Spirals, Daughters, and Bookstores

Hey, Siestas! You are the biggest blast of a blog community EVER. Thank you for being so much fun about the Siesta Scripture Memory Spirals. You would have thought we were doing one of those big Oprah giveaways where everybody in the audience gets a really fabulous free gift and women scream for fifteen minutes. Oh, man, I wish these could have been free gifts! Would you believe that 1393 of you placed orders within the first 24 hours?? At this point, over 4000 of you have placed orders so it’s safe to say that we at LPM really did scream for fifteen minutes – and, yes, with absolute joy. Even laughter. I got a text when they hit a thousand spirals and it had about 20 exclamation marks at the end of it. I threw my head back laughing before the Lord and flat out slapped my leg. About a month ago when I shared this vision with Sabrina, I said, “I don’t know. I may be wrong but I think they’ll like them.” Well, you did. Which tells me it had to have come from God because some of my really good ideas have sunk  deep into the abyss…but only after costing us an arm and one and a half legs. Anyway, back to the spirals. To say that my staff is busy is an understatement but we’ve got wonderful volunteers and everybody will still get the designated time off for the holidays. I go down stairs every little while and tell them I’m sorry (and they laugh and say you’re a privilege to serve) and we’re also trying to feed them a lot. Here are a few of them hard at work right now:

(There is lots of hugging at LPM. Nancy Mattingly heads up correspondence around here – oh, MAN! I am so thankful to God for her – and her daughter Sara just got home from college for the Christmas holidays and came to lend a hand. That’s one of us hugging her. We adore all the LPM offspring.)

We are getting them in the mail (the spirals, not the offspring) as fast as humanly possible but, as you can see, we are big in heart and small in numbers around here. Still, we are pressing on and you will have them at the earliest possible date. There’s no loitering around here. I hate to rub it in but I already have my set. I’m chomping at the bit to write the first verse in it but I’m waiting till January 1st on the dot.  Remember me telling you that I can tend toward obsessive thoughts? Well, case in point: I’m fighting the mild urge to obsess over which verse to choose first (what if it sets the tone for the year?) and which pen I want to use. I’d also like to have better penmanship on this year’s set. Ordinarily by the time I get to April and I’m in the middle of this crisis or that, my verses look like they’ve been written in an ambulance – and maybe half the time they should have been. I know you’re thinking I should get out more but just think how much I get out already and remain this odd. Well, I hope the Lord is getting some amusement out of us being this excited about memorizing Scripture. And don’t tell Melissa and Amanda but I am making theirs stocking stuffers.

Speaking of getting out more, guess what I’ve been doing? I flew to Atlanta two days ago, jumped in the car with Melissa, and started a two-day trek home to the Lone Star State. Colin has a brand new job that is enabling them to come back to Texas! Wooooooooo-hooooooooooo! Or in the expression coined right here in Siestaville, “Yahoo-Jah!” (Hold the “Yah” for about five seconds then say the “hoo-Jah” really fast. It has a rodeo-type feel to it.)  Colin is on his way right now with the moving van and Melissa and I got home with one of their two cars last night.

A couple of quick shots on the I-phone…

Walking to the car where we’d climb in, pay for parking, and head straight out of town. I am walking behind her thinking how I can’t believe this is really happening. Baby girl is heading back to Texas!

The first border we crossed out of Georgia. We literally drove through snow and sleet the first hour here. It was really exciting for me though. Snow is still a novelty around here!

The sky as we crossed the border into Mississippi:

A toast for miles behind us:

Day Two was really sunny and I wore my sunglasses for hours. Finally they were making deep dents and, let’s be honest, my nose doesn’t need any added distress. Melissa had this tiny little rag on her console for some reason and I made good use of it. Michelle said I looked like I was about to stage a hold-up at a Stop -N Go.

We had every plan to take our very best picture at the “Welcome to Texas!” Landmark in our own home state. Just as we were driving by it with my I-phone out the window, an eighteen wheeler sped by on our right side and gave us the evil eye. May God forgive him. We railed about it for a solid hour. No, there was no going back. It was freeway and would have taken too long to recreate. We consoled ourselves with sugar.

