A Journey Through Bible Study

A little over ten years ago, Tuesday nights quickly became one of my favorite nights. You see, ten years ago it was the fall of 2003 and I was a freshman in college. I was living at home while attending a community college. It was that year that my mom suggested I come with her to Tuesday night Bible study just to see if it was something I’d be interested in attending that year. Being that it was Bible study and being new in my own pursuit of Christ, though I’d grown up in church, I knew I had nothing to lose so I went. That Tuesday night I was introduced to my first Beth Moore Bible study and from then, I’ve never loved the Word of God more or studied it for myself more.

Yes, I’d grown up in a wonderful, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church, but that semester the Word jumped off the pages and came alive to me. That Fall Beth was re-taping Living Beyond Yourself and I sat up on the left-hand stairs near the top of Houston’s First Baptist Church. (Well, my left, her right.) I’d never, in all my years in church, seen somebody teach with such passion and authority. Needless to say, it was contagious. So contagious, in fact, that I went home and devoured my homework. I did it at night propped up in my bed because let’s be honest, I had no interest in setting aside an hour each morning, but that worked really well for me. The homework became so addicting that when all was said and done, I was so sad it was over. I can honestly say that in 18 years of being in church, that was the first Bible study I’d ever finished. To this day, Living Beyond Yourself still continues to be my favorite Bible study of all. It marked such a sweet season in my life. One that I hope I never forget.

That semester started my love affair with not only Bible study, but also Tuesday nights.

The next spring we did When Godly People Do Ungodly Things. For a girl that grew up in church, it was both tough and incredibly eye-opening. And let’s be honest, I needed it just as much as anybody else in that room.

There were many Tuesday nights that I went to see dear Beth. For me, she so held my attention and captivated me. I wanted what she had, and frankly, I was drawn to her spirit. Yes, I wanted to hear a Word, but I loved that she made me laugh and love Jesus all at the same time. I’m not sure that’s not how God ordains things. As we are babies in our walk with Him, He plants people in our path to point us to Him. For me, she was that person, among a handful of other ladies. Eventually I stopped depending on her and started to study the scriptures on my own and wanted Christ Himself. Her in-depth Bible studies are still unmatched to this day and I still hold her to the highest regard and my respect for her has only grown as the years have passed. In as much as she’s still very much a spiritual mentor to me, I’ve matured with time, thank you, Lord. I know that what she’s after, women falling in love with Jesus through the study of His Word, I am living proof. And yet I’m just one of thousands she’s so graciously and passionately pointed to Jesus.

After my year at community college ended, I knew I’d be leaving Houston, at least temporarily, and the thought of missing Bible study made me sad. But isn’t it just like God that, after arriving in my new hometown, He sent another Bible study to me? In fact, Truth, what the gathering was called, was on Tuesday nights and we were gifted that four years with one of the most powerful pastors and Bible teachers I’ve ever had the joy of sitting under. It was in that study during those four years where I learned to serve behind the scenes, work with my hands and pray that the Lord would bring salvation to our campus. It was there that the Lord did a lot of surgery in my heart. Moments of surrender I still haven’t forgotten.

When I graduated I was sick that I’d no longer be able to go to Truth. I shed tears and grieved the loss of one of my favorite Bible studies, but then it dawned on me that I had Beth’s Tuesday night Bible study to attend again. Oh, the excitement!

That first semester I came home we did Breaking Free. Since I was student teaching and was still technically a full time student, the homework overwhelmed me and I didn’t even attempt it. Some might say I cheated, but the meat I received every week was enough to chew on throughout my crazy weeks at that time.

Then came LIT. Can we just give Him some praise for that class? To this day I still have my LIT binder and refer to my notes. LIT was a one-semester study offered to 250 young women my age, focused on how to study God’s Word. We met in the fellowship hall while they were remodeling the main sanctuary. For those of us that have never attended seminary, but have thought about it, this was the place to be, taught by both Beth and her daughter Melissa. It was such a rare opportunity that I didn’t take it for granted one minute. And I still don’t.

Since then we’ve studied The Inheritance, Revelation, David: A Heart Like His, James, The Law of Love, Children of the Day and just this semester, Breath: The Life of God in Us, a study on the Holy Spirit. And through all that, Tuesday nights have still continued to be my favorite nights.

Over the years my intentions changed. Where as before I went to see Beth, now I go to hear a Word from my God. And when I go expecting to hear a Word from Him, He always comes through. Because He’ll come through anyway, willing heart or not.

And most obvious, over the years, my position in Bible study has changed. Or rather, my job has changed. For years my mom and I had a little date on Tuesday nights. On our way to the church we’d grab Wendy’s, would arrive around 6:15, take our seats near the balcony with friends and when Bible study was over, we’d let the traffic die down a bit then head out. To us, it became like a little church service, getting to hug, worship and study along with so many of our sweet friends.

Little did I know that would all change very quickly. One semester, I think during The Inheritance study, Beth called all the young women, 25 and under, down to the altar to pray over us. I hesitantly walked down to the front and knelt as she paced the stage, arm stretched out and prayed the house down over our lives. At one point I looked up and she and I made eye contact at the exact moment when she uttered something to the effect of, “Lord, fulfill your calling in each of these young women.” Nothing profound, but I received it.

Through a series of events over the next year, God would fulfill part of my calling by bringing me to LPM. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know for such a time as this He is using LPM as an avenue to fulfill what He’s called me to do.

With that change came a shift in my Tuesday night ritual. No longer would I waltz in at 6:15 and gracefully walk to my seat for worship. Now I had a spot on the very front row (truly a spot I would never choose for myself) and I would be one of the first at the church (think 1:30) with our Tuesday night coordinator, Jenn. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was my greatest joy and honor to serve Jesus and support Beth alongside my new coworkers.

Last night as Beth walked up on the platform, I took my seat on that beloved front row one last time. She gave an incredibly powerful word on the Holy Spirit, commissioned the ladies to go out and live a life worthy of Jesus and in a step of sacrificial obedience, and said goodbye to Tuesday night Bible study as we know it at Houston’s First Baptist Church.

