Then on Friday evening, we could hardly wait for Beth's teaching and the music from Travis and the Praise Team and band! On Saturday morning we did a "hymn sing," and it was M-A-R-V-E-L-O-U-S. Beth went around the church and asked the women to tell where they were from and what hymn they would like to sing. Some of them were "Blessed Assurance," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Redeemed," "Come Thou Fount," and "I'll Fly Away!" It was so beautiful to hear all the ladies voices blending together.
Beth with her pink boxing gloves - ready to "FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!
These are my notes from Beth's sessions. She taught from Galatians and ENCOURAGED us beyond measure! She gave us 6 "Aggravations" and 6 "Alternatives," each with 6 words...
1. Aggravation: Ministry by default. Life long misfit. Alternative: Chosen by God. Have holy fit. 2. Aggravation: Seek Their Approval. Become Their Slave. Alternative: Seek God's Approval. Find Your Peace! 3. Aggravation: Work With People. Expect Titanic Problems. Alternative: Choose to Trust. Not to Rust. 4. Aggravation: Trade Your Bondage. Keep Your Chains. Alternative: Don't Ignore. Get Restored. Then Restore.
5. Aggravation: Sow the Flesh. Reap the Dregs. Alternative: Sow the Spirit. Reap the Life. 6. Aggravation: Lose What Counts. Watch Misery Mount. Alternative: Keep the King the Thing - JESUS!
There was a very special moment that humbled my heart. Toward the end of the event on Saturday morning, Beth asked me to come down and voice a prayer on behalf of all the ministers' wives for the widow of the slain Rev. Fred Winters who was killed in his pulpit last Sunday, March 8th. To have 1,200 other pastors' wives all praying together for our sister, Cindy Winters, was a memory that will stay with me for a very long time. May God continue to bless and comfort Cindy and her daughters and meet their every need.
And lastly, here are some Ministers' Wives SIESTAS!!! Amy W., me, Tammie Fay, and Kristi B!