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. 251
    Kellye Welch says:

    So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. Lamentations 3:26 (NLT)

  2. 252
    Carol says:

    Hartley, IA
    2 Cor 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. NIV

  3. 253
    Hilary says:

    Hilary from Langley, Canada, says:
    “Consider him who endured such opposition from
    sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and
    lose heart.” Heb. 12:3 (NIV)

  4. 254
    Chris says:

    Canton, NC

    “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

  5. 255
    Sandy says:

    Sandy, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Proverbs 13:4 NIV

    The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

  6. 256
    Jennifer says:

    Lexington, KY
    Proverbs 31:17 (CEB)
    “And she works energetically; her arms are powerful.”

  7. 257
    Patrice, Midland, TX says:

    Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV)

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

  8. 258
    Pam says:

    Pam Bryant
    Kountze, Tx.
    You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward recieve
    me to glory.
    Psalm 73:24 NKJV

  9. 259
    Susan from Texas says:

    Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Janes 4:8 NKJV

  10. 260
    Theresa Burwick says:

    Theresa, Cincinnati, God Himself ir right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus. I Cor 1:8, The Message.

  11. 261
    Linda Eddy, Thompsons Station, TN says:

    Isaiah 40: 27 NASB “Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord, and the injustice due me escapes the notice of my God.’?”

  12. 262
    Gloria Culpepper says:

    Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Therefore my beloved brethren, be firm, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not wasted
    I Corinthians 15:57-58

  13. 263
    Faye Tronsgard from Calgary, Alberta says:

    No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)

  14. 264
    April Jones says:

    April Jones, Springfield, IL “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.” 2 Samuel 22:33 (NIV)

  15. 265
    Alyse Tucker says:

    Alyse Woodstock, GA

    “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Psalms 127:1 ESV

  16. 266
    De Anna says:

    De Anna- Greenville SC
    stepping away this time from my pursuit to memorize 1 Peter…and going with

    Hosea 14:2 & $ NIV
    Take words with you
    and return to the Lord.
    Say to him:
    “Forgive all our sins
    and receive us graciously,
    that we may offer the fruit of our lips.
    4 “I will heal their waywardness
    and love them freely,
    for my anger has turned away from them.

    #LproofGreensboroNC13 #SecretsManifest

  17. 267
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Eugene, OR
    “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually.” Psalm 105:4 (ESV)

  18. 268
    Leigh says:

    Leigh, Montgomery, Alabama ~ “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” James 4:17 NLT

  19. 269
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Surprise, AZ

    “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” ~1 John 4:7 (NIV)

  20. 270
    Cathy says:

    Cathy – Dallas, TX
    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

  21. 271
    Kim Pedroza says:

    Kim, Mansfield TX
    Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14 NLT)

  22. 272
    Karen says:

    Karen Stark
    Tallahassee, FL

    For in Him we live and move and have our being…

    Acts 17:28a NIV

  23. 273
    Heather- Conway, AR says:

    “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” I Cor 13:8 NIV

  24. 274
    Jenny Day says:

    Jenny Branson, MO
    Psalm 55:16-18
    But I call to God, and The Lord saves me.
    Evening, morning and noon I cry out in my
    Distress, and he hears my voice. He
    Ransoms me unharmed from the battle
    Waged against me, even though many
    Oppose me.

  25. 275
    Amber says:

    Amber, from Fort Worth

    3. You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You.
    4. Trust in The Lord forever, for The Lord God is an everlasting rock.
    (Isaiah 25:3-4)

  26. 276
    Jane Inman says:

    “Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.” Psalm 105:3 (NAS)

  27. 277
    Sandra Rountree says:

    Sandra Rountree, Swainsboro, GA
    Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 NIV

  28. 278
    Janice, Birmingham, AL says:

    I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NIV)

  29. 279
    Sherri Smith says:

    Sherri Smith, Bellevue NE
    Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken
    Psalm 55:22, NASB

  30. 280
    Julianna says:

    Julianna, Gulf Shores. “Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” -2 Cor. 15;58

  31. 281
    Jane Inman says:

    Forgot to include my city… Jane Inman, Kokomo, IN

  32. 282
    Stephanie, Luling, TX says:

    “But blessed is the one who trusts in The Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7 NIV

  33. 283
    Cindy H says:

    Cindy in Raleigh NC

    Rev 4:11, NIV
    You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.

  34. 284
    Emily Davis says:

    Emily – Loveland, CO –– “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10 (ESV)

  35. 285
    Joanna Duck says:

    Joanna Duck
    Norman, Oklahoma
    And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
    Colossians 3:14 NKJV

  36. 286
    Katie Brown says:

    Katie Brown
    Grenfield, IN

    Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
    Proverbs 22:6 ESV

  37. 287
    Deb, West Fargo, ND says:

    But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
    Gal. 5:22 (NIV)

  38. 288
    Lauren Pezent says:

    Lauren, from Demopolis, AL: “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 ESV

  39. 289
    Jo Ann Julia says:

    Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2 NIV (I do love Beth’s choice of Psalm 8:3-5!)

  40. 290
    Kim Smith says:

    Kim Smith – Senatobia, MS
    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 4:11 ESV

  41. 291
    Teri says:

    But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

    James 1:22

  42. 292
    Betty Murphrey says:

    Betty Murphrey, Wendell, NC

    Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT)
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

  43. 293
    Elaine says:

    Elaine, New Orleans, Louisiana.
    Revelation 4:11 “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.”

  44. 294
    Jo Ann Julia says:

    Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2 NIV

  45. 295
    Libby says:

    Dallas Texas

    Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power at work within us.

    Ephesians 3:20

  46. 296
    Heidi Tracht says:


    Heidi from Nampa, Idaho

    1 John 4:18
    New King James Version (NKJV)

    18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

  47. 297
    Amy says:

    Amy from Custer, SD

    29 You, Lord , are my lamp;
    the Lord turns my darkness into light.

    2 Samuel 22:29 NIV

  48. 298
    Terry Detrick says:

    Terry in Louisa, VA

    This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
    John 3:19-21 NIV

  49. 299
    k.joy says:

    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

  50. 300
    Joan says:

    Joan, Carter Lake IA
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6, 7 NIV)

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