Packing Up for Lowell, MA

Hey, Siestas!

This week I never even put up my big fat red clumsy suitcase. (It’s got to be big enough to carry my fan. I never, ever leave home without my fan.)  I just pulled out the jeans from last weekend’s Wyoming trip and started putting in speaking clothes for this weekend’s Boston trip. Good thing I like to travel. Travis, the LPL team, Michelle and I are looking so forward to being in New England this weekend. Can you imagine a more perfect time than early Fall? I wish I could stay a while!

I love Boston. I had one of my very first grown up feelings there many years ago. The whole nation was in a financial slump at the time but that part of the country was in deeper despair than we were. Houston was still afloat in a puddle of oil. Keith got the idea to fly to Boston and interview men with experience in home services (plumbing, AC, etc) who might be out of a job and willing to relocate. Turned out to be a wise move. He asked me if I wanted to go with him and in those days I never left home unless it was for a well-scheduled-in-advance speaking engagement. They were mostly in Texas in those days and within driving distance for my Chevy station wagon.(By myself in a car with no cell phone. It amazes me now.)

By strict routine, I was gone two Friday nights a month and no more. This was the hook Keith used to reel me in like a fish: “We’ll stay in a hotel and everything.” It was a date. I got my Mom to help me with the girls (in elementary school at the time). Keith and I hopped on that plane and flew to the Northeast like real grown ups, which we were but didn’t know it. He conducted interviews for two days while I took the city on foot and must have walked ten solid miles visiting one historical sight after another.  I do love some American history.

I got my own map, chose my own sights, bought my own tickets to three tours and made friends with perfect strangers. I relived every scene at every spot in my wild imagination. I don’t know why that first trip to Boston stands out in my mind so strongly. I guess because I went straight from my mama’s house…to the dorm room …down the church aisle… to the hospital where I had one baby…and then another. Independence was not even a word in my vocabulary.  That day in Boston, I realized – for just the merest moment – that I was an individual. Not just somebody’s daughter, sister, wife or mother, as much as I cherished those relationships and would not have traded them for the world. For two whole days I just did what I wanted to. I didn’t have to please another soul. Not a great way to live but, oh, sister. It can be a great way to spend a day. It was beautiful those two days in Boston, Massachusetts and icy cold and I warmed my hands on a continuous drip of good dark coffee. And I did one of my very favorite things. I learned stuff.

And then I got homesick and went back home. Back to being somebody’s daughter, sister, wife and mother. And I was glad but I never forgot those two days in Boston when I pulled my big hair back in a pony tail, threw caution to the wind, and got rocked in the Cradle of Liberty.

I don’t know. It was just fun.

Lord have mercy. Where did that come from??

Here’s what I got on here to ask: Are any of you heading that direction for our Living Proof Live this coming Friday and Saturday? Or do any of you wish you could but don’t have the money for the ticket?? Well, that’s exactly what the Siesta Scholarship Fund is all about.

Call Living Proof Ministries at 1-888-700-1999 during work hours on Thursday or Friday and talk to either Kimberly or Susan. They’ll fix up the first 15 or so of you who call.

I love you guys.

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  1. 101
    CAROLLIVINFORGOD says:

    Have great time in BOSTON will bepraying fcor you and the team and for the ladies attending.
    Can’t wait to hear about it.
    Love you all
    Carol

  2. 102
    Claudia Villatoro says:

    Hi Beth! God bless you for having had the idea for the Siesta Scholarship Fund! I cant imagine what that means to so many of us…I will be praying for you this weekend, and yes I will join forces with the other siesta who prays for you so that you have a good hair day! I was in Rosemont, Chicago when your hair came undone, but dont you worry, we will speak in the name of Jesus to that hair of yours so that it will stay put!!! Thank you for your love, and for your wisdom. May God bless your daughters, your grandchildren, your son-in-laws your husband, your parents, your ministry and YOU!!! (And may God bless Star also, we had a border collie but he passed 4 months ago, his name was Shadow, he was with us for 13 years, we miss him so! Please give Star a big tight hug from me).

