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Beth is teaching on Hosea’s wife, Gomer, today.  It’s easy to look at certain people, especially those in the Bible, and look at them as cautionary tales.  I thought of this song by Brooke Fraser, and I love it because it reminds me that we are all sinners. We are all Hosea’s wife. https://youtu.be/LohEZEdQjjA Hosea’s Wife by Brooke Fraser I just spoke silence with the seeker next to me She had a heart with hesitant, halting speech That turned to mine and asked belligerently “What do I live for?” I see the scars of searches everywhere I go From hearts to wars to literature to radio There’s a question like a shame no one will show “What do I live for?” We are Hosea’s wife We are squandering this life Using people like ladders and words like knives [Chorus] If we’ve eyes to see If we’ve ears to hear To…

Every Monday, Beth & I do a collaborate blog. She is a dear friend and mentor to me. She’s writing about Ruth (tomorrow), but I’m writing about her. Beth had led the women’s ministry at our church for over 20 years. That’s a long time to do ANYTHING. She has served faithfully and humbly in some form or another her entire life. I just love and respect her more than I can say. When we began blogging about a year ago, we didn’t know that the Lord would be preparing her for what is next. Beth is stepping out of the leadership role in women’s ministry and into a role where she’ll be mentoring! What’s equally amazing is that Beth is passing the torch to my dear friend, Jeni. We put together this video tribute to Beth. https://youtu.be/TH6ut_y6RVU Beth, the best is yet to come!

Beth takes a look at Song of Solomon & gives a great explanation here. Look, that book of the Bible makes me uncomfortable. Maybe if people realized how scandalously descriptive it is, there would be a lot less porn and a lot more bible reading. It reads like a romance novel. Danielle Steele’s got nothing on SoS. My takeaway from Beth’s teaching & this book is how important the physical aspect of marriage is. It’s a reminder that God made sex and intended it not just for pleasure or child-rearing. He created it with a connection in mind. That connection is what Solomon’s first love had. She was not only queen but queen of his heart. Are you queen of your husband’s heart?

Even though I’m celebrating my third Mother’s Day, I want you to know that underneath all the smiles and pictures I’ll be posting on social media, I’m still one of you. The pain of my inability has shaped part of who I am, and I know how you feel. I pray I never forget it, either. It keeps me grounded. It reminds me of what is possible but gives me the ability to empathize and commiserate with you. I would not trade either of those things. I’m sorry if you have to dodge kids handing out flowers at church this Sunday. I’m sorry if people say things like “you just need to relax and then it’ll happen”. I understand how it feels when it hurts to hope. I wish I could’ve had kids a more normal way. I sometimes wish my life was normal. But I guess that’d be boring.…

We have an awesome friend named Steve. He is one of our favorite people. His beautiful wife, Andrea, is wonderful – & all 3 of their now adult children survived us as youth pastors. If I were to create a youth ministry hall of fame – these people would have a huge display. They were so supportive & I’m honored to call them my friends. Steve is a heating and AC expert. He’s our go-to guy when we need help with our aging AC unit. When he was here this week working, the boys were playing out back. They were enjoying the sun and some otter pops. They kept chattin’ him up and offered him an otter pop. I kept telling them to leave him alone, but it was precious and Steve is far too kind. Before Steve left, Levi made him a drawing and both boys gave him hugs.…

As a kid, I remember overhearing jokes about women who wore too much makeup being “Jezebels”. I happen to love makeup and dressing up so the term is very derogatory – citing that women do these things with purpose of seduction. Beth teaches on Jezebel here – giving a brief history lesson on who she was & how she was Queen of all control freaks. Jezebel was scary and intimidating and the perfect example of what not to do. She is proof of how powerful women are. When you can scare off a prophet, I’d say you’re powerfully terrifying and horrible. But what of those of us who are strong willed yet place ourselves in God’s hands – relinquishing control? We live a life without limits. How can that be? When you live within the boundaries of His love, you actually go farther than you ever dreamed. A life without limits…

When Beth sent me her thoughts about Queen Vashti, I was stunned. I so appreciate Beth’s vulnerability and wisdom. So, the King wanted to show off Vashti – but she was stubborn and headstrong in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous. He was wasted from the rager he’d been throwing. He wanted to show off his trophy wife. He sent for her, she refused. This did not go over well. It cost her everything. It cost her her crown. Here’s a few thoughts about the word “no”: “No” has a price. It’ll cost you something. It can cost you everything. Expect opposition. When you take a stand, not everyone is going to understand or agree with your “no”. No means no.

When Beth sent me her thoughts about Queen Vashti, I was stunned. I so appreciate Beth’s vulnerability and wisdom. So, the King wanted to show off Vashti – but she was stubborn and headstrong in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous. He was wasted from the rager he’d been throwing. He wanted to show off his trophy wife. He sent for her, she refused. This did not go over well. It cost her everything. It cost her her crown. Here’s a few thoughts about the word “no”: “No” has a price. It’ll cost you something. It can cost you everything. Expect opposition. When you take a stand, not everyone is going to understand or agree with your “no”. No means no.