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LETTER FROM ANGIE
Hello everyone — Just writing this letter to introduce myself as the new co-leader of MOT’s. I am so excited to be co-leading our group this year with Melissa.
About one year ago, I went alone to my very first Beth Moore live event, and today I sit alone in my house attending a Beth Moore simulcast. I know the Lord has reasons for me to have attended both of these events alone, however I have yet to discern the reasons. But, I know that God did have a reason because I asked about 20 people to attend the first event with me and none of them were able to attend for various reasons— so that must be divine intervention. This year, I ordered the simulcast 2 days before the event when I figured out I would have the weekend to myself. The Lord had his reasons for both I am positive. The live event last year spurred me on in my spiritual journey in a very powerful way. Only God knew what wonderful plans He had for the upcoming year.
In the fall, I began a Beth Moore study at Hope, “Children of the Day”, and I was very intentional about my study. I did this along with my regular Mom’s of Teens Bible study. I was asked to join a Spiritual Leadership group led by Mary Ann Ruff in the spring. I can say that both of these classes were extremely inspiring and important in my spiritual walk. At the end of the Spiritual Leadership class, I met with Mary Ann and she asked if I would be interested in co-leading Mom’s of Teens in the fall. I have to say that my initial thought was that I was not qualified to take on that particular task.
The theme for this years Beth Moore simulcast was about being Audacious and Beth asked us to “Step off the Boat” and walk on the water with Jesus. Pretty powerful. I felt the message spoke directly to me as I am asking for the Lord’s sufficiency to co-lead this amazing group of women in the upcoming year. “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…” 2 Corinthians 12:9 For I know that I don’t have the tools to lead this group, but God does and it will be His sufficiency that co-leads this group.
Mary Ann’s message at our leadership retreat this fall spoke to the same topic. We are made perfect in our weakness. It is when we are most stretched that we learn to depend on God. The size of our assignment should not be measured by what we have to offer. We should trust in God’s supply and not our own supply. “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5 I know God has big plans for our group this year and I am so excited to see what those plans are.
I feel compelled to start some scripture memorization in our group. I felt it was such a powerful part of my Spiritual Leadership class. I can tell you that I get excited when a scripture is quoted and I can say — “ I know that one”. It just feels so personal. Beth used 3 scriptures in her simulcast that I had memorized in Spiritual Leadership. In fact, in Sunday’s worship Pastor Rufus used one of my favorites “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 I was never really big on memorizing scripture. I am too old to teach new tricks, etc. Haha. However, I did so because of the accountability of my group and I have to say it has really made an impact on me. I am hoping to share some of the techniques that I learned in this group and hoping that we can hold each other accountable. Of course, this is optional and there will be no grades handed out. I will speak more about our verse memorization this Wednesday and I look so forward to seeing everyone then.