Siesta Summer Bible Study 2012 Official Launch and Registration!

The day has finally arrived! Wooooohooooo! Let’s get into the Scriptures, Girls! This is our official launch where you will officially register as participants in our summer Bible study but here’s the important part: YOU WILL SIGN IN AFTER YOU AND YOUR GROUP VIEW THIS VIDEO AND HAVE YOUR DISCUSSION TIME. (If you’re going solo, you’ll view it by yourself, of course, and answer the questions succinctly in your comment as your way of discussing the subject matter.)

Please read the following instructions carefully:

If you are participating in a small group (even on line), choose a name for it in your first gathering. It does not need to be clever although you’re welcome to do it that way. It can be as simple as “Greensboro Summer Siestas.” Mine will be “The LPM Village” because I’ll be going through it with my in-house staff and we call our merry band of sisters the Village. You will use your group name every time you leave a comment on Bible study day.

After watching the video and participating in the discussion time with your small group, appoint ONE representative from your group to sign in through a comment to this post. You’re welcome to appoint a different representative each week that we meet. The main idea is to make sure only one person signs in for your group.

This is the way your group representative will sign in:

City, State; Name of group, Number in group. *A brief summary about your group time.

(*This might convey something interesting that came up in your time together or the question that motivated the most discussion. It’s wide open. Just give us a succinct report on your time in small group. Remember to keep them short and specific so that we can read as many as possible!)

Mine would look something like this:

Houston, Texas; The LPM Village, 12. Summary: We talked most about the challenges we have this summer and specific ways we each need God to “keep steady our steps.” (Then I’d give a couple of examples that came up in our discussion time. Get the idea?)

Sisters going solo: you will sign in individually and answer the questions very briefly in your comment. (You are welcome to limit your answers to the ones that resonate most to you.) If I were going solo, mine might look like this:

Houston, Texas; Beth Moore (you can just use your first name if you prefer). Questions 5 and 6 resonated most with me because…

NOW! You are good to go. Just watch the video and proceed according to the instructions I’ll give you within it. As you’ll see below, I will always put the instructions in print in case you’re unable to view the video or if, for any reason, it malfunctions. Keep in mind that you don’t need to read what follows unless you can’t watch the video.

Written instructions:

Today in small group time, read Psalm 119:129-135 together. If you have access to several translations, read it first in a formal translation – ESV, NAS, NKJ, NIV, etc – and, second, just for the richness of it, a modern translation like The Message or the New Living Translation. You know I love The NET Bible so that’s another option.

1.  List every term the psalmist uses for God’s communication/revelation to man. (Example: V.129 ESV – “testimonies”)

2.  Psalm 119:129 says, “Your testimonies are wonderful: therefore my soul keeps them.” Each of you (as time allows) share a specific way that you’ve come to know personally that God’s testimonies are “wonderful.” If you don’t have a newcomer to the Bible in your group, imagine that you do. Let your answer help explain to her why YOUR soul desires to keep God’s testimonies and why she should even consider it.

3.  Psalm 119:132 says “Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is Your way with those who love Your name.” If you have placed your faith in God through Jesus Christ, you have demonstrated one titanic way of “loving His name.” Discuss the importance of trusting that God’s “way” is to deal with His children graciously. Talk about whether you tend to expect God to be gracious to you or indifferent or harsh and condemning. If you tend toward the latter, would you be willing this summer to seek God with the grateful expectation of His graciousness toward you.

4.  Psalm 119:133a says, “Keep steady my steps according to Your promise.” What specific challenges are before you this summer that could cause you to really need God to “steady your steps”?

5.  Psalm 119:133b says, “Let no iniquity get dominion over me.” THAT, Beloved, is a prayer that could have huge impact in our lives. If you are willing, share a particular tendency of your flesh that you’re really praying will not get the best of you this summer. (By all means, get personal as the Spirit leads but stop short of really graphic specifics. Give people the idea without the mental images.)

6.  Psalm 119:134 says, “Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep Your precepts.” Look up several definitions of “oppression” and discuss the vital differences between oppression and authority. How can they be confused? Once we know for certain we’re not just resisting authority but we are genuinely experiencing oppression, realize that God’s will is to REDEEM us from it. Pray fervently for Him to do so. He is perfectly capable of redeeming us from oppression while redeeming the relationship.

