Greetings From Jury Duty

Greetings, Dear Siestas!

I’m writing you from the jury assembly room of Harris County in Downtown Houston. I am blessed indeed to have an assistant who told me a few days ago she’d be happy to come pick me up and take me. I hope it goes without saying that I would not have asked her. I am fully capable of coming to jury duty by myself but, for a sanguine, it is a whole lot more fun this way. What’s in it for Michelle? Well, for starters, I think she smelled adventure and, to us, adventure is worth inconvenience. Her job is also considerably less lively if I’m not in the office so here we are and we have already gotten tickled enough to pay for the trip. One of the best parts was that she face-booked that she was at jury duty and someone who didn’t know we worked together told her I had jury duty today, too, and we could hook up.

There are several hundred prospective jurors here and, for the first little while, we amused ourselves by playing like this was a dating service and it was our job to match people. For a long time no one said a word (which made matches particularly challenging since I could not discern their personality-types) but now people are beginning to get to know each other because we’re all so nervous that we’re bonding. The atmosphere became more relaxed once we’d all taken the oath. Hawk felt the need to take the oath with us for fear people would think she was protesting by protecting her right not to make any promises. She, like me, is a rule keeper by nature. But not nearly the rule keeper my darling Amanda is. She saw that we were tweeting from in here and tweeted back with, “Are y’all going to get kicked out for tweeting?” It made me so happy. To be fair, I’m sure she was laughing when she asked because she would have known I would have thought it sounded just like her. I let her know that, as of yet, the bailiff had not told us that tweeting was strictly prohibited in the jury assembly room in the State of Texas and to take our tweeting outside.

I did just learn on the loud speaker that we will indeed get kicked out for smoking within 25 feet of the outside door so I’m definitely going to refrain.

Things have drastically improved since my last visit here. They now have free wifi (aptly called “jurywifi”) which is obviously how I’m corresponding with you. They also have a little snack bar where an unfortunate incident took place a moment ago. I excused myself to go to the ladies’ room for the second time and, on my way in there, smelled coffee. GOOD coffee. Like Starbucks coffee. I thought I was having a sensory hallucination until I came out of the restroom and, lo and behold, there was a little table with three coffee canisters. AND YES, with Starbucks, for the love! I leapt to it like a gazelle, pumped out my coffee with a big smile on my willing face. Then I looked up and saw a cash register. I hadn’t brought my purse because I left it with Hawk. All the sudden I was dumb-fuzzled and didn’t know what to do. I’d already poured it. So I jetted off from it like I’d committed a felony and ran back to the assembly room with guilt all over my face. I think I may have also been having a hot flash. Anyway, as far as I know, my cup is still sitting there all by itself under the Starbucks House Blend thermos. Getting cold. I feel robbed of my rights. Hawk suggested she could give me money to go back and pay for it but I am too shamed.

I have never gotten chosen for a jury before. Perhaps you find that surprising. I certainly want to be a good citizen so I’m willing as long as I can still get to Richmond next weekend. Of course, I’d rather study during my work hours and go to my regular job and, goodness knows I want to be with Melissa and Colin who come on Thursday, but I’m certainly here to do my civil duty if asked. (I’m being silly with you but I really do believe in the jury system and certainly would want a good jury should I need one. Should they find out that I poured coffee I did not pay for.) I will get paid $6 today if I serve then it goes to $40 the second day forward.

So, here I am waiting to see if I get chosen. If this is like the softball team in junior high, I’m in for a long wait. Hawk just told me that today is the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. And ultimately to serve on juries. So this is a great day to wear my big hair proud in this room.

While I’m waiting, have any of you Siestas done jury duty? Anything interesting happen? Any interesting cases? You know, I originally wanted to be a lawyer so I find all of this interesting anyway. So, do tell, Siestas.

PS. Hawk just went to get me some coffee. I’m so happy that I’m going to give her the $6 I make today.

