Sunday, October 27, 2013

Renewed

It is always fun to get away for a weekend. It's even more fun when you are with people you love...and get to stay in a beautiful Bed and Breakfast...and you get an amazingly rich spiritual renewal. That sums up our trip to the Living Proof Live event with Beth Moore this weekend.

I am filled to the brim with blessings of the joyous time Mom, Sister, and I shared. Just completely filled to the brim.

The experience was so much more than I expected. It was...thought provoking... reinforcing... emotional... focusing... spiritual... lighthearted... deephearted... fun... uplifting... encouraging... educational... and worshipful. I truly loved every minute of it!

Mom, Sister, and I made some special memories....we giggled... talked... laughed...hugged... ate... chatted... cried... shopped... and talked some more. I really don't think we could have asked for more. Well...it would have been pretty cool to meet Beth in person...but she did come into the audience and speak to the woman right next to Mom. So we did get pretty close to her.

Over the two days of Beth's powerful teaching, we learned about a young man known as John, also named Mark. He went through a rocky time in his early ministry...Beth may have labeled him "Quitter Boy" at one point in his young life...but he went back out, gave it another try, and ended up authoring a well known gospel called Mark. It was a very encouraging and inspiring lesson.

Beth offered such intense teaching this weekend. There was a great deal to take in and I came home with much to ponder.

She gave us seven main points this weekend:

1. We can't keep riding on the coattails of somebody else's faith.

2. We don't always thrive in the spot where we're so special.
       
3. We will all fail, but the question becomes "Will we fail well?"
     
4. To have a comeback we have to actually come back.
          "Forgive people for being people."

5. Integrity refuses to enlist loyalty on the side of its offense.

6. Pressing in with Christ, our relational pattern can completely change.

7. Those around us are reading the gospel according to us.

Do any of these points impact you?

The ones that stand out to me were 2, 3, 4, and 7.  Seven made me go "ooooh".

I came home inspired and feel strongly this weekend will stay with me in the days...weeks...and months ahead. It was an incredibly spiritually renewing experience.

And don't we all need that every once in awhile?

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