Just Saying (an obviously sleepy) Hello

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Hey, Sweet Things! Amanda, Melissa, and I are on a night-or-two-close-by-getaway and we watched that silly video together last night and nearly laughed till we cried over how tired that woman was. The irony was that I actually thought I had rested up a bit. (And said so.) I could hardly put two words together. BUT, it was done with love! If not brain cells! You are good sports.


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  1. 1
    Martha says:

    Yay!! Been waiting for this..what a wonderful break in my Thursday afternoon to have a nice long message from you! I love the Crisco Oil story. So excited about the James study…can hardly wait until November. Beth, would you please pray for a 8 yr old little boy who is this minute in surgery. He has been fighting leukemia for a few years and spiked a fever..they took him to surgery to see if his port was causing the problem and found that the catheter had broken off and is in a vein.. were calling in cardiologist to help..his name is Robert and his mama Nina would so appreciate prayers!
    love you so much!

    • 1.1
      Janice says:

      Martha, My heartfelt prayers go out for Robert and his mama Nina. I have a friend whose son has had two bone marrow transplants in his young life. I know there are so many complications that can occur with these surgeries. He had one at age 7 and another at age 15. So far he is doing well. Bless you Martha for being a prayer warrior on Robert’s behalf.


    • 1.2
      Kimberly says:


      We will be praying for Robert. Asking God to give complete healing for him, peace to his mama, and wisdom to the doctors.


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      diane Bailey says:

      Martha, I’m praying for that little family. For healing for this child and peace for his family and friends.

      I too had a friend who had a 5 year old with Leukemia. She is now a grown woman with a daughter and a Degree in Nursing.

      The greater the problems, the more mercy He shows. Jesus is there so Miracles can flow.

      • Martha says:

        Thanks to all of you who posted saying you were praying for Robert and I know there are plenty of you praying who didnt post…got an update and the doctors were able to get the broken catheter out of the vein and he is doing good! Praise God and thank you siestas again so much!!

  2. 2

    I will never look at Crisco Oil the same. I love you siesta Mama!!

    And I got chill bumps over the giving to As Our Own. THANK YOU JESUS, for all you’ll do to redeem these precious children! Be praised and exalted O God!

    have a great weekend!

  3. 3
    Angela says:

    Dear Mama Beth,
    So excited to hear from you!!! SO SO SO excited to do this James Study, I do not think I will make it till this fall!!! I have not been on here very often to write, but I do read and pray for you, and all of siestaville!! This is something special, like none other, to have been “with”you to pray for you during the birthing and duration of this study!! Every study I do of yours I feel like this thing is going to KILL ME!!! I tell my husband, she is up in my grill mixing my kewlaid this morn’n!! Said all that to say, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for following Jesus in your calling. It has GREATLY impacted my life like you will never know this side of Heaven!
    I also just watched the clip of you with Tammie, I am going to look up her study RIGHT NOW, I feel a new “GOD WORD” commen on πŸ™‚

    Love, In Christ!

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    Sister Lynn says:

    Hi Siesta Mama!

    Thanks for popping in to say hello. So grateful the taping went well and PRAISE GOD for the giving to the “Thanks Mom” campaign at As Our Own. I am so moved by their work – especially since India is my ancestral country! love you!

    Sister Lynn

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    Beth, we’re crazy about you, too! Thanks for the video greeting!

  6. 6
    Sarah Marion says:

    Thanks for the video, Beth. So thankful for your humility and grateful attitude. I am really getting excited for the fall release of the James study.

    Would appreciate prayer from the Siesta community as I will be sharing briefly at a women’s ministry event at our church this evening.

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    Traci says:

    so fun to hear from you beth! love you so much πŸ™‚

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    Mary Watkins says:

    We love you Beth. God has blessed untold thousands through you His faithful servant. I am thankful to be one of those.

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    To Know Him says:

    Praising God with all of you for the many answered prayers…

    Just want to say that this video (technically) was great… Tell Sabrina that she did a great job with it πŸ™‚

    Love ya Beth…


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    Michele says:

    Love the jacket! Thank you for letting us partner with you in the study through prayer. So cool that as we’re praying for you, God is writing/speaking through you things that we will need later.

