Letting Go and Welcoming In

Hey, my darling Siestas! I hope your weekend was full of Jesus and that you found refreshment with family and friends. I also hope you were blessed by a lively, Christ-loving body of believers in your local church and that you freely worshiped with them and sought God together with them through the Scriptures. You guys know how strongly we feel about the local church around here. These are days on the Kingdom calendar when we need one another more than ever. (Hebrews 10:24-25) We can’t afford to rationalize that we can link up with other believers on line as a replacement for investing our lives and our spiritual gifts in the local church of God’s leading. I love what we get to do here and believe that it’s real and that it has an important place but it’s not a replacement for a local body of believers. I’m so happy to say that I don’t see many people in this community confused about that. I often hear you refer to your churches with much love and commitment. You bless me so.

That said, God has brought about a huge transition in our lives over the last months. Let me say that in all caps: HUGE. I think the best way I can explain it to you is to post the letter that was inserted in the church bulletin at my home church yesterday and is up on their website. I will pick back up with you briefly at the end of the letter.

Dear HFBC, my beloved church family of so many years,

It is with indescribable gratitude and deep emotion that I say farewell to this body of believers as a fellow member. I asked Pastor Gregg if I could write you a letter rather than speak to you from the platform, not because I mind shedding tears in public but because I wish to spare you my lapse into an ugly cry.

These are exciting days in my family. Nine years ago, Keith walked our oldest daughter, Amanda, down an aisle of this very sanctuary and gave her in marriage to Curtis Jones, a young man with only one life plan: to serve Jesus anywhere, any time. We knew from the start that anything was game. Over the last several years, we’ve watched God prepare Curtis and Amanda to plant a church in another part of Houston. Keith and I will unwaveringly go with them with joy, approval, and glad anticipation.

Not one of us goes without cost, however. For once, I’ll let the others speak for themselves and I’ll stick to what I place on this altar today. I met my life-long mentor here and came to my first realization that human flesh and blood could fall madly in love with Jesus. At her insistence, I taught my first Sunday School class here and didn’t sit down for 23 years. I signed up for a Bible doctrine class taught on the second floor of this church on Sunday nights 26 years ago and was ruined for life for anything other than the pursuit of Christ through Scripture. You dared to take a Christian aerobics teacher with a side ponytail seriously when she pitched her leg warmers for commentaries. You gave me a safe place to keep learning amid a thousand mistakes.

Meanwhile, our marriage has endured for 32 years and, in such large part, over the support we received among godly couples here in this church. Our daughters, Amanda and Melissa, each walked one of these aisles, gave their lives to Jesus and were baptized in those very same waters above the choir loft.

As ministry life took us places – both good and hard – that we could not possibly have foreseen, you were my safe harbor. As far as I can recall, Dr. Jimmy Draper is the only one who has ever called me “normal” but the context was something I’ll treasure forever: “Beth, you know the only reason you’ve stayed normal?” No, Sir. I don’t. “You stayed in church.”

And now the tears well up in my eyes and spill over from my heart. How do you thank people for nearly 30 years of love and acceptance and patience and forgiveness and guidance? My best shot at it is this: I may be absent from you on Sunday mornings but you will never be absent from me. You are woven into my soul. I take you with me everywhere I go.

I have the glorious privilege of placing my membership here at HFBC on the altar at the best possible time: when I have never loved this church more. There is not one hint of conflict. Not one iota of friction between my beloved Pastor and me. We have pledged our support and friendship to one another and to one another’s families. He has also graciously invited us to continue to hold our Tuesday night women’s Bible studies here. I’m Pastor Gregg’s fan forever and a staunch supporter of this fine church. Please hear these words, all of you, from the truest and most tender place in my heart:

Thank you for all that you’ve been to me. The gift of you is inestimable. I love you deeply and will press you close to my heart all my days. Pray for us as we pray for you “so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God.” (Ephesians 4:13)


Pastor Gregg and me:

I didn’t know until today that Melissa had snapped this picture of Keith and me up on the platform with Pastor Gregg yesterday during the service. When she walked into my office a few minutes ago and caught me inserting pictures into this article, she said, “Mom! I took one you’ve got to post!” I wish so much that this picture also had Kelly, Pastor Gregg’s wife, in it. I love her dearly and respect her to no end.

