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. 101
    Anonymous says:

    Random, I told God I was done working out and eating right. After all, I had not lost one pound in 6 months. The VERY next morning, my scales said I lost 5.6 pounds!!!!!! He is so in my details and I am SO not giving up on my healthy lifestyle.

  2. 102
    Anonymous says:

    I LOVE hearing about your real life stories! Thank you for sharing all your fun and and not so fun moments with us!

    A random thing about me…. Tea and coffee always taste better out of my husband's mug. I love having a full mug of my own, but it just tastes better out of his.

  3. 103
    Hayley says:

    Random thought – When you're having family pictures made, don't go to a hair school to get the kids haircuts at a discount – it was SO bad! The stylist was crying, I was nauseous and mad that I was going to have to add baseball caps to the pics…thankfully, the teacher fixed my son's hair so that the scalping over his ears was only slightly noticeable! Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Last Thursday evening my in-laws and my hubby's two uncles came for a short visit. The uncles live far away and are visiting the inlaws in NM. One of the uncles is blind and a retired school teacher. Since I'm a teacher AND we have a story in our reading book about a woman who is blind, I arranged for him to come to our school and talk to our students. He gave a really cool presentation (three times!) to 11 classes of third-graders, speaking to 3 or 4 classes at a time.

    Second random thing – I am sooo glad for a 3-day weekend! Hopefully I can get some things done at home tomorrow and not have to spend all day at school We'll see!

    M.J. in Lovington, NM

  5. 105
    Sarah says:

    My 7 year old daughter decided she wanted to put Daddy's shave gel all over her legs this morning. That was what her little mind thought shaving your legs entailed. No razor, no showering off.. just apply the gel and she would be set. Set for what.. I don't know. I wanted to laugh at her sweet 7 year old mindset, and cry that she even is comprehending "shaving her legs".. Oh help me Lord!! ๐Ÿ™

    Anyone want to tell me what to do with Little Miss Thing??

  6. 106
    Anonymous says:

    I'm getting ready to teach my very first "made-from-scratch" bible study on the power of our words. I'm so excited. I've taught several times before and I do it often at my job…but there's something different about this one. Maybe it's the whole 4-week-long process and the fact that I'm (well, myself and the Holy Spirit) writing the material myself and it has to connect and make sense…
    I have sat many a night with 5 versions of the Bible open and three resource materials spread all over my bed thinking (and I'm not exaggerating about what I'm about to say) "How does Beth Moore pump out books and messages like their grocery lists?"
    Pray for me! I've got over 60 ladies signed up to attend…no pressure…right!? ๐Ÿ™‚

    White Hall, AR

  7. 107
    Shannon says:

    It's football season, and I'm excited. Not because of football but because of what it represents. FALL, warm comfort food, shopping, holidays, my hubby yellin' at the TV, more shopping, the leaves changing colors, concession stand food at the football games, raking leaves and smores over campfires. Can't wait!

  8. 108
    Lauren Kelly says:

    Bethie- Love you and hope you have a wonderful three-day weekend!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 109
    Anonymous says:

    Completely Random……. Hello from bayou country. Tomorrow may be Labor Day (unofficial end of summer), but there is no end in sight in my neck of the woods. In Southern Louisiana, our seasons are summer, summer, Christmas, and summer again. Anyway, I've just picked up my Esther Bible-study book from B & N. I can't wait to get started. I've made it through the MM & L study and absolutely loved it. My Labor Day Holiday will consist of helping my wonderful son fill out college applications. First on his list is Duke University in NC. Fourteen hours away from home!! Please pray for him, that if it is God's will, he will get accepted. Also, pray for me to accept that he will be so far from home. Have a great and blessed holiday!!!

    A Blessed Bayou Girl

  10. 110
    LynnOnTheNet says:

    I refused to get on Facebook because I thought it would just be a new time-sucker. However, after a big number high school class reunion this summer, many of my classmates have gathered and shared on FB. So, now I'm quite a fan because I have found and been found by so many wonderful people from my past – many I had lost touch with and thought of often. Now, I get to catch up, share, and learn about their everyday random things. I have to consciously monitor my time online on that site but it's quite enjoyable!