7.  According to Psalm 119:135, conclude by asking God with a full heart of faith to make His face shine upon you, His servant, this summer and to TEACH you vividly through the Book of Nehemiah.

8.  Sometime today, write Psalm 119:129-135 on a note card and keep it as your prayer for our Siesta Summer Bible Study. (After the video was already made, it occurred to me that I should have suggested we all write this segment on the inside of the front cover of our Nehemiah workbooks so, if I caught you in time, do that instead of a note card. That way it will serve as a Scriptural dedication of sorts for our summer experience.)

Have Weeks 1 and 2 of your homework done by Tuesday, July 10th and we’ll have our next Mini-Session then and your group discussion.

I love you guys so much! Isn’t it fabulous to be back together again in God’s Word??

We’ll meet in two weeks! If you’re meeting over a meal, try to fix Lauri’s Beef Enchiladas on p.32 and Mom’s ginger snaps on p.33.

(Remember! Comments only after your group time!)



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  1. 451
    Debbie A. says:

    Vienna, VA We are a group of 6 women at varying stages in our adult lives. Some of us are still raising young children, some with Tweens, some with Teens, and a few of us with adult children. We meet every Tuesday evening at our church Vienna Presbyterian (near Washington DC). We were unable to meet last evening but will watch the video together next Tuesday. I have done all of Kelly’s studies and LOVE them! Excited to share this summer in victory with my fellow sisters in Christ! We are a Great Banquet Reunion Group, so that’s our “regular” name, but I think next week we can come up with something a bit more snazzy.

  2. 452
    Nancy says:

    Going solo and loved the video!
    I especially need Him to keep steady my steps through a busy sumer starting with my daughter’s wedding in 3 days!
    Thank you Beth for this opportunity to study again with you and Siestas this summer!
    Bless you and love you so much!

  3. 453
    Lisa says:

    Greenville, SC, Cross Roads Girls
    We have 5 ladies in our Bible Study Group. This is the first year we have done a summer study and we are so excited. We are meeting in a different home on each of the 4 Tuesdays. Last night we met at Wanda’s and spent about 15 minutes trying to figure out how to enlarge the video to full screen. We finally called one of our “children” and they instructed us – once the video was full screen and we could actually see you Beth we watched the video and enjoyed some great discussions on the verses in Psalm 119. One of our ladies has had the awesome opportunity to witness to a family in our community and the entire family has come to know Christ and just joined our church last Sunday. This family is a living testimony of how God works and redeems from the pit. Our dear friend was able to share with us how her past had allowed her to witness to this family. We shared many tears discussing how gracious our God has been in each of our lives. PRAISE HIS NAME!!!!!

  4. 454
    Melissa says:

    St. Mary’s, Maryland; Melissa, going solo. Question 7, LORD, teach me to release anger and be an example for my children to learn how to release anger and not be controlled by it!!

  5. 455
    Cari Andreani says:

    From Jacksonville, Florida, we are the “Little Debbies” (affectionately named after the tropical storm that prohibited some from joining us and the others wondering if we would make it home! We almost had a good ol’ sleep over at our good friend’s house due to floods and streets being closed 🙂 We are 11 ladies of all ages. 8 bore through the storm last night and made it and 3 were trapped and couldn’t make it, but we are all very excited to start this Bible study together. Most of us are school teachers so welcome a summer Bible study where we can dive in and swim a bit in the Word without so much rush. Most of us have done Bible study together. We just finished your study “James” in my home a few months ago and it was AWESOME so we are up for this! We had a couple ladies that are new to our Bible study and one in particular last night was so special. After viewing our video we went over the questions. On question 3 I asked someone to share about God being gracious. A dear sister (new to our group) shared that God was recently gracious to her. Her daughter was married about 3 weeks ago. However, a week later her husband died at work of a sudden heart attack. What a shock! But she showed such gratitude to her gracious God- it was remarkable. She was so thankful God let him stay long enough to walk their daughter down the aisle just one week before. Wow! What a beautiful perspective! We saw her tender heart giving glory to her gracious God. Oh, He is gracious indeed!