  3. 103
    sandy says:

    Please elaborate on the “fan”

  4. 104
    Diana says:

    Mama Beth,

    Been waiting since you published that you are coming to New England. Going with a wonderful group of women. Can’t wait to get a Word or many Words from God. Thank you for all you do as God’s servant. See you in Lowell

    Diana
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  5. 105
    moosemama says:

    Oh to be near Lowell MA this weekend…for so many reasons. Praying for you and the team as you minister the lovely east coast ladies.

    I’m glad you posted something today. I wanted you to know (and I apologize for doing it here on the blog, but since I don’t have your personal email or cell phone number…this seemed to be the quickest way to tell you)
    that I am here in SLC with my sister Kathy. The pain from her cancer is excruciating. This morning I read “Praying God’s Word” to her for about an hour. She is ready to be with Jesus, but fears leaving us, her family. I told her she cannot manage that journey…that is for us. Her pain has diminished some….but she struggles so.

    Thank-you Beth…(you know why).

    Melana 🙂

    • 105.1
      Michele says:

      Praying for Kathy and your family, Melana

    • 105.2

      Praying for your sister.

      In His Love,

      michelle in VT

    • 105.3
      Lori, Love2Praise says:

      So sorry to hear about your Sister Melana. I am one of the New England Siesta’s that will be attending. I will ask our group to pray for you and your sister. Three of us met you and Miesta Moose in Texas in January. Praying that your Sister meets Jesus soon, praying that you feel His presence as your tend to your sister and her journey into eternity. Our hearts and love go out to you. Your Siesta, Lori

    • 105.4
      Yanna says:

      Also praying for Kathy and your family Melana

    • 105.5
      Bobbie says:

      Praying for Kathy, you & your family!

    • 105.6
      Kim Safina says:

      Dear Sweet MooseMama Melana,

      Your precious sister,Kathy is covered with daily prayers!!

      I am praying for you too sweet friend!

      With Daily Prayers and Blessings,
      Kim Safina 🙂
      let’s talk soon!

    • 105.7
      Susan says:

      Melana,
      I got on here tonight just to read a few entries before turning in and I happened to notice your comment. I wanted to to know I prayed for you and your family just now that God would surround you all with His peace, His comfort and His strength. Such a difficult time. I pray He is your strength.
      Love,
      Susan in OKC

    • 105.8
      Lisa Palmer says:

      Praying for all of you, Melana. I just lost one of my Sunday School ladies last weekend to cancer. It over took her so quickly. I had the priviledge of reading verses from the Book of Psalm over her in her last hours. How precious that honor was. Other’s have commented on the readings. You are touching many more by reading the scripture outloud than you will probably ever be aware of in your lifetime on earth.

      Be strong. Be courageous. Jesus is with all of you.

      Lisa
      Missouri

    • 105.9
      moosemama says:

      Thank-you all so much for your kind words and more importantly, your prayers. God gave Kathy a good day yesterday and we were able to venture outside for a while. It was wonderful! Today is starting out much the same. God is so good to us. He is gifting her with a couple of days where the pain is manageable. We talked about the manna he gave the children of Israel. Enough for the day. Enough for the day. he is faithful to His promises!

      Melana 🙂

    • 105.10
      Bethany says:

      Melana…I just prayed for you and your sister and family. Just wanted you to know.

    • 105.11

      Love you Melana and praying for you!

  6. 106
    Michele says:

    I can see what you mean by the big hair – right now I’m watching Session 2 of “A Woman’s Heart” from 1995. 🙂

  7. 107
    Lori says:

    I’m nowhere near Boston, but praying for an awesome weekend for you and all the Siestas! Beth, I had to share with you that I was feeling particulary chickenish and overwhelmed this morning and was praying for some extra courage. I put my iPod on shuffle and went for a run. Out of 500 tracks on that iPod, the three that came up were a chapter from Get Out of That Pit, Session 4 Part 1 from Esther, and Session 4 Part 4 from Esther. God must have known just what I needed to hear today! Thank you for bringing me closer to the Holy Spirit today!

