A Great Time in the Big ATL

Hey, Siestas! I’m so glad to talk to you today! I’ve wanted to get on here since the moment I sat down on the plane to head home from Atlanta but I had a lesson to get ready and had to wait. However, I am so glad that my delay gave AJ the opportunity to blog because she used the word “inhairitance” and it is quite possible I have never loved her more.

OK, I had the best time. The only thing that would have made it better is getting to see every last one of you at the Siesta luncheon. The Southern Siestas (what they called themselves) were so cute! All sorts of different ages and types! I just love that. And how about Melana sending Miesta Moose with his little suit case since she couldn’t join us? That right there, Girlfriends, is why your Mama loves you so. You make me laugh and you make me love Jesus more. That is the highest praise I can give a soul on this earth.

That forty-eight hours in Atlanta were so packed that I can’t give you a play by play in the limited time I have. Instead, I am going to give you 10 highlights (I love that word. It reminds me of my inhairitance) in no particular order of priority. There were so many other things I’d mention if I had time. It was delightful from beginning to end.

1. Seeing Melissa and Colin in baggage claim after I arrived. It was a Saturday morning so she was just in jeans and a t-shirt. She had her bangs straight back in a barrette and looked about 15 years old. And, Lord have mercy, I love that man of hers. He is the sweetest thing ever. We had a quick lunch together then headed to the blessed madness. Melissa worked her tail off all weekend assisting her mom. I am so grateful to her. She never knew it was a weekend.

2. Walking into the sanctuary at the beautiful FBC Woodstock for dress rehearsal late Saturday afternoon. The 300-voice choir was already in the loft and the stage was all set and the lighting perfected and I just kinda had a moment. I knew we were about to be part of something BIG. And I was overwhelmed by God’s gracious goodness to my buddy Travis. We make so much fun of each other and are rarely serious about one another but it hit me between the eyes that moment how really special the dude is. I mean, I’ve known it for 10 years but sometimes you just have a surreal moment where you’re stricken by the extraordinary. I also thought to myself, it’s too bad the boy doesn’t have any friends. When I tell you that his friends rallied, I am not kidding. He honestly has more BFFs than any person in the universe besides Jesus…and sometimes, like when he gets to tape in a place like Abbey Road studios in London, I think he may be Jesus’s BFF.

3. Seeing my whole praise team and many of my other LPL team members who I love so dearly like Paige (she runs women’s events at LifeWay), Rich and Gretchen (she had the cutest new hair cut!), Stephen (the world’s greatest graphics guy) and Nate and Shelly (she’s one of our young and very gifted Siestas. I love her and her man like crazy. They get married in two and a half weeks. Not a moment too soon based on the way they look at each other. That’s all I’m saying). Seeing my beloved Angela Cottrell and also Boomama (Sophie) AND HER MAN and Bigmama (Melanie, whose man is always hunting like mine). I LOVE THEM!

4. Working with Max Lucado. He is such a great guy. Delightful to be around. Very approachable. You’d like him just as much as you think you would. He and I did these little vignettes at various times in the worship experience. You’re going to love what he shared. (For those of you who were there and are totally confused at this point, Max could only be there on Saturday night so his vignettes were taped at dress rehearsal. Two of my segments at the actual event were fill-ins for his. He will be a big part of the DVD.)

5. OK, brace yourself because this one is a huge one: Heading over to the Governor’s Mansion after dress rehearsal where Melissa and I had been invited to have dinner and…are you still with me here?…SPEND THE NIGHT. Yes. A slumber party at the Governor’s Mansion. (Not one word of this has a danged thing to do with politics. I want you to know something about a brother and sister in Christ who happen to hold political office.) Our time in that home was something I will never forget as long as I live. I knew Governor Perdue and Georgia’s First Lady, Mary, really loved Jesus because…

a) I’d heard that, particularly in reference to the prayers over Georgia for the drought a year or so ago, and
b) Mrs. Perdue had come to our Deeper Still event in Atlanta and I could clearly see she was a real, live follower of Jesus and not a nominal Christian looking to make political points with constituents.