  11. 111
    tanya says:

    Friday morning my 22 month old asked to watch Elmo on the computer. I said no because we had to hurry and get dressed. He handed me one of my shirts (from the floor) and said, "Wear this!"

    It was so sweet (and quite possibly a quick solution so he could watch Elmo – but didn't.) that I wore the dirty thing proudly.

  12. 112
    Jillian says:

    I have been off for five days in a row and I have absolutely enjoyed it. I did nothing but clean and enjoy the beautiful home that God has blessed me with. Those days are great.

  13. 113
    Anonymous says:

    My favorite random and sublime thing comes from listening to the precious voice of my best friend's 3 yr old as he learns to pray…dear Jesus, thank you for da food, wunnerful day, for my famiwee, and ME! (And then he exclaims gleefully, "I added one!" because he's been praying three lines, and he added the fourth on his very own!) Life can't get better, can it??? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for asking Beth!
    Judy from Mobile, AL

  14. 114
    Shelly says:

    We have recently moved to a tiny town in this big state. Before we moved I had my yearly appt. with my ob/gyn. He totally got it that for us girls "changing doctors, churches and hairdressers is traumatic." (Why doesn't my husband get that!) We are still hunting for a church home–we had no idea how blessed we were at our old church. Now on the hair front… I have learned to cut the boys' hair, but my daughter and I need a haircut!

    The sublime of late has been praising with Travis' newest CD I picked up at the simulcast!

  15. 115
    campbell6 says:

    Random – Hubby and I just watched "New In Town" with Renee Zelwegger and Harry Connick Jr. First, I have no idea if I spelled any of that correctly!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ O.K. Back to random thought – He (country boy) takes her (city girl) crow hunting in MN. She gets stuck in coveralls and he tries to get her unstuck so she can pee in the timber. I'm not sure when we've laughed SO HARD. Ever. Please, get it at Redbox soon. All I'll say is it involves a zipper and a pocket knife.
    Sublime – I'm a farm girl and made a blackberry cobbler this weekend. YUM. ME. Oh yeah.

  16. 116
    Melissa says:

    To Anonymous who talked about the shiny hair product –

    Where can you buy it???
    This is definitely not trivial information!

  17. 117
    Lauren says:

    I felt my baby kick for the first time this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 118
    tracyl says:

    Random thing from Tracy and Dailey Rae…

    Dailey Rae has struggled to ride her bike. Absolutely refused to try most days and it became a battle of wills between mother and daughter. So of course, I stooped to bribery! I told her that if she learned that she could get her ears pierced. This stipulation was put in place 2 YEARS AGO.

    Well, in her own time, she finally learned to ride her bike this weekend at the ripe age of 8!!! We then triumphantly marched off to Claire's Boutique after church on Sunday. Dailey Rae was very brave and has the most beautiful pierced ears in Onslow County.

    And through this bike riding experience I learned that as with many other things to come…she will do it in her own time!


    Tracy and Dailey Rae
    Richlands, NC

  19. 119
    Anonymous says:

    Dear Siesta Mama,
    Loved the toilet paper story about you and your Keith! Do you believe I've survived a summer of travel with my dearly beloved of 38 years, 6 1/2 weeks in a 29 ft. motorhome, and then 10 days later, a 21 day cruise-tour of the Baltic!
    In 3 months we covered 12 time zones from Alaska to Russia, and me prayer walking, driving, jetting and cruising all the way for the beloved called-out ones and fervor for evangelism.

    The crazy thing is that I was nearly cut off from all communications because of the unreliability of Wi-Fi, and my newly purchased global cell phone which refused to work! That meant the bulk of my communications was with my dearly beloved. I'm ashamed to admit at times I felt like I was on a forced march! The first 6 1/2 weeks was glorious, not only the scenery, but the "M,M and L" Jennifer Rothschild study! It so got my heart that I was able to lose 10 lbs on a cruise ship…now that's a miracle. It may be random, but a miracle none the less. And now I'm home, and back on computer, cell phone and with my girlfriends….Oh, what a summer!

