives us the freedom to say "Yes" in others!

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  10. I love you friend. I missed your prayer need but am praying for you and trusting that God knows and is providing answers. I love how He is pulling you closer to Him, tucking parts of you away only to be enjoyed by Him. I hear great things about BSF. I have no doubt you will be a wonderful leader.

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    1. Barbie, there was no official email with a prayer request sent out but as I've connected with others in various ways I have shared my request. I will reach out soon as prayers are so needed. You are always in my prayers, friend. Love you much. xoxo

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  11. What a blessing you will be as a BSF leader! So glad to read what you've been up to.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. It's always a delight to see you here.

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  12. That is so exciting you have been called to be trained as a leader. That has God's fingerprints all over it. He does work in seasons too. maybe you are being shaped as a writer right now by tending to your inner soul work - the words may come later. heading over to your friends blog now. Keep us posted on how you are doing. I do enjoy reading your words. God will use them!

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    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement, Jean. I really have come to see how God does work differently through the various seasons we go through. He knows what He's doing so my trust is in Him. I am enjoying getting to know you better through your blog. Thanks so much for visiting Beverly's blog too. Blessings.

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  13. Going deeper in God's word is always a reason to celebrate! I'm so thankful for this direction He is calling you in, my friend! I, too, miss your more frequent posts, but as you say, there are seasons in life and I know God's calling you to other things in this season. It's all good, when it's all God! You're always in my prayers, sweet Beth.

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    1. Indeed it is, June! I have missed you, friend. You've been in my thoughts and prayers. Loved this too ... "It's all good, when it's all God!" Good words right there.
      Love you.
      xoxo

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  14. Sweet Beth,
    You have a transparency, a genuine grace that you wear well. I love how you affirm others with your words and point us to the beauty of encouragement as you share the way others bless you with the words that He speaks through their willing obedience.
    I am excited for the next season He has you walking into, the leading He is calling you to... He is equipping you for abundance!
    And that prayer thing... friend, know I am praying and thankful for you, always.
    Blessings!
    Dawn

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    1. You are fully of love and grace, Dawn, and it's a pleasure to call you friend. Thank you for your prayers. I do so much appreciate you and will be stopping by your blog to catch up soon. Hope we can plan another meet-up soon. Lets enjoy these warmer temps together!! Love you. xoox

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  15. Your words and sharing life is always so refreshing. Love visiting here, Beth. Thanks for stopping in to see me. Love how God continues to bless you and call you into different areas. We may be stepping into that area soon in CA. Time will tell. We've been praying about it. Have a great day, friend.

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Kim. I always love seeing you here. Many blessings to you, friend. xoxo

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  16. Beth, how exciting that you are going to be serving at BSF! Praying for you today. :)

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  17. Such a blessing seeing God work in your life and following through on what He has for you - a true encouragement for us all. Change happens in every area of our lives (whether I like it or not...) but so grateful to the One who never changes, that I can depend on always. May God bless you as you step into this new area of ministry and may others glean more and more from His Word as they study with you.

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  18. Your heart always shines through your writing and that is what I love so much. Whether every detail is shared or left unspoken, you reach into my heart across the miles and across the internet. I am blessed to call you friend and know that I have been praying and will continue to do so. You are a gift to me! Love you!

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  19. Dear Beth, I agree with Mary above. Your heart SHINES through your writing, and I'm sure your heart will shine as you lead that BSF group! What a blessing to take part in that study. I miss that living overseas, but this year we'll come home for a 9 month furlough, and perhaps I'll take part in something like that. I love Bible studies that get me deeper into God's word, sometimes I go through print ones myself. May the Lord bless your times in the Word.

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