Video Scripture Memory Update and Deeper Still

Hey, You Darling Siestas! I hope you are well and blessed in the perceptible presence of Jesus Christ. Just a couple of pieces of news this stormy Sunday afternoon in Houston, Texas. I wanted to let you know, lest someone be devastated by the delay, that our much-hailed Grand Prize Scripture Memory Competition Winner will be unveiled on Friday of this week rather than Tuesday. Due to a yet unexplained technical problem, some of the videos arrived in our inbox expired and we wanted to give them time to be resubmitted. After all, this fierce competition has caused an uproar second only to American Idol and the talent just keeps rolling in. Brace yourself.

I love y’all so much.

Grinning so wide that my ears feel all tight.

I just returned from Deeper Still in Atlanta, Georgia where a whopping 19,000 of us raised the roof in praise to the One True God and studied our heads into a migraine. (Not really. Haven’t ever really had a migraine but if you were prone to one, we no doubt gave you one this weekend but, Child, you can’t say you didn’t hear some Scripture.) God gave us a terrific group! One of the best huge groups I’ve ever gotten to be part of. (Don’t worry, Raleigh. You are still in a tier all by yourself but, I’ll be honest, this group got mighty close. Their love for Jesus was large and loud and they hung tight all the way to the last second of a long conference.) You’ll never guess who was sitting on the very front row next to the Governor’s (precious) wife. Our own Siesta, Georgia Jan! I LOVED HER! She’s the one that told that hilarious story recently about her church choir singing a special in a worship service about coming to Jesus with your burdens and, when a woman actually got up and came to the altar, they all thought, “What on earth is she doing? And in the middle of our special?” (My paraphrase but I laughed my head nearly to the floor over that honest appraisal.) Georgia Jan was one of those ultimate kind of people every teacher wants to have in class. Completely engaged and talking back to you constantly.

Guess who else was there? Big Mama and Boomama! (Don’t tell me you haven’t ever checked out their blogs. They are a blast.) I’m not kidding – I was totally starstruck. They were there in an official guest-blog-writer capacity with some of the LifeWay folks so I got to meet them at sound check then have them right behind me next to Amanda and her good buddy Janelle (we missed you so much, Sunni! Next time?). They were all right there where I could pat on all of them. (I’m a patter. I could mother a fence post as my grandmother used to say.) Big and Boo were just as fun as I thought they’d be. Better than that, they obviously have a keen liking for Jesus and His Word and that just says it, doesn’t it? Funny. Godly. Man, I love that.

One of my biggest highlights is that I got to be with both my daughters all weekend. Amanda and Janelle flew up with me then we met up with Melissa once we got there. We got to worship together (Trav and the team were in full throttle gift-mode) and open the “Holy Scripts” (as Melissa calls them with no small reverence) together during the conference. Lis’s Colin even joined us for the last session. He was so cute trying to fold his whole six-foot three-inch self up inconspicuously in a raging sea of capri-pants. Needless to say, the event was our highlight but the girls and I also had a blast together after it was over last night then again this morning. The funniest thing happened after the conference ended at 5:30 PM. Melissa went to so much trouble to make reservations at the ultimate spot to get a taste of beautiful, historical Atlanta, Georgia. We went to their version of the Spindletop (I can’t remember the exact name but most of us who attended the conference were there). It is a restaurant on the 76th floor of a building smack in the middle of downtown. It (the top floor, not the whole building) rotates over the course of an hour to show you a panoramic view of the entire city. Really cool. You can even see tons of landmarks built for the Olympics. (Well, three.) The problem is, the constant motion made Melissa seasick. She could hardly eat a bite of her shrimp and grits. And, boy, were they good. She turned white as a sheet and she and Colin had to go sit in the lobby of the first floor while we finished. I’m laughing my head off because we Moore’s cannot do one single thing without high drama. On our way out of the hotel, Melissa got an expression on her face that made her look about six years-old then she chirped, “Mom, that thing was hauling!” Slight exaggeration but it will make me laugh the rest of my life. She is priceless. Both my girls are. My favorite two people to be with in all the world. And their daddy makes three. We girls sat on my hotel bed last night with room service desserts and laughed until we literally cried. Honestly, I thought my face was going to freeze into a contortion. First thing this morning we got to see Melissa and Colin’s apartment and it is absolutely adorable. And smelled wonderful. You guessed it. Apple Crostata. Warm. Buttery. Apply. With a touch of orange.

