Friday, March 31, 2006

Living Beyond Myself

Well... I've started the Living Beyond yourself Bible study by Beth Moore, and frankly... I have nothing to say.

NOTHING TO SAY QUIETLY, THAT IS!!! Cause, I am the poster child for EXCLAMATION LIVING!!! I so love this expression that Beth Moore used... and I think you'll find a whole lotta women that agree with my sentiments! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)

You see, in my relationship with my husband, we have always said (and even laugh about it) that I am the GAS, and HE is the BRAKES ... which just proves that I have always been an exclamation... In fact, so is he ... but that's another story for another time.

So... First, I just have to share how I have struggled. I did not realize how difficult it would be to work full time (40 hours a week), be a full time wife, a full time mom, and care for a house (as in clean it), wash dishes after dinner, blog, pay bills, keep the check book from bouncing (as in not spending money) AND do a Bible study each night.

But out of all of those things, being a full time wife and mom is the most rewarding for me (okay... blogging is too) but NONE of this would be possible with out Jesus Christ, my Savior, my Comforter, my Strength, and the EXCLAMATION in my life. None of it. So, the Bible study is THE MOST important TOOL in my life -- and I'm so excited about it that I can't keep my mouth shut about it. Surprise, huh? Yeah, well ... my mom (who is doing a different Beth Moore study) is probably sick and tired of hearing me talk about it. And my in-laws. And definitely my husband. I was even talking about it at church on Wednesday. Basically... you just can't shut me up about it. Yet another surprise, huh?

First, what I want to do is to share with you five of Beth Moore's quotes from the intro segment of the videos...

1) "GOD IS STILL HAPPENING!" (Amen, Hallelujah ... and Praise the Lord for that!)

2) "When you learn to walk in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, you will be walking in Power."

3) "We have a NOW God! You don't have to wait to become spiritually mature before God can work in your life... We are constantly placed in positions of where we are in immediate need, and we can go to God and tell him "Oh, God -- I need it NOW!" And an outpouring of God comes over us that not only makes us ultimately different, but immediately different! "

4) "God can change our moods! We don't have to be ugly or in a bad mood. God can change that!"

5) "Every time you throw your hands up and say... "You can't" ... Oh YES you can! With the infiltrating power of the Holy Spirit ... YOU CAN! And THAT'S when you know ... GOD IS GOD."

I also want to share some points I've learned ... (only 9, because I have yet to do tonight's study... and will do it after I'm done with this post) --

1) The filling and subsequent gifts of the Spirit won't just change my life... It will CHANGE MY DAY!

2) As women ... we are very influential ... and therefore, must be very careful with this "skill."

3) One of the clearest proofs of God's power is the evidence of a transformed life... MY transformed life.

4) Few things on earth cause as much unhappiness as trying to win the approval and affirmation of people.

5) I am normal... Really, I am ... because everyday, even the disciples fought temptation -- and sometimes lost. Even after they were filled with the Holy Spirit. But, they were never beyond confrontation and accountability.

6) I must (owww -- this one hurts...) abandon my own will and my own agenda so that God's will won't be thwarted in me.

7) Intense times of alone-time with God are required!

8) The greatest risk we'll ever run into is growing casual with the basic precepts of "so great a Salvation." (Trust me, I have been there!)

9) God's specialty is making impossibilities possible (Oh YEAH ... As I said to Janice in an email earlier... God is so good... he's the best thing in the whole world ... better than chocolate, and that says a lot!!!! He answers prayers, and performs modern day miracles. He is the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow... and having [and holding] my son and having frozen embryos reminds me of that constantly ... daily.) And by the way... I am Beth Moore's precious friend ... uuuhhuuuhhh ... she said so in the second (or third) to last paragraph on page 22 ... OH OKAY ... YOU'RE her "precious friend" too -- Wa, wa, wa.... Man... MUST you BURST my bubble like that ALL THE TIME? Ha! Just kidding.

Now, I must close, because there are a gazillion other women commenting about this week's study, and I don't want to steal ALL their thunder.... but before I go... I will leave you with this one last quote... My FAVORITE quote of all times by Beth Moore, because, honey... it's me! Uhhh Huuuuhhh!!!

"You can still like lipstick and like the Word"
Well, Praise God for that!!!

Have a blessed weekend in the Lord, and please... click on some links to the left and see what God's doing in some of the other women's lives!

[Note from the editor: I have tried, and tried to make the linking and banner codes work... but frustratingly enough... I have no idea what I'm doing... And I keep getting a lot of gray spaces AND it messed up my entire template. Sorry for any technical inconveniences this may cause.]


janna said...

GiBee - Well, you are the first post I've read from someone in our study. I've finally finished my real one for this week as well.

It was interesting reading what God spoke to you. I can't wait to see everyone else's too! :)

Chaotic Mom said...

Yup! I just posted mine and have the same footer problem. I'm going to bed now, will read through your post and others in more detail tomorrow. ;)

Faith said...

