The Enneagram reveals why we do what we do. It focuses on why we chose to relate to the world in a particular way. It reveals our heart’s intent and what drives us think, feel and behave in very specific ways. Learning how you perceive and relate to the world will enable you enhance your relationships with yourself, others and God.
If your heart is weary and longing to hear the gospel in unique and fresh ways that are particularly crafted for your heart (personality) to hear, then this is the site for you. My blog is unique since I will bring three things to you in order that the gospel will become more clear and alive to your heart so that your relationship with God, others, and yourself will begin flourish in new and rich ways.
The title of my blog is, The Gospel and You. My blog will contain these three components that are central to how I help others through life coaching as a personal and marital Enneagram Coach.
1. THE GOSPEL:
Making the gospel of Jesus Christ understandable, real, accessible, and applicable to every day life.
There are two primary areas that I will focus on:
WHO YOU ARE: The Lord tells us that he cares about our heart’s motives. Why is it important to take look at our interior world verses just our external behaviors? In Mark 7:1-23, the Pharisees (the self-righteous) believed that if they ingested uncleanliness from the outside it would make them unclean (corrupt) on the inside. Jesus pointed out that what’s unclean is already inside of us - our sinful heart. As Pastor Matt Chandler put it, “You don’t do sinful acts that make you a sinner. You’re already a sinner, so you do sinful acts.” Matthew 15:18 says, “but what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.” We must realize that the heart of our problem is the problem of our heart! The role of the Holy Spirit is to reveal truth, both the truth of God’s word and our need for Jesus Christ. As we “walk in the Spirit” we participate in transformation. We can fall into the same error as the Pharisees if we only focus on obeying externally without understanding our hearts.
I will help you understand your heart’s motives - why you do what you do - by using a personality tool called the Enneagram (ennea = nine; gram = diagram). This personality typology goes beyond what you do (behaviors) and gets at why you do what you do (heart’s motive). There are nine basic personality types (or 9 ways of seeing and interacting with life), yet the Enneagram has so many layers, that the variations of each type are what allow us to have so many beautiful shades of any given personality type. It is my goal to assist you in finding the amazing personality type God gave you so that you will understand yourself, others, and life in a richer and more meaningful way.
WHOSE YOU ARE: Once we have received Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are his beloved son or daughter. We are in Christ. I will help you to really understand that having your identity now in Christ changes everything and frees you to have a new perspective in your everyday life and relationships.
3. AND (THE GOSPEL AND THE ENNEAGRAM):
I believe that once we know ourselves (our Enneagram personality type) more intimately, we will be able to understand the gospel in deeper and richer ways. By bringing the gospel and the Enneagram together we can hear the gospel and its truths as if someone were speaking the gospel in our “mother tongue” (our personality type). When others communicate the gospel, they usually do it from their own “mother tongue” or personality’s perspective. The way they see life and the way or manner they tell of the gospel truth may not resonate with the personality that God gave you. I desire to bring the whole gospel truth to each of you in ways that your personality type is more easily able to receive it. This will bring tremendous power to your own walk with Christ.
I have been on this journey using the gospel and Enneagram together for 12 years now, and I am excited to continue to grow and learn with you the beauty and power of the gospel in ways that will allow us to be more free! As you are firmly planted in the gospel, Christ will grow in you. You will see this evident in the fruit you will bear for his glory and honor. As the gospel penetrates your heart, you will find your soul deeply refreshed and lifted up even if your life circumstances have not changed. You will see that Christ bears the heavy burdens you carry. You will begin to rest in him. He will become your delight, your drink, your portion.
Let’s journey together, learning about our Lord, ourselves, and others so that we can truly love God, love others, and love ourselves. I am so glad you are here with me on this journey!
BRINGING THE WHOLE GOSPEL TO THE WHOLE PERSON
BY DISCOVERING WHO YOU ARE AND WHOSE YOU ARE.
You’re here at Your Enneagram Coach’s blog! I’ve been waiting for you to arrive, so welcome to my blog, The Gospel and You! Come on in, get comfortable, and allow the beauty of the gospel to flow over you and your life circumstances in new and fresh ways. I am so glad you are here! It is my hope and prayer that the Lord would graciously use this blog to glorify himself by bringing the whole gospel to the whole person by discovering who you are and whose you are.
So who is Your Enneagram Coach? Well my name, given to me by my parents, is Beth, but in the eyes of my Heavenly Father, I am called, “Beloved.” Beloved means dearly loved one. How do I know he calls me this endearing name? Only by receiving Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection on my behalf am I able to have this beautiful and powerful name. All because of Jesus, and nothing of me, am I brought near to him, completely forgiven, loved, cherish, cared for, given the promise of eternal life, and I am forever his by the power of the Holy Spirit. Knowing and believing these truths, I am able to see my sinfulness for all that it truly is, ask humbly for forgiveness, and know that my sins are completely paid for by Christ on the cross.
I often (hourly, daily, weekly…) forget that I am his beloved daughter. During these times, I find my heart gravitating toward shame, condemnation, and fear as if I am still an orphan and not a saved child of God. Does your heart easily move in this direction? What is astonishing to me is that in these moments he lovingly reminds us of all that he has done on our behalf. He captivates us with his grace, forgiveness, provision, and strength in his Word. My heart’s desire is that we daily hear, believe, and trust the gospel so that we can experience a deep knowing that we are his “Beloved” son/daughter.
Along with being “Beloved,” I am also blessed to be the wife of Jeff for 20 grace-learning years. He is my very best friend! We met our freshman year at the University of Kansas and married the next year at age 20. We basically grew into adulthood together. With that comes lots of rough roads and plenty of opportunities for growth. The Lord patiently and graciously showed us that through learning more about the power of the gospel and grace, we were able to begin to extend to each other repentance, forgiveness, compassion, and mercy. The Lord also gave us the Enneagram, a powerful personality tool. This allowed us to know ourselves and each other in ways that brought deep and lasting transformation for us individually and in our marriage. We are still on this journey of learning about ourselves and each other, but with that comes a lasting marriage filled with deeply satisfying love. I am so thankful the Lord gave me a partner who is humble, teachable, and willing to allow the Spirit to do deep soul transformation so that our marriage can grow and thrive.
I am also privileged to be the mom of Nate (a junior in high school) and Libby (a freshman in high school). They are truly gifts from the Lord. Through motherhood though, I have seen a whole new depth of myself. I’ve seen new levels of selfishness and sin rise to the surface that I never knew existed (as a parent, did that happen to you, too?). When I get focused purely on the moment and do not keep my eyes focused on the truth of the gospel (that I am his Beloved), I forget that I am free to repent since there is no more condemnation in Christ. I forget I am safe in the gospel. I forget who I am and whose I am. Thankfully my Heavenly Father reminds me of what he has done for me in Christ and brings me close to him. When he graciously turns my eyes toward him, I see my sin and ask the kids to forgive me once again. The sweetness of the Lord frees my soul to depend on him for everything - especially humbly asking my kids for forgiveness. It is at this moment that the Lord pours grace and mercy onto me through my kids who generously extend forgiveness and love. I see the work of the gospel in and through them to me, and it is beautiful.
If your heart is weary and longing to hear the gospel in unique and fresh ways that are particularly crafted for your heart (personality) to hear, then this is the site for you. In my next post, I will describe how my blog is unique since I will bring three important things to you in order that the gospel will become more clear and alive to your heart (your personality's perspective) so that your relationship with God, others, and yourself will begin flourish in new and rich ways.
Until next time, know, believe, and trust that in Christ, you are his Beloved!