    By the way, my husband thinks I have no insecurities! LOL! Let me tell you, I need that new book of yours! PTL for your success in writing it and all the light it will bring.
    Hugs in Him,
    Pam H.
    Buena Park, CA

  20. 120
    Anonymous says:

    My sisters dog ate a scane of yarn a few years ago.Yes, an entire scane. (She wasn't the smartest dog) $800 later the yarn was out. I told my sister to knit a scarf or mittens with the yarn and she would have a very expensive set!

  21. 121
    Anonymous says:

    After thirty years of marriage, a body way different than when we were first married (added weight), hair now almost totally white, age spots popping up all over, my husband looks at me and tells me that I am beautiful. And he means it! Oh, to have his eyes!


  22. 122
    Joel, Heide, Lydia & Tessa says:

    is my randomness. My husband is in the Air Force and going through Flight School right now. I stay at home with my 2 daughters, a 3 year old and a 10 month old. My girls bring me so much joy that it makes it easy to forget the crazy military life and schedule that my husband keeps so that we do not get to see him all that much it seems. Even when I am having a bad day, both my girls can bring a smile to my face and make me laugh. God is awesome in providing for me like that. Also, I am so in love with my husband and always striving to be a better wife and mom. sorry, not very random.

  23. 123
    Becky says:

    My random thing today is setting here on my couch at 9:45am in Alabama still in my pj's (big t-shirt and shorts) with my dog Cotton curled up next to me grunting and sleeping, now he is stretching. Oh how we can so fall in love with our pets. Thank you LORD for allowing mornings like these in my life.

    Thanks for the laughter sister Beth I can just imagine you and Keith in the store playing. When my friend Troy and I go grocery shopping in Walmart I have to stay behind him or beside him because if given the opportunity he will chase me in the store just for the laughs.

    Love you and Happy Labor day
    Attalla, AL

  24. 124
    Kimberly and Grace says:

    OK…here's to randomness. We just had our bunny spend two days at the vet hospital.

    My hubby and I celebrate 14 years of marriage on Wednesday.

    And last night for whatever reason, Grace and I could not sleep. I heard her call out to me at about 11:00 in the sweetest, quietest voice. "Mama?" I got up and went into her room where we proceeded to snuggle and love on each other as she asked me various random questions for the next 30 minutes or so. It was so precious! Loved every minute of it even if I'm a bit tired today!!

  25. 125
    TN Girl says:

    Random – My husband and I cleaned off the front porch and I planted 4 small orange colored mum plants, right under my University of Tennessee garden flag. (garden may be an over-statement) Wish the inside of the house was as easy to clean as the front porch!

    A very dear person in my life has decided to give up their addiction to alcohol. I have never been close enough to Jesus to see Him move like I did this time, it's amazing what you see when you are looking for it! The rocks would cry out if I did not Praise His Name!

  26. 126
    Michelle says:

    I've been listening to your Breaking Free Bible study on CD, Beth. I LOVE it!! I'm learning so much, plus a few little funny things that you've thrown in there . . .

    Yesterday I told the story about the dog and the rabbit. You know the one? Where the wife washes the rabbit with the ivory soap? Yeah . . . that one! I laughed so hard!!

    Also, I can't stop finding moments when I can say, "snatch you bald headed!" I just get a kick out of it when you say that, lol. My sister gave me the craziest look when I said it. ;o)

    Love you, Mama Siesta!

  27. 127
    missyg says:

    My thirteen year old son is learning to iron and he loves it!! I have no doubt that my heavenly Father is madly in love with me. Thank You, Lord!

  28. 128
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Beth!

    I am writing from the Middle East where I have lived for over 2 months now. The random is that I saw a herd of camels today while traveling to a village to work with young girls. It is such a small thing, but it was amazing! It totally made my day.

    I'm sorry that I will miss the H town Bible study. I will be thinking about you….and we don't celebrate Labor Day over here! But EVERYDAY is an adventure!