Just this morning I asked her if she’d rather me leave that out, but she gave me the freedom and blessing to make it known here as well. You may or may not remember the blog post she wrote on January 1st. If not, you can read it here.  This is just the first step of obedience for her, for her family, for LPM. Last night she mentioned that she’s spent 29 years in that beloved church teaching the scriptures. That is some loyalty and faithfulness if I’ve ever seen it. As she wrapped up our series last night, we prayed for that church, that the pastor and his wife, Gregg and Kelly Matte. And in return, they blessed her to go with MUCH joy and blessing.

In the end it’s certainly not about me, I am just ONE that has been deeply impacted, we all have our own Bible study story. It’s not about Beth as faithfully as she’s poured out and served. It’s not about a specific church. It’s about Jesus. He’s the common bond between young and old, different denominations, statuses and everything else in between. And she’s going with Jesus, wherever He leads her. We’re going with Jesus. And if there were one thing we’d encourage you to do, it would be to go with Jesus!

Here are a few sweet pictures from last night.

Pastor Gregg Matte and his wife Kelly, and Houston’s First Baptist blessing Beth with this amazing hand-made wooden shield of faith.

And here is Beth blessing the church in return for opening their doors to her for nearly three decades. This was right before we prayed over them.

Pouring out our praises to Jesus one last time through worship.

Thank you, Lord, for breathing life and revelation into our beloved teacher year in and year out. You are faithful.

Our amazing team of volunteers! Thank you so much for your faithful service. We love y’all dearly.

 Jesus, you are so good, so faithful and so worthy. We love you. Teach us to love you more. To follow you wherever you lead. We’re going with YOU!

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  1. 1
    Christine Arnold says:

    I’ve never been to a Tuesday Night Bible Study. In fact, I’ve never even been to Houston. I’ve never met Beth or any of the LP ladies. But I have benefited from Tuesday Night Bible Study more than I can ever express. I’ve been one of the ladies “on the other side of that screen” for so many years. I have watched and cheered and learned right alongside every lady in the church. I am grateful, and I am excited for the day Beth gets to see how many women she has impacted for the Glory of the God she so faithfully serves. I know two of those women will be me and my 72 year old Mom who is doing her first Bible Study ever. And it’s such a joy to be doing it along side her, a memory that cannot be taken from me. And yes, it is Beth’s The Patriarchs. Thank you God!

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    Vicki Bolton says:

    Oh Lindsee–
    Wow and wow again. Thanks for this post which must have come with great emotion and precious memories.
    Like you, my first Beth Moore Study was also Living Beyond Yourself (in Jan. 2011). And just this past Tuesday I began my 9th study, “The Patriarchs,” (after having just finished “Jesus the One and Only.”) So rich! It has been an amazing ride and journey these past 3+ years….
    And then, I had the great privilege this past January of being a part of SSMT and being in Houston at FBC with you, Beth and all the team— what a joy! I know last night had to have been a precious, blessed, yet heart-tugging time for Beth as she said goodbye to her ties with this church. I will be keeping her in my prayers!

    Randomly, I am curious if Beth would allow you to post a list of ALL her studies and the years she wrote and/or recorded them? I would love to have the info and it would be helpful in choosing future studies. After so many years of resisting the studies because of the homework (yes, I sadly admit it), I now cannot wait to get to my homework each morning–my growth in the LORD during these times are priceless and life-giving to my bones and spirit!

    Thanks for your heart, Lindsee! It is a blessing to read your blogs and see His growth in you, as well!

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    Vicki Bolton says:

    P.S. And I purposely did not go into what Beth has meant to me in these studies– there are not enough pages in the world……But for certain, her heart’s desire has been accomplished. I know and love Jesus more today than I ever could have dreamed or imagined for myself and I know that I have only scratched the surface. Praise His Holy, Mighty Name, Jesus!

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    JoAnn Janik says:

    I give thanks and praise to the LORD for speaking His truth through Beth and giving us ladies a safe meeting place of worship and exalting Him at Houston First Baptist Church these many years on Tuesday nights.

    I think it was 1998 or 99 that a coworker asked if I would like to come with her and another coworker to a Beth Moore Bible Study. I declined thinking I wasn’t sure if I was ready for “religion”. I was kinda overwhelmed with life at the time. After a divorce 4 years prior, working and raising a son and a relationship that had just ended after 3 years, I was really searching for something. Since my divorce, I received such a love for the spiritual and poured myself into reading some insightful books. Talking to my coworker about all that I was learning, she said that sounded nice, but there is nothing like learning and knowing the Bible. At that moment, my search was over. Right then I knew that I HAD to learn what the Bible was saying. Without hesitation, when they asked me to go again, I said “Yes”. God’s timing and the people He put in my path got me at that door and I went every year since (minus a few studies).

    Just wanted to say “Thank You Beth”, and everyone who serves at this study, for your obedience to God’s calling and LOVE for Jesus. I have learned so much about God’s Word and Jesus through you and will always hold my Tuesday Night Bible Study as a treasured memory. I have been blessed by your teachings and have grown such a love for more of Jesus in my life. I was saved at a Tuesday Night Bible Study.

    I pray love, wisdom and blessings over you wherever God leads you next. You have served us and loved us well. Through the intense studies, sometimes tears and always some laughter it has been such a blast. We will miss you like crazy, girl!

    Well done good and faithful servant. Can’t wait to see what happens next; for you and all of us who were beside you. Thank you Jesus for this precious time !!!

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    Carol Crabtree says:

    Lindsee, thank you for sharing that milestone and special night with all of us on the blog. I remember hearing Beth say at a recent event, it might have been the “Awaken Now” conference, that God had been telling her, “Stop plowing in the same field.” That made a huge impact on me; I meditated on that and asked God to please lead Beth exactly where He wanted her to go. Still praying that. =)

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    C says:

    I don’t know why but I feel so sad – mourning the passing of such a rich sweet season that has changed the lives of so many. I know God has exciting things for the future and I rejoice in that. But change is hard. We will have to remember exactly that- it will be different and new and unfamiliar. It will be an adventure. Because it’s not just Beth, her family, LPM- it’s all of us journeying together. You’re right, we must go with Jesus and on that path the changes are always right and good.

