The Random and the Sublime

Hey, Darling Things!

It’s late afternoon on Friday and we’ll close up the ministry in just a little while for a three-day weekend. I thought I’d say hi before I pulled out of the driveway because I’ve come to love you so much and, like many times during the course of a ministry week, you are on my mind. One way you can tell when people are truly getting close is an unexplainable interest in the utterly trivial and otherwise unbearably mundane. (An interest in the trivial alone doesn’t cut it. Celebrity gossip would qualify for that. To legitimately become intimate friends you must also care, for instance, that it looks as though she might be using a different hair product or could that be a new pair of shoes she’s got on today?) Hence this post. But it may be one-sided, of course. Maybe I’m just perceiving that we’re close. But in hopes that it’s a two-way relationship, below are a few random things from the average life of your own Siesta Mama. In response I’d love to know one completely random thing from your life right now.

1. Keith and I went grocery shopping together a couple of nights ago. He was pushing the basket. He asked me to please walk down the paper aisle and grab a 12-pack of toilet tissue then, as I walked back toward him, proceeded to take off almost running so I’d have to chase him through the store with it. Can you spell M-A-T-U-R-E? And don’t think I’m just referring to him because I was laughing so hard I almost needed to use some of it. The person at check-out asked us how long we’d been married because we were still so amused by one another when we got there and because I was hitting him in the arm with my fist (a well-known flirting technique). Imagine her surprise when we answered 30 and a half years. By the way, we’re really in love right now. I’m so glad I let him live through last year.

2. If perhaps you heard that Geli, our birddog, has been so sick that she nearly died, it is the absolute truth but she’s finally getting better. She was in the fanciest animal hospital in Houston for a solid week, much to Keith’s dismay on multiple levels. The diagnosis? Somewhere along the way she ate something dead and got food poisoning from it. It caused a bacterial infection that went through her digestive system and into her lungs. Of course, Keith and I thought that carnivores like most humans and canines were supposed to eat stuff that was already dead instead of eating it while it’s still alive and kicking but we are now better educated. Geli has a penchant for eating inappropriate things. A month ago we had to take her to the vet for eating a live frog. We informed them what had happened to which they replied, “That can’t be it. She must have a stomach ailment of some kind.” They took x-rays and, lo and behold, her stomach ailment had four legs and four feet. Perhaps that is why she then turned to carrion from which she indeed derived a very expensive stomach ailment.

3. I will list this one among the random though it is neither trivial nor mundane. I am leaving early in the morning for the wedding of our LPL praise-team drummer, Kevin and his beautiful bride-to-be, Ashley. He is the one who proposed on stage at an LPL in June. (Pittsburg) Our whole team will be there and we are super excited! Perhaps this seems to have come awfully fast in your estimation but, I assure you, it could not come fast enough for the two of them. From the moment I saw them lock eyes, I suggested we move ahead with the date. They are terribly smitten.

Oh, mercy! It’s already time for me to be downstairs saying goodbye to my dear coworkers for a long weekend and locking this sweet place up! I know you must feel so cheated that I can’t keep going! Before I sign off, how about a little news from the sublime category?

1. To the great glory of my faithful God, I finished the book on women’s insecurity and have even been through the editing process and, except for a few finishing touches, it is ready to be type-set and sent off for print. THANK YOU, LORD!!! I will tell you more about it later but the release date is February 2nd. I have never had anything besides Breaking Free and When Godly People Do Ungodly Things get to me like this one. God turned me every way but loose on this project.

2. Our Houston Tuesday night Bible study starts the day after Labor Day! We can hardly wait to be reunited with our home girls! We miss them like crazy all summer long. Picture them from every age, background and denomination. In fact, they are a cross section of this community in so many ways. They are so incredibly dear to me. We are going to share a lecture series on the Book of Revelation. We just thought we’d do something light for a change.

OK, I’m late! I better go! Have a fabulous weekend, Girls! I pray that God does something really wonderful to bring you Sabbath rest this Labor Day. I love you!


