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. 1251
    Annette says:

    We are studying Esther both on our own, verse by verse, and with Beth’s “It’s Tough Being a Woman.” A great study with relevant and practical lessons.

  2. 1252
    Siesta OC says:

    Hmmm…right now:

    -Praising GOD for answered prayers about Joanne H.
    -Asking GOD about the significance of prayer and my confidence in myself asking and not that HE is unable. (Cause I KNOW HE IS)
    -Emailing with my 14 year old nephew about our plan to tag team Jeopardy and win enought $$$ to buy Australia.
    -Deciding whether or not I should have noodle soup for lunch or burrito. (I sure wish I could go out to lunch with y’all – those restaurants where you are make Guac look like a piece of art)
    -Continuing to pray to go deeper still with GOD. To walk with Jesus authentically and purposefully.
    -Wanting so bad to blare ‘Pray’ by Cece Winans. Its my song!

    I think GOD is opening a season of prayer and learning thereof. All about HIS TIME!

    Love to you Siesta MAMA!

  3. 1253
    Jill says:

    Tonight is our first lesson of Believing God. Some of us have done it before, including myself, but I BELIEVE 🙂 God’s timing is perfect and this is the time to do it again. Please pray with us that GOD shows up HUGE and moves mightily in all of our lives during this study!! Love from Lee’ Summit, MO!!!!!!!

  4. 1254
    Pamela says:

    Oh sweet Beth, this is a late response but I am currently do my own study of Proverbs 31. This month I looked at what it means to reverence God and each week I posted on my blog a topic r/t that. Next month I am looking at the Proverbs 31 women’s role in her marriage with her man. I am not feeling too Proverbs 31ish so I am working on that with the following verse as my goal: “…sent to strengthen [my husband and children], to encourage [them] in [their] faith, and to keep [them] from being shaken by the troubles [they will] go through. ~ 1 Thes 3:2&3 (personalized). I am using scripture searches and written material from a variety of writers (including you!). I am also memorizing a verse a week for each topic. I am determined to conqure 2011 with spiritual success and be a changed woman for God and my family!! Satan has been so hard on us in 2010.

    Loving my scripture memory cards!

    Believing Him~Pamela

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    Janet Scarth says:

    We are studying your new David Study…. I’m so excited! We have a Monday night group and a Tuesday morning group. I initially bot 26 books… we had to go back and get more. I noticed last night, we only have ONE left!!! Praise God! We have a good turn out this season in God’s Word!! Also trying to get others memorizing the Word in your challenge. Hoping to bring several to Houston in 2012! My Daughter and I loved it so much last year!

  6. 1256
    Bridgette Jencks says:

    We started TO LIVE IS CHRIST today. Hello 1997!!!
    Looking forward to a great 10 weeks!

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    Deirdre says:

    I’ve recently joined the Precept class at my church. We are currently doing Kings & Chronicles.

  8. 1258
    Gayle says:

    Just wanted to share how God blessed beyond my dreams. I invited my three daughters in three different states to join me in the memory verse challenge.All three are in various trying seasons, including a newborn and cancer surgery,but all said yes! On top of that one of them included three high school girls she mentors! I know God will do through great things through His word!

    • 1258.1
      Amy says:

      Hey Beth & Siestas!

      I am very excited about this season of my family’s life. We are seeking hard after the Lord & what He has for us…believing for his best & trusting Him to give us our heart’s desire so we know how to proceed. Long (way long!) story short, my man’s job is ending in a couple of months. It’s been the kind of job where he stayed b/c he wasn’t “called” to go, a waiting thing…& now we are waiting for direction, believing the Lord is doing something new. Isaiah 44:18-19. This time in itself is an answer to prayer, so that encourages me while waiting. I just finished doing “Ruth” by Kelly Minter for my second time (I did it solo during Summer Bible Study), but this time around took a group of friends through it. I think it’s incredible that in a span of only a few months the Lord encouraged and taught me in a completely different area than the first time- He is awesome! Anyhow, everyone enjoyed it so much that we are now starting her other study “No Other Gods” which, so far, has been exactly what I’ve needed during this new season.

