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Beth Guckenberger
Beth Guckenberger

The Storyweaver wove the soup kitchen lady into the life of the church, into the life of the children’s home, into the life of Tina, into the life of Chris and her leaders, into the life of Busheera, and now into our lives, and ultimately into life with him!

I am grateful I see life as a story, and I hope you are too! It helps me when I wake up to decide what to do. I ask myself, “What makes a better story?” When things get hard (and they do and they will), I remind myself there are more chapters to come—and the best stories have conflict. 

God is using you! And will continue to do so, if you just say yes. That’s my goal, to say yes every morning to whatever he brings me. Yes to praying for someone else, when it’s easier to just list my own needs. Yes to giving money or things or time or myself, when I don’t always feel like it. Yes to going across the street and greeting someone I don’t even know, and think I don’t have time for. Yes to serving him, even if it requires getting dirty or getting sick or getting into situations where I have no control. Yes to being a part of the work of the Defender God.


Excerpt from Tales of the Defended Ones by Beth Guckenberger, ©2013 Standard Publishing, used with permission. Beth Guckenberger and her husband, Todd, are the founders of Back2Back Ministries (based in Cincinnati, Ohio), which communicates a lifestyle of service by sharing the love of Christ and serving God through service to others.

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