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. 4751
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca, Abilene, KS
    Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
    Deuteronomy 11:18-19

  2. 4752
    Angela W. says:

    Angie W., Federal Way, WA

    O LORD, you are my God; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. Isaiah 25:1, ESV

  3. 4753
    Jerral says:

    Winnipeg, MB Canada

    Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV

    “The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

  4. 4754
    Heather W. says:

    Heather, Fort Mill SC (and is late with my verse again!)

    If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

    Romans 12:18 ESV

  5. 4755

    Whew, checking in late, but finally found the verse that spoke to me as I was writing on my blog last night!

    “Lord you are my portion and my cup of blessing; You hold my future. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”

    Psalm 16:5-6

    Mosinee, WI

  6. 4756
    Carrie Jones says:

    Submit yourselves, then to God. RESIST the devil, and he WILL flee from you.
    James 4:7

    Carrie Jones

    Ontario, Canada

  7. 4757
    Lori says:

    Bangor, Maine

    Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

    Philippians 4:6-7 Message

  8. 4758

    Grove, Oklahoma

    For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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 10:3-5

    • 4758.1
      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 Raleigh; Robin Snohomish, WA; Dorothea, Rockwall, TX; Stacey from Abilene; Cheryl, Uganda

  9. 4759
    Laurel Tatum says:

    Lubbock, TX

    “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40 NIV

  10. 4760
    Marisa says:

    Marisa, Kissimmee FL
    “For I am the Lord who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear.”-Isaiah 41:13

    • 4760.1
      J. says:

      This verse was very special and meaningful to my family in the hospitalization, homegoing, funeral, etc. of my niece. It is even posted at her grave. Even in the middle of very hard things, God can give grace. . . and even JOY and miracles. I am swept away by his goodness and love for all of us. He is ALWAYS faithful. Thanks for posting. Great verse. . . GREAT and mighty God!

  11. 4761
    Lori says:

    Lori, Norwood, MA. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Luke 6:27 – 28/NIV

  12. 4762
    Carol says:

    Carol ~ Webb City, MO
    “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)

  13. 4763
    Jeanie says:

    Jeanie, Arkansas

    Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, Wait, I say, on the Lord!

    Psalm 27:14 NKJV

  14. 4764
    Judy says:

    Judy, Montgomery “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28 NIV
    {Perhaps my verse will explain, not excuse, my tardiness *winking smile*}

  15. 4765
    Renita-Prattville says:

    Renita~~Prattville, Alabama

    Blessed is the (wo)man who perserveres under trail, because when (s)he has stood the test, (s)he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

    James 1:12 NIV

  16. 4766
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl(Alabaster, AL) 1 Corinthians 2:12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.(NLT)

  17. 4767
    wendy says:

    wendy, broken arrow, OK
    “Don’t copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Rom. 12:2 NLT

  18. 4768
    Casey Cody says:

    Casey-Henrietta, TX
    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NIV)

  19. 4769
    Kim says:

    Kim, Corning, NY: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (NKJV).

  20. 4770
    Jeri Cook says:

    Jeri Cook, Missouri City, Texas

    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

    Romans 8:18 NKJ

  21. 4771
    Michelle says:

    Michelle, Russellville ~ fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 ESV

  22. 4772
    Karie says:

    Glen Allen, VA.
    I COR 13: 4-8 ESV
    Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice a wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. LOVE NEVER ENDS.

  23. 4773
    Susan says:

    Susan, Chicago. Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, by fitting your feet with the preparation that come from the good news of peace,
    Ephesians 6:14-15 NET

  24. 4774
    Mary Ann says:

    Mary Ann, Summerville, S.C.
    The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you;
    He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8(NIV)

  25. 4775
    Jennifer says:

    Fort Worth, TX

    For the word of God is living 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. Hebrews 4:12 NIV

  26. 4776
    Debra says:

    Debra, Many, La
    “Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on you chest, and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.”
    Ephesians 6: 14-15 (Holman)

  27. 4777

    Nicole, Prairieville, LA

    “The Lord will fight for you; You need only to be still.”
    Exodus 14:14 NIV

  28. 4778
    Sharon says:

    Sharon, Colorado Springs
    Proverbs 18:10
    The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
    the righteous run to it and are safe.

