What a Week!

My Dear, Dear Siestas,
I am in the airplane on my way home from breathtaking New England with a whirlwind-week wrapped up in the Name of Jesus. He alone knows how much your prayers carried us. Never do I ever take intercession lightly. It takes time, concentration, and labor. I am humbly mindful that the requests we throw out to you here are added to a monumentally long list of your own. THANK YOU.

You’re already up to date on the first three days of our tour but I gave you my word I’d keep you up on the whole week. Praise His merciful, faithful Name, God was unsparing in His Presence among us in both Delaware and Connecticut. The arena on the campus where we met in Delaware was not only full to the brim with people but full of passion for the Lord Jesus. Their praise and worship rocked the whole house. I loved them to pieces and God granted us an altar time that night that I will never forget as long as I live. Our last night was in beautiful Hartford, Connecticut and I was deeply moved that God had us end this ten-year season of Living Proof Live in a church. That’s where we started these events, stayed for a long time, and where we will no-doubt (joyfully and obediently, I pray) return. Make no mistake. Every time we meet in an arena or civic center, we gather as His CHURCH and He graces it as such but it was wonderful to be back in a lovely sanctuary where God is praised week in and week out. We didn’t have to follow up something like ACDC if you get my drift. We also had a powerful altar time there last night and I can only imagine how God esteemed the many tears that stained the carpet.

After we concluded (late!) last night, LifeWay threw all us team members a surprise party. We had so much fun. Travis and I received three gifts that we will each treasure the rest of our sanguine lives. We were given framed maps of the United States will flag-pins in all 50 states identifying the city and the year we had the chance to serve there. I’ve got to preface the next gift we received with a story. Trav and I were saying at the party how much we wished we had a photo journey of the events in an album. We called over our dear Rich, our photographer extraordinaire, and asked him if he’d put together such a thing for us (as only he could do, creative as he is). We told him we didn’t even want a brother-in-law deal. We’d pay him full price for his labor. He promised he would. And fifteen minutes later he was called forward to do his part at our gathering and with tears in his eyes, he pulled two gorgeous, professionally crafted hard-back books out for us. The cover was a picture of one of the largest LPL events we’ve ever been charged by God to do. It was at Philips Arena (with CeCe!) in Atlanta, Georgia and the sight of that place filled to the brim is almost unbearable. The title beneath it is, “Living Proof Live: A Photographic History.” And, yes, by our very own LPL historian, Rich Kalonick. It is SLAYING. And, oh, Lord have mercy, the hair styles. And, if you don’t mind me saying (he will), not just mine. Trav’s hair has been through some seasons, too. But he is consistently the cutest thing for the whole ten years! I, on the other hand, have decided, big as it is, my hair looks better longer and blonder than shorter and darker. So deal with it. And, really, I should have gotten a nose job along the way. I used to want one but by the time I had the money to pay for it, I didn’t care anymore. As I look at the pictures, perhaps I should have cared more. (TEASING, GIRLS!) But that’s all beside the point. The point is, it captures a journey of God’s faithfulness amid frail but seeking people. I love every single page of it but my favorite parts of all are shots of the participants in varying states of praise and study, laughter and tears. Man, I am so blessed to be able to minister to women!! You just really get into it. AND, my other favorites are the group pictures of our entire team: tech guys, sound guys, light guys, graphics guys, event girls, Trav and the praise team, and, okay, yours truly. (When they’ve taken a picture without me, I always love to say, “I love it! But there’s something missing. I can’t quite put my finger on it.”) You cannot imagine the diversity of people and personality God has teamed-up at these events and we have grown into family. I am so thankful for them.

