Unexpected Gifts

Sweet Pea and her little brother, Rusty.

I don’t want to let too many days pass before I write about going to see Beth Moore with Sweet Pea.  It was a completely unexpected blessing and I still can’t quite believe it worked out, but it speaks to me about God’s love.  He knew I needed this particular message, at this particular time, with this particular child of mine.

I couldn’t possibly tell you all of the great things she said, but let me hit a few highlights.

  • Beth Moore was different than I expected, in a good way. I expected a speaker, what I got was a teacher.  It was the biggest Bible study I’ve attended in my life, and it was very wonderful.
  • It is amazing to see 5500 women worship Jesus and learn the Bible together, including memorizing the key verse she taught.
  • Her passion for God’s Word made me think, “I want it.  I want to love the Bible the way she loves it.”
  • I am more committed than ever to digging back into the Bible study I am doing with my friend, Kathleen. [This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.]

On a personal note:

  • I loved being with Sweet Pea – we could not have planned this if we had tried.  She was sick with a terrible sinus infection, but it was still so precious.  I only wished Mimi could have been with us.
  • I stole a few moments with my dear friend, Marybeth, who invited us to come.  She brought a group of pastor’s wives over from the Seattle area, and it was due to a cancellation that we were able to join them.  They had group things going on, but Marybeth and I were able to have an early breakfast Saturday morning and it was so good to be with her.  We have been friends for 22 years and have known each other through the ups and downs of life.  I am deeply thankful for her friendship.

On an interesting note:

  • When we arrived at our hotel room, I opened the door and not only was there somebody in the room, it was a naked man!  I think he was as surprised as I was.  I actually only had the door open for an instant, so it wasn’t terrible, it was just strange.  The hotel apologized profusely for double booking our room and we quickly got a new room.
  • Friday night, as Sweet Pea and I were sharing a snack and tea in the hotel restaurant, two men came out of the lounge fighting.  One guy actually had his hand tightly around the neck of the other.  Hotel employees were trying to pull them apart and the women who was with one of them kept yelling at them to stop.  We were sitting quite close to the excitement and I kept wondering if we should get up and move, but one of the guys was finally persuaded to leave.
  • [Interestingly, we were staying at a very nice hotel in Spokane.]
  • Last but not least, I was fifteen minutes out of Spokane on the way home when my tired minivan died.  At 227,000 miles on the odometer, I suppose a rest is in order sometimes.  I was able to pull to the side of the highway and put my flashers on.  I called Russ and tried to figure out what to do.  Then I call AAA who said they would be there within an hour.  It was cold, and getting dark, when I remembered that I had my suitcase in back, so  I dug out a second pair of socks, a fleece jacket to put under my coat, and my running jacket to wrap around my legs.
    I was feeling uncertain about driving all the way home with a tow truck driver I didn’t know.  Russ and I were debating whether he should come pick me up (90 min. each way) or if I should stay the night at Sweet Pea’s and have one of our boys pick me up Sunday.  I began to pray about the situation and, after being inspired for two days, I decided that I would ride with the driver.It ended up that he was a great guy who has a sister who is a Christian.  As the oldest of ten kids, he could relate to my family and our crazy life.  We talked the entire time.  I asked him about his life and told him about ours.  We talked about orphans in Ethiopia, digging wells in Kenya, his 13 year old son, and lots about God.  I can’t imagine another situation that would have given me over 90 minutes to talk about why we live the way we do, who Jesus is to us, and why we care about orphans.  It was a sweet experience.
  • Noah was there to meet me when got into town and I was safely home by 9:00 — not quite what I was expecting, but apparently it was what Jesus planned for me.

I’m still sitting with a few things that Beth Moore taught and hopefully there will be time to write more about them soon.

Thank you for all of your wonderful and insightful responses to Suzanne’s question.  There is still plenty of time to add your thoughts.  Please take a moment to read the Tuesday Topic and respond — we want to hear what you have to say.

Blessings friends.

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Ann
    November 3, 2010

    Thanks for sharing–can't wait to hear more–wondering what the verse was you had to memorize.

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  2. One Thankful Mom
    November 3, 2010

    The passage was Ephesians 4:4-6

    4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

    It was so good. She'll be in Seattle March 11-12, 2011.

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  3. Kim
    November 3, 2010

    What a great testimony to God's hand in even the "what-a-total-pain-in-the-backside" situations! Thanks for sharing! I was encouraged by reading it.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 3, 2010

      Kim, I'm glad it was encouraging. I pretty much have to laugh at all of the crazy situations.

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  4. Andrea H.
    November 3, 2010

    Oh she the the best bible teacher in the world. I have done so many of Beth's bible studies. How cool you got to go with sweet Pea. Did you go to the Spokane one? I was so bummed I missed that one but I just found out she is coming to our town in March…. Yeahhh.

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  5. One Thankful Mom
    November 3, 2010

    Andrea, yes, it was in Spokane at the Arena. I had no idea how many women would be there — it was remarkable.

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  6. Giann
    November 3, 2010

    okay….I am laughing about the hotel double booking your room!! (that just seemed funny to me)
    On another note….
    What a great opportunity to minister to the tow truck driver!

    And I have never read/heard anything by Beth Moore…but it sounds like you learned alot though!

    Blessings!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 3, 2010

      Gian, check out some of her books, you may like them. And yes, that was quite a funny moment in our weekend. You should have seen the face of the hotel clerk when I told her there was a naked man in my room.

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  7. Lori
    November 3, 2010

    Sounds like a great experience to me!! Lots to laugh at…lots to be thankful for….lots to reflect upon!!! I LOVE Beth Moore!! Would absolutely LOVE to see her in person!!!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 3, 2010

      I have to say that I saw her from a great distance, but she honestly made it feel personal. Yes, lots to laugh about!

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  8. Jillian
    November 3, 2010

    WOW! That was an action packed adventure for sure! What a strange and crazy experience! So glad you were able to go to the Beth Moore event and were touched and blessed!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 3, 2010

      Wish you had been here — it was nuts, but I enjoyed (nearly) every moment.

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  9. Damaris
    November 3, 2010

    I'm not sure how I found your blog. I love it. What a good example you are! Good job on hearing what the lord had in store for you and being able to share your faith with the driver.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      November 3, 2010

      Thank you so much – it was a good adventure.

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  10. Cindy
    November 9, 2010

    I'm so glad to hear about your wonderful ride home, and how you had a God moment 🙂 Just think you almost missed it, but next time you'll be inspired to risk:)
    Love Ya

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