Catch Up and Commissioning

Hey there, Darling Things!

How are you? I hope so much your week is going well and that Christ is continuing to reveal Himself as your sufficiency. He is simply never more obvious to us than when we need Him desperately. I’ve needed Him desperately a few times lately and I bet you have, too. Life’s just like that.

For the last couple of months I’ve been trying to take the Tuesday following an event off. (Don’t know how much I can keep that up once I get into full fledged writing but it’s a joy and a relief for now.) On these two Tuesdays a month, I sleep in a bit longer and sip my coffee a little slower. It’s a beautiful thing.

I didn’t get dressed today until about 10:30 then my man and I headed half way across town to a cool little breakfast and lunch place called La Peep. We mostly just threaten to eat over there but never really make it. Today we followed through. They whip up about the best Belgian waffle in town: crispy edges, soft inside, sweet enough to eat without the syrup but you don’t and served with hot, melted butter in a tiny container to drizzle on the top and you do. It was so good, you could tear up about it. After nearly licking our plates, Keith dropped me off and went to run errands and I sat at home and stared at stuff in a daze. Star kept dropping her tennis ball at my feet so I finally shook off the sugar, got up off the couch and played fetch with her. She really is the best dog on earth. A Border Collie is a LOT to manage the first year but by the second year you begin to have the pet of your life. This is where you can usually find Star. Right in front of yours truly.

Don’t feel too sorry for Keith’s bird dog. She is spoiled rotten. This is how we found her a few evenings ago. No, we did not arrange the pillows under her. She did all that herself.

Where was I before I got side tracked on those ridiculous dogs?? Oh, yeah. My day off. After I threw the ball a few times for Star, I headed over to Amanda’s, picked her up, and we rode together to get Jackson and Annabeth at Mother’s Day Out. Amanda and Curtis somehow managed to have two of the greatest kids a pair of new grandparents could ever picture. They see us constantly but, every single time, act like it’s the biggest thrill since Barnum and Bailey. They do the same thing with Curtis’s parents. They’re just wonderful kids. They were delighted I’d come with Mommy today and had a hunch a treat was in order. They were right about that and we made a bee line over to Fresh Berry for frozen yogurt and toppings. Our nearly twenty month-old Annabeth is appropriately trying a little independence and wanted to have her own cup and eat out of it with her own spoon. You can imagine that all four of us had been well baptized in vanilla swirl by the time we left. Star keeps licking my right arm so my one lone wet-wipe may not have done the trick. She’s just as glad.

When we got back to Amanda’s, Jackson had a big surprise for me. It was THIS!

That boy can ride his bike like nobody’s business! I was just squealing from the sidewalk (while also trying to balance AB on Jackson’s old trike because she would not be left out). It was ten times the sweeter because I was watching my own firstborn run behind hers. It was just yesterday that I flew behind my two as they took off on wheels for the first time. And then they just kept going. This is the consolation prize:

These are exciting days for Jackson because he’s just started soccer. He’s had two team practices so far. He is so cute in his royal blue uniform with his shin guards on that I can hardly stand it. AB didn’t care for soccer practice last week (I think because they weren’t selling concessions yet) and hardly let her parents watch her brother so this week I kept her at my house while sports took full sway. Something awkward happened just before hand that has caused some mild amusement in the Moore house. Amanda very gingerly said to me, “Now, Mom, if you’d ratherΒ  come to soccer practice and help us with Annabeth there on the sidelines, you can.” She knew I was bursting at the seams to come but her speech was suspiciously tentative. After hem hawing around a spell, she picked up with this: “But I just want to let you know that Curtis and I really aren’t cheering loudly yet or anything. You know, they’re not really playing any games yet. It’s just practice and it’s really not the best place for a lot of…”

Translation? “Mom, please come if you want to but if just maybe you could refrain at first from cheering as enthusiastically as you did for me and Melissa when we played sports, well then, that would probably be good.”

Just take a moment to imagine what I was like. Don’t judge Amanda on this. Feel sorry for her.

I told Melissa about it the next day and we got so tickled we nearly spit our coffee all over our concordances.

Oh, what my girls have been through. I wasn’t the angry, negative parent in the stands but I have been known on occasion to look for something good to say when a play was bad. It was not unusual for me to yell, “You look so cute in your outfit! That uniform is just your color!”

