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. 101
    Lavender Dreamer says:

    Fabulous! Love hearing all about your adventures! Thank you!

  2. 102
    Moose Mama says:

    I like it when the guys write on the blog. It makes me wonder how many closet “miestas” we have that read the blog on the sly. They know we’ve got a good thing!

    Melana in Wyoming

  3. 103
    Anonymous says:

    WOW Baby!
    Now that sounds like one happenin’ weekend to me. I would have loved to been a part of that one. or just a fly on the wall to watch it all.
    Thanks for not forgetting about us Beth. :0)


  4. 104
    Denise says:

    Thanks for taking the time to give us the details. Women love all the juicy details. What an awesome weekend!

    YES! We love our dear Governor Perdue and his sweet Mary! They are tremendous blessings! I love to hear Mary speak, for she shares her love for Jesus in a beautiful way.

    Oh, Beth, the Spirit was so powerful at the concert! Thanks for shining and sharing your passion for Jesus Christ! Travis was so amazing! I felt like I was in Heaven! Glory!

  5. 105
    Stephanie says:

    Thanks for sharing your 10 highlights were very good it was almost like I was there again thanks for sharing and glad you are back.

  6. 106
    Anonymous says:

    There is an identical Anthropologie jacket on eBay right now, but it’s a size 2 – that’s about 152 sizes too small for this Supersize Siesta.

  7. 107
    Jackie Sue says:

    loved this post! Wish I could’ve been there, but reading this makes me feel as though I kinda was. Can’t wait to see the dvd…so glad that you all had a great time. I love how you enjoy recounting your experiences. I always have my kids do that…”what was your favorite thing?”…just want to take every moment to be grateful for the goodness He brings to our lives and always want to make a point of noticing. Blessings!

  8. 108
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Beth!
    You may not remember, but we met Sunday AM at Buckhead. I was the crazy girl that chased you down in the main floor of the church( and did my Beth Moore impression for you :). I told you what an AWESOME influence you have been on my life. You told me you saw the Spirit of God on me and I just have to tell you, that has stayed with me. You will never know what it means for God to have chosen you to be his mouth piece to me!! You are a spiritual GIANT in my life! So thank you. Please come back to Buckhead soon!ALl my prayers and best to you.
    Heather Maxey
    Atlanta, GA

  9. 109
    Sarah says:

    Sounded so awesome, wanted to be there so much. Travis talked a little about it on his facebook, but love all your details. Women need details. We cannot survive without them. Man you must have come back on a spiritual high sounds like a huge spiritual weekend. I can’t wait for another Travis cd, have him plugged into my MP3 player.
    Love ya
    Be blessed
    Sarah- prayer warrior

  10. 110
    Sarah says:

    Oh forgot to add
    ” THE PRESIDENTS SUITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

  11. 111
    glorysuzy says:

    Oh I do feel like I was there. I just love you so much Beth. You will never know how much I enjoy reading your blogs and what a blessing you are.

  12. 112
    Donna Brewer, Cumming, GA says:

    Wow, I had no idea you had a weekend like that!
    I would have loved to be at the luncheon too. While I was waiting for everything to get started I was looking around me and wondering if there were any other Siestas close by! I should have ask I guess.

    My husband went with me and he totally understands now why my daughter, daughter-in-law and I love to hear you and Travis! It was a very moving experience for us both to share with each other.
    We also sponsored one of the children that Shaun spoke about. I guess God really spoke to me because my hand went up without even thinking about it and we now are going to be getting to know the cutest little girl! I can’t wait to get letters from her and to send her some back reminding her that God does indeed love and cherish her!
    Beth, please talk to Travis and y’all come back to GA and let’s do it again!

  13. 113
    lavonda says:

    I had such a wonderful day Sunday with those of you I met and got to spend time with!

    I didn’t get to hug you, Beth, or THANK YOU for helping me forgive my ex-husband and my sister, so please let me tell you here: I thank you so much for your ministry and what you’ve done to help so many like myself. Thank you for letting Him use you.

