Just Wondering What You’re Up To

Hey, Darling Things!

I’m working from home today and thought I’d take a little break and let my study-brain relax a minute and tune my heart into Siestaville. Let me tell you how proud I am of you for clocking in with the same general number of 2nd verses as you did your first verses. The hard part is not the start. It’s pressing on all the way through the year to the finish. But, then, like all runners that make it across that beautiful line, we get to celebrate a huge victory that only comes to those who sweat it out. We give all praise and glory to our empowering, sustaining God and sit back for a reflective moment, take a deep breath, and feel His glorious good pleasure. Community will become more and more essential as we realize that, without making a public commitment and running the race beside a host of others in this Scripture memory marathon, we’ll probably fizzle out. There is no doubt in my mind that we’re more successful at this together than we are separately. It’s God’s way.

Yesterday was a really fun day at LPM. I already put this on Twitter but it took about a half a dozen of our staff members to put together additional shelves for the books Melissa has acquired since she last worked within the ministry office.

I have promised Melissa my library when God takes me Home, but if she keeps this up at this rate for the next fifteen years, she’s going to pass me by and I’m going to leave mine to Curtis. (That threat won’t mean much to you but it will get Melissa and her dear brother-in-law  sparring again over who gets the books which, in turn, gives me a great laugh.) Amanda has been promised other things like what sits on my left hand. But I might spite them all and live a really long time…with colored hair and firm foundations (and I don’t mean the latter in the religious sense. Or the former for that matter. I cannot find hair color in the Scriptures unless I get to count head coverings which, to me, is not unreasonable. In that way and others like unto it, I am a very submissive woman).We’ll see how that pans out. (The timing of my demise not my hair color.)

The other really cool thing we did yesterday at LPM was preview the movie Courageous. It’s the new movie by the people that gave us “Face the Giants” and it comes out in September. (www.courageousthemovie.com) I will remind you guys about it when the release day gets closer but I can’t wait till then to tell you about it. Sisters, it was so good. I don’t want to give away the story line but I can’t quit thinking about it. They have done such a magnificent job with it. We honestly laughed out loud and cried and cheered. I can hardly wait until it comes out. I think God has something far beyond good, solid family entertainment for this film. I’ve told you guys before that, after retiring from the Army, my daddy ran movie theaters so I love few things on this earth more than good movies and great popcorn. (Yes, we popped corn yesterday. And I ate mine with a Starbucks instead of a coke which was an odd pairing and one I might not venture to combine next time.) The primary message of Courageous is targeted to our men who we all know are also targeted by our very vicious enemy. I really believe I can tell you in advance that the guys in your life will love the movie. Mine will and he’s not easy to please. Courageous scores very low on the cheese factor which we know drives most guys crazy about any form of Christian entertainment or encouragement. I dare say that we may be a tad cheesy in Siestaville but we try to keep our Velveeta loaded with jalapenos.

Lastly, I’ll tell you that we started our January Bible study on Tuesday night with one of the best groups God has ever brought our way. We were flabbergasted. May He be greatly praised and glorified in that sweet sanctuary where He’s met with some of His people so many times. We’ll be talking on here about meeting on Tuesdays but we won’t be talking on here about the material because I’ve established a gag order. Laughing. The on-site participants are previewing a (very little) bit of homework so that their experience will be richer but, for copyright’s sake and for future publishing, we’re going to keep it and the session materials low key. It’s not that we’re hiding something. It’s that it’s just a long way from being finished. I also don’t want hype. Ick. Even well meaning hype from those who are sweetly biased. I just want to study Scripture as God presents it to us in His own good time and His own good way. I won’t actually do the LifeWay taping for this series until late April when we do it with a studio audience and I’ll still write through most of the summer. I am reluctant to keep bringing up the series on here because I don’t want to build it all up in anybody’s mind. A curriculum that speaks to one person can hit another person cold. How this turns out is all up to the Holy Spirit but what I can tell you in advance is that, God willing, we will do our best to know that brief Book of the Bible by the time we’re done.  Whether anybody will actually “like” it or not is up for grabs. James isn’t necessarily a party bus.

Well, I’ve had about as much of a break as I can afford today. You’re on my mind every day and I pray for you often.

Oh, and this is one reason I got on here today! You know what we’re doing to stay in the Word this early 2011 but what are each of you doing? (Besides memorizing!) Tell me what you’re studying right now!

