Siesta Summer Bible Study 3 Launch

Hey, Siestas! Itโ€™s time for summer Bible study! For the sake of rich fellowship and vital accountability, we hope as many of you as possible are meeting with small groups and on every other Tuesday or as close to Tuesdays as possible. You are absolutely welcome to join us solo but try to stay as involved as possible in the discussions so that youโ€™ll feel plugged in. This is what youโ€™ll do every other Tuesday:

1. Watch the video so youโ€™ll have your instructions for your gathering or for your solo experience. I will always put the bare bones of the instructions in writing on the post just in case there is a video malfunction.

2. (You will find these instructions reiterated in this post because itโ€™s fundamental to the experience.) If you are in a small group, designate one person who will write a comment to this post briefly telling us about your group and your discussion. It can be a different person each week or the same. START THE COMMENT WITH THE CITY, THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AND LOCATION THEN DESCRIBE YOUR GROUP AND ADD SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR DISCUSSION. For instance, I am meeting with my Monday staff members so my comment will begin with:

Houston, Texas; 8 of us; Meeting at Living Proof Ministries. Our group is primarily made up of…The main part of our discussion was about…(And so forth).

3. If you are going solo, your comment will become the way you complete the assignments. In other words, youโ€™ll see that I ask you to describe this season of your life in one word. In your comment, tell us what that one word would be.

Make the length of it one good, descriptive paragraph. Try not to write too much or readers will tend to skip over it.

This clip is to give instructions for your first gathering – the one you are hopefully having today or in next 24 hours. You can watch this together or your leader can watch it and pass on your instructions.

Summer Bible Study – Week 1 from LPV on Vimeo.

Iย so hope that makes sense! Now, here are the written instructions for your gathering just in case you canโ€™t get the video to work. Welcome aboard! May God take us on a journey that weโ€™ll treasure for many years. Letโ€™s find the Ruth in us, Siestas!

Today in your small group, hereโ€™s what I am asking you to do:

1. If you donโ€™t know each other, spend a few minutes finding out some basic biographical information about one another. ย (Single, married, still in school, or in a career. Children, no children. The regular stuff. Keep in mind that everybody fits in Bible study. You donโ€™t need to all be alike. In fact, the more alike you all are, the less you may sharpen one another.)

2. Each of you in your small group characterize your life in this present season in ONE WORD. ย Have the leader record these.

3. Each of you in your small group share one specific goal you have this summer for being in Bible study. Have the leader record these, too.

4. Look at the very last verse of the Book of Judges (Judges 21:25) because of its placement just prior to the book weโ€™ll study together this summer. Discuss several specific reasons why doing what each of us sees fit at any given time could be dangerous. After several minutes ofย discussion, read Jeremiah 17:7-14 and talk about how this segment relates or contrasts to Judges 21:25.

Leader: this is very important. You get back on within 24 hours of meeting and write a brief summation of your group time as a comment to this post. Tell us how many came, your city, and something about your group or your group discussion.

Here’s a link to the first chapter of Ruth in case you don’t have your workbook yet.


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  1. 51
    Michele says:

    I didn’t think I was going to be able to participate but now I am! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Liverpool, NY
    solo Siesta
    Just me and my sweet Cindy dog (and she doesn’t talk at all anymore)

    1. single, unemployed for almost 2 years now

    2. Transitional

    3. Idk about a goal. My life has been completely turned upside down lately, and I don’t think we’re done yet, so I don’t have any focus or direction now. Maybe that’s my goal! To gain discernment and insight about what God wants for me going forward? Yikes that is a little scary. ๐Ÿ˜›

    4. If I always ate what I wanted, I’d live on Mountain Dew, Bacon Cheeseburgers, and Reese’s, and have a constant belly ache(yet I’d keep doing it). Same concept applies spiritually. It is easy to settle for superficial candy when you can’t imagine what awesome nutritional good stuff God has for you if you follow Him.

    • 51.1
      aubrey says:

      I love your analogy of superficial spiritual candy. I am so ready to move beyond that and find a true, deep and abiding relationship with my Savior!!

    • 51.2
      Kathy B says:

      Did you change your gravatar? Did it used to be sweet Cindy’s face? (BTW, so glad we see both of you now). Are you the Wolverines fan? Do I ask too many questions? I’ve been watching for you and decided maybe you’d changed gravatars. If it’s not you, well…howdy. Glad you’re here. Embarrassed grin.

      • Michele says:

        Hi Kathy!
        Yes, it’s me, GO BLUE!! haha
        yes, I had my gravitar as Cindy, then my graduation pic, then me with Beth, and just changed it again to this one with Cindy. I’m going to leave it there for a while.

        • Kathy B says:

          Wonderful! Bet you’re recuperating from some serious studying. So glad you and Cindy are still with us.

    • 51.3
      Dawn says:

      Hi Michelle,
      I just wanted to invite you over to my blog tonight at 7:00 PM (CST) for a chat about this Bible Study. I am doing this with some other blog friends and would love it if you would like to join us. We will meet at my blog every other Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm (CST).

      There are about 6 of us I think, and three of us live fairly close, but the other three live in different states all across the US. What a great group God is assembly to learn together.

      I just read your comment and it touched me, and I just wanted you toknow that you are more than invited to join us.

      Have a Blessed evening,

      • Michele says:

        Thank you for inviting me! I’d love to join your group.

        I’m not sure if I can join right on time because I play softball on Tuesday nights and while I’m usually home by 8pm, it takes me a while to take care of my dog because she is old.

        I’ll try to contact you on your blog.

    • 51.4
      Emily says:

      First of all, I made the enchiladas and was disappointed when I put them in the refrig last night BUT once cooked and served….WOW …they were soooo good, absolutely delicious and the dessert was unbelievable!…it was nice to share a meal with the two girls who could make it…they are sweet friends who greet me at our YMCA each morning when I DO NOT want to be there…so they start my morning off right…and later my neighbor came after she put down her babies…interesting how our words for our life right now were JOY, PEACE, CONTENTMENT for the three girls who have had crisis’ in their lives the past 3-5 years…and I have not…and my word was scattered…too many things to do in too little time…but it is fun and good busy!!!!
      Regarding Judges…one of the girls shared that Israel DID have a king, it was God, who had proved himself over and over again and they kept rejecting him…we do the same thing…we need to make our lives more glorifying to our KING each day.

      • Emily says:

        Forgot to include, we are from Houston Texas a stones throw away from Beth!

      • Sharoni says:

        I got that same insight when comparing & contrasting the scriptures about The King! It hit me smack dab between the eyes when I focused in on “A glorious throne , exalted from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.” Jer. 17:12…
        cool, huh?

