025: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith Interview with Betty Robins; Surviving the Oklahoma City Bombing

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At 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995 a massive bomb destroyed the Alfred E. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.  At the time it was by far the most destructive terrorist act in American history.  It was, of course, surpassed by the events of September 11, 2001.

In that April blast—19 years ago on this podcast release date—168 persons lost their lives and nearly 700 were injured.

In this episode, we return to our “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” interviews for a conversation with Betty Robins who was in the Murrah Building that fateful morning. Had she not been detained mid-errand by a co-worker she would, in all likelihood, have been the 169th victim—she was headed to an office at the front of the building, which took the brunt of the impact.

Betty shares her experience, not only on that fateful day, but of her recovery process.  Primary she shares with us the emotional and spiritual impact and the journey of recovery.  Betty provides excellent insights for anyone trying to cope with traumatic events of any kind in their lives.

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                                                                              The bomb’s devastation

 

         Betty Robins

 

Betty’s Favorite Bible Passages:

These are passages Betty shared that played an important role for her in the difficult days of her recovery and healing.
Philippians 4:13—“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Jeremiah 29:11—“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

 

Links:

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial website:
http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/

Mandi Cofer’s blog:
http://fiveminusone.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/waiting-for-wings/

 

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ETL.012: Three Steps to Making the Best of Any Bad Situation

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In this episode we will focus on how to make the best out of bad situations. So much of life is made up of

circumstances and events that are other than what we might have chosen or prefer.  What should we do?

 

Three Steps:

1. Focus Your Attention on Others

In bad situations we tend to become inward focused (“poor me”)

  • Matthew 22:34-40
  • Philippians 2:3
  • 1 Corinthians 10:24

Keep your focus where it should be, especially in bad situations

 

2. Look for Opportunities for Growth and Service

Growth and development mean change and change makes us uncomfortable
Discomfort is necessary to spiritual growth

  • James 1:2-4
  • Romans 5:3-4

 

 

3. Look for God at Work

Bad situations in our lives do not mean God is not there
God often works through them to accomplish His will

  • Romans 8:28
  • Acts 8:1-4
  • Philippians 1:12-18

God does work and He uses bad situations; in our bad situations we can anticipate the working of God

Next Episode, #13:

Another “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith” Interview.  This one will be Part 2 of the interview with Chuck Shaffer.  Part 1 (episode #11) focused on his fall that landed him in federal prison having lost everything, in Part 2 Chuck will talk about the long process of rebuilding his life, including faith and family.

 

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