The Happiest of Birthdays to Mom & A Celebratory Giveaway

Congratulations to the winners of the birthday drawing! Your names are posted below. Watch your inbox for an email from Living Proof later today so that we can get you your gift!

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#523 – Carole Germain             #4348 – Karen Quinn
#2282 – Merissa G.                    #4399 – Anna Bunch
#2321 – Marilyn Riley                #4430 – Nancy Beeey
#2756 – Merissa Ury                  #4813 – Myrlene Darnell
#2876 – Beth Longar                  #5648 – Nan Smith
#3937 – Dani Turner                  #5798 – Rachel C.

A few nights ago I walked my buck wild new puppy around my neighborhood, watched the sun sink deep down into the horizon, and then settled in back at home. I flipped on my favorite season of the West Wing and I ate an entire bag of tortilla chips and ¾ a jar of my favorite salsa for dinner. What is it they say again? The apple does not fall far from the tree. Or something like that?

You see when we were growing up Mom would throw us kids in the back of Brontosaurus the station wagon and haul us halfway across the city to her old favorite Tex-Mex joint. She ordered a pint of salsa and a gigantic grease-stained brown paper bag of tortilla chips for take-out and she would eat all of this and only this for her dinner. Her own dinner. I can’t remember what we kids even ate, or if she fed us at all. I’m only kidding about that last part.

My mom was born at high noon in a fierce thunderstorm, my grandfather said. Her presence still shifts the atmosphere. A few weeks ago Mom left for a week in the hill country for a time of writing and solitude. The second she got back home, I loaded up my stuff and headed out to spend a night with she and my Dad. You see, for me, going to hang out with my parents isn’t really like going to hang out with the parents. Far from duty, it’s one of my favorite things to do. We caught up on all the life stuff that night. And then in the morning we drank our coffee in our pajamas and by 8:30 a.m. at the latest we had already covered topics such as the theology in Ephesians, the New Testament canon, the Holy Spirit’s role in the interpretation of Scripture, and the Festal Letter of Athanasius.

I have to say, this woman utterly dazzles me. She is the sweetest in the land. She is gracious and sanguine and loving and kind, no doubt, but she is serious and intense and focused and courageous. She has opinions and perspective and boldness and wisdom from the ground like no other. For all her awesomeness she is not self-righteous or squeamish, and God knows I have pushed her limits.

Mom is deeply committed to our family and I’ve always known that full well but I’ve also seen that she’s preoccupied with something a whole lot bigger than us. Probably the most important thing I have learned from her is that being caught up in Jesus and what He is doing in the world is everything. It is the ultimate priority and a family committed to His work in the world will get the privilege of making sacrifices together.

The four of us

Mom and Dad

Over the past few years in my own journey I found myself in an unknown place, a place where a heart could break deeper and wider and in more directions than I could have imagined possible. Mom has walked alongside me on this road further than any human could be expected to walk with another. She would have had good reasons to just sit out a while and catch her breath. But she never left my side. The road has been bumpy but also tedious and repetitive. When the landscape didn’t seem to change for a long, long time, she kept plodding along with me, carrying my burdens and helping me shoulder the grief that felt too much to bear.

Mom & Me Walking

Mom is tender and she is strong and she is not afraid to look pain and grief and loss dead in the eye. Even more, she is daring enough to hope against hope. To see in others, even me, the beginnings of life and growth and health and wholeness where others might only see brokenness and death. She has shined the light of Jesus on me more times than I can count.


She can fry a chicken and whip up mashed potatoes and gravy with the best of the Southern cooks. Her pleasures are simple: the reading of books, sitting on the front porch, walking her dogs in the woods, eating dinner with my Dad, playing games on the floor with her grandkids, and drinking tea with Amanda and me. But make no mistake she is wicked smart and complex and multifaceted. She is so much more than even the best caricature of her could ever hope to be.

Mom & AB on Piano

I love her.

Punting the River Cam

Yes, I love her. If one photo could capture the light and color she brings to my world, this is it:

The Color She Brings

It is my joy and honor to be her daughter and also to work for her at Living Proof. This blog giveaway is just one of many ways I celebrate her beautiful life today.  The first three gifts are from Living Proof and the last two gifts are personal gifts from me.

First and foremost, we are giving away eight Key Word Study Bibles. My mom gave me one of these Bibles many years ago. It was one of the first Bibles I ever really remember being excited about. It helped me become familiar with various Greek and Hebrew words before I ever took a Greek or Hebrew reading class. Every time I read it I was reminded that the Scriptures we hold in our hands in English are a translation. Remembering this often is a good thing and will take a person a long way in the study of the Bible, I think.



