2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 6!

Hey, my dear, dear Sisters. I thought about you so much while we had the privilege to serve in Washington State. We cherished every second we were there and God was so gracious and merciful to us. He could not have given us a more wonderful group of participants to kick off the 2011 Living Proof Live schedule. We lapped up every second with them. They were so full of praise and expectation for God to speak and so rowdy and fun. I would have brought every single one of them home with me to Texas if I could have.

I want you to know that you sowed very direct seed into that event. On Friday afternoon my notes were, for the most part, ready to go but I just sensed a desire to seek something more from God. I knew in my heart that it involved prayer so I got down on my knees again and prayed but I got back on my feet still not quite feeling the breakthrough that I was hoping for. The thought came to me, I believe by God Himself, to get on the blog and scroll through all the comments to the Tacoma Ticket Giveaway post and look for entries where Siestas had prayed specifically for the event. I hit a gold mine. I stopped at each one of them and actively agreed and received all that had been prayed. The breakthrough came! It was God’s good pleasure to raise up seed-throwers from spots all over the United States and Canada to sow into the Tacoma LPL harvest. I can’t express to you how deeply and profoundly it hit me. Sometimes I feel like I harass you guys half to death for prayer but we are so desperate for it. I knew this weekend that it is God’s way. Profit sharing. Oh, how I pray that we might be able to believe God for a 2 Corinthians 4:15 work as we partner together:

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

I think God particularly blesses our seed sowing when we have no direct involvement at the event or gathering. No personal gain except the glorious nod of God. I’m actively praying for Priscilla Shirer’s simulcast in several weeks even though I’ll be in Fresno. I don’t doubt she’s praying for us, too. I can’t wait to hear the report of all God is going to accomplish through that mighty servant of God as she teaches and as her brother, Anthony, leads worship. This is the will of God for us in Christ Jesus. One Lord. One Body. One Spirit. If the grace of God through Christ is “reaching more and more people,” our thanksgiving overflows to the glory of God!

The group in Tacoma exceeded our expectations in so many ways. Their outpouring for Japan moved us so deeply. Our wonderful brothers and sisters from Samaritan’s Purse were swamped. They were so overwhelmed at the break that we had to keep them open after the event and position them at exit doors They counted dollar bills all afternoon to the tune of $66,025.25. As soon as the horrific tragedy occurred, we asked Samaritan’s Purse if our offering for that LPL could go specifically to relief for Japan and they complied joyfully and set up an immediate fund. (Any of you are welcome to get on their website and also contribute if you feel led and aren’t already giving through another organization. No pressure. Just opportunity.) We are all stunned and heartbroken over the devastation in Japan. It’s just incomprehensible. The images are more than I can wrap my mind around. May “the Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in loyal love and faithfulness” show Himself in every possible and undeniable way. May one of those ways be the banding together of His Body around the world to be His hands and a healing balm within them. They need our help.

It’s time for Siesta Scripture Memory Team Verse 6! Ready, Sisters?? Stay with it! I’ll give you my sixth verse (it reminds me of you) then show you a small handful of pictures I took over the weekend on my iPhone.

Beth, Houston. My goal is that their hearts, having been knit together in love, may be encouraged, and that they may have all the riches of understanding of the knowledge of the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3 The NET Bible

OK, here’s some pictures from Tacoma if you want a peek before you chime in with your verse.

This was my one glimpse at The Mountain. We had rain most of the time and, mountain girl that I am, I just kept looking out of my hotel window for a glimpse of that famous sight. While I was studying, I felt a tugging at my heart and I jumped up in hopes that the clouds were lifting somewhat and sure enough, there that bad boy was. I was so happy, I cried.

This was the sunrise the next morning. I was always an early riser as a kid and, now that I am an adult, I know it nearly drove my mother crazy because she’d have preferred her Folgers by herself. (This helps explain to you why I was a coffee drinker by the ripe old age of six.) My dad used to take up for me and say, “The early bird gets the worm!” Well, when I caught a glimpse of that sunrise in Tacoma Saturday morning and fifteen minutes later it was pouring down rain, I knew my Daddy was right.

