Friday and Saturday, I took my sweet daughter, Rebekah to see Beth Moore at a Living Proof Live event. For me, July was packed with out-of-town trips, which rapidly spilled into August and the beginning of school (am I crazy, or are the summers getting shorter every year??!!!) and the launching of my second blog.
Needless to say, though I’ve had these tickets for months, I honestly didn’t have Beth Moore on my radar until about Thursday when I had to unpack from our Michigan trip so I could re-pack for my Lexington trip.
As I was throwing my clothes into a suitcase, yet again, I felt the little nudge from God reminding me how spiritually significant this weekend would be for Rebekah and me. I paused and thanked God for preparing my little girl’s heart–and mine–because I certainly had not taken the time to do so.
There are no words to describe the adrenaline rush of worshiping with 11,000 other women and having my daughter at my side. It’s one of those rare times when worship flows easily, even for a self-conscious, embarrassed 11-year-old (and a distracted, stressed-from-sitting-in-traffic-for-one-full-hour-in-front-of-Rupp Arena- 42-year-old.) I suppose it’s God’s way of giving us a tiny glimpse of what Heaven will be like–hearing thousands of voices, lifted up simultaneously in honor to Jesus. Breathtaking.
So, as I try to condense this experience into a single blog post, I am absolutely overwhelmed with all God spoke to me. I couldn’t take notes fast enough. Some phrases, I just had to write down for digestion later. I scribbled scriptural references into my notes at warp speed, knowing I will be spending the next several days poring over them and asking God to illuminate them further. One thing’s for sure…a Beth Moore conference is an efficient way for God to fillet your heart. She’s not one to deliver fluff.
The first night of the conference happened to coincide with the opening night of one of the biggest chick flicks this year:
I haven’t read this book or seen this movie, but I figure a lot of you have or will. Beth brilliantly adapted the theme of this story into her own theme for the weekend, “Eat, Pray, Love.” Her theme came not from the pages of a memoir, but from the book of Jeremiah. Here are the scriptures she asked us to memorize, and thus, where I am today in God’s word:
“I’ve brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit.” (Jer 2:7)
“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.” (Jer 15:16)
“You will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jer 29:12)
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things that you do not know.” (Jer 33:3)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with loving kindness.” (Jer 31:3)
“Give thanks to the Lord Almighty for the Lord is good. His love endures forever.” (Jer 33:11)
What is God saying to YOU? Only a few more days to link up!