  8. 108
    Lindsay says:

    Hello,

    Having just found this blog, making my 2nd comment, I wanted to let you Beth, Amanda and Melissa that I LOVE this blog. I have started at the very beginning of the blog and have obsessively been reading it (uh oh). I feel like I am being mentored right here online. I love hearing about your journeys with God and being able to relate to so many things on so many levels. I am smack in the middle of Amanda in age, so I feel like we are sisters or at least good friends! Thank you for starting this blog Amanda!

    • 108.1
      Amber Moon says:

      Hey Lindsay,

      I’m right there with you girl…I just found this and I’m hooked too! I’ve even made myself a checklist as I read all of the archives to make sure I don’t miss anything! This is such a wonderful ministry and I’m so glad we all have this as a tool in our walk with God!

      God Bless!
      Amber Moon

  9. 109
    Annika says:

    Sure wish I could come. Up to my neck in motherhood right now. Never been to an LPM event, but it’s on my life to-do list. 🙂 I love history, too, and I LOVE traveling around the east going through historical sites and tours. What a special memory for you!

  10. 110
    Karen says:

    Have fun in Lowell. I love the northeast in the fall. Maine is my all time favorite…especially Moose Head Lake area…it is awesome…and people doubt there is a God…obviously they have never been there in the fall. I will be praying for you.

  11. 111
    Courtney says:

    SO glad to know that you carry a fan when you travel! I thought I was the only one! People always think I’m crazy but it is a MUST! So glad to hear that I am not alone!
    (I know that was pretty much “un-related” to your wonderful post, and it was a great post)! I just had to share….

  12. 112
    Lori, Love2Praise says:

    Beth, We are so excited to see you! We have a group of women coming from Ocean State Baptist Church in Rhode Island. We always make your LPM event our girls getaway weekend. What is better than girl time, shopping, chatting, worshipping and bible study! It sounds like a visit to Heaven to me! We will be praying for you and the Word that the Lord has annointed you with!

    Welcome to New England! See you on Friday!

    In His Love, Lori

  13. 113
    AmyLynn says:

    Hey Beth,
    oh I LOVE history and geography! I’m praying’ for you!:) What’s your favorite season?
    Your little siesta:)

  14. 114
    CJ says:

    OK Beth, I have been wondering this for a long time, but for some reason this blog post has made me sit down and ask! Does someone clean your house for you? I have noticed you are never home and when you are home, you are busy doing this or that. Please tell me you hire someone to clean your house!!

    You pack a fan! Oh my goodness, I feel like a total failure now….I can’t even pack a laptop, cell phone and camera successfully (with clothes and toiletries, of course) for a plane ride. What are your tidbits for traveling? Hey, could this be a possible post, so we all learn something!
    CJ

    • 114.1
      AmyLynn says:

      Well Sista, I’m not Beth
      but I too have noticed, it must come with the hair loving, constant talking, pink wearing female genetics:)

  15. 115
    Rachel says:

    I loved reading about your trip to Boston…it sounds heavenly. I am right there in the middle of being a wife/sister/daughter/mommy. Being a stay-at-home mom with an infant and a toddler often times makes me feel like I have three (my husband being the third) people who depend on me to make their entire world work. I love it and I know one day I will long for it, but sometimes I could definitely use some indepent time! 🙂 Hope you have a great event up there. I’m looking forward to your trip to Spokane next month!!!

