Hey, Everybody!

How is my favorite blog community? I’ve been keeping a close eye on all of you for the last week but I intentionally left our blog wide open to Amanda as she went on mission to Guatemala with Compassion International. I am so proud of her. She went way out – I do mean W-A-YΒ  O-U-T – of her comfort zone to take that kind of mission trip and see those horrible conditionsΒ  with her tender heart. Don’t get me wrong. Amanda’s always been courageous but she has as sensitive a heart and conscience as anyone I’ve ever known. It’s part of what makes her the wonderful person she is. She can’t look intently at something without taking it on. The only thing further outside her comfort zone than going to those projects and that vulture-infested dump was then asking if anybody wanted to help. That’s the thing about taking a trip like that. Your comfort zone is forever changed. I think God means to get each one of us to a place where we’re more comfortable asking for help than we are with closing our eyes, turning our heads, and letting things stay the same.That applies to any dimension of life, really.

We are convinced that God wants us to take time out of our regular routine around here at least once a year to highlight specific world needs and offer opportunities to help. You are never under compulsion. These are just opportunities for those in search of some. A platform of this kind comes with serious responsibility and stewardship and is meant for more than a social outlet for an isolated sanguine. It’s a frightening prospect apart from the grace and mercy of God. About four or five years ago, Travis and I also heard distinctly (and separately) from the Lord about giving to the poor at our Living Proof Live events. There are so many great opportunities for giving that we’ve chosen to spread it out a little bit through the various arms of this ministry. At Living Proof Live, we partner with Samaritan’s Purse. Here on the blog, we partner with Compassion International and, through the Wednesday broadcast, we partner, of course, with Life Outreach and Mission Feeding. Our efforts are pathetic if God doesn’t add the increase through the power of His Spirit but we trust Him to do so. After all, it was His idea. He is the one who said,

Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear; then righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Praise His faithful Name.

We’ll move now from the sacred to the virtually meaningless and then hopefully back to the sacred. Since I talked to you last…

*I’ve had a weekend off. Got to sleep in. Read, read, read, and go on a walk and, afterward, drive over to see my dear sister, Gay, where she serves Jesus. I am so honored to pursue Him with my very own blood kin. She was the dearest thing in the world to me growing up. We shared not only a room but a double bed. That’s what you do in big families with small bank accounts. The word “mine” wasn’t in our vocabulary much in those days and we were the better for it. We shared the same dolls and were dressed in matching home-sown outfits a good bit of the time. We were inseparable till life took its grievous toll. Believe me when I tell you that we both earned the right to self-destruct. We never quit loving each other even through periods of hurt and silence. We just quit doing life together for a while. God is restoring to us the years the locusts have eaten. That’s another story for another time but one of the biggest things going on in my personal life. I love Jesus so much for what He’s doing. (OK, so that one didn’t turn out meaningless at all. Often when I write, I mean to head one direction and end up in another.)

*I’ve had a fancy dinner with my man. Colin and Melissa gave us a gift card for Keith’s birthday to a steakhouse in Houston that we really love and we shared a crab cake, each got a wedge salad with crumbled blue cheese, steaks (mine 6 oz filet, his, a honking – or shall I say mooing – rib eye), cheese grit souffle, green beans, and croissant bread pudding for dessert. It was incredible and so much fun. My man was so handsome sitting on the other side of that candle-lit table.

*Keith shot in two sporting clays’ tournaments over the weekend and won first place. The man can shoot. I love it when nothing perishes.

*Curtis and the kids flew back from his parents Saturday night and I got to see them Sunday at church. I so enjoyed just sitting with my son-in-law in the worship service. It’s rarely ever just the two of us and I am such a fan of his. We are blessed beyond measure to have the two sons-in-law our girls brought us.Β  I got to have Jackson all afternoon until Curtis grabbed him to head to the airport to get his mama. I would love to have had Annabeth, too, but she’s pretty tanked after Sunday school and church and is most blessed by a nice, long afternoon nap. I’m the same way most weeks. I get to spend many Monday mornings with her anyway so that’s my consolation.

*Jackson had his very first soccer practice last night! Yes, Amanda and Curtis have entered the wild world of children’s sports. He was so proud of his shin guards that he slept in them the first night.I love the little dude so much.

