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. 3801
    Teri Schultz says:

    Teri, Aledo, TX
    “The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.” Psalm 25:9-10 (NKJV)

  2. 3802
    Tracee says:

    Tracee, Morristown, TN

    I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.

    Romans 15:13 CEV

  3. 3803
    Janet Norwood says:

    Janet, Lenoir, NC: I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Psalm 61:4 NIV

  4. 3804
    Lyne, Goshen KY says:

    Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
    Psalm 119:105 NIV

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    Kathleen Gunter says:

    Kathleen from Wylie Texas
    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

  6. 3806

    Barbara, Fredericksburg, VA
    I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. Psalms 119:10 NIV

  7. 3807
    Belinda C says:

    Belinda from Blacklick, OH

    2 Timothy 2:11-13 “The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him. 12~ if we endure we will also reign with him,; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13~ if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself. (ESV)

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    Auneca says:

    Auneca from Donalsonville, GA
    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23 NIV

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    Shirley; Fair Oaks, CA says:

    Bless the Lord, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Psalm 103:22, NKJV

  10. 3810
    Dana OKeefe says:

    Dana, Pace, FL
    Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Luke 5:5 NIV

  11. 3811
    Talia says:

    Talia Cincinnati Ohio
    “If you return, then I will restore you-Before Me you will stand and if you extract the precious from the worthless you will become My spokesman.”

    Jeremiah 15:19 NASB

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    Kristin says:

    Kristin, Charlotte, NC
    “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.” Colossians 3:17, NIV

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    Angie says:

    Angie, Chillicothe, Missouri
    Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. Psalm 34:5, NIV

  14. 3814
    Kay Daniels says:

    Kay Daniels, Little Rock, AR

    For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

    2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)

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    Breanna Dennis says:

    Breanna Dennis, Belle Vernon PA
    (Sorry so late!)
    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)

  16. 3816
    Liz says:

    Liz, Costa Mesa, CA

    “Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.”

    Prov 4:23 NIV

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    Pamela Mendoza says:

    Cypress, CA
    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
    Psalm 32:8 NIV

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    Jessica Carroll says:

    Jessica, Hull
    Do everything without complaining or arguing. Then you will be blameless and innocent. You will be God’s children without any faults among people who are crooked and corrupt. You will shine like stars among them in the world.
    Philippians 2:14-15
    God’s Word for Girls

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    Alice Carroll says:

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

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    Sonya says:

    Aurora Colorado
    The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1 NIV)

  21. 3821
    Debbie says:

    Psalm 57:10 NIV
    For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens;
    Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

    Millen, Georgia

  22. 3822
    Katie Davis Nottingham, UK says:

    “Be still & know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations.
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

    Psalm 46:10

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    Heather Rattray says:

    Heather, Louisville. “because you’re steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name.”
    Psalm 63:3-4 (NRSV)

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    Robyn says:

    Lake Wylie SC

    Eph. 1:7
    He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

  25. 3825
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, living in Gruitrode, Belgium

    And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord;
    It shall rejoice in His salvation.
    Psalm 35:9 NKJV

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    Lorie Z says:

    Lorie, Centreville,
    “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
    To the person who seeks Him.
    It is good that he waits silently
    For the salvation of the Lord.”

    Lamentations 3:25 NASB

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    Kim says:

    Kim, Austin, AR

    Every word of God is pure;
    He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

    Proverbs 30:5, NKJV

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    Melonie, Denver says:

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

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    Penny from Jacksonville, Fl says:

    Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

    Matthew 6:8

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    Pam says:

    Pam, Cary, NC

    Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect

    1 Peter 3:15 NIV

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    Janae says:

    Isaiah 46:4 NIV

    Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you. I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

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    Kim Davis says:

    Kim, Lakeland, FL

    Hebrews 6:19a (NIV)

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

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    Nena Jackson says:

    If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face. But if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.” Luke 14:11 MSG

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    Janet Schmoll says:

    Janet, Holmes Beach, FL

    Therefore Jesus said again,

    “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep…

    I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.
    He will come in and go out, and find pasture.”

    John 10:7,9 NIV

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    Mary says:

    Mary, Olney Springs
    Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

    James 1:13-15, NKJV

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    Carol Crabtree says:

    Carol from Farmers Branch:
    Woops! I’m so late!

    Verse is Galatians 5:16 (NASB)

    “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.”

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    Sarah Doll says:

    Sarah Doll, Chattanooga TN

    John 14:6 ESV
    “Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

  38. 3838
    Holli says:

    Bryan, Texas

    Malachi 3:9
    A curse is on all of you because the whole nation is cheating on me.

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    Terri Carey says:

    Terri, Plano TX
    “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”
    Prov 4:23, NIV

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    Katelyn Moore says:

    Katelyn, Tulsa, OK. “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.” Malachi 4:2 ESV

  41. 3841
    Connie Blaut says:

    Connie Blaut from Amarillo, TX

    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self discipline.
    2 Timothy 1:7 NIV

  42. 3842
    DLynn Miracle says:

    DLynn, Argyle, Tx
    Isaiah 51:11 NIV
    The ransomed of the LORD will return.
    They will enter Zion with singing;
    everlasting joy will crown their heads.
    Gladness and joy will overtake them,
    and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

  43. 3843
    anna says:

    kansas city

    “And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness-secret riches. I will do this so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.”

    isaiah 45:3 NLT

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    Cameron says:

    Cameron, Maumee, Ohio
    “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.” Colossians 3:17, NIV

  45. 3845
    Kim Lewis says:

    Kim, Huffman, TX. “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prov. 12:18, NIV).

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    Vicki K. says:

    Vicki K. from Houston

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
    Romans 8:28 NIV

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    Wanda says:

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

  48. 3848
    Soozi says:

    Soozi, Lexington. “I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” (Ephesians 1:16-18 NLT)

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    Kym S says:

    “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV

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    Kathryn says:

    Kathryn, Oceanside, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

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