Vera Bradley Petal Pink Binder
Okay, so I live about 2 miles from a Hallmark store that carries Vera Bradley. Often items go for 50-75% off (and even once 90% off). So, when this pattern was retired almost 2 years ago... I snagged it for a deal. I plan on using it whenever I have the opportunity to teach in the future. Not sure what that looks like, but I am anticipating it!
Last night my husband "kind" of questioned me about my fanaticism for Beth Moore lately. I immediately agreed with him that I have been talking about her a lot or blogging about her or flying to see her in Houston... or reading her current book release! At the SSMTC one of my new BFFs, Linda, said that her husband had told her not drink any KOOL-AID she might be offered by Beth Moore. She chuckled and told him that if Beth Moore was offering... she'd ask for a pitcher full!
Here's the deal... last year I was talking to a wise friend of mine about a relationship I was in... I was trying to "fix" someone... a habit I am sooooo giving over to the Lord. Her advice to me was... "Are you pointing her to the Lord or to yourself?" Gulp! She encouraged me to draw my friend to the Lord... and not try to be her "everything." Such strong words that I immediately wrote them down and keep them in my office as a reminder to myself... whenever I feel like I don't know what to say to someone or how to help them... or how to fix them... I ask myself, "Am I pointing her to YOU or to me?"
And in the same vain... I look at those I esteem in the ministry. Are they pointing me to God or to themselves? As for Beth Moore, I can only say that her influence over the years through Bible Studies, books or teachings have so increased my love for the Word of God that I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. That she is constantly pointing me to Jesus and to the truth of the Bible... I guess I just can't contain myself.
And so, I also say this for myself... If I am ever pointing you to me and not to God... don't follow me! Follow God! And please... in love... gently rebuke me. And remind me... that it is sooooo about God's grace and mercy... and the best thing I can do sometimes is to just shut up and pray.
...for they received the message
with great eagerness and
examined the Scriptures every day
to see if what Paul said was true.