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  1. 51
    ola mae says:

    First, yes mam, a two way rel!
    Second, random…I went back to college this fall, been a stay home momma for 11 years. (still am, just added school) I have GOT to be the oldest in my state and local govt class. I just know because my professor mentioned the show that used to be on Sunday nights "Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom" and I was the only one who had any clue what she was talking about! haha, it'll be fine as long as they don't start amusing I lived through something like WWII!

  2. 52
    Momtotyandow says:

    Trivial – it is the little things in life that make us so happy. I've had my hair all one length for an while and last we I got layers. Can I just tell you how much I love it. It has just made all the difference. Sad, isn't it!?
    AND, along the lines of the dog eating things – our yellow lab always ate rocks. Our driveway at the time was gravel. That is where he spent most of his time. The vet said not to let him eat rock. The only way that could happen would be to sit with him all day long. He survived and we ended up with a beautiful picket fence out back that my hubad built all himself. Even cut each picket.

    Can't wait for the new book out in February.

  3. 53
    Anonymous says:

    As I rolled out of bed this morning, I couldn't help but roll into a smaller bed right next to mine. As I hugged my 12 and 1/2 year old beagle-hound…I told him that he has brought such joy into my life and I loved him so much. He has been a blast from the start…including shredding my couch and taking pillows out the doggie door…I love it all(obviously not at the time). Now for me comes one of the hardest parts…trying my best to say good-bye to such an important member of the family. Beth,as dog lover yourself, I know that you can understand me . A few months ago he tore his ACL in both back legs and hurt his hip.While he isn't a good canidate for surgery, I have tried everything from pool therapy to a wheelchair for dogs (to take pressure off back legs while healing).He enjoys the swimming, but he refuses the wheelchair. While he has made some progress, he still is having a very hard time…so is his mom! Hope you have a wonderful long weekend. Hoping to attend Deeper Still in Orlando in couple of weeks.


  4. 54
    Sue in Grapevine says:

    @ dinner last nite, I blew out the candles on a "cake" made of croissants .
    Thursday is my 50th b-day, but we're in LaGrange visiting my DH's parents & they wanted to celebrate a bit. I'm known for not loving sweets so much & so my cake was bread.

  5. 55
    Barbara says:

    I am reading Breaking Free and Miss Betth do you ever have a gift relating to women! I feel led of God to proclaim one important point. (page 57) God does not "choose" to heal some and not others, just as He does not choose to save some and not others. Salvation and healing are a package. It's by our choice and our own faith that both of these come to us. God demonstrated this on the day He sent His Son to die on the cross, for our transgressions, our iniquities, He bore our sorrow and by His STRIPES we ARE healed.

    Wow! First time ever for me to comment on a blog. Hope this is received in the love that it was sent. Thanks for all the effort you put into your books and sermons, Beth.


  6. 56
    Danni says:

    Random…hmmm, so many to choose from. Okay, I took my husband who has been ill, out for a few minutes to see some Sunflowers that are on the edge of a farm. Along the way we found a road that we've never been on that had some pretty farm land and deer…things we enjoy so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 57
    Anonymous says:

    Totally random – I recently found "shine spray" for your hair! Isn't that the funnest thing?! You can spray this stuff on your hair and it will shine like crazy. Just in case you're interested yourself, it's Enjoi Spray Shine. What will they think of next? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here's hoping to shine for the LORD,

    Thousand Oaks, CA

  8. 58
    Anonymous says:

    At the moment I'm obsessed with finding a truly long wearing lipstick that doesn't make your lips cracked and dry!!

  9. 59
    Anonymous says:

    Does anybody know a really comfortable shoe to stand in all day?!?!?!

  10. 60
    Tim and Susan says:

    I enjoyed sitting with my hubby of 17 1/2 years…he watching football, me reading on a rare and quiet Saturday afternoon. Total bliss. Should definetly do that more often.

    Maybe we should start grocery shopping together…he he


  11. 61
    bibl774 says:

    I am trying to help a family who has been devasted with cancer and also medical bills. If many would just give a little it would help. Many offer prayer but few help. 1 John 3:17 is an interesting verse. Anyway, all I can do is try to help share the link and I hope you share it with others.