I can’t believe I’m about to let this come out of my mouth but I had some of the best Mexican food on earth there in Tacoma. I was baffled. Someone had recommended “Masa” (on 6th Street) to us but Michelle and I looked at each other like, “Texans better not try it. We better leave that to the Tennesseans. They might not know better.” But, after the event, we were about to have a meltdown for hot sauce and decided to cave to the pressure. It was so good I couldn’t believe my own taste buds. We started with this unbelievable Bean and Queso dip then, because cheese enchiladas weren’t on the menu, I decided to get Vegetable Fajitas. I’ve never tried them before but I’ve been with Travis and Angela when they’ve ordered them. (And I looked with contempt upon them.) They were unbelievably good. Really fresh – chunky and  grilled and topped with cheese. Side of rice and beans. Sara was our waitress and took such good care of us. She’s expecting little Christos in a few months and we loved getting to talk to her. We saw a couple of tables of women from the LPL event, too, and so loved getting to hug their necks.

As if the Mexican Food wasn’t good enough, there was a Stumptown coffee bar attached to it. Talk about the ultimate way to end a meal! I have become a fan of Stumptown through our dear Kelly Minter who considers it a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (My words, not hers.) Michelle has been ordering it for me for a year or so and it’s what I grind and fix about twice a day in my office at LPM. Darla was our barista at the coffee bar in Tacoma and, as I live and breathe, the woman was an artist. Look at this crema. That is not whipped cream. That is how she finished off a Latte with plain-old low fat milk. UNBELIEVABLE. I was so impressed. I wanted to ask her how she dealt with her pride but she seemed astonishingly humble for such a craft. Almost like she didn’t notice she was a rock star.

These were two of the most wonderful women we had at the Tacoma Dome. (Blood) sisters Roxana and Christine sat down nice and close to the front and gave God considerable glory in my earshot. They and their small group wore tiaras to the event so we were blessed to no end by every glimpse of them. That is, of course, Michelle in there with us.


This last picture is of a group of really young women that were having coffee at the Starbucks we went to several hours after Stumptown. (No coffee for me that late. I’m saying that because I know somebody’s going to get into my business. I got Blueberry water but I didn’t want to. I drank four sips.) One of these darling things is getting married next week and had a little veil on. They were so cute we could hardly stand it. Just as they were getting up to leave, one of them looked over at me with wide eyes and asked if we were we.


Because we couldn’t afford it!

Then I said: NEVER let me hear you say that again!

We do anything possible to get our college girls tickets to LPL’s. For crying out loud, if somebody’s broke, it doesn’t matter what age they are, we try to get them tickets if they really want to go. LifeWay, too! They are tremendously tenderhearted and willing to do whatever they can to minister and disciple. Tons of tickets were given away to that event in Tacoma. You have no idea how much we’d like to do it for free.

This was my view from the airplane seat just as we were about to put our tray tables up and our seat backs forward for departure. I wanted you to see my cute rain boots peeking out from the bottom. I’ve had them for a couple of years and worn them about a thousand times but they were for such a time as Tacoma.

Well, I’ve rattled your ear off. You guys are important to me. I love you. I think of you everyday. Now, cough up your sixth verse!

Hold tight to Jesus in the ebb and flow of this temporal world. One sweet day this convulsing earth will be made new. The skies will tear open like a veil and every eye will see. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.





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  1. 5351
    Deborah says:

    Deborah, Mobile: Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart O God, & renew a steadfast spirit within me.” NIV

  2. 5352
    Emily Claude says:

    But now, this is what the LORD says—
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 NIV

  3. 5353
    Marlene says:

    All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
    2 Corinthian 5:18 ESV

  4. 5354
    Becky says:

    Becky, St. Augustine
    “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your
    ears will hear a voice behind you saying,’This is
    the way, walk in it.'”
    Isaiah 30:21

  5. 5355
    Anna says:

    Anna, DS LA

    2 Tim 2:23-24 NIV
    Do not have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servants must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach,not reentful.

  6. 5356
    Brenda says:

    Brenda, Raleigh
    “Why do you spend money for what is not bread and your wages for what does not satify? Listen diligently to Me and eat what is good. And let your soul delight itself in abundance.

    Isaiah 55:22 NKJV

  7. 5357
    Casey says:


    Murray, KY

    Phil 2:3 NIV

    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

  8. 5358
    Debbie Considine says:

    Sterling Heights, Michigan

    Psalms 34:4 (Beth Moore’s Pray Scripture Cards)

    I am seeking You, LORD, and You answer me; You will deliver me from all my fears.

  9. 5359
    Jan Tyler says:

    “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help inour time of need.”
    Hebrews 4:16 NIV

  10. 5360
    Brenda W. says:

    Frederika, Iowa

    Psalm 56:3 (NIV)
    When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

  11. 5361
    Marlene says:

    Harleysville, PA
    His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3

  12. 5362
    Tina says:

    Tina, Odessa, NIV, Deut 30:11-12

    Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?”

