A Few Minutes To Say Hi!

Hey, Sweet Things! I’m sorry I’m not able to check in more often during this season! It’s mostly just me on here with you these days and the balancing act of a heavy writing and work schedule with a very busy family imposes some sizable limitations. To say that we all miss AJ is a vast understatement! I’m still so proud of her for the decision she made on behalf of her family. It was the right thing but we surely do have a gap around Siestaville. Thankfully, I don’t have a gap in my heart and home where she’s concerned. We all live life in pretty close community. Her little family is unending delight to me. We have LOVED having Melissa and Colin back! Their apartment is just darling and we so hope they stick around a while. Something really fun happened last night. Melissa and I knew we were going to be out much later than usual because we were hosting guests after Bible study so she asked Colin if she could just spend the night at our house. She lives much further out than Keith and I do and, after dropping me off at my house, she would have been super late getting back to her apartment. Colin blessed her to do that then called back a little while later and said he’d just come, too. So he packed a bag and they both stayed at our house. That is one reason why we love him to no end. He is a family man to the bone. Hopefully Melissa will be able to say hi a little more often on here in the near future. We are keeping her hands full but she has a soft spot for Siestas. That’s a fact.

I’m just sitting out on my back porch having a few minutes to myself. I’ve been throwing the ball to Star and watching her and Geli chase birds and reflecting on the last day or two. God brought us another astounding group of women last night. I have never seen a larger group with a smaller feel. What I mean by that is, they participate like they’re all on the front row. If I ask them to repeat something, they do it LOUD. They stay right on point and they’re happy to tell me if I miss a blank on their handout. (I love that. That means they’re paying attention.) Honestly, I think this is one of my favorite Tuesday night groups ever. I know, I know. I say that a lot. I fall in love easy. But my worst nightmare is that I’d just keep “teaching” the same people the same thing year after year after year after year and nobody’s heard a fresh word in five years but everybody’s too fast asleep to realize it. O Lord, deliver us. This is one reason why we have to study under many teachers and why teachers have to serve different groups. Sometimes we need to shake it up. It’s so easy to grow dull of hearing even a voice we dearly love. Sometimes all it takes is a break. Other times we need a change. Knowing the difference is critical.

I am so relieved and grateful to our merciful God that, for now, He’s bringing numbers of people we’ve never seen before and even their presence there stirs up the ones who have been around a long time. I love the familiar ones and the new ones alike. My concern is that women be in the best environment for learning and living the Scriptures. When we’ve ceased hearing or changing, we need a new environment. I am also mindful that, as I beg Him to keep me fresh and thrilled in His Word, that He often uses difficulty to answer that prayer. About the time I’m feeling a little lifeless or dull, something happens to make those words jump off the page again. Most of my revivals come from survivals. I still need Him so much. I need His Word. I need His Presence. Iย  need His help. I need His deliverance. It’s weird to realize that sometimes our desperation for Him is an answer to our very own prayers to love Him like nothing else. He is so faithful. I shake my head at the wonder of Him again today.

Last night we had a treat that many of us are still talking about today. Kari Jobe and her band led us in worship. Many of us were first introduced to her through “Revelation Song” and are familiar with her through the Gateway worship projects. She is tremendously gifted, blatantly anointed, and absolutely delightful. Amanda had the joy of hosting Lysa TerKeurst at Bible study last night and afterward for a quick bite while Melissa, Michelle, and I hosted Kari, her mom, her sister, her coworker and several lifelong friends. By the way, you guys, Lysa TerKeurt’s book Made To Crave is flying off the shelves and into the hands of women who are being deeply effected by the power of Christ. It is one of two books I plan to read next. Made To Crave recently hit the NY Times Best Seller list and we praise God for drawing attention to this powerful message and messenger. I noticed that a number of you were reading it in your comments to the last post. We got to have Lysa at Bible study last night because she was in town for interviews all day today on our local contemporary Christian radio station, KSBJ. (89.3 FM – find it on line. You will love it.)