    Judy from H town

  29. 129
    Sarah says:

    Oh, there are so many random things that have happened this week. We've had the Minnesota State Fair going on where you mainly people watch and eat a lot of food on a stick. They also have delicious chocolate chip cookies. After standing in line for a good 20 min, I finally got mine and then not one, but two random people came up to me and took a cookie out of my bucket for themselves- Who does that to someone they don't know? I was laughing so hard after the second person just helped himself ๐Ÿ™‚

    My niece has started laughing and I just packed a picnic lunch to bring on a hike with some of my favorite people ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. 130
    Vicki says:

    I am so excited to have CRUSHED ICE!! We got a new refrigerator with ice and water in the door….no more filling of ice cube trays!! I am so blessed!!

  31. 131
    Heiress of God says:

    I love that you feel close to us because we feel close to you too…I love the grocery store story it is awesome that you two still love each other so!

    The weekend is almost over and I was in Houston to celebrate my grand-baby's 1st year birthday. It was bitter sweet… her daddy was not there due to the fact he is in boot camp. I am so proud of my son. And, I also was able to spend the weekend with my special needs nephew. My 17 year old daughter came along too… so I guess you could say it was all about the kids this weekend. God is so good to allow me to bask in the glory of children.

    Thank you for sharing your world with us and letting us do a little of the same. Have a blessed week.. and I love you all too!

  32. 132
    Joanne says:

    Darling Beth: Your perception of closeness to "us girls" (Siestas) is so right-on! In fact, as we were driving home from the simulcast, I was thinking about how much we love you (really LOVE you!), and I was a little embarassed at myself. "Beth doesn't know you, even though you feel you know her intimitely." But you DO know me – I'm your Siesta in Christ. We are FAMILY!

    Now, I want to tell you of a little miracle that happened the Saturday afternoon of the simulcast. My daughter came to the simulcast with my sister and I. She has just gone through a particularly nasty divorce (four kids – 3 teens, 1 pre-teen), and she is very discouraged. Even has begun to doubt God. Oh, she knows there is a God, but feels very ignored and abandoned by Him. She sat with her arms folded (tears flowing) on Friday night, but took copious notes on Saturday morning.

    After lunch, at her house she was looking for her Bible to show me a text we were looking for in Proverbs, but her Bible was nowhere in sight. Instead, she found her son's Bible lying on the living room end table. That Bible hadn't been touched or read for almost a year. We have no idea how it ended up downstairs in the living room. At any rate, she reached for the Bible and noticed a bookmark sticking out and opened to the bookmarked spot. There it was – Psalm 37!!!!! My sweet girl burst into tears (we both wept). She acknowledged that God must be trying to show His loving face to her. Wow! Are we over-reacting? We were blown away!!

    She says the music from the simulcast keeps playing in her head, which is a good thing. We are praying so hard that that dirty old "bird," Satan, cannot pluck the seeds that were sown at the simulcast, but that they could sprout and grow and bring courage to her broken heart. She said to me that she would like to move in with you and spend every day learning from you.

    Thank you for your willingness to be used to effectively in this Spirit-filled ministry. I have to admit, that sounds good to me, too (LOL)!

    We love you!

  33. 133
    Little Steps Of Faith says:

    Okay if you truly want me to be random:) I got off work at 7:30am; and all the way home I blasted these songs in my car.
    " Shine" by Fee
    " Waging War" CeCe Winans
    " Kingdom" Kristian Stanfil
    " Open Skies" DCB

    Yea, as I was praising, I was also prayin that a cop would not pull me over for not following the noise law. Seriously, I made dance moves for these songs every turn LOL:) Delirious much, um, yes:)

    love y'all!


  34. 134
    Dana says:

    OK, so here goes my randomness…my family will be leaving Friday for Disney in Orlando for a week (first time for my 7 and 8 year old gals–so excited) but I am kinda sad because we are there the week BEFORE Deeper Still =(….but that's OK I guess because I will be in Memphis at LPL in October…wooo hooo!!! Anyway, and have ALREADY made room reservations in Birmingham for Deeper Still in December 2010 (I know, tickets haven't even went on sale but I have my room =)!!!). I also have an Emmaus Walk sceduled in late October as well and I am pumped up about hearing from God that amazing weekend!!! I have so totally found that working in ministry can zap my spiritual juice quickly so I am SOOOO staying in His Word because you can't give what you ain't got?!? Thanks so much for your blog! It is so refreshing!!! Have a super blessed week!!!

