Q&A Part 2

Now, from AJ.

Where do you enjoy going on vacation and what you like to do?
Our whole family loves to be in the mountains. Believe it or not, I didn’t see a real mountain until we took an unforgettable summer trip to Colorado when Melissa and I were teenagers. Most of our vacations up to that point had been to beach towns on the Texas Gulf Coast. (That’s what happens when your dad loves to fish. No complaints here though!) So there’s a very big part of me that needs to spend quality time at the beach every summer. I am not one to lay out for hours in the sand. I like to swim in the waves and catch hermit crabs. In the mountains, my mom and sister really enjoy hiking but I would prefer to be on a horse going through those trails with my dad. In the winter, Curt is the only one in the family who skiis but we all like to snowmobile.

What is your favorite place to eat out in Jackson Hole?
My favorites are The Virginian for breakfast, Billy’s Hamburgers for lunch, and The Mangy Moose restaurant for dinner. Sweetwater is another good place if you want to eat girly food. It depends on when you go because some of these restaurants close during the “off season.”

What Bible study software does Beth use that has “talking Strong’s”?
Beth constantly uses WORDsearch 7 (there is now a version 8). Another Bible study software tool with talking Strong’s is Bible Explorer Premium 4.0. If you are only looking for talking Strong’s, which will teach you how to pronounce the Greek and Hebrew words, Bible Explorer’s lower price might make it the best choice. Both of these can be found at www.wordsearchbible.com.

How do I leave a comment on the blog?
See if this helps.

Is Beth almost done writing the Esther study?
Beth’s deadline for this study is in June. She is currently finishing Week 5. This brings me to another question, which is “How can we best pray for Beth?” She covets your prayers for this project!

When Beth has her quiet time by the fire, is it a wood burning fireplace or gas logs?
It was a wood burning fireplace up until two years ago when my parents remodeled their house. Now they have gas logs. This is very good for me because my son has a deep longing to play in ashes.

Can Living Proof develop an online community for the Siestas?
This is a very good question that I have received through email a number of times. LifeWay hosted a Believing God community for us five years ago when that Bible study was published online. It was a great experience for that season and we absolutely loved having that kind of interaction with women around the world. However, it required a lot of work, training of staff and volunteers, and constant observation. LifeWay even carried the larger load for us since they took care of the technical side of things. At this point, I think it would take at least one full time worker to oversee an online community and to take care of the technical aspects. Even with a full time employee taking care of this, it would generate another handful of work for Beth. And there are only two hands! I’m not sure we could sustain a blog and an online community and still have her writing Bible studies and teaching at conferences.

Has Beth read the Mitford series by Jan Karon?
My mom was obsessed with the Mitford books. She even had an audio version of one that she lent me for a road trip.

By the way, Beth, that is one gorgeous little Tod you have! How will you EVER say “no” to those beautiful big eyes?
Recently I saw a little boy in a Spiderman suit out in public with a woman who I assumed was his grandmother. Immediately I realized that one day my son would go out in public, under the supervision of his grandmother, dressed in anything he wanted to wear. Because she could not say no to the big blue eyes. The only difference is, my mom will be dressed up with him.

In what order should the Bible studies be taken?
There really isn’t a suggested order. I think for someone in the very beginning of their walk with God, Jesus the One and Only and Living Beyond Yourself are great places to start. Believing God is an excellent follow-up to Breaking Free. Other than that, I think someone should start with whichever study seems to interest them most or however the Spirit seems to be leading at that time. If you really, really need some direction, it wouldn’t hurt to do them in the order they were written.

What does Keith do? We know about all his caveman adventures, but what was/is his job?
Keith ran the family plumbing company from the mid-1980’s until just a few years ago when he sold his share of the company to his partner. Since then he has been extremely blessed with lots of freedom to live out his caveman adventures, manage the Moore household, and take very good care of his woman. My parents are especially grateful that my dad can be an active part of her ministry through the TV program, Life Today with James and Betty Robison. (She can be seen on the program every Wednesday teaching Bible study.) He is present for every filming and has accompanied her on both mission trips to Angola. I think it’s fair to say that their lives have had an extra measure of peace since my dad sold the company.

