Sis. Jeana Beecher
Jeana Beecher hails from Franklin, Kentucky, and has been to the married the love of her life, Cliff, for almost 36 years. They have three kids, Ashley, Joel, and Grace, and six grandchildren. Her husband is the Senior Pastor of Cross Point Tabernacle. They started Cross Point almost 12 years ago in a store front. When they started the church, it was only Jeana’s family of five and a senior citizen couple. Today, Cross Point runs anywhere from 100 to 115 people, and all three of Sis. Jeana’s children are actively used in ministry. I know you will be inspired by her words.
What is a piece of advice that has affected your life?
Something my dad told me all through my life was there are two kinds of people: leaders and followers. I’ve always remembered that, and I’ve even taught my kids that. My dad always told me I was a leader, and that gave me self-confidence. It made me feel good, even as a child, to know someone believed in me. It made such an impact on my life that even my kids will tell you that there are two types of people in life. Even in the lessons that I teach at Point of Hope, our drug recovery program, that is a quote/lesson that I use every couple of years. I think it is something everyone needs to know. You have a choice in determining which you will be.
What is a great piece of advice you were given as a mother?
Let praise outweigh the correction. Give three fourths of praise to a fourth of correction. I remember hearing someone talk about this in Arkansas. It really stuck in my mind that I needed to always remember to tell my children I am proud of them, and that they are leaders not followers. I think a lot of times we get so caught up in correction that we forget to praise our children. That is a piece of advice I always remembered. That doesn’t mean that I did it perfectly, but it definitely impacted my mind and my discipline with my kids.
Is there a boundary in your life that is non-negotiable?
My apostolic doctrine and beliefs are nonnegotiable. Another thing would be the boundary that I put in front of my family. I believe that it is my right to protect my family. Our family is our safe place. It’s kind of like the saying “what happens here stays here.” What happens in my life and in my family is a boundary that people can’t cross. Don’t come up against or touch my family because I will fight for them. They are mine and no one else’s.
What scripture have you stood on in your life or has meant the most to you?
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Psalms 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
The first thing that came to my mind was Matthew 6:33. That has always been my favorite scripture because to me it puts things in order. When you put God first, everything else falls in place. That has been the ground scripture of my life. I also like Psalms 138:8. It reminds me that the things I care about, God cares about too. As a mother I understand that. The things my children are concerned with and love, I am concerned with and love too because they are my children. How much more does the heavenly Father care for the things that I care for?
Where do you pray? What are your study habits?
I pray at the couch in our family room. I also have a desk in there that I sometimes pray at as I am studying. I am up in the wee hours of the morning somewhere around 2 am to 5 am. I like that. It’s quiet, my phone doesn’t ring, and it’s still. The darkness blankets me, I guess you could say. Every year I read the Bible through and have for the past 15 years or so. Every time I read it, there is always something that stands out. My favorite plan to follow for reading the Bible through is the chronological order plan. The main reason I do that is because it helps me match things up and get a better perspective. If I am reading 2 Kings or Chronicles with David or Solomon, the plan takes me to the Psalms they wrote at that time. I am a visual learner, so that helps paint a picture for me. I also do cross reference. There are some days that I don’t get the full section read because I have found something and chased it. I really enjoy topic searches and character studies.
What do you think makes a strong woman, and is there a woman who embodies that quality to you?
My Grandmother had a great impact on my life. She was just amazing. She kept me for the first twelve years of my life, and she taught me to pray. As a little girl, I can remember her telling me “Jeana, it’s time to pray,” and we would go up the steps and pray. The thing I believe makes a strong woman is the ability to adapt. Things change whether it is your hormones, people walking in and out of your life, or age. We have to learn to adapt to the circumstances and situations that cause change. Not that you should compromise truth, by any means. However, we should be able to stand when things are not like they were last year. Strength is a process, and it doesn’t happen overnight.
Do you make free time for yourself? If you have free time what do you do?
I do make free time for myself. We live out in the country, and I enjoy going on walks. But I absolutely love to go get a manicure and pedicure.
Besides Christianity and marriage, what was the best decision you ever made?
I am an only child and at one point in our marriage, my parents sold their house and moved near us. The best decision I ever made was also the hardest decision I’ve ever made. When Ashley was three months old, we made the decision to pack our bags and leave Louisville, Kentucky, to move to Springdale, Arkansas. I left everything I knew. I left my family. I remember crying bitter tears over that, yet I knew I had to go. I had to start my own life. I was raised in the UPC, and around that time everywhere you looked there was a church split. We knew we had to leave in order to survive. If we had not made that decision, I don’t believe Cliff and I would be in church today.
Was there a season in your life that contributed to your strength?
The season I just discussed would probably be the season of my life that really helped me grow. To me there are several mile markers in my life that have brought me to where I am. One of those mile markers was leaving Louisville and moving to Springdale, AR. Another mile marker was moving to Birchtree, Missouri, for four years. We were just youth pastors in Arkansas. When we moved to Birchtree, I had to figure out what I believed for myself. That has really contributed to my life today. Now I am able to give home Bible studies and actually state what I believe.
Strong Women are Adaptable.
I can’t recall a moment when I have been with Sis Jeana where I wasn’t laughing. She is a hoot.
When my Dad was preaching for Cross Point, he stayed with the Beechers. He said Sis. Jeana is a clean freak, so he made it a point to touch all of her windows. You can’t do that to just anyone. But Sis. Jeana is fun and loves to cut up. They have been family friends of ours for about 20 years. We love them very much.
Normally this would be the section where I tell you my favorite parts from the interview. Today is a little different. Sis. Jeana felt to share another story with us for the blog, so here it is.
You know my personality; I am loud and obnoxious. I have an opinion. There was a point in my life, close to 15 years ago, where I was really down on myself and didn’t like myself. We all have gone through a point of low self-esteem. I don’t remember at all how I got to this place, but I remember being at this place in my life where I just did not like myself. I was loud, obnoxious, and I couldn’t stand myself. I remember I had gotten so low that I was in my bedroom and I hit my floor crying; it was a gut-wrenching cry. I began to pour my heart out to the Lord and empty everything. The Lord spoke to me something that I still quote to this day, “I am what I am because the great I Am made me what I am.” From that day forward, there was something that changed in my life. I can’t explain it. The Lord just let me know that He made me, personality and all. Does it make me perfect? No. I know I still have flaws and I still have to pray and seek the Lord. I don’t say it boastfully. I realized that day that I was fearfully and wonderfully made by God. I had to go to my lowest point in order for me to like myself. In order to be strong, you have to hit your rock bottom. We have to come to the place that we like ourselves. If we don’t like ourselves, who else is going to like us? What I am presenting to people, the love of God and this wonderful truth we have, I have to be sold on it, and that means being sold on yourself.