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. 4201
    Darlene Ely says:

    Darlene, Mt. Airy, MD
    stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness. Ephesians 6:14 NASB

  2. 4202
    Diane, Durham, NC says:

    Better late than never…

    1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

    And now these three remain: Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

  3. 4203
    Lindsay Garlington says:

    Lindsay-Bend, Oregon
    “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives graciously to all without finding fault; and it will be given to him.”

    James 1:5 (NIV)

  4. 4204
    Francine Blanthorn says:

    “The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble they will not fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 NLT

    Crown City, OH.

  5. 4205
    judy sessions says:

    “Finally , be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6: 10-11 NIV

  6. 4206
    Ellen Keck says:

    Ellen K, Findlay, OH
    “You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.” I Corinthians 7:23 NASB

  7. 4207
    Lori Todd says:

    Lori Todd, San Angelo, Tx
    He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in The Lord.
    Psalms 112:7

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    Sarah Vint says:

    Sarah Vint
    Ames, IA

    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” –Mark 12:30-31 NIV

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    Chrissie says:

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

  10. 4210
    Dianna Richardson says:

    From Aiken, SC. If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God who gives generously to all , without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 NIV

  11. 4211
    AnnaMarie says:

    AnnaMarie – Pittsburgh, PA

    You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.
    Isaiah 26:3 NLT

    • 4211.1
      AnnaMarie says:

      This was intended for Week 9 but I clicked on the wrong week by mistake. I re-posted it for Week 9. Feel free to delete this entry for 8.

  12. 4212
    Joan White says:

    Forgot to post for April 15th.
    Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  13. 4213
    Theresa says:

    I swear I’ve had this verse from April 1….forgot to post. Mercy….LOL
    Luke 1:45
    Blessed is she who believed that the LORD would fulfill his promises to her.

  14. 4214
    Kerre Bogard says:

    Kerre, Chattanooga, TN- Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 NIV

  15. 4215
    Lillian says:

    Lillian, Vermilion, OH
    “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”
    Luke 14:13 (NIV)

  16. 4216
    stacey Emmott says:

    Stacey, Tomball, Tx
    For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him Psalm 103:11 NIV

  17. 4217
    Kristin Thurston says:

    Kristin, Trinidad CO
    “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
    Matthew 5:3-4 KJV

  18. 4218
    Sherry Pearcy says:

    Sherry, OK

    Psalm 63:3. NLT
    “Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!”

  19. 4219
    Terri Tripp says:

    Terri from Winchester, Virginia

    “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

  20. 4220
    Marla Kemp says:

    Bolivar, MO

    “And let the peace of christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful!”
    Colossians 3:15 NAS

  21. 4221
    Deanna, The Woodlands, TX says:

    “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
    Proverbs 16:24 NASB

  22. 4222
    Beth P says:

    Beth P, Roswell, GA – still catching up:

    “In all your ways, acknowledge Him
    and He will make your path straight.”

    Proverbs 3:6 NASB

  23. 4223
    Doris says:

    Doris, Whiteville, NC
    Psalm 121:3-4 ESV
    “He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
    Behold he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

  24. 4224
    Lori Willey says:

    Lori, Salisbury, MD – Psalm 100:4 MSG “Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.”

  25. 4225
    Rose Marie says:

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

  26. 4226
    Betsy Crawford says:

    “Fear not, David, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.” Daniel 10:12 (ESV)

  27. 4227
    Brenda says:

    Brenda, Winnipeg Canada

    Catching up because I missed this one….

    My verse #8:
    “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8 (NLT)

  28. 4228
    Diana Mielecki says:

    New Living Translation
    Psalms 112: 7 & 8
    “They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.”

  29. 4229
    Christina Taylor says:

    Christy, Lima
    1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)

  30. 4230
    Rebecca del Valle says:

    Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.”

    Matthew 19:26

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    Kelsie says:

    Kelsie from Searcy, AR
    The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him. Psalm 145:18-19a. (NIV)

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    Julie Dumdei, Greenville, TX says:

    This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. (1 John 3:16, 17 MSG)

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    Chrissy Hilliard says:

    Chrissy Hilliard, Aurora, IL
    “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, HOPE.” (emphasis on hope mine) -Romans 5:3,4

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    “Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

    – 1 Peter 3:4 NIV

    Spencer, IN

  35. 4235
    Terri Shoemake says:

    Terri S. – Little Elm, TX
    And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17 NIV)

  36. 4236
    Cathy in SC says:

    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around you waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place
    Ephesians 6:14

  37. 4237
    Courtney De La Rosa says:

    Courtney, Dallas, TX

    ” And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

    2 Corinthians 3:18

  38. 4238
    Lorri says:

    Have no fear of sudden disaster or the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. Proverbs 3:25, 26 NIV

  39. 4239
    Jess McGurn says:

    Jess McGurn, Dickinson, ND
    Colossians 3:12 (NIV) Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

  40. 4240
    Kaylin says:

    Kaylin from Searcy, AR
    “I have told you this so that my JOY may be in you and that your JOY may be complete.” John 15:11 NIV

  41. 4241
    Sara says:

    Sara, Plymouth, IN

    She is clothed with strength and dignity,
    and she laughs without fear of the future.

    -Proverbs 31:25 (NLT)

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    Rachel Seale says:

    Rachel, Dallas

    “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

    Matthew 6:26, ESV

  43. 4243
    Jean Grant says:

    Jean Grant, Platte City, MO

    I posted this on May 3rd, but looks like it got lost !

    Psalm 69:30 (NIV) “I will praise God’s name in song, and glorify Him with thanksgiving”

  44. 4244
    Melissa says:

    Melissa – Black Creek, Ga

    Rejoice always, pray continually, (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 17 NIV)

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    Ashley olsin says:

    “My heart is not proud, Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;
    I do not concern myself with great matters.” Psalm 131:1 NIV

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    Bethany Hitman says:

    Petaluma, CA
    “In the fear of The Lord one has strong confidence; and his children will have a refuge.”
    Proverbs 14:26 ESV

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    Keaton Lovell says:

    Keaton Lovell, McCurtain OK
    God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NLT)

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    Carin Stewart says:

    Carin, Greenville, KY
    God is not the author of confussion, but of peace. 1 Cor 14:33

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    Wendy says:

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son to that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
    John 3:16

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    Leah Ashley says:

    The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalms 34:18 NASB)

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