2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 16!

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**Siesta Celebration is January 20-21, 2012**
Hey, Darling Things!

I’m writing you from about 28,000 feet in the air, glancing out at a sunset heavy with steely thunderheads and striped in army blues. I am on my way home the long way from Columbus, Ohio. After our Living Proof Live ended and we ate lunch at the arena, we all headed to our various vans so we could make our ways to the airport. I hopped in the front seat with Rich because Ron and his darling wife Nancy had already headed home. Several of our other buddies were in the back chattering away when Rich overheard me say to my man on the phone, “Honey, I won’t be late! My fight is at 3:47 and I’ll pick back up an hour so I’ll have a nice long evening with you.” Keith was feeling poorly with a chest cold and laryngitis and I really wanted to get back to him.
(Rich) “Beth, you have a layover.”
“A what?”(Like I don’t know what that word means after nearly 30 years in thin air.)
“A layover in Denver on your way home. I think you get home kind of late.”
“But I had a nonstop flight to Columbus!”
“Well, you don’t have a nonstop flight home.”
And he was right. I hadn’t even looked at my arrival time in Houston. So, this afternoon I flew from Columbus all the way to Denver and now I’m on my Denver flight making my way to Houston. This weekend I’ve lost an hour, picked up two, then given one up again. Try to do that math.

But to say it was worth it is an understatement. We had 7000+ women in Columbus, Ohio who were in the mood to lift up some high volume praise to the God who is worthy. We knew we were going to love them within 15 seconds flat. And they were my favorite kind of group in Bible study, too, because they got involved the way a small class would. Super interactive. God so graced us in Ohio and we will remember the time we had with those believers for a long time. I knew God was up to something good when I looked at the stat sheet that K-Mac prepared for me and noticed that the six biggest groups attending the events were six different denominations. There are no words to express to you what that means to us. To God’s credit alone, that’s becoming more the rule than the exception in this season.

I’ve had a very interesting flying day. If you’re on Twitter, I tweeted that the people watching had been extraordinary. You know, I struggle a tad with eavesdropping as it is but when everyone is sharing very big feelings at a very high volume, what is a woman to do? But stare? And so, I nearly cried while a young 40 something Dad with shoulder length hair hugged his varsity baseball-type looking son goodbye as he took off for college for the first time. Both of them had tears streaming down their cheeks. It was a most moving scene and one that I had to restrain myself from joining. Of course, I don’t know if the young man was going away to college or not. I made that part up because it was the best possible scenario to fit the high EQ. The part about the long-haired dad and the varsity baseball-type son was true, however. And they were both crying. If I wouldn’t have to stop and explain when I’m making something up, my posts would go smoother. But somehow I feel an obligation toward confession.

What is indeed an absolute fact is that there was a little girl about six years old that nearly made people punch the windows out of the plane and parachute to Beulah Land while her mother chatted with a friend. Mind you, a six year-old little girl would have to work hard to push me over the edge. I love that age in the largest way. But I was nearly overwrought with the teeming desire to give that darling child a spank offering. But, of course, I wouldn’t have. Goodness knows, I have a deep commitment to all things politically correct.

Well, guess what day it is? August 15th and you know what that means! Spit out your next Scriptures, young ladies, and do it with some fervor. His words are Spirit and life to us. Let’s give them some respect and expect them to do the kinds of things He promised they would. Here’s mine:

Beth, Houston. “Therefore, get your minds ready for action by being fully sober, and set your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:13 The NET Bible

A loved one and I are memorizing this together as he seeks to take the next step in a victorious life that demands sobriety. For some of us, it’s all or nothing. Jesus is the only reason some of us are not passed out in an alley with a newspaper over us. If you have struggled to stay sober and the enemy is doing everything he can to suck the life out of you and steal everybody you love, one by one, don’t stay in the shadows. Get out in the light. Own up and let some people cheer you onto sobriety and victory. YOUR GOD IS ABLE TO DELIVER YOU. Do what you have to do so that you can do what you want to do. You have a calling to fulfill.

I never want to get where we’re playing church around here. The salvation of Jesus Christ is real and it has huge practical ramifications in everyday life here on this fallen planet. Let’s not just talk it. Let’s do it.

Therefore, get your minds ready for action by being fully sober.


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  1. 1701
    Jean Hines says:

    Jeanie from Martin SD
    And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9 KJV

  2. 1702
    Kristi Stewart says:

    II Timothy 1:12 nib

    That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

    Kristi Knoxville TN

  3. 1703
    Jessica S says:

    Jessica, Winston-Salem, NC

    “Instruct them to do as many good deeds as they can and to help everyone. Remind the rich to be generous and share what they have. This will lay a solid foundation for the future, so that they will know what true life is like.” 1 Timothy 18-19 (CEV)

  4. 1704
    Debbie Scherrer says:

    Debbie, Sevierville
    Trust in Him at all times o people, pour out your hearts to Him for God is our Refuge Selah
    Psalm 62:8

  5. 1705
    Regina Ross says:

    “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.” Phil 4:8 (NIV)

  6. 1706
    elaine says:

    so late… sorry!!!

    Elaine – Brea, CA

    Romans 12:15 (NIV)
    Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

  7. 1707
    emily says:

    Emily Mechanicsville, VA A fool shows his annoyance at once but a prudent man over looks an insult. Probervs 12:16 NIV

  8. 1708
    Kristin says:


    Clearwater, FL

    “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 in long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit.”
    Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT
    In memory of my Dad who has very recently gone to be with the Lord.

