Well, ladies! I drove to work this Monday morning sans eye-shadow and mascara. THAT’S how late I woke up. What a fantastic start to a new week. (I hope you can hear my sarcasm. Grin.)
Does anyone else have issues waking up to music? I always immediately hear my alarm, and insert said song right into my dream because it’s typically a song I love. This is both a good and bad problem. Good because it doesn’t make waking up so bad, but bad because I don’t want to get out of bed becasue I’m also one of those people that HAS to finish a song before I get out of the car or bed in the morning. Getting out of the car and getting out of bed in the morning are completely unrelated. Are you confused yet? And now I’m not really sure where this post is going.
Two things, however, made me giddy during my short commute.
1. My cup of coffee. (Priorities, folks. I may not be rocking mascara, but I was not about to sacrifice my little dose of caffeine.)
2. The crisp, Fall, coolish weather. And all the Houston peeps said amen. We had quite the rainstorm Friday night, and that storm blew in a lovely new season we like to call Fall. We probably won’t see physical signs of Fall until, oh, early January or February, but the slight change in weather is a nice baby step.
I know it seems like all that’s been going on around here is the simulcast, and while that has been TOP priority, and rightfully so, I thought it would be fun for a little shake up and do yet another iPhone dump. If you’re new around here, to put it nicely, that just means I dump a lot of random pictures from my iPhone on this here blog for y’all to either humor me or ignore me. I’m fine with either. Grin.
So, here goes nothin’!
The envy apple deserves a picture. Y’all. If you’re into apples, this seasonal apple will not do you wrong. Every time I introduce the envy apple (yes, I’m obsessed), I’m questioned as to whether or not it lives up to the Honeycrisp apple. Um, YES, to say the very least. In my (insignificant) opinion, it is ten times better.
This is my (four-year-old) friend Justus. He’s one of a kind. The other night I was at his house when he enthusiastically said to me, “Hey you! I’m gonna make you a waffle.” And then he delivered. Without any prompting. I’d like to think I made the others jealous, but well, it was just a classic, plain waffle. He then proceeded to make sure I finished said waffle. It made me so happy.
There were a couple of weeks I had major puppy fever, if puppy fever is such a thing. Listen, I’m not saying I’m over it, I’m just saying I’m not sure this is the perfect time to get a pup. So, to hold me over, this was the background of my phone for a couple of weeks. Thank you, Pinterest. I don’t know what kind of puppy this is, who it belongs to, or its name, but I know that it brought me so much joy to look at. I also like to imagine what it was thinking the very minute this picture was taken. Ohmygosh. So terribly adorable.
Also adorable? My sweet Ellie Paige (not actually mine, but my best friend’s, just to clarify.). Cutest lunch date ever. Not many words need to be said about this selfie, BUT, one thing I’ve thought about so much? Children and babies, not matter what you think, are always watching and mimicking you. I’m so taken with her.
One piece of advice: Are you the one in charge of getting your oil changed? Sunday mornings is where it’s at, y’all. That’s the beauty of evening church services. I was able to do the thing I loathe the most and to be honest, it wasn’t so bad this go around because I was literally the only getting my car serviced. Score!
It’s really cute when you show up to a concert wearing the same shirt as your friend. Different patterns, nonetheless. We’re so cool.
Just a fun, quick shot of the worship team at the Bossier City LPL I got to attend a few weekends ago! I know many of you were there as well.
Last weekend my church, Bayou City Fellowship, had their first women’s retreat! This right here is a mighty group of women. I’m so encouraged that I get to do life with so many of them. They’re the real deal and I love them so.
Right before we had our women’s retreat, we celebrated two years as a church! I can honestly tell you that I’ve never loved church more, and I’ve never been more challenged while simultaneously been built up and encouraged in church. I said this out loud in prayer time last week becasue it’s the truth, but I love Jesus more because of Bayou City Fellowship. I’m grateful to God for giving Curtis and Amanda (my pastor and his sweet wife) this vision and for the faith to carry it out. We are far from perfect, but we try our hardest to be about Jesus.
I was totally a girl that celebration Sunday and made our worship team take a picture. When you serve together, you become like family. That’s what this group is to me. We have much to learn and so many ways to grow, but that’s what I love most about them.