  9. 1259
    Tamara says:

    Hello!! I am actually studying “Here and Now…There and Then”. Our church started this study about two weeks ago. They arranged the times for a Wednesday night class and a Friday morning class. Unfortunately I was not able to make either of those times so I was approached by our ladies director to start a home group in my home on a different evening. I must say it’s better than I expected!! I didn’t expect anyone to be interested but we will have 11 tonight!! WOW! We will be in Session Two tonight and I can’t wait!! Thank you for your wonderful, wonderful studies!! You are a true inspiration to all of us ladies at Owasso First Assembly!!

  10. 1260
    Linda says:

    Dearest Beth:
    I finished your book this morning. Since I woke up with a horrible headache this morning and could not sleep, I picked up your book, So Long Insecurity, and finished it. It called to me from a shelf at Katy Budget Books sitting right on top in the New Arrivals section two weekends ago. Your radiant smile and the word Insecurity captured my attention. Your book has transfigured a 4 and a half year journey I have sojourned through for what seems an eternity.
    I too have struggled with the beast, insecurity, since I was a child. I, like you, to all outward appearance, would not seem to most to have been consumed by it. I am pretty and intelligent, gifted in many ways. But I have always felt that I was unattractive. My father died when I was barely thirteen, and I understand that a girl’s father is the one that imparts how lovely a young lady is to his daughter in her teens. Even though I had a wonderful childhood with a very supportive extended family, I apparently did not receive this beautiful gift of affirmation. I had no idea of the reason why I felt the way that I did, I only knew that I felt very inadequate and unattractive. That fear of rejection and insecurity has clouded many decisions and robbed me of a fullness of life. It even ultimately cost me my marriage. But no more.
    Every word of your book I knew to be the truth before I read them. I just needed to hear those words from a woman who was totally convicted of their veracity. And go through enough to know the real truth. I have turned the corner, finally.
    For the last three years, I have engaged in very unhealthy relationships and sexual behavior. I was a 20 year old Catholic virgin and thought I would be married forever. I had done everything “right”. I was a committed Chrisian and genuinely tried to live my faith. But I lived in fear that my husband would leave me for another woman one day. Oh, how your chapter where you voiced that fear yourself spoke to me! I thought he would never leave me, but still in the back off my mind was this nagging fear. When I miscarried a child at 40, I went into a very deep depression. I came out of it 5 years later, but it was too late to save my marriage. My depression turned into anger. And I directed it at my husband. He had been addicted to alcohol and going out with his single friends until the eighteenth year of our marriage. I had wanted a fourth child shortly after our third was born. Because of the way he was acting in that stage of our marriage, I put off having that baby. After the miscarriage, we found out that I had endometriosis and fibroid tumors, along with a severe thyroid disorder. The child would never be. And for that I hated him. I pushed him away and grieved and grieved and grieved. It goes much deeper than that, but I will spare you the details.
    He had few friends. One day, he met a woman in his practice that had been in a very abusive 25 year marriage. They became friends, very close friends. He did not tell me about this friendship. It was a secret. By the time I found out they had known one another a year. It was my worst nightmare. I could not handle it. I knew that I had shoved him away for a long time, taken him for granted. And I knew she had her foot way inside the door. My insecurity and fear raged, and so did I. I all but handed him to her on a silver platter. I alone was not the root cause. Indeed, his own lack of self worth and insecurity (along with mine) caused the breakdown of our marriage. My worst nightmare was a reality.
    The rejection cemented my worst fear. I was ugly, inside and out. That was why he left me, I felt. I sought out other men after about a year, once I accepted the fact that he was sleeping with her. I hungered and thirsted to be affirmed as a beautiful woman, desirable, sensual, beautiful. And I found takers. Five different relationships…..and one that nearly was with a married man. My husband had been my one and only until I was almost 47. I could not forgive my husband nor his mistress until I experienced what they had experienced. I judged them thinking that I could never do that, I was “better”. I escaped that particular relationship only because my married friend loved me more than I loved myself. When I confessed my feelings to him, he made me stop talking to him. But another lover was living with another woman. He wasn’t “married”, but I knew better. I was with him only once after his lady moved in with him. But, boy, do I understand the insanity that drives a perfectly reasonable, intelligent, “good” girl to do what my husband’s mistress did. I have so much compassion for her now. I understand. And my heart is filled with forgiveness finally. The fear of forever being alone, unloved, untouched, and the insecurity that drives it is unbearable. You will do anything to silence the screaming beast, to stuff the bleeding hole with anything, alcohol, sex, anything………even sleeping with another woman’s man.
    I still struggled mightily until I began reading your book. Even though my relationships physically ended soon after they began (most of them), I still remained friends with my former lovers. I could not move past them. I hung on, afraid that no one else would ever want me, see me as attractive, love me. I had forgotten that I was a “treasure”, that Christ within me, made me incredibly beautiful. I moved mountains of gunk aside emotionally and there I found the root of my misery, insecurity. I will be beautiful when I am 80 or 90, wrinkled and bent, most likely, but beautiful not because of myself, but because of He who is in me. And I forgot that. Another friend of mine tried to convince me of my beauty. I heard his words, but did not believe them in my heart until today. I believe them now. He opened my eyes, but you helped open my heart. And for that I am eternally grateful. I have stopped conversing with all of my former lovers. I have finally been freed, and I feel my self esteem returning. “She is clothed with strength and dignity.” I believe my nightmare is finally over. I can move forward now with the conviction that I am beautiful in Christ. He will love me forever, no matter what. And I pray He will forever rejoice when I go “home” and receive the room that He has prepared for me. I have asked His forgiveness and received it. In faith, I know I am forgiven, just as I have forgiven those who have hurt me so much. Thank you for writing your book. It came along as all gifts from Him do, just when I was supposed to have it. I was not even looking for it and it was placed right before me. My nightmare is finally over. Dear God, forgive me for taking so long. Help me always know that I am Your Treasure. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