  6. 456
    Cindy Franklin says:

    Cottondale, Florida; The Laughter Ladies, 10.
    God got a hold to several of us right away about our need for a more compassionate heart. God’s timing was so evident in who is part of our group, what we are going through individually and the word of God covered in this study. Excitement abounds in us all.

  7. 457
    Terri M says:

    Plymouth, MN (solo this time) I am sitting in my living room where I have my quiet time every morning as I watch the sunrise…I am so excited to be doing this kind of format and even more excited over what questions you have for us already!!! They all resonate with me for sure, but the one that is touching my heart at this moment is #6 about redeeming/ oppressed relationships. Oh how I would love to see the Lord work in miraculous ways not only in my life but the lives of ones I love as well…BRING IT BETH!

  8. 458
    Lynn, Pecos, NM says:

    Going solo on this but am in a study group doing Stepping Up as well. Questions 4 and 5 are really pertinent because my adult daughters are both going through heartbreaking seasons of life and I really need to remain steady and not give into my tendency to go into protective mother-bear mode, nor do I need to give into condemnation of the others involved but rather, extend grace.

  9. 459
    Lu White says:

    Raleigh, NC, Lu. Questions 4 & 5 hit me the most. I believe in God’s power and prayer to seek/submit to His powerful work; so, I’m praying with focus during this study for current challenges. my specific challenges: to find purpose & fight off complacency at stage of life. …empty nest, (wrestling with anxieties over sons’ finding their way as wage earners, daily choices, selecting wives) …parents in 80’s with declining health …retirement (a bit early due to economy last few years) …emotional numbness in marriage (28yrs) …last but never least, addicted to sugar and simple carbs.

  10. 460
    tngirlinva says:

    Radford, Virginia, “Church HAGS” (one of our husbands bestowed that name on us several years ago :-)) 4,

    Summary: We discussed question 2 how our lives are so much better when we follow God’s path. When we get passed the lie that “God commands are against us and there to control us” and on to the Truth that God is for us and following His commands liberate us, not chain us.

    Question 4 challenges we face this summer that we need God to “steady our steps”: caring for an elderly parent & raising a 19 year old, a 6 year old who is up with the sun at 6am & down with it at 10pm, family issues, dog with a broken leg. Finding time to take care of ourselves. Making one on one time with God.

    We finished by praying that God would indeed make His face shine upon us!


  11. 461
    Joann says:

    Montgomery, AL; Joann B.
    #2. Though I may not understand all of God’s testimonies, I know He loves me and they are for my good.
    #7. God, open wide the eyes of my heart to receive your teaching.

  12. 462
    Gallatin, TN; Amy, 1 says:

    My first summer bible study and I’m enjoying it so far. Bless it Lord!

  13. 463
    Elizabeth says:

    Howe, Texas (north of Dallas); The Steady Steppers!; 4
    Summary: In our discussion last night we learned a little about each other thru our testimonies of the goodness of God. We also discussed strongholds in our life and what ‘iniquities have dominion’ over us right now that we want to let God get a hold of and remove from our lives. This study is perfectly timed for each of us and we each feel like God has brought us together for His purpose.

  14. 464
    Ann L., Alice H., Cyndi S, & Sandi B says:

    Houston, TX WATDL’s: Our group of 4 is called WATDL’s which stands for Waiting at the Door Ladies because we are always at the church door on Tuesday Night Bible Study by 3 PM waiting for Beth to teach God’s Word. 🙂

    Prayers for guidance finding jobs is a top priority this summer.
    Another priority related to #5 has to do with the thoughts that occupy our minds during idle time. Who we are angry with, what someone said to us & us to them, playing out a future argument in our mind, etc.
    I believe I remember Beth saying that’s one of the times she uses her Memory verses, saying them over & over to get her mind focused on God.
    Good idea, Beth!

    • 464.1
      Cyndi says:

      Looking forward to a summer bible study with the ladies (WATDL’s)that God has Blessed me with to meet at the door & to grow into a friendship to shine His glory.

