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. 4401
    Pamela Roberts says:

    Pam Hamilton, OH

    2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Ps 1:2 (KJV)

  2. 4402
    angela says:

    “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.” John 16:33 NIV

  3. 4403
    Kami says:

    “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Cor. 4:7 NIV)

  4. 4404
    Renee mckenzie says:

    Renee, Atlanta , Daniel 2:23 (NASb) to thee , o God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise.

  5. 4405
    Linda Malloy says:

    Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 NIV

  6. 4406
    Amanda Crum says:

    Amanda The Colony, TX
    Psalm 51:10 NIV “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

  7. 4407
    Nicki says:

    Nicki , Worcester, UK, ENGLAND

    John 14:27 NLT
    [27] “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

  8. 4408
    Vonda Kay, Roseau says:

    John 8:31-32
    To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” NIV

    Put my two verses for this month together.
    Thankful for our freedom in America!

  9. 4409
    Sherry/Thomasville says:

    Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16 NIV

  10. 4410
    Janice from Platte City says:

    Be joyful always, Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.1 Thess 5:16-17 (NIV)

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    Brigette Brock says:

    Brigette Brock
    Morehead, Ky
    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 1 Cor. 13:4 NIV84

  12. 4412
    Lori S says:

    Lori S from Elgin, TX
    Proverbs 16:24 NIV
    “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

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    Laura Jungeblut says:

    Laura. Katy, TX. Isaiah 42:16. NIV. I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them. I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do. I will not forsake them.

  14. 4414
    Sherri says:

    Abilene, TX
    Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 NIV

  15. 4415
    Arminda says:

    Arminda in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
    And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles.
    Proverbs 24:17 NKJV

  16. 4416
    Brenda Young says:

    Brenda, Greenville SC
    Psalm 139:8

    If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths you are there.

  17. 4417
    Leslie Benson says:

    Leslie, Kansas City, MO. “being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:21 (NIV)

  18. 4418
    Jill says:

    Jill from Oak Ridge, TN

    that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:12 NIV

  19. 4419
    Lisa Neisen says:

    jude 8 niv

    In the very same way these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority, and slander celestial beings.

  20. 4420
    Patti says:

    Patti from La Porte
    “They are established for ever and ever,
    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.”
    Psalm 111: 8 NIV

  21. 4421
    Tarsha says:

    “Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division…” Luke 1:8 (NASB)

  22. 4422
    Nancy from Whitehalll, LA says:

    “You will keep him in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

  23. 4423
    Nancy from Whitehalll, LA says:

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; the Father of mercies and God of ALL comfort who comforts us in ALL our tribulations that we maybe able to comfort those who are in ANY trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NKJV)

  24. 4424
    Allyaggie says:

    League City TX
    Psalm 86:6
    “Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer, listen to my plea for grace.”

  25. 4425
    Lauren Morton says:

    Lauren Morton, Decatur, TX – Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life. – Proverbs 4:23 NIV84

  26. 4426
    Laura says:

    Auburn AL

    Proverbs 3:6
    In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
    ( ESV)

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    Kaci Graves says:

    Psalm 103:3-4
    Who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your disease, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. Esv
    Kaci from Norman, ok

  28. 4428
    Angela says:

    Angela, Warsaw
    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of ine body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

  29. 4429
    Ola Mae says:

    Ola Mae, Cedar Park Texas

    1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV
    Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you received from God? You are not your own, you were bought with a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.

  30. 4430
    Kathy French says:

    Kathy French, Austin

    “Remember, O LORD, Your great mercy and love, for they are from old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to Your love remember me, for You are good, O LORD.”Psalm 25:6-7 NIV

  31. 4431
    Dawn says:

    Dawn – Pampa, TX

    God is our refuge & strength, an ever present help in trouble.
    Psalm 46:1

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    karina allen says:

    Baton Rouge, La.

    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

    Matthew 5:8

  33. 4433
    Ashley Kurtz says:

    Ashley, Kingwood
    “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows.”
    James 1:17 NIV

  34. 4434
    Jana says:

    Jana, Tampa, FL

    When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:4 NIV

  35. 4435
    Allison says:

    Allison, Jersey Village
    Beloved, let us love one another for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
    1 John 4:7

  36. 4436
    Anna G. says:

    Anna in Mobile, AL

    Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

    Matt 11:29 NIV

  37. 4437
    Brandy Sermons says:

    Lynchburg, VA.
    Deuteronomy 31:6 (English Standard Version)
    6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

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    Miriam Fisk says:

    Miriam from Granby, CT
    Romans 10:9 (ESV)
    because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

  39. 4439
    Joy says:

    Joy, Bethlehem GA

    Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

    We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

  40. 4440
    Nicki says:

    Worcester, England, UK

    Psalm 125:1-2 NIV
    [1] Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

  41. 4441
    Lori Sweet says:

    Lori S from Elgin, TX (now College Station)
    Psalm 95:1 (NIV)
    “Come let us sing with joy to the Lord;
    Let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation.”

  42. 4442
    emilee hall says:

    When I remember You on my bed,
    I meditate on You in the night watches.
    psalm 63:6 nkjv

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    Esther, Valencia, CA says:

    Teach me your ways O God, show me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me for you are God, my savior in you I put my hope all day long
    Psalm 25:4-5 NIV

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    Savannah Shotts says:

    Savannah, Arkadelphia AR
    Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
    Matt 5:9, NIV

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    Natasha Smith says:

    Natasha, Pearland, TX

    But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:25 NIV)

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    Joni Woodward says:

    Joni, Port Neches. “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17 NIV84

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    Kim Smith says:

    Kim, Littlestown PA. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NKJ)

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    Georgine East says:

    April 15 – Colossians 3: 12- 13 NIV

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

    Georgine East
    Austin, TX

  49. 4449
    Shannon says:

    Shannon Houston, TX

    Let your conversations be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Col 4:6 NIV

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    Ruth says:

    Ruth, Odin, IL
    “Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.”
    -Romans 8:8 (NIV84)

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