2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 8!

Hey, my beloved Siestas!

I am writing you from a bumpy altitude of about 28,000 feet on my way home from the Greensboro, North Carolina Living Proof Live. It’s Sunday early afternoon, a day later than I was scheduled to fly out. When I checked in at the United Airlines’ desk in Greensboro, a screen popped up saying that my itinerary had been altered and asked if I wanted to proceed. I reviewed the itinerary carefully on the screen and compared it to my schedule and could not for the life of me tell any difference. I shrugged my shoulders and carried on with my check-in and never gave it a second thought.


I got to Washington DC for my layover and looked at the screen in the bustling corridor for the gate number to my 5:10 PM flight and that’s when I saw it. My flight was so delayed out of Honolulu (seriously?? straight to DC??) that our earliest departure would be 11:00 PM that night and, best-case-scenario, would land us in Houston at 1:30 AM. That translates to a final home-getting out in the sticks where I live at about 2:45 AM. Hmmm. When I checked at the customer service desk to see if there had been any update on the schedule, the attendant confirmed the bad news as delicately as she could and added that the flight was at risk of cancellation and that, if she were me, she’d switch to a flight the next day and run for my life to a hotel. Otherwise I could get stranded in the middle of the night with no plan. So, that’s what I did. My dear and most excellent assistant, K-Mac, hopped on her computer at home in Houston and started finding me a hotel room nearby while I stood in another line to book this flight and waited for the next 2 hours in baggage claim for them to find my suitcase.


It all sounds worse than it was because Jesus stayed so near me. Typing those words, I could almost cry. He is so gracious. I’ll get to more of that in just a moment. I tried to call my man a couple of times before I made a final decision but couldn’t reach him. I hated the thought that I was going to cancel out of that flight and come home the next day without even letting him know in advance. When you’ve been married as long as we have, a few days pass and it just doesn’t feel right not to be back together. I started to say, “When you’ve been married as long as we have, you get used to one another,” but I said that not long ago to Keith and he looked at me glibly and said, “Lizabeth, I’m used to my underwear. I love my wife. That’s why I want to be with her.” And it made me laugh.


The older we get, I sometimes have the quickest shot of panic go through me when I say bye to him. It’s only on occasion. The rest of the time I keep my wits better about me. But sometimes before I walk out the door I touch his tan face, lined handsomely by the years and Texas sunshine, and I permit myself the moment’s agony, “What if I never saw this face again??” Ugh. Even now that wells a lump in my throat. I know I’ll see him again in heaven and throughout eternity but he’ll have his immortal body and not the one I helped heap a considerable amount of age on. And he’ll be my brother and not my husband.


That’s kind of a game changer.


I left Keith a few voice mails but had been in baggage claim a while after making the final decision when he called me back. Of course, he gave me his blessing and said he’d never want me in a car in Houston after midnight and out to the country at 2:30 in the morning if we could ever help it. I knew he’d say that but I also knew we’d miss each other that next Sunday morning.


“And now,” Keith said, “I don’t even have to feel guilty about going to a sporting clay shoot tomorrow.” That right there is vintage Keith.


“Honey, you still could have gone.”


“Oh, I know, Sweets,” he said, “I was going to go but I’d have to have felt guilty about it.”


I laughed. Just when I’m feeling all gushy about him, we get a fresh reminder that he and I are still mostly oil and vinegar (not saying which is which because that depends on the day) but at least we like being bottled up together. Yep. Almost all the time these days.


God was so good to us in Greensboro and so spared us the strivings of the flesh with the fullness of His Spirit that I very much did not want to get a bad attitude about the flight drama and 2-hour suitcase search. I also knew that, once I told Sabrina and K-Mac that I was stuck, they were liable to shake their heads as the wonderful, responsible coworkers they are and think again that it’s not the best idea for me to go alone. This is a loving discussion (from all sides) that comes back to the table again and again. They are so dear to me. I have no idea what I’d do without them. The thing is, I love traveling alone. It tends to offer me the strongest sense of Christ’s presence and often seems to amplify His voice to me about the message. But it can on occasion have a challenging side.


This was not really one of them. I laugh every now and then with Sabrina that no matter who she could send with me, I’d have more travel experience than any helper would by about 20 years. I say that laughing. At this point, I am fairly well versed in the airline drill as much as a civilian can be. And I truly do love to fly the friendly skies. Our compromise is that I go alone on a LifeWay event (like Living Proof Live) because they have an incredibly good and familiar system once I land in that city but that, if I’m heading to any other event, I take an assistant. Of course, all that is more than you want to know but I am stuck on this long plane ride and in the mood to talk to somebody. And you’re the one stuck with me.