This is the part where I overwhelm you with sky pictures. But goodness, y’all. The sunsets and sunrises have been insane recenetly. Truly, it is the ONE reason I wasn’t ready for summer in Texas to end. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: Texas sunsets for the win. Always.
Sunrise. (Side note: This sunrise happened to be the morning of our birthday celebration at BCF as I was driving to church. I felt it was appropriate. His Glory!)
Sunset. No filter. Sun stand still!
And this? Well, these are the storm clouds that carried in Fall. They made me equally as happy.
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As promised, here is the last installment of our simulcast follow-up posts this week. The commissioning you all did at the end of the conference that many of you have been asking for. Be so blessed!
My Dear Sister,
God has summoned you
To a growth-spurt of Grace
Know your Biblical facts
And stand squarely and securely
On the Name of Jesus alone
With your head tucked under grace
Get out of your cemetery
And quit trying to call
That old you from the dead
You are somebody new
In Christ you are highly favored
And wildly empowered
Completely made clean
Sin no longer has dominion over you
Trade all your anxieties
For the peace of Jesus Christ
You have been justified freely
By His death and resurrection
Listen hard, Girlfriend:
You are FORGIVEN.
Live like you know it.
You are called to the obedience of faith
So credit Jesus alone
And take Him at His Word
He credits that as righteousness.
Never forget that God’s grace abounds
So if you find yourself in short supply
Get your head back under that spout
And drink like you’re dying of thirst
When times are hard
And your strength melts to weakness
God’s grace will always be sufficient
It won’t be long
Till we see His face
And He will show Himself worthy
Of every ounce of pain and faith
Now to Him who is able
To keep your feet from falling
And to present you
Before the Presence of His glory
With overwhelming joy
Be glory and majesty
Dominion and authority
Both now and forever
Hey, Dear Sisters!
Many of you who participated in the simulcast asked for the responsive reading we did at the very beginning of the last session. Here it is and I have left it in exactly the same form. I compiled these Scriptures to serve as a focused call to worship for a gathering of believers that would lead straight into songs of praise led by our worship team. My hope in posting it here as a response to your requests is that many of you will not just view it but, instead, will actually take part in it by allowing God’s Word to speak over you, then responding with words to Him comprised of Scripture as well. Where it calls for congregational response, you’d simply respond individually.
You are a joy for us to serve, Sisters. We are honored to bring you anything we possibly can that might be of benefit to you. Our deepest hope and commitment here at Living Proof is to encourage women to love Christ Jesus more and more through the study of His Word. Pray that for us as well!
I will post the commissioning we did at the very end of the simulcast on Friday. Dearest love to you all!
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Grace is an inflated raft that can submerge to the floor of a sea to save you.
Grace is the silver thread that stitches up the shreds of mangled souls.
Grace is the eye that finds us where it refuses, there, to leave us.
Grace calls the waitress to the table and sits her down to wash her feet.
Grace sees underneath the manhole on a street of self-destruction.
Grace is the air to draw a breath in the belly of a whale.
Grace is the courage to stand in the shamed wake of a frightful falling.
Grace is the only fire hot enough to burn down a living hell.
Grace waits with healing in His wings when we’re too mad to pray.
Grace is the gravity that pulls us from depravity.
Grace races us to the Throne when we make haste to repent and always outruns us.
Grace treats us like we already are what we fear we’ll never become.
Grace is the doorpost dripping red when the angel of death grips the knob.
Grace is the stamp that says Ransomed on a life that screams Ruined.
Grace sets a table before me in the presence of my enemy even when my enemy is me.
Grace is the cloak that covers the naked and the palm that drops the rock.
Grace is divine power burgeoning in the absence of all strength.
Grace proves God true and every self-made man a liar for the sake of his own soul.
Grace is the power to do what we cannot do for the Name of Christ to go where it has not been.
Grace is a room of a thousand mirrors, all reflecting the face of Christ.
The eye popping
Power of the Cross.
Jesus Christ, Grace Incarnate.
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Hello, ladies! I hope it has been a wonderful Monday morning for you all so far. Yesterday a sweet friend whispered to me at church while I was singing, “The joy of the Lord is your strength!” And all the people said amen. I’ve been clinging to that truth ever since. The joy of the Lord is my (and your) strength. Own it, Sister! Amen!
