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. 501
    Jo Tatum says:

    Studying alone, but looking for others to join me

  2. 502
    jen says:

    Solo but I might look for others yet!!

  3. 503
    Carolyn says:

    Going solo in Idaho! I’m trying a digital member book due to traveling.

  4. 504
    Marlaina says:

    Muscle Shoals, Al


    That I have to have a particular pen to start a study with so that I can mark with the same one all the way through the study!

  5. 505
    Anne Chapman says:

    1. Anne
    2. Florence, SC
    3. Solo
    4. I need more and more Word in me.
    5. I arrange dishes in the dishwasher for optimal water contact. Cleaner dishes. My husband knows this and puts them differently just to tease me.

  6. 506
    Kathy says:

    Going solo here as well! Can’t wait to get started!

  7. 507
    Vernell says:

    Going solo at this point in Temple, Tx. Hoping some of my girlfriends will join in. Looking forward to the study!

  8. 508
    DeeAnn says:

    I will be doing this with a couple other friends. I’m so excited to see how this goes! I live in Kansas City.

  9. 509
    Emmie O'Neill says:

    I’ll be studying in Sugar Land with my cherished friend and co-worker, Nichole.

  10. 510
    Janeah W says:

    Going solo from Flagler, CO. I’ve just moved so while I’m seeking out fellowship I want to make sure I’m in the Word.

  11. 511
    lisa says:

    Online in TN alone.

  12. 512
    Christine Erickson says:

    We have a summer group of 12 in Oregon, WI!!!

  13. 513
    Peggy says:

    From Taylor, TX but gonna join Vernell from Temple!

  14. 514
    Karen says:

    Going solo, but looking forward to this!

  15. 515
    Catherine George says:

    Cranleigh, Surrey, UK
    signing up because it’s been a while! I may try to find some friends to join me..
    Thanks for this opportunity- i’m excited about it. I did a couple of BM studies while i lived in the USA and am happy to be able to participate from the UK by this means!

  16. 516
    Melissa DeWitt says:

    Going solo at this point. I’ve done many of your studies and am excited for a summer one.
    Always in need of staying in the Word!

    one of my quirks: my house can be in total disarray but if there is one crooked picture on the wall it drives me nuts!

  17. 517
    Michelle says:

    small group of 3 women, plus my 13 year old daughter!!
    Jeffersonville, Indiana
    Study keeps us connected to God and each other. Hoping my young daughter will grow closer to God too!
    I eat 3 oreos every night before bed. It has to be 3.

  18. 518
    Stephanie says:

    1. Stephanie

    2. Jeffersonville, Indiana

    3. Small group with desserts

    4. It keeps me in the word

    5. I love Peter and Phil

  19. 519
    Joan Adams says:

    Solo, but I am looking for others in the Memphis area

  20. 520
    Denise Ricketts says:

    Will be solo here in Salem, Oregon.
    No bible studies at church for the summer, want to stay in God word.

  21. 521
    Amanda says:

    A group of about 8 are doing it together here in Durham, NC. We’re all excited and are expecting God to work in our lives!

  22. 522
    Vicky Bartelt says:

    Going solo!

  23. 523
    Cassandra says:

    Joining the group with two special friends from church. I attend in Jasper, Florida, but live in White Springs, Fl.

  24. 524
    Ann Voorhies says:

    Solo in Kansas City, MO. I am so excited for this study!

  25. 525
    Erin says:

    1. Erin
    2. Lexington,KY
    3. Solo
    4. Going through a divorce
    5. I am obsessed with the smell of my baby’s head.

  26. 526
    Heidi says:

    Going it alone in Las Vegas. So excited.

  27. 527
    JoAnna James says:

    We are doing this in a group with our church 🙂

  28. 528

    1. Lisa C. Miller

    2. Fairbanks, Alaska

    3. Solo

    4. I need fresh manna each day.

  29. 529
    Ana Sanchez says:

    1. Ana
    2. Houston, Texas
    3. Solo for the 1st session praying for a few ladies to join.
    4. I’m in need of learning more about who my God is..
    5. Have to start my morning with coffee.

  30. 530
    Debra Stang says:

    Alone – but would love others to join me

  31. 531
    Donnie says:

    Kingwood, TX

  32. 532
    Joni Jones says:

    I am joining a group in Chillicothe, MO.

  33. 533
    Michelle O'Banion says:

    I am studying alone JUST until the fall 🙂 🙂 :-), my group at church takes off for the summer.

    A quirk of mine is – my bedtime!! At 8:30 ( but I’m in by 10) I emphasize “Zen” time, no bright lights, no loud anything, to wind down… A girl in her 40 ‘s has got to do what’s she’s got to do – 🙂 – in a house full…..

    Love you all SO….

  34. 534
    Dana (Arbiter) says:

    We have a Awesome group of five ladies from Jacksonville,Fla…EXCITED..

  35. 535
    Debbie Fitzpatrick says:

    Participating solo

  36. 536
    Melissa Lowery says:


  37. 537
    Kathy Kane says:

    1. Kathy
    2. Katy, TX
    3. Solo, although, trying to get small group study together downtown Houston
    4. Thirsty for a fresh word from my Savior
    5. Quirk…leaving my eyes open in the morning to pray so I don’t fall back asleep

  38. 538
    Andie Kay says:

    I am going solo in MO.

  39. 539
    Lynne Amos says:

    June 3, 2014 6:08pm
    Just picked up the class info on FB so
    I am alone unless I can talk my “girls”
    into starting a little late with me!

  40. 540
    Darlene Tracy says:

    Clinton, CT
    Doing study with at least one other person –
    Kathleen Gargano

    Im a resident of Houston and attend Beth’s studies there – but currently I’m in CT

  41. 541
    Lynette B says:

    I am looking forward to getting into God’s word with summer! Hoping to get a little group from church together to study.

  42. 542
    Amy says:

    With a group of wonderful ladies. Looking forward to this study. Defiant intel need it!

  43. 543
    Peggy Stofle says:

    Gail doesn’t know it yet but she’s doing Bible study with me! As soon as I stop typing and call her!

  44. 544
    joann mccoskery says:

    hi, I just saw this study and we are trying to get s group together are we too late?

  45. 545
    shannon cole says:

    Going solo!! Super excited.

  46. 546
    Bobbi says:

    Ready to begin solo in Orange, Texas! 🙂 Happy to be in the Bible this summer!

  47. 547
    Heather says:

    Studying with my dear friend, Kristi.

  48. 548
    Judy says:

    We have a summer group at our church in TX.

  49. 549
    Jervetta Burns says:


    Joining solo. Looking forward to the study.

  50. 550
    Audrey says:

    Going it alone!

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