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. 401
    Nancy says:

    I just began Hannah Hurnard’s book, “Hinds Feet on High Places” and God is teaching me sooo much about my walk with Christ. I think about it 24/7 and know He is taking me to the next level in my relationship with Jesus, and I can’t wait! His faithfulness in the past is my strength for the uncertainties that are before my husband and I, as we begin a new business.
    Just want to say, I am so excited to be a “siesta” this year! ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel like I have 9,000 new sisters!

  2. 402
    Shannon says:

    What is God teaching me right now? Where do I begin?! First and foremost, he wants my priorities to be more inline with his plan for my life. He (rightly) insists that he be #1, my man be #2, my children be #3, my mission (whatever that is) be #4, and my career be #5. I’m amazed that all I really have to do is have the first one right, and the second one sort of right, and the others just fall right into place. Go figure. Please don’t mishear me in this: KNOWING this is one thing, but OBEDIENCE is an entirely different thing altogether.

    I was just thinking of the million other things he’s teaching me, but really, they just fall under the category of my priorities. He wants me to seek him with everything (even when I’m ashamed and tempted to hide because of my sin), and then work diligently at the other things, in the correct order (in accordance with his specific call on my life). How much easier this will be when I just get to see him face to face!

  3. 403
    Kristen says:

    Maybe it’s ok for my marriage to be a rollercoaster too? This past year has been especially difficult for us, but maybe I should just enjoy the ride…..

    Maybe He designed it to be just that way…

  4. 404
    Alicia says:

    First of all, I miss Amanda’s posts! I loved keeping up with her little family.

    What God is teaching me now…seasons. There are seasons when we are on a mountian and seasons we are in a valley. And sometimes we just have to hang on till the next rise. That He knows best- in all situations and will work them out in His own perfect time.

  5. 405
    Michele says:

    Okay, at this point I’m pretty sure God is trying to teach me something that I’m just not grasping. I’m hearing the exact same topic from a number of sources & Bible teachers (including Stepping Up w1d3).

    Ps 121 talks about God protecting us. He allows painful circumstances in our lives, even when we specifically pray about them. He does not protect us from harm. Yet He is our Protector.

    I don’t get it. I believe he is always with us through every trial – constant companion. But how is he our protector if he does not protect us from pain? Do I have the wrong definition of protection?

    I’m not criticizing God or his Word by any means, I’m just honestly saying I do not understand this.

    Anyone have some insight?

  6. 406
    Janet says:

    A fresh and captivating way of understanding grace, gratitude and joy after reading One Thousand GIfts by Ann Voskamp. An exceptional book –

  7. 407
    Mylinda Brown says:

    We promised to walk the path God put before us. It’s gotten harder than we ever imagined really quick. But He goes before us, so we walk.

  8. 408
    Sharen says:

    The main thing that God is teaching me right now is to trust Him fully, not just saying it but meaning it.

  9. 409
    JLI says:

    God is teaching me a few things, though I can’t be sure of how He would grade me. Patience, waiting and contentment. We desperately need another car and have some limited funds to purchase one, but the right car just hasn’t come along. That leaves us sharing one while on 2 different shifts. I get rides home on certain days or I drive my husband to work and pick him up – at 11:30 p.m. We don’t want to act early and buy the wrong car where it because more of a problem than a solution for us. But I also feel like God is telling us to pray BIG and expect BIGGER. We shall see..

    I would desperately love have a child and after 2+ years, still nothing. I feel like I have a lot more questions than answers and it’s hard. Especially when friends are having children every other month it seems. My husband will be 40 next month and I’m 34, so the clock is ticking away. Most days I do fine with it, but then I have those (thankfully) rare days where being childless at 34 really sends me into the pit. Since I knew what a child was and what it meant to be a mommy, it became my dream. That was 30 years ago. Tough.

    I STILL cannot say that I will be content with my life if God never gives us a child. That statement alone brings up all sorts of feelings of grief and sadness, not just for my own selfishness, but for not truly believing God has a greater plan for my life than I could ever know and that if it doesn’t include a child, He has good reason. I’m afraid that my lack of acceptance could very well keep me from seeing the blessings He sends along the way.

  10. 410
    elvira says:

    Thanx for these words today, Beth! Great! Oh, I love my man too, so fun! The Lord is teaching me to praise, praise praise Him!!!