You’ll find this little bit of Siesta trivia interesting: Mrs. Perdue and our very own Georgia Jan are very, very good friends. Family friends for decades. Georgia Jan is simply one of the most delightful people you will ever meet in your entire life. She is laugh-your-head-off hilarious. So witty. Digs Jesus like crazy. She was our big connection there and, of course, was at dinner and also spent the night (and the next) there at the mansion. By the way, Georgia Jan’s husband can’t remember the name “Siesta” for us for anything. He calls us the “Salsas.” It made me so happy. We’re a pretty salsy group of God-loving Siestas if you ask me.

We had the most marvelous dinner. Mrs. Perdue (I did call her by her first name face-to-face but I can’t bring myself to do it in print) asked her two beautiful daughters, Lee and Laura, to join us and Lee’s twin 9-year-old daughters, Mary Kate and Sunni, were our extra delights at the table. If you know me well, you know I love little girls! Especially pre-adolescents! They were the cutest things ever. They later took us on a tour of the mansion and, oh, if you could have seen the historical place through their eyes, you would have loved it! The Governor was so gracious to us that he won me forever. He helped clear plates and all sorts of things but where he had me was in his attentiveness to his bride of 36 years. The whole time we sat and chatted after dinner, he had his left arm propped on the back of her chair and he played with the back of her hair. They are flat out in love. It did a heart good.

Would you believe I got to sleep in the president’s suite??? That morning I woke up and said out loud with my head still on the pillow, “Good morning, Lord. It’s me. I’m here in the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta and I’m in the president’s suite in case you’re having trouble finding me. I know I seem a bit out of place…” And the Lord and I laughed.

PS. Georgia Jan, I’ve nearly hurt myself on that Gevalia Coffee. Ordered 4 pounds when I got home.

6. Church with Melissa and Colin. We went to Buckhead Church where they attend and the whole experience left me bug-eyed. Melissa is friends with their worship leader, Carlos, and his darling wife, Heather, and I loved meeting them so much. They have been so gracious to make her and her man feel welcome so far from home. Carlos is a fabulous worship leader. The congregation was fabulous, too, but, all in all, they stayed remarkably calm while I, on the other hand, was just about ready to run a lap. I had Melissa on my right (blocking the aisle. Actually I don’t really take laps but sometimes I wish I could) and one of my other favorite people on earth, Janet Reeves, on my left. (She’s one of the best things that God has ever done in Jesse Reeves’ life. He’s a big part of the Chris Tomlin Band – bass player, vocals, co-writer – and I love him like crazy, too.) I do not have words big enough for my reaction to Andy Stanley. He is simply one of the most extraordinarily gifted communicators I have ever seen in my life. I was nearly slack-jawed. And, yes, I’ve heard him before but it hits me every time. His message on giving is still rolling around in my head and making me itch to get the checkbook and give some money away. Haven’t had a chance to talk to my man about it but I will.

Dang, I’m running out of time! Meeting at 12:00! Speeding up!

7. Surprising the Southern Siestas at the end of their lunch on Sunday afternoon. They were so much fun! I know I already mentioned it but it was too good not to make part of my ten!

8. Meeting Shaun Groves. Good grief. He’s just so cool and so passionate about the work of Jesus that it’s stupid. (I mean stupid in that really wonderful way.) Meeting Cindy Morgan. She is the tiniest thing you’ve ever seen with one of the biggest gifts God has entrusted to a song writer/vocalist in our generation. Trav had been on the Christmas tour with both of them this year and loves them so much. I certainly could see why.

9. The worship experience itself. It is TREMENDOUS. I can’t wait for it to come out on CD and DVD. You will love the music and it will most definitely do it’s job. Girlfriends, you will be led to worship.

10. Angela Cruz leading out on the Mercy Seat song (can’t remember but I think it may officially be called “Running”. I don’t know. I’m so dumb). The whole sanctuary was nearly overwrought with the Spirit. I’m not kidding. It was so powerful, it was nearly painful. Travis transitioned the song into “Lord Have Mercy” and I nearly had to hit the floor. I felt like God was literally pouring out mercy upon us like a torrent. It was a moment in corporate worship that I may never forget.

