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. 5401
    Lois says:

    A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought to be wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue. Prov. 17:27-28 NIV

  2. 5402
    jennifer m says:

    Jenn M from Mass, 2 Timothy 4;5 NIV

    But you,keep your head in all situations endure hardship.do the work of an evangelist,
    discharge all the duties of your ministry.

  3. 5403
    Kristin, Oklahoma City says:

    “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3, NIV

  4. 5404
    Kathy says:

    Hebrews 11:8 (NIV)
    By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

    Chattanooga, TN

  5. 5405
    Anastasia says:

    Revelation 3:17 (NIV)
    17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

    Anastasia Saegertown, PA

  6. 5406
    Lauren says:

    Lauren, Seattle, WA

    Jeremiah 17:7, NRSV

    “Blessed are those who trust in the LORD, whose trust is in the LORD. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green. In the year of drought, it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.”

  7. 5407
    Aliza Duley says:

    Aliza, NZL. Ecclesasties 2:24-25 (NLT)
    The best people can do is eat, drink and enjoy their work. I saw even this comes from God.
    Because no one can eat or enjoy life without Him.
    (late entry because I’ve been away, learnt it while I was gone)

  8. 5408
    Sherry says:

    Sherry, Hillsboro, OR
    My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9b NIV

  9. 5409
    Patti Reavis says:

    Patti, Clemmons, “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29 NIV

  10. 5410
    Rhonda McClellan says:

    Rhonda McClellan, Newnan, Georgia

    “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? Jer 23:29 NIV

  11. 5411
    Vicki says:

    Vicki from Big Spring
    Deuteronomy 11:1. NIV
    Love the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.

  12. 5412
    Ann says:

    Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,
    yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken,
    nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you.
    Isaiah 54:10

  13. 5413
    Ashlee from Lawrenceville, GA says:

    “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

  14. 5414
    Groovewoman says:

    “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.”
    ~ Job 8:21 (NIV)

    Late getting it on here, sorry!
    Hollie R – Granbury, TX

  15. 5415
    Amanda says:

    Amanda, McKinney
    I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

  16. 5416
    Stacey Emmott says:

    Stacey,Houston,Exodus 33:13

    If you are pleased with me teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.

  17. 5417
    Shelli says:

    Shelli, Almont, MI – But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. – 1 Cor. 1:27-29 ESV

  18. 5418
    Carolyn says:

    I’m catching up but I am determined not to quit.

    Carolyn, Union City, GA
    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Ps. 32:8 NIV

  19. 5419
    Paula K says:

    Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days
    Psalm 90:14
    ~Paula K, Muskegon, Michigan~

  20. 5420
    denise in nc says:

    Catching up!

    Jeremiah 15:16 (NIV)
    “When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear Your name, LORD God Almighty.”

    denise in NC

  21. 5421
    rebecca rush says:

    In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. I will be found by you, says the Lord. I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and bring you home again to your own land. Jeremiah 29:12-14

  22. 5422
    rebecca rush says:

    I said, ” Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12

  23. 5423
    Regina says:

    Regina, Rock Hill, SC

    God teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course.

    Psalm 119:33 MSG

  24. 5424
    Hannah says:

    2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NIV
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

  25. 5425
    Robin says:

    Robin from Morehead, Ky

    “This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we ask of Him. ”
    1 John 5:14-15 NIV

  26. 5426
    Katie Smith says:

    Katie, Roanoke Tx “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2 NIV

  27. 5427
    glenda arnold says:

    Scripture memory verse

    Psalm 121:7 & 8
    The Lord will keep you from all harm-
    he will watch over your life,
    the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

    This is my posting!!! Hope you get it!

  28. 5428
    Christy says:

    Christy, Greeley, CO: “The One who called you is faithful and He will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24 NIV

    Linda (Mom & Nana): “For the LORD is righteous, He loves justice; upright men will see His face.” Psalm 11:7 NIV

    Josie (age 11): “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10 NIV

    Isabel (age 8): “A friend loves you all the time.” Proverbs 17:17 NIV

    • 5428.1
      Christy says:

      Just trying to catch up and I meant to put this in the March 1 post…not sure what I did wrong. Some people can put their verses in Greek, I can’t even get mine in the right day. 🙂

  29. 5429
    Christy says:

    Christy, Greeley, CO: “Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” Psalm 90:14 NIV

    Linda (Mom & Nana): “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11 NIV

    Josie (age 11): “You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.” James 2:24 NIV

    Isabel (age 8): “Physical training is of some value but godliness has value for all things.” 1 Timothy 4:8 NIV

  30. 5430

    I will always show you where to go, I’ll give you a full life in them emptiest of places – firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry.

    Michelle Bentham – Watuaga,TX Isaiah 58:11 (MSG)

  31. 5431
    Marcy Zwall says:

    Marcy from Conroe, TX: “(The Lord said) to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in your weakness.’ Therefore, gladly will I boast in my (weaknesses) that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJ

  32. 5432
    Naomi Van Wyk says:

    Naomi, Santa Barbara: “I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

  33. 5433
    Danielle says:

    Danielle, Corpus Christi, TX

    “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”

    Romans 12:1b & 2a
    NIV – 2011 copyright

  34. 5434
    Leslie says:

    Leslie, Hickory NC
    Psalms 23:6
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

  35. 5435
    Wendy says:

    Waterford, VT

    The unfolding of your words gives light.
    It gives understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.

    Psalm 119:130-131


  36. 5436
    Joy Houser says:

    Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

    Ephesians 4:32

  37. 5437
    Jen S. says:

    The Spirit of the Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.

    Isaiah 61:1

  38. 5438
    Jen S. says:

    Be careful then how you live- not as unwise but as wise making the most of every opportunity.

    Eph. 5:15

  39. 5439
    Lea Ann Bethany says:

    Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
    For the word of the Lord is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

  40. 5440
    Brenda B. says:

    Galations 6:6 (NIV)
    Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

  41. 5441
    Miranda says:

    I don’t have internet at my apartment, and it’s hard for me to get on here while I’m at work… so I’m a little behind in posting, but I’ve been keeping my scriptures going until I can post!

    “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24, NLT
    Miranda, Atlanta

    Love y’all!!!

  42. 5442
    Laurie Tomascik says:

    If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended when you ask for it.
    James 1:5
    Message Bible
    Laurie T.
    Richmond, ME

  43. 5443
    Sheri says:

    Sheri, Atlanta, TX

    Proverbs 21:23 NKJV
    Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from trouble.

  44. 5444
    Susie says:

    Susie, Moultrie, GA

    Psalm 25:5 (NLT)

    Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

  45. 5445
    To Know Him says:

    Kim from Springfield, IL

    Romans 6:19 (NIV)

    I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.

  46. 5446
    Andrea Chevalier says:

    Andrea, Houston,

    “He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121: 3 – 4

  47. 5447
    Kim, Bloomfield Iowa says:

    Whoever obeys His commands will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. FOr there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a man’s misery weights heavily upon him. Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 NIV

  48. 5448
    Vee Stephens says:

    Vee, Howe, TX “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:6 KJV

  49. 5449
    Sugar Mommy says:

    Jennifer, Houston
    “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7 (NIV)

    I am super behind on posting…trying to catch up now!

  50. 5450
    Cindi says:

    “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song.” Psalm 28:7 NIV

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