  16. 116
    Sheila says:

    Dear Beth and Siestas,

    This little, unemployed gal just found out today that I’ll be attending the LPM event in Lowell (my hometown) this weekend!! Thank you in advance for your generosity in giving to the fund and to Beth for offering it. I’m sure it will be a much needed lift to my currently, activity-challenged life. 😉

    His and yours,
    Sheila

    • 116.1
      Ruth says:

      YAY!! Sheila!1
      I am so thrilled that you get to go see Beth. Praise the Lord. May you be BLESSED and a blessing, Siesta!

  17. 117
    Jenn says:

    Can’t wait!

  18. 118
    Yanna says:

    I said a prayer for the LPL team this morning and added Lord keep the rain at a minimum, then came home from work this afternoon and the weather channel said the storm was staying west of Boston. Thank You Lord. Have a wonderful Simulcast I am counting the days until you’re back in Texas for the Fall Forward lesson. I know the ladies on the East coast will be blessed by you and the praise team.

  19. 119
    Mary Watkins says:

    Dear Beth,
    I will be praying for you, the praise team and for all those lovely Siestas who will be with you in Lowell.
    May the LORD show Himself mighty in that place.

  20. 120

    Oh, Beth. You are so funny. I’ve never even been to the east coast, but know that I would love to visit (not live) there. It’s so good to know that you can still just have fun while being a very super serious student and teacher of God’s Word. It’s kind of nice to know there’s more than one of me in the world……And yet, kind of scary at the same time. I’m also a woman called to teach who loves to study God’s Word (all day, thank you) and a sanguine, so pretty much when asked what they like best about me, it’s that I’m fun. Hey, I might be a complete idiot, but at least I’m having fun!!!

  21. 121
    Trisha says:

    Just found TWO of your books that I haven’t read–at Ross Dress for Less! I love a great deal, and I love your books, so I am delighted! Just thought you’d like to know:)

  22. 122
    pat w says:

    i remember when i first went to college in fall 1988 and went to the live theatre every thursday night and the cinema matinee every tuesday, i was a country girl in a city and 18 years old, and there was just something about just doing that which made something in me come alive and animated that i didnt know was there. i’d walk to old bookstores and just take my time without anyone to make me feel that it a waste of time to even want to do such a thing. quiet memories of walking in the rain and going to the theatre like that, come to me sometimes when i most need a little soul comfort… much storms have come since, dont know that walking in the rain on a city street something i’d be as willing to do now as i was then, i guess then i didnt know that i didnt know… but that’s okay too i guess. what a wonderful gift you’re offering with the scholarship fund to boston this weekend… dont know what the weekend may hold for me nor in which direction i’m headed just yet… right now i’m sitting at a terminal in a library in a quaint little community in the mountains of west virginia, and that’s an okay place for me to be this evening… good night beth.

  23. 123
    Susan B. says:

    Hi Beth!
    I am thrilled to be able to say that I am coming to see you in MA this weekend!
    My husband’s job was cut 19 months ago and it has been a rough road. When your 2010 schedule came out and I saw that you were coming to New England (I live in NH) I was really hoping that I could attend by the time October rolled around. Our church booked hotel rooms in advance and I prayed that I would be among those who would be going.
    Last Friday, the last call went out via email, but with a heavy heart, I faced the fact that it just wasn’t possible for me to go. HOWEVER…that very evening, I logged onto my email and a dear woman at our church was writing to let me know that she felt led to offer to pay my way to the event!!!! Tears of gratitude to her and my wonderful Jesus just streamed down my face.
    The Lord has greatly used your ministry in my life and I am so looking forward to you and your wonderful team being in our wonderful part of the country this weekend! :)May God richly bless you and all who attend!
    Blessings,
    Susan

  24. 124
    Diana says:

    Does anyone know if tickets can be purchased at the door?

  25. 125
    Lynn says:

    Cannot wait to see you and Travis tomorrow night. Am praying that the Lord meets with us all and refreshes us. Thank you so much for coming to New England- you should plan on coming up for longer the next time!

  26. 126
    April Nicole says:

    Can’t wait! It will be an awesome weekend.

