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. 1051
    Jaime says:

    Fort Collins, CO
    ICC Girls

    I’m leading the group and I was in England on mission last week so we had our intro meeting the previous week. We didn’t have the benefit of your video, so we played games and ate goodies together.

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    Legacy Sistas Bible Study says:

    Glen Ellyn, Illinois; The Legacy Sistas, 6.
    We are neighbors meeting together, and discovered we are at various levels of our bible study experience. We’re all facing personal challenges this summer, so we’re grateful to have this time together to explore God’s word together.

  3. 1053
    Heather says:

    Gloucester, VA; Group 47 from WBC; 19: As a group, we talked about the challenges of making the study of God’s Word a priority, especially in the shifts most of our schedules make over the summer. This is also the first Bible study for some of our members, so we are celebrating a great start that hopefully will propel them into future digs into God’s Word! Many of the ladies talked about expecting GOd’s grace and the freedom He gives us from oppression of all sorts—praise God!

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    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Wise, VA–Solo. #4 and #5 resonated the most with me. I am struggling to find my place in my new blended family. I don’t want to allow my frustrations to get in the way of being a good Christian woman. And, a particular tendency of my flesh that I pray will not get the best of me this summer is my tendency to “stew” over something when I get frustrated, knowing good and well I should keep my mouth shut and I do not. If something is bothersome to me, a circumstance or situation, I pray that God deals with me immediately and give me peace inside to where I don’t feel like I “have” to say something.
    I am very glad for this study. It couldn’t have come at a better time.

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    Janine C. says:

    Land O’ Lakes, FL; Siestas in Spirit, 14. Summary: Last week we began our journey together validating that we were all right where we needed to be! In opening our hearts to God and one another, we learned that while everyone has had unanswered questions and doubts at times, most obviously was our deep love for God. And in sharing testimonies to His divine grace and love for us, right from our first small group gathering we knew that in keeping God at the center -of this study and all we do-we will be able to face the challenges before us this summer that we each laid at His feet!

  6. 1056
    Ann-Marie says:

    I’ve barely started and am discouraged. I asked several women to participate and meet with me but it won’t work. So…I am doing this myself. North Hampton, NH
    I still have to look up oppression, but I think that I have a difficult time finding joy in my life because I am so overwhelmed with “so much”. In Malachi, it says that God will pour out so much blessing that we won’t be able to contain it. That’s the way I feel, as if my life is overflowing, and I can’t contain it! Only, instead of finding joy in it, I get migraines!

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      Stephanie says:

      Ann-Marie, you are not in this alone. Join us other “solos” and let’s meet here together each week. Look forward to seeing you on here July 10 🙂

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      Mary in NH says:

      Ann-Marie – don’t feel discouraged! We’ve had some changes in our local church, and small group gatherings aren’t the focal point at the moment. I couldn’t seem to put a group together either! defines oppression as: the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. My husband and daughter are not believers, so sometimes I feel burdened to please them – and as a result I sometimes can’t do God’s will. I’ve gone through seasons of having “too much” on my plate, and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” became my daily mantra. I can relate. At the moment, I am praying that my personal iniquity, alcohol, not have dominion over me. Substance abuse was always my “go to thing” when life got the best of me before I came to Christ; old habits are hard to break, even when you are in Christ. Looking forward to learning and growing in the Lord this summer!

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      Michelle Helmic says:

      Ann, don’t be discouraged. Maybe God wants you all to Himself for this Bible study. Don’t give up and look for the little blessings along the way! I was hoping to get one person just to do a bi-weekly call, but no one grabbed at it. Doesn’t matter. I’ve done another of Kelly’s studies on my own and was so grateful for it. Praying for you.

  7. 1057
    Pam N says:

    Pam N – Roaring Springs, TX: questions 4 & 5 stick pretty close to me. 4 because our youngest son has turned his back on Christ, and I’m not even sure his salvation was true when he was baptized at 10. I’m praying of course that it was. He has moved in w/a girl that he knew in high school and is getting married only been dating since March of this year. #5 because I have a way of not completely being truthful, I will tell part of something wait for a response and then if I don’t like the direction of the conversation I wont say the rest. I have struggled with this for years, Im praying God’s covering to remove this sin from my life this summer.

