2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 14!

Hey, Sweet Things!


I’m writing this post to you on Saturday night from the seat of a gigantic United Airlines plane on my connect flight from DC back to Houston. The Living Proof Live team and I had the tremendous privilege of serving in Providence, Rhode Island and God worked in such a distinct way that I will remember it for many years. I hope forever. God is doing something different this year at LPL. I don’t quite know how to define it but I have been flat-on-my-face grateful that He is not only still in it but stirring the pot. Not one of us on the team wants to be there a moment longer than Jesus is. We don’t even want Him to make an obligatory “appearance” because He loves us and feels sorry for us after we’ve scheduled all of this. We want the event to be proactively Jesus for His own sake and for His own glory and because it is a delight to Him and because He looks forward to it. Nothing less than that and, if it’s not that, we want Him to move us each elsewhere.


It’s so strange. We began this year looking back to the previous 15 but, by our 3rd event, it was like we all fixed our faces forward as if nothing in the world mattered but what was in front of us. No “yesterday’s plan.” No “yesterday’s work.” This is today. Something is up. Something new to us. There is something liberating and also a little frightening about just saying to Him, “Do what You want, God. Anything You want. We’re in it with You or we’re not in it at all. All bets are off.” Anyway, I’m not sure why I went off on all of that. God just really has my eyebrows high on my forehead right now wondering what He’s doing.


I have a group of about 30 of you Siestas fresh on my mind because we met up quickly after the event for our group picture. These were your northeastern sisters and the cutest things you can imagine. Well, just like all of you are. All ages and types, with this one glorious bond: the lively love of Jesus Christ. I am so crazy about you guys. I cannot fathom the grace of God to have stirred up a community of encouragement in Christ where relationships really do seem to have some substance to them. It’s an anomaly that still isn’t wasted on me.


You have marked my journey of faith. You’ve encouraged me and made me want to keep running my race energetically and earnestly. You’ve helped me get back up even at times when you didn’t know I was down. You have been a harbor of joy, peace, and laughter in an online Christian world that can be astonishingly fractured. You are a corner of courageous gentleness in a culture that has lost its manners.


And, good grief, you guys have impacted my Scripture memory life so dramatically that I hardly have words. After every Living Proof Live when we meet up for our (clandestine) Siesta picture, I always ask, “Will I be seeing any of you in January at our SSMT celebration?” Invariably there are those who answer with infectious enthusiasm, “YES!” It makes me so happy. The previous celebrations have been like a family reunion on steroids. I hope so much you’re staying up with your Scripture memory, saving your money, and planning to head to Houston that weekend. We aren’t really a beautiful city but we’re a happy one and a hospitable one, I believe I can confidently say. And we can offer you Tex Mex at virtually every four way stop. I mean, what more could you want, people?


The verse I’ve chosen this time around is one God seemed to lift from the page of my early morning Scripture reading last Monday. I continued to say it and pray it throughout the week and referenced it several times this weekend in Providence. It’s easy to memorize and it puts a concept in a nutshell that is as vital as breath to us in this believing life we’re living. Here it is:


Beth, Houston. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV


God is using it to remind me that this thing isn’t about incessant chatter and nonstop Twitter noise and learning to speak fluent Christianese. It’s not tantamount to Bible banter and doctrinal debates and holy hair-splitting. It’s not about getting together at church and threatening week after week to live changed lives and think renewed thoughts. It’s not about getting all lathered up and sweaty-headed at events over theories of effective, influential, and abundant lives. This Christ thing to which we’ve been called is about actually doing it and through an unction not remotely our own.


When the Holy Spirit comes, He comes with power.


Where the Holy Spirit goes, He goes with power.


Whom the Holy Spirit infiltrates, He infuses with power.


Our lives were meant to be powerful. Less talk. More demonstration. Through things like a love that we know good and well is utterly beyond us and a faith that emerges in tact from a minefield soaked in blood and strewn with flesh. We were meant to be able to do what we can’t, like who we don’t, bless who we’d curse. We were promised strength in weakness and extravagant grace in our deprivation.


We were meant to wonder what has derailed or gone awry when a season of our lives persists in powerlessness for weeks on end. We were promised more than this. We’re not meant to write our own personalized chapters in a revised standard version of The Emperor’s New Clothes so the world could have a harder laugh at us. We who have placed our trust in Christ Jesus, the living, breathing-on-us Son of God, have been clothed with power from on high. (Luke 24:49) And it’s supposed to show.


