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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Advent Challenge Day 18
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in
her heart. The
shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they
had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:19-20 (NIV)
When Jesus was born, “Mary treasured up all these things and pondered
them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
(NIV). I imagine that Mary wondered,
“Why was I chosen to be the mother of the savior of the world? Why did God decide to come into the world as
a powerless and helpless infant?” If you
read further in Luke, you will see that as Jesus grows, Mary continues to
ponder. I wonder if at some point she
stopped wondering “why did God choose me?” and started pondering, “how can I be
the best mother I can be to the savior of the world?”
If we want to have the heart of Jesus, we must slow down to be present
and see the world that we live in. When
we take time to ponder the sadness and pain we see in the world, the things
that break Jesus’ heart will break our heart.
The true power of pondering happens when we use our questions about the
injustice and pain we witness to transform our questions from “why did this
happen?” to “What can I do to help? How can
I bless this person and give them hope?”
Then our questions are transformed from, “why didn’t God heal my
friend’s child?” to “how can I help my friend through her grief.” The question, “why is there so much evil in
the world?” transforms to “how can I be a light to others in the darkness?”
When we transform our “why” to “I”, we see that although the world is broken
and filled with “why”, “I” have the power to be a light in the darkness and
share the love of Jesus.
witness injustice, pain and suffering daily.
Instead of rushing past the pain and sadness you see in the world, take
time to ponder the questions that you have.
As you ask God “why”, ask God to transform your “why” to “I”. Ask God to show you what you can do to share
the love, hope, and light of Jesus.
Share the goodness that you ponder with someone and pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you to the person that needs you today.
October 25, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: DevotionThen Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.”Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud and said to her, “We will go back with you to your people.”But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!” Ruth 1:8-13 NIV Naomi is a woman that is filled with loss and grief. She has l…
October 26, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: DevotionSo the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.” Ruth 1:19-21 NIV When Naomi returned to Bethlehem, people were surprised to see her because she had been away so long. When people greeted her by name, Naomi replied that they should not call her Naomi. Instead, she told them to call her Mara because God had made her life very bitter. She had once been full, but now she was empty. Naomi’s pain was raw and her emotions were deep. In that moment, Naomi no longer knew who she was. She knew that she had once been Naomi – a woman blessed with a family. Now, she…
March 21, 2018by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.” Mark 1:14-18 NIV When I was a teenager, I read this passage in awe. I could not comprehend why the disciples would just walk away from everything they knew to follow Jesus. Of course I understood that Jesus was the Son of God, but when I read the passage literally, it sounded like Jesus just walked up to Simon and Andrew and said, “Hi. Nice to meet you. I am the Savior of the World. Follow me.” I couldn’t understand walking away from the life that I knew because I still thought that I was in …