Well, my man’s about to get home and I haven’t seen him in four days so I better get off of here. But not before I tell you how much I love working with Priscilla Shirer and Kay Arthur. There is simply no one on earth I respect more than Kay. I have literally never known a soul more devoted to the Word of God than her. And that Priscilla? Sheesh. (If that means anything bad, I don’t know it.) She is something else. One of the most gifted young communicators I’ve ever seen. We have become true friends over the last several years. I cannot express the joy she brings to me and how certain I am of God’s powerful call on her life. Keith and I are coming to love her and Jerry very much. And I don’t even have to tell you how I feel about Travis and the team. He had great new songs this weekend but held on to my favorites. Trav’s Angela was with us on the platform and I LOVE her being there. Talk about a woman who loves God’s Word! I don’t know another woman on God’s green earth I’d rather impact my daughters. I told Trav and Ang today that if we’d never worked together on the road as partners in ministry but had simply attended the same church, the Moores and Cottrells would have been BFF. It’s a fact, Jack.

That’s all for now, Girlfriends! Sure loved having a cup of coffee with you. Stay in God’s Word, young ladies! JESUS IS LIFE. I’ll talk to you soon because it’s almost Bible Study Tuesday! Get the last of your homework done, Girls!


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  1. 101
    Meghan says:

    Amen to Heidi in Austin you can’t get too much Beth or too much Jesus!

  2. 102
    Anonymous says:

    Oh how I wish I were closer to some of these larger cities you, Priscilla and Kay teach in. I’m committing a sin…I’m envious!!
    Glad you had such a special time with your girls. It must have been a hoot.
    Blessings from the Bible Bunny in MI.

  3. 103
    Pam Meyers says:

    One of those revolving restaurants like that is on top of the Marriott Hotel at Bush International. A few years ago the American Christian Fiction Writers had their annual conference there and we all went up to the restaurant for lunch. A couple people had the same reaction as Melissa, but most of us thought it was so cool to watch the planes take off and see every thing as it revolved. Of course the bathrooms are in the center core which is stationary so you might forget where your table is if you are in the powder room too long LOL!

  4. 104
    Redeemed by Christ says:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time… and it sounds amazing to join with that many all in the name of our Lord!

    I wish I had that kind of relationship with my mama, that your girls have with you!

    As for the homework… to be honest I’m having a hard time. My biggest challenge has hit me SO hard this past week… I’m reaching out to God. I’ve just been really struggling. I’m being truthful here. So here I am, broken once again and turning my eyes toward the one who holds me in His might Hands… I’m looking upward. Its a struggle the same as my flesh trys to cling on, while God is getting to the root of my struggle.

    But my Hope is in Him… for in my brokenness God’s mercy shines through.

  5. 105
    Anonymous says:

    I LOVED the conference this weekend. I had never heard Kay before and she blew me away. Priscilla was great and Beth, as always, was wonderful. It was a blast seeing the three of them cut up and have fun. Hope to see you again soon. April

  6. 106
    strawberry rose says:

    Was it the Sun Dial? My husband and I ate at the Polaris (a rotating restaurant) in Atlanta for dinner on our wedding day. It was awesome. When we sat down, I put my purse down on the floor to my right (by the windows). I didn’t realize I set it on the rotating part. I looked down a few seconds later and my purse was gone. I looked around and saw it 10 feet behind me. We were rotating one way while my purse went the other way! I jumped up, got my purse, and sat back down, putting my purse on my left so I wouldn’t lose it again.

    Glad y’all had a wonderful weekend.