  11. 411
    Laurice Ray says:

    We love YOU Ms. Beth!!
    God is teaching me this week (this year) to be THANKFUL for small things that are BIG things!!! I have access to give my baby food and snacks when he’s hungry, clean water when he’s thirsty, Tylenol if he has a fever, and I can give him a warm bath and warm milk at night. I could keep my list going for pages and pages. So many mommies aernt able to give their babies simple things that we dont think twice about sometimes. Making me tear up just typing that. THANK YOU LORD! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 412
    jill_in_AL says:

    Always working on keeping my mouth shut so added to that is not to talk about things that are on my prayer lists — not to talk about my anxieties, worries, what-ifs.

  13. 413
    Kristi says:

    That He is so very personal and involved in my life, I only have to open my eyes and SEE Him. He wants to be a part of every single little thing I do or think or say. He doesn’t think it’s too small or too silly or too unimportant. Walking with Him through the tiny things makes running to Him in the big things second nature. I don’t “love” every lesson He teaches me, but this one is a JOY!!!

  14. 414
    Kristi Klein says:

    He is teaching me to persevere as He would in the task (both in ministry of His Word to women and in an ongoing difficult relationship) that He prepared in advance for me to do.

  15. 415
    Tanya Hoffman says:

    God is teaching me that memorizing scripture (SSMT ROCKS!!!) is a way to renew your mind and fight the battles of the enemy. It has been amazing that when I am struggling with something one of my verses will pop into my head and help to deal with the circumstance. I thank the Lord that His Word is living and active, and it is relevant to my life!

  16. 416
    Sister Lynn says:

    Hi Beth! I am in CLYDE for meetings – been so happy to BE with my buddies and sister Siestas. Thanks for popping on to confirm/affirm your love for us. We love you too!
    Sister Lynn

  17. 417
    Joy says:

    He’s teaching me that having joy in a situation is my choice. “Choose joy,” He says to me. This is one of those lessons I have to learn over and over. And over.

    And if I’m having trouble with my “want to,” I’m learning to bring it to Him and ask Him to help me with it. Even when I don’t “want to” want joy about it. Tis a vicious cycle!

    Love you Beth, LPM gals and siestas.

  18. 418
    Lisa says:

    Beth — I loved your entry today! I was laughing right with you at the end (about your man and needing to cook dinner). I love that as women we can share our daily lives together and be encouraged! How I would love for all of us to be able to sit around with a Starbux and share face-to-face!

    The Lord seems to be teaching me that He is enough (although I know that but living it is different) and that change is a good thing! He has stripped away a lot of things in the last 2 years and there have been many changes in our lives but amazingly, I have given it all to Him and I have had such peace . . . it is amazing how joyful life is when you let Him have control and not worry about outcomes — He has it all in His Hands!

  19. 419
    LaShay says:

    God is teaching me the value of surrender through Kelly Minter’s No Other Gods study. (A friend and I enjoyed last summer’s Siesta Bible study on Ruth so much that we decided to go back and do the NOG study!) I have many “functional” gods, including some that I didn’t even realize were so prevalent, and I often turn to these to solve problems on my own. I am slowly learning to surrender everything to God’s control and stop trying to fix things myself. It’s a hard lesson for this independent gal!

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    FloridaLizzie says:

    Honestly, God is teaching me what a treasure I have in HIM, and how DESPERATELY people who are lost need Him! And somehow, I’m supposed to be a tool to bridge that gap. After years of not finding the right job, God plunked me into a part-time job I love, privately tutoring Indians who need a GED on a reservation 50 minutes from my home. It has 3 Baptist Churches, a casino, and LOTS of problems. I’m thrilled to be paid to do what I did for 13 years as a homeschool mom: tutor one-on-one! But my current student is 16, a drop-out, so handsome, fatherless, so lost, on probation, and seems to be high some days. And He needs Jesus so much! God is stretching me from my safe, comfortable life, and asking me to be His hands and feet and face among people who need to know Him and His love! I don’t want to simply make educated heathens: I want them to know the Truth that will set them free! And I pray He will shine out of my ordinary self and draw these people to Himself. I’m learning He wants to make Himself known through me. It’s scary, but I believe “I have this treasure in a jar of clay.” Lord, use me!

  21. 421
    Leigh Ann says:

    Learning to trust God as I head back to Nursing full time after being home and raising my babies. My youngest is 21 so I guess it is about time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Still scared of all the changes it will mean for my family.

    I absolutely LOVE Kari Jobe!!! Wish I could have been there! She led worship at a minister’s conference my husband and I attended at Saddleback last year. AMAZING!!
    And I love Lysa TerKeurst too! She came and spoke at our church 10 or so years ago.