  13. 5363
    Stephanie says:

    Knoxville, TN

    “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12, ESV)

  14. 5364
    MelissaK says:

    Queen City, TX

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5 TNIV

  15. 5365
    Ashley says:

    Ashley B., New Orleans

    Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Cor 16: 13-14

  16. 5366
    Karen says:

    Karen L., Saskatchewan
    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
    Romans 12:12, NIV

  17. 5367
    Sherry says:

    Sherry, Dallas, TX- Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Phil 1:27a NIV

  18. 5368
    Amber says:

    Amber – Houston, TX
    And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this is not right!
    James 3:10 (NLT/NIV)

  19. 5369
    Adelina says:

    Adelina, Houston, TX:

    “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” – Psalm 23:1 (NIV)

  20. 5370
    Heather says:

    Heather, Sedalia, Alberta

    “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

  21. 5371
    Michelle Helmic says:

    Michelle, Lansing, MI
    For the moment, all discipline may seem painful rather than pleasant. Later, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained in it. Hebrews 12:11 NIV

  22. 5372
    Lisa says:

    Lisa, Cartersville, GA “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”
    Proverbs 31:25(NIV)

  23. 5373
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, St. Peters, MO
    These [trials] have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:7 (NIV)

  24. 5374
    Bethany says:

    Bethany, Pittsburgh. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13, KJ

  25. 5375
    Linda says:

    He who has begun a Good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ!
    Philippians 1:6 NKJ

  26. 5376
    Kara says:

    Lancaster, PA
    For since the world began, no ear has heard, no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him.
    Isaiah 64:4 NLT

  27. 5377
    Bunnie says:

    Bunnie, Hume “But for you who fear my Name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.”
    Malachi 4:2 NASB

  28. 5378
    Cathy,Sulphur Springs,TX says:

    A truly wise person uses few words: a person with understanding is even-tempered.
    Proverbs 17:27

  29. 5379
    Lora, Round Rock says:

    Do everything without complaining or arguing
    Philippians 2:14 NIV

  30. 5380
    Kamilah says:

    Kamilah – Houston, Tx

    “I sought the Lord, and He heard me. And delivered me from all my fears.” (NKJV)Psalm 34:4

  31. 5381
    Sarah James says:

    Sarah Melbourne, Fl

    From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint;
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
    Psalm 61:2

  32. 5382
    Sarah says:

    Sarah Melbourne, Fl

    However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
    Acts 20:24

  33. 5383
    Debbie says:

    Create in me a clean heart o God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

    Psalms 51:10

  34. 5384
    Yvonne says:

    Yvonne from Wisner, LA says:

    He will cover you with His feathers.
    He will shelter you with His wings.
    His faithful promises are your arrow and protection.

  35. 5385
    Rhonda Green says:

    Psalm 5:3 NIV
    In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectations.

    Rhonda Anderson, IN

  36. 5386
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Lititz, 1 John 3:20, This then is how we know we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence, whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything. NIV

  37. 5387
    Kate says:

    Kate, Aurora, CO
    “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.” Psalm 51:6 NASB (I think)

  38. 5388
    tngirl says:

    Pam – Dublin, VA

    Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12 NLT

  39. 5389
    Brigette says:

    Brigette Brock
    Morehead, KY

    Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be (wo)men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.
    1Cor. 16:13-14 NIV

  40. 5390
    Bena (of the Pikeville, KY Siestas) says:

    Bena Hartsock ~ Pikeville, KY
    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. –2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV

  41. 5391
    Jennifer says:

    in Danville, VA

    Sorry this is very late! But it’s been in my book for a long time! : )
    “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 NIV 2011

  42. 5392
    Deanna says:

    Deanna-Picayune, Mississippi
    Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
    Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

  43. 5393
    Casie says:

    Holland MI
    Colossians 3: 1,2
    Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth.

  44. 5394
    Debbie says:

    Galatians 5:22-23 (RSV)

    But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.

  45. 5395
    Crissy says:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Phil 4:13 NIV

  46. 5396
    Sandy says:

    Ephesians 3:20-12

    Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. AMEN

    New American Standard

  47. 5397
    Sandy says:

    Ephesians 3:20-21

    Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. AMEN

    New American Standard

  48. 5398
    Sharona, Virginia says:

    Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Ephesians 4:31 NIV

  49. 5399
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Huntsville, Tx
    Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The judge is standing at the door. James 5:9 NIV

  50. 5400
    Misty says:

    Genesis 18:14 NIV
    Is anything too hard for the Lord?

    Misty – Midland, TX

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