When I was at the airport in Chicago about to board the flight home, I saw a fellow family enthusiast waiting for her plane. I felt like she wouldn’t mind if I, with admiration, clipped a quick pic, texted it to Amanda and told her not to worry about a thing. I’d limit myself to this for now.

Well, Keith wants me to get off of here and watch Duck Commander with him so duty calls. One last thing! I don’t want to wear anybody out any further about the simulcast but the ministry is getting a lot of requests for the commissioning we did in pairs at the end. My hardworking staff said it would be so much simpler if I could just post it on the blog so here it is!

My Dear Sister,

Your God has called you

To use that mouth of yours

For His great glory.

Don’t just add to the noise.

Become a real woman

Who opens her mouth with wisdom.

God wants the Law of Kindness

On your tongue

And the love of Christ

In your heart.

Never forget:

Kindness is not a weakness!

When you’re wearing down

Head to Christ and His people

And let them build you back up.

Always remember:

His yoke is KIND.

Make sure

It’s the only yoke you wear.

It’s time to go our separate ways

But we’ll all meet up again

At the glorious epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Until then,

Let the One who led you here

Lead you on with cords of kindness.

Now, get out there

And build a welcoming fire

In a cold world.

Live by the Law of Kindness!

I love you guys. I really do.

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  1. 1
    Cheryl says:

    Dear Beth,
    Thank you for sharing your life and and for giving us these regular doses of encouragement. On days like this, when I drag in from a long day at work, it is such a treat to check in with you, to laugh at your puppies and to be reminded of who I am in Christ. Thank you and may the Lord bless you abundantly for so faithfully ministering to your sisters.

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    rhonda says:

    My hubs and men children have become fans of the Duck Commander. I must admit, the last episode we watched was very sweet. They were moving into their warehouse and recalling the business getting started. I loved his ending…I am going to fear God, love my neighbor, and shoot some ducks. Amen and amen. Have a great week Ms. Beth and girls:)

  3. 3
    twinkle says:

    Commissioned and on mission!
    That picture of Geli made me laugh so hard.
    Love you all and so very proud of Jackson handling that bike!

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    Kristie says:

    Speaking of “needing Him desperately”…dear Siestas, please join me in praying for a little boy (age 3) from our church. His name is Avery, and after some time at our local hospital w/ abnormal bloodwork, high fever, and what seemed like an intense infection, he has just been transferred to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, just this afternoon (he’s actually probably just now arriving), to meet with an oncologist. Please pray for his healing, and for his family to be consumed by God’s peace that surpasses understanding.

    • 4.1
      Delores says:

      We will be praying for him….and his family.

    • 4.2
      Bobbie says:

      Praying now for Avery and his family.

    • 4.3
      Nikki L' says:

      Praying…

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      April says:

      Praying for that family. Egleston is the best place in the world. I have a brother who fought leukemia at Egleston and the doctor’s and nurses are outstanding. Because of my brother, I now how a sister who is a nurse on the Aflac floor there. Amazing, Amazing place! Praying for little Avery and his family and every doctor and nurse that they will come in contact with

      • Kristie says:

        Thanks Siestas. He’s receiving a blood transfusion right now, with the hope that it will jump-start some healing of the infection. If unsuccessful, they’ll begin looking @ bone marrow.

        Jehovah Rapha, please do Your thing! Astound us once again with Your healing power! UNTO YOU be all the glory!

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    Michele says:

    Hi Beth! Thanks for sharing, I loved hearing the stories. Belgian waffles sound delic, your pups are awesome, and go Jackson!

    Guess what? I’m applying for an editing job at Logos/BSM! My favorite Bible software and the magazine you were just on the cover of! πŸ˜€ Idk much about the position or if it is even possible (I can’t relocate right now), but the process itself has been so encouraging. It sounds like an awesome opportunity, but even if it doesn’t work out, it is a reminder that God will provide and I could get a job tomorrow if it is God’s will.

    For now, I’m thankful to be spending quality time with my dog Cindy, who never liked to fetch but is the best dog ever – in my heart anyhow. πŸ˜‰

    • 5.1
      Kathy B says:

      Go Michele! Praying. Sounds like an awesome job.

      • Michele says:

        Thanks Kathy! I heard back from the Editor-in-Chief. It is for contract work, and he said they will keep my info on file for when they have something to hand out, so it sounds like a positive response.

