I LOVED PORTLAND

I love them, I loved them, I loved them, I LOVED THEM! Siestas, thank you so much for your powerful prayers for a God-show at the Portland Living Proof Live. We had a whopping 7,300 women (astounding numbers to us from that area of the county) from the beautiful Northwest who hit that place SERIOUS about worship and Bible Study. The Holy Spirit was so thick in Memorial Coliseum at Rose Quarter that I got chill bumps the second I hit that platform. I can’t remember if that particular thing has ever happened before. Honestly, the hair stood straight up on my arms. All the events are memorable and special to me in one way or another but sometimes Christ seems to go out of His way to show Himself present. I think maybe He did it this time to show His great affection to these mighty warriors of the faith who must feel substantially outnumbered at times. They were the kind of group that, when I tried to wrap up the lesson at 9:00 PM on Friday night, they yelled for us to keep going. We’d already been going strong for two solid hours. It was unbelievable. I will never forget them. I LOVED THEM. And, if you were there, Girlfriend, I loved you.

I wanted to share with you a little something that I shared with them. I wasn’t the only person from Houston, Texas in Portland, Oregon this weekend. The Houston Rockets also descended en masse upon Rose City to go into playoffs against the Portland Trailblazers, best out of seven. In fact, they were playing right next door to the arena where our event was being held and the basketball would officially hit the floor on Saturday just six hours after we vacated the premises. My group seemed a bit amazed at the coincidence but I assured them that the line-up was not at all unusual. Yao Ming and I are BFF, and, as we each plan our year, we often schedule our events together. In fact, I reminded my group of the huge mural on the side of their basketball arena right outside our event door with the Trailblazers’ Big Three on it and shared what Houstonians see on the side of our arena and on numerous billboards around town:

One reason we schedule our LPL events to end at noon is so that I can freshen up, change clothes and head on down to the arena where the Rockets then play in that particular city so that I can give Yao a hand.

We (Yao and I) did pretty well last night but, now that I’ve fallen so in love with Portland, I don’t want to make a big deal of it. After all, the one huge thing we learned this weekend is that, if Christ is going to be formed in us (Galatians 4:19), we better be crucified to these big, fat egos of ours (Galatians 2:20). That’s why I just wear basic black and white on the court. I don’t want to draw attention to myself.

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  1. 151
    Lanelle says:

    Beth,
    THANK YOU!
    I was invited literally at 6pm on friday, didn’t know what I was going to, had no time to think but drive (as I live an HOUR from the venue) I didn’t know you at all, and I really, to be honest, was a bit skeptical… women can be so shmarmy…

    But.
    I just want to shout out to my amazing friend Estelle who waited at the door for me til 7:05 when I arrived, and hauled me across the arena to rows clear up on the other side IN THE DARK – because she was willing to be obedient…
    AND.
    I want to shout out to Christ, for living through each of us. Thank you for your ministry, your willingness to be completely bold and raw and passionate about the truth… I loved it. I came away, really, truly, changed… I live this crazy life with a crazy past and think surely God has a plan but… really… and then, you actually used words lifted out of my story and I said, hm. yep. Okay. I have been truly on the full surrender thing and yet, I didn’t see it all… til God used you to fully clarify…

    You may have no idea…
    But God does! Isn’t he really cool?

  2. 152
    Teresa Lee says:

    WE love you, we love you, we love you! I was there in Portland and we love you!!!!! May we be morphed into the likeness of Jesus, so He might have full reign in our hearts and we experience ALL HE longs for us to have!!!!! Power, authority, miracles, abundant life!!!!! Thanks for coming!!!!!♥

  3. 153
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, I had the great pleasure of seeing you in Portland! I knew your name but I confess, I hadn’t read your books (yet) or done the Beth Moore bible study at my church so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I LOVE your spirit! I feel so renewed and revived – God was truly in that place! I’m so grateful for my revived spirit. And now I KNOW that JESUS CHRIST has formed into my body – fingertip to fingertip! I am so thankful to him! God Bless you!

