Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday Morning Cover to Cover

UPDATE: I just left a COMMENT here to each of you who have commented on this post as of this morning. Your comments were just simply AWESOME on our reading of the Word of God this week. OH MY GOODNESS! Today is Day 4 for missing humanitarian aid worker Cyd Mizell, our good friend. Hoping for a safe return.

Twenty three men and women are reading the Bible chronologically together, taking the truths of Scripture and praying for our God to sink the truth deep into our hearts (Psalm 51:6). You are invited to join us at any time. The reading plan is listed in my left sidebar. This week, you read about Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau, Rachel, Joseph and his brothers….what lingers in your heart this morning? How did God stir your heart this week? Leave a comment here, a sentence or as long as you like. Then, link us up to your blog where you are invited to comment on the Scripture readings for the week. Here are a dozen truths that so stirred my heart...

SEARCHING FOR MY GOD…Story of Abraham and Isaac is one of God speaking to Abraham. Signposts provide the ways we can honor our God in our actions along the way. In 22:11, “Here I am” with wood and fire and a knife says Abraham…and on the mountain of God, Abraham called the place ‘The Lord Will Provide’ – what place do you need today for your Lord to provide. The signpost says ASK, SEEK, KNOCK...everyone who asks receives/ who seeks finds/ and to you who knock, the door will be opened.

GOD GIVES WATER IN MY DESERT…Humble Hagar sobbing for her boy in a parched desert land. Beautiful God opening the eyes of her heart to see water and your eyes too. Eph 1:18 that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened that we may know hope. Isaiah 43:20 I provide water in the desert, that you may proclaim my praise. These tender words are not just text but about a Person, the Living Word, the Living Water.

ABRAHAM DIED FULL OF YEARS….25:8 may it be said of us that our years were full of faith and obedience.

TRADED THE TEMPORARY FOR THE ETERNAL…. QUICK! In 25:30-34, Esau trades a bowl of soup, quickly, trades temporary for the line of David/ lineage. What do we temporarily trade so quickly?

SOLD BIRTHRIGHT AND STOLE BLESSING….They kept doing the same disobedient things over and over and over and expected different results. Doesn’t work that way.

CURVED IN ON THEMSELVES….. There has to be repentance—turning away from those sins of jealousy, greed, self-ambition. 27:5 Rebekah was listening with a jealous ear as Isaac spoke to Esau. How sad that it’s the end days of their marriage and they are so missing each other living for themselves, their world. And blaming it on God. 27:8 “Listen carefully Jacob and do what I tell you.” Whoa! Even children need to weigh the words of well-intentioned self-serving mothers and stand in their way.

“ONE WHO SUPPLANTS” REAPS A HARVEST OF SIN…..God did not approve of Jacob’s conduct. Jacob’s scheming brought consequences: 1. Jacob fled from his home 27:42 and never saw his mother again. 2. Jacob was tricked by his Uncle Laban 29:14-30 3. Jacob lived in fear of Esau 27:41 4. Jacob’s dishonesty affected his children who dealt treacherously with the Shechemites (chapter 34) 5. Jacob’s own children deceived their dad about the alleged death of his beloved favorite son, Joseph. Signposts show the harvest of sin that came into Jacob’s life. 6. Jacob repented in 32:9-12 and finished his life as a changed man in spite of he weaknesses. And the best is #7. God chose to confirm the blessing of Abraham to Jacob 28:10-15.

HAVE MERCY ON US O GOD! …..32:10 I am unworthy of your Kindness and Faithfulness. This signpost proved that Jacob could persevere and overcome without cheating. Jacob saw that his own strength was futile and he humbly sought help from his beautiful sovereign God. .32:26 “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

GOD IS GIVING YOU A NEW NAME…God gave him the new name of Israel, which means “he struggles with God.” 32:28 – A new name “because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” God painted a vision for a man who had been messing up royally. What is the new name that your God is giving to you as you wrestle with Him and with man?

NO “BIG PEOPLE” and NO “LITTLE PEOPLE” …..Can’t imagine the fear that captured Jacob’s heart as he witnessed in 33:1 “there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men.” The brother who wanted to kill him. Seemed like Jacob had a vertical hierarchy of who was important in his life. Signpost says: Live horizontal in all your relationships..