PSS. She just got back with my cup of coffee and, yes, she said my previous cup was still there. Right under the House Blend.She poured me a new one though. It just hit me that my fingerprints are still on the other one.

Here is me writing to you:

And here is me saying what’s really important on this Wednesday: The Lord on high is mighty. He is for us and not against us. And, though He is lofty, He looks upon the humble and contrite heart with favor. Thank You, Lord, for a community where we can be serious and silly and maybe all on the same day.

PSSS. They just released all Bible teachers with big blond hair! Headed back to LPM but keep those jury experiences coming!


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  1. 1
    Colleen says:

    Oh my! I just laughed and laughed at Michelle taking the oath! In fact, I am still laughing!

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    NikkiPoppins says:

    Oh how I HEART you right now!! I am following you and Michelle on Twitter and cracking up! I clicked on Blogger and see this post and busted out laughing! (I’m at work and it got me some funny looks, but oh well!)

    Hope the rest of your time down there will continue to be fun filled! Keep us posted on your time there!


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    Jodi Pharo says:

    I served on a jury about a year ago and I have to say it was pretty disheartening. It was an car accident/insurance case and we sat through THREE days (THREE!!!!) of doctors on the stand — and most of it was on video.

    The worst part was the pushing and pushing and pushing for insane amounts of money and the extra lawyers and jury experts STARING at us for hours and hours.

    In the end we frustrated both sides with our decision — which made us feel like we had done a good job….

    Good luck….

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    Corrie says:

    Oh you crack me up! I love how you can have fun at jury duty. I’m currently taking a snack break from homeschool! But I must say your coffee experience is much funnier.

    I currently have excuses to get me out of jury duty, three of them, ages 5, 3 and 1! However, before I was married I attended once, but got kicked out because I couldn’t reward 10 million dollars of pain and suffering charges in a minor fender bender.

    Hope you continue your fun…and don’t get to miss out on your kids being home.

    Blessings from Waco,

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    Rebecca says:

    From one fellow political science graduate who also wanted to be a lawyer–have fun today with your Starbucks, tweets, blog posts and citizenshipery (is that a word? If not, I just made it up! ha)!

    Prayers and blessings,

    p.s. I teach political science at a local community college part-time…if anyone wants a citizenship test (with answers), I’ll be happy to send out one. The test contains actual questions that those applying for citizenship have to answer. Fun, fun!

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    Mary H. says:

    I had to report for jury duty last summer. I was not selected…I don’t think they like teachers as members of a jury. Oh well!

    Have fun!!!

    • 6.1
      Tess says:

      Earlier this year I had jury duty and they loved teachers. They chose 2 current & 1 retired teacher for jury panel. I was excused after that for self-employment (thank goodness) so I don’t know how many more teachers got picked. It was a fairly big case and the unfortunate thing was that the defendant had an obnoxious attorney. Also the jury waiting room held about 100 people and naturally had a single stahl ladies restroom. Standing in line again ……

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    Yep, Beth, I’ve been selected for a jury before. Very interesting experience. I about got lynched, though, when I suggested another juror change his opinion when things were going on a little too long. Guess I hadn’t watched enough law shows to know what was kosher and what wasn’t! πŸ™‚ Good luck! πŸ™‚

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    Bethany says:

    Good morning Bethie!
    I just have to say that you are having way too much fun at jury duty!!! Jury duty is supposed to be a despised responsibility…one that people try their hardest to get out of! With that said, I for one, secretly love being summoned for jury duty! I have been called many times and have had the opportunity to serve on a jury one time. It was interesting. A little disheartening as it was a jury for a young man who stole cd’s from Target and after 3 days of testimony decided to confess on his own. At first I thought that it was a waste of my precious time but on further reflection, I was glad that I got the opportunity to see the judicial system at work first hand.
    The last time that I was called for jury duty (about 3 months ago) I got my “jury bag” ready (book, water, snacks, etc) and headed down to the new courthouse. As soon as I walked in I saw my uncle! I did not need my “jury bag” after all! And we were excused within a few hours.
    Have fun Bethie! Can’t wait to hear whether they choose you. Even if not, God always does!