  12. 62
    Jen H. says:

    Oh, Beth… we ARE close! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My random item… my son with autism takes fish oil daily. Last week my husband spilled some on the floor and mopped it up with a rag. To my embarassment, I washed it with all of my whites. All three of my kids' collections of underwear and socks came out smelling terribly of fish. Buzz Lightyear and Spongebob underwear are not supposed to smell like fish! After 5 washings with bleach, and two days spreading them all out on the kids' trampoline to cook them in the Arizona sun, I finally got the smell out… that was a close one!

  13. 63
    Lyn says:

    Ok so we go on vacation to the beach best week of the whole year,because we have had so much rain). Left Gracie (our corgi) with oneof our older sons (he could not come because this is his last year of football, for goodness sakes!) Well, Gracie just ruled the house and wouldn't you know it, she ate all, I said all of my Lindt chocolate balls. About 30+ of them. When we got home she was so quiet for a few days. Not sure if she was sick while we were gone but she sure seems fine now. She definately does not like it when mama leaves home.
    Love it when my husband is playful, even at 27 years of marriage.

    Love you Siesta Beth, thanks for sharing with us all.

  14. 64
    Ceffie in WV says:

    thanks so much for sharing your life. being a school teacher I know how the kids love seeing us in the grocery store or a restaurant and we adults are the same. We are kids at heart. It made me laugh to think of you and Keith in a grocery store (oh she shops for her own toilet paper) and then having fun like two newlyweds. How inspiring it is to know that our GOD uses ordinary people to share his word. Keep having fun and especially obeying our precious Savior.

  15. 65
    Anita says:

    Hmmm..random. OK. I took my two toddlers (2 & 3 year-olds) the same time. What was I thinking. I was thinking that I wanted to go swimming and this was the only wat that day. So, we go and the next morning, my eyes itch, my throat is sore, my face is HURTING! I get to catch the cold and the boys have a great memory ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 66
    bittersweet says:

    Crazy in love.That's what my husband and I are.And we act ridiculously like kids most of the time.

    We, too, chase each other around in public. I routinely have to bop him on the head for his antics. He sweet talks the cashiers at the grocery store into letting him borrow their microphone so he can serenade me with Motown songs like "Ain't Too Proud To Beg." We dance in the aisles when we hear one of our songs.He stands up in the booth at the local BBQ joint and leads the other diners in singing "Happy Birthday" to me. He stops complete strangers and says, "Isn't my girl beautiful?"

    The ladies at Walgreens drug store say, "Y'all are so cute, always smiling and laughing together."
    His co-workers are incredulous. My girlfriends are jealous.

    We know it's a God thing. This is a second marriage for us both. His family background was marred by alcoholism, exposure to pornography and emotional and physical abuse; mine with multiple divorces/remariages and a devastating sexual assalt at 14. Only God could turn these two messed up lives into a lovely and loving marriage.

    Praise His Awesome Name.

    Amber in TN

  17. 67
    Pam says:

    Thanks so much for desiring to share the "random and sublime" with us, dear Beth!

    Random things about me: I love Pantene smooth shampoo and conditioner because it tames the frizzies, and I cannot bear to leave the house with the frizzies.

    The other random and partly psychotic thing is that I cannot stand to be barefoot. After living in South Georgia and seeing "palmetto bugs" around my home, I am fastidious about having flip flops on at all times.

    You are such a great "Siesta Mama". Love coming your way from Rome, GA.

  18. 68
    Ginger from Alabama says:

    I'm sooooooooo excited about your new book on the insecurities of women….this is something that I have struggled from in the past and it is something I have to be very watchful for even now so I will be one of those first ones in our local bookstore in early February to buy my copy!

    Okay, for me, I've had silver/white hair (it's not gray) for quite some time…..started around 18 years of age. I'm around your age now but I still like a sassy style so I'm spiking it in the back and have bangs with a side part for a softer look in the front. But, I do need my extra-strong gel to help me achieve the sassy look….hence, my MUST product is Fructis style super stiff gel (ultra strong). That helps hold the spikes but then I add just a smidgen of aussie sprunch spray to really hold it through my day of teaching PE and coaching my volleyball.

