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. 51
    Joanne (The Simple Wife) says:

    Wow! These comments are posting faster than ever.

    If I’m the first–yes! I want your jacket. But at 5’11” I think yours might be a tad too small.


    Maybe in heaven we’ll all be the same size so we can share clothes for eternity…

  2. 52
    Mom of Eleven says:

    UGH!! This is my third attempt to leave a comment today. I think my computer is on the fritz. whatever that is?

    I had a blast Sunday as well. UM. Hello, totally missed out on the Georgia Siesta Luncheon. . but it was still an incredible concert and worship service.

    Thank you Miss Beth and to Travis (our resident Miesta) for once again allowing God to use you to minister to thousands.

    Can I just say I was so moved by Shaun Groves that we signed up for our first Compassion child, Moses is his name. How precious is that. He is the same age as three of my girls. . . one of my girls already told me she wants to write him to tell him about Jesus. . yes, Lord that’s what we have been saved for. . AMEN.

    Also, from one Georgia Peach, I am already asking for forgiveness for my jealousy that you got to sleep in the Governor’s mansion. . how cool is that?

    Thanks for the great weekend recap. It was a blessing to my weary, pregnant soul.

    P. S. It was a joy to see the siestas faces when they saw mom of eleven is expecting #12!
    Wendy-mom of eleven

  3. 53
    Kay - Bluebird Sightings says:

    Beth, Thanks for the delightful rundown of your weekend. I’m a Georgia girl through and through who was uprooted by my pastor/husband 15 years ago to move to Texas and then way on out to Arizona. It was fun to hear you talk about familiar places and picture you right there. I love FBC Woodstock and took school field trips to the Governor’s Mansion, but none of them were sleepovers, mind you! What a thrill for you and Melissa.I’m replacing my envy with praise and thanksgiving. No, I’m not all that envious about you getting to sleep in the mansion, I would just love to go home for a few days! So glad you got to experience a little Georgia hospitality done right.
    Thanks for being you!

  4. 54
    Mom of Eleven says:

    Oh also, Lisa and Cheryl, and Miss Beth,
    I know you waving at me and my peeps (emmy and Joni) on the other front row, when you said, ” I am so happy to see y’all”. I am sure it is from so many of our attempts to run and get the front row at the events we have been to.

    I LOVE IT! That wave thrilled my soul.

  5. 55
    Hannah says:

    Wow! I was not able to come to Travis' worship recording. But it sounds absolutely incredible. I am so looking forward to popping that one in my DVD player just as soon as it comes out & worshiping right along with everyone else!

    Beth, you make me smile so much! In the past 3 weeks, through various studies and posts I've heard & read of yours, I've heard you say you just love, love women, you especially love single, just out of and in college girls, you especially love junior high girls, you love young girls, especially pre-adolescents, & you love babies… Each time, it's like that's your favorite! Well… you love to love us, & we love you!

  6. 56
    Beth says:

    Mom of Eleven GOING ON TWELVE, if anybody should have been waved at, it should have been you!! Picture all several thousand of your Siestas, in utter amazement, waving at your expectant self right now! Girl, you’ve got our respect! We love you. And we do not know how you do it.

  7. 57
    O'Nealya says:

    Oh dear Beth – You made me miss Andy Stanley so much today! When I lived in ATL I went to North Point (before Buckhead started!). He will forever be my favorite pastor!!!
    Wow! What an experience and one to remember all the days left on this earth! Governor Perry is truly a man of God and has the favor of God on him!
    Thanks for keeping it real. You make me love Jesus more each day!
    Love you –

  8. 58
    Taria M. says:

    I’m jealous about the whole weekend… and the siesta lunch! I don’t think I have a group of siestas in my part of the country! Someday, Mama Siesta, we will meet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 59
    Linds says:

    You can have no idea how much I dream of being able to be at one of these events, Beth. One day. I so need to experience this for myself. If God has it in his plans for me, one day I will!

