Siesta Summer Bible Study 2014: Launch and Registration!

Welcome everybody! This is our first gathering for Children of the Day and we are incredibly blessed to have you along! If you’re just now hearing about it, we’d love for you to join us! You’ll find it most helpful to begin by reading this previous post that includes our approach, our summer Bible study schedule and many other specifics: (SSBS 2014 Info post) All you need to participate is the workbook entitled Children of the Day. We only officially “gather” here on the blog every two weeks because summers are so busy.ย  On each of those 5 Tuesdays (starting today), you’ll find a video I’ve prepared for you with instructions for that day. I’ll also remind you to do the next 2 weeks of Bible study before our next gathering. View it personally if you are going solo or, if you’re joining in with others, with your small group. I’ll always put the bare bones of that gathering’s instructions in print in the post as well (as you’ll see below) in case you have any trouble viewing the video. Here’s your first one!



Basic written instructions in case you have trouble with the video:

Register for our summer Bible study by simply leaving a comment to this post per instructions below. Of course, you can take part without registering but you’ll get much more out of it if you fully participate. It not only increases accountability. It stirs up a sense of belonging and fellowship which is so important to us here in this blog community.ย 


Hereโ€™s what we’d love for you to supply in your registration comment today: (Try to limit yourself to this information so it will be easy to read and count.)


1. Your NAME.


2. Your CITY.


3. Whether youโ€™re going SOLO or in tandem with a small group. If you’re in a small group, share approximately how many are in your group and where you are planning to meet.


4. Share in a sentence or two why you could really stand to be in Bible study this summer. Maybe itโ€™s that youโ€™ve never been in one before. We would be elated! Or maybe it’s been a long time. If so, this is a great time and place to come back home to the heart of Jesus. Maybe you’re just hoping to get to know Christ a little better. Or, perhaps you’re interested in particular subject matter that appears on the pages of 1st or 2nd Thessalonians. On the other hand, maybe you especially need to be in the Scriptures because you have extenuating circumstances that could really challenge you this summer. What’s motivating you to get into the Scriptures with us this summer? There are no wrong answers!


5. BONUS question (optional):ย  WHAT IS A QUIRK OF YOURS?? Come on, now! Tell us!

If you’re meeting with a small group, share your answers to questions 4 and 5.


I will pitch out a memory verse each week for anybody who wants to participate:

ย Week 1 Memory Verse:

ย 1 Thessalonians 1:4 The NET Bible: We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that He has chosen you.


Week 2 Memory Verse:

1 Thessalonians 2:8 The NET Bible: …with such affection for you we were happy to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.



Do WEEKS ONE AND TWO of your homework before our next gathering in two weeks! If youโ€™re watching the OPTIONAL video teaching sessions, you will want to watch Session 1 this week before you start your homework and Session 2 before you start your second week of homework. Here is the link: Children Of The Day Sessions


Don’t feel pressured to go to the added expense. All you need to participate in the summer study is the workbook.ย 


I am so honored to serve you and study with you this summer! Can’t wait to see your names and locations! So much love to you, Sisters! We joyfully embrace each one of you.ย 



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  1. 51
    ronda Hawkins says:

    Ronda Hawkins

    Murfreesboro, Tennessee

    I will be leading this study in my home on Tuesday mornings from 9-11 am with a group of seven women.

    I have not been in a group bible study since January and SO MISS studying God’s word with a group of ladies, so that is why I have chosen to participate and invite others to join me:)!! Last year I did the Gideon summer study solo and missed fellowshipping
    with a group of ladies.

  2. 52
    Ramona Wilson says:

    Knoxville, TN, Maryville, TN, Alcoa, TN – I will be in small group of 5 women.