    I’m the one who is too shy to ever go up and ask for a hug or try to talk to you… you’d probably have to seek me out if we’re ever meant to have a conversation. So, for this side of Heaven, here’s a giant ((hug)) from me.

    Beth, your surprise was so sweet — thank you for popping in on us! My daughter Emily (she’s 8) has been begging me for a year to take her with me to a LPM conference and I’ve always told her no. She reads the blog with me, and watches you on Wednesdays with me, and has seen several of your videos with me here at home. She even quotes scripture to her classmates when they misbehave! Since we live here and go to FBCW, I let her come to lunch with me that day as a special treat.
    I know you probably wouldn’t remember in the craziness of that 20 minutes, but you hugged her to you and gave her a kiss — that meant more to me than if you’d have hugged me! Thank you for being so sweet to her.

    Much love from Georgia,

  14. 114
    Auntie Em says:

    I debated whether or not to leave this comment, and I did send one to the LPM website. Not sure which is better to do. Anyway, Beth Moore has been my Bible study leader for many years as I have followed my husband all over the country (5 moves in 5 years of marriage!) and didn’t have a local group to meet with always. Anyway, I finally figured that I would want to tell my local Bible study leader, and I wanted to tell her too and ask for prayer.

    I am pregnant with conjoined twins who are not expected to live if they even make it to delivery. God is completely faithful, and I have been so blessed by Him during this time, but I just wanted to share it with y’all and ask for your prayers. I have a site that gives more information if anyone is interested. It is: http://www.carepages.com/carepages/AnnaandEmma

    Thank you for allowing me to share this with you.

    In Christ,
    Paige Wright

  15. 115
    Faith says:

    It was an amazing night and one I will not soon forget. Thank you Ms. Beth for bringing those words that so helped to prepare our hearts to worship.

    I saw your sweet little Melissa and, if possible, she is even more beautiful in person!

    I can’t stop talking about what an incredible evening it was!!!

  16. 116
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, you deserved a grande time!!!-thank you for taking the time and love to share with us- I’m just awed what God is communicating through your ministry to ladies like myself- I do pray your are receiving as much as we are receiving! Lots of love dear friend-

  17. 117
    NYCTexan says:

    Your stories make me ache to know and love Jesus in that way. . .

  18. 118
    christine says:

    Beth, thanks for the awesome recap. You make me smile and I thank God for your ministry to us.
    I am so thrilled that Melissa and Colin go to Buckhead church! I prayed they would end up there when you first told us they would be in Atlanta–and to be friends with Carlos and Heather make it even sweeter. We moved to ATL to go to the northern campus–Brown’s Bridge, and have been so blessed.
    Please come back soom to ATL and let more of us know about the luncheon!

  19. 119
    Susan in OKC says:

    Beth, I just first of all want to say and echo the thoughts of all the Siesta’s. I do love you to pieces! I don’t know that you will have time to read all the comments or read mine, because I know there are so many. Thank you for the recap of the Atlanta weekend. You and your girls make us feel like family. I think what I love so much about you is that you are SO real, SO authentic and just dang Fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ You make us desire Jesus more with every breath. For that alone, but for many more reasons, YOU are loved so deep down, words can’t adequately express it.
    Susan in OKC

  20. 120
    GentillyIzzie says:

    Ok.. I am late posting to this but just had to comment on the whole President suite thang…. Siesta Mama you know that room was meant for you. I have several friends named Beth, and one day a friend of mine and I were talking about where God was leading after graduation from seminary and she said well Beth said this morning in essence sit still until you know God is leading you to a certian place. I asked which Beth had said that and she said THE BETH you know the Queen B. I knew immediatly she was talking about something she had read in her Biblestudy time. I tell you the whole Megillah (ha) to say here in New Orleans You are The Queen B.