        Sharoni ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 52

    Paula,from a small town called Easton,Maine. I,too, am going solo this summer which feels strange to me. I do belong to a wonderful group of 6 ladies who gather for prayer and sharing every 2 weeks. The word to describe my life in this season is REST. I wrote in my prayer to God that for me the key to rest is trust and the key to trust is intimately knowing His Love, which is actually knowing him more deeply for He is love. As I place my feet on the road back to Bethlehem-Judah after a season of testing, I do so with hope and a goal to grow deeper in knowledge and experience of God’s covenant love. As for doing what is right in our own eyes- for me that involves reasoning and the Lord is calling me to leave reasoning behind and follow the voice of His Spirit. I look forward to this journey.

    • 52.1
      Rebekah says:

      As I was reading your comment about trusting comes from knowing His love I kept thinking of John 15. AND that whole chapter is on abiding which…I guess you can think of as resting. Resting in God instead of running around like chickens with our heads cut off?

      Maybe that made sense, but just thought I’d share the John 15 thing ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks Rebekah. I love that chapter in John 15 but I hadn’t thought about it in the context of resting. Of course that makes perfect sense. I am going to revisit it. Especially the part about without Him I can do nothing. Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Rebekah says:

          No problem! That’s become one of my favorite chapters in the past couple of months! Abiding sounds so nice and simple and it should be but it’s usually too simple and we want to make it complicated! God is constantly calling me to come back and abide rather than doing things in my own strength ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 53
    Jenna says:

    Hello All!
    I’m going solo and live in Interlochen, Mi. I have a 4month old son, Braxton, and a wonderful Godly husband, Aaron. This is my first summer bible study with all of you and I’m so geeked!!! One word to describe this season of my life is “searching”.

    My goal for bible study this summer is to grow closer to God in a way that he remains someone I need on a daily basis. I want to become more consistent in my walk/relationship with him.

    Can’t wait for this!!!
    Blessings to all!

    • 53.1
      Barbra Keeler says:

      My goal too, Jenna! I’m always wishing for the discipline to maintain everyday intimacy with Him.

    • 53.2
      Hilary says:

      Hello from Grand Rapids, MI. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish we were closer!!

      • Jenna says:

        GR!!! Love GR, my sis went to GVSU. Miss visiting, no World Market or Panera Bread here!!! ๐Ÿ™

    • 53.3
      Kristen says:

      So glad you are on here Jenna.

      • Jenna says:

        Thank u!! I’m so glad I’m along for the study!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ looking forward to hearing all God has in store for us this summer!!!

    • 53.4
      Georgia Boone says:

      Is this the Jenna that attends West Side Comm Church????
      If so, let me know because this is Georgia and I am not doing it with anyone either!!!

      Bible Bunny in NO MI

  4. 54
    Yanna says:

    I’m joining solo from Bryan,Texas in my home. I am just “hungry” for the Word. I am currently studying Living Beyond Yourself with a small group of ladies, but I crave more. I want to be in God’s Word 24/7 and can’t seem to get enough of it. When I saw there would be a Summer study online I was so excited like a little child waiting to open a present. I’m so giddy and happy! Now I have two studies going and that should help fill my cup. See you in two weeks!

  5. 55
    Living4Him says:

    Riverside,PA going solo. Present season is teens and toddlers…overwhelming yet full of joy.

  6. 56
    Stacy says:

    Cleveland, TX. Solo. (If anyone in my area is participating please let me know, I would love to do this with a group) One word that describes my life right now is DESPAIR. I have had a lot of trouble in a particular relationship that seems to be on repeat. So I have wounds on top of wounds for the last couple of years; which have washed my confidence, security, self worth and esteem down the drain. I donโ€™t know much about the stories in the Old Testament so Iโ€™m coming in this study hoping to learn and to receive some healing in my self worth, and to ultimately find my confidence and security in the Lord.
    Iโ€™m stoked to meet some new Siestaโ€™s & ready for what God is about to show me!

    • 56.1

      Hi Stacy hang in there seista did you read the book So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore awesome book .
      I to have had bad relationships that tend to run you in the ground and drain you I still struggle with insecurities and self worth and confidence but God is working on that and a little better for it.
      I had a relationship that drained me so much I just wanted to not live eventually I had to get out of it and with God help and a sweet friend of mine I finally made the break it was not easy but I finally did it and took a couple of yrs before I could stand on my own 2 feet and realize I can be who God created me to be.
      Anyway I will be praying for you if you would like you can join me in this I live in Albuquerque Nm
      But we can do it thru email
      My email is
      [email protected]

  7. 57
    Nikki1 says:

    I am a 39 year old mother of two. One of my children struggles with Autism. But it has been a blessing to her mother. I was saved about 4 years ago. Just can’t seem to find the right fellowship. Spending all my time by myself with Him– guided by studies from Priscilla Shirer, Anne Graham Lot and Beth Moore. Praying soon that He will provide me with my “peeps”. Have lots of friends but they are not believers. Always have been popular. While I love them, the advice I often receieve is not in His Word. Stumble a bit because of that advice but here I am. Making sure I know His word. I have tried to get friends to study with me, unfortunately it is me alone doing this study. That’s ok– perhaps that is what He requires of me. To get to know Him. As far as Judges, well I certainly understand where I got myself on my own– I have been forgiven but there are consequences. I must know Him through His word and never lean on my own knowledge. My simple goal is to know Him better. Excited for this study!

    • 57.1
      Nikki1 says:

      Oh, I am happily married in Ohio. Met my husband in law school ๐Ÿ™‚ Love of my life!

    • 57.2
      Angela H says:

      God will provide! Was in the same place. I have a son w/a lot of Asperger’s qualities that I struggle w/also. I’ve found that each season of life brings a different group of friends. I have a new(7 month old) baby-and am again finding myself surrounded by great moms of all dif ages. Volunteering in the nursery at church has helped. And a group called MOPS was a life saver as far as getting a Christian network going when my middle daughter was born. I was a very new believer then. I am a loner by nature-one of the reasons why i love this site. I’d love to be one of your peeps!!!

      • Nikki1 says:

        Consider yourself “peep” ๐Ÿ™‚ Peep #1. Autism has been both a blessing and a hardship. I learned so much. On those days when I was told she would never learn to feed herself on her own. Never talk. Not love me. Those were very dark days. I too was diagnosed with Rhumatoid Arthritis (potenially debilatating) during this period. But nothing, nothing hurts more than it happening to your baby girl. I would give up everything for her. I appreciate John 3:16 so so very much. I appreciate Abraham’s sacrifice so, so very much. It hurts so much when it is your children. Through it all I found the Lord. I am hesitant to say where we are today (four years later) when we got her diagnosis but I can tell you that when a doctor tells you that there is no cure. I beg to differ. But regardless of where I am and the absolute miracles He has done in my life. I love Him to no end. What He has brought me is not cure, cure, cure. It is peace. There are people around me who would likely say “Oh I would hate to be her” or people who feel bad for my situation. I couldn’t feel more blessed.

