Last night I re-read Chapters 5 and 6 of SO LONG INSECURITY by Beth Moore. It is a wonderful book. I mean, I moaned and groaned through much of it, but in the end, I am very glad I read it! And now I am going back through it and answering questions that Beth Moore posts on her blog. Here’s the challenge of the book/the journey to security: “to let the healthy, utterly whole, and completely secure part of us increasingly overtake our earthen vessels until it drives our every emotion, reaction, and relationship.” Wow. I could go for that.
And, by the way, this is NOT a man-bashing book AT ALL. It does encourage us to look to God to meet all of our needs and release any human being of meeting needs that they were never intended to meet!
“…if you are a real, live, honest-to-goodness secure woman who is neither obsessed with a man’s affirmation nor nursing a grudge against one, you did not arrive at that place by accident. None of us will!”
“Men are not our problem; it’s what we are trying to get from them that messes us up.”
“I want some soul-deep decurity drawn from a source that never runs dry and never disparages us for requiring it.” (Sounds good, doesn’t it?)
Now this little bit below really spoke to me because I can talk to myself about how ridiculous it is that I fail in the same areas over and over again (like, once a month, like clock work).
“Setbacks, on the other hand, just make us feel weak and stupid: I should have conquered this by now. I happened on a question not long ago that perfectly expresses this mentality: How many times must I prove myself an idiot?”
Beth Moore lists a few questions and adds her answers, of which some are quite comical. Here are some of the questions of an insecurity inventory.
Do I cry easily?
Do I avoid the spotlight?
Do I have a strong desire to make amends whenever I think I’ve done something wrong?
If someone gets mad at me, do I have a hard time not thinking about it?
Do I sometimes feel anxious for no apparent reason?
Does it hurt my feelings when I learn that someone doesn’t like me?
Do I fear that my husband might leave me for someone else?
“Security in any earthly thing simply cannot be sustained.”
Do you have “one thing that you think would make you more secure in all things?”
Oh my goodness. I do hope some of those quotes from Beth Moore will get you interested in reading her book if you haven’t already.
Here is what my sweet little family was doing while I was reading and commenting on the blog:
We are planning for a fun weekend….GiGi is coming to play with Molly, Alex and Faith are staying the night while their mom and dad enjoy some time together, Ruby has her first soccer practice tonight, and she is spending the night with Katherine on Saturday night. Hopefully, we will get our act together enough to have a family over for Sunday lunch. Maybe I will snap some pictures to share! Stay tuned.