I know we have some new friends visiting the blog since Saturday’s simulcast, and I know many of you are anxious to see the recap video that our super gifted and really good photog buddy, Rich Kalonick, put together. He works tirelessly not only capturing the entire event, but then gets to work immediately so we have these by Monday morning. A very quick turnaround! Thank you so much, Rich, for your hard work, yet again.
One more thing, for those of you that are asking, and for those of you that don’t even know to ask, keep watching the blog everyday this week as we have a lineup of posts for you all that involve the creative writing, the commissioning and the responsive reading from the simulcast! Thanks so much for your patience with us as we work these in everyday. Y’all are the best and we love you!
Here is the recap!
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If you happened to join us for the simulcast Saturday (we enjoyed worshiping and studying Scripture with you so much!), I bet you could guess my verse without ever seeing it. Here goes!
Beth, Houston TX. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Romans6:14
AMEN TO THAT.
It’s 11:15PM Saturday night and my eyes and fingers are so tired, I can hardly type. With your gracious permission, I’ll make this one short and sweet this time. I do so dearly love you. I’ll need a little grace on Sunday for moderation. I truly have to get some rest or I’ll never make it the rest of the week. Go ahead and leave your verses but keep in mind that they might not get moderated and posted till Monday after Living Proof opens.
I love you guys! Hold fast to Jesus!
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Hey, Darling Things!
I bet I don’t have to tell you the one big thing that is on my mind this week. No weekend event on my annual calendar looms any larger in my mind than a Living Proof Live Simulcast. It stays on my radar from the time the LifeWay event team tells me it’s scheduled until the last song of the final session. At this point, I’m thinking about it every waking moment, praying, studying, and believing God to invade every single host site and every single screen. Please pray with me to that end. Only Jesus can do what we want to see done. Only Jesus can make it worth the time and effort for anyone to attend.
As I picture our “class” out there on the other side of that screen this coming Saturday, I have great comfort, joy, and even a unique peace in imagining those of you from this community who may be among them. Out of His great mercy and purpose, God fashioned my heart to love women – of all sorts of ages, sorts, denominations, backgrounds, colors, vocations – and I am graced immeasurably to get to serve a single one. You, however, are the closest community I have out in the public sector and a tremendous source of joy to me. I would love to get a general estimate of how many of you Siestas will be participating in the simulcast and the location of your participation, whether in a group or solo right in front of your computer screen. [For individual/small group registration, Lifeway can set you up here.]
I think you also might love knowing that information on one another. You may have a Siesta tuning in only 15 minutes from you and you could both sit in front of the same screen or engage and interact via text, Twitter, or Facebook. It’s a blast just to know who’s out there and exactly where and it might make some of you who are going solo feel more connected throughout the day.
SO, let’s take a roll call! And let’s give our information in this order so that the cities where we are attending will appear first:
City and State, Name, whether in a Group or going Solo, and, if with a group, Where. (Not the address, of course, especially if it’s a private location. Just the name of the church or public place or if it’s your friend’s home, just say that much.)
Mine would look like this:
Charleston, West Virginia (the host site where it will be taped live), Beth Moore, group, Charleston Civic Center.
After you sign in, please pray for us. Please pray for many lost women to attend and for every single one of them to be FOUND in Christ. With the Holy Spirit’s infiltration, we will give a clear presentation of the Gospel. Pray for God to also perform miraculous works of deliverance and for the entire paradigm of faith to shift for those in desperate need of Truth. Pray for every person in attendance to hear dramatically and clearly from God. PRAY BIG.
My coworkers each prayed Scripture over me Monday at our staff meeting and gave me their prayers on index cards or pieces of paper. I have each one in my notebook and I was profusely built up in my spirit and in my faith over them. Sabrina prayed out of Psalm 85 (Vv.4-13) and the words seemed so perfectly suited for our event on Saturday that I thought I’d add them into this post for your intercession. I wonder if you would agree with us in prayer that God would do exactly what these verses request and MORE!
Restore us again, O God of our salvation…revive us again,
that Your people may rejoice in You.
Show us Your steadfast love, O LORD,
and grant us Your salvation.
Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints;
but let them not turn back to folly.
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
that glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
Yes, the LORD will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before Him
and make His footsteps a way. (ESV)
Isn’t that powerful? I think God would be so pleased for us to come around that segment of Scripture as diverse people of unified mind, turning it into prayer for His great glory to be revealed this coming Saturday.
