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. 551
    Kenney says:

    Working in a small group from Richmond, KY.

  2. 552
    Nicole Sechriest says:

    Online in CA – just me!

  3. 553
    Shelley says:

    I’m participating from Arlington, VA along with my good friend, Poorna.

  4. 554
    Kathleen says:

    1. Connecticut
    2. With a friend
    3. already enrolled in 2 bible studies but have the time to add this one due to a recent injury and 6 weeks of bed rest.
    4. Quirk: I love to deep clean my house when I am making a big change in my life

  5. 555
    Susan Beaudet says:

    There are 8 of us in Greenville ,sc

  6. 556
    Carmen mayfield says:

    1. Carmen
    2. Fairhope, Alabama
    3. Solo
    4. I’m always leading and teaching bible studies to women in my community, I’m looking forward to studying together with an online community and not having to lead but rest in His Word!
    5. I’m a bit OCD about certain things, like I have to have my shampoo bottles lined up in a certain way, if not it drives me crazy. Of course, my husband loves to move them.

  7. 557
    ann says:

    I have my book and am ready to get started; going solo this time.

  8. 558
    Leslie Barton says:

    1. Leslie
    2. Humble, TX
    3. Small group
    4. To stay in the Word
    5. Usually eat something before bed (like a bowl of cereal) because I feel like breakfast is a long way a way! LOL!

  9. 559
    Deb says:

    Getting a head start with two other women who will be helping to lead this study in the fall or winter

  10. 560
    Beth H says:

    Studying alone in TN.

  11. 561
    Sara says:

    Sara in Ohio. Joining with my best friend to enjoy your study.

  12. 562
    Laurie says:

    Going Solo:-)

  13. 563
    Brenda McKnight says:

    1. Brenda
    2. Waldorf, Maryland
    3. unfortunately Solo
    4. I want my JOY in the Lord back. Seven years ago I started a new career (at 45 yr. old), but my relationship with my Lord has suffered. I’m DONE! He must be 1st and everything to me again!
    5. I always have in my purse (at all times) Chapstick, gum, Tylenol or Motrin. I can’t leave home without it. And the crazy thing is everyone knows it – and I am a supplier to all 🙂

  14. 564
    Elisabeth L says:

    From PA… with a couple of ladies from my church…
    I want to learn the Word and be equipped by it.

  15. 565
    Andrea urban says:

    Me and my mom will be doing this together! We love doing bible studies together!!!

  16. 566
    Janice Mccredie says:

    My daughter and I will be doing this bible study together

  17. 567
    Carina says:

    Discussing the study with 2-3 ladies from church and 2-3 friends two states away (via email and/or Facebook).

    Carterville, IL

  18. 568
    Shirley Daniel says:

    I’m studying solo for now.
    I’m excited to be immersed in the Word – yet again.
    Quirk? I LOVE be at the beginning of a Bible study, but once in the middle of a great study I want to s-l-o-w down because it’s almost over. That’s usually when I pick out my next study. LOL =)

  19. 569
    Mary says:

    Will be doing with a group in Charlottesville, VA. Is so very important to me to always be in Bible study. Am so looking forward to it.

  20. 570
    LINDA CORBIN says:


  21. 571
    Amy Gullion says:

    Alliance, NE
    Studying with a group of 15-20 amazing women who love Jesus! Can’t wait to study, learn, dig deeper and store some scripture memory in my heart!!

  22. 572
    mary says:

    i want to get fired up! doing this solo.

  23. 573
    Alana says:

    With a friend in Ktown NC

  24. 574
    janet mezzatesta says:

    Doing study with my husband

  25. 575
    Donna says:

    Glendale, AZ.
    Solo today, but hoping friends get on board also

  26. 576
    Beth Kaiser says:

    1. Beth
    2. Dyersburg, TN
    3. Solo
    4. During school year I am involved in Community Bible Study, but during summers months I have been counting on Living Proof to be my study!
    5. I love red licorice!

  27. 577
    Heather says:

    Heather, studying with 4 friends remotely from various parts of VA and TX!

  28. 578
    Kelly Flores says:

    Excited to do this study! We have a small group of 10 here in Sachse, Texas!

  29. 579
    Cathy- Amarillo, Texas says:

    I’m going solo, I teach school, so I have the time to be in the word now that it’s summer.
    I’m on my iPad too much.

  30. 580
    Laurie says:

    1. Laurie
    2. Dripping Springs, TX
    3. Solo
    4. Want to study Thessalonians. Love to be in the Word!!!

  31. 581
    Trudy says:

    Solo, since just signing up today–but praying for recruits!
    First time doing a summer online study.

  32. 582
    Kathy Martinez says:

    Going solo in Denton TX.

    Asking God to stir my passion, been a long dry season the last 2 years. I miss Him

  33. 583
    Jill says:

    Going solo. Can’t wait to start.

  34. 584
    debbie says:

    have not studied 1 & 2 Thess. before, so sounded interesting

  35. 585
    Sussie says:

    Doing it with a friend here in Tucson, Arizona. I thirst for God’s Word.

  36. 586
    Brenda says:

    We are remodeling our kitchen this summer. Hoping, believing bible study will help me keep a”sound mind” through all the mess! Thanks!

  37. 587
    Sarah miser says:

    Fort Wayne, Indiana got a group going of exceptional ladies
    Side note can’t wait to you visit is in September praise God for bringing you to us

  38. 588
    Stacy says:

    Looking forward to the study with my sweet sister in Christ Renee 🙂

  39. 589
    Brandy says:

    1. Brandy
    2. Crossville, TN
    3. Solo
    4. Always wanted to do a Beth Moore Bible Study 🙂
    5. Addicted to Mickey D’s Sweet Tea lol

  40. 590
    Helena says:

    For the first time participating in an online group study through Women’s Bible Cafe. However, most of the work is still done solo.
    Springfield, MO

  41. 591
    Lisa says:

    A group of the most amazing women in Cincinnati!

  42. 592
    Cathy Moore says:

    Love your Bible studies and it has been at least a year since my last one…time to get back on track.

    Going SOLO this time!

  43. 593
    Vivian says:

    I am doing this solo in Asheville but hope to do this study at my church this fall.

  44. 594
    Laurie Whin says:

    Laurie W in Phoenix, AZ. Just love Bible studies- to get His word into me. That’s both my reason for joining and my quirk. 🙂

    • 594.1
      Laurie Whin says:

      Doing this solo, but I will be doing again in the fall with my church Bible study group.

  45. 595
    Jeannine Hale says:

    Jeannine in Eagan, MN and I will be studying solo. Can’t wait to get started!! 🙂

  46. 596
    Melody says:

    My husband Mark and I will be doing the study this summer from Seattle, WA.

  47. 597
    deb says:

    how do we access the brief video Beth says we were to receive?

  48. 598
    Marsha Foreman says:

    Joining in a little late.
    I will be doing the Bible study on my own this summer. Feeling disconnected with my church and seeking God’s guidance.

  49. 599
    Shannon says:

    St. Louis
    I need to be deeper in the Word
    My computer and I generally are not on speaking terms.

  50. 600
    Carol Bernard says:

    Chester, California
    Thursday night bible study group
    Already loving this study and can’t wait for living proof live this weekend!

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