    • 1260.1
      KMac says:

      Linda, We are so thankful to hear how the Lord spoke to you through So Long, Insecurity. We pray He will continue to work His message into your heart and life!

    • 1260.2
      April says:

      Thank you dear sister Linda for sharing your story. Praise God for opening the eyes of your heart. So many of us struggle with that beast but praise God for He is our true identity and deliverance. We are all his beloved daughters dressed in robes of righteousness.
      Blessings to you sister 🙂

  11. 1261
    Cindy Bull says:

    We are finishing up PUP John Part 1 and are looking forward to John Part 2. I Love the Word!

  12. 1262
    Kristin Takemoto says:

    We are gonna be starting up ‘Stepping Up’ in the middle of February!! I am so looking forward to it! One of the things that leaves me speechless regularly is how the Scripts hits one of us differently then it hits some else. Its just God’s way and I love it!! Love all the need for the book case(s)! I got a Kindle, which I love, but truly miss the crackling sound a spine makes on a new book!!

  13. 1263
    Michelle says:

    Is it too late to join the memory verse club?

    • 1263.1
      KMac says:

      Not too late, Michelle! So happy to have you join us! You might want to read Beth’s Instruction post, and other SSMT related information. There is a link on the right hand side of the blog home page where all SSMT-related posts are listed together. “Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2011” Welcome!

  14. 1264
    Cheryl says:

    Extravagant. Going through a particularly rough time with our business. And that is an understatement. But I got awake several times during the night last week and I felt like God had dropped this little big word into my Spirit, so I hopped up and started looking up references to it in the Word. LOVE IT:
    2 Corinthians 9:7-9
    God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out. This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.

