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. 4651
    Melanie says:

    Melanie, Auburndale
    Psalms 77:11-12 (NIV) I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.

  2. 4652
    Debi Cabe says:

    Rio Rancho, New Mexico

    I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

    Psalms 16:8 (NIV)

  3. 4653
    Joanie says:

    Zechariah 4:6 NCV

    “You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power, but by My Spirit.” says the Lord All-Powerful.

    Kearney, NE

  4. 4654
    Christina Luther says:

    Christina Luther
    Roseburg, OR

    In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.

    -Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

  5. 4655
    Selina says:

    Selina, Barbourville, KY.

    When a man’s ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

    Proverbs 16:7 KJV

  6. 4656
    Linda Wilson says:

    Sorry I’m late…crazy busy week,and my son is home from college!!

    Linda, OFallon, IL
    “So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 NCV

  7. 4657
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Corvallis
    Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayful.
    Romans 12:12 NLT

  8. 4658
    Mary, Austin,TX says:

    “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

  9. 4659
    Martha H says:

    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20 NIV

  10. 4660
    Wendy says:

    Wendy Glendora, CA
    sorry so late 🙂
    When I am afraid I will trust in you.” Psalm 56:3 NIV

  11. 4661
    Amy Hammons says:

    Fayetteville, TN

    Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

    Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

  12. 4662
    Debra says:

    Debra – Dahlgren, IL

    Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
    my hope comes from him.
    Psalm 62:5 NIV

  13. 4663
    Susan says:

    Susan – Maynard MA
    “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.”
    2 Corinthians 4:15 – NIV

  14. 4664
    Amy W. says:

    Amy W. – Columbia,SC
    “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 NKJ

  15. 4665
    Jan in Colorado says:

    Jan, Littleton, CO

    “I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me [abides vitally united to Me] and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit.”

    – John 15:5a (AMP)

  16. 4666
    Bridget says:

    Bridget – Buford,GA

    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

    Matthew 7:1-2

  17. 4667
    Sandi says:

    Duluth, MN

    “Is he not your Father, your Creator,
    who made you and formed you?”
    Deut. 32:6

  18. 4668

    Mandie Parker CO

    I am doing this so all who see this miracle will understand what it means—that it is the Lord who has done this, the Holy One of Israel who created it.

    -Isaiah 41:20 NLT

  19. 4669
    Debbie says:

    Debbie, Houston, “For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.” Luke 12:30 NAS

  20. 4670
    Michelle says:

    Psalms 27:14
    Wait for the Lord. Be strong and Take heart and wait for the Lord.

  21. 4671
    Heather says:

    Heather, Sedalia, Alberta
    “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and descerning if he holds his tongue.” Proverbs 17:27,28, NIV

  22. 4672
    Dana says:

    Dana, Zachary And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV

  23. 4673
    Iris says:

    Iris, Sherwood, AR: And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17, NIV

  24. 4674
    Emily says:


    “If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.'” Numbers 14:8 NKJ

  25. 4675
    Leah says:

    Leah from Athens, Georgia

    Psalm 40:2-3
    “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and trust in the Lord.” (NKJV)

  26. 4676
    Kathy from Wasilla, Alaska says:

    “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

  27. 4677
    Jill says:

    Jill, Puyallup, WA
    “They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.”
    Isaiah 61:4

  28. 4678
    Tammy D Colorado Springs says:

    Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don;t depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 ncv

  29. 4679
    Tammy D Colorado Springs says:

    i am entering two to catch up.

  30. 4680
    Kaungersmith says:

    Karen Orem, UT

    Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Philippians 4:13 (The Message)

  31. 4681

    Shannon, Elmira, Canada: Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NLT) This is what the Lord says: Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. THey will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producting fruit.

  32. 4682
    Allison says:

    Allison, Eau Claire, Psalm 34:17-19
    “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;” NIV

  33. 4683
    Janet says:

    Janet, Lenoir, NC. I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 NIV

  34. 4684
    Missy says:

    May God himself, the God of Peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it. 1 Thes. 5:23-24 NAS

  35. 4685
    Julie Kate says:

    Julie Kate
    Amory, MS

    “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:1-3

  36. 4686
    Judy 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
    Hebrews 12:2-3 NIV

    Judy Virginia

  37. 4687
    Anne-Marie, London, ON says:

    Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
    Ephesians 6:18 NLT

  38. 4688
    Christine says:

    Oxford, MI

    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

    2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

  39. 4689
    Judy Cherest says:

    Judy, LaPlata, MD

    Psalm 37:7 NIV
    Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

  40. 4690
    Olivia~age 12 says:

    Olivia, Tennessee
    He said, praise be the name of God forever, for he has all wisdom and power.
    He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to the scholars.
    He revals deep and mysterious things, and knows what lies hidden in the darkness, though he is surrounded by light. Daniel 2:20-22 NLT
    (sorry this is late I was on spring break!)

  41. 4691
    Kelly S, says:

    Kelly Snodgrass
    Rogersville, TN

    2 Timothy 2.1 ESV
    You then, my child, be strenghened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

  42. 4692

    Courtney, LaPlata, MD

    2 Corinthians 3:5-9 ESV
    Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of reconciliation must far exceed it in glory.

  43. 4693
    Susan Johnson says:

    Susan, Beverly, MA 1 Timothy 6:11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

    Sorry for being so late. The 15th sped past me before I could blink!

  44. 4694
    boomama says:

    Sophie – Birmingham, AL

    Fear-of-God is a school in skilled living—
    first you learn humility, then you experience glory.

    Proverbs 15:33, The Message

  45. 4695
    Denise says:

    Denise Deming, New Mexico
    Verse #6
    Mark 12:31 NKJV
    “And the second, like it, is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.”

  46. 4696
    Nancy says:

    Nancy Bridgewater, NJ
    He said to them, “If anyone wants to be My follower,
    he must deny himself, take up his cross, and
    follow Me.”
    Mark 8:34, NIV

  47. 4697
    Elizabeth says:

    Elizabeth, Dallas/Fort Worth

    “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17

    So cool to claim verse victory this far! So thankful for having the words pop into my head even in the middle of the night. So awesome to give God the credit for this success, after being a SSMT drop-out the first time around.

  48. 4698
    meg. says:

    Stanford, CA
    Psalm 139:14 NIV

    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

  49. 4699
    Jodee Melton says:

    For you have died, and your life is now hidden in Christ.

    Col 3:3 ESV

    TOTALLY LATE on this!

  50. 4700
    Beth says:

    Isaiah 58:10-11

    10(A) if you pour yourself out for the hungry
    and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
    (B) then shall your light rise in the darkness
    and your gloom be as the noonday.
    11And the LORD will guide you continually
    and satisfy your desire in scorched places
    and make your bones strong;
    and you shall be(C) like a watered garden,
    like a spring of water,
    whose waters do not fail.

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