Well, that’s my run down and I left so much out! I also don’t have time to edit. I’m just gonna have to pitch it out there as it is! I love you guys so much and wished every one of you were with us. This is my way of hoping you’ll feel just a tad like you were.


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  1. 1
    Gayle says:

    Max Lucado?

    And Shaun Groves’ comment just made me giggle… 😀

    Thanks so much for fitting us in to that crazy schedule, Mama Beth. MUCH LOVE….

  2. 2
    Inksstillwet says:

    It sounds like you had a phenomenal time! Can’t wait for the worship CD to come out. Travis sure does have a way with leading us to the throne of God! Thanks for a recap of such a special weekend!
    Much love, Amy

  3. 3
    AnooCre8ion says:

    Oh my, this sounds like you had such a great time. It made me feel like I was there. I had a big grin on my face from the start to the finish of the post 🙂

    I hope someday to go to a Beth Moore teaching. God has truly blessed you with an awesome gift. Very encouraging.

    I am now reading “Praying God’s Word”


  4. 4
    The Vang Family says:

    Beth, my husband and I are going to Focus on Marrige simulcast next month. Can’t wait! 🙂

  5. 5
    ThirtysomethingMom says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait until this comes out on DVD!!! Keep us posted on that!!

  6. 6
    Chel's Leaving a Legacy says:

    Oh Beth! I was there with you all in Atlanta, as the taping was in my home church.

    You may not remember this because it all happened so fast, but I wanted to send you a note thanking you for the smidgen of time you took to acknowledge me and hug my neck before everything got started.

    You and Melissa and I don’t know who else were getting off the elevator to go back stage, and I was walking out of the worship center to take my 4 year old to childcare.

    I mumbled something in disbelief when I saw you, forgetting for a moment that you are an actual person. I was starstruck to say the least. I’m sorry, Beth, because I “know” you better than to think you would want me to react that way.

    But I didn’t dream I would walk out and see you there, and you, instead of acting like the celebrity you are, acted like the child of God that you are, and the sister to all believers that you are, and in your busyness and rush, you asked me how I was (“I’m kind of freaking out” was my reply!) and you passed through the crowd of people to hug my neck.

    You touched my heart in that small moment more than you’ll ever know. Yes, I “feel” like I know you because of all the studies I’ve been through with you, but now I know that the perception of a “real” person that I have of you is more accurate than even I thought. Thank you for loving on me. You had every excuse not to, but you did it anyway.

  7. 7
    Bridgette Jencks says:

    How on earth did I not know there was a Siesta luncheon???? I totally missed Max Lucado also…were we in the same place?

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    Susan B. says:

    Thank you so much for your top 10 list! I could feel the presence of God coming through your words! I so wish I could have been there. Can’t wait to be wow’d by the CD/DVD. What an awesome God we have!

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    Megan in Atascocita says:

    You’re to funny, I love getting on the blog everyday and reading about your mishaps and adventures, it makes me smile and lol too! Sounds like ya’ll had an amazing time. And you are so blessed to have gotten to stay in the governor’s mansion! Wow!
    Last night’s In”hair”itance lesson was great, I’m still laughing about the “there will be blood” comments you made about Keith. You always lift my spirits, girl!

    P.S. I’m STILL thinking about last week’s The Inheritance lesson, it impacted me in such a big way, like life-changing. Still trying to wrap my head all the way around it…

  10. 10

    You had too much HOT SALSA – didn’t you, Beth? LOL!
    I felt like I was there but the best part was when I read about waking up in the President’s suite and telling the LORD where you were. Your mother was probably smiling down from heaven saying, “Wanda Beth, don’t you know that you don’t need to tell God where you live? I found that out after I got here!” I’m sure Jesus and your Mama were both laughing!

    I praise God for your enthusiasm and your JOY in JESUS!

