My Necklace....Beth Moore....(continued from March 15th)

Matthew 7:11




If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!





This is the rest of the March 15th story.....














I should probably set the stage a bit for what happened, so it will hopefully make sense.















First of all, I am a huge Beth Moore fan. I have done MANY of her Bible studies: some with dear friends at church, some in Sunday school, and some on my own by borrowing the DVDs from other churches, ordering the workbooks, and watching them while sitting in Nick's room at the hospital as he went through chemo or other treatments.


Beth Moore has ministered to me in a profound way throughout Nick's journey. She has taught me so much about walking through the fire (Daniel), loving God will all my heart (David), stepping up (Psalms), and realizing that God's timing is critical (Esther)...and so much more!!! Thank you, Beth, so very much for carrying me through a dark valley by keeping me close to my Lord and Savior!
















About a month ago, a friend of mine (Lara) discovered that she had two extra tickets to the Beth Moore Minister's Wives' Retreat in Nashville which was this past weekend. She wasn't sure who to ask and said that she was awoken in the night with my name and another friend's name on her heart. So, she called Pam who then called me and we decided we should go!!















At about the same time that this all happened, I wrote a blog post about the Academy Awards. Amber (one of my blogging friends) posted a comment telling me that Beth Moore's daughter had written about these awards as well and that I should read what she had to say. So, I went to the Living Proof blog and read her entry. While I was on her site, I scrolled down through other blog entries and the name "Annabeth" caught my eye. Beth Moore had a new granddaughter and her name was Annabeth! I couldn't believe it! It moved me so much and brought back a flood of memories about our sweet Adrienne Annabeth. I just had to go back to my blog and write about our daughter who had died in 1992.














A few days later I received a comment from Amber telling me that she had shared my story with the Living Proof website, but I never thought another thing about it.














On this past Saturday morning at Beth Moore's conference we enjoyed an amazing worship service followed by Beth's teaching. She inspires me sooooo much! At the end of her morning session, she challenged the minister's wives in the audience who were in a safe place to share their hearts openly to "come forward" and ask for prayer, confess sins, etc.










About twenty women in blue vests stood across the front of the room waiting for women to come forward. Music played softly as women began making their way to the front of the room, most of them in tears.














I sat by Pam and Lara and watched the constant flow of women as they brought their broken hearts to the front of the sanctuary. I truly felt that I had nothing to bring before these wonderful women. I had no "secret sin" or huge "prayer request." I was just sad about missing Nick. Or so I thought.












As time passed, Pam began to cry and share some things with me that were on her heart...while comforting her and listening to her share, I realized that my heart had started to race with emotion. I began to realize that feelings of anger were flaring up in me. Anger from the fact that I tried so hard to do all the right things throughout Nick's fight with cancer and God seemed to not care or hear my passionate and persistent prayers.












I praised God no matter what was happening.



I fasted frequently in prayer.



I didn't question God.....most all of the time.





I tried not to complain or whine about how our world had been turned upside down.







I tried to keep smiling.







I tried to trust God with each new bit of bad news.








And yet Nick still died.












So as I sat and listened to Pam, I began to cry. Before I knew it, Pam was comforting me instead of me comforting her. I felt bad about this too. I felt selfish.....like it had to be about me which I didn't want it to be.








Pam wanted me to go forward and talk to someone, but as I looked at the women across the front of the sanctuary, I said to Pam, "What can they say to help me? What can they say to change the reality that Nick is gone?" I'm okay. After a few minutes, I felt my pride being stripped away as I said, "No I'm really not. I'm really angry and I'm tired of feeling angry."












I agreed to go forward with Pam only if I could talk to someone who had lost a child. As I surveyed the women, I honestly thought to myself, "The only person I want to talk to is Beth Moore," but I knew deep inside that every woman probably felt the same way and that that was selfish of me.







So, Pam and I walked forward. I was crying. We went to the first two women who were dressed in blue vests and Pam asked them if there was someone I could talk to who had lost a child. Without even thinking, I said out loud through my tears, "Or two children." My pain was so deep at that moment. The reality that I had held in for so long the pain of Adrienne's sudden death and then been dealt the blow of losing Nick in such a long and suffering way suddenly surfaced.












The women looked around as if they weren't sure who to get and then asked the woman next to them who said, "We have a counselor in the back room."












Now even in the midst of my tears, I was able to comprehend these words and was thinking, "I DO NOT WANT TO TALK TO A COUNSELOR!"




However, it was too late, I had come forward and was now at the mercy of whomever was helping me. So we started across the front of the room headed for the back.












As we were walking and I was crying, I realized that Beth Moore was standing right beside me with her back to me. I looked at the woman leading me out of the room and held up my hand as if to say, "Just one minute." With my other hand, I reached out and literally took a hold of Beth's arm as if it were my only chance to ever be that close to her and feel her love. I couldn't help but think of the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' robe......not implying that Beth has this same power, but simply saying that I truly wanted a blessing from Beth and in touching her hoped that I would receive it.












Beth turned towards me and through my tears I told her, "My son died in November," and then I just started crying more and more. I'll never forget Beth's words to me............She said,











"It's you."