Second, we are giving away an assortment of several pounds of favorite Houston coffee beans. My mom is a serious coffee drinker, so this is just an obvious addition. This package will include but not be limited to one of my current favorites:

Temporada 2

Third, we are giving away an arrangement of fresh flowers Mom loves. And, really, who wouldn’t like these?

Olive & Cocoa Floral Bouquet

Fourth, we are giving away a crossbody saddlebag. Mom and I both carry versions of this crossbody bag over and over again until one breaks and we have to buy another one.

The Savannah Saddlebag

Fifth and finally, we are giving away a small bottle of Flowerbomb. Mom wears lots of different perfumes, but she most often travels with this one.


So, if you’re interested in our giveaway please do pop on and say “Happy Birthday” and show Mom some love. Your comment becomes your entry into our random drawing. Comments will officially close 24 hours after the post is published, and please only one comment per person. The names of our winners will be posted at the top of this post at some point on Thursday.

I hope you all are happy and well.


And, Mom, I love you!

The best is yet to come,



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  1. 5301
    Jenny Reed says:

    Happy Birthday Beth. The way you serve Jesus and allow Him to be glorified through you amazes me every day!

  2. 5302
    Gail says:

    To someone whose passion for Christ and love of life has touched MILLIONS of women, (not to mention many men, and boys and girls) and who has done it in a way that leaves them all feeling like they’re on a first name basis….HAPPY BIRTHDAY BETH!! Through your Bible studies and several LPL events, your messages have impacted my life in countless ways, most of all helping to steer me toward our loving, forgiving, indescribably great GOD! You’ve encouraged, admonished, exhorted, and just talked “plain sense” from a standpoint of personal experience and Biblical knowledge, all with love and humor! I could relate specifics, but for now I’ll just say THANK YOU for following God’s plan and being willing to put yourself out there for me and so many others! I could

  3. 5303
    Judith Long says:

    Happy Birthday Beth. I have been in a group or lead your studies for years. We are the same age-or will be in another few weeks! I have secretly wished I would run up on you in an airport or some place so I could just ask you some questions and have you pray for me! What an honor to have your child say these things about you. Have the best of birthdays!

  4. 5304
    MaryAnn Cook says:

    Happy birthday, Beth. You have been a blessing to me. Your SSMT videos inspire and challenge me. The complete love your daughter showed for you in this most recent blog post speaks to your amazing character. You do the Father proud!

  5. 5305
    Susan Wilson says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY,Beth! May you feel an extra dose of God’s love pouring into your soul today… and every day. What a blessing you are to so very many people! Carry on! The best IS yet to come!

  6. 5306
    Denise Christian says:

    Happy, happy birthday Beth!! I feel as if I know you personally even though I only know you through Life Today on Wednesdays with Beth. Well of course through your many books in my personal library and through your blogs. I pray the Lord will continue to bless you and your family as you have blessed soooo many of us! I just love you and your enthusiasm and deep love for Jesus Christ my Savior! Thank you and have a wonderful birthday!!! 🙂

  7. 5307
    Wendy Fletcher says:

    Ecclesiastes 11:7 Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.

    Happy birthday, Beth! May each new day be filled with His sweet light.

  8. 5308
    Teresa Pastor says:

    Beth, You are such an inspiration and guide to me and so many others thank you for your diligence in study, fiery pursuit of God’s truth, and faithful love to so many women, most of whom you’ve never met in person! But you make all if your “Siestas” feel loved and prayed for by you! I oray that you have a joyful birthday in the sweet presence of our Lord.

  9. 5309
    Cindy Moore says:

    What a beautiful tribute from a daughter to her Mother! Happy, happy birthday blessings, Beth! Again and again, we thank you for sharing your life and your love for Christ with all of us! May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

  10. 5310
    Beth Sova says:

    Happy Birthday Beth! This greeting comes from another Beth who also has a June Birthday! Mine was June 13. God Bless you Beth for all you do! I have enjoyed you and your teachings through these years… you are such a woman of God! I look forward to many more studies…. Thank you for all you do and have a wonderful day and year ahead! Many blessings to you….Beth Sova

  11. 5311
    Linda Ryan says:

    Happy Birthday Beth! May your day be filled with all the things you love!!!

  12. 5312
    Lori weesies says:

    Happy birthday Beth! Thanks for inspiring so many woman!

  13. 5313
    Janice says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your mom!

    Happy birthday, Beth! You have touched countless people in countless ways with your love of Jesus and your ability to open up the gospel and make it personal. Praying for you today that you could continue to do so for many more years!