  35. 135
    Patricia says:

    biggest thing on my mind is getting all my ducks in a row to start our Fall study. We are doing Loving well as a eight week study, one week DVD one week small group. Way different then we have ever done before but God always pull it together. We have two class one in the AM other in PM. Getting room space, AV stuff, small group leaders, babysitters for the AM group and all this approved by the Pastor's.
    to God be the glory. We have been doing this for a while but my biggest push is before we even start.
    God bless you

  36. 136
    nannyless mother says:

    I'm pretty sure my 2 year old is going to be potty trained before she can eat on her own! She was born at 26 weeks, 1 lb 14 oz. We've been through more than you can imagine in the last 2 years, but the girl woke up one day a few weeks ago and decided that she no longer wants to poop in her diaper, but would rather go on the toilet like the rest of us…ah, the randomness of life!

  37. 137
    rebekah says:

    Hi Beth! My random thing…

    My husband surprised me on Friday evening after he got home from work. He said, "Pack a bag- we're going away for the night!" My mom is visiting and I said, "Does my mom know about this?" Meaning, is she okay with staying overnight with the two girls? And of course she did and you should have seen my husband and my mom's grins as they were as excited as two school children to be pulling one over on me. It was certainly the surprise of the year and the first time in 12 years of marriage he's done that although I've dearly wished he would since day one! No one could stop grinning.

    We went to a lovely inn 10 miles away and had a fabulous time reconnecting! In the rush to leave I did forget some essentials- like pajamas and I'm not really a sleep in the buff kind of girl- I get too cold, so I did have to sleep in my clothes! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh well, it was still a terrific time. I tried to give all kinds of "positive feedback" and here's hoping it will happen again sooner than in another 12 years.

    Love to you Beth,


  38. 138
    Barbara says:

    Just to let you know Beth, my Boxer Max had the worst case of bad breath the other day – smelled like rotten fish. Sure enough, he kept us up throughout the night vomiting. Fortunately, did not require a hospital visit. My husband and I figure that he probably ate something dead out in the yard-he too eats all kinds of inappropriate things!

  39. 139
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the fun post Beth,
    one random thing my life is I am enjoying listening to my 6 year old daughter and her friend try to rearrange her bedroom (bed and all). They are so serious about it. Seriously funny! I am a little nervous to go and check on them. All will be fine. Bless you Beth.

  40. 140
    Barbra says:

    Oh, Beth.. thanks for being my friend! I totally talk about you to other people in such ways as "my friend Beth said…, etc." even though I don't actually "talk" to you!

    I just worked 42 hours over this labor day weekend at my job as a hostess at a Christian conference/retreat center, so my mind is full of randomness:

    I finally won a game of Settlers of Catan against my parents and husband last night! Woohoo!

    My 7 1/2 year old daughter lost her first tooth yesterday! I think I was just as excited as she was! The really random thing is how I marvel at my daughters' firm belief in the tooth fairy when they don't believe in Santa or anything else like that! They crack me up!

    And finally, after 42 hours of work in 3 days… I'm seriously contemplating the merits of ice cream for dinner.

    Love y'all SO much,


  41. 141
    Darlene R. says:

    My totally random thing is that my 7 year old son just lost his first tooth. He's my baby, so I was not too upset that it's taken 7 years for his first one to fall out!

  42. 142
    Traci says:

    I LOVE this story- we play chase in the grocery store too, but we have only been married 3 years- we're hoping we're still flirting and chasing in another 30. And- I read your Labor Day post- have no idea what it's all about, but want you to know how thankful I am for your ministry and your constant striving to live through Truth. So, thank you. Have a great day.

  43. 143
    Theresa says:

    "It's a 10"
    Miracle Leave-In Product
    Truly…will change your life!
    Very random but everyone girl must have some!