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    Dori Cook says:

    Lindsee! That was so precious. What a journey and you are just one life that was changed through Tuesday night Bible study. Can you fathom the multitudes who Jesus has redeemed through the faithfulness of Beth and those that served on Tuesday nights?

    Beth – Gosh. You just pour out and pour out and pour out. From an empty cup lifted to be filled to one that has overflowed to so many! I’m so grateful for you. Your sacrifice and labor has not been wasted and certainly not taken for granted. You are always in my prayers, no matter where the road leads!

    Blessings,
    Dori

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    Maria says:

    When I read Beth’s email in January I was excited to see what new ground and adventure God would have her on. When I read her twitter on Tuesday and she said it was her last night teaching I bawled my eyes out for her. I thought how hard is that going to be to walk out of that beloved church. Then I saw the picture of her Pastor giving her the Shield of Faith. What a perfect gift to send her off on her new season with the Lord.

    Beth, you will never know what Breaking Free has done in my life. Speaking for the siesta’s, we are so grateful for who you are and the blessings that have been poured over our lives because of your obedience. Praising Jesus for you, for helping me break free, for teaching me the Shield of Faith and falling in love with our King with ever lesson.

    Forever sisters!!

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    katiegfromtennessee says:

    I am not sure how to put into words what I am thinking right now…like you, I feel like I have “grown up” with Beth’s studies over my late high school, college, and early married years before and while I was having children, and my respect for her, convinced of her sincerity of wanting only to lead us to Him and His Word has only grown with time as well. Whatever sacrificial obedience should be for each one of us, I pray that we would do it as well. Contagious faith…I would have to agree with you Lindsee, that The Lord has so used Beth to display that to me, so much so, that I want it too. He is worth it, and Beth knows that, her soul knows that very well. Blessings to you all at LPM. I love you all.

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    nanette lynch says:

    I too have sat in that balcony for as many years as Beth has been teaching there!
    I will miss it/her so much, but excited to see what God has in store for his mighty teacher!!
    God bless you all at LPM.

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    Lindsey Johnson says:

    Lindsee, thank you for sharing! I too attended my first real Bible study on Tuesday nights- my first was the study of the Psalms of Ascent. Hungry for more, I had the great privilege to study Esther and Breaking Free (I was headed out when you moved back!). These studies and Beth’s amazing example of what a godly woman, wife and mother should be was not put in my life on accident. The Lord was equipping me with tools I needed as a newlywed in Oklahoma City and now a new mother in San Antonio. I thank the Lord every day for women like Beth. I am able to change my family tree by being an example for my daughter. I’m sure there are many more women that can testify to the Lord’s work through LPM on Tuesdays!

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    Rhonda says:

    Many years ago close friends knew I needed to have a close relationship with Jesus. They brought me to their Bible Study where I watched videos of Beth’s teaching. What I loved about her teachings is that she didn’t judge me for my past. She showed me I was loved by God no matter what. I have been so blessed that Beth taught Bible study in Houston. Each week I traveled to Houston to go to her Bible Study that was during the day with 300 to 400 woman. Then she switched to night time Bible Study that was attended by 3000 or more woman. All of us hungry to hear the word of God. I was very fortunate to be a volunteer for over 10 years. Each Tuesday night during the Bible Study I was blessed to greet woman from all over. Thank you Beth for the laughter, the tears and for teaching me all that you have. May God be with you and your family always. With love, Rhonda

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    Fran McCurry Plott says:

    Thank you God, for empowering Beth to teach us Your Word. May she continue to do so, for You are Our Everything. Knowing Your Word, Lord, is THE most precious gift anyone can bring, so I thank Beth for her willingness throughout the years and years to come.
    Amen.

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    Joelle Roibal says:

    I have to admit that it’s scary…. Change. But I am soooo very thankful that through Beth’s and other studies I can now ask God questions, study his word, listen, and follow Him with my heart. He has grown me up tremendously through studying along side others and studying by my self, both. I’m delighted to see where this journey takes me. I’m delighted to see where it takes all of us Siestas and our Siesta Mama. Boy did we ever need her strong voice for Jesus in this day we live. And so does the new field, where ever that may be. Hope we get to see too! Feels like we are in this change together. 😉
    Blessings~

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    Mary says:

    Thank you Beth and LPM team for your many years of service. I have attended Tuesday night Bible study with you for the past eight years and have loved every moment of it! On this last Tuesday as I realized it would be our last together, I felt melancholy because I don’t like change much either. But I realized much had already changed. When I first started attending, I would meet several of my gal pals there and it was such fun to study together. I looked around Tuesday night and realized I was the last one of all my friends to still be there. All the others had entered new seasons in life and have moved on. So I guess it’s apparent that since the teacher is moving on too, I need to get my heels to clicking and head out for the next big adventure God has for me! LOL! But I want y’all to know it’s been the joy of my life to have spent part of my journey with you girls. And the cool thing is even if we don’t get to study together here on earth again, won’t it be so fun when see each other in Heaven at the throne of King Jesus?!
    So bless you Beth! You will always be a mentor to me and you will never know how much that has meant in my life.
    Take care for now!
    PS When we all get to Heaven let’s meet up at the ‘Heavenly Starbucks’. Seriously, there must be coffee in Heaven right?

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    OraDell "Okie"Murray says:

    In 1992 my husband & I moved from Charleston,SC, to Edisto Island, where he was born and where his family lived for generations. It was here that I was introduced to Beth Moore through a Community Bible study. It was so wonderful to be able to do her Bible Studies. Once a year with my Edisto friends we make a road trip and go to the LPL. I keep her tapes in my car and listen to them as I go back to Charleston for shopping. And then Beth Moore came to Charleston, August 24, 2012.What Blessings she brought to us with “Secrets Manifest!” Thank you, Melissa for keeping us, who are on the other side of the screen informed, so we can pray for her! And God will open another door for her. Sitting on the edge of my seat to see “Just What!”