Here are a couple of pictures we snapped with our iPhones last night after dinner with Kari. We took several of the whole group with a regular camera but those haven’t made it to me yet. Is she the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?? (Yes, single, but not presently interested in everybody fixing her up with their best single guy friend. It is a shame though, isn’t it?) I was so glad that I changed my mind at the last minute and didn’t wear my tutu. She might not be ready for us to dress alike yet. I am going to get me one of those headbands, however. Just think what a poof I could get going with one of those.

This is Kari with Michelle who did indeed wear her tutu. You just can’t see it in this picture.

Well, my man is acting like he’s hungry and I’m supposed to do something about it. I am especially taken with him right now so I’m going to hop off of here and tend to him.Keith and I ride a roller coaster…and it’s sort of on the upside right now. Thank You, Lord. I don’t know why but I’m laughing out loud.

I’m so happy to touch base with you today! I love you guys like crazy! You know what I’d like to hear this week? One thing God is teaching you right now. Just one. Do tell.

Your Mama loves you.

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  1. 851
    Ruth says:

    Okay…wait…Melissa and Colin have moved from Atlanta? Did I miss a Blog post explaining this? if anyone mediating this can lead me to such a thing, I would be very grateful to hear the back story.
    And, no matter what, I am thrilled to think of all y’all together, terrorizing Houston with Agape, Moore style!
    XXOO

  2. 852

    Dear Beth,
    I love you so much! You bless me. Right now I am in a tender season of my life because I feel God may be speaking to me about a forth-coming family. But I have such fear. I’ve never wanted a family, ever. I’m just happy the way things are. Now, my heart has been pricked, it began this past July, but I’m nearly 36 years old. It’s too late I fear, and each day is another day gone. And the money…..isn’t that always an issue with us? Anyway, I feel God’s touch on my life in this area, but then again I always question God’s voice. Make sense?

  3. 853

    Right now, God is TRYING to teach me to listen. I say trying because I think I make it harder than it should be. But that is my ‘one word prayer’ this year – LISTEN. Trying to learn HOW to listen to Him better and not just Him but others in my life as well. To REALLY listen and not just HEAR – does that make sense?

    Anyway – that’s it for me. I think a HUGE step toward this goal, by the way, is the fact that I listened to HIM when He told me I COULD memorize scripture with the other Siestas instead of listening to the lie that I can’t memorize anything! I’ve got two down and ready to take on the third. Praise to HIM for helping me get this far already. I know He will continue to help me with this ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love and blessings to you and yours!

    • 853.1
      Amber Dawn says:

      YAY!!! AWESOME job on the Scripture…take every thought captive because you CAN memorize Scripture and you will be so blessed for each verse you memorize! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Listening IS hard…especially in this loud world…keep it up!

      Blessings!

  4. 854
    Kristi says:

    I’m doing a study on the book “Search for Significance” and last week I heard the author say…”If God said it, who are you to argue with Him?!” And among the topics are Justification, Regeneration, Propitiation, and Reconciliation. Goes right along with “God Is Who He Says He Is… I Am Who God Says I Am” from Believing God.
    I am just loving studying God’s Word!!!

  5. 855
    cortni -topeka says:

    Second verse “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern the will what is good and acceptable and perfect” Romans 12:2 NIV

  6. 856
    Julie-Maryville,TN says:

    He is teaching me when I feel like fussing about someone I need to pray for them!

  7. 857
    Amber Dawn says:

    I am going to be honest…blatantly about what I am learning…oh gosh…Lord help me.

    A couple of years ago I started a zumba trend with the girls at work (Starbucks)! SO MUCH FUN!!! We all love it! Sooo..several gals got certified and are teaching it now. A high school girl that I used to babysit and who attends my church is throwing a “Zumba for Zambia” benefit to raise money for clean water in Zambia at my church! LOVE IT…LOVE HER…You would too Beth I know it!