    Angel

  4. 154
    Dianne says:

    This is just too hilarious!

  5. 155
    Sandie says:

    This is the first time blogging for me so I hope I get this right.
    I just wanted to write and say I was one of the gals in Portland. It was a five hour drive to Portland with a two hour wait in the hotel lobby to check in and then another forty five minutes in line to the event then another hour and a half for it to start and ohhh was it worth it. This was my first living Proof Live Event. I was so blessed. I felt led to go alone this time but I think I will definetly take a friend next time. I just wanted to tell you Beth that you have made such a big difference in my life and you have taught me so much. Thank You. At one point at the conference you leaned across me to ask a lady her six words and I wanted to jump up and say hi Beth you mean so much to me and throw my arms around you but I was afraid that I would be thrown to the ground and led out by security lol. Again thank you.

  6. 156
    Kristy says:

    Beth, we had so much fun this weekend. Thank you for sharing such a great message. God has been dealing with me on a lot of the things you talked about. Oh, how I love him. Also, my husband wanted to keep knowing why I was always talking in six words. hee hee. Last of all, my sister-in-law attended and she forgot to do her homework. She was on the aisle and you stood one aisle in front of her. She was so afraid you’d call on her she thought about running to the restroom, but was terrified that you might chase her down. It was priceless. Love you. Thanks so much for coming. Kristy

  7. 157
    Asahi (Rising Sun) says:

    Dearest Beth:
    PORTLAND LOVES YOU TOO—VERY MUCH! Living Proof Live has truly changed the direction of my life. Do you remember me? I was the very ill woman you prayed for whose six life descriptors were “I am dying, take me home” and yet after receiving the nourishment and medicine of Friday night’s service, the Lord transformed me so much so that my life’s words are now “I am yours, take me anywhere.” I feel so restored, replenished and healed that I don’t even feel the need to go back to my Cardiologist because the ultimate Physician of all has healed me; I just know it Beth–Praise God. Thank you. From my family, my friends and most especially my three sons Gabriel, Samuel and Elijah—thank you for your prayers, thank you for your compassion, thank you for your courage, thank you for your obedience to God, thank you for your faith through an exceptional life whose ego is daily crucified so that Christ can be continually formed in you and through you to minister resurrection to the lives of hundreds and thousands who have been and will be healed from the suffocating chains of repression and rebellion to the everlasting freedom of Christ’s reformation. I will see you in Heaven, girlfriend, joining you with the ultimate praise team of angels but— be reassured precious sister— that after your intercession-I am not going anywhere until the Lord himself– takes me there.
    In His will,
    Elizabeth Asahi (Rising Sun)

  8. 158
    Beth.. One Blessed Nana says:

    This is just too funny – I was actually buying into it for just a little bit!

    Glad that God showed up big time in Portland!

    Beth

  9. 159
    puzzlepiecesista says:

    Oh Beth, we laughed, we cried and oh boy did we worship our Jesus together. Hisfivefooter and I are still riding the high from the weekend in Portland!! There really is “No High Like The Most High”!!!! The Holy Spirit did DROP in that place in a MIGHTY way from the moment worship began. Friday night I just sobbed all through worship and kept telling the Father I didn’t want this mountain-top time to end. Oh, just to be in HIS presence, my we got a taste of heaven didn’t we!!

    Lisa and I were like high school girls again and we got one of the band guys to pass Travis a note that we were there and said hi. He’s such a sweetie, he made sure and came out and found us to give us a hug and say hello.

    We miss you so much already and we just LOVED YOU!!! In fact, I don’t think we’ve ever loved you more!!! Thanks for bringin’ it to us this weekend, we needed it soooo…much and yes, so much of the time we do feel so out-numbered here. My six words:

    Jesus and Me, we’re the majority!!

    I pray I never forget the word that you brought us……crucify it!! Until CHRIST is formed in you!! Amen and Amen.

