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. I  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. 51
    Jessica says:

    learning how to be alone! Gosh….. I bought like 9 BM bible studies this past year because I do alot of driving. So I would listen to cd’s back to back! BOY, i LOVED studying the word with you, beth. You really did become my spiritual mother. It meant so much for someone living in the deepest pit of sin known to man! Then suddenly, I felt compelled to be alone for like two weeks. I knew tuesday night bible study would start up on the 18th and so he called me all by myself. Alone. Away from my beloved audio tapes, away from seeing my sweet siesta mama on sunday, and whatever other spiritual sisters and brothers i had. Just he and i. I realized I’d never been so alone with him, but I he helped me realize my need to depend on him alone for fullness, for direct instruction (i believe we need that sometimes) and for the sake of fellowship. So we sat in the book of James, one of very few territories covered by my adventurous siesta mama. A fresh word fell on me and I cried almost every night sitting their studying that brief but complex book.

    ok ok! like you said:

    Lesson: Christ is a thrill and he wants to make sure He’s first so he will call all things to be sacrificed like Isaac to make sure our heart are where they should be. Praise him.

    My dear siesta mama is always stunning, but in this new season of life my bible study sisters were too precious! The wisdom of Christ all over them! Yesterday I was so taken with them in ways that I had never experienced before in my bible study days. Our eyes were as big as saucers. I don’t know if that came as direct fruit of time spent all alone with God, but I feel like there’s a miracle here. A reason to take a praise break. love you, Lord.

    • 51.1
      candifer says:

      isn’t spending time alone with Him A-MAZING?! i once did a 48-hour silent retreat– my bible, my journal, a pen, a steaming mug of coffee and my abba father.

      i had gone to church all my life; knew all of the right answers, could spout off memorized scripture. but all my life, i had a head knowledge. for some reason there was a disconnect between my head & my heart. during those 48 hours, i met jesus. i didn’t just know all ABOUT him and what he had done for others; i finally knew what he did for ME.

      it’s amazing what you can hear when you intentionally remove distractions and you focus on God.

      praise God for a fresh word!!!

      • jessica says:

        Yes girl, he is BRILLIANT company and he just so sweet! ( I didn’t know that..) I grew up in a small strict church and knew alot about the word, but very little about the hand that penned it. thank you for sharing that! and God knows i LOVE to be distracted. He is amazing compa

    • 51.2
      jessica says:

      “James- one of few territories UNCOVERED by Beth” (among other mistakes.. except the others weren’t slanderous… ha) one day you will get the writing you disserve from a certain college grad. 0_o

      2. if you’ve had to read this and are irritated: here is a worship song to bless you today: Beautiful Exchange by hillsong. 😛

  2. 52
    Kate says:

    Did I miss some announcement? Did Amanda leave LPM?

    Glad your Bible study is going so very well! Wish I lived closer and could attend!

    • 52.1
      Beth says:

      Off full time payroll until Jackson goes to kindergarten. She’s on the board of directors so she stays very involved.

      • Brenda says:

        What a blessing… and YES, this is a great decision. My ‘baby’ just turned 34 – 2 weeks ago… it took… um… a pair of minutes for that to happen.

        And yes, great that they live close ~ my oldest is in Colorado Springs with 2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter (I’m in Raleigh)so visits are not frequent enough

    • 52.2
      Yanna says:

      Kate, I feel for you. I wish every Siesta lived closer or could spend the night at my sister’s (she lives in Houston I drive an hour and 30 min to go) we would charter buses and take all of you!

  3. 53
    Katie says:

    You know, I’m all for more Melissa. I’m lovin’ the in depth Bible Study posts. Awesome.