  7. 107
    Lopsided Halo says:

    Ohhh…Reading this makes me so excited about the siesta fiesta that I can hardly keep my “starbucks” in!!!! I am already packing!!!! Raliegh girls….you will meet you match at this conference!!!!! haha!! We are hungry for some Jesus 🙂

  8. 108
    DeeDee @ No Greater Joy says:

    Oh Beth, I too was there…

    WOW! And how wonderful to me that in the group of 28 from our church, I had my 25 year old daughter and my 70 year old MOM. How wonderful is that!!! (I have a pic of our beautiful group posted on my blog 🙂

    We were SO BLESSED! Blessed beyond measure…

  9. 109
    Lavonda says:

    a HUGE thank you to Redeemed (Melanie) from Florida, who couldn’t go to DS and gave her ticket – through siestaville – to my friend Sheri, so she could be there. and Melanie would not even let us pay for it, or pay for overnighting it to us!! Lord, Bless her, and may she reap a hundred fold what she has sown for Sheri through Deeper Still! 🙂

    We had a group of 7 of us who went this weekend to Deeper Still (I live here, some came from 5 hours away)… Priscilla, Kay, and Beth were the mouth of Jesus to each of us. I have to share one of our stories with you please… One of the ladies staying with me was a friend of a friend (I’d never met her before) who has been struggling with her marriage for almost 2 years. Her husband had had an affair and she couldn’t bring herself to forgive him or get past it. She pulled into town Thur night quiet, dry, and closed off. They are still married, but not living together. He wants to come home, and does still disappoint her with attitudes sometimes as they teeter on the fence of divorce, and she has been stuck in bitterness (been there, same place, same reason in the past). With Priscilla talking about the wilderness, Kay talking about the loss of her first marriage and having not tried harder without Jesus back then, and Beth admitting her man is not always perfect, and she CHOOSES to be in love with him every day… siestas, THIS MARRIAGE HAS BEEN SAVED! our new friend went home a changed woman, with a changed heart, and called her husband to tell him she wants him to come home! She knows it won’t be easy at first, but she is willing to put God first and let Him work in their marriage. Thank you Jesus for keeping this family intact and their son and daughter out of a broken home! My own son and daughter live in a broken home through no choice of my own. Happily, I’ve remarried and have a wonderful man of God as my husband (I’m an army wife now!) Just let me tell you, I rejoice from my own place of a failed marriage, the saving of another marriage! Thank you Jesus for working through Priscilla, Kay, and Beth, in Your timing, to help this family stay together.

    Sorry this was longer… I can’t even sit still I just had to share this praise report with you!

    and yes, Amanda and Melissa, you are waaay taller than I pictured you to be! very beautiful young ladies 🙂

    Beth, I was sitting right near that precious woman who raised her hand as being shy, and Priscilla had her to go hug you… soooo sweet. but dangit, I was too shy to even raise my hand as being shy!! shoot! (great analogy from Priscilla through that… don’t rely on other people to go after God for you… climb that mountain and go after Him for yourself!) that Priscilla was sooo good… gonna do some of her things now too. right after I see if I have a pancake in my trashcan 🙂

    I love you all — you’re filling a void from my only sister who disowned me 2 and a half years ago.
    Thank you for being my sisters on this blog…

  10. 110
    Lavonda says:

    this is for Donna (I just read your comment)…
    I’ve lost 4 babies to miscarriage. in the midst of those 4, I became pregnant with my son, who is now 11. at 8 weeks, they couldn’t find anything in my womb – it was empty – and then the blood tests showed it was an ectopic pregnancy. they scheduled me for the procedure to remove the baby from my fallopian tube, and I was devastated. I’d already lost 2 babies and could not bear the thought of another loss. a friend who’d survived cancer told me, we can believe in our hearts for our miracles, but our battle with the enemy is from the neck up, in our minds, with doubt, anxiety, and worry — the opposite of trusting Him. so, I wrote scriptures on paper, carried them with me, quoted them all day (taking my mind off the fear and worry), even woke myself up that night talking in my sleep quoting those scriptures and reminding God of His promises to me! The next day, still cramping and bleeding, I went to the doctor for the procedure, and they did another ultrasound beforehand. That baby, my precious son, was in my uterus with a strong heartbeat! While I was still in the physical evidence of a miscarriage, still bleeding, still cramping, God had already performed a miracle inside me. The doctor was shocked and without explanation 🙂 (I have tears all over again just remembering His hand on my life then). the cramping and bleeding stopped in a few days and I later gave birth to a beautiful healthy son. I lost 2 more babies to miscarriage before having my daughter 4 years later. I’m not sure why He lets these things happen like this, those losses still hurt, but I can urge you and your daughter to TRUST HIM and stand on His word. I’ll be praying for that baby, and for each of you.
    love in Him,

  11. 111
    Evangelism Chick says:

    Sweet Beth, Amanda, and Melissa,

    It was such a pleasure to spend the weekend with you at Deeper Still! My mom, two of my girlfriends and I drove up from Jacksonville…leaving home eight children (five and under) with our wonderful husbands.

