Sunday, June 24, 2007


Thank you so much for each of your comments, kind words, and prayers for me while I was at the Women of Faith conference this weekend. I truly did have a wonderful, refreshing time.

I attended the Pre-Conference Friday morning and afternoon, which was led by Beth Moore. Prior to Friday I had heard tons about Beth but had never seen her in person or even read one of her books. Let me tell you, I now fully agree with all the wonderful things I've ever heard people say about her. God is all over that woman!
While I would love to share with you everything she said, in the interest of time (I just put dinner in the oven!) I'm going to share one of her statements that really spoke to me, and let you chew on it for awhile. Over the course of my next few posts I'll probably share more.
Beth talked about our "Is" our "Was" and our "Is to come." She said two of the things that cheat our "Is" are regrets and grudges. Then she shared about a time she and her husband were talking about regret and he told her he wishes so desperately he wasn't broken - that he hadn't made the choices he made in the past. That's when she made the statement I loved so much. She told him, "But you are such a neater person healed than you would be just well."
Do you have regrets over your past? Even though God has brought you through and healed you, do you let your past (your WAS) rob you of joy in your present (your IS)? I believe with all my heart God is a Redeeming God, a Healer and a Restorer. Whatever is in your WAS, can you find joy in knowing God has used it to make you the person you are today?
You are such a neater person healed than you would be just well. I love that!!!

I am volunteering at VBS this week and expect to be quite busy, so my posting may be scarce. We'll see...But I will share more from Beth and the conference in general.

Have a great IS!

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annie said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend Karen, the lesson sounds great too. I have been dealing with my "was" and the grudge I have held against myself for Izzy's accident. I have learned that I have to forgive 'me'... it's hard. But, I know God has brought me through it and I know He has given me so much wisdom and strength along this journey. Would I do it different if given the opportunity? YES. But, I am learning that I can't let it ruin now because I am ultimate the gauge for the other kids and they take their cues off my attitude. I have to show them by example that we are blessed and that we are strong, and that the Lord loves us and takes care of our needs...

Leni said...

My dd and I went to WOF the first weekend in June and were so blessed by it! Glad you got to go!

Char said...

It sounds like you had a fab weekend and a really spiritually regenerative one too! Thanks for sharing about the IS, WAS and IS TO COME's! Keep sharing ok? :o)

Leigh Gray said...

i knew it - iknew you would love her!!! can't wait to read more later this week!

Have a great week!

kreed said...

I have done a few Beth Moore studies and loved them all. If she is half as great in person as she is on video, you had to be truly inspired. Thanks for sharing, and I will look forward to reading more!

Angela said...

Glad you had a wonderful time at the conference. I look forward to hearing more about it.

It is so true. Our "was" can hinder us and keep us from the wonderful "is" God has for us now. I am so thankful that His mercies are new every morning.

Have a great week at VBS.

Coach J said...

I'm jealous you got to hear Beth personally!! What a treat for you! One day....I'm glad you got so much for your spirit. Please, please, tell us what you learned so we can learn it too.
And, to make sure, you know Beth has a blog, and they sometimes post things about a weekend Beth was involved in? If you didn't know that, I have the link on my sidebar. You might have it on yours too, but I didn't think to look before I started commenting. :)

Renee's Ramblings said...

I dropped in to say "Thanks for stopping by my blog" and sharing my cat stories. Thank you so much for posting about your weekend. That one phrase, "You are such a neater person healed than you would be just well." empowering and adds new dimensions to healing. Thank you!

JennaG said...

So glad you had a great time with Beth. I just got finished watching her on Life Today. She is phenomenal. We do her studies at church quite often--love them. She is wonderful--as as Coach Jenny said, you should check out her site if you haven't already. It makes you feel like she's your bestest friend.!!

Marcia said...

Glad to hear you had fun!

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