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. 951
    Angela Thomas says:

    Greenville, SC; Going Solo since we have recently made a rather drastic move and life change. This study is what my stressed, aching, and longing heart needs! Question #4 resonates with me so acutely this summer. I am walking brand new steps with Him and pray with all of my heart “Keep steady my steps according to Your promise.”

    • 951.1
      Nancy GIlbert says:

      Hi Angela. I’m close by in Easley,SC trying to figure out how to make this work for me this summer. I need to stay in The Word and thank God for opportunities like this.

  2. 952
    Kelly Woods says:

    Independence, MO; Woodsganggirls-3, Our family has been the Woodsgang for years. Mother and 2 daughters are the girls of the gang. We are outnumbered by Dad and 3 sons but we are gathering together for this study in God’s grace and power. We have not done a study of this type together so we are looking forward to it. Our discussion was a time of testimony of God’s graciousness. He certainly treats us better than we deserve and we are so thankful for His faithfulness to our family over the years. Daughters are 19 and 13 so we should have some lively discussions:)

  3. 953
    Kerry Cotten says:

    Jackson, TN; Kerry Cotten
    I am going this solo.
    Questions 2, 4, and 5 most resonated with me.

    2. “There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us” 2 Tim 3:16 The Message

    Get to know the One who NEVER lets go of you and Who’s love never fails!
    Learn who I am as a child of God
    Know my inheritance
    Be an overcomer. Strongholds broken. “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces” Jer 23:29
    Can have peace and joy in no matter the situation
    Be able to rejoice in sufferings
    Lamp to your feet, light on your path!
    Learn to rest and abide and allow the Spirit to do what I can’t. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty Zech 4:6
    Content in all circumstances
    Gain wisdom and understanding
    Fear quenched and get courage to get out of the boat and walk on the water!
    Power to accomplish His purpose
    Excitement in watching the unfolding of His Word!
    Grow in His ways and as a result See His Glory revealed!
    Redeem my life from the pit.
    Become pure and spotless!
    ***And so much more! There is nothing like the Word of God!

    4. I am in the process of planting a ministry and I have not been obedient to do what God has called me to do, where this ministry is concerned. I have been fearful of man and the unknown, and not been willing to step out of my comfort zone. I can feel that I am on the edge of a breakthrough in this area and REALLY need the Master to steady my steps as step out in faith into God’s plan for me and for this ministry

    5. Unhealthy diet, by either over indulging or under-eating has plagued me for most my adult life. My was kept in check by using methods that were not always healthy. With the help of God, I have kicked those unhealthy habits but yet my fleshly appetites for food will NOT die! It’s a daily battle that I sometimes give in to. Recently God gave me Heb 12:4 ”
    In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” and Heb 4:7 ”

    Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Daily I have to decide who I am going to submit to and decide to resist my cravings to the point of “shedding my blood”. One day the flesh will die! It’s my choice as to how long this takes

  4. 954
    jenny hud says:

    tired-moms-who-lack-a-creative-name; white hall AR; 2

    We had to meet online this time as one of us was out of town, but we plan to meet face to face in a home while the kids run around. I think #3 stuck out in our discussion. Trusting that God’s way is to deal with us graciously is extremely difficult to believe. We have to learn to trust His character (his way) first, and then His words start to make more sense. We expect God to act like us, so when we are not doing well, we expect indifference or anger as is OUR way instead of consistent graciousness as is HIS way. He sent His Spirit to experience life with us. He doesn’t just leave when it gets hard. He makes a choice to suffer through the hard with us…even though Heaven is His other option. This love, this way, doesn’t make any sense because we are so different – we want to run to the pretty and easy when it gets real hard. How does He consistently stick with us and with those who go through much worse than we do? we will try to be open and receive this graciousness and know that there is nothing in us that has earned is just His Way…and we desperately need it!

  5. 955
    Hannah Palmer says:

    Port Huron, Michigan -Hannah Palmer going solo
    Number 4-. Sometimes my husband and I don’t see eye to eye on things and knowing when to speak and question him for clarification and when to let it go because it’s not important is part of being steady and not getting upset about unimportant things.

  6. 956
    Coleen Beasecker says:

    Greenville, Ohio; Coleen flying solo
    Such a sense of excitement came over me as I asked God to “teach me vividly” this summer through His Word. My heart’s desire is to learn so much more….here we go!

  7. 957
    Annette says:

    Annette, Toronto ON
    9 MBC Ladies
    We are doing the study solo but keeping each other accountable. We just want to be in the word this summer!
    God’s word is so wonderful!
    His word has an answer for everything we are going through. There have been many times we have opened the Bible and read a passage that speaks exactly to what we are going through that day. It is our road map, compass, counsellor and treasure box! It is a deep mine in which we can dig for pure gold.

