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.
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