  10. 60
    Redeemed says:

    I think some of my very favorite things about you, Sister/Mama Bethmoore, are
    #1) how you make me believe that you really do love us out here!
    #2) I love reading your blogs when you sound like you are totally amped on coffee. (takes one to know one)
    #3)how you feel “out of place” in the President’s suite…that just touched me
    #4)how you have all these funny references to hair. You’re such a girl! hee hee
    #5)how you make me love Jesus more and more, simply by loving Him so much yourself

    Oh, and Max Lucado? He totally rocks.

    From this SalsySiestaSista in Oklahoma to you, thank you for everything you do. Blessings……

  11. 61
    beckyjomama says:

    Oh, Beth, your way with words is AMAZING!!! I am sitting here in tears picturing the worship experience (or maybe it is the lack of oxygen to the brain due to this stinkin’ cold I cannot get rid of!!!). I love bring ya to your knees, flat out, face on the floor, set your spirit flying and make ya dance worship! Absolutely NOTHING better than that!

    I am so bummed that I could not be there this weekend, but I will see ya tomorrow – when we FINALLY start the Esther study at church! And, maybe, just maybe, I will get to meet your sweet self this side of Heaven … I pray it is so!

    Love you too stinkin’ much!
    Becky Jo

  12. 62
    Abby says:

    1) girlfriend, i’m still praying about coveting your yellow jacket, so in answer to your question, yes, i’ll take it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha cept i’m pretty sure it’s not gonna fit over the childbearing hips our sweet Lord so graciously bestowed upon me. (i have no children at the moment, but the only explanation i can see for them-the hips-is that he’s planning on giving me a lot of them.) ๐Ÿ˜€

    2) i’m so jealous and happy that you got to see both shelly AND that kathy younce in the same weekend. ok, probably mostly jealous.

    3) thanks for holding stick-Abby in the picture. her face-sake thanks you ๐Ÿ™‚

    4) we are doing this thing at church where we’re supposed to keep up with our expenses (to ultimately help us evaluate where our money is going.) then i find out today they have new tazo tea lattes at *bucks. YA.HOO.JAH. ๐Ÿ™‚ (and OOPS.)

  13. 63
    Kimberly says:

    Thanks for making me feel like I was there, enjoying it with you! Can’t wait for the DVD!

  14. 64
    Alexis says:

    I love how you use words girl….it makes me jealous! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I so wish I could have been there but mommy duites called while hubby was out of town! We attend North Point and Buckhead is one of its campuses…and we love it. Andy has a way with God’s word and we feel like as he likes to say “he had been reading our mail.” Looking forward to the CD.

  15. 65
    beckyjomama says:

    Oh, and I would take you up on the jacket offer … but I am not sure I could get it on past these linebacker shoulders! I MIGHT get my wrist in your teeny tiny coat!

  16. 66
    Michele says:

    Beth, we (me and my best friend) were there and it was amazing. i actually blogged about it today. I would have LOVE to have met you! I feel like such a part of your family! I saw Melissa and almost went and said hello, but it was at the end and by the time I almost made my way over to her she had left.

    I did meet Travis and I told him that if heaven was even a fraction of what that night was then I can’t wait to get there – TRUE AUTHENTIC WORSHIP is what was there. I also asked him to text you to come down where we were . . . seriously. . . he said you were probably on your way home:)

    WOW at spending the night in the gov’s mansion. We met him too. So sweet and very genuine.. . he is a former homeschooling parent and I am currently homeschooling. He expressed such appreciation and respect for homeschoolers. He invited us to bring our kids to the capital. Very, very sweet. I’m so glad a God-fearing man is governor of our state.

    Thanks for your update. So glad you had a great weekend!

  17. 67
    Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife says:

    Beth, you just ruined Madeline (the darlin’ girl behind me straight from a cheer competition) and dern if I’m not going to have to hear about it tonight. I saw her while having lunch with my kids at school yesterday and we kept passing each other saying, “She was waving at me. Uh UH she was waving at ME..” lol

    And Melissa slept in Jimmy Carter’s bed? GET OUT! I have to know Melissa, what in the world were you thinking about besides peanuts?