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    Sharon says:

    All I’ve got to say this morning is that surely the offenders would perhaps like to say: If only life came with a β—„β—„ REW β–Ί PLAY β–Œβ–ŒPAUSE β–ˆβ–ŒSTOP β–Ίβ–Ί FF button…

    I guess , being that it doesn’t, we’ve got redemption instead! And restoration from all that has been if we want it! Hey, that’s encouraging! That’s good!

    Goodness, I don’t know the crime that has been committed or the who that committed it, but I’m sure the victim cries justice. Rightly so. I’m just glad to know that if God is FOR us WHO can be against us in all the sins that we’ve done. I’m glad that He’s my Ultimate Judge…. for man’s vengeance cries mean and can be painful and ugly!

    At all times we’re only one decision away from imprisonment ourselves…. whether behind physical bars or invision ones.

    Goodness, I don’t envy your seat this morning should you really get chosen this time! For I’m often torn between justice and mercy. Woe, surely it’ll be a hard decision to be made!

    Go you though! Glad you have coffee to sip that’s actually been paid for! And your laptop with you to keep us posted on your adventure!

    Love to you and Hawk both this morning!

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    Carolyn says:

    You are so funny. I love the way you can turn an otherwise exasperating day into an adventure. I first saw the “tweets” then the blog. Yes I did jury duty once, like you, I never got picked but once you do it obviously puts you way down on the list of being summoned again. It was a case about land being taken for a new road and the owner suing for potential lost income since he intended to build apartments. It took 2 weeks to present all the case findings and we gave him LOTS of money. It was very interesting to see how the judicial system works but I hope not to do it again for quit some time.
    You and Hawk have a great day and keep the tweets coming


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    Sallie says:

    I got out of jury duty because of the Siesta Fiesta! Reported on Monday like a good citizen should. Showed them a copy of my airline ticket to San Antonio for that Friday and my LPL ticket and the judge told me to have a good time and enjoy hearing Beth speak!

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    1gleaner says:

    Recently I was called to serve on jury duty on our Bible Study day and I am the teacher but was afraid they wouldn’t accept that as an excuse (ala “I must obey God rather than man”)…so I prayed and waited and expected I’d have to reschedule our Bible study but just in time they called me and said I didn’t have to come!
    God just loves to surprise us like that doesn’t he? And it gave me such a good opportunity to praise his faithfulness to all the ladies that day! You stay girl and I will see you in RICHMOND next weekend!

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    Big Mama says:

    I love that Michelle is a full-service assistant and can provide you with a wealth of trivial facts like today is the 90th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. That alone is worth the $6.00 she’s going to make from you today.

    See y’all in Richmond!

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    Anon (nothing catchy) says:

    I got a summons to appear in federal court in Little Rock next Monday. I really wouldn’t mind doing it (really!), except that the timing is VERY bad at work. Of the almost three years I’ve worked here, this is one of the busiest times ever. Why couldn’t they have drawn my name out of the hat while I was scrounging around for something to do? I’ll be watching your blog for updates … maybe it’ll help me know what to expect. (Although I seriously doubt my experience will be half as fun as yours already is!)

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    Jessica says:

    You are hilarious. I laughed out loud reading this today!

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    Wendy says:

    I have never served either, when my kids were young and at home, they always excused me. I had to “call in” six months ago and apparently there were no cases because I didn’t get called in. I’m ready to serve as well. I was actually looking forward to a day of reading by myself. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful day.

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    sisterlynn says:

    Beth! I have always wanted to be on a jury!!! I have never been picked… actually never even gotten to the courthouse as all the times I was called the case was cancelled. Which I guess is good – settling with your opponent on the way to court as the Scriptures says!

    Still – I believe in our justice system and would long to do my civic duty as a juror!

