Monday Challenge!

Hey, Sweet Things! God prompted me to throw a Monday challenge out on Twitter early this morning and on my way to work it occurred to me that I should extend it to my dear fellow Siestas. Here’s the challenge: to go through this entire day (starting now, in case it’s a little late) until shutting our eyes on our pillows tonight without a single criticism or complaint. Consider it a deliberate exercise in Philippians 2:14-15. What prompted the challenge was my own feeling that I could get cranky today if I let myself. (I didn’t have room to explain it on Twitter.) I’ve told you before about my sleep issue (it runs in my family of origin and, no, I don’t drink caffeine later in the day) and a lot of days I just shrug it off but somehow, when Monday morning follows a short Sunday night, I feel fussier about it. This morning I could see the handwriting on the wall. I made up my mind to choose joy in the power of Jesus’ Name. While turning those pedals on my exercise bike, I told the Lord out loud that I wanted to make it all day long without voicing one single complaint. I could not believe how quickly my mood improved and I feel as happy as one who’s had 10 solid hours of sleep.

Now, let me quickly say this. I’m not a fan of living in denial. Some complaints are legitimate and NEED VOICING! I already had one of those this morning on a good friend’s behalf who is in rough situation. So, what do you do then? Voice it to God! Lord have mercy, don’t think I’m posing as some huge example here this morning. I’m just asking you if you want to join me in being very deliberate about our mouths and our attitudes today. If you have a valid complaint, take it to God and, if possible, say it to Him out loud. It increases the sense that you really did get it off your chest. Sometimes a silent prayer doesn’t carry the same power as one spoken with passion and holy intent. Make some declarations today so even your enemy knows you mean business.

What do we do if we get to noon having already blown it? START OVER!!! How many times we have to start over helps us see how habitual our complaints may be. We may have no idea that some of the people around us think we’re habitual complainers and perpetual nay sayers. We are also part of a culture that shouts from every corner of social media, “If you think it, say it!” and the discipline of self-restraint is circling the drain. Lastly, it just doesn’t help. Murmuring and complaining and dwelling on how much something or someone annoys us only adds to the bad mood.

Think up, Siestas! Let’s choose joy! And let’s choose it out loud. No time to proof this post and write it well. Lots of work to do but I’m doing it with joy. I’m crazy about you guys and think of you every day.

Jesus loves you. This I know.

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  1. 351
    Vedawattie Ram says:

    Hi Beth,

    Wow! Bless U my sister! I read your book — it’s in the washroom.. I read in the U know what.. Wonderful . I was encouraged. U were so unmasked about your life with your girls and son. I often shared your story with the ladies on my staff.
    Today , I saw U on Life Today talking about Phil.4:13. Hmm.. We need to pow wow on that.
    I completed half the book on Daniel. I cried a lot.. Shared my discoveries with Gail my Jamaican friend.Thank U Beth. U keep focused too..!!

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    Ruth from VA says:

    I will have to start now. It is Wednesday and I just read your challenge. I have “tried” not complaining before, but when you say “choose” not to complain, it puts a new light on it. This has worked for me before when I made a decision, “chose” to forgive even when I didn’t feel like it. Right now I will “choose” not to complain. I am so blessed that it is truly sinful to complain. Thanks for the challenge!

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    Christine says:

    I know this is probably not the place to ask this question, however, I don’t know where to do that…so here goes.

    In one of the studies (either believing God or Breaking free) Beth does an illustration where she calles up 10 women when then proceed to place on jackets which have letters on it. Then they turn it inside out… Can you help me locate this?

    Thanks so much.

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    Gulley says:

    Just thought it might give you a laugh to know that last year for lent I decided to give up complaining. To days later I got the worst toothache I have ever had, that ended in a root canal that the dentist called “awesome, because having 4 roots instead of two is very rare!” We are talking serious pain here. And the whole time I just sat on the couch looking at my husband saying REALLY!?! Anyway, I became very aware of how much I complain, and I think this is a great challenge. Just got on here today, but will try it for today and tomorrow!

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    HarborMom says:

    Well, that was not easy. I don’t think of myself as a complainer, but my children can sure bring that out in me! Sad to say, I think most of the complaining I do in my head (still reflective of the heart, even if it does not come out of the mouth) and is about unclean rooms. Perhaps I’ll just shout, “UNCLEAN” as I walk by, have a good laugh at my own biblical humor, and keep on going. Better than complaining!

