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. 4151
    Rachel Cleveland says:

    Rachel, Jackson TN
    “Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?” James 4:5 NIV

  2. 4152
    Mimi says:

    Mimi, Alpharetta, GA

    And the God of grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10 NIV

  3. 4153
    Mimi says:

    Mimi, Alpharetta, GA
    Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

  4. 4154
    Hallie Waugh says:

    Hallie from Edmond, OK.

    “I will feast the soul of the priests with abundance, and the people shall be satisfied with my goodness.”
    Isaiah 31:14, ESV

  5. 4155
    Shelly Story says:

    I’m late this time. In fact, although I have been memorizing, I am not certain when I posted my verse last, so I think I shall go to the April 1st blog entry and post that verse there, too. Just in case. Grin.

    Shelly Story, Wausa, Nebraska
    2nd Corinthians 4:16-18, NIV
    Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renenwed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are acheiving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 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.

  6. 4156
    Amanda says:

    Amanda, Clinton, MO

    Lord, I give myself to you; my God I trust you.

    Psalm 25:1-2a, NIV

  7. 4157
    Tori Irwin says:

    Tori, Dickinson, ND

    When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, 4 what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? 5 Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.  6 You have given him dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet. Psalm 8:3-6 ESV

  8. 4158
    Janet says:

    Janet- San Diego, CA

    “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

  9. 4159
    Janet says:

    Janet- San Diego, CA

    “Be devoted to one another in love; Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10 (NIV)

  10. 4160
    Emily W. says:

    Emily W., McKinney, TX
    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
    Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)

  11. 4161
    Kelly says:

    Kelly, The Hills, Tx. You will say in that day, “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me.” Behold, God is my Salvation; I will trust and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:1-2 ESV

  12. 4162
    Amanda Redding says:

    Amanda, Plano TX

    “18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
    Ephesians 3: 18-19 (NLT)

  13. 4163
    Sue says:

    Woodbury, MN

    2 Thessalonians 3:5 (ESV)
    May the God direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

  14. 4164
    Molly says:

    2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV)
    And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

    St. Paul, MN

  15. 4165
    Gina Tompkins says:

    Gina Tompkins, Tulsa OK, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4,5 NIV

  16. 4166
    Angela says:

    Angela Humes, Louisville KY
    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spriit Who is in you,Whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 1 Cor. 6:19 NASB

  17. 4167
    April says:

    April Jackson, Pittsburgh, PA
    Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

  18. 4168
    Amber says:

    Amber ~ Clarksville, TN

    God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises are true. He is a shield for all who look to Him for protection. Psalm 18:30 NLT

  19. 4169
    Bonnie J. Faile says:

    Bonnie J. Faile
    Livingston, AL
    “We love because He first loved us.”
    1 John 4:19 NASB

  20. 4170
    Jan Olney Texas says:

    “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks him; It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

    Lamentations 3:25-26 NIV

  21. 4171
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl, Pooler, GA
    Hebrews 4:16 NIV
    Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

  22. 4172
    Amy says:

    Amy, Chesterfield, MO

    Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

    In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps.

  23. 4173
    Terri says:

    The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.
    Psalm 138:8 (KJV)

  24. 4174
    Leslie from Wilmington, DE says:

    For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:11 (NIV)

  25. 4175
    Tara says:

    Tara Hartford IA
    James 1:12-14
    Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.
    Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempts no one.
    But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.

  26. 4176
    Lara Harris says:

    Lara Harris

  27. 4177
    Lara Harris says:

    Lara Harris, Spring Hill, TN
    Psalm 9:9 NIV

    The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

  28. 4178
    Lisa says:

    “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps. ” I Peter 2:21 NASV

  29. 4179
    Becky Bailey says:

    Romans 10:9

    “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

  30. 4180
    Shalom says:

    I have not read the blog in a long time….this was precious…..life is precious…..OUR GOD is beyond precious in HIS love for us…..you will most likely never see this comment….but bless you for sharing.

  31. 4181
    Lesli Morrow says:

    Lesli Morrow-Mansfield, TX Yes, my soul,find rest in God;my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock & my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
    Psalm 62:5-6(NIV)

  32. 4182
    Jordanlinn: Columbus, OH says:

    Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)

    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

  33. 4183
    MiChal says:

    MiChal, living in College Station, TX but visiting Israel to hike the Jesus Trail!!

    “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels,”

    Psalm 122:6-7 (NIV)

  34. 4184
    Heather says:

    “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29 NLT)

  35. 4185
    Stephanie Oxner says:

    for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
    Psalm 107:9 (NIV)
    Pawleys Island, SC

  36. 4186
    Erica Voss says:

    Erica Voss
    Stafford, VA

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

    Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

  37. 4187
    Cheryl'n Staggers says:

    Cheryl’n, West Haven, CT

    “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil.1:6 KJV

  38. 4188
    Daphne says:

    Daphne, Baker City, OR
    You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! (Isaiah 55:12 – NLT)

  39. 4189
    Lindsay W says:

    Lindsay, Albuquerque, NM “I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.” Isaiah 45:3 ESV

    Kelsie, Albuquerque, NM “Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees.” Psalm 119:117 NIV

    Alysa, Albuquerque, NM “Do not accuse anyone for no reason— when they have done you no harm.” Proverbs 3:30 NIV

  40. 4190
    Stephanie Fruhling says:

    Stephanie Fruhling Scottsdale, AZ “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4 NIV

  41. 4191
    julie garcia says:

    julie, perris CA
    “As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird – no birth, no pregnancy, and no conception!” Hosea 9:11 (NKJV)

  42. 4192
    Dotti says:

    Dotti, Jackman, ME “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9 NIV

  43. 4193
    Dora says:

    Dora, Houston, TX: “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my ay secure.”
    –Psalm 18:32 (NIV)

  44. 4194
    April says:

    April – Fort Worth

    13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

    Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

  45. 4195
    Janet Winter says:

    Isaiah 26:3-4(NIV)
    3 You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.
    4 Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

  46. 4196
    Kim Lewis says:

    Kim, Huffman, TX: “Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you” (Psalm 84:12).

  47. 4197
    Charlene Peterson says:

    Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.

    Phillipains 4 :6 KJV

  48. 4198
    Amy says:

    Amy from Florissant
    “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
    ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation,
    in quietness and trust is your strength,
    but you would have none of it.'”
    Isaiah 30:15 (NIV)

  49. 4199
    Sara Elece says:

    “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His names sake.”

    Psalm 23:1-3

  50. 4200
    Rhonda Green says:

    Rhonda Anderson, IN
    Zeph 3:17 NLT For The Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful song.

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