*It’s still 100 degrees in Houston.Do NOT send me any pictures of autumn leaves. Melissa tried that yesterday and I called her mean names.

*There is a rat in my garage.

So, what are you guys up to this Fall? I’d love to hear about your plan for victory over the next several months! What Bible studies are you in this semester? Are you engaged in a small group or are you going solo? Do tell!

Sorry I’m all over the place. I think I’ve had too much coffee.


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  1. 601
    Julie Marler says:

    Well, after doing almost all of your amazing bible studies (many live – many video) my new sweet little church’s women’s ministry chose “Living Beyond Yourself” to do this session. I was a little disappointed – you know….since it was so….well…old! But I was determined to truly check into every event I could at our new-found little precious church! So yesterday was our first meeting and video! All I can say is WOW! God showed me very clearly that it is not the AGE of the bible study that is important. He showed me that His Word is the same yesterday, today and forever! That first video ministered to me so much! Thank you Beth for continuing to reach out to us “only saved by HIS grace” sinners that need Him, oh so badly! So looking forward to meeting my ladies, you and God each week for the remainder of the study!
    Living in Houston, I, too, am so very tired of the heat!! It’s sometimes so unbearable. I long for vacations to the mountains where the leaves are changing and the temperature is chilly in the early mornings. That’s usually what me and my man do….head for the hills. Unfortunately, the current economy may not allow that trip this year – so I’ll wait for late Nov-early Dec when Houston has it’s 2 days of fall and enjoy our mostly brown falling leaves!! ha!
    Once we moved into a new 100 yr old farmhouse that we were going to tackle and renovate (turned out gorgeous by the way!). We had just moved in and boxes were still stacked everywhere. My husband woke me in the wee hrs one morning and whispered…”I’m about to shoot a rat in the dining room. Didn’t want to scare you!!” And he did!! Shoot the rat that is!
    Enjoy those grandbabies as I enjoy my eight grands!
    Loving you,

  2. 602
    Alisha says:

    1. Bible Study: It’s been over a year since I have been “invlolved” in anything. My sister-in-law passed away August 2009 and quite frankly it just about did me in. But she left a legacy you see. She was a local High School Art teacher and she had a great impact on her fellow co-workers. They started a bible study because of Kelly’s influence and those women are so sweet they invited me to join them this fall. More than that those women have been “Mom’s” to Kylee, my niece, who has been placed in a position no little girl(now 2 1/2 yrs old) should be – without her Mommy. These teachers truely have been a serious blessing to our family.
    2. My 19 yr old son wants to move out. Hmmmm. Knew the day was coming some year. Not convinced it’s the right time or place to move but I feel like he’s going to have to live in the real world to figure a few of life’s lessons out. We had a two hour talk last night. I think he justed wanted to reassure me that he will still be in my life and I in his and that he remembers everything his Momma taught him. Shew…tears in my eyes over that one. It’s been a road. Not real bad, just a few bumps along the way. He’s turning into a fine young man. Just worried. I know how the enemy works. I need to be in that Bible study so I can get my own mind straight so I can pray like crazy for him. The enemy just gets us so diverted and he has had a field day with me this year.
    3. Youngest son (11 1/2) plays in his first school officiated soccor game this very afternoon. He’s so excited. He loves 6th grade “middle school”.
    Dang they grow up quick πŸ™
    4. Mom and I haven’t seen each other in a month. hurt feelings. But I did speak with her for an hour this week on the phone. progress:)
    5. My man and I are just fine. Hard to believe with all that’s going on.
    6. My employer is merging our insurance agency with another one. Change is a comin.
    7. We have camel crickets in our garage. LOL. They look like a spider and a cricket all in one and they hop like a kangaroo. Yuck. I put out sticky mouse traps. They love the stuff and get stuck to it. And that is a VERY good thing.

    Thanks for asking, Beth.

  3. 603
    bekah boyd says:

    so sorry…i did not realize this would be posted for all to see…ok, Lord~ to you be the Glory.


