Just So You Know Where the Mama Is

Hey, Darling Things!

I am packing up an overseas suitcase to board a long flight to Sydney tomorrow evening and I just want you to know where your blog mama will be all this time. I’ll be in Australia for two weeks and that is substantially longer than I’m ordinarily away so I thought you might need a heads up. I have the privilege of serving alongside my beloved Priscilla Shirer at the Hillsong Colour Conference for two weekends in a row. (The conference repeats a second weekend for another group of women.) It feels so good to put my head together and plan messages and themes with Priscilla again. We got in that habit with the Deeper Still events and I’ve missed it! Not only does she inspire me. She also gets me tickled. We will also serve with a panel of other speakers that I’ve not had the privilege to meet yet. Priscilla has been several times so she’s a veteran and will teach me the ropes. I am looking so forward to Colour and to gazing upon all those gorgeous faces, alight with the Spirit of Christ. I can hardly believe the trip is finally upon us. Amanda is going with me and we ferociously wanted Melissa to go, too, but she was unable to swing a week of it and was afraid the one week she had would be almost wasted amid the long flights and jet lag. We will miss her like nobody’s business.

Here’s a picture of the brochure and also the Queen who is staring at me 24/7 because she’s caught onto the fact that I’m about to skip town. I would give anything to take her. We have never been apart this long. Don’t you think they’d be blessed by my darling little Dingo?

I still hope to check in with you here and there in a couple of brief posts over the next two weeks but the best way I can probably keep up with you is on Twitter. For those of you who haven’t joined us there yet, our Twitter address is @Siestaville and we have tons of fun on there at times like these when a blog post is harder to make happen. You’ll hear from our Lindsee a number of times in the next two weeks (watch for some fun giveaways!) and Gay’s final supplement will also appear on the blog while I’m gone. I know you’ll be rocked by that. Her contributions over these last couple of months have been priceless.

I will miss you so much but will try to keep up. I am serious when I say that I think of you every single day and you are always on my heart. Hold tight to Jesus and stay in the Word. Please pray us there and pray us home and pray safety and joy and lack of negative drama (I love positive drama) on our family members as we all scatter for two weeks. Curtis will head to Missouri with the children to see his family for Spring Break while we’re gone. He’s a brave man indeed! And please, please pray for the Lord Jesus Christ to fall with enormous power and fiery affection on us at the Colour conferences. We want Him so badly.

When I get back, we’ll start planning Siesta Summer Bible Study. Oh, yes, ma’am, we are having it. We have active blog days ahead! You are so loved here, ladies. So very loved here.

Keep walking the thing out. Jesus is worthy of it.




134 Responses to “Just So You Know Where the Mama Is”

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  1. 1
    Sister Lynn says:

    Dearest Beth,

    May the Lord bless you and keep you and return you home safely to us!

    Praying for you as you travel Down Under! So exciting – sending lots of love your sister Siestas!!!

    S. Lynn

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    Susan C says:

    I pray you will havw a blessed trip and noooooo neg. drama.

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    This is my first visit here, but I will be back soon, because I really like the way you are writing, it is so simple and honest

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    christina says:

    May the Spirit of God go before you to prepare the way, be with you to empower, unite, and protect, and behind you to bring forth much fruit from the work our God has appointed for you. May the Lord watch over all your family and Priscilla’s during this period of separation. May He bless your socks off and fill your service with great joy.

    Mama Beth, on a personal note I’d like to thank you for the devotional on affliction. It encouraged me so much, and the link has gone out to more than one friend in a season of trial. The Lord matched your words to at least one hungry heart’s need.

    Grace to you and yours in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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    aussie monica says:

    Beth I am thrilled that you and Amanda are going to my homeland Sydney, Australia!YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE GOD’S BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY!!!!

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    kendal says:

    ohhhhhh. anything hillsong should be so awesome. and i just got semi-serious about twitter, so will follow. stoppping ot pray for the conference right now.

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    Lori Schoch says:

    God’s richest blessings on you and Priscilla as you share The Living Word. May Holy Spirit come in a way here before not realized by some of these sisters on the other side of the globe and may the Father be glorified.

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    Sharon says:

    Ahh… Dear Beth, I love you so! I (as always) wish I could go and join in with the wonder of the Lord together with you and Priscilla and all of the other (whoever-they-are) speakers! There’s nothing like fired-up vessels on fire for their Lord and proclaiming His GOoDness and Glory! Thanks so much for keeping your face in His Word and for continually filling up to spill all that our Savior has said! God has used you in such a power-FULL way to so many. I for one, because of that very thing, am most thankful! Y’all have a blast! And my prayers will be with you and with them and with all of the listeners!

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    sweet anonymous says:

    Hey Siesta Mama!
    Thanks for the heads up on where you’ll be. Will be thinking of you and praying for you every day. We will miss you too. I am so excited to hear about the bible study! I was thinking the last couple of days how doing a bible study makes my quiet times in the morning’s so much richer and was going to go the store this week to get one, but now I’ll just wait to see which one our beloved Siesta community is doing. Can’t wait! Praying for a safe and blessed travel down under!