LONGING FOR RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS….My childhood was filled with people who were enemies and never talked to each other again and went to their graves that way. Don’t want to spend any of my adulthood in bitterness. I long for the embrace. Don’t demand it for my happiness but long for my Lord to show up and allow all to embrace. Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him. Verse 10: If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift. For to see your face, Esau, is like seeing the face of God.

GOD KEEPS SHOWING UP so CEASE STRIVING…So stirred how God keeps showing up in these chapters not dependent on how hard man is trying to find Him or even doing the right things. Cease striving, Psalm 46:10 and be still and know that I Am God! Here are some of the ways God showed up that jumped off the pages into my heart:
21:17 – God showed up in the desert and heard the boy crying and came to open the eyes of Hagar to give the boy water
24:40 – God showed up by sending an angel to make their journey successful
31:42 – God showed up, saw my hardship and the toil of my hands and my God showed up to rebuke Laban for what he did.
35:6 - God showed up and revealed Himself to Jacob when he was fleeing from Esau. Gives me hope in my major and minor troubles that God is the one who shows up not dependent on how hard I work.
37:7 God showed up in verse 7 and painted a vision for Joseph even in his sleep—”your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
37:21 God showed up as the brothers plotted to kill Joseph, but someone stopped them.
37:36 Then God showed up and led Potiphar to buy Joseph.
38: 7, 10 - God showed up and did not relent. God put Er and Onan to death for their wickedness.
39:21 – God showed up in Joseph’s prison and gave him Kindness and Favor. Unjustly thrown into prison and the God who showed up at Joseph’s Egyptian house, just showed up in the prison dungeon.

What would it take for Rebekah or Jacob to stop doing the same things over and over? What will it take for me in my life as I deal with whatever addictions I face---addictions like my inexhaustible need for love and recognition which cannot and must not rule my life. Be quiet, O my soul, acknowledge my powerlessness to change and fight my temptations. I cannot cure myself. Praise God Someone has! And give me faith, o my beautiful God, this day and one day to know how much I have received, and how deeply I am loved as your daughter. I read the Scriptures but the Scriptures read me. And, like you, I so want a better ending, like John 8:32---"You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free" and you will be free indeed. Loved, loved, loved how our beautiful God so showed up in these chapters even when they were wicked and then when they were obedient, like Jacob after 32:9 and Joseph. Ask. Seek. Knock. Cease striving. Stop being a human doer. Be still.

Our dear friend, Cyd Mizell, has been kidnapped by gunmen in Afghanistan. Hoping for her safe return. See the story on the post below.

46 comments:

Ang baylis 1/28/2008  

Hi, girls! I want you to know that my life has been so blessed by this reading of the Bible together. Thank you for keeping me accountable since I could get lazy if it weren't for these Monday Morning meetings. I wrote a little bit of what lingers in me on my blog. I pray that when people look at us, girls they..."For to see your face, Esau, is like seeing the face of God".
Have a good week!
Love,
Angie xoxo

Patty 1/28/2008  

Good Morning Girls and Guys!Bev, what wonderful insight that you gleaned from our reading this week! I love your heart for God! I am enjoying reading with you all and this week I asked God to place on my heart what He wanted me to write about and I guess I will write it on my blog. Do you want us to write it in here or on our blogs from now on?
I hope you all have a blessed Monday!
Love,
Patty

Bev Brandon 1/28/2008  

Ang - it's a privilege to be on this journey with you!

Patty - you are always welcome to post as long a comment as you want. I would LoVe if you put as much of it here or even summarize ithere cause some people will only read this post and can glean from you. But always post your entire stirrings on your blog and leave as much as you can here. Don't pass me by without giving me your wisdom from ABOVE. AND, if someonw wants to leave SILENCE, they are most welcome to do that too! We're so privileged to read the Bible together---my friend, Cyd, doesn't have one to read this a.m. It's in her heart. Pray for her. I'm on my way to teach all day. Have a great day! Bev

Nise' 1/28/2008  

Happy Monday! Wow, not only does He stir my heart through my own reading but what you share stirs my heart as well! God is go good. What is at the forefront of my mind and heart is, "The Lord will provide" (at just the right time, His time not mine).

My post on this week's reading is here.