Our third gift was a blast-of-a-video compiled by our dear friend (and team member) Stephen Proctor. He’d compiled all sorts of greetings from team members and participants and a few special guests. Many of the shots were hilarious. I nearly died when it came to the part he shot of the team at an airport. He’d taken them into the nursing room (it was empty, praise You, Lord) to video them so it would be quieter. You can imagine most of them were too flustered with the environment to concentrate on their greetings. The video is complete with bloopers and you’d best run to the ladies’ room before you watch them. Other parts of the video made me do what I HATE to do in public: the ugly cry. Man, I hate that. Nobody looks cute doing that. The three gifts were the absolute best-possible ways to document and celebrate a decade of ministry. As LifeWay Vice President John Kramp so aptly put it, we don’t know where God will take us in the years to come – nor how! – but today we hold up a stone of Ebenezer and proclaim, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” He alone did it. He alone gets the glory. He alone decides where it goes from here. Not one of us would dare share one single success with Him. I’d be a wreck without Him.

I want to tell you one last thing I’m taking home with me from New England. My biggest loss – and it’s a BIG ONE – on the road is that I often don’t get to know any of the women personally. For this season of time, my one-on-one mentoring is done with serious concentration and calling toward my own daughters. They are the dearest ministry I have. Most of what I’m called to do otherwise this season is in a group setting. I’m so thankful for it and I can read a number of things from faces but I always wish I’d had the privilege of hearing their stories. One group of city coordinators sent me home this week with a very well-done photo album of their pictures, personal stories with Jesus, and their journeys over the last year as they worked toward their event. When I tell you I pored over it a little while ago on this plane ride and sobbed, I’m not exaggerating. It was as if we’d sat in a circle over a strong cup of fresh Starbucks and shared face-to-face. So many things struck me, some of which I’ve already written back in a letter to them, but one thing I feel compelled to share with you because I respect the same thing in so many of our bloggers. Many of them are living the Jesus-life faithfully OUTSIDE A SPOTLIGHT where they’d more often be affirmed and in the places where it counts more than anything. Where, as my people would say, the rubber meets the road. Right there in their communities, their school systems, amid hectic schedules of carpool and what on earth to cook for supper. Serving their churches, many of which are very small. Some of which lack a little spark. Many of them don’t have a sprawling LifeWay Christian Store near the neighborhood mall nor do they have a Christian concert every other weekend like we have in the Bible Belt.

One NE sister wrote me and said their beautiful city only has one Christian radio station and it’s mostly talk radio. Many of you could say the same thing. Numbers of you live in apathetic communities that just don’t give a rat’s tail about church or Christianity. Others live in very intellectual communities that look down on Christians like they’re ignorant and gullible. And yet there you are. Doing the thing. And doing it faithfully. Getting down on your knees at some point every day. Reading the Scriptures. Asking God to help you know Him. Living it out in your homes (is there any harder charge?) and in your work place and communities and finding yourselves wounded and wondering from time-to-time if God knows you’re alive. There is no such thing as serving in obscurity when you belong to Jesus. He is attentive to your labor. He is attentive to your CRY. IT MATTERS.

Sweet Thing, there is no one on Earth God notices more than you. He knows that the atmosphere He’s entrusted to you is not the easiest place on the planet to serve and, yet, day in and day out He sees you doing the thing. He knew you would. That’s why you’re there. He didn’t bother entrusting it to a light-weight. He knows you may go weeks between true soul-encouragements. Thank goodness we have the example of the man after God’s own heart, who, in 1 Samuel 30:6, was surrounded by bitter people who couldn’t see past their own problems to regard how he’d tried to help them. There, we’re told that David encouraged himself in the Lord. Yep, you can do that. When not one single soul bothers to encourage you, you can just go right to the Lord and encourage yourself. How ‘bout that? Speak to your own insides and say, “Why so downcast, oh, my soul? Why so disturbed within me. Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God!” As alone as you may feel, every time you praise Him, some ten-thousand angels jump in the chorus with you and your song becomes a symphony.

