10 Ticket Giveaway and One Pen Woe

Good day, my brilliant and beautiful Siestas! I am in a SIESTA MOOD! I wish we could go back and forth on here all day long. To God’s great glory and sustaining grace, I am slowly climbing out of a HUGE pile of work and can see some sun shining through a very dense forest. This sanguine is looking for a P-A-R-T-Y but it’s a tad premature and I better not jump the gun. The good news is, I only have one more chapter to write for the book on women and insecurity and, Girlfriend, to tell you my soul has profited from the process is a vast understatement. GOD HAS BEEN IN MY BUSINESS. The only two things that have ever gotten this far under my own skin were Breaking Free and When Godly People Do Ungodly Things.

Anyway, that’s another post for another time. Let me try to get back on theme here. I am writing today to ask you two questions:

1. Does anybody need a Siesta scholarship ticket to the Fargo, North Dakota Living Proof Live this weekend? We have ten tickets we’re dying to give away so, if you want to go but don’t have the money for a ticket, call LPM toll free at 1-888-700-1999 and ask for Susan or Kimberly. They’ll get you fixed up right away! By the way, North Dakota girls, I cannot WAIT to get my hands on you. We could not be happier to come your way.

2. I am going through the five stages of grief over the discontinuance of my world’s FAVORITE INK PEN. I only learned the bad news yesterday so I’m early in the process. I have cherished my slender Fine Point Blue Ink Forays for years and have gone through no less than several hundred of them. I have persevered through numerous plastic quills leaking under the air pressure on planes and have proudly worn their ink all over my hands, forearms, and face. I even glanced at the rear view mirror in my car last week on my way home from work and had a big blue spot of ink on the end of my nose. I jotted Michelle a text (yes, at a stop light and with my seat belt on) and asked her if she just happened to notice the huge navy splotch on the tip of my generous nose and she responded, “No, Ma’am, I have been too busy watching your teeth.” (That is because Kay Arthur told all of us at Deeper Still that, as you get older, your teeth collapse forward – she used that very word “collapse” – and you can get all manner of stuff caught in them. I was so disturbed that I put Michelle on watch like a bird dog on point and still could hardly sleep that night.)

Anyway, how did I get off on all that??? I’m simply trying to tell you that my favorite ink pen – the very pen I’ve been obsessed with for my entire recent ministry life – is vanishing from the face of God’s green earth. Why, I ask you? WHY???? (That’s not really the question though.)

SO, I am on the lookout for a new kind. I want it to write WELL. Slide on the page. Dance on every line. Don’t tease with me here, Siestas. I’m raw. I need to hear from you. Anybody out there in Siestaville discovered your own ultimate ink pen? Start talking.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Michelle just walked into my office with the TOP SIX SIESTA PENS for me to test drive. She researched your responses and went straight to Office Max. I will let you know my selection soon! I’m so nervous. This is big.



203 Responses to “10 Ticket Giveaway and One Pen Woe”

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  1. 101
    mandanell says:

    Okay, please please tell us your conclusion…I've been searching for years!!!!!

  2. 102
    Tara says:

    For me it's the Zebra F-402. It's the only one I'll use to write in my Beth Moore workbooks!

  3. 103
    Andreea says:

    I absoulutely love the Uniball Signo pens (Purple is my favorite but I also use orange, pink, and light blue). And then for Bible Study notes, I almost always use pretty giltter gel pens (Pentech 0.8 or 1.0). Everytime I start a new Bible Study I go buy new pretty pens.

    And yay for your new book! I cannot wait to read it.

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  5. 105
    Anonymous says:

    i KNEW you were a kindred spirit!!! i love pens! i love perfect pens. and just like almost always exactly need the siesta verse you post each time, i am going to trust you on this one and rush to the store to buy exactly the pen you choose from the list as your new favorite pen.

    God is good.

  6. 106
    Katie says:


    Oh Mrs. Moore…you just crack me up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 107
    fuzzytop says:

    Marlys!!! First, welcome to Siestaville! Now what is this about a pen that records and downloads onto your PC? Tell me more! This sounds very James Bond-ish, or perhaps Max Smart-ish!