    Looking Upward and Choosing JOY [with you],

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Didn't get to br there but heard about it. all i can say is wow w0w w0w wow,Can't waait till the cd victoria&beth you so desrived those specail days.love you all dvd, God bless you all victoria Reidsville nc ps how wounderfull to know there are there are Christain governors

  12. 12
    Indy-Lindy says:

    Well, I’m slack-jawed just READING about it, so I can’t even imagine being a part of it all!!! And you and the Lord are no longer the only ones who laughed about your explanation to Him of where you were when you woke up in the Governor’s mansion. LOVE IT!!! Love YOU!!!

    Enjoyin’ JESUS today!

  13. 13
    Heather C says:

    What a fantabulous Spirit-filled weekend y’all had!

    LOL@Lisa and the waving…. you crack me UP, woman! 🙂

    Beth, thanks for being so REAL. I love you.

  14. 14
    Holly C In Houston says:

    Beth – Thanks for sharing! Take a look at this word from Merriam-Webster’s daily email. I would love to hear you spin it with our theology in Tuesday night Bible study – surely this is tied to our inheritance!




    *1 : the state of being the firstborn of the children of the same parents
    2 : an exclusive right of inheritance belonging to the eldest son

    In many civilizations, past and present, the state of being the oldest among siblings is a key component of inheritance law. “Primogeniture,” which first appeared in English in the early 17th century, derives from the Late Latin “primogenitura,” a combination of the Latin “primus” (“first”) and “genitura” (“birth”), from the past participle of “gignere” (“to beget”). For those who are youngest in birth order, a similar word applies — “ultimogeniture” — but this word is newer (first appearing in English in 1882) and much less common.

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    Debbie says:

    Wow! Thank you for the recap, I would have loved to be there. One of these days, I pray to hook up with some real life siestas from this LPM blog!

    Beth, you have many BFF’s also, we love you and your love for the Lord.

    You telling the Lord where you were in the morning at the Governor’s mansion, reminded me of the story of your mom praying for you and giving the Lord your whole name and address.

    Love and Blessings, Debbie in Tennessee

  16. 16
    maryvigil says:

    You know, I bet you never took a single breath while you typed that… sounds like a fabulous trip! I sure do enjoy you!

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    jill says:

    Beth, I am fighting tears at your description of the Worship/Movement of the Holy Spirit. WOW Thank you for sharing the funny stuff too. God is soo good to bless me with you.

  18. 18
    Christy says:

    Loved reading about your weekend. Oh how I wish I could have been there!!

    Just wondering are the Siesta's going to have a get together in 2009 like we did in San Antonio? I had so much fun that weekend! Myself & 2 friends are looking at your schedule trying to pick out a fun city that will fit all 3 of our calendars. Anyway it might help us pick if there was going to be a Siesta gathering in a particular city.

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    Lindsey Poulos says:

    Thank you so much for that list! I am just a Georgia girl, living in a Mississippi world and you made me feel like I was at home with my mom listening to Andy Stanley. And the story about the governor. Well, it blessed my heart! I love you so much and can’t wait to see you in New Orleans in April!

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    Fizz Fam says:

    You know, just when I’m thinking that maybe, just maybe, I might not want to be a “sold out” type lunatic for the Lord, cuz it’s just not always conventient (or someother lame self-serving reason), I read ya’lls blog (or try to, ur long-winded woman) and I’m hit in the face with the blessings and random joys that He can fill our lives with just by loving Him with all we’ve got. That was an impressively long sentence, wasn’t it? Anyway, thanks for you consistent devotion. It speaks to me louder than any seminar, and longer than any post. Kidding! Kinda…

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    Kristie says:

    My favorite moment (“other” than all of the really great worship experience that we came for!!!!) was when my 6 year old daughter turned around (we had balcony seats)and saw that there was a projector shining the same image onto the rear balcony wall, as the image that was up on the front screen. This happened during one of Beth’s vignettes (and by the way, “vignette” doesn’t seem like an adequate word–Siesta Mama was doing what she does best: proclaiming the Word of the Lord…this time, it was concerning our worship of Him), anyhow–back on track…as Beth was speaking, my Mary Beth saw the image on the rear balcony wall, then she looked at me and sincerely asked, “Whoa, Mama…if you’re really pretty like that, do they even let you look at yourself when you’re talking on the stage at church?”