Stay faithful, Darling One. STAY FAITHFUL! Every ounce of your effort and every drop of sacrifice are poured like anointing oil on the feet of Jesus.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

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  1. 51
    Dionna says:

    So eloquent. My heart is full of so many words and yet none come from my lips. So I’m just gonna let myself feel it for now.

  2. 52
    Michelle V says:

    Bless you Beth and thank you for all that you do for His Kingdom!

    Glory to God!

    Blessings
    Michelle

  3. 53
    Anonymous says:

    Thank You.
    Pam / southern Indiana

  4. 54
    Moose Mama says:

    Oh Beth…Praise to God, and ALL Glory to Him for what He has done….For what He has done in your life and your ministry and because of LPM and you…..All He has done in my life.

    I’m so in love with Jesus. The last few years with you as my encourager…I have stayed faithful!

    I praise Him for this week of ministry (and fun!) He gave you and the ministry team. All Glory is due Him.

    Bless your sweet heart for sharing not only this week (which was so fun to read about) but your life and family with us. Love you so much!

    Melana in Wyoming

  5. 55
    cheryl says:

    thank you I have truely enjoyed these posts from New England!

  6. 56
    KellyR says:

    I am so grateful for you Miss Beth. I’ve loved you for about 10 years…but now you have sealed the deal. I am a Connecticut girl–transplanted to the Bible Belt (took me 3 years to raise my hand in worship, thought y’all were waving at someone in the choir.) Last year when I read that you were going to Maine, I just wept. Only God would send an ArkanTexan to Lewiston, ME to share His word! As I read the posts this week,I was just so blessed. Your honesty is a mighty gift to this frail seeker. Jesus saved me, but you and Philip Yancey have kept me going. I thank God for you and all those that help you stay at it. Be Bold, be Brave and by all means possible be BLONDE!

  7. 57
    Anonymous says:

    like i said before…i love the way you love people. You are blessed!

  8. 58
    helene says:

    Beth, I just needed to tell you that I have now read this post over several times…and each time, it is as though you are sitting here with me ~ yes, with a hot favorite coffee brew in hand, and talking to me with those wonderful words of encouragment. Oh, you have it so very right; that’s what it often feels like here in CT, nobody notices and nobody cares; there’s no joy like I once knew and FELT in the Bible belt where I lived for 20 years in FL where I came to know the Lord, or the exhuberance I see when I have the pleasure of visiting my baby girl in college at Liberty University…I miss it, I so desperately miss it!! Last night was like a breath of fresh air for me. A return home. But, you have reminded me that I can return home every day, by simply opening His Word and letting Him, our mighty awesome God encourage me. Though the church is cold and we wonder why? what is happening? we must remember it ain’t about us…we are what we are because of Him…we have the capacity to love and be loved because He first loved us. Thank you for reminding us of that last night, and thank you so much for this sweet, tender post. Of all the ones on this blog since I started, it is the one that pierces my heart the most…May the Lord bless you and keep you even as you have been such a blessing in my life.

  9. 59
    helene says:

    …maybe, hopefully, Rich will share those pics with the siestas!!! Do you think he’ll be able to put any of the Hartford pics on the blog?

  10. 60
    Jen says:

    Okay, Someone needs to address the nose comment! Mrs. Beth, your nose is wonderful and no it is not the nose a plastic surgeon would fashion but the Father God saw fit to and if, and I mean IF, it isn’t the prettiest nose that is only to prevent us all from resenting you, and therefore taking from your ministry, for your all around gorgeousness. I am sorry this is personal but it should be said when your heart and soul are so pretty sometimes a girl just needs to be reminded how pretty she is outside too. BTW, I have sat just under the very same nose in Shreveport, LA on the first row. I feel I make all comments with some authority 🙂 God Bless you and thank you for who you are!

  11. 61
    Tabitha says:

    Thank you for your timely words of encouragement. It is easy to feel so isolated as a Christian when your daily life is in such a worldly environment. I will press on and do my best to stay faithful to the One who is most faithful.