      Have a Blessed Summer Everyone 🙂

  15. 465
    cindy says:

    Birmingham Al.
    I am going solo on my back porch and so excited as always to study with Beth! #4 spoke to me the most about God keeping our steps steady. I have recently retired and am praying daily for Him to direct my path. So thankful you are doing this Bible study. God bless!

    • 465.1
      Kim L says:

      Hey Cindy!! I’m not too far south of you here in Alabaster. I’ll pray God will direct your steps.

  16. 466
    Kristi Norris says:

    Mobile, Alabama, going solo just found this and am looking forward to beginning!

  17. 467
    Glenda says:

    Sheridan, Arkansas; The sobbing, savage Sheridan Siestas, 3. Summary: We talked about the different needs that are represented in our group. One member is newly divorced, one has a teenage son that is about to start driving and she is scared to death, the other member attempts to control every aspect of her life. We need the Lord to help steady our steps.

  18. 468
    Lorraine Yerton says:

    Greenbrier, AR; Lorraine Yerton, going solo. I really could relate to the study of Psalms 119: 129-135. It is showing me that the work I am doing this summer for my church will be a lot of work, but that I will be able to depend on God’s love and understanding to help me when I begin to feel frustrated.

  19. 469
    Robbie Elliott says:

    Madison, Alabama
    I’m going solo for the moment. I may see if a couple of friends want to join me! Number 3 spoke huge to me! I think I expect His wrath to come down on me because I don’t deserve his grace! Number 4….my life has changed drastically in the last 2 1/2 yrs. My mom (my very best friend) died 2 yrs ago, my dad came to live with me, 1 child took a job in another city, another child is leaving for college this fall, Satan just keeps attacking our church….the list goes on and on. My prayer is to learn to expect and accept his graciousness. I need God to steady my steps. I’m trusting He will!! I’m so looking forward to this Bible study!! Praying and expecting God to teach me in a huge way this summer!!

  20. 470
    Noreen C says:

    Solo in San Antonio, TX. For my entire 56 years I have blessed to know God and He has always been faithful in bringing me from many trials. My challenge this summer is to let God lead my 29 y/o son to the job he has selected for him. God blessed him with graduation from Columbia Univ, NYC with only a small student loan. I am so impatient and want to be in the driver’s seat but I am praying that I will move over and God will continue to encourage and lead him.

  21. 471
    diane ellison says:

    USA (AZ, ID, KY, OR, TX); Sum-her Blessings, 6. We are friends and family scattered from coast to coast, living in 5 different States. We gather at least once a year at a Beth Moore Event; this year in Boise where Beth hugged us 🙂

    All of that to say, we are an ONLINE GROUP of study and prayer warriors who “meet” on a private Facebook Group. One of us is a soldier stationed at Ft. Knox. Hooah!

    Our discussion thread shows that we all struggle from time to time, with our human limitations of discouragement and fear and anger. This summer, we hope to find God “smiling on us His servants,” and we hope to learn how to confirm that we BELIEVE and trust Him, not just believe in a distant Good Guy who may or may not hear us and who we may or may not listen for and to. Amen!

  22. 472
    Jolinda says:

    Kearney, Ne & Kansas City, MO; Drake Girls, 4. I am a mother totally blessed with three beautiful daughters (ages 24, 22 & 18). We are sooo excited to journey in God’s word together this summer. Hillary our middle daughter has just graduated from college & relocated to KCMO to start her career. We plan on using FaceTime to connect with her on Bible Study nights. God is so good! Summary: Hillary and I watched the Study intro & Kelly’s Session 1video (her dad & I are down visiting & time did not allow us for much more before our heads hit the pillow last night.) All of us girls plan on doing our daily homework & meeting together next Tuesday! Their dad is looking forward to all the wonderful recipes Kelly has planned for us! Blessings to you all! Our God is an AWESOME God!