        So idk what will come of it, but it would be cool to contribute in that way once in a while to my favorite magazine! πŸ˜€

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    GlowinGirl says:

    Just picturing you on the sidelines . . . heehee! Your poor, poor girls. πŸ˜‰

    And my poor, poor kids! I’m sure they’ll be giving me the same speech someday.

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    If I would’ve had coffee in my mouth when I read the part about Amanda, it would’ve been all over my desk. I LOVE that you were “encouraged” to stay home.

    And the commissioning was one of my favorite parts of the SSM event in January. Super special.

    I hope you know you’re going to get a ton of Grandma jerseys in the mail from adoring Siestas. πŸ™‚ The ones that are too big for you? You should sell on the blog to raise money for kiddos in need.

  8. 8
    Jen N. from OH says:

    Dear “Mama Beth”,

    You are so funny!! I laughed out loud 3 times tonight while I read your post, and my guy is wondering what I’m laughing about! πŸ™‚ Wish I could’ve been there this weekend in Chicago, but I stayed here in Ohio attempting to glean all about how to control my tongue through the Holy Spirit in a chapter of your Believing God book! Let me tell you, this message is very timely for me this week, no surprise there, we know that’s how our Lord always works!! Anyway, wanted to ask you: Do you write all your commissionings at the end of the LPL events? I remember we did that in Tampa too, and they are very inspiring and well-written! πŸ™‚ Thank you again for your ministry for us “Desperate-to-know-Jesus Better” ladies.

  9. 9

    Oh, my goodness. That was wonderful. It really was. I had a not so fun weekend. I’ve been extremely depressed and my poor friend, Jeni is probably sorry she told me I could call anytime about now. I called at 4;30 this morning again after crying most of the night. I seriously need to make another super compassionate, super close friend before I wear her out! I mean it! I really do!

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    Wendy S says:

    A day off is a precious thing, especially when you can spend it with the people you love the most. I pray you will keep up with your needed days off. I get my ‘sabbath’ on Mondays.

    Thank you soo much for your wonderful words at the simulcast. It was great to hear God’s message together with soo many friends. The message must have really hit home, because on Sunday it felt like I was under full on attack with ample opportunity for unkindness. God always gives us a chance to practice what He wants us to learn.

    I really appreciate your point that its hard to be kind when I am worn out. This is particularly true in my life. With our active boys, I feel overwhelmed and worn out. I hate the unkindness I see in me and I am shy to look to others. However, I will draw confidence from God and reach out to my sisters to be built up and to build up.

    Thanks Beth!

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    Hollie says:

    Very few people could say “we got so tickled we nearly spit our coffee all over our concordances.” That combination of humor, depth, and passion for scripture is what makes you and your family so endearing.

  12. 12
    Roxanne Worsham says:

    In case I haven’t said it lately to you,
    I JUST LOVE YOU!!!!!!

    The end.
    AMEN!

  13. 13
    Diana A says:

    Thank you so much for interupting your ‘day off’ to send us your commission! Thank you also for your stories and sharing of family!

    What an absolutely glorious day for that boy of yours to be able to share his pride of cycling with his beloved grandma! Keep your eye on him, as you well know the next time you look he will be riding off in bigger wheels and you are left to yearn for those wobbly days back on that bike.

    Girl if I could, I would lean into this computer and give you a Big Hug! You are precious to me!

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    Becky says:

    Loved the way the bird dog was relaxing! They really do have their own personalities, eh? And Jackson what a big boy! Awesome!

  15. 15
    Leslie Jordan says:

    Thank you, Beth! The simulcast was wonderful and a real answer to prayers. You are such a blessing! Also, thank you for the commissioning. I was hoping it would be posted somewhere soon. Thank you!

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    Katy says:

    Hey Beth.. I just love your blog and you! You are such an inspiration to all who read and I just wanted to say thank you for touching my life. My husband and I are currently going through infertility and it is a difficult thing to bear. I am currently in your bible study of John. This is my first one and I can’t wait to do more. You are so real and I am just captivated by your words. May the Lord bless you and continue to use you for awesome things! You are loved!

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    Amy Beth says:

    Bethie! I missed the simulcast because I was giving my baby cousin her bridal shower! We did a “French” theme and it was beautiful, just like my cousin. Some of my college girls went to the simulcast, though, and I heard it was great and that your hair was really high. Seriously, they were texting me about your hair. Go big or go home, in my humble opinion.