    If you are focusing on mentoring one and one with your daughters will you please adopt me? I shop well too!

    Just kidding, I am not sure my own mom would give me up, just wish she would pray over me and concern herself with matters of the Spirit as you do with your daughters.

    Blessings…

  12. 62
    Carla says:

    It’s so good to hear that your week was praisefully womderful! It amazes me to think that it took you 10 years to reach the entire United States. You’re like the energizing bunny–you just keep going and going. Glad all are safe and back home. Your family missed you like crazy, for I know I did. Don’t take too long a break- us ladies are ready for some more Moore! God Bless! Carla Lee

  13. 63
    hisfivefooter says:

    Dear One-
    You make me cry and completely choke. You have been the dearest minister of Jesus to me. I have been in quite the journey, as have many of my siestas. Someone asked me the other day, “Did you have a support group, or a Bible study group to help you?” The LORD saw fit to give me none of that normal help, because otherwise I would have become co-dependent, and He wanted me Dependent On Him. He did however, give me a great mentor and lovely Bible study teacher: You! You would never even recognize me from Adam, if we met in the street, but you have spoken Jesus into my life. I was driving the other day and repeating, ” I am who Christ says I am! I am adopted, loved, chosen,,,” You get my drift. Thank you so much for literally pouring yourself out to others and me as a drink offering for the LORD. I love you and praise God with you for the 10 years and 50 states (countries next?) that God has orchestrated in your life. Stay strong, Stay Faithful, Darling One. I echo you and others: Stay Faithful! Satan would like nothing more than to take you out. I pray for you so much. To God be all the Glory, both now are forever more! God bless you! Get some rest! Love you-
    Lisa in Kirkland, WA
    P.S. Thank you for taking us along to New England! It was like we were in another van following you. Thank you for that kindness.

  14. 64
    rebekah says:

    Every part of your blog was so cool, Beth. I love it when God does something like the photo book thing- just knocks us off our feet with something we desire so much! I think He gets a kick out of surprising us like that. Thanks also for the encouragement.

    R

  15. 65
    tealovingmom says:

    Dearest Beth,

    I gotta say…any face-to-face encounter couldn’t have ministered to me anymore than this post just did. My tears were falling over this one. I needed to hear it today, thank you so much. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

    Love you to pieces!
    Kristen

  16. 66
    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    Oh, thank you so much for the encouragement. I’m not sure I’m doing everything I should, but I sure try.

  17. 67
    Maria Cristina says:

    Beth, your words of encouragement struck deep, way deep chords within my soul. Where I live, I am surrounded by an environment of arrogant self-sufficiency, a sort of every-man-for-himself hedonism, and particularly for someone who’s so vulnerably young in the faith, sometimes it gets discouraging and … ‘scary’, if you will: my first reaction in times of challenge and trouble wouldn’t be to reach for the word of God: it IS a conscious effort, and not something that happens ‘naturally’ and effortlessly. Conversely, I realize that it is, indeed, this very effort that can bring on the surge of determination that I need to carry on being the Salt and Light that God has always intended me to be.

    Hope the above made sense! thank you for your words — they never cease to bless me!

    for His Glory!

    mariacristina

  18. 68
    Deb says:

    Dear Beth,

    Thank you so much for coming to New England and for your encouraging words in this post. I have lived in Massachusetts and Connecticut my entire life and have often felt so alone and discouraged as a Christian, particularly living in this part of the country where I am not always surrounded by people who share my faith.

    Friday night in Connecticut was just awesome. The message went straight to my heart and I believe will be life-changing. That night was my 10th wedding anniversary and my sweet husband was gracious enough to encourage me to be there. I was very reflective myself on 10 years, as you mentioned looking back on your ministry, and was thinking of how grateful I am that a friend mentioned your Bible studies to me about 6 years ago. Since then I’ve had the privilege of doing Believing God, Beloved Disciple, Daniel, and Psalms of Ascent, and each study has truly impacted my life and brought me closer to God. Thank you again for your faithfulness, obedience, and humility.