    We all had such a blast! For two of us, Deeper Still was our summer vacation and we are just fine with that. A few years ago, I don’t think I would be able to say that with such contentment, but God is doing a work in my life. Rewiring my distorted desires, He is reminding me that there is nothing better than the One and Only!! (Doing the hand-motions and all 😉

    Funny husband thing…

    One of my boys got sick while I was away and my friend’s 20 month old got sick right before we left. Each time one of the kiddos got sick, our sweet husbands would call and leave voicemails as to the amount and location of the blessed spot in the house. Neither of them knew that they were doing the same thing…without prompting from us. At first, we were alarmed, but full surrender…not letting anything steal away our joy knowing we couldn’t do a darn thing 6 hours away but pray…it started to became comical. PRAISE GOD…when we arrived home at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday the kiddos were sleeping well and woke up well.

    The effort and expense to be there was so worth the slice of heaven that we experienced.

    Love in Sweet Jesus,


  12. 112
    cheryl says:

    I read this blog earlier today but was so exhausted I couldnt even wtite, witer, I mean write! ahhhh
    The weekend was amazing! I had never heard Pricilla before and I had only heard Kay do short radio things but I will definitly be doing some of thier Bible Studies! Im still soaking it all in! Our group of 55 women also got to go to Charles Stanleys church sunday morning and heard Newt Gingrich speak, it was a wonderful “followup” to Kay! Everyone needs to watch In Touch next sunday morning!
    Beth I will never be the same after this weekend, thank you again for what you do for us.
    OH! just before leaving for Atlanta my oldest daughter told me she is pregnant!!yeah!!!!!!!!
    Im going to send her a whole box of pancake mix!!!!!!! 🙂

  13. 113
    Emmy says:

    Oh I LOVED this weekend! God so spoke to my heart! Thank you Lord for Beth, Kay, Priscilla, Travis, Deeper Still team! Had so much fun! Got to meet Big Mama, Boo Mama and Kim… can’t wait till San Antonio! Thank you Lord! So Precious!

    **Did you all see the huge rainbow across downtown Atlanta when we left Phillips Arena!?!**

    From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another! : )

    I have been doing the motions to John 1:14 over and over! So fun! I feel kind of like those precious girls who sign for you all…

    I am mesmerized by their ministry! I sat kind of behind the hearing impaired all weekend… to watch them sign the praise songs is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! I had to go down and ask her how she did Hallelujah it is so cool with cute little praise fingers after… anyway I am now such a signer (sorry not sure of official name) wannabe… to praise Him not only with your heart and voice but hands as well! Like a beautiful ballet for the Lord! So graceful! Oh I have tears just thinking about it! I am going to have to learn how to do it…. in the mean time I can pretend with John 1:14 : ) Maybe I’ll make up some to go with In Christ Alone!

    (Beth, Amanda, is there a way to write these ladies? I would love to thank them… God really spoke to me as I watched them this weekend… such a powerful ministry… they are so gifted!)

    Love you all! Emmy : )

  14. 114
    Anonymous says:

    After reading all the comments, I’m envious of missing this event. Would you please expand a little bit on who is BooMamma, BigMamma, and Georgia Jan. Do they have a blogsite address? Also, does Beth have a beauty secret to share about Retin A? I need all the help I can get!

  15. 115
    Georgia Jan says:

    Sweet Beth: What a G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S weekend at Deeper Still with you and Priscilla and Mrs. Kay! The Praise Team with Travis Cottrell and his beautiful wife Angela…the music, all my favorites – In Christ Alone, Shackles…thank You Sweet Jesus.