    One of the girls that I work with and who is a zumba instructor now is agnostic, and as we live close to the Creation museum (in Kentucky) she visited, took pictures, posted them on facebook, making fun of us Creationists. So…that set me on fire…

    And I am really struggling, because she wants to help lead some routines for the zumba for Zambia benefit and I know she wants to do it for attention…not for the cause or for Jesus. I originally wanted to confront her about it…like, OH…NOW you want to hang out with us Creationists that you make fun of…BUT

    God is teaching me that His Gospel is one of Love…and practicing that is sometimes hard. I hardly think she has seen that side of Christianity very much so I asked the girls at my small group to pray for her tonight and to love on her at zumba for Zambia…and…by doing that, it is amazing how much more I have been able to relate to Jesus and love him more. I love lessons! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 858
    Lisa V. says:

    Hi Beth!

    Welllll, you might want to pass the tutu thing by your girls to get their feedback…LOL. I was going to suggest running it by your husband but if he’s like my he-man he’d just say “whatever makes you happy honey”.

    Beth, I’m learning that being a servant is a blessing and the rewards are so great. I’ve known in my mind that we are to be servants but to actually surrender to it, to actually be a servant and give of your time and heart, the rewards are so sweet.

  9. 859
    Ruth says:

    God is teaching me to be a servant, in so many big and small ways, and I am loving it so far. I’m sure when I get my face pushed in the dirt by one I am serving, it will be harder to say that!

    I am starting my 2nd year of nursing school (I’m at the halfway mark), and I have been struck by how important a servant’s heart is to the profession of nursing. Yes, it’s a profession, and we have all this specialized knowledge, but at the end of the day, we are serving our patients in the God sense. My program, however, is very interested in teaching us to be leaders. We spent Wednesday morning pondering what makes a good leader vs. a good manager; a lively discussion ensued, but I was left feeling like something was missing.

    The missing link was filled this morning in church, where our pastor preached on I Corinthians 3:5-9. He talked about what a GODLY leader is like, and the first point was that a leader must be a servant, just as Christ came not to be served but to serve. He went on: a leader cannot be greater than God; leadership as a position and as a personal trait are gifts from God; and so on.

    I tried to express my joy at having the puzzle completed to the pastor after church, and I fear I didn’t do a good job, because he does not know what God is doing in my heart.

    Lord, you are making me both a leader and a servant; failing that, let me be a servant. Let me serve Your broken, Your ill, Your dying, Your newborn. You have given me gifts of compassion, time and resources to attend school, and a tired but strong mind that can memorize all of this new information and use it to help people. Now make me a servant, Lord, for without that, I will never truly glorify You through this new career.

    • 859.1
      Barb says:

      Ruth, What a blessing that God is calling you into nursing and that you are learning what makes a wonderful nurse, one that can minister through Him. My parents both passed away recently and I cannot begin to tell you the nurses that touched our lives. Truly, it was the nurses who had a servants heart. God brought many special nurses, both male and female into our lives and I truly needed them myself, as I was the only family member in the area to take care of my parents. God bless you on your exciting journey!!

  10. 860
    Sharoni says:

    So… this is very, very cool! Since committing to scripture memory this year something is happening that has never happened to this extent before….everywhere I turn, every day in a new and unique way, those scriptures just pour out of my heart. I hear a song by Third Day about the children of GOD….”Sharoni, you are a child of GOD, and GOD will give you the blessing He promised because you are His child,” (Gal 4:7) just rolls out of me and I couldn’t stop it if I tried! ~and that was by memory ta-da!~
    Then every time I turn around twice, a little something from James jumps out at me from a devotional book by Max Lucado, or Daily Bread, or somewhere else…..it just kills me! GOD is so cool!
    Living water, huh?
    He is showing me how absolutely living His Word is in me, through me, in spite of “me…the human form”…..
    And that is grace. Wowser!
    Cannot wait to dig more into James. This is awesome to have some strong “Word” teachin’ goin’ on around here! GOD love ya’lls little pea pickin’ hearts!
    In His Arms….
    Sharoni ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 861
    stillanon says:

    p.s. actually i thought Kari must have borrowed the tutu from one of the lpm stafff…and seeing it was afterall PINK it might/could have belonged to lpm mama!felt so BLESSED that night!!!!!!