    Big Hug on you neck ((((()))))!!
    Angela in Redmond, WA

  10. 160
    Kelly Ann says:

    Thank you, Beth for following the Spirit’s lead to Portland….I was SO BLESSED by you this weekend!!! It was the thrill of a lifetime to join my voice with the 7,200+ others in worship of our mighty Savior. Heaven is just gonna be a blast, I tell you!
    My six words were: “PRONE TO WANDER — CHAINED TO GRACE”. This, honestly, should be a bumper sticker stuck to my forehead. I had a few others, but this one pretty much sums it all up for me.
    I absolutely loved what you had us do at the end – speaking God’s amazing words of Truth over each other…..I wish we had a copy of what we said to tape to my bathroom mirror. Thanks for serving the Lord and for doing it so transparently. You rock, Beth Moore – because you’re standing on THE ROCK!!!! Oh, and by the way – you’re darling, too!

  11. 161
    Pam G. says:

    That is amazing!

  12. 162
    In His Grace says:

    Oh Dearest Beth,
    I read this blog about Portland and had tears come immediately to my eyes. I was there and want you to know that I was blessed beyond measure with your wonderful teaching, Travis and the worship team and all of the “church” ladies ~ It was an overwhelming and spiritually blessed experience and I am praying that you come back SOON! (I had to miss Friday evening due to illness, but I felt as though God didn’t let me miss a beat!) Blessings to you, my beloved teacher and thanks for your humility and love for all of us Siestas.
    Loving Him and Serving Him,
    Cheri

  13. 163
    Nightingale says:

    HILARIOUS!!!

    One of my favorite blog entries ever. Ever.

    Thanks for brightening up my Monday!

  14. 164
    Jkhb says:

    Freaking Hilarous! You go girl!

  15. 165
    Anonymous says:

    The Lord led the way for me to attend Portland. I normally do not go to anything away from home, my health is so bad. I was so God filled this weekend. Pain was not a factor. I came away from Portland renewed in Jesus. Realizing for the first time just how much my EGO gets into the way of modeling the very one I love the most…JESUS.

    I also came away from Portland believing that Beth Moore is a good friend of mine.

    My heart, soul and mind were so touched!

    Mary Marg from Cottage Grove

  16. 166
    Anonymous says:

    I just moved to Florence, Oregon and when I heard you were going to be in Portland I was so sorry that it was too late to attend! It was a beautiful weekend here, I hope you were able to enjoy some of the outdoors!

    Those who love the Lord here in Oregon are so hungry for Him and His Word! God is doing a thing in His people, it’s thrilling and a little bit scarey, too! (I’m going through “Daniel”, need I say more?)

    Thanks for the pictures, I love this kind of humor! I laughed so hard!! When I need a good laugh I’ll visit this entry again!!

    Appreciate you all so much!!

  17. 167
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Beth! Can you please post the prayer that we read over each other at the end? Thank you for serving Him and, in doing so, inspiring me to do so. Love, Kim

  18. 168
    Anonymous says:

    I love it! This post is priceless! Siesta Beth, Are you a southpaw? And was that a hook shot you were making or was that the long ball to Yao Ming? I can now see how the Rockets are dominating their opponents!!!Let’s hope it’s Houston vs. Orlando in the championship game!

    Question:It’s obvious that you have knowledge of the game. If truth be known…Did You give Melissa basketball tips when she was a player or did she give them to you?

    Anne

  19. 169
    dinimae says:

    Beth I know that you read the comments on this blog and I just wanted to tell you that as one of the blessed women at Portland you were AMAZING!!! It’s true we really didn’t want you to stop. I have never felt so invigorated at 9:30-10:00 PM in the evening. Please tell Travis and the worship team how blessed I was and all of the ladies from our fellowship didn’t want him to stop either!!! We do feel outnumbered many times up here in our neck of the woods. This is one of the most liberal and lost areas of the US. Continue to pray for a powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit on all of us to stand strong for JESUS!! Again thank you and if I were there I would give you such a hug on the neck we would be attached!! XOXO dinimae

  20. 170
    Destiny Project-Gift of the Heart says:

    Beth, I was there in Portland and it was amazing!!!!! I’m glad to know that others get the “God tingle” too…I thought I was strange! You are an amazing woman and we are so blessed for your commitment to the faith. God is using you mightily for sure!!! I am wondering if there’s any way for you to post on your blog the final prayer you had us share with a woman next to us. It was powerful and I’d love to continue to pray it! Big hugs to you sister!