  22. 422
    Deborah says:

    God CLEARLY taught me to stop getting frustrated with myself… because in my weakness He shows His strength!
    This week I lost the list of attendees to an upcoming women’s event at our church. I was planning to email everyone to remind them, and now couldn’t! ARGH!
    After a moment of silence, my whole being resonated with…”Deb, I’ve got this.” Of course He does!!! I had to laugh at my silliness! God’s got EVERYTHING…ALL the time!
    With a grin on my face, I prayed taht God would touch the hearts of all those He intended to attend our event, and thanked Him for turning my silly frustration into grateful humiliation and dependence on Him for EVERY thing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Our God is SO GOOD!!!

  23. 423
    Lisa Stewart says:

    I never read a post without crying! God surely gave you such a big love for women you have never even met! Each time you write that you love us, I feel it in my heart & know it to be true. Our God is so gracious & loving! He has used this internet to glorify His name & allow realtionships that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
    The biggest thing He has been teaching me this week is that when I am more familiar with His word & spending time alone with Him, it’s so much easier to discount my “feelings” & tell the enemy that those aren’t true! I know they aren’t true because His Word tells me the truth!

  24. 424
    Cassandra says:

    God is teaching me a lot about approval right now. I’m reaching for approval in almost any person I can, knowing fully well I won’t get it. I desire that approval from my family and it is devestating me and really hurting my relationship with God. I need the satisfaction from the Lord and to find some self-worth.

  25. 425
    Yolanda says:

    Beth & Siesta’s,

    I’ve lived a reckless life, and was a wreck until Jesus became my anchor. Maybe even a wreck until some nasty strongholds were broken. With that, there are moments, and days that I tend to focus on my past life even though Jesus has been my life for over 10 years now. I can tend to focus on my past and wish that I could have been so different.

    I am on week two of Faithful, Abundant & True when day three hit me so hard, I could cry my eyes out.

    Kay is teaching about dwelling on the past sins and that IF I believe the whole counsel of God’s word, then that means that I accept on faith that at the Cross, Christ took those sins from me and washed me clean. In my own terms this means that Yolanda is forgiven, forever and ever. Gone, my slate wiped clean with an eraser, never to be again. My past has no hold on me today. Consequences, yes, but to be gripped with my past, NO!

    Kay’s words: “Don’t you ever say, ‘But I can’t forgive myself!’ You don’t need to forgive yourself. This statement is not biblical. It is a hiss of the serpent to focus on me instead of God. Confess your sin-God forgives-that is it!”

    So I’m choosing to stand in faith, choosing to believe God, and to do otherwise is not faith and that does not please God. (Hebrews 11:6)

    So in a nutshell, that is what I’m learning and what has spoken to me immensley this week. I’m pressing on!!


  26. 426
    Diana says:

    To rest in Him, to let His peace fill me, to wait for His leading. Last year was so very stressful and hectic…our oldest son got married, our second son was in Iraq with the Army, our third son left the Air Force and came home to go to college, and our youngest son graduated from college and left home for the first time to go to med school. All during the same time we were selling our home and buying another one.

  27. 427
    Steph says:

    He is teaching me that HE IS GOOD even in the worst of times. HE IS GOOD! I’m loving learning right now.

  28. 428
    Sarah M says:

    Goodness. He’s teaching me Surrender. Again. This time it seems to come from the life of Mary who after being told that she would bear a Son and He would be called Jesus, Son of the Highest her response was simply surrender and trust. “Behond the maidservant of the Lord.” There are so many questions she could have asked. She could have stuck her heels in the ground and declared that she would not be moved, but she didn’t. “Let it be…” My goodness how I desire that to be my response when God beckons me to serve Him.

  29. 429
    Jan says:

    Beth – thank you for sharing a few minutes! I just had an inkling you’d give Siestaville a shoutout today – because your love for this community shows.

    I’ve been a pastor’s wife for 33 years and 2010 was especially hard in ministry and on our family. God is teaching me that He never takes His eyes off us and He is ON HIS THRONE! Hallelujah and Amen. This verse has ministered to me.

    Psalm 11:4
    The LORD is in his holy temple;
    the LORD is on his heavenly throne.
    He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.

    I love SSMT – it has meant so much to my heart and life. His Word is life and I love Him so!

    I love you to pieces,

  30. 430
    Katie says:

    Perseverance in ministry. Lord, help us stay the course You planned for us in serving You and Your beautiful bride. Let’s keep pressing on!

  31. 431
    Donna says:

    God is teaching me TRUST…which is a big deal due to my childhood abuse. I love the LORD so very much. He is so faithful.