      • Suzanne says:

        Nikki and Angela..I am a 51 yr old mom of 3 boys and my youngest(14 going on 25) struggles with many Asperger’s issues. Hang in there and grab Jesus by the hand for support and sanity. If you want an older lady consider me your Peep.

        • Nikki1 says:

          Suzanne… I love it! You know the older Peeps are the best ones. They get that hard shell on the outside and when you take a bite they are so, so delicious! Peep #2. I just love what you said about your 14 year old. So, so true. My daughter just started school with “typical” peers (doesn’t that term bite a bit when schools use it). The teacher told me she is quite a enforcer for the rules. Immediately calls out her peers when they are not following the rules. That’s why I am raising her up in the Word now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Look forward to being around you and Angela this summer (minus my much anticipated yearly vacation to Disney). I love being with Jesus and cling to Him daily. As you know our kids can sometimes say and do the darndest things. I am always asking Him if He was trying to be funny ๐Ÿ™‚ Life is so very colorful with a child on spectrum. (with any child for that matter). Thanks for responding.

          • Linda says:

            Nikki – believe what God tells you my 19 year old who was diagnois with autism at 3. Just finished his first year of college away from home and is studying to help children with autism. We were told the same things you were told. God is faithful.

        • Angela H says:

          Sounds like a great mini-group! I have a blog-but I lost it in cyberspace. Maybe I can have us meet there.? If not-look forward to seeing you “around” Ruth.

        • Angela H says:

          Found my site. Welcome to “chat”! Mini-group?

        • Angela H says:

          Suzanne and Nikki1 Found my site! to meet you there. Go to Ruth post.

    • 57.3
      Alicia says:

      Nikki- this happened to me awhile back. I was going through a season of my life where I was desperate for godly girlfriends, I had not one friend who was a Christian. God, in His wisdom, eliminated those unhealthy relationships, and I was alone. Just God and I. I would cry out to Him to send me friends and He in the quiet way only He can speak told me “you must be close to me- that is most important- before you get close to anyone else”. He was right. I accepted His will and spent that time deeply in God’s Word… and a few short months later met my best friend, who happens to be one of the strongest Christian women I have ever had the priviledge of knowing. Just had to share.

      • Nikki1 says:

        Its funny Alicia. I actually have quite a heavy “social” calendar. Stuff to do every weekend and lots of friends. Just have that empty feeling. The conversation seems so superficial and I often have to check myself as my tent seems to get closer to Sodom, things that I know are wrong seem to get easier. I have to make sure to pull up that tent and move away no matter how comfortable it makes me feel. I do spend time with Him every day. That is my season. I love your comment and I am so happy that He provided for you a great Jonathan type friend. He is so faithful and He always keeps His promises. I know that I will have that fellowship someday. I have to be still… and that tends to be one of my strongholds… waiting on Him and not jumping in the water. I know He is working on something… Thank you for sharing with me. I just love a happy ending ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Kimberly says:

          Hi Nikki. I am 36, mom of 4, and my son has autism. I so know what you mean about having “stuff to do” but that emptiness inside. My son is eleven now. He was diagnosed at age 4. There are many times when my son is acting more like a thorn than a blessing to me. My husband and I have watched almost all of our close friends walk out of our lives, even our families. While I have lots of friends, whenever I vent or mention my son, they say they would not like to be me or that they know they could never carry the load I am carrying. While I know they mean well, that usually sends me deep into a pit of self pity. I have been praying for a friend who understands and knows that sometimes you just want someone to listen and pray for you. I would love for a partner, besides my husband, to believe with me for things that the “professionals” say will never come about. I would love to be a prayer support for you. You can email me anytime and know that I will be praying on the other end. There are so many issues that come up it is hard for someone who does not live with autism to handle all of it. I know you will understand that I may not always be able to repsond quickly but I will as soon as I can. We should start our own little Beth Moore loving, anything is possible with God group for those effected by Autism! Hang in there, girl! God created us to be in fellowship with each other and carry each others burdens. I would love to do that for you.

          • Nikki1 says:


            Let’s make it a date! I hope you know that you have a sister in Ohio praying for you and your family. I get what you are saying– it is both a thorn and a blessing. The blessing for me is not in getting what it is that I think I want, it is knowing that while I don’t understand it– it is good. It is often too difficult for friends to comprehend. What I have found is that alot of friends have left too. I look at it sort of like Joshua looking at the river and watching his friends drink the water the wrong way. And he watched them walk away– but the battle he won with the few remaining– wow! That is my prayer. Autism statistics are staggering. I am working so hard at my church to be prepared for parents and children with disabilites. The divorce rates are crazy! Most of the parents are unable to attend a church out of fear of rejection. Who will watch their child while they worship. I know we need to come together. Sometimes we don’t always need to have an answer, we just need to pray, cry and listen to one another. There is only one who has the answer. Thanks for your response. I get it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 57.4
      Sabrina says:

      Hi Nikki, I’m Sabrina (55 yr old mother of 3 grown daughters and grammy to 2 granddaughters). I work with autistic kids in the public school setting. I love what I do! I love “my kids”! I so appreciate loving, godly moms like you. It shows in the kids. Be encouraged and know that your love and faith are just what your daughter needs.

    • 57.5
      Heather says:


      Your post really resonated with me. I too have felt that alone feeling while surrounded by lots of friends and “stuff” to do. I have prayed for several years for God to send me godly girlfriends that I can fellowship with. In the last 2 years he has sent me 2 and I love that we can talk about God stuff and they “get it”. It is so much more satisfying. So I would love to be a “peep” for you! I am 33 and a Sp. Ed. teacher. I had a class full of austistic boys this past school year and everyday was an adventure. I love them more than any class I have had in my 10 years teaching! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Nikki1 says:

        Wow! Love to hear from the special education teachers. How cool is that! It is wonderful to see that you have been led to this ministry to teach children with disabilities. I know, from a little inside experience, how difficult (but rewarding) your job is. Thank you.

    • 57.6
      Kerri says:

      Praying for you Nikki, that God would surround you with Christian women who can encourage you, and that He would provide one to mentor you. I am blessed with Christian friends, but my husband is not. So I relate a bit to your struggle. But I believe that both our situations can cause us to rely on HIM, and that’s what we really need to do anyway isnt’ it?