  23. 473
    Heidi says:

    Going Solo in PA this time around but that’s okay! I need God to steady my steps this summer as I do have a very busy summer church wise and my little boy turns 1 next month!! He definitely keeps me on my toes. But we have some unknowns ahead and my husband & I are praying for God’s wisdom to guide us as we go, Spiritually, Financially, Professionally, and what is best for our family! And God has been so gracious to me over the years, especially this past year when it was found my son had a heart problem before he was born. God carried us through that and we know He will carry us through this next wave of unknowns.

  24. 474
    Sarah Doll says:

    Chattanooga, TN… Sarah Doll.. going solo
    Just moved to a new city, so this is perfect for this summer. I am praying the Lord will “steady my steps” as I search for a new job, church, friends…ect.. Expecting God to show up in a BIG way this summer.

    • 474.1
      fuzzytop says:

      Welcome to Chattanooga, Sarah!

      I work right in downtown Chattanooga, but live about 25 miles away. Our group of 3 will be meeting at my house on Thursday. Would love to meet you!


  25. 475
    Leila Hollingsworth says:

    Carrollton, GA The Sizzlin’ Siestas, 15 (11 were in town last night) we are sizzlin’ because my AC was struggling to keep us cool, gotta see about that before next week!!
    We are ladies of various ages, sisters in Christ who will be true Siestas all before this study ends. Some have done many similar group studies, some only a few . . . but we are all so excited to begin together. A couple of us find ourselves in the midst of unwanted divorces, a couple have grown children with heartbreaking troubles and several have family members with serious illness. So, learning how to harness our broken hearts for God’s glory is coming at just the right time! (God’s timing, always just what we need!!)

    • 475.1
      Victoria says:

      So happy to be part of the Carrollton Sizzlers although I truly was comfortable – guess I was just too absorbed in the Bible study and conversation to notice any heat! I’m saving my Siesta until Sunday – I don’t want to miss a day of this study!!! THANK YOU!!

  26. 476
    Melissa C. says:

    MCAS Miramar, CA; Flying Solo
    Question 4 was the kicker for me, today. My life has recently undergone so many changes (thank you military) that my steps are unsteady. However, God really got in my face and told this sister that really it is my fault that they are unsteady. I am choosing to make this season of my life more difficult than it has to be. If this is day one, Lord help me with the rest of this study! 🙂

  27. 477
    Lisa P says:

    Denver, Co and Nashville, TN- Sisters by heart, 2
    We are two friends, seperated by distance but close in our hearts. We were lucky enough to spend this last weekend together with our families and spent time reconnecting and discussing how we will study together over the summer. So excited to connect with my dear friend spiritually as well as in friendship. That is what it is all about. She is travelling back home so we will do the discussion questions when she is back and settled next week. So excited for this adventure.

  28. 478
    Nancy Robertson says:

    “Jersey Girls” in Jersey Village, Texas–

    We are a group of 10 ladies who have walked life together in our neighborhood for 25+ years. We have many different stages of connection from baby sitting co-op, school, church, Moms IN Touch prayer group, and now empty nest for most. We are especially THRILLED to reconnect (or meet for the first time for some) through the opportunity to study God’s Word together. We had a wonderful opening session last night as we went through the discussion questions and learned how to pray for one another this summer. Looking forward to learning from Nehemiah, and receiving the additional blessing of spending time as “siestas”. Thanks LP!

  29. 479
    Wendi says:

    Sulphur, LA
    Soul Sistas, 5
    We are a group of 5 ladies that are so excited to be together doing this study. Each of us has our own challenges this summer but looking forward in seeing God “steady our steps”.

  30. 480
    Pam in San Diego says:

    Pam L in San Diego, going solo. I loved question 3 about expecting God’s grace. My head knows God’s grace, but my heart still operates out of being invisible, or feeling numb and not enough…I want to expect God’s grace and walk in it this summer; to slow down, pay attention, and experience the reality of God’s amazing grace!!!

  31. 481
    Pat S. says:

    Pat S., Lago Vista, TX – Solo
    I loved writing the 119 passage in my book. I love Psalm 119! It was so good to reflect on God’s promises in His Word. I am panting with my mouth open awaiting His direction through this study.

