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. 4301
    Mia Pocklington says:

    Isaiah 26:3. NIV
    You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

  2. 4302
    Susan Smith says:

    Susan, Tallahassee.
    “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit with me.” Psalm 51:10 NIV

  3. 4303
    Terri Shoemake says:

    Terri – LittleElm,TX
    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8 NIV)

  4. 4304
    Nancy says:

    I lift my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Ps 121:1-2 NIV

    Columbus IN

  5. 4305
    Peggy Magers says:

    Peg Magers
    Wakarusa, IN

    Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

  6. 4306
    Mandy says:

    Mandy, Waco, TX

    When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
    Psalm 94:18-19 (NIV)

  7. 4307
    Angie B. says:

    Hartland, WI

    And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5 NIV

  8. 4308
    Jen says:

    Jen in Exton,PA

    Romans 7:1 (Ampl)
    Do you know, brethren- for I am speaking to men who are acquainted with the Law- that legal claims have power over a person only for as long as he is alive?

  9. 4309
    Morgan says:

    Morgan – Bolivar, MO

    In my distress I cried to the Lord,
    And He heard me.

    Psalm 120:1 NKJV

  10. 4310
    Beccy says:

    In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
    Ephesians 1:7 ESV

  11. 4311
    Shannon says:

    Proverbs 15:1 A sensitive answer turns back wrath, but an offensive word stirs up anger.

  12. 4312
    Vicki from Wilmington, DE says:

    2 Samuel 22:2

    “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer…”


  13. 4313
    Diane Wadsworth says:

    Diane Wadsworth, Pleasant Grove, Alabama
    Philippians 4:8, NLT
    “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

  14. 4314
    Angela Humes says:

    Angela Louisville KY

    He has told you, O man, what is good;
    And what does the Lord require of you
    But to do justice, to love kindness,
    And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 NASB

  15. 4315
    Carol of Texas says:

    “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil.”
    Psalm 141:3-4a

  16. 4316
    Mary Jen says:

    “But, if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

    Matthew 6:15

  17. 4317
    Pat Westmoreland says:

    Pat, Littlefield, Tx……”But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

    2 Corinthians 12:9A ESV

  18. 4318
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie Dantone
    Madison, Ms

    “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”
    John 15:4, NIV

  19. 4319
    Diana says:

    Diana in Arcadia, WI
    From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.
    John 1:16 NIV

  20. 4320
    Jan Ayers says:

    Jan, Denton, TX “Do everything in love” 1 Cor.16:14 NIV

  21. 4321
    Becky Bigbie says:

    Becky, Highland Village, Tx “You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The rivers of God will not run dry, They provide a bountiful harvest of grain, For you have ordered it so.” Psalms 65:9 New Living Translation

  22. 4322

    Sarah Phillips
    Wilmington, DE

    “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” – 1 Cor. 6:19-20 NLT

  23. 4323
    Cindy Walker says:

    Cindy, Beaumont TX: The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (NKJV)

  24. 4324
    Melody Argueta says:

    Melody, Cleburne, TX
    “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go. I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

  25. 4325
    Matia Messemer says:

    Matia, Fort Worth, TX
    “For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.” Psalm 24:2 NKJV

  26. 4326
    Annissa Giesbrecht says:

    St. Catharines Ontario CANADA

    Psalm 19:14
    Ma the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you O LORD my rock and my redeemer.

  27. 4327
    Bonnie says:

    Bonnie/Beech Island, SC
    But, The Counselor, The Holy Spirit,whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. NIV John 14:26

  28. 4328
    Stephanie Bandy says:

    Stephanie B. – Springfield, MO

    “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

  29. 4329
    Rebecca T says:

    Rebecca, Palatka, FL “The Lord is near to all who call upon him; to all who call upon him in truth.” Psalms 145:18(NIV)

  30. 4330
    Crystal Parks says:

    Crystal, NC, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
    To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8 NIV

  31. 4331
    Jennifer Cisneros says:

    Jennifer – Odessa, FL

    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.
    Romans 12:2 (NIV)

  32. 4332
    Jennifer Ruttan says:

    Jennifer Fishers, Indiana

    Proverbs 19:21 NIV

    Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

  33. 4333
    Heather in Austin says:

    Philippians 2:14-15


    14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world

  34. 4334
    Lauren Bain says:

    Lauren, San Marcos Tx. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devils prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 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. I Peter 5:8-10 NIV

  35. 4335
    Sue Nutter says:

    Sue Nutter, Standish, ME

    I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.
    Isaiah 46:4 (NLT)

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    Becky Wang, Ohio says:

    Becky Wang, Ohio

    And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

    Isaish 62:6 NKJV

  37. 4337
    Lee says:

    Lee from Indiana- Hebrews 6:18 NLT “So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.

  38. 4338
    Diana Mielecki says:

    Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 New KJV “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm: But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a three fold cord is not quickly broken.”

  39. 4339
    Terri Shoemake says:

    Terri – Little Elm, TX
    I am glad I can have complete confidence in you. (2 Corinthians 7:16 NIV)

  40. 4340
    Taylor says:

    Elma, NY

    Psalm 119:1 (MSG)
    You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road reveled by God. You’re blessed when you follow His directions doing your best to find Him!


  41. 4341
    Susan Smith says:

    Susan, Tallahassee.
    “But the wisdom from above is pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocricy.” James 3:17 Holman

  42. 4342
    Katherine says:

    Katherine from The Woodlands, TX

    Hebrews 4:14-16 (MSG)

    Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

  43. 4343
    Heather says:

    So don’t lose your confidence. It will bring you a great reward. You need endurance so that after you have done what God wants you to do, you can receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10:35, 36 GWT)

  44. 4344
    Victoria M says:

    Searching through and don’t see my post, so I will post again.
    Victoria M
    Greenbrier AR

    Psalm 46:10— He says “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted amonth the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

  45. 4345
    Jamie says:

    Jamie in Mason, Ohio

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 (NIV)

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    Julie Dumdei Greenville, TX says:

    Isaiah 46:4 NCV

    Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you. I will carry you and save .

  47. 4347
    Elizabeth says:

    Elizabeth N., Castle Rock, CO

    John 15:16

    You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

  48. 4348
    Sherrese Moore says:

    Sherrese from Fairmount Heights Maryland,
    Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NASB)

  49. 4349
    Julie DeTemple says:

    However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

    Acts 20:24

  50. 4350
    Tricia Neumann says:

    Tricia, Conroe, TX

    “Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.”

    The Message, Proverbs 31:25

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