    Oh, how gracious is our Lord God. His compassion is overwhelming to my soul and He is the most refreshing thing I have this summer! Here are some words from David which capture my thoughts so well:

    “Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
    11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness,
    The power and the glory,
    The victory and the majesty;
    For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
    Yours is the kingdom, O LORD,
    And You are exalted as head over all.
    12 Both riches and honor come from You,
    And You reign over all.
    In Your hand is power and might;
    In Your hand it is to make great
    And to give strength to all.
    13 “Now therefore, our God,
    We thank You
    And praise Your glorious name.
    17 I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness.

    1 Chron. 29: 10b-17a

  8. 958
    Heather says:

    Heather from Lancaster, Pa going solo this summer. #3 hit home for me as I read through the questions. I just started balling. He HAS been so gracious to me and it moves me that that is just His way. Isn’t he so good?
    Steadying my steps this summer requires me to be more devoted to my eight children ranging from 16 to 2 months. Keeping on our homeschooling journey and steadying our steps toward graduation 🙂 It also has found us in a time of joblessness for my husband. Keep me steady in your Word Lord, trusting you at all times!
    So excited for the study! Thank you for the book 🙂

    • 958.1
      Barbra Keeler says:

      Just wanted to say “hi” Heather! I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 girls from about 45 minutes south of Lancaster. Enjoy the study! I’m meeting with a small group of 4 other ladies of various ages. If you’re interested, I could give you my email address and you could check in with us via email. God is indeed gracious!

  9. 959
    Elizabeth says:

    Elizabeth and Jill from Fayetteville, AR. We are so excited to be back in the Word after doing several studies together pre-babies. We met at a local bakery on our lunch break and used the printed instructions. We both want to submit our marriages to God this summer to make them the best they can be (question 4).

    • 959.1
      Chris says:

      Elizabeth and Jill! Hi there, Chris and Karen are meeting in S’dale/Bethel Heights…our first meeting is tonight and we are so excited. We will be praying for you girls.

  10. 960
    Gals who love God and coffee says:

    Gals who love God and Coffee, we are in Spokane, WA in my living room. There are 4 of us, one Bible study new comer.
    We will be meeting Monday mornings.

  11. 961
    Jennifer says:

    Austin, Texas Water to Wine, group of 10 amazing girls

    We mainly talked about the summer being a challenging time and how we need to make God our priority so our steps will be steady. We’re so thankful to have each other and this blog to help with our summer study!!

  12. 962
    Victoria Den Hamer says:

    Paso Robles, Ca – Victoria D. going solo.
    I’ve experienced a major change in my life in the past year that has left me in a dark place. I so need to get back the connection I’ve experienced with my savior. #7 is my prayer “Turn to me and have mercy one me, as you always do to those who love your name”.

  13. 963
    Eliza J says:

    New Port Richey, FL Eliza J. Going solo. Facing challenges this summer. Thrilled to have this opportunity to share with others across the airwaves!!.
    #4 – asking God to keep my feet steady and #5 asking His face to shine upon me and teach me as I study the Book of Nehemiah!
    The Lord is good and I give Him praise and thanksgiving!!

  14. 964
    Celia says:

    I’m doing the study solo but hope to do it again in the fall with a friend who couldn’t do it now. My name will be CBJ Summer Siesta and I will meet at my home in Kingsport, TN. Question 4 from Psalm 119:133a really spoke to me about “keep steady my steps according to Your promise” This summer both of my children are home and both will be leaving again for school in August. My son will be moving 8 hours away for Grad School and my daughter will be 3 hours away in her 2nd year of college. With the business of getting them both moved into apartments my prayer is that the Lord will keep my steps steady with Him and focused on Him and not on my to do list for my children. I pray I will be His light and He will direct my footsteps.

    I am really looking forward to what God has in store for me through the study of Nehmiah!

  15. 965
    Julie says:

    Julie G, Boerne, TX Going solo. Looking forward to God’s way…His kindness and graciousness to me! Love, Love, Love this portion of Scripture! It all spoke to me in so very pointed ways. Verse 130 reminds me the God will help me understand because oh sometimes I just feel so “simple”!!!

  16. 966
    JackyeH says:

    Atlanta Georgia, solo…desperate for q. 3!