About an hour and 45 minutes into the wait in baggage claim, I did almost feel like crying for a split second because I’m so completely drained after an LPL and couldn’t yet see rest in sight. I texted Amanda and Melissa and asked them to press in and pray a smile on my face a bit longer. They did.


And I ended up getting more than a smile. Right after that, the United agent in baggage claim told me they’d finally found the suitcase and it would be down in 15 minutes. It was. I cheered when I saw it, both fists in the air, and the agent grinned.


By the time I got to the curb, I’d missed the hotel shuttle by a few minutes and would have to wait another thirty minutes for the next one. I grabbed a cab instead. After checking into the hotel (at a good rate, thank you, Expedia.com), I took the elevator to the fifth floor, and began wheeling my cute, light blue briefcase and big ole suitcase down the hall. That’s when I got tickled. Out loud. I may have even bent over laughing. Our subject matter in Greensboro had revolved strongly around increasing our time in the “secret place” with Jesus. I had told them that I was exhilarated by the challenge and could not wait to get started into a deeper secrecy with Him. Let me just say, Jesus took me up on it.  Immediately. I had all evening with Him then all the next morning with Him. Just the two of us. We ate dinner together. Well, we sat at the same table is what I mean. I think He was fasting. But He was fine company indeed.



(That’s gorgonzola on that beef medallion and the sides are fresh spinach and fried polenta. It was fabulous, especially because I was really hungry.)


I missed Bayou City Fellowship and my brothers and sisters at church so much this morning but, thanks to podcasts, got to have my own church service right there in the hotel room. With Jesus. By myself.


Then I got on this plane, got into the air, put my headphones on and listened to “Crown Him with Many Crowns” (the Chris Tomlin, and Kari Jobe remix on the Burning Lights CD) and cried over the pure awesomeness of this One who saved us by His own blood. It’s always awkward to cry on a plane with a stranger in the next seat touching elbows with you. I opened to the Book of Revelation in my red soft leather Bible and read the passages about crowns cast at His feet and crowns placed upon His head.


Revelation 4:9-11…

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who is seated on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

                11         “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

                        for You created all things,

and by Your will they existed and were created.”



Revelation 19:11-14…


 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written that no one knows but Himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following Him on white horses.


The words kept echoing, “Worthy are You!”


It’s almost more than my heart can bear. Amid the brevity of this vaporous earthly life, we will all soon see the face of the One who is so worthy of our worship and the priority affections of our hearts and the focused attentions of our minds. The One worthy of our faith when we cannot see our way.  Worthy of our taking the way of escape when temptation beckons us into a whirlpool. The One worthy of gracing others because He has forgiven us at so high a price. The One worthy of counting on when the world calls us fools. The One worthy of taking at His glorious Word.


Don’t you on occasion find it slack-jawing astonishing that this same Jesus seeks us out and wants to be with us? It’s happened to you just like it’s happened to me. If you’ve known Him long, you’ve unexpectedly found yourself alone and lonely only to realize that He has temporarily isolated you just to be with you. And you realize you’ve never been less alone in your life.


Most of the time I accept the thought of His pursuit of us with genuine appreciation but with a certain amount of familiarity. I’ve read it enough in Scripture to believe it and receive it and want it in the worst way and enough to feel weird and worried if I go too long without sensing it. Other times, I’m thrown facedown over the wonder of it. I’m there right now. All of us in this community get why we should yearn and press past every obstacle to get to a place alone with Jesus but, seriously, why on earth would He yearn to do the same with humans? It’s just too much to wrap my mind around sometimes.


“He yearns jealously over the spirit that He has made to dwell in us.” James 4:5


Sister, Jesus is hemming you in. If He’s backed you into a corner, it’s not to isolate you but to freshly exhilarate you. He loves you. He’s seeking you out. Slow down and let yourself be caught by this holy jealous-for-you love that will not let you go. We are not just tolerated. We didn’t make it in by the skin of our teeth. We have been planned for and pursued. We are the deep desire of Someone’s heart.


Did you think I’d forgotten why we’re on here today? Smiling.


Nope. It’s just taken me a while to hash out my selection this time around. I know we’re supposed to stick mostly to one verse each 2-week period but I just can’t help myself. Some things can’t be sliced up with a knife and fork and taste the same way on a tongue.


Beth, Houston. 3 When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.  You have given him dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet. Psalm 8:3-6 ESV


You, Lord, YOU crowned us??? What were You thinking?? You have multiplied, O Lord my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts toward us; none can compare with You!” Psalm 40:5


Jesus, we long for the day when You will split the sky like the veil before the Holy of Holies and bound through the heavens on horseback, Your crimson robe whipping in the wind behind You. Every eye will see Your glorious face. And on Your head will be many diadems.