Anonymous 1/28/2008  

I'm still loving reading through the Bible with you ladies and guys. I don't have anything to add this week except my continued heart's desire to grow closer to the Lord through this reading. I would like to say to all you bloggers that I love reading what you are gleaning; but, unfortunately, I don't have the time to go to everyone's blogs to read them. I miss reading it here but understand your wanting to share it with all your friends who read your blogs. And, as I don't have a blog, when I post my thoughts, I will have to do it here or just post them on Engage the Journey.

Have a glorious, blessed week, friends, as we journey together with our glorious Lord and Savior each day.

And, dear Bev, I am so very sorry about your friend and will be praying for her. May she show the light and love of Jesus to her enemies this day and may she have His peace that passes all understanding this minute and all those minutes to come. I love you, Bev.

Love, JeanM

Patty 1/28/2008  

I will comment on Genesis 32:22, Jacob wrestling with God. It prompted me to think of all the times I have struggled with God over a situation. We all do. Certain times we go our own way and do our own thing because we get tired of waiting on God. We struggle with control issues.We struggle with trust , do we trust man , or God? Maybe in His Word? Do we struggle with obeying God's commands? Do we struggle to believe God's word? Do we struggle with God's calling on our lives? God, I know what you have called me to do but I think you can get someone better than me. We also have countless struggles with man/woman. There are marital, job, financial, health, children struggles that we all face. The thing that I love is that we can take ALL of this to God and tell Him the truth of what is on our hearts, what we are having trouble with and He has the answers for us. We find our help and deliverance in Him.Jacob did. He was on the threshold of seeing God restore his relationship with Esau. Jacob was full of fear because of the things he did against his brother but also the last words he heard before he left home, leave quickly, your brother is going to kill you. We can't run from our problems or issues in life. They always catch up with us one way or another and God wants us to deal with our struggles with Him. It is the only healthy way. We might as well struggle the thing out with God and follow His directions, His will.Obviously God had worked on Esau's heart. He had already forgiven his brother in his heart. He met Jacob with a hug, embrace! When he saw his brother he ran to him. Reminded me of the father running to his prodigal son in Luke 15. In Chapter 33 , verse 9, we read that God restored what had been taken from Esau. He said, "I already have plenty my brother. Keep what you have for yourself! Jacob tried to offer Esau gifts but that was not needed. God is a God of restoration in our lives. He restored everything back to Job, Jacob and Esau and He will do it for us. What has the enemy taken from you? What has been stolen from you? God knows and has already worked out a plan for restoration just as He did for Jacob and Esau.At the end of chapter 33 , vs. 18, after Jacob had left Paddam-Aram he arrived safely in te city of Shechem in Caanan. He built an altar and called it El Elohe Israel- or Mighty God of Israel.After wrestling with God all night , God changed Jacob's name to Israel. I love that Jacob felt no condemantion but received forgiveness that God offered and he took to his new name.Again, he built an altar and called it El Elohe Israel or Mighty God of Israel or Mighty God of Patty, or Bev, Angie, Annie, Sharon etc... we can put our name there. He has delivered and rescued us and one day we will arrive safely to our destination to spend eternity with Him!!

Alana 1/28/2008  

I know you said that we didn't have to fess up when we are behind, but I am so woefully behind that I can't post at all on this past weeks reading. My goal this week is to be back up to speed for next Monday's post. See you for Cover to Cover next week!

annie's eyes 1/28/2008  

Morning, Bev and Bible bunch. Here we are at week four, and I am hearing the Lord speak truths to me like never before--sweet, personal truths that cause me to pause and take my inventory! I am going to *try* to post my link but if not please come on by to my post my blog post

You all have a blessed week. And maybe I'll go work on my html skills. annie

annie's eyes 1/28/2008  

Oh yea. I almost did it. Bev, hope you are having a good day teaching and Cyd is on my heart & in my prayers...love, annie

helenw13 1/28/2008  

Good morning...at least it is morning where I am...what a filled week of reading...
Bev...I loved your post and all the ways that God showed up...amazing...I will be praying for your day of teaching and for Cyd...

I have posted my thoughts on my blog...this week I what lingered related to what kind of heart do I have...an undivided one or one that is consumed with things that can get me into hot water and break down relationships with others and with the Lord. You can read it here, Helen's site!