  4. 604
    Alisha says:

    Ever type a response then read everyone else’s and realize you answered a question that wasn’t asked. LOL HAHA. Sorry I gave you more than you were looking for but I am thankful for your grace and understanding that some of us need the weekend to come quickly. LOL

  5. 605
    Rachel says:

    I am in Church of God School of Ministry (online) trying to get my doctrine certificate (and would love to get my pastoral certificate sometime in the future). I would love to start another Bible study within my church’s youth group.. on the Bible. Just bought a book today called, “Student’s Bible Handbook”. It looks awesome and I’m hoping I can do this. Going to WA state next month (we live in VA) to visit my in-laws (very excited… i know.. im weird.. i acutally like my in-laws). And thats it so far πŸ™‚

  6. 606
    Kristi says:

    I am starting the “Living Beyond Yourself” study on Thursday mornings. We spread it out over 2 weeks and therefore we can keep going even after the Christmas break. Usually takes us till about April. I love your studies, Beth. This is the 6th one for me!

    I am also going to be co-leading a study on “The Search for Significance” by Robert McGee. I have done this study several times in the past. This will be the first time I am co-leading anything!! But I am so excited. I actually burst into tears when I was asked, just overwhelmed that God was opening doors where I wasn’t even looking! (He does that, I’m learning quickly!)

    I also just purchased the “Believing God” study that I’m intending to do on my own, at my own pace. I don’t know, but sometimes I feel like I just can’t get enough!!

    Beth, your love for God’s Word is catching!!! Blessings to you for your obedience and your example to women everywhere!!

  7. 607
    Monique says:

    Hi Beth,
    This is my first time replying to your blog, I’ve been reading them for a few weeks and just now getting up the nerve to add my own thoughts.

    This fall I am coordinating a MOPS group at my church in Elizabethtown, KY. I’m also doing a Bible study by Mary Kassian called Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild and have been making some changes in my life to be like the wise woman of Prov 31. I didn’t realize how “wild” I am and am very grateful for Mary’s study!

    On the home front, my husband and I have three children and the oldest is in involved in a fall baseball league and I truly enjoy watching him play! My youngest just started preschool, it has been so much fun to see him learn and grow and it warms my heart so to hear him recite the Bible verses he is learning at school!

    Anyway, it’s starting to feel like fall here in KY, which is my favorite time of year. I really enjoy reading Amanda, Melissa and your blogs each week and learning about your everyday lives and how God is working through you for the good of His kindgom! Blessings to you!


    • 607.1
      Deanna says:

      I’ve heard the “Girl’s Gone Wise” is a great study. Haven’t done it myself yet, but hope to soon. Welcome to this wonderful community of bloggers. πŸ™‚

  8. 608
    Amy says:

    I love that you said “plan for victory,” Mama Beth, because my plan for this fall is to recover from postpartum depression! That sounds a lot braver than I feel, but I’m going to beat this thing and come to walk each day as a new mother WITH JOY. And I’ll be doing it through spending time with new friends (we recently moved), being part of a multi-generational small group, unabashedly asking for prayer, and claiming His promises with all my might through each waking moment. I’m learning to pray God’s Word. πŸ™‚

  9. 609

    Updates are fun, I enjoyed them:) That is so exciting, the Lord doing new things in your life, and restoring the years the locusts have eaten in regards to you and your sister…that is so amazing. He is working in her, and in you, and you both are blessed by that, He is soo good to you both! And not only that, dinner with your man, and enjoyment of grandkids. Love HIM:) I am attending two Bible study groups, one ongoing, and one with the same group that did “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things.” We are doing Daniel now. I also have some new books to read, a small stack, good times.



  10. 610
    jordan says:

    I just finished the last page of “Believing God” here in my office, and I have to share with you the highlight of my “timeline”. I was one of those people that would pray small safe prayers for fear that what faith I did have would be shattered if God didn’t answer my “big prayers”.

    Well as I read this book, I was emboldened and led to pray directly for healing in a man named David Greene, who had been suffering with terminal brain cancer. For two weeks I prayed my face off, and with reports of him getting worse, I threw my hands up and told God, “see? I went on a limb with you. where are You?”
    As true as I can ever speak, I got word a week ago that David has NO tumor and all the tests have come back negative for cancer!!!!! PRAISE God who does what He says He can do! He can do what He says he can do, because He is who He says He is. Woop Woop!