That's exactly what she said! She knew me!












Then I said, "I'm the one whose daughter Adrienne Annabeth died...."












And Beth finished my sentence, "of SIDS." She went on to say that she wanted to find me but didn't know how. That she wanted to say something from the front but didn't want to be insensitive. I don't even know how she knew I was there or if she even knew ahead of time. But she had read of Adrienne and Nick before that morning and she already knew my story.












She even said, "I have goose bumps on my arms," and held out her arm. I was sobbing and saying, "I tried to do everything right and Nick still died....I'm tired of feeling angry." As I cried and later my friend said I could barely stand, Beth took my hand and gently went down on her knees and brought me down on my knees right in front of her. I leaned forward on her and sobbed deeper and louder than ever in my life for what seemed such a long time. I remember hearing her praying, "Lord, this lady has been faithful......." And then something about "til she's with her babies again in Heaven..." I could feel women all around me touching me and crying. I could hear Pam and Lara saying "It's okay, Tammy. This is why we're here."












Then Beth said, "You're washing His feet with your tears." I looked up at her and said, "I do love Him." And then she said, "And He's holding every tear."












Then with a very purposeful voice she said, "Look me straight in the eyes." I realized at that time that I had been looking down most all of the time, and as I looked up she took my face in her hand and said very firmly,












"YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS."












"I PROPHESY THAT YOU WILL BE WHOLE! YOU WILL BE WHOLE! YOU WILL BE WHOLE!"












My hands were shaking but I was able to lift Nick's necklace off my chest towards her and through my tears said, "This is Nick's thumb print."












Beth very gently and sweetly leaned down and kissed my heart pendant as if she were kissing Nick's forehead. I'll never forget the love I felt at that moment. I instantly knew that this was why I hadn't yet shared about Nick's necklace! Now it was time!












As we stood up together and Beth began to walk away, she took my arm and said, "I'll never forget you. I'll never forget you."












And then my friends took me to a back stairwell where I cried and cried some more. Eventually a counselor came in and prayed with me, and helped me to receive words of peace from God.












Shew. I still can't believe it happened.












When I look back on this memory, I have to say that I believe God orchestrated every part of it. I truly believe that He longs to give us the desires of our heart, and on that day I needed more than anything else in the world to be blessed by Beth Moore in a very personal way. She has been my spiritual mentor, my lifeline to God's Word, my encourager in my journey...












Thank you, Lord, for knowing just what I needed and providing it in such a dramatic way.












I have always thought that if I could meet Beth Moore I would love to laugh with her, have a cup of coffee with her, share our passion for God and His Word.....












I never dreamt that God would humble me to the point of literally laying over her lap sobbing my eyes out.












I feel released from something powerful.












I have tried so hard even in Nick's death to see the "good," the "purpose," the "big picture."












But to be honest, I have also carried a piece of anger that had to be let go of or it was going to be part of me forever. I do not want to be an angry, bitter mom who has lost two children.












I want to be a joy-filled light of hope for others who may have to walk the road behind me.












I don't think that was a possibility before I fell on my knees and confessed my true feelings on Saturday.












Thank you, Lord, for understanding my pain and loving me through it. Thank you for giving me permission to not always "understand" Your ways. I know that Your ways are higher than mine. Help me to continue to trust You in the dark days ahead, and Lord, help me to be a willing servant.








Thank you, Lara and Pam and Amber for being beautiful servants of the Lord. Because of you, God was able to give a "good gift" to me. Thank you.



Forever Grateful for My Moment with Beth Moore and for Her Precious Kiss on Nick's Necklace.



My prayer now is for a day to sit with Beth Moore and have coffee and laugh and share our passion for God's Word!
As Mordecai said to Esther.......
Who Knows?!?!?


22 Comments:

Blogger Trish said...

This story still gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes! I've thought about it often over the past couple of days, and still get goosebumps every time. I love how everything was orchestrated perfectly. It was just what you needed. I'm still amazed how everything fell into place and she said, "It's you." Wow...

Blogger Trish said...

I also have to add that I love how the verse above is 7-11! Funny how things work out... ;)

Blogger 3girlsmom said...

I was at LPL and saw this whole thing take place. Even though I was sitting a few rows back and had no idea what was going on, I knew it was HUGE. Girl, I have prayed and prayed for you every day since Saturday morning.
I can't believe how TODAY, I found your blog. There are so many blogs in the world and I "stumbled upon" yours. Coincidence? No. Divine Intervention? Yep.
I love you like I know you. I will continue to pray for you. And I agree with Beth. YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS!

His,
Robyn Davidson, Birmingham, AL

Blogger Kim said...

Our God is so AMAZING!!

Truly AMAZING...he is just walking beside each one of us every moment of the day if we just look for Him!!

thank you for continuing to share your journey-I have found it so encouraging to me in my daily walk.

hugs from PA
Kim

Blogger Jennifer said...

Yes, amazing is HE. Thank you so much for sharing this story.

Blogger Susan said...

Tears of joy Tammy!!!

What an incredible story. God truly knew what you needed and it was divinely arranged.