Bless you all this week...I feel like to we all have a cloud of witnesses yet here on earth that are all reading the Word and cheering each other on and giving us strength to continue the journey...and in doing this together aren't we seeing how such a tender Savior that speaks to us in so many ways...I love it...I am enriched each week to read all that the Lord puts on your hearts...so I am off to your blogs...

Love,
Helen

Mary Lou 1/28/2008  

Bev, just want to say that my heart has been so blessed by what you shared and what the others have shared. I have tried to go to each blogsite and read thier thoughts and then comment. My husband and I just realized that we both had been in a depression where we were not really functioning at a "normal" level and felt like we had both come out of it in the past few weeks. this has been going on for several months and in my case more than several months. i would not have labeled it depression but that is what it was...our circumstances haven't changed but we have.....Psalm 46:10 has been going over and over in my heart. As I read the readings for last week, one thing that stirred me, was the altars that were built and the "stones of remembrance" that were put up where signifcant things happened when God met them etc.....It reminded me of a stone of remebrance of "this time" that I am coming out of....where He carried me on His shoulders and close to His heart, no matter what I did or what was going on.....The depth of insight is such a blessing for me...God is really using it in my heart and life right now....His perfect timing...had no idea He would meet me thru all of you. Bev, you have such a way with words and such insight....He is using you mightily.....Blessings...Mary Lou

CrownLaidDown 1/28/2008  

I was struck today by the fact that Joseph did not give up on God. Even after 13 years of seeming to be abandoned and forgotten and misused, he still did not take credit for the gift of interpreting dreams. He said God will do it. He trusted God when all else seemed so very unfair and wrong around him. I want to trust God through the highs and lows like that!

I love you friend and am glad you got to have your weekend with girlfriends in Houston! I am praying for your friend and have forwarded it to a friend who may or may not be very close to that situation.
Love you!
holly

Fran 1/28/2008  

Well, my first comment didn't go through because blogger was down!
I hope I can spit out what I want to say! :)

I know you will love me anyway and let me stay in the group but I got way behind on reading due to me getting ready for our womens retreat!!

But, I LOVE Genesis and will read over them the best I can.

For now, my favorite part is the new name of Jacob. I wrestled with God for so many years and I wonder what my new name is?? I know I'm Fran but I wonder if He calls me something else??

I love being a new creation in Christ. I love the newness that He brings and gives every day. I love knowing that there are new things coming for me that I'm not aware of. And, I know there will be many more wrestling matches to come. I love Him dearly.

Thank you for your prayers for our retreat. It was pure joy to share what He has done for me and my life. I give Him all the praise for taking this mess and giving me a new chance at life with Him.

I love ya! Hope you are 100% better and had a wonderful time in Houston.

Praying for Cyd right now.
Hugs~

Shonda 1/28/2008  

Hello gals!
I've been reading and I'm current. All I have to say this week is that I'm laying down my "Isaacs". I feel that there are many areas in my life that I'm to lay down on the altar. The things that I hold dear that may or may not be promises from God. But I will trust God to resurrect what is from HIM and burn up what is not. I will trust HIM to be my Provider (and Defender, Redeemer, Protector, etc).

Blessings in Christ--

Shonda 1/28/2008  

P.S. I'm praying for Cyd and her family and friends.

Julie 1/28/2008  

Bev, It is good to see you back.

I am not reading along every day, but I know there is grace.

The scriptures are familiar to me as just recently God took me on a study about the life of Jacob and Leah, just me and Him.

I remember one night when a few years back when I woke up in the middle of the night and had a terrible pain in my hip. Immediately I thought of Jacob, but the pain subsided and I went back to sleep. God wasn't done with me. He woke me up again with pain in that same hip. Again, Jacob comes to mind....God's got my attention now.

Let me preface that to say that a few weeks before I had attended The Sacred Romance conference and John Eldredge talked of God giving us names. I had asked Him what name He would give me. I heard "Overcomer". You know when I heard it I wasn't sure, I sorta doubted it.

As God got my attention with the hip pain I got up the 2nd time and read the scripture where Jacob wrestled. You know He changed Jacob's name and said, "BECAUSE YOU HAVE OVERCOME" Now God's really got my attention. That was just too close to what I heard at the retreat. But I wasn't wrestling...OR SO I THOUGHT.

I realized that I was striving, wrestling to "be still"...
There's something wrong with that picture. How is wrestling being still? Being still means to stop everything, and become well....still.....