  4. 54
    KiKi says:

    I can’t believe Michelle wore a tutu-we must see a picture!
    I love that God made His Word to be alive and active because He is teaching me so much. God has showed me recently that I am getting a bit too close to letting my desires (namely for marriage and a family) become an idol. He spoke to me through Luke 1:13 “..your prayer has been heard.” I think He is telling me to take a break from praying about that desire for awhile-He knows. How appropriate that Luke 1 talks about Elizabeth and Zechariah’s long desire to have children. Of course, God allowed Elizabeth to give birth to a son, John the Baptist. His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours!

    • 54.1
      Kristin says:

      KiKi, I’ve been there. It’s not easy, but you’re right that He knows the desires of your heart. I read a great book when I was single called “Lady in Waiting” and it challenged me to be “under construction for God” and not worry about dating for a period of time. The Lord blessed my socks off as I took my focus off what I wanted so badly and began to desire just to please Him. Praying for you!

  5. 55
    Nicole says:

    Finally BELIEVING that it’s okay to be who you are and trying to be someone else only leads to years (or a lifetime) of misery. I was even able to relay this message to my 5 year old daughter in our book for today, Edward the Emu. God speaks everywhere when He is wanting to get a point across, huh?

    • 55.1
      Joy says:

      One time, God showed me a picture of forgiveness through the movie “Spiderman 3”, of all things! It was kinda embarrassing to be sobbing in the theater during a non-emotional scene. But it was quite a God-moment! It was one of the first ways I realized that He can speak to me any way He wants to! I love Him for that!

    • 55.2
      Catherine Morningstar says:

      Max Lucado has a great children’s book that discusses this very issue. It’s called You Are Special. Great book to help teach children that they are special just the way God made them.

  6. 56
    Tammie says:

    He is showing me that HIS FAVOR is all over me! Luke 4:18-19. It has become my anthem for the Year, for each day… anticipating what He is doing, has done and is for me in this moment! OH how I love Him for this!!! 🙂

  7. 57
    Grandmamitz says:

    God is teaching me to seek Him only and nothing else that this earth can provide. Seek first the kingdom of God.

  8. 58

    My memory verse for this stretch of week is Isaiah 26:4 – “You will keep in PERFECT peace the mind that is dependent on You.”

    I’m learning to depend and trust Him with my thoughts. God is teaching me that my life may look and feel like a jumbled, chaotic mess, but peace and joy come with my focus on Him. Happiness is temporal, but His joy is eternal.
    I’m so thankful for this lesson – it’s almost a lesson in the background of my life because so much is going on this semester in school, but it’s beautiful to step out of my crazy world and meet with Him, knowing that He’s constantly there, covering me in His peace.

  9. 59
    carla says:

    To praise HIM in good times and bad, that maybe I am a fair weather friend. In church, in bible study and watching a Christian talk show today, I get it MASTER and I really need to start now…..Praise HIM before I pray for other things because HE is always and forever so good to us.

  10. 60
    Jill H. says:

    He is reminding me again that I need to tear down the wallpaper of satan’s lies, and repaper my mind and heart with God’s TRUTH. I think I’ve worked it and worked it, and BAM here it comes again. I guess that is my precious Lord reaching a bit deeper into my soul and mind reminding me to take those thoughts captive unto Him. It is time to grab hold of Galatians 5:1 again: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Praise you Lord!!!!!
    Jill H.

  11. 61
    Elle says:

    To be intentional about living for him and loving others.

  12. 62
    anonymous says:

    So thankful for Siestaville and the outpouring of support for Joanne. What a wonderful community. The end.

    On a totally unrelated topic, I can’t help but wonder – would there be such a tremendous response and fervent prayer if a Siesta developed a life-altering mental illness?

    Further still, are we nearly as passionate about interceding for a spiritual life? If our spirits will long outlast our bodies, why do we spend so much more time worrying about protecting the physical life rather than if someone has been spiritually saved?

    Just wondering about these things as I stand convicted…

  13. 63
    Hilary says:

    God is teaching me to run with endurance, and to run to win.

    I love you, too.


