Tenderhearted Toward You

My Dear Siestas, I can’t take long with this post because I’m pretty swamped with work and, besides, it’s almost time to go home for the day to my man. I wish I had a unique way to convey what I feel but by the time I think of just the right words, the emotion will probably pass. I’ll just take a messy stab at it before my heart cools off.

At the moment I’m writing this note to you, we’re almost at 1000 comments on the Siesta Summer Bible Study launch. A number of the comments are replies and MANY are glorious solo sign-ins but, even accounting for all of those, we already have several thousand women – in groups or as individuals – doing Bible study together… and barely 24 hours into our journey. Chances are, many others will join us over the next week or two.

You are literally from every corner of the country and from several other parts of the world. You are students, SAHMs, singles, marrieds, and widows. Many have been through painful divorces. Some of you are doctors. Several in med school. Many are teachers. Others of you are missionaries. For those of you who have pictures with your blogger names, you are as different as night and day but as darling as every other. Truly (and I’m not sure how to explain it), I never meet a woman I don’t think is darling. I love all the ages. All the shapes and sizes. Skinny behinds. Wide behinds. Long hair. Short spiked hair. I reckon it’s just because God suited me for women’s ministry.

Anyway, I sat in my bed in my pajamas this morning and checked the blog after finishing my quiet time. We’d had 297 comments come in over night. As I checked each one and read your sincerity and fervor and saw such humility in your self-professed lackings and needs, I shook my head and said out loud to our God, “You must love them so much.” As I watched you reply to one another and invite one another to join in, as I saw you reach out to all our solo girls to make sure they felt completely plugged in, share email addresses with one another and even ask to meet up in person, I nearly started crying. Even now I am choking back the tears.

In a strange sort of way I can’t quite explain, I had a Psalm 8 moment. “Lord, who am I and who are we that You would allow us to join together this wonderfully weird way and seek You? AND FIND YOU, for crying out loud????” The Internet has brought such harm and havoc to individuals and homes but this day I sit in awe of the beauty of several thousand women with hearts knit together in Scripture from all over creation with one lofty aim: to seek Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. Our Kinsman Redeemer. Our Life and Breath.

We are every denomination. We are all sorts of colors. We come from every possible background. And here’s the part that makes me want to lay on the floor and bawl. (Honestly, I’m about to do the ugly cry.) We have been drawn into all these circles of relationships not based on looks, talents, finances, social status or even denomination. We have been drawn by God through our attraction to one another’s hearts conveyed in simple terms and short lines in blog comments, of all things. Something that didn’t even exist 10 years ago. It first hit me when many of us met for our Siesta Scripture Memory Team Celebration in January. I heard Siestas squeal when they met each other for the first time face-to-face and saw them hug like there was no tomorrow. I watched them huddleΒ  for endless pictures and thought to myself as I savored all the differences in age and type, “Would we have been friends at all if we were out in the world where social decorum strictly dictates? Would we have given each other this chance if we’d known each other’s faces, jobs, and worlds before we knew each other’s hearts?” Maybe. But I don’t think so. I think we are an odd composite study in sociology. What would happen if people could only see each other’s hearts first? Who, then, would become friends?? Just think of all the priceless relationships we miss because we look for those who remind us of us.

It’s been different here in this strange little web town we call Siestaville. And if we’d just lean in a little toward the heart of God and close our eyes for just a moment, I think we’d feel His pleasure. No, it’s not perfect around here because we’re so imperfect. Lord have mercy, I’m so imperfect. Sometimes we misunderstand each other or hurt each other’s feelings but those times are the exceptions. Overwhelmingly, this is as sweet a congregation of women as I believe you could find on Planet Earth.

We are a snapshot of the true church. The girly half, anyway. All different kinds of people attracted strictly by spirit. One Body of believers. One perfect Savior. I do not know why on earth this terrible former pit-dweller has gotten to serve this beautiful community of women – let alone be called it’s mama! – but today I am moved beyond words.