  32. 432
    Bonnie says:

    One thing God is teaching me is how to live my life with out being selfish. How to be a servant like Jesus is. I’ve tried to be selfless before but I was doing it in my own strength and by my own rules. Not anymore. I’ve asked Jesus to teach me his ways. How to live a selfless life like he did.

  33. 433

    One thing for sure is God is teaching me that I CAN and I WILL memorize scripture. I’m still floored by it, honestly. But the life thing He is teaching me is about power. His power. I am operating a new charitable organization (an orphan ministry) and I think He is just asking me to chill out. It is in HIS name and for HIS glory – so I need to wait on HIM to be the provision. It’s hard, b/c Imma like “somebody give us a million dollars right now” kinda girl. Beth, I’ve just gotta chill out. I can’t create power. He can.

  34. 434
    Angela J says:

    What is HE teaching me right now? Well… it is something new everyday, really. How to fight a spiritual warfare… how to depend soley on HIM to fight. He tells me in His Word “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness… Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day…” Ephesians 6:12 He has told me over and over and over again “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” 2 Corinthians 10:4. Fighting is not easy, but with GOD it is possible. There are definitely some bumps, bruises and scratches along the way… but in Jesus name… this battle WILL BE WON!!!!!!! I just have to rely on HIM to help me fight this battle!! That is what I am doing, well… learning to do! PTL!!!!

  35. 435
    Kim says:

    One thing God is teaching me is to trust Him and to have patience. Being unemployed for 15 months has caused me to have a very roller coaster relationship with Him, but He just says – trust.

  36. 436
    Texas in the Mountains says:

    “Most of my revivals come from survivals.”
    Words of gold, Mama Beth!

    I have a man/child who will be 18 years old in 2 weeks!!!
    He has been particularly persnickety lately, and full of self importance. (Help him Jesus).

    What is God teaching me?
    “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”
    God revealed to me that for now, my job is to just bless my son. For everything there is a season, and my season now is blessing.
    (I would rather bring him down to size, but that is not what the LORD instructed me to do right now. I think that is a job for the Holy Spirit!)

  37. 437
    Mary H. says:

    Learning to wait for results of a test for my mother. To know if she has other tumors in her body. We get the results on Feb. 8th. Someone told me last night at church…it just means you have that much longer to pray about the situation. I guess I really hadn’t thought of it that way. So when my mind races to the possibilities…I am trying to stop and just pray.

    Yes, Healer, Please heal.

  38. 438
    Patti D. says:

    God is teaching me a whole new, higher level of trust in Him. I’ve been going through health issues which have resulted in many trips to doctors and several trips to ER. Medicines that were suppose to help have been changed because they were actually making me worse. I’ve been reminded over and over to REALLY put my trust in God and His healing power! He is the One who “restores health to me and heals me of my wounds”. (Jere. 30)

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    Lisa, Jacksonville says:

    I’m learning to let go and let God have control in the “fiery trials”. Our Bible Study group is studying Daniel and i couldn’t be studying it at a better time in my life. Thank you, Beth, for allowing God to use you to help us learn about His amazing and awesome truths! You bless me so much by listening to the Holy Spirit and writing all these things down! What a blessing you are to all of us Bible Study women! I thank God for you and remember you often in my prayers.
    I’m so excited you mentioned the Made to Crave book! I just started reading it last night and so far it is excellent! Talk about something speaking to me…Lysa Terkheurst is a great author and i highly recommend it!
    Thanks for mentioning it!
    Have a fabulously blessed day!

  40. 440
    Happy Heart says:

    Live life in this very moment and to enjoy him and life so much that others want to know HIM ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Terry says:

    God is teaching me what it means to “Wait on the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait on the Lord.” One of the verses that sustains me is “I wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.”

    Thank you, Beth Moore, for mentoring me through your Bible studies, particularly Breaking Free, and for exhorting me to memorize Scripture. I started writing verses on index cards in 2005. At the time, I had a 50-minute commute to work, mostly interstate, and I would work on my Scripture memory while driving.

    God knew that on January 5, 2011, I would receive a devastating phone call from my beautiful daughter-in-law, telling me that my 26-year old son was having an affair. You don’t know (or maybe you do) how desperately this Mom wants to “fix” her boy and save them both from all they are going through. The Scriptures I’ve been memorizing for the past 5 years are a lifeline. The Lord uses them to counsel and comfort and give me hope. Most importantly, they are a weapon against the enemy when he tries to lie or accuse. I remind myself daily to “fix (my) eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

    My SSMT spiral is with me at all times; if I could find a way to wear it around my neck or attach it to my heart during this season, I surely would — and unapologetically, too. I even sleep with it under my pillow.

