Hello Saturday Off! (And a Little Announcement)

Hey, You Darling Things!

I’ve had the best week because Melissa’s been in town since Monday. We’ve been together with the Joneses a ton of times and having everybody together brings me so much joy. I’ve told you before that my girls make me laugh like nobody else on earth. We just sat at FreshBerry and laughed until we nearly threw up our FreshBerry tart. (Are you guys into that yet? And, yes, I already know it’s a knock-off of Pink Berry but, since we don’t have Pink Berry in Houston, uh, we’re just going to knock it off. You just can’t be cooler than you are.)

These were our choices today. Amanda got Fruity Pebbles on hers which was a throw back to her childhood and reminded me of her little sister who tends to have the taste buds of a first grader. She also got blueberries and strawberries so that, true to form, her fruit could stay in the same color palette. Melissa is our riskier one with a menu but it doesn’t always pay off. (For instance, she’ll try the club sandwich at a Chinese restaurant or pasta and marinara at some place like Chili’s.) This time she tried the Key Lime Chiffon with graham crackers because the guy at the counter said it tasted just like the pie and, even though it was good, it was not as good as my traditional fare and she mostly assisted me in scraping the bottom of my cup. (I think I also licked it.) I got three fruits (mango, kiwi, and strawberries) but I also got granola which is like 70 cents extra (the fourth topping is extra) but there’s a reason why my name is still Moore and theirs is not. I was addicted by my second trip to FreshBerry and have sworn there is some kind of drug in it that drives you back. Of course, that’s a lie, lest I start a rumor.

Since many of you have commented along the way how close we seem (not me and FreshBerry but me and my girls although FreshBerry and I are moving forward in our relationship), I just want you to know, we don’t laugh together and get such a big kick out of each other because we don’t have problems. We each have a full plate of them. We just laugh because we might as well. Life’s just funnier that way. We also get a lot of satisfaction out of making fun of each other. If we cross the line, though, we apologize profusely and feel like dogs and tell the other one to say something mean to us, too. If they won’t, we’ll say something mature like, “Well, hit me then!”

Melissa’s been in town this week for us to start a very special project together. I would be so blessed and thankful for you to stop a split second and pray for us. We have just begun research for the next in-depth Bible study, God willing, and it will totally preoccupy us for at least the next full year. (She actually started on it months ago but I’ve just turned my attentions to it in the last seven days.) This will be a seven week, eight session study on the life and Book of James.

This time, instead of contributing through research alone (which she does masterfully and like no one else I know), I’ve asked Melissa to write brief segments from her own perspective and research each week throughout the workbook. I will write the main body of the lessons like usual and, unless the plan changes, she will have a box in each lesson where she brings her own voice. I will do the lecture sessions as usual, too, but she will also probably be in some of the cutaways or what we call “outros.” All of this is what we believe we’re sensing from God right now but it will no doubt develop as we go. We’re super excited and yes, nervous as always, but we feel like we’ve got a window of opportunity for a little co-writing and we’re going to jump through it. Amanda has already been right in there with us helping us shape the concept but, as you know, her hands are full with small children right now and this is not her season for this kind of titanic undertaking at work. She is my favorite editor and I so hope she’ll be able to look over some of the lessons along the way as her schedule permits. In one way or another, our lives are always intertwined. Amanda may not co-write but goodness knows she has provided a preschooler and toddler who, in turn,ย  provide no few illustrations.

Anyway, thank you for caring about what’s brewing around here at Living Proof. I am never more stressed or overworked than when I’m in the middle of writing an in-depth Bible study but I am also never more fulfilled. It is the work I love best because it immerses my poor brain in the wealth of Scripture day after day after day. Hour after hour after hour. Some people’s brains simply need washing. God is gracious beyond comprehension to allow somebody with my kind of past to serve people like you.

Which reminds me, yesterday Hawk and I taped my SSBS greeting for you. (It will be your post on Tuesday as we launch our third gathering.) I thought you might get a kick out of how professional we are around here. This is our camera set up.

