We Converged!

I want to take a minute and thank all of you who were with us for Converge last Thursday night at the Berry Center. We’re so glad you were there! In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, we were joined by special guests CeCe Winans and Travis Cottrell and his praise team for a night of worship and the Word. It was a wonderful evening and we were so blessed by you! Curtis was our emcee and at one point he asked the people who had never been to an LPM event (like Tuesday night Bible study) to raise their hands. We were thrilled by how many there were. It looked like half to me, but I could be wrong. What a great joy to be able to serve all of you in Jesus’ name!

I’ve had so many sweet friends share with me what the Lord spoke to them that night through Beth’s message. Ladies, isn’t it awesome that we have a God who is active in our lives? Not just when we get to heaven, but NOW? We’re believing Him to work in every person’s life who attended and we’re already praising Him for those testimonies.

A lot of my friends mentioned how neat the stage, lighting and video production were. We contracted some friends from Beth’s Living Proof Live Events (which are done through LifeWay) to help us out with that. They do such an excellent job! It occurred to me that a lot of our girls in Houston have never attended a Living Proof Live event, and that’s totally understandable because we get to study the Word together all the time here at home. But if you really enjoyed the energy and the quality of production of the event – not to mention Travis Cottrell and his awesome praise team – you should look into coming to a Living Proof Live conference in 2009. The conferences are like three sessions of what we did at Converge. Here is a link to the schedule. Our Houston girls will be closest to the El Paso and New Orleans events.

I’d also like our Houston girls to know that a new song from Travis’ Christmas CD has just been added to KSBJ’s Christmas rotation. The song is “Ring the Bells.” It’s one of my favorites. So if you call in and request it, they’ll be able to play it now. If you hear it and love it (which you will!), stop by Travis’ blog and let him know!

We hope many of you will join us this Spring for our Inheritance Bible Study at Houston’s First Baptist Church. We get started on Tuesday, January 13. For more information, visit our Houston Connection page. See you then!

P.S. We’re considering producing a product from the Converge event, but if we decide to do that it will be several months before it will be available for purchase. Thanks so much for your patience!

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  1. 1
    Lindsee says:

    To all the sweet ladies at LPM!

    Y’all did a more than FANTASTIC job. Everything was simply amazing!

    I haven’t even blogged about it yet, because I am still just pondering what was spoken over me that night. I felt like the message was just for me. God is so good! I know that He is working in my heart and I pray that this year is my year! ๐Ÿ™‚

    So, thank you ever so much for all of your HARD work. I know this wasn’t a simple task for y’all to put on. I pray that He is working in other hearts, also. And I know He is by the amount of tears I saw that night!

    Love you all to pieces and am so grateful for your ministry!

    BIG HUGS and SEE YOU IN THE SPRING!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lindsee

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    Siesta OC says:

    I cannot wait for the next LPL event I WILL attend. My heart and my mind are in a better frame of mind now, I am getting to the place of needing the raw healing from my father in heaven.
    Thank you LORD for your patience.
    Siesta OC

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    I so wished I lived in Houston, I heard it was AWESOME!! Marlo Haft

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    Matt says:

    Wish I could have been there! I have been to an LPM event in Billings, just this past September, and it was AWESOME! I had never been really introduced to Beth Moore before, but since that conference, I’ve worked my way through several of her books, and am at the end of Stepping Up now. Don’t know how I missed her before! So glad to hear about Converge, I look forward to video and details.

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    Anonymous says:

    I was so blessed by this event!! Back in Sept. I felt very impressed to buy tickets. When I went on ticket servant there were 7 tickets left on a particular row and I thought perfect. Seven is a perfect number and I had no idea who I was going to ask but prayed that God would lead me to who needed to be there. The outcome was my mom-in-law a couple of co-workers, an old friend a new friend and another family member who had just been through a long ordeal. The point was they each heard something they needed to hear from God. The reactions were different from elation/joy to tears to solemn silence. But it was so evident that God spoke and I was so humbled to be a part of that. What He said to me was that I am not cursed. I could so identify with Beth’s friend that she mentioned had a son with autism. I, too have a child with autism…a precious daughter. Blessed are we when what others receive naturally must come to us supernaturally through God. These words breathed such new life in my spirit. I have always felt and seen God work through this hard situation, but I cannot ever say honestly that I felt blessed or chosen by it. I will now. I am anxious to see how God can work through this shift in my attitude. Thanks again Living Proof and Beth for your faithful service.