  14. 64
    Warm in Alaska says:

    One thing God is teaching me just now: that there are a number of instances in the Word where the concept of “hidden” is discussed, ie. “…your life is now hidden with Christ…” – Col 3:3. Some of the “hiddens” get revealed in our lifetime – but some aren’t until we’re at home with the Lord. Just like, in the course of human history, certain things were kept hidden (kind of like 1 Peter 1:10-12) until the fullness of God’s timing. I’ve been having such fun looking into this…

  15. 65
    Dori says:

    I am learning that faith is following God when you have no idea where it will lead…instead of the way I thought I was being faithful-“Lord,I trust You to follow the plan that I have come up with,oh-and bless it too. Amen.” My way required little of me and I decided I am not content with doing little. Jer.29:11…thank You for giving me hope & a future. And big faith!

  16. 66
    Michelle says:

    Learning that “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” AND since the Spirit of the Lord is in ME…I am free! Well, why I never put two and two together before now is beyond me, but I am getting it now. It is funny you had Kari and mentioned Gateway because I am double blessed to not only be doing Breaking Free but also am following Gateway’s 2020 devotional and last week (healed) and this week (set free) are just perfect companions to my first two weeks of your study! Love that church and go every time I visit my parents in Keller, TX – have missed Kari there for the last few times, but the entire worship team is great. (If anyone wants to do this devotional, it is online 2020.gatewaypeople.com)

  17. 67
    Starla says:

    I hope this makes you laugh. I’ve been reading So Long, Insecurity and thinking to myself I don’t have any insecurities about my looks…I have a big ‘ole pile of insecurities about a lot of other things, but NOT looks. Well, I just added my picture to this Gravatar deal, and I’ve spent the last five minutes looking at my picture on the comment I left earlier and wondering if I ‘look’ okay? Are you kidding me? The Lord has a lot of work to do on this girl, but I know HE is the right ONE for the challenge.

  18. 68
    Amy Beth says:

    The Lord is teaching me that singleness can be a gift if I’ll let Him use it that way. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a wife and a mother. I know that isn’t the “feminist” thing to say, but it’s the truth.

    But that’s not what I’m called to right now. I’m called to take care of three little girls whose mother is in prison, a group of college girls who need a place to eat free food and do their laundry, etc. Lately I’m tempted to focus inward and see this time in my life as a season where I can do whatever I want. But I think the real gift would be if I used this season to do whatever He wants.

    “Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.” – St. Francis of Assisi

  19. 69
    Lauren says:

    Beth, I do love reading this blog. You are such an encouragement to me. I lost my mother about 5 years ago (when I was 25) and I miss her terribly. It sounds completely silly but every time you say “your mama loves you” my eyes just fill up with tears, in a joyful way not a sad one. You are very much a second mother to me and I have never even met you face to face! This is something that my husband does not understand but he loves it just the same!
    What is God teaching me right now? Well, being right in the middle of something, it is a little hard to tell. I think it is that I am incapable of doing this life without Him. I have gone through periods of time where I have felt incredible close to Him but now I am feeling so distant and I am just avoiding Him. I don’t want to, I am just finding myself a little too busy to plug in. Our preacher even used this phrase the other day, “You can do all the Beth Moore Bible studies you want but until you spend time with the Lord you are never going to build that relationship with Him.” God laid that one out pretty clear for me! Of course, that was said in a whole sermon which included many things not just about your studies. I am trying to qualify what he said but I am sure you know what I mean. It was spot on for me. Far too often I let my Bible study homework count as my quiet time. I fill in the blanks on the page without having spent any real time just talking with Him.

  20. 70
    Sara G says:

    There is a lot to learn and keep up front but the main idea right now is to learn who He is and how He works, who He works through and the life of Jesus. I’m not focused on one story in the bible at this time. Whatever He shows me when I read different sections. I want to go to a bible study but need to find away over my circumstance. Last fall I was fortunate to have my dad take me to a Jeremiah study which opened my heart and increased my excitement for Him. May the Lord continue to share His ways with me.