      • Nikki1 says:

        Thanks Kerri! I have found comfort in great biblical teachers that He does provide for all of us– Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Anne Graham, Sheila Walsh, and now I am loving this Ruth study! And I have great friends like Charles Spurgeon in the morning and at night ๐Ÿ™‚ . And have my John MacArthur and Charles Stanley resouces right by my side ๐Ÿ™‚ We are blessed with so much information that I just go out and find it In the end, it is the King and I. Perhaps this is best for me right now. Sometimes I have a tendency to put too much emphasis on the opinions of those who are in charge. I just need to know about Him. I think we do need to learn to rely on Him. We just can’t put those expectations on anyone else, its just not fair to anyone. Thanks for your prayers.

  8. 58
    Jana says:

    I’m Jana from Harrisonburg, VA and I’m doing this study right now solo. I might have a few friends join me later on.
    Word to describe my life: busy/unfulfilled
    I’m doing this study because I just finished the Esther study this spring. Ruth has always been my favorite (mostly because my middle name is Ruth). I want to see how our lives are similiar and get to know Ruth better. But mostly I need to get back into the Word!

    Right now I’m struggling a little in my life. I work full time as a teacher and have two beautiful children that my husband stays at home with and picks up little jobs here and there. I do enjoy my job and I KNOW I am where God wants me to be. But to be honest it’s not where I want to be. If I had my way I would have been a full-time stay at home mom and I’m having a hard time working through this at this point in time. I want to get back to feeling like I’m on the same page with God in my life.

    • 58.1
      Ali says:

      Jana–there is a group of us meeting in Verona if you want to join us! We’d love to have you, several of us at your stage of life with some of those same issues.

      I’m wondering if I’ve met you in real life actually–email me if you want, [email protected].

  9. 59
    Angela H says:

    Wisconsin-solo-35yrs old-seeking!

  10. 60
    Valerie says:

    Houston, TX.
    I will be doing this study solo since I’ll be traveling alot for the summer.
    My word to describe my life right now would be: Lost.
    My goal for the bible study would be to grow closer to God, to make him a priority in my life and make our relationship prevailing over everything.

    So excited to start!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 61
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie; Houston, Texas; solo (would love to join a group if I could find one…I think I missed that post)

    One word about my life right now: idle.

    Hoping to make a habit of getting into the word and hoping my habits will be a sacred influence to my husband.

    • 61.1
      Sharoni says:

      Hi Stephanie! I am also in Houston and flying solo…not necessarily because I want to, but because I just didn’t have the energy to coordinate one! So…I’m here for you if you wanna! Hit me on my e-mail, blog, or here….
      Sharoni ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 62
    heather says:

    Lancaster, Pa…going solo…will be 37 on Friday…SAHM to 7 kids ranging from 14 to 8 months…married for 16 years. I hope to just be consistent with being in the Word~that is my goal for this one. I fluctuate so much between being “needy” for Jesus and having Him be my abundance. I am currently in the needy stage. I struggle with consistency. My one word to describe life right now would be hectic.

    • 62.1
      Lisa Shuler says:

      Hi Heather! My mom and I are heading to Sight and Sound to see “Joseph” tomorrow! We are really excited! My daughter and her husband and 3 little ones will be moving to Harrisburg area sometime this summer…. ๐Ÿ™
      Nice to see a couple of PA gals on!

    • 62.2
      Barbra Keeler says:

      Hi Heather! With 7 kids, no wonder you’re word was “hectic”! I live about 45 minutes south of Lancaster and I’d love to chat sometime. If you feel like emailing, my address is [email protected]. I also need the structure of this kind of Bible study to keep me consistent in the Word. Enjoy the time with Him!

  13. 63
    Sylvia says:

    Sylvia – studying solo in Georgetown, TX. One word for life today – unorganized!
    Hope for study: one-on-one time with God. I teach a Bible class and participate in an accountability group one night a week at church. I need this discipline to help me in Bible study to replenish myself as I regularly give out.

  14. 64
    Poof says:

    Columbia, SC. Solo. At my computer or curled up on my bed. My Season: Transition. Kids are all in college now. My goal for this study: To become more Christlike in real, practical ways that affect my day-to-day living.
    Thanks for the “letter” idea. At first I thought I might not do it, what would I say? What do I think? etc. After I read your scriptures, the words just flowed. Now I have such a clear perspective on what I want from this study, thank you!! I’ve been waiting for this day to arrive, thanks for another great (free!) summer study!

  15. 65
    Julie says:

    Raleigh, NC; flying solo (yet I feel so connected to this huge family! I’m a first timer to Siestaville); I moved to Raleigh, NC almost 3 years ago from Dallas, TX and left my long-time girlfriends behind; I am not married, not employed (was laid off in February, but have since started my own business doing Princess parties for little girls); one word to describe my life at this time: waiting – waiting to see what is next for me and what direction my life is going to take (I’m hoping for a huge surprise!); my goal for this summer’s Bible study is to find God again… we used to be much closer than we are now. If everyone just did “what seemed right” they would live in a world without comfort and security, and miss out on the truly great things God has planned for them. I am very excited about all this summer has in store – I would have never found Siestaville on my own, so I truly believe this is where God wants me to be!

    • 65.1
      Candice says:

      How precious…princess parties…I hope that goes well and you can find rich enjoyment in that business. That it would be a blessing to the families who take part!

    • 65.2
      Tammy says:

      Julie, I live in Raleigh. Want to meet up?

  16. 66
    Laura says:

    Hi, I am Laura and I am first-timer. I will be doing the study solo in Little Rock, Arkansas… well as solo as I can with three boys and three dogs running around while I try to read the same sentence three times! It took some thought but the word that finally felt right and described where I am right now, after reading the Jeremiah passage, is “planted.” I have been through a drought of my own making recently, but because I was planted and rooted in His Word it was not an unproductive drought. My goal for this study of Ruth is to stay planted and I look forward to seeing what my Savior will speak over me as I dig deeper into His Word.

    Beth, you were so right when you said this morning that His Word never comes back void. No matter how much chaos is swirling around me (three boys and three dogs, and a good husband), if I make time for Him, He meets me there. EVERYTIME!

    As for Judges 21:25, don’t you just love how God ends one book with people doing their own thing and then gives us a book about selfless love. I love when I get to see the individual strands of His story woven together into such a beautiful tapestry. As Jeremiah points out, we have a choice to make. We can live in the parched places of the desert or we can live with no worries even in a year of drought. I am striving for the “no worries.”

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    Joyce Watson says:

    Lawton, Oklahoma

    Ruth is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. One word that describes how I feel right now “Yearning” to know more, (show me, tell me, where do you find it, how can I learn more than the basic story and dig, then find more to the story? I want to learn like the preacher.)

    It is important to serve God or we will fall into moral decay, find ourselves in the midst of adversities where we have no hope and live in despair and we miss God’s blessings and opportunities for our lives.