I love you guys.


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  1. 951
    Linda Matsko says:

    The book of Daniel with my Christian sister Dotti.

  2. 952
    keysha mcneil says:

    A group of us is still praying as to what study to begin. Feeling a tug to priscilla shirrer’s Jonah study. Still not sure yet.

  3. 953
    Gigi says:

    Beth last fall a group of women from our church did the Faithful Abundant and True. Now for the first study of the year, we are doing Anointed Transformed and Redeemed. I can’t tell you how blessed we feel to be a part of this group. Not only to dig into the word, but to hold each other accountable in our walk with Christ. I have also been given the honor to lead a group of High School girls at the Christian School where I work. Instead of having a chapel every week we have what is called flipped fridays. It consists of multiple Bible studies with Jr. High and High School students some student lead and some Adult led. The group I am leading is Faithful Abundant and True. Another Adult is leading the Esther study. The hope is that more students will lead these studies. The group I have love the videos and I can’t tell you how incredibly blessed I feel to be a part of these two groups. Bless you Beth for your faithfulness to God’s word and bringing it to the world in such a way that is exciting and life breathing. Your love for Jesus is contagious. Keep on doing what the Lord is calling you to do. Love you.
    Gigi in West Milton, Ohio

  4. 954
    kimberly says:

    i’m doing the anointed, transformed, redeemed study with a group of women on tuesday mornings. last tuesday was our first meeting, and we’re excited!

  5. 955
    NURSEGIN says:

    I am fairly new to the blog but am fired up about scripture memory. I have bible study at my house on Monday. It is small group that started with 15 women from my neighborhood and now is down to 6 faithful WOMEN. We have done about about 5 Beth Moore studies and just finished Breaking Free. It was so awesome to see each one of us released from one strong hold then another. Thank you Living Proof and Beth Moore for your dedication to our LORD and women. It is so awesome to see change us from the inside out. I have been a christain for years but just in last few years have come to love and depend on GOD’S HOLY WORD. I love the LORD because he first loved me.

  6. 956
    Tammy Carr says:

    Starting the updated David study Feb.1. We have already done all of the other studies! 🙂

  7. 957
    Rosalye says:

    Explorers Bible Study: The Only True God -Knowing the God of the Bible, by Marni McKinzie. And Here and Now…Then and There, by Siesta Beth! Both are wonderful! Nothing better than God’s Word!!

  8. 958
    Tanya R says:

    Kay Arthur’s Covenant at First Baptist Sierra Vista, AZ

  9. 959
    Lisa says:

    A group of my girlfriends and I are studying Jesus the One and Only and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. We are all still in high schooland plan on adding more members to our group with each study we continue to do. I just love seeing how God impacts the young people. We are closing in on the last week and let me tell you it has been one crazy ride!!!!

  10. 960
    Erin says:

    God has called me to missionary work in Africa!! Praise be to His name!! So, right now I am reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan and listening to the New Testament. This is one of the two books our team is reading before our trip. The other one is Radical by David Platt. Please pray for me as I allow God to prepare me for whatever He has in store for me. I feel so inadequate most days but I am believing that God will give me what I need!

  11. 961
    Aunt Rhody says:

    Studying Sensible Strategies for Belonging, by Chris Coursey, Jen Coursey, Ed Khouri. It’s about building brain skills and joy groups, all scripture based. My study group is most definitely a Joy Group.

  12. 962
    Faye Columbia,SC says:

    We are studying your new revised biblestudy on David Seeking a Heart Like His….It is Awesome so far …we just started Wed night….1/19/2011

  13. 963
    April Nicole says:

    Me, digging into The Armor of God – asking God to give me a fresh perspective on it. Loving what God has taught me so far from Eph. 6!

    Can’t wait to see what God has shown you in James!

  14. 964
    Susan says:

    In my personal quiet time I am using Beth’s study ‘Living Beyond Yourself’. On the introductory DVD when Beth said my name attached to a very pertinent comment I knew it was a nudge to ‘Come Out’ of my own self made tomb.
    I just finished ‘Jesus One and Only’. WOW my heart is full and over flowing.
    In my bible study group we are following ‘Believing God’ which we started last year and are savouring every word. Much discussion as we are a very varied group in age, wisdom and learning.
    Praise the Lord that Beth has such a gift for leading us through the Word.