    I like what you had to say about needing God desperately because I’ve needed Him like that lately. When don’t we? This morning I went into the hospital for some pretty serious tests; tomorrow morning, I go back in for even more. They had to put me in this machine for 2.5 hours this morning and I reverted back to a little girl (I was so embarrassed!). I have so many opportunities right now to know God in different ways than I’ve known Him before.

    By the way, since you’re using your iPhone (I recognize that photo app!), please download Cookie Dozer (it’s a game). You think I’m joking, but I’ll bet my bump-its that you’ll be addicted by the end of the first day it’s on your phone.

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

      Amy Beth,

      Praying for God’s peace for you as you go through more tests today. And praying for good results! Joan

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    Oh Beth, honey we have Le Peep in Nashville. My favorite. I use business as an excuse to eat there regularly with clients. And I LOVE the belgian waffle. Glad you enjoyed your day off. My 5 year old has just learned to ride his bike as well. πŸ™‚

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

    Beth,

    As I type, I need to reassuringly pet my scaredy-cat black lab,Sadie, as she is panting madly because we are having a doozy of a thunderstorm. She typically is our outdoor dog, but not in a thunderstorm(or when there’s fireworks or any loud noises). We actually have 2 kinds of tranquilizers for her, but bringing her in the house helps her more than anything. It irritates our indoor dog,Maddie, to no end. They are so funny to watch! Sadie is like the little “sister” who does stuff just to irritate the older “sister”, and the older sister falls for it and reacts EVERY TIME! Phantom, the cat, couldn’t care less, either way.(Must be because he is a boy.)They are all rescue animals, Sadie was literally a junk yard dog. My husband took pity on her and brought her home. Life would be less interesting without our furry friends!

    Glad you can kick back for a day! Thanks for sharing with us! Praying God will continue to bless you, your ministry, and family! Love you, Joan

  20. 20
    Shannon Costanzo says:

    Beth,
    I was reminded of a moment when my Mom cheered for me.
    I was in seventh grade, it was at a band concert. My mother must have been so please to hear her daughter play a song on the flute other than “Hot Cross Buns”. So picture it, the light are low, the audience is quiet with anticipatiion. The flutes players come out to take their position and wait for the conductors instructions to sit….. meanwhile.. My mother stood on the chair yes, stood on the chair and shouted ” YEAH SHANNON WOOH WHOOO!!”” The next day we got a lesson on proper “concert etiquette” by Mr. Styler. She couldn’t wait til I was in the high school marching band, she could yell as loud as she wanted there! ha ha
    I don’t think I am as bad but I should asked my 9 year old daughter.

    Smile for Jesus πŸ™‚
    Shannon
    Kissimmee, Florida

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    Kim Lupella says:

    Beth,
    Thanks so much for sharing the words from the commissioning. I was so very blessed to say those words to the youngest of my four daughters Valerie live in Chicago with you. She is eighteen and growing so much in her faith these days. It is a moment as a mom that I will always cherish. Thank you does not seem like enough for all you and your team put into the events I have been to. (I was also in Green Bay last year) Valerie already has a road trip planned for Minneapolis next year! (She wouldn’t think of a simulcast when you are so close.) I’m praying to bring all my girls.
    It is so powerful to be in a place where the spirit is so strong and real. We all heard God speaking to us through you.
    I was thrilled to download to my itunes Travis’ live version of In Christ Alone. It takes me right back to the heart of worship with you all.
    Love in Christ,
    Kim

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    Kristi B, says:

    I love it when you share about your dogs! I am such a dog person. I have a 10 year old cocker spaniel named Gumbo that is also spoiled rotten. I’ll be a mess when he goes to doggie heaven.

    I also love it when you share about your grandbabies! They are so precious.

    I really wanted to be at the simulcast here in North Carolina but my husband wound up in the emergency room Friday night and was admitted to the hospital Saturday morning, right before you spoke. I was up all night so I spent a lot of time praying for you and the team. By the commissioning, I can kinda get an idea, and I think I missed a special message. Will it be available later? I hope so!

    Love you lots!

  23. 23
    Bethany says:

    I love when you just catch us up on the going ons in your life. It was great to read this today as it has been a hard day for me. Struggling with a bit of depression with my changing life and just needed to read about someone elses day rather than continuing to think of my own!
    Thank you also for the comissioning.
    Love you!