  18. 68
    valerie says:

    What a great weekend! Thanks for the top 10 list.
    I'm with Kim…..trying not to be jealous & envious that I didn't get to go.
    Sounds like the whole weekend was fabulous!
    I'm so impressed with the Gov. of Georgia and his wife! That's just too cool that y'all got to spend the night in the Gov. mansion!
    Glad you had a great weekend.

  19. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Sounds like you had the biggest blast! Am so glad that you had such a blessed time and am praising our God for His sweet and tender and loving and FUN care over your life!

    Blessings, Siestas!

    Gretchen in Thousand Oaks, CA

  20. 70
    Emmy says:

    Oh I have had Jesus Saves running through my head since Sunday! I was singing it driving my kids to school this morning! (Oh course I sounded much better Sunday drown out by the Travis, praise team, orchestra and 300 voice choir!)

    Loved hearing your top 10! Adore Andy Stanley too- my husband and I just listened to his series Big Faith! So cool about the Governors Mansion! Did you all get to skate in your socks?

    So sad we missed the “Southern Siesta” luncheon!” One day I am going to get to hug and thank you in person for the gift you have been in my life! But we were thrilled to have you wave to us too during worship! Just made our day! (I was with Wendy-Mom of Eleven(12) and Joni and JMom from Lots of Scotts) We had a ball! Boy my thirsty soul needed that!

    Anyway this got too long sorry! Love you all! Have a very Blessed evening! Emmy : )

  21. 71
    Julie Reid says:

    Thank you for bringing us with you. I wish I could have really been there. I need me some good worship time!!! Can’t wait for the CD. Bless you Bethmoore!!

  22. 72
    Nana 2 four says:

    Oh, Beth I am so jealous (if I can be jealous and Godly…)! I wish I could have been there. It sounds like such fun and one day I will have my picture taken with you! I just know it! Are tickets still available for the Minister’wives thingy in Tennessee?? I kept putting off getting my ticket because I have ANOTHER grandbaby coming and if this one is early like her first then I might not get to go!

    In Him,

    Beth (What a great name!)

  23. 73
    Kiki says:

    For anyone interested, you can download the song Angela sang, “Mercy Seat” on itunes. It’s by Vicki Yohe, who leads worship at Priscilla Shirer’s events. It’s awesome!

    Beth, I loved your jacket from Sunday evening..big fan of animal print. My favorite thing to wear is a high-heel, closed-toed pair of zebra print shoes.

  24. 74
    Georgia Jan says:

    And I slept in the Abraham Lincoln bedroom, and it wasn't his bed or anything like that, it was just because his PICTURE is on the wall! (Last year I stayed in the Presidential suite, but this weekend there was NO ONE ELSE who could have stayed in that room but BETH MOORE!) She ruled that room – I wish y'all could have seen her "prancing" around in there…she owned it! She had to be hoisted up on the bed with her little petite self…

    As someone who has loved and respected Beth for over 10 years, it was a "highlight" of my heart to spend time with her and precious Melissa – whom I adore. That young woman is gifted AND beautiful! She and Colin are so precious together.

    God's grace is all over you, Beth. You had so much to do ALL weekend, and yet you are so gracious to everyone, taking time to give a hug, talk to someone – and truly listen. You really listen and you don't miss a thing!!! And you are beautiful!

    Thank you for speaking so well of Gov. & Mrs. Perdue – REAL attracts REAL – and that's what all of you are – Real sojourners – living lives for Jesus! Sonny brought in Beth & Melissa's luggage – and he is the epitome of a Southern gentleman! And Mary puts the lady in First Lady!

    Beth – If us Siestas make YOU laugh, then multiply that a kazillion times for all the joy and laughter YOU have brought to us!

    I love all the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Siestas. I am so honored I got to hug on y'all Sunday night. You are joyful and joy-filled. You bless me.

    The WORSHIP was a foretaste of glory divine. Travis Cottrell knows how to bring you into worship – the songs, the new, the old hymns…and Angela Cruz singing "Running" was anointed.

    Shaun Groves blessed my soul. My husband and I are going to sponsor a little 6 year old boy who lives in Colombia. I can't wait.

