A Little Surprise and A Lot of Love

Hey, Sweet Things! Today is my first official day back to work after the James taping and the first thing I did, after hugging coworkers, was sit down and tape a video greeting to you. It takes a day or two to get it on Vimeo but we’ll have it up here on the blog just as soon as we can. It’s, of course, mostly ridiculous except to us Siestas so rein in your expectations. It’s just me saying hey to you after being away for so long and thanking you for your prayers. But as God would have it, I have another reason to hop on here today. I’ve been waiting for it to come in so that I could tell you about it and we literally just opened the box. Here it is:

It’s the brand new (workbook) So Long Insecurity Group Experience! Look really closely now:

Exactly right here:

Lean on in!

One more time!

This one’s for you, Siestas. It hits the shelves this coming week. I love you so dearly. We’ll do a giveaway soon but I couldn’t wait till then to show it to you. I’m not meaning to make a bigger deal out of it than it is but, Girlfriend, it’s big to me. Your Mama.





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  1. 251
    Beverly says:

    I’m so excited to see the workbook and so touched at your sweet dedication! We love you too, Beth! I read SLI last fall and downloaded and watched the 2 videos. They are powerful stuff and I can’t wait to go through this workbook. I think I will do it with my 21 year old daughter this summer while she is home from college. Last summer we did Priscilla’s Discerning the Voice of God and it was excellent. I can’t wait to see what Lord will reveal to both of us through His word. Thank you Beth for listening to His call.

  2. 252
    Pam Crawford says:

    Thank you ~Thank you Beth!!!! I’m so blessed to be a Siesta!
    I’ve got to know, when will the James study be available.
    I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  3. 253
    Cara says:

    That is just cool. That study with you and the fellow Siesta’s was such a blessing and even today is something I think of often. God is still working it out, but now I am so aware of my insecurties and that is good. When I find myself doing something I KNOW is purely out of those places, I will stop and make a new choice.

    Although, I did something a couple weeks ago that I am still laughing about. I was going to see an old friend from highschool that I had not seen in 16 years. To say my insecurity issues were in overdrive would be a major understatement! So at MIDNIGHT I decided I couldn’t do anything about the weight I had gained but I could certainly do something about my roots. So, yes, at midnight I colored my hair. What in the world was I thinking LOL!!!!! I wasn’t.

    Anyways, I love that you added a workbook and turned it into something small groups can do!


  4. 254
    Diana A. says:

    Girl – you are a sight for sore eyes! You just look so beautiful seemingly you are glowing – or am I just desperate to have a good word from you?!

    Thank you for dedicating your work to your humble readers:) Girl we LOVE you!!

    We are pleased to be a small part of the work of the Holy Spirit, as He leads and teaches you!

    To God be ALL the Glory!!!

  5. 255
    Kim B. says:

    Soooo excited Beth!!! Thank you for all your time, hard work, & God listening ears ๐Ÿ™‚ You touch more people then you know!

  6. 256
    liz says:

    Thank you Beth, I know it’s silly but I’ve always wanted a book dedicated to me. I’m a siesta!

  7. 257
    kristi says:

    I’m so excited! I so need this. I bought the book but never finished it. Feeling so much insecurity right now, and so want to let it go. Thank you Beth!!!

  8. 258

    Okay so, the SLI book itself about did me in,
    So I’m sure so would the workbook! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love you!


  9. 259
    Happy Heart says:

    Oh, how you made our hearts smile with that shout out to us!! Its so fun for us to be a small part of your wonderful journey with God. Thanks so much for all of your very hard work. God has used your words to speak to me sooo many times. Please get some rest this week and enjoy the grands ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 260
    Delaney says:

    I cannot believe there is a book dedicated to little ‘ol me!!! Squeeeee!!! So excited for this workbook and cannot wait until James is out! Welcome back, Siesta Mama. We surely did miss you.

  11. 261
    Ann says:

    Beth, is it just me or did an earring disappear….? I thought when you said “look closer…still closer…” etc. that’s what you were leading up to….thank you for making me smile in Whole Foods’ parking lot this morning…(coulda’ been me…..)

    • 261.1
      ConnieH says:

      Oh Ann, you made me laugh. I didn’t even notice that and then had to go back up and re-look at the pictures. And Beth, bless your heart, that sounds exactly like something that would happen to me! Thanks for being the true you….and sharing yourself with us!

    • 261.2
      Jerri says:

      Ann, how funny! I thought exactly the same thing! I tried to look at the book, but my eyes kept going back to the ear without the earring!

  12. 262
    Sydney says:

    Beth, I was hoping and praying for this news when/after I read “So Long Insecurity . . .”! Thank you so much- I can hardly wait to do it with my friends in Women’s Ministry!

