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Thank You PBCC!

Posted: January 9, 2012 in PBCC, Thanks

I wrote this email today and it was sent out to all of our members here at Palm Bay Christian Church. I was going to just let it be, but I felt like sharing it on here as well. I realize full-well that for some strange reason I have readers that are not even here at this church…some are not even based in Florida…even others are in other countries and I have no clue who you are…but I welcome all!

I wanted to share my new found definition of a church from a church staff member’s viewpoint. In my world, you go where God wants you to be. In our case, its far away from our parents (Steve’s lives in PA, mine in KY). Steve and I learned early on the dynamics of a church is completely different to a minister’s-kid…its true!

So, as you read this, dance with me please! I am so excited to be here at PBCC and just overwhelmed what God is doing in my life as well as others in our congregation. “God Things Happen Here”…I like this new slogan some of our members have adopted.

For those of you that do attend a church…this will help you get life from a ministry staff perspective. Those of you on staff at a church, this is what a church built on un-conditional love looks like…I’ve not seen it before in my personal life…glad I can start now.

Dear our family here at PBCC –

I’m not sure where to start. When my health started failing back in August, I remember thinking, “No way am I taking a break from what I love here at PBCC!” I continued to press forward to the point that it was obvious I had to allow my church family in to help. Through meals, prayers, cards, playing with our kids, offering rides, encouragement…you not only helped, you accepted us in. I defined my role here at PBCC by my title which requires effort on my part. I prepare the lessons. I recruit, train and encourage volunteers. I love on these amazing kids! I plan, I create…you get the picture here. All of the sudden, you came in as a church family and SHOWED me that I am so much more valuable than what I do…you showed me that true love is accepting people just as they are. I have never had that demonstrated before in my life. I pushed some of you off…and some of you pushed me back! I struggled with letting this new, tighter relationship develop between my “work” and this new family we were coming to know closer than ever before. I was scared because I didn’t want to disappoint you…I wanted to help you (that is my job after all!). What was demonstrated last Sunday through the fund that you, our family, set aside for us – I can only label it as “pure, unconditional love.” I had such a hard time expressing what I was feeling because, you see, “I” didn’t do anything to deserve any of this (sound familiar from one of Tracy’s sermons?). I was overcome, smacked blind sighted by unconditional love. It’s hard to define something you have never felt or seen before. Now I can truly say I have a church family based on raw, in-your-face,  un-conditional love. I don’t think there are many other family ministers out there than can truly say this…I can’t wait to share what I have!

You have given my family peace, hope and a new way of living. No more will I carry the burden of being a financial debt to my family through these health issues. No longer will we stress when our insurance tells us that we need to pay now or the creditors will be notified. No longer will Josh see the mail on the table sit for days because he knows mommy and daddy hate looking at the bills. Even when these financial funds are consumed, no longer will I live thinking what I do here at church defines our relationship. You truly love me and our family for who we are…thank you for loving us so much. Thanks for making us a part of your lives. Thanks for following your heart. Thank you for making love a verb that will forever change my vocabulary. Oh by the way…as if you didn’t already know…we love you all too!


Bethany Boring

You were bought “as-is” – now go, be used as HIS.

Joshua 1:9


Posted: January 9, 2012 in PBCC, Thanks

I couldn’t think of a better title for this day. A day that blew up my understanding of God once again. Just when I thought I was starting to understand this amazing Healer and Comforter I learn today that HE is quite a dancer as well.

Perhaps I should start at the beginning.
This morning I was not feeling well…but I haven’t missed a Sunday since July when my health started tinkering…so it really does take a force of nature to keep me home. Plus, these family moments on Sundays keep my week going. I can’t make it through without my Palm Bay Christian Church family.

I’ve written about how PBCC has pulled together and supported our family in so many ways. Meals are still being brought-in, cards mailed, kids played with…and spoiled, phone calls made, emails sent, office cleaned and volunteers pull together to make everything work as if I was still there…(not as good as me being there…but close!).

I get to church an hour before our adult Bible study hour every Sunday…8AM sharp. I walk around the building trying to get everything set-up. I’m learning that pushing, pulling and quick turns are not my strong points…yet!

I have a bit of downtime, so I spend a few minutes in with the adult Bible study group…love this class! I can’t go in or leave without smiling! Great discussion too…maybe I can catch next week too!
Headed into the service…still walking and stopping frequently for hugs and to retell my Friday story again…I don’t mind, it doesn’t get old! Love just being with close friends here…I feel like everyone gets me in such a close way…oh, and I get them too! That’s why the term “church” defines people, rather than a building.

Because of doctors orders I was confined to just attending church…not really being able to do my ministry roles with the kids, volunteers…I still feel lacking in this part of my life. Yet, its when I just come, without a title, that I realize this congregation…these people truly accept me for who I am as a person. I’m not just a staff member to them…I’m really part of the family. The worship service starts…I’m moving my feet…literally to the music. I haven’t been able to stand for worship in months…loving the new view!

So many of the songs took on new meaning today. I sang to God rather than about Him. Words are amazing. If I had more energy I would add a few lyrics but I’m just way too tired tonight.
Ken did an amazing job with communion sharing the joy of being a father for a full year. Tracy spoke on the father’s role in the Prodigal Son parable. I’ve lived this parable inside the college classroom, on the children’s ministry stage and in my devotional life. Yet today…I got a glimpse of my Abba Father in a new way.