And crying.


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  1. 101
    joyinthejourneys says:

    I can not think of a better “mama” for the job.
    You are inspiring and, the best part, so real.
    You are loved beyond measure, Beth.
    Your influence has become a huge part of my love story with Jesus.
    Thank you for taking the risk years ago to walk down the road of women’s ministries.
    A part of all I am is because you made that choice.
    love ~ Traci

  2. 102
    Anne says:

    Ok! where did you come from!!! ??? Where would this world be without Beth Moore. How blessed we all are to have you and I can’t seem to find the words to say just how much you have helped me to find out who I am in Jesus through reading Breaking Free and watching your talks. I honestly know and believe that God has so anointed you and I can’t believe I hit the jackpot in finding this blog. So glad to be a part of siestaville, I am just new and have found it so nourishing here. Thank you Lord Jesus for this place and for Mama Beth.
    yahoo! YAY God!!! YA! Rambling because of the joy bubbling up inside of me! WOOT WOOT!

  3. 103
    Delora Lalande says:

    I was so moved by day two of my journey that I cried! Especially Psalm 16:5-6!!! This morning I became a gramma again! Jace Cohen Herbison was born at 6:47 am weighing in at 8 lbs 7.6 oz! Grandson number seven of nine (soon to be ten) grandchildren!!!!

    Nine years ago, at age 50 and after being in ministry for many years, I was widowed. I honestly never thought I would experience the joy of marriage again. Who would marry me? How would I meet anyone? But God had plans! My daughter moved to another city and became roommates with a beautiful Christian girl who’d lost her mother. I was introduced to this lovely girl’s father and we ended up getting married!!! I cannot believe how blessed I’ve been. Out of so much pain and sorrow came such great joy! God is so good!

  4. 104
    heather says:

    The Lord brought to my thoughts a few months ago how grateful I am for women in the church body. Neither my mother, sister or stepmom are born again and it is so difficult at times to spend time with them. They attend church and profess to be Christians but I am still not so sure. Anyway…I have found so many “sisters and moms” among real believers. Women who care, women who bless me for no reason, women who encourage me and support me where I am at and love me for who I am. Women who are real and who are 100% in love with Jesus! Thank you Lord for bring us together to this unique place and time. To you be the Glory alone!

  5. 105
    Katie says:


  6. 106
    Dale Eldridge says:

    Just had to share that our girly half just became one stronger. My 8 1/2 year old daughter Abigail just became my sister in Christ!! There is a pink party going on in Heaven tonight!

  7. 107
    moosemama says:

    I’m always amazed when people seek me out to be their friend…cuz I didn’t used to think that I would want to be with me, if I was them…and then…this blog happened.

    And I know some of these women. Not just their names. I have hugged them and spent time with them. And we have cried when we saw each other after a long absence and cried when we parted and squealed when we finally found each other across a crowded airport concourse, or a big ol’ room in a church in Houston. And there’s a Moose and more hugs and pictures and laughing and coffee.

    And these days…I’m amazed at the women who I am blessed to have as friends in my life. You can’t believe how beautiful they are. And sweet. And kind. And funny. And Godly.

    And if you think that this blog is fun…you should see the fun we have on fb. We started off the week welcoming a new siesta to the fold…but it has quickly digressed to a discussion of all things southern (mostly food…what is a collard green anyway?) and accents and the little piece of beachfront property that will be mine in “South Heaven”. Cuz I think I was meant to be from the south, and when I get to Glory…God’s gonna fix that!!!

    I so love these women! And thinking of them, just makes me cry. They are so dear to my heart.

    Melana πŸ™‚

    • 107.1
      fuzzytop says:

      Waaaaaaahhhh! I have missed out on the fb discussion this week!!! It’s just been too stinkin’ busy in the evenings for me to get on there…. sniff…

      I want some of that beach front property in “South Heaven”, ok???

      Continue On!