  12. 862
    Becky Hinson says:

    He is teaching me these days how real He is and that is because He gives me simple gifts that I know can only come from Him….it just amazes me more and more that He tends to me as though I am the only child He has…I love Him so!!!

  13. 863
    Sue says:

    Can I ask all of my Sisters to pray for my Daughters Friend Amber I just found out that Her Own Father raped that child He is now in prision. My heart is so broken for this child But I give glory to God that I never allowed my child to go over there and be alone my gut instint which I know now was the holy spririt . Thank!

  14. 864
    Carol Obenhoff says:

    hi Beth…your last blog closing “your mama loves you” made me cry tonite…my mama is in heaven so it was what I needed to hear tonite. I love you too! Have a beautiful week!

  15. 865
    Sammie Knight says:

    I am learning the walk of the righteous. I have been reading Psalm 37 and the verses of instruction to a life of true prosperity instead of a life envying the “prosperity” of the wicked have really been challenging me to live my walk moment by moment. This morning we were learning about being filled with the Spirit and the Spirit-filled life which goes right along with living the walk of the truly prosperous. The verses:
    “Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as teh noonday. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him” Psalm 37:3-7 Great verses to live your life by. A commitment to trust Him, do what He has called you to do, delighting yourself in Him, committing your way to Him and resting in Him, waiting for Him patiently and longingly. Awesome! However, I didn’t really understand verse six if someone could explain the part about making our righteousness light and our judment as noonday? Awesome stuff though!

    • 865.1
      stillanon says:

      ps 37 will be my next project!- just a stab in the “dark” here but it makes me think of 2Cor 3:18 or Col 1:27….(i only remember the gist of the verses and then have to go look them up for exact citation!)what do you think?

      • Sammie Knight says:

        Reading through the psalms has been great! And I feel like each and every psalm has something. It was hard at first, but God is good and gives to those who ask. I love Psalm 37! I’m excited for you to study it!
        But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Cor 3:18) and
        To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Col 1:27)
        So the glories of Christ within us, the glory of the Lord, which He will bring out as He transforms us, and as we live the walk of the righteous outlined in verses 3-5 (Holy Spirit empowered of course) will be brought out for all to see?! Yes! That is so awesome!! Thank you so much!!! You have excited me yet again about understanding God’s word! The illuminating power of the Holy Spirit is fantastic!!! Thank you so much!!!

  16. 866
    Rachel says:

    Well if Kari decides she wants the Siestas to fix her up with a good looking, single, godly man with a BIG heart for the lost my bro-in-law fits the bill! The deal will come with the world’s cutest nieces….my daughters!!

    So glad to hear that it is normal for your feelings for your husband to be like a roller coaster….just hope the upswings outweigh the down…I’m on an up right now!

    Rachel

  17. 867
    Brooke says:

    God is teaching me to be satisfied with what I have. To look around and see that He is MORE THAN ENOUGH, and that my life is good. To stop wanting more, to stop wishing for this and whining for that. to just live in peace, live filled up on his JOY! To let HIM satisfy my needs, to let him satisfy me in the morning with his unending love so I can be filled with joy and be glad all my days! My memory verse! Thanks LORD!

  18. 868
    Jennifer says:

    Sweet Beth, thank you so much for being such a great spiritual mama! I love you to pieces and just finished listening to your video for “FaithfulAbundantTrue” in preparation to facilitate a study at Boone United Methodist. After a harrowing week of jury duty, God has placed a woman in my life that so desperately needs the depths of God’s love. Your wonderful breakdown on spiritual discernment was a timely word straight from God, through you, to my tender heart. I want to share God’s love and hope…but I don’t wanna get punk’d! Thank you for listening to God’s call on your life and for helping women like me all over the world to go deeper into God’s word and to live out loud in the love and mercy and confidence of who we are in Him! Thank you, Jesus!:o)Have a wonderful day of joy & blessings!