  8. 108
    Cheryl says:

    I have two favorites…
    1. BIC Atlantis
    2. Uni-ball Vision micro

    I had the hardest time finding the BIC Atlantis in the stores, but I ordered a box from Office Depot's website. Good luck finding your new favorite pen.

  9. 109
    Brandy says:

    I may be too late, but my favorite is the uni-ball VISION EXACT(black ink)

  10. 110
    Anonymous says:

    so here's the question…
    what does it say about a woman when she prefers blue ink over black ink??

    I happen to prefer it myself ๐Ÿ™‚

    Northern Michigan

  11. 111
    Amy Ekis says:

    lol, i love this picture. I am laughing so hard.

  12. 112
    Anonymous says:

    I feel your pain on the writing utensil front, but ink pens aside, I wait with great anticipation for you to complete the study on insecurity. Though I have tried to break the bondage through "Breaking Free" and "When Godly People Do Ungodly Things," I often still feel entagled by fear and unacceptance.
    Thank you for all of your hard work, I wouldn't have come this far in my spiritual journey with out you.

  13. 113
    dm says:

    My favorite pen is the one that I can find the quickest in the bottom of my son's diaper bag or the one that my three year old doesn't want to grab out of my hand so he can draw! I am no help at all, but I just had to say that you are so hilarious!!! And wonderful!

  14. 114
    freetobeme says:

    Beth, thanks for this post. The timing was perfect for me. (I know, people tell you that all the time, but usually for totally spiritual reasons).

    For the past couple of weeks I have been telling myself that I just HAD to go shopping for a pen that I would enjoy. Now I have over 200 choices from which to choose. I have already been to Office Depot to check some of them out.

    I just have to say-Sharpie Pens-who knew?!

  15. 115
    Anonymous says:

    Well, Beth, in the day of technology, I really rely on the computer and word to write. I can still use a pencil or pen, but much prefer the computer and printer!!

  16. 116
    TraciG says:

    I don't know how else to say this: You are a nerd!!

    I jsut wanted to tell you, Beth, we finished up Esther last night. It was a great study, a great group of ladies. This is kind of cool: At the beginning of the study I encouraged the ladies to do their HW by having them put their names on a card and entering the drawing for a spa certificate, which we would award at the end. The more weeks of completed HW, the better chance to win.

    I gathered a few misc. grab bags of girly stuff, some gently used Christian fiction off my shelf and the drawing commenced. The ladies who won the 4 grab bags were new comers to Bible study and infrequent church-goers. They were all so tickled!! What a great encouragement to them.

    The best part is the lady who won the spa certificate. Her name is Dolly and we've been praying for her these 10 weeks to overcome her smoking addiction. She also has never been to Bible study and just ATE IT UP!. She recently was laid off from her job and has never, ever had extra money to do fun girly stuff. She's probably 60 or so… I was just so excited for her, I couldn't get ovr it! I think I even cheered when I read her name!

    I was a little worried that one of our drop-outs would win all the goodies and the certificate, so I was praying about it early in the day, wondering if it was even a good idea to do it. It reminded me of the drawing of lots in the Esther story. God's even in charge of that!!!

    P.S. Dolly's husband Ed is in for some testing and she asked for prayers that his trouble would not be a recurrence of his cancer. Would you join us in that prayer?

    Happy "pen-testing" and have fun in ND this weekend! Also enjoy your upcoming time in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. A friend and I and our kids recently visited the Rockies near Glacier park. Nothing like a little Rocky Mountain majesty to remind us of how great a creator we have!!

  17. 117
    Kim says:

    Oh, Siesta Mama, the picture tickles me. I love the way you wrote out your thoughts about each type of pen, it makes me laugh! And by the way, you have very excellent handwriting! ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS I use the Pilot G-2 05, the 07 isn't thin enough for me.

  18. 118
    Anonymous says:

    Whatever you do, don't get any pen that has the word "gel" on the package. Those pens blob without fail.