    Glad you and Michelle are having fun! Can’t wait to meet you both! love, Lynn

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    Bobbie says:

    I reported for Jury duty in the Spring, but after sitting in the lobby for 30 min. the clerk came out and said that there was a sign on our court room that said that there would be no court today! (There was NO sign, but we all went home)I was actually interested in serving too!

    I know you’re always reminding us to live life with a Christ-like heart and Beth,you show us that with every post! I LOVE your heart! You look at the bright side of EVERY situation and I’m working on that in my own heart as we speak…life looks so much better when we walk with God and don’t whine about something that is not in ‘our plans’!!

    Enjoy your day and tell Hawk howdy for me!

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    fuzzytop says:

    Nope, never been selected to serve on a jury. And in fact, I have only been called for jury duty one time, and it ended up that I didn’t even have to go.

    My MIL was selected for a jury once, which is a little bit scary. She’s not the most objective person, and I thought she might just decide someone is guilty just because she didn’t like their looks. Did you ever see that movie ‘Crimes of the Heart’ with Sissy Spacek, Jessica Lange and Diane Keaton? Anyway, in the movie, Sissy Spacek’s character shoots her husband, and when asked why she says, “…because I didn’t like his stinking looks. And I don’t like yours either.” Scary.

    Hope you have fun, enjoy your Starbucks, and let us know how many of the folks there you are able to match up! I wonder what percentage of them are tweeting, facebooking, etc… And give Michelle that $6!!!

    Love and Hugs,

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    Wendi Gale says:

    Your blog is too funny! I feel as though I am sitting there next to my mom, you guys have simular personalities.
    As I have never actually served on a Jury, my mom (Alice) and I did have to testify in a case just recently. We were not allowed to talk to each other about the case, nor were we allowed to talk to ANYONE else about anything at all.
    We had a babysitter! We got in trouble…. talking…. laughing…talking! What can I say…. We love to talk. My mom lives in Memphis, TN & I in Florida, a tiny town north of Jacksonville called Yulee. Fun place! So we hardly ever get to spend time together.
    Anywho, we spent our time finding pictures in the marble walls & people watching as we were seated infront of the elevators to keep us from talking to others. You would not believe the things prople wear to the courthouse. WOW!! The most fun part was while my mom & I were discovering the amazing ballerina & rhino embedded in the intracates workings of the marble, our babysitter (Allison, who is an amazing girl) was cracking up listening to us and almost got her self in trouble. It was not all fun & games however, this is just how we deal with stress and/or bad situations. We did have to testify after all, NOT FUN!! When my mom went in, that is when the waterworks began. I couldn’t contain myself, until one of the other ladies waiting to testify came over with a napkin & said “It’s ok, Everthing will work out.” Which then reminded me that my Jesus is always with me no matter what. No task is too big for Jesus and we are never given anything that He doesn’t know we can handle. It also reminded me of the verse in Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!
    This verse gave me great comfort. & helped me to get through the next day when it was my turn to testify & my mom had already flown home. God was showing me that he is with me always, even when I feel as though I have to “Go it Alone” so to speak. He is the greatest! Praise God!

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    kendal says:

    Oh….Thanks for the laughs!!!! I’ve never had jury duty – I was called last school year, but it was like the second week of school or something. I’m a teacher, so I begged to be deferred. I have it in late September, but I bet I won’t be chosen since I’ve lived here in this small town my whole life and probably either taught someone on the prosecution or defense…or both! Keep us posted, by all means!

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    Charlotte says:

    I’ve been on jury duty twice. Both on murder trials. Unpleasant. The second time I was sequestered for 8 days. No fun, but a facsinating experience.

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    Lori says:

    Oh man, have I had jury duty! I always get sent to a city where I really think I should be offered an armed guard to walk through the parking structure. I live in a very nice city with a courthouse, but do I get sent there?! NO!

