Today is my friend Beth's birthday. Generally we say, Happy Birthday but I know that Beth's husband passed away this year and therefore things like holidays and birthdays bring a great deal of pain. I can't make it better. I can't even be there to just give her a hug as there is a distance of about 500 miles between us. What I can do is just simply let her know how much I love and appreciate her.
Her husband's username on CB is Blessings2you and as one of his friends, I know that was a desire of his heart... to be a blessing to people, particularly those in crisis. God granted him that desire and he truly was a blessing to not just myself but other members of the CB community. In the real world , I believe that he was often one of those unsung heroes, quietly working behind the scenes for he did not wish to draw attention to himself, he wished to draw it to God instead.
Though Beth does not seem to realize it, she is a blessing as well and we are so fortunate to have her as a part of our community.
My friend Beth has the gift of hospitality.
I remember the first time I met Beth in person. It was in August 2009. We turned down their lane on a hot August day and before our car came to a stop, the front door opened and Beth ran out, waving her hands in the air to greet us. Behind her, smiling, came her husband Kirk and their dog Sheba.
My friends had carefully planned and prepared for our arrival and those were precious days of fellowship and laughter. Some people have the gift of hospitality and I recognized it immediately in my friends.
Thank you, Beth, for your hospitality. I know I am always a very welcome visitor at the B2Y Ranch .
My friend Beth is a prayer warrior.
The first time I saw the movie The War Room in August 2015, I gasped when I saw the Prayer Room with the notes on the wall. You see, I saw something very similar to that in August 2009 only it was above a desk in a basement in rural Missouri. The wall above Beth's desk is covered with various prayer requests and names of people to pray for and I discovered one of those names is mine.
Beth does not restrict her prayers to only the people she knows. You see, she has an eBay store and sends packages around the world. One of the things I came to know about Beth and her husband is that when a package is shipped, something very special is added to it. That special thing is prayer for the recipient.
I can't help but wonder how many lives have been impacted by those prayers. In my heart of hearts, I believe that God will share that information with Beth and her husband someday and when He does, I sure hope they pass that onto me as well because I want to know! I simply love stories about how God works when people quietly go about simply doing what God tells them to do.
Thank you Beth, for your prayers. I know for a fact that your prayers have not just had an impact on my life but they have had an impact on the lives of others.
My friend Beth has the heart of a servant.
I think this is probably true of anyone who has the gift of hospitality but one of the things that strikes me is she continues to have this heart, even while she is experiencing the worst grief and pain in her darkest night.
You see, she looked beyond her own grief and saw the grief of other widows. She saw their despair, their loneliness and their need. I suspect that everything within her wanted to retreat and hide, shutting out the world but she didn't. She reaches out to others instead. This cannot be an easy thing to do but she does it.
She did not just start connecting to widows at the support groups she attends, she started a monthly breakfast for widows. There have been several of these breakfast now with 10-15 widows attending on average, I believe. Despite her own pain, she has still reached out to minister to others. She has the heart of a servant, just like her husband.
Thank you Beth, for being a servant. I have not only been blessed to be served by you, I have also learned from your example and it is my prayer that I will become a better servant like you.
My friend Beth is a "sister-friend"
My definition of a "sister-friend" is a woman who is friend who is not merely a friend. She is as a sister to me or a "sister of the heart".I have no natural sisters or even a sister-in-law but God has blessed me with a couple of sisters of the heart . On my desk stand two sisters of the heart . Beth gave those to me in December 2014. Thank you Beth, for being a sister of the heart . I love you, appreciate you and I am blessed by you!
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Philippians 1:3-6 (KJV)
Scripture quotation taken from the King James Version, Public Domain.