  19. 69
    JanAl says:

    Beth, Thank you so much for your devotion to sharing God’s word with us. I have had the pleasure of going to a couple of your conference’s, and doing many of your studies. Praise God, that He has gifted you in a mighty way! I love the pics from your previous post. And your nose is part of you! Don’t even think about wanting it any different! You are beautiful! We are soooooo critical of our own selves! What would you tell another woman, if it were reversed, and she came to you wanting to change a physcal appearance?
    I used to be very(very) critical of myself. But, the more I love God, the more I love and accept who I am , and how He has created me. Almost all of the critical thoughts in my mind , were from people, who meant me harm , they were not motivated by love! God loves us so much that He knows all the hairs on our head! So, Praise God for your cute nose!

  20. 70
    Cindy-Still His Girl says:

    So thrilled for you and your team’s big adventure; so happy for you that your ten years were celebrated so beautifully. I hope it gave you the tiniest glimpse of eternal changes your team is helping to make. You bless us constantly.

    I just really, really, really, really, really love you. Even with shorter, darker hair.

  21. 71
    Anonymous says:

    Wow. Thank you for those wonderful words this morning. They have made me cry. Life is so full and rich for my family right now . . . all except financially and a couple physical things we’re dealing with. I try so very hard to just keep praising God through the storm we’re in, but I admit there are those days when I wonder when He’ll break open those clouds of blessings. I don’t get such warmth and wisdom from my own mom, so it feels like God just sent you to me this morning to give me a great big hug with a huge reminder to keep pressing on and be faithful. Praise the Lord He’s in control of my life!

  22. 72
    Anonymous says:

    OH Mama Beth,

    If you were right here, I would be giving you a very big hug, with many tears of joy for YOu. God is so , oh I don’t know really what to say, SO AWESOME. Bless you, thank you, thank you, thank you. I have never been able to give you a hug, but I was only a few rows from you at siesta fiesta, and I felt all the love you have for your King, and for us girls too. Thank you, because, I need a mamma’s love like that.

    Lord, grant Beth these next few months she has off from traveling, a beautiful, restful, most precious time with her man – super supper man -, with her amazing daughters, their husbands, and her grandchildren. Father they all love you sooo much and I just pray your presence is just clung around them like a fuzzy chenille robe, always tender, always warm, and only like the Holy Spirit – always perfect.

    I am so blessed to be your siesta!

    Love you,
    Kate in Charlottesville

  23. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, Siesta’s everywhere…we are “family”, we are blood ~ His blood. It does NOT GET ANY BETTER than this…to lift each other up, to hold each other close, and to press on when evil presses in! How I cry out to my sweet, sweet Jesus in my cracked state, choosing to believe that He heals perfectly. I’d rather get on my knee’s, cracked and broken as I am and pray for YOU and YOURS, than spend wasted time trying to fill in my own cracks and fix my own brokeness. Because years with Jesus, and years with you Beth have proven to me time and time again that HE will fix ME, I am here to serve YOU. Be it praying, be it feeding, be it washing your feet, Siesta’s you are my family and I love you. Amanda, Melissa, like my own…my own daughter Tara has been raised with Jesus, and your mom and is your age with my precious g-babies…how more greatly can He love us than to love us all in His Name!!! Always ~ Susan

  24. 74
    Ang baylis says:

    Thank you for your obedience, getting me excited to get in His Word and helping me understand how to handle it when the “rubber hits the road”. You changed my life. Thanking you and God!
    I love you,
    Angie xoxo

    p.s. Now, I hope you can go home and rest in Him.