      • Yolanda says:

        I’m so thankful that you, Sweet One, invited me to your “South Heaven” and yes, indeed, we will eat many fine foods and never gain an ounce.

        I love YOU!

  8. 108
    Sandy says:

    Oh MY! I just walked in from Falls Creek youth camp to check in with you, where the words from the song, “I’m not worth it, but You love me. . .”and the pastor’s words from Psalm 139 and John 16 and 17, and his words about teenage suicide, spoke to my heart, and still bouncing off the ceiling from the time I had with my brand new friends at Bible study yesterday, and then I read THIS from Beth! It is so awesome! Yes, I am in total agreement with you! My paragraph is getting too long. Just gotta say Thank you, Beth, and all of you!

  9. 109
    Peggy Fletcher says:

    I am from Peace River,Alberta Canada.(a way up north). I was introduced to LPM through the Inheritance bible study that a group of us girls from church would do on Tuesday nites. It was amazing!! Anyway I really appreciate your ministry blog especially because we are so isolated up North here. I am planning to join the summer bible study just as soon as I figure out how to do that!! Thanks for loving the Lord and making this ministry possible.

    • 109.1
      Karen says:

      Hey! Your post just put a smile on my face. Having moved to SK this past Nov. from Sherwood Park (Edmonton) I know where Peace River is! & it is nice to see a post from someone closer in proximity πŸ™‚ That said, it is nice to be able to relate to other women & study God’s Word together regardless of proximity. God bless your summer study here!

  10. 110
    sepik-meri katie says:

    well my sweet siesta mama, you got my mascara running again today! i love what you said about who our friends would be if we could only see hearts first… you are right, siestaville is more authentic because we AREN’T distracted with the things that we maybe normally turn away from and think “oh we have nothing in common”. see how much we know?! the peek into your heart was precious -i’m so blessed to be a part of this… so appreciative of your thoughts, prayers, affections and every word you scrawl to us, out of your own beautiful wellspring, the Spirit himself in you. thank you for loving us and serving us; faithfully administering His grace. i love you dearly.
    (and i’m happy to report i rounded up 2 girls to join me on ruth, so though we start a week late, we will be on track in no time πŸ™‚ sending hugs, sweet MB! ❀

  11. 111
    Vicki in Alabama says:

    We Love you too Mama Beth!

  12. 112
    Robin says:

    Oh sweet Beth! I hope you realize what a precious blessing you are to all of us. You’re heart inspires me! You were exactly right about being drawn to the hearts of other believers. I have just recently in the past few months grown closer to a some women that I so admire because of their love and depth in Christ. I want to be around them and soak up what they have to say all the time … their spiritual growth is contagious and challenging. What a true blessing that God has allowed our paths to cross. Thank you for your obedience … what an inspiration, I love it πŸ™‚

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    PATSY says:


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    Alicia says:

    Siesta-ville is a Godsend to me. I just recently found this blog and enjoy the encouragement, the sisterhood found here. I have never, ever taken part in a group bible study and though I am doing this one solo- it does not feel solo in doing it along with thousands doing it across the country.

    Beth, you are blessing. God is good, all the time.

  15. 115
    Julie says:

    Precious Beth,

    My heart swells with yours! Thank you so much for all you do and all you share! Isn’t our Jesus just wonderful!!

    p.s. Every time I use an exclamation point I think of when you started writing and you shared at one point how much you used them! As you can see, I still haven’t broken that habit.

    Blessings Dear Friend

  16. 116
    Gloria Beary says:

    Hi Beth,
    This is my first time here. After reading “Tenderhearted Toward You” and then everyone’s comments, I’m drawn like a bug to a light! I was blessed to see you for the first time in Atlanta, GA at Woodstock Baptist for “So Long Insecurity”. I have just finished the book and started my index cards. Anyway, you captured my heart. Breaking Free was next, then I saw the Ruth study. I’m jumping in with both feet. I wouldn’t miss being a part of this glorious group of women for much and pray to get a group together this week, get books, cook, eat, read, pray, study, laugh, learn and love. So thankful to God, to you, to all those who are already here. Can’t wait!
    Cumming, Georgia

  17. 117
    Kim Jacobson says:

    I am still stuck on trying to find ONE word to describe this season of my life. That seems to be the difficult thing, am I alone on this?
    I feel like I have to get that right to get started and of course purchase the workbook. I can hardly wait to join in on the learning.