    • 355.1
      Pat from Kansas says:

      I like the UNCLEAN comment about messy rooms…..needed a laugh today! thanks

    • 355.2

      Oh, that’s hilarious! I had trouble with this because of my kids as well! I’m going to have to try this! I wonder if it’ll get any response out of my children at all though! I doubt it! But then nothing really does, so I might as well have fun with it!

  6. 356
    Dee says:

    Ok, so I said I would give this a try today. Praise Jesus I had a relatively low key day, although it was a struggle to get up this morning. My biggest temptation came this afternoon when I took my car in to the shop for an estimate. The gentleman who looked at my Explorer took my keys and asked what was wrong. I said “It’s loud”. He say, “Really what’s wrong with it.” I said “Really it’s loud.” He started laughing and which point I almost asked for my keys back with statement on my tongue about laughing at a female customer. BUT, our Gracious Father reminded me of this challenge. I took a sit, said a prayer, took out my spiral that has lots of Scripture in it, and worked on memorizing another one. I’m glad God reminded me. I get so frustrated with knowing there is something wrong (with my car), but not having a single idea of what it is. Mind you, I am the daughter of a mechanic. The man turned out to be extremely nice. He took me with him to go around the block, so he could hear what was “loud”. He said he started laughing because he thought it was cute that all I knew was it was not a normal SUV loud. I have a bad wheel bearing. BOO!!!! Praise Jesus, I can drive it until next week when I’ll have the money to get it fixed.

    In closing, thank you, Mama, for the challenge. It’s one I pray Father will bring to mind anytime I feel frustrated. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (NIV)

    ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope everyone had a great day.

    Dee
    Zeeland, MI

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    Kelly N. says:

    Can’t believe it but just seconds before clicking over here, I confessed to the world (okay it’s really only about 20 people) on my blog that I complain way too much. I think my Father is trying to tell me something…

    Time to think about what is noble, true, lovely, and praiseworthy! Thanks for the reminder and challenge, Beth!

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    Praises in the Valley says:

    I read this challenge Tuesday night and have been trying to rise to it ever since. I can not believe HOW MUCH I complain! Oh my, goodness! I realized that I complain mentally and verbally over things that are ridiculous and it effects my attitude so badly. Thank you for challenging me to dwell on the good and take my burdens to the one who is always there to listen.

  9. 359
    Wendy says:

    Wendy from Vermont – verse memory week #3
    Romans 12:12
    Be joyful in hope;
    Patient in affliction;
    Faithful in prayer.

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    Kelli says:

    It is so good that this challenge came thru on a Monday morning and, needless to say, the devil threw some challenges in my path to try and trip me up but alas I made it the entire day!

    Tuesday – woke up to 14 below zero and wind chill at 25 below, snow and kids home from school. Ok – no biggie. Then my son threw the remote to my daughter with a bit of extra zing and she caught it with her two front teeth. Promptly both teeth were chipped in the shape of an upside down V. Crud!

    Wednesday – Took daughter to dentist to get teeth fixed, without insurance so they cut me a break – Praise the Lord! It only cost me $600 and they were able to actually give her teeth again.

    Finances are tight cuz hubby isn’t working much construction in this cold weather but the Lord will point us in the right direction. And He started by giving us weekend temperatures up around 60. YYYAAAHHHOOOO!!!

    Anyhow, like I said, good thing this challenge came thru on Monday cuz Tuesday and Wednesday would have been like the movie Groundhog Day for me. I would have found myself starting the day over again and again! LOL

    Have a blessed week!
    Kelli in Colorado

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    Judy Googins says:

    Beth, I have wanted to talk to you before about caffeine. You have the wrong idea about its effect on you. As we age and start pushing up against those peri-menopausal years we start to sleep less soundly. In fact women wake up 4 times as often as men of the same age. Even if women take hormone replacement therapy, they still wake up twice as much as men their same age. It’s one of those “not fair” things.
    Secondly, our ability to produce COMT, the enzyme that breaks down norepinephrine in our brains, goes down. We become less tolerant of caffeine because we aren’t able to break down the stimulating neurotransmitters as efficiently as we did when we were younger. More simply put, the coffee you drink today may still be affecting your sleep for 10 to 14 days after your last cup!!! The only way to know how much of an effect caffeine is having on your sleep is to take a caffeine vacation. Reduce your caffeine intake by 10% per day until you are off of it. Stay off for at least 2 weeks; THEN reevaluate how your sleep is. You might be pleasantly surprised!!
    Judy C. Googins, M.D.