  25. 75
    Mama Bev says:

    I almost didn’t go to the blog this morning. Praise God I did! I have tears in my eyes at your words of encouragement, miss beth; I’m a pastor’s wife, our church is going through a really rough time right now, and will be for a while. My husband severely injured his back, had surgery a month ago, and is healing slowly. He has lots of his meetings and such in our living room, from his recliner (including 6 a.m. elder meetings–no more going to the kitchen in my bathrobe to make coffee!!!). I have rheumatoid arthritis, which is progressing quickly, drugs are not slowing it down. Praise God, He is so faithful and gives us the strength to go on, so He alone gets the glory–and He does!
    But I’m so tired; the church body helps us, but I’m so tired. We have lots of hurting people who need counsel and comfort, and I often feel like no one remembers how hard life is for us right now.
    But God remembers! God sees! and I can encourage myself in the Lord.
    Beth, you and I would definitely be sisters at a Starbucks at another place and time. Thank you for blogging, so I can have just a taste of that.
    Love you lots,
    beverly, in OR

  26. 76
    Gena says:

    Oh, Beth –
    Thank you.

  27. 77
    Tina says:

    Bethie (I call you that bcs I know we would SO be BBF's if we ever got together)~~I prayed for you this morning…mostly that I just thanked God for you and your testimony, but also for your enthusiasm and the contagious way you love the Savior. You make me laugh & don't even get me started on the crying. Your Bible studies helped me find my way to the foot of the cross years ago and now God is using your studies to help me develop my own for ladies in the Philippines where our family works as missionaries! It is just amazing how God works!

    I started to tell you that I was so jealous to be with you when you were in Delaware…not bcs that's where I'm from; I'm a Texas girl through & through, but not only were you meeting there, but my husband was there also! We just laughed on the phone bcs I told him it would be too funny it he actually ran into you. Didn't happen, but that would have been so funny.

    I adore you…I love you for encouraging me to love deeper, stronger, and wilder…if we never meet, please know that you are loved! 🙂

  28. 78
    Vivian says:

    Thanks Beth
    I live in one of those tiny communities in the middle of nowhere. It is a 4 hour drive to the nearest lifeway store from here. Apathy is rampant here too.
    I am leading the Beloved Disciple study three times a week and we are loving it!!
    We don’t really need three Bible study times, but I want to make it available to anyone who might want to come.
    You would love our group of ladies, most of them farmer’s wives. Bible Study is suspended during harvest…

    Love you-
    Vivian

  29. 79
    DigiNee says:

    Beth – no words —- thank you for sharing with us – there is a Balm in Gilead. Praise Him.

  30. 80
    kctibs says:

    There are no words that can say THANK YOU for such a touching post in an effective manner. I will read it often, enjoying the message with every ounce of Love for the Lord, God Almighty that I have!

    Blessings
    Kelli in Colorado

  31. 81
    Profbaugh says:

    You’re right Beth! What a wild ride this has been. I can’t claim the past ten years with you, but I can say my life has been forever changed since being introduced to your Bible studies oh so many years ago. I attended my first conference with you in Memphis (June 2001) and have been in love with your ministry and Travis (and praise team) ever since. Suffice it to say that I’m just one of many who have been so profoundly impacted by your work for the Kingdom!!

    So where ever this journey may take you KNOW that at least to this point, you’ve “done” good! I’m sure your ABBA has already told you that. But just in case you need a real live (okay, maybe “cyber” person) to tell you as much, let it be me today. Simply you are the BEST! Thank you for all the faithful service you’ve done for Him over the past 10 years.

    Can’t wait to see what the next 10 years holds!!!

    Much love,
    ~Cheryl

  32. 82
    jodi says:

    oh, beth. more annointed words have never been spoken.

    blessings on your head,
    jodi

  33. 83
    jan in nc says:

    Congratulations, Bethie! I’m so happy for you and your team. What a gift and privledge God has given you to serve Him as you have. What a life! Continue to do what you do, too. We’re all in this thing together. Can we start planning an LPL event in Heaven?