  9. 1709
    Christy says:

    Christy, Summit, MS; “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NIV

  10. 1710
    Diane Roth says:

    Diane, Florence Proverbs 3:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction, but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured. KJV

  11. 1711
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie Mann
    Mount Carmel, TN

    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
    Joshua 1:9 NIV

  12. 1712
    Josie says:

    Josie, Tucson
    Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
    John 14:6 (NIV)

  13. 1713
    Laurie in San Juan Capistrano says:

    “And this is my prayer for you: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.”
    Phil. 1:9-10 NIV

  14. 1714
    Christy says:

    Christy, Talking Rock, Georgia.

    Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)

  15. 1715
    Grace Robertson says:

    Grace, Silver City, NM
    11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
    Titus 2:11-14

  16. 1716
    Ellen Roth says:

    Ellen from Bad Axe
    in Michigan’s Thumb

    I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
    Ps. 139:14, NIV

  17. 1717
    Molly says:

    Molly, Wilmington, DE:
    “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:3-4 (NIV)

  18. 1718
    Barbara says:

    Barbara, Warner Robins, GA

    Romans 2:1 NCV

    If you think you can judge others, you are wrong. When you judge them, you are really judging yourself guilty, because you go the same things they do.

  19. 1719
    Dwynne says:

    Dwynne, Chapman KS (NIV)

    Psalm 25: 4-5
    Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.
    Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you
    are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

  20. 1720
    Angela says:

    Angela; Covington, GA

    Make allowances for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 (NLT)

  21. 1721
    Linda says:

    Linda, Carolina Beach, NC
    “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by it’s deceitful desires. To be made new in the attitude of your minds and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
    Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV

  22. 1722

    Melissa Clovis, CA “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38, ESV)

  23. 1723

    Larissa Simpson Benbrook, Tx

    “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,to the one who seeks him” Lamentations 3:25(NIV)

  24. 1724
    Lynn Miller says:

    Lynn, Lubbock. “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NLT

  25. 1725
    Alyson says:

    Alyson – Tallahassee
    Galatians 3:3 (NIV) – Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?

  26. 1726
    Cathy, Johnson City says:

    Be beautiful inside, in your hears, with the lasting charm of a gentle and quiet spirit which is so precious to God.
    1 Peter 3:4 TLB

  27. 1727
    Luann says:

    Luann, Grand Junction CO

    {i want to mix multiple versions together on this one!}

    Proverbs 12:16 (New International Version 1984)

    16 A fool shows his annoyance at once,
    but a prudent man overlooks an insult.

  28. 1728
    Sharon Jenkins says:

    Modesto, California
    Habakkuk 3:2
    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 know; in wrath remember mercy.

  29. 1729
    Wanda says:

    Osborn, Missouri

    Psalm 138: 8 (ESV)
    The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me;
    Your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
    Do not forsake the work of Your hands.

  30. 1730
    Cindy says:

    Cindy – Lake City, FL
    James 1:19 (NIV)
    “..Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

  31. 1731
    Bobbie says:

    Bobbie, Ft. Walton Beach, FL:
    My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
    James 1:19 (NIV)

  32. 1732
    Joyce says:

    Sparta, NJ

    “Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:16-17 (ESV)

  33. 1733
    sheryl says:

    Sheryl, Rocky Mount, NC Isa. 40:31 (NIV) But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, and they will walk and not be faint.

  34. 1734
    Vicki says:

    Murfreesboro, TN

    Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV)
    “Be very careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

  35. 1735
    Heisfaithful says:

    Eugene, OR

    “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the woman who takes refuge in him.”

    Psalm 34:8 NIV

  36. 1736
    lisa Johnson says:

    My help comes from the LORD,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

    Psalm 121:2 (NIV)

  37. 1737
    Emily Babb says:

    Emily, Thibodaux- The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
    they go down to a man’s inmost parts. (Proverbs 18:8 NIVUK)

  38. 1738
    Cathy says:

    Cathy, Rhinebeck. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23(NIV)

  39. 1739
    Pat says:

    “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.”
    Isaiah 41:13 NIV

    Crawfordsville, IN

    This verse is very much alive to me after attending the Sugarland concert this weekend at the Indiana State Fair. Please pray for all those affected by the tragedy.

  40. 1740
    Brenda K. Orlow says:

    Brenda – Jordan, MN
    “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 NIV

  41. 1741
    Emily Jordan says:

    Emily Jordan
    Virginia Beach, VA

    I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
    Philippians 4:13 NIV

  42. 1742
    Julie says:

    Julie, Waco
    “God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.” Psalm 18:30 NLT

  43. 1743
    MaryAnn says:

    MaryAnn, Cincinnati

    2 Timothy 2:21 “Therefore, if anyone cleanses *herself* from what is dishonorable, *she* will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.”

  44. 1744
    Teresa says:

    He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalm 121.3 NASB

  45. 1745
    Tara says:

    Greensboro, NC

    Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name.

    Deuteronomy 10:20

  46. 1746
    Jana says:

    Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

    Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 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.

  47. 1747
    Jeannette says:

    Jeannette from Ellicott City, MD

    “And my God will supply your every need according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

    Phil. 4:19 NET

  48. 1748
    Heidi Tracht says:

    Heidi Tracht
    Nampa, ID

    Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.

    2 Chronicles 20:15b (NIV)

  49. 1749
    Barb Schwarz says:

    Barb S., Madison, WI
    “Good [is] Jehovah for a strong place in a day of distress. And He knoweth those trusting in Him.”
    Nahum 1:7, Young’s Literal Translation

  50. 1750
    SandyT/kc says:

    “I run the path of Your commands, for You have set my
    heart free.” Psa 119:32 NIV

    “Be still before The Lord and wait patiently before
    Him.” Ps 37:7a

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