    • 117.1
      sepik-meri katie says:

      no! i can’t think of my one-word either! i’m closing in on “fog” and “bruised”… ?? i know, i’m not flipping another page until i pick one… you aren’t alone!

  18. 118
    linda says:

    i have been visiting here because of the overwhelming feeling of love, encouragement and blessing that surrounds all the women no matter the circumstances. i think that’s what draws all of us and you, beth so exemplify the kind of love that jesus has for us all. i just love that. i get pumped and inspired by you and the outreach of the other women in this cybertown, and find myself in awe always at the depth of honesty and truth found in every one of these posts. although i don’t usually post myself, i have gotten to know the women and consider this community mine finding myself taking refuge in it…looking forward to hearing what everyone is sharing as though it’s a lifeline to me. do i need to get a life? maybe… for now, i continue to look forward still to the enrichment i’m gaining here. thank you all for how you’ve ministered to me. thank you, beth for listening to the lord so fervently! hugs & love…

  19. 119
    Marilyn R says:

    Beth, your blog today touched me deeply. I cannot wait to see you in St Louis next weekend when thousands of women like you wrote about will be in attendance all for the glory of God. It is such an awesome sight and feeling. Thank you for leading women to the Lord-letting us laugh and cry for our Lord Jesus.

  20. 120
    Pam says:

    Dear Siesta Mama

    After reading this post I don’t feel so all alone. Thank you.

  21. 121
    Robin in Florida says:

    I have to say this post brought me to tears. I have been doing your bible studies for about 10 years and have gone to many LPL conferences. God has used you to get me in His word so that He could deliver me from the bondage of sins of others and sins of myself.(Let me just say “THANK YOU!” to you right now for allowing God to use you..cause I’ve wanted to do that for a long time!) I have only been reading this blog for a few months and haven’t felt comfortable “putting myself out there” and participating with comments. But after reading this post, I thought to myself, because I just felt your love and compassion for the women of this blog, “Wow! This is real.” I guess I can officially call myself a “siesta” now.:) I am doing the summer bible study with 3 of my friends at my house..it’s gonna be a great study. Love you like a “siesta”!

  22. 122
    Casey says:

    Beth, I can’t wait to see you this weekend! I am praying for God to show up big time. I need a revelation and some major worship time.
    I can’t wait to see what this study brings. I pray I won’e be overly familiar with the materialm but allow God to show it to me anew. LOVE YOU MOMMA BETH!

  23. 123
    MamaJack10 says:

    Okay that is it!!! The past few weeks have been so busy as there have been many spiritual attacks at my work I take it back for the glory of the Lord!!! I will faithfully complete my study at my lunch break and will not allow myself to be isolated due to changing churches but enjoy the times of refreshing and encouragement of our Siesta sisters so I can be used of God! Thank you Siesta Mama for your faithfullness and opening your heart to serve Him in different ways. Thank you Lord for reminding us we have power gathered in Your name and we matter to You!!!

    Little Rock, AR

  24. 124
    Rachele says:

    Mama Siesta,

    I actually kept forgetting and the last time I was in Lifeway I failed to get the book so I shall tarry no longer. After reading everyone’s words and your lovely words I have not been this compelled in a long time! I’m getting my book tomorrow! Yipee! God has so richly blessed us with this e-community and until we can see each other in living color I shall see you on the e-side.