  19. 869
    Janel says:

    What is God teaching me? To not just “get by” or merely survive, but thrive in the scorched places (Isaiah 58:11). In Jeremiah 29, the Lord spoke to the Israelites while they were in exile. He commanded them to build houses, plant gardens, and marry. In verse verse 6, He compels them, “Increase…do not decrease.” WOW!!! When faced with difficulty, our gut instinct often tells us to run – if not physically at least emotionally. God instead tells us to stay engaged and keep increasing.

  20. 870
    Laura K in SD says:

    Hi Beth!

    I think God is teaching me to trust Him not only for my salvation, but also for sustaining my faith through the ups and downs of life. He has not left me as an orphan to maintain my own spiritual walk.

    p.s. I just thought you were minimizing your blog posts to give us time to read 8000+ Scripture verses from our fellow Siestas ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 871
    Leanne from Canada says:

    Just returned from a wonderful week away with my hubby….lots of relaxing and reading. God seems to have me on a theme as he often does. Everything I read (4 books in one week…yeah) and even my bible study homework seemed to be addressing the area of devotion to Christ and to the global church….how do I live in this culture most effectively for Christ. My heart has had an extra stirring for some time…now what will it look like? Even my memory verses right now are extra challenging…1John 2:15-17-“Do not love the world or anything in the world…”. This world is not my home….may I truly live as if I believe this with my whole being.

  22. 872
    Destee says:

    It sounds so simple but it may very well be the most complex thing I ever learn. I am asking God to teach me what real love is (His love) and to teach me HOW to love as he desires me to. His answer this morning in my quiet time:
    Romans 13:10 NLT
    Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.

    I have a feeling this is DAY 1 of a life-long lesson.

  23. 873
    Colleen Delbridge says:

    God is teaching me to TRUST HIM. To take my concerns to Him then leave them there to be dealt with. This means expecting answers & being patient – and NOT trying to control everything & everybody in my life.
    O help me God!

  24. 874
    Danielle M. says:

    Mama bear, let me just TELL ya something! I am reading “So Long Insecurity” right now with three other ladies in my church. First off, thank you for your labor of love. Secondly, can I just say that God is totally highlighting the theme of pride in my life? He was gracious enough to highlight another two root causes. I have three predominant ones, but boy if chapter six wasn’t confirmation of something else God was already speaking!

    I am learning repentance. Big time. And its good. Its beautiful. Its humbling. And its life-giving!

  25. 875
    cheryl says:

    I’m doing a study of 2 Corinthians by Max Lucado. How did Paul keep going in the face of all that criticism? I would just curl up in a corner and cry! But I am learning that when I am sure of my calling then God will be glorified in my weakness. Today’s question was “what is your thorn in the flesh” ? Well I have plenty of them, but today I’m feeling a bit lonely and I struggle with this often, as do many women. My husband and I are in ministry, I have very few friends and my family is far away. But God is sufficient. He meets me in my need. He wants to be my friend. He wants my time. “I am a friend of God, He calls me friend”.

  26. 876
    Julie says:

    I don’t know where else to leave this…please pray for my brother Neal Sandifer. He suffered a brain injury 2 years ago. Because of his aggression post injury, he’s been at Timber Ridge Neurorestorative facility in Arkansas. My dad got a call this morning that hey will no longer keep him. He will be home with my parents on Wednesday. My mom had a stroke 5 years ago, and she’s not able to help take care of him, so it all falls on my 62 year old daddy. Please pray God will touch Neal wih His mighty healing hand before Wednesday. Because of his aggressiveness no other facilities will take him, & we have nowhere to go but to God.

