Showing posts from October, 2017

A New Label

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…

Worrying Your Prayers

October 2, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion “If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open. “ James 1:6-8 MSG This summer, when I was chaperoning a youth trip, I knew in my heart that I was being nudged by the Holy Spirit to act.  Two teenagers that I did not know were sitting, crying softly, after one of our services.  I knew that I should go to them and pray with them.   However, doubt held me back.  I thought, “What if I don’t know what to say?  I don’t even know their names.  Wouldn’t it be better if their youth leader prayed with them?  What if they are offended or upset when I approach them?”   There were other times this summer that I felt nudged to …