Thank you for enduring this long, unimportant-to-anyone-else  family narrative. It’s not over yet. I’m just thanking you now so you can continue hanging on by a thread. We are beside ourselves to welcome the Fitzpatricks back. We’ll have them in Houston for at least several months and will soak up every minute. I think you can anticipate hearing much more about them and from them as we have her back at the Living Proof office. We are so happy and praise God with all of our hearts. Except for small amounts of time over summers or holidays, Melissa has been away from home for ten years and from Texas for eight. She’s got itchy feet like her mom so don’t look for permanence out of them in Houston but we’re at least hoping that, wherever they ultimately land, they’ll stay within half day’s driving distance. That’s all up to the Lord. When you raise your kids with the hope that they’ll follow hard after Jesus and live their lives as a divine adventure, there is literally no telling where they’ll end up. We’re so happy for seasons we get to spend together.

Amanda made last night one of our all-time best 4-Moore memories. When Melissa and I drove up last night, Amanda was standing in the driveway holding big welcome home balloons and blowing a party horn. (I snapped a picture but the flash caught their eyes funny and they look a little possessed so I’ll spare you. And myself. It was my worst nightmare when they were growing up.) At that very second, Keith drove up from out of town, too, and the four of us had this spontaneous moment together. The timing was so perfect that we couldn’t have planned it. We got in a group hug and blew our party horns as loud as we could then laughed our heads off. Then we did what Texans do when they get back from being out of State: we headed to a Mexican restaurant and rekindled our family affections over hot sauce and tortilla chips. We topped off the evening by driving around our subdivision of 26 years and looking at Christmas lights. The whole evening was a family gift with a big red ribbon God alone could have wrapped around it. Our little family has been through a lot and grace is the air we breathe. We don’t take moments like these lightly.

Right now I am praying in Jesus’ lavish Name that He will appoint some spontaneous moments like these for you and your family or friends. I am well aware that life is hard and all of us could use some reminders that God has not forsaken us – and never will – and that He is only good and never malicious or unfeeling toward us. My next memory verse is James 1:17 “Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.” (James 1:17 HCS)

Oh, thank You, Lord. You never change. You never turn Your back on us.

We are blessed to be His daughters, Siestas.

OK, I’ve got a ton of work to do so I’ll sign off right after one last thing. For you Houston-area girls, we are having a book signing tomorrow (Saturday) at the LifeWay Christian Store in Willowbrook Court from 12:00 noon to 1:30. (17776 Tomball Parkway) This location is really special to us because it’s the closest one to my home. I have no idea how many times I’ve been in that store and perused those shelves for something new to read. It is also the location many years ago where Keith took me as a surprise to see the first Bible study on the shelf. (The original A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place) He’d called the store in advance to find out when it would hit the shelf (I was too green to even know to ask)  and took me out to dinner that night without saying a word about it. When we drove away from the restaurant, he said, “I need to make one stop on the way home.” I was perplexed when he drove up to the Christian bookstore because it really wasn’t his thing but what wife would pass up an opportunity like that? He grabbed me by the hand and made a bee-line straight to the aisle where they’d told him in advance he’d find the new copies. I was so shocked I couldn’t believe my eyes. There wasn’t much to that original Bible study cover (a big purple flower, I recall) but it was a beautiful sight to us. We neither one said a word. We just stood in the aisle and cried. It was priceless.

All that to say, this Willowbrook location is “home” to us because it was simply the most convenient location and became such an active partner in Bible study ministry. I’ve shopped in there a jillion times. I’ve sat cross legged in the resource/commentary corner and pulled books off shelves more times than I can count and also bought innumerable music CD’s. A couple of years ago, my good buddy, Johnnie, and I dropped by there after having lunch next door at Sweet Tomatoes and had Jackson with us in the stroller. He was almost three at the time and there was a stack of Get Out of That Pit hardback books near where we were perusing. We got so tickled as he kept pointing at the cover and yelling, “Bibby! Bibby!” Silly stuff but fun family memories.

It’s a great store and I, for one, loathe the thought that on-line book orders (as many as I’ve placed!) would ever replace the kind of store you actually get out of your car and visit. I don’t know about you but, half the time, I don’t even know what I want to read until I see it.

Anyway, that’s where Michelle (AKA: “The Hawk”) and I will be tomorrow.  Melissa and/or Amanda may drop in but Michelle will be there for sure to help me. If you want to drop by and grab something off the shelf to have signed for somebody for Christmas, we’ll be blessed to serve you. These days the really abbreviated versions of certain written messages mean that the price range starts lower. We never, ever want to talk the women we are privileged to serve into overspending. No pressure here whatsoever. We just want you to know that we’ll be there to serve you…if you want to be served. Grin.