  13. 263

    I, for one, am VERY excited about this!!! This sounds like something I could really use to help boost my God-confidence! Yep! You read that right – I don’t want any “self”-confidence – I want all my confidence straight from my Father ๐Ÿ™‚

    How sweet of you to dedicate it to the Siestas! I only became one this year (I didn’t know about it before) but I am actually memorizing scripture for the first time in my life and I am soooooo excited!

    Thank you for being our “blog Mama” and for allowing Him to work through you. It is DEFINITELY appreciated and NOT taken for granted ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 264
    doo-dah says:

    Words cannot express how much this blogging community means to me!! I have been a faithful reader for several years but do not comment often. I am in a caregiver role for an extended family member with Altzheimer’s and as a result am not able to attend study groups at church or even come to LPL events at this time. It has been over a year since I have even been able to sleep in my own house and am not sure when things will change (my marriage is hanging in there by the grace of God and because of such an understanding but weary husband). Anyway, I just want to say that if it were not for this online community, and being able to do the video studies and workbooks while in this season, I would be completely isolated. Thank you so much Siesta Mama for being responsive to God’s call on your life!! I have read the SLI book and look forward to doing the workbook study as well. I love this online group and would appreciate your prayers.

    • 264.1
      Connie G says:

      Said a prayer of uplifting for you and your husband.

    • 264.2
      Laurie in Kingston On says:

      Thank you God for this faithful daughter. Her willingness to give up ‘her’ life to care for someone who desperately needs help is a testimony to her love for You as well as her love for the one she cares for. What a blessing to be able to say that her husband is able to support her – and alter his life as well. Bless him Father for his understanding and willingness to accept this time in their married life.
      Keep this siesta close enough to Your heart that she can hear it beating when she is frustrated or discouraged or lonely for what she’s given up.
      We love You, Father. Bless you

    • 264.3
      Marcia says:

      I too am more of a “reader” to this blog than a “commenter” (is that a word?:))but when I read your post it just touched my heart. Hang in there in your caregiving-when all is said and done you will be glad. In the meantime, I will be praying.

  15. 265
    crystalw says:

    HEY, Happy Late Mother’s DAY to everyone…….I have been married 19 years and my husband has been in rehab since DEC. I have 4 boys, 9,11,16,and my oldest 18, Graduates next week!!!!! I have dealt with insecurities ALL my life. So bad, that I cant watch T.V. or go to beach without a panic attack. I have emotionalm insecurities as well. Comparing myself to other mom’s and women in the church. I really need this workbook. Hope it can help me get free. MY husband is getting free from addiction and I know I can’t be the wife I was made to be , BY GOD, if I am distracted by INSECURITIES….Thanks, Beth

    • 265.1
      sheryl stearns says:

      I pray crystalw you are getting the support you need. I worked for 12 yrs in the counseling field (recovery). There’s nothing more important to recovery than Your faith and a willingness for the whole family to get help…. God Bless you!

  16. 266
    Sally Denton says:

    Thank-you Beth and all others.

  17. 267
    Beth says:

    Can we talk? (: My goodness, my husband and I have been in the ministry for 30 years! He finally got a cell phone a year and half ago and sent his first text a couple of weeks ago. I’ve just started texting in the last year. We don’t tweet, twitter or understand it. So…I say all that to say this. Although doing many of your studies through the years, I was not aware of this blog community or Siestaville. I “stumbled” on it in December and joined in with ya’ll in Scripture memory and therefore found your blog as well. I promise you have no idea what this community has done for me. I’ve been walking with the Lord many years and Praise God I’m always learning. Like, how really BIG the family of God is! Makes me look forward to Heaven and worshipping God with all of you. Please tell your daughters how much I’ve enjoyed their posts as well as yours. I have a soft spot for them having raised two girls myself. (can I say “Feathers From My Nest” is a personal favorite?) My girls have done your studies as well. Last December my oldest and I were at the Deeper Still Event. My youngest and I will be in Louisville in June. You all did such a great job communicating the importance of passing the torch to the next generations, all the while walking with them. My desire is to do the same with my girls so they will do it with their children, and so on…..
    Blessings to you and yours!

  18. 268
    hilda says:

    LOVE the 1 earring off & 1 earring on look, Beth!!! You are too darling. We love you so much.

  19. 269
    Steadfast and Faithful says:

    Ditto Mama. I love you in ways that don’t make sense too, except to praise the unity of God’s spirit within us! Glory, that He makes sense out of our mess, sits us on His knee and tells us how pretty we are to Him. Whew, what a Father! Beautiful is the Son!!

  20. 270
    Linda says:

    Love the book. Looking forward to using the workbook.
    I feel right honored to be included in this blog community known as “Siestas”. Thank you Miss Beth!!!