    I have to run – I have nursery duty at church tonight, and then choir rehearsal too –

    Much Love Always,
    Georgia Jan "GJ"

    So very glad you liked the Gevalia coffee. I am gleeful when it arrives in the mail! I will buy other off-brand items to keep myself in Gevalia coffee. It is a D-E-L-I-G-H-T!

  25. 75
    Kelly Jo says:

    I bet if you would have slept in a tent without a mattress in the governor’s yard you would still be on cloud nine! Some people just have fun!!!!!! I just think that you are the greatest and I love how God is soooooooo good to you! You do so much for Him and I’m sure he loves blessing you!! I truly love my siesta mama ๐Ÿ™‚ By the way I think you should do some type of “cruise conference” for all your siesta’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kelly Jo
    Albany, Ky

  26. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, Thanks for bringing us there with your writing. Can’t wait to see the DVD/CD thing.

    Apex, NC

  27. 77
    Dee Dee Wike says:

    Beth, I know I will probably never meet you on this side of heaven, and given the number of responses you get to your blog entries, you may never read mine, BUT I want you to know how precious you are to me and how I thank God for your infectious, amazing love for Him and His Word! (That may be the longest sentence I ever wrote.) Thank you for being REAL enough to reach out and touch the many “Siestas in Cristo” who read your blog. God has used you and your Bible studies so powerfully in my life — my greatest ambition in life is to have one-millionth the impact on others that you have had on so many, including me. God bless you, Girl! I may not have met you face-to-face, but I truly love you in the Lord.

    Dee Dee Wike

  28. 78
    Beth says:

    My Dear Dee Dee, I did most certainly read your wonderful comment and I truly love you in the Lord, too. I am blessed indeed to be your servant…AND your siesta.

    GJ, I adore you. You, Girlfriend, kill me. I will take that memory to the grave but, hey, can we make a few more??

  29. 79
    Adrienne says:

    Dear Beth,
    I loved reading about your trip to GA! I live in GA, just south of ATL and had hoped to make it to Travis’ concert but was already obligated to Dancing with the Stars (fun, but not Travis!!)
    I wanted to share a picture with you of my Biblestudy sisters. Last summer we did the “Psalms of Ascent” study. We wanted to share a picture of our staircase with you. PLEASE go look! I promised my sweet girls I would share it with you! I posted it on my blog:
    Thank you!! We are so blessed by your studies, and I love your blog!
    Thanks Beth!
    Adrienne Maples
    Senoia, GA

  30. 80
    Anonymous says:

    OK….first I have a confession….I am a Southern Georgia girl and had to immediately drop to my knees in repentance upon the reading of this blog and confess my jealousy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    On a serious note, I just had to make a comment about the Mercy Seat song…..I heard it for the first time at Deeper Still in Atlanta…I must say, it is one of the most powerful songs I have ever heard! I came home and bought it off ITunes, but I must say no one sounds quite like Angela…..so, record it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Praying for you all and love you bunches!!

    Wendy in Georgia

  31. 81
    Mocha with Linda says:

    Wow, it sounds like such fun! Can't wait for that CD & DVD to come out. It's been fun reading everyone's blogs about the experience. (I'm just glad I got to see Amanda at Girls Night Out in Houston so I don't feel like I totally missed out on any fun! LOL Just wish you had been sitting next to her too!)

    At breakfast with Lysa TerKeurst the next morning we got to talking about weird hotel experiences and I remembered you telling the story somewhere about checking into the room with the dead person in the bed. Lysa was a bit creeped out by that one!!

    Oh, and if the Governor's Mansion was that cool, imagine the mansion being prepared for you in heaven!!

  32. 82
    Anonymous says:

    Beth – Im so glad that your time in ATL was wonderful. But the point of my comment is this – I just went to my Esther study today and saw the video on mean girls. Can I just tell you how that resonated wildly completely with the women in the group (of Im sure at least a couple hundred) – especially when you mentioned women who dress provocativly in front of their husbands. It was insane! (In a good way).