    That's my mundane thing. ๐Ÿ˜€


  19. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to testify about the ca-a-a-ke! I took your Texas Sheet Cake to the church potluck today and it was a huge hit. I myself 'bout fell into a sugar/chocolate/butter coma. (I should note that I didn't have a sheet, so I used a regular 9×13 metal pan and it turned out great.)

    The women at my table wanted to know about the recipe and that gave me the opportunity to tell them about Beth and the awesome simulcast I went to. Isn't it a hoot that the cake opened the door? God is good!

  20. 70
    Shirley says:

    Beth, I feel so close to you because of all your studies I have done. You are a precious sister to me. Would you believe that last night (Sat) I dreamed that you were visiting me in my home and we were having a wonderful time sorting through clothes. You are much on my mind and heart. Blessings sweet friend.

  21. 71
    Jennifer says:

    Oh Beth-close…yes I feel your one of my closest friends.
    Random…I am a mom of triplets they are about to be 13 next month-have started jr. high and oh my….must I say more…I am already worn out…oh another random thing… I turn 40 in a couple of weeks. Yikes!!!

  22. 72
    Ashley says:

    Yesterday I took the day off from my usual Saturday duties and just read. I read an entire book in less than 5 hours, and it was only lunch time! I rested and then went to a friends for dinner. I feel like I had a mini-vacation! What a little bit of rest will do!

  23. 73
    Anonymous says:

    We had the car packed early Sunday morning so that we could leave directly from church. It had been a wonderful weekend in the mountains of West Virginia where we (my husband and I) had reconnected with our daughter, Trina, and her two darling children, Gideon (5) and Maia (10 months). We had driven from Kentucky and she had driven down from New Jersey. We wanted to say thank you to the women of Mt. Herman United Methodist Church in Rinick because they had knitted the most beautiful prayer shawls. One was for Maia because she had been born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome and another was for me. I had just finished with my last chemo and radiation treatments for breast cancer. I wasn't sure what to expect since the last time I'd been in a Methodist church was over 40 years ago.

    Such lovely, warm and friendly people I have seldom met. They were all so eager to make us feel comfortable. They used some of the old hymnals, singing many of my favorite songs from years ago. Then there were several testimonies. My friend, Donna, stood and introduced us, telling the congregation about Maia and the good report we had just received concerning her heart and health and then Donna mentioned the shawls and my triumph through the cancer treatments. They all clapped vigorously.

    Then there was a time for meeting and greeting and these people took the instruction to heart! They hugged and back-slapped people for a good five or ten minutes. It was a king-sized love fest.

    Earlier Donna had told us that before the main sermon the pastor would call the children up front to sit at his feet around the altar. Usually he brought a mystery item in a paper bag that he would use for the children's sermon illustration. Gideon had gotten very excited at the prospect that he would get to go up front with the pastor. But, Trina looked worried. Once when I told Gideon that he would be "helping" the pastor preach his sermon, she said, "Don't say that, Mom!!! There is no telling what he might do!"

    So, the appointed time came…the children scurried to the front and sat around the pastor. I could tell that Trina was holding her breath.
    The pastor pulled something out of his bag and I can't tell you what it was because I couldn't see. The illustration and gist of the sermon had to do with making a mountain out of a mole hill. He discussed this for a few minutes, tying it in with scripture and then he opened the floor up to discussion. I could feel Trina tense up.

    A little girl made a comment about returning to school and another little boy said something about new clothes. We were almost home free! Then the unmistakable high pitched voice of my darling grandson could be heard, "I think we need to inspire the Word of God more." he said.

    There was stunned silence. What would the pastor have to say about that? "Um…why, yes. That is correct. We do need to inspire the Word of God more." And the children were dismissed to return to their pews. (Big sigh of relief!)

    I looked at Trina and she smiled a crooked smile as color returned to her face.

  24. 74
    Lindsey says:

    In the world of Women's Bible Studies, I cut my teeth on your wisdom. 6 years ago as a newlywed I did your Beloved Disciple study and have walked with you ever since.

    Last week I attended your Simulcast in Wildomar at Cornerstone Christian and I had so much fun. I went with my mom-in-law and her grey haired girls and I was blessed.

