Siesta Summer 2014 Bible Study: Anybody Game for “Children of the Day”?

Hey, Everybody!

It’s almost May and, around here, that means it’s time to announce our Siesta Summer Bible Study for those who are itching to take a journey together. In all these years of doing summer Bible study together here on the blog, we’ve never gone through one I’ve authored. The biggest reason is that I really love to go through other authors’ courses with our blog community. That’s a refreshing blast of Holy Spirit-breath to me and you can count on us doing that again next summer.  The other reason is that the launch date of one of mine never coincided well with the beginning of summer.  With Children of the Day (an in-depth study of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians) coming out in May, the timing works out perfectly. I ask you to trust my heart on this and know that we’re not doing the study this summer so that I can drive up sales. I can’t prove my motives to you but I give you my word. That’s all I know to do. Any of you who still find it uncomfortable can, by all means, choose another Bible study by a different author and feel completely welcome to formulate your group right here in the comment section to this post. Just start your comment with the words in all caps “ANOTHER OPTION” and get together on line and choose which Bible study you’d like to do. There are so many fabulous ones available. You have my complete and joyful blessing to use this community to put your group together. Any way we can serve you is a tremendous honor to us.


For those of you who would like to do Children of the Day with our community this summer, here are a few important facts:


* We’ll start Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Around here at Living Proof, we formed the habit of Tuesday Bible study over the years so that’s why we choose it as our gathering day but you are welcome to commit to any day of the week that works for you. Simply adapt the instructions to that particular day.


* Children of the Day is an 8-week study so we will wrap it up on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.


* As we’ve done in past summers, we’re only asking you to commit to “gather” with us and/or with your group every other week since summers are so busy. We will still stay on schedule for each week’s homework but you’ll only need to check in once every 2 weeks.


* I will put up a short video greeting here on the blog by 8:00 AM every other week on our gathering days, starting with Tuesday, June 3rd. The greeting will include instructions for discussion in your small groups or with the blog community at large. Your “discussion” with the blog community will take place through your response-comment to that post.


* We strongly recommend forming small groups for the pure camaraderie and accountability of it but you are also very welcome to go solo. The best small groups of all meet face-to-face but, if that’s not possible, try to formulate one on line. You might even Skype. Do whatever would benefit you the most and offer you the fellowship we all need so desperately.


* You only need the Children of the Day workbook to participate in the summer study. You don’t need to download the video sessions. All discussion questions will be based on the written work alone, as we’ve done in past summers, so that no one is forced into the extra expense. Each week we will put up a link to that week’s COTD video session for those who also want to include those but I will leave that option entirely to you. There will be no pressure whatsoever. People often ask if the video sessions and homework portions are the same lessons. They are not. They are designed to complement one another for a comprehensive approach to 1st and 2nd Thessalonians but they are not redundant. They are on different segments and concepts found in the 2 letters.


Does that answer many of your questions?  OK, now for the schedule:

Between release date (first week of May) and June 3rd, acquire a workbook of Children of the Day but don’t start it yet! No homework needs to be done before our first gathering. The workbook looks like this:



You can find it at your local LifeWay Christian bookstore by the first week of May, or click here to order online at any time:  COTD workbook


GATHERING ONE: June 3, 2014 – Our summer Bible study launches! By 8:00 AM that morning, God willing, you will find a brief video greeting from me and instructions for that day’s participation/discussion. Again, you can do it any day that week. We’re just choosing Tuesday as our official gathering day. You will “register” for summer Bible study by leaving a comment on the June 3rd post with your name and city and whether or not you are participating in a group or going solo. I will give you the specific instructions at that time. At the bottom of the post will be a link for that weeks’ full-hour Session 1 video if you choose to add on that option.


Do Weeks 1 and 2 of homework for Gathering Two.


(June 10th – link will go up for COTD Session 2 video for anyone going for that option.)


GATHERING TWO: Tuesday June 17, 2014. Brief video greeting from me and instructions for that day’s gathering or discussion. (Link for COTD Session 3 video for anyone taking that option.)


Do Weeks 3 and 4 of homework for Gathering 3.


(June 24th – Link will go up for COTD Session 4 video for anyone taking that option.)


GATHERING THREE: July 1, 2014. Brief video greeting from me and instructions for that day’s gathering or discussion. (Link for COTD Session 5 video for anyone taking that option.)


Do Weeks 5 and 6 of homework for Gathering Four.


(July 8th – Link will go up for COTD Session 6 video for anyone taking that option.)


GATHERING FOUR: July 15, 2014. Brief video greeting from me and instructions for that day’s gathering or discussion. (Link for COTD Session 7 video for anyone taking that option.)