  24. 24
    Holly says:

    you crack me up Beth! I love reading your blog.

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    Caroline says:

    Hey Beth,

    This post made me laugh out loud. I love that you cheered so hard for your girls. My first born son played soccer last spring and I really don’t like sports at all, but I cheered so hard I couldn’t stand it. I guess motherhood brings out stuff in us we didn’t know was there. Thanks for always “keepin’ it real.” You are a blessing.

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    Laurie H. says:

    Sounds like a good day! You are too funny. πŸ™‚

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    Debby says:

    Beth, I attended your “Law of Kindness” simulcast at our local church, and your teaching was EXACTLY what was needed in a time of crisis. Thank you so much for equipping me for yet another difficult situation.

    Your ministry is such a blessing,
    Debby

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    sisterlynn says:

    Hi Beth… I love hearing your stories of being a parent/grandparent. So. Fun. My dad was just like you when cheering for our games (well, except for the cute uniform part.) He was never mean or angry – just ENTHUSIASTICALLY supportive.
    We have a monthly day of solitude here in the convent – it is such a blessing. I am glad you took some time for holy leisure today. much love to you dear friend,
    Sister Lynn

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    Courtney says:

    “mama”…you had me giggling so hard, my hubby asked what I was doing. I had to read him your post, and he thought it was funny too.

    Your “sideline” story reminds me of my mom with her oldest granddaughter (my oldest daughter, Cassidy who is 10). Cassidys’ sport is horseback riding…and she gets embarassed really easily. MY mom doesn’t hold back during shows and when she practices.

    I love reading about your life and your family. It always makes me smile. And I didn’t get a chance to post on Amanda’s Compassion trip, but I love that your daughters share your passion for reaching people for Christ. That is my hope for my girls…and I think I’m on the right track. Cassidy and I were singing praise on the way home from horseback riding tonight! Nothing makes me happier!

    I hope you have a great rest of your week.

    Courtney
    Charleston, SC

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    kristen says:

    today has been a real bad day for me….but God keeps on showing up out of nowhere, trying to pick me up off my feet. This I needed to hear. Tomorrow is a new day!

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    Peggy Tierney says:

    Love to read the blog. I love hearing about your dogs as well. Growing up my family had two dogs and one was named Star, she was a German Shepherd/Golden Retriver mix and was the most fabulous dog. I could never turn down an offer of fetch with the tennis ball, that dog was all too precious to our family.

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    Stacy Featherston says:

    Right there with ya Momma Siesta watching The Duck Commanders….funniest, hunting show ever and it just tickles me that another wife is watching too:)We have to DVR them all.
    Love to you,
    Stacy

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    Dionna says:

    I’m glad you have such a sense of humor about yourself. I’m trying because I know that when my girls leave home there will be plenty of “ribbing” going around!

    I never got my “commissioning” or did I somehow miss it? And now it’s ages old. But I went to Salt Lake in – gosh – ’05 or ’06? and you were in Boise in ’08? I remember looking – but never finding…. πŸ™‚

  34. 34
    Kelly Jo says:

    Loved your post but I have to tell you something hilarious!!!!! This has nothing to do with your post but I had two very random but extremely funny things happen to me at work.
    1. I’m at a patient’s house keep in mind he can’t see to good and he looks at me and says, what kind of shampoo is this? I’ve never seen anything quite like it……. He then hands me a bottle of ELMER’S glue that he had washed his hair in!! Seriously, I about peed my pants. THEN……

    2. I was leaving my 87 yrs old sweet sweet lady’s house and she said, Kelly Jo I need to take these teeth out when your done with me so I can dip my snuff. First of all I didn’t even know she done the snuff thing…. So I’m curious as to why she has to take her teeth out, I thought maybe she didn’t want to get them dirty. So I asked why do you have to take your teeth out? She replied well its hard to get the full effect with plastic gums!! LOL

    Now I’m so glad you enjoyed your day and I would love to see you at a sports events I wouldn’t want you cheering against me thats for sure. I like the story you tell when Melissa’s volleyball team wins a tournament and beats a team who didn’t think they could be beat. I remember you saying there coach was reading a book during the first half of the game and rose to her feet the second half but it was to late. I love sports I have played basketball and softball as long as I can remember and had an opportunity to play either in college but didn’t.