    I came home with many words on my heart from you and an excitement to hear about your blog. As a blogger myself, I'm so glad to find you in this virtual world, and I'm excited to network with other like-minded women who frequent your site.

    I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and that you start off your Bible Studies this week with a bang.

  25. 75
    faith says:

    Mine is both random and sublime… My wonderful husband (of almost ten years) built, from scratch, an awesome swingset for our two little girls (3 and 1). My 1 year old LOVES to swing, well, they both do, but the 1 year old loves it so much that she will stay on the thing till she literally nods off to sleep! So adorable… plus that fact that she can't really say swing yet, so she calls is "beeee". My 3 year old can't be pushed high enough and giggles the whole time. It's only been done one day and we've probably spent 5 or 6 hours in the backyard playing together. I'm so thankful for sweet family time!!!

  26. 76
    jes says:

    I love you, Siesta Mama! Can't wait for that book. Random…I'm supposed to be working on Human Trafficking issues at the moment but all I can think about is how excited I am to watch these Brian Regan DVD's I borrowed (One of the most amazing-and CLEAN- comedians. O my word. You and Keith would laugh til you cry.)
    Have a great weekend! Praying for you~

  27. 77
    Anonymous says:

    I am taking a college English Comp class, at the tender age of 50, and I am supposed to be doing homework but I wanted to read your blog!!! And I want to add writing is DIFFICULT, how do you do it Beth? I document for my job, straight and to the point. The instructor wants me to write LOTS of stuff. Very challenging. By the way, can't wait for your new book you just finished. Have a great weekend. In Jesus' Love Kathy Knoblock

  28. 78
    Tisha says:

    My random thing in life right this moment is that I am overcome with company and I am loving it even though I feel crazy. My house this weekend consists of me, my husband, my daughter, my sister and her best friend, my sisters 3 kids, my mother-in-law and father-in-law, my brother and his wife and their son. My son went out of town with some friends, so I am missing him in the mix. My well needed respite is taking a little break to read the blog and "visit" my friends. I too feel so close to all of you that I have never seen.

    Much love,


  29. 79
    Anna says:

    I went golfing for the first time ever Tuesday night and got a bogey on the 8th hole!! I was very happy. I thought golf would be boring, but it wasn't ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh, I also was golfing barefoot. It was sweet!

  30. 80
    Anonymous says:

    Okay, so I wore some shoes that were too tight/small and my toe nail got infected and is coming off. Oh brother…the shoes weren't even cute.

  31. 81
    Carolina Light says:

    I love the purple flowers that bloom in the marsh behind my house this time of year. I like to get up early, when the sky is still pink, and look out over them from my top step. The water birds always fly in the morning and make lots of noise. It is beautiful. Plus, the purple flowers always mean cooler weather is on the way. My husband and I look forward to them after the long hot, humid summer here in Charleston. They are blooming today!

  32. 82
    The B Family says:

    oh my word. i love this blog. while i've already posted a comment, I just HAD to say: Stephanie from Cynthiana, Ky is killin me! I am bustin a gut right now!

  33. 83
    Designed with Purpose says:

    Ummm…this is almost too embarrassing to share! I am 32 years old and I just figured out what bobbie pins can really do for my hair.

    Who Knew that bobbie pins were for more than just a dance bun? I always wondered how everyone else's hair stayed in place so well and I could never figure out how everyone else managed to keep their hair out of their face. But ever since I started pinning my hair back with bobbie pins about 2 weeks ago, I have never received more compliments on my hair.

    I would really like to know how or why none of my friends filled me in on this bit of truth earlier! Ha Ha! So lest you wonder how others get their hair to be so dang cute….it is all about the bobbie pins!

  34. 84
    Marilyn in Mississippi says:

    Both my random and sumlime comments concern ICE CREAM:

    Random: At home I always put my bowl of ice cream in the microwave for about 15 seconds and then stir it up good with a spoon before I eat it. Ummmmmmm good!

