Book Love, Living in Faith

Thankful when God connects the dots for me

Now that my kids are older and don’t get quite so much stuff on Christmas morning, one of the things I try to do is find a new book for each of us. Theirs were easy and I didn’t have much trouble finding one for my husband either. But for myself? There were just too many great choices!

AudaciousI saw Audacious by Beth Moore in a Lifeway sale flier and thought I’d like to read it. But I didn’t get to Lifeway and the store I visited didn’t have Audacious in stock, so I ended up getting another book instead. No big deal, I thought. I’ll get it sometime later.

Then one day right after Christmas, I heard the DJs on one of our local Christian radio stations talking about a weekly TV show with Beth Moore that would be starting in January. What?! I was so excited, because I love her teachings. There’s no telling how many hours I’ve spent over the years digging in her Bible studies and soaking up what she taught at a few of her Living Proof Live conferences that were phenomenal – for the teaching and for the wonderful women I went with.

I checked the station’s schedule and actually remembered a few days beforehand to set the show to record. The show’s description was pretty generic, just saying that she guides viewers to live and love God through Bible literacy. But I didn’t care what she’d be teaching about. I was going to have mini Beth Moore conference time in my own den!

In the meantime, I did get to a Lifeway store and picked up Audacious. I read the back cover copy, but it was still on my desk when I sat down to watch my first recorded episode of the show. Turns out, they’re airing 30-minute episodes from one of her live conferences.

And – here’s the best part – these first episodes are from one weekend when she taught about being … audacious.

I laughed out loud when I realized that. Because, in case you don’t know, she doesn’t teach on the same subject at each Living Proof Live event. Each one is different because she waits to see what God leads her to talk about. Of all the conferences she’s led, of all the topics she’s taught – audacious.

Extremely bold … recklessly brave … fearless (according to In the context Beth is teaching? Audacity is being bold enough in our faith to trust and do what Jesus wants us to do, even when it’s scary or no one around us understands. It’s making up your mind to be fearless, going beyond what people might expect you to do as “normal.”

thanks connect dotsIt’s having the guts to do what Jesus wants so that He gets all the glory.

I love that. And when I’m honest I have to say it’s something I need to work on, here in my safe and usually not-too-exciting corner of the world. I haven’t done too much related to my faith lately that required much guts.

God knows it too, so maybe He’s using this to wake me up a bit. Seeing the book in the flier, hearing about the TV show (which was unusual in itself because I don’t listen to that station as often as some others and never heard mention of it elsewhere), getting the book, matching it up with the show’s episodes. Seems like He’s connecting some dots for me.

Audacious. It’s a bold word just rolling off my tongue, let alone living it. We’ll see how it goes.

Your turn: What’s something big and bold you’ve done lately, that can encourage others when they’re trying to act that way themselves? Or, what’s something you can do to have a little more audaciousness in your life?

Monday Musings, Scripture verses

Diving in the Word

OK, we’ll start the year with confession time. For the most part, I’m a wimp about memorizing Scripture. Yes, I’ve memorized verses as part of Vacation Bible School or other things at church, but it’s usually been one of those “I need to do better at this” things in my life.

This year, I want that to change. Partly because I know what a good thing it will be for me in so many ways, and partly because I have some fun motivation to keep me going.

I’ve worked through lots of Beth Moore Bible studies and have been to several of her Living Proof Live conferences. I found myself at her blog over the weekend, for the first time in a while. Her blog followers are starting back with the Scripture Memory Team challenge, and that turned out to be the incentive I needed. Basically, you commit to learn a new Bible verse every 2 weeks during 2011. You choose something that’s meaningful to you at that point and post it on the Living Proof Ministries blog on the 1st and 15th of each month. At the end of the year, you should’ve memorized 24 new Scripture verses that personally applied to your life!

And here’s the most fun part. They actually keep track of who posts verses each time, and if you post a certain number of times by the end of 2011 you’re invited to a special Scripture Memory Team weekend in January 2012. How cool is that?! No charge for admission — you just bring your well-worn cards of memory verses from the year. Then you share at least 12 of your verses with another participant and just enjoy all being together. Sounds like a blast!

I checked back this morning, and the initial blog post kicking things off on Jan. 1 has more than 6,600 comments! Can you imagine? More than 6,000 women coming together and making the commitment to spend time memorizing Scripture this year. I just think it’s amazing.

So — if you’re interested and want more details, visit the Living Proof Ministries blog.

Here’s my first verse for the year:

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples (John 15:8, ESV).

And, yes, I typed that from memory! 🙂 I’m completely impressed by the length of passages some women challenge themselves to learn. I’ll work my way in that direction, but for now I’m just glad to be part of the excitement. Baby steps are better than none! Wanna join in?