  11. 611
    Gigi Brosh says:

    Dear Beth,

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing gift through your teachings. Your passion and love for the Lord is inspirational. Your studies have impacted me in a way that I will forever be in gratitude to you. May the Lord continue to give you strength,peace and continued vision in your ministry.


  12. 612
    Sue M says:

    Looking forward to Bible Study Fellowship’s Isaiah study this year along with Beth’s Revelation study in our couples’ small group. So ready, so ready! Plus, I think I’ll get to take two of my precious grandbabies with me to BSF. πŸ™‚

    • 612.1
      Jackie says:

      Back to BSF also (just finished a summer in ladies group, Breaking Free so excited to follow up with Isaiah) and doing Beth’s Revelation at our church ladies group. CA

  13. 613
    Wendi Gale says:

    I am so glad I am not the only person who talks/writes in spiraticness. My husband calls it ADD, I call it “Wendi’s World”, my mom says it is because all creative people have difficulty keeping focus on one thing at a time. She’s the greatest!!

    On to Fall/Autumn…. I live in North East Florida & I don’t think we ever really see a change in topigraphic scenery….unless a hurricane come through & takes it all with it. However, we are only in the high 90’s lately.

    I work in the Youth department & we are currently doing a Bible Study on the book “Radical” by David Platt. Very interesting I must say & our High School/College kids are loving the depth of conversation.

    Praying for peace & understanding.
    Wenid Gale

  14. 614
    Anita Siecker says:

    I love you too, Beth!!! You are a vessel of God’s love to me!!! Your encouragement and word from the Lord are always timely and just what I need while I am continuing to fight fibromyalgia & depression, and have even had thoughts of suicide in the last weeks (don’t worry, I’m under proper Christian psychiatric care, and my husband is aware of all my ‘ideas’). Beth, I say that not for sympathy, but just to let you know just how far down my thought life and “chemical imbalance” has gotten, and how bad I’m allowing the enemy to beat me up. But you take me into the Word like no one else can, and show me things that should be so obvious to this Christian of 28+ years. Thank you for letting God use you to remind, encourage and teach us women!! I SO LONG FOR THE FREEDOM you are always describing and wonder why I do not feel it!!! Though NEVER, EVER have I lost my faith in our ALMIGHTY GLORIOUS SOVEREIGN FATHER!!! There in Him lies the hope that keeps me going!!!

    I will be at Leesburg Community Church in Leesburg, Virginia (50 miles or so outside the nation’s capital) with my Mom to hear your simulcast on Saturday, and I CANNOT WAIT!!!

  15. 615
    Mary Watkins says:

    I find myself leaning toward doing a Henry Blackaby study entitled, A 40 Day Experience Reality, 7 Truths From Experiencing God.

    God never fails to bless my heart by what Henry Blackaby teaches. What a man of God!

    Going solo.

  16. 616

    Siesta Mama Beth, real quick, I wanted to share; for your sister, my favorite VICTORY Prayer cards:

    “Lord, what You are commanding me today is not too difficult for me or beyond my reach.” (Deuteronomy 30:11)
    “Lord God, You are my stronghold in time of trouble. Help me and deliver me; Deliver me from the wicked and save me, because I take refuge in You.” (Psalm 37:39-40)
    “Powerful Lord, help me not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time I will reap a harvest if I do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
    “Father, help me to be confident of this, that He who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
    “Lord God, guard my course and protect my way as I pursue a righteous, victorious life in You.” (Proverbs 2:8)
    “Dear God, no matter what I once was, I have been washed, I have been sanctified, and I have been justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God!” (1 Corithians 6:11)

    Saying these out loud gives me a peace I cannot explain to you. I pray that these would incline her heart to Him like they have inclined mine. Praise Him.

    • 616.1
      LuAnn Fischer says:

      Wow – I love your prayer cards. I copied them off to give the Ladies in my First Place Study. They are a awesome reminder of the one who loves us enough to reach down into the pit and take hold of our hand and help us make the climb out! Thank you for sharing! May you be blessed!

  17. 617
    Sugar Mommy says:

    I started back with BSF this fall and our new study of Isaiah. To say I am pumped up about this would be a serious understatement! I LOVE BSF and can NOT wait to dig my hands into the words God gave Isaiah.

