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. 351
    Cheryl Hinerman says:

    When the cares of my heart are many, Your consolations cheer my soul. Psalm 94:19 ESV Cheryl Hinerman, Huntington, WV

  2. 352
    Amy Mason says:

    Amy–Savannah, GA
    Exodus 14:14 NRSV
    “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.”

  3. 353
    Amanda Redding says:

    Amanda – Plano, TX

    Continuing with Eph 3:14-20, NLT

    “16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.

    17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”

  4. 354
    Lynn, Pecos, NM says:

    “But there is a God in Heaven who reveals mysteries.” Daniel 1:28a NIV

  5. 355
    Bethany says:

    Bethany, Pittsburgh:

    But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:44 (NIV)

  6. 356
    Julie says:

    Julie- Cincinnati, OH
    1 Peter 3:8 NIV
    Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

  7. 357
    Hannah says:

    Hannah from Albuquerque New Mexico.

    Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

    Matthew 6:34 ESV

  8. 358
    Alyssa says:

    Alyssa, Dallas, TX

    “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hears to God.” Colossians 3:15-16 ESV

  9. 359
    Emily Strate says:

    Emily Strate
    El Dorado, AR

    Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
    Colossians 3: 2-3 NLT

  10. 360
    Nikki Long says:

    Nikki L. , Littleton, CO
    “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 ESV

  11. 361
    Talia Scott says:

    Talia, Houma LA, I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John16:33 (NIV)

  12. 362
    Lynn, Pecos, NM says:

    my site should be Daniel 2:28a

  13. 363
    Paula says:

    Paula, O’Fallon. And Jehovah will be King over all the earth; and in that day Jehovah will be the one God and His name the one name. Zechariah 14:9 RcV

  14. 364
    Elizabeth Allison says:

    Elizabeth, Pittsburgh, PA:

    Isaiah 25:9 – “In that day they will say, ‘Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.'”

  15. 365
    Pamela Slifco says:

    Pamela of Shelby Township MI

    Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

    Col 3:13 NIV

  16. 366
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Siloam Springs
    “If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”
    Psalm 139:8 NIV

  17. 367
    Jo Anne Melton says:

    Jo Anne, Chicago

    Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

    Psalm 119:105 NIV

  18. 368
    Wendy says:

    Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Jer 29:11 (NIV)
    “‘For I know the plans that I have for you’, declares The Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'”

  19. 369
    Emily S says:

    Emily ~ Weatherford, TX ~ “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” ~ Matthew 5:9 NIV

  20. 370
    Shannon says:

    Shannon, Bethesda: “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm 61:2 NIV)

  21. 371
    Diana says:

    Diana, North Attleboro, MA
    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (HCSB)

  22. 372
    Patti says:

    Patti, Phoenix AZ James 1:14-15 NLT
    Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

  23. 373
    Crystal Hodel says:

    The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; e will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
    Zephaniah 3:17 (KJV)
    Crystal, Gridley, IL

  24. 374
    Vickie C says:

    Vickie, Baytown, TX
    But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17 ESV

  25. 375
    Phyllis Baker says:

    Phyllis Baker Parma Heights, OH

    For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
    1 Corinthians 1:25 NIV

  26. 376
    Becky says:

    Becky, Temecula, CA
    Psalm 29:11 NASB

    “A fool vents all his feelings. But a wise man holds them back.”

  27. 377
    Carmen says:

    Carmen from Fergus Falls, MN

    Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. Joshua 5:9 NIV

  28. 378
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca, Louisa, VA:
    Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm. The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. ~ Psalm 33:8-10 (NIV)

  29. 379
    Amy Hart says:

    Amy; Milton, WA

    “One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, that I may gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and inquire in his temple.”

    Ps. 27:4, ESV

  30. 380
    Aubree Hoffman says:

    Aubree, San Antonio, TX.
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
    James 1:5 ESV

  31. 381
    Marie Franse says:

    Marie, Albuquerque, NM. 2 Chronicles 20:12 For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.

  32. 382
    Cathy Hurlock says:

    Cathy from Kokomo, In
    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
    Ephesians 2:8&9 NKJV

  33. 383
    Hannah H. says:

    Hannah H. from Branch, AR:
    “But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.”
    – 1 Timothy 1:16

  34. 384
    Cathy Portage Lakes, Ohio says:

    “The Lord Himself will fight for you.Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 NLT

  35. 385
    Natalie Wagner says:

    Natalie, Houston, TX

    The Rock – how faultless are his deeds, how right all his ways! A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is!

    Deuteronomy 32:4 (NAB)

  36. 386
    Marta says:

    Marta, Anchorage
    Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs out celebrate injustice; but truth, yes truth-is loves delight. Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.
    1 Corinthians 13:5b-7, The Voice Bible

  37. 387
    Jamie Teagle says:

    Jamie, Atlanta, GA

    Romans 8:26 (ESV): “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

  38. 388
    Beth Koerber says:

    Beth, St. Louis
    “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For The Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.”
    Isaiah 12:2 NASB

  39. 389
    megan says:

    Megan from Potlatch, Idaho: The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 (NIV)

  40. 390
    Marian Evans says:

    Marian, Cypress, TX
    Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

  41. 391
    alicia says:

    Alicia, OKC
    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

  42. 392
    Sabrina - LPM says:

    Sabrina – Houston, Tx.
    Trust God, my friends,
    & always tell Him each one of your concerns.
    God is our place of safety. Ps. 62:5 cev

  43. 393
    Vanessa says:

    Vanessa from Anderson, SC:
    “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33 (NIV)

  44. 394
    Rachel Weidenaar says:

    Rachel, Frankfort, IL
    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurretion of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
    1 Peter 1:3 NIV

  45. 395
    Elisabeth says:

    Modesto, Ca

    Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.
    Hebrews 12:28 NLT

  46. 396
    Joy says:

    Joy, Fayette, AL

    Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
    Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)

  47. 397
    AymieJoi says:

    Amy, formerly of Feeding Hills, MA, now of North Plainfield, NJ

    Therefore, the Lord waits to be gracious to you and therefore, He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him. ~ Isaiah 30:18 (ESV)

  48. 398
    Cathy Hurlock says:

    Cathy from Kokomo, In
    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
    Ephesians 2:8&9 NKJV

  49. 399
    Bonnie Verlander says:

    Bonnie, Jacksonville, FL

    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go for to you I lift my soul.

    Psalm 143:8

  50. 400
    Beth Maggard says:

    Beth, Louisville. “But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.” `Jonah 2:6 NIV

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