  15. 965
    Jenn says:

    I’m reading the Bible in chronological order and I’m also about to do a short study on the Sermon on the Mount, but I would really like to do an in-depth study on the Love of God. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know!

    Thanks! 🙂

  16. 966
    Dee Dee says:

    In addition to reading a chapter of Psalms or Proverbs each weekday in a program my church is having, I am doing the No Other Gods Bible Study by Kelly Minter and really enjoying it!

  17. 967
    Laurie G says:

    My work siestas and I are really enjoying Jesus the One and Only. We meet twice a week in a little conference room during lunch. We start the homework on Saturday, view the video on Tuesday and by the time we meet for Thursday lunch we review the homework together. It has been such a wonderful time of personal growth and growing togethers as siestas in Christ. We studied Esther (oh ya, it’s hard to be a woman…) last summer and Daniel in the fall. We are sooooo very excited you are coming to Fresno in April (on my birthday I might add) and will all be joining you there. Keep cranking out those Bible studies!


  18. 968
    Edie Mohn says:

    I am studying or should I say devouring your “John 90 Days”. I am loving it. John is a beautiful soul. The Lord has been gracious enough to show me how trusting and loving John was. Something God is working on with me. I am so in love with my Beloved Lord Jesus! He is Awesome!!!

  19. 969
    KMSmom86 says:

    I am slowly working through Living Beyond Yourself. I started it quite awhile back, then put it away, then got it out…you get the idea! I am on week 8 – God’s faithfulness.

  20. 970
    Betty Murphrey says:

    I am studying Isaiah in Bible Study Fellowship – wonderful and very challenging. Also memorizing Isaiah 53 and 55, separate from my SSMT.

  21. 971
    Piper Green says:

    I am studying Ruth- She is a great example of fresh new beginnings- thank God I have one!

  22. 972
    Sheri Beersman says:

    My best friend and I are finishing up a book study called, “God’s Outrageous Claims” by Lee Strobel. It’s pretty fascinating…I’m a relatively new Christian (just a year and a half into this) and I am almost 44 years old. It’s just remarkable and exciting for me to learn about what is TRUTH. I come from a very complicated and difficult background, so this is all just amazing to me. God has blessed me immeasurably with a deep LOVE for His word. We are starting Jesus the One and Only in two weeks…with a group, but my friend is leading it. I have been dying to do this study for about 9 months, so I’m just completely pumped to do it! Got our books a few days ago…and I know it sounds crazy, but I love the smell of a new book!

  23. 973
    Patty Anderson says:

    I am studying David “Seeking A Heart Like His.” I am bringing the whole splattered mess to Him and asking God to do a great work in my heart. I am really enjoying getting to know David.

  24. 974
    Denise Keeter says:

    Dear Beth,
    For my morning dose of the word, I am going through your devotional on Paul….amazing! And I’m also leading a 14 week Bible study for my women’s ministry. We are doing 2 Deeper Still studies (Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed and then on to Faithful, Abundant and True). Thank you so much for teaching us through your books/studies. Life is difficult BUT WITH GOD it can be a victorious, abundant journey. To HIM be ALL the glory!
    Love, Denise Keeter
    (a military wife stationed in Naples, Italy)

  25. 975
    marlinda flynn says:

    Finishing up on my own Daniel and then we just finished as a womens group about 3wks ago Living Beyond Yourself (loved it!!!)and now we are getting ready to start Jesus the one and only leading into Easter. And after the April simulcast Jonah with Prisilla. Looking forward to James!

  26. 976
    Jen Lovelace says:

    Doing Beth’s newest edition of “Breaking Free” with my women’s Bible study (did the old one a few years ago) but feel like I’m doing it for the first time. SO much the Lord has been speaking to me about! Also doing word studies on a few key words in my memory verses for the SSMT. It’s helped so much – not only making the memorization easier but also making the meaning of the verses stick with me so much more! I’m loving it!

  27. 977

    We just began Priscilla Shirer’s Jonah study with 58 women on Tues night and Wed morning. We are so excited that the women from our last few studies are getting out there and inviting others to study God’s word.

    In our Women’s Sunday School class we are doing a verse by verse study of Jeremiah. We are going to see how far we get by the end of May. It’s amazing to see the light bulb go off when someone reads a verse and realizes that one verse has such a powerful message.