HE dances. Not only does He dance, but he busts a groove with me! So many times I catch myself whispering “Thank You” to Him during the day. This story ended with a party where we can see the dad in the story is throwing for his lost son. The father doesn’t judge, he forgives and says, Lets party! (This is extremely short tonight…I’m tired but will follow-up with another blog just on this parable at a later time…Tracy Twaddell is such an AMAZING part of our church here at PBCC. He is the one who showed me that God can truly use anyone, no matter where they may find themself. Great messages from an amazing minister.

On Friday, I felt like dancing…literally and I pictured God looking down at me smiling. But today, for the first time (flowing from the message) I realized I wasn’t dancing alone…He was right there celebrating with me the entire time.

At the end of the service, Steve and I were called forward. My big news from Friday was shared…not by me, but through one of our leaders. I’m telling you people…if you want to be humbled, hear your testimony through another set of eyes. I was in tears…I NEVER cry…and I was completely drenched! …I really don’t like crying in public…but being this is my church family it was better…everyone joined with us in celebration.

But…as I should have known, our PBCC family took it a step farther. They were taking up donations in order to start a fund to help us with my medical expenses. The amount raised just left me absolutely speechless that a church could do. I’m not mentioning a number here because numbers are not important. People actively joining together to meet an incredible need out of love…thats something I have never received before. I’m still struggling to come up with the right words to describe my feelings tonight…

I still feel so just…LOVED. To think that our congregation…our family came together for such a big way for a couple of joes like us…RIGHT when I was feeling so unfilled by not being able to do my role here the way I used to, my family comes around me and loves me…loves us just the way we are. I DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS…but I’m working on it.

Excited, thankful, blessed, gracious, empathetic, un-deserved, loved
I give up! God is going to remain unexplainable and able to meet all of my needs. This week I start by giving up my desire to understand God…instead, I think I’m going to just dance.
Join-in…its great!
PRAYER REQUEST – Folllw-up drs appointment tomorrow at 1:30. Pray that they find nothing! If something is needed…pray that it is easy. I need my Children’s Pastors Conference in Orlando…I want the green light to go and be free for a bit. Say a prayer for me please!

Goodnight! I’m going to attempt going to bed now…it would be SO nice to just drift off and stay asleep….

Thank You

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Health, Thanks

Tonight is a good night. I was able to complete treatment a little after 1Pm and meet with a friend for some good conversation! I even met with another friend last night for the same thing. I’ve been pouring over the emails that you have been sending in, as well as all of those Facebook messages and comments! I am blessed! Our family has pizza on the way tomorrow, lasagna was on the table tonight and chicken Parmesan last night! Our fridge is full at the moment (but so are my guys stomachs!).


To those who have brought meals, Josh asks why do we even cook anymore? You have saved us so much precious time…THANK YOU! To those who have taken the time to write letters and cards…your words are so encouraging to me! Please know that I personally read each one and I have a file that I started years ago that I keep these encouraging letters in. I might need to invest in a bigger file now! to those who have emailed or…shall I just call it “facebooked’ me…last night I just poured over all of your messages and comments! I sit here going…”God, this is so NEAT! I’m being used by You! What a ride!” It is so amazing to read what God is doing in other lives through the way He is moving in my life. My challenge to you…don’t keep it to yourself…SHARE IT! When God works through you, it is an incredible, humbling, rewarding experience!

To those who have gone above and beyond…you know who you are – those of you that have texted with me late at night because you were thinking about me and knew I would be awake! To those who have shared Sprite with me over these past few days…to my “encourager” and to my friend who just knew I needed to enjoy a break with a cookie…YOU have kept me going this last week! You all have gone above and beyond and you help me stay focused. Don’t stop. You are being used by God in such an incredible way.

I am smart enough not to use names here…or try to cover everything. You know what you have done to encourage our family. Please know we love you all and there is no way I can keep track of everything anymore! It just comes pouring in so fast! So, please, for the time being, accept this as my thank you. Some day I will be there for you all.

As I close, I am just so happy that I can report that I feel no pain, no numbing…not even tingling tonight! This is HUGE! I can’t remember the last time my feet were not numb…maybe July? This is incredibly encouraging! Even though I still can’t keep much down…I’m physically feeling better. I still struggle with sleeping and I have a feeling the meds don’t exactly help with this issue. I am tired…exhausted and don’t feel like doing much…but no pain! No pain! NO PAIN!!!!

Sometimes I think we put God in this little box…we pray for Him to be with us…He is! We pray for Him to guide us…He does. But I want to pray for COMPLETE healing. Not that I won’t have to deal with CIDP often, but I pray that I can be completely healed from pain, be able to walk again without assistance, gain my energy back and (you know its coming)…JOG! I know we have an amazing God and I would LOVE to blow my doctors out of their comfort zones with God working in a huge way. So…would you join with me and pray for complete healing? Will you pray for God to move in a big way? Will you pray for me to expect the unexpected?

Bring on tomorrow…its my last treatment!!!!