Saturday, February 12, 2011

Farewell Fort Worth

Farewell Fort Worth, I'm leaving Beth Moore's taping at Life Today.  Leaving once again my hometown of 31 years where God has spoken to me over the past three decades.  Humbled.  Oswald Chambers wrote: "What is needed today is not a new gospel, but live men and women who can restate the Gospel of the Son of God in terms that will reach the heart of our problems."  Just sat watching 3 live people, Beth and James and Betty, speak about the Kingdom of God and touch deep places and problems in my own heart for such good, for such a time. 

Farewell Fort Worth, headed back to my new home, Austin, where God has called us. We will stay there til our God moves us on. We are in the midst of transition, Bob and I both are looking for full-time jobs.  Waiting on a very Good God.  Didn't expect to be at this place in our lives at this age but we are both "Living in His Presence in the Present"---that's a James quote.  And WE know Romans 8:28.  Beth and James talked about the Kingdom at hand and it so stirred my heart.  Beth shared Matthew 13:15 about how callous hearts don't understand the mystery...and how the Greek word meant:  understanding the puzzle pieces causes me to see something.  And, I think I saw something that moment that I didn't see before.  I know I did. Beth spoke of preaching the Kingdom and healing the sick and my God is so healing me. Standing up to His invitation.  And James ended last night saying:  "Don't look for ministry, release ministry."  The Kingdom is within you and me, a very present reality.

Farewell Fort Worth, I'm "Trusting Truth not Feelings" as Beth shared this morning.  When Beth turned to Psalm 57:1-2, I knew that God had me in mind when He breathed those words of David in a cave fleeing from Saul:  Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.  Cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me." You see, I am hidden in a cave waiting for a Wonder of a Beautiful God to stop by.  He has. He is.  He will. I Cor 2:7 "His Secret Purpose framed from the very beginnning is to bring us to our full glory." And the next verse He wrote in 2:9 says:  No eye has seen.  No ear has heard.  All that my Friend, the King has prepared for me, for you, because I love Him in this cave...and I trust Him in this cave... and I'm on my way out of this cave...and I'll keep on believing He is a Good God, no matter what.  

Farewell Fort Worth, I hold your stories in my heart.  I'm forever changed because of the Mighty God I met here who goes with me.  Beth ended with Hebrews 10:35-3 "Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.  I'm coming home Austin more convinced that through the "sifting of God's Good Hand, He has purposes of fulfillment" in what He is doing in my life and in yours!  Hello Austin!  The Kingdom of God is at hand here...

PS - So privileged to meet five siestas for the first time: Donna and Holllie R. and Melinda and Tiffany and Janelle.  What a thrill to see Holly Smith for the first time in two years.  What God has created through blogging friendships is beyond blogging words. 


Fran 2/12/2011  

Oh Bev.....absolutely beautiful!!!! I'm so happy you were there and His sweet presence and love was all over you.

Praying for you tonight. Love you!

ocean mommy 2/12/2011  

Sweet Bev. I'm an in love with this post. Thrilled God went with you there and spoke so tenderly to you.

I love the "don't look for ministry, release ministry." Wow. That is powerful!

Love you!

Mary Lou 2/12/2011  

This was one of the most powerful posts you have ever written. I will have to read it more than once to soak it all in...WOW. God really spoke to and through you. He is so on the move...He knew you would need those words for such a time as this in your life. God is going to honor you and Bob and bring much healing and life into your lives. Waiting with baited breath to see what He does in your lives. Prayed for you all last night. So glad you got to see Holly Smith, she is one special lady... Blessings sweet Bev...may be one day we can see each other face to face...Love you...Mary Lou

- my quill in hand 2/12/2011  

Dearest Bev and Bob,

Through your hand tonight, I am reminded of the words you spoke over me and Michele in the Spring 1997 as we departed Fort Worth. We gathered at the Hayworth's for our "final farewell" feeling as though we were a loose thread being yanked out of a familiar tapestry.

You encouraged us to hold tightly to all God had provided by His strong hand while we were there. And to embrace Him in the unseen, the unknown, to come in our young lives. You gave us confidence that He would continue to weave a new fabric into our lives as we walked toward faith.

You read from Joshua 1:9, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go."

You and Bob explained that we were not headed into the wilderness, but into an opportunity that He had given to us. You challenged us to bless God and trust Him "every place the soul of our feet touched the ground."

Those words along with your prayers and your love have encouraged our hearts countless times in the past 14 years.

You and Bob, through your transparent and available lives taught me long ago not to spend valuable time trying to determine or decide His will, but rather to invest myself simply yielding to Him, wherever my feet touch the ground.

The unknown that lies ahead of you may be seemingly impossible. But the same faithful God you met and walked IN the past 30 years is with you. He will not fail you. He will not forsake you!

Stand strong and possess Austin! He is working through you! Thank you for being broken bread and poured out wine for the Kingdom of Heaven.


Rhonda 2/13/2011  

SO glad you were able to go and the Truth you received. Austin will be the better for it:)

Nise' 2/13/2011  

So glad you were able to be there and meet face to face with siestas! You are indeed blessed. God had been reminding me about trusting truth, Him alone and not feelings or circumstances. He is so faithful.

Mallory 2/20/2011  

Bev, your reply to my comment on the Bloom post touched my heart more than I ever express. Thank you SO much for your kind words and support. It means the world to me. <3

Anonymous 2/21/2011  

Thank you for being so transparent. You encourage me as we face financial stress with two teenagers nearing college,my ongoing deep depression and anxiety,and caring for my dad for 6months while he battled cancer-nurse I am not. I am tired but believe in my God still. I pray that Bob finds a job soon. I know that haunting feelling. My husband is in commercial real estate and went through a lengthy lawsuit. He did nothing wrong. It drained all of our money and he's trying to get back on his feet. I sub as much as possible. My daughter feels led to go to Baylor. I have huge doubts about that. But I read your story about Britt and realized if that is where God wants her, he will provide. Sorry for rambling...Thank you again.

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

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