  32. 482
    Corrie says:

    Northport, Alabama; don’t have a name yet. We’ll meet for the first time tonight, expecting about 15-20 women. Excited about getting started and seeing what the Lord will do. We are in the process of trying to expand our ministry to women and this is one of the first steps in that direction. We have many young women involved, and are eagerly anticipating God’s work in our midst.

  33. 483
    Kit Frankenfield says:

    Overland Park & Spring Hill, Kansas; Kit Frankenfield, Solo. I teach English at a community college and my time in Bible study will be spent during my lunch hour and after work in my office in Overland Park, Kansas. 7:00 – 7:45 a.m.; lunch hour; after work for an hour or so will be my time in study. How do I know God’s testimonies are wonderful? So many times I have prayed, and laid down my burdens to the Lord. He gives me peace and takes away my anxiety at times. The other times are those when I take it back I guess. I believe God wants the best for me. He loves me like no other person, creature or being there is with a love that I can’t understand. I listen to music and I’m drawn into the love and “wonderful testimonies” of God. He gives me a song in my heart. The Lord speaks to me through music. He wants what’s best for us—a good happy life, filled with joy, success, and an intimate walk with Him. He is wonderful to me and gives me gifts every day. Oh that I may recognize them!!! I need the Lord to RESTORE all in my life that is broken and so much IS broken right now.

  34. 484
    Michele says:

    Pearland, TX; Michele – The word “expectation” has been a reoccuring theme lately. I’ve been struggling having a hopeful expectancy. I’m not sure why except I am dealing with some disappointments that I need to put to rest. God is faithful. So my prayer is Micah 7:7 “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.”

    So, yes, I am willing to seek God with the grateful expectation of His graciousness toward me. May that hopeful expectancy be renewed and rekindled!

  35. 485
    Traci Pollard says:

    Where do I sign up my group for the Nehemiah group. We are WBC11.

  36. 486
    Jonna says:

    Jonna W. Boise, ID Going Solo
    Looking forward with big expectations. Praying for #7 and excited to meditate on Psalm 119.

  37. 487
    Gayla Harris says:

    Canton, TX, Going Solo 🙂 I have recently started my own Care ministry. God had began the process of breaking my heart for what breaks His! Mainly His people (in the church and outside the church as well) We have so many people that fall through the cracks within our walls and never get ministered to. I don’t know where God will take this ministry but I just want to be obedient to His call. The title of this bible study is what caught my attention, how Nehemiah’s heart was so broken for those in need that he left his comforts to help them….. I so look forward to studying with you this Summer 🙂

  38. 488
    Arian says:

    “Besties from Calgary”(2)

    We are doing this study together and are so excited to see how God will teach us and speak to us. We are meeting at a Starbucks (about 1/2 way between our houses – 30 minute drive for both of us) – and capitalizing on their Wifi with our IPad!!!! Gotta love technology!
    Thank you Beth for coordinating this!

  39. 489
    Terrilea says:

    Arroyo Grande, CA Terrilea. Going solo but so very excited about this online community…did not even feel worthy enough to ask anyone else to do this study with me.
    #3 “Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is Your way with those who love Your name.” I need to be secure enough to receive the grace that God wants to extend to me and also
    learn to extend that same grace to myself. I am my own worst enemy…Seeking and trusting God to fill the emptiness inside.

  40. 490
    Kathy Smith says:

    Grand Haven, MI; VICTORIOUS WOMEN; 17 ladies ranging from young Moms to Grandmothers
    Our group spent the most time on questions #2 and #3! O God “Your testimonies (statues, decrees, precepts, words) are WONDERFUL; therefore my soul keeps them.” In our group the consensus was how if we cling to God HE WILL hold us and never let us down. He is FAITHFUL! Also, it was put forward that even when we did not know what we were doing and kept walking in wrong ways, yet our hearts truly loved God, HE PURSUED us and did not let us go. He is a Father who graciously dogs us because He loves us and wants us to walk in Truth and Freedom.
    “Turn to me and be gracious to me, AS IS YOUR WAY with those who love your name.” Our discussion was around God’s grace to us. If we will turn to Him and seek Him in all circumstances He will graciously show Himself and bring good out of what could be awful. His way is to take those who love His name and show graciousness, even in times of discipline.
    Our desire as a group is to ask God to use the book of Nehemiah this summer in our lives to see Him in new ways and to show us more of ourselves , good and bad, so that we are continually being transformed into the image of Jesus. We challenged ourselves to write these verses in the front of our Nehemiah book and pray them over our lives each day as we sit down to study Nehemiah.