    Siestaville is amazing too!

    A shout-out to Little Steps of Faith – yes, I am STILL praying for you, as are many women in our Bible study group.

    I got to hug Grand Canyon Mom’s neck!

    Hello also to Yolanda of Higher Ground!

    We brought 60 ladies from our church in middle Georgia, and me and the other Pastor’s wives from our church stayed with the FLOG…First Lady of Georgia. (We are FO-FLOGS: “friends of first lady of Georgia.”) 🙂 She is a sweet friend and we love her dearly…and SHE LOVES YOU, BETH!

    In fact, we all wished YOU had been with us Friday night when we went back to the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta. We went downstairs to the big ballroom and sock-skated on the marble floor…yes, we did. Five crazy pastor’s wives –

    Priscilla came to our church and did a women’s weekend back in 2003 – she was pregnant with Jackson. I got to hug her neck and Jerry’s too, I was really tickled that they remembered me and our church because we’ve never forgotten them!

    I had the privilege to attend the taping of “The Patriarchs” (with Twinkle, another Blog Siesta) back in 2004 in Baltimore and have a very special memory of that week.

    You were teaching of the time when Jacob was afraid to face his brother and taught us about all the renderings of the use of FACE. On this particular session, I was very close to the front – and as you were teaching, I thought “oh my – this would be a great place for Psalm 3:3 – “my glory, and the lifter of my head” in reference to seeing His FACE.

    As I live and breathe, you stopped and said the first part of that verse…”Thou Oh Lord, are a shield for me…” and then you said – does anyone know the rest of that verse…? I was about to jump out of my skin because I had JUST had that scripture in my heart. So being up close, I said the rest of the verse and you acknowledged it…”that’s right sister…”

    That is my favorite and most precious Beth Moore memory… a true God-moment for me – surrounded around His WORD!

    So, I am touched that I was able to see your sweet face this past weekend!

    And I rejoice that because of what our Savior did for us, you and I will see HIM FACE TO FACE.

    That will be Glory for me!

    Your Friend

    Going to work on my homework from “No Other Gods” right now…

  16. 116
    Rebecca says:

    WOW!!!! Beth, i was beginning to wonder when you were gonna write agean! we just had are bible study meeting last night and it was amazing! God is so stkin good! and i love you and all the ladies on here!

  17. 117
    Marci says:

    I have been to that restaurant! The SunDial on the top floor of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. I had the pleasure of staying there for the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) a little over a year ago. I got to go for FREE because my school district paid for the whole trip. It was held in the Georgia World Conference Center. Besides the conference I got to go to the Georgia Aquarium (quite possibly the most beautiful animal park ever) the Coca Cola Museum, the CNN center, played in the fountain at Olympic Circle, ate dinner at Aunt Pitty-Pat’s Porch (ala Gone with the Wind), and then was able to top it all off at the SunDial (sorry about the pun!). I have never had such a gourmet meal, nor one that was so expensive. But it was worth it just for the experience. Unfortunately most of my pictures are blurry – because silly me forgot that we were moving all the time. I can’t remember what I had to eat, except I do remember the shrimp bisque – and that alone was heaven. Oh, and I met Dwayne Wade at the local Quiznos – and had my picture taken with him. The Miami Heat were in town for a game. It was a whole group of us from our county and we learned a lot and had a ton of fun to boot. However, I know it couldn’t possibly have measured up to the time you all had praising God and learning together – that would have been even better.

    I was also wondering like britiney (first post) if you would post the Boise commissioning. I was one of the noisy in Boise, and would love to have it – it was very meaningful to me. Thanks so much.

    Please pray for continued perseverance for this summer bible study – my daughter is 11 and is doing it with me and her dad (my ex-husband) has been especially vicious lately. Please pray that this study will somehow help me help her without bad mouthing him. I try very hard not to do that. The personal attacks and the horrible language are hard to ignore however. Pray also that I will not dwell on the terrible things that he says to me – Satan likes to put them on constant rewind in my brain. I am praying daily for freedom and am immersing myself in prayer and study and some repeated playings of Christian worship – especially Travis. Thanks so much for all the resources – they are truly a help and a blessing.

