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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Thank you for your interest in inviting Beth to speak at your upcoming event. Beth speaks in a variety of venues about her personal journey and faith. She typically speaks on topics such as the ones below:
Living the Re3 Life (Keynote or multi-message)
In Isaiah 58, God promises that he will use the “rubble of past lives to . . . rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.” (MSG, Isaiah 58). Many of us feel worthless and inadequate to change the world because of the mistakes of our past. Beth shares how God has used the trauma, shame, and the heartache of her past to transform her life as well as lives around her.
·I Am Called Mom, Wife, Daughter, Friend, Lawyer, and Pastor’s Wife, But Who Am I?
Beth has struggled with balancing the responsibilities of a mother, wife, pastor’s wife, attorney, friend, and family member. Somewhere along the way, Beth lost sight of who she was. She was so consumed with being who everyone else wanted her to be, that she forgot to nourish the person God created her to be. As a recovering “people pleaser”, Beth shares her struggle to embrace God’s love and grace for the person she is, not the person she desires to be. Beth shares the heartache and pain of letting go of expectations and perfectionism, and explores her need to always be “doing” instead of simply “being.”
Seeking Justice in an Unjust World
As a lawyer, Beth has a deep desire for justice. Through mission work, Beth has witnessed injustice and felt powerless to bring justice in a world that is hurting. When Beth was the victim of a crime, she experienced injustice personally. In this talk, Beth shares her painful struggle to find justice in a broken world.
You Have Power To Change The World – A Guide To Short-Term Missions (Keynote or multi-message)
Many people want to make a difference in the world, but they feel powerless. Beth found her power through her passion for short term missions. Beth has traveled across the US, to the Lakota and the Northern Cheyenne Reservations, to Mexico City, to San Salvador and to Uganda. These trips have taught Beth that we all have power. Beth shares how to live a life of power and overcome fear, doubt, and negative self-talk. Beth also gives practical advice on how to find missionaries and organizations that align with your passions, how to research and prepare for a trip, how to raise funds, and how to overcome anxiety that you may face before a short-term mission trip. Beth challenges us to embrace our power, use it for change, and transform our world.
·Suffering In Silence – My Mental Breakdown
Beth is acutely aware of the pain and loneliness that individuals experience as they battle depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health issues. Even though these illnesses can be as devastating as cancer or other physical health issues, the majority of people suffer alone. Despite the devastating impact mental illness has on families, there generally are no Caring Bridge pages set up for support, and no one brings you a chicken pie while you recover from mental illness. Beth shares her painful struggle with mental health issues and shares practical tips that have helped her on her journey to recovery. She also offers tips for friends, families, and churches that want to help people who are challenged with mental health issues. Beth is especially passionate about helping people that have experienced trauma and offering ideas for how communities can support recent trauma sufferers.
·Parenting Without Guilt
As a mother of three, Beth has humorous and heartbreaking stories of life in the trenches with kids. Beth shares how she spent the early years of motherhood crippled by guilt and insecurity, and she shares lessons her children taught her about forgiveness, giving up control, and embracing the joy of life.
Weary Working Mother
As a professional working mother of three, Beth has struggled with the challenges unique to working mothers. Beth shares her struggle with guilt, self-doubt, and the fear that she is failing at her job, as a wife, and as a mother. Beth offers encouragement and lessons that she has learned on her journey.
Original Workshops and Topics
Beth also develops customized workshops and talks around themes you select
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 are struggling with. As I read the replies, my heart ached. I kept thinking, "Me too!" Each mom wrote about their 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 amazing wife, but something was always suffering. As I read, I could almost see theunbearable weightof: I am striving for perfection, but I always fall short Even my best is never good enough I am trying so hard to be good enough I am doing everything I can for everyone, but my everything is never enough Beneath the drive for perfection and the desire to please is an even deeper need. …
July 3, 2017by Beth Mabe Gianopulos Category: Devotion “For I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:19-21 (NIV) Pain is something I would prefer to avoid. It doesn’t matter if the pain is physical, emotional, or spiritual – I do not want to feel pain. Despite my best efforts to avoid pain and to flee from it, I have endured a lifetime of pain in the past two years. When the pain is most intense, the feelings overwhelm me. I do not know what I want and I cannot think of anything that will ease the intensity of the emotions. My chest constricts and a heavy weight is on my heart. I want to curl into a ball and be alone, yet I want to be held and …
Being in ministry is tough. I think many people know that it is hard, but few know how hard it can be. Fortunately, my husband and I are currently at an amazing church. We are loved and supported and we are incredibly blessed.
Even though we have an amazing church family now, there have been many experiences that have not been as positive over our 20 years in ministry together. Because of the incredible stress on pastors and their families, more and more ministers are leaving the ministry. There are a number of reasons that ministry is so stressful. Below I've listed some of the stressors and how you can help support your pastor and their family.
1. Pastor's have strengths and weaknesses just like every other human on the planet. Churches often expect their pastors to be gifted speakers, counselors, grief experts, spiritual leaders, administrative managers, finance experts, intellectual Bible scholars, and great with people. As long as churches expect the pastor to b…