  27. 877
    Kyla says:

    I just jumped onto this blog today from Lysa’s…and i’m very happy I did! I love seeing how God is using His girls to reach so many women…to connect us all, it’s AMAZING!!!
    I am learning how to trust God more…funny enough, my “one word” for this year is “SEEKING”…the best way for me to trust more is to seek Him more ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. 878
    Leslie says:

    He is teaching me about believing Him and speaking His Word! My daughter and I are doing the Believing God study and are growing so much together in the study and relying on scripture.

  29. 879
    brandy says:

    I am handpicked by my Father in heaven. Learning to have a God-awareness, and what a difference that can make in my everyday life. On week 2 of Anointed, Transformed, redeemed. What an awesome bible study!

  30. 880
    Anna says:

    I’m learning that instead of praying for a witness and influence for my stepson that maybe it’s me who is the witness and influence!

  31. 881
    Amanda B says:

    “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
    Psalm 27:13-14

  32. 882

    God has been teaching me this year that He is faithful to fulfill visions he has given us even when we have to wait decades for it. Here’s just one example from today:

    I have been cheering on my dear friend, Aleona Isakova, a Christian haute couture designer from Russia, since we first met in 1992 (aleonart.com). Our deep desire is to preach and minister together, maybe even write a book about her adventures with the Lord. Now, she is in Baltimore with a mission to women in America and is going to DC on Tuesday to attend the National Prayer Breakfast and other events connected with it. It’s truly miraculous. Please pray God allows her to meet Michelle Obama and give her this design Aleona created for her with a reference to Isaiah 52:7 on it: http://aleonart.livejournal.com/45704.html#cutid1

    We spoke in faith 8 years ago that God would allow Aleona to have shows in America’s major fashion centers to display his understanding of beauty, and it looks like he is opening the doors now, 20 years after giving Aleona her first vision of a Holy Spirit-inspired collection. God is faithful!!

    “…though the vision may tarry,wait for it; it will surely come…” Habakkuk 2:3

  33. 883
    JoAnn Shiley says:

    I have just learned through the study of David, once again how BIG the mercy of God is. That is just huge to me and I so loved that study. I just completed posting my last study lesson for David. I had several who wanted to join me in the study and we were all in different areas AND states. So I set up a Group of Facebook and we did it there! It worked pretty well. Everybody downloaded their own dvds and had workbooks, and I posted my notes, and questions from the study, we could have live chat and it worked great! God is doing the impossible through technology and I love it! So, now that we are done, I am once again scooting my chair up for a long deserved feast with God and we are going to talk about what I learned, where He wants me to go next, and I am going to thank Him for His great mercy to me. I have much to be thankful for! Thanks for all your hard work during a time when your health was suffering. You are past all that now, but I appreciate all that you pressed through to complete it that we might enjoy the fruits of your labor. God bless you in ALL that you do!

  34. 884
    Dawn says:

    God is teaching me about HIS faithfulness. I have a wayward son, a senior in High School, and God has been teaching me so much about HIS faithfulness as we walk through a difficult season. I KNOW God is going to break this stronghold of sin in my child’s life, because HE is faithful. It is an AMAZING time of growth for me.

    Thanks for letting me share,
    Dawn

  35. 885
    Barbra Keeler says:

    I think God is teaching me about transformation right now. Sometimes its slow, sometimes its a process. Change seems to be in the air around me and He’s teaching me to live one day at a time. I’m trying to eagerly anticipate what He has in store, because I know “His paths drip with abundance”.

    Love you too, Siesta Mama! Oh, and btw, I appreciated hearing your thoughts on Lysa Terkheurst. We just started her “More Than A Good Bible Study Girl” study at our church. So far, so good!

  36. 886
    Tammy Goodwin says:

    God is teaching me self-discipline right now – to keep my daily quiet time daily, and to memorize my Bible verses faithfully. Having my Mom & my sister around to encourage me helps tremendously!

  37. 887
    Nancy says:

    God is teaching me a deeper level of obedience-that some things I thought were not a matter of obedience really are. I hope that makes sense…and that He does take those things seriously.