These next two pictures represent some of my very biggest losses at HFBC. Make no mistake. We will always be friends because our hearts are tied together forever but I won’t worship right in among them on a myriad of Sundays like I have for years. The first one is the Tate girls. A few of you may remember that I dedicated Get Out of That Pit to Kendall Tate and her family and told their story in the book. I, then, dedicated the GOOTP journal to all four of these wonderful girls.

This is Abigail Davis. I’ve known her (as well as each of the Tate girls) all her life. I told a story about Abigail and her golf lessons toward the very end of the Esther Bible study. I’m nuts about her. The best pictures I have of Abigail and me are in frames on shelves at home but I do have this one in my office. You can see that she is a well-rounded woman-child. A golfer and a dancer. Grin.

Well, you can see that these are days of change around here. I cried many tears yesterday as I said goodbye to a body of believers I have cherished with my whole heart and so much of my life. But, as I met with our church plant core-group of 50 on our knees last night, seeking God desperately to come and do His will in this infant church, I felt His power and pleasure. It is the Lord’s will. I welcome it and embrace it. Bayou City Fellowship will swing open its doors to the public in the Fall but you will not waste a prayer on us now. We have much work to do in the spiritual realm before that day comes.

I praise God that this fellowship of believers will be right here in Houston. When your kids are in ministry, you well know that God could “plant” them anywhere in the world. We are ecstatic that God led Curtis to plant this church right here in this big, fat, wonderful, hot city. Our whole family will be engaged in this crazy adventure, including Colin and Melissa. If you’re wondering about the name, Houston’s nickname is “Bayou City.” We couldn’t believe it hadn’t been snagged as a name for a church in this city yet. Over the coming years we want Houston to be so glad we are here as we stretch out our arms to its aid. Our first outside action as a church has been to gather various articles to give to families that lost all they had in a local apartment fire. As I folded up clothes this morning and put them in a bag and made a plan to run by Walmart, I thought to myself, “Well, old girl, there’s not a lot of time to sit around and mourn. Hop up and get on this love train. There’s a city to serve.”

And it felt right.

One last thing. Last night I looked at all the children of our core group couples and thought, “You are going to get to watch some of these children grow up. Open your heart wide and receive with joy!” I knelt down by about 7 children, one by one, last night and said, “Hi there! I’m Miss Beth and I’m new to this church, too. Would you be my friend?” Most of them said yes. A few of them stared at my big hair.

Jesus, be exalted in this city. Bless HFBC. Bless Bayou City Fellowship. Bless every body of believers with knees to the floor and faces to the sky in Your holy Name. We are wholly dependent upon Your presence.

PS. Amanda is my pastor’s wife. I have to throw my head back and laugh with joy. HOW ABOUT THAT????


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  1. 201
    Kelly Jo says:

    This is so exciting!! And Im sure you will continue to bless the socks off people!! And I do believe that you are my hero And I love you a ton And when I prayed last night I asked the Lord to build our houses in heaven close together do you think he will? And Im so excited about this weekend I can’t hardly wait!!! Good night

  2. 202
    Annie L says:

    I bet those kids love your beautiful hair!! 🙂 What exciting times for all of you! What a blessing that you have had such a wonderful group of believers these past many years!! Praying for you guys!