  14. 5314
    Renee says:

    Happy birthday!!

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    Beth says:

    Happy Birthday sweet lady! I am so grateful for your ministry that has brought the excitement of God’s word into my little women’s study! Many blessings!

  16. 5316
    T Lane says:

    Happiest of birthdays, Beth!

  17. 5317
    Susan says:

    Happy Birthday Beth! You inspire me to seek more of Jesus in your studies and writings. I love your passion for His Word!
    Blessings, Susan

  18. 5318
    Diana says:

    Happy Birthday, Ms. Beth! Thank you for giving of yourself and sharing the Word of God not only in knowledge, but deep love of our precious Savior. May God bless you abundantly!

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    Nancy Dal Pian says:

    Having just attended my first Living Proof Live event in Tampa, I can say wholeheartedly that I am so glad you’re you! I had a wonderful time and learned soooo much. May you have the happiest of birthdays!!!

  20. 5320
    Kathy Boop says:

    Beth, I wish you a very blessed and Happy Birthday! The world was changed the day you came into it! I first learned of you in 2005 while going thru a separation from my husband and I was devestated when a good friend took me to her bible study and it was Breaking Free. It was a life changer for me to listen and watch you on the video present exactly what I needed to hear in such a gracious and loving way. You are a such an amazing woman with such a big loving heart that just exudes Christ’s love in every way and I thank you for helping me “see the light”

    Forever Grateful!

  21. 5321
    Jeanine Weber says:

    May you have the happiest and most blessed of birthdays, Beth!!!! Oh how I thank God for your life! I can’t even imagine my life without you and can’t even quantify the ways God has used you to impact me and my understanding of and passion for His Word. I pray for you often, and hope that this day is filled with great joy and many remembrances of how God very much you are loved … by family, friends, and oh so many of us whose names and faces you may never know but who love you just the same and thank God upon every remembrance of you!!!!

  22. 5322
    DeAnne says:

    Happy birthday to a lady I consider a friend, eventhough I have never met you in person. May God bless you and your family more than He already has. Love to you!

  23. 5323
    Glenda says:

    Happy birthday Beth!! I love how God speaks through you. I can’t wait until the next simulcast at our church. All the women at New Site Baptist Church in Monett MO love you and your teachings. Thank you for all you do. You have a beautiful family!! May God continue to bless you!

  24. 5324
    Delite Ritter says:

    Happy Birthday Beth! I love your enthusiasm for the Word and for Jesus Christ! Thank you for your bravery and hard work to get up in front of so many women and teach. You are amazing! Love you so much and God Bless you and your family!

  25. 5325
    Gina L Thomas says:

    Happy birthday Beth! Thank you for sharing your life long journey of following Christ and sharing your insights with us! The song “Hand of God” by Francesca Battestelli describes you!

  26. 5326
    Yvonne Smith-Sherard says:

    Happiest of Birthdays, dear Beth! May you be blessed in the manner you have blesses so many!
    In Christ’s love, which he has so freely given …….

  27. 5327
    Lisa Watts says:

    Happy birthday Beth!

  28. 5328
    Shavon says:

    Happy birthday. May God bless you.

  29. 5329
    Ange Keskey says:

    Happiest birthday wishes to you, Mrs. Beth! May this year return to you 10-fold the blessing you have bestowed on others as you faithfully lived your calling. It is an honor and privilege to be able to watch you and learn how to live “walking in the Spirit” can be done practically. May this year be full of amazing eternal delights.

  30. 5330
    Vicki Smith says:

    Happy Birthday, Beth! I wish that I were visiting with you in Cincinnati in a couple of weeks. God decided otherwise this time, but I will be with you in prayer for you and all the ladies that will be with you! Have a blessed day!

  31. 5331

    Happy Birthday Blessings dear Beth! What a joy you have meant to my Spirit over the years of doing most of your Bible Studies! You amaze me with your God given insight & depth of the scriptures. Thank you for your love for Jesus & your example of a focused drive towards Heaven’s gates. You are loved & wished a special Blessing on your day God ordained for you.

  32. 5332
    Barb Seibel says:

    Happy Birthday Beth, I hope you day is as awesome as you are. You and your Bible studies have been a gift to me that I have loved sharing with others. Birthday blessings to you today!

  33. 5333
    Heather Smith says:

    Heather Smith
    Nashville, TN
    Happy Birthday to a woman who radiates mercy, hope, growth, and love. I’m so grateful for the ways God has used your words, insight, and dark times to shed His light for others, myself included. Happy Birthday!!