    So cool too that God gave you ideas for the set and directly told the set guy exactly how to build it. If y’all need help with those in the future, let me know. I would love to work on that.

    We’re crazy about you too, Beth! <3 πŸ™‚

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    Rebecca says:

    Love it! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us face-to-face, aka screen-to-screen! πŸ™‚

    I love the oil story! If I would have been there, I would have had a bottle for you–I know the power in the symbolic lifting of prayer and blessing with oil.

    Prayers and blessings as you get back into your groove at LPM,

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    Katie says:

    Thanks for letting us know about the James taping.
    Our God is an AWESOME God!!!
    Better is one day in His courts, than thousands elsewhere.
    Joining with you in thanking God for who He is and all the ways He’s moving.
    Thanks for the video greeting!

  13. 13
    ULCARDSFAN says:

    LOVED hearing from you. Happy Birthday Sabrina. In case you didn’t notice SIESTEVILLE is misspelled….but any way you spell it it still says Sisters Loving Jesus and each other. Linda

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    Michelle says:


    Thank you for letting us know about the POWERFUL work of the Holy Spirit!!! It is so encouraging to hear about the awesome things that happen when we pray.

    Coming from a traditional church background it tickled me to hear you talk about using oil to be a symbolic representation of the Holy Spirit’s annointing. Using Crisco just topped it off πŸ™‚

    Praising God today as my daughter is graduating from Trinity International University in Illinois this weekend. My God has been so faithful in providing her the opportunity to study in an environment that exalts His name. I am bringing her with me to LPL in Minneapolis next weekend. Would love to meet you!!

    With so much love and gratitude for who you are in Him!!!

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    Lynda Rickey says:

    Beth, Absolutely can’t wait for James study. Feel so privileged that I had the opportunity to pray for you and the ministry as you worked to complete it. I have come to truly appreciate the intimacy of prayer and long for more. Crisco oil story made me laugh out loud. Now I think I’ll use it to annoint my kitchen for Momma. Momma does most of the cooking because I’m afraid of the stove! Well, just wanted to say thank you for the sweet message and love you! Hugs, Lynda

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    Elisabeth says:

    I love it when I can see & hear u. Isn’t it amazing how accustomed we can get to the faces & voices of those we love? Funny story……
    I walked into wk at my church last week & heard a recording of you coming from some office somewhere in the distance down the hall. I blurted out “Ah. Someone’s watching Mama.” Everyone just chuckled & one person commented that I always blog & speak about & quote u in a way that I would talk about one of my best friends. I laughed as I realized you ARE one of my best friends. Only in the Kingdom of Jesus do we get to say that about people we’ve never even met yet. Dude…….that’s just rad!

    • 16.1
      diane Bailey says:

      I know what you mean, Elisabeth. My friends went and saw Beth one time and I happend to pass her in the hall. Beth is so familiar to me, that when I saw her my first thought is that she was one of our group.

      I almost told her, “Hurry up, Beth is about to start!” Now I wish I had run over and hugged her. Oh well, one day in heaven we All will hug for all eternity.

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    ForeverHis says:

    Welcome home! So glad you are back & hoping you are getting some much deserved rest. Looking so forward to the James Bible study. Going this week to check out a Lifeway store (don’t have one in my town), to see about the So Long Insecurity workbook.

    Take care and thank you for keeping us up to date.

    Phil 4:8

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    Ann says:

    It was great to ‘see’ you. I know you have been busy. I haven’t seen you since James. I’m glad the taping went well….Crisco Oil & all. You, Melissa, & so many others have worked long & hard on it. Blessings to each of you!

    Now I am having feelings of abandonment. Is there really no Tuesday Night Study this Fall?? :-<
    I don't want to tire you out…can we still meet & all just chat? πŸ™‚
    love ya,

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    Diana A. says:

    What an amazing God! He brought Crisco Oil to annoint the set that you wanted to look like an urban kitchen for feeding the poor! Doesn’t He have great love for your vision and for those helping you in need!