    Have a banner day! In His Grip, Marci

  18. 118
    Chris says:

    Beth, I think to be fair you HAVE to show all the videos you got! Not just the winners. I knew they were gonna be good and I’m REALLY wishing I could see em! I’m always amazed at how creative some gals can be! Love you all!

  19. 119
    Michele says:

    Beth, I am SOOO glad you had a great weekend. Thanks for updating us on how you have been and what you’ve been up to. I hope and pray as my children grow that I will have a great relationship with them, as you do with your girls. Thanks for your encouragement about being in the Word and also in being a great mom and friend. Your love for Jesus is contagious. I love you!

  20. 120
    hongkongfoey says:

    I have to say, the only way I can sum up the Atlanta Deeper Still is:

    God WAS there.
    His Spirit was thick.
    I didn’t know exactly what God had me there for, at first I thought it was for my daughter (a new highschool graduate entering a mighty mean world). But we entered, and every single thing the spirit brought out even to the ‘milking that cow – and being a Dairy Queen’ was right on everything my life is right now. We got in late Friday and missed Priscilla, but Kay hit it on the head when she said ‘spiritual war-time’ and all three hit it with Priscilla’s question of how to deal with someone who is verbally abusive, selfish, mean, etc.


    I enjoy the way you deliver your messages – BUT WHEN WE GET INTO THE WORD, I LOOK / WATCH / LISTEN TO YOU THREE, BUT SEE / HEAR GOD!

    You are all spirit-lead and that is very powerful!

    Thank you for serving Him – I have grown closer and prayed for that desire to be closer because of your messages. I was also at the Jacksonville convention a few months ago – and came out wanting more “God”.

    Love you & your ministries.

  21. 121
    Missy says:

    Awwww…sounds like y’all had a blast!!! Wish I could have been there! I’ve been to plenty of Beth Moore conferences (and love, love, love every single one of them), but never to a Deeper Still. I’ve got to get myself to one of those! 🙂

    Tell Melissa that I completely empathize with her! In the last few years I’ve started with that motion sickness mess. Grrrr.. It began on a little boat trip to go parasailing where I “graciously” (as my then boyfriend told me) had to use an oyster bucket to hurl in (sorry if that was too graphic). 😀 I can’t even go to an IMAX theater because the screen is so big and if it’s lots of motion, forget it. 🙁 So tell poor Lis that she’s not alone there! 🙂

    Glad you girls had an awesome time with the Lord and with each other this past weekend!!

    Missy in SC

  22. 122
    Healed By His Grace says:

    Dear Beth,
    I am so excited to hear Travis has some new songs. Not that I don’t love ALL of the old ones, and I do have my favorites that can lift me high into worship and into God’s presence. But I am excited that he may have a new album??? Also, I am one who usually always has her homework done, but this week I am negligent for reasons out of my control. I will do my best to catch up for this is a powerful study. God bless! Thanks, sweet one!

  23. 123
    Suzanne says:

    i would love to know if you can purchase the tapes from the weekend of Deeper Still, how could I find this information?

  24. 124
    Sheri Lyn says:

    Oh My!!! I wish I had been there!! Can’t wait for Minn, Mn in July!!! You have to promise, Beth, that you will do some rapping for us in July!!! I’m so excited – this will be my first LPL event – I know God will do great things – He is awesome and faithful!!

    Love to all of you!

    Oh Boomama and Big Mama – checked out your blogsites – love them and y’all!! You girls are FUNNY!! Blessings to you both!

  25. 125
    GrandCanyonMom says:

    I won’t even try to explain what a monumental weekend this was for me and the other 6 women who attended this weekend. We showed up early and sat in the front row and worshiped while the shackles fell. I saw GeorgiaJan AGAIN! We met in Jacksonville (along with LittleStepsofFaith) and I recognized her again this weekend because we happened to sit nearby each other again. AMAZING! It was also fun to meet KristiB.
    I wanted so badly to go talk to Amanda and Melissa but I didn’t see a good opportunity so I chickened out. I really wanted to hug you all and tell you what your ministry has meant to me.

