What does it mean to be free? What does it mean to simply be?
When I am asked to describe myself, I often reply that I am PWLawyerMom - I am a pastor's wife ("PW"), lawyer, and mom of three amazing kids. PWLawyerMom is an accurate description of my roles in society, but this is not who I am. I've been so consumed with "doing", that I have forgotten what it means to "be". This blog explores my journey as I find the freedom to simply be.
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Better Series - Week 1 Introduction
Because Michael had knee surgery, he asked me to fill in at Project:Re3. I hope this inspires you!
July 3, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion “For I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:19-21 (NIV) Pain is something I would prefer to avoid. It doesn’t matter if the pain is physical, emotional, or spiritual – I do not want to feel pain. Despite my best efforts to avoid pain and to flee from it, I have endured a lifetime of pain in the past two years. When the pain is most intense, the feelings overwhelm me. I do not know what I want and I cannot think of anything that will ease the intensity of the emotions. My chest constricts and a heavy weight is on my heart. I want to curl into a ball and be alone, yet I want to be held and …
October 10, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” John 4:29 NIV We live in a world of labels. You may be known as "the pastor's wife," or perhaps you are known as "Jacob's mom". Some of you may be described by your profession, such as, “she is my doctor" or "my lawyer." You may also be known by the roles you serve in church, "she is the Sunday School teacher." Others that are reading this may be known by less flattering labels. You may walk around with the label that you are "a doormat" or "a flake." Perhaps you are labeled as "moody," "unpredictable," or as having "no morals." In John 4, Jesus met a woman at a well. When Jesus spoke to the woman, he knew her deepest, darkest secrets. He knew the labels that weighed her down, yet he talked to her. Jesus knew that she didn't have one hu…
September 19, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV A few weeks ago, I had one of those mornings. From the moment my alarm clock buzzed, I knew that it was going to be a bad day. I had tossed and turned all night because I was stressed about how to handle an issue at work. When my alarm went off, I hit snooze a few too many times. When I finally jumped out of bed, I realized that my three kids were also not ready. Because we were already behind schedule, I started yelling for everyone to hurry. I rushed into the kitchen to grab a coffee, but in my rush, I spilled coffee all over my shirt. I had to run back to my room to change clothes. When we got into the car, I told the kids that we were going to be late. As we drove to school, I looked down at my legs and realized that I had on a black skirt, navy blue tights and black shoes. I looked like a mismatched rainbow, and I had a presentation to give that mo…