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. 3851
    Nedrea Haley says:

    Nedrea Haley from Hoover, Alabama

    We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV

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      Nancy says:

      Hebrews 11:40 NIV
      God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

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    Maria says:

    Maria – Katy, TX

    John 12:24 (NIV 84)
    I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

  3. 3853
    Carrie says:

    Carrie-San Angelo, Tx
    Proverbs 2 3-5
    If you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

  4. 3854
    Lynne J. says:

    Lynne J. – Gainesville, VA

    Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
    Philippians 2:14 KJV

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    Aja says:

    Aja–Houston, 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. Philippians 4:8 NIV

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    Monica says:

    Monica, nampa, Idaho. “Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights. His faithful love endures forever.” Ps. 136:7. NLT

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    Gena says:

    Gena Texarkana, AR.
    He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love.

    1 John 4:8 ( NIV)

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    Johnna Beene says:

    Johnna, Bulverde, TX
    NIV Isaiah 42:3-4
    In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
    he will not falter or be discouraged
    till he establishes justice on earth.

  9. 3859
    Paula says:

    Paula, OKC, OK: “…I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die…” John 11:25-26 NIV

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    Kristin says:

    Kristin – Jacksonville, AL

    In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 ESV)

  11. 3861
    Emily Bravenec says:

    Emily from Glenn Heights, TX

    “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is he who takes refuge in him” -Psalms 34:8 NIV

  12. 3862
    Brooke says:

    Brooke, Issaquah, WA
    “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?” Psalm 56:3 NIV

  13. 3863
    Elizabeth W. says:

    Elizabeth W., Syracuse, NY
    Isaiah 55:9 MSG
    For as the sky soars high above earth,
    so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
    and the way I think is beyond the way you think.

  14. 3864
    Abby Kaufman says:

    Abby Kaufman,
    Vacaville CA

    “Be still and know that I am God!”

    Psalm 46:10

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    Tammy says:

    Tammy, Boiling Springs, NC, James 1:20 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:20

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    Deb Weaver says:

    Deb, Pelzer, SC

    2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV): “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

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    Meredith says:

    Meredith from Blacksburg, VA

    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.

    Romans 8:18-19 ESV

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    Karey Bourgeois says:

    Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises. May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other — each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Romans 15:4-6

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    Gina says:

    Gina, Waynesville, NC

    Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually!

    1 Chronicles 16:11 AMP

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    Brenna Love says:

    Brenna, Chatham, IL

    James 1:26 (NIV)

    If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

  21. 3871
    Megan Morrison says:

    Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. (2 Timothy 2:16 NIV)

    Megan, Texas

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    Jana Benton says:

    Jana from Austin:

    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

    Hebrews 13:8 NIV

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    Kristin says:

    “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.” Colossian 3:17 (NIV)
    Kristin, Clearwater, Florida

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    Stacy, Spring TX says:

    Psalm 13: 5-6 (NIV)

    5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
    6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

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    Sandy says:

    Bowie, MD
    KJV, Ephesians 3:17 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,”

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    Abby says:

    Abby-St. Louis
    Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also. (Hebrew 13:3 NKJV)

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    Sarah Howard says:

    Sarah H. – Conroe, TX

    Jeremiah 24:7 NIV
    I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.

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    Tracy hill says:

    Tracy from Wichita falls, Tx
    1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV,” Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

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    Laura Berg in Carlsbad says:

    Laura Berg, Carlsbad, CA

    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
    John 13:34-35 NIV

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    Linda Barnes says:


    And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
    Hebrews 10:24(ESV)

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    Rachel Sweatt
    Canyon, tx

    To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, (Ephesians 3:8 ESV)

  32. 3882
    Julene Notman says:

    Julene, Cowiche, WA
    2Corinthians 4:18 NIV
    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

  33. 3883
    Sabine Bagyura says:

    Sabine, Surrey, United Kingdom
    Psalms 27:14
    Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

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    Liz Taylor says:

    Liz Taylor, Washington D.C.
    Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (Romans 12:9 ESV)

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    Jennifer Kelley says:

    See, God has come to save me.
    I will trust in him and not be afraid.
    The Lord God is my strength and my song;
    he has given me victory.” Isaiah 12:2 NLT

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    Ashley Honea says:

    Ashley Honea, San Angelo, TX “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NASB

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    Ashley says:

    Ashley, Duette, Fl. “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NIV)

  38. 3888
    Ruth says:

    Ruth, Austin, Texas

    He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

    1 John 3:8

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    Alicia Dutton says:

    Alicia, Houston, TX
    Hebrews 11:1
    “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” NIV

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    cathy says:


    Give ear to my words O Lord consider my sighing

    Ps 5:1

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    Heidi V says:

    Heidi ~ Oak Harbor, WA
    What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Cor. 2:9 ESV

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    Carolyn Cook says:

    Carolyn from St. Peters
    they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot agains a stone. Psalm 91:12 NIV84

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    Jenna Lupo says:

    Jenna Lupo
    Huntsville, AL
    “This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living GOD, who is the SAVIOR of all people, particularly all believers.” 1 Timothy 4:10 (NLT)

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    Jamie Carpenter says:

    Jamie, Moore,OK
    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
    I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

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    Tenda says:

    Tenda from Bellevue WA

    “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)

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    Elaine Brady says:

    Elaine, Jefferson, Ga

    By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones. By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. (Hebrews 11:22-24 NIV)

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    Connie Hareman says:

    Connie from Fairhope, AL Watch for the day of the Lord is coming when your possessions will be plundered right in front of you! Zach 14:1 NLT

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    Sarah Tolson says:

    Sarah, San Diego.

    An oldie, but a goodie.. need to have this at my fingertips this month.

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer. 29:11

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    Kelly says:

    Kelly Womack Fort Smith, AR

    Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.” HCSB

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    Dori Cook says:

    Sorry to be late the party this month, but my Dad passed away last month and I’m still playing catch up!!

    Dori Cook
    Spring Hill, TN

    “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.” Micah 7:7 HCSB

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