    Last thing the picture of the dog on the pillow about killed me, so funny.
    I LOVE YOU LOTS MY SWEET SIESTA MOMA

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    Kristi B. says:

    Just wanted to say that I was at the simulcast, and I cannot even begin to describe to you how much I took away from that place!! God really spoke through you that day!

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    Bobbie says:

    Aren’t Grandmas supposed to be ‘encouraging’ from the sidelines! πŸ™‚ I think it’s a NO for Moms, but Gmas are okay!! lol

    I do love the faithfulness of your Star, everyone needs a buddy like that. Geli looks like she’s either been on a long hunt or resting up to go with her Daddy.

    Will LPM have a download of the Simulcast? I wasn’t able to attend and I would love to hear His message. Thanks for the many hours/days that you spend writing your studies. I know you love what you do and we can certainly see that!

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    Country Wife says:

    I just had the third “Believing God” Bible study tonight. I love the time to fellowship with other women. It’s still very new to me. Anyways, love hearing from you! Hope all is well!

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    Jean M says:

    Love the dog stories – and that picture of Keith’s dog is so funny!

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    Charla says:

    Such great timing, Beth. Have been doing the 30 days of praying for healing. Listened/watched the Wednesday’s with Beth on the healing heart every day. Found myself in not so great a place this weekend and today. So, looks like I need another 30 days. Also listening to CD of Breaking Free and started the study of Daniel at church last night. So you are with me each day. This entry of yours was perfect timing. So helpful and so heartfelt. Loved hearing about Jackson and his bike and the pictures. Remembering so many years ago when my son, Jamie learned to ride his bike. He would be 28yrs. old now. Have written before that I lost him in a car accident when he was 17. Thank you for the commission at the end of your letter. So greatly needed this, tonight. Thank you. You are so dear to me you sweet thing! Appreciate you more than you’ll ever know!! God bless you, greatly!!

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    Leanne Eldridge says:

    The Duck Commander is a favorite in our house to. My husband is pretty skepitcal of bible teachers becuase he sees so much bologna and legalism out there…but you are winning him over becuase of your post eons ago with your picture with the Duck Commander. I don’t know why that is, but he has trusted that you keep it real. I asked him to watch Life Today last week and it was the taping with you and Keith, and then your story about the man that you brushed his hair. He let himself laugh and admitted that it was a great story. He said that to bad more people with a life in the spotlight would brush someone’s hair. Thanks, Beth for keeping it real.

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      Melanie says:

      Beth,
      Thank you so much for Saturday’s simulcast. Words can’t begin to express how you blessed me. But then , that’s just how God gifted you ! : )

      You spoke to me in so many ways , and I am so thankful.

      I do have to say though , that it was something that Travis said ( ALONG WITH ALL THAT YOU SPOKE ABOUT ! ) , that hit me right in the spot , that I needed to hear. Paraphrasing him , .. he was about to begin a worship song and he said something like this ” I don’t know about you , but I like to be in control of things. ” He admonished us , to, when we pray , to just LET GOD ANSWER our prayer as HE NEEDED to. ” I may have been the only one out of 125,000 people that he hit straight to the heart – but what he said was SO simple , but just what I needed to do , in my season of life. It went along well with what you were talking about. I knew at that moment , it was a word for me. I need to just let God answer prayer as He will , because it is perfect in time and way. I’ve been feeling angry/hurt/ resentment at God , and Travis just spoke at just the right time in just the right way for this lady. I’m doing just that … allowing God to answer prayer in His way , according to His will , in His time. And that’s more than good enough for me.

      I’m so thankful.

      And thankful you have such a heart for God. I couldn’t wait to share with friends a lot of what you’d shared. You made us all laugh a lot , learn a lot , draw closer to God , and you also brought us to tears. We cried over the telling of your dream to the Chapmans. I could still bawl about how God answered that particular prayer – with KINDNESS. His blessed yoke of kindness. I can’t wait to meet him face to face one day. ( More like me with my face in the dirt )

      And your hair. ( giggle ) I told my daughter as your hair was ” happening ” , that you’d be mortified if you knew. lol Then if was so funny when you came back from break to tell us 50,000 of us had twittered ( tweeted ? ) you to let you know about your hair. What love is there , about hair. : )

      And Jamie Lee Curtis… I’d love to hop aboard a plane , and see her , with you seated right behind her ! What fun !