  6. 6
    SoonerAggieMom says:

    I loved how this was a conference/Christmas celebration/girl-get-together/close to home event! Thanks for thinking of the home girls!!

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    Cassie says:

    Amanda,
    Converge was wonderful, my mother and I drove in from central Louisiana for the night. And God spoke to us. I don’t know why, but it still amazes me when God speaks so clearly thru his word.

    This has been a rough year!! My mother had 2 of her brothers diagonised with the same type of cancer both at stage 4. We buried one of them 4 weeks ago and we are praying that the other one will make it till christmas.

    What was so amazing about Beth’s teaching, it was just what we needed to her. The one uncle that is still with us is not saved, has no desire to listen to anything about God. My mother’s heart has been breaking, as well as the rest of the family as we pray in shifts for his salvation. God is faithful with our prayers and his timing is perfect.

    So thank you living proof for being faithful with God’s word. And blessing our hearts and such a difficult time.

  8. 8
    Denise Graham says:

    Thank you Amanda. I am hoping and praying that I will be able to attend the Living Proof Live conference here in Portland, Or in April. Not sure if we can go yet or not but hoping!! I keep telling my husband that is all I want for my birthday since it is on that weekend that you are all here.
    I also want to say what a blessing it has been for me since I have found this blog. God is so great and awesome.
    And a Merry Christmas to you all.
    Denise in Oregon

  9. 9
    Jill_in_AL says:

    Any thoughts, ideas, plans to make on of the events (hint, Memphis) a Siesta Party like the one in August? Maybe I can do that one! Thanks, Jill

  10. 10
    Amanda Jo says:

    If I lived in Houston I’d be there! I really enjoyed your lessons on Inheritance at the San Antonio LPL Event.

  11. 11
    Amanda says:

    Hey Nadine,
    If you want to send us an email to blog@lproof.org, we’d be happy to help bring some clarity to what Beth meant by that point. I don’t want to confuse our readers who weren’t there to hear it in context.
    Thanks!
    Amanda

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Amanda,

    It was one incredible night. I sent an e-mail to you all via LPM e-mail on the WOW experience of Converge. My husband came with and totally understands why I go to the Tuesday night study series. How amazing Travis and his team is and why Beth has been such an mentor to me and her teaching has taken me farther than I ever dreamed possible in my journey. I was so proud of Curtis and his emcee duties and proudly told my husband that was who I had just completed the LIT class with. The place was filled with Jesus Christ. The presentations were soooo powerful bringing home the true meaning of Christmas. It juts simply does not get better than that!I hope and pray there will be another Converge next year.
    Thank you for brining this to us as it was an experience to treasure in the deepest places of our hearts.

    Many blessings and thanks.

    Much love,

    Christine Roskamp
    Houston Siesta

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    Brandy says:

    Converge was absolutely fabulous! Thank you all so, so much for all the hard work and dedication to making it such a wonderful event! I think I actually cried with excitement when CeCe Winans played the first song…it brought back such fun memories of dancing during Praise & Worship at Tuesday Night Bible Study. Travis was amazing of course, and Beth looked absolutely beautiful! Looking forward to January for Tuesday Night Bible Study!

  14. 14
    Moose Mama says:

    Thank-you so much for letting us know how it went, Amanda. I prayed for the event and specifically that people who had never been to something like that before, would attend.

    I think it should have been televised so all of us in the hinterland (ie. Wyoming) could enjoy it. Someday…it will be just like the Bob Hope Christmas specials of old….the “Travis and Beth and CeCe Christmas Special”.

    Melana in Wyoming

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    Anonymous says:

    I am so looking forward to attending Deeper Still in Oklahoma City next December! You guys were so excited with your snow last week, today I woke up with 2 inches on the ground and it is still snowing. Looks like we will end up with 4 inches and since it won’t be above freezing until at least 12/19 it will stay this week. I was driving to work this morning with the light snow falling and white everywhere. It reminded me so much how God makes us white as snow by forgiving us for our sins. Then as I drove and the sand mixed with the beautiful white snow was such a dirty mucky brown and no where as beautiful as the fresh fallen powder that had fallen, it reminded me how I feel when I have sinned against God and have not asked for forgiveness. God help me find those areas of my inner being that still need to be made white as snow. You are an awesome God who loves me far greater than I can imagine! Thanks to y’all at LPM for bringing this message anew to my heart. Jan in Kansas

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    Nancy Mon says:

    Thank you LPM for Converge. It was awesome. Like others I haven’t even blogged about it because I am still meditating on the message. God had a specific Word for me that night. Three co-workers from HFBC came with me and we were ministered to and we had a blast fellowshipping. Thank you for the hard work and the time it took to make Converge happen.

