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. 301
    Claudia Clark says:

    Claudia, Raeford, NC How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the L ord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit! (Psalms 32:1, 2 NASB)

  2. 302
    Elizabeth says:

    Elizabeth, Broomfield, CO
    Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.

    2 Tim 4:2 (HCSB)

  3. 303
    Louise Denton says:


    In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make your paths straight.
    Proverbs 3:6 NIV

  4. 304
    Thelisa Nutt says:

    Thelisa, Mansfield, TX.
    ” So give Your servant an understanding mind and a hearing heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and bad. For who is able to judge and rule this Your great people?” 1 Kings 3:9 AMP

  5. 305
    Joy French says:

    Joy – Georgetown, TX – “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25 NIV

  6. 306
    Deb Davis says:

    Deb – Loveland, CO – “She opens her mouth with wisdom and on her tongue is the law of kindness.” Proverbs 31:26 (NKJV)

  7. 307
    Ellen Hollenshead says:

    Ellen, Albuquerque. The Lord your God is with you,the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

  8. 308
    Sue says:

    Sue, Groveport OH
    Psalm 91:9-10. NIV

    “If you make the Most High your dwelling, even the LORD, who is my refuge, then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near ypur tent.”

  9. 309
    Freida Peel says:

    Freida, Chatham,LA “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” Psalm 103:8 NIV

  10. 310
    Amy says:

    Amy, Tyler,TX

    But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

    James 3:17-18

  11. 311
    Amanda says:

    Albuquerque, NM
    “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.”
    Galatians 5:13 (NLT)

  12. 312
    Judy says:

    Panama City, Fl
    I Kings 8:23 (NLT)
    O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below. You keep Your convenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before You in wholehearted devotion.

  13. 313
    Kim, Russellville says:

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

  14. 314
    Brenda J says:

    Brenda – Hendersonville TN
    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. Isa 41:10 NIV

  15. 315

    Debbie — Keller, TX

    Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.

    Luke 12:32 (HCSB)

  16. 316
    Aimee McBroom says:

    Seriously! I seem to be in a period of time, where God really wants me to fully understand how much He loves me and how much He wants to be close to me. The last several weeks, every time I open my Bible, go to church or read anything, the message has been about the fact that I’m his daughter, that He is near, and that if I truly seek Him I will find Him. Your blog this morning has been no exception to this rule! Thank you for letting God use you to speak into my life!
    PS I got your reply to my letter…I almost started crying! Thank you!

  17. 317
    Lindsay says:

    Lindsay from Boston, MA: “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3:2 NIV

  18. 318
    Cheryl Cannon says:

    Cheryl, Concord, NC
    “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
    Matthew 5.9 ESV

  19. 319
    Heather Olsen says:

    Heather, Colorado Springs, CO
    Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. James 3:4 NIV

  20. 320
    Denise says:

    Denise, San Antonio

    Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!
    – Psalm 31:24 ESV

  21. 321
    Sue says:

    Sue from Chadron, NE
    Proverbs 29:25 NKJV
    The fear of man brings a snare. But whoever trusts in The Lord shall be safe.

  22. 322
    Cyndi Stresing says:

    Cyndi Reallybehindinherscripturememorizing from Syracuse, NY : “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”
    1 Peter 5:7 NIV

  23. 323
    Michele says:

    Michele, CA The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee. Is 26:3 NASB

  24. 324
    Kathy, Warsaw, IN says:

    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

  25. 325
    Tammie says:

    Tammie from Ferris, TX

    Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicke, when it comes, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot frm being caught.

    Proverbs 3:25-25 ESV

  26. 326
    Leah says:

    Leah Cullen – Ramona, CA

    Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26 (ESV)

  27. 327
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Cullman, AL
    And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NIV)

  28. 328
    Eva says:

    Eva, Knoxville – (cont) The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in His high position. James 1:9 (NIV)

  29. 329
    Laura says:

    Laura, Little Rock. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such as 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 (NIV 84)

  30. 330
    Cami Matthews says:

    Cami, Oklahoma City. “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them” Hebrews 6:10 NIV

  31. 331
    Heidi says:

    2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)
    For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

  32. 332
    danae says:

    danae | lafayette, in
    when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; & through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, & the flame shall not consume you. — isaiah 43:2 [esv]

  33. 333
    Lisa Friedrichs says:

    Lisa, Frisco Tx – Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT)

  34. 334
    Dawn Atwood says:

    Dawn, Colleyville,TX
    Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3, NIV

  35. 335
    Brandi says:

    Brandi, Ft. Worth, TX
    1 Peter 5:6-7 NASB

    Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

  36. 336
    Laurie Hartman says:

    Laurie, Syracuse
    For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. I COr 6:20 NASB

  37. 337
    Shannon says:

    Shannon from Starkville, MS

    Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalms 27:14 ESV

  38. 338
    Dee says:

    Dee from Visalia, Ca
    For this reason I kneel before the father from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ my dwell in your hearts through faith ( Ephesians 3:14-17 NIV)

  39. 339
    Liz says:

    Liz, Bloomfield: “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV ’84

  40. 340
    Beverly says:

    Beverly,Pearland, TX
    James 3:17-18 TNIV
    But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers whos sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

  41. 341
    God's not-so-little Dutch girl says:

    Joan, Portage, MI

    “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place & gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven & on earth & under the earth, & every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 NIV

  42. 342
    Mary says:

    Silver Spring, MD
    Proverbs 29:17
    Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire.

  43. 343
    Kaitlin says:

    Kaitlin, Mound, MN. “Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love?” James 4:5 AMP

  44. 344
    Pamela McDonald says:

    Pam Hendersonville, NC
    “Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” KJV

  45. 345
    Lauren says:

    Lauren, Dedham, MA: “Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.” Psalm 25:7 (NIV)

  46. 346
    Tammy Goodwin says:

    Tammy from Fort Myers, Florida: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 HCSB

  47. 347
    Beth says:


    “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power,for ever and ever!”
    Rev 5:13(NIV)

  48. 348
    Erin says:

    Erin, Alabaster, AL

    Psalm 9:10 ESV

    “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.”

  49. 349
    Rachel D. says:

    Rachel D., Meridian
    Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. Proverbs 30:5, NLT

  50. 350
    Janice says:

    Janice, Harrison

    ” And He said to them all, ‘If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself (disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself) and take up his cross daily and follow Me ( cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also)’. ” Luke 9: 23. AMP

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