  17. 967
    Shawna says:

    Boise, Idaho ~ The Boise Heartbreakers
    We are a group of 11 – moms and teenagers. We spent a lot of discussion in Question 4 and the trials that face us this summer. We also talked in depth about Question 5 and those specific things that each of us struggle against (anxiety, worry, control of the tongue, etc.) and what behavior we give ourselves a “free pass” on and how God can give us victory of all things; and how God’s Word can be used to bring us through these struggles.

  18. 968
    Michelle says:

    Gardendale, Al; Michelle-solo
    I realized I needed God’s help to be relieved from a oppressive relationship. I’ve been praying for relief from this relationship but now I know of a scripture verse I can pray. Thank you Lord for your awesome Word!

  19. 969
    Wanda says:

    Hello everyone; trying hard to take on this challenge it is my first study so I hope I can keep up. Thanks to all of you for being so gracious and sharing I am happy I am involved in growing in God’s word. I look forward to your postings and God Bless each and every one of you..Wanda

  20. 970
    Julie Reynolds says:

    Tallassee, AL; Julie – solo

    Question#4 really resonates with me because of several fiery trials that my children are going through thus “Mom”is going through. I need God to “steady my steps” and lead me to use soul-strengthening words to minister to each of these situations.

  21. 971
    Lisa says:

    Boonville, NC; Lisa C. – solo (my first siesta summer study!)
    Questions 5 & 6 stuck out to me most, I have realized these in my work environment lately and that I am allowing myself to influenced by those around me (not for the better). Praying for God to keep my steps steady in Him as I make some choices over the next several months. I am excited to dig into nehemiah this summer!

  22. 972
    mimimitch says:

    2. Your “testimonies” goes right thru my heart. This is the LIVING WORD.
    4. I’am on untraveled ground. I retired after 35 years of nursing. ( Mostly due to injuries). I so want my steps to be secure in the Lord’s leading. Even physically, it is difficult for me to walk with neuropathy. I am joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer! To God be the glory!

  23. 973
    Becky says:

    Oklahoma City, OK; Siesta Chicks; 4: Group consists of a mother, her two adult daughters and the mother’s BFF; the oldest daughter is traveling in Germany with her husband this summer and we connect on Skype as a group; she is also expecting her first child and this ecstatic mother’s first grandbaby! Woohoo! The mother’s BFF’s husband is shipping off to Afghanistan in a month. We all are excited to study Nehemiah so we can keep steady and on track with the Lordand that He will cultivate our hearts to grow like His: full of mercy and compassion.

  24. 974
    Deneen W. says:

    Sterlington, Louisiana. Solo. Detailed steps would be most appreciated at this point. So weary of trying to figure it out.

  25. 975
    Kristi says:

    Pensacola, Florida; Perdido Bay UMC; 7 women meeting via a private blog.
    We are praying for the Lord to steady our steps as we experience transitions this summer – some women moving and need to find a new church home, some facing changes in our families. We are grateful for this study, and as we experiment with this new ‘mode’ of meeting. We participate in group Bible study during the school year and are hoping that this format allows us to stay in the Word together this summer.

  26. 976
    Tamara says:

    We Three Weaver’s- Coming to you from Alabama, New Jersey & The Bahamas. Mom (50) and two daughters (32 & 30) all in different seasons of life attending this together through email discussions. We’re excited to join this study and we’re all anxious to walk ‘steadier’ with the Lord this summer especially. We’re facing trials of separation from loved ones, possible new jobs, new moves, newborns, stressful finances and many things that tend to take our focus away from how truly blessed we are. We are praying, along with many others, for Steady Steps!

  27. 977
    Atomic says:

    We are a group of 6 moms in Oak Ridge, TN. We all came together because we needed to have spiritual accountability for the summer. We are so thankful for the opportunity to be reading the Word together – new and old friends.

  28. 978
    Vickie F says:

    Ft. Collins, CO Laughing Ladies Lunch Hour – 7 of us meeting together at lunch time in the family room.

    I think our group mostly related to #5 “Let no iniquity get dominion over me” Great sharing time.

    We are trusting the Lord to do a mighty work in our hearts through His Word and His Spirit!

  29. 979
    Lynn Hanna says:

    Our small group is called The Roebuck Cinco – 5 ladies ranging in age 34 to 57. Some old friends and some new. We feel God truly brought us together since we ordered 5 books and we have 5 in our group. We are so excited about this study. Lokk forward to seeing you in 2 weeks.