  21. 71
    Julie says:

    Oh Beth, I love hearing from you, especially when it is something that I can so relate to. When you said that our desperation for God is in response to our request to love him more. I am living that right now. I forgot that I prayed that recently until you said that. Wow!

    Besides being desperate for him these days, He is telling me to quiet my soul and wait for him. There have been so many verses I’ve read lately that say the same thing. Psalms 130 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in his word I put my hope,” Ps 131 “I have quieted my soul” Ps 118:8 “take refuge in the Lord”. Going through very difficult circumstances, there is so much I want to do and say to “fix” or control the situation. But God just wants me to “wait” for Him and expect Him to work it out.

    I wish we could have a cup of tea and I could tell you so many other things God is teaching me right now. I love you and have learned so much from your wisdom and example. Praise God for teachers like you.

  22. 72
    Jenny says:

    He showed me today that He accomplishes His purposes through us even if we don’t do everything perfectly. (duh! But I needed that message) Praise Him!

  23. 73
    Tiffany Morse says:

    Let me tell you that the Lord is really speaking to me lately…I have been doing the Isaiah study through BSF and also doing Joanne Heim’s Bible Study on Psalm 23! What is the ONE thing He is really pressing into me…

    ~Authenticity begins in the home~

    ~ministry happens in the everyday goings on~

    { I know that is two things, but they are hand in hand for me }

    LOVE you Siestaville!!


  24. 74
    Sue says:

    Be still and know I am God. It’s hard for me to be still and quiet, but I am trying to have time each morning, though it’s more brief than I would like. I am trying my best to memorize scripture. It is much tougher than when I was younger, but I’m persevering with God’s help.

  25. 75

    He wants me to trust Him and thus give up the anxieties over things I can’t control and bitterness over things said and done to me that I had no control over. Thank you God for your sovereignty in my life that I can trust in your Goodness and Love for me. Thank you Beth for your Living Beyond yourself study of the Holy Spirit. It is only with His help that I can accomplish this.

  26. 76
    Kate says:

    He is teaching me to pray. Especially in intercession. It’s been awesome.

    I’m thankful for you 🙂

    Kate 🙂

    “I am so grateful I did not wait until I was perfect or had everything straight before praying for others, otherwise I would never have begun.” – from Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

  27. 77
    JULIE PRICE says:

    Hi Beth . . . I am currently reading Lysa’s book and going through the workbook. I am learning to completely lean on him for my eating choices. I have recently lost 70 lbs and have about a hundred more to lose.

    You are such an inspiration to me as well. I have several of your cds . . . one of them deals with body image, weight and exercise.

    Thank you so much for dedicating yourself to teaching others about God’s Word!!!

    Love you so much!

  28. 78
    Danielle says:

    The one thing I am learning is to let go of my incessant reasoning. “Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God. But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment.” Isaiah 50:10-11

    In my spirit, the Lord showed me to wait for His wisdom and revelation in my current “dark” because my constant need to “figure things out” is a way to light my own torch and has truly led to frustration and heartbreak in recent months. I am being challenged to consider what other fires I might try to light instead of simply waiting, trusting, and obeying.

  29. 79
    Zenobia Wise says:

    Thanks for sharing Beth … your posts are always so down to earth and refreshing.

    God is teaching me war strategies right now. He is helping me to truly understand that the battle is against powers and principalities; that the enemy often comes right on the heels of a glorious moment or time of public testimony; that when the enemy rears his head in full force, it is because I am so close to the door that God has already opened for me that it makes the enemy nervous. He is teaching me to stay focused, fighting only the battles that need to be fought, staying focused on the true enemy and trusting Him for the victory. Praise God!

  30. 80
    Erica says:

    In spite of my distrust
    In spite of my doubts
    In spite of my anger
    And in spite of my fear
    I need to learn to ask him again.
    Got it self?
    Don’t ask me-
    Ask Him.