    (psst. Tomorrow can’t come quick enough!)
    Abiding Still,

  25. 125
    Roberta says:

    You are so right Beth, I don’t know if we would give some people a chance if we met them face to face first. I am so inspired by the shear numbers of women that love God and desire to serve Him in whatever way He deems necessary.

  26. 126

    my heart smiles and is full of love, what a wonderful FAMILY.

  27. 127
    Denise says:

    Isn’t it SO good to be a woman?! I love that I have all these sisters, oops- siestas, in Christ to study with this summer! I’m excited about doing this study with everyone and feel tender, too, as I have scrolled through and read everyone’s comments- some that I relate so well to, and some that have brought tears to my eyes and prayers to my lips.

  28. 128
    Laura says:

    Beth, Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord’s calling. You have touched SO many women, who have in turn touched so many lives. I have been blessed by your studies that have been designed by God at just the right time in my life. I am starting the summer study with anticipation that I will be blessed once again by God. Thank you for loving us as He has called us all to love one another. I am also, so excited to be coming to St. Louis!!!

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    AvA says:


  30. 130
    Rockin' My Freedom says:

    Very simply…we love you Mama B.

  31. 131
    Forever His says:

    What a precious post. Thank you for sharing your heart as always. I love you so much. I love what you do and the way you do it. I was just telling my Bible study buddies tonight that I fell in love with Bible study because of the way you taught me to learn. I am so thankful for your ministry and the way you obey God. Whether you know it or not, you are my mentor.

    I am now facilitating two Bible studies per week. I am not qualified or worthy but have developed such a passion for the Word that I want other women to love it as much as I do.

    Tonight we began A Heart Like His. We laughed a little at the styles but even back then, you were such a good teacher. Thanks again for obeying God’s leading in your life. As you can see by the number of women joining you for the summer Bible study, He is making a difference and using you to do it.

    Praise His Holy Name.

    Phil 4:8

  32. 132
    Lindsee says:

    Something that has recently come to mind when I’ve thought about blog world is Ephesians 3:20. That’s the verse for my personal blog because I love to claim it over my life, but I’ve just realized that He’s done that HERE! He’s done more than ANY of us could have imagined. I wouldn’t have even known how to pray for a blog community to evolve! And I praise Him for that! What a sweet “little” world it is. And such a huge blessing!

  33. 133
    Cheryl Leui says:

    I am a married woman, mid 50’s (really, when did THAT happen???)I love the Lord, I am both a student of the Word and a Teacher of the Word. I still have to get a book,so I thank you for the first week’s .pdf lesson! And it looks like I’ll get to eat that entire Chicken Enchilada all by myself!

  34. 134
    buffy says:

    I am just so happy to “belong” πŸ™‚ Without any strings- how refreshing!

  35. 135
    Andrea S. says:

    Oh my Sweet Beth- Did you catch that “my”- you are a dear and beloved friend to me….you are known in this family of ours even though you and I have never met face to face. I have to tell you that this blog has been so often for me in the last few years of trying times in our family, been such a soft place to fall and rest in the arms of those who seek after the same Savior. I praise the Lord every day for the good that comes from this blog, especially in a time when the internet has destroyed so much for our children and our families. Thank you for loving on us….for seeking after our God with such honesty.

    Thank you sweet Siestas- for making this a place where the spirit abides, where we can come to each other when we need to be prayed on, loved on, cried with, or laughed with. You make my life so much BRIGHTER….think of the GREAT LIGHT we are shining out into this dark world we live in! Thank you for giving of yourselves with such honesty…that’s what makes this place so REAL and DEAR to this heart of mine.

    Praising my God for each and every single one of you tonight!

    In Him,

  36. 136
    Dana says:

    This post really touched me this morning. I am wide awake at 5am and was hoping, praying, that there was a new post to read on this encouragement of a blog. So, thank you Beth! Thank you for taking a few extra minutes to write out your raw thoughts. I often think of the friendships we have with women, and how God brings people into our lives for certain seasons, and how he brings others into them forever. I am a Navy wife, and am constantly meeting, leaving, and re-meeting friends. It’s not an easy cycle, but one that has allowed me to meet some amazing women who have touched my life that I would never have known existed if I had stayed in my hometown bubble. Praise God for knowing what we need, even if the journey isn’t easy.

