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. 3901
    Pattie Self says:

    Pattie Self, San Angelo, TX
    He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-
    how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all
    things? Romans 8:32 NIV

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      Wendi Dominguez says:

      I’m sitting here in LA reading this blog and the first comment I see is from you–in San Angelo, TX! My hometown! It is a small world sometimes. Hope you are doing well there!!! 🙂

      Wendi Dominguez

  2. 3902
    Tracy Baker says:

    Tracy, Kountze,Tx
    This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. James1:19 NASB

  3. 3903
    Lisa says:

    “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for them who trust in Him.”
    Nahum 1:7 NIV

  4. 3904
    Karen hayes says:

    Karen Hayes of Richmond, VA: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16 (NIV)

  5. 3905
    Faye Reed says:

    The Lord confides in those who fear him, he makes his covenant know to them. Ps 25:14 NIV

  6. 3906
    April Hayes says:


    If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit who dwells in YOU.

    Romans 8:11 ESV

  7. 3907
    Charlsie McDaniel says:

    Charlsie from Austin, TX
    “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

  8. 3908
    Candice Childers says:

    Candice C.
    Ferris, TX
    Always late, haha

    “Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God.”
    1 Peter 4:10 HCSB

  9. 3909

    Chelsie, Farmington, MI

    Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!

    Luke 1:45, NIV

  10. 3910
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie – Tampa, FL

    Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matt 11:28 NIV

  11. 3911
    Kristi says:

    I am completely overcome, knowing that Jesus sent you Beth into my life. My oh so quiet all day alone life, to give me comfort. My family comes in late in the day so loving me the way they do, but only Jesus could send a woman who speaks the words in my soul. Thank you. I don’t read every post only sometimes, but I do watch Weds. with Beth and now even some on youtube.The enemy has no power over you, whatever he may try, ours is a mighty Lord who protects and raises His own to their feet again. Much love to you and all yours where ever they may be.

  12. 3912
    Debra Hamson says:

    Debra – Dahlgren, IL

    Casting all your care upon Him,
    for He cares for you.

    1 Peter 5:7 NKJV

  13. 3913
    Katie says:

    Katie – Decatur, IL

    So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. (Romans 14:19 NASB)

  14. 3914
    Christine McClung says:

    Christine in Columbus GA.
    For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Col 1:9-14 NIV

  15. 3915
    Taffy Orvin says:

    Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.

    James 4:8, NASB

  16. 3916
    Ann says:

    Ann, Cataula, GA
    Lord, You have brought light to my life; my God, You light up my darkness. In Your strength I can crush an army, with my God I can scale any wall.
    Psalm 18:28, 29 (NLT)

  17. 3917
    Margaret Paulson says:

    Margaret ~ Tulsa, OK
    They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Psalm 145:5 NIV 1984

  18. 3918
    Emma says:

    Emma – Adelaide, South Australia
    “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus”
    Colossians 3:17 NIV

  19. 3919
    Kristi Loper says:

    Clovis, California
    Philippians 1:9-10 NIV
    9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

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    Pam, Plain City, OH says:

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
    II Timothy 1:7 NKJV

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    Caryol Meyer says:

    We wait in hope for The Lord. He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice for we trust in His holy Name. Ps 33:20-21

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    Georgia 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 givne me victory. Isaiah 12:2

  23. 3923
    Lise Ode says:

    Lise, Cumming, GA
    The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary, He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
    Isaiah 50:4 NIV

  24. 3924
    Inez Barnes says:

    Inez Barnes
    Hamburg, AR

    1Thessalonians 5:18 NIV
    Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you (Inez) in Christ Jesus.

  25. 3925
    Sarah Couch says:

    Sarah- Poplar Bluff MO

    Psalm 51:7
    Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow. (NIV)

  26. 3926
    Pam Adams says:

    Pam in Chiangmai, Thailand — Romans 15:13 NLT
    I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

  27. 3927
    Meghann says:

    Meghann, Lawton, OK

    “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

    Psalm 37:4

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    Meredith Parker says:

    “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12 ESV

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    Teresa Maldonado says:

    Teresa, Austin, TX

    2 Corinthians 3:5 (NASB)
    Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy comes from God.

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    Oh, I’m soooooooooo sorry to be so late. My verse eight is short and sweet but it is what my Jesus calls to me and it wrecks me right now!

    Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away!
    Song of Solomon 2:10 ASV

    Shellie Tomlinson
    Lake Providence, LA

  31. 3931
    Renada Hays says:

    Renada, Sedalia CO.
    Stand firm when he attacks you. Trust the Lord and remember that other Christens all around the world are going through these sufferings too. 1 Peter 5:9 The Living Bible.

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    Kathi says:

    Kathi – Kingwood, Tx

    “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

    -1 John 4:12 (NIV)

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    DeAnn from Southlake says:

    What is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? Psalm 8:4 ESV

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    Sarah B. says:

    Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (ESV)
    Portales, NM
    “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

  35. 3935
    Lynn Masterman says:

    Lynn from Alpharetta, GA says …

    For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NKJV)

  36. 3936
    Dianna Richardson says:

    Dianna R. From Aiken, SC. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. Phil 3:20

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    Carrie C. says:

    Carrie C.
    The Woodlands, TX
    Matthew 11:30 ESV
    For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

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    Sandy Tate says:

    1 Cor. 13: 8, “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.” ESV

    Sandy Tate, Denver, CO.

  39. 3939
    Laura Griffiths says:

    Laura, Auburn, AL Isaiah 26:3-4 (ESV) You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.

  40. 3940
    Maria says:

    Maria from Louisville

    “Seek the LORD and his strength;
    Seek his face continually.”

    ~I Chronicles 16:11 NASB

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    I got behind in my memorization, but I am caught up now.
    Janet from Port Orange
    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.” (Galations 5:22) NiV

  42. 3942
    KaRetha says:

    Psalm 34:18 NIV
    “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

  43. 3943
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Oklahoma City, OK

    “He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23 (NIV)

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    Amanda says:

    Amanda, Surrey BC,”Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

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    Amy says:

    Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. (Hebrews 10:24 NLT)

    Bham AL

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    Karen Kaiser says:

    Karen from Iowa; Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV).

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    Phyllis Twilley says:

    Better late than never…
    Phyllis – Salisbury, MD
    “Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8 NIV

  48. 3948
    Karen says:

    Karen Tucson, Arizona

    “When I pray, You answer me; You encourage me by giving
    me the strength I need.”

    Psalm 138:3

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    Marion Costantini says:

    Marion, Royse City, TX

    Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

    I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

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    Katalla says:

    Katalla in Fairbanks, AK
    “pray continually,”
    1 Thessalonians 5:17, NIV

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