  31. 81
    Peggy Fletcher says:

    This is two but go hand in hand: to trust and wait on him.

  32. 82
    Yvonne says:

    Just today…from my verse I am meditating on- Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

    The pattern of this world–me, more, me, more…

    How am I subtly conforming to the pattern of the world in my life? It is easy in Christian circles to justify that if we are all watching a TV show that that makes it OK. The Lord has such a tight reign on what He allows me to see, but in the last two weeks I have watched a new show and so far it has been just fine, but I know the plot is about to thicken and become focused on loose relationships. The Lord is convicting my heart to be proactive…Yvonne, don’t go there, even though it isn’t bad-yet. Don’t get sucked into the characters and plot, so it is harder to say no to watching it.

    My desire is to know and love the Lord with every ounce of me and offer myself as a living sacrifice. I want my mind to be clear so that I may be able to really know God’s most amazing will. If my mind is filled with sensuality, how in the world will I be able to test and approve what His will is for me…O Lord, grace me with faith to believe You and keep my mind fixed on You, even something like a TV show.

  33. 83
    Tracy L. says:

    Learning to pray over the details. Our God is a God of details!

    Tracy L.

  34. 84

    Right now, I’m learning to SHUT.UP and listen. I’ve had one of the hardest years of my life, but one of the best. I relied too much on encouragement, which pushed me towards decisions that I never should have made as far as what to be involved in. Yuck. I’m learning to let go, walk away and truly seek His will. Tough stuff for me.

  35. 85
    Michele says:

    I am learning that Jesus is not just a deliverer, but that He is MY DELIVERER. Praise His name.

  36. 86
    Sherry says:

    He IS the God of Hope. (you see I tend to lose sight of that too easily…)

  37. 87
    Ashley says:

    Well, out of all of that, I’m just glad to hear that I’m not the only one who rides the roller coaster!

  38. 88
    Nancy says:

    One thing God is teaching me this week is that I do not have to fear the sexual mistakes from my past. As our pastor shared at church last week, our beliefs and our thoughts determine our actions. What God has shown me is with the renewing of my mind, I now have NEW beliefs and New thoughts that have lead to New actions -actions of purity -that are not subject to the beliefs/thoughts/actions of my past.

  39. 89
    Kristin says:

    Well, God is teaching me that I’m *not* the one in control, believe it or not! I’ve been so worried about my husband’s relationship with Christ…trying to put him in the right places with the right people, getting onto him about being in the Word more, etc. And to be honest, it’s come across as nag, nag, nag. Imagine that! I finally shut my mouth, gave it over to God, and you wouldn’t believe the way Jesus stirred up a fire in my husband’s heart the very next day! Praise God!

  40. 90
    Melissa Thacker says:

    Abiding in Him…it all comes back to that truth. Abide…something about that word just brings rest aand peace to my soul. 🙂

  41. 91
    Candace says:

    Oh gosh!! I love Kari Jobe’s music!!

    What am I learning right now?? Well, we are 2 weeks into Priscilla Shirer’s new study on Jonah and I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but that girl can PREACH IT! Talk about anointing. 🙂 I am receiving so much insight from her sessions…life’s interruptions are really divine interventions from the Lord. But oh how we hate those pesky interruptions! But, when the Lord intervenes in our lives – challenging as it may be – He also equips us for the challenge. He created us with a purpose. Me, little ole me…and sometimes I need to be reminded of that!!

  42. 92
    Pattygarv says:

    he’s trying to teach me that, when He moves me out of a ministry position, I shouldn’t criticize the way the new guy does it! It’s not the way I would do it, but I didn’t do it the way the guy before me did it. And the ministry is growing!
    Maybe I’ve got a little bit of a PRIDE problem?!!

  43. 93

    Dont just read it, study it and memorize it…..DO It!!

  44. 94
    Elizabeth says:

    Beth, I’m reading Made to Crave right now too. SO good! God is reminding me that He alone wants to satisfy every stinkin’ need I have. I’m learning what surrendering to Him looks like in the area of food.

