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. 51
    Kelly says:

    Kelly, Charlotte, NC

    I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

    Psalm 34:1 ESV

  2. 52
    Connie says:

    Connie, Pickerington, OH “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.: NIV Romans 15:13

  3. 53
    julieP says:

    Julie P Tierra Verde Fl

    Romans 8:27 NET

    And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes on behalf of the saints according to God’s will.

  4. 54
    Mary Rue says:

    Mary, Atlanta,GA- “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” Micah 7:8 NIV

  5. 55

    Holly from Charlotte NC

    “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart…” Jeremiah 1:5a (NIV)

  6. 56
    Suzan, Beckley WV says:

    Psalm 121:1-4 (HCSB)

    I raise my eyes toward the mountains
    Where will my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord,
    The Maker of heaven and earth.
    He will not allow your foot to slip;
    Your Protector will not slumber.
    Indeed, the Protector of Israel
    Does not slumber or sleep.

    Can you guess what study my group is doing?

  7. 57
    Sandi Starnes says:

    Sandi from Morristown, Tennessee (my two verses for April)

    Galatians 5:25-26 (MSG)
    Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

  8. 58
    Rene' Pingel says:

    Rene’, Cape Girardeau, MO
    I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19 NIV

  9. 59
    Alicia Keswani says:

    Alicia Keswani, Orlando, FL:

    “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” John 15:4 ESV

  10. 60

    Susan, Greensburg, Indiana.

    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8 NIV

  11. 61
    boomama says:

    Sophie – Birmingham, AL – “And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers.” – Deuteronomy 6:23

  12. 62
    Julie Speyer says:

    Julie, Madison, GA

    If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from The Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
    James 1:5-8, NIV

  13. 63
    Mary says:

    Mary, Westfield, NJ
    “‘Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool.
    What kind of house will you build for me?’ says the Lord.”
    Acts 7:49 (NIV)

  14. 64
    Erin says:

    Erin from Murfreesboro TN
    The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
    Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
    Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
    Psalm 138:8 NKJV

  15. 65
    Vicki Bolton says:

    Vicki, Lubbock, TX. Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
    Jermiah 33:3 NIV

  16. 66
    Candace says:

    Candace, Colorado Springs, CO

    “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”

    Ephesians 6:1- NIV

  17. 67
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Kailua, HI:
    Romans 8:8- Thosr who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

  18. 68
    Berni says:

    Berni, Albuquerque
    “Point out anything in me that offends You,
    and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
    Psalm 139:24NLT

  19. 69
    Natashajk says:

    Kitchener, ON, Canada
    Ecclesiastes 7:12 NIV

    Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter,
    but the advantage of knowledge is this:
    that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.

  20. 70
    Marilyn from Vicksburg, MS says:

    If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever, Amen. 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

  21. 71
    Laura says:

    Laura from Canton MI

    Isaiah 45:8 HCSB
    Heavens, sprinkle from above, and let the skies shower righteousness. Let the Earth
    open up so Salvation and righteousness will spring up with it. I, Yahweh have created it.

  22. 72
    Courtney Haag says:

    Courtney, Flowery Branch, GA

    “Blessed be The Lord because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
    The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trust in Him and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.”

    Psalm 28:6-7 NKJV

  23. 73
    Charlotte Skadal says:

    Charlotte, Houston

    “I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.”

    Psalm 40:1-3 (ESV)

  24. 74
    lisa says:

    Lisa, Houston, TX
    2 Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust and not be afraid.
    The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation.”

    Isaiah 12:2 NIV

  25. 75
    Michelle O'Banion says:

    Hebrews 12:1 HCSB Michelle O’Banion, Grandview, TX

    Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,

    ‘love — throw off the weight and R U N !! <3'

  26. 76
    Faith says:

    Houma, Louisiana
    “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:24 ESV)

  27. 77
    Cindy says:

    Cindy, living in Cochem, Germany: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1 (NIV)

  28. 78
    Elaine Van Dellen says:

    Elaine, Littleton, CO

    “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:1,2 (NIV)

  29. 79
    Yanna Westmoreland says:

    I do not like SSMT rule # something. Unable to comment after a post like that! Good thing God listens to my heart and Jesus is full of joy over all things Beth. I need them both right now. Thank you again Beth for touching my soul through your love for Him.

    Yanna Westmoreland, Bryan, Texas “If I ascend to heaven you are there? If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” Psalm 139:8 ESV

  30. 80
    Janet S. says:

    Bemus Point, NY

    Psalm 66:18 (NASB)

    If I regard wickedness in my heart,
    The Lord will not hear.

  31. 81

    Tempa, Palm Bay, Florida,
    “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”
    Isaiah 61:7 NIV

  32. 82
    Paula Ellis says:

    Paula, Gladewater, TX.
    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. I Thess 5:23-24 NIV

  33. 83
    Volleyball Ginger says:

    The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Ex. 14:14 NIV

    Wetumpka, AL

  34. 84
    Joan, Indianapolis says:

    “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength”.
    Philippians 4:13 NIV

  35. 85
    Tonia Booker says:

    Tonia in Meridian, ID
    Hollman Christian
    Numbers 18:7
    I give you your priesthood as a gift for service

  36. 86
    Sherry says:

    Sherry Youngblood Jay, OK
    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,they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31(NIV)

  37. 87
    Betsy Roberts says:

    Linds … thank you for your recent post on “waiting”. It was the Word that I needed to hear … and I am selecting verse 8 from your post! Blessings dear!

    Betsy Roberts – Antwerp, OH

    Isaiah 30:18 (Amplified)

    “And therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him!”

  38. 88
    Terry says:

    Terry East Peoria, Illinois
    1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

    So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

  39. 89
    Danita says:

    Danita Tippet, Lake in the Hills, IL

    Revelation 21:4 ESV
    He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

  40. 90
    Carol says:

    “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue to know the word that sustains the weary; He awakens me morning by morning; wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” Isaiah 50:4 (NIV)

    Carol Peavy
    Jena, LA

  41. 91
    Stephanie King says:

    Stephanie King – Richardson, TX

    Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT

  42. 92
    fuzzytop says:

    Jasper, TN

    I’m continuing on in Romans 12

    “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

    Romans 12:11, NIV

  43. 93
    Lori says:

    Colossians 3:2-4 NIV

    Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

  44. 94
    Stacey says:

    Stacey Gaines
    Corpus Christi, TX
    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 10:4-5, NIV)

  45. 95
    Hilary says:

    Hilary, Columbus GA

    Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

    Proverbs 3:7-8

  46. 96
    Amanda Porter says:

    Amanda Porter. Lubbock, Texas.

    If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11 NIV)

  47. 97
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Boston, MA
    “He is your constant source of stability; he abundantly provides safety and great wisdom; he gives all this to those who fear him.”
    Isaiah 33:6 NET

  48. 98
    Terese from Warren Mi says:

    In the morning O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

    Psalm 5:3 NIV

  49. 99
    Tamara Ward says:

    Tamara, Alexandria, VA

    Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

    James 1:3 (NIV)

  50. 100
    Siesta Susan says:

    Susan,Fairhope,AL-For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29 (NIV)

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