Thursday, September 9, 2010

"When I am afraid, I will trust in You..."

"In God,whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?" Psalm 56:3-4
If you believe God is in charge of our lives, then you also believe life offers many chances and opportunities to makes friends, talk to someone you don't know, or realize closeness with someone that does not "just happen". Have you ever sat in a doctor's office and start talking to another woman and think, "we could be really good friends if we had the opportunity"...wonder how many opportunities we pass up every day because we are too busy, or don't have time to "visit" with someone, or don't stop to talk to new members at church because we "need to get home."..

A number of years ago, John and I were attended the lectureship at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. One of the series was taught by a lovely woman from Texas. I met her afterwards, and she ended up being the speaker for our church ladies "retreat". We started emailing and have become very good friends through writing, occasionally phone calls and just being real "soul" partners. What a blessing she is in my life and what a wonderful opportunity I would have missed out on if I had not gone up and spoken to her in that class!

Her name is Cathy Messecar and she is not only a speaker, but an author with a third book coming out in March of 2011. Cathy writes a monthly article in a newspaper and on her blog.
The first book is called "The Stained Glass Pickup" and is a devotional book. The second, Cathy co-authored with several of her friends, "A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts". The new book is "A Still and Quiet Soul:Embracing Contentment" , and I am very honored to have been selected as one of the chapters of this book. Cathy tells of how our Johny was part of our lives and died so young and she also tells about my battle with cancer...how God leads me through each day and gives me strength to keep going...how He is my rock and my guide! Cathy and I would have missed out on so much..I pray I do not miss out on blessings and friendships, on chances to pray for someone, and just being the best we can in His way each day.

3 comments:

  1. Barbara Johnson-ClarkSeptember 9, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    My dear Bev,
    You are such a joy in my life and such a wealth of information! I just read Cathy's blog, "Stained Glass Pickup" for the first time. My, what a delightful and inspiring article she writes. I am forever a fan. Thank you sister for another pearl. Loving and praying for you and John every single day.
    Barbara and Alan

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  2. Beverly,

    We continue to pray for you and your family each day. You are an amazing testimony to our Lord with your strength and witness to all. Ken and Kristin really enjoyed visiting with you recently and continue to be amazed at your strength. As Ken says you are one tuff lady.

    Best regards and love to all. Ken & Judy

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  3. Bev,
    Thank you for blessing my life with your openess - sharing your past history (which I thoroughly enjoy) and your present life. Though it's not always the life you wanted, you are honest and kind through your writings.
    God bless your day today with delights only he can bring!
    Kathryn

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