Do Weeks 7 and 8 of homework for Gathering Five.


(July 22 – Link will go up for COTD Session 8 video for anyone taking that option.)


GATHERING FIVE CONCLUSION: July 29, 2014. Brief video greeting from me and instructions for that day’s gathering and closing. (Link for COTD Session 9 video conclusion for anyone taking that option.)



Here is the above schedule in diagram form thanks to my beloved assistant, K-Mac. You can enlarge it to see it better or copy and paste it to a document and print it out if you’re that kind of weird person…because I am, too:









Sound fun??!? Yep, it also sounds like a bit of work but not a single word of Scripture will drop to the ground. We can  have confidence in advance that the pursuit of Christ through His Word will completely alter the summer of 2014. I’m ecstatic to have the privilege of spending these 8 weeks with you in Bible study. You are a tremendous joy to me. Our God-given emphasis right now at Living Proof is on stirring up women who are less-discipled in Scripture to come to love Christ through His powerful, living, relevant Word. We would be thrilled for you to help us by inviting some women along who have never before done this kind of thing. Take the chance and ask them! So many women have a hunger for God. They just don’t know exactly how to identify it. Bring them along if God opens that door!


Can’t wait to get started! Dearest love to you all!





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  1. 451
    LindaWare says:

    Online in Tennessee, along with my daughter in Florida.

  2. 452
    Bennie Edwards says:

    Studying long distance with my two daughters

  3. 453
    Beverly S says:

    I am in a small group and look forward to being in The Word this summer!
    Beverly S

  4. 454
    Josee says:

    Going solo from Ontario Canada

  5. 455
    kerrin says:

    Going solo

  6. 456
    Sissy says:

    Going solo.I can’t wait to get started:)

  7. 457
    Beth Boone says:

    Going solo in Asheville, NC. Thanks!

  8. 458
    Cheryl Hobbs says:

    Doing this study with my daughters!

  9. 459
    Wendy says:

    I’m going solo Beth!!! I’m so excited about the bible study. THANK YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU

  10. 460
    Amanda says:

    Going Solo! Just ordered my book but I’ll catch up next week 🙂 So excited for this summer study!

  11. 461
    Leisa Hale says:

    I am going solo in Sheridan, Indiana.
    I absolutely love getting deep in the Word, the way Beth takes us in her Bible Studies.
    Thinking, pondering, praying, learning, praising; a relationship with God and Him revealing…God working through her in her teaching…the studies have totally changed my life! So very thankful!

  12. 462
    Bren says:

    Studying in a group. We love Beth Moore studies!

  13. 463
    Leigh says:

    1. Leigh
    2. Atlanta, GA
    3. Solo
    4. It’s summertime and that means a Beth Moore Study to keep me in the Word throughout the lazy summer months.
    5. Silly quirk, but I really hate for my food to touch on my plate. When eating out, I will quickly dig a little separation canal if my food runs together. My husband tells me I missed my calling as a civil engineer.

  14. 464
    wendy says:

    I really need this and am anxious for a time of refreshing. Going solo

  15. 465
    Lisa Rose says:

    Excited to learn and apply! Going solo.

  16. 466
    Deanna says:

    Going solo in Winchester KY! Homebound due to ankle injury/surgey! Great time to do a home solo study!

  17. 467
    Audrey Ellis says:

    Doing it with a couple of friends.

  18. 468
    cindy says:

    Going solo from Missouri!

  19. 469
    Mishelle says:

    going solo in nyc!

  20. 470
    Leisa says:

    Forgot to add my quirk-
    I have to use every hot roller when doing my hair … If I don’t, I rotate them so it will be the first one I use next time.

  21. 471
    Marlea says:

    Woot woot!!! I’m EXCITED!!!! First time doing online study of yours. So looking forward to hearing from The Lord in a dynamic way!!! I come expecting!!! Love all u LP women!!!

  22. 472
    Wendy Schnitz says:

    Going to do this study with a great group of ladies from my church! Super excited!

  23. 473
    MaryAnn says:

    I will be doing this on my own, and I just know God helped me find this today. My dad went to heaven this past Christmas, and it has been a tough few months. I know I need to be in God’s Word, and I so enjoy anything Beth Moore teaches! I will go find a workbook tomorrow!!!

    Thank you for doing this…finding this has made my day!!

  24. 474
    Courtney says:

    I’m excited to start this study! I’m doing it solo (for now) in Richmond, VA.

  25. 475
    Courtney says:

    I’m going solo! 🙂

  26. 476
    gretchen says:

    Heard about this from my bff in NOVA yesterday – going to join you! Hooray for summer Bible study!