  37. 137
    Warm in Alaska says:

    Hey Siestas – I, too, was so struck by how big Siestaville Bible Study is this summer – but there was this little nagging bee in my bonnet (don’t worry: I don’t actually wear a bonnet up here) about the word “solo.”

    It just sounds so dang lonely and it made me feel kind of so low (sorry) that there were so many of us going at it solo this summer. I was trying to think of another, nicer word to use besides solo (so high – ? No, that sounds dumb), when I decided to look the word up. (Alert! Alert! Latin word study coming up!). The word solo is actually from the Latin word “solus” and is a musical term. This cheered me up considerably because I realized that to us, scattered near and far (and some of us really far) from others, and doing Bible Study this summer as “solus” – to God, I wonder that we look and sound like some grand choir whose voices only He can hear (we kind of get to hear each other on the blog) but He hears us in perfect harmony, singing our parts. We are so not solo or solus to Him. I think we’re the Siestaville Chorus!

  38. 138
    Evie says:

    Oh Beth, thank you for your sincerity, humility, and love. I remember finding you; well one of your books; “To Live is Christ” back in 2001…!! You have to understand I had just been saved in Sept. of that same year and soon thereafter, I participated in this very same bible study at my church.

    I have to admit it was a bit “heady” …over my head at the time; but having had a christian up bringing I understood somehow.

    One thing I know; I’ve been hooked to studying HIS WORD and you make it such a delight. Not to mention easier to comprehend which in turn allows me to relay the Word of God to others. Thank you thank you…much love and a great big hug from me and my family.

    Speaking of family I found a Father’s day card for my man that said “Have a Siesta Fiesta Day” πŸ™‚ … appropriate since on occation I read him the Blog!!!

  39. 139
    Kelly S. says:

    That was beautiful. In so many ways God has used your ministry to change my life, I’m so thankful.

    I love you too.

  40. 140
    Lyli says:

    So glad that this was a “rejoicing” ugly cry… My poor hubby is still trying to figure out the difference between this one and the other one (the gut wrenching, heartbreaking cry where I want a big hug and ice cream afterward)…. πŸ™‚

    • 140.1
      Patti says:

      Hey Lyli,
      Do let me know if your husband figures out the difference between the two cries because I’m sure mine would like to talk to him if he does. In the meantime, a big hug and ice cream sounds like a delightful combination.
      Love to you,

  41. 141
    Alycia Frie says:

    Our group is meeting on Wednesday so last night was our first meeting. YEAH! Most of us go to church together and had actually taught VBS together all morning. So we were a little tired last night, but energized by the sense of community. We are about 15 ladies strong and vary in age from early thirities to mid forties and are all mommas. The words for our lives right now are crazy, busy, learning, tired, stagnant, exhausted, “Ground Hog’s Day” (the movie) AMEN, blessed, upside/down, content, simplify, and complacency. Most of us are really wanting to learn something new about Ruth, get reenergized by the word, and become more disciplined in our walk with God. We are really looking forward to what the rest of Ruth will hold. Now of to get into the word and then teach VBS!!!!

  42. 142
    Beth Lesesbe says:

    I am so sorry I have missed this Bible study. It sounds wonderful. I just found this wonderful blog and just can’t afford it this year but will try to do it next summer. I thank God for you and your daughters. God has used you all so much to minister to my heart.The comments are all ways so encouraging also. I just feel blessed and encouraged when I read this blog and all the comments.

  43. 143
    Jill_in_AL says:

    What’s beautiful is that our common thread is love for Jesus, desire to know Him more and to encourage others. I’ve made several real friends here and am blessed by this community. It’s joy to our souls.