    A few minutes later, I caught her with my cell phone…she was “texting” my mother, who is away on a romantic vacation with my dad at the moment. The text: “Grame (Grammy), I am hafing (having) a fun tim (time)” Mom replied, “That’s great baby, but where are you?” A few minutes later, during the 2nd recording of “Jesus Saves,” she had my phone, waving it around, trying to “help” the technicians record…with my cell phone! I’m sure there will be copyrights on the evening’s stuff, so I snapped it shut…but I realized she’d caught about the last 2 lines and the applause after the song…it sounded really crackly, but you could tell there were people joined together in worship–so I couldn’t resist…I “texted” that clip to my mom…

    Mary Beth LOVES her grammy….they share a really special bond, and most of the time, if Mary Beth is really enjoying herself, the first thing she wants to do is pull out my phone and text her Grammy to let her know about it. I was so tickled to catch her attempting to text on Sunday night in the balcony! I’m glad my six year old knows there’s no high like the Most High!

  22. 22
    Jan says:

    I love being a part of this group! I never knew sisters could be this much fun. Bible studies, scripture memorization, worship, funny stories …. some people would say we are all crazy for thinking this is sooo great! I say let them.
    Can’t wait for the chance to hear you at Deeper Still. Countin’ down the days (Only 309 more days:))!
    thanks for sharing,

  23. 23
    ocean mommy says:

    Whew…That was a fast 48 hours!!!

    It was an incredible weekend! All the siesta’s have said that we thought for sure we were fixing to see Jesus during Mercy Seat…my goodness….still gives me cold chills to think about it. 🙂

    Thanks for popping in and taking our breath away Sunday afternoon. 🙂 SO much fun…I just wish someone had a video of you clogging!

    have a great afternoon!!!

  24. 24
    Jina says:

    Sounds amazing. God is so good. His ways of uniquely blessing you to be sure you know what a princess you are in His eyes is just like Him. Would have loved to be in that presence with the rest of you. It is my favorite place to be!


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    jcdisciple says:

    So Jealous. Love FBC Woodstock…went thre to Deeper Conference in Oct 08 (Living Waters). I love you, your a hoot.

    I just started “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things”. Didn’t know exactly what it was about, but, of course, divinely appointed as I just started stepping out in leading women’s bible study on marriage 3 weeks ago and mine’s been under satanic warfare ever since. Looking forward to what the Lord will reveal.

    Love you and thank God upon every remembrance of you.

  26. 26
    Fran says:

    Ok…my first comment got messed up. Thanks blogger.

    Beth, I almost passed out right there when you came in the lunch! I felt these big ole tears come up in my eyes and I just knew I had to pull it together or I’d embarrass both of us. What a complete treat to have you take the time and come see us. You have changed so many of our lives and we just love you so much. Praise God for using you like He does.

    And, we all wanted to google that jacket you had on that afternoon. Way too cute!!!

    I was able to stay witha fellow Siesta (Ocean Mommy) and Patty and Georgia. I think it was almost as good as the Governor’s mansion!

    And, I truly think my heart was going to explode during Angela’s “Mercy Seat!” My word I have never in my life been a part of such an experience. God was THICK in there. THICK!!!

    Missed you Amanda. Your sister told us we all looked hot. 🙂 We laughed. She was lookin pretty cute herself.

    Love all of you,

  27. 27
    KS TwinMomma says:

    Okay, so all that worship stuff and siesta stuff and governor stuff is great, but what? You’ve just NOW discovered Gevalia coffee? You’re such a coffee freak, I assumed you knew. Shame on me for withholding that information. My husband and I have been Gevalia bean addicts for years. Glad to know you’re on board. We’ll share some in the Spirit with you tomorrow morning.

