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.









4,517 Responses to “2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 8!”

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  1. 501
    Mindy B says:

    Mindy B., Gloster, LA – They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “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 4:10b-11 NIV

  2. 502

    Kristen, Largo, FL (Ps. 34:15) NLT “For the eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, His ears are open to their cries for help.”

  3. 503
    Jacie says:

    Jacie from Amarillo, Texas

    “The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” Ps 23:1 KJV

  4. 504
    Kim says:

    Warrensburg, MO

    James 2:5-7 (NLT)

    5 Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? 6 But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? 7 Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name[a] you bear?

  5. 505
    Diane Miller says:

    Diane, Longmont, CO
    No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempeted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV

  6. 506
    Julie says:

    Holland, Michigan

    Teach us to number our days carefully
    so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.

    Ps 90:12 HCSB

  7. 507
    Marti says:

    Marti, Libertyville, IL

    “A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.” Proverbs 14:15 (NIV)

  8. 508
    Lauren says:

    Lauren, Charlotte, NC “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”(Psalms 32:1 ESV)

  9. 509

    Jen, Houston

    “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” Proverbs 13:4 (NIV)

  10. 510
    Leah says:

    Leah, Georgia, NIV Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

  11. 511
    Jeanette Dahm says:

    Jeanette Tualatin, OR Ephesians 4:32 NIV

    Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God for gave you.

  12. 512
    Jenny says:

    Jenny, Houston, TX

    Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s might hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

    1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)

  13. 513
    Claudia says:

    Claudia, Brunswick, Ga.

    Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

    Colossians 3:13 NIV

    April 1verse (spring break overtook my brain…forgot to post)

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

    Colossians 3:12 NIV

  14. 514
    Joyce Davidson says:

    “Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.”
    Psalm 25:8 NIV84

  15. 515
    Nancy says:

    Nancy Keeton- Knoxville, TN

    But when he/she asks, he/she must believe and not doubt, because he/she who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

    James 1:6 NIV

  16. 516
    Diane says:

    Diane from Littleton, CO

    Philippians 1:9-11 NIV

    And this is my prayer: 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 may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ- to the glory and praise of God.

  17. 517
    Lindsey says:

    Lindsey H.
    Gulfport, MS

    “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

    Matthew 6:34

  18. 518
    Kem says:

    Kem, Memphis

    See, I am doing a new thing. Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
    Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)

  19. 519
    bobbie says:

    Bobbie from Ft. Worth James 4:7 NIV

    Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you.

  20. 520
    Betty M says:

    Dear Beth,
    Ps 139: 7 ESV “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence.” Betty M Voltaire ND.
    My computer has a worm, we are buried under a foot of snow and there is sewage backup in our basement!!!

  21. 521
    Tracy says:

    Tracy, Euless, TX

    2 Timothy 1:7
    New International Version (NIV)

    7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

  22. 522
    Bonnie Sandoval says:

    Bonnie B. from Florence, Colorado.

    “Remember, O LORD, Your great mercy and love, for they are from old.”

    Psalms 25:6 NIV

  23. 523
    Kimberly says:

    Kimberly from Amarillo, Tx
    “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45 ESV

  24. 524
    Kim Ray says:

    Kim from Tuscaloosa, AL

    But in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord.
    Always be ready to give an answer to everyone
    Who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
    But do this with gentleness and respect.
    1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)

  25. 525

    Hickory, NC

    “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”

    Isaiah 65:24 KJV

  26. 526
    Erin Gross, Raleigh, NC says:

    “And the God of all grace who called you to his eternal GLORY In Christ, after you have suffered a little while will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10

  27. 527
    susan says:

    Susan Oak Ridge, TN

    Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

    Hebrews 7:25 NIV


  28. 528
    Susan B. says:

    Susan B. – Chapin,SC

    Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret. Psalm 51:6 (ESV)

  29. 529
    Jackie Pope says:

    Jackie, Covington, IN: But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. Romans 8:9 NKJV

  30. 530
    Terry says:

    Washington, IL
    Colossians 3:14 NLT
    Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

  31. 531
    Janet Reeves says:

    Janet – Columbus, GA: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” -2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV

  32. 532
    Robin says:

    Robin, Phoenix
    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 judgment every time. (James 2:12, 13 MSG)

  33. 533
    Tammy says:

    I John 2:15-17
    Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

  34. 534
    Niki Carroll says:

    Niki Carroll, Shelby, NC: “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Rev. 16:15 (NIV)

  35. 535
    Kristen says:

    Kristen S
    Indianapolis, IN
    Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
    ~Psalm 141:3 NIV

  36. 536
    Darlene Johnson says:

    Darlene , Yonges Island, SC. “These are written so that you might believe Jesus is Christ and that believing, you may have life in His name.” John 20:31

  37. 537
    Patty Pierce says:

    Patty Pierce
    Searcy AR
    1Peter 5:7
    Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you

  38. 538
    Amanda E says:

    Amanda E

    Rockwall, TX

    For the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

    Proverbs 3:26 (NLT)

  39. 539
    Denise Ramser says:

    Denise, Gambier Ohio: I love the Lord because he as heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Psalm 116:1 ESV

  40. 540
    Lala Ball Cooper says:

    Lala Ball Cooper in Ruston, Louisiana says … Who is a liar but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son. 1John 2:22 KJV

  41. 541
    Dianne Jones says:

    Dianne Jones, Fairfield, CA – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” – Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV)

  42. 542
    Celeste Hill says:

    Celeste Hill, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 ESV)

  43. 543
    Alta Lynn Blake says:

    Alta, Sharpsville,In,

    Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

    Ephesians 4:32

  44. 544
    Susie P says:

    Susie, Carmel, IN
    “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.
    Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
    Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
    according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.”
    Psalm 25: 4-7

  45. 545
    Stefanie says:

    Stefanie, Moses Lake, WA

    Psalm 40:7-8 ESV

    Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: I delight to do Your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

  46. 546
    Amy Storms says:

    Amy Storms
    Santa Clarita, CA
    Jeremiah 17:7-8, NIV
    But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

  47. 547
    Ana says:

    Ana from Tampa, FL

    I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
    John 16:20-22 (NIV)

  48. 548
    Karlys says:

    Karlys, La Place, LA
    Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
    and the one who gets understanding,
    Proverbs 3: 13 ESV

  49. 549
    Sharon says:

    Sharon, Van TX

    “Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the (wo)man who takes refuge in Him!”

    Psalm 34:8 NIV

  50. 550
    Jenn says:

    Jenn, Orlando Florida
    I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth; a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Psalm 40:1-3 NIV

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