Being the Queen of Striving I had no clue what stillness was. So God began to teach me.

I will never be the same.

There is not enough time or space to tell the rest of the things that God has been teaching me through the lives of Joseph and Jacob for my own life.

I just love that His stories speak just to my life today.

Thanks for letting me join in even when I don't get to read the specified chapters every single day.

I love the Word of God and the treasures hidden there.

Blessings,
Julie

JeanMac 1/29/2008  

Have you heard anything? - as of last night, CNN seemed to remove the story - I was hoping maybe negotiations were underway and they asked media to drop any stories.

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

Ang - your post about twins is just adorable, even in same dresses! Love your childlike faith and your big God showing up in your life!

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

Patty, please please always leave a comment here for us cause girl you have so much wisdom from ABOVE. So grateful to our good God for you! Great post!

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

'Nise - and HE stirs my heart through YOU. I'm sitting here with tears running down my eyes reading your words about the LORD will provide...thanks for comment here and an awesome POST.

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

Jean, you are SO SOLID and it's because you have walked through SUFFERING and entered it...it so shows...I hope our friends continue to comment about what God stirred here as well as on their post...if they could do a highlight here...cause it is time consuming on ancient dino computers like mine to visit other blogs...you are always welcome to comment as much as you want here...you've got the floor...how in the WORLD did I ever find you? Must have been God cause you just ran right into my life like I've known you FOREVER...see on on ETJ where I always look for your words!

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

Alana, just left way too long comments on your blog...you've never seen your face before, but we all have and it's beautiful and it reflects a beautiful God in a very tender heart...you guys crack me up with your true confessions...you'll be back in full force and blow us away with His goodness...

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

Annette, you've never seen your face either but I can NOW SAY that I have and it is a beautiful one. But what strikes me to stop in my tracks is the Beauty of your God you have found that pours out of you. To be in your presence is to be in HIS. It was such a moment for me I can't even put in words. Speechless...

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

Helen, I was trying to log on to this page and your post popped up and I KNOW WHY...it's just awesome! Feel the same way about this word of God---and I believe God is opening the eyes of all of our hearts Eph 1:18 to see where we live and have divided hearts and want something more than the love of my beautiful Christ. You offer us such an invitation to His words...thank you.

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

Mary Lou, you are being carried! And it seems He is saying to you and to me "Cease striving" and be still and know that I am your God! No striving allowed. Posted. Isaiah 30:18 - He longs to be gracious to Mary Lou and her husband! God longs for that for you! How precious is that. And it's God showing up through your words to me to saying to me once again, cease striving just like He told Pharaoh in two forms that He would know it was his God saying it. Loved your heartfelt humble comments.

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

Holly, and you are married to a man who will NEVER give up on God no matter the injustice to him and it's happening even now on several fronts. Tell Chris he so encourages me to move on with grace. Always LOVE when Holly shows up cause our God shows up.

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

FOREVER FRAN...you are in my group FOREVER and you cannot leave...nope...

Your thought so touched me about the new name. Wonder what Fran's new name will be. Will it be
B E L O V E D. A daughter who is so fully loved by her God and she loves it,
lives it,
groans it,
gives it,
to all of us plus the poor and needy.

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

Shonda, that's so riveting, refreshing, random out of all we read...and it is so of God! I'll remember your words for a long long time. Thanks for such a memorable comment that pierces my heart.

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

shonda...what i meant was about...

L A Y D O W N
Y O U R I S A A C

wonder what my Isaac is today?
cause i have more than one...
and i don't want to be holding
any of them in my hands today...

reminds me of the verse
am i holding a lie in my hand?

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

shonda...what i meant was about...

L A Y D O W N
Y O U R I S A A C

wonder what my Isaac is today?
cause i have more than one...
and i don't want to be holding
any of them in my hands today...

reminds me of the verse
am i holding a lie in my hand?

