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. 101
    dixie says:

    dixie, santa monica, california

    I felt my heart being tugged to get up even earlier in the morning, but only if the Lord really wanted me to, and not at the expense of my family. As I prayed the first morning up, this is the verse that came up in my reading-

    I Chron. 22:19 KJV

    Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God: ARISE therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the Lord God. (emphasis mine)

    Thank you, go Siestas!

  2. 102
    Shannon says:

    Shannon, Buda, TX
    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10

  3. 103
    Heather F says:

    Heather F, Beaumont, TX
    “Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8 (NIV)

  4. 104
    Sabrina says:

    Morristown, Tennessee

    You’ll know then that I am God. No one who hopes in Me ever regrets it.
    Isaiah 49:23 The Message

  5. 105

    Cheryl, Coffeyville, KS

    “March on, my soul, be strong!” Judges 5:12b NIV

  6. 106
    Elaine says:

    Elaine ~ Powder Springs ~ The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
    Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

  7. 107
    Emily Gunn says:

    Emily, Washington, DC.

    “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that 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.” 1 John 3:18-20, NIV

  8. 108
    Tina says:

    Christina, Edgewood, Kentucky

    He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Job 8:21 (NLT)

  9. 109
    Betty says:

    Betty, Somerset, MA.

    Phil. 1:11 (NLT)

    “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation – the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ – for this will bring much glory and praise to God.”

  10. 110
    Dennina in Chehalis, WA says:

    But because of his great love or us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2: 4-5 (NIV)

  11. 111

    Marla, Columbus OH

    Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.

    Isaiah 1:17 (ESV)

  12. 112
    Rochelle says:

    Rochelle, Louisville, KY
    Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
    James 1:22 NIV

  13. 113
    Gwen says:

    Gwen, Kennesaw, Georgia
    On your feet now – applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Psalm 100:1-2 The Message

  14. 114
    Anne says:

    Anne, Minneapolis, My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3

  15. 115
    Miss Kathleen says:

    Miss Kathleen
    Bernardsville, NJ
    John 14:2 NIV
    “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would of told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”

  16. 116
    Nancy,Columbus IN says:

    For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

    Deut.7:6 NIV

  17. 117
    Theresa says:

    Theresa, Columbia,S.C.
    “Ican do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13 NASB

  18. 118
    Vanessa says:

    Vanessa, Victoria TX
    “The LORD your God is with you,
    he is mighty to save,
    He will take great delight in you,
    he will quiet you with his love,
    he will rejoice over you with singing.”
    Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

  19. 119
    Holly says:

    Ok so I am “finishing” the Heb 6:17-20a NLT so #6&7 SSMT
    “God also bound Himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that He would never change His mind. So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us.”

  20. 120
    Pam says:

    Heb 13:6b KJV
    The Lord is my Helper and I will not fear what man shall do to me.

  21. 121
    Suzanne In RI says:

    Suzanne, Harrisville, RI

    Habakkuk 3:2 NIV

    Lord, I have heard of your fame. I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; IN WRATH REMEMBER MERCY.

  22. 122
    Mary Beth, Murray says:

    Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who is faithful; he will surely do it.
    I Thessalonians 5: 23,24 (ESV)

  23. 123
    Tonya says:

    Tonya, Henderson, NC

    For I determined not to know anything amoung you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
    I Corinthians 2:2 (NKJV)

  24. 124

    Kacie, Fayetteville

    “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:9 (NASB)

  25. 125
    Crystal says:

    Crystal, Columbia “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NIV

  26. 126
    Vickie says:

    Vickie, Poplar Bluff, MO

    I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26 NIV

  27. 127
    Beth says:

    Beth A- Greenville, SC
    My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.
    James 1: 2-3

  28. 128
    Kim D. says:

    Kim, Louisville, KY
    And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 4:19, NIV

  29. 129
    Deanna Collins says:

    Deanna, Frisco, TX: Psalm 37:5-6 –
    Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
    He will make your righteousness shine
    like the dawn, the justice of your
    cause like the noonday sun. (NIV)

  30. 130
    Tina says:

    Tina, Gahanna Ohio….NIV
    Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.

  31. 131
    Peggy says:

    Peggy, Yorktown, VA
    For where your treasure is there your heart will be also. Matt 6:21 NRSV

  32. 132
    Gretchen says:

    Gretchen, Cincinnati

    Romans 8:9-11

    “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

  33. 133
    Chris E. says:

    Chris, Louisville, KY
    Have mercy upon me, O God,
    According to Your lovingkindness;
    According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
    Blot out my transgressions.
    Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    And cleanse me from my sin.
    Ps. 51:1-2, NKJV

  34. 134
    Bobbie says:

    College Station, Tx

    Judges 5:21b (NIV)

    “March on, my soul; be strong!”

  35. 135
    liz says:

    Liz, Lexington KY

    You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
    With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.
    As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless.
    He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
    For who is God besides the Lord?
    And who is the Rock except our God?
    Psalm 18:28-31 (NIV)

  36. 136
    Kristy says:

    Kristy – Princeton, NC
    Jer 17:14 “Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise” (NIV)

  37. 137
    Anita says:

    Anita, Lawrenceville,
    “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,
    through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
    by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises,
    so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature,
    having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”
    2 Peter 1:3-4 ESV

  38. 138
    Joyce says:

    Sparta, NJ

    ‘….he is a double minded man, unstable in all his ways.’ James 1:8 (ESV)

    I’m memorizing a chapter which is why some of my verses seem like an unusual choice for a memory verse.

  39. 139
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Florida
    “So I say walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.”
    Galatians 5:16-17

  40. 140
    Valerie says:

    Valerie, Belford, NJ

    Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

    Romans 12:10 NLT

  41. 141
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Oklahoma City, OK “But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power adn that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
    Exodus 9:16

  42. 142
    Susan Hill says:

    Susan Hill, Nashville, TN
    Phillippians 2:14-15 NIV
    “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you sine like stars in the universe.”

  43. 143
    Kim says:

    Kim, Ashland, VA.

    But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
    They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 NLT

  44. 144
    Casey says:

    Casey, Ooltewah, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7, NIV

  45. 145

    Stacie Livonia, MI

    13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

    “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
    for ever and ever!”

    Revelation 5:13 (New International Version, ©2011)

  46. 146
    Tanya says:

    Tanya, West Paducah, Ky. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. Psalm 32:8-9 ESV

  47. 147
    Amy says:

    Psalm 18:2 NIV

    The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

  48. 148
    Cheri says:

    Cheri, Savage, MN
    Deuteronomy 28:2 NIV

    All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God.

  49. 149
    SusanD says:

    SusanD, Southern Illinois, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11 NKJV

  50. 150
    Village Sister says:

    Greenville, SC

    Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” -Hebrews 12:28-29

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