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    Barbra Keeler says:

    I’m going solo this summer, but hoping to get to know some Siestas! I’m hanging onto my 30’s =), married for 15 years to my best friend and the mother of three beautiful girls, ages 10, 8 and 6, and I live in Oxford, Pennsylvania. I think the one word to describe this season of my life is JOURNEY. I’m typically a person who loves the destination… not so much the journey. But I feel like God is teaching me that there is purpose in the journey itself. I’m praying that this season of Bible study will help me to be more purposeful this summer, instead of just jumping from one event to the next.

    I think the first part of the verse in Judges is key: when there is no king in our lives, we’re left to be tossed about by every wave of our emotions. Knowing myself, that thought gives me the shivers! I desperately need the King and His authority to guide my choices. When I trust in that, then my life is like the one pictured in Jeremiah, confident and unshakeable!

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    Sue says:

    Newnan, GA. I am doing this solo. The one word I use to describe this season of my life is “experienced”. I feel that in my 60 plus years of living, God has brought me through a lot of experiences and strengthened my trust in Him. My goal is to learn to trust Him more for the challenges in my life now and to encourage others in their walk with the LORD.

    • 69.1
      ULCARDSFAN says:

      Hi Sue,
      I am friends with Willie Todd (Williamson) from Newnan. Do you know the Williamson family? They have written a sisters cookbook. Also met Kimberly Ellsworth from Newnan while doing the NOGS study online.


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    Angela says:

    I’m Angela from Amarillo, Texas, teacher, single, 40’s. I’m doing this solo, but I have a friend 80 miles away doing it also. This is my first time to ever do this. I have already started the Bible study and love it! My one word for this season is hopeful! My goal is to stay connected to God!

    • 70.1
      Rebekah says:

      You’re not doing it with someone from Lubbock are you? I read a comment earlier saying their person they’re doing the study with was from Amarillo. Or at least I think they said Amarillo ๐Ÿ™‚ And then I saw this!

      Remain hopeful because He loves to fulfill hopes! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Angela says:

        Thanks Rebekah! The friend I’m doing it with lives in Sunray, TX. I think I saw the same comment about someone doing it in Amarillo also.

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    aubrey says:

    Aubrey from Columbia, MO. I am 34, married with one child and I am doing this study solo also. There are a lot of us doing this solo. I wonder if there is a way that we can hook up online and have a discussion that way.

    My goal for this study is to be in the word. It is something I have not been consistent with throughout my life and I have come to the point of discovering that I so desperately need Jesus and His word..every DAY!!

    My life in one word right now: restoration.

    • 71.1
      Sue Schwendemann says:

      COOL!! I was just thinking the same thing. I have not done the questions yet, but will get to shortly. Thanks for asking.


    • 71.2
      KarenMO says:

      Aubrey, I am part of a group of 12 (so far), near Columbia, MO, (Hallsville), and we’d love to have you join us at our church. We won’t be starting our first session until July 8, but 9 of us went to StL this past weekend for LPL, and it was awesome. We really enjoy the way God helps her explain the scriptures, and make them apply to each of our lives. You can email me at [email protected].

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    Taylor says:

    Orlando, FL. I’ll also be doing the study solo unless you count the two Labrador Retrievers sleeping at my feet. I’m 23 years old and married to an absolutely wonderful man. We’re very new to the area and don’t know many people, however, we just joined a wonderful church and are excited to finally have a church home. This is my first time doing the Summer Bible Study and I am thrilled to start it! I think disconcerted would be the word that most represents my situation right now. A little bit frustrated and quite a bit confused. I’m currently unemployed and praying the Lord will guide me toward my calling in life. My goal for the Ruth study is to give myself over completely to God in the hopes that my life will one day reflect His glory and light. I feel like I have so much to learn from Ruth!

    • 72.1
      Marrissa says:

      Hi Taylor!
      I live in Orlando as well. I will be doing this study solo. My church will continue bible studies in the Fall, but I wanted to join a study during the summer.
      Welcome to the area ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Taylor says:

        Thanks for the welcome Marrissa! We love it here so far. Such a beautiful place and people are so friendly. Reminds me a lot of Texas, where we went to college. Our church is actually doing the Revelation study right now but the homework seems to go by fast and we meet in the evenings so when I saw this study online I thought it would be a great complement. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

        • Tricia says:

          Taylor and Marissa!
          I live in Orlando area and we’re doing this study at my house on Wednesday nights! Let me know if you’d like to join us . . . we’d love to have you! Blessings!

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    Suzanne G. says:

    Galion, Ohio

    Going solo:( Trying to get a group of ladies together!

    One word to describe my current season is: “tense”
    My husband has been unemployed for 23 months; he will have his PET scan the end of July to see if he is still in remission from double lymphoma; we have seven children( six at home,ages 21-6) who are wonderful and keep the laughter coming:)

    My goal is to live out the faith I have in Christ. It is one thing to read about it, quite another to actually LIVE it when times are incredibly hard. I want my kids to look back at this difficult time in our lives and say their parents kept their focus upward:) I want them to know who provides and who we trust with EVERYTHING!!!

    I am so thankful for this blog and LPM! There have been days I have come to this blog and laughed so hard my sides hurt, other days when I have wept so hard I couldn’t hardly breathe. Every visit has been a blessing to me, which in turns blesses my family.
    Thank you:)

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    Hi my name is Carol I will be doing the bible solo as well at first I wasn’t going to comment because I felt a little insecure about being solo but I see alot of seista’s flying solo.
    My word to describe myself right now would be jobless
    Need a job I am 53yrs old and find it very hard to get a job at my age.
    Been unemployed since Oct of last yr.

    My goal is to be trusting God in every situation in my life rather its being alone and taking care of ill mother
    Just getting closer to Him My One And Only.

    Thank you sweet mama for all you do for us and looking forward to the study.

    Love all you seista’s

    • 74.1
      Sue Schwendemann says:

      Carol, I maybe solo, my sister was going to do this, but she 90 miles away. I am also answering you because I not working for two years, and caring full time for my man. You are in my prayers. I finely realize this is WERE God may what at this time in my life. Hope this helps.
      Do you have a dog? I have two.

      Blessing to you,


        Hey seista SUE
        Yes I have one dog her name is Hershey
        and very spoiled she is but I love her to pieces
        I was just a little insecure this morning for some reason or another just felt like I was having one of those moments.
        Thanks seista
        Have a great bible study
        can’t wait to see what God is going to do

        • Sue Schwendemann says:

          Hey seista. I was lonely and insecure this morning also. Thanks for getting back to me. My dogs names are Onyxmarie and MacBeth. Lost one in April. Have a great SSBSIII.


