Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 7!

Hey, my wonderful Word-memorizing Siestas! I am so excited about your response to our celebration event next January! We got some great enthusiasm back from you. I’m looking as forward to it as anything on my entire year’s calendar. (If you aren’t up to speed on it, see the March 15th post.) Amanda and I met up the other day to leave one of our cars in a parking lot and ride together to evening church. Since Annabeth is too young to be exposed to that many people and hadn’t yet had her first round of shots, I’ve been hanging out with her and Amanda on Sunday mornings while the boys go to church, then she and I have been going to the 6:30 PM service. When I jumped in the car with her, she said, “Have you been waiting on me long?” “Nope,” I said, “And anyway, it gave me a chance to work on my Scriptures. I want to qualify for the celebration event!” She laughed and said, “I do, too! And I need to get with it!” She’s got a pretty good excuse for being a tad behind on her memory work.

Don’t think for a second I’m not working hard on these Scriptures, too, Young Ladies. What we’re doing together is not easy for any of us. Memorizing this much and this often takes a tremendous effort. It also takes discipline and, to be lovingly frank, self-discipline is not highly valued in our Western world. It’s part of what can make our popular breed of Christianity so sloppy and, at times, so void of power. I’m not being cynical. There are fabulous things happening in the Body of Christ today. I just want to encourage you that this is one of those things. Stick with it! We’d be hard pressed to overemphasize the importance of Scripture memory.

Whew! I have chosen a HARD one this time! It came up in my Scripture reading one morning last week and I fell in love with it. I think it will bless so many of you to read it even if you don’t choose to memorize it. Here goes:

God’s love is meteoric, His loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, His verdicts oceanic. Yet in His largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. How exquisite Your love, O God! Psalm 36:5-7a, The Message

Here’s this week’s tip: When I have a really challenging verse to memorize like this one, I read it over and over (please revisit our RENEW acrostic video-lesson from January if it’s been a while) then, if it invites various images, I sit back and visualize it. I deliberately begin associating pictures with various words and phrases. This is what I did, for instance, years ago when I memorized Psalm 1. It opens with “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.” I pictured a man walking, standing, and sitting in that order over and over and, to this day, I can say it from memory based on those visuals.

On this selection, Psalm 36:5-7a, I can picture a huge meteor for God’s love and the starry hosts for His infinite loyalty, an unsinkable Titanic for His purpose, and an ocean with a consistent tide for His verdicts. All of those things speak to me about His largeness so that part of the text comes next naturally. The words “man” and “mouse” begin with the same letters so that helps me remember them. The conclusion is joyously appropriate: “How exquisite Your love, O God!” That’s why I had to tag on the first half of verse 7. I wanted to respond with the psalmist to those enormous attributes of my God.

Somebody may be thinking, “Good grief! I didn’t want to have to think about it that much!” But, you see, that’s the BEAUTY of it! We could be thinking how ticked we are at somebody. We could be thinking how tempted we are toward somebody. We could be thinking how dissatisfied we are with something. We could be thinking AGAIN about what so-and-so had the gall to say to us. I am never more prone to mental defeat than when I just allow my mind to wander anywhere and to anything. I’m by no means suggesting that we never allow our minds to rest. Of course we do. I’m saying that when, in that state of rest and idleness, our thoughts begin to go left toward something destructive, we need a pretty fail-safe way to switch gears. I know no better way than to immediately start letting some verses scroll through my head. That’s what it means to take thoughts captive to the knowledge of Christ and that’s how we tear down everything that exalts itself against Him.

I’m also prone to mental defeat when the enemy has pitched me a great opportunity to obsess about something or to give way to fear and stress. Each of these represents perfect moments to turn to my Scripture memory. There are tons of things we COULD think about today but we have the power in Jesus’ Name to choose the things that edify our spirits and renew our minds. Remember, every defeat and every victory takes place on the battlefield of the mind before it erupts in the exterior life. Listen, Darling Things, we don’t have to let every mental struggle turn into a stronghold. We can successfully cut things off at the pass. And this is one huge way we do it.

OK, Sisters! Let’s hear your selections! Remember to list your name (first is fine), your city, and your verse and translation. I cannot adequately express how thankful I am to serve you. You are a very important part of my ministry life and I think about you every day.

To God’s great glory!

I love you,



202 Responses to “Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 7!”

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  1. 151
    StaciSpeaks says:

    "God's love is meteoric. His loyalty astronomic. His purpose titanic. His verdicts oceanic. Yet in His largeness, nothing gets lost; not a man, not a mouse slips through the cracks. How exquisite your love, O God."

    Psalm 36:5-7a The Message

  2. 152
    Candice says:

    Psalm 91:1-2
    He who dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."

    Evanston, IL

  3. 153
    Erika Chapman says:

    Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
    Deut. 4:9
    Erika Chapman
    Florence, SC

  4. 154
    Nicole says:

    Winnipeg, MB
    Hebrews 11:8
    By faith Abraham when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.

  5. 155
    Yukiko says:

    Proverb 14:30 NIV

    A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

    Sagamihara, Japan

  6. 156
    Trisha says:

    All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

    2 Timothy 3:16 NIV

    Odessa, TX

  7. 157
    Angie Werley says:

    God’s love is meteoric, His loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, His verdicts oceanic. Yet in His largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. How exquisite Your love, O God! Psalm 36:5-7a, The Message

    Anna, TX

  8. 158
    Anonymous says:

    God’s love is meteoric, His loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, His verdicts oceanic. Yet in His largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. How exquisite Your love, O God! Psalm 36:5-7a, The Message

    Waco, TX

  9. 159
    Debglad says:

    Romans 8:35 (NLT)
    Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death?