I sure love you guys. You are such a bright spot in my ministry life. I think of you every day. And right about now, my whole staff is thinking about you every minute. Pray your spirals home!

I’ll be back on here soon, Sweet Things. This mama loves you.

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  1. 1

    I am so glad you made it! I miss her already!

    • 1.1
      Beth says:

      Heather, we talked about you so much! Oh, man, she will miss you. Thank you for our care package for the trip and our music CD! We count on you, Carlos and the kids to come to Texas. We love you.

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    Michele says:

    Hi Beth!
    I so wish I could come help y’all. No job so I’d have time to help you through this spiral crunch. I’ll not order one yet so you have one less thing to worry about right now.

    So happy that Melissa is back in the promised land! Praying for Colin’s safe arrival soon.

    One more thing – I am 41 and had never had a cup of coffee in my life, but because of all the buzz in Siestaville, I had to try it. And now, well…

    Hello, my name is Michele, and I’m a peppermintmochaholic.

    😛

    • 2.1
      Michele says:

      And if you want snow, come see me! In just 2 weeks Syracuse broke it’s all time snowfall record for the month of December. 70″+
      And winter doesn’t start until next week. yikes.

    • 2.2
      Yanna says:

      my favorite drink of all Michele welcome to the world of flavored cofee.

    • 2.3
      Bobbie says:

      Our 16 yr old granddaughter got me hooked on the Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha this year!! I really have to limit myself!!! 🙂 They’re yummy!

  3. 3
    Redeemed says:

    That was an awesome post….made me laugh and cry all at the same time. “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion!”

    My son is coming home from Chicago on Tuesday and I’m going to be standing out in my driveway with confetti and a party horn. *Thanks for that idea!*

    I’m opting for a good old Walgreens spiral notebook – I. CAN’T. WAIT. Woooooo hoooooo!

    I love you, BethMoore, and all our Siestas. Merry Christmas!!!! Hugs all around!!!

  4. 4
    Becky Roode says:

    We love you, too, Ms. Beth!

    Thank you SO MUCH to the helpers at LPM for working so hard to get our spirals out to us. It means so much that they love Jesus and us so much!

    Enjoy having your girls home! My family never lets me forget the five years I spent in Tennessee. They act if I had run away from home….and that was 8 years ago. Still won’t let me live that move down and they still tell me on a regular basis how good it is to have me “home”. 🙂

    Again, thanks SO MUCH LPM staff and volunteers!! You are loved and appreciated!

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    Thy Hand says:

    Thank you. James 1:17 might very well be the first verse that goes into my spiral. I’ve been lavished lately and know it’s all about His grace and love.

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    Lynn says:

    I am so grateful for all the work those sweet women are doing in order to get our spirals to us. Thank you!! What a wonderful blessing to have Melissa & Colin back in Houston!! This mama understands how sweet that will be. I am very thankful that, for now, my daughter lives just down the street and around the corner from me!

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    Corrie says:

    Thanks for the post. What fun…all of it!

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    His Jules says:

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU LPM staff for all the attention and for your hard work! We siestas are so thankful for each one of you! Mama Beth, I am so excited that Melissa is going to be close to home for a while!!! Yahoo Jah!! Thanks for the beautiful words and for the knowlege that we are so loved and prayed for. “I thank my God upon my every remembrance of you.” Phil.1:3

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    HeleddNest says:

    Brilliant news about Melissa and Colin. Hoping too for some precious family memories this Christmas time.

    p.s Just ordered my spiral!!

    Heledd 🙂

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    kimberly says:

    Thank you ladies for all your hard work! Wish i was in houston to help you. i am so excited about the spirals and the memory and the accountability and the celebration. i liked one siesta’s idea of a jar to save for the trip; so i think i will do the same! 🙂

    Beth, i am so excited for you and your family that melissa is coming home at least for a while! what a blessing! i know how dear she is to you and that must have been hard for ya’ll to be separated! praise the Lord she is home! We’ll expect many posts about the fun the 3 of you (you and amanda and melissa) have together!

    anyway, loved the post! God bless you all and Merry Christmas to you all!