    • 74.2
      Stacy says:

      Hey Carol. I am so glad that you invited me to do this study (via email) with you! I will def. be praying for you and for God’s will to be done. I want to leave you with this scripture that has been so heavy on my heart these last couple of days. It’s found in Isaiah 43:18-19

      โ€œBut forget all thatโ€”
      it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
      For I am about to do something new.
      See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
      I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
      I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”


      I will email you soon! Thanks again for reaching out to me!

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    We’re an online group with about 125 women participating from 32 different states. If you are going solo, please join us!

    • 75.1
      Beth says:

      WOW! So excited about you guys! Please convey to all of them how delighted I am to serve them and to journey with them through Kelly’s Bible study.

    • 75.2
      Angie Cortes says:

      Christine, where did you get your avatar?

    • 75.3
      mararenee says:

      Just signed into your online group… I didn’t feel like I could do this solo and do it well. Thanks for posting the website!

    • 75.4
      Barbara says:

      I am in Houston and also going solo but would love to be a part of a group. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Shirleen says:

    Live in Greenville, SC and going solo. The season of life for me could be described as waiting. For several months I have had a pretty set schedule, and now I’m not sure what God’s plan is. I am doing this study because I want to sit at His feet and listen to His voice as He speaks to me thru His Word. Thank you for offering this study thru the summer…don’t want to take a “break” from bible study. Awesome to know women all across the world are doing the same study, and God is speaking to each of us where we are in our walk with Him! I think Jer. 17:7-14 shows what happens when we do as we see fit (disgrace, shame, written in the dust) as compared to trusting in the Lord and being confident in Him (blessing,nourishment, fruit, reward, healing, salvation, and my favorite….knowing the Fountain of living waters).
    Ready to get started!

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    Beth says:

    Houston, Texas; 9 of us met this week but normally 10 of us will be together on our Tuesdays; We are meeting in the break room of Living Proof Ministries. We are comprised of women both single and married, ages stretching over 3 decades, from several denominations and all sorts of backgrounds. The one-word to best characterize our present season was rich and insightful. They were: Waiting…Changing…Settled…Unsettled…Persevering…Busy….Tender…Transitioning…Healing. We had great conversation over why it’s dangerous to just do as we see fit even when we think we’re at our best. We are looking very forward to spending the heart of the summer in the pages of Scripture. Count us in!!

    • 77.1
      Sue Schwendemann says:


      Thanks for being so wonderful,and a great teacher for the Lord.. Be careful this weekend. Love you Siesta Mama. Blessing to all of you at LMP.


    • 77.2
      Stacy says:

      I love the word that best describes one of your members life right now: TENDER!!! I think I might have to change mine to that as well!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks, Momma!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 77.3
      Stephanie says:

      Beth I’m looking for a Houston group!
      Kidding. Sort of ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Melissa says:

    Forgot to mention that although I’m going solo, that I would love to meet any Siestas down here in Southern Maryland! St. Mary’s County, Maryland!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 78.1
      Tammy says:

      Let’s get together for lunch or dinner soon. We can choose a local restaurant and bring our studies!

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    Pat S. says:

    Lago Vista, TX (outside Austin); 50 years old; married, empty nester; going solo.

    My one word would be: uncomfortable.

    My goal is to push my fleshly self outside of my comfort zone and truly experience God (and be dependent upon Him). It has been my experience lately that God is wanting this from me and I want to obey.

    The verse in Judges and the verses in Jeremiah were (of course) perfect for me and my theme for the summer. I need to not do as I see fit, but trust my God enough to step out and do some things that “don’t fit” and are therefore a little uncomfortable.

    Thank you once again Beth and thank you Kelly for a great summer study!

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    Emmy says:

    1. Emmy- 40’s, married, Georgia, 4 kids (18 boy, 16 girl, 15 boy and 11 girl) solo


    3. I grew up in the church and it is so easy (for me) to fall back into being “lukewarm” or just going through the motions- just because it has always been there. (does that make sense?) Oh I can’t begin to tell you how much that scares me… I want an alive, active, ongoing, moment by moment, deep, real relationship! That is why I constantly need to be at His feet! I am so prone to wander!

    4. (Kind of like my answer to #3!) I am nothing without you Lord! How I long to trust You with full abandon! I am thirsty!

    • 80.1
      Donna B. says:

      Yes, that makes complete sense to me!

    • 80.2
      God's not-so-little Dutch girl says:


      I noticed we have the same word sum up our lives right now. You have been blessed with more than I, but it is nice to know I’m not alone on the blog! I am also in my 40s and struggle with lukewarmness in my Christian walk. I feel a little of a connection with you! Maybe we can talk sometime? Joan

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    Kathy says:

    Elyria,Ohio… solo on purpose.. Reflective…. This summer study to grow to know the Lord better and to go deeper with Him…

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    Angie Cortes says:

    1)I am flying solo with my online Siestas for this study.

    I live in Orlando, FL, I am a wife and mother of 4, ages 24-16. Two grandbabies Aniyah and Miliah.

    2)One word: Discovery

    3)My goal: strength in God’s word.

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    Julie Hodges says:

    to all you beautiful Ladies who claim to be going solo HeHeHe guess what we can see you and you are so beautiful as you open to all that God has in store. I am praying that you feel as much a part of our groups as we feel your hearts as you share them with us and our with you.
    Thanks for making all this possable

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    Kimberly says:

    Meridian, ID, i’m doing this solo (plus 2 daughters at my feet) at my home. My one word- stay-at-home mom. My goal is to stay in the Word and to dig deeper into it to plant it into my life.
    When I start doing things that I want without seeking His will I always cause chaos, pain, and sorrow for myself and others. I am so glad for promises like Jer. 17:7-14, where I know I can look to Him to clean out my heart and He will bring healing and rest for me.
    I wrote my letter and feel very excited for all Jesus has for me this summer.

    PS-my 15 month old kept waving at you in the video! she may recognize your voice as this is her 3rd Beth Moore study, she was born during the Esther study and we didn’t miss a session! my 3 yr old came in to see who i was talking to, I said it’s Bible Study and she ran to get her Bible! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for doing this study for all of us!

    • 84.1
      Rebekah says:

      I read about your 15 month old waving at Beth and I just smiled really big. That is absolutely awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Blessings to you on the journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kimberly says:

        it’s fun to read everyone’s posts, especially being a SAHM, can feel lonely at times, now i have a community of Siestas! here to grow with.

        • Beth says:

          Yes, you do indeed have a community here. May God bless you with rich fellowship, Kimberly!

