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. 401
    Marcia says:

    Marcia, Portland, OR Psalm 40:5
    Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things
    you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be to many to declare.

  2. 402
    Gail - Cary, NC says:

    “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”
    Psalm 62:5 (NLT)

  3. 403
    Margaret Bundick says:

    What an awesome time in Greensboro! I will carry the experience with me forever! Life is so short! A reality that was pressed on me yesterday when a precious friend went to be with The Lord. She has suffered for many years but did it with joy. She was an encourager even in her suffering. I give thanks for those in my life who encourage me. And, Beth, I count you as one who encourages. Thank you!

  4. 404
    Jennifer Officer says:

    Jennifer from Livingston, TN: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 ESV

  5. 405
    Keri Lee Robbins says:

    Keri Lee Robbins, Las Vegas, NV
    “For He who said, “Do not commit adultery” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgement is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGEMENT. What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
    James 2:11-17 NKJV

  6. 406
    Julie dk says:

    Julie dk in Casper Wyoming

    For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.

    Luke 9:24 NIV

  7. 407
    Erica says:

    Erica, Huntington, IN

    “Instead, 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

  8. 408
    Tara Sims says:

    Tara, Quanah, TX.. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3 NIV

  9. 409
    Shaci says:

    Shaci – Aztec, New Mexico

    Psalm 147:3 NIV

    “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

  10. 410
    Sarah Ross says:

    Sarah, Colorado Springs, CO
    Proverbs 18:10
    The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the (consistently)righteous man (upright and in right standing with God) runs into it ans is safe, high (above evil) and strong.
    Proverbs 18:10 (AMP)

  11. 411
    Maureen F. says:

    Maureen, Utah

    Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”

    Luke 9:23-24, NIV

  12. 412
    Rachel Cleveland says:

    Rachel Cleveland, Jackson, TN
    (2 Timothy 2:25 NIV)
    “Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, “

  13. 413
    Lindsey Jenkins says:

    Lindsey, Nashville, TN. For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT)

  14. 414
    Ganise says:

    Ganise, Ottawa, CAN

    2 Chronicles 28:9 ‘Know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and a willing mind.For the Lord looks into all hearts, and understands every plan and thought. If you look to Him, He will let you find Him.’ (New Life Version).

    • 414.1
      Ganise says:

      Your post are unbelievably gorgeous, Beth. You have a beautiful heart that you just poor into every word you write. Heart-melting the love that you have for your husband. Inspiring the love that you have for Savior.

  15. 415

    Anita; Purcellville, VA

    But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children –
    with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

    Psalm 103:17-18 NIV84

  16. 416
    Gena Gilbert says:

    Gena Gilbert, Rowlett, Texas

    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
    John 3:17 NIV

  17. 417
    Crystal says:

    Crystal in Warren, PA
    Galatians 5:24, 25 (NLT)
    Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

  18. 418
    Jeanine Boyle says:

    Jeanine, Toronto, Canada
    “We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.” I Cor. 2:12 NIV

  19. 419
    Robyn says:

    Robyn, Jackson, TN

    “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
    Galatians 5:6. NIV

  20. 420
    Donna D says:

    Donna D, Sarnia, ON, Canada

    “In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Josh 4:6-7 NIV

  21. 421

    Tiffany, Tyler, TX.

    Psalms 29:11
    The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace. NLT

  22. 422
    Karen Payne says:

    Karen Payne, Hartselle, AL

    For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

    1 Corinthians 13: 9-10 (NIV)

  23. 423
    Ashley says:

    Ashley, Petersburg.
    You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done. Psalm 92:4, NLT

  24. 424
    Jina Patton says:

    Jina Leawood, KS

    Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)

    Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. 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.

  25. 425
    Chelsia says:

    Chelsia, Waverly Mn

    “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 NIV

  26. 426
    Pam says:

    Pam~ Moss Bluff, LA
    “Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10

  27. 427
    Christina says:

    Christina, Tyler, TX
    For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
    2 Corinthians 4:17 (ESV)

  28. 428
    Cindy says:

    Cindy, Fort Worth, TX
    Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.
    Psalm 105:4 NIV

  29. 429
    Judy Bagley says:

    Judy-Taylors, SC

    Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV)

  30. 430
    Nicole says:

    Nicole, Bloomington, IL:
    “Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!” Psalm 25:7 ESV

  31. 431
    Amanda says:

    Derby, KS
    1 John 3:20. NIV
    If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

  32. 432
    Sheryl Blake says:

    Sheryl Blake- Niles MI
    “But encourage one another daily, so long as it is called ‘Today’, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13 NIV

  33. 433
    Joy Walker says:

    Joy,from Sutherland
    Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth.
    Keep watch over the door of my lips.
    Psalms 141:3 NKJV

  34. 434
    Kris Conant says:

    Kris Conant, Westbrook, Maine

    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NIV

  35. 435
    Susan Hill says:

    Susan- Nashville, TN
    Psalm 27:4 NIV

    “One thing I ask of the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
    that I amy dwell in the house of the LORD
    all the days of my life,
    to gaze on the beauty of the LORD
    and to seek him in his temple.”

  36. 436
    Sabrina says:


    Needed Prayer…..And above all else for me personally, pray that I will love Jesus more than anything in this entire world~Beth

    For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
    2 Corinthians 10:4 ESV

  37. 437
    Carole Thomas says:

    Carole, Imperial, CA: In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV

  38. 438
    Fareen Doss says:

    Las Vegas, NV

    “So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgement will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgement. What is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.”

    James 2:12-17 NASB

  39. 439
    Lynette says:

    Lynette, Aurora, CO – 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NLT Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation.

  40. 440
    Julie says:

    Julie from Granbury, TX

    “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

    Genesis 50:20 (NIV84)

  41. 441
    Connielynnwindham says:

    Connie Windham
    Trout, LA
    1 Corinthians 2:9 NASB
    But just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

  42. 442
    Grace says:

    Grace, Elida, OH “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

  43. 443
    Ellen Forrester says:

    Ellen Forrester, Spring, Texas

    And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?
    My hope is in you. Psalm 39:7 (ESV)

  44. 444
    Nicole Parker says:

    Romans 12:2 (NIV)
    Do not conform 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.

  45. 445
    Jenny says:

    Jenny, Elida, OH James 1:9(NIV) “Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.”

  46. 446
    Linda Smith says:

    Linda, Little Rock,AR. Therefore, if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Col. 3:1 NASBU

  47. 447
    Lisa Jones says:

    Lisa, Andalusia,AL

    “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

  48. 448
    Leah says:

    Leah, Kansas City, MO

    I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
    Psalm 16:8 (NIV)

  49. 449
    Cassia Glass says:

    Cassia from Spring, TX: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NKJV

  50. 450
    Kay Martin says:

    Kay Martin
    Tupelo, MS

    “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy,’.”
    1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV

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