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    Rhonda Smith says:

    I know how much you love your church. It had to be so hard to say goodbye. What a exciting time for you and your family. You have to be jumping for joy knowing your daughter and her husband will be starting a new church. My prayers are with you, Keith, Curtis and Amanda. Congratulations to you and your family. I’m looking forward to watching Bayou City Fellowship Church grow. Wow! Amanda will be your Pastor’s wife. How awesome is that. Love to both of my Siestas,


  4. 204
    Crimeanmsnry says:

    I laughed out loud and my eyes welled with tears and my nose tickled and my heart swelled when I read the P.S. What joy! So happy for each of you as you take this fork in the road. So exciting! Don’t you just love it when God does things like this?

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    Kerry says:

    want you to know Beth, your Water’s Edge lessons had God’s hand on them especially for me. I am so very grateful to have had the chance to buy many recordings and have them in my tape and CD library.
    I am also happy to say that through HFBC I met Bob who was so very encouraging to me years ago.

    So, see, the perameters of how the LORD works are limitless. Houston is a far piece from Wyoming but what are geography challenges to our God?
    My prayers for you and yours at Bayou City Fellowship.
    Perhaps I can visit there one day and again receive what the LORD has for me through teaching I hope you will be involved with.

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    lavonda says:

    This post brings tears to my eyes… I can just feel His presence all over this, even from way over here in Georgia! What a blessing you have in your family, and your desire to serve Jesus together like you do. You are blessed, indeed, and will bless so many through your servant’s hearts. I will pray for BCF regularly!
    much love,

  7. 207
    Sheri says:

    Thank you, Beth, for being open and real to all. I can not wait to see what God has in store for your family and His Kingdom. I love you and look forward to meeting you in January. God Bless.

  8. 208

    my heart is full of emotion for y’all…I KNOW how huge of a change all this is…and I am SO excited to see all the amazing things God is about to do! I am glad you guys are still close to your church though, that is important, and I”m sure those relationships will not be lost in the shuffle of the new life y’all have now…Cue the Michael W. Smith song, ” Friends”…
    Thanks mama beth, and amanda for being such a huge encouragement to me, and you better believe I’ll continue to pray for you:)

    ” Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ” This is the way, walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)


  9. 209
    Carol Hulin says:

    Congrats on the new church. Condolences on leaving the old one. Will be praying for your new ministry adventure…

  10. 210
    Natalie says:

    We are so excited for you all and for the new church!! My daughters are big supporters of Curtis’s teaching at MetroLive and since we live closer to where the new church is going to be I’m even more excited! God is so good and truly answers prayers!
    *So are you going to bring out the good china when your pastor and his wife come for dinner 🙂

  11. 211
    Patsy D. says:

    Go MAD (Go Make A Difference) and God Bless You All!

  12. 212

    I tried to say it on twitter but sometimes you can’t get in what you need to say in 140 something characters! ha!
    I am so thankful that after doing bible study after bible study with you that you are leading by example once again. Over and over I have heard you say that you don’t want to be somewhere if God’s presence isn’t going with you and what a sacrifice of getting out of your comfort zone to leave what you have known for so long. Especially when there is not a ton of “normalcy” with your crazy schedule. I have been at my church for 13 years now and I can’t imagine leaving all of those people. Yet I know I would have to go wherever God leads me. Praying for all of you! You mean so much to me! Love and prayers!

  13. 213
    Cheryl says:

    Beth! I am an HFBC member and teared up during your 11 am farewell on Sunday. It was an honor to worship God with you! I know this is so random… But several years ago when Curtis was engaged to Amanda he came and led a disciple now home in Kingwood and stayed with my parents for the weekend (in fact, I’m pretty sure he slept in my super girly bedroom!! HA!) In any event… I had the privilidge to join him and my mom and dad for dinner @ Fuddruckers the night he arrived. I remember him being a very Godly man. Since, I look forward to every time he speaks at HFBC and always said that if that man ever led a church I would be there. He knows how to hit home with scripture. So what happens? I JUST joined HFBC and I find he and Amanda are planting! Ha 🙂 Well, I’ll at least have to visit! Meanwhile I’ll continue to “stalk” (in the loving sweet way of course!) your sweet family via’s amandas blog, which is too funny for words. P.s. I realized half way throug service a month ago that I was in the seat directly behind you (the hair gave it away) but I was too bashful to say hi! Silly me! Thanks for lovin on us… Even when we’re crazy!!!