  28. 28
    Tammy says:

    this sounds like a blast. The governor’s mansion…wow!!! Glad for all that God did and just love hearing about your trip. Someday I am going to be a siesta at a Beth Moore event.

    love and hugs

  29. 29
    3girlsmom says:

    Mama Beth,
    First, I haven’t been able to come up with words about Mercy Seat yet. It was that powerful. I will never EVER forget it. I have vowed to make it my mission to get as many people as possible to buy Trav’s CD when it comes out. It will change lives.

    Second, thank you so much for surprising us at the lunch! It was such a blessing! And I have to ask, on behalf of the Siestas and several other people who have seen the pictures, WHERE ON THIS PLANET DID YOU GET THAT COAT!? Because I’m pretty sure I’m heading there THIS AFTERNOON to get one. Mercy it was cute.

    Third, You spent the night in the Governor’s Mansion. I just thought you needed to hear it again. Because I’m pretty sure I’d be repeating it to myself for weeks to come if it had been me.

    I LOVE YOU! Thanks for adding to such a wonderful weekend!


  30. 30
    Kiki says:

    It was a wonderful evening of worship that carried over into my day on Monday..don’t you just love that? I was at Buckhead Church Sunday morning as well-wish I would have bumped into you! So glad you enjoyed your weekend in Atlanta and got to visit with so many friends.

  31. 31
    The Farmer's Wife says:

    And some people think Christians don’t have any fun! Honestly!

    I just have to laugh at your “highlights”… As I recall, you live life as an exclamation point. (Didn’t you say that in Billings, MT?) I’m telling you, if I was able to write in my blog that I’d had quality time with Travis Cottrell and Max Lucado, it would be like the Hispanic punctuation….exclamation points before the statement, so you can tell just how excited I am, and exclamation points at the end. You’d have to dig to find the words in the middle. And even then, they’d be sorta breathless.

    I’m glad you had a blessed time, and everything went well! We were just hanging on with the cute little pregnant Siesta, waiting for the good word!

  32. 32
    Lisa says:

    That sounds amazing Beth. I have been in the mood to tell everyone who is an encourager to me I love them, so, thank you Beth. You don’t know me but you make a big difference in my walk with my Lord and King. Glad you had a blast. Can’t wait for the CD.
    Lisa Covill

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    I just thought of something to raise money for LPM…you could totally offer cute Tees (maybe a lavendar v-neck,to match the blog background) for our community that say something like “This Siesta loves Jesus…it’s my inhairitance!” And have Living Proof Ministries on the back or something. Classic! I would totally buy one and wear it proudly. Just rambling-my child took an early nap and I need one too!
    Heather, Charlotte NC

  34. 34
    Melissa says:

    You didn’t even tell them that I got to sleep in Pres. Jimmy Carter’s old bed… it was awesome but freaky!

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    Misty says:

    Beth – I absolutely LOVE the way you have such a heart for people…not just one “people” but ALL of us. God anointed you because He knew that you could love His people as much as He does. Thank you.

    PS – sounds like a BLAST! Wish I was there! :o)

  36. 36
    MiMi says:


    I have never commented on one of your posts before, but I couldn’t let this one go by.

    My daughter and I drove down from NC to the worship experience at FBC Woodstock and it was incredible! We met a blogging friend from GA there in person for the first time and I even got to meet Big Mama and Boomama! The entire night was awesome, but I agree, when Angela Cruz sang Come Running to the Mercy Seat…I have never experienced anything like that! Can’t wait for the CD and DVD! To be led in worship was awesome enough, but then to be able to hear YOU speak was just icing on my spiritual cake!

    I am in my 4th week of my Esther study and can I just tell you how much I LOVE you! God has truly anointed you to speak to the hearts of women!

    It sounds like you had a very busy and wonderful weekend in Atlanta. Loved hearing your top 10 highlights from the weekend!

    My daughter and I already have our tickets to Deeper Still in Greensboro in July and I am already praying about the message that God will be having you share with us that weekend! I can hardly wait!

    I love you, my salsy Siesta!

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    Jessica and Steve Otto says:

    Thank you so much for the recap…
    I just wanted to thank you and Amanda and Melissa for this blog. I’m doing missions work with my family in Guatemala, and you wouldn’t believe how a little thing like a blog helps remind me that I am NOT alone in this walk, and that we are all a part of the great, beautiful body of Christ! Amen!