  38. 888
    Heather says:

    This week, I’m learning an absolute dependence ๐Ÿ™‚ The stomach bug has hit our house and my 23 month old was hit first and as soon as she was back to bouncing off crazy walls, the 4 month old caught it :(. Now, one is bouncy, one is still getting over it, and my hubby caught it today. This has left me with the lesson that I can clean at night and go to bed exhausted and at my wits end, or let the house get a little dirtier (okay, a lot dirtier) and sit still in the love of the One that is taking care of me while I take care of them, and I go to bed refreshed, in love, and ready for late night feedings. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. 889

    God is currently teaching me to turn the other cheek. I’ve had several occurrences recently in which I felt slighted and I responded with anger when I shouldn’t have done so. I have heartily repented and am striving daily to turn the other cheek. Through God, all things are possible!

  40. 890
    Alicia says:

    To be honest, I feel distant from God. It’s hard to hear him. And it naturally causes me to wonder what I’m doing wrong.

    • 890.1
      Michelle Eidson says:

      Don’t give up! I have just been through probably the hardest year of my life with many disappointments and watching my daughter’s health deteriorate before my eyes. I felt so alone during that time but stayed in the word and kept trusting God. I can now say that I have come through it all with more Joy than I have ever known. God knows where you are at and He is Faithful, you may feel like He is not there but He is. If you allow God to keep moving in your life, you will come through this with a stronger walk with the Lord. I’m praying for you!

      God Bless,
      Michelle

  41. 891
    Heisfaithful says:

    God is teaching me humility…again. He’s also teaching me to love with compassion and kindness; delighting in mercy/grace as He delights. They are very hard lessons to learn in real life. They weren’t all that hard in my brain…lol…but living them all out can’t be done without absolute dependence on Jesus. I love Him.

  42. 892
    Julianna says:

    I am going to be traveling tomorrow and not sure when I will have internet again, but I wanted to get my verse in. Hope this doesn’t mess anything up!

    Julianna in Istanbul, Turkey (Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?) Matthew 6:25 NIV

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    Audrey says:

    Patience…dependence…complete trust…focus. We are following His lead. I know He never promised an easy life. Long waits for answers. Road block after road block. The enemy seeks to distract us from our mission. We will continue to press on~their may be sorrow, but their will also be such joy!!!

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    cindy b says:

    Cindy, Alton says forgiveness makes satan powerless over us.

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    Good updates Siesta Mama Beth, what fun to meet them, and to fellowship with Lysa, Kari, and others. What is so crazy is that the newest thing going on with me in my studies now is my focus on how I view my weight (129lbs but I’m still not satisfied, what is wrong here???)and my food eating habits. I saw Lysa on tv talking about her book, so I called my local Christian book store, and went out to get it. So far, very helpful, and somewhat painful. I didn’t know I would be so defensive about food of all things! I haven’t finished it yet, but so far, it is an eye-opening read for sure. Blessings to you Siesta Mama Beth:)

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    Michelle Eidson says:

    I’m currently going through your Bible Study the “Fruit of the Spirit” for a second time. I am more in love with Christ and finding more Joy in my life than ever before. God’s word is so true, the more you seek Him the more you find Him and Love Him. Thanks for your faithfulness!

    Michelle Eidson

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    Angie wahlenmaier says:

    Angie, Weston MO. God’s love is measureless! We had 74 ladies at our church for a retreat. What a time of learning and fellowship, one of our young worship singer told me her hands were tingling as she led music for us. She asked me if I thought that was the Holy Spirit moving. Yes I sure do!! Fill us up Father so we spill out to your children!

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    Joyce Bailey says:

    God is teaching me that He is working all things together in the lives of my adult children to draw them to Him…ALL things. He loves them more than I ever could.

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    LuAnn Barton says:

    We are on the brink of a great snow storm and God is teaching me about rest!! Resting in Him doesn’t mean lying around, it is work!! Taking the time to let Him woo me and love on me only the way my Papa can.

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    Kelli says:

    Boundaries. ‘nuf said.

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