    Sublime: Yesterday at Wendy's my three-year-old granddaughter was dressed for summer…sleevless shirt and shorts…but it felt like winter in the restaurant. She took a few bites of her chocolate Frosty and then she scooted up to me, pulled my arm around her and said, "GanMamma…can you warm me and then feed me?" It was so funny! And of course, I did. She looked like a little bird…shivering but with her little mouth open for every bite of her chocolate Frosty! ha (Granddaddy finally went to the car for her jacket which I always carry "just in case") "Warming & feeding"her was a sublime Grandmotherly moment for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you are having a great Labor Day Weekend free from having to do any labor!

    Marilyn…in Mississippi

  35. 85
    Abiding Branch says:

    How is this for random…I did not know the fabric softner component of the washing machine came apart!! I had sludge!!! YUKEEEEE! I'm telling you it was so gross I had to take pictures. I could never figure out why I could never get that silly thing clean!!
    I can't wait to read the book and see you at FBC Woodstock in April. I'm ready to get my confidence ON! (in HIM of course!!)
    Your Siesta darlin' daughter, Chel

  36. 86
    Anonymous says:

    We have started the process for your 2010 simulcast at our church.

    A group I am in has a history essay. One year the theme was Valley Forge during the Revolution. A child was writing in her letter home what had happened and ended it with 'but you have probably heard this on the radio'.That snippet kept one of the judges gently amused for several days.

  37. 87
    Cyndi says:

    Ok, after reading that last comment about hair, I decided to contribute to the trivial. I, too, have had fine, straight hair my whole life. I have always looked better with more volume to my hair thus mousse and a blow dryer are my dear friends. However, I have recently tried to blend in with this current trend of straightening hair – just to see if I could pull it off. Some days it actually looks ok. But I do hope the bigger, curlier hair makes a come back. See, as I've aged, my hair has gotten a bit more curly on its own, just like the other woman was saying. (I'm 43). So if I were to let it dry, it would actually curl a bit. This is a new phenomenen for me. One I am kinda happy about! So since she tried just geling it and scrunching, I may try to do that as well. Though my teen-age daughter will tell me I am not in style, perhaps it will look ok. Living in a wet climate, it would be best if I didn't try to fight with the humidity by straightening my hair. The rain is pouring down today and my straightened hair is suffering but thankfully I am home alone and it doesn't really matter!
    Yep, this was totally trivial, but thanks for giving me the opp to share anyway! Have a blessed and relaxing Labor Day!

  38. 88
    Becky B. says:

    I love the story about the toilet paper! Despite our share of difficulties, nobody can make me laugh like my Sweet Baboo. He – my husband – and I just celebrated our 35th anniversary and I received a diamond "wrap" ring that makes my modest stone look really jazzy – I can't take my eyes off my wrinkled (but proud) hand!

    Also, I'd like to add my request for the results of the pen study…


  39. 89
    Jill_in_AL says:

    Randomness was all around me on Saturday. We were in Atlanta for a football game and rode MARTA to eat at the Hard Rock. You see a lot of randoms on any subway system. When we arrived on Peachtree it was the weekend of the Dragacon convention–basically trekies, grown people dressed up as pirates, fairies, robots, klingons. It was bon entertaining and alarming. We tried to look while keeping our jaws closed. It was hard!

  40. 90
    Laurie T. says:

    One random thing…my 6 yr. old son came home from his first day of 1st grade excited to tell me about the "tooth chart" they have in their classroom. Who ever loses a tooth first gets to put a sticker on the chart. Well one of his top teeth was barely lose…I could hardly wiggle it. Well that little terror had that tooth pulled out by supper time. I am not kidding you!

  41. 91
    Casey says:

    I was sitting here reading this alongside my husband and had him reading the toilet paper tale. He said, "that sounds like something I would do." Lucky ME! Seriously, I loved that post.

  42. 92
    Pam From Fl. says:

    After 4 years, 9 doctors, no one really believing I was that sick, and lots of tears and prayer, I FINALLY learned I have Lyme Disease and Iron Deficiency ( ladies…be certain to get your FERRITIN levels checked !!!! Not one doctor ever checked mine until now and it was less than 1…yikes )

    I was never so happy in all my life to hear there really was something making me sick and I wasn't nuts after all.