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    Warm in Alaska says:

    Wow. But wow. Now I know that you can keep a secret ’cause no doubt God’s been stirring this pot for awhile. LOVED your sweet letter to First Baptist. That blessed my heart. How truly good it is (that would be a cool title for a book: Good It Is) when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity. And I love that Amanda is your pastor’s wife!! And I love that some of the kids weren’t quite sure about friendship until they get used to the hair. And I love the name Bayou City Fellowship – if for no other reason than because the word “bayou” is such a great word and how awesome is it that it’s in your church’s name!!! What a big season for the Jones / Moore / Fitzpatricks! And the other core families ~ Yay!

    Blessings – and bye, you (I so could not resist that!)

    ox, Warm in Alaska.

  15. 215
    Rebekah H says:

    Hi Beth,

    Been thinking of you lots have just pulled the seaweed from round my eyes (just long enough to type) 🙂 I am part through the stepping up study and I love your encouragment, praising God for you. In Psalms 126 you remind us about the hallelujah moment after sowing tears and reaping Joy, well when I read your last line about your new pastors wife, I thought about your Joy right now and I rejoice with you. You really have been a big sister to me (even if you don’t know it). Praying with a grateful heart for Gods rich blessings to flow to your family & the ministry team over there in Bayou City Fellowship. God bless you HFBC too.

  16. 216
    Kim says:

    I am so grateful for your transparency! You inspire me and give me courage to embrace the way God created me. Thank you Beth for being so brave and lovely! BCF will absolutely be added to my cries to heaven. I know God will do amazing and wonderful things through your band of warriors!

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    Tara G. says:

    I had the ugly cry for you and I’ve never been to HFBC. And I think it’s hilariously wonderful Amanda is your pastor’s wife! 🙂

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    Sharon says:

    Beth, as a pastor’s wife – you blessed my socks off this morning. I loved how you worded this letter — it is so kind and gracious — can’t imagine the loss your pastor and wife feel in watching you go (I cry every time it happens!! 🙂 but how appropriate and kind and God lifting up your words are. A word fitly spoken, truly. And now you get to be your daughter’s biggest cheerleader as she walks what can often be a tough, hard, but exhilarating path in serving God. HE is good all the time. Looking forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

  19. 219
    Michelle says:

    My heart aches and rejoices with you and your whole family. I can’t say I can totally understand either place you find yourself – sad to leave a family but excited to pieces over this new work God is doing. I pray some day I might. In the meantime I will continue to pray for the Moores, Jones and Fitzpatricks and will be excited to follow the blogs to see what our wonderful Lord is doing down there in Houston using all of you. How thrilling!

    God bless!

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    Tricia says:

    Your letter was so beautifully put. I know you and your family will be missed. I admire your obedience and I am sure it is difficult to leave a home church that has been with you through so much. You have blessed them and they you. I can’t wait to hear about the many adventures God takes BCF on!! He is a BLAST! Praying for all of you.

  21. 221
    Sharon says:


    Being a pastor’s wife, I have had to leave church homes that I dearly love when God has moved us on. Since we just moved from our community and church a year and a half ago, the memories are still very fresh. It is difficult to understand how God can give us the desire to move on to a new ministry, yet we still feel pain from leaving the current ministry. But the blessings we receive from going in obedience are huge! This last move was so difficult because we were not only deeply rooted in our church, but we were deeply rooted in our community. Our new church has been such a beautiful gift from God for both my husband and I and our children. I pray that you and Keith will experience a fresh breath from God as you walk in obedience to help this church plant.

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    Linda says:

    Oh, Beth – I’m crying, laughing, and so grateful to God for all He is and does all at the same time. May the blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ be on and over all of you at Bayou from this day forward. …And what a wonderful pastor’s wife she will be.