    I had my chuckle for the day reading what Kay Arthur said about our teeth "collapsing" forward as we age, and in particular, Maria's comment. Another thing to look forward to as we age? (I'm 52.)Just another fact that makes me look ever forward to that great new glorified body that the Lord is preparing for me. I may be turning into a shriveled old gladiola bulb, but someday I will burst forth as a beautiful gladiola flower.

    Debbie in Connecticut

  19. 119
    MITZI says:

    I have to mention that the Uniball Jetstream DOES come in blue.

    Fine and bold.

  20. 120
    Anonymous says:

    okay, we all want to know! which one is the new pen you can't live without? even in college i had to have my pens — luckily my dad – who was funding my pen fetish – totally understood since i think it is his genetics that got me into the pen craze to begin with – and compared with his mont blanc 1.99 is cheap! can't wait to hear!

  21. 121
    Nikki says:

    Get yourself back to that store and get a Mont Blanc. It will totally be worth the investment, I promise! And the beauty is that Mont Blancs will never be discontinued. Enjoy!

  22. 122
    Jackie says:

    Okay. I too love pens and get VERY attached to mine. So, I just found one I absolutely love. It is by Sharpie….yes, that Sharpie. But, it is new and is fine point, blue. They have red and other colors, but I like to write in blue….like you.

    Bandera, Texas

  23. 123
    Joan says:

    I love the PaperMate Write Bros. pens, but it is different from the style you use, so I don't think it will help you out.Sorry. I will continue praying for you to finish the book. It is great that you can give away 10 tickets to some well deserving Siestas! I know they will be blessed! Will also be praying for you this weekend from Mackinac Island! If you love fudge, that is the place to go! We're taking a weekend for a family get away there. Love you a whole bunch! Hope you find a new pen to love!

  24. 124
    Sarah says:

    Gosh someone who's like me, I cannot believe it. My hubby tells me it's just a pen buy one why do I have to stand there looking for sooooooooooooo long. I try to explain some pens are awful they scratch, bleed or the feel of them are all wrong. I'd like to see what you choose as I like gels but they run out of ink so fast. Let me know what you think. I feel your pain women Oh! I feel your pain.

  25. 125
    Anonymous says:

    came across this entry and hope I'm not too late to comment since it is near and very dear to my heart.

    I am a pen FREAK about my pens. Seriously. Way too much information and stories to list here but I'll try to be brief with a few.

    I use the Pentel Rolling Writer. I have the R3 and the R4 (they are refillable!! yea!!) Now, you can buy the R100 which is disposable and writes as good. I just prefer the brushed aluminum, slimness and light feel of the R4 & R3.

    Summarized, I have an R3 & R4 because I lost one of the (2) R3's I originally had. See, they don't make these anymore, yikes!! (only the refills). So I desperately called Pentel …. yes, looked up a 1-800 number on the web and called customer service from Houston to California frantically offering to pay whatever for any R3's they could find. The poor lady took pity on me. Said her boss found a brand new, still in the package R4 in her desk drawer. They sent it to me if you can believe that!! Rescued.

    Then, usually so vigilant about my pen and knowing where it is at all times, I slipped. Left it in the conference room and one of our field workers picked it up. Well, thru our Safety Person, we tracked the gentleman down and sure enough, he had it unawares. He returned it and within 2 days I had my pen back.

    Now, i know some of you are thinking I need serious help (and I probably do) and I'm coveting my pen wayyyy to much. But after the last incident, I have put my pen in perspective. However, I still have to say it's a very dear thing. Good pens are as sacred as good hair dressers or good manicurists.

    Your Pen-pal ๐Ÿ™‚

    Melissa in Houston

  26. 126
    Anonymous says:

    I'm definitely lovin' the new Sharpie pens!

  27. 127
    Terri says:

    Uhm, honey, I just went online on Office Depot and they have dozens. We'll all be happy to get you some if you need them! I like them, too, but I promise to quit using them so the market can support your Foray habit.

    Love you, Beth! Terri xoxox

  28. 128
    TRUTH SHARER says:

    Bic Round Stic Medium and it also has to be BLUE! Doesn't smug or leak or leave blobs!

    Why is it when you find your favorite thing – especially lipstick shades – that they THEN decide to discontinue it. Then you have to start all over spend a fortune to try another shade – one after the other – which pretty much takes months – by then – it's time for the new colors to come out! That's what I call full circle in the negative!