  3. 53
    Kristi Longino says:

    Good Morning,
    My name is Kristi and I am facilitating this study in my home with a group of about 10 women. I live in a tiny town called Moira in Northern New York. I offer a study during the summer- in the morning- with child care available so moms can come. My daughters and I make lunch and invite all to stay. I am a homeschooling mom so summer is a great time for me to pour myself into a study plus have really good fellowship with other women. God has provided us with a beautiful place to live that we like to share. We will not begin our first week until Wed. June 11th.
    I had sound on the video until Beth began speaking then I lost it. I hope you all can remedy that.
    I am so looking forward to delving into 1 & 2 Thessalonians. I have been reading 1 Thess. every day now for a week and love it. God Bless and it is great to be along. Kristi

  4. 54
    Karen says:

    1. Karen
    2. Orlando, Florida
    3. Solo — however, my daughter and I are doing this together — interacting in person, phone and internet. So, I guess a “Duet” ๐Ÿ˜‰
    4. My daughter, Danielle suggested we do this together. This is my 1st Beth Moore Bible study. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    5. I am a perfectionist… and germ freak! I hate germs! (I’m a nurse)

  5. 55
    Betty A Van Horn says:

    Betty – Mustang, Oklahoma – small group – Love Thessalonians! MORE Jesus. People USE your turn signals! : D

  6. 56
    Brenda says:

    1. Brenda
    2. Milton,Florida
    3. Solo
    4. In Bible studies during school year but I like the flexibility of the scheduling for summer
    5. Always leave some food on my plate

  7. 57
    Jessica Gerber says:

    Bellefonte, PA
    It will be nice to be in Bible study(as a pastor’s wife) to be in community and fellowship on a global level.
    Quirk: I laugh at myself when no one else does ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. 58
    Amanda says:

    1. Amanda, 2. Westfield, NC
    3. flying solo
    4. I’m doing this study this summer because I need and want to have a re-igniting of passion for His Word. quirk: I like salt & vinegar chips, milky way bar, and dr. pepper together as a snack. (though, with that unhealthy combination, I must say, I don’t do that often!)

  9. 59
    Lindsay says:

    1. Lindsay
    2. Hackettstown, NJ
    3. I’m doing it solo.
    4. I am doing this study because I am new to the area and have not found a Church to get involved in yet. I want to have a Bible study to hold me accountable to staying in his word during this time of transition.
    5. I tend to be an over planner.

  10. 60
    Debbie says:

    Tennessee in my home.
    Myself and two others so far.
    We are doing the study because we love His Word and the encouragement of gathering together.

    A quirk…sometimes I say a word twice to highlight its importance. Example: I really love, love my children! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 61
    Susan Whitaker says:

    1. Susan
    2. Piscataway, NJ
    3. Solo
    4. I am in bible study this summer because I could not stand to not be in God’s word. But more specifically, I had surgery last Thursday, I am recovering now. I have time over the next 2 weeks to focus more completely on God, then I usually do. (I am a single mother to a 3 year old and 5 year old boys, and also work full time, hence the time management challenge). I pray for complete healing and I rest in the reassurance and knowledge that God will heal me and speak to me through His Word.
    5. Quirk – I am an introvert and need to have alone time to replenish and refresh.

  12. 62
    Neli says:

    Neli, Houston Tx, solo

    I need the accountability of staying in the Word this summer, also prepare my heart for my first mission trip (Guatemala City in July)

    Thanks for this!

  13. 63
    Julie says:

    City: Blair, Nebraska
    I am doing this study b/c I am usually in study Sept-May and I want to stay in the Word thru the summer.
    Quirk: I so related to Beth and the coffee/qt, only I need a sip or two just to get my brain even able to pray :). I go another step as I have to get up really early at least by 4 to get my quiet time in prior to my daily exercise routine as I will not allow “body” to come b/4 God. Doesn’t make be “better” or more holy, it’s just me. I would add that it probably does make me more tired :).

  14. 64
    Nan says:

    I live in Richmond, VA and I am so excited to be part of the Summer Bible Study. It has been a few years since I participated in a Bible study and I am starving for the discipline of a group study in His Word. I need His strength and wisdom because I am in a drought spiritually.

  15. 65
    Kelly says:

    1. Kelly
    2. Columbus
    3. Solo
    4. Reconnect and re-prioritize my relationship with Christ

  16. 66
    Shelley says:

    2.Chambersburg, PA
    4.I am going through some health concerns and God has always met with me through other Bible studies of Beth’s that I have done. Looking forward to greater intimacy with God and the support of the online community.
    5.My friends could probably tell you my quirks…I can tell you my loves easier! Love my kids, love the beach! Can be quite the perfectionist and LOVE chips and salsa!!