No one can say we don’t keep up with all the latest technological advancements here at Living Proof. No sir. (In case you can’t see that tiny camera at the top of the tripod, that statement’s a bit of a joke.) We tape in one of the offices right on the second floor where a bunch of the staff works and Hawk and I love to shout, “Quiet on the set!” (By the way, they’re usually not.)

I hope you guys have a great weekend. Work a whole lot of Jesus into it and maybe a little frozen yogurt…and find somebody in your neck of the woods to laugh with. It does a body good.

I love you. That’s the honest truth. You are the FreshBerry Tart of the Blog World. I just keep coming back.


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  1. 201
    WorthyofLove says:

    Forgot to mention that my Sunday School Class, which is a young married group, has decided our next study should be the book of James!! I love how God really drives a point home. It seems like when He has something to say it’s everywhere!

    I fully expect sermons on the radio, at church and who knows where else on James. Funny when, the leader mentioned the book, I inwardly groaned. (I guess I was thinking somthing like, “Oh no, more changing more light shed in this heart where things like to lurk in the corners”. There is a lot of challenging material in that small book. Good stuff.

    I’m looking forward to reading Melissa’s comments too. You are all a blessing. Thank you.

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    3kidsin3years says:

    YEAH!!!! How exciting!!!! I know I’m not the only one who feels extremely blessed that you have invited us on this journey with you – how fantastic it will be to know when we finally get to do the study that the Lord graciously allowed us to take part through prayer!!!! I also love to have my brain continually washed in scripture – if not studying then listening. ladies check out oneplace.com you can listen to Beth and tons of others everday!!!! FANTASTIC!!!! Also Beth thanks so much for all the broadcasts – I am listening to How wisdom looks on a wife – I am married to an alcoholic unbeliever and this has just totally confirmed what the Lord has placed in my heart – I will be a VALIANT WARRIOR for my husband and my family!!! I will BELIEVE GOD for MIRACLES!!!!! Thanks!!!

  3. 203
    Debbie says:


    I am so excited to hear you and Melissa will be working on a new in-depth study. I began doing your in-depth studies in 1998 and have followed along as each new one has been released. I always continue in Bible study sitting under various teachers but lately I have been thinking about how I miss your in-depth material. This fall I will be doing “Faithful Abundant, True” and look forward to that. The women at our church have had a “taste” of in-depth study and once that becomes a part of life’s experience with our God nothing else satisfies the hunger.

    I prayed years ago for mentors – God has largely answered that prayer through books and studies. You have been a significant part of the provision in mentoring HE has given me

    May the love and blessings of Christ continue to spill over in your life – a Bible study sister from IL

  4. 204
    Traci Rivard says:

    That is so exciting! I, too, am praying for you and your girls. Can’t wait to do this study. BTW- did you ever post something about your nickname of Hawk? (i think it’s for your assistant, michele…right?)Maybe you didn’t. Just curious.

  5. 205
    Michelle says:

    Oh – praises in the Heavenlies (as you often say Beth) for your passion & commitment to God’s word! I have to tell you I immediately thought of Scooby Doo when I read the word “outros” – can’t you just hear him telling Shaggy to turn attention to Melissa for an “outro”! How funny! Doing your Revelation series right now and am amazed at the awesomeness of our Lord & Saviour and of God’s word – thanking you for being a conduit so that I may gain a “Fresh Revelation” from scripture. Blessings ~

  6. 206
    marylee says:

    Hello Siesta Mama,
    I got on hear earlier and was reading thru the comments when I came across Rebecca’s question and I have been pondering it ever since…The words on the page of the Word, when I read them do I take them to heart? Do I really believe in my heart of hearts when He speaks of His great love for me, do I really believe it? I pray that for all of us Siesta’s that His Word be more than words on a page, but they would be life, that His word would seep into the marrow of bones. A part of a song by Nancy Honeytree keeps running thru my head just now.
    I love you Jesus
    I always will
    In spite of Satan’s worst
    our love is burning still
    I love you Jesus
    we’ll never part
    You’ve gone to deeply
    down into my heart.
    I pray Jesus goes deeply into all our hearts.
    With Love, Marylee

  7. 207
    Laura A. says:

    Hi Siestas,

    We have pinkbery around here, but we prefer Menchie’s. A church friend got me hooked and we just can’t get enough. I’m a big fan of cheesecake bits and kiwi fruit toppings.

