Becky: I hope that my story will help others who are struggling with awful or discouraging events in their lives to NOT lose hope, NOT lose perspective, and NOT lose faith. I had to learn that losing things like financial security, or a stable job, or even my home was NOT God turning his back on me, but rather was Him at work to bring me back to what really makes life liveable and satisfying - knowing and walking with Him.
Tara: How have your experiences impacted your faith?
Becky: God gave me early experiences, as a child, a young woman, and then as a wife and mother to teach me how much He loved me, and how present He was with me. Then in my mid forties, our life went sideways. It's like we got hit in the head with a bat...not just once, but thwack! after thwack! after thwack...until we were reeling and undone. And I got really angry and bitter at GOD. And although I never lost my faith in Him in an ultimate sense, I became "fatalistic" about Him. I started to believe that He was far off and not compassionately present in the everyday disasters that were coming my way, and it made me SO angry, because after all, how dare He treat me this way after I had given my life to Him! It took years for God to get me to see that I had abandoned Him, He had not abandoned me. It took years for me to understand that I had let my needs - financial security, and a home of my own, among others - replace my most basic need, which is to know and walk with God. God created us to be in relationship with Him, and it is that relationship that satisfies the longings of our hearts, and gives us meaning and purpose in life. God created us to worship Him. But our hearts are essentially idol factories! If we don't worship God, we'll find someone or something else to worship. It might be a spouse, or possessions, or money, or a secure retirement. It is not that there is anything wrong with those things, they can be wonderful gifts from God. But those things always disappoint if we look to them wrongly. They are never enough, and we can never GET enough to satisfy our deep longings and yearnings. Only God fits the space He created in our hearts and only He is enough to make life worth living.
Tara: Do you have a favorite scripture?
Becky: My favorite scripture changes from day to day, and from week to week. But right now it is Psalm 107. This Psalm categorizes 4 ways life can turn on us. "Some wandered in desert wastes" (that is what our life felt like for years!) "finding no city to dwell in. This is the longing for a home! "Some sat in darkness and gloom". This is when depression or anxiety overcome us. "Some were sick because of their iniquities". This is when our sufferings are caused by our own sin, or bad judgment, or abrupt decisions. "Some went down to the sea in ships". This is when our jobs, or a business opportunity goes "south", and almost destroys us. I love this Psalm! I have walked - dragged! - through every one of these experiences. And you know what God says? "Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for His wonderful works to the sons of men! For he satisfies him who is thirsty, and the hungry He fills with good things."
Tara: What are your plans for the future?
Becky: Good question! I am waiting on God to see what He does with my book. I know that He has built a message in me through my life experiences, and I am eager to share that with anyone who will listen, so I am seeking opportunities to speak and share. In the meantime Mike and I are getting back on our financial feet by sharing about a wonderful $49/month cell phone service - call me for more info - and the income from that has allowed us, just this week, to rent a fabulous little bungalow here in Santa Rosa.....we are back in our own home for the first time in 3 years, and we are SO thankful for how God has provided this perfect little place. Our hope is to stay here for a long time! (I'm getting way too old to move). I am learning to WAIT on God, and to move with Him, not ahead, not behind.
Tara: What would you like your readers to know about you?
Becky: I would like them to know that once again, I am in love with life...because once again I am in love with God. And I love how every aspect of my life, from doing interior design, to sharing my book, to planting my little garden, to helping people save money on their cell phones, to talking to my grandson about his football practice. A ll of this is of intense interest to God, and He wants me to cling to Him, tell Him all about it, and listen to what He has to say. I am really trying to live out the Scritpure "Today if you hear my voice, do not harden your heart." God is speaking every day, and I want to be listening, and responding with a soft heart.
Tara: How can we find out more about you and your books?
Becky: I have a personal facebook page, Becky Dietrich, and a facebook page for my book - "Not What I Designed, the story of an extreme heart makeover". I love new friends! I also love emails, at email@example.com (not a typo, actually IS ymail) and I can be called or texted at 707-623-7193.
I also have a second really fun book about our experiences when we moved to the country, raised chickens, and tried to live a simpler life style. "Place Le Coop" is available on Amazon and Kindle. "Not What I Designed" is available directly from me at a discounted price, or from Amazon, and wherever books are sold."