    Miss Beth, I have to tell you that while I was holed up in a CAT scan machine with dye burning through my body, I kept hearing your voice telling me to hang on to God with everything I have because He will never let me down…and He's gonna win, because He's God ๐Ÿ™‚
    That is the ONLY way I was able to stay put in that machine.
    Thank you!!!!!!!

  43. 93
    Misty says:

    Instead of random, I think I'm going to run with your love theme…my hubby and I have been together for 12 years (last month) and are becoming more and more in love all the time. He just CRACKS me up! (Which is a good thing due to his knack for choosing bad word combinations! During a kid-free night a few weeks ago while we were playing games on Facebook – him sitting at HIS PC behind me – "This is still a really good date night. We can still talk, listen to music and I don't have to look at you and you don't have to look at me"… You see what I mean? He was TRYING to say something nice but bad word choices – it's a good thing I speak his language and knew he meant it to be a compliment. We laughed SO HARD…and I think it's going to be a classic. I mean, really, there are so many good uses for a comment like that one! LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. 94
    Karl and Liz says:

    I had to LOL when I read about Keith at the grocery store. Yes, my husband of 24 years was pushing the cart yesterday very fast then riding it thru WalMart! Love those mature men!

  45. 95
    Melissa Lynn says:

    Well, here is some random trivia from Concord, CA…my husband (married 13 yrs last May) and my 2 kids and I will be backyard camping tonight for the long weekend w/bbq'ing and eating outside and s'mores from the grill! Fun times, great memories!

    Melissa G. from Concord, CA

  46. 96
    Tammy says:

    Here's a funny story I have to share…
    my nephew came home from his first week of public kindergarten and told my mom that "they don't pray nowhere in that school…not even at lunch!" She told him that he can pray even if noone else does. He said, "they won't throw me in the lion's den will they?"

    My parent's are raising my 7 and 5 year old nephews and doing a wonderful job with them. I didn't realize until recently how many grandparents are being put in that situation. My hat's off to them all!!! I know the Lord will bless them!

    Have a wonderful Labor Day!!!


  47. 97
    believingod says:

    Random is the only way in this house!

    1. I bought a brand new can opener last week, (the old one was making me sooo mad!)I couldn't wait to get home and open a can it felt so good!WEIRD I KNOW!

    2.A boy in our town has Hodgkins. Now all the 13-14 year olds are praying every single day in the high school cafeteria for him!!!!AMEN!

    3.My husband told my 10 year old she could ride her bike on the road! (we live on a mostly quiet street, but still!!!) I wanted to kill him, but decided I might need him later! I watched her like a hawk!

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    Tracey says:

    Oh Beth, it is not just you! I feel like we have been friends for ever! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, My dh Mark and i just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary! YAY.. We are happier than ever… Our oldest son is also getting married next month! I knew they were going to be engaged before they did.. LOLOL I just love her!!
    Hmm, lets see totally trivial… yesterday, i went to our local park in the middle of my small town. We have a Farmers market on Saturdays. I had the best time visiting and talking with people. i even shared the Lord with some people in a very conversational way! It was so funny, there was a lady selling the most awesome coffee. She had samples to try.. THEN my friend dorothy came up… I havent visited with her in a long time! so we both took samples of cuppa coffee and went to the gazebo to visit. I was so thrilled she told me she accepted the Lord and had been baptised!!! Halleluaih!!!! I just love her and i love my Jesus so much!!
    Beth, you have blessed me in so many ways and I pray for you daily!!!
    Blessings, Your siesta,

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    PinkBoots says:

    My husband and I have just returned from a 3-year military assignment living overseas and I'm going crazy over amazing choices: Avon Smooth Minerals or Raw Minerals or Bare Minerals??????! God Bless America!!!

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    roxanne worsham says:


    I CAN'T WAIT to see you on Tuesday night!!!! Look for me, I will be the one beaming!!!

    I have not been to Tuesday night Bible Study since my sweet mother went to live with Jesus full time! She and I used to attend every Tuesday night. It was our mother/daughter time!

    I have done plenty of your studies since then, just not with you at HFBC.

    It is a new season, Siesta Momma! I am ready for Revelation!!!

    See you then!!

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