    I’ll be praying for God’s wisdom while you write the James study. I am always ecstatic to learn something new about God and His Word. I have a lot to learn, so I appreciate all the research you put into each study.

    Thanks for all you do!!

  8. 208
    Cheryl says:

    Oh so excited – James study – Yes praying for you both and the work…too cool

  9. 209
    Rose D says:

    A study on the book of James??? How exciting!!! Can’t wait to see it. I’ll keep y’all in my prayers that God would guide you in this endeavor.

  10. 210
    Blair Edgar says:

    I have a praise report for my weekend: I sang in public for the first time in 4 years and 7 months and it was to about 30 women in a rehab program! There were some tears from them while I sang Your Hands by JJ Heller and then tears from me after I sang (for some reason I cry ALL the time when trying to talk about Jesus! It drives me crazy though I know it is my sincerity. But I pray that gets better the more I break free from my fears) I explained to them that I was that girl that looked like I “had it all together” but that I was gripped with fear over singing, over being judged. One girl with a strong southerner draw said “I thought that was the tape playing but you were singing!” ….adorable and what a compliment from her! They were such a blessing. My sister spoke to them from her experience of being free from addiction for 13 years, saved by Jesus for 13 years, and also the reality that God always has work to do on us (example: my fears/insecurities, her potty mouth under pressure ๐Ÿ™‚ Will you pray that the Lord continues to flame my desire to serve him, use my talent to honor Him, and that my sister’s message are humble, filled with TRUTH, and bringing Glory to God. Praying for you new study! I encouraged them to read So Long Insecurity and told them how much I loved you and wished you were my neighbor!

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    Tammy Rutherford says:

    I love the book of James. We did a read thru of the New Testament starting January of this year and when I got to James, I loved it. I got stuck there reading and studying for weeks. I will wait anxiously for this study to come out. God Bless you while you and Melissa do the writing and research. Thank you for being His willing servant for us women. Tammy

  12. 212
    Angie says:

    Oh Beth… I so needed to hear this from you today… the fact that we just need to “laugh”. Seems so many around me are struggling right now… and during the times when those closest to you are having a tough time… it’s hard to laugh from feeling guilty. I’m trying though… I love to laugh… it’s music to God’s ears to hear His children laughing and enjoying life… I can just hear God’s laughter… you know He gets tickled at us..

    I’m equally excited about the Bible study on James… one of my favorite books of the Bible. I will be praying for you and Melissa as you research and write… and allow God to write through you.

    I don’t know how hot it is in Houston… in Nixa, MO… it’s incredibly hot…. like 97 and 90% humidity… so frozen yogurt is a welcome treat!


  13. 213
    Jen says:

    Yea!! A new study! I will be praying for you all too. We just got sad notice at my church today that our women’s Bible Study morning is canceled this fall, due to no one able to lead it…Please pray for what God will do now! There are 40-50 women who need their Beth Bible Study, so small groups are being considered and home Bible studies as well…but I love to watch God move at junctures like this, and pray in faith He is up to something wonderful for us…!

    Jen N., Ohio

    • 213.1
      Yanna says:

      Well Jen, can you lead the Bible Studies? With Beth’s studies all that’s really needed is an encourager to do the homework and know how to start a dvd. I’ll be praying!