    The one case they actually put me on was not a fun experience. All the jurors except me and one other woman, just wanted it to be done because they were loosing money by not working each day. The plantiff was suing a rental car company. The jurors all hated ‘big business’ and wanted to make them pay. The two of us didn’t feel like it was the company’s fault, and so we didn’t vote ‘guilty’. I am not exaggerating when I say that we feared for our safety – they were so angry with us that we wouldn’t just go along and give that person a bunch of money ‘because the big companies can afford it’!!

    Needless to say, if I wouldn’t have voted my conscious I would have felt worse. The guy still got the money, and everyone knew that an injustice had been done, but at least I could go home knowing I did the right thing. It truly made me loose some confidence in my fellow Americans.

    I think it’s a rip that you don’t get free coffee – especially cause you only get $6 a day! We get $15 in California! They should give it to you in a gift card you can use at the coffee bar!!

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    Amy Storms says:

    I am a rule-keeper, too, and as I read your tweets this morning, my first thought was, “Is she allowed to tweet from there?!” And my second thought was, “How fun would it be to have jury duty with Beth Moore?!”

    I’ve never been chosen for jury duty, but I would love to. I have three kids, and “sequester” sounds heavenly.

    Enjoy your day!

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    carole says:

    I am a melancholy and my husband is a full-blown sanguine…and I sure do love my sanguine friends! They make life so much more intersting, even if they do tend to be a little on the crazy side! I have been picked for jury duty twice. The first time I was eight months pregnant and went into labor the morning the trial was supposed to start so I had to call the judge and back out…I’m not sure if he believed my excuse or not! The second time it was a case where two girls got into a fight and one girl ran the other one over with her car. Before the trial started they made us leave the room for an hour or so and when we came back the girls had come to an agreement without the trial. So…I’ve been picked twice but never actually got to go through the trial.

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    Thank you for making me laugh this morning.
    Blessings form Missouri

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    Linnae says:

    sounds like the best jury duty experience i’ve ever heard of. much love to you all!

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    3GirlsMom says:

    Loving this. Nice job on the historical facts, Hawk. Hilarious.

    Never been on jury duty. But my husband has. And he got to be foreman. And I was insanely jealous because I am a huge Law and Order fan and would love the opportunity to throw around some “legal jargon” that would make me feel smart. I might even pull back out my high school Latin and impress some unknowing souls. πŸ™‚

    Hubs’ case was a federal case where a guy rode across a state line TWICE with another guy to load a U-Haul full of ingredients to make Meth, sat in on the deal that sold all the ingredients TWICE, and used the defense of “I was just riding along and didn’t know what was happening” to plead his innocence.

    Yeah, he’s in prison now for 25-30 years.

    Have fun!

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    Kat says:

    Can you imagine! Coming to trial and look over at your jury and see Beth Moore seated there!! What a story that would be to tell!

    I love it that you are having fun in a jury panel. And I’m so glad for Wifi that you can share it with us.

    By the way Wednesdays with Beth was SO GOOD today – Time to heal… it is ministering to my daughter and me. We are committed to 30 days for healing for our respective wounds. I so love my Baby Girl she has come so far and she is such a total blessing to me. But enough of that.

    You and Hawk continue having fun doing your civic duty. I love it!!

    Holy hugs, Kat. . .

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    Great post! I was called for jury duty once but was never selected to be on a jury. I wouldn’t mind serving, but I’d like to do it after my kids are grown and I’m not homeschooling anymore. I don’t know who I’d find to babysit 5 girls for an extended period of time. Wonder if I could bring them all with me and homeschool in the waiting room. πŸ˜‰ Have a great day, Beth!

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    Tammie says:

    LOVE it… i love how you guys make the most ordinary and maybe even rather unfortunate (not that jury duty is unfortunate) situations fun and joyful!! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your Joy with me, I needed some!!

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    3GirlsMom says:

    My first thought wasn’t about tweeting being against the rules. It was about “COOL, you get to take a FRIEND with you?”

    Because that’s how I roll. Rules are made to be kept, unless fellowship is involved. Then they’re a little transparent.