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    Meg Ebba says:

    My favorite part of this post was how you heard the truth being preached in a Bible Study so when you moved away you sought out another one (called Truth!) and then when you moved back you got yourself back under that same good teaching. Hor you, it’s live; for those of us who live ITMON (in the middle of nowhere!) it’s on video and podcast and whatever else we can get our hands on because as you mentioned in the previous blog post, women are hungry for the word. May it be ever so! I am so happy Beth’s season (30 years?!) there is at an end and a new one is beginning. She’s walking faithfully on the same path, so it stands to reason that the God who delights in her is going to change the scenery now and again. Just the way he did with you and all those different studies and different responsibilites at each. Thanks for the update, and for your own faithful walk.

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    Cammie Schnautz says:

    Wow! Where do I begin! Years ago when I would sit at a desk in my home listening to Beth on my computer every morning for 30 minutes is where it began for me. Thdt a when my son was about 5 or 6 and he is now 22. I wasn’t ever able to go to the Bible studies because my husband at that time well it just never fit it in to his schedule. I was never able to go to a live conference either. The Lord was saving me and helpings grow through the morning devotions with her. Well fast forward to 2011 and I went through a bad divorce but the first thing I was going to do was go to a live conference. I did just that and I went to one I. Austin, Tx. What an impact! Beth has set a fire in me over these Holy Words breathed by God. I just can’t get enough. She has definitely set a fire in my soul for the Word of God. I have this desire to help those hurting women that are out there. I was one once and I want to share what Jesus can do for you. He can heal your heart no matter where you came from. Years ago I told a close friend if mine wouldn’t it be so cool for Beth Moore to be our best friend she could help in our daily battles. Well she would only point us to our Savior I know. Over these last several years I have accumulated bible studies at lifeway and have also downloaded through your store as many lessons as I possibly can at work. I can’t get enough. Well now I’m sorry to say I hate the move for Beth but only for me in a selfish way but I see God at work in me and moving me in other areas of my life too. A week ago Tuesday at the Bible study when Beth shared with us her story I cried through the whole service because how she points me to Jesus. Beth means so much to me I will ever be thankful for her unending devotion in the Holy scriptures and helping me acquire the love for them too. Thank you Lord for using Beth to impact so many women onudong myself!

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    christina says:

    “I loved that she made me laugh and love Jesus all at the same time.” Amen!

    Thank you for sharing this testimony, Lindsee, and thank you, Beth and team, for that example of 29 years (!) of faithfulness in one service venue. May the Lord comfort any sadness in this change and lead you to full white harvest fields as you follow Him.

    While I’ve never been to Beth’s Tuesday study or even seen her in person, the first I ever heard of her was when my sister began attending that study during the 1990s.

    Praise the Lord for His Word, for His Spirit to instruct us and empower our teachers, and for the joy of investigating His truth alongside our sisters in Christ!

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    Suzy E. says:

    (Lindsey – just a word to Beth.) Beth, I want you to know that I can’t help but love you. Whenever anyone asks me who my mentor in life is/was, I say “Beth Moore”. Even though you don’t know who on earth I am. You helped mold my life in Christ – and your word from God became a word from God to me in the darkest days of my life. So I know that wherever you are going in ministry, Jesus is leading you – or you wouldn’t go. 🙂

    So – I’m not trying to get in anyone’s business here – but what does all of that mean? Maybe you all at LPM don’t know, either(???) No more Beth Moore Bible studies(???) Just asking. But I’m willing to follow, wherever that is. Because I want to be like Jesus – and you’re the closest thing on earth to that for me.

    • 20.1
      Lindsee says:

      Hi Suzy, for right now this means she is laying down her Tuesday night Bible study at Houston’s First Baptist Church. As for what’s next, that is something only the Lord knows right now. This is a step of obedience for her right now!

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    Kimmygirl says:

    Lindsee ,
    I loved reading your history with LPM, and Tuesday night studies. Even though I’ve been too far away to participate in Houston, I can assure you I’ve been the recipient of Beth’s great teaching for many years….

    I’ll be praying for Ms. Beth and all of LPM as the Lord leads her to make these changes in her life and ministry. The photos of that night are so dear! I’m sure it was difficult to say good-by to the familiarity of the Tues. nights and all that goes with it… but I hope there is the excitement of anticipation of what direction God will lead Beth and LPM in the days ahead.
    Much love to all!

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    Ashley says:

    About a year and a half ago, a group of women began the Esther study at our church. Throughout the study, we bonded like no other group in which I’ve ever participated. We laughed, cried, prayed; I love these women dearly. We even got together after we were finished to watch “One Night with the King”. (not exactly a Bible Study kind of evening, but still, wonderful fun). I feel so blessed to have been a part of this group of incredible ladies, and, am so thankful for Beth, and you, Lindsee, and all of LPM; in a way, I kind of feel that all of you are a part of our beloved “Esther Group”! So, thank you!

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    Lynn says:

    My introduction to Beth’s studies came in the fall of 2001. “A Heart Like His” was offered on Wednesday nights. But I had signed up for a different study. At the last minute it was cancelled. “Oh well, I may as well go to the Beth Moore thing,” I thought.

    Although I was raised in church and thought I had a better than average knowledge of the Bible, my eyes were opened to truths I had never known before. I couldn’t wait to do my homework and be at class each week.

    Then my mother unexpectedly died. I found great comfort in the Scriptures I was reading for class. My grief was so overwhelming that I dropped out of everything at church but “A Heart Like His.” No matter how badly I was feeling, I always managed to pull myself together and go. I’m sure the other Bible study would have been good, but God knew where I needed to be.

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    Linda says:

    Lindsee
    I am a bit confused…is your post saying that Beth is no longer going to teach a Tuesday night bible study at Houston’s First Baptist or that she is no longer going to be writing and teaching bible studies at all. I am thinking about the studies she does for Lifeway. From the comments I am reading, it sounds like the understanding is the Beth is
    no longer writing and moving on to something else.
    I love the Lifway studies that she does and we can’t wait for them at my church. I guess I thought you were saying that she was just giving up the Houston Tuesday night study. I am
    so sad if there are no more Beth Moore studies.

    • 24.1
      Lindsee says:

      Hi Linda, as of right now, she is laying down her live Tuesday night Bible studies. God-willing, she will continue to write in-depth Bible studies, but that is up to her and the Lord. Her new study, Children of the Day, will release this summer through LifeWay. For her this is a step of obedience, and she’s believing the Lord will reveal to her what is next. I hope that clarifies some confusion!