        • Rebekah says:

          This is NO joke, but while reading ‘Plan B’ by Pete Wilson yesterday on my lunch break, he brought up Naomi and Ruth and how when we’re going through something that isn’t what we expected (Naomi’s left a widow and then her sons die…), God doesn’t want us going through it alone! He gave Naomi ‘community’, by having Ruth join her on the journey and He’ll give us community if we ask Him! Of course, Pete said it a lot better than I just did. I’d definitely recommend the read!

          And all this on the day we would start our Ruth study that night. In Beth’s words, that’s a GOD STOP! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 84.2
      tonia booker says:


      I live in Meridian also!! Wow…thought I was the only one. my email is [email protected].

      I am a stay – at – home 40 yr old mommy of two boys, 9 and 7. Let me know if you want to study together or grab a coffee or whatever!!


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    Fran McCurry says:

    Gulf Shores, Al

    solo (none of my Bible study friends are on the blog)
    I am really fine with doing this solo, because I can fully focus on what God has to teach me- last summer’s study was life-changing!

    This is my time to be 1:1 with God; I am a kindergarten teacher with 19 students 10 months out of the year, so summer study is a good time to be more intimate, although I love my group studies during the school year.

    My one word is “peaceful”. I am 59, single again for 12 years, have 2 grown sons, live by myself. This has been a time to abundantly grow in my relationship with the Lord.

    In comparing the scriptures: I am little to nothing without the Lord in any and every aspect of my life.

    Although I am doing this solo, I very much look forward to the comments we will share on the blog! I appreciate this opportunity to grow again with all of my Siestas!


    • 85.1
      Theresa says:

      Fran…a fellow Alabamian here. I have prayed every single day for our Gulf Region. I believe that if everyone here will say a prayer each day, the Lord will provide the knowledge and know-how needed to correct what man has done to his creation.

    • 85.2
      Fran says:

      From one Fran to another….I’m coming to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach in 2 weeks. Maybe we could squeeze some coffee time in together?

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    Angie Ehrenreich says:

    1. I am doing this solo. I’m in Conover NC. I’m married (13 1/2 yrs) w/one daughter who is 9 1/2 yrs. I am employed full time.
    2. One word that describes me in this current season: Stressed
    3. My goal – to remain in the Word, continually seeking God
    4. Judges: doing our own thing is a recipe for disaster on all levels. It can destroy us and those around us.
    Jeremiah: this is what I want to be, putting my hope and trust in the Lord in all things and being that tree deep rooted by the riverbank of the Lord. Not being swayed by all the worries and cares of life like a roller coaster but depending on Him for all things and trusting Him to take care of all the details. This is the opposite of doing our own thing.
    I’m totally looking forward to this summer’s bible study. Thanks Beth for making this available for us.

  37. 87
    Suzanne says:

    Loveland Colorado,solo,transitional-empty nest looming in 4 years,married 29 years to an agnostic so I need Christian support wherever I can get it. My thoughts on the scripture were that I was right in the bullseye because that has always been my issue with my faith. So often I do what I want , not what the Lord wants! I can’t wait for this study.

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    Kathy Grigsby says:

    Flying Solo on this one. West Plains, MO Married (Rick) with 3 grown and married children and 3 wonderful grandchildren. One word: Change but I look at this as the growth that God is providing for me. My goal is to accept these changes and to know that God has a plan. Judges/Jeremiah: the desire of our heart is the heart of God’s desire!!!!

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    Carly says:

    Lyman, SC
    Stay at home mom and wife.
    One word to describe me now is hopeful. I have one beautiful 2 year old son and I just had a miscarriage two weeks ago. That is why I am hopeful for the future.
    I’ve been doing this study for a couple of months with some girls and we are almost finished, but I also want to follow along here. So much has happened in my life including pregnancy and loss while doing this study on Ruth that it is amazing to look back and see what God has done in my life. It is such a blessing to meet with women and cultivate friendships and lean on each other!

    • 89.1
      Sharoni says:

      Carly, I will be praying for you during this season. I was a labor & delivery nurse for many, many years and have also been thru what you are going thru now, having lost a baby. So, know that one who knows will be holding your heart before GOD as you heal. Bless your sweet self!
      Sharoni ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Pattygarv says:

    Lakeport, Fl
    Married, 2 kids (12&16)
    One word: Unplugged
    For the past six months or so I have felt like my computer message – “Running on 12%; need to plug in to charge.” I even got depressed at the thought of all the groups getting together this summer to fellowship and study together. But I think God is telling me it’s time to put everything (women’s leader/pastor’s wife duties, homeshooling mom persona) aside and spend some serious time with Him alone. And, even in my solo time, he gives me this group to fellowship with!! He is so GREAT!!!

    • 90.1
      Beth says:

      So glad you’re on board, Patty. Consider yourself plugged in. You are loved and wanted here.

    • 90.2
      Donna says:

      I completely understand and am going through the same thing right now. Just seem to be running on empty all the time. Praying for you. That will recharge you to 1000%

    • 90.3
      Sharoni says:

      Sister friend, I so “ditto” your post! I am also a “needing charged” chica…thanks for the grins! And welcome to siestaville!

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    Donna B. says:

    It’s just me, Donna Benjamin, currently in Lynn Haven, FL–sipping a “cooled” cup of coffee, as I begin day one of this study. I wasn’t dancing when my husband and I met almost 23 years ago, (re: Judges 21:20-21, and as far as I know, I’m not from Shiloh), instead, I was working at a hotel…as a front desk clerk, while going to school in Denver, CO. We’ve been married 22 years; have 3 daughters, 18, 13, and 11.

    Change, would be the season I’m currently in, as my oldest daughter just turned 18, and will be moving into a dorm at the University of Alabama in less than 2 months. Speaking of moving, we are also relocating so that my husband can come home on a nightly basis, instead of just on the wkds.

    I’m excited to stay in the Word this summer, which will help keep my feet on solid ground, as I prepare to move with my family, once again. I didnโ€™t plan on moving this year, at least not out of the area. But God opened a door for my husband to continue his passion/career of flying, and with my blessing, he jumped through it. I could have selfishly refused to leave this area, or even told my husband not to take the job. Not trusting in him or HIM who opened this door. I truly feel that God has blessed our decision already, even though this year has been challenging not having the man of our house around daily for support. We have all realized just how important every member of our immediate family means to each other. Being geographically separated from your spouse takes a whole lot of trust on each otherโ€™s part. Knowing we are both guided by the King, instead of our human flesh, has been comforting to say the least. As trying as this year has been, weโ€™ve grown closer to each other and to the Lord as we seek His guidance on a daily basis.

    • 91.1
      Theresa says:

      As a Bama fan..praying your daughter will be blessed by her stay at the University of Alabama. Be sure to tell her to visit the campus ministries there. What denomination?