  8. 1058
    Debra C says:

    The glorious Holy Spirit led me to study..Im doing this solo however not really My Father, my Beloved Jesus and the Holy Spirit om mighty God is in me ..thier all over

  9. 1059
    Carolyn says:

    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, Mourning Cloak Butterflies, 6.
    We are three mom’s and three young adults. It is a great mix and I’m excited to see what God will do in our midst! We talked alot about grace and how we need to have a grateful expectation of God’s graciousness. We find it is so much easier to have faith of God’s graciousness for others than it is for ourselves and why that is. Does it require us to be gracious to ourselves? We are praying that we will be able to be gracious to ourselves and see God’s grace through that.

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    April says:

    Since most of us go to The City Church, our group of 6 chose the name Ladies of the City. (We’re hoping to add 1 or 2 more this week!) We are meeting in homes. Today we met in my home. Most of our ladies are in their young 20s, and I’m super excited that my 15 year old daughter is joining us! Our first session was good. I especially enjoyed our time of sharing our challenges and prayer requests.

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    Desert Divas says:

    Hi Beth! Greetings from the Palm Springs, CA, (city of Indio) area! Four of us met in a living room, had a light dinner, and watched your fab first video on this awesome study of Nehemiah! We are beyond excited and are praying for the unfolding of God’s Word to bring us bright light!!! Thank you Beth! And praise His name!

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    Stephanie says:

    Parker,Colo. Stephanie solo I liked #2 it really made me think.Then #3 was a knew way for me to think about coming to the Lord in Pray. I normally have more hope then expectation.

  13. 1063
    Cari Trotter says:

    Weatherford, OK; Glorious Daughters, 2. So very thankful to be on this journey with the Siestas! Question #2 based on what Ps 119:96 says; “I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandments are exceedingly broad.” As women we rage against the “perfection machine” and constantly seek space and freedom (especially those of us raising small little people :)) Obedience and the pursuit of holiness do just that; offer a broad and expansive satisfaction. Craving God’s commandments satisfy our souls. We want SO MUCH MORE!! Question #4 was spot on too. We are Siestas raising small children (we both have 3 little people), I am a college football coach’s wife and my friend is a pastor’s wife, we are both also in women’s ministry, stay at home moms and active in our communities. Asking the Lord to steady our steps is HUGE! In the smack dab middle of the chaos we are desperate to see God work through us in Peace. Excited and expectant to see ALL the glorious plans He has for the summer Siestas!!! For the glory of God and the good of His people!!

  14. 1064
    Kathleen says:

    Bellmore, LI, NY, Kathleen Mullin (solo), Question #4- Praying for a good summer with my children trying to maintain kind words and actions towards them at all times. #6- trying to overcome an oppressive relationship in my family and give it over to God.

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    LA Siestas (Lower Alabama) says:

    There are two of us at the dinning room table in Mobile, Alabama. We go by LA Siestas! Joan and Mary Anne
    Group time:
    2. We have found that God’s ways are better than ours. When we pray for discernment or for answers He responds throug others around us or situations that prevail, and by studying the scriptures. Like this bible study!
    3. We are in the gracious group!

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    Melonie, Denver says:

    I am so excited about this study. I know the Lord has good things in store! Thank you for choosing to lead and for all those participating! I will be joining the other solo ladies praising God for His goodness!

  17. 1067
    Paige says:

    Gainesville, GA: Riverbend Seasons Class – 8 We spent lots of time on God’s graciousness to us, and our challenges this summer. Most of us agreed that time management was a biggie and we want to be sure that finding time each day with Him is something we accomplish. Also, leading and teaching our children to spend time in the Word each day is a goal for us this summer. So pumped about this study. Our class is still kind of new and we are excited about building our community through Nehemiah. Thanks Siesta Mama for giving us an easy way to do so!

  18. 1068
    Diane W. says:

    We have a group of 29 women doing the video Nehemiah series at Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston on Tuesday mornings. We are adding your videos and questions to our study every other week. We are loving this series.

  19. 1069
    gloria says:

    Hi there
    I am going solo. Question 4 God truly needs to direct my steps though I have walke with the Lord for sometime I still move in my own direction at times.

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    Kristi says:

    Nashville, TN; Kristi W
    I’m doing the blog part solo but am doing the study with 5 other women on a weekly basis. This week questions 4 & 6 resonated most with me. Some specific challenges that I’m facing are letting go of bitterness & anger (though righteous) about circumstances that I’ve faced in my life. I need to let them go & allow God to deal with the justice of taking care of the injustice that was done to me. My relationship with my mother is the most oppressive thing I deal with on a regular basis, I think. I love her & want to respect her, but her actions & the way she treats me, even at the age of 32, make it hard & I know that comes between myself & God. I need to accept her for who she is & pray that God changes her heart while focusing on myself & what I can do to better remedy the relationship between us.

