Showing posts from February, 2017

You Are Enough

February 20, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) 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 struggled with. As I read the replies, my heart ached. I kept thinking, "Me too!" Each woman wrote about her 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 …

Love Is Action

February 13, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.” John 15:13 (NIV) February is the month of love. As we all prepare for Valentine’s Day, our minds often jump to our current ideas of romantic love. In movies, love is often portrayed as passionate and overwhelming emotion. Couples in love tend to make grand romantic gestures to convey the depth of their emotion. In books, love tends to be about intense feelings. Couples often poetically speak about the deep love they feel. In fairy tales, a handsome prince usually steps in to save the beautiful princess with true love’s kiss. However, reality is often much different. In real life, passion fades. In the day to day chaos of working, raising a family, and living life, we are often lucky to have time to murmur the words, “I love you.” One of the best examples of Christ-like love I ever witnessed was between my grandfather and grandmother. My grand…

Looking Past the Outside

February 7, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. Galatians 5:25-26 (MSG) When my son was almost 12 years old, he traveled to Mexico City on his first international mission trip. My husband and I had traveled to Mexico City for years to work with our partner church and the Salvation Army Children’s Home, and we had developed deep bonds with the children and our extended “family” there. My children had heard us talk about the children we loved in Mexico often, and we were excited to see how this trip would impact our son. When we decided to let our son go with us on t…