  21. 271
    Madelin says:

    Beloved Blog Mama Beth-

    You are dearly loved and appreciated. Mere words can not express what my heart profoundly feels. Only the tears of JOY and LOVE which flow freely as we read your lovely tribute to Siestaville. In all the busyness of family, life & ministry that we are on your heart to dedicate SLI workbook to Siesta’s PRICELESS!!

    I really loved when you tweeted that you can beat people with your purse who try to 2 use the word groupie with you. I know EXACTLY how you feel. It is difficult to explain to those outside Siestaville how you can love a group of women whom you have never met. I have stopped trying to explain it I simply cherish our blog community.

    My cup overflows…To God Be The Glory~

  22. 272
    JanaR says:

    I heart this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. 273
    Delora, Granite City, IL says:

    So excited about the study! Don’t know why I always get tears. Thanks for all you do! Just a quick prayer request, I have to have surgery Tuesday, next week. Please pray for me that everything come out without cancer like they think. My healing comes with tears, God is faithful!

  24. 274
    Dawn says:

    Beth, Thank You…what an honor. Being an active member of this blog just since December, 2010 but have loved every minute of it. I have laughed, cried, grown spiritually, learned from others, prayed for others and been prayed for and even met some of my fellow siestas at Living Proof Live in Little Rock, AR in April….all through this community of believers called “Siestas”. I am beginning to understand how really “big” this thing is. I love you siestas, I need you siestas and I thank God for all of you, especially Mama Beth who has faithfully served God in many ways…even in a blog!

  25. 275
    Marni says:

    Every day is a good day to be a Siesta, but this is an extra great day to be one! Thank you for the dedication to us and this amazing community God has given us. Love you all!

  26. 276
    Margie says:

    WooHoo! What a sweet, happy thing to be included in ANYTHING God’s doing through you…… through ALL of you there! SLI has been an amazing “flashlight” on all the yuck underlying my choices, my motives, etc…. It’s been a huge and necessary blessing!

    Much love, Margie

  27. 277
    Cindy Gandy says:

    Thanks Siesta Mama!! We love you too!!

  28. 278
    Nichole's Mom says:

    Yay!!!! I’m so glad to hear that you are done filming James! We have missed you. I’m in the middle of the Daniel study and today I got to eat chocolate again! This is my 2nd time doing Daniel and I’m loving it even more than the 1st! Can hardly wait for James and now the one you dedicated to us! We all love you so much! Thank you for being our teacher, our mama!

  29. 279
    Sarah Sykes says:

    I haven’t been reading this blog long, but somehow I feel like you are always just talking to me. What a gift Gid has given you to connect to people. Thank you for encouraging us and loving us so shamelessly and unabashedly. May we be able toove those who cross our paths in the same way! I am not ashamed to say that the love pouring through this post made me cry, knowing in my deepest spirit that I am a child of God who is beautiful and lovable. Thank you!

  30. 280
    Anna Mitchell says:

    The workbook looks great! I am super excited- but honestly got distracted from my excitement by the interesting background behind you in the pictures…it’s got wood, rocks… Ms. Beth what is it?

  31. 281
    God's not-so-little Dutch girl says:

    Congratulations, Mama! And, hey, if it’s a big deal to you, you can bet it’s a big deal to your Siestas! Love you!

  32. 282
    Michelle Brown says:

    I am super excited to mention this study to my church. They gave group leaders your book during a prior bible study and I was super interested. My time is limited in reading but I really do hope that my church picks the So long insecurity study to do. Do you have videos to accompany it yet?
    Hugs to you Beth!!

    • 282.1
      KMac says:

      Hi Michelle, There are no videos for this study, however we do have the SLI Simulcast available in our LPM online store if that is of interest to you. Blessings!

  33. 283
    Marcia says:

    You definitely surprised me, but then the Lord has used you to surprise me many times in the last few years. God can use anything he chooses to speak to us and he has used many of the posts on this blog to encourage, to challenge, to teach, even to hold my hand during the last 2 years. I am going through a very painful transition and sometimes I have thought that you or Amanda or Melissa were in the room when the prayers were whispered – because of the posts.

    Then there’s SLI – that book has been such a blessing to me. It gave me the courage to see relationships(with people) that were a source of security – how misplaced that was and how they were actually hurting me. I could go on and on – Thank you so much. The Lord has used you to bless me immensely.

    Can’t wait to work through the work book! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. 284
    Connie G says:

    I think we all feel special that this book is dedicated to us. James is a book of the Bible that speaks to me personally. I look forward to this study for even deeper insights. Thanks for choosing to focus on James and thanks for helping us become a community.

  35. 285
    Taylor says:

    Miss Beth, this is so exciting!

