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. 151
    Kim Beechem says:

    Kim Beechem from Center, TX
    “Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth;
    give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.” Psalm 86:11 (NIV)

  2. 152
    Olivia says:

    Olivia, West Sussex, UK.”Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Luke 1v45 NIV

  3. 153
    Nora Greer says:

    Nora, Shreveport, LA
    I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
    Galations 2:20

  4. 154
    Tabitha Schenkel says:

    Tabitha Schenkel
    Liberty, NC

    Create in me a clean heart, o God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 NLT

    (I should be caught up now. Thanks!)

  5. 155
    Carrie Guion says:

    Carrie Guion, Wentzville, Mo.

    Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38

  6. 156
    Lorene says:

    Lorene, Lafayette, LA. Wait for The Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for The Lord.
    Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

  7. 157
    Anne says:

    Anne, Minneapolis
    Proverbs 15:1
    A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. NIV

  8. 158
    Kimberly Baker says:

    Kim Baker, Louisville, KY

    Psalms 30:5-6 ESV
    5 For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
    6 As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”

  9. 159
    Liezil from Stettler, AB says:

    NIV James 2:6-9 But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.

  10. 160
    Sandi hagemann says:

    Sandi, Lewiston, ID

    1 Timothy 6:12 NIV

    Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

  11. 161
    Dawn Williamson says:

    Dawn, South Bend, IN
    The LORD will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life;
    Psalm 121:7 NIV

  12. 162
    Lisa says:

    Lisa, West Des Moines, IA ““Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NLT

  13. 163
    Angie says:

    Angie W. from Liberty, Missouri: 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, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 NIV84

  14. 164
    Dana Banks says:

    Dana Banks, San Angelo, Tx.

    “The knowledge of the truth will set us free.” John 8:32 (NIV).

  15. 165
    Marsha R. says:

    Marsha R. Lexington Park, MD
    If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?
    James 2:16 NIV

  16. 166
    Ashley Sullens says:

    Ashley Sullens
    Kings Mountain, NC

    Psalm 27:5 (NASB)
    For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; he will lift me up on a rock.

  17. 167
    Colette says:

    Colette, Mesa, AZ.

    “Serve the Lord with gladness;
    Come before his presence with singing!”

    Psalm 100: 2 KJV

  18. 168
    Leslie says:

    Milton GA

    Isaiah 28:16 NIV
    So this is what the Sovereign Lord says,
    See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a cornerstone
    for a sure foundation;
    The one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic

  19. 169
    Zakia says:

    Zakia Alcantara. Clarksville, TN

    “He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me.” Psalm 18:19 (NLT)

  20. 170
    Michelle says:

    Michelle~ Watkinsville

    Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
    I Peter 5:8

  21. 171
    Tina from Orlando Fl. says:

    I baptize you with with water. But one more powerful
    than I will come, the thongs of who sandels I am unworthy
    to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
    (Luke 3:16).

  22. 172
    Kari Dobbs says:

    Kari, Frisco, TX
    Hear O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
    Deuteronomy 6:4

  23. 173
    dixie says:

    Dixie, Santa Monica

    Hosea 10:12 NIV

    Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of the unfailing love,
    and break up your unploughed ground;

    For it is the time to seek the LORD, until he comes
    and showers righteousness on you.

  24. 174
    Nicole Burdess says:

    Nicole from Newton, Iowa

    Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:34 HCSB)

  25. 175
    Cindy Amelung says:

    Cindy, St. Louis, MO: “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking (reverently) and (the door) will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 AMP

  26. 176
    Caty says:

    Caty of Stockbridge, GA – That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; ~ I Timothy 6:18 KJV

  27. 177
    Jennifer Crouch says:

    The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)

  28. 178
    Deb says:

    Deb, Windsor, CT:

    “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV

  29. 179
    Lisa Walden says:

    Lisa from Grand Prairie Tx
    Galatians 5:1 (NIV)
    It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

  30. 180
    Sandy says:

    Durant, OK

    Out of the same mouth come praise and worship. My brothers, this should not be. James 3:10NIV

    • 180.1
      Sandy says:

      I accidentally typed worship instead of cursing. I corrected it immediately. Correct version is down below, 8:17.

  31. 181
    Kim says:

    Kim; Warren, ME: Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Jeremiah 17:14 NIV

  32. 182
    Amanda says:

    Amanda, Knoxville. “If I ascend to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold you are there.” Psalm 139:8 NASB

  33. 183
    Richelle says:

    Richelle, Kingston, TN

    Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. 1 Samuel 2:3 (NIV)

  34. 184
    Linda R. says:

    Linda R. Springfield, MO

    The earth belongs to God! Everything in all the world is His!

    Psalms 24:1 Living Bible

  35. 185
    Jennifer Crouch says:

    The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NIV)

    Jennifer Crouch, San Antonio TX

  36. 186
    Dawn, PA says:

    Dawn, Clinton, PA
    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Heb. 11:1, ESV

  37. 187
    DeeDee Myers says:

    DeeDee in Tallahassee – Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5, NIV

  38. 188

    Cheryl, Coffeyville, KS

    “We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22 NIV84

  39. 189
    Janice says:

    Janice -Conroe, Tx

    And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. (Psalms 9:10 NASB)

  40. 190
    Sandy says:

    Durant, OK

    Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. James 3:10NIV

  41. 191
    Gretchen Heilmann says:

    Gretchen, Gahanna, OH– Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.
    Psalm 143:8 NIV

  42. 192
    Becky says:

    Becky, St. Augustine, “So do not fear, 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 NIV

  43. 193
    Phyllis says:

    Phyllis, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
    1 Peter 1:13 NIV
    Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled, set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

  44. 194
    Cheri says:

    For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
    Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
    For he that is dead is freed from sin.
    Romans 6:5-7 KJV

  45. 195
    Jacque K., St. Cloud, MN says:

    But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. James 3:17, NLT

  46. 196
    Susan says:

    Susan – Maynard, MA

    Psalm 36:7 – NIV
    How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

  47. 197
    Sue, Lutz, FL says:

    Strengthen them with Your infinite power, according to Your glorious might, so that they will have everything they need to hold on and endure hardship patiently and joyfully

    Col 1:11 The Voice

  48. 198
    Kay says:

    in Muscle Shoals:

    “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:9

  49. 199
    Andrea Becht-Capon says:

    Andrea from Sioux Falls, SD “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.” 1 Timothy 6:12 ESV

  50. 200
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl, Lewiston, ID Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirement of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Romans 6:14 NLT

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