  21. 1071
    Lisa Engel says:

    New Smyrna Beach, FL; The Sisters On Sea Street: 12 ladies (2 were missing for the first day) we will be one week behind your scheduled video. Summary: We answered all the questions but lingered with the struggles/challenges that are ongoing not necessarily only for the summer. Many of our challenges had to do with relationships, some had to do with how to be obedient to God’s call even when it hurts or moves us from our comfort zone. Loved how we all really want the Lord to steady our feet so we can stay grounded in Him and not be moved by the storm. Such a common issue among women.

  22. 1072
    Stephanie says:

    Charleston, SC “Charleston Chicks,” There are four of us in our group and we are all going through some huge changes this summer so this Bible study is coming at the perfect time! Two of us have just gotten married within the last month, one of us had a baby a month ago and the other is moving to Alaska at the beginning of August! So we discussed trusting God in each of our situations and devoting our attitudes to God! We are so excited about this study!!

  23. 1073
    Callee says:

    Cypress, TX: The BLONDourage – 5. We are a group of girls living in the same apartment complex that came together from different churches to do this study. We spent the time getting to know each other better and discussing how we see God vs. how God really is. Looking forward to more!

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    Gidget says:

    Pasadena, California; Solo. #3 and #4 resonated with me.
    Thank you!

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    Tracy says:

    San Antonio, TX;Tracy, solo. Question#5. I struggle with worry over everything possible. How am I doing as a wife, mother to 2 step children and my 5 year old as well as being an executive at a large company. I feel like I am not doing well at any of these and wonder what will crumble first.

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    Yasmin Regalado says:

    Mother and daughter team; in Mamaroneck, NY. Soul Sisters. My daughter has asked to join me in a bible study for a while now. I feel this is the season for us. We are so excite to experience what the Lord has for us.

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    God's not-so-little Dutch girl says:

    Portage, MI

    Our group name is Caring Quilters
    We are 4-5 ladies, and we meet at Amanda’s house in her den. Besides Amanda, there is Laura, Robin & Joan

    We talked mostly about Question 4. We have different challenges, some at work, others at home. We are looking forward to God “steadying our steps” this summer! We are a little behind, but hope to be caught up by next week. We meet on Thursday afternoons, & we are excited about starting this together!

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    Susan says:

    Kingston, NY -I am going solo for my first online study. My goal is to keep my steps steady staying In the Word daily. I will try to overcome an oppressive relationship in God’s way during these upcoming weeks attempting to shine the light of our Lord through every move by trusting in His ways above all else.

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    Cindy, Farmville, NC says:

    Studying solo this summer. Praying for wisdom and joy.

  30. 1080
    Kay Sims says:

    Hendersonville, NC

    Our group has 21 women signed up to do the study and our 1st meeting was held July 2nd. We had 11 ladies to attend. One of the ladies came up with the acronym WINGS(Women in God’s Spirit) so we are going to be called The WINGS Summer Study Group. She got the idea as she watched the butterfly going across the screen from Kelly’s introduction video.
    As the facilitator for the first meeting, I decided to put the ladies with a partner and gave each group one of your questions. Here’s a summary of the thoughts from each group:
    Testimonies are wonderful! God’s words give light. It is unfolding. He redeems us. As Beverly shared, “Let go, let God. He can handle anything!” We believe God can bring anybody through anything. There’s many examples from the Bible that show us how to love and trust God through our situations.
    We know it’s important to trust that God’s way is to deal graciously with His children and that we can even expect Him to be gracious to us.
    We know that the busyness of summer can be a challenge to us and that we need to be faithful to our church and our personal relationship with Christ. We need to remain in the Word and live out a Godly example to others. We understand that we have to remain focused by spending time in the Word.
    Oppression is a burden and is very different from authority. We pray for those who are in an oppressed state knowing that God is the Great Redeemer!
    We ended with this prayer:

    Our Father God,
    We come to You with a heart FULL of faith asking You to make Your presence known to us; through shining Your face upon us and teaching us vividly as we study Nehemiah. We pray that in return we will let our light shine to others as we serve You. We have JOYinLife because of You!
    Your Daughters

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    Anique Herbst says:

    Rising Up in Colorado Springs – 9 of us. Psalm 119 is a favorite and I was so blessed to hear how God has met each of the ladies in our group in each question. We all have imperfections and things to learn but when it comes to our Jesus, He remains… perfect. I am thankful we are acknowledging a God who is gracious. A God who is there. We may be busy in our world of roles and ministry, but we serve a Mighty God full of strength. I am thoroughly overjoyed to have an opportunity to learn and grow with my friends, in my home and along side LPM this summer! Thank you for such a great opportunity!

