I can’t lie. The session with Beth was the push and you go girl that I needed.
What a blessing.. not even joking.
I’m dancing at my keyboard right now recalling the session and listening to Andrew Peterson’s album Counting Stars .
I do love me a Word inspired by the Holy Spirit and that is deeply personal.. I know. (Really, did I just say that? It’s all inspired by the Holy Spirit, Chick.)
REPHRASE: I do love me a Word inspired by the Holy Spirit when my little pea brain and hard heart are surrendered to hear it.
Beth’s teaching was based out of 2 Timothy 1:1-14 and centered on the three generations that Paul speaks of in these scriptures. (I perked up and really wanted to clap my hands!)
Timothy (19-39 years old), Eunice (40-60 years old) and Lois (61-81 years old) : she was speaking in terms of the ministry generations before us girls… and shared a few scriptures with us:
- Isaiah 41:4: “Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.”
- Psalm 33:11: “The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.”
Part of her session was interactive with a real live Timothy, Eunice and Lois from the audience.. so exciting to see her pull three women up to the platform. Every single one of them were precious. Truly. I know you can only see the backs of their heads.. but my photos are too bright so you will just have to trust me.. they were PRECIOUS! (Thanks so much Michele!!) More notes:
- If we are going to think more Biblically, we need to start thinking more generation-ally.
- As referred to in Matthew 1, genealogy continues through us.
- It is clear that any/every generation can be changed. The direction can be moved for good and for bad.
- There is an inherent responsibility placed on every generation. God sees you in conjunction with your line.
- He often characterizes a generation. (adulteress, perverse, idolators, etc.)
- Father.. let us be a generation that seeks Your FACE!
- Philippians 2:15: “that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,” ESV
- God is into remnants.
- Merriam-Websters dictionary defines generations: a : a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor
- God has taken steps thematically and deliberately through every generation until Christ’s return.
Beth went to our sweet panelists and asked them this question: “What do you believe is the hardest challenge for your generation?” The answers were so spot on, y’all! I am here to tell you!!
From Lois: new technology and staying connected in this digital world
From Eunice: too much of everything and staying connected in the midst of responsibilities that are huge.
From Timothy: the addiction of technology.. (WORD)
I truly can not remember where the meanings came from, (forgive me and correct me) but Beth went on to share the meanings behind the names of the generations represented.
Lois – desired, desirable, better; Eunice – victorious; Timothy – honoring God.
Beth went on to share with all of us that we need to die to competition with each other. Praise God. She went on to 2 Timothy 1:12 – “which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.”
- Can we trust God?
- The question really should be, can God trust you? Will you be trustworthy?
- Kalos – the Greek word meaning beautiful, good, excellent, precious, magnificent
- Guard that beautiful, beautiful thing that God has entrusted to you.
Her main points were:
- Keep your conscience clean; When you’ve blown it, own it. Don’t serve past your sanctification
- Let people in. Mentor. Keep your chin up! God called you here. Are there people in your life that you allow to get to you? Are you letting them in?
- Esteem your blend. Hold in high esteem your generational blend. Honor, entrust and serve them.
- Fan the flame: rekindle the flame of the gift that God has given you. Don’t neglect your gifts.
- Embrace that change! (2 Tim. 1:6) “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,”
- let your spiritual potency trump your natural tendency
- Hold the standard. Persevere. Fight the good fight.
Y’all, I sure do wish that you had all been there to receive the precious blessing that continued. It makes me cry and become grateful all over again. Beth asked all the Lois’ to stand up in the arena and called the Timothy’s and the Eunice’s around the Lois’ to put our hands on them and pray over them. She asked the Eunice’s to do the same.. and then called all the sweet Timothy’s down front so that all us Lois and Eunice gals could pray over them. I was blown away by the privilege and honor to not only pray over but be prayed for. I was blown away to be standing next to one of my dearest friends, holding her hand and receiving that HUGE blessing.
What a wonderful, wonderful, blessed way to close the journey of Deeper Still.
So, if you were there… what fruit have you seen since June that shows the esteeming of your blend? I’d love to hear your stories…
Many thanks to the entire LifeWay staff, the local volunteers from Lexington for their sacrifice, to Beth, Priscilla and Kay and may all honor and glory and PRAISE go to God.. the Creative One behind these amazing conferences that have taught us all to go Deeper Still.