  34. 84
    cdrosenbalm says:

    Thank you so much for acknowledging the work of the WHOLE body. That is why we feel connected to you. You make us feel like we are doing something BIG for HIM as well. You remind us that we are doing BIG things for HIM.

  35. 85
    Daniel's Mom says:

    I am so blessed by you Beth! I love what God gives you to give women! Thank you for all you do!

  36. 86
    Gwen says:

    Beth I thank my God for you. It is amazing how he uses you to get a word of encouragement out to us especially when we need it most. Thank you for being available as God’s instrument. You are our modern day prophetess. My life is in turmoil with my job in jeopardy in health care. When you wrote the paragraph beginning with Sweet thing I claimed this as God’s word to me to wait on him for instructions in the way I should go during this trial. Such sweet assurance. Bless you Beth and all you do for His kingdom on earth.

  37. 87
    Janice says:

    I like your nose

  38. 88
    valerie says:

    I first "met" you at a conference in Stillwater, OK. I've been attending a conference every year since and have completed almost all of your Bible studies. Now my husband and I watch Life Today every single Wed. after we get home from church, which is a huge blessing I've enjoyed with my husband. You have blessed my life so much through the years. I've grown up in the church. My dad's a wonderful preacher of the Word (he's almost 75 years old and still going strong…Praise the Lord!!) and I've grown up knowing God loves me and He saved me years ago when I was 8 yrs. old.

    Your in-depth studies have caused me to become closer to the Lord & desire fellowship with Him and for that I am eternally grateful.

    I'm one of those fortunate ones from the Bible belt who is blessed to have several Christian television stations available 24/7 and at least four really good Christian radio stations. I do not take this blessing for granted!

    I am so thankful that God has blessed you and your family. He is faithful and I appreciate all you and your entire team have done for the glory of the Lord for the past 10 years. Congratulations & may He continue to pour blessings out on the body of Christ through you.

    Love you & appreciate you!!!
    Valerie

  39. 89
    Amanda says:

    This is my first comment on your blog, but I’ve been reading for awhile now.
    This post was exactly what I needed to hear today, especially the bit about when you go days without encouragement to find it in God himself.
    I recently graduated from an amazing, Christ-centered college in the midwest and decided to come home to the West Coast for law school. The shift in environment and just camaraderie and support has been stark. I’ve really been struggling with a sometimes total lack of encouragement, or so it seems.

    Thank you for the reminder that it’s in times like these I need to turn my face back to the One who sent me here – and sent me here for a reason.

    God Bless!
    Amanda

  40. 90
    Anonymous says:

    Oh Bethie, You’ve pushed my buttons and stood on my last nerve before, but cry I did again today. You’re the second person in as many days to tell me that God sees. He hears. My prayers are not hindered. Oy vey, I cannot begin to tell you what a joy that great encouragement brings me. Thanks for your faithful example. Blessings to you, Anne Roberts

  41. 91
    Anonymous says:

    Just in AWE of God and all He’s done through you and all who serve with you in ministry. I was moved to tears at how you encourage and mentor us through this blog as well!! Your prayers for us and timely words are cool water on parched souls. Yours was also the 3rd “voice” I heard this week {the other was on TV the other preached at church}about our service out in our day to day dealings. God is with me and hasn’t forgotten me. {Can’t do it without Jesus anyway that’s for sure!!!!} Praise God for this week! Happy Belated birthday Melissa! You all have a blessed week in The Lord. In Jesus’ Love Kathy Knoblock

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    Rachel in Louisiana says:

    This is one Siesta who is eternally grateful to your faithful, self-sacrificing service to our Lord. I have so enjoyed doing your Bible studies and listening/watching your lessons online. We’re a military family and move so often that I have found a great source of commraderie in my walk with God to have several speakers I can listen to online who encourage me when I feel alone in a new place.

    Your passion for God and hunger to have his word abiding in you are contagious. This is one girl you’ve rubbed off on. Thank you!