Crown Him with many crowns.


Awake, my soul, and sing.


Let’s have those verses, you Scripture-memorizing women of God.









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  1. 451

    Tonya, Searcy, AR

    “Give all your worries to Him, because He cares about you.”
    I Peter 5:7 NCV

  2. 452
    Laura says:

    Laura from Minneapolis, MN
    “I love you, O Lord, my strength.”
    Psalm 18:1, ESV

  3. 453
    Deidra says:

    Deidra – Waynesboro
    Romans 15:13 NKJV
    Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  4. 454
    Whitney Caves says:

    Whitney Caves
    Clinton, MS
    He yearns jealously over the spirit that He has made to dwell in us.
    James 4:5 ESV

  5. 455
    Kelly Ottaway says:

    Kelly, Jackson, MI:
    “Therefore, we are ambassadors of Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
    2 Cor. 5:20

  6. 456
    Lila says:

    Lila, Salem, OR
    “Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20 HCSB

  7. 457
    Kelly S says:

    Kelly Snodgrass
    Rogersville, TN

    Psalm 51:6 ESV
    Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
    And you teach me wisdom in the secret … heart.

  8. 458
    Sue Smith says:

    Suzy, Grove City, Ohio
    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindnees, humility, gentleness and patience.
    Colossians 3:12, NIV

  9. 459
    Tiffany Pugh says:

    Tiffany, Chester:

    “Furthermore, every [human] priest stands [at his altar of service] ministering daily, offering the same sacrifices over and over again, which never are able to strip [from every side of us] the sins [that envelop us] and take them away — Whereas this One [Christ], after He had offered a single sacrifice for our sins [that shall avail] for all time, sat down at the right hand of God,”

    Hebrews 10:11-12, AMP

  10. 460
    Debbie B. says:

    Debbie B. of Norman, OK
    The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. (2 Peter 3:9 NLT)

  11. 461
    Jody Bowhay says:

    Jody in Huntsville, AL 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV
    And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

  12. 462
    Karen, Lincoln, NE says:

    I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another.
    How my heart yearns within me!

    Job 19:27 NIV

  13. 463
    Lakeisha says:

    Lakeisha, Mays Landing, NJ

    You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you, I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
    Psalm 63:1 NIV

  14. 464
    Jennifer Mosher says:

    1 Peter 3:9 NIV Do not repay evil with evil, or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called, so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9


  15. 465
    Barb. R., Victoria BC says:

    2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

    For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

  16. 466
    Judy Mullins says:

    Judy Mullins, Maple Valley, Wa.

    Ps. 22:19 But you Lord, do not be far from me.
    You are my strength, come quickly to help me.

  17. 467
    Martha Pyle says:

    Martha from Chorpus Christi, Texas

    Rejoice always, pray continually,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  18. 468
    Delores O. says:

    Delores O.
    Lake Stevens, WA
    As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.
    Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whtether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.
    Ecclesiastes 11:5-6 NIV

  19. 469
    Amanda Tracy says:

    Amanda, Durham, NC
    I will give you hidden treasures,
    riches stored in secret places,
    so that you may know that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
    Isaiah 45:3 NIV

  20. 470
    Rachel Ravellette says:

    Rachel Ravellette, Lafayette, IND: Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; celebrate his lovely name with music. – Psalm 135:3, NLT

  21. 471
    Debbie says:

    Debbie from Las Cruces, NM “Therefore, I tell you her many sins have been forgiven – for she loved much but he who has been forgiven little loves little.

  22. 472
    Wendy Coupet says:

    Wendy Couper Peterborough Ontario, Canada
    Don’t copy the behavior 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. (Romans 12:2 NLT)

  23. 473
    Frances says:

    Frances, Orange, TX
    As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man. Proverbs 27:19 NIV84

  24. 474
    Amanda Patton says:

    Amanda Patton, Leawood, KS

    “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will greatly be praised.”

    Proverbs 31:30

  25. 475
    April Holder says:

    April, Diboll.