  15. 1265
    Dianne says:

    Dianne, Monroe,LA: “Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34

  16. 1266
    Kari says:

    I am needing a suggestion about something for Houston and the only Houston girls I know are my Siestas so thought I would try here – sorry if this is no the place for this but I do not know what else to do. A very dear friend of mine has recently located to Huntsville TX due to serious health issues of her husband. He was a pastor but is unable to do a thing now due to severe pain as well as other issues. They have 4 precious little girls ranging in age from 6 years to 8 months. My friend has had to become the caregiver for her husband as well as the decision maker for the family. If you want to follow their story here is her blog: http://www.gettysburgmoldenhauers.blogspot.com/

    The reason I need some Houston help is that I and some friends would like to send her to a day spa along with her sister so they can have a little decision free, pampering for a few hours. So, wondering if you have any suggestions for good day spas in the Houston area?? You can email me any suggestions at [email protected] and just put Houston Day Spa in the subject so I make sure I see them. And any prayers you offer on her behalf will be a wonderful gift to this family!
    Thank you!!

  17. 1267
    Mary Iles says:

    I’m just wondering about your dvd series “A Beautiful Mind”… I’m wonderng how long it is, and what year it what taped… I heard its one of Beth’s shorter series and that’s what I am looking for.. please help.. Mary

  18. 1268
    Mindy says:

    I joined the “memory madness” in spite of REALLY having to work hard to get verses in my brain. I told my family about it and they laughed knowing my struggles with memorizing and then they all joined me with verses of their own! (Hubby and 2 high school daughters:) I am reading through the minor prophets at the moment but am starting Breaking Free in a week with ladies at church.

  19. 1269
    Angela says:

    We are doing Lysa Terkeurst’s Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl

  20. 1270
    Karen says:

    I am blessed to be in a study called “Discovering Your Jewish Roots” on Wednesday nights at my church! Such a fascinating study–we jumped right into all of the Messianic prophesies! I can’t wait to learn more!

  21. 1271
    Amanda Billings says:

    “The New Eve”
    Have you heard of Men’s Fraternity by Robert Lewis?

    This is kind of the “ladies sorority”. It is also by Robert Lewis.

    Its choosing God’s best for your life. So far I really like it. It talks a lot about this new outlook on life that women are lied to about “having it all”- great career, kids, husband, house. It just doesn’t work that way does it?

    Our pastor’s wife is teaching it on Wednesday nights- both classes (5:30 and 6:30) were jam packed! Can I get an AMEN??

    And let me add another called “Proverbs and Principles for Parenting Practically Perfect Progeny”- its a study by Jean Stockdale at Bellevue Baptist in Memphis.

  22. 1272
    Darla says:

    Darla-McCordsville, IN
    For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.
    Romans 8:15

    I belong to Him, Praise Him!

  23. 1273
    laura says:

    Thank you so incredibly much for this evening’s Bible study! How rich with thought provoking material! You made a wonderful mention of a certain book in the NT being possibly the first written. I thought how appropriate—that the last shall be first! Thank you again & again for being such a faithful servant to our Lord. We love & appreciate you forever, in Him!

  24. 1274
    Jessica Hack says:

    Hi Beth,

    I just wanted to let you know our church, Bremerton Church of the Nazarene is doing your Bible Study, “To Live is Christ.” Tonight we watched your Lesson 1 video about teaching kids godly things while they are young so their brains just absorb it all. You had all our mom’s of young children including myself in tears thinking about our precious kids. Thank you so much for making us feel like you are speaking directly to us.

    Jessica Hack

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    Rebecca says:

    I am doing my BSF and Annoited, Transfomed, Redeemed with my sisters from church. We just started and I am looking forward for a good word.

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    Michele says:

    My daughter and I are on week 8 of Beth’s teaching on Revelations and are LOVING it! We are so excited at the prospect that we may be a witness to ALL God has planned 🙂 This study makes you want to study even harder – we spend a lot of time doing research!!!