  23. 223
    Debra Hanson says:

    I just love you!! What part of Houston is your “new” church?

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    JanefromSC says:

    Beth and girls, I think you have the most awesome privilege of embarking on a new journey that God has placed before you. Wish we could all be there and be part of what God is going to do through each of you. Will be praying daily for this church and each of you as you follow God’s leading.

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    Connie G says:

    It is so hard to step out of our comfort zone and follow where God is leading some times. Blessings to you family as Bayou City Fellowship comes into being. I feel the bittersweet joy and sorrow in your letter and know that over time you will find the right balance that builds relationships in the new church, while maintaining the special place in your heart for your current church and its people. That is the glory of God. There is room and blessings for us all.

  26. 226
    Missy S says:

    While I know it is bittersweet to say goodbye to HFBC after so many years, it is exciting to see what the Lord is going to do through the Jones, Moores, and Fitzpatricks at BCF! Praying for y’all and the planting committee!

  27. 227
    Melissa says:

    What wonderful news!!! I’ll be praying for your whole family on this new adventure God has set before you. Your willingness to obey Him inspires me today! I’m just grinning from ear to ear- God is SO good. Can’t wait to hear wonderful stories on this great path He has given your family!!!

  28. 228
    Leah says:

    Oh Beth, I want you to know that I awoke with Bayou City Fellowship on my mind (know God put it there), and I’ve been in prayer first thing this morning over it’s success in reaching God’s sweet people for His Glory!! I’ve prayed for Curtis and am so grateful for his heart for people!! I’ve prayed for Amanda and your sweet grandchildren and the impact for His Kingdom that their generation will have. Needless to say, I’ve prayed over the rest of you, too. My mind thinks of the precious souls that will find a place that takes their minds, bodies and souls for the first time to the living waters of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thrilling to think!!!

    Selfishly, I think of how I sometimes miss Houston, our first married home of 3 years (married almost 28 years now and living in Atlanta), and how I would love to be there to help you all minister to new Christians. Houston is dear to me as I finished my degree at Houston Baptist and then we moved (I was pregnant with our first child) with my husband’s work. There was something that always touched me about Houston. Praise God that there will be one more church planted in His Name for that big and amazing city.

    Please pray for me here in Atlanta as we are just becoming empty-nesters. Our youngest, a girl, is leaving for Pepperdine Universtiy, and I know God is leading me into women’s ministry. I’ll be facilitating a marriage class and have been asked to teach other women’s groups. I humbly step out in this service, knowing it is only through His grace that my inadequacies and faults are covered.

    Anyway, I just wanted you to know how God put you all on my heart today, and what a pleasure to kneel facedown before His throne on your behalf. I send my love and best wishes for this extraordinary summer of anticipation and work for you all.

    With love,


    “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:17-19 NIV

  29. 229
    Lori T says:

    I am praying that your dedication and willingness to stick it out in one church for so many years penetrates my own heart. I have felt shunned by my church for approximately six months or more. I have been praying to God and asking HIM to make it abundantly clear to me whether or not this is my church body to follow. Sometimes I feel it is my pride I need to swallow and get over, other times I feel neglected and unloved. As I write this, I Donita want to break my Savior’s heart, so I am certainly going to try to stick it out until HE gives me clear and purposeful direction.

    I love you, your family, and LPM and Praise God for this new glory-filled opportunity to spread the word of Jesus Christ in and around Bayou City! Much Love from Austin, TX

  30. 230
    Kat. . . says:

    Oh, Beth. Words are few,just sweet tears. Not sure why exactly, yet, but the ‘old girl’ got me; for I am an older girl. I am excited for you and have a sense of ‘knitting’ with you across many miles in this new adventure. I am eager to watch Him work in you all, so updates will be lapped up.