      • Jen says:

        Well Yanna, you are right of course!! And I would dearly love to lead a home study… I am talking to the women’s ministry leaders at our church right now about it too! Problem is my time–I’m “on call” for our school nurses during the year, and now for my dad who is taking care of my 95 y.o. grandma and my 70 y.o.mother with progressive memory loss, and my 40 y.o. brother with mild schizophrenia!!! He really needs to call me for relief help after some difficult nights! Plus my own 2 kids aged 9 and 12, and I help in our choir too…I’m praying God’s will for working this out somehow as everything is possible for Him! Thanks for the encouragement.

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    Warm In Alaska says:

    Howdy, All! So excited about the James study! I’ve left the lovely Starbucks in Tehachapi (thanks for the restaurant recommendation, which I most certainly visited!) and am now in Fullerton with family – like Mom and Dad and Brother and his family!! So glad that we’re all sisters by adoption!!

    Warm in Alaska, Still Rather Hot in Southern Cal

  15. 215
    Sparki2003 says:

    Hi Miss Beth,

    Of course I will be praying for Y’all !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I just finished up “life with” Queen Esther and Mordecai last week [your study, that is], and have just started doing the reading/homework for the SSBS on Ruth . . . I can hardly get Esther out of my mind, though . . . And, the turn-arounds/reversal of destinies stuff is grand; so I am still trying to wrap my spiritual self around it right now, too. I am still waiting and praying for our precious Lord to show me anything remotely related to a “reversal of destiny” in my life, though. However, I am still “clinging to Jesus” until He does so ! But, I want to do the SSBS with Y’all, too ! So, I’ll be a few weeks behind y’all, but I hope that is okay . ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a blessed day !

    In Christ’s Love,

    Jennifer Olmstead
    Janesville, WI

  16. 216
    Monica says:

    Yippie! I was just wondering what the next study was going to be. I can’t wait! My girls (6 & 7 years old) are hounding me for a study for them that has “a book and DVD” so they can do bible study like me. Any chance you might work on something for the tiny young women coming up?

    Thank you for all your hard work! It’s a blessing to me and my friends.

  17. 217
    Rockin' My Freedom says:

    …And I thought the “little announcement” was that Melissa was pregnant! Here I am at midnight in California trying to catch up on the latest 3 blog entries. I saved this entry for last certain I had guessed the news. Am I being inappropriate? ; ) –But hey, Melissa joining the writing squad will indeed ‘birth’ a fresh and unique word at LPM. Super excited for you both…awesome!

  18. 218
    JoLynn says:

    Ah….I sure will be praying and CAN’T WAIT for this Bible study. I have a VERY soft spot in my heart for the book of James and I just knew this would be one of your in-depths one day:) Oh, Jesus pour out Your blessings on this Bible Study and all the hands and minds involved in pulling it together. Love ya girls, jl

  19. 219
    Landa Cook says:

    So glad you are doing a new study, especially on James. Looking forward to sharing it with our group!

  20. 220
    Ada says:

    How exciting!! Thanks for sharing, look forward to updates and will be praying.

  21. 221
    carol says:

    Beth Moore, I apologise if this isn’t the official (or appropriate)blog to be writing this…….I just wanted to thank you for “SoLongInsecurity”…..life-changing, powerful stuff!!!!!!!!

  22. 222
    Lynette Lucas says:

    I have been praying that if it was in the Lord’s will he would lay on Beth’s heart to write another in depth study. Yeah for the James study! We have done other studies but our 2 bible study groups always get the most out of her studies and we especially like the longer ones. I laugh when they say with each one “Oh, this is the best one” We have done them all now and will repeat. God blesses us through all of you at Living Proof.