When are you going to have another baby?
Right now we’re only planning to have one more child, so we want to be good and ready before we expand our family. I was sick for the first trimester with Jackson, so I want to really want it before I go through that again. Aside from the morning sickness, I want to savor everything about being pregnant and having a newborn again. I look forward to being more confident the second time around and hopefully being able to enjoy it more, knowing that it goes by so quickly. Of course, God is sovereign and only He knows how the expansion of our family will go.

Do you get bombarded 100 times a day with “Can your Mom come speak to…”?
I used to get asked that a lot but not as much anymore, for which I’m thankful. It’s hard to say no to a friend, so I usually let Susan do that for me! Susan is my mom’s assistant and she has the very tough job of being the protector of Beth’s time. Every “no” she says to an extra opportunity is a “yes” to our family. “Yes, you can come down this weekend for a visit. I’m dying to see my grandson.” “Yes, Dad and I can come up this weekend and hear Curtis preach.” “Honey, there’s an opening in my schedule and Dad and I are heading to the mountains for a week.” We do not take no’s and yeses for granted.

Melissa and I used to function as Mom’s assistants when we were younger. The Lord knows how many messages we took on scraps of paper (with markers) in the kitchen for speaking engagements here and there. If any of you had to deal with our seven and ten-year-old selves on the phone, I’m so sorry! There’s no telling what we said!

As a Mom, are you able to get your quiet time in EVERY day? What is your way of doing quiet time, journaling, reading a study or just reading the Bible?
It took me a long time after Jackson was born to get back on track with my quiet times. I finally found a routine that works well for us. When we wake up, I give Jackson a cup of milk to drink while I make breakfast. Then I pull his high chair into the living room where he can eat and watch Noggin. I sit right next to him on the couch, eat my breakfast, and have my quiet time. That gives me about 20-30 minutes before he is ready to get down and run around the house. I like to journal my prayers because it helps my mind to stay focused. The last two devotional books I used were David: 90 Days With a Heart Like His and Jesus: 90 Days With the One and Only. Both of those have built-in prayer journals. I am biased because my mom wrote both of them, but I thought they were excellent. Right now Curtis and I are using Devotions for a Sacred Marriage: A Year of Devotionals for Couples by Gary Thomas and we are loving it. You’re only supposed to do one a week, but we are cheating and doing one every day. I would highly recommend it. I definitely have days when I miss my quiet time, especially if we are traveling. I struggle when I’m out of my morning routine.

How does one get on the Deeper Still blog?
The Deeper Still blog is temporarily suspended due to the gap of time
between events. LifeWay is currently looking at the possibility of restarting
it for the 2008 locations.

Can you recommend a child-raising book or author who you believe gives Biblical advice?
Someone mentioned this in a comment, but I read James Dobson’s Bringing Up Boys and I learned a lot from it. I haven’t read many parenting books yet, but I will say that I love to listen to radio programs like Family Life Today and Focus on the Family. I always learn something and feel encouraged when I get to tune in.

Why does God wait so long to let some of us ladies get married?
I do not know the answer to this question and I wish there was a good explanation. Sometimes I think we would all benefit from going back to arranged marriages and getting married around the time that teenage hormones kick in. Call me crazy, but I have a whole argument for this in my head.

How do you live a normal life? Can you go to the mall without being swarmed?
I don’t think there’s ever been a “swarm” at the mall. Usually we get to meet a couple of Bible study sisters and that’s fun. I was sorry I missed getting to meet Jen the Newlywed a couple weeks ago when she ran into my mom and sister at Willowbrook Mall.

Any thoughts on a study on Job? I’ve been reading and re-reading Job lately, and it really just moves me. God says SO much there….
Check out Yet I Will Trust Him in our online store. It was recorded at a Living Proof Live conference in New Orleans in, I believe, 2002.