    • 361.1
      Joyce Watson says:

      I like coffee to stay awake during the day and it seems to help stimulate my brain, so I can think better. I am like an energizer battery with caffeine, otherwise I seem to loose my thoughts, where I put things and cannot function as well. No vaction here.
      What is norepinephrine? ugh! From the medical terms and bibical terms I need me huge DICTIONARY!

    • 361.2
      Pat from Kansas says:

      Thanks Judy for the info. I have read information before but this explains it very well. I have come to think that I ‘need’ caffeine, in fact, I know it’s addicting. I have often tried to completely cut out soda to reduce my caffeine intake but seem to go back eventually. It has honestly given me a heart for those with other drug additions because they can’t just say..”Oh well, that didn’t work.” Thanks again for your insight.
      Pat

    • 361.3
      Tess says:

      Judy – Thanks for the info on coffee. I am unfortunately in the throws of perimenopause at 48. Sleep disorder is only one of my major issues. I sincerely pray that all you younger siestas study up on this subject, before it drops on you unexpectedly. This period in life seems to be a deep dark secret that no one talks about and I was clueless. I’m switching to decaf today!

    • 361.4
      Suzy says:

      Judy – late in reading this – but you are an angel! Thank you for “finally” talking to Beth about caffeine – because you also talked to me.

      Coffee never used to affect me (or at least seemed not to) – and I only have a couple of cups in the morning – had NO IDEA about this menopausal stuff – only knew that I no longer can sleep through the night….and even when I do sleep, I wake up feeling like I didn’t rest.

      Decaf for me, please!

  12. 362
    Erica says:

    Beth! I have participated in several of your Bible studies and have loved them! I literally just finished reading So Long Insecurity and wow did it speak volumes to me. God knew it was exactly what I needed. Insecurity has been the root of almost all of the arguments in my marrigae. Reading the book stripped away all the layers I had put on to hide the root of the problem even to myself. After having my eyes opened to the root(s)I am amazed by how I have tortured myself and my husband with the ideas created by insecurity. I am optimistic that the things I learned from your book will change my outlook on myself and help me to create a healthier self image. I just wanted to say thank you so much for all that you do. You have made such a difference in my life through your ministry. I pray that God will continue to use you. God bless!

    Erica

  13. 363
    Shellie Paparazzo says:

    Can I complain today? I’m sort of grumpy. Back in marriage counseling again and hating it! It didn’t help last time and I seriously doubt it’ll help this time! And he’s messing up my verse memorization by making me memorize another verse other than the one I’m memorizing for ssmt: grrrr!

    • 363.1
      Yanna says:

      I feel for you Siesta Shellie. In and out of marriage counselors for 25 years! Finally we went to one in Louisiana (we live in Texas) I would swim an ocean to go see. If you want more information email me yannasw@yahoo.com. Eddie Parrish is a vessel of God. I don’t know where you live, but maybe this “complaint” opened a door….I love you Siesta, hang in there God is bigger.

      • I’m in no man’s land up here in Moscow, Idaho, so definitely not something that would help. Besides, until my husband did this I didn’t have a problem with my marriage. Apparently, he does. I didn’t actually go to counseling. They met without me and without telling me and then Josh came home and gave me my assignment. I really don’t like counseling when I don’t get to voice my side at all, before they start telling me what to do!!!!

        • Shellie Paparazzo says:

          Okay, as it turns out it wasn’t really like that at all. Josh just bumped into when he went to the building where his office is to talk to someone else and told him he needed to make an appointment for us since I’m struggling a lot with my depression again and Josh is wanting to learn more about what I need from him while I’m going through this, which I really appreciate. I am very blessed to have a husband who wants the very best for me. Anyway, so Pastor Kim gave him some things he wanted us to do before we meet. I can live with that, even though it’s a lot of homework for me in addition to my bible study!

  14. 364

    I did well with my Tuesday commitment not to let the grumbling and complaining filter into that day as well until I picked up my husband and I picked up my daughter from work.

    I had left work early to get him so we could pick her up, have dinner and be to our life group on time. We needed to get gas on the way home and he decided not to stop at the gas station nearest to where we were but instead to drive down to a gas station that landed us smack dab in the middle of a traffic jam. Then he went down a side street, took a wrong turn and well, we arrived just barely on time for the life group.

    I confessed, “I was doing good with my no complaining until you decided to come here to get gas.”

    I really didn’t complain much, just asked a lot of questions stemming from complaints in my mind. I didn’t take the thoughts captive.