  21. 171
    Three Fold Cord says:

    Too Stinkin’ Funny!!

  22. 172
    Tracy says:

    Beth, I was there and have to share this with you….I could have used the ‘EGO’ message prior to packing for our trip from Bend to see you in Portland. I only packed CUTE shoes and now am suffering from tendonitis due to all the walking in those cute shoes:) I’m a young thing that is fairly fit and have no other excuse for tendonitis in my left ankle then cute shoes, Beth Moore event and SHOPPING:)!! It was life transforming and now God has me at full attention with my leg up! God Bless you!

  23. 173
    Georgia Jan says:

    And we love you, we love you, we LOVE YOU!

    And if we WEREN’T there, you loved us too! 🙂

    This is just about the funniest thing I have seen – laughter for the soul!

    Bless you Portland ladies!

    GJ

  24. 174
    Cissa says:

    Ahh, Beth, it was amazing! I flew from OKC, OK to Portland to see you with an 18 year old that I homeschool. We had been planning the trip since we saw you at the Siesta Fiesta. I don’t know if I have ever seen something like that in Portland! I grew up there as one of just a few Christ followers in my school. It was so powerful to feel God so overwhelmingly in that building! Though San Antonio was wonderful teaching, I truly feel that the main reason I went to San Antonio was to get to Portland. Life Altering! We laughed, we cried, and we saw life views changed…all in six words! Like others have said before me, I am so glad that my six words when I went in were not the same coming out. Thank you so much for letting God use you!

  25. 175
    charlene says:

    beth-

    i was there in Portland, and still trying to process everything. Thank you so much for everything. As I sit here trying to type this through the tears that just stream down, thank you. that does not just seem like enough. I can not explain everything here, but I am being led to write this letter to you that explains everything. All I can say is please come back to Portland!!!

  26. 176
    Anonymous says:

    BETH!!!

    Thank you SOOOO much for loving Portland! I was praying my heart out for you and the ladies. I am from Oregon, and God has relocated me to a different state but part of my heart is still there! I was beside myself when I heard you were going and I just knew that God would open up the Heavens over you all. Thank you again for sharing your love and knowledge of the Lord and his word with my homegirls!

    Love you!!!

  27. 177
    Stefanie says:

    Last weekend was my first time hearing you speak LIVE. You and your team are so on fire for the LORD. He spoke to me in a BIG way and I came back to my three girls (5,3, and 1) refreshed.

    I’ve been struggling with this job of mommy/wife/friend etc. I’ve been striving for perfection – but I now know, that’s not what God wants out of me.

    You encourage.

  28. 178
    sister sheri says:

    Dear Beth,

    Thank you for coming to Portland. I am a regular siesta… and part of the Siesta Scripture Memory Team with determination to visit Houston in January!

    I was joined by my sister who flew in specifically for the event from Maryland… and 40+ women from my church, Portland Christian Center. We live in Portland, but had a mini-retreat at a hotel just a 1/2 mile from the Coliseum that I coordinated.

    My sister visited me in January during a very difficult time in her life and decided to fly back out to experience the event together. She is currently doing Psalms of the Ascent and Breaking Free with a mentor. Your continued prayers for her would be treasured.

    I pray for you and your team. How the enemy must struggle with your ego (as you said at the event)…

    My first 6 words at 6pm Friday evening:

    “Trying to help God. Not working.”

    My 6 words at the end of the event:

    “God’s approval exceeds approval of man.”