    This weekend was nothing short of miraculous for a couple of the girls with me. God absolutely showed up. I’m so thankful I got to be there!
    Thanks for everything!

  26. 126
    twinkle says:

    Georgia will never be the same after Deeper Still came to visit. My notes are still burning up the pages of my listening guide. It was ON FIRE! Thank you so much for caring about women and their relationship with Jesus, The One and Only. I pray that many more will come runnin to the Mercy Seat, surrendering their lives to Jesus.

  27. 127
    Anonymous says:

    Hi there,

    I know this isn’t really about the blog topic, but this is very important to my family and me.

    The Deeper Still conference sounds so wonderful, and, no doubt, I am so glad that the Lord is speaking to people through big conferences like these.

    However, unfortunately, this past Saturday, my heart was breaking at yet another funeral in my extended family. We have had 3 passings of this kind since February: my Dad’s cousin Terry [pancreatic cancer], then my dear Daddy in March from complications due to Leukemia, [of whom I know that I know went to meet Jesus], and now my Cousin Harry died on June 21 due to esophogial [sp?] cancer that turned into lung cancer, and he passed away within 3 days of this lung cancer diagnosis, out of the blue.

    I’m not sure what the good Lord is trying to do in our lives, but right now, I’ve got to admit that “life just hurts” …

    However, the Lord has blessed me by having my vocational rehab counselor suggest that I be given some state grant money in order to go back to school to get my teaching license renewed this summer, and that is highly praiseworthy!

    However, the stress of these passings have caused my mind to be boggled down, even though I pray that Father God and the Lord would please take over my thoughts, words, actions, etc. each second of each day. And, to please give me the wisdom, which I do not have right now, to do well in these two in-depth 3 week long graduate level courses. And, my first class will be ending on July 3. And, this would be a blessing if I didn’t have to write a 5-10 page research paper before then on a reading test that I’ve never heard of.

    However, my second course doesn’t begin until after July 4th weekend, which is also a blessing.

    Miss Beth, etc., I could sure use some advice as to how to get through to learning how to be “happy” again, with all of this sadness surrounding my life these days…

    Anyhow, we would very much appreciate your prayers.

    In Christ’s Love,

    Jennifer [Sparki2003]

    Southern Wisconsin

  28. 128
    Anonymous says:

    Atlanta DS blew me away this weekend. My bestfriend and I have vowed that DS will be an annual event from now on. Thank you Beth, for pouring out the Word- I know you, Kay and Pricilla must be exhausted after such powerful messages. Thank you for all you do. Can’t wait to see you at the Breaking Free taping!!

    Love you!
    KP in NOLA

  29. 129
    Jillian says:

    Beth, It’s so good to hear a word from you! I am thrilled that the conference went so well and I can’t wait to see you in August in San Antonio!!! I’m so glad you got special time with your girls. I’m getting special time with my mama right now. Praise God. My little three year old boy is running all over the house. And the back yard. He is a blast. I want you to know that I am on my knees for you while you are finishing up Esther. I CAN’T WAIT for that study. Your are such a bright spot. We are going through a hard time, so if you think of it, shoot up a quick prayer for us. Love you to pieces, Jillian

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    Julie d. says:

    Hi Beth!
    I just returned from the ATL Deeper Still conf. What a fantastic time! My friends and I caught you on your way out of the elevator Sat. night @ the Westin and while my girlfriends gushed their thanks and well wishes I remained silent—-a bit star-struck and struck dumb I guess! I’m quite convinced all my energy was being used up disciplining myself to keep from tackling you with a bear hug! I’ve so hoped that someday on this side of heaven our paths would cross so that I might communicate with you how very grateful, yes so GRATEFUL I am that you chose to be obedient and wrote those blessed Bible Studies!! They opened up an invitation to me to go and get what you had–to seek and find that depth of intimacy with my Jesus. And so though I missed my opportunity on Saturday I want to say today–THANK YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU. That bear hug will have to wait till heaven I guess!! 😉

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    Profbaugh says:

    Thanks Beth,

    You can always bring a smile to my face. I so appreciate the peek into the weekend. It’s especially sweet since this week has been challenging. I just discovered a lump in my abdomen. Saw the doctor yesterday and I head to the surgeon tomorrow (Wednesday). I’d like to share with you what I posted on Travis’ blog:

    While I didn’t attend the Deeper Still conference, I wanted to share with you that this short video just “captured” my heart and thrust me into the presence of the Almighty.