    And I’m totally kidding.

    Ok. I’m not even sorta kidding.

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    Dori says:

    I once spent the ENTIRE day in the waiting room and at 5 o’clock p.m. they informed me I wasn’t chosen. I spent the entire day getting caught up on my Beth Moore Daniel Study. I was able to do 4 days in 1.

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    Keturah says:

    Tell them you know who did it so maybe they’ll let you go….I have a ticket for Richmond!

    Enjoy your adventure!

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    Jennifer Hilt says:

    I was told to go dressed as a professor (although from a man who sat next to me and said he always wears his bow tie, glasses and frazzled hair). He was immediately excused! What would be the female version of a bow tie?

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    Kari says:

    I think being on a jury would be very interesting! But, my husband is an attorney and an elected official in our small county. I doubt that I would get chosen, even if summoned b/c of his relationship w/ the other attorneys. Hope y’all have fun.

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    MaryR Snyder says:

    I’ve been in many courtrooms, but never served on a jury. I never get picked. Probably because I’m a child advocate. I worked with our local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program — I was the director for 8 years.
    I’ve sat in many courtrooms with children as their advocate and I’ve sat in many courtrooms listening to many of these children testify against their abusers.

    Hard stuff, tough stuff. But I LOVED most every one of our juries. Even when the couldn’t convict, they all had hearts. Many times the jury would ask to talk with the child (the older ones) after the trial — it was wonderful to see these complete strangers encourage and love that child.

    Tough days — but God is always good.

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    Nikki B says:

    Oh my goodness, you are cracking me up! This is EXACTLY how I was at jury duty. I have been called a couple times but never chosen (my husband was a pastor at the time and once the defense found that out, it was buh-bye to me). Well, a few years ago, I finally did get chosen and you would have thought that I had been called forward for The Price is Right! I was so excited! πŸ™‚ It was a felony handgun case and involved some guy, a hotel mini-fridge, a prostitute, and a lot of drugs so it was not lacking in drama. πŸ˜‰

    Hope you guys have a blast (well, you know what I mean)! Thanks for doing your civic duty. And, you darn well better tell that judge that you have to be out by next weekend b/c me and all of my sisters here in Richmond are waiting for you!

    Love you, girls,
    Nikki Brungard
    Richmond, VA

    • 38.1
      Sheila says:

      “you would have thought that I had been called forward for The Price is Right!”

      Haha. That’s a funny picture. πŸ™‚

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    Kristen says:

    Oh you and Michelle make me laugh. Thank you for entertaining my morning via Facebook and Twitter. You are such a lucky woman to get to work with Michelle. She is always such a blessing πŸ™‚

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    Yolanda says:

    What a hoot! Yes, I have set on jury duty, it lasted one full day and at the end off the day, I was having a coniption fit. I’m a tad like Amanda, do not break rules!! And one of the jurors tampered with the crime scene data and I was so worried we’d all be in big trouble. Don’t like being in trouble!!

    Grateful for a mighty big God that has tons of Grace!


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    texatheart says:

    Never been chosen. Been called a couple of times, such a funny post. It would be a blast to be in the jury room with you two!!

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    Jabber Jaws says:

    Never been picked to be on a jury but being a lawyer may explain why. I can tell you some seriously great stories about the courtroom. My super duper very favorite happened last year. I was sitting in the gallery waiting for the Judge to finish so that I could get something signed (so glad my client was a friend too – this was too good to experience alone). The hearing was very heated and both sides would be great fodder on Jerry Springer. After nearly two hours of Mom and Stepmom just going at it, the Judge started clapping when biological Dad said he was just tired of the fighting ( get this – they paid LAWYERS to fight about if the little girl could put pictures of bio mom up at the other house and if she was allowed to talk to mom when at dad’s house). At that point, the Judge stood up and said, “Dad, if you want to take care of your little girl and do what is best for her then you must man up and tell these women to sit down and shut their heads (sidenote – I now pray a lot and ask God if this is an opportunity for me to sit down and shut my head. Truly a revelation for a word user like me).” As both attorneys gasped the Judge continued and actually berated both “moms” by calling one stripper chick (it was true based on testimony) and dopper mom (true too). I got so caught up in the moment and I think the Judge really was appalled at this sweet little girl’s life that I clapped (others joined except the Court Reporter who was recording this entire exchange) and the Judge then winked. It was some crazy in Tarrant county!
    If you end up stuck for the rest of the day, I could continue to comment and add some other good ones. Lawyering is typically very boring BUT when it is good, it is GREAT!
    Bless you for serving. Juries are so valuable to the system. I always remember picking a guy for a jury one time because I bought shoes from him once and thought he was thoughtful and kind. Jury selection is great!!!