    Can’t wait to see you here in the great city!!!
    Love ya a whole bunch in Jesus,

  21. 121
    Becky says:

    Beth, enjoyed you top 10. I know exactly how you feel about walking into FBC Woodstock it is awesome. I will be there on the 11th – 13th of Feb for the Real Evangelism conference this is my 4th trip over. Two days and three glorious nights with some of the most awesome men of God bring his word and some of the greatest choirs you could ever wish to hear. When they lead in worship and everyone is sing in one accord you would think you could hear the angels in heaven stepping back to listen. So looking forward to the trip. I will have to give a run down about it on my blog when we get back. Keep us in your prayers as we travel from Gadsden AL to Woodstock.

    Attalla, AL

  22. 122
    harmonysong says:

    I laughed hysterically at this post, and then came to tears by the end just picturing that time of corporate worship. It makes me so excited to worship at the throne of the LORD for all eternity as ONE body!

  23. 123
    jenlovesthelord says:

    Thank you for making me smile beth. Right now I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders. I’m extreamly stressed because I found out recently that my hours are being cut at work.

  24. 124
    hisfivefooter says:

    You guys are all so beautiful! I was so jealous of the whole thing…oh well. Since you spoke about our inHairetence at the last Siestaville I was at, I was just wondering how you all keep your hair from frizzing in all that humidity! Seriously. I’m not kidding around here, you all look terrific and when I went to good ole San Antone, it was…shall I say a hair-raising experience? In fact, we were almost late because I was in such desperate need of hair ministry! Please let us know when the worship CD comes out! Will it be on I-tunes? Love you all so much, and am praying for Baby Girl and Amanda and Curtis and Jackson and Melissa and Colin and Beth and Keith. Does that cover all in your family? Love you-
    Lisa in Kirkland,WA

  25. 125
    Cheri-Beri says:

    We have a few songs at church that now that I think about it, make me want to run laps, too. I think the next time we sing one I’m going to tell my husband I need to take a lap for the Lord. I am so excited to say this to him I don’t know if I’m going to be able to wait until one of those songs is sung.

    Thank you for the joy you spread. You’re so much fun! Oh, and if you ever find out the name of the Mercy Seat/Running song, could you tell us?? Thank you!

  26. 126
    rebekah says:

    What a cool and fun weekend, Beth! That’s one of my favorite songs you all do and I can’t wait to get the cd.

    We’ve lived a lot of different places around the country, and there’s nothing like a Southern city at it’s best! I still get my copies of Southern Lady magazine and Tea Time of course as well.:)

  27. 127
    Joyce says:

    Can I just say I love this blog…

    Blessings today to all of you! Joyce

  28. 128
    Anonymous says:

    LOL..farmer’s wife…you are very witty. I tried to post on your blog but I was unable to do it “Anonymously” so I didn’t..

    Chicken I know…brawk brawk!

    It sounded like a wonderful time in ATL…wow Beth!! Thank you for sharing with all of us and including us in the nitty gritty of it all. “Enjoyed the highlights of the inhairitance at the Big ATL”!!

    I am excited for the DVD…can’t wait, especially to hear the Mercy Seat song…very cool.

    There are numerous and completely wonderful bloggers/siestas/salsas on here. Thanks for sharing, caring and just plain enriching many peoples’ lives with all your heartfelt stories and witty sense of humors and just plain down to earth, good Christian FUN!! Thanks EVERYONE!!

    Lord Bless you in Abundance!!!

  29. 129
    Lyn says:

    Thanks so much for sharing with us. I can see it through your eyes.
    Wow! The President’s suite!!! Yikes! Did you sleep at all?
    Love ya

  30. 130
    Discipled Pilgrim says:

    I’m so glad I’m a part of the LPM and siesta community and get to read awesome posts like this.

  31. 131
    purefire says:

    Thanks for sharing. I soooo wanted to be there, but just couldn’t make it happen. I can’t wait for the CD/DVD!! Love ya’ll and am praying.