  27. 127
    Helen says:

    Hi,
    I’ll be there with bells on! I can’t wait to see you! I’ve heard you speak three times before, one of which was in central Massachusetts, at which time you talked about being enthralled by our lovely fall colors. That was probably around 1999 or so.
    Take care,
    Helen

  28. 128
    Leanne Eldridge says:

    How I love MA! My parents took me for my fall break my senior year in high school. That is the only time I have ever been. It was at the end of Ocotber so it was beautiful, crisp, and so comfy! I have never even dared to eat clam chowder since…I don’t think it would be the same in TN.

    BTW…you had black hair??

  29. 129
    Heather C says:

    So thrilled to be joining you and the team in Lowell! We have been waiting for this for YEARS! We did come to see you during the New England weekend night thingy a year or so back in Boston, but are thrilled to have you come and do a full on LPL event!

    Just over a year ago, I attended a simulcast. It really was a last minute thing, and I took one friend with me, instead of the group of women that I would normally have organized to go. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that’s exactly how the Lord planned for it to be. The day before the simulcast, my entire world fell apart. Sin had ripped a big ugly hole in the fabric of my family and life as I knew it changed forever. I was a broken blubbering mess… unable to think clearly, unable to even express what was inside me, but knowing that somehow, in spite of what was happening at home, God had designed for me to be attending this event. I went, although leaving home that weekend was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.

    You will never know how deeply I was ministered to that weekend. Your message from Psalms spoke to the depths of my heart and I drank in the words of life from the Scripture that I know the Lord intended for me alone (if the rest of those women were blessed, I’m sure it was a coincidence *s*) As Travis rose up and led us in “Victory in Jesus”, the tears streamed down my face. One day, my husband would achieve victory over the sin addiction that had taken over his life. One day we would be on the other side of this struggle and Christ would be glorified in our lives… it gave me hope. And then we sang “Blessed Assurance.” As I mouthed the words (crying too hard to sing) “this is my story, this is my song…” it occurred to me that one day we would have an amazing story to tell. One day, we would be able to comfort others with the comfort we would receive from the Lord in the days, weeks and MONTHS to come. At that point in time, shame kept me from sharing with anyone. FEAR kept me from sharing. I thought about writing to you then, but I was fearful of the repercussions should someone find out about the place we had found ourselves.

    Now, just over a year later, all has been laid bare. There is nothing hidden or secret… and we have paid dearly. It has been the most challenging and difficult year of my life (and that includes the year in which my daughter suffered 3rd degree burns over 90% of her body). In addition to experiencing healing from the Lord to put the pieces of our marriage back together and heal our family, we have been the subject of gossip in every avenue of our community. Our church was all but destroyed because of this situation, and my family, while not officially asked to leave, has been shunned by the majority of the congregation and made unwelcome there. Brothers and sisters that I thought were true friends have turned their backs and walked away from me without a word, even going so far as to “defriend” me on facebook. Who would have known that such a juvenile thing could hurt so much?

    All that being said, I have been amazed at the ways the Lord has ministered to me and to my family during this time. Support and encouragement came from places in which I never would have expected – pleasant and perfect gifts from above. The Lord has completely transformed my husband and my marriage. Because of what happened, he found Christ… really and truly found Christ… and as incredibly painful as this year has been, I would go through it all again if that were the only blessing to come from it… but it’s not. My husband is receiving help that he has needed for a very long time. Our relationship has a transparancy that it never did before. We now read the Word and pray together EVERY MORNING and he is stepping up as the spiritual leader of our home for the first time in our ten year marriage — and I’m loving it! But most precious to me is this: I have experienced a deeper level of intimacy with my Savior than ever before… to know that He is there, that He allowed this pain to come into my life, and to teach me how to see it as an opportunity to glorify Him… it’s all for Him.