  28. 978

    Hey there, siestas! I am thrilled to be participating in the lpm memory scripture team this year and honored to be counted a siesta! I am currently studying, “Stepping Up” and LOVING IT! For those of you that are not familiar with Beth’s study of the pilgrimage psalms, let me tell you, it is a delight!! I have learned so much about the festivals that the Israelites and our beloved Christ celebrated and their very personal meaning in our own lives. A few months ago, God did the coolest thing. I had printed out an article from the web where Beth was talking about her trip to Angola and how the hungry people there were eating seeds instead of sowing them into the ground so that they would produce crops and related this to how we eat the seeds of God’s word instead of sowing them into the hard ground of our lives, and IT CLICKED WITH ME!!! I printed it out and actually listened. (Wow!) As I opened the study “Stepping Up”, God directed me to the exact SAME STORY. Apparently Beth had taken the web article from this study or vice versa. Anyway, THERE IT WAS! The very same story that had been so instrumental in getting through my thick skull, and I KNEW this was the study for me! I have so enjoyed my pilgrammage thus far and thank the Lord for Beth Moore who is so attentive to what God is saying to her and so adept at passing it on to us!

  29. 979
    RaeLeen Bustin says:

    I am in Bible Study Fellowship. We are studying Isaiah. We have 850 women who meet every Tuesday morning in a local church. You have to get there early to find a place to park and to sit. It is so encouraging to be studying God’s Word with women who are commited to His Word.

  30. 980
    Julia says:

    I’m doing “Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman” for the second time. It always amazes me how different a study is and what God speaks to you as your life changes. God’s word is always fresh, no matter how many times you read it.

  31. 981
    Tammy says:

    Delray Beach Fl, If anyone is out their this am please pray for me neighbor and her fiance. He went into the ER last night and four hours later they took him in and he was in liver failure. They have no answers yet but while in his bed in a shared room, the older gentleman next to him was on an oxygen mask, got up and attacked my neighbor, pulled his IV out and hit him them both with the IV stand. They are now in a private room, and the specialist is coming in this morning. I have reassured her that talking to GOD and asking him to be with her now is the one thing I can do for her and for her to do the same. I could think of no better place then right here amongst you all, your faith moves me and inspires me. Please pray for them and the peace, calm that comes with reaching our for GOD’s hand. Thank You…

  32. 982
    Jane Smolen says:

    Morning Siesta Mama!
    I am getting geared up to lead a college girls study using Believing God- I am woefully behind in my prep but we start Feb 1 so I have a couple of weeks. Our new plant church is tiny but wonderful- encouraging all 12 of us to step out of our comfortable lutheran shoes and be a little more open to inviting people. Keep us in your prayers!

  33. 983


    I am wondering if someone can tell me if there is some way to find a specific comment here on the blog. I was reading yesterday and there were a few people who had asked for prayer and were going to give updates and now there are over 1000 comments!

    Probably won’t do me much good to answer here because I have no clue how to go back to what I posted either. Maybe someone would be kind enough to email me. I will just give the general email address on my business site.

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    Thanks a bunch!

  34. 984
    Janice says:

    My life is a bit crazy right now! I am taking a class once a week for my job which has nothing to do with studying Scripture. However, aside from memorizing Scripture I still have my nose in the Book; I am reading it through as well as reading “My Utmost for His Highest” devotional.

    You’ve got me all excited about the new movie “Courageous”; didn’t even know they were coming out with another one; can’t wait!!

  35. 985
    Kathy says:

    At my church in Tampa we began Here & Now, There & Then (Revelation) on January 18. Already blessed by what we learned from the first teaching session and the fellowship and sharing within the group.

  36. 986
    Leah says:

    I have just joined a ladies Bible study of the book Girls Gone Wise by Mary A. Kassian. As a mother of a preteen, I can’t wait to jump into the discussion and hopefully find guidance.

  37. 987
    Dee says:

    I’m doing Jesus, the One and Only in our woman’s Monday night group. The pastor at church is teaching on 1 Corinthians, so most of us are also doing N.T. Wright’s study on that. I’m almost finished with “Paul: 90 Days on His Journey of Faith”. It still feels like it is not enough time in God’s Word. 🙂

  38. 988
    Rhonda in Michigan says:

    I am studying your new study on “David”. It is comforting to know that David had some of the same feelings and emotions that we have on a daily basis. I am also taking my Siesta Scripture Memory seriously this year. It is incredibly beneficial to my thought life to spend time memorizing my scripture instead of other nonsense stuff that I might have in my head.