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    God is so gracious and you are so like Him to make us feel like we were there!


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    Beth says:

    Siestas, so sorry I confused y’all on the Max Lucado part! If you’ll go back and read that part of the post, I added an explanation.

    Also, that really fun bright yellow and white jacket was a gift to me several years ago from Melissa. She got it at Anthropology and probably spent more on it than she’d spend on herself or I’d spend on myself! It’s a couple of years old so I bet it wouldn’t be available anymore. Want mine??

  40. 40
    Beth says:

    Melissa, I’m laughing so hard. No, I didn’t tell them you slept in Jimmy Carter’s room. Or that you didn’t fall asleep until after 3:00 AM because you kept thinking about it. You are such a nut. You bring so much hysteria into my life.

  41. 41
    Jen H. says:

    Oh, how you girls make my day! Thank you for your encouragement and for making me laugh. You are precious gifts!

  42. 42
    hschoolmom says:

    Beth you crack me up!

    Fabulous rundown of the weekend’s events.

    I love to see your passion for Jesus and the enthusiasm you bring for life!!

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    barbara head says:

    I adore the way you can love Jesus and be really funny at the same time. Isn’t it a shame everyone in the world doesn’t know Jesus and what a really fun time they could have if they did? I may just get up from my computer and do a praise dance!!!

  44. 44
    Joanne (The Simple Wife) says:


    Reading this from you and checking up on my friends’ blogs who were there makes me feel ALMOST like I got to be there too.

    Just a quick aside, Beth. Thank you so much for being real and communicating in your own voice. For not ever trying to be someone you’re not and for encouraging all of us to be ourselves too. For being silly and real and serious and just however you are whenever you share with us.

    I appreciate you!

    So much love,


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    Cheryl says:

    Oh what a wonderful weekend! But would you please set Lisa(Preacher’s Wife) straight for me, I told her you were waving at me not her! lol!!!

    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit us! There is like a kazillion pictures on fb of you clogging! Good times!!!

    Love you dearly!

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the great recap. We are iced in here in Oklahoma City and church tonight is cancelled. My whole table was sad when I texted them that there would be no Esther tonight. We absolutely loved last weeks video on meanness and feel every teenage girl should watch it.

    I am searching for my Feb. 1st verse. My two January verses have been so comforting to me and I was even able to use them to help someone else this week.

    Off to grade some Calculus papers since I don’t have an excuse not to.


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    Jill_in_AL says:

    Whirlwind weekend and there was no flaming chariot (glad you are still with us—we need you!) Sounds like one to remember forever.

    Thanks for sharing! Blessings, J

    BTW just started Esther on Sunday and am already slackjawed at what you and your two bookend daughters have done. Love it!

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    Joanne (The Simple Wife) says:

    P.S. I was just reading the anonymous comment about what we do in our quiet times. My new book (AHHH!!!) just came out this week on that very thing.

    And I just have to say that it is my quiet time with the Father each and every morning that has done more to grow my faith than anything else. As I prayed to have the kind of passion I see in you, it is through my quiet time that God has answered that prayer and grown such a love for him in my heart that I can’t hardly stand it! I feel about the burst most of the time, teary-eyed and completely overwhelmed with love for him.

    All that to say, I think she had a great idea!


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    Gabby says:

    I am so jealous, in a good way! How awesome! Sometimes in the day to day of 2nd and 3rd grade homework, soccer practice, cooking dinner, teaching SS and stuff I forget there is all that fun out there to be had… one day!
    I love Travis leading praise worship the MOST! I have worn slap out my Unashamed Love CD.
    I am so glad you got to spend time with Melissa and Colin! Sorry I missed the Siesta get together!

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    Beth says:

    Cheryl and Preacher’s Wife, you know your Siesta Mama! Of course I was waving at every single one of my beloved Siestas! But maybe a little tiny bit of an extra wave at that darling girl-child standing next to you. She stole my heart.

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