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    notmalcolm says:

    I just finished the Session 2 DVD of Believing God in which Beth was ecstatic because she got to meet CeCe Winans who was sitting behind her at a Women of Faith conference. It was so cool to immediately get on the Blog and find out that she was able to include CeCe in the worship at Converge. The copyright on my book is 2002, so I don’t know if CeCe Winans has ever been a special guest before or not, but I think it is so awesome how God delights in giving us these special perks from time to time. It had to be a specific and unique treat for your mom! I’m on my 6th workbook, and every single one of them has been so amazingly helpful and intensely personal in my life. I pray that the Lord continues to bless all of you and shower you with more than you could possibly think or ask.

    Valerie Eades

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    Sara Re-nae says:

    Oops, okay I realized that I posted under my husband’s name (Matt).. It looked strange hearing a guy talk the way I would! I (Sara) went to the event in Billings, and it was awesome! Sorry, just had to correct that… don’t want people thinking my husband’s weird, although there were men at the conference… ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kimberly and Grace says:

    Funny story…in October my husband came to me and said, “you know it’s weird I’m still getting bills for the San Antonio event that you went to in August.”

    My reply… “No dear, that’s for the tickets I just bought for the LPL event in Pittsburg next June.”

    If you have not been to one you must go! I promise you will hear a word from the Lord!! They are so amazing! ;o)

    Kimberly

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    Anonymous says:

    Praying that the Inheritance studies will become a study for all of us who don’t live in Houston! Loved that the castle on the logo is Chambourd, in the Loire Valley in France. It has the most amazing staircase, created by Leonardo DaVinci, that any princess would have been happy to descend to come into the presence of the King.

  21. 21
    Bobbie says:

    Amanda,
    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to thank all of you at LPM for "Converge"–it was an amazing evening!! CeCe was very good and of course, Travis' voice is still resonating in my heart! He did three of my favorite songs of his and I could hear them over and over….ok, I have the CD's but in person is much better!

    Beth was right on for my husband & I that evening. I'm looking forward to hearing about something coming out of that lesson, it was a good one.

    Have a great week!
    Love & blessings,
    Bobbie

  22. 22
    GratefulinGA says:

    Yes it is awesome that we have a God who is so active in our lives right now! I’m just bowled over with the many ways He chooses to show up and show out!
    Thanks for sharing how you all were so blessed!

  23. 23
    Siesta OC says:

    Amanda – In your post you mentioned KSBJ, so I hit the link, and have been playing it all day on my computer.

    The wild thing is, I work in Laguna Niguel, CA. So it is kind of fun to hear about Houston weather and events and resturants.
    (I love how the woman DJ prayed as she started her show – Amen)

  24. 24
    Paula says:

    I was there and was fully blessed. I brought 3 friends with me and it was new for all of them. Two I think never had left Louisiana before. So there was the snow on the drive over, shopping and lunch in Spring, all nighters in the hotel…They just kept commenting on how beautiful it was to be in a room with so many women of faith (and alot of men too). Worshiping and studying the Word together was awesome. What a blessed weekend!

  25. 25
    jennyhope says:

    I WOULD FREAK OUT if y’all did something from Converge and sold it!! I was considering trying to fly there…but that would have been over the top. =) CeCe and Travis ROCK!!

  26. 26
    ocean mommy says:

    You know, last week I felt such urgency to pray about Converge.
    Can’t wait to hear some testimony about what God did there!

    Praying that you are all well and rested!

    Blessings
    steph.

  27. 27
    The Marquarts says:

    It was awesome! I had heard Beth speak on the same verses before, but I am in such a totally different point in my life…it touched me in a totally different way! I loved it!
    Travis and CeCe were totally awesome! YES…very different from Tuesday nights at HFBC!

  28. 28
    Andreea says:

    I wasn’t able to be there. But Brandi, one of the wonderful siestas, agreed to email me her notes when she has a chance. ๐Ÿ™‚ Which is soo cool! I am soo looking fwd to reading them.

  29. 29
    Ashton says:

    It was nice to see you and speak to you briefly, Amanda and meet your friend. Travis is very talented. The one song that I found speaking to me was, “Jesus Saves”. Your Mom is always a blessing to hear. I did not get to hear Curtis ๐Ÿ™ because I was outside handing out the program and pens. I so enjoy volunteering! I love the feeling of being a part. Love, Allison

  30. 30
    Keri says:

    A quick shout out to Barbara and Shelly at Why Walk…..so fun to finally meet some fellow siestas! Counting down the days until Bible study begins in January!