    Love,
    Kimberly

  11. 11

    Im so glad she’s home with you all AND over 4,000 spirals sold already – AWESOME!!! Wooohooo – women memorizing God’s word!!! I LOVE it! There’s no greater joy than to see women Walking with the King!!!
    Courtney

  12. 12
    Yanna says:

    Beth what a joy your whole post is!!! I laughed so hard when I saw you with the rag…I stuff a kleenex in my nostrils (one or the other or both depends on need) so I don’t have to keep wiping it and no one else understands, I know you would!!! I am beyond excited Melissa and her brood are Texans once again! If they need a town close to Houson College Station is a great place to raise a family. hint hint Thank you LPM for all your hard work on Siesta spirals, you don’t have to rush my order. 🙂 Beth I admit I ordered 3 one for myself, my sister and one for first stranger that inquires. The 3rd was for in case I missed up my original one ha ha ha. But then I heard you say in my ear get out of that pit – so I’m telling everyone I meet about the memory team and see who says how do I participiate first and I’ll be ready. Love you Moma Beth family group hug for me again.

  13. 13

    Psalm 37:4 came to mind as I read about Melissa returning home. So happy that He has given all of you that desire of your hearts!

  14. 14
    Jenn says:

    There is a Sweet Tomatoes by the LifeWay in Raleigh. Funny!
    I have to say that it is hard for me to muster up much sympathy for women who get to work for LPM, but I am ever so thankful for their willingness to work so hard to get the spirals out.

    This upcoming year is one of those where I know in advance it’s gonna be hard. My baby girl (2 and a half) will be having open-heart surgery in the spring. She’s had two already, so you think I’d be over it. God has given me such a gift of faith in all of her health issues these past years, but Satan is working much harder in tempting me to despair and fear over this upcoming surgery. So I am more than desperate to gear up for battle with some scripture.
    I can’t wait to start mine, and I am so excited to see what everyone else uses for their first verse.

    Thank you Beth and sweet LPM staff! I hope you all have a blessed and happy Christmas.

    • 14.1

      Jenn – I don’t know your daughters name, but I won’t have trouble thinking of her from time to time to pray for her upcoming surgery. My youngest son (I have 3) Shawn – has Down syndrome and was born with a heart defect. He had his first open heart surgery around the age of 2 and we are hopeful he won’t have to have any more…but I can so relate to how you are feeling. God bless you (worried momma) and your precious daughter! May God be ever so present.

    • 14.2
      Mary says:

      Jenn, I live in Raleigh. We have wonderful medicine here in the area. Praying for you little angel 🙂

    • 14.3
      Jean says:

      Jenn – I recognize you from comments on Bowen’s blog and had no idea you live in Raleigh (I am baby Paislyn’s great-aunt). I live north of Raleigh. What a small world. 🙂 I would love to meet you some time. I will be praying for your sweet baby girl this year.

    • 14.4
      Kristy says:

      Jenn, I live in Princeton (40 minutes east of Raleigh)! I will add your baby girl to my prayer list. God is bigger than any surgery. I’ll pray Ps 29:11 for you “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace”. It was one of my favorite memory verses this year. Gives hope anytime you need it in any situation! May God bless you!

      Merry Christmas to everyone!

  15. 15
    kendal says:

    JOY! I loved this happy happy post. i saw a winter rainbow today here in NC. the wan sunlight and low-slung clouds made a faint circle around the sun. i felt blessed. christmas is sad this year, and i know that many will be sad, but i’m looking for joy. and i found it here today.

  16. 16
    Jill says:

    I confess that I bought two spirals. When I get excited or stressed I start writing like Tarzan, so I thought I would have a back up. The pens excite me just as much, razor sharp point and colored for me. Count me in on the ” which verse do I pick first” category. James, Isaiah, or Romans…

    That was the sweetest story about all of you in the driveway. What a wonderful memory to hold in your heart. God Bless you all!

  17. 17
    Megan says:

    Thank you girls for all your hard work! And we’re excited for you and the Moore family, Beth! I’m looking forward to a 3 week homecoming myself…

  18. 18
    Sister Lynn says:

    Sweet Beth, its always a joy to read your random rambling posts! I am trying to entice Jane, Rebecca and Nancy into doing the Scripture Memory 2011 with me with the spirals! I am hoping the cuteness of them will just make them want to fill them up!

    You are such a blessing to us. You will be in our hearts and prayers as we celebrate the gift of God-with-us, Emmanuel.

    much love to you and your REUNITED family!!! Sister Lynn

    • 18.1
      Kathy B says:

      I always count on the “cuteness factor” to entice girls to scripture memory. I think it’s like putting a pretty handle on that Sword of the Spirit 🙂

  19. 19
    apurefire says:

    What a wonderful post! Loved every bit of it. You always make me feel like I’m right there with you…that’s just one of the many things I love about this blog! Ordered myself and a few girlfriends spirals on Wednesday. And am so looking forward to another year of disciplined scripture memorization – I NEED IT!