    We’d better never get our husbands together for any sort of shooting/hunting/fishing activities. We’d never see ’em again!

  18. 618
    Pam says:

    Hi Beth,

    The weather has turned cool in the Chicago area. I was in Dallas for most of the summer with my husband. I didn’t know people could live in 105* days for such an extended time. I tried to explain it to my Northern GFs, and all I could say was it was like standing in front of a huge bonfire when you are outside.

    I rained really hard today. I’m signed up for Bible Studies this week. We are doing the new Kay, Pricilla and Beth trio in the fall then we will be doing Patriarchs in the spring. We had to fill out a form about what area we needed spiritual growth in during the year. I put down patience, then the next morning I sat in an hour of traffic that should have taken 20 min. πŸ˜€ I was praying all the way!!!

    I hear you are coming to Chicago this weekend. I can’t be there but I did see you when you were in Dallas at Oak Cliff. I loved your stories about “Hawk”. I’m glad you made it back for Vangie’s wedding. Oh BTW, I did Ruth with you this summer. Can I just say, WOW!! Too cool. I loved the author, the red shoes on the cover. the comments of the LP Blog followers and your mini classes.

    I hope you have fun in Chicago. BTW, we have more than deep dish pizza here. πŸ˜€

  19. 619
    Jen H. says:

    Four of us are starting “To Live is Christ” in my family room each Thursday mornings. Today was day one and I’m so excited! I did it several years back and wanted it to be fresh again. So now I get to spend every Thursday morning with you again, Beth! πŸ™‚ See you next week! πŸ™‚

  20. 620
    Cindy Kelly says:

    To live is Christ, missed this past monday night, but heard your hair was big! Can’t wait to dive into the Word with you and my bible study group! Love you and praying for you and your ministry!

  21. 621

    Gabe and I went on a missions trip to Cambodia in July, and we’ll never be the same. I’m thrilled that Amanda got to experience Guatemala, and her posts touched my heart like crazy.

    Praying for you and your sister right now. I prayed for you two back in January for a bit then it slipped my mind. I’m so thankful God has brought you back together. I love my sisters so much.

    I’m excited to hear more about Isaiah 58 giving opportunities.

  22. 622
    Tanya says:

    I love the way you share about your family, your love for each of them jumps off the page/screen.

    This fall I have found myself way outside my comfort zone, yet with an odd peace. I am sure it is because I know God lead me here.

    At the end of the Ruth study I had an overwhelming burden for our women’s ministry (or lack of) and this was amplified during Revival in which I resolved to speak to our pastor about it the end of the week. But the day before I was going to call him, he called me over during Wednesday meal to discuss a fall bible study, he then asked if I would be interested in facilitating it. I did “Believing God” a couple of years ago and it changed my life and it is the study I feel God has lead me to share with the women of our church. Last Sunday we did week one and had an overwhelming response. I so look forward to seeing what he has in store for each one of us.

  23. 623
    Barb says:

    Hi Beth and all,
    I am still finishing up Ruth – I know I am so slow, but life interruptions and all – I am on the last ‘week’! To continue staying in the Word (thank you for your encouragement Beth!), I signed up for the online study “Living Beyond Yourself”, I purchased the book, “Battlefield of the Mind” (based on your recommendation in one of your books, Beth) and “The 5 Love languages” which – tho they are not Bible studies, I believe they are timely for me to throw into the mix!

    love to you all,

  24. 624
    Kathryn Hull says:

    We are doing the study “Here and Now..There and Then” in our church this fall. In Session Two, Beth reads a story
    that she wrote on how the Disciple John felt about his walk with Jesus. The Ladies could not hear it well because in places Beth spoke so softly. I am wondering if we could get a copy of the story so we could read it again. Our church has offered every study Beth has written and we so appreciate her testimony and the way she teaches.
    Thank you so much for any help you can give me,
    Love, Kathy Hull

  25. 625
    Stephanie says:

    2 weeks into Beloved Disciple and LOVING IT!

    Thanks for all you share and do!