I do believe you will have that coffee, laugh and share your passion for God's word with her!

Can't wait to see how it will unfold.

Love you Tammy!!!!

Blogger Rose said...

An amazing story, of a chain of events orchestrated by God! I love how you can see God's hand in all that happens in your day whether it is big like meeting Beth Moore or small like the story above, the holey socks! Tammy, I just love reading your posts and I am so glad that you had that amazing experience. I think that you will get that chance someday to sit with her and have that cup of coffee, and laugh!

Blogger Charlotte said...

This story brought many many tears. What a powerful message. I am so thankful that you shared this wonderful experience. Thank you Lara & Pam for helping my friend. By the way, Tim....you are a wonderful husband!!!!

Blogger Living Beyond said...

The Lord loves you and affirms that He is aware of it all - what a blessing I'm sooo incredibly happy for you that you were set up for this opportunity - bless you bless you bless you.

Love Shelley

Blogger Julie said...

I stumbled upon your blog today and am weeping becuase of God's faithfulness to you. I do not know your story but now I will go back and read more. We all walk through dark valleys and up high mountains and He is faithful to carry us through it all - Thank you for the reminder, I needed it TODAY!

Blogger Sheryl said...

Well now that I am done reading this post for another time, thinking I would have something profound to say. I just want to say that I love you!

OHHH TAMMY! Praise the Lord...I know I havent been down the same road but I have been through things and her teaching has brought His word to life in my heart...I am in Daniel right now...it is sooo good!

Anyhow, I often think I would love to have coffee with her and I work at starbucks so I always think, maybe she will come in one day...lol...

I am so amazed at how God has worked...

I am so blessed to see how He has used me in such a little way!!! Seriously so many times we go through life and we may not know how such a little thing can snowball into such a big thing...

anyhow...I was reading this and am sweating and crying and snotting all over myself...as Beth would say, It's an ugly cry! haha!

Anyhow...know I am blessed daily by your journey and blogs! I have to catch up on the next two now!!! Love you!

Blogger Beth said...

Dearest Tammy, I am fighting back the tears. It meant so much to me, too. And, no, I will not forget. Your beautiful tear-streaked face and that priceless necklace will be planted in my mind for a very long time. Jesus esteems you so highly, my dear loved one. He will indeed make you whole.

Blogger Nikki said...

Sweet Sister, I am crying my eyes out reading this almost as much as when it happened two feet in front of my face. Blessed. Blessed to see what God has done. Blessed to know you. Blessed to see what is yet to come. Much love, my new friend.

Blogger UL Cards Fan said...

Dear Tammy,
Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of God's faithfulness to his children, EVEN when we are angry at Him. I too LOVE Beth because of her passionate love for Christ and His Word. Honored to be a reader of your Blog. My tears started again when I got down to Beth's comment.Praying for you. Linda

Blogger Paula (SweetPea) said...

Wow...for a girl with many words, I'm speechless. This is powerful. This is beautiful. God is awesome and there is no way this would have happened without God orchestrating it. NO WAY!
Love ya,
Paula

Blogger Susan said...

Oh Tammy!!!!!

I just read Beth's comment! You have truly touched her.

I'm thrilled, and deeply touched.

Can't wait to see what will happen in the future.

LOVE YOU!

Blogger Bev Brandon said...

I have no idea how I ended up on this post tonight...I wasn't even reading blogs and it just popped up. You so pour out the Beauty of the Beautiful God Who lives in you and Whom you love! Psalm 50:2. Here you are, Tammy, in the midst of suffering and you so honor Him and invite us all in---people you don't even know. In your wrestling with the deep things of God, you give courage away. Keep on touching the hem and inviting us all with your words and heart to touch that hem, touch that locket. God let you borrow Beth's faith for that moment and may He continue to work a work of faith with power in you and through you. May HE fulfill every desire you have to do what is right, every longing for righteousness---you have many. 2 Thes 1:11,12. While I have not lost a child who has lived on this earth, I lost six babies to miscarriage. I cannot imagine the loss you've had and only He knows! I'm so sorry. No words come in this language to share. Romans 8:26. God bless you sweet girl. We'll all hold your story in our hearts---and the picture of that thumbprint locket will remain.

I was just reading this again because I was telling a friend of mine the story...and I am still baffled by the details God worked out...serious details...WOW!

So then I came upon the part that says you didn't know how she knew you were there...and I don't know for sure...but I had commented, while at the national basketball championship at KCU, upon hearing of you attending the conference, that I would be praying for you while you were there and I hoped you had a blessed time...I wonder if that is how she knew you were there...

And truly...I am so blessed to know that the woman that I am so moved by, Beth, is truly an authentic woman of Christ, who is open about her imperfections, willing to minister to another and to read your blog amid all the other ministry she has going on.

Recently I have been sooo overwhelmed with figuring things out for my move and work and family and friends and I can truly appreciate the fact that in her busy schedule, she took the time to read it and to reach out to you at the conference...I LOVE THAT!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this wonderful testimony! Truly, "THANK YOU"!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read this blog now for the first time, and yes, the tears came. Thanks for sharing and using your God given gifts.

Martha

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