  29. 4779
    Marilyn says:



    EPHESIANS 6: 10-17 NKJV

  30. 4780
    Sherree says:

    Sherree Hunsberger, Lilburn GA

    “Do not contend with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.”
    Proverbs 3:30

  31. 4781

    I know I am disgustingly late with my verse. A graveyard schedule and all manner of craziness carried my silly little head through the 15th without a clue. Dur. Here is my verse!

    Courtney, Moses Lake, WA

    Matthew 8:13 NASB

    “Go. It shall be done for you as you have believed. And the servant was healed that very moment.”

  32. 4782
    Lydia says:

    Lydia, Norman, OK

    “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore, let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12 NKJ

  33. 4783
    Dustalyn says:

    Dustalyn, Murdock, NE, “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (NIV)

  34. 4784

    Margo, Laramie Wyoming

    To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God,

    to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

    to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
    the oil of joy instead of mourning,
    and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

    They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

    Isaiah 61:2,3 NIV (I plant to memorize 1-4)

  35. 4785
    J. says:

    Janine, Santa Cruz, Bolivia,

    The LORD watches over you—
    the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
    Psalm 121:5 (NIV)

  36. 4786
    Delta Ryan says:

    Delta from Lakeland, Florida

    1 Samuel 15:22-23 (The Message)

    22-23 Then Samuel said,
    Do you think all God wants are sacrifices—
    empty rituals just for show?
    He wants you to listen to him!
    Plain listening is the thing,
    not staging a lavish religious production.
    Not doing what God tells you
    is far worse than fooling around in the occult.
    Getting self-important around God
    is far worse than making deals with your dead ancestors.
    Because you said No to God’s command,
    he says No to your kingship.

  37. 4787
    Tori says:

    HEBREWS 12:1
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

    Tori D. Mays
    Elmer, La

  38. 4788
    Paulette says:

    ISAIAH 41:13 NIV

    For I am the Lord, Your God, Who takes hold of your
    right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will
    help you.

    Paulette P. Mays
    Elmer, La

  39. 4789
    Patti Reavis says:

    For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
    2 Tim 1:6 (NIV)

  40. 4790
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, California
    Isaiah 30:15
    “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentence and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength'”

  41. 4791

    NIV 2 Timothy 1:7
    For God did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power,
    and love and a sound mind.

  42. 4792
    Faith says:

    Goodness…I had a doozy learning mine for the first half of March…I think I’ll be doing that one again. I hope the next one is planted deep in my heart..

    “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (NIV)

  43. 4793

    Phyllis Irving, TX
    2 Timothy 1:7
    For God did not give me a spirit of fear, but of power, and
    of love and a sound mind.

  44. 4794
    Sandra Oakland, Ca says:

    May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Romans 15:13 NSRV

  45. 4795
    jodi says:

    Jodi, Loganville “O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress” Isaiah 33:2 NIV

    (Sorry I’m late posting. We’ve been moving since Wednesday and finally have my new email and internet working! Yay!)

  46. 4796
    Daniela Elliott says:

    Daniela Abingdon, MD

  47. 4797
    Daniela Elliott says:

    Abingdon, MD

    Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen the more understanding you will be given – and
    you will receive even more.

    Mark 4:24 NIV

  48. 4798
    Sallie Markle says:

    Sallie-Beaverton, OR
    Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

  49. 4799
    Lisa says:

    Lisa Hawaii NKJV Romans 6:6 Our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be sone away with, we should no longer be slaves of sin.

  50. 4800
    Julie, KY says:

    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 KJV

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