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    The evening was beyond words! I drove in from East Texas and got home around 2:30AM. It was so worth it!! Thank you for giving so much effort and resources to make it such a special event for all of us. The Lord truly did make Himself known. Travis is not a performer, but an amazing leader of worship. Such anointing…
    Much love and blessings to all the LPM gang,
    Paulette from East Texas

  32. 32
    Profbaugh says:

    Well, I’m so glad to hear that Converge went well. I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t have been Spirit filled with the powerhouse of folks you had on the ticket!!

    And yes, isn’t it great that we have a God that is personally involved with each of us–that we can get a fresh Word just for us. Still blows my mind every time I think of it.

    Anyway, I’m praying that you do put out a DVD of the event so others who are at distance like me can get their own Word.

    Much love,
    ~Cheryl
    St. Louis

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    My best friend and I attended Converge. We are both 40, and never been married- but both desparately want to be! We had dinner before Converge and talked about WHY God had not answered our prayers of 15(+) years for a husband!:o( And then lo and behold, Beth talks about that some just a few hours later!! And that our prayers HAD been heard!!!! WOW! It jus helped hearing that message. We both had tears in our eyes. I guess it seems harder during the holidays, and being alone is more apparent.
    For the ladies who are blessed with a husband, please enjoy every minute with them!! (Do it for us single sietas! :o)
    Signed,
    Single in Houston

  34. 34
    Julie Reid says:

    Great Job LPM!!! I had such a wonderful time at Converge!!! I brought my husband with me. This was his first LPM event and first time to ever hear Beth speak. He was blown away!!!!! He loved it and said that he would like to attend an LPM weekend with me next year. PTL!!! He said he know understands the excitement that I come home with from a weekend with LPM. He loved the worship and thought that Travis and the crew were just awesome. He wanted to buy Travis' cd's and I had to stop him. We have them all already!! He came home and went through the cds to find them. Anyhow, thanks for a great treat during the Christmas season. This was a great tool to get my focus back on God and take it off of the everday hussle and bussle of this busy season. Love to all & Merry Christmas!!!

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    Oh! How I wish I could have been there… Believe me, I went through some scenarios in my head on how to be there and be back to MN on Saturday. All my SIL and step-MIL are in Houston area. It would have been great to share this event with them.

    Maybe you can have a DVD available by next Christmas that we can share with our groups. It would be wonderful to share with my study group during our Christmas Celebration and Brunch.

    Merry Christmas,
    Mary Ann, a MN Siesta

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    To all you sweet ladies –

    I have been reading this blog for months but have never left a comment.

    I have been so blessed reading each post and the comments left by all the ladies. It amazes me that some days I am reading exactly what I needed to hear from God right here on this blog!

    Thank you and Praise Him!

  37. 37
    Leslie says:

    I really enjoyed the lesson, especially when Beth talked about what it must have been like for Elizabeth as she waited for proof of her pregnancy. I’m currently in my twelfth week of pregnancy and can’t imagine what it would be like to wait for five months to see clear evidence! Or to have to deal with morning sickness at that age. Ugh.

  38. 38
    Tara says:

    Amanda,
    Thank you so much for letting us know how Converge went! I so wish that I could’ve come…but a trip from Raleigh, NC especially this time of year was out of the question! But I was praying and am so glad that God was glorified and that the Body was edified! Praise the Lord.

    Also, what an exciting study the Houston group will begin in this spring. If its anything like the Inheritance messages that Beth brough at the LPL in San Antonio, your girls will be richly blessed. Not a week goes by that I don’t recall what she said about our home in heaven and the inheritance that is ours! Thank you Jesus!

    Love you all so much- I praise the Lord for technology and how it has connected us all. May each and every one of you have a very Merry Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of Christ!

    Tara

  39. 39
    Susan B. says:

    Wish I lived closer so I could have come. I just know it was an AWESOME event.