What is your very favorite worship song?
Curtis and I are currently obsessed with Savior King by Hillsong United. It really takes off halfway through, so be sure to listen to the whole thing.

How did your mom pass on her passion for Christ to you girls?
More than anything, I think we saw her abundant life and knew that it was because of her commitment to and love for Christ. We also spent lots of time talking about the Lord and worshipping Him together through contemporary Christian music. (Much of this happened while we were driving in the car. That’s one reason I can be thankful for Houston traffic.) I always had lots of spiritual questions and we had some awesome conversations about the Lord through those. One of the main things she taught me was to submit myself to Christ every single day so that I could be dead to my flesh and alive in the Spirit. In other words, have my quiet time! (See Galatians 5:16-18.)

Melissa and I both went through a time when we had to make our faith “our own” and choose for ourselves whether we would continue to follow Christ when our parents weren’t there to direct our steps. I think we both got a taste of the world and learned the hard way that abundant life was only found in Christ.

What is the best advice your mom ever gave you?
Choose joy.
“This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 188:24)

What Bible studies or books do you recommend?
Someone asked how you define ministry. I learned from C. Gene Wilkes’ book Jesus On Leadership that ministry is simply service. “Minister” is just a fancy word for servant. This is definitely a study I would recommend to anyone. Another book I absolutely love to recommend is The Prisoner in the Third Cell by Gene Edwards. If you have felt disappointed by God recently, get this book!

Has your family been attacked by the enemy because of your ministry?
Without a doubt. And so have the Gates, Hamm, Harris, Kirby, McClure, Mattingly, McMahon, Meyer, S. Moore, and Riley families. When we get to hear testimonies from women whose lives and whose families’ lives have been changed by power of God’s Word, we get a glimpse of what is at stake in the heavenly realms. Whatever we are allowed to go through for the sake of the Bride of Christ being prepared for her Groom, it will be more than worth it when we see His face. We consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:12-13)


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  1. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Amanda girl…you inspire and give to us ladies right there along with your momma. Thank you for your honesty and wisdom (oh, and humor)!! K in AR

  2. 52
    tara says:

    Amanda & Beth,
    Thank you both so much for doing the Q&A! This blog is such a treat.

  3. 53
    Anonymous says:

    Amanda, thanks for sharing today.
    I too look forward each day to the smiles and strength the blogs bring.
    Do you think Beth will hit the topic of “fear/panic attacks ever?”


  4. 54
    Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) says:

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    Praying for you all as you head into the final week or so of wedding preparations!


  5. 55
    Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous! says:

    I loved this! Thank you. 🙂

    Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous!

  6. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I wanted to tell you of some of the parenting books that I have read and they are great and I recommend them to all of my friends. Here goes: Love and Logic, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, The Baby Wise series, Boundaries for Kids, Creative Correction, Five Love Languages for Kids, The New Strong Willed Child, Dare to Discipline. Prayer book for childre: Praying the Scriptures for your Children by Jodie Berndt (I have a group with that meets frequently to pray for our kids and we started with this book). Remember to test everything by God’s Word! Love ya! Have a great day!

  7. 57
    Anonymous says:

    May God abundantly bless you as you all prepare for a wedding! Praying it will be wonderful. Much love!

  8. 58
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you Amanda for answering those questions. I too have a theory regarding the benefits of an arranged marriage (now that I have three little girls). I would LOVE to hear more of your thoughts on that, just for kicks!!!!

  9. 59
    Annalou says:

    Dear Miss Amanda,

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to all of those questions. Especially since one of them was mine. ;o) (hee-hee) Your transparency is much appreciated.

    I feel very intense about raising my kids to love Jesus. But I don’t want to overwhelm them with that intensity.

    I just cracked up at the idea of Miss Beth in a matching super hero outfit to Jackson. HA! I can just picture it. :o)

    As a side note to Anonymous, aka T.G.:

    I don’t know if this information was for me or not but I want to thank you anyway.