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    Kim says:

    Have a nice little “break”. My little break came in the form of having a D&C after the birth of my baby – I got the whole day off from all jobs πŸ˜‰
    I just received a jury summons about the time my baby girl was 2 weeks old so I’ve been able to put it off for another year.

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    Linda Peel says:

    Dear Beth and Michelle,
    I have been called for jury duty once. It was in my birth month of Feb. (2/17 as I frequently remind Jackson’s Bibby). I had a dental appt. already scheduled in Feb. so I was excused for that whole day and wouldn’t you know it…that was the ONLY day my number came up. Between snow and a 28 day month, I only got to go to orientation. And I REALLY wanted to serve. Bless you for doing your civic duty with humor and coffee. Still on a high from last weekend.
    Love, Linda ( the Rupp Arena pink feathered boa Siesta)

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    Kerrie says:

    Yes, I’ve had jury duty before. I even made it onto the jury. The trial was 6 weeks long, and it was a kidnapping, extortion, torture case of a drug deal gone wrong. I remember one day in the trial, sitting there watching the guy on trial, thinking to myself, “There is NO redemption for this guy!”

    Immediately after that thought crossed my mind I was STRONGLY convicted by the words, “Oh Really? I think there is redemption for this guy, and I want YOU to be the one to pray for him”.

    Well as you can imagine, I spent the next 6 weeks praying for him…and pleading with God for his salvation. At first I didn’t even want to pray for him, but God totally changed my heart. I don’t know what happened to him after he went to jail, but after a long time (much longer than the trial) of prayin for him, I was released of the burden.

    I still think of him occasionally and pray for him then, but that’s it. That was about 10 years ago.

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    Roselawyer says:

    I have never been on a jury.

    As you can guess by my blog name, I see the courtroom from the other side. πŸ™‚

    I am glad you live in a large county. Out in the country we have no jurywifi and ALAS no Starbucks.

    Jury selection is kind of like people-watching for lawyers so I know that you will find it fascinating.

    Have a great day Beth!

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    Cynthia says:

    Dear Beth,

    Isn’t amazing how even the justice system is a reflection of our heavenly “Ancient of Days?”


    ps–it sounds like $6 is a pretty good trade off!

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    Linda says:

    You are too much fun!!! I am all by myself …. and i am laughing outloud….. so loud it hurts!!!!! Blessings on you and Hawk! I love this ministry and thank God for it!!! Thank You Lord that , Yes we can be silly and serious!

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    Jennifer says:

    Yep, I served for 2 weeks on a murder trial (was in self defense). It was very interesting and luckily I served with another Christian. We were the only ones holding out for a lighter sentence, and finally with the love of Christ, the man is only on probation instead of sitting in jail!

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    Siesta OC says:

    A few points to love:

    -Hawk is a SMARTY PANTS!!!
    -You are rocking your jeans (are those the same one’s you were so proud to tell Kay Arthur you owned for 8 years – you are so cute! You were so proud of yourself, it made my day!)
    -The fact that you panic about fingerprints. (WAIT, if your fingerprints are there, and you wrote me…they could track…ok, I’m scared now!)
    -Beth Moore as a juror, they won’t know what hit them!!

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