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I Matter To Him

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March 22, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion “‘Is there anyone here who saw the Temple the way it used to be, all glorious? And what do you see now? Not much, right?
“‘So get to work, Zerubbabel!’—God is speaking.
“‘Get to work, Joshua son of Jehozadak—high priest!’
“‘Get to work, all you people!’—God is speaking.
“‘Yes, get to work! For I am with you.’ The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is speaking! ‘Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt. I’m living and breathing among you right now. Don’t be timid. Don’t hold back.’” Haggai 2:1-5 (MSG) Years ago, I felt a deep desire to be involved in short term missions. Over the years, I have traveled on a number of mission trips, and I learn more about myself and God on every trip. However, not everyone understands my passion for short term missions. Friends have even asked me, “Do you really think that you are making a difference?” When I am asked that question, I start to doubt myself. I wonder, does the work that I …

Alluring, Dangerous Comparison

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March 15, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion
“No lusting after your neighbor’s house—or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:17 MSG Before I knew it, I had wasted an hour scrolling through Facebook and Instagram. When I finally put away my phone to go to sleep, I did not feel peace and contentment. Instead my heart was churning. I was overcome with jealousy and self-deprecating thoughts. As I scrolled through my news feed, I saw pictures of a friend and her family on another vacation. Everyone looked so happy and relaxed. I couldn’t help but remember our most recent trip – that trip left me exhausted, frustrated, and sleep deprived. My family had spent many of our days bickering over where to eat, what to do, and who was bothering who in the car. I also saw a friend’s post about her beautiful, peaceful view where she drank her coffee each morning. I was filled with envy because I was lucky to even get a…

More Than A Feeling

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March 7, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos

“So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11 (MSG) As a young child, I mistakenly believed that some feelings were good and other feelings were bad. I began to fear some feelings, such as sadness, and I attempted to avoid feelings like anger. As I grew, I tried to embrace “good” feelings like happiness, and I tried to repress “bad” feelings like loneliness. When I fell into depression, I began to feel out of control because I could no longer control my feelings. The harder I tried to control my feelings, the more out of contro…

Finding Daily Purpose

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March 1, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos
Category: Devotion
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”  Deuteronomy 4:29 NIV I’ve had a number of jobs in my life.  Some jobs have been more fulfilling than others.  One of my first jobs after high school was working in a factory preparing a product for a buy one get one free promotion.  One of my coworkers would bring a case of the product to me. My job was to take two of the items, insert a coupon, and tape them together.  I did this over and over for 8 hours every day.  Not only was the job long and tedious, but it was mind-numbingly boring. This job, like many jobs, left me unfulfilled and incomplete.  I have also struggled from time to time with general household chores.  No matter how much I love my family, it is difficult to find self-worth and fulfillment in washing dishes and doing laundry. While I knew that these tasks were important, my days often fel…