Every limb of our lives where we welcome the Holy Spirit can be infused with strength not of this world and, yes, even in continued weakness or infirmity, should that be the case of our present calling. The coexistence of the two is the mystery of it. We’re not superwomen. We’re a long shot from perfect. But we were meant to be vividly powerful through the One who saved us and made Himself at home in us. Let’s not forget that today. Let’s not be satisfied just to talk about it. Let’s not just clap and cheer during that part of a service when a pastor or teacher tells us we’re called more than conquerors. The New Testament is not the theory of Christianity.

You may feel powerless right now, Sister, but, if you are in Christ, make no mistake: you are not. Get some backbone back in your prayer life if your spiritual spine has deteriorated. With reverence for His holiness and with the boldness He said we could bring to the Throne of Grace, read to God from His Word where He promised His people victory as they looked to Him alone…

…and where He promised to clothe us in power

…and where He said He’d make Himself conspicuous through our spiritual gifts and through supernatural works in His Name.

If you don’t know where those places are, go hunt them down. (But you could start in Romans 8, Luke 24, Acts 1, Acts 2, 1 Corinthians 12 and Hebrews 4.)

Tell Him you’re going to ask for it and ask for it and ask for it in His great Name and for His glory until He gives it to you and frees you from whatever this present powerlessness is. And then DO IT. Ask and ask and ask and tell Him you will do whatever it takes to cooperate and mean it! Throw your hands out to receive. And, then, when He gives it – and He will – don’t take credit for it. Appreciate it. Thank Him and thank Him for it. Know that it’s grace. Use it audaciously to bring Him attention.


Sister, you cannot fulfill your foreordained purpose without power. Go back after it but, whatever you do, don’t try to get it without Jesus coming with it. Power for power’s sake will blow you up. God-given unction isn’t meant to just come and go with periodic personal revival. We were meant to live powerful lives. Let’s get to them. If you’ve got an area of carnality that is quenching it, I promise you it’s not worth it. Believe me, I’ve been there. Repent, turn from it and get on with it. You’ve got a calling. And it takes divine power.


You mean so much to me. Hold tight to Jesus.





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  1. 1951
    Barb says:

    Barb, Urbandale, IA

    For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace

    Romans 8:6 (NASB)

  2. 1952
    Julie Payne says:

    Julie Payne, Muskogee, OK. The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. (Proverbs 27:9 NLT)

  3. 1953
    Lydia Eymann says:

    Lydia, Warman, Canada

    Ps. 19:14 NIV
    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  4. 1954
    Lisa Tardy says:

    Lisa from Arlington, Tx
    Psalm 116:2 NLT
    because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath.

  5. 1955
    Emily Miceli says:

    Emily, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8 NIV)

    Thanks, Kimber Blount from Panama City, FL!

  6. 1956
    Sarah Tolson says:

    Sarah, San Diego

    “Let the beauty of The Lord my God be upon me…

    Psalm 90:17a

  7. 1957
    Sandy Rendel says:

    Sandy, Niamey, Niger, West Africa

    “The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.”

    Psalm 33:10-11 NIV

  8. 1958
    Charotte says:

    Charlotte, England
    “I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” Psalm 121: 1-2 (NIV)

  9. 1959
    Paula Stemple says:

    Paula Stemple, Marlinton, WV

    (2 Timothy 1:9 NIV)

    He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

  10. 1960
    Beth Beckerman says:

    Beth Beckerman Mt. Carmel, IL
    Ps 32:7 NIV
    “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble & surround me with songs of deliverance.”

  11. 1961
    kathi vodenicker says:

    Kathi Jacksonville, Fl “Remember the command that Moses the servant of the Lord gave to you, ‘The Lord your God is giving you rest and has granted you this land.’ Joshua 1:13 NIV

  12. 1962
    Mary Jane Schwab says:

    Mary Jane, Wilmington, DE
    “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 NIV

  13. 1963
    Doris says:

    Doris, Whiteville, NC
    Joshua 1:9 ESV
    Have I not commanded you? “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

  14. 1964
    Debbie from Wilmington, DE says:

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    Be acceptable in Your sight,
    O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NASB

  15. 1965
    Betsy butler says:

    Betsy from Westerville, Ohio
    Ephesians 2:10
    For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

  16. 1966
    Theresa Eaton says:

    May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.
    Psalms 20:4

  17. 1967
    Elaine Brady says:

    Elaine, Jefferson, Ga
    Verse 14: Heb 11:14-12:1
    God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. 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 perseverence the race marked out for us.
    Heb. 11:40-12:1 NIV

  18. 1968
    Sara Sanders says:

    Sara, Garden City, KS
    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NIV)

  19. 1969
    Megan says:

    Goodlettsville, TN
    Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)
    “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

  20. 1970
    Gina says:

    Gina from Ruston, LA

    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.” (John 8:31, 32 NIV)

  21. 1971
    Tammy Goodwin says:

    Tammy from Fort Myers, FL “I, Wisdom, share a home with shrewdness and have knowledge and discretion.” Proverbs 8:12 HCSB

  22. 1972
    Rozanne Gaston says:

    John 7:37-38 NIV “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him”

  23. 1973
    Breanna Johnson says:

    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)

  24. 1974
    Lucinda Lewis says:

    Psalm 11:6-7 NIV
    The lord protects the simple hearted ; When I was in great need, He saved me, Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord God has been good to you.

  25. 1975
    Lynn says:

    Lynn, Pittsburgh ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11 NAS

  26. 1976
    Laura says:

    Laura, Townsend, MA

    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

    James 4:10 NIV

  27. 1977
    Jody Bowhay says:

    Jody in Huntsville AL
    Romans 12:2 NIV
    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 what God’s will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will.

  28. 1978
    Bridget Roberts says:

    Bridget Cadillac, MI
    You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. James 4:3 (nkjv)

  29. 1979
    Toni Sidler says:

    Toni, Argyle, TX
    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? NASB

    • 1979.1
      Toni Sidler says:

      Toni, Argyle, TX

      Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword?
      Romans 8:35. NASB. (I forgot to put the reference when I posted this the first time. Sorry!)

  30. 1980
    Brenda Cousino says:

    Brenda Cousino, Frisco, Texas
    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 ESV)

  31. 1981
    Lori says:

    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

    Lori, Waxhaw, NC

  32. 1982
    Teresa Ator says:

    Teresa Tyler TX
    Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” (Psalms 50:15 NLT)

  33. 1983
    Barb Granados, Dallas, Tx says:

    2Chronicles 20:20
    Believe in The Lord your God and you will be established:believe his prophets and you will succeed.

  34. 1984
    Kim Leach says:

    Kim, Frankenmuth, MI

    “Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be paid into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” -Luke 6:38 NIV

  35. 1985
    Ellen Elam says:

    Ellen, Chattanooga, TN

    “The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him. For He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows and we are gone—as though we had never been here.” Psalms 103:13-16 NLT

  36. 1986
    Amber says:

    Amber from Manor Texas: Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 17:8 NIV

  37. 1987
    Denise says:

    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, bit of power. I Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  38. 1988
    Cheryl from Kemah,TX says:

    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 1Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)

  39. 1989
    Tammy says:


    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

    1Cor. 4:20 NIV

  40. 1990
    Tara says:

    Tara, Eustis

    Psalm 63:8
    My soul clings to you, your hand upholds me. NIV

  41. 1991
    Joyce klumper says:

    Joyce, Wahpeton ND

    Romans 8:31 ESV
    What then shall we say to these things?
    If God is for us, who can be against us?

  42. 1992
    Faith Harris says:

    “The heart of her husband trusts in her,
    and he will have no lack of gain.
    She does him good, and not harm,
    all the days of her life.”
    Proverbs 31:11-12 (ESV)

  43. 1993
    Cathy Morris says:

    Cathy Morris Sedona, AZ Eph 3:17b-19 NIV
    ” And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all fullness of God.”

  44. 1994
    Vanessa says:

    Vanessa, Anderson, SC:
    “Pleasant words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24 (NKJV)

  45. 1995
    Jenna Berthoud says:

    Riverton UT
    For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 2:13 NLT)

  46. 1996
    Daniela Elliott says:

    Abingdon, MD
    1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  47. 1997
    Stephanie McKenzie says:

    Stephanie McKenzie
    Red Deer, Alberta
    Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11 NIV)

  48. 1998
    Tonia Booker says:

    Tonia Booker from Meridian, Idaho
    Galatians 5:1
    It is for freedom that I have been set free

  49. 1999
    Tiffany says:

    Tiffany, Nampa, ID

    Psalm 139:14 NLT

    Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it.

  50. 2000
    Anne says:

    Anne Boschma | Phoneix | AZ
    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. | Micah 6:8 NIV

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