    My husband and I were going back and forth about how long it would take to get home and how late we would be for life group. Which normally would have been an argument. My daughter said in the midst of it, “You guys don’t sound like you are fighting.”

    I said, “We aren’t. We just disagree about things and we’re talking about it.”

    That was different. Really different. A few minutes later the conversation and my frustration came to a natural conclusion and we arrived home. Next time I’ll be watching for those frustrating feelings and asking God what the root of them is… I think it is “CONTROL”… And boy, do I ever need to lay that at the cross every day. I have none without Christ who prunes me into this hedge. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Blessings, and thanks for the challenge, Beth.

  15. 365
    Ivy Morrison says:

    I’m with you in this challenge! Living just north of you this COLD weather for the South left me wanting to complain about having to get out of my jammies to get my kiddos to school today, lol. I need this challenge thank you for extending it to us. Self-discipline is so good for us.

  16. 366
    Stephanie says:

    I was just completing Breaking Free as I sat down to watch Tuesday’s Oprah on Wednesday morning. Twin girls (and a younger sister) were repeatedly abused by both of their brothers and their father from the age of 5 until 13 when they courageously spoke out. Their mother knew the entire time. I am praying that they, in their young , young age of 19, turn to God and I feel Breaking Free would be a beautiful tool. I have posted that on oprah’s site as well. (Something I have NEVER done!) I wanted the wonderful women at your ministry to pray for these young girls and the far too many women who would have been touched by this program. I pray God will give them healing. Thank you for all you do!

  17. 367
    The King's Little Girl says:

    While I realize it’s no longer Monday….this is the message God laid pretty hard on my heart in my own personal awakenings last night. Then because He knew I already needed reminding, I read your challenge. Thank you. This is my goal for this snowy Thursday. Thanks for the additional shot in the arm I needed to get my thoughts in focus!

  18. 368
    Becky Deal says:

    Wonderful advice ~ thanks for the Challenge!! It goes right along with my current SSMT Bible verse …..
    Proverbs 19:11 ~ “A [woman’s] wisdom gives [her] patience; it is to [her] glory to overlook an offense.”
    Oh how many times I could nit-pick about something minor, rather than overlook the “offense” and not *complain* or *criticize* about it. And of course this applies to any relationship- not just in marriage! This is also something I particularily need to work on with my kiddos, since I can tend to be a drill-sergeant-type-mom at times.
    Wow, I guess God is really trying to “sharpen” me, because He knows I have alot of “rough edges” in this area!!
    Thanks for being such an godly inspiration, Beth!!

  19. 369

    This week from Psalm 118:24 it helped me to have a more positive mindset for the day by emphasizing the two words “I will” …
    “This is the day the LORD has made, I WILL rejoice and be glad in it.”
    blessings,
    beth willis miller

  20. 370

    Hey ladies!

    This is totally off topic, but I need some help. Does anyone know how to get a “button” onto a blog? I’d love to put one of Joanne’s on my blog so that my readers could follow her progress and pray with us, but I just can’t figure out what to do! You could safely say that I’m computer illiterate! Her blog and button are at thesimplewife.typepad.com if that helps?!

    Thanks, Kristi ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. 371
    Sarah says:

    I love this challenge. It’s so funny because I work with a woman who is “Debbie Downer” we talk about how negative she is in every situation that arises. But just yesterday I was complaining about her and how negative she is- seems ironic to me. I’m complaining about someone who complains a lot. Funny how God gets our attention sometimes. So I will start this challenge on Thursday afternoon and hopefully make it to Friday! Love to you Beth and all you do to challenge us in our walk with God.

  22. 372

    Dear Siesta Mama,
    I just wanted to share a praise report, and I know the scripture memory verse page is saved for just posting our memory verses.
    Last year I started doing the memory verses, and had so much trouble right from the get go at remembering my verses . I was discouraged but kept on going ( for a good while, but not all the way to the end) I felt such a struggle to memorize, it really did bother me that I was having such a hard time ( menopause fuzzy thinking I guess that’s what they are calling it.)
    I decided to try it again in January, pull up my boot straps and really give it the ol college try.
    I am so happy to say IT’S STICKING AND I AM MEMORIZING! I really have felt the word come alive to me, and saying the Living Word really means LIVING, today and active in me. The scriptures have just jumped off the pages and are reminding through my day what God is saying to me.
    My last verse is Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your request to God. I woke up in the middle of the night and felt lead to pray, as I was praying my memory verse came to mind. In a new way I felt I had steps through my prayer. I am so excited about this wonderful progress, I just HAD to share.
    P.S.
    I just got my tickets to the March 11th and 12th convention in Tacoma (Seattle) Washington!! I am going with my sister Vicky who will be turning the big 50 on the March 11th, we are so excited to be going, this is our first live convention. Can’t wait. Love you sister , you are such an inspiration to me and sooo many other women….thank you <3 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Leana says:

    Hi Beth,

    I’ve done several of your studies and they have been life changing for me. Thank you for your ministry and your love for God that has been so inspiring and contageous. Currently my Mom’s Bible Study group is going through PATRIARCHS and it’s been very helpful and educational. I feel like I’m meeting the LORD on every page now and in every circumstance that occured to people in the book of Genesis. I was trying to find some/any of your studies translated into Russian language (since I’m from Russia and currently live in US with my husband and our 3 kids), but couldn’t find any. Are any of your books or videos translated into Russian? I would have loved to share them with my friends and my home-church in Russia. THANKS!!! See you next Wed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 374
    Sue says:

    Dear Beth,

    Somehow, I cannot imagine that you have time to read all these so I don’t usually take the time to comment. But just on Tuesday I made up my mind that I wouldn’t let anything steal my joy for the day. I work as a nurse and with all the budget cuts it has been difficult to say the least. It is so easy to get into complaining and it just ends up making me feel like instead of being a light for the day, I was more like an fire extinguisher! It ended up being a good day and I think my joy certainly rubbed off on my co-workers! We do have a choice to make, and I choose joy!
    Hope your week is great! And thanks for all that you do!
    Sue

  25. 375
    Natalie says:

    Ms. Moore

    I thank you so very much for your faithfulness to the Lord. You are such an encouragement to me. I am thankful for the internet as it is one way I can communicate with other Christians. I don’t really have a church home right now and miss fellowship with other ladies. It’s hard, i’ve lost many close friends and family since i became a believer almost 8 years ago. My relationship with my mother is not great either. I am lonely. I have a sweet 7 year old daughter and serious boyfriend but I long for friendship. So thank you.. today instead of sulking and feeling sorry for myself i am surfing the web and getting inspired by wonderful God serving people such as yourself. Thank you for all you do to help us women. I really do love you and thank God for your adorable sweet self!! xo

  26. 376
    Tiffany says:

    This challenge caused me to reflect on who I am, and what I show to the world. Let the light and the peace of Jesus shine through me and all of us.

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    Yanna says:

    Siesta’s go to Joanne’s blog: http://thesimplewife.typepad.com/ if you haven’t lately and sing praises to His Name!

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    I’m rushing, but wanted to say that I love this post and I love you too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Beth says:

    Beth, Dyersburg
    1.Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 NIV
    2. My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. James 2:1 NIV
    3.Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,because judgement without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgement. James 2:12-13 NIV
    May I please plead grace and MERCY for not getting my first 3 scriptures in, I just this week found out about Siestas memory challenge. I promise to be timely! And my name is BETH!!!

  30. 380

    would it be totally terrible for me to say how happy i was to read this post on FRIDAY and that i missed out on the challenge Monday???

    i’ll make you a deal… i’ll take the challenge tomorrow!

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    Pattygarv says:

    Well, here it is Saturday. I’ve had to start over EVERYDAY!!! I told my husband, “Why did Beth have to pick this week for this challenge?!” Then I realized I was complaining again and had to start over AGAIN!!!
    I just dropped my son off to take his ACT college entrance exams. I’m sitting in McDonald’s with a cheese buiscit and a large sweet tea. So far, NO COMPLAINTS!!!

  32. 382
    Cheryl says:

    I didn’t get to read this until today, but I put it on my Women’s Ministry page for my church. Thanks for the inspiration. Laugh often, long and loud.
    Laugh until you gasp for breath.
    And if you have a friend who makes you laugh,
    spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.
    I will be celebrating a wedding with wonderful friends that make me laugh later today. I too choose JOY! Love you all.

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    BECCA says:

    I’VE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH FEAR FOR THE PAST 3 MONTHS INTENSELY. I’VE READ GODS WORD, BOUND AND LOOSED BUT I’M STILL TORMENTED. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME, I FEEL SO BAD ABOUT THIS AND I’VE LOST MY APPETITE. I NEED PRAYER, THANK YOU FOR PRAYING. I WATCH YOU EVERY WEDNESDAY ON DAY STAR WITH JAMES ROBISON

    • 383.1
      Stacy, Macclenny says:

      Dear Becca,

      I pray for you to overcome this feeling and know ..