    Love you!!!

  45. 95
    Kim says:

    It’s funny that you mention M.D. Anderson. I lost a dear, dear friend last month to pancreatic cancer and she had been out to M.D. Anderson a couple of times this past year. She loved the Lord and is dancing all over heaven right now, I know. I still miss her terribly and was just thinking about her tonight as I was driving home from church and then I read your update!

    What is the Lord teaching me??? The Lord is teaching me that He is ever-present and ever-moving in my life, that He is in the details!

    BTW, we just finished Week 2 in David…love, love it!

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    Jianna says:

    Slowly, methodically and deliberately, God is teaching me how to love myself; how to find my own self-worth outside of others. For the first 21 years of my life, I was told it mattered what others thought about me, I had an image to uphold, I needed to remember whose name I carried, I was worthless unless I did this, that or the other….. Now 29 years later, I am still trying to shed those false beliefs. But God is teaching me that He loves me unconditionally, He thinks I’m beautiful the way I am and He even sings over me. Besides finding my own self-worth, I have to teach those around me that I will no longer give them the power to determine my worth. I will no longer sell myself short. With Jesus living in me, I am worth something. Along with teaching me that I have value, He is also teaching me how to make myself a priority. For the past 6 years, I have been sandwiched between caring for my 1 child remaining at home and my husband and caring for my aging mother. But that has now all changed. On January 6th at 10:40 am I held my mother in my arms as she entered the Kingdom of Heaven. It was a precious precious moment. So, my struggle to find myself is only complicated by my intense grief. It is a moment by moment uphill struggle, But I am determined that this year will be the first year of the rest of my life. This year I will finally take care of me, because I am worth it!

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    beth says:

    Just have to share this… I received a message on Monday that a dear friend of mine, was going to be sitting in on this Bible study. I think she was a tad excited. She posted last night on facebook how awesome it was. I am in TN. We use to work together & how she loves our Father. I had told her I was jealous in a Godly way. So excited for her.

    God is showing me Isaiah 43:19…He keeps bringing that scripture to my attention & He is making me focus on the “something new” part.. so I am waiting with anticipation on what this could be. I mean everytime I turn, there it is.

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    Nichole H says:

    “Just do what I told you to do. Stop trying to find a way out.” Dang.

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    Tracey says:

    beth, i came home today to an amazon package w/ my copy of made to crave in it. i was so excited!! and last night i attended the LPL prayer/promotion dessert shindig at fellowship Bible in little rock. let me tell you – those girls can do dessert (hence i have to read made to crave, but anyway…)!!! it was such a fun time & i am so ready for the LPL Little Rock event that i CRIED DURING THE PROMO VIDEO! good grief. anyway, we will be so ready to hear God & you will be prayed up, trust me.

    so the one thing… it’s that He will meet with me. i’ve known it in so many different ways over the years but it’s one of those He has to keep re-teaching me. if i will just get off facebook & email & SIT DOWN with Him, He meets me there. and it is the best, funnest, most precious time. and yes, it begs the question… when all of that is true, why does He have to keep teaching me this? :S

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    Amy Storms says:

    To TAKE. COURAGE. I have no idea what’s in store, really, and I’m more than terrified…yet excited at the same time, somehow. My friend sent me the link to your “Wednesdays with Beth” talk on Hebrews 10:35-36. “Do not throw away your confidence…” My goodness, you’d been reading my journal on that one. I cried the whole way through at God’s clarity–that He took the time to be so specific with me. When you got to the point about letting other people have the power to take your confidence, I literally banged my hand on the kitchen table and yelled, “YES!” Scared my dog half to death but I got the point. So anyway…that’s what I’m learning. I’ve been asking myself, “What would a person with courage do?” and then I “DO. IT.” 🙂 Thank you so much for being the vessel through which He spoke to me!

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