    Keep on enjoying the wonderful celebration of Melissa & Colin’s return to Texas. This Christmas is gonna be so special! Will be looking for some extra posts from Melissa since she’ll be right there in the LPM office ;o)

  20. 20
    Rachel says:

    So excited for you all that Melissa is coming home! I know what a blessing it is to be close to my mom. I am so thankful that my girls get to see her several times a week.

    I just ordered my spiral and one for my mom too! Excited for the scripture memory this coming year. I started strong the last time and then had morning sickness so bad that it was about all I could do to stay upright…actually I didn’t even manage that…and keep up with my toddler. I was disappointed with myself that I didn’t keep it up so this time I am going to stay motivated…and maybe not get pregnant again, but no promises on that. Haha:)

  21. 21
    Amy Beth says:

    I’m so happy Melissa is coming home! How fun!

    I’m about to start making some wild Christmas memories of my own. This morning, I picked up my five girls (ages 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9) and all but one of them will be staying with me throughout most of their Christmas break (the other will be with me off and on). For three of the girls, this is the first year they’ve had a Christmas tree, stockings, etc. (four of my five girls don’t have mothers in their lives). I have a LIST of things we’re going to do — making gingerbread houses and decorating ornaments and playing dress-up and so much more! There are even a few (okay, forty) gifts under the Christmas tree this year — including multiple Easy Bake Ovens! I swear, when I wrapped those Easy Bake Ovens, I almost cried from thankfulness. These girls have so very little (literally), that they repeatedly thank me for things like food and toothbrushes and such. I can’t imagine what their reaction is going to be when they find out that they’re getting TOYS — baby dolls and Easy Bake Ovens and stockings full of Hello Kitty lip gloss. It isn’t about the presents, I know, but there’s something about their gratefulness for the little things that breaks my heart.

    Also, just for the record, I’ve only had them for seven hours and they’ve already broken three different things in my house. 🙂

    • 21.1
      Yanna says:

      Amy Beth, your post brings such blessings and a smile as I think of your girls opening presents. What a gift you are to each other!

    • 21.2
      Kathy says:

      Bless you Amy Beth! And may the Lord give you much patience, love, and wisdom and reward you greatly for such an unselfish and giving Christmas Gift to these young little ones! Your Christian Love will long be remembered by them and affect them. Lord bless you!

    • 21.3
      WendyB says:

      Amy Beth, what a precious thing you’re doing. My EasyBake Oven was one of the highlights of my girlhood – blessings on you and your girls!

  22. 22
    Andrea says:

    Oh Beth…

    Thank you for the beauty and the light you exude. With the holidays coming up, I fight the longing for a mother. When I read your last sentence, it made me well up with happy tears.

    Thank you so much for all that you do, and the joy you insert into my life each and every time you write.

  23. 23
    Rose D says:

    Beth-

    My thanks to you and all the ladies there at Living proof for your faithful service! Over the years I have placed several orders and have never once been disappointed with anything. I’m sure that y’all will get the spirals out in speedy order. Your posts about them have been very inspiring to me (as well as a bit convicting), calling me to the practice of memorizing scripture. Like many, that has been a very weak area of my life. You make it sound so exciting!!!

    May all of you there have a blessed Christmas!!!

    Rose

  24. 24
    Volleyball Ginger says:

    As I would say….yipppppeeeeeee yaaaahhhoooooooo! Good for you guys! I think there may be a “Moore women” bath tub pedicure in the near future……with tons of giggles. Happy for all of you!

    I am so excited to begin my new journey together with all the other Siestas and you Beth. I’m anxiously awaiting to see where God will lead me this year with my verses. Last time, I had so many verses from the book of Psalm that my little brain had some difficulty remembering all the “addresses” of the verses. Whew….but, I did it! 🙂

    Merry Christmas to everyone. May we all have a very CHRIST filled season!

    Blessings,
    Ginger
    Wetumpka, AL

  25. 25
    Amanda says:

    Sigh…I just love you Beth Moore..you are too precious…

  26. 26
    Erica says:

    I’m so excited for January 1st!!! I tried to memorize scripture on my own last year but it didn’t work out- I kept forgetting to pick out a new verse every two weeks. But now… I have a bunch of Siestas to remind me 🙂

  27. 27
    Warm in Alaska says:

    Hey, All! Too much Christmas, Christmas for me to read thru the entire post right now – but I will savor it later today and may I just say I am really psyched (such a ’90’s term!) about the spirals!!