    God is fun! πŸ™‚

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    Carmen says:

    Aww…Love it! Thank you for sharing with us!

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    LindsayArellano says:

    So glad to hear from you! God is just… blowing me away with his goodness!
    Now… let’s talk about those jackets! πŸ™‚

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    Sara S. says:

    Yay! So fun getting to hear from you today! Thank you!

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    Amy Wilch says:

    Beth, Thank you for telling us when you were taping the James study so we could pray for you! It makes me feel closer to you and a part of your work. It was my pleasure to pray you through it. Just finished the Revelation study and loved it…only wished it was about 10 weeks longer! Came out with a few more questions but don’t know if they will ever be answered while I’m here on earth.

    I am so looking forward to the James study!

    Love you, Beth!

    Amy W in Colorado

  24. 24
    Sandy says:

    Thank you, Beth!

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    Janice From Springville says:

    Beth, Since I am from the South I cannot resist making this comment. Girlfriend, you are cooking with grease!!! LOL.
    I am so excited about the James: Mercy Triumps study. We will be doing it in January hopefully. I am already asking God to be preparing and stirring the hearts of the women that He desires to participate. God bless you, Siesta Mama for all your work, dedication and deligience.
    I am hoping that you will do the So Long Insecurity Group Experience this summer through your blog. Any thoughts on that yet?
    Love the jacket. You are styling, Mama!


  26. 26

    Hey Beth,

    We had a similar anointing oil experience at my church a number of years ago. An interim pastor’s wife asked to be anointed and apparently didn’t give any warning of the request. So, while the worship service was in process, my brother and one of the deacons ransacked the church to see if anybody actually had any. They came up with motor oil, cooking oil and even baby oil (from the nursery), but no anointing oil. I have no idea what they settled on.

    We’re a little better about such things now, but I can imagine the consternation as they tried to figure out what kind of oil to bring you! I’m sure the Crisco worked just fine.

    • 26.1
      diane Bailey says:

      I’m laughing about the idea of the Motor Oil. And I love to hear about a man who is so passionate for the Lord that he would go all out to find what the Lord had provided for that moment.

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    Heather Smith says:

    Hi Beth-
    As I was watching the video, my 4 year old son came in and asked who you were. I answered without thinking, “My friend, Beth.” He said, “Oh. Does she go to our church?” πŸ™‚ My answer was too complex for his little mind… “Sorta…. she teaches a lot of us at church, and we love her like she is one of us.”
    I guess that sums up how I feel… It was like chatting with an old friend as you shared what our prayers meant last week! And even though we only met briefly at one event, I know you understand how I could honestly answer that in one way you are my friend. Funny how Bible study and a blog do that!!
    Thank you for pouring your everything out last week to serve. And thank you God, for answering our prayers and doing what only You could do.
    I can’t wait to do James!!
    Heather from Lewiston

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    Bobbie says:

    It’s so good to hear from you…really, to SEE you! I always love it when you do a video, almost like we’re in a study in our homes.

    I just got my SLI workbook today–cannot wait to start it. Satan has been attacking me nonstop since my surgery and I’ve prayed for a release from his grip and right into the arms of our awesome God.

    Thanks Beth, for your kindness and love for this community…it really is a blessing.

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    Anne Farnum says:

    Hi Beth- just finished James with a group of women from my church last fall- and so excited to hear that your new series will be out this fall. I can’t even begin to tell you how much your teaching means to me and how much you have spurred me on to dig deeper daily into God’s precious word. Thank you for all you do and now that I am praying earnestly for you and your ministry. So glad to have found your blog.

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    aussie monica says:

    looking forward to the James study so much! I’m just finishing off “To Live is Christ”. Thank you for sharing the Word with us! I love you in the Lord, Beth.

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    Love hearing from you…so personal. Technology is an amazing thing. You are so adorable, and I appreciate how you lead women for God’s glory. Praying for you!