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    sweet anonymous says:

    Oh I almost forgot! Star is so cute!!!!I betya she’d be fun to play with and throw a stick too! Grin.

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    Nancy says:

    So excited to hear about your ministry time with Priscilla!
    Keeping you all in my prayers and will be so excited to hear every detail when you get home! …and to hear about our summer study!
    Love you to the moon!!

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    Sandra says:

    I will be praying for you, Beth! Such a wonderful opportunity to travel and experience Christian women in other parts of the world!!!

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    Sydney! You will love it!!! They are the nicest people on Earth — “no worries, mate!” My son studied there for a semester and I went to visit years ago. Travelling mercies to you and best wishes for your conference.

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    Katie says:

    I love reading about all of your adventures, Beth πŸ™‚ You just pour His love out all over the place! Praying you will be blessed in Australia with fresh revelations… and surprised by joy while you are away!

    Sweet hugs,
    Kate πŸ™‚

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    Meghan says:

    I think I should have told my husband that since you will not be in Oklahoma or northern Texas this year that I would have to fly to Australia to see you speak. I don’t think he would have bought it, but he may have gone along with it if I took him with me πŸ™‚ Praying for your trip and for family at home to get on well without you (canines included.) I pray that you and Amanda have some great times together, with at least one good belly laugh a day. Love you Siesta Mama.

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    Maria says:

    Beth, Have a wonderful time! Praying for you all!


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    kathypinkbicyclearkansas says:

    What time do we leave? This is my dream vacation. Maybe I’ll see Curt and those darling babies next week in Springfield. Have a grand time!

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    Kathy says:

    Blessings for a wonderful adventure with our Lord! You ladies will “rock” for Jesus- so glad Amanda is joining you- memories for a life time- Lots of love

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    angie says:

    I love you Beth.. You are an inspiration to me knowing that God can use all of our pain and family issues to bring us forth for HIs glory. God Bless You..

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    Lynda Rickey says:

    Dear Mama,
    Have fun Down Under! Will pray you there and back. Definitely praying for Jesus to show up and know He is faithful, for where two or more are gathered… . Love you, Lynda

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    Marjie Scheib says:

    Safe Travels. GO JESUS!!!

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    Vanessa says:

    It’s sooo sweet of you to keep us “in the loop”. You and Amanda will be in my prayers!

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    Andrea Porter says:

    Siesta Mama,
    I will be praying for you for everything listed in your post as well as for you to have fun ‘Down Under’. I just know that Jesus is going to rock the house there and I am so happy you get to have some visiting time with Miss Priscilla. You have blessed me so much, since SSMT this year, I got to say all 24 of my verses and get your gift of ‘Fulfilling Your Ministry’. I am just about to venture into ministry at my church, CCV. I have been accepted to teach a small women’s group and the first study we are going to do is… Discerning the Voice of God How to Recognize When God Speaks. Written by none other than Miss Priscilla Shirer. I was going to do the study on my own, but now it is going to be even more fun, to do the study with a group of ladies. I also have a praise, my friend Becky was diagnosed with Lymphoma last year, she just had her 6 month Petscan and it came back CLEAR. I’m gonna be bragging about our Lord and his mercy to everyone, until I am blue in the face. πŸ™‚ I just love our Savior. Plus, I am still memorizing scripture. Just one a month this year, good habit to keep. I will enlist my husband to let me recite them to him, next year. Praying a circle of angels around you and Amanda and Curtis and the kids.

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    Kim B. in AZ says:

    I will pray for you guys. I hope you have a ton of fun while you are there.

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    Michele says:

    I love that you share things like this with us.

    I love that you think of us often.

    I love that you will be having a blast with Priscilla & Amanda & team in the Word.

    and I LOVE when Starzy is in the pictures! If you ever need a dog-sitter, call me. πŸ˜‰

    Praying for you and all at the conference. May Jesus show you His Colours in all their splendor.

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    Diana A. says:

    Sounds like fun! πŸ™‚

    Hope you have a wonderful time – put a shrimp on the Barbie for me πŸ˜€

    Will miss you…not a twitter.

    Say Hi to Joey for me!

    God Bless you and all involved!

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    Sarah says:

    I have followed Priscilla as she has gone and loved getting to live a little with her – even though just in thought and prayer now YOU too!!! Jesus just keeps this mundane little housewifes life exciting with all ya’ll do! I don’t get to attend events yet – no one to keep my kids – but He just blesses me by letting me participate and makes it exciting!!! Have a GREAT TIME!!!

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    Julie Ratcliff says:

    I will be praying for y’all. I know God will bless this time in a great way. I am asking that He show up and show out for you! Thank you for being obedient to your calling!

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    Becky says:

    Beth-Have a wonderful time in the land down under! My 22 year old daughter is there for study abroad program and I am missing her a whole bunch! If you happen to see her while your over there, give her a hug from her momma over here!!

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    Diane says:

    I am praying for both you and Amanda – safe travels for you and blessings on the conference; wish I could be there to participate! I’m doing the James study right now and it is eye-opening! Can’t wait to find out more about summer Bible study. Much love to you!