  30. 980
    Teresa says:

    Teresa from Sellersburg IN
    No 6 resonated w/ me. Eight months ago God delivered me from the most oppressive work environment I had ever experienced.I worked at the same hospital for 27 years , left and went to a more ” stable” work environment. God opened every door and I followed his lead. For 18 months I was miserable. I could not see his loving hand thru the pain, mess and tears. My identity was completely threatened. The enemy did everything he could to completely knock me off my feet. I was like a fishing bobber I just kept popping back up. It was a very difficult time ,even my marriage to a godly loving man for 27 years was threatened. In the end God delivered in a mighty way, and his name was glorified thru it all. I interviewed for 2 different positions. God made sure I had a choice. I was offered both jobs. My coworkers were amazed. I was able to loving confront my accusers and was able to show them love , by no strength of my own. God is so good. As I look back I was able to see his hand and footprints all over the place , but I was completely blinded to it at the time. Praise God he stretched me to the point I thought I was going to break, just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore he delivered in a BIG way. Thank you Jesus. I love him so much.

  31. 981
    Crystal Parrott says:

    Moline, IL, USA and Everett, Ontario Canada – “Up and Coming Missionaries – 2 people – We talked about equally about all the questions but the most significant for us was question number 3. We both realized that we have a lot of head knowledge that God is so gracious but because of past experiences often when situations arise we first and foremost think of God as harsh and condemning. We agreed that we would seek God and choose to have grateful expectation over the months to come and hopefully see our belief systems change!

  32. 982
    Sara says:

    Hola Siestas! Our group is a group of three in Sioux Falls, SD and we call ourselves “The Three Amigos”. We met on my front porch and are excited for what God is going to do through this study.

  33. 983
    Claudia Clark says:

    Raeford, NC, RockFish Reel Life, 4: this group worked hard to carve out time together. Know our time together is God appointed. Each member looking forward to God sized change and ready to see the difference our lives can make!

  34. 984
    Maria says:

    Greenwood, IN, Maria A. going solo
    “Keep steady my steps”

  35. 985
    Michelle Irwin says:

    Clinton, TN; Michelle I. – Going solo
    Questions 4 and 5 resonated with me the most:
    4. A specific challenge for me just presented itself the very day after this blog post. Our 20-year-old son announced his intention to move in a couple of weeks to South Dakota (from Tennessee) with his long time on-again, off-again girlfriend where her mother and sister live. It’s a long way from home for him. We’ve given our rational arguments against this decision but ultimately he is in God’s hands who loves him even more than we do. I will be praying like crazy for my son and want to walk in faith that God will take care of my firstborn and be glorified through this somehow.
    5. Let no iniquity get dominion over me. I have been dealing with that VERY thing the last couple of weeks while finishing up Kelly’s bible study No Other Gods. I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit of taking offense at church and holding onto the anger and resentment and finally realizing I am being unforgiving (and in some way being angry makes me feel as if I’m making them “pay” for their actions). I feel the heaviness of that and want to have its grip on me released. I’ve been working on it and praying but it’s going to be harder struggle than I thought. My obedience to stay at this church I now realize was precisely for this moment for God to show me this failing and get to work on this area. I have not trusted God with my hurt. I’m so sad about that but encouraged this question is in this first session. It confirms my effort to work on this mightily his summer!!

  36. 986
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, Idaho, solo. My first summer Bible study with all of you! A friend and I will share, but we are both going solo…. I am focused on #5: Let no iniquity get domination over me! This summer, I need to work on priorities: spiritual, household, and personal. Priorities need to be realigned. I’m excited to join in. My book arrives July 9, so I’ll be playing catch up!

  37. 987
    LaNell says:

    We have a group of 3 doing this in Lubbock, TX. Verse 133a “Keep steady my steps according to Your promise” really spoke to us. We want to keep steady with the commitment to do the Bible study and not let summer distractions keep us from this opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with our gracious Lord!

  38. 988
    Mary Jane Miller says:

    Meeting with 2 other gals in a lovely home this summer. Expect to to be revived, refreshed and renewed here in North Carolina. We are awed that our God longs to be gracious to us and look forward to His plans for us.

  39. 989
    Cheryl says:

    Midlothian va, Cheryl – solo
    Loved psalm in your translation . The word oppression rang true to me as did the comfort of being guided . In many ways this psalm translation was perfect bridge between James bible study and Nehmiah . At the end of James your soul cries let me do your work Lord . If the prayer is : Let me align my life actions and heart with you and do. Then this psalm is taking his hand and making your first step .

  40. 990
    Julie E. says:

    Davidson, NC; Julie E. Going solo! Question #4 resonated with me the most because sometimes rather than feeling like my steps are steady and focused, I feel like they are frantic, spastic, running in circles to keep up with the pace of the world raising 3 tween girls. I often call out to God – “how do we slow this train?!?!?” and it’s not because anything is terrible or wrong- it’s just so hectic that the first thing to fall off the train is our steady walk with Him.

