Episode 7– “ Still Laughing at the Days Ahead” (part 2)
Hey, Love and welcome! Thanks for joining us- we’re going to get to listen to the person affectionately called “The woman who laughs at the days ahead.” That reference is from Proverbs 31, which I’ll expound on a bit today in my intro- how that passage was never meant to be used as some standard for women to achieve; it’s an honoring, prayerful tribute from a mother’s heart to her future daughter in law.
In this interview, Dian Belbeck shares some of her most memorable adventures in Africa and how she handles conflict and stress. (You’ll want to hear the outtakes at the end for sure-when her daughter was a senior in high school, Dian used some “innovative” methods to reach the youth in her sphere. Ahem….)
We talk about how my Blair’s homemade salsa is a tradition at her house and how eating mango fresh from the tree can make her break into song. Dian was the first place I ever heard of Nutellla- she discovered it on one of her trips to Africa from a European chef many moons before we ever saw it on our shelves here in America.
This wise woman, now just hitting her prime at 70, shares what she would tell the 25 year old version of her self, how Jesus Christ captured her heart as a tender hearted 6 year old and how she always knew that her not being enough led her to name her need for a savior. (That story still makes me tear up.)
And the redemption she speaks of between her and her now grown daughter will give you much hope for your strained relationship. She confesses things out loud that most of us only think to ourselves; like how she loves to argue. 🙂 and is a self confessing Grammar geek (listen to how the meaning of a verse is turned completely around for me as she explains how it’s affected by grammar in the latter part of Episode 7.) Dian is open about struggles she’s had over the course of her life but as you know if you’ve heard the first half of her interview, she always manages to find something to laugh about. She will expound on how the scriptures are what continue to carry her through trials. “All that input from the Word over the years- that’s what held me.”
Dian explains why we need to teach our the next generation about suffering and how to find strength even when you’ve lost your joy.
Here are some Live out Love links for ya;
Proverbs 31; 10-31
(a video you might enjoy; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah_uGgDDT-c)
Green Leaf in Drought
The Hiding Place
George Mueller storyhttp://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/church-history-for-kids/george-mueller-orphanages-built-by-prayer-11634869.html