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    If I haven’t mentioned, I am actually doing “Breaking Free”,
    with 30 ladies at church:)…and I didn’t do my first session of HW, because of all the stuff I’m trying to break free from:) LOL…its going to be interesting, but I am ever so excited:)
    We also made paper chains, and placed what we were wanting to break free from inside of it…:)


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    Annette says:

    Yesterday was the first day back for BSF, we just embarked on the brand new Isaiah study. I am so glad to be back in the groove of deep Bible study. I am a full time care giver of my elderly dad and often I feel chained to the house–isolated. I am so glad to be not only in Bible study but with sweet gal-pal fellowship.
    As I am in central Tx I too am greatly anticipating cooler temperatures.
    Next month will be a vacation for my husband and I–Pagosa Springs here we come for a week of just us 2!
    Thank you Beth, I pray for you and your ministry team everyday!

  28. 628
    Ann Jones says:

    I will be at the simulcast on Saturday with my bible study gals. We will be at Lake Ave Church in Pasadena, California. I will be praying for you and for all who attend. blessings!

  29. 629
    Ann Jones says:

    We will start Breaking Free on 9/27. We have approx 40 women that meet twice a year for a study. We collect money weekly for Life Outreach’s Water for Life and send it in after the study is over. We also do shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child . During the summer some of the gals studied Run the Race a 6 week study on Philippians by Bill Hybels. We learned Joy in Community, Strenght in Suffering, Humility in Service, Hope for the Future, Peace through Prayer, Contentment in all things. It was an excellent study. Your sweet assistant sent me the photo the Siestas in Irvine. I’m framing it and bringing it to bible study to show my gals. silly but fun!

  30. 630
    AnnaRuth says:

    I was so excited for “fall” Bible studies to start. (Beth, I live in Texas too – DFW – and it is SO not fall here yet!!! I’ll help you clobber anyone who sends pictures of leaves changing colors!)

    I’m in 3 classes this semester. My friends and family think I’m insane, but I think other Siestas will understand – I’m in a season right now where I need to cram and cram and cram the Word into my mind and heart until it starts seeping out of my pores. I can’t allow my mind to wander right now – it’s not safe. I have to let Him overtake my mind with His word!!

    I’m taking a Precept Upon Precept course (Genesis – Creation), I’m also doing “Faithful, Abundant and True”, and last but not least, the updated “Breaking Free.”

    God is definitely at work!! My constant prayer is for the renewal of my mind, and I believe this is how I am to go about it!

  31. 631
    lavonda says:

    God help me.
    I’ll be in the scriptures doing Sex, Love, and Romance (Sex Education from the Bible) by Hugh F. Pyle and The Truth About Sex by Kay Arthur with my almost 14 year old son.


    He asked to be homeschooled this year because he was so tired of all the cussing and the ‘sex talk’ at his middle school last year. So I jumped in with both feet and we’re homeschooling 7th grade together, he and I. We’re going to do these two ”studies” together (along with Algebra I, Biology, World History, and Language Arts). I’m foregoing my regular fall Bible study time to spend time in the Word with my boy. and I’m so blessed that it was his idea!

    Thank you Jesus for your mercy. A boy whose daddy walked out on him/us when he was 7, is happy, well adjusted, and longing after Jesus in a world that is downright scary to be in.

    This mama has a grateful heart.

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    Jennifer Rothschild’s “Fingerprints of God” study on Mon nights! πŸ™‚ I started it 3 weeks ago with a small group of ladies that I did not know beforehand. It’s a Women’s Bible League group. My mom did join me however, which has been amazing & she is LOVING the study as well! God is speaking!!!

  33. 633

    I’m currently co-teaching a class with a dear friend. We’ve been studying the book of Matthew for about a year now! Page by page, paragraph by paragraph reading it together, talking it out and seeking His wisdom in every word. As Fall approaches I’ll be taking many “Spontaneous Adventures” in the Word as I seek direction for our “Victorious Secret” Women’s Retreat in January. I close my eyes, ask God to “open my eyes to the wonder of His Word” and just dive in and see where He takes me. What a joy!! I’m so honored to be able to lead the Bible Studies at our VS Retreats and I love every minute of the study time. Looking forward to every day in His Word!!