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    Maria says:

    I love you and thank you for the update!! CAN”T WAIT FOR THE JAMES STUDY!!! ps….crisco oil..hilarious!!!! uh oh I hope you don’t get in dated with oils…hahaha How about a moonpie? πŸ™‚

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    Kathy says:

    Hi Beth! I LOVE YOUR STORY ABOUT THE CRISCO OIL! I teach first grade. Each year I anoint my room prior to students entering. A month into the year, I was given a “Very challenging” boy. After the first day ended, I felt God nudge me to anoint my room once again. I had no oil…but I did have hand sanitizer! πŸ™‚ I lifted it up to God and said, “I hope this is okay and not disrespectful”. On the contrary…it seemed like the perfect item to use for the situation. HE ANSWERED BIG TIME, and we’re almost done with the school year.

    I think HE may have enjoyed a good laugh!

    Little Monkey’s Mama

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    Rachael says:

    Crisco oil?!? God will honor anything if your hearts in the right place, I just loved that! I can’t wait for the James study, wish I could have been there for the taping!

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    Linda McMorris says:

    Just wanted to let you know I am leading Kelly Minter’s “Ruth” right now with my small church in Missouri. I am using some of your archived messages and some of Kelly’s taped messages. I am so glad you leave the archived blogs out there. We just discussed weeks 3 and 4 last night and it was one of our best discussions. This group tends to be very quiet so some times it is hard but last night was such a blessing. I really felt God in the room with us.
    Can’t wait to do “James” with you.


  36. 36
    sue powell says:

    Dear precious leader…
    How great to look forward to your new study on becoming a confident woman! YEH GOD!
    So Long Insecurity has become my MOST FAVORITE book of all times. Being a grief counselor and hospice chaplain, I can use it every day as I remember the words that our Lord gave you to touch my heart.
    Thank you for listening to your Jesus! PRAISE THE LORD how he teaches us with such grace. Thank you for going out on “your limb” and processing all its teachings.
    Blessings sweet leader,
    Chaplain Sue Powell

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    Angel Haynes says:

    I think the heaviness of Crisco must represent the heavy anointing of God on the taping!

    Our church finished James a couple of months ago and turned us all upside down. We then heard a series that was titled Blessed Are the Merciful and now we are heading into Ruth. God is blowing our minds with what He is teaching us about mercy and believe He is asking us to start significant ministries of mercy to the poor, widow, orphan, and immigrant in our city. It is overwhelming and we are having to trust God like never before. So good! Can’t wait for the study to come out because I believe God will use it to continue to confirm what He’s currently doing in our midst!

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    Debbie from Mississippi says:

    Beth, I just love you!! thanks for saying hello to us by video! It’s like you are talking to us over coffee. So thankful to hear the James taping went well. I look forward to doing that study with my church.

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    Kathy B says:

    Well, the Crisco explains that funny stain on my clothes. JK. But I did have the sheer delight of joining you on Thurs evening. And may I share something I’ve never had this perspective to know (seeing as how I’m braggin’ and all)?

    I’m one among many who’ve sat in class and watched you on video for going on twelve years now. But this was my first experience at a Bible study taping. And the thing that impressed me was that all these years, each time I’ve felt like I was right there in the room with you and God was relaying the full emotion and power of His Spirit, I wasn’t just imagining it. Somehow God really had translated the full “punch” of the lesson to each and every video learner in full measure to what He had poured out on the live audience. As I live and breath. Doesn’t our God just beat all?

    Is that what you call boasting in the Lord? I sure hope so. And seriously, Beth I appreciate in a new way just how much self sacrifice you put into these sessions. May I thank you on behalf of the darling gals that, Lord willing, I’ll have the privilege of studying James alongside next year.

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    sherry says:

    Yay! Thanks for sharing, how fun to hear about how God works in all of our lives…TOGETHER! yippeee1!!!