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    Rhonda McClellan says:

    Newnan, Georgia, Rhonda McClellan (solo) #1 reinforced what I believe is so critical in relationships – communication. #3 Expecting God’s graciousness. I did read three different versions and enjoyed all, but the NIV says “as you always do” and my heart is touched by God’s faithfulness. Questions #3, 4, and 6 all speak to me as I am seeking God to guide my steps regarding the direction He desires me to take. I am part of a ministry that has been faithful for 14 years without any encouragement from those in authority. God has abundantly and clearly placed His validation on our ministry, but not at the location for which we primarily serve. I’m seeking God to direct and steady my steps, and make clear His path, but will not do anything unless I’m sure it is His direction. I’m doing this one solo as I’m also in a ladies Bible study group on Thursdays, but I wanted to participate here as well. I’m excited about Gods’ unfolding Word. JBY Dear Beth and Siestas. 🙂

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    Tonia K. Siesta Sisters says:

    I’m so excited to be signing in. We are meeting in Jefferson, GA. We have 11 total in the group. We had to meet a week late, because many of our ladies were serving in our Bible School. We met the first time July 3rd. We only had five the first meeting because many had plans for the holidays, but we didn’t want to get further behind. God knew the five that needed to be here!!! There were tears all around..and that is a GOOD thing! God is already breaking OUR hearts. Blessed!! The theme that seemed to be present for our group is negativity…especially with our families. We are praying to be more gracious and uplifting to our spouses and children. I gave all the ladies a copy of Ann Voscamp’s book “1000 Gifts”. Praying God uses that to bring gratitude into all of our homes!

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    Cheryl Seymour says:

    Cheryl Seymour, Moore, Oklahoma!!! I’m going solo, but with the prompting of a special friend. I can already tell that this was definitely a “God thing” and that my obedience will be crucial.

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    EGS California Siestas (Crystal) says:

    Our group consists of three women. Two from Elk Grove, CA and one from Stockton, CA. One of our ladies is a fairly new Christian. PTL!

    Individually, we are struggling with a marital issue; control in others lives and a season of quietness. Collectively, we are trying hard to stop depression from coming on due to our circumstances.

    We are looking forward to see what God is going to do in each of our lives through the Nehemiah study.

    God always has the right bible study for us at the right time.

    Thank you Siesta Mama for organizing this for us. We do love you so!

    P.S. Looking forward to seeing you in Long Beach in October.

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    Julie M. says:

    Columbia, Missouri; JASA, 4. Summary: 2 mothers, 2 daughters hoping to get closer to the Lord through this study. Working on homework and excited for July 10th.

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    Sarah says:

    *Miami, FL

    *Summer Boot Camp Ladies

    *6 ladies

    *We’re doing this study as a part of a Summer “bootcamp” challenge with the Creative Arts team at our church. We’re also reading to other books and memorizing scripture together.

    Our time was so sweet. It can be hard when you first start a group together to get talking, but we still connected well together sharing about the amazingness of God’s perfect timing and encouraging each other in our struggles to let go of control and perfection. Can’t wait for next week!

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    Sabrina says:

    Mobile, Alabama; Sabrina M; Question #4 really resonated with me…I’m trusting God with some big things this summer, and I DO want my steps ordered by Him and His word. I can’t wait to dig in to Nehemiah!

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    Jamie says:

    Flying solo this summer from the beautiful hills of Eastern KY. I am so excited to see what God has in store for me through this study.

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    Marion says:

    I am leading the Nehemiah Study at our church in Clayton, North Carolina with 12 other ladies. We will not begin our study until July 10th so I am doing this one on my own to prepare for the group study.


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    Sara Poole says:

    His Holy Heirs: from Jacksonville Florida! 2 ladies ready to jump in and soak up HIS word! We are just doing the bible study with out the videos now. We already have a fall bible study planned with more women on “Ruth” by Kelly as well.

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    Debbie says:

    Suwanee, GA, The Garrett Girls, 3. I love thinking about what God is going to teach us this summer as I do this study with my daughters!