    Thank you for listing all of those books as well as the advice on passing on your faith. I truly appreciate your incredible thoughtfulness. Many blessings to you.

    You know what gals? I just realized that I’m finding myself looking forward to my fellow Siesta’s responses as much as I am to these wonderful blog postings. I’m really enjoying being a part of such a wonderful group of women. GOD is so very good!

    (Can you tell–I’m feeling very sappy at this time of z’ month. LOL)

    Affectionately yours,

    Anna in MO

  10. 60
    Katy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing with us! I’m glad you’re able to live fairly normal lives out in public and that you and your family members haven’t taken to wearing elaborate disguises yet!! I think the Siesta community is great and you are doing a great job of running it. I hear what others are saying about a message board type community but those can get sticky sometimes and do require much more attention. This blog is a great place for all of us to interact and I know that some Siestas are emailing each other and meeting up in their own cities. I could see “The Siesta Connection” spring up informally in cities all across the country and beyond. Where are you Tucson? I keep thinking how all of this wouldn’t have been possible 20 years ago because we didn’t have the interneet to connect us. Have a blessed week!

  11. 61
    Anonymous says:

    Hi, Amanda,

    Something just occurred to me – how can we be praying for your Dad? I know that Beth needs and recieves our prayers, but it has got to be a challenge in a completely different way to be Beth’s husband? No doubt he has his own version of siestas, but would really like to be sure and lift him up in prayer as well.

    Blessings to you all,


  12. 62
    Andreea says:


    There are days when I’m in total agreement with what you said about arranged marriages. Especially at times when I see teenagers set wedding dates. I sit there and think “They are children, and I am 25 and am nowhere close to going out on a date, much less set a wedding date. LOL!

    On the other hand, I’m very thankful that I got a chance to go to college and grad school, and I didn’t have to give up all that by having to get married at 18 b/c you should be married at 18.

    If it weren’t for your mom’s teachings, I would probably still go have myself a good cry everytime I got a wedding invitation or baby announcement from every one of those “younger” friends/acquaintances.

  13. 63
    Kathy In Arkansas says:

    Thank you for being open to share with us.

    Please pray for all of those in the path of the tornaodes last night.

    Literally around the corner from my house is Gassville and it was destroyed! Devestation. They have no power, no phones etc..maybe some retored tomorrow to what is left.

  14. 64
    millicent says:

    Thank you for taking the time to post all of those questions and answers! I really enjoyed reading them! I really benefited from the question about how your mom passed on her love for Christ (not sure if that’s how it was worded!). It’s something I always wonder about!
    Have a great week!

  15. 65
    Mary Watkins says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Great reading your responses today. Thank you so much for putting links in your replies (ie) directing us to a book or how to post a comment on the blog.

    Please know I am praying for your entire family as you prepare for Meissa and Colin’s wedding. I know the Lord is going to knock your socks off as He blesses your sweet hearts.

    AJ, may I ask my Siestas to pray for my son? He went to an ear, nose and throat doctor thinking he may need tube put in his his left ear. When we left the office we found out he either has a virus in his inner ear, fluid on his ear or a tumor. He will go for an MRI next week for a MRI and then we will go from there. The dr. does not think it is a tumor but the MRI is to rule it out. Bradley is 25. Let me tell you, no matter how old my boys are they will always be my babies. AMEN?

    We would appreciate your prayers.

    Love to all,

  16. 66
    Anonymous says:

    One of my most-read ‘parenting’ books is by a wonderful, but slightly kooky, blonde mom of two now-grown daughters. It’s called “Feathers In My Next” and I have both the book AND audio. The chapter on carpool completely changed my attitude – thank you Jesus!

    If you have a teenage daughter – and want some advice from Amanda and Melissa’s mom, read this!!!

  17. 67
    connorcolesmom says:

    I loved your answers to these questions. I also agree with you about the arranged marriages thing. It was of course after I had my 8 yr old come home and start talking about a girl in his class that wanted to marry him.