  41. 491
    Kay says:

    Mountain View, AR; Beth’s Blessed Bleach-blonde Bible Buddies (The BBBBBs for short), 5. Hello everyone! Yes, there are 5 of us, all unnaturally blonde. (We are open to changing our name if another siesta of another hair color joins in!) We are excited to begin this study that God has so graciously made available at a time in each of our lives where we are dealing with some degree of brokenness and facing some rebuilding. We are thankful for the summer opportunity for some quality ‘siesta’ time, and some summer accountability for staying in the Word. We had a very special time sharing our testimonies and struggles, and Beth, we are jazzed too!

  42. 492
    Diane says:

    Charleston, IL; Flying Solo

    I am so excited to start. I have to admit that throughout my somewhat turbulent adult life (lots of moving and unexpectedness) I have not always trusted that it’s God’s Way to bless me and have mercy on me. But the more I do trust, the better able I am to see God’s work in my life. I am thrilled to study with all of you.

    Anyone have any ideas about getting ahold of the workbook? Amazon is sold out and I can’t find it in my local bookstore.

  43. 493
    Patti says:

    Craig, Colorado; Patti – going solo. My daughter and I have done several studies together via internet, she lives in Calif. Finished up Nehemiah last month but so looking forward to sharing with Siestas.

    #4: Direct my steps by Your word. I so want my steps to be directed by His Word and not by modern theology, huministic reasoning or myths we’ve come to accept.
    His Word should be first and foremost in our direction for our steps.

  44. 494
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. Going solo
    Verse 135 is going to help me have a productive summer, with my grandchildren and adult children. God is going to help me be organized. I am praying for him to smile on me this summer
    Looking forward to another study with Beth,

  45. 495
    Cindy says:

    Gray, Georgia, Siestas’ Sisters, 14 – There are 14 ladies , all new to summer siestas, from 3 different churches, ages 18 to 92. We meet every Tuesday night in the home of someone whose love language is feeding people. We started our first night off with a big meal from Herb Cheesecake to Chicken Florentine to Chocolate Praline Cake to celebrate our new friendships and how excited we are to be in the Word. We spoke on how each one of us can be used by God in many different way if we will open ourselves to hear his directions. We ended with telling everyone a quote from Beth,”Do your homework”!

  46. 496
    Karoletha says:

    Going solo in Longview, TX. My first summer bible study. I need God’s face to shine on me. My steps are unsteady.

  47. 497
    janeschoen says:

    Hairspray Girls, Dallas, TX (3 fiesty girlfriends who have passed their 50th birthday)
    We had a good discussion about our challenges this summer where we need “steady steps”. Thank you for enabling this study together.

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    Cindy Pettit says:

    Henderson, Nevada Cindy P. 1

    Question 6 jumped at me because I have been trying to figure out the difference between oppression and authority without being able to name them. This has given me the words I needed to explore how these are playing out in my relationships. Because I preceive some things as oppression I will lie sometimes to make life easier. But I have been questioning whether it is really oppression or a lack of submission to authority. I am meeting with my Pastor soon to explore this more indepth. Thank you. Wendy’s book is no longer available on Amazon and some people have used copies for sale starting at $500 and over $1000. Can you believe that?

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    Debra says:

    We don’t have a name but we all have being ” hungry” in common. We have a new member that is a recent widow and another gal that has been widowed for several years. Then there is me. I’ve been married for 32 yrs. we all desperately need God to direct our steps and desire to patiently wait on Him to fill our empty cracked hearts for different reasons!

    Praise God for Beth that has a heart of love for all of us!!!

    Debra from ElDorado AR
    3 of us here

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    Kelvin Landon says:

    I testify that I know that studying The Bible is a way to gain spiritual knowledge, if you do so when you totally want to, and we should also do so prayerfully.

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