    Praise God, Lord you are worthy of our praise!

    Kalamazoo, Michigan

    p.s. If you are a Siesta in Kalamazoo (or nearby), I would love to hear from you.

  39. 989
    Cindy says:

    Discovering new things God has for me! Allowing God to transform me is so refreshing! I love how memorizing just my first verse has open my life to new things, and a new hope. Listened to CD of Caroline Leaf talking about the amazing brain. So amazing how God built us so we really can be made new.

  40. 990
    Jan says:

    Breaking Free with my usual group that meets every year. Reading “Messy Spirituality” by the late Michael Yaconelli. God is speaking to me through both!

  41. 991
    Beverly Schlomann says:

    walking through the OT Kings and Prophets with a group of young ladies on Saturday mornings. The focus is not just on the details of the story, but more on what God wants to teach us through their successes and failures. I love ministering to these young women!

  42. 992
    Tina Harrell says:

    Our pastors are preaching on Proverbs in 2011 and have asked each of us to read one chapter of the book each day in January. It’s cool that there are 31 chapters in the book and 31 days in the month. My accountant mind loves when numbers work out that way!! Each day we read the chapter and underline a verse that speaks to us. Then we pray about it, take action on it and journal about it. It has been a treasure to my thirsty heart. So glad for this challenge.

  43. 993
    Rebecca says:

    I have just moved and am not near my Woman’s Bible study group, but God is faithful no matter where I am and who is here! I have been reading His Word and findig Him and my husband has been also! I love the list of studys and books on this blog I have just ordered 5 from Amazon.

    • 993.1

      I am on a very similar journey myself. I am so glad that you are finding joy in the midst of it all. I will be praying with you that you will find the study he wants for you exactly at this moment.

  44. 994
    Shannon Torgerson says:

    I am doing a study of Ephesians, word by word. I love it!

  45. 995
    Brenda says:

    Beth, I’m just finishing your study of The Patriarchs. With each one of your studies that I have completed, I feel that I have been lead to the material at the perfect time in my life, when I have needed it the most. The applications are fresh, severe, real and right-on. And when I am honest with myself, I can receive the teaching and feel a sweet reproving of the Holy Spirit. Praise be to God! I am so grateful that you continue to listen to His call and minister to women like me. Your obedience and God’s mighty hand have saved my life.

  46. 996
    Cathy S. says:

    Our mom’s Bible Study on Wednesday nights at Palmetto First Baptist is studying women of the Old Testament. What fun to visit the lives of these women who lived so long ago but who are so much like us!

  47. 997
    Christina in Germany says:

    At the Tuesday morning on our little army post, the multidemonational, multigenerational, multi everything group of PWOC: our small group is working through Kay Arthurs’s Lord Teach Me to Pray. At home with just me and God, I’m studying verses on rest, on being a keeper at home, and on holiness. And I like to start my day reading the Proverb chapter for the day along with my cup of joe. Those two things make for a great start!

    • 997.1
      Joyce Watson says:

      So wonderful to know that you are doing a Bible study in Germany. We were military and stationed in Giessen, Germany for a while. There were two churches off post we could attend there and one church had alot of German and other different groups mixed in the congregation. It was it interesting.
      We shared the gospel and enjoyed our time there.

  48. 998

    After 15 years of staying at home, I just recently started back to work. I work in a hospital therefore have hospital work hours. This prevents me from going to a Tues. Morning Bible Study. On my own, I am doing http://www.lifejournal.cc/ To be honest, it is hard not to be with a group of ladies but the Holy Spirit is a good accountability partner. He encourages me to stay with it!!

  49. 999
    Brenda says:

    I have the incredible blessing of facilitating Revelation “Here and Now, There and Then” both in my Ladies group at Church on Sundays and for my business partner and the other business partner’s wife on Fridays ~ so I am doubly blessed, but God saw fit to also provide a 30 week in depth study of Isaiah along with this… WHEW… can I just say A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

    Blessings to all at LPM and Siestaville

  50. 1000
    jade heiress says:

    We are doing “God Seeker” which was written by my pastor’s wife. Good stuff! It’s going to be my second time through it!

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