  44. 144
    Ginger@From The Cocoon says:

    Ok…my one random thing? I permed my hair this week and now have a head full of curls (I have to add that I haven't had a perm since 1993 and my hair has since been board straight).

    And a sublime thing just because…our women's ministry is starting a new Bible Study Sept. 14…our leadership went through the book during the summer with you (Me, Myself, & Lies) and we're now opening it up to our congregation.

    Happy Monday!

  45. 145
    Beth says:

    I am a stay at home mom with four boys and another boy due in November. We just spent the weekend at the ranch and my 2 year old went dove hunting with my husband for the first time and informed me "it was awesome!!!"

  46. 146
    Laura Beth Fletcher says:

    I always knew we were friends…this just confirmed it!
    Love ya'll
    Laura Beth

  47. 147
    Anonymous says:

    Hi Beth,
    I am sitting at work right now and every few minutes a little boy about a year and a half old rolls by me being pulled in a wagon with the biggest brown eyes you've ever seen and a big beautiful smile. Does it get any better than that? Love ya lots, Mary

  48. 148
    lovin Him says:

    Maybe I'M just perceiving we're close! When you posted Melissa's engagement announcement, I shared the exciting news with a fiend who has done several of your bible studies with me. As we're delighting over the details, another friend wants to know who we're talking about so I'm happily sharing the news, she looks at me like I need to get a life and says, "but you don't even know her" I said "yes, I do" and she asked when we met. I tried to explain that we've not met in person, but through your studies, books, and blog… We'll she just looked at me like I'm pathetic so I quit trying to explain but I'm sure she still thinks I'm not quite living in reality and have an imaginary friend!! I do love you Beth and would love to hike through the woods with you while our men hunt deer – mine is out scouting for "markings" right now.

    Speaking of husbands – although the 9 months mine's been hovering here at home trying to find a job have made us both a little irritable at times, he's the love of my life for over 32 yrs and most days I'm happy to let him live!
    One random thing – after he's been especially snarly lately – our daughter and friend were dishing up ice cream last night and he declined. "Good boy" says our daughter to which he responds – "yep – that's my middle name Paul 'Good Boy' Roeser." I lost it – laughed so hard I could of used some of that 12 roll pack you were running through the store with! His face mock sad, he asked "what's so funny, don't you think I'm a "good boy" honey?" As we laughed hysterically, he grabs the scoop and says "well I might as well have a little ice cream then" and our darlin teenage daughter scolds "BAD, Paul 'Good Boy' Roeser!" Guess you had to be there but tears were rollin down my face!

    The sublime – Our 110 books arrived Friday and we start "Believing God" on 9/17 – did it 5 years ago but have lots of new women,from many denominations, who are eager to dig into God's word and really believe Him! We've been praying our hearts out in expectation and trust God for some amazing transformations in the hearts & minds of each of us as we seek Him.

    Thanks so much for all you pour out – you truly must be living beyond yourself to do all you do – don't know how you even find time to read all the comments on this blog!!! You are such a gift – I thank God for you, ask Him to protect and bless you abundantly for your faithfulness, and to make your hair cooperative so it always looks as stunning as you are!

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    Kelly Jo says:

    Well I'm trying to prepare myself for the singles talk this coming weekend! I know all about being single and am convinced that no one on planet earth has out blind-dated me! Have you ever heard of the Chryslais? It is a weekend retreat consisting of 15 different talks and other activities that help you to just fall in love with Jesus! I can't really explain it you just have to experience it. It is like the walk to emmaus! Have you ever been on the emmaus walk? And would you say a prayer for me on Sunday morning that is when Im giving this singles talk and I just want the girls to know that Jesus is crazy about them and wants to be the love of their life. and that when they encounter the love of Jesus they will never be the same because the love of Jesus changes us. and when they can understand that then they will be completely whole rather single or married. I sure do love my siesta mama ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kelly Jo
    Albany Ky

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    emilee says:

    Lets see… I just cooked the Texas Sheet Cake that you told us about during the simulcast event ๐Ÿ™‚ It's soo soo good Beth!! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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