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Hindsight is 20/20

December 30, 2016by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV When I was pregnant with my first child, I was determined to have the best possible pregnancy. I gave up caffeine, walked for exercise, and did everything within my power to ensure that I had a healthy baby. When I was just 24 weeks pregnant, I was in a small town arguing in my first jury trial. The final morning of the trial, I woke up and knew something was terribly wrong - I was bleeding. When I was stabilized at the hospital, I learned that I had a rare condition, a placental abruption. This was life threatening for me and my baby. I was in the hospital for twelve weeks on bedrest. I had 23 ultrasounds, daily monitoring, and constant medical oversight. I wondered every day if my baby would live and be healthy. While other friends were planning baby showers and discussing their birth pla…

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You Find What You Are Looking For

December 19, 2016by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end. 1 Corinthians 13:3-7 MSG A few days ago, our family decided to stop by our favorite frozen custard shop for a treat. Two of my kids and I ordered our custard when my youngest son said, “Look, a lady bug!” I looked in a small corner and saw a tiny lady bug. As we walked out of the shop, my son exclaimed, “whoa, where did you come from?” I looked down and in the corner of the door was a large grass hopper. A number of customers had walked by the lady bug and the grasshoppe…
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From Why To I

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December 5, 2016by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:16-20 NIV
“You ask too many questions, and you think too much” is a statement I have heard since I was a child. When I see something that I feel is unfair or painful, I wonder: Why did God heal my child but not my friend’s child? Why is there so much evil in the world? Why would God allow me and my family to feel so much pain? Why is there so much poverty in third world countries when first world countries have so much that we waste what we have? At times in my life, thes…

What If Some Things Aren't Meant To Be Fixed?

Two years ago, I suffered a trauma.  The end result was PTSD.  Prior to that, I struggled with anxiety and depression.  While the outside world saw a bubbly, happy woman, my heart ached so deeply that I sometimes wondered if I would die from the all-consuming pain.  I literally thought that I would be crushed by the weight of the hopelessness and suffering that I felt in the center of my being.  I was overwhelmed, lonely, and experiencing emotional pain so intense that I wondered if I was losing my mind.  As my emotional state deteriorated, so did my body.  I started to lose my hair, lose weight, and have physical pain.  I hated myself, and constantly told myself that the traumatic event was my fault. I believed that God was punishing me, and the spiritual emptiness I felt was terrifying.  There was not an aspect of my life that was not clouded by the dark shadows of PTSD, depression and anxiety. I attempted to tackle my anxiety, PTSD, and depression by doing all the right things:  m…

The Face of Hope

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This is the face of hope. This is the face of a girl that is one step closer to achieving her dreams. This is the face of a girl that will be able to attend school every day for the next year even when she has her monthly cycle. This is the face of a girl with dreams, talent, and passion. This is the face of a young woman that has the potential to change her world.
This girl received a hygiene kit in February. I know because I was in Uganda when we gave her the kit. I took this picture. I talked to her. I told her that she is valuable and that she is loved.
Each of you that gave to the holiday hygiene drive helped me deliver that kit and deliver that message. You were each a part of something so much bigger than you can imagine. Collectively, WE made a difference in hundreds of lives.
This year, we need to buy more kits to ensure that this face and others like her continue to have hope. For just $17, you can be a part of something amazing. You can empower young girls and let them kno…

Give A Girl A Future

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This beautiful girl lives in Gulu, Uganda. She dreams of being an attorney. However, the odds are stacked against her - she lives in an area of poverty, she attends a school with 1000 students and only 24 staff, and she has no parents. However, she has hope. Because many of you donated to the Hygiene Drive last year, this young lady received a hygiene kit.
For only $17, you can provide a hygiene kit for girls all over Uganda. In Uganda, girls do not have ready access to hygiene supplies when they have their monthly cycles. Often, girls miss school when they have their cycles because they have no supplies and cannot afford to ruin their only school uniform.
You can be a part of something bigger. You can bring a girl hope. You can empower a girl. You can show her that she matters. Your donation will let her know, "I see you. I care. I believe in you. You have a future." #FoDUganda#girlempowerment If you wish to give, simply click here
In Uganda, girls face unique challenges as…
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What Can I Give? Your Presence Is The Best Present

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What Can I Give?November 28, 2016by Beth Mabe Gianopulos
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 NIV Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-39 NIV Sometimes I wonder what gifts I have to offer God. When I hear a singer with a beautiful voice, or read the works of a writer that writes powerful books, I feel like I am not enough. As Christmas approaches, I have wondered, what gifts do I have to offer the Savior of the world? As I have prayed and thought about this, I feel like God has been whispering, Your presence is the best present. When I traveled to Uganda earlier this year, I briefly met a young man and we connected because he wants to be a pastor. …

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GIving Thanks That Leaves Room For God

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Giving Thanks That Leaves Room For God By Beth Mabe Gianopulos Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!  For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.  Psalm 100:1-5 ESV Have you ever had a bad year? For me, 2014 was that year. It was the year I suffered a trauma that left me in shock and completely devastated. When 2015 rolled around, I was attempting to live life again. In some ways, that was more painful because without the shock to protect me, I had no choice but to feel all the intense grief and pain. As Thanksgiving approached, I felt anything but thankful. My heart was shattered, and I didn't know if I would ev…

Advent Challenge 2016

As we approach the first day of Advent, I would like to invite you to join our group, Advent Challenge 2016. https://www.facebook.com/groups/AdventChallenge2016/
Each day, Jenny or I will post the scripture for the day along with a challenge. The challenges will be simple and inspired by the scripture that we are reading and reflecting on that day. Group members can share their reflections and experiences. If you are interested, please ask to join the group. Once you are a member, you can invite other members to the group. It is our hope that by reading, reflecting, praying and doing, we will each experience Advent and Christmas in a deeper and more meaningful way.

Thanks for the Cake

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Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:20 NIV For as long as I can remember, I have said a blessing before a meal.  Needless to say, I’ve said “thank you” for a meal more times than I can count. Given all the thanks that I have given for my food, you’d think that I was really thankful.  I thought that I had a truly thankful heart.  Then I went to Uganda. While I was in Uganda, a team member was having a birthday.  The school that we were visiting was so hospitable and excited that they insisted on celebrating.  They had purchased three cakes, and they planned to have the children sing to my friend. Sounds typical, right? Except this birthday celebration was anything but typical.  Almost 1000 kids attended the school, and most of them had no shoes, no paper, no pencils, no books, and no food.  Many of these children were literally starving. When our hosts brought out the birthday cakes, large brown eyes stared in wonder.…

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Never Good Enough

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I recently started a new Bible study.  To get things started, we had ice breaker questions.  Each woman was asked to tell us one thing they are struggling with.  As I read the replies, my heart ached.  I kept thinking, "Me too!"  
Each mom wrote about their struggle with perfection.  One mom was struggling with being the perfect pastor's wife and mom.  Another woman was struggling with being the perfect  employee at a demanding job.  Another mom was struggling with balance - she wanted to be an amazing mom, an amazing employee, and an amazing wife, but something was always suffering.  
As I read, I could almost see theunbearable weightof: 
 I am striving for perfection, but I always fall short
                                                  Even my best is never good enough
        I am trying so hard to be good enough
I am doing everything I can for everyone, but my everything is never enough
Beneath the drive for perfection and the desire to please is an even deeper need.  …