    I seriously considered telling him that only mommy and daddy can choose who he marries. It was about that time that God reminded me that He chooses the wives for my boys and my job is to instruct them to seek Him for those answers.
    Well, how can you argue with that 🙂

    Have a great day!

  18. 68
    Kristin says:

    Amanda, I loved Prisoner in the Third Cell — What a beautiful impact. Thanks for sharing so much with us.

    Much love to you-

  19. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Amanda, You’re always encouraging and uplifting! Thanks!

  20. 70
    Dana says:

    Just finished Session 4 in “Stepping Up”. I am so in awe of my God. I am the conservative one – the one who will be waving the palm leaf and dancing in wonderful praise of my savior when I get to see Him! Thank you, Beth, for allowing God to let me know Him more because you are willing to let Him teach you to teach me! God Bless You!

  21. 71
    Anonymous says:

    In the final days of the wedding excitment where will Melissa be moving to?

  22. 72
    Anonymous says:

    The Mangy Moose rocks! I ate there in 2004 with my little 10-month-old baby girl, after taking a look at the horses (or were they mules?) in the nearby stables. My husband was working–doing a seminar for his job, and it was just me and my 10-month-old, who did great! It was sort of a turning point restaurant–my baby became my dining companion! Thank you for this blog! Your words, your mom’s words, and the comments, are all so encouraging to me in this season–I have two little ones, and time to talk about Jesus with adults is limited (though I have lots of little conversations about him everyday with the kids!) Much love to you all! (I can’t say y’all, as I’m not southern, and it would sound silly coming from my mouth). 🙂

  23. 73
    Christina says:

    Thanks for your answers. I especially appreciated the last one on spiritual attacks on your family. It makes your ministry even that much more important knowing what is at stake for God’s kingdom. May God continue to protect you and all of those who are working on the battlefront of ministry.

  24. 74
    Orgainc Red Tomatoes says:

    Amanda –
    I grew up a (highly scrutinized)P.K. in a really conservative church, in fact Beth Moore was kind of controversial in our fellowship when she was first introduced!

    When I first began to seek out Beth’s studies, I was thrilled to discover that she didn’t have pictures and stories of her kids plastered all over public records.

    I appluaded her in my head–they deserve the privacy, I thought!

    When I read your blog (about three days after your first post) I was MAD! This is not good I thought –now nosey people are going to bug and pester them on this thing. I honestly rememeber thinking, “I thought Beth Moore was smarter than this….” HAHA!!

    How grateful I am that you are well balanced and confident enough to share a little of your life with us. You have been a tremendous encouragement to me in a very friendless season.

    I got married 5 mo. ago and moved 12 hrs. from all my friends and family to a new city. Three days after I got here I started an incredibly stressful job–which doesn’t leave much time for meeting new people.

    This blog has become incredibly meaningful to me.

    Thank you for doing this for all of us!

  25. 75
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Amanda,

    I just wanted to share my joy with you. After doing Beth’s studies for several years my daughter will be starting her first study (Stepping Up) next Sunday. She has patiently listened to me rave about the way Beth brings the Bible to life in “real” terms, I can’t wait for her to experience it for herself. Even greater news! I’ve had the blessing of seeing Beth in Knoxville, TN and Columbia, SC and my daughter and I will see her in Atlanta in June!! We will be like a pair of Godly Groupies!!! I can hardly stand the wait.


  26. 76
    donna says:

    To answer nyctexan’s question about why we are called siestas: If you have a chance go back and read the May 22,2007 blog archive. We were Sistas until that day when Beth’s spell check changed it to Siestas. Beth got such a laugh out of it – the name stuck.

    Beth and Amanda,
    thank you for answering all those questions. You continue to open up your lives to us and we love the Moore family so much! Y’all are so “real”. Can’t wait to see Beth in Jacksonville in March.


  27. 77
    Katie says:

    I would just like to say, that I think you are neat, and would be a lot of fun to hang out with. Thanks for sharing!