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    Ada - Lovin Him says:

    Had session one of Beloved Disciple this morning – we’re delighted with our group of 78 since we already did it in 2004. Lots changes in 6 years and God’s word is forever applicable to today. It’s so good to remember who we are in Christ – His precious bride, and to be in continual preparation for That Wedding Feast of the Lamb! We’re already planning to make little wedding veils for all our ladies for our end of the study wedding feast and will challenge them all to get up and do the ballet or slide in their socks in abandoned worship to “Be Thou my Vision”!

    Co-leading a small group to drink deeply from the living water in a study of Song Of Solomon with Mike Bickle (IHOP)- also focusing on our privilege and calling as the bride of Christ.

    Had to LOL at the comment about Keith’s shooting prowess and your delight when nothing perishes! My husband loves nothing better than a weapon in his hands – he just left for early antler-less season and will most likely come home with a deer to hang in the garage – Yuck! Our boys and cats are avid hunters too – the cats leave all sorts of half devoured pray at my door step begging for our praise – which my man delights in showering them with – one hunter to another!

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    Amy in Wildwood, MO says:

    Hello! We are studying “Counterfeit Gods” by Tim Keller this fall. It is such an interesting intriguing and convicting topic. I’ve already read ahead a few chapters! Definitely makes you evaluate your life and where your time, attention, and energy is focused…or rather on Who it should be focused on!

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    Kathy says:

    I just love being in God’s WORD!! I am studying with a wonderful small group of women who love being in God’s WORD, too! We are in our last course (#10) of The Kings & Prophets Precept series. Course Ten is called “THE GOOD, THE BAD, & THE UGLY” (2 Kings 21-25/2 Chronicles 33-36/Zephaniah). May we all long to be His, holy and righteous and humble before Him, holding forth His Word and standing firm in it.

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    Sharon says:

    so many comments to this post. I, too, have a rodent in my garage! actually I think there’s a whole flock or tribe or family of some sort because one little critter could not possibly leave behind all the “calling cards” that we have found especially around dog food container! weather here south of Atlanta has been pretty nice and less humid thank the Lord! we are starting the Preceept study on Matthew in 2 weeks. can’t wait.
    thanks for asking

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    Lorraine says:

    I live in Surrey, BC Canada, and we will be starting your updated ‘A Woman’s Heart’ Study on monday night with a group of ladies from our church here. I is my first study of yours and am so excited. If I didn’t have a wedding to be at on Saturday, I would go see the simulcast being held at Parkland Baptist Fellowship here in Surrey. Hope to make the next one if possible.

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    Facilitating Jesus the One and Only with a few friends and 56 women showed up. (We have a morning and evening class.) Just had enough books to give everyone…thank you Lord! Feel so privileged to help them get into the word of God and put their roots deep down into who He is.

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    No such thing as too much coffee. I apparently didn’t have enough today, or maybe I had too much, too. Maybe there is a such thing. Who knows. With me, I’m not sure it matters. I have only so far I can be stretched before I snap and apparently today was the day. You ever here the song “Monster” by Skillet. I am telling you they wrote that song about me. I don’t know whose been reading my journals, but they need to stay out! That’s pretty much me, and no matter how good things are going, I could lose it at any second. Tonight my daughter’s both had some difficult homework and when I was helping one the other was complaining that I wasn’t helping her. And one of the homework assignments I really couldn’t help with very well. I felt stupid enough when I was in fourth grade and apparently I’m still dumber than a 4th grader! Then, we were really running out of time and needed to get them in the bath. When Chloe got in, I told her that she had to just wash herself up and get out, because Angela needed to take a shower and it was bedtime. Chloe at this point decided to throw a huge fit and I joined her! I blew up all over both my girls! It wasn’t pretty! I also called my husband and yelled at him for never being home to help with homework! (Fall is impossible, because he literally has meetings every night and often even on the weekends!) I called my friend, Jeni, complaining about the school and their stupid homework assignments. My goodness, everybody got a dose from me! I’ve pretty much decided when it comes to me, I just don’t get any better, no matter how hard I try!

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    We’re apparently going to be reading a book called “When People Are Big And God Is Small.” Can’t remember the name of the author. We haven’t started yet, because our fearless leader thought she ought to go to Israel for a couple of weeks. It’s killing me! I don’t remember the last time I was not doing a bible study for this long and it is a most painful death I am dying!