  41. 991
    Keithi says:

    Greenville, South Carolina; Keithi. Questions 4 and 5 stand out to me because they caused me to focus only on myself as a hindrance of His mercy, which often isn’t easy. Praise the Lord for His timely word and this journey with all of you!

  42. 992
    S/E US ~ The Up and Comers says:

    We really feel like the down and outers, but are pretty sure we are more than conquerors and so we are up and comers, not down and outers. Our hearts broke as we confessed our struggles this summer. One has a mother who won’t live through the summer. One of us had to put out a police warrant on her own son. One of us has a husband on drugs. “Steady my steps” hit home as we are taking the summer one step at a time. Literally thinking, “What do I need to do in the next 15 minutes and how do I do it God’s way?” When you shared that verse, it was uncanny. Even taking life one step at a time, sometimes we take the wrong step. We need God to steady our steps this summer. Thanks for doing this study.

  43. 993
    Natalie says:

    Nashville, TN- TN Girls

    3 of us will be doing the study. We discussed our feelings that God is a good and gracious father. However, we all agreed that because his ways are higher than ours that it is confusing to know how to pray for things and if God doesnt answer your prayer, does that mean he is not good? Or just he had another plan. We believe he is a kind father but how does this flesh out in day to day life?

  44. 994
    Crissy says:

    Nashville, TN – going solo

  45. 995
    Debbie Watson says:

    Birmingham, Alabama – There are two of us! My daughter and I and we are getting started this week!

  46. 996
    Jill from Jackson says:

    Jackson, TN; Jill – solo.
    I have been blessed in unfounding, tremendous ways. I am searching for the way/s in which I can give. I am searching for relationships of fun and friendship. Conversations, comradery, caring, accepting, reciprocation. I need the Light of the Lord to shine brightly on the path in which I am to travel. I pray that I can continue to receive His favor and travel that path with someone.

  47. 997
    Maureen says:

    Hello Siestas…Can anyone who isn’t sharing the video segment of Nehemiah and needs to download each weeks video tell me how that’s done?? I went to the LifeWay website and only got an overall of the study!! Thank you…loving the study…and you all!!

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    Roxanne Rogiers says:

    I’m the leader of three teams within a larger group of 600 women on Facebook called Women’s Bible Cafe. The names of my three teams are “Abiding Faith” (#52), “Knowledge Seekers” (#52), and “Seekers of Truth” (#54). We offer emails, online chat rooms, FB groups, Google groups and teleconference calls to help each woman to feel connected to the study. Because of our differences, sone ladies are more comfortable with chats, while others prefer EMs or teleconference calls. We’re doing all we can to help each woman to feel she’s a part of the wonderful study!!! Initially, we were all confused, but the women are beginning to understand what we have available to them, and why, and are beginning to respond affirmatively. Blessings to Kelly Minter, Beth Moore, Lifeway and all that you do to minister to women!!! IJMN!!!

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    Amber Thornton-solo says:

    This discussion with Beth brought the realization of how Gracious God is too me in a greater way. And then the Holy Spirit spoke… “If I have dealt so gracious with you, how much more Gracious should you be with your friends/family who harm and hurt you?” He is certainly a great role model of Love, Humility, and Forgiveness. This summer I am EXPECTING to walk in in Victory, as I dwell on the Greatness and GRACIOUSNESS of my Father in Heaven. The more I dwell on His love for me, the More VICTORY I will have in my daily life as a Mom of three small children, who present daily obstacles of Grace, each day. More so, I will become set free from the Oppressive a recent conflict with my Dad. I will no longer see Him through the Lens of hurt that he has given me, but through the lens of graciousness!

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    Virginia Beach, VA Amber Thornton-solo says:

    This discussion with Beth brought the realization of how Gracious God is too me in a greater way. And then the Holy Spirit spoke… “If I have dealt so gracious with you, how much more Gracious should you be with your friends/family who harm and hurt you?” He is certainly a great role model of Love, Humility, and Forgiveness. This summer I am EXPECTING to walk in in Victory, as I dwell on the Greatness and GRACIOUSNESS of my Father in Heaven. The more I dwell on His love for me, the More VICTORY I will have in my daily life as a Mom of three small children, who present daily obstacles of Grace, each day. More so, I will become set free from the Oppressiveness of a recent conflict with my Dad. I will no longer see Him through the Lens of hurt that he has given me, but through the lens of graciousness!

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