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. 301
    Carol says:

    I have two versus because I did not post my verse for the first half of March (oops!).

    Carol, Fredericksburg, VA: “For the Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4 (NIV)


    “May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NLT)

  2. 302
    Donnicia says:

    Donnicia /Raleigh, NC

    Psalm 141:3 (New International Version, ©2011)

    Set a guard over my mouth, LORD;
    keep watch over the door of my lips.

  3. 303
    Leanne says:

    Leanne, Mississippi
    “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.” Romans 6:19-20

  4. 304
    Stefanie McClurg says:

    Stefanie-White Oak, Tx “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22

  5. 305
    Eileen Ribortone says:

    Eileen, Lompoc, Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV)
    Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God.

  6. 306
    Ashley Sullens says:

    Ashley Sullens
    Kings Mountain, NC

    “Isaiah 33:6 – Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation; The fear of the Lord is His teasure”

  7. 307
    Shannon says:

    Shannon, Houston, TX

    HEBREWS 13:7 – Remember those who led you, who spoke the Word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.

    *(PS – Beth, I was so excited to pass along a Tex-Mex in Tacoma recommendation for a dear friend who’s just moved there & is missing all of his Houston haunts!)

  8. 308
    Kathy from Shattuck, OK says:

    Kathy, Shattuck, OK
    Ephesians 1:3 (NIV)
    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

  9. 309
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Elgin, IL

    The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—my father’s God, and I will exalt him!

    Exodus 15:2, NLT

  10. 310
    Rebekah says:

    Rebekah, Springfield

    “A gentle answer turns away wrath,but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)

  11. 311
    whimzie says:

    Amy aka whimzie, Florida

    Daniel 2:21 (New International Version, ©2011)

    21 He changes times and seasons;
    he deposes kings and raises up others.
    He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.

  12. 312
    Cyndy says:

    Cyndy, Columbia, SD
    Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 1 Thessalonians 5:13 NIV

  13. 313

    Thank you for your work for Japan! Today, the verse that I’m meditating on and putting to memory is Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

    I am praying that I learn how to “perceive it.” I made a little photo journal of that verse today. Enjoy! http://livewithflair.blogspot.com/2011/03/this-is-day.html

  14. 314
    Praises in the Valley says:

    Amy – Gallipolis, OH – “Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you” Psalm 116:7 NIV-UK

  15. 315
    Heather Smith says:

    Heather, Lewiston:
    “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
    II Corinthians 1:21-22, NIV

    (P.S. Praise God for answering our Tacoma prayers!!!)

  16. 316
    Jo Ann says:

    Jo Ann, Philadelphia area: When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.” Psalm 27:8 (NAS)

  17. 317
    elaine says:

    Elaine, Brea, CA –

    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
    Do not quench the Spirit. (NIV)

    praying for Fresno in a couple weeks… can’t wait!!!

  18. 318
    Merla says:

    Lexington, KY

    Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

    Hebrews 10:23 NIV

  19. 319
    moosemama says:

    Melana, Sheridan Wyoming

    Continuing in Isaiah 40…

    The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    because the breath of the LORD blows on them.
    Surely the people are grass.
    The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God stands forever.”

    Isaiah 40:7-8 NIV

  20. 320
    Kay Martin says:

    “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4 NIV

    Tupelo, MS

  21. 321
    Candace says:

    Candace, Colorado Springs
    “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.”
    Hosea 10:12 NIV

  22. 322
    Louise says:


    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
    Psalm 118:1 (NIV)

  23. 323
    Silenasmom says:

    Trish, Stevens Point, Wisconsin- If you believe, you will receive anything you ask for in prayer. Matt. 21:22 NIV

  24. 324
    Leslie says:

    Leslie, Decatur, TX
    Rejoice in hope, Be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Romans 12:12 HCSB

  25. 325
    Patti says:

    Patti, Florida: May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. Romans 15:13 (AMP)

  26. 326
    jeanette says:

    “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” Mark 9:36 NIV Jeanette, Danville, Virginia

  27. 327
    Lauren says:

    Lauren, Houston. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (NIV)

  28. 328
    Candice says:

    Candice; Blacksburg, VA

    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3 NIV

  29. 329
    Shannon Wilson says:

    Shannon in Louisville, KY
    Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
    ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NLT)

  30. 330
    Susan says:

    Piedmont, OK Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” (NKJ)

  31. 331
    Diana says:

    Diana, East Peoria, IL
    Romans 1:6-7 NLT
    You are among those who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ…God loves you dearly.

  32. 332
    Lindy says:

    Lindy, Scott
    John 14:1(NIV) – Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God: trust also in me.

  33. 333
    Katie says:

    Deut. 10:17 (NIV)
    17 “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.”
    -Katie, Marion, IA

  34. 334
    Lori Schoch says:

    Lori, Syracuse
    Hosea 2:14-15 (NIV) “Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.
    There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor[disaster/trouble] a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of he youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.

  35. 335
    Allison Goins says:

    Allison, Baton Rouge: “Remember, it is a sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” James 4:17, NLT

  36. 336
    Kimberly says:

    Kimberly, Ocoee, FL “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;” 1 Peter 2:11 KJV

  37. 337
    Sally Thomas says:

    Mechanicsburg, PA

    He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.(to be continued!!)
    Psalm 37:6

  38. 338
    Molly says:

    Molly, Macon,GA
    But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is IN you, with meekness and fear. 1 Peter 3:15 NKJV

  39. 339
    Lora says:

    Lora, Florissant. “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Proverbs 3:27, NIV.

  40. 340
    Diane says:

    Diane – Spring, TX: “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” (Eph. 1:7) HCSB

  41. 341
    Libby says:

    Goodwine, IL
    Listen with respect to the father who raised you, and when your mother grows old, don’t neglect her.

    Proverbs 23:22 The Message

  42. 342
    Diane says:

    Diane in Pinedale, WY

    But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
    for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

    James 1:19-20, NASB

  43. 343
    Linda says:

    Linda, Holts Summit, MO

    Psalm 62:5-6

    Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; My Hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. NIV

  44. 344
    Diane says:

    Diane, Wedgefield
    Who among the gods is like You, O lord? Who is like You – majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?
    Exodus 15:11 (NIV)

  45. 345
    Stacey from Abilene says:

    We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
    2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

    • 345.1
      Renee in Albuquerque says:

      There are 15 of us all around the globe memorizing all or part of 2 Corinthians 10:3-6. If you want to be praying for your Siesta-mates they are: Brandi Pierce Grove, Oklahoma; Janice, Tulsa; Rebecca,Madison,MS; Linda, Carolina Beach, NC; Kaye in Arkansas; Brittney, Olympia; Deb, Windsor, CT; Amanda, Colorado Springs; Kim, Warren ; Elysa Raleigh; Robin Snohomish, WA; Dorothea, Rockwall, TX; Cheryl, Uganda

  46. 346
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, MA

    Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

    Colossians 2:7 NLT

  47. 347
    Angie says:

    Orlando, FL

    Give thanks to the Lord,for he is good;His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this.

    Psalm 107:1-2 (NIV)

  48. 348
    Sheryl says:

    Sheryl, PA – Isa. 66:2 NIV
    This is the one I esteem; (s)he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”

  49. 349
    Kayra says:

    Kayra, Hazlehurst MS

    ” Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I chose you. Before you were born, I set you apart. I appointed you to be prophet to the nations”

    Jeremiah 1:5 (NET)

  50. 350
    Nichole says:

    Nichole, Nashville, TN

    “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” – Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

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