    • 40.1
      Brenda Qualls says:

      As you were sharing here about working through James and that it is difficult and that you are tire. Girlfriend our ladies understand. We studied through James Precept upon Precept. It was a wonderful study and we learned so much! At the same time it was grueling because it stepped on our TOES!! We were challenged to see where our temptations and sin start and to deal immediately. We say the responbibility we have as Christians. We learned to “count it all joy” during our trials and temptations because God is doing a work in us. Even now we will just look at each other and say count it all joy.
      I look forward to your study of James!
      Beside you praying

  41. 41
    Amy Beth says:

    I know I should have been concentrating on the new James study coming out, but all I could think about was “I wish I could spend an afternoon of my life in Forever21 with this mama of mine.” Call me crazy, but I just feel like you belong scampering around the jewelry section of Forever21 saying “DARLING, that bracelet is just DARLING.”

  42. 42
    Kim Safina says:

    SiestaMama Beth,

    I was humbled to pray daily with Intercession as you served us through the scriptures.
    What a gift of grace!

    By the way, I am SO NOT SLICK either!!!

    Blessed and Anointed with Crisco,
    Kim Safina
    ‘Cali Kim”


  43. 43
    Jodi says:

    Beth, It was so good to see your face. Crisco! That is incredible! We are so excited for this study and the blessing it will have on all our lives. Praying you to Minneapolis next week!!! CanNOT wait to see you again.

    Jodi, Plymouth

  44. 44
    Nicole says:

    So thankful that the taping of James went well. Also excited about Melissa’s part in it – digging deeper. I know our women’s study group are looking forward to a new study. Thank you for your continued faithfulness.

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    diane Bailey says:

    HaPaY bIrThDaYYYYYYYY Sabrinia!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for our suprise!!! Love, love, love this blog time with all of you, girls.

    I have a surpise! A 7lb 8 oz surprise named Gianna Elizabeth (God is gracious and a vow)! She is sooo beautiful. Had I known how wonderful grandchildren were, I would have had them first! the Lord told me she would be a woman of prayer. And low and behold, she was born on the National Day of Prayer! God does not make mistakes!

    And yes, I have anointed my home and my children’s home with Holy Crisco Oil. Its the anointing that makes it Holy, not Crisco! LOL

    Love you All!

  46. 46
    Beth says:

    Thank you so much for sharing!! You made me laugh and cry – perfect “girl time”. We were praying- so happy to hear all went well. He is so faithful!

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    Sheree Poole says:

    Hi Siesta Mama….ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE JACKET! It’s official now…you ARE Siesta Mama!! WOW…I may never look at Crisco oil the same again. Somehow now Crisco oil is holy, and I’m not sure I will be able to cook with it again..LOL!! I know God used it in a mighty powerful way. Thank you so much for all your hard work. Of course, I know it’s not “work” but doing God’s will and His work is soooo enjoyable. I cannot wait for the James study to be released. I absolutely love the book of James. James was my favorite Bible study I taught to my 5th and 6th grade Sunday School class. It was a Precept study by Kay Arthur on James entitled “Boy have I got problems!” and God worked in a mighty way with the children…it was incredible!! Well, November seems such a lonnnggg way off, but I will be patient! May God continue to bless you, Beth!! Love you bunches!!

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    Barb says:


    You are a blessing. This is my first post and I absolutely cannot wait for James to be in my hands and my heart. It is my favorite book of the Bible. What took you so long?? Just kidding of course. I did pray for you this past week. And was privileged to be on the team of women to assist for LPL at Idlewilde in Tampa area last April. What a blessing to be able to be a small part in what God is doing in the lives of women. Which spills over onto all those around. Thank you, thank you for your commitment to teaching women God’s word and teaching us to apply it to our lives. May you have some sweet time of refreshing after a long hard fought battle to be sure the Word comes forth purely and passionately to all of us. Blessings,

    Barb Rowe

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    Nancy says:

    Hi Beth and thanks for the sweet video. You are a heavenly vision and I am so happy to hear that your taping went so well. Cannot wait to do the James study! Hope you will have a blessed and restful weekend!
    Love you and keeping you and your dear family and staff in prayer!

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    Lauren says:

    Love, love, love the Anointing story! I’m crazy about you, too, Beth… and the more I get into the Word, the more I’m crazy about Him. Thank you for pouring yourself out to us for Him!

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