  28. 78
    WendyB says:

    What a blessing. You make me miss “young-mommyhood” so much! My baby, who was Jackson’s age five minutes ago, is now a college freshman, and we are burning up our phones with texting all day long. Praise God for opposable thumbs!

  29. 79
    Mississippigirl says:

    I don’t know if I will ever have the blessing to meet yall on this earth, but when I get to heaven you better bet I am gonna listen for the howlin’ (laughter for you non-southern siestas) and I bet yall will be there! You are so real and honest. I just moved and I read this blog every day because until I make some new friends, I delight in my imagafriends. Thank you for so many smiles and awesome Godly encouragement!

  30. 80
    Anonymous says:


    First of all…Thanks for sharing al that you do with us.

    I have a 4 year old and i know what you mean about another pregnancy, newborn, etc. That time passes so quickly.

    Thanks for the name of the devotional you’re doing and for how you do quiet times. That one is hard with a little one.

    Cynthia in OK

  31. 81
    Joy says:

    I am a Montana girl and I LOVE the mountains here. One of the most beautiful drives in the nation is going over the Beartooth pass and into Yellowstone National Park. Whoa… all you can say is, “GOD IS GREAT!!” I never get sick of the beauty of the LORD’s creation!! Hopefully you will have a chance to see it when you are maneuvering around the country! 🙂

  32. 82
    El El says:

    I’m a frequent reader but not a frequent commenter. However, the mention of Texas Gulf beach towns struck a nerve. Port Aransas has been my family’s home away from home for 4 generations now. Have y’all been there? Dang if the fishing isn’t great there! And I must admit I spent a fair amount of time laying out on the top of the boat, as well as fishing. 🙂 Balance is good!

  33. 83
    Anonymous says:

    Just a quick note on the parenting tips/books question. I think the most humorous down to earth book I have read is Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Kevin Leman. And, believe me, with two boys and two girls, I have read my share!

  34. 84
    *~linda~* says:

    i think this site is way too cool! its like logging on and catching up with some good friends. 🙂 all i need is a cup of coffee. lol!

    anyhow, thank you for sharing. its VERY refreshing!!!

  35. 85
    Katherine Bal says:

    thanks amanda. Esp for the book suggestions.
    Under the Mercy, k

  36. 86
    HIS daughter says:


    Thank you for your answers to all the questions.

    Thank you and all of the Jones, Moore’s, etc. for sharing your life with us even though it can get scary at times.

    By the way – I don’t think you are mad about the arranged marriage thing. I have thought that myself but didn’t say it out loud.

    It did seem to work well back then..or maybe not…but..anyway, I’ve thought the same thing before 🙂

    Love and Blessings,

  37. 87
    Maria Cristina says:

    dearest Amanda: thank you *so* very, very much for your precious insights and tender responses. I will cherish this !!! oh and Savior King ROCKS!!!!! 🙂


  38. 88
    georgia tarheel says:

    Thank you for being so open and transparent!
    Glad to know there are others out there that are worried over what their moms will dress their children in. My mom not only dresses my children in silly costumes, she continues to buy them the clothes to dress up in. 🙂 My children love it and so does my mom. I try not stress over it…sometimes that is hard to do!

    The beach is my absolute favorite place to go (probably because the only mountains I have seen are the ones in NC– and I KNOW they don’t compare to those out west)! God never fails to reveal to me His majesty and power when I stand on the shore and look out over the vast display of water. Then I look down at the sand squished between toes and think, “He knows how many grains of sand are on each of my toes!……WOW!”

    Thanks again for the answers…I always look forward to the new posts! Yall never disappoint!

  39. 89
    Leslie Young says:

    Man, I was at the conference in New Orleans when Beth preached on Job (was that REALLY 2002?) For those who’ve never attended a Living Proof event, you don’t know ahead of time what the messages will be about. The first session, she said she was tempted to lock the doors before announcing, “Turn in your Bibles to the book of Job.” I think there may have been an audible groan from the 14,000 women there! But it was a powerful weekend. I was alternately challenged, uplifted, terrified, tickled and powerfully moved by God’s faithfulness. I didn’t realize it was available online — I highly recommend it!
    (And thanks, Amanda and Beth for the Q&A — how fun!)