  28. 28
    AnaLisa says:

    Starbucks toast + wanting the perfect pen = Hilarious. 🙂 Love it.

  29. 29
    shannon says:

    If ya’ll stoped in oxford, alabama to have coffee at starbucks I am going to be sooo upset 🙂 I wish I could have been there 🙂

  30. 30
    Holly Smith says:

    So, did you and Melissa spy their home? I’m curious! Pray for us, as we travel Texas way next week. My hair is falling out in large amounts–literally–from the stress of it. I am resting and trusting, but apparently there is some part of my body that is not cooperating in the peaceful spirit of it.

    On a related note, I went to the hairdresser Monday and she asked, “I have a strange question…do you have thyroid problems?” I told her not for a few years, but after our fourth was born, I did. She said, “Your hair is falling out in greater quantities than usual.” So I took that as a highlighted note from God and called the doctor…an ekg (due to a racing heart) and blood test later, I am still waiting results. I do believe my thyroid is back to its hyper state. And why not? The rest of me is hyper…

    So ladies, go get your hair done! It might save your life 🙂 Merry Christmas!! And much love! Holly

    • 30.1
      WendyB says:

      Holly,
      I, too, struggle with my hair falling out – and unfortunately, my thyroid keeps coming back normal, so I don’t have a quick fix. I know it’s frustrating – supposed to be our “crowning glory” and all – I’ll pray for yours to return quickly. Hugs!

  31. 31
    Bobbie says:

    Congratulations on having Melissa & Colin back in Houston, if even for a short time! I know what you mean about those blessed times. If we could only get our two and their families within a half day drive, I would be on the roof shouting praises!! We leave this Wednesday for a Christmas in Colorado–can’t wait.

    I walked ‘rather briskly’ to our mailbox a few minutes ago and there was a lime green glow coming out of it! I knew from 20 feet away what was in that box!!! I’m so excited to start the SSMT year! I’m looking for that perfect 1st verse, that will carry me through my shoulder surgery!! The much dreaded event has been postponed til the 12th but I really am trying to prepare myself spiritually!

    Your ramblings are so much fun–you just make me smile! I’m going to try to come by the store tomorrow! I shop there every time we come in to Willowbrook, I think that’s the closest one to us, too!!

    • 31.1
      Bobbie says:

      And stop by I did!! Thank you for taking time from your Saturday to sign our books and for me, my SSMT spiral!! I love it!

  32. 32

    Speaking of Bookstores…

    I was standing in line at Family Christian Store today buying a Bible for my 15yr old girl(She asked for The Fire Bible Student Edition for Christmas!!. As I was waiting to pay I overheard the young salesman talking to a lady about you Beth. She was buying one of your books and to make conversation with her he said “My mom couldn’t believe I didn’t know who Beth Moore was until I started working here. I understand she is very popular, right?” I just had to smile when he said it. I thought you would get a kick out of it. It was sweet how this young college boy was trying to relate to the middle-aged lady buying “So Long Insecurity”.

    Merry Christmas Beth. Our Family is on our way to Florida to get away from the Artic Weather of Michigan!

    Stacie

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    pat w says:

    thank you Beth for sharing so much of your personal stuff. it lets me know you are real. and it is never a bore to listen to your fingers talk to me. seasons… that’s what we have, isnt it? my friend is receiveing her treatments for her cancer this week, she’s been receiveing her treatments all along, but this one is more essential that It just Work, that It Just work. and it’s not just “her” cancer, i feel it to be mine too, because i love her, and because her and her husband are so dear to my heart, and though i know it’s not “my cancer”- it is hers/theirs- but through how she has loved jesus through it All, has shown me a jesus like none other,– she doesnt know it but she’s one of my heroes, they both are. And so are you.–thank you for shareing your you on here, and for showing jesus’ love through you.

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    Steph says:

    I can relate to driving in the snow in Georgia. I live in Cartersville, north metro Atlanta area, and we had snow last weekend and the ice was so bad on Thursday that the schools were closed. Glad you all made it back to Texas safely.

    Wishing everyone at LPM a very blessed and Merry Christmas.

