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. 3751
    Anita says:

    John 14:27
    I am leaving you with a giift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

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    flip flops says:

    Lyn Steriti
    Littleton NH

    Psalm 91:1
    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

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    Linda Turner says:

    Moneta, Va

    Romans 5:5 NIRV
    And hope will never let us down. God has poured His love into our hearts. He did it through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

  4. 3754
    Stephanie says:

    Kansas City, Missouri
    God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things that we cannot comprehend.
    (Job 37:5 HCSB)

  5. 3755
    Marsha Gray says:

    Marsha Gray, Jefferson, ME

    “Keep away from angry, short-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.”

    Proverbs 22:24-25 (NLT)

  6. 3756
    Greta says:

    Greta, Greenville
    In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16, NIV

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    Maryann says:

    Maryann, Norwood, MA,
    One generation will commend your works to another, they will tell of your mighty acts.
    Psalm 145:4

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    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Denham Springs, LA

    “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher,have washed your feet,you should also wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14, NIV

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    Jolene Jenkins says:

    Jolene,Suwanee, GA

    Those who know your name trust in you,for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
    Psalm 9:10 NIV

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    Christi Hudson says:

    Christi Hudson, Newnan, GA

    Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Col. 3:23

  11. 3761
    Jodie Bryce says:

    I fell off the wagon, but I’m back on!
    I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15 NKJV

  12. 3762
    Gina Webster says:

    Gina Webster, Houston, tx

    Colossians 3:12-14 MSG So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

  13. 3763
    janice says:

    Halifax, N.S.

    Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns once and for all on Him,for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
    1Peter 5:7 AMP

  14. 3764
    Megan says:

    Megan-Kansas City, KS
    Ezekiel 11:19 NIV
    19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

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    Megan says:

    Megan from San Diego: “You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15 NIV

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    T says:

    Terry, Indianapolis, IN

    Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
    Colossians 3:23-24 ESV

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    Heather Haan says:

    Heather Haan, O’fallon, MO
    A generous person will be enriched, and the one who provides water for others will himself be satisfied.
    Proverbs 11:25
    NET Bible

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    Kathryn Salley says:

    Greenville, SC
    But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.

    Jeremiah 17:7 NIV

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    Jacci says:

    Jacci, Denver, CO
    “There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor. The eternal God is your refuge and His everlasting arms are under you. He drives out the enemy before you. He cries out, “Destroy them.” Deut 33: 26 & 27 NLT

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    Sheila, Katy, TX
    “Keep away from angry, short-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.”

    Proverbs 22:24-25 (NLT)

  21. 3771
    Ashley Carter says:

    Ashley from Knoxville, TN

    He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.

    John 14:21

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    Georgana SanGiacomo says:

    Georgana, Leo, IN
    “And God raised up up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

    Ephesians 2:6-7, NIV 1984

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    Cindy says:

    Ephesians 3: 17b-19 (NIV)

    17b And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.


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    Kim Leach says:

    Kim, Frankenmuth, MI:

    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.

    Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

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    Nichole C says:

    Nichole C, Nashville, TN

    Psalm 31:16 Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.

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    Brenda Bowman, Houston says:

    For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him

    Colossians 1:19 NASB

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    Donna Sava says:

    Franklin, TN (Sorry I’m SO late!)

    “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”
    Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

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    Kristy, Parker says:

    “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith of greater worth than gold which perishes even though refined by fire – maybe proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1: 6-7 NIV

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    Farrah, Jackson, MS says:

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer! Psalm 19:13 NLT

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    Kelly says:

    Kelly from Sherman, TX. “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.” Titus 2:3 NIV

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    Judy Carroll says:

    Wait,for the day of the LORD is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
    Isaiah 13:6

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    Marilyn Brown says:

    Marilyn Brown, Albuquerque

    I am confident of this: that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.


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    Angela from Pflugerville says:

    Luke 18:27

    New International Version (NIV)

    27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

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    Karen Hitchcox says:

    Psalm 54:4 NAS

    Behold god is my helper. The Lord is the sustainer of my soul…

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    Lauralee Courtney says:

    Sorry, mine is late.
    Lauralee Courtney, Austin, TX

    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
    Phillipians 4:8-9 NIV

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    Ellen, Aurora, OH
    Psalm 28:7
    The Lord is my strength and my safe cover. My heart trusts in Him and I am helped.

  37. 3787
    Kristin says:

    Kristin from Calgary, AB Canada
    1 Corinthians 14:33 (NIV)
    “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”

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    Kat says:

    Hebrews 10:23- ESV Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

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    Gretchen says:

    Gretchen Juncker from Metairie, LA

    He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world!
    1 John 4:4 NIV

    Thank you Lord!!

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    Molly Z says:

    Molly from Pierce, NE

    “The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”

    Psalm 27:1 NIV

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    Becky Scherle says:

    Becky, Waddell

    Proverbs 27:2 (NLT)

    Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—
        a stranger, not your own lips.

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    Jamie says:

    Jamie, Holly Springs, NC

    Proverbs 29:11 — A fool gives full vent to her spirit, but a wise woman quietly holds it back.

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    Melissa Sosebee says:

    “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NLT)

    Waco, TX

  44. 3794
    Deb Neild says:

    Deb Neild, Lansdale, PA
    My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
    Psalm 121:2 NIV

  45. 3795
    Donna says:

    Norwood, Ma

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    English Standard Version (ESV)

  46. 3796
    Cathy Scott says:

    Ps:8:4: what is man that you are mindful of him and the son of man that you care for him. (Esv).San Bernardino Ca.

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    Dana says:

    See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands

    Isaiah 49:16 NIV

    Boerne, TX

  48. 3798
    Leslie says:

    Totally forgot to comment with my new verse!

    Leslie, Spartanburg, SC
    Philippians 1:9: “And this is my prayer that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight”. NIV

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    Heather - On the Road says:

    Heather K. Mosinee, WI

    “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

    Hebrews 6:19a NIV

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    Esther Joy says:

    Mountain Home, AR “When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.” John 15:10 NLT

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