  17. 67
    Cindy says:

    Entering this Bible Study Solo.
    I do not read the bible as faithfully as I should but, each time I join a bible study I am renewed and remember why I need to read the bible.(daily)

    Quirk~ When I eat a cookie, I like to break it in half and only eat half. Then, go back and break another one and eat that half…hence, I have only eaten half a cookie…ha

  18. 68
    Jennifer C. says:

    Hello all! My name is Jen, I’m from Quincy, MA and I will be doing this study with my roommate Amanda. This is my first ever bible study and I can’t wait to dive in!

  19. 69
    Brooke says:

    Waco, TX

  20. 70
    Shirlea says:

    1. Shirlea
    2. Meadows of Dan, Virginia
    3. Solo
    4. Our moving van is due here in Florida on Thursday to move us to the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. I was going to miss COTD due to start late summer with my small group. It was an answer to prayer when I saw that Beth is doing COTD for the summer study. What an awesome God we serve!
    5. Quirk: I’m extremely picky about where I’m seated in a restaurant so I just ask for the table I want. My family just grins and bears it. :o)

  21. 71
    Annette Baal says:

    Annette, Stouffville ON Canada
    I am doing the study with five friends. We will touch base with each other at least once a week.
    I am looking forward to digging into Thessalonians. In Jesus, we have much to “rejoice always” about don’t we?
    Quirk? I triple check emails and texts for typos!

  22. 72
    Michelle says:

    (1) Michelle

    (2) Watkinsville, Ga, U.S.A.

    (3) I am doing this online (and by phone) with a friend who lives in a different state than I.

    (4) I want to be secure in my Salvation.
    Also, I have a rebellious adult son.

    (5) I like to drink my sparkling water through a straw.

    • 72.1
      Marilyn Saxon says:

      I hunted for your name and found it.
      Now I guess all we do is work on our homework. At the end of the week we can talk about the homework… principal question for each day? or we could wait and then there will be lots to say at one time.

      Love you,

  23. 73
    Kim Robertson says:

    Kim Robertson-Monroe, Ohio-going solo-I’m excited for this study because it has been so long since I’ve done a study in the summer.

  24. 74
    Ginger says:

    Ginger Resta
    Mansfield, TX
    Reason: haven’t been in one in awhile.
    Quirk: can’t stop on odd number when filling up for gas.

  25. 75
    Kathleen says:

    1. Kathleen
    2. Georgetown, TX
    3. Solo
    4. I want to stay in the word this summer with accountability.
    5. One of my many quirks is when I eat out I always order water with lemon. If they only have limes, then its just plain water.

  26. 76
    Leslie McDonald says:

    I live in Walls, Mississippi. I am doing this study with my cousin, who lives in Oxford, Mississippi. I have absolutely been craving a Bible study. I want to saturate myself with God’s Word. It’s been about a year since I have done one, and I am ready!!!!

    I have a quirk about coffee. When I get up, I drink it with cream and sugar, but after 10:00 I only want it black. Weird, I know:)

    Soo excited about this study!!!!

  27. 77
    Kristie L. Frost says:

    1. Kristie L. Frost
    2. Canyon, TX
    3. Mini Group (2)
    4. I need to become more accountable, spending more time in the word.
    5. My quirk; Ice tea is ICE tea, when I go to a drive through I order it with extra ice ALWAYS, I shake the cup to make sure there is not to much movement, I will hand it back asking for more is there is.

  28. 78
    Theresa Brace says:

    Theresa Brace
    God’s Word is my hide-a-way for times of refreshing!

  29. 79
    Lesley says:

    Georgetown, KY
    I’ve just left a job in a very toxic environment(unfortunately it was in a Christian school). I need to fix my eyes on Jesus so I can move forward with the right focus and heal from the year I’ve been through.

    Quirk: Hmmm I guess I always need the air to be circulating–I’m a fan of fans! Haha!