    For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
    Galatians 1:10(ESV)

  26. 476
    Missie Ables says:

    Missie, Marble Falls, TX
    “And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.” Deuteronomy 8:2 ESV

  27. 477
    Kelly says:

    Bryan, TX
    “Talk and act like a person expecting to be judged by the Rule that sets us free. For if you refuse to act kindly, you can hardly expect to be treated kindly. Kind mercy wins over harsh judgement every time.”
    James 2:12-13 MSG

  28. 478
    Vanessa says:

    Vanessa, Rockport TX
    Do not be afraid, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    Isaiah 41:10

  29. 479
    Jan Horne says:

    Jan Horne
    Bossier CIty, LA

    Psalm 139:23-24 NIV

    Search me, O God, and know my hearl;test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

  30. 480
    Stacy Minor says:

    Big Lake, MN
    Who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
    Isa. 53:1 NLT

  31. 481
    Jenni Gilson says:

    Jenni Gilson
    Gillette, WY

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
    Colossians 3:23 NIV

  32. 482
    Kenin From Greenwood Village, CO says:

    “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”

    Psalm 46:5 | NIV

  33. 483
    Kerry Jo newton says:

    Kerry, Keller. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. 1 Peter 5:6 NKJV

  34. 484
    Allison Herriott says:

    Allison from Chicago IL

    But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13 ESV)

  35. 485
    Robbie says:

    Royal Oak, MI

    Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.

    2 Corinthians 13:11 NLT

  36. 486
    Laura K in SD says:

    Laura K, Spearfish, SD

    For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. Galatians 5:4-5 ESV

  37. 487
    Debra says:

    Debra,San Antonio,TX.

    Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7 TLB

    (Take your problem to Jesus first.)

  38. 488
    Shirley Barry says:

    Shirley Barry, Mooresville, NC
    Matthew 6:6 NIV
    But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

  39. 489
    Donna Munden says:

    Donna, Albuquerque, ” May we fully appreciate that “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 NLT

  40. 490
    Beth M - Atlanta says:

    “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Prov. 22:6 NIV

  41. 491
    Natalie Patton says:

    Natalie Patton, Leawood, KS

    “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NKJV

  42. 492
    Colleen H. says:

    Colleen, Glen Ellyn, IL
    Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? Matthew 7:9-10 ESV

  43. 493
    Mary Nelle Jones says:

    Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV Youngstown, OH

  44. 494
    Amy says:

    Amy from Everett, WA

    I love you, O LORD, my strength.
    The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
    I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
    and I am saved from my enemies.
    Psalm 18:1-3 (ESV)

  45. 495
    Jane says:

    Jane, Port Orchard. “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice”. Eph. 4:31, NASB.

  46. 496
    Patti Hayes says:

    Patti from Tampa:
    My heart bursts its banks, spilling beauty and goodness.
    I pour it out in a poem to the King shaping the river into words.

    You’re the handsomest of men; every word from Your lips is sheer grace,
    And God has blessed You, blessed You so much.
    Strap Your sword to Your side, Warrior!
    Accept praise! Accept due honor!
    Ride majestically! Ride triumphantly!
    Ride on the side of Truth!
    Ride for the righteous meek!

    Your instructions are glow-in-the-dark;
    You shoot sharp arrows into enemy hearts;
    the King’s foes lie down in the dust, beaten.

    Your throne is God’s throne, ever and always;
    The Scepter of Your Royal Rule measures right living.
    You love the right and hate the wrong.
    And that is why God, Your very Own God,
    poured fragrant oil on Your head,
    marking You out as King from among Your dear companions.

    Your ozone drenched garments are fragrant with mountain breeze.
    Chamber music – music from the throne room- makes You want to dance.
    King’s daughters are maids in Your court, the Bride glittering with golden jewelry.

    Now listen, daughter, don’t miss a word:
    forget your country, put your home behind you.
    Be here – the King is wild for you.
    Since He’s your Lord, adore Him.
    Wedding gifts pour in from Tyre; rich guests shower You with presents.

    (Her wedding dress is dazzling, lined with gold by the weavers;
    all her dresses and robes are woven with gold.
    She is led to the King, followed by her virgin companions.
    A procession of joy and laughter!
    A grand entrance to the King’s palace!)

    Set your mind now on sons – don’t dote on father and grandfather.
    You’ll set Your sons up as princes all over the earth.
    I’ll make You famous for generations;
    You’ll be the talk of the town for a long, long, time.
    Psalm 45 (MSG)
    Note: I’m still working on memorizing this one from the 1st, but don’t like to separate the passage into 2 comments.

  47. 497
    Shannon Costanzo says:

    Shannon Costanzo Kissimmee, Florida

    My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. John 10:27 (NIV)

  48. 498
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Montrose, CO:

    Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
    Psalm 119:18 (ESV)

  49. 499
    Deena says:

    Deena from Amarillo, Texas

    And he said to them all, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 KJV

  50. 500
    Peg Suveg says:

    Peg, Naperville, IL

    “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5 (NIV)

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