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    Bridget M says:

    Lindsee,

    Thank you for sharing your journey! I am interested in the LIT Bible study but I a cannot find any information online about it.

    Thank you to anyone who can provide some insight!!

    • 25.1
      Lindsee says:

      Hi Bridget, I will double check, but I am certain that was not a study they taped or sold. It was a very small class that they did in between semesters. I am so sorry! But if I hear different, I will certainly let you know.

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    kitty bennett says:

    Praise God for He is faithful in how He provides His vessel, Beth, to teach and reach for many of His women! We continue to pray for Beth’s ministry and His leading in her life! Thank you Houston Baptist Church for allowing us all to be blessed by providing a place for many women to gather, and through technology go all over the world. Truly His church is blessed because of your generosity! Thank you to the team that does all the behind the scenes work…but God knows you and He is smiling down on your faithfulness and gifts being used for His kingdom!
    May His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…Amen

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    Jennifer T says:

    Lindsee –
    This was a sweet picture of the impact of this aspect of Beth’s ministry… and of your own encounters with the Living God! It amazes me even now (I’m a bit older than you… laughing at ‘a bit’) how the Lord keeps providing vibrant, sold-out Bible teachers for this thirsty heart. THANK YOU for sharing your story so tenderly! And now, for our dear Beth – praying for your tender heart as this one chapter closes. And knowing that God will ABUNDANTLY bless you for your obedience!!! Love you all more than I have any gifting to write.

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    Shirley says:

    The link to Beth’s Jan 1 post is not working
    thanks

    • 28.1
      Sandy Bowers says:

      Hi Shirley,

      You can probably easily find that post by going to the ARCHIVES button at the top of the page!

      Blessings!

    • 28.2
      Linda says:

      If you click on ARCHIVES in the gray bar at the top of this post, it will take you to previous posts and you can find Beth’s message from January. Hope this helps.

    • 28.3
      Lindsee says:

      Hi Shirley! It’s because I forgot to link it. Forgive me! It is there and should be working now. Thank you!

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    Andrea Henley says:

    As a (former) school teacher, I can imagine a small glimpse of the emotion of Tuesday night. To watch your students of one year- people you’ve seen grow, people you’ve laughed with, people who’ve taught you more than you could ever expect- leave your little sphere is sad, but at the same time, right. But the emotion after 30 years…whew.

    I’m so, so grateful I went to Fall Forward when I had the opportunity. Golden memories, for certain.

    Beth- Once again, I admire your gut. For you to keep going with the familiar just because it’s comfortable would negate your entire ministry if God wants you to change. We probably would never know, but He would and you would. As you’ve told us so many times, press on, Dear One.

    And stay in the Word.

    Btw- it’s been beyond a privilege to pray for you during this season. Lindsee, thanks for keeping us updated.

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    Monica says:

    Hey Lindsee,
    I could just say ‘YES and AMEN’ to all the previous written posts! (especially the Heavenly Starbucks one!)
    Do I feel like Beth has been my mentor since January 2008 – absolutely! That’s when I first ‘met’ Beth through ‘A Woman’s Heart, God’s Dwelling Place’! It & she changed me – well, HE changed me, but HE sure used Beth and that study to start me on a road of digging into His Word and hungering for His truth like never before. Someday, in Heaven, I’ll get the chance to tell Beth that she was the ‘Buddy Walters’ in my life and thank her for it! (we’ll probably never get to meet in person down here on this sod)
    Has she encouraged me to love Jesus SO much more and made me laugh like crazy – absolutely! I SO appreciate that she can share her love for Jesus (and continually keep pointing us to Jesus and His Word) and be REAL all at the same time. Life is HARD down here!
    Am I a little ‘worried’ she’ll stop writing and teaching – yes, a little but am choosing to trust that He who began a good work in all of us, will be faithful to complete it! (though, in my heart of hearts I’m hoping and praying He will continue to use Beth to be a part of that in our lives!)
    Thanks Lindsee, for always being honest and transparent. You bless us. (And you’ve been used to bless some single ladies in my life – I’ve shared your journey with them often!)
    May the love poured out here in these posts on both yourself and Beth be life-giving today!

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    Peggyann Calderwood says:

    Oh Beth you have changed my life, my hubby’s life, and even my granddaughter’s life. Whenever my hubby wants to get me a gift he knows for sure a Living Proof Live ticket will be more than perfect and he will drive me there, stay in the hotel, one or two days and drive me home. Also I introduced my then 14 year old granddaughter to you through a live simulcast at our church and she also fell in love with you. Thank you for bringing our Lord even closer to us with your love for Him. Always remember Jesus Loves You and so do we.

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    Donna says:

    Lindsee, I was blessed to be apart of this last study of Beth’s. Tuesday night was such an awesome culmination of that study. I was wondering if you could ask Beth if she would post on here the prayer that she had us all pray at the end of the evening. It was so powerful, I would love to have it written out. May God bless you Beth in your next step in this great adventure He has for you!

    • 32.1
      Lindsee says:

      It was mentioned, but I’m not sure how she plans on putting it out there. I will see what I can find out, many have been asking!

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    amybhill says:

    I related so much to this post Lindsee because I had such a similar experience with Beth (albeit through the television screen). I remember praying once that God would allow me to sit next to her on an airplane bc I wanted to tell her how much I loved her and how God used her in my life. But then I distinctly remember this question immediately popping into my head: “Why do you want to sit next to Beth?” Of course, I fumbled through an answer – because I love her and her Bible studies have changed my life and because… And then I distinctly remember this: “The thing you love about Beth is ME, and I’m right here.” Boom. And there it was. Slowly but surely God has taught me to come after HIM. Yet so many times – even still – He uses my beloved mentor Beth to lovingly guide me into truth. I love you so much, Beth. Thank you for teaching me to love Jesus. Because of your obedience, I’m going with Him too!!! So much love to you, Amy

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    kathy says:

    Lindsee, oh transition……. not sure it is any easier when it is for all the right reasons, it is still hard and strains our hearts as we release something that has been as powerful and as life changing as the Tuesday night studies in Houston. I traveled a couple of years from Austin to Houston to receive those teachings and feel encouragement during some pretty dark days. Little did I know the darkest days were yet to come. I am grateful to say the least for Beth’s commitment to that Tuesday format and to all of you who made it possible for us to attend and be touched by the Holy Spirit’s healing. After a bit of bitter sweet good byes, I just know whatever God has in store for the next chapter will be exciting. Blessings and appreciation to all of you at LPM.