Bev Brandon 1/29/2008  

Julie, and our God so speaks to us through the story of your life. I love your beautiful heart of trust and faith and passion. You are an overcomer and it flows through your stories, your words, your veins. Something happens to me when I read your posts...it's like you are always talking about me...it's so of God for me.

annie's eyes 1/29/2008  

Beautiful Bev, Wherever He takes you with every struggle, every hope, every dream, every Isaac, even--His light is radiating from you in such a way it touches each of us. There is another in Texas praying for Cyd and for her protection. I know your heart must be distracted by a hundred things, and yet you make time for us on this amazing journey to Life.Much love, annie

Fran 1/29/2008  

Beloved Bev....
I left you a little award at my blog. You are dearly loved by so many and it was just perfect to pass this along to you! So, may you feel the love of all your girls out here. :)

Keep your face toward Jesus. He shines gloriously through you!!

Hugs~

Sharon 1/29/2008  

Bev-
I am going to have to step out of this journey.
I am getting ready to start teaching the book of Isaiah and between that and my normal time with God.....I don't want to go into over load. I am excited to see so many joining in on this. I think this makes God's heart smile.
I will be around though. See you soon.

Julie 1/29/2008  

Bev, Your heart is just so stunning....

I am so blessed and thankful that God allowed me to meet you!

YOU DESERVE FRAN'S AWARD.

I've only known you for what, 2 weeks and you have already spoken so much into my life....

Oh and BTW, I have a Facebook too!!!

Be blessed....YOU are a blessing!
Julie

Deborah 1/30/2008  

Hi all I seem to be laging behind in comments on this blog, Just want to say its awesome how God just speaks so deeply into my heart as I have been reading His word. I praise God that I can be hid in His word for this season. Know you are all precious and valuable, the Master Builder is building into each one of us a sure foundation as we journey in HIs word together, I count it a joy to have covenant fellowship through this tender time in His word. love you all madly. Deborah

Abby 1/30/2008  

hey ms. bev!!! oh, how i have missed your wisdom!!!! hopefully i'll be back on track now and able to keep up with everyone! thank you for continuing to leave sweet and encouraging words to me, even when i haven't been able to post and comment as often as i'd like to. it's good to be back! :)

i think i'm going to try to hop on the reading train. maybe i will start in feb and try to double up a bit until i catch up. we just studied the book of genesis at church, so i should be able to catch up quick! :)
love you sweet friend!!!

Toknowhim 1/30/2008  

Just a note to let you know that I have been thinking about you... I hope things are going well for you. I will pray for your friend again tonight :) Love ya!!!

PS. You have to blog about the conference that you went to.. I love Larry Crabb!!

Fran 1/31/2008  

Praying for you today. Praying for your precious friend Cyd.

Love you,
Fran

Bev Brandon 1/31/2008  

Sharon, I signed you up even when you said you were waiting to see what you would be doing----signed you up cause I wanted to pray for you this year! You can always drop in a week or two and we'd love to hear from you your way of words and wisdom. Love you girl!

Bev Brandon 1/31/2008  

Julie, it was a divine intervention to get to meet you. Our paths are way too similar, too likehearted, too much. It was really God and His goodness! So grateful! Don't stop blogging!

Bev Brandon 1/31/2008  

Deborah, My heart thrilled to see your comment and hear from you all the way from Kwa Zulu Natal. So excited over here! Drop by whenever you can---your words are received with great expectation. Such a taste of our good God!

Bev Brandon 1/31/2008  

Abby, My heart leaps when I see your comment here Abby! Just love you to pieces! We would be honored if you want to hop in with us on the readings---you don't need to make anything up, the accountability is on you, whatever you can work in. Just start where we are and if there are ever any Mondays where you can comment from that week, we'd be so privileged to hear from your humble heart that so loves the Word of God!

Bev Brandon 1/31/2008  

Hey Kim, I didn't go to a conference this weekend. I did go to Crabb's School of Spiritual Direction last summer and it ranks up there as one of the best conferences ever for me. I learned more that week, my God showed up more that week than I could put in words. What I posted about was Crabb's "Soul Experience" and I am actually getting ready to do it again in our city with couples---all about dancing with God into lives. That's actually a C.S. Lewis quote...you love all this stuff, don't you???

jennyhope 1/31/2008  

i just left you a BIG long email. Praying for you and praying for Cyd.

Toknowhim 1/31/2008  

Bev,

I guess I read through you post a bit fast :0 I love the idea of dancing with God into lives... That is exactly what I would say you do my sweet friend!! Much love, Kim

Praying for Our Friend Joanne Psalm 131:3 Waiting on God. Hope Now. Hope Always.

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