You, Sisters, are treasures to me. My walk with Jesus would not be the same had you not come along.
*** Siestas! We also are so happy to tell you that for any of you that cannot afford a ticket to the live site in Charleston, WV, we have 20 tickets to gift to those of you that funds are just too tight to come on your own. The Siesta Scholarship Fund is set up for things just like this, and we are honored to share them with you. Call us at Living Proof Ministries [1-888-700-1999] and ask for Susan or K-Mac. We are open 8:30-4:30 Central Standard Time. Leave a message if we miss your call, and we will get right back in touch with you. We love you!
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Ladies! Our SSMT Celebration is right around the corner, and believe me, we know it is on your mind because it is on our minds, too! Like, all the time. Grin.
SO, before we get any further I do want to clarify that this is NOT the post for registration. We are working on that and will have it up very soon (read: hopefully this week!), but we are ironing out a few quirks and we’ll have it up and ready to roll!
However, we didn’t want to leave you hanging and we also want to hear from you!
First and foremost, the date for our SSMT Celebration is official Saturday, January 18th. Yes! We’re mixing things up and going with a one day event, instead of the Friday – Saturday plan. So, as you’re planning, plan to be here for sure from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM that lovely Saturday.
With that said, here are a few questions for you:
1) Are you planning to attend?
2) Have you attended in past or first time?
3) For those that have previously attended, what is your favorite memory to share, especially for those that have yet to attend?
As you’re thinking ahead, just a reminder that the actual celebration event is free of charge as your “ticket” is your worn out spiral, but when discussing finances, be sure to consider two things, traveling and lodging. (More travel and hotel information is found in the FAQ page when you register.) We are so excited to have Travis leading worship with us again this year, as well.
Alrighty, y’all. Let’s hear from you! And be checking the blog regularly for registration updates and more details! We love y’all dearly.Leave a comment here. | Share with Others:
Living with people is a funny thing. Whether it be roommates or a husband, you learn a lot about yourself and a lot about them. I always try to prepare college freshman for this unique situation, but it’s just one of those things you have to learn through experience. A life lesson, if you will. Each of my roommates have been a completely different living experience, so there’s just no way to prepare someone for what may or may not happen. Some roommate situations are a beautiful thing, while others are completely disastrous. I think we can all agree on that. Anyway, what got me off on this whole tangent was something that one of my current roommates says that I’ve recently caught on to as well. Because we all know that living with people also means picking up some of their quirks for yourself. I find that actually humorous.
She calls the grocery store, “the grocery.”
For instance, if used in a sentence she says something to the effect of, “Hey y’all, I’m going to the grocery. Anyone need anything?”
For the longest time I gave her the hardest time, but more recently, I’ve been calling it the grocery while simultaneously kicking myself because what in the world? It’s the grocery STORE.
I pick up groceries at the grocery store.
This dawned on me this past Monday when I was about to head home from picking something up at my parent’s house and I said out loud, “Oh, before I go home I’ve got to head to the grocery.”
And then I stopped dead in my tracks. What did I just say?
I even googled it, because you know, the google is the answer to all life’s mysteries, but google was helpless to me in my time of need. Blast.
Although I was left stunned at my own ability to say “grocery store” I decided to make my list of items so I wouldn’t forget anything I needed.
This is what my list consisted of.
2) Peanut Butter
4) Chocolate Almond Milk
Otherwise known as my top five HEB (a Texas only grocery store) grocery items. These five littler items keep me frequenting HEB time and time again.
I realize one does not belong with the others, but that was my emergency grocery list.
I’m sure some of you are curious if I buy mascara every time I go to the grocery store, and I’m here to reassure you that no, that is not the case, but I do love me some mascara. Yes, yes I do. Thank you, Loreal.
It got me thinking that I can’t be the only one that frequents the grocery for certain items. We all have our go-to items that are on nearly every grocery list we make. And honestly, it has to say something about us, right?
I am the girl that can’t go a day without eating an apple with peanut butter. And the avocados? Well, why not? An avocado makes life better. As does mascara.
What are your top five grocery items? And because I’m a closure kind of girl, let’s settle the debate here and now: grocery or grocery store?
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