    Can I also just tell you that I dont personally have any friends that walk around flaunting themselves in front of my husband, but (living in CA where the weather is mostly good and many people exercise outside) often especially in the spring/summer my husband will ask me to be more accommodating to him in the bedroom bc there are so many women walking around half naked. Well, I could go on, but Im sure you see my point.

    Blessings to you – you are such a gifted and wonderful person and example. Thank you for being so obedient to our Lord.

  33. 83
    Cindy- My Life HIS Story says:

    I’m with Dee Dee. I don’t want to be you, Beth, but I sure want to be His vessel.

    But I think I may need to do a little repentin’ for my jealousy over the Atlanta experience…including the Siesta lunch. I KNEW I was going to miss something good!

  34. 84
    perspectiveMae says:

    Oh Beth! Let me tell you! I have been filled with the spirit of God this past weekend that I can't even type! This has been so amazing to experiance because this has been a very teenage dramatic time in my life with friends and first boyfriends, and bible study with all these older women I don't know how to relate to!! It's crazy but I'm loving it! In fact, I'm thinking about calling you Wanda from now on. ;D But let me tell you. It's so funny to me but ever since that FBC Woodstock luncheon that you popped into to.. (I was the younger one who randomly asked for a hug after we moved the table. lol) I doubt you remember me, but ever since then.. when I see you on video I squeel to myself and think.. "I HUGGED HER!" then I just have to giggle to myself, because no one but my mom knows!

    I love you Beth and I'm so thankful for your Ester study. It has come into my life when I seriously needed it. & even though I may find it hard for me and 18 year old to connect to older women, it is a humbling experience.


  35. 85
    Mary Watkins says:

    What a fabulous time! Beth, thank you for sharing most of the details of the weekend with your seistas. I do feel as if were there. (well almost)

    Melissa in Jimmy Carter’s bed? How funny that she was awake until 3:00 am just thinking about it. It would be a little wierd for me too.

    I am looking forward to seeing the DVD. Do you know when it will be released? Just curious.

    Hugs everybody.

    Praying for Amanda…just 15 more days. I know you all are so excited to see your baby girl.


  36. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Dear Beth, What a blessed time you all had. One hug from God after another. I was so excited to hear about the taping and I have been praying for you all. My daughter gave me Travis’ Alive Forever worship CD for Christmas and it brings me to the Throne of God EVERY TIME I play it. I dance before the Lord, I weep, I worship The Lord it is such a blessing. Travis is annointed in what God has given him to do. I really appreciate how God works through His servants in different ways. I am thankful too you had a great weekend. In Jesus’ Love Kathy Knoblock

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    faithWalker says:

    Through a sweet gift from God this MN girl was in Atlanta Sunday night. The 75 degree temperature change was reason enough to start singing praises as we got off the plane. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for graciously accepting a MN hug and for sweetly extending a TX one. To have the opportunity to tell you thank you for ALL that you do was truly an answer to prayer. The words thank you seem so small, but they are HUGE in my heart.

    And Travis, and the choir, and Cindy, and the praise team and, and, and…it was anointed…truly. I’m not sure worship will ever be the same.

    Bless you,

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    Mitzi says:

    Y’all, Sunday evening was such a meaningful experience. I can not even tell you….. Beth, speaking of real worship coming out of where you are now, being honest with God, ummmm….. did you somehow make it down the road a bit and read my journal? I still can’t even put it into words. I haven’t worshipped that freely in years. Y’all probably have no idea what I am saying and I have never been good at expressing my emotions, so I will just say, WOW!!! God is SOOO GOOD!!!

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    Mary Watkins says:

    What a wonderful time! Beth, thank you for sharing most everything with your Siestas. I feel as if I were there. (Well almost)

    Melissa in Jimmy Carter’s bed? I can just see her awake and thinking, “I’m in Jimmy Carter’s bed.” It would be wierd for me too.

    You all bless my heart and keep laughing.

    Hugs everybody!

    Praying for Amanda…just 15 more days.

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    Sherry says:

    What an awesome weekend! Looking forward to the release of the DVD.

    The Govenor’s mansion AND the President’s suite??? Fantastic!


