up till this year I swore I would never do a “Beth Moore bible Study”
First off I thought she was just a “self help” type of writer.
Also I hated the marketing campaign. I thought it was awful (although certainly not unique) that every time you see a poster for one of her bible studies SHE got top billing. Like it was HER NAME that was more important than whatever might be in the actual study.
Always when you see the posters it reads like this:
A BETH MOORE STUDY
on the book of Daniel
A study of the BOOK OF DANIEL
by Beth Moore
I thought to myself that I never wanted to be one of those shallow people that “follow” a certain celebrity. I prided myself (yes I know, it was wrong) on following CHRIST, not some “new fangled modern person who thinks they’ve heard from God” But at the same time, I knew almost nothing about relating to God as a adult.
See any thing wrong with that? oh yea. well I do too ……NOW
Well a couple of months ago my friend Missy over at itsalmostnaptime gently admonished me and filled me in on the fact that Beth really is very humble and she doesn’t arrange the marketing and would I please just give her a try. I told Missy I was studying the Old Testament and did Beth have anything to cover that? I thought for sure she wouldn’t.
Little did I know. Missy suggested the Patriarch study. So Martin and I contacted the library at our church and sure enough, they had a copy of the DVDs. So we ordered the workbook, checked out the DVDs and did the study. Just the two of us.
I know, I know. It’s supposed to be a WOMEN’S ministry, but Martin really enjoyed it. Beth is just so down to earth and her questions are so thought provoking and she is totally about the BIBLE. Not about her own opinions or self help type stuff. Sometimes we would catch ourselves discussing the material even *gasp* outside of our official bible study times!!!!!!
which is sort of the point, eh?
Anyway, we got to the end of the Patriarchs study and there is all this extra material at the end showing Beth talking to her editor and one of the people who arranged for the Egypt trip where they filmed all the intros and stuff. It’s also got behinds the scenes stuff and one of the things they showed at the very end was Beth and her husband Keith walking hand in hand across the rocky desert at night.
My husband was watching with me and he said
“I wonder if he even knows”
???”what? he knows what? What are you talking about?” I asked
He skipped the DVD back and said “see! right there!”
me: “What am I looking for?”
and then he said the sweetest thing
“Watch Beth honey, she is lengthening her stride to stay in step with Keith and I’m not sure he even knows she is doing it. Isn’t that great?”
Isn’t that so like us and our heavenly father? We need to stretch sometimes to keep in stride with Him.
and it is SOOOOO worth it.
So my gratitude list for today is short:
1. Thank you Lord for putting someone in my life to help change my mind and bring me closer to you
2. and thank you Lord for the amazing work you are doing through the life of Beth Moore. She is your servant Lord. Continue to bless her and the work she does in Your name.
oh, one more (MOORE?) thing…..my hairdresser, in an attempt to fix the damage done by a recent cheap hair cut just gave me a cut very similar to my miss Beth. I joked with her that even though we are headed for “Amy Grant” when it grows out, right now we are in a “Beth Moore” phase with the hair. She gasped and said “THE BETH MOORE!” you do her studies too? and then a conversation ensued about which studies we’ve done, etc….just had to share, ’cause I knew Beth would want to know. I mean it is HAIR after all.
and that IS important ya’ll