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    I had a major blow out today and I’m really sick of these! I’ve just about decided that no matter how hard I try, this is just about as good as it gets! My lifes purpose is to be a complete and totally failure! I seem to be quite good at it!

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    Amanda M. says:

    Your Amanda is amazing. I mean, not just because she is rocking the name of champions, but also because her posts from her trip were so moving. And hearing how far out of her comfort zone that trip was (I have those same personality traits – maybe it’s the name?) makes me admire her even more.
    Now, someone showed me a pic of changing leaves the other day. I am not sure we’re still friends. This is my first year in Houston (we just moved from WI) and I am just mourning the loss of the beautiful Autumn foliage. HOWEVER: I will not be missing any type of snow and ice, so when I think of it that way, I am over it. πŸ™‚

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    Connie says:


    I just love your sense of humor and how down to earth you are. Thanks for sharing your life with us here.

    I am starting the updated Breaking Free at my church this fall. I did it probably 5 years ago with a friend of mine one summer, but boy has my life turned upside down, a few times, since then. I am sure God has a fresh lesson for me and I can’t wait to hear it.

    Many from our group are going to the simulcast on Saturday, I can not, and am jealous. I am helping out with my companies picnic at the zoo and will be sure and tell the bears and monkeys what I’m giving up to spend the day with them. I’m sure I will hear all about the simulcast on Tuesday when we meet for Bible Study. I can’t wait to hear.

    Thanks for working for the Lord!

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    Judy says:

    Two of my coworkers that live in OK (I live in Houston) did the Ruth study this summer — and met via conference call once a week. We loved the study so much that we decided to do Kelly’s other study “No Other Gods”. We started it yesterday and it is wonderful.
    We love taking time from our busy work schedules to spend an hour and a half in the Word — and sharing with each other. So many times it is a real challenge to break away from the work — but it is always more than worth it! God has blessed me so much to have such dear sisters in Christ to work with. We usually get together in person every month or so (for business meetings) and we schedule some “spritual” time then as well.
    Thanks for introducing us to Kelly Minter — her studies are awesome!

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    Sharon Gowen says:

    Hi, Beth,
    I am doing two studies right now…the new Revelation study with one of my friends, and starting Breaking Free with another friend of mine who just successfully finished a battle with cancer..GOD IS AWESOME…I did the Breaking Free study several years ago, but, obvious to me, I did not take it to heart…pray I will be able to do so this time…

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    GARedeemedSheepGirl says:

    I just started Faithful, Abundant, True at my church on Sunday evenings. There were so many who signed up they had to divide the group. The homework for Week one was from Hebrews and I have been encouraged in my faith to not shrink back! I’m also involved in Beth’s John study; we only meet once a month and it has been a little hard to get in the flow of it with it being spaced out so far. But it has been good! Being in God’s Word is always good! I love it and praise Him for His Word that is true, perfect, just!

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    LuAnn Fischer says:

    Well – I’d like to say I’ll be doing a Beth Moore study this fall but alas, I’ll just have to keep listening to your weekly online bible study for my Siesta Mama Beth fix. I’ll be doing a First Place for Health study, The Power of Hope. Many of the ladies in my group (my self included) have been battling with weight and poor health choices for so long it seems we will never be free, but I know that is a LIE straight from the pit. I also teach a secondary girls youth group @ my home church and we’ll be doing a book study of the book Do Hard Things. by Alex & Brett Harris. The thing is I always pick what I think the Lord wants for the young girls in my group, but he ALWAYS teaches me as much or more as I try to pass on to them.
    I am truly blessed by this blog community. I love how brave and transparent these ladies are with each other. I’m so proud of us all for laying down the “church face” and being real with each other.
    Be blessed ‘yall

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    elaine says:

    BSF – Isaiah. Started this week. Very excited about the journey ahead.

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    Traveling Fig says:

    Rat in your garage – ewwwww. So blessed to reconvene with my women’s bible study at church on Tuesday nights. We are studying No Other Gods by Kelly Minter. The ladies loved Ruth so much, but hadn’t participated in the 2008 summer study, so i suggested we take on NOGS. I’m excited to be diving back into this material that has so much so offer.

    p.s. it’s fall in New England and I’m so so so glad for 65 degrees instead of your 100’s.

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