Bee For God

This being the first edition to this new adventure, it seems appropriate to introduce myself. While I suppose it is important to know who I am and what I stand for, this really is not about me. It is about God. It is about our Lord. It is about what God has done for us and what we can do in return. It’s about living life for the one who gave it all, His only begotten son, that we might have it all. If in this blog, I can communicate that and hopefully inspire anyone to take a step forward, that is all I can ask. That said, here are the basics of “me”. As we go along, perhaps you will come to know me better and understand why I am so passionate about this thing I am attempting to do. So here goes…

My name is Belinda Gay Kaplan, Bee to my family and friends. I was born a number of years ago in Martinsburg, WV. I was raised in the Roman Catholic faith and attended parochial schools most of my primary education. After high school, I went into nurse’s training. Sadly, due to life’s “quirckery”, I did not finish; a regret I carry to this day. After a failed marriage to an extremely abusive man, I fell into a deep dark depression which resulted in becoming a recluse and entertaining thoughts of suicide. That was in 1979. In August of 1980, I was chased down the street by a man who told me that I didn’t have to live in fear and showed me the way, my Lord Jesus Christ. That began a new life for me, and when this adventure called life really got interesting is so many ways. I went back to college a few years later, this time to become a minister and with God’s intervention and help, I DID finish. This is also where I met and married my wonderful husband of 34 years, Jim Kaplan. Currently, my life has brought me to beautiful Colorado where I have lived with my husband, daughter Katlynn, and son James since 1996. Four and a half years ago, under some challenging circumstances, our son was blessed with a wonderful daughter, our granddaughter, Vivian. Recently, after 5 years together, in a God-blessed ceremony, he wed Christina. She is an amazing young lady who stood by our son in probably the most challenging years of his life. She has been not only his stalwart friend and companion, but she is “Titi”, loving “extra” mother to our precious Vivian. Life has not always been a bed of roses. It has had its ups and downs, its highs and lows. This one thing I know, through it all, God has never let me down or left me alone!

In my years on this earth I have carried many names and titles: daughter, sister, Aunt Bee, cousin, wife, mother, “Mimi” to my granddaughter, co-worker, friend, minister, and perhaps some more “colorful” titles. All of these names and roles are part of who I am. I would never relinquish any of them (except perhaps some of the more colorful titles). The name by which I am known of my heavenly Father, is the name that I cherish the most: Child of God! That is my true identity and that which began for me, the quest to learn who I am and what He has made me to be. That is the true purpose for my life. I have been aware of His presence in my life from my earliest memories and throughout my life. Sometimes I was more aware than others; sometimes I wondered if He was aware of me. However far away I may have moved from Him, He never moved away from me.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made:
marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret
[and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in
thy book all [my members] were written, [which] in continuance
were fashioned, when [as yet there was] none of them.

Psalms 139:14-16

Our Father knew us before we were even conceived. He knows us more intimately that we know ourselves. He knows everything about us; even has the hairs of our heads numbered. He has called us to be His children, and like all children, He has chores for us to do.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

God Almighty has a plan for not just me, but for you as well. The question remains, do we know what that is? Do we want to know what our Father’s plan is for our lives? Have we asked what that plan is? (It’s ok to ask if you don’t know. But be prepared!) I do not think God is keeping any of this a secret. He wrote a book about it. He wants us to know who He has made us to be, what plan He has for us, what He has called us to be. If our earthly father wraps up a beautiful gift for us, ties it up with a colorful bow, and presents it to us, would we simply sit and ignore it, or worse refuse it? I don’t think so: we would tear into it with gusto and savor the gift once unwrapped! We would perhaps even say thank you and maybe even express our love. Why, if God Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, gives us a precious gift, would we not want to tear into it with gusto, savor the gift, express our love and thankfulness to Him, and get busy learning about that gift. He has called each and every one of us to be His children with a plan for us. Hence, wouldn’t we want to make the most of who and what He has called us to be?

Which leads us to the question: Why “Bee For God”?

The short answer is (This is my attempt at a double entendre.) I am Bee (I have been Aunt Bee since I was 16 years old), and I want to Be for God! I guess that begs the question, “Why am I for God?” The short answer to this question is because He is for me! The good news is that He is not only for me; He is also for all who call on Him.

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand
still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he
will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians
[THE enemy-my addition]
whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no
more for ever.

Exodus 14:13

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for
the arrow [that] flieth by day;
[Nor] for the pestilence [that] walketh in darkness; [nor]
for the destruction [that] wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy
right hand; [but] it shall not come nigh thee.

Psalms 91:5-7

A Psalm of David.
The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me
beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod
and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine
enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of
my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalm 23:1-6

Be still and know that I am God

Psalm 26:3

We don’t have to fight for our Father’s love and protection. Quite the opposite. When we are still and at rest, we are more able to hear His still, small voice assuring us of His love and favor toward us. Our Father fights for us. He stands for us. He bares His arm for us. He provides for us. He is on our side. He is for us! Why wouldn’t we want to be for Him?

He has made us to be who we are: the good, the bad, and the ugly. He knows our frame-funny thing though … He loves us anyway. He, by way of His precious son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, has made us worthy and given us great and precious promises. Why would we not BE for God? Why would we not want to actively pursue what He has given us and explore all that we can be because of Him and for Him? Why not go for it? What have we got to lose, except perhaps those things we for which we have no need: fear, worry, doubt, sickness, mental torment, condemnation, shall I go on? You get the idea.

There is a well-known rodeo announcer here in Colorado. His closing line at every rodeo goes something like this: “This life we live is God’s gift to us; our gift to Him, is what we do with it.”

Oh, by the way, did I mention, I also happened to be a cheerleader. So…


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