When I lived out West - far away from my family - my friends became like family. And one friend introduced me to a female preacher named Beth Moore.
If you haven't heard of her, or sat under her teaching, there is never a time like the present.
God, in His grace, gives us different people throughout the course of our lives, who speak into our lives like no one else does.
Sometimes it is our spouse.
Sometimes a trusted friend.
Sometimes it is a counsellor.
Sometimes an author.
And, sometimes a preacher.
Who is that person(s) for you?
Beth Moore is my all time favorite preacher. She speaks into my life, my spiritual and my emotional life, like none other. What a gift.
I'm currently working through her study "James: Mercy Triumphs" (Lifeway Press, Nashville, TN, 2011.)
In the viewer guide, session #3 Beth causes the reader to consider the distance and the difference between JOY and ANGUISH.
These next five points are all hers, not at all mine:
1) Anguish and joy can co-exist. James 1:2
2) Anguish and joy can trade places. Isaiah 61:1-3
3) The source of anguish can morph into joy. John 16:20
4) Mental anguish can be like the mind in labor. Psalm 55:1-4
5) Anguish is meant to lead to a birth. John 16:20-22
When is the last time we've felt anguish? Perhaps yesterday? Perhaps today? Perhaps right this minute? Or, perhaps... tomorrow...
And, an even better question is: what is God getting ready to birth out of our anguish?
I don't know about you - but I kinda like the thought of being able to give birth ;o)
PS: thanks for preaching, Beth