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    Deborah Mott says:

    Thank you for sharing such a fantastic testimony of God’s faithfulness in working through His “Living Proof” teacher, Beth (a peacock of His Glory and Grace) and writing in a way about Beth and LPM, I think, that most of us could say DITTO on how we feel about her, especially as our mentor impacting,impressing, imparting TRUTH and GRACE into our lives to bring true transformations from and true intimacy with our Savior! Beth’s passion and love for JESUS and HIS WORD drew us first to her and then and most importantly to JESUS as His intimate! Most of us feel so thankful and personally related to Beth as a mentor even though she doesn’t “in person” know us (this is where your testimony so differs from most of us on the other side of the screen. How blessed you are to know her in person and work with her!)! She has had tremendous impact on many because THE HOLY SPIRIT has breathed on her and she received, obeys and pours out JESUS to us as the ONE AND ONLY, FULL OF TRUTH AND GRACE! Wow, what a delight to have this blog, the many opportunities THE LORD has provided through this ministry! I totally loved and was anointed by the time visiting in person the 18th and 25th of February! The LORD’s gift to me! I think I was more impacted by these two Bible studies than ever in my life! I felt the SPIRIT OF GOD DIRECTLY ministering to me to the point it was difficult not to get up during her talk and start jumping up and down!!!! I was thrilled to overflowing and still think about it and thank the LORD for it all!!!! I experienced the TRUE GOSPEL and the TRUE CHURCH!!! I felt JESUS had me there as a gift to receive more of HIM and for timely & purposeful reasons!!! The RESURRECTION ANOINTING touched me greatly and I am believing He will use HIS RESURRECTION ANOINTING in this USA in a mighty way! Thankful for JESUS as the FIRST FRUIT OF THE RESURECTION! Believing His amazing “firstfruit” Resurrection anointing to continue. As Beth “goes out into His chosen harvest fields” His Firstfruit Resurrection anointing will continue to be active and alive and harvest many! Glad to be a part of His harvest! Feel like He had me there for such a time as this! May His Esther anointing flow! Thank you so much!
    Please pray about a “LIT repeat” for on line students? How I long for something like this!!!! I have prayed for something like this! Please give thank you’s to Beth, her family, esp. Melissa and to all staff and volunteers!!! Thank you all so very much!
    Thanks for everything. IN CHRIST BY GRACE, Deb

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    Deborah Mott says:

    How awesome it would be to have some practical helps on line like a LIT course but different?… to help leaders minister OUTSIDE the church walls….

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    JanaR says:

    I can’t really say anything that hasn’t already been said. But Oh how I have LOVE and have been honored to be apart of the Tues Night Bible study for the past 5 years.
    But I will say this – not that you don’t already know, but let me tell you just how funny our Lord works things out!
    The 2nd to last Tuesday night (Feb 25) I missed because I had been ill, so I missed Beth’s announcement that this was the last TNBS. I had no idea. I just assumed there’d be next year!
    Then, this Tuesday (3/2) I had almost convinced myself to stay home. The weather was yucky and its a good 45 min to hr drive for me to make it HFBC. However, I kept feeling this tug and the feeling that I just needed to go. So, thankfully I did and OH HOW BLESSED I was!!! Such an amazing night to not only end the series Breath, but such a moving night to end 29 years.
    I know that it was God pushing me to go and I am glad I did. I totally needed to hear His Words through Beth Tuesday!
    Thank you Beth and all you ladies at LPM!!! Can’t wait to see what God has in store next!
    Jana

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    Donita says:

    Do you think it is coincidence that Beth ends and begins a journey on March 4th…March Forth!
    Awesome!

    • 38.1
      Lindsee says:

      Love it, Donita!

      • Deborah Mott says:

        How cool is that!!!! WOW thanks! The army of the LORD, onward Christian soldier…MARCH ON!!!! Glad we have Beth leading the way hanging onto JESUS, maybe even piggy back riding or roller coaster riding too… all the way! Hold on for the next wild ride!
        Speaking of wild rides…Every time I see a dog’s head sticking out of a window I think of Beth Moore and her dog then I smile with gratitude and lift up a prayer for her. Thanks again!

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    moongirl says:

    I looked at the photos on this post before I read it. And as I looked I thought “wow. After becoming a superstar Bible Teacher, she still serves the local church. That is so rare. It really is a stunning view of Beth’s humility and the grace of God in her. THEN I read that it’s her last Tuesday Bible Study year… and I’m from ND so this doesn’t impact me directly (though I still felt the loss as I’ve done many of the studies after the fact), but I just sat back and still thought, wow. For 29 years she served her community in this way. And I know it wasn’t that long ago that she stopped teaching Sunday School too. What a mighty example to us. And to know she’s following Jesus whatever comes. I haven’t gotten her testimony off my mind today and keep praying that her coming ministry would be even more powerful than her mind-blowing past/current one has been/is. God. He’s so obvious and conspicuous on her! HE blows my mind when I see her. I mean, it’s truly stunning. When I see what He can and does do through people who humble themselves under Him… I’m so humbled by this post… and challenged to be the real thing… like she is. I want it desperately. And I want to follow Jesus no matter what He calls me to as well. Thank you Beth. Thank you!

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    Tonya Leiva says:

    Does anyone have extra tickets I can buy from you to the LPL in Eden Prarie,MN? My mom and I are flying up from Houston to go with my Grandma and two of my aunts still need tickets. Would appreciate any help!!!! Tonya (832.492.192)

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    Lindsey, thank you so much for sharing this milestone in Beth’s life from the eyes and ears of one of us. You are so dear to us sweet Siesta. It seems Beth is not the only one in a busy season. Many of us are. But, here we are… All together in online community, which was one of the ways I connected with Beth back in the Lifeway forums long about 2003 myself. I never did attend a Tuesday night in Houston, but I felt like I did every time I hit play on the DVD player and we began a new study.