  30. 80
    Julie says:

    1. Julie Langmade
    2. Nashville, TN
    3. Small Group and we’ll probably meet in different places
    4. I need the accountability to stay in the Word this summer. Been a crazy schedule this spring and need to get back in the rhythm.
    5. A quirk…there are so many. I can only eat certain foods at certain meals. There are just foods that are breakfast only.

  31. 81
    Michelle Baylerian says:

    Michelle Baylerian
    Waukesha, WI
    Group of 3-4 meeting in my home ๐Ÿ™‚
    I need to have structure & be accountable to a small group of being daily in Word. I desperately want to fall in love with The Word!!!
    Quirk: Have to have Iced Tea in morning in a big green plastic cup

    • 81.1
      Becky Jo says:

      Why is there not a like button? cause, yeah, I LIKE this!

      Also, I will henceforth call you Uncle Si!! You and your tea in a green cup!!

  32. 82
    Miranda says:

    1. Miranda
    2. Tyler, TX
    3. Solo
    4. I have been feeling really dry lately. I’m looking forward to filling my heart and mind with some fresh truth!
    5. I LOVE flossing my teeth. I carry floss in my purse every day ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. 83
    Jessica says:

    1. Jessica
    2. Hampshire, IL
    3. Solo
    4. I’m on a path of reinvesting in God this summer!
    5. Quirk-I have strange “double-jointed” elbows ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. 84
    Briana says:

    Greenville, SC

    I’m doing this study with a friend and we are planning to meet wherever we can over the week! Her house, my house, Waffle House, Starbucks (Heaven knows I need my coffee!)…anywhere we can sit down and spend some time in the material together.

    I really wanted to do this study this summer because I’ve always wanted to, but never have been a part of a Beth Moore study and I love the community and encouragement that is so evident here. I also really want to challenge myself to dig a little deeper into the Word and make it a summer of change and growth.

    Just one quirk?! Hmm… Well, I think I have recently discovered my love for pickles. I never had a dislike for them but now I can sit with a jar of pickles and have a few as a snack. And I don’t discriminate….dill, bread & butter, I will eat them all! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. 85

    Becky Jo
    Chesterfield MI

    Starting out solo and then leading a group through it starting in a few weeks!!! Not sure how big that group will be yet, but knowing that I will be leading, I can assure you that you will not waste a prayer on us all! (giggle)

    Quirk?? Oh, where do I begin … I have pink hair. My coffee at home HAS to be prepared in a certain order (please, for the love of all that is good and right in this world, put the creamer in BEFORE the coffee!!!), I am TERRIFIED of birds and I cannot stomach cold ketchup. At. All. Just … no.

    Why do I need Bible study this summer? Because I need HIM more than my next breath! And, also, I will be caring for 4 little girls (2-10) all summer long. Lord, we allllll need me to be in Your Word!

    Cannot BEGIN to tell you how excited I am about this thang!

  36. 86
    Susan says:


    Oak Ridge, Tn

    Three women.

    Love the word in community.

  37. 87
    Lori says:

    1. Lori
    2. Monroe,Michigan
    4.I enjoy Beth so Much and am looking forward to watering my dry soul with this study, As a teacher, summer is a super time to dig deeper into HIS word.
    5. Quirk- I have to get up and head to the gym before my brain works… I can’t think to long or hard about it and I have to have my clothes laid out. If I have to look for workout clothes, its a no-GO.
    Looking forward to this study,God Bless!

  38. 88
    Sue Chaffin says:

    I am doing the Bible Study solo in Kermit, WV. I want to
    stay in study this summer when we do not have our ladies class at our church.

  39. 89
    Cathy says:

    1. Cathy
    2. Lebanon, OH
    3. Solo
    4. I want to do this study because it will help keep me accountable to be in the Word of God. Also, I will be facilitating this study with a group of 20-25 women starting in September and this will give me a head-start and hopefully some extra insight.
    5. Not sure this is necessarily a quirk, but I am a major Disney Freak! Love most anything Disney. Disney World is my happy place. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. 90
    Teresa Riddle says:

    Going solo! Possibly a few friends…we will do it at our own homes and discuss at our coffee dates! Life became too hectic for a while to do a bible study…and I receive so much of God’s word and explanation through you!

