Tuesday, February 9, 2016

And the twirling returns

Topics I could write about here in this space twirl through my head again. They had stopped for a period of time. It could also be I stopped paying attention. In any case, they are twirling again.

A decision on the topic I want to explore with you takes longer to come. I want the process of writing to come with more ease so I pray for God to be clear on the topic and timing. Then, “Please, God, let the words flow. If you could take care of the grammar and so forth, that would be great too. Amen!”

I could write on deployments and how the second time around is so very different from the first.

I could likely write on various topics when it comes to deployments. Does it make sense to say I find the topic to also be very personal? There's an intimacy experienced with my husband and also with God meant only for me. Maybe my encouragement on deployments should simply be this... Don't minimize what God can do.

I could write on prayer. God does a mighty work in my heart on how prayer really works. He challenges me to look closer at my current prayer life. Where does it lack? What is prayer and what should it look like? He provides a new perspective through books like, the Power of a Praying Wife and Praying Upside Down.

I could write on feelings and how they can be so deceptive. Satan does his usual thing... he attempts to steal my joy but seriously, take a hike loser!! I'm done with you.

I could write on another life change I will soon embark on. Instead, for security purposes hubs and I have decided the topic should be left for another time. Like most life changes, it won't be an easy one. At the same time, I see God hand me another opportunity to go deeper with Him.

I could write on spiritual growth too. Where to begin though? God is just so good!

Oh, I could totally write all about the IF:LOCAL I attended this past weekend! Let’s talk about gathering around tables!!! It has been a desire of mine for far too long to gather women around my table. I need to stop talking and move. Trust God and move. Would you please nudge me if you do not see a post from me by the end of March on my first gathering? If you do not it means I need encouragement to be brave.

Friends, I move slower these days. I'm present more. Priorities are rightly aligned. Not perfect yet right for this season. The days are not easy. I miss my husband more and more with each passing day. I also love him more and more with each passing day.

And I'm reminded of my two favorite words in the Bible daily.

“But God.”

I hold tightly to those two words. No matter what we may endure, we are to trust and wait on God. He has a “But God” story for us. Actually, we are already in the midst of our “But God” story for “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28). We find the ultimate good He accomplishes in verse 29: “For those God foreknew He also predestines to be conformed to the image of His son.”

“God is able to use everything in life, good or bad, to make His children more like Jesus.” Bible Study Fellowship

Be comforted by this truth.

Draw near to Him. “Taste and see that He is good” Psalm 34:8.

And listen to this…

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  1. I love you and all your twirling. xoxo

  2. Keep twirling friend because God is going to teach you and the rest of us so much through this space you call your writing home. I for one cannot wait. Just the little glimpse into what matters to you right now is a peek at how hard God is working in and through you. I love your heart for community and I am also convicted that I need to gather women around my table to share life and God. We can spur each other on in this area. Much love to you!

    1. Oh how I wish we could gather around the same table, Mary. One day... one day soon hopefully! Love you much. xoxo

  3. you're doing it, Beth!

    you're writing! the words wait to be spilled out.

    subject matter doesn't matter.

    your heart is overflowing ...

    and I, for one, am delighted!

    1. Your encouragement is always a blessing. Thank you, Linda!

  4. I love you and all of your twirling!

  5. Hi Beth! I really resonated with those words 'take a hike loser!'. Tell the truth my friend!
    It sounds like your IF Gathering was just what you needed, and I'm so glad. Don't we all need a little poke in the ribs to get us rolling in the right direction? And our souls are no different than our stomachs, they need to be fed :)
    Moving. Hmm. Interesting theme. Moving is exciting and daunting all at the same time. May God move you in His great grace to the place where you will be fed, and feed too. I know that's your hearts desire.

    1. Ha! Glad you like that loser term too. I'm taking you by the arm next year and we are doing an IF Gathering together! Blessings to you, friend. Hope we find a date soon to catch up. xoxo

  6. I would love to read more of all those twirlings! :)

  7. You are in a beautiful place. It is good to take things more slowly. You will be so blessed by friends gathered around the table - so very blessed. The breaking of bread (or cake or cookies) with others - is a God thing, when he's invited in! Shalom, Beth! Much Shalom!

    1. Hello Maryleigh. Oh yes... God must be invited in! I want that gathering to be all about Him. Much love. xoxo

  8. Whatever your write, friend, it's always from a place of wanting to share your heart, and glorify God. You can't go wrong. I'm always blessed and encouraged in this space. Praying for you and new changes (which usually = new challenges) Love, June

  9. I remember when I was a young girl, I liked playing with a baton. I was never very good at it, but I did enjoy the twirling. Seems to me, friend, that God is using your twirling ideas to great accomplishment. I continue to be blessed every single time you make an appearance here. Your words weave an intricate place of pondering in my soul. And I am consistently challenged and inspired. I eagerly look forward to seeing where He's leading you, as you delve even deeper into the heart of His love.

    So glad we're sharing the journey...



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