    I was not a young, budding college girl – but a middle aged wife and momma. I was doing life just trying to keep the wretched “monsters” of the past in my closet down enough to seem normal. I had stepped in it so to speak, and through some very bad advise managed to land myself in a teaching position for a high school girls class. Serving the youth ministry during all three weekly services left little time for me to get “age appropriate” teaching. Let’s face it. I did attend every service, but at times I was distracted by the girls making google eyes at the boys or one of the kids who seemed to be troubled would have my prayers going up while our leaders preached from the pulpit. It was a good season, a growing season and a busy season. But, it was also a challenging season.

    Realizing I needed to get into God’s Word and having heard our pastor talk about his wife’s love of Beth’s studies I went to her and asked her to join me for the summer in “Beloved Disciple.” And this, I lovingly say, was my back door into women’s ministry. For thirteen weeks that summer we met, shared our homework answers and listened to the audio CDs (cause I could not afford the Videos).

    As August rolled in and my sweet girls group and time of study with my friend came to an end, but I received an invitation. “Help me bring this to the ladies of our church.”

    We did… I typed up “pretty” flyers and announced Ladies Bible Study would begin on Thursday nights in the fall. We had 8 women come for “Egg Timer Talk” and Video each week. We grew by leaps and bounds that fall. And as the holidays came around life felt full and I anticipated the coming season of Bible study when we would dig into “A Heart Like His.” By now I called myself the women’s ministry administrator. But, my pastor’s wife might introduce me as our Ladies Minister. I did not feel qualified, after all I was simply filling in my blanks like everyone else in the room the only difference… I had a key to the building and ran the coffee maker and DVD player. YEP that was me. 🙂

    I, like you, soaked in every moment from my place on the back row near the audio/visual booth and I would tell God… “Would you just let me be 1/10 of who she is?” I mean that would be good right…

    By late fall 2003, Lifeway Forums were announcing the launch of a spring online Bible Study called “Believing God” and I signed right up. I loved it. Doing Bible study with all those ladies from all around the country and even the world sharing our thoughts and insights much the way we do here now. So precious were those days in my life when I began to break up the fallow ground and allow God to plant seeds of faith and unearth the sick roots of my life patterns and unbelief along the way.

    While I was doing Believing God with the online group, my friends and I at church were doing “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things” and our number had grown to around 15 women attending. I was so excited. We planned a trip to San Antonio for Women of Faith that Spring and low and behold 9 of us girls loaded up in the church van and drove south. We had a time and came back to finish up our study and break for summer. But I did not break… NO! I made name badges and plan, planned, planned for the coming fall semester when we would crack the covers of Believing God at Church and so would begin the most challenging year of my life as a mother. By this time our circle of women had grown to nearly 20 women. We returned to San Antonio that December to see Beth at the Lifeway Women’s Conference with Jennifer Rothschild and Mary Kassian (I think I misspelled that.)

    I planned a one day conference our church hosted and women from all over three counties came to hear us. I think we had about 40 women in attendance – SO GOOD.

    I watched my son unravel and come back together only to unravel again several times over that next year. In early 2005 I suffered from debilitating back pain and learned I had degenerative disc disease in my back. I went to physical therapy and had friends drive me to Bible study each week, but mostly I just lay myself out on the couch and read God’s word endlessly during that spring.

    That spring I watched the police come to the house and put my raging Bi-Polar son in handcuffs and cart him off to jail. A place I could not bear to go and visit him because my husband had said we would not bail him out. And I would have sold all my jewelry and our television to get that child out if I had seen him there. We did Living Beyond Yourself that Spring and God really landed on me fresh. My heart opened to hear from Him in prayer as I never had before. Church life was good – growing – but the scene at home with my son was deteriorating. It looked like he might end up in jail and I felt like God was preparing me to “lose” him.

    That summer I began our new study for the fall – the Patriarchs – and lay weeping on my face for the life of my son day after day. In August we launched the study earlier than the year before and within the first couple of weeks I found myself sitting in the hospital beside my son waiting to learn if his life-threatening injuries would indeed consume his life. I handed off the responsibility to lead to the women who had come alongside me in Bible study and we cancelled our women’s conference for October.

    Over those 8 days in the hospital my church and natural family rallied around us as we said goodbye to my firstborn son. Grief set in and I had to learn how to not only grieve but also to express it through mourning. I remember those days pouring my heart out in the Lifeway forums and having other women come alongside me there with comfort and prayer. I made dear friends of my heart there – women who bore the monikers, “TNTkart” and “Twinkle…”

    I returned to Bible study a few months later and we launched Breaking Free in the spring. By this time, Bethisms rolled off my tongue regularly. And, secretly in my heart I would talk to God about wanting to “be her.” Since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to be someone else – someone “famous” like Loretta Lynn when I was 9 or some great author like LaVyrle Spencer as a young woman. I wanted to make a difference, touch people’s lives and I would have these “wishful thinking” moments in my life sitting in the back of the sanctuary watching the 25 or so women growing before my very eyes thinking, “You don’t have to look like that. You don’t have to sound like that. You don’t have to wear your hair that way.” And I would laugh at myself… No Really.

    We continued on, doing the Daniel study and then we worked the Retreat “Loving Well” or “Living Well” into a spring study series that would be my last with that group of women. My husband and I left the comfort of our small rural Baptist community for the larger, suburban Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.

    I attended two Living Proof Live events, became a regular on here at the blog and I did a couple of more studies with my cousin’s women’s group over the next year (Stepping Up and Breaking Free, again), but slowly as I stepped up in areas of ministry and began to realize healing in my grief, God brought my season with Beth Moore to an end. He had impressed upon me the need to write studies from my own experience and so in 2008 I wrote my first curriculum for grieving moms. As a matter of fact that is where I sit right now… Taking a break from finalizing the training curriculum for Biblical counselors I will deliver on Sunday.