    All that to say, if you happen to read this, Beth, that I am eternally and deeply grateful for all I have learned from you — your Bible studies, your blog, your teaching, your living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May the Lord continually bless you and teach you and be a Shield around you, your marriage, your ministry and your family.

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    Denise says:

    God is teaching me to always, always trust Him. I feel overwhelmed with working through difficult family situations, work, financial burdens, and health issues. Psalm 121 is my rock during this season. Also, your Esther Bible study is a blessing. I purchased a 2 ring binder (holds 3×5 index cards) and placed my SSMT verses in the front and the Esther TURN IT AROUND verses (including SCENARIOS and TURN IT AROUND SCENARIOS) in the back. Thanks Beth! ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. 443
    Kimberly Tyler says:

    Kimberly Hendersonville TN
    He is teaching me not to worry and to take one day at a time!
    For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  44. 444
    Beth S says:

    To listen…

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    Terri says:

    That in my own strength, I get tired and overwhelmed – but in His, I become more energized and excited!

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    Nancy Jensen says:

    I am free from the things that bind me if I am clinging only to Jesus.

    A lesson I have been SLOW in learning.

    Made to Crave is a FABULOUS book. I am delighted to have the opportunity to do the Bible study with a group of women starting next week.

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    Kristi says:

    Beth…you are just a doll and your zeal for life and our Wonderful Savior is so contagious! I do wish I lived in Texas and could take part in your weekly study….I almost had the opportunity to visit about 3 years ago and called to see if you would be teaching. Your wonderful staff was so kind to offer to save me seats and even offered to provide for me and some friends a hot meal beforehand. We were there for business (Medical Sales Meeting) and as it turns out, we had a mandatory “dinner meeting” that Tuesday evening. When I called to explain we would not be able to make it, the gal on the phone said “well I tell you what, I am just sick to my stomach that you can’t join us”…..I love me some Texas verbage and hospitality! Kari is so amazing and I just know when the time is right, God will bless her socks off with the perfect MATE…. THAT IS WHAT I AM LEARNING RIGHT NOW….I am 33 and am realizing the power of being thankful to our HUGE God who does bless us with the perfect MATE, not MAN…..but Mate, so that HE can grow, bless and change us into HIS image. Being single and a professional dater for a while now, I got me some HIGH and PRIDEFUL EXPECTATIONS. I have been with my man for 18 mo now and for the first time ever through a dating relationship, God has gently been showing me MY flaws….what? Not cause my man points them out….but because they are CLEAR AS A BELL when I am just doing life with him….like my critical thinking, fear, Type-A junk and ridiculous expectations of him to fill needs ONLY God can fill. By choosing to BE THANKFUL for someone who is different than I had expected, but OH SO GOOD for me, and by DELIGHTING IN THE LORD daily, I am enjoying this man and this journey so much more. God is teaching me to relinguish control (wow, not easy) and fall DAILY into HIS arms cause HE HAS GOT ME! And I am praying my scripture cards and am learning SOOOOO much. As I joke with my very godly mother, who loves my man as well…..”I was perfect until I met him” God does have a funny sense of humor and I LOVE HIM for being in the business of LOVE, FORGIVNESS and CHANGIN people! GOD BLESS YOU MISS BETH….I am praying for you and SOOOOOO appreciate you and am sending you a hug from So Cal!

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    Kathy Funk says:

    I believe that God is teaching me that life is an adventure and how you deal with issues can bring you closer to God. I had my appendix taken out Monday night which explains why I wasn’t at Bible study on Tuesday night.

    So as I recover, I am spending a lot of quiet time with God and doing my bible study for next week. Have a great day.

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    Julia Hamlin says:

    Right now I’m learning to praise God through brokenness, and realize that His perfect and beautiful will knows exactly what’s next for my life, and I just need to trust him with that. He’s also teaching me to never limit Him! I shared the Gospel last night with a girl in my sorority house who grew up with a background of Hinduism. He knows no bounds, and we should never try to contain our boundless God!
    So blessed by this community and the loving community of Christ followers that surround me. God is so great. And cooler than anything I’ve ever experienced. Love it.

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    Sarah says:

    One thing God is teaching me right now is to slow down in my reading, especially my spiritual reading, and to ponder what I am learning. When I am enjoying a book I tend to race right through, think for a moment about how great it was, and then move on. But I don’t carry as much with me that way.

    I’m reading Soul Feast right now, by Marjorie J. Thompson, and she spends a bit of time discussing the art of spiritual reading.

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