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Equipping the Called

May 22, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion “This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. It came as a sheer gift to me, a real surprise, God handling all the details. When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians. God saw to it that I was equipped, but you can be sure that it had nothing to do with my natural abilities. And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!”“ Ephesians 3:7-10 MSG Have you ever felt a nudge in your spirit to talk to a stranger and…

The Happy Past Restored

What has been and what can never be.
As I gazed at the picture of my precious babies, my heart ached. More than anything, I wanted to press the rewind button on my life. I wanted to go back to that time – to that moment in that photo – when life seemed simpler. As I gazed at my children’s happy faces, my chest tightened. Those sweet children were still so innocent. They did not know intense pain yet. They did not know the ugliness that exists in this world. They had no concept of the pain that would come. I wanted to rewind my children’s lives to a moment that was still pure, a moment that was just before knowledge and experience of the harsh realities of life. I wanted to rewind my life because I wanted to forget. I wanted to forget the pain and the anger. I wanted to be the woman that snapped the picture, the woman that did not yet fully understand the reality of a sometimes cruel world. I wanted to be the past version of myself, the version of me that could only see a future filled…

Decisions, Decisions!

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May 16, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion “Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.” Proverbs 28:26 NLT Decisions are hard. Life changing decisions that impact my future are stressful. But no decision is as heart-wrenching as a decision that may have life changing implications for my child. As a parent, I am responsible for the health, well-being, and guidance of my child. There are some decisions that we make for our children that seem incredibly stressful at the time but in hindsight are not. Do I bottle feed or breastfeed? When should I introduce solid foods? Should I work or stay home? As our children grow, we are faced with more and more decisions. Some of us face life circumstances that we would not wish on our worst enemy. Often, when we are in the midst of these challenging life events, there is very little guidance as to how to move forward. I am faced with a decision at this time that could have a huge impact on my chi…

Power Their Potential

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Many of us say that we want to make a difference, but we simply do not know how. What if I told you that for as little as $1, you could help a child have hope? What if I told you that for the price of your Starbucks coffee, you could ensure that a child received an education? What if I told you that for the price you paid for lunch, you could give a child a future?
When I was in Uganda, I had the opportunity to observe a few classes. These amazing kids and their dedicated teacher captured my heart immediately. The first thing I noticed was how the students sat quietly while the teacher talked. However, when she engaged them, the students were so enthusiastic. Despite the large class size, it was obvious that the students were learning and treasured their time in the classroom. In Uganda, education is not free. Children even have to pay for elementary school. Many of the children in these pictures were at school because their caregiver has made great personal sacrifices to ensure that …

In The Light

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May 1, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion "You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it." Ephesians 5:8-10 MSG A few years ago, my husband and I took our son on a mission trip to Mexico City. Our family had been through some very difficult times, and I hoped that a trip focused on loving and serving others would be healing for all of us. To learn about the culture and spend time with our local friends, we spent some time at the Teotihuacán. We visited this ancient city and marveled at the Pyramid of the Sun. As we walked around the amazing artifacts, we saw a number of long, dark tunnels. A few people in our group, including my son, decided that we would crawl through the tunnels. My son and I decide…