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    One Hot Mama says:

    Burton, MI – Solo

    What a rich portion of Scripture! Questions 5 and 6 resonated with me. I don’t know if feeling overwhelmed can be classified as iniquity, but I know it zaps my energy and keeps me from accomplishing what needs to be done. I’m praying that God will “steady my steps” and keep me on task this summer, to do the things He’s set before me. I’m trying to encourage my husband with verse 134, he’s being oppressed by someone at work. So often we let oppression become become a catalyst for fear and discouragement, instead of a means to turn to God and see His redemptive power.

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    Cathy says:

    Lake of the Ozarks, MO, solo
    #2 & #3 combined: Many years ago I made an effort to look for God in the little things of my life each day. That is when I realized how very gracious he has been to me. Sometimes it is in hindsight, but it is there.

    #4: I have asked God to “keep steady my steps” as we search for God’s man to be our new pastor. I can get impatient but know God’s timing may not be mine, but it is perfect.

    Thank you for this study. I’ve done all three and look forward to it each time.

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    Kristi says:

    Council Bluffs, IA; Word Searchers; 6 members consisting of 2 moms and their 4 daughters. We got a late start due to just discovering the Siesta Summer Study last week. Our books arrived yesterday and we met last night to dive into Psalm 119:129-135. When we discussed question 1, the concept of God’s precepts being life-giving rather than life-sucking came up and ended up carrying through many of the discussions we had throughout the other questions as well. We, too, want to be life-giving rather than life-sucking to those around us this summer!

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    Karla says:

    Sheboygan, Wisconsin; “3BC”; 3.
    We are “three busy chicks” so we chose the name 3BC. We had our first meeting via email due to distances, but plan to get together for the next three dates. We know God’s testimonies are wonderful (and necessary!), both in our own lives and in the world at large; everything is chaotic and destructive without God’s Word, and the study of His Word introduces peace and hope. We each shared our challenges this summer and our hopes and prayers for the study. We also hope to memorize this portion of Psalm 119 and pray that God showers us with grace and mercy so that we can pass it on to others!

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    Jan Wulf says:

    Klickitat Sisters

    We’re sisters living in different states, currently together on vacation in Portland, Or. We discussed the responsibility of building the wall of protection for the next generation. We marveled that Nehemiah was sad vs. mad about the rebellion of his people. We’re praying that God will give us compassion and grant us favor with those in our spheres of influence.

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    Monica says:

    Question: We discussed that “oppression” as “someone exercising authority/power in a burdensome or cruel manner” over us wasn’t as strong an issue as “the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, anxiety or adverse conditions. We allow the devil to sometimes get that foothold in our thought life. We feel oppression by expectations to fit in or go with “society” in raising/taking care of our families or making our schedules, etc. We want to maintain our freedome that we surely have in Christ and are reminded of that.

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    susan says:

    Suffolk, VA; Suffolk Siesta Sisters, 4; Summary ~ 4 women of different ages and in different seasons. Q 4-5 had us sharing hearts broken by personal circumstances/situations yet praising God for His desire to steady our steps and draw us close!

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    Kit Frankenfield says:

    As I have been studying Nehemiah this week and last, and go back and read again and again the verses Beth shared with us in Psalm 119: 129 – 135, several things jump out that are pretty amazing about God’s timing for me in all this. First, things are going on in my life that make me feel like I’m trying to stand on grocery store linoleum floor during a “10” on the earthquake scale…I can’t find my footing and the floor below me is heaving and moving like waves on the ocean. It’s all I can do to stand!!! I am reminded to pray “Steady my steps, Lord.” I have issues going on in my family that I can’t begin to disclose: it needs a SPIRITUAL HOSPITAL!! I am reminded to pray as Nehemiah did for restoration, salvage, and rebuilding. I am praying like Gloria to help me have a heart like Jesus, a character like Jesus, and to practice unconditional love. I need God’s presence in my life and family NOW, with the Holy Spirit tugging at each member’s heart. I can truly say that this study in Nehemiah “is for such as time as this.” Have you been where I am?

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      sarah says:

      Mississippi,Louisiana,and Georgia, we call ourselves Sisters standing in the Middle Ministries. We are a group of six women that meet on our prayer line 3 times a week. We enjoy reading and studing God’s word.Verse 133 is the one we had the most discussion over.We are all excited about this Summers Bible study and how it will enrich our life with Jesus our Lord.

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