  36. 286
    Kelly S says:

    Soooo sweet! Thank you Mama Beth!

  37. 287
    Jeanette Dahm says:

    Loved the book and can’t wait to do the workbook.

  38. 288
    Pat says:

    I just started with the Siestaville community this year with the scripture verse memory team. I am LOVING this. I have had a few verses memorized in the past but not had an accountability to make them stick. It is especially helpful for when my mind goes to negativity or my own mental gossip about someone. This is encouraging me in my walk with Him tremendously. I look forward to receiving these blog updates. Thank you, Beth, for the dedication to us and in your workbook. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift of insightful teaching with us and the multitudes. Blessings to you!

  39. 289

    It is a big deal to me to, I did the study when we did it and went to a simulcast here in Albuquerque, NM and took a ton of notes as a matter a fact I looked thru the book yesterday to see the notes I took and read alot of underlined sentences and I am so excited and cannot wait for the workbook to come out I just thought of somebody I might want to do the study with that just started coming to my church, Thank you Mama for pouring your life into us siesta’s and thank you for loving us. I love you too Mama Beth in ways I don’t understand and how He has knitted our hearts together and I know it is all Jesus.
    Thanks again for sharing with us cannot wait to get my hands on the workbook.

  40. 290
    Delta Dawn says:

    Can I just tell you about God’s perfect timing? After being taken to the wood shed over SLI, a year to the exact date God had me teaching from that exact portion of Ephesians 4. We had been moving through the entire book and on Sunday, April 24th, that’s where we were in the Scriptures. He is so good and has a wonderful sense of humor.

    So looking forward to getting the workbook!

  41. 291
    Wendy O'Byrne says:

    Beth, I have to tell you that “So Long Insecurity” has blessed me in ways that words cannot describe. The short and simple is that my marriage of 22 years was in very serious trouble and finally I had to remove myself from it. I was away for 16 days before we were able to decide to work on our relationship and do our best to save this marriage. I have been home now for eight days and we have made considerable progress. I want to thank you for the words in the book that helped me see that I must fight for my man if I love him. It was very difficult because my first marriage of 16 years ended in a divorce when my non-christian husband chose to leave the marriage and our three children to be with a much younger woman. I was so fearful of drawing a line. I am stronger in my faith now and married to a Christian man. God has blessed our ministry to others through our marriage, we are a good team. I hope you will please pray for us as we continue to work on our communication skills and I learn not to be a doormat! I will be purchasing this study workbook as soon as I finish my current Bible Study on Amos! I have been a Bible student under your guidance since you ministered at Southside Baptist Church in Crestview, Florida in 1997? and signed the book “Things Pondered” To Wendy – I am honored to share this journey with you. Keep seeking! Til He Shouts!

  42. 292
    Becky says:

    Thanking God for His provision! I have been praying about getting that book for myself and my two precious daughters while also praying for a Bible study to do. Isn’t that just like God to combine the two???!!! Thanking you for your obedience to Him and thanking Him for the awesome ways He speaks! Love ya’ Beth!

  43. 293
    Penny Pierce (Hoover, AL) says:

    How wonderful you are to think of us with the dedication. You are truly amazing and I love being part of this community!

  44. 294
    Debbie says:

    Debbie from Elon
    Beth, I am so so happy for you and I know you are proud (the good kind). You stayed the course Girl and I can’t wait to check my local Lifeway store for your book. We love you and appreciate all you do for His glory. Big Hugs.

  45. 295
    Jennifer Tricarico says:

    You are so FUN! And it does this mommy good to feel a little less invisible today (silly and prideful, I know, but it made me hold my head a little higher after not a very good mommy moment). Jesus is so Lord of Us All and I will gladly pray that many sisters – myself included – will find their only TRUE Security amid those pages! YAY, Momma Beth! Thank you!

  46. 296
    Amy-GA says:

    I love being a Siesta! I haven’t ever been part of group and it is so fun! Thank you for the dedication :-). It was so cool to be part of the surveys and seeing the writings in the book.

  47. 297
    Lynda Harkins says:

    Loved the book…can’t wait for the workbook/group experience!! Of course, we’re all chomping at the bit for JAMES, too!
    Blessings to you Mama Beth.

  48. 298
    Kim Vest says:

    Just began the fourth chapter of Breaking Free (second time around) and my heart is sore. But my goodness there is more?! So Long Insecurity in a workbook form! I might be as sweet as you when this is all over with:)

  49. 299
    Genevieve says:

    You are so sweet! When I read this blog,tears came to my eyes. My emotions ran high as I read the message to all of your ladies. I am so happy that God uses you to put these studies together for us. Thank you Jesus for Beth.

    Love you,

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    Brandi Luiz says:

    I am so excited! I so desperately need this book!

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