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    Nancy Waits says:

    May grace take you places you’ve never been before! (positive places πŸ™‚ Hugs!

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    Marsha says:

    WOW…Sydney. You probably already know this, but don’t forget to drink plenty of liquids on that long trip and be sure to keep your feet wiggling…(not hard to do if you drink plenty of water). Pump up on extra Vitamin C. Take earplugs or headphones.
    Good day mate and many blessings on this trip.

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    Mary says:

    Praying for you Mamma Beth!

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    Have so much fun! Sydney is a beautiful city. I sure wish I could come hear you there. The first time I heard of you and heard you speak in person was when we lived in Singapore. Remember when you were there? (Fall 2000)

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    Patti Hayes says:

    Guess what, ladies, I’M HAVING A GRANDDAUGHTER! You need only to look at my very common last name to realize why I’m shouting. I just wanted to share our happy news with Siestaville as I’m about to bust with the excitement of it all. As it is, I have been virtually squealing with delight every time I think about it, and I have no idea how I’m going to be able to wait til the middle of August when our baby Sarah is due to arrive. Since we found out, I’ve been able to write her name in my prayer journal, and just seeing it typed on the screen in front of me is about to make me cry. My grandson, Nathanael, is already 6 months old, and grandparenting is everything and more than I’ve ever been told. I may have gotten a few things right as a mom, but I was born to be a grandmother – I’m loving every minute of it. Thanks for listening, girls. I hope your Lord’s day is blessed. Beth and Amanda, I’m praying for both of you and your families, especially while you’re apart these next two weeks.
    Much love,
    Patti Hayes

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    robin cotton says:

    you will be missed , praying you there and back . with much love ! robin

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    J. says:

    Love you in Christ, siesta! Have a great time ministering in Australia! Praying for you all!

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    Michelle says:

    Het there! My husband is heading to Australia today as well!!! I hope he gets to meet you on a plane or something! He enjoys your bible studies as much as I do (albeit, he doesn’t always get the seriousness of hair biz you sometimes talk about). Seriously, we are Ono week 8 of Esther and God’s timing is so perfect always! Thank you for sharing the discernment of His word he has given you; blessings!

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    Mary says:

    God Bless and travel safe. Thanks for always putting into words exactly how I feel and just don’t know how to express it.

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    Royana says:

    Have a great time!! You are covered in prayer!!!

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    Amy says:

    Praying for you, Beth. Thank You Jesus for Beth and for giving her safe travels to and from Australia. I pray she will be encouraged as she encourages others and that You will give her the words to say. Thank you for the wisdom she has to speak Your Truth and bless every moment she has over there. We love our Mama Beth! In Jesus Name, Amen!

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    Have a blessed time, Beth! Hope you get to enjoy some days of rest and relaxation, too — you deserve it! Safe travels!

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    Volleyball Ginger says:

    Have a terrific time! Those women will be so blessed to be loved on by both you and Priscilla.

    Wetumpka, AL

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    ConnΓ© says:

    Wishing I was in the suitcase going along with you. I had the opportunity to visit Austrailia in 2007 – and when I was asked what it was like for me – “it was like putting on my most comfortable pair of shoes – it just fit!”… I will be with you in Spirit. I was able to attend services at Hillsong too, so you are in for a treat for sure! Blessings on your trip and may your messages for those amazing Aussie’s be as powerful as they are for us here stateside! God is on the Throne and He will pour Himself out for those women through you for sure! Travel mercies and enjoy your visit – I hope you have the opportunity to get outside the city too! I love Austrailia – I know you will too!

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    Bethel Mama says:

    Beth, I can see by the picture that you’re not a Mollydooker…Aussie for left-handed πŸ™‚ Those ladies are in for such a treat! Praying for safety, clarity, fun, powerful worship and God’s words to flow through both you and Priscilla. My small group is doing Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed right now & loving it! Go with God Dear Beth πŸ™‚

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    Beth Herring says:

    Praying for y’all and safety in your travels there, back and while you are in Australia ministering!

    Thank you for what you do Beth! I have begun memorizing James only because of your inspiration and it has just made the book come alive to me! James 1 is finished and I am working on James 2!

    Love to you and to Amanda – will be praying for Curtis and the kiddos as well!

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    Susan says:

    Praying for God’s power and love to cover each one of the team. And souls will be touched by the mercy and grace of our almighty God!
    May God’s light of love shine on each team member,and his love will be glorified in each session!
    Praying for safety for you all.
    In the name of our Lord and Savior,

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    ULCARDSFAN says:

    Have a safe trip Beth and Amanda.Praying for a successful conference…..speaking of conferences, my UL CARDS are the Big East Basketball Champs as of an hour ago. I LOVE March Madness!!!

    Love, Linda

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    Fran McCurry Plott says:

    Love and prayers for safe travel, good health, and a powerful presence of Jesus for you all.

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    Bec Sandeman says:

    Welcome to Australia Beth!!!! I can’t wait to see you in Sydney! Praying you have a great flight… so excited for the chance to hear you in person. It is going to be a wonderful conference πŸ™‚ Will be praying God gives you exactly the right word…
    See you soon!

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