    • 90.1
      Darcy Seiler says:

      1. Darcy
      2. Daleville, AL
      3. Solo
      4. In the last month, I have graduated, moved to a new state, and gotten married, so things were a bit crazy there for a while! Now that I’m settling into our new home, I have a bit more time, so I really want to use it for His glory. As I adjust to life as a military wife, I NEED Him! And my new husband needs me to be in the Word.
      5. I have an irrational fear of birds. Is that quirky? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  41. 91
    Michele says:

    1. Michele Gibbons
    2. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    3. Solo
    4. Faith refined through the fire
    5. I always leave a little drink at the end of my cup!

  42. 92
    Tammy Kron says:

    My name is Tammy Kron and I am from Lusby, MD. I will be doing the study on my own. I always like to do a summer study, but wanted to do this one now as I may fascilitate it in the fall. It will help me be better prepared. As far as quirks go, I like lots of lemons in my coke. Does that count?

  43. 93
    Kathy, Kempner says:

    I’m currently unemployed after being laid off from my job of 17 years. Praise God! Now I have time to participate in this online bible study. Alone for now, but others may join the study with me. I’m excited ready to learn and grow in Christ!
    Talking to my hens, guineas, dogs and cats each morning…doesn’t seem strange or quirky to me! ๐Ÿ˜›

  44. 94
    Caroline Edwards says:

    1) Name: Caroline
    2) City: Atlanta, GA
    3) Solo!
    4) I have not been in a bible study in a while, and I would like to get back into things.
    5) I read over 100 books last year. I am a reading fiend!

  45. 95
    Bridget Kruchowski says:

    Really looking forward to my 1st Summer study with Beth. Summer seems to be a time when my bible study is done less so I’m going solo to really dig into the Word of God

  46. 96
    Diana Loach says:

    1 – Diana Loach
    2 – Nobleton, Ontario, Canada
    3 – I’ll be doing this solo.
    4 – as a pastor’s wife, I lead studies frequently. While I try to get as much from it as I give to those I’m leading, sometimes it’s hard to be quiet enough to receive. This summer study will be great to be a time for God to reach deep with me. I’m also just beginning my second month of life without my mom…a time of learning, and directed prayer will be just the thing for a fresh start.
    5 – I’m sure I have many quirks, but can’t think of anything right now. I tend to be a roll with what comes kind of lady.

  47. 97
    Heidi Pearson says:

    1. Heidi Pearson

    2. Iowa City

    3. I’m going Solo

    4. I really need this bible study. We moved here last September and I have not joined nor tried to find a bible study to be in. We want to find a church, just having some issues in the process. I know once I establish myself in a bible study again that will help! I also need to grow in my faith walk, I am feeling very alone right now and I know part of it is because I am not going to God for guidance in important matters.

    5. BONUS question (optional): WHAT IS A QUIRK OF YOURS? I LOVE College Football….seriously more than my husband. I can tell you more about the sport than he can ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. 98
    Linda Cross says:

    1. Linda Cross
    2. West Ossipee, New Hampshire
    3. Small group in our homes
    4. Just finished an inductive study of Philippians and Colossians. Have a new appreciation for Paul and his love for God. Looking forward to Thessalonians!
    5. Can’t seem to do book studies without making lists. My lists end up being longer than the book itself.

  49. 99
    Patty Bergloff says:

    1. Patty
    2. Lathrop, Missouri
    3. Solo – but have other friends doing it in a small group and I will be talking to them!
    4. Why? This summer is about slowing up my activities outside the home (after work) and focusing on God. I have been teaching/facilitating a class on spiritual disciplines for over 2 years and now need to be working on them again myself!
    5. Quirk – I can’t stand to have meat (chicken or shrimp or anything) on my salad. Meat should not be on crisp salad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. 100
    Rhonda says:

    Rhonda Boyd
    Bowie, MD
    I could really stand to be in a bible study this summer because I have begun the 40-day surrender fast by Dr. Celeste Holmes in which I am trying to have a closer walk with God.
    I am that person always paying attention to the background stuff that no one else notices.

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