    I hope you find a NEW perfect pen. I can't write without mine. [my cat used steal all my blue pens. I am still finding them under the cupboard in the dining room where I write daily!]

    Choosing JOY,
    [JESUS – the One I THIRST For]

  29. 129


    I am a connoisseur of fine writing instruments. I've had a pen fetish all my life, so I can absolutely feel your pain.

    I recommend without hesitation – the pen to end all pens:

    Uni 1.0 Jetstream (http://www.officeworld.com/Worlds-Biggest-Selection/SAN33921/09Q1/)

    Many hugs, Siesta Mama! You've managed to make my day again today!

  30. 130
    Little Steps Of Faith says:

    I am good with this kind:)Pentel they work that best and glide the best…

    and I found a blog that agrees:)He's written a blog devoted to pens lol.



  31. 131
    Completely His says:

    I had NO idea that people were so passionate about pens! I have no comments on that at all. Just want to say that Fargo is ready and waiting for Beth to arrive!
    Praying that God is mighty this weekend in the Red River Valley!

  32. 132
    Ashton says:

    I'm a pen collector meaning they just show up in my purse in my bag where I carry books and bible. Sometimes I wonder "how did that get there!"

    I love going into the art store and looking at pens, paper, brushes paint and just hang with all the art stuff of all kinds…drool.

    Once and this is sort of embarrassing but when I worked for this design company years ago I remember collecting a shoe box of felt tips, writing pens, pencils and I wondered how did I do that?!

    More pens the merrier….:)


  33. 133
    su says:

    I am so with you on pens. Nothing like a good pen. I switch every so often. My current pen is Pentel R.S.V.P.

    I will be interested to hear what you end up with. You will let us know, won't you?

  34. 134
    Becky says:

    Dear friend – I now see one more way I can identify with you – I love pens!!! I haven't actually researched store bought pens enough to get one type consistently -however- my job requires that I go to a number of health fairs and it's pen heaven. As I peruse displays and vendors, I can help myself to PENS – in all kinds of shapes and colors. On a good day I can get up to 7 or 8. Usually I like blue ink with a traditional ball point – the main thing is that it's smoooooth writing. It's all to the better if it's a cool shape or unusual color. I'll be watching for the results of your test!
    Becky B.

    PS – My husband came back from a software training with a great pen a while back – he pulled it out to show me and when he saw me looking at it, he said he got kind of a chill down his back…

  35. 135
    Anonymous says:

    I can't believe someone writes in the Workbooks with pen!

    I believe I'm just a little to insecure for that!

    Americans developed a pen that could write in weightless space; the Russians used a pencil.

  36. 136
    Anonymous says:

    Sorry to mess with your mind, but it ACTUALLY happened to me once & I'm STILL warped lo these many years later. If they discontinue my current style, you may have to visit in the 'padded room' wing of our local facility.

    Wish you could share also (maybe the guys could close their eyes or we could have a 'girls only' entry one day), because I want to be prepared if this should EVER happen again.

    As before, PLEASE keep writing 'cause some of us sin-warped souls really NEED what God shares with you & you then share with us!

    Nancy in GA

  37. 137
    Anonymous says:

    My favorite pen is made by TUL. Very smooth! Being a lawyer I write all of the time – my handwriting usually reflects my mood. My 2 legal assistants are both the pianist and praise & worship leader at my church. They say the TUL is the bestest ever!

  38. 138
    Anonymous says:

    Dearest P-a-r-t-y Bible Study partner,
    I have spent the last 3 years doing your Bible Studies and dare I say feel as if I know you:) I pray you are well and your pen search concludes favorably. As for insecurity and basing our confidence in Christ, I often times wish God hadn't given me this topic to teach women, because each year another wave of insecurity comes crashing thru my life with a large "who do you think you are" and I need my VERY LARGE KING Jesus Christ to repeat again and again: you are my Child andyour Confidence remains forever in ME! not the flesh, not the world, not the family, not the media, but Jesus Christ. I can't wait to devour your book!
    Blessings from NY