  44. 144
    Valerie says:

    How precious are you?!!!

    I read your sweet post late last night & had tears streaming down my cheeks too.
    I didn’t have the words last night. I was pretty spent from my very full day & evening.
    After I kissed my hubby goodnight, I had to wind down. I lay on the sofa and read your post. I was hoping he wouldn’t get up and see me crying. πŸ™‚

    The friendships I’ve made through this blog are so very special to me.
    There is bond that is really difficult to explain to those who don’t participate in blogging.

    I loved Melissa’s comment (at the Scripture Memorization Event….I think??) when asked the question about what she admired most about you. (I’m not sure exactly how it was presented??) Her response was – the way you always love everyone & are kind to everyone. She witnessed that when she was growing up. I thought that was such a compliment.
    It’s true & I love that about you too. You are genuine. The real deal.

    I loved your sweet comment to Sister Lynn. I can’t wait for her to be a part of the event in St. Louis this weekend!!!!

    Love, love, love you ~

  45. 145
    DebbieK says:

    Okay- better late than never! Huntsville/Madison, Alabama, there are about 7 of us from our Sunday School class planning to get togther- either in my living room or at a closer location to the rest of the group since I live in the next town. I know the “official” day to sign up was Tuesday, but I didn’t have it together! I had planned to do the study solo like so many here are, but I had a “niggling” feeling I should just share an email with my SS and was delighted at the response. It occured to me later that the “niggling” was probably God tlaking to me. Duh! I am out of my comfort zone here, but the word to describe me is “emerging”. I am the 39 y/o mother of an 8y/o and twin 5 y/o boys. I work outside the home while my wonderful hubby stays home with our boys. I feel like I am emerging from a fog of the last few years and am trying to get myself together. My goal for the summer is daily study of the Word. Psyched to be here and “meet” you all!;)

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    Kimberly says:

    I want to thank you so much, not only for this precious post, but also for a reply you posted to one of the comments. You said, “Please also know that you don’t have to do the study to be an active part of the community.”

    Thank you! I am already involved in a Bible Study this summer…one I am sooooo excited about as it is the pilot for a study written by someone within my own church. And so it would be so easy to feel like, “Oh, well. Since I’m not doing the study, I’m not really a part of this community. I just shouldn’t even stop by.” But that one simple reply you made stomped on that lie from the enemy!!! πŸ™‚

    You have such a gift for making others feel welcome…and for making sure we know the tenderhearted, ever welcoming love of the Father.Praying this summer will be one of roots sinking ever deeper into the marvelous soil of His love for every woman here!
    Love in Him,

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    katie says:

    That was beautiful Beth. I for one am here because you were a former pit-dweller. It endears me to you because I was one too.

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    Thank you so much for your encouragement. I have tried for several weeks to find someone to do the study with me and no one wanted to. I was not going to do it but I can’t let go of the desire to join. When I first saw it on the shelves at Lifeway I could not wait for the opportunity. I have walked through Ruth on my own and find it one of the most fascinating stories in the Bible and so inspiring when it comes to true obedience. I am going to pick up my book today because I know I need something right now. I am at such a dry place yet I so am yearning for the Lord it is like I just can’t get myself to do anything. I am hoping the Lord will use this to help get me back to a place where I don’t feel like I am barely making it.

    Love you!

    Nashville, TN

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    Wendy says:

    Sweet Beth,
    You put into such beautiful words what I experienced when reading the comments others posted in response to our summer Bible study. With tears streaming down my face I read words of encouragement, invitations, understanding and with sheer awe praised our God!
    Pure blessings!

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    Brandy says:

    What a beautiful message to wake up to this morning! It’s so awesome to have the internet be a positive experience!!! The sun is shining and my heart already feels 100% more eager for this new day the Lord has blessed me with! Thank you Beth and all of your staff for following through with God’s will for your life. I’m sure at times it would have been easy to just give up. Keep on keepin’ on. With lots of love, Brandy

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