  40. 90
    Julie Laird says:

    Hi! Girls,

    Question: What student versions of your studies do you have available? Where might I find them?

    Thank you for a little taste of home. I grew up in west Texas and miss it terribly.

  41. 91
    Tara says:

    Thank you for taking the time to answer all these questions. I agree with you wholeheartedly: I love the mountains, but there is just something special about the beach too! Praise God for His creation and all of its beauty!

    Thank you also for the update on Esther. I can’t imagine all that your Mom has on her plate: a wedding, finishing writing one study while trying to retape another, not to mention upcoming LPL conferences. Whew! Makes me tired just thinking about it. But know that ya’ll are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Also, I am currently going through the study of Daniel and your mom just shared the story of “choosing joy” on a tough Monday morning. We had such a good discussion from that one, and now it has become one of our favorite phrases at our church. If someone is having a rough day, we just remind each other “CHOOSE JOY!” What a wonderful reminder to keep our eyes on the One who gives us joy despite our circumstances. I hate that you were having a rough Monday morning that day, but I praise God for how it encouraged all of us!

    Much love to you!

  42. 92
    kelly says:

    Hey Amanda-

    I have a favorite book on child raising that I think you would enjoy. It is The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. It rocked my world as it approached the topic of motherhood as a ministry and compared the way Jesus dealt with his disciples and applied that to the way we mothers deal with our children. I learned a ton from it and we used it for our mom’s group a couple years ago. She also wrote The Mission of Motherhood which is good, but I much prefer the Ministry of Motherhood. Check it out!


  43. 93
    Angie says:

    Wow! Thanks for such thorough answers! That must’ve taken a lot of time and thought. Please stop by next time you’re in Colorado. 😉 I’ll take ya shopping!

  44. 94
    Lelia Chealey says:

    Thanks Amanda & Beth~
    This was worth the time it took to read.
    Wish we all could just plant ourselves for awhile in front of Beth’s gas fireplace & “just talk”. I’m sure you 2 have questions for us too.
    Thanks for serving God & blessing us with your obedience to Him.
    You & yours is a huge investment in our lives.

  45. 95
    Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your willingness to share. My family and I are in a particularly difficult season and having this blog as a source of sanity, laughs and fellowship has been a great encouragement.


  46. 96
    lovesgarlic says:

    Fun answers to the questions!

    I love calling the kids Tods too. That is so funny and cute. I have two tods, one is 1.5 and the other is 3. At first, it was hard with a new baby and a special needs child who was 1.5. Now it is a lot of fun. I am glad I had them so close together. They are little pals!

    All the best, Heather

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    Amanda says:

    El El, we’ve been to Port Aransas plenty of times!

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    Amanda says:

    Hi ladies! If there are any more questions that need to be answered, please begin using the Contact Us page on our web site again. http://www.lproof.org/NewContactUs.aspx
    Thanks so much!

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    Anonymous says:

    If you really need an incredible getaway that will include a beach and some roughage, try Monemvasia, Greece. It’s beautiful to explore. If you’ll leave a passport with the caretaker in the museum, they’ll give you a key to the church at the top. We were on a special military assignment (Olmsted Program for those interested) and so we enjoyed this romantic spot with our 2 yr old at the time- we were there in January. Anyway, Amanda- a beach that you don’t have to sunbathe on, and somewhat of a mountain.
    My other top choices would be the Baltics- of course the water is cold, but there are some beautiful beaches like on the Naringa Spit in Lithuania and a climb to the sand dunes is well worth the view.

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    Dimple Queen says:


    When you said that Beth would be dressed up with Jackson I could so picture it and giggled out loud. (I’m at work!)

    And as far as the arranged marriages….I TOTALLY AGREE!!! I have that same arguement figured out in my head as well. Maybe we should get together and make a campaign for it! LOL


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