  23. 223
    Cindi says:

    Cannot WAIT for the new James study! Also wondering if the Fresh Berry yogurt is the same as our Berry Berry yogurt here in Mississippi! And my two grown daughters and I agree – there is DEFINITELY something addictive in it……..but I think it’s only yogurt! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Maybe it’s the active yogurt cultures – great, now I’ve got to drive to Berry Berry today!
    So glad you are still allowing God to use you to help us know and hunger for His Word. I’m in the middle of the revised Breaking Free, am seeing glimpses of the beginnings of the Believing God study! I’m also recognizing strongholds I’ve “excused” for many years. Your studies have shown me how to have such a HUNGER for His Word. I have realized that being in the Word is a matter of survival for me. I’m also loving Kelly Minter’s No Other Gods – yes, I’m about 3 years behind you! It’s wonderful how Breaking Free and No Other Gods support each other. I want to keep growing and not ever feel like I’ve reached a point that I don’t NEED to study! Praying your day is especially blessed and you see God’s Hand at every turn!

  24. 224
    Kimberly says:

    Oh Yaah!!!! James, James, James!!!!! That’s my favorite book! I’ve always hoped you would do a study on James. I am so excited! But then it hits me that with this wonderful, exciting news is the knowledge that I am going to have to w-a-i-t a year or more to get it. UGH..LOL! Oh well, it will be worth the wait. I’ll be praying for you both!

  25. 225
    Summer says:

    So excited!!! I was wondering what the next study would be! James is very special to me…it’s the very first book of the Bible that I studied by myself in high school. I love it!
    I love reading Amanda and Melissa’s posts and it’ll be fun to see Melissa’s takes on the James study! CAN NOT WAIT!

    I saw Pink Berry on the news yesterday listed in top 3 best fro-yos!!! Maybe I’ll get to try some one day. Yum!

  26. 226
    fuzzytop says:

    Woo hoo! I am looking forward to this study! And I think it is so awesome that Melissa and Amanda will (again) be such an integral part of bringing it all together. I’ll be praying for y’all as you continue the research and writing.

    Love and hugs,

    P.S. Those Fresh Berry treats look delish!

  27. 227
    Shelley Christensen says:

    We have something here in the North Fort Worth area called Yogurt Story (I think) and it sounds something like your berry place; but you PAY BY THE OUNCE! Everyone starts with a big bowl, you get to fill it with as much or little yogurt as you like, and then get your own toppings (of which there are about a hundred!!). And then you place your bowl on a little scale, at which time there is no hiding how much you are about to eat. It is so very good, but when you go with a family like mine, you better take plenty of cash.

  28. 228
    Pamela says:

    So looking forward to this next study!! Praying for you two and that God will cover you with His portion and supply you both with the wisdom and insight that can only come from Him!!

    Believing Him~Pamela

  29. 229
    Andrea S. says:

    Sweet Beth-
    Thanks for stopping by. Our weekend was full enough after having some surgery done of my shoulder on Friday….we still got out a bit and rested a bit before we got out a bit again!
    I am so grateful that God is using you and Melissa together on the next study together….may you two learn much from each other and enjoy each other’s veiwpoints! I will be praying that all goes well!

    Love you,

  30. 230
    Samantha says:

    I am simply jumping up and down with excitement over the start of your new project!! James is probably my favorite book in the entire Bible (a fact I was sharing with a sweet man at 5:15 this morning from the treadmill in my gym ๐Ÿ™‚ He is just so straight forward and to the point. I love that about him! Each verse packs a punch. However, I believe it is one of the most painful books to read, too. My toes are always so very tender when I am done. Research him well, study hard, can’t wait!!

  31. 231
    Yolanda says:

    Beth, Melissa & Amanda,

    Thank you for pouring into our lives through God’s Word, through the sharing of your own day to day living, and simply encouraging us to continue on. Each day is a new day, a fresh slate, a day to walk closer with our Savior.

    I am very excited about the study you are putting together on the book of James. The gleanings that you will share with us, causing us to dig deeper and come up splashing, already puts a smile on my face. It will be one of those prickings that once through and on the other side will be cherished and a blessing.

    Our small community is being changed by one woman at a time, that comes to participate in Community Bible study. Blows my mind!!

    By the way, we have only two choices with-in about a 60 mile radius of us for ice cream: McD’s or Sonic.

    But…when we travel to Maui they have a YogurtLand, and it is delish!! Very much like the FreshBerry you have mentioned.