      2 Tim. 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; BUT of POWER, and of love and of a sound mind.”

      “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

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    Angie Hott says:

    Dear Ms Moore:
    I just discovered your blog and read how you think of us daily. I am writing to request that you specifically remember me and my family. You see, my husband (Dan) suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. It is difficult, to say the least, for our young children (6,7,11,and 21) to see his physical limitations lately. I believe that through prayer and God’s grace, we will overcome this battle. Therefore, I am seeking prayers. I am hoping that if enough people pray about Parkinson’s for us, I will be a stronger mom and wife. January 2011 has been the worst. Please, please ready my story here:
    http://excusemecanitellyousomething.blogspot.com/2011/01/standing-tall.html
    God has a plan in this. I just know he does. A site called “Moms of Faith” is publishing my stories about our battle and our victory as we see small improvements. So, in any way possible, I would be most honored to be a part of Beth Moore’s prayers too. More of my family can be seen on my site I recently started called excusemecanitellyousomething.blogspot.com.
    Praying for understanding,
    love, Angie

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    Mary says:

    Thank you, Beth. I cannot tell you how much that help me Monday and the rest of the week. I need that challenge!

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    Stacy, Macclenny says:

    A few years ago I saw this challenge come out of Kasas City, MO. This group was shown on the Oprah show. I had high hopes of fully participating even ordered their product for my church. What I was really hoping for was a group effort..no one seemed interested and I have since forgoten about this challenge. I am so excited that you have put this challenge out there. Thanks for being so dedicated to your calling. I have found that I like to do things in groups and when others are interested and show excitement that keeps me motivated!! So excited to do this challenge with all the Siestas!! May God bless everyone’s efforts!!

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    Poppy says:

    Stars in the universe. are. so. beautiful!!! I want to be beautiful! This is one I have been known to remind my children of. Bet they would like to see a pretty mama. Thanks for spurring us on Mama Beth.

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    Barbara Edmonds says:

    Greensboro, NC
    Micah 6:8″He has showed you O man, what is good, and what does the Lord requires of you? To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly before your God”-niv version

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    candifer says:

    mrs. beth~ don’t know why, but praying 1 corinthians 10:12-13 for you this afternoon, that you’d trust in God’s confidence and not your own.

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    Ruth says:

    Ruth, Paducah, Ky.

    Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they were quiet, So He guided them to their desired haven.

    Psalm 107: 28-30
    NASB

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    Heisfaithful says:

    I’ve been out of town during the weekend. But I wanted to be accountable and say that Thursday was not a good day. I’m praying for a good one today. So far, so good. It’s been a heavy time of spiritual warfare in my life the last few weeks. I feel like the break through finally happened. I know the enemy did not take what he was after. Praise God! Thank you for the challenge.

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    Jennie says:

    I just started following you today and I love your blog. Last night I started reading, “So Long, Insecurity”. My family and I are doing the “Game On Diet” which is about healthy eating and being in teams in order to support each other. I have this bad habit of an all or nothing way of thinking. Because I messed up on the diet, part of me just wanted to throw in the towel last night but I asked God for help and he has began a new attitude in me today. Even though I didn’t read this blog post yesterday, I am going to challenge myself to not complain today. I love the part you wrote, “What do we do if we get to noon having already blown it? START OVER!!” That is so true and we must believe that God is there right by our side to help us START OVER!! The devil tempts us to give up in many good things we are doing…don’t let him! Thanks Beth, I’m happy to be one of your Siestas!!!

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    Thanking the Lord because the Lord allowed such a test for me this past week in keeping my mouth shut! I love my man, and for the life of me, I know that I’m not perfect either, but I have trouble sometimes and I have to pray right away, right after he says that thoughtless comment to me! Once I confessed my bad attitude and served him out of love anyway, you know what he did? He apologized for being mean and said that He didn’t know why I way so nice to him after he was mean to me. What?!? Wow, Lord, wow. Set that guard over my mouth please!

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    Kathy says:

    Kathy, NH

    “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory.”

    Eph 3:20

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    Denise says:

    Denise, Skiatook, OK “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles,they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV

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    Olivia~age 12 says:

    I will try!!!

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    Kathi Vodenicker says:

    kathi, Jacksonville, fl “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV

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    Diana Shockley says:

    ” Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. ” Mark 11:24

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    Kait says:

    Kait, Pittsburgh “And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the Lord.” Hosea 2:19-20 (ESV)

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