    It’s been a particularly rough week for me. So triple thanks for posting this video and leading me to the throne of the King of Kings!!
    Thanks again for this blog Beth and Amanda (and Melissa too). It never fails to communicate just the right message at the right time!

    Oh, and if you can please pray for me on Wednesday as I visit the surgeon. While I know God’s got it covered, my human self keeps breaking through with panic.

    Crazy for Christ,

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    Anonymous says:

    Us Raleigh girls are still waiting for you to come back to visit us! 🙂

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    Groovewoman says:

    OH MY GOSH what I would give to be able to attend a conference featuring Beth Moore. That is my one of my dreams.

    Beth thank you so much for posting your wonderful weekend and the story of your spending time with your girls. I just pray that i can have such a blessed & joyous relationship with my children some day!!

    With Love!

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    Bethany says:

    Dear Beth, LPM, and fellow siestas,

    I would like to ask you to pray for me and 8 other members from my church as we travel to South Africa on Friday July 4 for a mission trip. For most of us, this will be our first time overseas, sharing the gospel with a completely different culture. We are all extremely nervous (mostly about the plane ride), but at the same time we are so excited to see how the Lord is going to work through us and in us, and completely change our lives forever. Personally, this has been a dream of mine since I was 12 years old and first felt God calling me into foriegn missions. I know that it is going to be the trip of life time. I know there are many faithful prayer warriors out there on this blog, I would be so appreciative if you would send up a prayer for us, and for the people we will be ministering to.

    In Christ Alone,


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    Kristin says:

    What a gift this weekend was! I nearly bawled when Kathy (?) was able to love on you, Beth. I would’ve been a mess!

    It was such an awesome experience to whole heartedly worship with so many, and then to be saturated with His Word & fresh revelation, and surrounded by that number of people seeking Him! I could’ve moved right in.

    And that may be a problem… As my friends and I walked through “The Underground” for dinner I was overcome by the homeless people and their needs. All I could think about was how 19,000 of us descended on the area, filled up our spiritual accounts, and were probably on our way to eat or to a cozy home. All the while so many people with raw needs and in utter desperation were just around the corner. Anyone else? I apologize for being a “buzz kill” of sorts. Just broken hearted in new way. Like Beth says, “We are it, girls.”

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    Sunni at The Flying Mum says:

    Oh, sounds like a blast! I was so sad to miss the weekend, and so looking forward to being with all y’all! But I know my man, and my girl were glad I was home to get our lives back to “normal.” If they ever were “normal!”

    I’ll be there next time!

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    GrandCanyonMom says:

    Just thinking about something after the story of Melissa getting sick from the motion of the building…
    A month and a half after my husband and I were married, we went with my nephews to Knott’s Berry Farm and I rode with one of them on a kiddy Charlie Brown ride. I got VERY sick. I had never had problems with motion sickness before that. Now, the doctors told me I would probably never have children but they were wrong. (I have 3 precious gifts now). Turns out, it wasn’t motion sickness at all but morning sickness. Just thought I’d throw that out there for Melissa. =)

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    lovin'life says:

    I want to know how to become a Siesta Sister!!!! Help me! I’m a southern girl from Georgia and I think it would be awesome to have some sisters that are on fire for God! Please tell me the secret.

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    Tammy Trinkle says:

    Dear Beth I so enjoyed the Atlanta weekend. I was able to go with a dear friend who invited me . My family is on furlogh from the mission field(Australia) I was so blessed and uplifted by all 3 of you. I’d love to have you all come down under sometime. What a blessing you have helped me recharge. Thank you for your ministry and the gift you share!!

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    Bullock Family says:

    Beth, you have taught me a million things, love Jesus like crazy, love the Word like it is life (because it is), respect your man, the list goes on and on, but I am SO thankful for the way you have taught me to be crazy in love with my children. You have taught me to take pride in my family and to make it what I wished my own had been. I love you for that!!

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