    Much love,

  32. 232
    jenny hud says:

    yes!!! i am super pumped about melissa writing some in the next study!! i look so forward to reading the blog when i see she has posted something. i know her perspective will be insightful and slightly hilarious. can’t wait!!

  33. 233
    Anna Mitchell says:

    Ms. Beth,
    Stopped dead in my reading of this post and prayed for you and your girls research of the future installment of Bible Study for us women. I am so thankful that God works through you to teach a woman like me. And I am so glad you cooperate with Him! What a talent He’s tucked away in you to reach women right where we are and speak to us in a way that wakes us up and motivates us to move! Glory to God for loving us so much that He uses “us” to motivate “us”…He is good and His way is so right.
    I also prayed that He would lavish you & your loved ones with good health and safety–as a mom that is my fervent prayer for my loved ones–and so prayed for yours.

  34. 234
    Nancy says:

    I am giddy with anticipation about the new study!! I will be praying for all involved as the Lord weaves this amazing work together. Thank you for being such faithful servants. May He pour out wisdom, unity and rich blessings as He guides y’all through the project.

  35. 235
    Faran says:

    So excited about James and about Melissa’s participation in the writing. And as a mom of young ‘uns, I want to give a shout of encouragement to Amanda for being exactly where she needs to be in this season. I often struggle with wanting to do “more” for the Lord. I imagine myself being able to serve and glorify Him in some other way than my faithful, persistent and Godly parenting of my girls. I so appreciate the heart and contribution of all 3 Moore women in your unique ways in each season!

  36. 236
    Sarah says:

    Gosh, I hit send before I was done. Sometimes technology gets on my last nerve.

    Anyway, May God be with all you “Moore” girls as you take this next journey with him and tackle the bible study on James.

    God has used your ministry to strengthen me. I love the verse in Deut and you all show that you do love him with everything you have.

    Peace and Blessings!

  37. 237

    So now I am up to my eyeballs studying for bible studies that I have the holy priveledge of leading and there have been times where I really thought I may need to put a facebook status up that informs people at my bible study that if I didn’t make it to teach that the Lord just killed me with His glory and that they need to look for me next to my sword on the floor in the living room while on my knees. seriously.
    SO from my movie quoting days from Dumb and Dumber (the little old lady in the motorized cart watching the wallet) “Don’t you go dying on me” while studying up for James! I hope everyone understands my humor here… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I WILL ALREADY BE ON COUNTDOWN waiting for this one. Geez! I stalked Lifeway for Esther. I can hardly stand it! I am such a nerd.

  38. 238
    Jennifer B. says:

    Ooooh! James!! That’s going to be so good! James really kicks my butt, and I need it. Just the stuff on the tongue alone KILLS me! I’m made great progress, but still have a while to go. I look forward to Melissa’s insights both in print and on screen. I always enjoy her posts on the blog.

  39. 239
    Angie Ehrenreich says:

    Beth and Melissa,

    I am praying for you now that the God of heaven and earth will impart His wisdom in your heart and soul as you labor over this study. May He deeply bless your study time and may He give you clarity of thought when writing. In Jesus Name, Amen

  40. 240

    Beth I really enjoyed the Revelation study! IT WAS AMAZING! i am now doing ” God’s Dwelling Place”, “Ruth”, And “Esther”. I LOVE THEM ALL! Each one is taking me places in my walk that I have not been in a LONG time AND ALSO places I DO NOT LIKE TO GO! But GOD IS GOOD! I would like to know a REALLY GOOD FICTION BOOK TO READ. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVANT”S HEART!-Denise

    • 240.1
      Siesta OC says:

      You are doing all three together??? WOW! As far as a book, I know you didn’t ask but, Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series is REALLY GOOD!!!

    • 240.2
      twinkle says:

      Deeanne Gist…A Bride In The Bargain.
      Mrs. Gist is from Houston and I have been addicted to her historical romance novels! This one is my favorite and it is a CHRISTIAN romance!!!

