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My Thoughts on So Long, Insecurity

Doylene from Christian Woman Keeper of The Home and I are both posting our thoughts on Beth Moore's newest book So Long, Insecurity. To read what Doylene has written:
http://christianwomankeeperofthehome.blogspot.com/2010/03/when-i-need-jesus-most.html
Doylene is focusing on the negative and I the postive. Let's hope this endeavor is satisfactory.

You can read more about this book at the following two links:
http://solonginsecurity.com
and
The LPM Blog

I have searched and the best price for this book is on-line at Christian Book for $14.99
http://www.christianbook.com/so-long-insecurity/beth-moore/9781414334721/pd/334721
If you are a member of Barnes and Nobles the price is $14.61
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/So-Long-Insecurity/Beth-Moore/e/9781414334721/


I don't believe that Doylene has read far enough into the book to realize that Beth does not state that our insecurity comes from men alone, nor from the way that we view our outward appearance. Beth Moore does speak on these reasons, yet there is much more to insecurity than an insecurity about the outward appearance or men.
Beth addresses several issues that can cause insecurity in chapters 5 and 6. Some examples that can cause insecurity is a significant loss, instability in the home, rejection, our own dispositions, and in chapter 6 media exploitation.
When I think of the insecurities that can be sustained from a significant loss I am reminded of my maternal grandmother. Grace Emily was born in central Texas in 1906. At her birth she had an older sister named Bertha, two older brothers, and later two more sisters would follow. Seven days after the birth of the youngest sister, their mother died, probably from an infection during the delivery of her Christmas Day baby. The new baby was sent to live with her maternal grandparents, the rest of the children were left to be raised by the father and the oldest sister Bertha. Bertha cared for the family as best she knew how, until she married and then died at the young age of 18. When Bertha married Grace took over as the "mother" in the home until she too married at age 18. When my grandmother was a young girl she was molested by one of her older brothers. My grandmother spoke well of her father, I'm sure he was at a loss as to how to care for a home full of children, as well as all of the chores that were needed to be done in the home. He was a farmer and was absent often--working in the field, they were sharecropper's.
The deaths of my grandmother's mother and sister, the trauma of molestation, the struggles of caring for a home and children when she was just a girl, left my grandmother with several insecurities. 
My grandmother was insecure and fearful of being left alone, and or abandoned. She had an insecurity and fear of men, and the shame of incest. She was insecure and afraid of sex, being pregnant, and delivering a child. She had an insecurity of strangers. She had an insecurity of sicknesses and diseases, she was mistrustful and insecure of doctors.
As a woman my grandmother read her black leather King James Bible everyday, she walked to Sunday school and Church every Sunday no matter where they lived, she taught Sunday school to children, she raised my mother and uncle to attend Church faithfully and to tithe. She was an excellent cook, baker, housekeeper, gardener, mother. Yet, she had insecurities that she took to her grave.
What is my point in sharing with you the story of my grandmother? A person can attend Church every Sunday morning, read the Bible everyday, be a believer in Jesus Christ; yet they can have problems, fears, insecurities and even depression. Just as a person can have a disease or sickness in the physical body, a person can have something that they are carrying around with them in their mind and heart. It maybe unseen to us, but it is wrecking havoc inside that person.
Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers are given a task from the Holy Spirit. They are "to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4: 11-12. The word built in Greek means edification, strengthening, developing another persons' life, through acts and words of love and encouragement. Beth Moore in her newest book
So Long, Insecurity is building people up, she is in hopes of strengthening and developing another persons' life.
Beth Moore did not decide one morning she would write a book on insecurity and then use only her life as an example. She felt strongly led by the Holy Spirit to write this book. She interviewed 950 women and 150 men.
In an article from the Home Life magazine February issue pages 20-24. She explains her research,
"There wasn't a single profession or level of education or mark of success that shielded a woman from insecurity."
Sample of this Home Life magazine:
http://www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcF_crd_mgz_HomeLife_FullSample.pdf
Maybe Doylene does not have any insecurities buy I sure do, and so does my 87 year old dad. Just take away his soap and toilet paper and he will have an absolute conniption fit (tantrum). He lived through the depression and you just can't take away his memories of that period in his life, at least not on this side of heaven.
What are my insecurities: rejection,dramatic changes, personal dispositions (I am extremely sensitive).
Beth Moore talks about these in chapter 5 of her book.
It was noted on page 86 that her daughter made a striking comment to Beth in a doctors office while waiting for a mammogram, "He knows it's scary to be us." God knows it is scary to be us! I cried when I read that statement, because in the fall of October of 2005 that was me in that office waiting to have a biopsy that would later turn out to be breast cancer. I was afraid, but God had everything under control, he was not at all taken off guard. Yet, "He knows it is scary to be us." In Isaiah 53: 3 it states that he "was a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering." That is something that I can feel comforted and uplifted by, that He knows me and that He knows it is scary to be me.
I praise you Lord, that you are my Immanuel (God with us).


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Annette

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