  34. 5334
    Sherri says:

    Happy Birthday Beth!! Grateful for your service to God and being His vessel to reach us!! Just finished the Breaking Free Bible Study with some friends and we were so impacted I hope to be able to teach it! What a powerful testimony! I pray you have a BLESSED birthday with loved ones!!

  35. 5335
    Stephanie Jo says:

    Happy Birthday sweet Beth, I thank God for the gift you are to the body of Christ!

  36. 5336
    Jennifer Polanco says:

    Dearest Beth
    Happy happy birthday! You have mentored and challenged me to live the Word deeply and to plunge into its depths. For that I am forever changed. May you be incredibly blessed this year. We love you!!!

  37. 5337
    Amy Traynor says:

    Happy birthday, Beth Moore! You were an answer to my prayers. I always knew there had to be something deeper to the Bible. The first study I ever did was your Daniel study. I loved it! Thank you for teaching me there is depth in the Word. I would love the Key Word Bible. My husband is currently taking Hebrew and I would love to give this to him for Father’s Day!

  38. 5338
    Verlan Day says:

    Happy Birthday to a great lady!

  39. 5339
    Stephanie Hilton says:

    Happy Birthday Beautiful Beth!!!! I’m forever grateful for your precious life! You have given me many cups of cool Living Water in this dry and thirsty land that we travel together. God bless you and give you favor, Beth. God pour His Spirit upon you and through you. May you walk in His holy power in the coming year! Many blessings to you, my sister, my friend.
    With Love Incorruptible,
    Stephanie Hilton
    League City, Texas
    Eph 6:24

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    Tricia says:

    Dearest Beth, I’d like to wish you a very blessed birthday. May our God continue to be glorified through your ministry. He did good when he created you!

  41. 5341
    Delba Marlin says:

    Happy,happy birthday Beth! Your books have meant the world to me. Believing God changed my life many years ago.
    I pray Gods blessings on your birthday, and every day!
    Love in Him,

  42. 5342
    Danielle says:

    Happy Birthday!
    Thank you each day for letting God use you to bless so many! You have deeply impacted my life and so many!
    I hope it is a special day!!!!

  43. 5343
    Meri Beth McDougald says:

    I wish the happiest of birthdays to the lovely lady who has impacted my life for the Kingdom and been a spiritual mom to me though we are but a few years apart in age. I cannot thank you enough for your dedication to and sacrifices for our Abba, Savior and Wondrous Holy Spirit. I have grown with you and because of you in my relationship with the Blessed Trinity thanks to over 20 years of studying God’s Word through the trustworthy voice of Beth Moore. Please know that all that you have endured to serve God’s girls has been worth it- the impact you have had for Him on us and our beautiful love story with our Prince Charming is profound. I have repeated some of your studies, and God has repeated themes with me that He apparently knows I need solidified!
    I love you, I appreciate you, I thank our God for you, Mrs. Moore. Thank you, too, for sharing your lovely family with us. You and your man are the Ken and Barbie of the earthly Kingdom of God, and I have a fierce love for and Biblical relationship with my man, too.
    Grace and Peace in abundance to you and yours now and evermore!

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    Mary Hostetter says:

    You have been such a gift to me sent from our living Creator. You have inspired me, encouraged me, put energy in my boots to study scripture and to know and love our Jesus in a way I never knew before. Thank you! Happy Birthdsy Beth! I pray you have an amazing day! Also my prayers are constant for you and your work you do for our Jesus.

    Melissa- beautiful written blog post. Your mother is so blessed and honored to call you daughter. Thank you for sharing your heart and creativity.

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    Kate Semer says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your Mom! Happy birthday Beth.

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    Diane Baker says:

    Happy Birthday and God bless you! Your daughter’s description of you is awesome. What joy we find in our children. And what a blessing we have in our mothers! Enjoy your day!

  47. 5347
    Dawn says:

    Happy Birthday Beth Moore! Your love of Jesus and your family continues to inspire and challenge me as a wife and a mother but most importantly as a child of the King! May you allow others to love on you as you celebrate the day you were born! I thank my God, every time I remember you! May your day be filled with love and lots of laughter! Happy Birthday

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    Patty Carifio says:

    “Happy Birthday” thanks for your tender kind giving heart and all you do ! You have made a difference in my life and many others so thank you and “Happy Birthday”

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    Jen Wohltmann says:

    Happy Birthday to your sweet mama – your testament of her life is wonderful. I am so thankful that she raised a child (you) who also seeks The Lord in all she does and has been a blessing to so many around the world. God has done a great thing in both of you. Enjoy this special day!

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    Deena Krautz says:

    You have blessed my life tremendously!!
    Love, Deena