    My current memory verse? Galatians 6:9… you touched on it briefly in Portland… isn’t that just a God thing?

  29. 179
    Robbyn Greene says:

    I was at the Portland event and it was truly magical. You have touched my heart deeply for God. Thank you for taking the time to come and worship with us.

  30. 180
    marin1112 says:

    You are so funny!!!! You and Yao are now the background on my computer each time I start working on it. I’ll have a laugh each time I start it.

  31. 181
    mikeandmelissafisher says:

    So glad that you visited my hometown! I miss it so much, but I’m glad you had an event there…that place needs it and I know the women there appreciated it!

  32. 182
    JottinMama says:

    This line from your post just really stuck out to me this morning:

    “….but sometimes Christ seems to go out of His way to show Himself present.”

    So awesome. I’m a girl who seems to deal with lots of doubt when it comes to my faith – and having Christ go out of his way to make Himself known just sounds like such a blessing! So glad you loved Portland – I’m sure it loved you right back 🙂

    Hugs,
    Kate 🙂

  33. 183
    Anonymous says:

    that has got to be one of the funniest things I have seen in a while. Such creativity!!! Thanks for making a lot of people smile really big! love you and praying for you!

  34. 184
    Audrey says:

    Thanks so much for the updates of Beth’s traveling/speaking and the opportunity to pray. I would so appreciate reminders just prior to LPL events so we can pray even more fervently those days. (I know we can find the schedule, but for some reason the prayer request from the individual–or daughter, in this case–keeps with me longer) I thought about you all so many times over the weekend.
    Beth, thanks for continuing to run faithfully with our LORD while causing us stitches in our sides along the way!!!
    Much love,
    Audrey in Illinois

  35. 185
    Michelle Bentham says:

    You, my friend are too funny. Love the pic. The message sounds amazing, too.

    Blessings,
    Michelle

  36. 186
    sandym says:

    We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE you, too! I brought my 8-year-old granddaughter, Madison, to Portland on Friday night because she adores my Travis Cottrell CDs….she stood up on her chair next to me and sang her little heart out along with the rest of us. I am praying that she took something eternal home with her from that meeting. You and the Praise Team are such a blessing from the Lord, and your love of Him shows so mightily! Thank you for being obedient. Much love to you all, Sandy

  37. 187
    kelly jo says:

    Is that picture really real it looks like he could slam dunk you! I hate to keep asking for prayer but I found out today that my gall bladder is functioning 0%. So that is why I have been sick for the past 5 wks. I am going to have surgery soon and I will be so glad to get back to normal! I just can’t get over that picture! Love you lots

    Kelly Jo
    Albany Ky

  38. 188
    Smile that Smile says:

    I thought I saw you at Mens Wearhouse!

  39. 189
    Lisa Bowden says:

    Thank you so much for coming to Portland!! I loved seeing you in person after doing so many of your Bible studies with videos. Your message was powerful and I loved every minute of it!!

  40. 190
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, we (Portland) love you back, THANK YOU for coming!!!!! All I want to know is…When are you coming back? 🙂 The Lord is mighty and AWESOME and amazing!! I am still “chewing” on the things He gave me over the weekend. Thank you for doing what you do!

  41. 191
    Another Beth says:

    I don’t know who won Saturday’s basketball game featuring some Houston GUYS…but the team featuring some Houston GIRLS was:

    Sistas 7,300
    Satan 0

  42. 192
    Anonymous says:

    Beth~ I’m at a loss for words to describe how I felt at this conference in Portland. THANK YOU so much for all of your insights. We love you back, girlfriend! -Kathy in Bonney Lake, Wash.

  43. 193
    Anonymous says:

    Beth,
    Through all the years I have journeyed with you in Bible study and LP events, and even some others you did aside from LP, I must tell you this event was the most inspiring and uplifting! God did something so amazing through His Word, His Spirit, and through the most awesome worship in song that I have ever experienced! So many wonderful things happened those two days I cannot begin to tell you what God accomplished in my life and my daughter’s. I am so thankful…my joy is running over. My 6 words:
    Walk with Me…none else matters.