    I came and went on the blog over the next few years while I worked on staff at Gateway and then, as my season there came to a close, Beth came to share a teaching from her Thessalonians study at our Pink Impact. I received a sweet comment from her in response to something I had shared on the blog and in 2012 I had the opportunity to hug and thank her at a Life Today taping event. Her words of affirmation and comments about my hair (Yes, she recognized my name, but not my hair LOL!) blessed me beyond measure and sealed in this new season of my life.

    I walk it out day by day. I have had doors open and I still count her my “spiritual momma” in the faith. She led the way to Jesus every single time she opened the Word of God and shared what God had taught her through living life in His Word.

    Even now I am sitting waiting for our #ChildrenOfTheDay items to post so we can share them on social media and help get the word out there about her new Bible study. So excited to give back even in small ways to someone who has poured so much into my life. Praying that as she goes out to reach out to those who may have never encountered the Word of God or His lavish love that she would be highly favored and blessed beyond measure as she is a blessing to the lives she touches around the world. May His grace and His favor cover her all the days of her life and may His angels keep watch over Beth and her sweet family all the days of their lives as well. In Jesus name I ask, AMEN.

    • 41.1

      Lindsee… I apologize – I think my fingers have autopilot because they spell your name ey rather ee every single time even though I try to focus on the spelling… 🙁 I’m grateful for your service at LPM and keeping us in the LOOP Siesta-Girl. 🙂

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    Alison says:

    Thank you Beth for your obedience, example, study, insight, letting the fire in your bones OUT. It has changed me. I Thank you.

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    Teena says:

    What a treasure Tuesday nights have been! “Lord, I love the house where You dwell, the place where Your glory resides.” ~ Ps 26:8 The anointing of the Spirit of the Lord falls over the worship every time, creating a sacred place to meet with my Lord that feels so personal, a safe place to express both great celebration and the devastation my family has walked through. To express FAITH.

    I’ve learned to come expecting. Expect to hear a word that speaks directly to what I’m dealing with. Expect that the Lord will answer questions that only He knows I’m asking. Expect to thrill to the wonders of the word of God. Expect to walk out with an exalted view of my God and a heart burning to share His name and His fame.

    I’ve seen Jesus on Tuesday nights. Beth…He’s so beautiful! Thank you for the endless ways you’ve displayed Him for us. He IS worthy of that, and the powerful way the Holy Spirit moves as you’re pouring out the living water draws our hearts to Him. He has been magnified in that beloved place! Thank you and all of your team for the astounding gift of Tuesday night Bible study. It has been a taste to me of what we have coming someday. I have been profoundly affected. I’ve been given a big dose of HOPE over and over again, and cannot help but pass it on.

    May His tenderness wrap around the Living Proof family in this season, His love and laughter flow freely, and His strong arm protect your families, as He leads into more than all we ask or imagine. You are so loved!

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    Abraham's Daughter says:

    There a certain anointing when women gather together to know and love Jesus and His Word. I admit that I have wished I could transport myself to Houston for a Tuesday night Bible study.

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    Casey says:

    My very first “Beth Moore” study was the fruit of the spirit. I was hooked and that was nearly 15 years ago. I’m still digging through the Bible…one study at a time! I am somewhat sorry to hear that the Tuesday night tradition has ended even though I have NEVER attended it. I don’t even live in Texas. lol I was always so thrilled for such a group! So if God has prompted her to lay this down–I CAN’T WAIT to see what HE has for her next.

    We appreciate all you do and we WILL STAY in the WORD!!

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    Barbara Head says:

    Except for our Awesome God, everything changes! I began to study under Beth Moore in 1997. I had been a “church girl” from Cradle Roll through YWA’s. A friend invited me to a Thursday morning Bible Study at HFBC. I walked in to a room of about 300 women and nearly fell out. I had never been to such a large Bible Study. I also fell in love with Jesus all over again! I fell in love with Beth too. She eventually went to Tuesday nights and I continued to attend as part of the prayer group. Then, as all good things must, my Tuesday night attendance ended in 2008. I am now 70 years old and do not travel very much at night. I keep up with Beth through this Blog and all the wonderful women who work at the ministry. I think to myself each morning as I am visiting with God, I will never waste a prayer by praying for LPM and these wonderful women. Thank you Lindsee, women of LPM, and of course Beth for pouring your lives into those in the world who are hungry and eager to know Jesus!!

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    Wow, Lindsee, a great testimonial! All of us Siestas could give a similar testimonial about Beth. I have never been to a Tuesday night study. Last year, I went to my 1st LPL, and participated in the Bible verse memorization (still working on keeping those 24 verses memorized), but over the years I have been in about a dozen Bible studies of Beth Moore’s studies, and have read a handful of her other books. It is hard to even meet a Christian woman who has not studied at least one of Beth’s Bible studies. She is such a treasure to us! We may have to let go a bit, so she can fully follow Jesus, but it is my honor to sacrifice a bit, so others can be blessed by Beth’s heart and the truths she teaches. I pray for Beth and her family daily. I will add to those prayers, that God makes her new path clear to her, and that we graciously let go and let God…

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    Karen C says:

    We all will miss Tuesday night Bible study led by Beth Moore. First heard Mrs. Moore teach after Hurricane Rita hit our area and forced us to evacuate and live in the Houston area for five weeks (while our county repaired electrical infrastructure). What an uplifting experience listening to her teach from the Bible! We even had the chance to hear her teach on Sunday nights at FBC Houston for awhile as well. Thank you for your faithfulness Beth…you will be greatly missed and I know all my “siestas” will also feel the same way as I do too.

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    Rebecca says:

    Discouraging.

    • 49.1
      Lindsee says:

      I’m so sorry you’re discouraged, Rebecca! We are waiting on the Lord to reveal what ministry looks like next. BLessings to you!

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    Audrey says:

    Lindsee, thank you for sharing! What an adventure!

    Beth, thank you for walking faithfully, even when parts of the path can be so painful. My husband is a preacher and we’ve been called to different churches at different times, each time loving those we’re entrusted with like we’ll be there forever. And it has been such a joy! I don’t think about what it will be like at the end until that time comes. It is so hard to leave a group of people you love so much and have grown to know, even though we know God’s ways are good and His timing is perfect. Faith, trust, obedience-thank you for modeling these and more for us and doing all you do for the glory of God. I love you!
    Audrey

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