    So here I am, a year later. In many ways I’m still a wounded warrior, yet I’m not the fragile mess that I was back then. Oh, I’m still a mess… and I will be until He returns for me and presents me pure and spotless… but I’m not so fragile. As I learn each day to take my identity from who I am in Him, I exchange my weakness for His strength. As my life becomes more about making much of Him and caring less what others think of me, I am freed to live the journey that He intended for me. Regardless of others’ expectations of me, I want to seek His face alone and be in the center of HIS will for me.

    I don’t know what He has in store for this weekend, but I know that I will be drinking in every moment with thanksgiving that He has brought me through this past year, and trusting Him for the next.

    God bless you, Beth… see you tomorrow night!

    • 129.1
      Yanna says:

      Heather C what a beautiful testimony. I am so touched and felt your pain and glory in Him. I am thankful God is healing your marriage, and walking with you and your husband. God bless you as you share with others, your story certainly touched my heart. My heart loves yours.

      • Heather C says:

        Yanna, thank you so much. The Lord has truly blessed us, and we’ve been able to find treasures in the past year, alongside the difficulty. My husband was also diagnosed with cancer this past year. Drs discovered a tumor taking up 3/4 of his spinal column. He could have been paralyzed… or lost his life… but God is good and after many months of aggressive chemotherapy, he is cancer free for now (thank You, Lord!) Needless to say, it has been one heck of a year… and I don’t know what the next holds… but I will be actively looking for the blessings in the buffetings. Thanks again for your encouragement, and for your prayers. God bless you!

  30. 130
    Patty Wagner says:

    I am so thankful that you offer a scholarship fund!! We held a simulcast at our church on September 18th. The most amazing thing we EVER did, and offered the same thing. We were so blessed by everything that happened that weekend!! Including the fact that your office was so gracious enough to give us a refund because we just didn’t have the attendance we thought we would!! The Lord blesses!!! And we are SO thankful

  31. 131
    Shirlea says:

    Listened to the CD in my car today where you shared about Jackson when he was three and traveling in the car and saying “I found it”, I found it”. How that spoke to me today and as I listened, Beth, my heart was heavy for you all of a sudden. I know this won’t be published but that’s okay. I don’t know how to reach you any other way. My prayer for you today was, “please dear God, don’t let Beth get overbooked, overtired, overconferenced, over committed, and tired beyond tired. When do you really see Keith? I mean, really see him? You have been my inspiration for many many years and you have taught me how to study the Bible in a new and different way. Now, I’m worried about you. Why? I am praying fervently for you my dear Beth and pray that God will keep you in His care. I know you are reaching young women by the thousands but please do not lose You in the process. My devoted husband and I have been married for 47 rocking and rolling years and it’s sweeter than ever. I want that for you and Keith. You’re gone a lot. I know you know what you’re doing but I don’t want you to risk what’s most important. That’s you and Keith. I will be praying for you this weekend and asking for extra strength to be given to you, my dear precious girl. You are awesome and I love you beyond measure!

  32. 132
    Kim Safina says:

    Precious Beth,

    MAY THE LORDS TAPESTRY BE WEAVED ALL OVER THE EAST COAST!
    Let the beauty begin!!!!

    “DO IT LORD!” 🙂

    With Harvest & “Heaven Bound” blessings,
    Kim Safina
    http://www.kimsafinathejourneycontinues.blogspot.com

  33. 133
    kathypinkbicyclearkansas says:

    i had really wanted to make boston when the schedile vame out but many factors would not permit this. i did however get to go to boston for three days last month and loved it!

    had shoulder surgery yesterday and feel amazing today! I have been in pure agony for a year and living on pain pills round the clock without relief. more intensive surgery than thought but oh how i reccomend surgery to anyone considering. i am having the left side done in 4=6 weeks.

    praying for boston

  34. 134
    Suzanne in RI says:

    Yes, I’ll be heading up to Lowell with my sister, right after school on Friday.