  39. 139
    Anonymous says:

    Beth, One more suggestion try the Zebra f-301 it is a really fine pen, a little thin but a really smooth writer, I wish they made a fat cushy pen with a really fine point. I love to write, write and write, good way to learn your Bible verses. Shalom

  40. 140
    nicoleduplechain says:

    I'm gonna meet you one day.
    I'm putting it on my bucket list ๐Ÿ™‚


    Much Love,

  41. 141
    Lopsided Halo says:

    I am so glad to know I am not the only one obsessed with trying to find a good ink pen….i just feel closer to God when I have a good pen!!! It just makes me happy :)…..that and my starbucks of course!!!

    So glad I no longer feel alone in this hunt! Cant wait to see what everyone else says!

  42. 142
    Anonymous says:

    LOL. Ah, I love me some Mama Beth and staff stories. And could've lived a little while longer without knowing my teeth were collapsing (AND turning less white) by the day.

    Heather G
    Charlotte NC

    PS-I'm afraid I can't contribute, as you see I'm a Medium point girl. Don't care for Fine points.

  43. 143
    Annie says:

    I just found this blog and OH how I need the friendship of it. Pens, well, I use whatever my husband brings home. He is always trading pens or something with businesses, nurses, or clients. I prefer a pen that is a triangular stick. I like blue, too but anything will do.
    So glad to find you all – God is SO WONDAERFUL!

  44. 144
    Anonymous says:

    God Bless You, Beth Moore and may you find a wonderful pen to send those messages from our Lord! I had a "splurge" on pens today and Uniball vision and Sharpie are still winning- Lots of love and blessings, One of your
    Texas Siestas

  45. 145
    Anonymous says:

    I just put on my glasses and uniball jetstream is quite nice and no very little noise- I did not see this one in the office store today

  46. 146
    Libby says:

    Pens are so important when they play such a large part in your every day life, AMEN!!! I'm going to go look at the name of my beloved pen that I have not been able to find at Office Depot on my last 3 trips – we might share the same obsession, sadly. So I wait on pins & needles for a new recommendation, but secretly do not hold out much hope, for I am really messed up about my pens.

  47. 147
    Kimberly says:

    Beth, you crack me up. I also am a Bic Round Stic Grip girl. However, I do love the Pilot G2 (which I see you tested)! It's my favorite besides a good-ol' Bic.

    Thanks for being the "Siesta Mama." Can I just share a little bit? I'm struggling with working in a very liberal environment in a new job at a university. I want to praise Jesus all over the place, but I'm having a hard time knowing how. I have noticed that with my Christian friends, I am quick to add comments about God and what He's doing in my life, but with my new colleagues (whom I barely know) and even with unbelieving friends and family, I hold back. I partly don't mention it because I don't think they will appreciate it and also because I am afraid they'll pin me as a religious nut (i.e. pride). I could use some guidance and some encouragement and prayer. Thanks so much.

  48. 148
    Anonymous says:

    I too am presently in between pen relationships, so I don't have any that I could set you up with. I'm taking it slowly because I don't want to risk a commitment on the rebound. Been there, done that and got the ink stained jacket to show for it. But I do understand the void that this kind of thing can leave in your hand – I get it and I do hope you find the right one for you. I love that you have allowed us such an intimate glimpse into the practical aspects of your searching.

    Truthfully, I just had to stop by and tell you that you are an absolute RIOT!!

  49. 149
    Denise Ferrell says:

    I am so glad you asked…. sharpie now has a pen. I have given them to friends and keep a few in my purse.. try it, you'll like it .. if you like Sharpies… the powerful feel of black and I think blue as well, sliding on the paper and looking great… try a Sharpie PEN!

  50. 150
    Laura R. says:

    I use the Foray pens as well, the 0.7 tip in blue ink. I used to buy the stick pens with the cap on them but haven't been able to find them lately, so I tried the retractable ones and love them. I've never been able to write with a fine point pen since I'm usually so stressed I'll put a hole in the paper writing with them, but the .7 point seems to get the job done well without having to write on only one side of the paper due to the impressions on the back left by my intense writing style!! Try them out, they may work for you.

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