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    Little Millie says:

    I was so fortunate to be able to be there Sunday evening. I drove down from Tennessee. I was by myself but it was a wonderful experience. I am so grateful for Travis. He is amazing and truly leads worship. I can not wait for the CD and DVD.

    Everything about the evening just fit. It all pointed to one thing, Jesus. The music and your words, like a complete whole. Thank you so much for all the hard work that I know you put into this experience.

    Blessings on you and on Travis and the worship team, there are no words to express my deepest gratitude.


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    Carlos says:

    OK. I think I’m the first dude to comment here. It was GREAT meeting you at Buckhead on Sunday Beth. Melissa is a GREAT friend to my bride and we thank you for her.
    Next time I’m leading you in worship…PLEASE run up and down the isles. My people need it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    DigiNee says:

    Thank you for sharing —– can sense the specialness of the entire weekend . . .


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    Kim Safina says:

    The Journey Continues ~

    You got your earthly
    in the Governor’s Mansion and just you wait until We see our Heavenly Mansions with the Holy One!!!

    I love your heartfelt love for your family, friends, ministry outreach, and all of us!

    With “Heaven Bound” blessings,

    gotta get ready to watch
    American Idol ~
    hoping for another
    Mandisa spirit on the show! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Nichole's Mom says:

    You are too much! So funny and endearing. I loved Amanda’s post! She is so sweet. I started “A Heart like His”… You had some serious hair for that one. I remember always wanting hair like that, I have thin hardly there hair. There were about 10 or 11 of us at the study and when you came on the screen you could hear the collective intake of breath and then a huge WOW! I wish you could of been there, you would of laughed and laughed! Love you all.


    PS. I memorized both my verses and the one for the 1st!!!!

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    Rachel in Louisiana says:

    I think when you refer to Atlanta as ATL that means you officially spend way too much time in the airport. LOL!

    When we lived in Auburn, AL we used to call it Hotlanta because it was so hot in the summer months.

    So glad you had a great weekend with everyone and got to see Melissa and Colin too.

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    Anonymous says:

    Since there are so many ATL girls on here, can I ask for advice? I am new to the Woodstock/ Roswell/ East Cobb triangle. I loved the worship at Woodstock Baptist Sunday night and would love to go to a church with that strong of a music ministry, because that is what I grew up with. I have attended a few services there and like it, but it is too big for my dear husband. He is used to smaller churches. We are thinking we could find a church to fit us both in the 500-1000 size. The church has to have good music and be a solid church with some good family ministries. We tend to go toward Baptist or non-denominational. I know this isn’t really the time or place, but thought you could help a siesta out. Thanks for any help. Katie

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    Moose Mama says:

    Well, of course the President’s Suite!! What a wonderful weekend for you. And Travis, my word! I watched the concert on the FBCW website…There was praising and clapping here, so I’m pretty sure it was phenomenal, there! And I love the way Angela does “Mercy Seat”. Mercy INDEED!!!

    You are too kind to mention me and Miesta Moose. Tammy (aka Inga) asked me to send him as a surprise. It was so fun to see him there, without me, and you holding him. Memories of San Antonio….

    Thanks for sharing with us. Love you so. (and thanks for Esther!)

    Melana in Wyoming

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    Missy says:

    I’m so glad y’all had such a wonderful time and thanks for sharing the top 10 with us! I’m still trying to figure out how I missed that y’all were all getting together! I live 4 hours from ATL and would have been THRILLED to have come to the event. So I’m a little sad that I didn’t get to be with my other Southern Siestas. ๐Ÿ™ Maybe next time…

    Glad you made it back home safely to your hubby and to VVPG. We kept her company while y’all were having fun without her! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Missy in SC

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    Following Hard says:

    Can I thank you for an upbeat post? We’re facing some layoffs at work (just heard Monday), and just today I’ve heard three heartwrenching stories of things going on the private lives of some members of our work community. It has been some kind of week, and it’s only Wednesday! This post is the first good news I’ve heard in days.

    But I’m looking at the joyous side. If I’m jobhunting in a few weeks, it could just be that my “inhairitance” is getting a divine makeover. :- )

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