      Thank you ! I don’t know how you do it. I was exhausted that evening !

      Thank you Beth and all of LPM and Travis and all. You couldn’t be more loved and appreciated.

      I’m glad you take the next days slower. : )

      Love you ,

      YSICJ

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    texatheart says:

    How funny! The images of you and Melissa laughing and spitting your coffee all over your concordances just cracked me up. I can’t tell you have much I enjoyed the simulcast. I always enjoy the messaage and I believe you were talking right to me. I felt so sorry for Travis, as I had been sick over Labor Day with the same sort of stuff. He did a great job. One of the most special times for me, is the commissioning. It is always so meaningful! Hope you had a great day off.
    Love,
    Jan

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    Jill Wade says:

    Hi Mrs. Beth,
    First of all, the simulcast was EVERYTHING I hoped for it to be. Just as wonderful and uplifting as last year! You always seem to ‘bring it!’ I am 25 years old and I just got married on June 12th to a precious, precious man, 6 years my senior! πŸ™‚ We are living in the Atlanta area; Wes(from your praise team) has a mother-in-law that goes to my Mom and Dad’s church here in McDonough (25 minutes South of Atl.)…such a small world!
    Anyway, I started doing your Bible studies on my own about five years ago after I heard you at the 2005 Passion Conference in Nashville. I have bought several sets of CD’s and workbooks from Lifeway and have laughed with you, prayed with you, worked with you, and listened to you from the upstairs bedroom of my parents’ home over these years. You have said so many times that ‘some things are contagious…’ And you’re love for God, your passion for His Word is most definitely contagious, Beth. I have prayed on many occasions that God would give me a heart like yours, that He would give me half of the obsession for His Word, and for the most part, He has. But I want MORE. And MORE. And MORE. So, I guess what I am wondering is how do I study His Word?!? I know there is not a formula, per se, but what direction and guidance can you give me as I seek Him?!? ANYTHING! I have tried to get up early and study His Word for years, like really early, but lately I have really struggled, even with that. I have the Old Testament and New Testament Lexical Aids, as well as Strong’s Concordance, but without a Bible degree there is very little I can understand. I have a Music Degree, for Heaven’s sakes!!!! Anyway, I love you Beth, I feel like you have been a mentor to me without my ever knowing you. Thank you for not allowing the enemy to defeat you; for trusting God and for loving Him, we are all blessed because of this!

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    Terry says:

    Thanks for posting the commissioning and thank you so much for your message Saturday. I had been praying for God to work in an impossible situation that really has had worn me out and robbed my joy. Your message was encouraging and convicting and challenging and inspiring. The day meant more to me than words can say and got me up for ministry again!

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    Heather Smith says:

    Beth,
    Thanks for the commissioning. I believe it is coming at a landmark time.
    I have realized lately that many women who are doing the work of Jesus for women in their church and community have been sensing great personal spiritual oppression as their ministries kick off for the year.
    My precious family is spread out as are many of my friends in lots of different places in the country. Many of them serve in the women’s ministries in their local churches. And many have sensed, especially about 2 weeks ago, INTENSE sadness, and feelings of worthlessness, uselessness, discouragement, and depression. Many have questioned their calling to lead, teach, and serve.
    It was getting the better of some of us… until we were COURAGEOUS enough to share the need for prayer and start to really do battle against it.
    I felt this as great a forum as any to say to all my sisters: By the grace of Jesus, the power of Jesus and covered by the victory of Jesus, PRESS ON! We have a high calling to be excellent at each and every role and work God has called us to (Eph. 2:10). We are NOT defeated. We serve the risen God who will strengthen and complete his work in, through and around us.
    May God give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to LOVE. Something BIG is going on, and we are blessed to be a part of it!
    Heather Smith
    Lewiston, Idaho

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    Mary Ann Brown says:

    Beth,
    I so appreciate your ministry, and it tonight, i “got it” it is “Delight yourself in the Lord”, that is what you demonstrate for countless women, and my girls (me too) were just so tickled at your animated joyful presence, as i thought about it- genuine delight in the Lord, and we just get to witness it, and it speaks to me.
    Blessings back atchya sister!!
    minna

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    Joyce Watson says:

    Been very desperate for God lately, and His love, His acceptance and His presence. I have been praying He would use me for His honor and glory and that others would see Christ in my life.
    Thank you for your ministry. Appreciate the Law of Kindness, hope it is alright for me to make a copy to share with our Sunday school class.
    Those dogs_just like my dog “spoiled rotten” and what a mess they are…so lovable.
    Precious children… it makes me want to cry, they are so innocent, so sweet and I love my family so much. Pray for them to follow God always.
    You have a sweet spirit in the Lord. Hope you get the rest you need. Thank you for sharing.
    Sorry, this is first time in awhile that I missed one of your simulcast, but God had me helping some other ladies.
    But, I did start listening to your study on Jeremiah plus doing a bible study, I multi-task today. Bless you.

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    Bridgette Jencks says:

    LOVE the pictures of the dogs! So funny! My mom recently inherited a “stray” Border Collie, and he is the sweetest thing. Hairy, but sweet!
    So sad that I missed the simulcast. So sad! BUT I can hardly stand the wait until the Leadership forum in November!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Deanna says:

    I wish I could tell you every way that God spoke to me during the simulcast but it would be far too long for a blog comment. I had NO IDEA how much I needed to hear that message and have been tested on it countless times already just since Saturday night – it took me far longer than it should have to realize that is what was going on!

    Travis and the praise team – ALWAYS amazing, but even some of the things Travis mentioned about surrender and control were things God had already begun dealing with me about last week.

    I really didn’t know anyone at the church that hosted the simulcast. I just started attending their a few months ago and have needed the time of anonymity. But Friday night during the prayer time in preparation for the simulcast a group of ladies in front of me asked me if I wanted to pray with them. I walked in there as a stranger to them and all of those women were strangers to me, but before it was over I felt like I’d reunited with friends. They saved a seat for me and grabbed me as soon as I walked in the door on Saturday! I hadn’t realized how much I’ve missed that connection or how much I needed to be built up by sisters.

    The most amazing thing about it all though is the realization that God did speak to me and meet me there in some very pointed and personal ways but that He did that same thing with so many others in exactly the way that they needed to find Him there!! To say that it’s so cool just seems like such a lame way to say it …. but it just is SO cool!!!

    Deanna

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    Madelin Butler says:

    I love the dog pictures and beautiful stories. I was so hoping during the Simulcast when you mentioned your road trip that they would display the picture of dogs glancing out the window of the RV. That was one of my favorites.

    We hosted 315 women who thoroughly enjoyed the day. The Shekinah Glory rested over our church that day. So many wonderful blessings and encounters with God.

    Thanks for posting the Commissioning.

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    I’ll be honest. Today hasn’t been the best day, but His grace is sufficient for me…and so I survive:)

    The commissioning statement reminded me of the Believing God benediction, and since I have it written out word for word on my blog, I thought I would put it here too…because I can’t be the only one that needs the reminder of who HE is:)

    Believing God
    Benediction

    He is Eloheim Creator, Omnipotent; Who RULES.

    He is the Sovereign KING OF GLORY,

    and Earth, is HIS footstool.

    He is the ALPHA and OMEGA, beginning and the end.

    He sends forth lightning, that later checks back in with Him.

    He SPEAKS worlds into existence,

    And spins them out in space,

    Gives orders to the morning, and shows dawn its place.

    He prophesizes the future, then orders it fulfilled.

    Bares fruit from a landscape, that man has never tilled.

    He feeds beasts of the field

    from the palm of His hand.

    He watches while they bare their young, then teaches them to stand.

    He gives the seas their boundaries, and hides His creatures deep.

    Teaches eagles how to fly; nest upon a steep.

    He makes the clouds His chariot, and rides them on the wings of the wind.

    He champions the victim, and brings proud men to an end.

    He is Emmanuel, God with us, Come to earth through Christ,

    He is the Kinsman, Redeemer, who paid the slaveman’s price.

    He is the KING OF KINGS, Lord of Lords, and WORTHY is the lamb!

    He holds the keys to life eternal

    Where the dead in Christ now stand.

    He is enthroned between the Cherub rum

    Great is His reward

    The devil His defeated foe,

    The weapon His swift sword

    The story has a moral,

    So I’ll hasten lest you tire

    Whoever you perceived He is,

    You might aim higher!

    -Beth Moore (Believing God)

    (I actually wrote this out from listening to the audio study, so hope I got it all right! )

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