  27. 1277

    Well, I’m still studying 1 Corinthians with my ladies and on my own even more deeply for the devotional book I’m writing. Little jealous of the library Melissa will likely inherit. I have almost nothing worth even speaking about which is why this is only a devotional book and not a bible study. Don’t have adequate study materials for that. I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out what title to give it and have had ZERO suggestions from friends and family! Gee, thanks! Speaking of not being a “parry bus” if I remember right it is 1 Corinthians 11 where Paul talks about head coverings and how women should wear them because they are the glory of man. (GRRRR!)Anyway, when I was studying that I remember one morning being in the shower and thinking again about how I really need a title and the only thing I could think of was, “Isn’t Paul Irritating?”

  28. 1278
    Joan says:

    I am doing the Jonah study by Priscilla Shirer with a wonderful group of ladies on Monday nights. We have been meeting before hand for dinner and chat as it is the only night we all as mothers actually take care of ourselves!

  29. 1279
    Denise, Orange City, IA says:

    My Sunday school class is finishing Esther, It’s Tough Being a Woman on February 6. We have not chosen our next study yet.

  30. 1280
    Sharie Simmer says:

    I’m studying the book of Philippians with Kay Author’s Precept Upon Precept, my first Precept study. I’m so loving it’s depth. Depth in study….it’s where God has me right now. Starvation!! I pray it’s forever!!

  31. 1281
    Kelly Rogers says:

    Thank you, Beth. You are so loved. I am always inspired when I read your words. I am loving the verse,
    “……the Lord, God Himself will fight for you.”

  32. 1282
    Sarah says:

    I’m reading Shattered Dreams -God’s Unexpected Path to Joy by Larry Crabb. This book uses the story of Naomi in the book of Ruth to look at how God draws us to Him through our shattered dreams. Even the author said he had a hard time getting it published because some thought it might be too negative. I am being challenged to think outside my box about what God’s hope for me is in this life. I’ve had many blessings in my life but like everyone there have been some dreams that seem like good ones that have not come true. I have to say those times have been the most intimate times with my Maker. Beth- have you read this book? What do you think about it? I’m curious-

  33. 1283
    Laurie says:

    I am doing a study on Proverbs. I’m also appying to law school and would appreciate any prayers! 🙂 Thank you!

    • 1283.1
      Keysha McNeil says:

      Hey, Laurie. Just read your siesta post and wanted to encourage you in your law school pursuits. I graduated from law school 13 years ago. If I can do it, anyone can do it. It is hard, but rewarding. I will pray for you and your applications that you will be accepted to the right school for you and that you will be successful in this endevour. Good luck and God bless you.

  34. 1284
    Regina says:

    Thank you for entering my life through your bible studies.
    Our ladies group started with the Esther series and then went on to the Psalms of accent, we are now starting A Woman’s Heart. Each one we start I can’t imagine being better than the last,but somehow they are. Thank you for giving to the Lord. You would not believe, well I figure you would, how God has worked just since we have started your studies. You have given me more of a desire to get close to God and boy can I tell the difference. My husband is unsaved and I have two boys almost 15&12. They are both saved and have been babtized. Praise be to God. Their dad is very hard hearted but we have seen him melting before our eyes. Keep us in your prayers and We will continue to pray for you and your team. Thank you & bless you!

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    The King's Little Girl says:

    Let’s see….I’m finishing “Breaking Free” (the latest edition). The original was the 1st journey I took with you YeArS ago! Trying to get back in the grind of homeschooling my youngest 3 boys (I have 5!) And just found out I was accepted to Grad School to become a Nurse Practitioner. (I’m still trying to figure our WHY I submitted an application!) Whew. I’m tired just reading it all! Blessings!!!

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    Debbie K. Summersville, Mo says:

    Hi Beth,
    On Wednesday nights @ our church we are studying Israel, we have just finished the 6 day way, and going to bring ourselves up to modern day Israel. It is amazing how God has kept them all coming back and the wars and such that you can clearly see His hand in. My husband and I feel so blessed to be a part of this study. Us ladies just finished Breaking Free revised and are going to let another church have that one and we are getting Fruit of the Spirit from them, that way we only have to buy our books, this is good for we are very rural and small.