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    Becky says:

    This is my first time doing a study online with you all- I am so excited!
    Chicago, Il- 30 years old, married for 2 years and doing this alone (although a few friends and family are doing this study as well and we are discussing everything through email).
    One word: Waiting- for our condo to sell so that we can move out of the city.
    Goal: learn more about God and to fully TRUST that he will take care of me.

    • 92.1
      Candice Eisenhauer says:

      Just wanna say welcome! Your “stats” of 30 and in Chicago caught my attention- same as me! May you be blessed in this study this summer! Praying for the condo situation right now. Blessings.

  43. 93
    rene sandifer says:

    1. me. Overland Park, KS (KS tall, TX deep!) married w/ 4 ages 12-23.

    2. PAINFUL anticipation

    3. Doing the study because I know God has somthing to say to me; and the more time I spend focused on His word, the better I will be able to hear and apply His speaking to me.

    4. Scary stuff, that doing what is “right” in my own eyes!

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    Church Lady says:

    1. Jeanie-middle name “Ruth”
    Sparta, TN
    Mother of 3
    Going Solo
    2. One word for this season of life: Understanding
    3. To grow closer to the Lord. To let his truth go down into the marrow of my bones. To get closer and never slip back into a superficial walk. To always strive to know Him more.
    4. I know that if I did what I felt…oh my! That would not be good at all. Especially in this season of my life. Being perimenapausal and all. Did I say not good…!! Jeremiah 17:7 is my prayer.

  45. 95
    Melissa says:

    Maynardville, TN. I am doing this study solo(and it’s my first one). I’m 28 working towards a full time job with TN Dept. of Enviroment and Conservation as a State Park Ranger.
    My current season is loneliness.
    My goal for this summer study is to begin digging in the Word again, and to strive to be in God’s will.
    I think that doing as each individual sees fit allows chaos to reign. Without God’s guidance our lives can quickly run amuck.

    • 95.1
      denise says:

      Hi, I’m close to you, I live in Jefferson City TN and lonliness could be a word to describe me, too. It’s great to ‘meet’ you on here, and see such a strong showing from all of our TN siestas!

      • Melissa says:

        It’s good to ‘meet’ you as well I worked over at Panther Creek last summer right down the road from you! It is nice to see so many TN siestas.

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    mvhgirls says:

    1. Meredith Sloan โ€“ 39 Greer, SC Married, 2 daughters (11 & 9) Solo
    2. One word to describe my season of life right now is Blessed
    3. I am here (2nd year) to stay focused on His word. In the summer, itโ€™s so easy for me to get lazy! Also, itโ€™s so easy for me to not stay focused when everything is going so smooth in my life. I donโ€™t want to take this time for granted or not thank Him enough for all the many blessings!
    4. I spent most of my life doing as I saw fit โ€“ it lead to many bad decisions. Now I pray for Godโ€™s direction for everything I do. It is a conscience effort โ€“ it does not come naturally. (Another reason I have to stay in His word). I pray for wisdom and pray for a heart that loves Him and trust Him. I want the same for my daughters! I pray they will โ€œget itโ€ long before I ever did. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Always learning and want to learn more about God through this study of Ruth. Thank you for doing this for us โ€“ I am so excited! I love it when you said โ€œ know a part of HIM that is beyond anything in the human realm! He is your life!โ€ I want that more than anything!

    • 96.1
      Candice says:

      Meredith!!! Hello! Lorna Beth and I are doing the study together…we should email or facebook chat about it…again it was such a rich blessing to meet you in Houston this January. Thank the Lord for those pink boas…you could spot a Siesta anywhere! Instant friends and sisters in the Lord. Praying for your summer!

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    Julie says:

    Just an idea… if any of you ladies going solo this summer would like form an “intimate online group” let me know – we could exchange email addresses and maybe even have our own little chat room or something! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cindy Cobb says:

    Pinellas Park, FL;solo;upswing

    • 98.1
      Cindy Cobb says:

      This is me again. Didn’t realize I could leave more of a comment. I do belong to a small group that meets weekly but did not know about this study in time. I have been unemployed for a year now and just seeing God’s reasoning behind it all. Wish I could have caught on a lot sooner, but I know it is all in His time. I see Him directing me to a career move and to taking time for myself to get healthy both physically and spiritually. I have found that even being employed in Christian ministry can truly distract you away from the Christ of that ministry. Still solo and in Pinellas Park.

      • Taylor says:

        Dear Cindy,

        I read your post and can relate a great deal. We moved to Orlando for my husband’s job and I have been struggling with unemployment ever since. Someone told sometime ago that ‘the wonderful thing about looking for a job is you don’t have to have one while you look.’ I have taken that to heart and am challenging myself every day to focus on physical and spiritual health. I, like you, am starting to realize that my calling may be different than what I had thought. He truly does work in mysterious ways. I know the work He is doing through you will be worth the wait! So glad you’re here fellow Siesta!

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    Jennifer says:

    I’m from Baltimore, MD. I’m single and going solo for this Bible Study.

    The one word decription of this season in my life would be “Erudition”. I have crammed years worth of Bible knowledge into one year.

    Goal: Learn something new.

    Judges: Doing right in our own eyes is farse because we are blind in so many ways. We do not have the vision God does and eventually all our ‘right answers’ will fail us.

    Jeremiah: This clearly shows us how strong we can be in the Lord. Trusting Him and not ourselves is where we find those right answers.

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      Rebekah says:

      “eventually all our ‘right answers’ will fail us.” That statement just HIT me because it is SO true. And even when I’m makng ‘good decisions’ if they aren’t God’s decisions (see the play on words? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I’ll still fail.

      Thanks for sharing this! Blessings on this journey!

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    RachWinn says:

    So happy to start SSBS3!!

    1) Fullerton, CA; solo, meeting in my “Chair” ~ I’m so thankful to have familiar friends to do study with this summer. With my youngest at almost 5 months, I’m not getting out much. So, this is water to a tired, weary, moved Mommy soul.

    2) season = growth/pruning!! I’ve been taken from my home in Kansas and plopped in a new place. I know time is needed for my roots to grow in this new ground, but I’m left w/o the familiar network of church, friends, and neighbors. I believe the Lord wants to grow me and pruned the fruit for this purpose.

    3) Goal: to get back into steady Bible study and have my desparate need for community met with sweet Siestas (cause I’m still meeting new people here in my new town)

    4) OOOHHH! When we do right in our own eyes, we can justify ANY behavior, and even say Jesus is on our side! I have a family member who is doing.just.this! And though this behavior is so, so hurtful to the family, we can all rest assured the LORD knows and will not bless it. He will call this person to account and discipline. This frees us up to love and move on.

    Just love this community and you Siesta Mama! Hope you got some yummy cool drink after that HOT video! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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