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    Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the encouragement from out here in “sometimes a very desolate South Dakota” Your words about God knowing where each of us belongs struck more truth than I can explain. What a blessing and source of encouragement to hear. Praise be His Name for what he does everywhere!

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    Cindy- My Life HIS Story says:

    Oh, Beth. Thank you so much. And praise God for His faithfulness…to you- and to all of us THROUGH you!! You lead me to the feet of my Savior again and again. Although you have been to all 50 states and have just finished Esther, please tell me you aren’t finished. I don’t for a minute doubt that God is going to continue to do incredible things for you and through you, but I sure hope He doesn’t stop doing what He has been! I was priveleged to be in San Antonio and had one dear friend with me who is very familiar with your teachings and LifeWay events, but I also had three others with me who just “discovered” you recently! So there is still ground to gain!

    And thank you so much for the encouragement. As the wife of a youth minister, Sunday School teacher, Creative Movement choreographer/leader, and Women’s Bible Study leader…and can I get an amen, here – seemingly at times the only mom taking God’s stand in raising two daughters – I needed some encouragement! Thank you…simply, and humbly, from the shout of the angels to the gentle whisper from my heart to yours – Thank you. Be blessed, my sweet sister!

    p.s. I would love to see those pictures! So glad Jesus won’t hold “big, Texas, blonder than I was born with” hair against us!!

    Cindy
    http://mylifehisstory.blogspot.com/

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    Tammy says:

    Queen1Mama Siesta,
    I needed to hear the words STAY
    FAITHFUL!!!!! I am struggling with that right now. And being a siesta from NE I totally understand the radio station. I am in a small rural area and at times it gets to be a lonely place…but lately I am finding it hard to stay faithful among work, home, the whole kit and kiboodle…if you know what I mean..I know you do and I just thank you from the bottom of my heart that you shared your words with my heart today. I wish I cold sit down with you over tea and just hug you and say thank you sweet mama.
    I love you and your daughters and thank you for sharing your lives with us

    love
    Tealady Tammy

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    Anonymous says:

    Congratulations on 10 awesome years. Can I tell you, it was 10 years ago this fall that I expereinced my firth Beth Moore study that CHANGED MY LIFE. We did the Tabernacle study at a time I was questioning all the “whys” of what I believed, and that study changed me forever! God changed me forever. I’m forever grateful that you have fought the good fight and ministered to us women around the world.

    Love to you dear Beth!

    Jean

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    Fran says:

    There is so much I want to say over this post but my head won’t get it straight. Let me say with all the love that I have…

    “thank you.”

    I love you dearly Beth and LPM team. Thank you for being faithful to the call you have been given.

    With tears and an overflowing heart,thank you and keep at Him girlfriends!

    Hugs,
    Fran

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    Roseanna says:

    Roseanna again, from the very liberal college town of Bloomington, Indiana that offers little encouragement to the cause of Christ. I thank you Beth and your ministry for continuing to uplift me. When I discovered your ministry several years ago I praised Jesus. Your work on our Savior’s behalf has changed my life, and many here in Bloomington for that matter. We may be a remnant, but we are royalty in Christ. Thanks for always reminding us of that. Keep doing what you do. And, please pray for my two daughters. I so long to have sweet fellowship with them as you do with yours. God is doing a good thing, I just have to trust and wait on His timing. Love you lots!!!!!!! Roseanna

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    Abby says:

    hey mama beth,
    you are the brightest encourager, and sweetest blessing of love. your words never cease to be spot on with what the Lord is working with me on. daily. that last paragraph could not have been a more personal letter to me right now. thank you.

    love you a million red M&Ms. they're my favorite. 🙂

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    Anonymous says:

    Yeap, you made me cry. Thank you for your words. May God bless Living Proof, Lifeway, and your family. This blog is a source of encouragement for me. Thank you for sharing your life. I sincerely love you.
    Mary from AL.

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