GiBee - girl, you crack me up. I love your post. I'm sure I would love your lipstick too. HEEHEE! Didn't ya just looove Beth!!!!!!!! We are her personal friends and all, so that is convenient!!!!!!! Also, this does free me up to use exclamations!!!!

Chaotic Mom said...

Hey, I was feeling a bit "down" about not having anything like "exclamation living" to say about my study this week.

I came back to read yours, and your enthusiasm has really rubbed off on me. Thank you for being such a wonderful person. ;)

Shalee said...

I am missing out I can already tell...

The reason I didn't do the study was the same reasons you gave, but you did it! Now being a full-time everything doesn't seem all that good of an excuse.

Keep up with the review. Perhaps much of it will rub off on those of us who have to live it vicariously through the posts.

Rachel said...

Great post. It's so cool to hear what each woman learned this week. I can't wait for more!
Have a great weekend!

Jeana said...

yeah, you definitely strike me as the exclamation mark type of person...glad you were able to get it all in!

Morning Glory said...

I find myself coming to your blog for a lot of reasons, but one is for the "daily devotional". Love it!

Heather Ivester said...

I loved Beth's story about her new orange lipstick and that glimmery green suit she was wearing when she went to meet the Bible scholar. So funny! I love my lipstick too -- AND I love writing with exclamation points! Your post was really exciting -- and I also visited your other blog. What an encouragement you are to many people who struggle with infertility. 14 years! God has blessed you, and you have a major STORY to tell the world. woohoo! :)

Addie said...

Gibee girl, you remind me of the story of the beautiful rainbow fish. (He gave away his beautiful scales to all the other fish so they could be beautiful too.) You're using this blog to share your excitement for what God is doing in you. It's awesome and you're contagious!

Lauren said...

Okay, not sure what the other women read 'cause I was hoping you'd have been a bit more excited about the study. DON'T YOU JUST LOVE BETH MOORE AND ISN"T HER PASSION FOR JESUS JUST SO CONTAGIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, she's kinda like you! I'll just keep coming back to this post if I ever feel bogged down by the study. Thanks.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

You define ENERGY!! Love it!!!

I just rolled around laughing about her lipstick and green pants story. She is a riot!

And the FREEDOM I have now to use exclamation points (at least when corresponding with you fellow LBY'ers) is worth the price of admission right there!!!

I also loved how she said God can change your DAY - i really need to claim that one and bring the sweetness and joy of salvation into my daily activities (can we say grumpy moments?)

Thanks for the enthusiasm - you are a great blessing to all who know (and read) you.

PS your day sounds just down right exhausting! I don't know how you full time work outside of the home mommies do it. And then have time to blog! I am in awe...

BooMama said...

After reading your post, I feel like I need to go build something or lead a cheer or run a marathon. That was awesome. Love it!

Heidi said...

I'm willing to bet you're a very, very fun person to be around!

Vicki said...

I surfed over here from Iris' at Sting My Heart...enjoyed your post today about the Beth Moore study. Thanks for sharing her quotes.

Peach said...

GiBee, these !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! are just for you, sweetie. You are precious to Him and to so many of us who come here frequently for a laugh, a poignant moment or some daily encouragement. I am so glad to be living vicariously with all of you who are doing LBY. I'll be joining you in earnest after this next week. You GO Girl!!!!!!!!!!

eph2810 said...

Great post GiBee and you summed up the first lesson very well.
I am in the same boat as you are. Full-time wife, mom, working outside the home...So, yeah it is hard to keep up with eveything. I think that is where the 'alone-time' with God kicks in. Getting the comfort and strength from Him.
I have adopted Phil 4:13 as my life's motto:"I can do everything through him who gives me strength".
Eveytime I feel overwhelmed - I resite this verse over and over in my head and after a few minutes I have a new burst of energy.

Nicki said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your study this week. I'm enjoying reading what you ladies are studying.

Blair said...

Oh man, that was a wild ride GiBee lol. Those were a lot of my favorite points also. It was just sooo much to write in one post wasn't it? Thank you for sharing!

Carol said...

Girl, you just keep exclaiming and proclaiming! What an encouragement you are. Praise God He can use anyone at any time, in any way and for whatever reason He chooses. He is God!

flipflop said...

It was easier for me to do the video. The self study was a bit more difficult. Like you said 40 hr week, 4 kids, wife, bills, blogs, gymnastics, and life...I'm not sure I can pull it off every week, but whether I post about it or read everyones blogs I'm learning and growing from this.

GiBee said...

Note from the Editor:

To all of you ... ALL!!!! OF!!!! YOU!!!! (had to throw the exclamations in!) -- You are all such a blessing and encouragement to me. I love this little community we have developed. It's nice to know that I don't need to run very far to find someone to lean on, to encourage me, pray for me, or also to find someone that needs me to reciprocate!