    Hugs and love, Kathie

  31. 231
    Mary Lou says:

    Dear Beth,

    Bravo to you and Keith and your family for being brave and following Jesus’ leading to new body of believers. May God do an amazing work in your new fellowship! I can just imagine the emotions you have been feeling. When I think about leaving my church family (and they really are my family), I could go instantly into an “ugly cry.” As a body, we are getting ready to send our youth pastor and his wife to plant a church in St. Cloud, MN. It will be hard to lose them, but it is so exciting to see what God is doing in their lives personally and in the life of our church as we support them in this endeavor.

    May God’s richest blessings fall on you, Keith, Amanda, Curtis, Colin, Melissa and the little ones. Can’t wait to hear what God is doing and will do because of your obedience to Him.

  32. 232

    Praying for you, your sweet family, and body of believers God will bring together as Bayou City Fellowship in the coming days…Lord, bless them indeed. Do something so big in their lives that it will be obvious it is from You. Increase their influence and opportunities to make a difference for You. Give them a continual sense of Your presence and direction as they make decisions. Protect them physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and relationally. Keep them from falling into satan’s evil traps. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, amen.

  33. 233
    Sarah says:

    Beth, this was such a beautiful post. I am so glad you can support Curtis & Amanda in ministry, that you are in the same city and it can be a family effort. The local church has been a huge part of my life, though I admit at times I have struggled with my roles. Right now the Lord is telling me to rest – due to health situations I have had to back out of ministries I love and need to settle in as a “pew member” instead of being on the platform in the choir or orchestra. He can bless me in the pew just the same and perhaps more since my focus is not distracted. Thank you for sharing this with us. May the Lord bless the church plant and all the ministries your family is involved in!

  34. 234
    Shannon says:

    Change can be so bittersweet. Growing up a pastor’s kid meant every few years we left the good and the bad to start something new. I have such tenderness toward you and your family as you support a loved one in ministry. We’re praying for all of you and hope that you will know how much we love you when you spend this weekend here in Kentucky.

  35. 235
    Heather, Aberdeen SD says:

    God Bless Keith and Beth Moore, the Curtis Jones Family, Colin and Melissa and BCF! I will be praying for you all. How wonderful and exciting I am Looking forward to watching this ministry grow. I love all of you and will be praying for you all.

  36. 236
    Connie Gibson says:

    Praying for you and your family and new beginnings. Just left my church that I had been a member of since about 1970. Now looking for a new place to worship… wish Kentucky was a little closer to Texas lol.

  37. 237
    Kathleen says:

    Beth, This is great news! So happy for you and your family. I will be sure to add you and your new church to my prayer list. And yea…… “How about that!”

    Love you all

  38. 238
    Shawna says:

    Wow! That is all I can think to say right now. I have tears and joy for you. You wouldn’t remember me, but you were my Sunday School teacher in the early 90’s. I still have your name and dates of lessons in my Bible. You and Marge Caldwell made such a difference in my life. God used y’all to leave an imprint on me that I could go to in my darkest times and He still speaks to me through that imprint. I still remember the girls when they were little and now they are so grown up! Thank you for being real and not trying to be someone you are not. I identify with you in so many ways as far as personality and such, and you make me feel like I’m not as crazy as my hubby thinks I am!!!! God bless the Moore family!

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    kimberly mason says:

    beth, change is so exciting and sad at the same time! the new church sounds so cool, and i am really excited for you! will be praying for all of you! blessings! love, kimberly

  40. 240
    Tanya Hoffman says:

    Our God loves us with an everlasting love!

    As I read that last part about your daughter being your Pastor’s wife, I realized that is the true meaning of bringing hope to the hopeless. As I studied “Breaking Free” I felt the depth of your brokenness. How God has delivered and blessed you for staying on your kness before Him!

    Thank you Beth for being a Woman after God’s own heart.

    I pray that God would rain down the Holy Spirit on the new body of believers that have been raised up to reach out to a city and world in need.