      And anything by Jan Karon. Her Mitford series of books are the most tender stories of lives lived out for Christ. Warning…stay with the first book…At Home In Mitford. It starts kinda slow but you will soon be addicted to her books.

    • 240.3
      Sym says:

      Good fiction….I love everything by Bodie and Brock Thoene. There are at least three series with 6 to 8 books in each set. One series is called “Zion Covenant” another is “Zion Chronicle” They are historical fiction (WWII) and also ‘christian’. I find them at Half Price Books and the local library. Also Francine Rivers has a few out as well. I haven’t read the one she wrote based on Ruth, but have heard good things. I did read “Redeeming Love” based on Hosea. It was so hard to read…she makes so many bad choices but in the end she is redeemed by love. Just like us. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Siesta OC says:

        I have yet to finish Redeeming Love, it was just to gnarly for me in this season of healing for me. But I LOVE the way Francine Rivers writes! SO DETAILED!!

  41. 241
    Amy says:

    James! My favorite book of the Bible. Looking forward to it!

    We have a place for frozen yogurt called Orange Leaf around here and we wish there was one closer but then again, we might be there every night!! It’s probably best that it’s a drive!

  42. 242
    Nichole says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for a study on James! It’s my favorite book! Many prayers as you begin this journey!

  43. 243
    Victoria says:

    James was the very first book I studied…my first Bible study, actually. I can’t wait to see what God brings to my understanding of this part of Scripture through the lady He sent to show me how drop-dead gorgeous being a geek for His Word can be!

  44. 244

    Beth, The thing that jumped out at me in this post was how you are working (and have worked) together with your girls. I have 5 lovely princesses (ages 12, 10, 8, 6, and 2). This week I am directing my first VBS at our church. Even at this young age, my girls have worked together with me the previous months to get ready for this week. They have been so helpful, so willing and haven’t complained (hardly at all) about the long hours they’ve spent at church with me getting ready. I am LOVING that I can minister together with my girls for the Kingdom even when they’re this young. I so look forward to what God has in store as they grow up. I wonder where we’ll be and what we’ll be doing together for Him when they are the ages of Amanda and Melissa.

    This “ministry” thing is something that was passed down to me from my father. My father directed a Rescue Mission as his life’s work. I was his first secretary and grew up, working and ministering along with him. I fervently wish to pass that heritage on to my daughters.

    Can’t wait to study the book of James with you. Have a great day!

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    Anna says:

    I love that so many women love James! We’re are excited and praying. (and praying for the group of 40-50 who need someone to lead a Bible Study this fall.)

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    Gina says:

    Melissa and Beth,

    Many “real” prayers for both of you when you begin to write.

    When my son writes songs, he often says that he hears the Lord singing to him…then he writes them down.”

    What an amazing honor to be a voice for the Lord!

    Isn’t it humbling to know that any written word is a timeless missionary?

    Bless you both!

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    Melinda says:

    My two girlies and I are crazy for yogurt so it’s fun to picture you three cuties enjoying the same. We don’t have Pink or FreshBerry but Red Mango is another our yummy spot in the upper Midwest. . .

    Eager for tomorrow as we’re loving Ruth here. . .

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    Melinda says:

    Meant to also say that I’m so excited to hear about the James study underway! Nuts about that book and nuts about you and your girls. I love that Melissa is writing portions of it as well – her Culture of Sorrow post gave us all another glimpse into her exceptionally keen mind. You three Moores. All beauty-all brains. Yes-it’s possible. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sandy says:

    Oh I am so excited about a James study! And a little jealous of the depth of study you will be undertaking! God has given me such a love, love, love of his living and active Word and I just can’t get enough. You feed that with your diligent attention to what you do. Your love for Jesus is infectious, Beth. Thank you for never hiding it.

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    Kelli says:

    I know I am joining in really late, but I have been trying to find the Ruth bible study by Kelly Minter on Amazon and Christinbook.com, and can not find it. Any help? Thanks.

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