  35. 35

    I just want to thank all the sweet wonderful women who are packing up my spiral right now! Thanks y’all. (that was real…i’m from Tennessee!)

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    CAROL BRUNTLETT says:

    First of all want to give a BIG THANK YOU TO THE LPM STAFF FOR WORKING SO HARD FOR US SEISTA’S and having a bunch of us that love Jesus I am over joyed to hear that 4000 have already been ordered.
    Second want to THANK MAMA BETH FOR LOVING US SEISTA’S AND JUST FOR ALL THE LAUGHTER AND JOY YOU BRING US AND THAT YOU SERVE JESUS WITH US AND LOVE HIM.
    YAHOO JAH THAT MELISSA AND COLIN ARE HOME enjoy them this will be a special Christmas for you all Thank You Jesus for bringing them home.
    Thank you for the post it brought joy and tears you always make us feel like we are there with you.
    You always make us laugh or smile I am sure you keep your family in stiches with the laughs.
    Thank you for the joy and I love you
    Go LPM and Melissa , Amanda, Beth
    Love you all
    Love you seista’s
    Merry Christmas to all
    Carol

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    Roxanne Worsham says:

    I am SOOOOOOO Happy for all of you to have Melissa and Colin home!!!!
    What GREAT timing!!!!

    Thanks for working hard on the spirals. I have yet to order mine but I am kinda hoping this………

    I am off work all next week. How ’bout I make homemade chicken salad (my specialty) and grab some fresh croissants and feed lunch to all of those awesome volunteers and then I can pick up my 2 spirals in person?!?!? 😉

    Just email me and let me know which day and what time.
    Thanks for all you do!!!

    Roxanne

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    candifer says:

    “Our little family has been through a lot and grace is the air we breathe. We don’t take moments like these lightly.”

    this line made me choke up a little… ok maybe a lot. my little family has been through a lot in the past few years too, and now it’s just my mom and i. and my mom is helping a church plant in asia that ministers to a minority people group.

    all around me, people are excited to embrace their loved-ones during this holiday season. i can’t wait until it’s my turn–what a sweet reunion that will be!!!

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    Siesta OC says:

    All I want for Christmas is my…scripture spiral!

    So glad Melissa is there, and y’all touch my heart so much. Wish I had a family like that (and yes, I realize what I am saying).

    Merry, Merry Christmas!

    You are hilarious!

    < Siesta OC

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    Annabelle says:

    Mamacita, Imagine how many more women already have a spiral going ( like I do) and will be signing in and logging on without buying another one (no offense). You may need to start bracing yourself now for the total numbers! 🙂

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    Ash says:

    That’s too fun and I loved all those pics. I bet you drove right thru Auburn from Atlanta…I should have honked!

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    ginny says:

    Thank you so much!!! I am so overwhelmed by the thought of you girls filling our orders so close to Christmas. If I wasn’t stuck here in snowy South Jersey, I’d be packing right along side you. Bless you! I’m not sure if you can even think straight at this point, but I really don’t care when I get my spiral. I know what my Jan. 1 verse is gonna be and I most certainly have a piece of paper here I can write it on. Put my order at the end of the line! And may God bless each and every one of you to overflowing!!!!

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    CindyfromOhio says:

    Dear sweet Beth, you are such a joy! Thank you for sharing your life so openly with us. I really enjoyed reading this post. I’m home alone tonight and just made some creamy red velvet cupcakes for our family Christmas that I am hosting tomorrow. I thought it was a great idea…until I took them out of the oven and they are lopsided, pouring out of the cupcake pan. A big white blob sunk in the middle or the side or just a whole half of the cupcake. I wish I could post a picture, it’s priceless. I’m wondering if I was supposed to mix the cream cheese into the batter? Hmmmmm…. LOL.

    I thank God for you daily. You have been huge in my spiritual growth. I remember my first Bible study that I did, Esther. I had never seen anyone with the passion you had. I wanted what you had and God has been good to fuel me with His Fire! Love to you and Merry Christmas.

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    Krystle says:

    Oh my goodness! I am so happy you’ll have your whole family near you! YAY!!

    I am excited for the SSMT to start….the TWINS are coming in Feburary, but I am going to do my best to be a part of this!!
    Love you!

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    Madelin says:

    You are the BEST Siesta Mama in the whole world. Thank you for welcoming Siestaville into your world, family and ministry. You are dearly loved by one and all.

