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One of the most common comments I hear from people, “You are always going somewhere.” And it is true. I am blessed to have friends all over the world with an open invitation to come. There is Julia in San Salvador, El Salvador who always asks me to come to their lake house. Or Joan and her wanting me to come to Orlando for some “Becky” time. There is ice-skating available for most of the year in Karrie’s home in Brandon, Manitoba. And of course how much I love going to see Vicki and her family on the beach in Edisto Island, South Carolina.
But the most special place for me is in Auburn, Georgia with Team Jenkins. Why so special? I have my own room. When Andrea and Bowdie were building their dream home, they talked about Aunt Beck’s bedroom but I thought it would be a guest room and that is where I would stay. It was to be on the 2nd floor right next to the boys’ room. Well, I knew it was a bit more when Andrea called and asked me what color I wanted the walls to be. What a joy to sleep in that yellow room for the first time in the Spring of 2008!
Well, this past September when I came for a visit I was humbled by the love and acceptance Andrea demonstrated to me. When I told her I was coming she rebuked me a bit since I had not given her much notice (I think it was less than a week) and when I walked into the room I saw what she had been up to. My room was not only yellow but totally decorated with photos of the boys and I.
There was a bulletin board with notes of why the boys and Andrea and Bowdie love me (I am such a “words” girl.)
Aunt Becky's the best because when I make a train track she says, "Good job." ~Jacob
One thing I love about Aunt Becky is she takes us to Waffle House. ~Jarrett
I love it when Aunt Becky toks me to wofol hous. ~Blaine
We love Aunt Becky because she prays specifically for our boys on a regular basis. ~Bo & An
Andrea had even set up a desk in my room with my own coffee mug to have my quiet times.
This is one of my favorite memories from 2009! What is one of your favorite memories?
It was a warm, August day in Raleigh, NC as I sat across a mother of two who was once a college coed in the Sunday school class I taught. It is always a joy to be with my former “girls” and watch as the Lord has made them into Godly women. Anyway, she asked me, “Becky, why don’t you teach a Sunday school class now?” “Well, Steph, I really think I don’t because no one asked.”
As the Lord would have it, less than 48 hours later, Carolyn O’Neal, women’s director at Houston’s First Baptist Church calls and asks me if I would pray about teaching a class. Once again, “here’s your sign.” At first the thought was to start in September but it was just too close so we will launch the new class on 1/10/10 at 8:20 am. I am so excited!!
The new class is for women of all ages and is named Titus 2. In Titus 2, there is a clear call for the older women to teach the younger woman. It is a call that is lived out way more often through modeling than through teaching. The Titus 2 class will illuminate the Word and provide practical ways to live out this biblical mandate. Together we will unite to encounter the Lord in a personal and profound way.
Each day over the next 30 days, I will be posting a new prayer request for the class via twitter (@kbeck) and facebook. Would you please join me in prayer? And if you are ever in Houston on Sunday at 8:20 am, please come by and join us!
The Lord is teaching me a brand new concept. Well, at least it is brand new to me but it is has been around for 1,000s of years. The heart of it comes from the very first beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” (Matthew 5:6)
While in Canada, I picked up Barbara Henry’s (http://barbarahenry.wordpress.com/) Renewing the Heart for Women: Life Principles from the Beatitudes and it is already rocking my world. Let me share a bit from Day Four Week One.
Galatians 2:16, 3:2-7 (New American Standard Bible)
…nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified…This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain–if indeed it was in vain? So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.
These verse show that my works bring about nothing. My justification and sanctification are works of Christ and the Holy Spirit through me. (Check it out in The Message as well (http://bit.ly/4yxmDV). Barbara draws a wonderful picture of what this looks like:
Think of spiritual wealth in terms of a bank account in heaven. Since we are spiritually bankrupt in and of ourselves, Christ made the deposit for our “savings” account (justification), and the Holy Spirit makes all the deposits in our “checking” account (sanctification). By faith we make withdrawals from both accounts. Our good works are the fruit of those withdrawals but can never be considered part of the deposit because we are poor in spirit. We have nothing to deposit.
WOW! This is such a paradigm shift for me. I thought my good works – especially in relation to my prayer times, Bible reading, Bible studying, etc. – were making deposits into my spiritual bank but in reality I am making withdrawals. The Spirit of God is rising up in me to go to my prayer spot and seek His face so that I can be empowered to do His good works. I come broke – empty – needy. To be honest with you, it flies into the face of my pride!! What do you mean I have NOTHING to offer? Surely, there is something I can bring to the table. But, alas, I bring nothing. Nada. Zilch.
However, the great news is that my spiritual bank account will never fall below the limit. There will never be any insufficient funds fees. As a daughter of the King, I have a sweet Daddy who ALWAYS keeps my bank balance full and passionately calls me to spend freely. May I be found making lots of withdrawals throughout the day!