  35. 135
    Meg Ebba says:

    Welcome back! We sure do need your Bible teaching up here. Wicked bad. Wish I could be there but I don’t want to go back and forth to Lowell with a nursing baby. (and my man doesn’t want me to stay alone in a hotel in Lowell, can’t say as I blame him.) But yes, the leaves are pretty up here and I bet the Lord will show up! He likes New England even if Vermont and New Hampshire are first and second in the “least religious states in America” contest. Thanks for coming even on the heels of your nice Wyoming trip.

  36. 136
    Danielle says:

    YES! It’s been a tradition for the past several years that my friend Sharon & I travel from Albany NY to your fall conference here in the Northeast – we wouldn’t MISS IT! Thanks for keeping the Northeast on your heart Beth – it’s your passion for God that keeps us coming!

    P.S. We just hosted our first simulcast at Open Arms Church, Schenectady, NY and it was a great success – we hope to do it again & again! 🙂

  37. 137
    Ruthie says:

    CANNOT STAND how thrilled I am (and I am sure thousands of others!) to see you tomorrow and Saturday, Lord willing, in MA. I was sad that you had to go to Lowell, but then realized how much more accessible it is than Boston for women from all over New England. So, you will see some lovely old mill buildings…and maybe some stunning trees.
    Godspeed and THANK YOU and your team for coming. It is a profound ministry to us up here!!
    BLESS YOU, “Miss” Beth!!

  38. 138
    Rebekah Lewis says:

    Hi Beth and Team,
    LOVED reading your reflections about Boston! I too, LOVE the city of Boston, more than any other big city I’ve visited!
    I am with 50 other women from New Brunswick, CANADA (really only a 6 plus hour drive), who have come on a bus trip together to hear you speak this weekend (though the bus had some delays early this morning)! SO excited and anticipate what the Lord has for you to share with us! The ladies in our room; we just spent a few minutes in prayer for what tomorrow will bring; as the weather isn’t looking too great; praying that people’s travel plans won’t be hindered and for you and your team as you come to speak! We had planned to go in to Boston for the morning, but currently that’s weather dependent. We know God controls the weather and just want to trust Him to unfold the day/weekend, as He wills.
    Anticipating our time together with you! 🙂
    -Rebekah Lewis

    • 138.1
      Suzanne in RI says:

      You all looked wonderful in your pink tiaras! The rest of us got a big kick out of it. Hope you had a safe trip back.

  39. 139
    Linda B says:

    Dearest Beth – Susan B and I are soooo excited! I’m all packed and ready to go! I pray the Lord uses you mightily this weekend. God uses you to refresh, revive and inspire woman to walk closer to Him. I praise God that He has provided in the person of you!

    The leaves are fallin’ here but the colors have been painted by His very hand. I hope you have a chance to bask in his handiwork.

    May the Lord bless you and everyone who makes this event possible.
    Linda

  40. 140
    Laurel says:

    Beth, on a totally separate note, I must tell you what a blessing the Lord made you today! We’re doing your Esther study in our small group and just watched session 2 yesterday. When I sat down this morning to do day 1, I had no idea how tailored it would be for the exact situation I was in. Yesterday was the worst impulsive day I have had in ages. I give in to impulses everyday (usually with food I do not need), but yesterday was a particularly rough one with so much yelling at my kids that my 5 1/2 year old actually prayed at dinner, “…and God, please let us have better behavior tomorrow so Mommy doesn’t have to be so screechy.” Oh the guilt!! Yes there were other circumstances all swirling about that led to my defenses being down, but my odds would have been better had I gone in with my mind ‘set’. Thank you so much for being God’s willing vessel.
    Laurel Linden

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    Hattie says:

    Your fan comment made me smile! (A smile that I needed, b/c I had just cleaned up poopy pants & a full bowl of cereal w/milk had spilled on the floor. ugh!) We take our fan everywhere, my mom & grandmother know to have one waiting for us! Cannot sleep in the too quiet. Love ya Beth! Have a blessed weekend.