  44. 194
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    I’m blessed to know that you loved Portland Spiritual Mom Beth!!! That is very exciting that the Holy Spirit was that present with you all. They were hungry for God, for His Word. Your pics are hilarious! Making me laugh, Spiritual Mom Beth! Amen. We absolutely need to stop being delusional about ourselves. There’s no “I” in BODY. Help us, Lord, we need lots of help!

    katiegfromtennessee

  45. 195
    In His Grace says:

    Beth,
    I have already written one comment on this page (I am hoping that they will add this one too), but I didn’t realize that a person could put more than just a few words down…I have had it on my heart to let you know that when you were in Portland, you had said on Saturday morning that you had read our letters that were sent and that you knew that we had some pretty incredible testimonies…I was so blown away at that moment, because I had written a very long letter to you a couple of months before you came to Oregon with my story and to know that you actually read it means so much to me. I didn’t write my letter to boast or put myself “above” anyone else, but I did write it to testify what our LORD has done in my life and to magnify His Holy Name. THANK YOU for being who you are and for loving US so very much. Your love for our LORD and your faithfulness to Him are an absolute blessing to so many of us and I am personally thankful that you listened to His calling for you to minister to women. Because of you, I have been able to grasp onto the Word more and it makes sense to me in ways that it didn’t before…you pull it all together from the Old Testament to the New and you to it with such grace.
    God bless you and keep you always ~
    Your Siesta in Eugene Oregon,
    Cheri Gielish

  46. 196
    Dawnie says:

    My two best friends and I went together. It was an amazing time. We were so emotionally empty and y’all filled us right up! Thank you, thank you!

    Make the King the thing!

  47. 197
    Anonymous says:

    Well, let me tell you Beth, you may have fallen in love with us, but…WE LOVE YOU!!!! Actually, I’m from Medford OR (down south) and if you want to get serious, I’m REALLY from Ft Worth, TX!!! So, I’m REALLY with YA’LL DARN HUGGERS!!! You blessed me more than you will ever know. I lost two of my children 18 months ago in a MVA. God was able to work through me so that I could speak to two groups of over 200 people about HIM during their funerals. But, since then I just felt stuck. You have shown me how to get UNSTUCK!!! Bless YOU!!! Mary Ann

  48. 198
    Mary Ann Mott says:

    You better be coming back to Portland like you promised!!! We LOVED YOU!!! My sister kind of “tricked” me into coming. She paid for it (I’m in Medford OR) but I had to visit her, too. I have to share with you my six words. I started with “a broken body, willing to serve”. (I’m disabled with multiple health issues) But, I came away with…You can do anything through me!!!! Bless you, Beth

  49. 199
    Anonymous says:

    I have tears streaming. I moved to Texas from Portland a few months back, concerned for all the precious ones I left behind at my office and in my neighborhood that had yet to accept Christ. The first time Beth came to Portland, there was such a small turnout. To hear 7500 attended this time…wow! I’m thinking God is setting out to answer this girl’s prayers….who knows who got saved and will be talking to some of the ones I’m praying for?

  50. 200
    celiondeion says:

    Just got done watching the Living Proof Ministry video of our God blessed time in Portland! Beth I have to say God has given you such a gift! I balled my eyes out literally for the first two song Friday night. We had arrived a little later than we had wanted and had to sit up in the sky so I could see over the entire Colosseum and to see 7,300 women raising there hands in Praise to their Savior was absolutely astonishing to me! Can you even imagine HEAVEN! With Travis and all the wonderful singers in this life all singing and worshiping what a day that will be!! GLORY BE!!! My 6 words and that weekend have impacted my life FOREVER!!! May god Bless You and Keith and that precious new little Girl that I could just squeeze forever!!! 🙂 Love in Christ your Sista

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