  32. 132
    Belle says:

    Sunday night was so powerful! My DD (who is 17) and I just felt almost overwhelmed by the spirit in that place!

  33. 133
    Chris says:

    So, I just started the Esther study a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve gotta ask–Beth, which was better? The presidential suite or that amazing closet (“oh the shoes! oh the purses! oh the capris!”) As much as I love a vast and organized closet, I’m a sucker for a beautiful bed–especially if I get to sleep in it!

    Thanks for all the lovely, juicy details. It’s so fun hearing about your adventures!

  34. 134
    Sharron says:

    Beth, my siesta friend and I were there with our hubbies……it was a worship experience like no other. We did not get to come for Sunday AM and lunch and hate we missed it but WOW……an amazing, magical, Spirit-filled evening. We have talked and talked about Angela ‘s Mercy Seat song as well. God certainly blessed! I will never forget that experience…..that church is HUGE!!

  35. 135
    Carmen says:

    Beth: My LORD, I was there and what an awesome presence of the HOLY SPIRIT!! What I enjoyed most was watching everyone worship in their comfort zone…it was funny when Shawn said to clap like the “Baptist”, then said let’s make believe we’re “Pentecostal” and make a louder noise! Cracked me up cause I’m one of the loud ones!! Isn’t is wonderful that we can all worship and praise HIM and there’s really no difference among us when it comes to loving HIM! I believe that’s the way it will be when we all get to heaven, a beautiful BLEND of all of us!! May the Lord Bless you Always as you continually BLESS others!! Love you mucho! Carmen :o)

  36. 136
    Bridgette Jencks says:

    Thanks for clarifying the Max Lucado thing…wow – I thought I had lost my blonde brain for good!

  37. 137
    Emmy says:

    One more thing… I LOVED how you all talked about Worship… the Holy Spirit used that to speak to the deepest places in my heart! Oh it ministered to me!

    (here is one for my insecurity) In my last comment… I meant to say- I “HOPE” one day I’ll get to hug you in person so I can thank you for the gift you have been to me in my life!

    Thank you for serving us so tirelessly… you will never even begin to know my depth of gratitude! I praise Him for your life and ministry! Such a Blessing… such a Blessing!

    Have a Happy Day! Emmy : )

  38. 138
    tami in la says:

    Can’t wait to get the CD or DVD. I believe the Lord has so anointed Travis and the others involved. My kids and I went to a beach “concert” Travis did last summer. The worship was so incredible–TREMENDOUS is a good word for it. I felt the presence of the LORD like never before. At one point I felt as though my spirit was going to literally soar!

  39. 139
    My Boys says:

    This post has nothing to do with yours but I just had to get it on here. I went to the first night of the Esther study last night and I was absolutely amazed at the way God was speaking to me through you. I have been going through my own “dark night of the soul”. I lost my precious Daddy unexpectedly on December 13. God undoubteldy carried me through those first few days but I have felt like he left at the same time all of the rest of the people cleared out of my house. I am hanging in there KNOWING that God is with me but simply not feeling His presence with me. Then a friend of mine lost a baby yesterday. She was about 16 weeks into a surprise preganancy. I admit I was (more than) a little angry with God yesterday. I just don’t see the “Why’s” lately. I know that I am not always supposed to know why but just to trust. Anyway the precious lady who normally leads the studies had asked me to pass out the books, have everyone introduce themselves and then play the video because she had a family emergency. I told God on the way that I didn’t even feel worthy to pass out the books at this study but that I would trust in Him. Needless to say I was blown away that I felt as if you were talking straight to me during most of the video. Thanks Mama Beth for allowing God to use you to touch so many women. You are a major blessing in my life! My family always gets tickled when I talk about “Beth” as if you are someone I talk with all the time. Love ya siesta!

  40. 140
    kathleen in TX says:

    Wow! that sounds like an amazing time!! I can’t wait until the CD/DVD comes out!