    I have to share an email from one of my bible study gals. To put it in some context my bible study group is quite large so I send the prayer requests out via email after class. This is a response to the prayer requests email today.

    “Thank you so much for this sweet email along with the prayer requests.

    You have a gift, an ability, to make every lady in your study feel like they are the only person in your life…..do you know what a treasure that is????

    As I read your personal email on the left side of the page, I thanked God for you and your vast love for women……you ARE a woman after Beth Moore’s own heart…..for she has that very SAME love and it is so contageious !!!

    Thank you so very much for loving so deeply and caring for our souls beyond words….I love you”

    The quote was from a precious and dear sister Ann whom I lovingly call my head cheerleader. She is a darling lil red head who really has the gift of encouragment. I considered her words the highest compliment and one of the sweetest things someone has ever shared with me. Those words made by day. I sat and bawled my eyes out being completely humbled and in complete awe of the Mighty God we serve. To Him be all the Glory, Honor & Praise forever.

    Woooo hoooo!!! January 2011~ Siesta Scripture Memory Verses and studying the new David bible study, I am over the moon thrilled.

    Merry Christmas & Group {{hugs in Siestaville}}

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    patty says:

    When I found out on Twitter, about Melissa and Colin moving back to Texas, I was so excited for you!! What a gift and at this time of year. 🙂 Brings a smile to my face.

    I ordered my index cards last week and I ordered one for my friend as one of her stocking stuffers. 🙂 I can’t wait to get mine, I prayed and asked God to give me my first memory verse for 2011 and I am ready to write it down. 😉

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Love,
    Patty

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    Margie by the Sea says:

    Thanks, Beth for sharing this wonderfully simple story of life and love, family and friendships. It’s those memories we will always remember and treasure.
    Please give a big Christmas hug to all those in your office who serve us so lovingly and so well the whole year through. I’m glad we are shaping up to be the best SSMT ever!
    And, my prayers and hopes are that all the Moores, both big and small, have the most blessed Christmas season ever.

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    Jessica says:

    I see you can help thinking about what’s going on in the book of James. 🙂 That is a vERY good sign and I cannot wait to see what you’ve been meditating on.

    You are so sweet.

    and goofy. i LOVED the pic of you with the towel on your nose. i’m always creating very unnecessary and obnoxious fasion statements. the latest has been wearing reading glasses frames without the lens. I’ve decorated them to fit whatever statement i’m trying to make that day) and after about 2 weeks of doing that, i’m starting to notice discomfort near the corner of my eyes! Even while typing this post I’m squinting my right eye and trying to reduce what feels like a massive DENT! (0_o)

    makes me kind of wonder if your towel worked for you.

    on a serious note. happy serving.

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    Dear Beth,

    I am having many priceless moments this weekend as my precious little sister in the faith, Laura, is here visiting. We met a few years back when she was in Michigan selling books on a summer internship during college. It was a total God thing, as one of the girls she was working with ended up on my doorstep trying to sell me books, I didn’t purchase any books, but ended up inviting her to live in our basement for the summer as she was in our town selling. She took me up on my offer and wisely brought 4 other girls with her to live here, one of which was Laura! Laura was a feisty girl in her junior year of college when I met her. She was also searching for a deeper meaning in life; before leaving my house that summer she had accepted Christ. I couldn’t be more proud of the woman of God she is today! She is in love with Jesus, and has chosen to serve Him with her life; she’s currently in an extensive, two year ministry training program at her church. God is so good, and I’m blown away at His faithfulness! I love the relationship he brought to me that hot summer day, and I’m so honored to have had a minute hand in helping Laura on her path to God!

    We’re rejoicing, laughing so very much, and holding on to every moment we get to share this time around!

    Greeting scenes are so joyful!

    Much love,
    Teri

    Here’s an abbreviated version of our story on my blog from a few years ago! http://wrshpthekng.blogspot.com/2008/08/my-laura-girl.html

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    Julie Anne says:

    It seriously does my heart so good to read about your family moments!! I feel like I know you guys! Amanda shared the “possessed” picture on her blog! 🙂 So happy for you and all the memories you will make over the next few months!
    I am looking forward to a 2 day visit with some of my family next week!! Hoping for some spontaneous moments!! 🙂

    I am too cheap to order a Siesta Spiral, (mostly because I am afraid I won’t stick with the verse memorization) but I did pick up a plain one the other day that I am hoping to jazz up with some pretty paper!!
    Thanks for loving us and praying for us!

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