  37. 1287
    Bree says:

    I’m so thankful to Beth and LPM. They have been a great BIG blessing in my life. I just praise God for all that goes on here. To God Be the Glory!!

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    Ashley says:

    Hi Siestas…I’m to to the ‘ville but need to ask for some support, if I may. I’m doing great in my verse memorization by the way…love holding His word in my heart.

    If there’s any way any of you might see fit to pray for my living situation, I’d really appreciate it. It’s a long and involved story but the short of it is that God is growing the bonds in my immediate family and seems to be weeding out others. It’s tough to be hurt by those you love, but I’m learning to lean on God’s strength to get us through this one.

    Thank you in advance, Siestas.

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    Kim says:

    We have been going through the book of Luke for about a year now at church. Our theme last year and this year has been “Simple Faith, Supernatural Force”, and so we’ve been going through the book of Luke and taking out certain passages, and have titled them “Stories of Faith, Hope, and Love.

    At the beginning of this year, we have decided to bring a close to the book of Luke and are visiting the events of the Passion, titling the series “Understanding…” “Understanding the Triumphal Entry”, “Understanding the Passover”, “Understanding the Resurrection.” I believe that starting next month, we will be continuing with Luke’s second volume, the book of Acts.

    Personally, I have had prayers answered already this year about the possibility of heading to Mercy. His response was no–in the fact that I have learned so much at church already. It’s time to take what I’ve learned, my faith, and my trust in Christ, and to take a step out of my sinking boat, fix my eyes on Jesus, and move forward in faith and trust that He will see me to the other side.

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    Marie says:

    We just started the David study! Everyone is so excited. We have an amazing group of women – a myriad of churches represented, a variety of ages, and many different seasons of life. What we have in common is a desire to grow in our walks with the Lord and our amazing bond of friendship through Christ. There are 43 of us meeting in my house!

    I am also leading the youth version of David with four eighth grade boys! Very fun (and challenging 🙂 )

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    Dawn says:

    I have just begun Kay Arthur’s study, “Covenant: God’s Enduring Promises” with a group at church. I am learning so much.

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    I’m all over 1 and 2 Peter. Particularly looking forward to teaching holy living to our teenagers. I’m sure attendance will be way up. I am their James.

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    Patricia says:

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    Joann Brothers says:

    Can’t wait to study the book of James. It will be good to dig into faith and works. At present I am studying the book of Jeremiah with Precept–alot of work but filled with so much. God is good!!

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    mary ann says:

    I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus, the glorious Father, may give me (Mary Ann) the Spirit of wisdom & revelation, so that, I may know HIm better.

    Eph 1:17

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    Laura says:

    I am reading A.W Tozer’s “Living As A Christian.” It is his study on 1 Peter. So far it is wonderful and I love how he is so serious one minute and then busts out with a really dry sense of humor. His insights are fantastic. Gaining some great knowledge on a book of the NT I first studied in a student-led Bible study in high school.

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    Linda says:

    I’m studying the life of David with women at church using our Siesta Mama’s Seeking a Heart Like His study. We started last Thursday. I’m excited to dig in with the ladies; sharing and hearing what the Lord is teaching each one of us is always so sweet.

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    Julie says:

    I’m leading a second group through Esther. We just started on Monday night. And then, because one study isn’t enough (hahaha) I’m joining my friend for the Revelation study. We are on week 3, but it’s snowing outside and that more than likely means we won’t get to meet in the morning.

    Oh and I just bought Kelly Minter’s Ruth. But I think I’ll wait a bit on that one. Kinda got my hands full at the moment. 🙂

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    Kay Kay says:

    I am learning that when you immerse yourself in God’s word it gives Him the opportunity and the ammunition to speak in unexpected ways, often not “on topic” necessarily but what I need.

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    Stella says:

    I’m studying “Becoming a Woman of Excellence” by Cynthia Heald. I just reviewed Chapter 3 on “Becoming Like Christ”. To learn His ways, I need to spend time in the word and at his feet daily. Growth is a life-long process. Amen!

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