  41. 141
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Sister Beth, I am a guy that has been encouraged by your ministry and studies. I know you aim more at the ladies, but want you knowing there are a ton of men that are deeply affected by your love for the love and your serious approach to the scripture, as well as your integrity. Just wanted to say thanks for your ministry, and know there are guys out there praying for you and proud that you are our sister in the Lord. Keep up the good work and know you are being prayed for!! Dave

  42. 142
    Melissa Terry says:

    Mama siesta! I have been dieing to tell you about the daily victories that the Lord has been providing as I have been daily weilding my sword. It has been miraculous! Praise His glorious name and the power of His word.

    It is alive and active in me!


    Melissa Terry

  43. 143
    Esther Taylor says:

    Incredible. I felt “as if” I were there by your visual explanations. Praise God His blessing to you AND all the other participants…with the blessings He has gifted Travis and the other “songsters”. Are we in Heaven yet?

    et from Wyoming, Iowa

  44. 144
    Big Mama says:

    First of all, loved getting to see you and Melissa.

    Second, if you’re giving away that jacket I’d like to be the first to sign up.

    Third, all the Moore girls have about the best inhairitance I’ve ever seen. I think y’all already received your double portion in the coiffure department.

  45. 145
    Shelley Hendrix says:

    As a member of FBC Woodstock since 1990, let me just say that this past weekend was definitely in my top 10 of all the best experiences we’ve had there in the nearly 20 years I’ve had the privilege of worshipping with folks I dearly love. I am biased, I know, but there is just no other leader like Johnny Hunt. He’s been my pastor since I was 16 years old and there is no one on earth who has instilled a passion for God and His Word like my own pastor. I’m still tickled pink that you got to experience a little of what God is doing there, and I’m ecstatic that I got to be there Sunday for a very unique time of worship. WOW. And, don’t get me started on our governor. We admire him and Ms. Mary more than words can express. They are the real deal. They invest in people like you wouldn’t believe. The only disappointment was to find out that there was a Siesta Luncheon and I never knew! ๐Ÿ™ One of these days we’ll get together…if not here, I’ll meet you by the Crystal Sea and we’ll talk about our Savior and our love for coffee and our hair issues and the Word, I’m sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  46. 146
    Suzanne says:

    You are just full of a bunch of words! I feel like your best friend sitting and having coffee with you and getting all caught up and I never have met you face to face. I’m a Northwest Siesta and maybe some day well think of a really fun name! Looking forward to having coffee with you in heaven face to face. For right now, we are gearing up for Esther and have a record turnout! I pray it will make them hunger for His Word.
    Praise Him

  47. 147
    Dee says:

    Beth, your exuberance overwhelms me. The whole thing sounds incredibly wonderful. With that in mind, imagine eternity in heaven with forever to worship! Praise His Holy Name. I’m so glad you shared your top 10 with us. Love you, Deida

  48. 148
    Heiress of God says:

    Mama Beth:

    I love how you make each of us feel like we were there even though all of us couldn’t be. It makes my heart swell with love to hear how Jesus showed up and just poured His love, grace and mercy on you and our other Southern Siestas!!!!

    I bet you were in the car on the way home going Godd Job God! Good Job!

    Please let us know if you can when the cd or dvd comes out so we too can share in all the joy and excitement.

    I love you Beth!

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    Meagan says:

    Beth, Thanks so much for your part in the evening of worship! As always, it was such a blessing! Some good friends of mine won meet and greet tickets through the local christian radio station, but accidentally ended up in the dinner for Lifeway winners. They were so excited to get to meet you and were so impressed by the warm welcome they received once they realized they were in the wrong place! What an amazing evening! Thanks for sharing some of the details of the rest of the weekend with us!

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    Anonymous says:

    Wow what an amazing weekend..i can only imagine how the presence of the Lord was ALL over everyone.To the ladies that got luncheon with you good for ya’ll i hope you soaked up every bit of funny and wisdom Beth has. One day it will be my turn..LOL
    Praying for all god has planned for you Beth.

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