  27. 477
    Sheryl says:

    I am doing this study to stay accountable and stay in God’s word.

  28. 478
    Amanda says:

    . Amanda

    2. Clarksville, TN.

    3. Solo (but I did invite my two sisters, will see if they show up).

    4. I have two little’s (5mo and 2.7 years old) it is hard to get to a bible study and I like the flexibility and the accountability an online Bible study provides.

    5. I like to run K5s for the T-shirts.

  29. 479
    Pam says:

    Excited to be a part of this study

  30. 480
    Jamie says:

    Hot Springs, AR


    Study deeper into God’s Word.

    Can not stand clutter.

  31. 481
    Krista Chain says:

    I am joining in this study with my online group Women’s Bible Cafe.

  32. 482
    Terri Johns says:

    I’m in for the first time…EXCITING!

  33. 483
    Lori Litton says:

    Ingalls, KS
    I am recently retired and want to stay in the Word, am excited to be able to participate this way!
    Not sure I have any specific quirks, my family just thinks I am all around weird!

  34. 484
    Dru says:

    1. Dru
    2. Calvert City, KY
    3. Solo
    4. I’m a pastor’s wife & children’s ministry director. Need refreshing & what a great way to do just that.
    5. I bite my nails.

  35. 485
    Shayla Gilbert says:

    1.Shayla Gilbert
    2.Cabot, AR
    4.I was raised in church all my life and I attend
    church currently. I think that I need to renew and
    refresh my walk with God. I face things daily that
    hender me spirituality. Somethings I want to change
    and something’s I don’t…..that will have to be a
    God thing. Trusting in him!!!!!!
    5.I am my worst enemy at times.

  36. 486
    Karen Ream says:

    Looking for to this summer study….. Keeps me in the word!

  37. 487
    Rachel Hartings says:

    With a Group in Columbus Ohio

  38. 488
    Claudette says:

    1. Claudette
    2. Baton Rouge
    3. Solo
    4. Love studying the word and not in a formal study this summer.
    5. Love eating my leftovers cold….

  39. 489
    Donna H. Johnson says:

    going solo.

  40. 490

    Hi Beth!
    I’m going SOLO , but gleaning and hashing it out with a co-worker her where we are working and serving in ministry! What a blessing for leadership to have this option during the summer!

  41. 491
    Joy says:

    Going solo as we come out of retirement and back into farming!

  42. 492
    Julie Beecken says:

    Doing the study in a very small group in Frederick, MD.
    Looking forward to it!


  43. 493
    Tanya Area says:

    Doing this study online with my mom in VA and my sister in CA. I’m currently in Rio Rancho, NM but will be moving throughout the summer to MD 🙂

  44. 494
    Rebecca says:

    1. Rebecca
    2. Richmond, va
    3. Solo
    4. Just became a stay at home mom. My baby is not an easy baby and at times I feel overwhelmed and like I’m not good enough. I know I need the word to strengthen me and help me do my job as mom
    5. I like to keep my books in pristine condition.

  45. 495
    Beth Bell says:

    Going Solo. Need to stay on track through the summer. Walnut Hill, Florida.

  46. 496
    Nancy B. says:

    Martinsburg WV
    going solo

  47. 497
    Carol Romkema says:

    1. Carol Romkema
    2. Springfield, SD
    3. Solo—Encouraging some friends to join me!
    4. Love your bible studies, but don’t do them in the summer as everyone seems to have conflicts when we try to meet to watch the videos… When I don’t do one with a group, I don’t dig as deep in the Word daily. This will keep me committed to studying God’s Word!
    5. This is so silly… but I have a water container I fill and keep in the refrigerator with water from our purifier. The water runs slowly from the faucet and I am a terrible multi-tasker! I run that container over more times than not when I fill it because I can’t just stand and watch it fill, and have to find other things to do while I fill it and then forget and run it over! It is a standing FUNNY joke with my adult children 🙂 Pretty sure something about me they will laugh about even when I am gone! (I told you it was silly!)

  48. 498
    Donna Alsop says:

    Hello, my name is Donna from Bakersfield, CA. I will be going SOLO this summer. I lead a study September – May with summers off, and am looking forward to learning from my friend, Beth. (Haven’t actually met, but I still consider her my friend!)

  49. 499
    Danielle says:

    My Quirks! I must have a cup of Coffee in the mornings…:)

    I love doing your bible study’s. I like doing this one
    In perticualer because , it is a at home study which I can do in my own time..
    I sometimes find it hard to get to chruch for women’s group..I love to be in the word! 🙂

  50. 500
    ANGELA MOTES says:

    5 God loving girls starting this Bible Study!

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