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    Lisa Palmer says:

    My sweet man and I spent an entire glorious week in the New England states last October. I’m 50 and it was the first time either of us had been there. Oh my! God’s redention of heaven here on earth!

    Praying over you and the folks who will be touched by your faithfulness, Siesta Beth!

    Lisa
    Missouri

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    amybhill says:

    i don’t know if anyone could be missing home more than me these days. i’m a girl who lived home and commuted to college and then even commuted to grad school. i got married at 25 and lived no more than 30 minutes from the place i grew up. i never realized it before, but i have never left my part of the country for more than 10 days. not for college, not for anything. and i’ve been in denmark for two months now (here with my husband and daughter for my husband’s job). this trip has helped me to appreciate a new place, but (even more so) to appreciate the things i take for granted at home (like family, friends, my church, and my country). it has also given me so much respect for missionaries. i am in europe for goodness sake. and although i know there are missionaries in europe, i can’t help thinking of those who move their lives and children to a 3rd world country – what a testimony. God is good for using experiences to change us – even if they cause a lump in your throat and make your eyes well up sometimes… missing home very much, amy

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    Victoria says:

    In Mayfield, KY this saturday there is a student ministries event called Rooted taking place, and we are so excited to have Curtis come and speak…may God bless you and your son-in-law as you speak the Word to lost, aching, and just eager hearts. Have a great weekend!

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    Jes says:

    this time of year i am always homesick for new england! and boston is my favorite city! enjoy your trip!

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    Savannah, GA did that for me! It’s nice to grow up, isn’t it? Even better to be able to come home. Have a blast in Boston!

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    Yanna says:

    Moma Beth, I wanted to share with you that I just spent almost 2hrs at a kitchen table sharing as much as I could from my notes from your Law of Kindness Simulcast. It was fun, I was so grateful for all of your stories and scriptures and that I had taken over 20 pages of handwritten notes. I felt like I had been to the Simulcast all over again. Of course I’m not as good as Moma Beth, but the ladies begged me to share the lesson as best as I could with them after I referred to your lesson during our weekly study on Revelelations, and revelations that were revealed to me. 🙂 Next, I’m going to do my best to share the Fall Forward lesson. I better understand your excitement when you share God’s Word. Thank you for being such a good teacher. I even had the commission from your blog post, and they were really touched that I had it as they spoke it to one another. Woohooooo God.

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    Shannon Acorn says:

    I received a package in the mail today and was so almost brought to tears when I opened it!!!!!!!! Thank you so much Living Proof Ministries. May this item and whomever receives it be blessed by the Hand of Our Lord!! Again thank you so much.

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    Sonja Wood says:

    TOTALLY OFF SUBJECT BUT!!, I have just discovered “Blue Letter Bible” on-line and need to know if anyone else has used it as a Bible study aid. I am intrigued by the use of “lovely” and “beautiful” in Esther 2:7 and was checking it out when I came across this resource. Comments?

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    Barb says:

    Will be praying for you Beth and the whole team as well as all the ladies – for safety in travel, and for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit!!!

    I would like to add – don’t worry about your hair…I saw it not behaving the way you wanted it to when you were in Rosemount, but somehow that endeared you to me even more & made you even more down to earth!! And just encourages me that He can use us no matter what we look like!!!

    I am now studying “The Beloved Disciple” with a group of women – I finally found a group to study with in person!! I don’t attend that church but I found the study info online and when I went, I was feeling timid and afraid but I could sense Jesus was with me-& it has turned into a real blessing!!!

    As I am doing the study, I am again so amazed at how you bring Jesus so down to earth – not sure that’s the right phrase…it’s logical, theological & spiritual mixed with real emotions that I don’t seem to even be able to verbalize, until I ‘hear’ you say the words and then it rings so true in my spirit. Thank you again, so much, for being willing to be a vessel for Him to be poured out on the rest of us!!!

    In love, Barb
    Prescott Valley

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