  10. 160
    Anonymous says:

    Proverbs 11:12

    He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace.

    Trudi Tedrick
    Lynchburg, OH

  11. 161
    Beverly W says:

    "We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ."

    2 Corinthians 10:5b NAS

    Brenham, TX

  12. 162
    Heather says:

    Jeremiah 29:11

    "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."

    cypress, tx

  13. 163
    BecKiev says:

    Philippians 1:7 NASB

    For it is only right for me to feel this way about you, because I have you in my heart, since both in my inprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.

    Indianapolis, IN

  14. 164
    ~A says:

    Psalm 63:9 NIV

    They who seek my life will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.

    Lorton, VA

  15. 165
    Libby says:

    May I be strong and keep the charge of the Lord my God to walk in His ways, and to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, so that I may prosper in all I do and wherever I turn.

    1 Kings 2:2-3

    Dallas, TX

  16. 166
    Janice says:

    Janice H.
    Summerville, SC
    "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." Galatians 6:9-10 (NIV)

  17. 167
    Mom of Eleven says:

    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
    Galatians 6:9-10
    Wendy, Rome, GA

  18. 168
    heather says:

    heather in austin, tx

    Prov 9.10 NLT

    Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding.

  19. 169
    Anonymous says:

    Debbie George
    Marion, IN
    NIV Psalm 121:1-2

    I lift up my eyes to the hills-
    where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

  20. 170
    Anonymous says:

    Eph. 2:10 (NASB)
    "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."

    Karen, Derry NH

  21. 171
    Kristi Parks says:

    Kristi Parks
    Eugene OR

    How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see. Ps 36:7 & 9

  22. 172
    thehobbyholic says:

    Robin Sutherlin
    Katy, TX

    Proverbs 9:10 NIV

    "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

  23. 173
    The King's Little Girl says:

    Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
    Psalms 141:3 TNIV

    Tonya, Searcy, AR

  24. 174
    Beth.. One Blessed Nana says:

    I am so afraid that I have missed some, so I am going back to make sure they are there! Sorry – just the OCD in me!

    "Many are the plans in a man's hear, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails" Proverbs 19:21

    Beth Herring
    Oak Grove, La

  25. 175
    Casey says:

    A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother. — Proverbs 18:24

    Bumpass, Va

  26. 176
    Heather F says:

    Heather F
    Beaumont, TX

    I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can tell this mountain to move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matt 7:21

  27. 177
    Anonymous says:

    "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalms 139:13-14 NIV

    Sandy P
    Eugene, OR

  28. 178
    Anonymous says:

    "[Guard] your heart
    with all diligence,
    for out of it
    spring the issues of life."

    Prov 4:23

    Christine K.
    Eugene, OR

  29. 179
    michelle says:

    Michelle P
    McAllen TX

    Therefore, there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2

  30. 180
    michelle says:

    Joshua 1:9

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

    McAllen TX

  31. 181
    Aimie says:

    Colossians 3:17
    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.

    Aimie Markham
    Murfreesboro, TN

  32. 182
    Cortni says:

    Cortni B.
    Watauga, TX
    Psalm 27:4
    One thing I ask of the LORD, that is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and seek him in his temple.

  33. 183
    Cortni says:

    Cortni B.
    Watauga, TX
    Phil. 4:7
    "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

  34. 184
    Paula says:

    And God is able to make all grace aboud to you so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
    2 Corinthians 9:8

    ATlanta, Texas

  35. 185
    Anonymous says:

    Still playing cath up – but this one rocked by world…

    Wait for the Lord: Be stron & Take Heart & Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

    Mary Vigil

  36. 186
    Anonymous says:

    "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Rom. 8:1

  37. 187
    Kristie says:

    Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
    Colossians 4:6 (NKJV)

    Queen City, TX

  38. 188
    Anonymous says:

    Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever.
    Ps 118:1
    Rebecca H.
    Malvern, PA

  39. 189
    Beth says:

    Psalms 118:1
    Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, his love endures forever.

    Beth R
    Liberty Lake, WA

  40. 190
    julie says:

    John 15:16 NIV
    You did not choose me,
    but I chose you
    and appointed you
    to go and bear fruit,
    fruit that will last.

    No retirement, right?

    Boone NC

  41. 191
    Amber says:

    Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.
    Psalm 141:3 (NLT)

    Houston, TX

  42. 192
    Anonymous says:

    Amanda in Katy

    John 17:7 NIV

    Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.

  43. 193
    Belinda Kendall says:

    Jeremiah 30:17 (New Living Translation)

    17 I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the Lord. “For you are called an outcast—‘Jerusalem[a] for whom no one cares.’”

  44. 194
    DLynn says:

    James 1:9
    "Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry."

  45. 195
    Anonymous says:

    1 Peter 5:7

    Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.

    Kara- Marietta, PA

  46. 196
    Anonymous says:

    Houston, TX

    2 Cor. 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this al surpassing power is from God and not from us.

  47. 197
    Scrapinfriend says:

    G – God is Love 1 John 4:8
    Dynae Pofahl
    Kearney, NE

  48. 198
    Lisa says:

    2 Chronicles 7:14
    If my people who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

    Edinburg, TX

  49. 199
    Evie says:

    Psalm 121:1-2
    Cedar creek, TX

  50. 200
    AKat says:

    You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

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