  41. 241
    Maureen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart wrenching love story with your Siesta family!! I had tears in my eyes and have never stepped foot in your beloved HFBC!! Well done Moore/Jones/Fitzpatrick family!! “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you GREAT and UNSEARCHABLE things that you do not know” (Jer. 33:3 NIV) or, as the Message puts it: “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could NEVER figure out on your own.” Precious family, it’s a good thing we aren’t allowed to see too far down the road (somebody said that), but know, that God sees every detail and is already using it for His glory!! May Bayou Fellowship be overflowing with His Holy Spirit and stand ready to face the joys and challenges head on in Jesus’ name. To God be the glory dear sister!!

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    Sallie says:

    Thank you so deeply for “getting” the importance of the Body. I’m a pastor’s wife in Colorado Springs, and God has given us the incredible gift of a body of believers who are doing amazing things for God here and around the world, and who enjoy being His with all of us. That’s the kind of “normal” that we all can enjoy! Bless you on the journey! Sallie

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    Lisa Bowden says:

    Well, how cool is that!!
    I’m particularly excited because we are going through the launch process at our church as well…I’m leaving to be part of the ‘new work’….so we get to share these parallel paths!
    Don’t you just love the way Christ has knit us all together as His Body and Bride!!
    Amanda & Curt: What a ride!! You are covered in prayer by such a great cloud of witnesses!
    Woo-hoo! Let’s do this thing….all the way Home.

  44. 244
    Jill says:

    That is the best news. It is scary to start a new adventure but that is what God wants for us , to always be growing. The Lord is calling my husband and I on a new adventure also, He is leading us to Sail ( as in live aboard a sailboat ). The thought of not having a home church as we travel is scary but you know what ? Since Houston is right on the Gulf I hope to stop in Bayou City Fellowship and Worship with you and meet you and Amanda and Mellisa.
    Gods Love to you all , and to all fellow Siestas. an online community will be very inportant to me as we travel.
    Love Jill

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    Mrs. Beth,
    As I read this post I cried as if I was the one leaving my church family. After all, the sadness and joy of doing just that is fresh on my heart. My husband and I are 25 years old and we left our church “family” just two short years ago when my husband was called to pastor another church. And I don’t use that word FAMILY lightly. We had been saved in this church, grown up in this church, mentored in this church, and loved in this church. After my husband answered God’s call on his life to preach the gospel to anyone and everyone, it was this church that gave us the support, love, and prayer that ultimately gave us the courage to step out in faith even though we had NO idea what we were doing. We still love those people more than we loved them the day we left. It is amazing how God can open your heart and allow you to love and minister in so many capacities that are beyond your human capabilites! So Mrs.Beth, I am excited for all that God has planned for ya’ll in Huston…we serve such a big God and yet I am always overwhemled and in awe of all that He does! Many prayers are with you from our little family of 5!
    Valarie Morgan

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    Julie B. says:

    I’m laughing through my tears…. all I can say is thank you for your example of humble obedience to Christ.

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    Denise says:

    WOW!! I think that is awesome to follow God’s leading and step out in faith!! May you and your new church family be truly blessed.

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    sheryl stearns says:

    Thanks for sharing your path! I ask for prayers. I listened to this weeks study while on my bike ride this morning and have to say God really spoke through the message. I’m going in on wednesday for a lump-ectomy. My husband and i have three adult sons and 3 granchildren and married almost 31 yrs. I don’t know how long ago Beth taught the study, but God is good. I appreciate your prayers and the siesta community. Since moving from ca. to central texas the bible study and blog has been a life raft..

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    Rhonda says:

    My prayers are with you Beth as you step into a new season of you’re life. What a blessing to minister alongside your daughters and their husbands. I am happy for you! Thank you for the many words you bless our lives with! I am grateful for you!

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    Sandy says:

    Oh how I love how God answers prayers….Beyond excited for all of you!
    Praying from afar….

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