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    To Barabara of the loooooong post of 12/16. What can I say, loved reading it and wish I could have run into you at Converage. Thank you for sharing that. I read every single word skipping over nothing. I could feel your heart in your words as though you were sitting right across from me. I know how you felt about Converge and how it hit our men to now truly understand. My husband may even show up to The Inheritence study in January. Again, Barbara, thank you for sharing your heart with utter transparancy and thank you LPM for everything you give to us in person and in Siestaville as words will never be enough for our gratitude. :o)

    Much love and many blessings,

    Christine Roskamp
    Houston Siesta

  41. 41
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Converge was blessed!!! That is awesome that He is active in our lives now. Every one of His own’s lives. He has time for all of us…more than enough of Him for all of us…that’s a blessing for sure that Travis’ song is on the radio:)…That inheritance study sounds like a great study,you Houstown girls take advantage of that:)…Oooo, ok, a Converge event product? I’d buy it:)

    Love in CHRIST,

    katiegfromtennessee

  42. 42
    puzzlepiecesista says:

    Happy Blogger Anniversary!!!
    12-17-08

    I swear I heard the praises and worship all the way in Washington State!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome….truly Awesome….my spirit testifies!!!!!!!!

    Amanda, you are an AMAZING woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and I am so thankful for the precious GIFT of this Blog and for ALL you do. I am praying for you always…..and asking God to bless you with great favor for all you do!!!

    Love U girl!!

    Angela in Redmond, Wa

  43. 43
    Mommy Dot Com says:

    Beth,
    I am giving you a gift that I think you’ll love as much as I do. This is a Chrsitmas poem I read to my children and I thought you may like for your grandbabies.

    “A Child’s Questions”

    Have you been to Bethlehem
    Did you see the babe?
    Warmly wrapped in swaddling clothes
    And in a manger laid?

    Mama said His mother sang
    A soft, sweet lullaby
    And angels joined in chorus
    From far up in the sky.

    Did you hear the angels singing?
    Heavens bells ring in the morn?
    Sister said God planned it thus
    Because His Son was born.

    The cattle and the sheep were there
    For He was in a shed,
    The inn in Bethlehem was full
    So a manger was His bed.

    But brother said He liked it there
    Cradled in the hay,
    And shepherds came to worship Him
    On that first Christmas day.

    Have you been to Bethlehem
    Did you see the star?
    Papa said it guided wise men
    From their home afar.

    They brought their gifts most precious
    And at His feet they laid,
    And bowed in awe and reverence
    To this most holy babe.

    I would like to go to Bethlehem
    And baby Jesus see
    For preachers said that when a man
    He died for you and me.

    I would like to kiss His dimpled hand
    Where later nails were driven,
    And then I want to go someday
    To live with Him in heaven.

    By Grandma Bush

  44. 44
    Dee says:

    I can't wait for your "P.S." to be available! I look forward to it! It sounds like a divinely annointed and appointed gathering! I love your ministry & pray for it every week! You all are dear to me! Love, Dee

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    I went to “Converge” with 2 sisters from Lake Charles, LA. It wasn’t an easy task for any of us, LOTS of traffic…a goofy GPS and of course our precious, high-maintenance families could hardly imagine 24 hours without us (Praise God!)! It was sooooo worth it! The music blessed my soul…oh, it blessed me to hear Travis sing Christmas Carols. CeCe is beautiful and her voice is so sweet….our Praise and Worship surely blessed HIM; what a joy it was to be there!

    My FAVORITE part in the media presented was the video of the star above the earth….tears streamed down my face when I saw that star, the North Star, His Star!

    Beth, the lesson was one I am still using. I haven’t cancelled any prayers yet and am so blessed to know ALL of my prayers are in front of the ONE who will never disappoint. Your jacket was outrageously cute! Your are a treasure and I thank you for your faithfulness!

    God is so good to let you spend a whole breakfast with such noble Christian leaders as The Dobsons and LaHaye’s. He knows exactly how to keep us going; I am encouraged by what you shared about your time with them. Merry Christmas to you and all of the LP soldiers!

    Jackie

  46. 46
    Dana says:

    It was a great night and done so well! I went with some great friends (Thanks Lindsee!) and we had a great time. Thanks for all you do ladies, I would love to come volunteer and help you sista’s out sometime. Looking forward to what God has for me this Spring at bible study. CAN’T WAIT!!!

    Dana

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    One Time With Aimee says:

    Okay….I read the title as “We Converted!”
    I was like “No!!!”
    Ha ha ha…

  48. 48
    Marla Taviano says:

    Love, love, love, love, love, love, love Ring the Bells. Love. It.

  49. 49
    cheryl says:

    I wish I could have been there.

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    Beth says:

    Dearest Barbara,

    Girlfriend, that letter-comment was profound. One of those rare long ones that you can’t help but read. You have an incredible way of expressing your heart, Barbara. Very honest yet very inviting. It is obvious to all of us that God is with you. I’m thinking this coming year is going to hold something very important for you. Something very redemptive. Be on the lookout, Sweet Thing. You blessed all of us so much.

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