2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 4!

Hey, you Scripture-memory buffs! I pray that your verses are bearing fruit and that they’re right there on the tip of your tongue when you’re tempted to say something the polar opposite of God’s will. That’s one of many things I like about memory work. It’s seems out of place to use the same mouth that has been spouting Scripture to spout off a bunch of trash. That doesn’t mean we never do it but it does mean we’re likely to feel miserable over it and think twice the next time.

Two times in a row our SSMT has fallen on a Bible study day so I am forced to be much briefer than I’d like. My heart toward you is bigger than my words, particularly today. Tonight’s lesson is especially pressing because I’m further behind in preparation than I’d normally be if I hadn’t had a taping over the weekend and spent the end of last work-week getting ready for it. Yada yada yada. I am woman, hear me whine.

I bet some of you feel the same way I’ve felt over the last week: too much on your plate. Looking at all of it in one big heap on your desk or your calendar can be demoralizing. Thursday I had one of those days when you can hardly make it to your car after work without bursting into tears. On the way home I felt like God was telling me to humble myself and get the word out that I needed prayer and by the next day I felt a world better. (Some nights you just go to bed early out of love for the people who live with you.) A couple of other things have really helped me today. They seem elementary but, if so, why don’t we ever seem to learn them once and for all? Here’s what they are: Remembering to…

1)   TAKE ONE THING AT A TIME! God’s grace really is sufficient and He really does meet all our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. As much as we want to see all that manna heaped up in a mountain of provision a week in advance alongside those upcoming demands, His promise in Philippians 4:19 is to meet each one AT THE TIME WE NEED IT. Thank You, Lord. If we could learn to live in this present moment with this present provision, oh, man, life would be so much less stressful, wouldn’t it?

2)   SAY NO. I have managed to get that most distasteful word for the people-pleasure out of my mouth two times today to people I really, really, really didn’t want to say no to. People I love a ton. People I want very much to please. But the fact is, I don’t have a single other yes in my pocket right now. Not one. For this moment, I am completely bereft of extra yeses. Anybody else? So it’s got to be no. Help us, Lord. We need so much help to say yes to no.

Anyway, that’s not what we’re doing on here today. We’re on here to spout off our Siesta Scripture Memory Team Verse 4!

I am continuing out of the Book of James. This round I’m going with James 3:17 –

Beth, Houston. “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and not hypocritical.” James 3:17 The NET Bible (Is that a mouthful or what??)

For any of you who could use some ideas, the alternative verse I’m selecting for today outside of James may as well be the one I mentioned a couple of paragraphs earlier. If you’ve never memorized this one, stick it toward the top of your list. It’s a staple in the mental pantry of the believer.

“And my God will supply your every need according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 The NET Bible

And from The Message:

You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, His generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.

And that is a promise, Sweet Thing. Eyes up. Chins up. Joy up.

And maybe…just maybe…say yes to no.

Just for fun, here are a couple of pictures from Valentine’s dinner last night. We didn’t have the Fitzpatricks with us because they had their own plans for their third anniversary. Can you believe it’s been that long? We missed them but had a ton of fun anyway. Here are two darling couples I got to stare at across the table. I love them each so much.

We are ecstatic to have Travis and Angela in town and the rest of the worship team lands today. They’ll lead us tonight at Bible study. Wooooohooooooo!

Are they darling or what? For any of you newcomers, that’s Amanda, my firstborn, and Curtis, her wonderful man.

This picture didn’t come out well because the lighting was so bright so I did it in black and white and it looked even goofier but, anyway, at least you know I really did go with them to dinner.

And, in case I haven’t yet bored you to utter oblivion, here is one more that Trav took with his phone:

OK, that’s it! If you’re missing my Valentine, he had to be out of town for a work thing but I will see him soon and got beautiful roses and funny text messages all day.

Let’s hear each of your fourth verses, Siestas! Name, city, verse and translations please!

I love you guys.


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  1. 101
    Kathie Nappier says:

    Kathie SC

    For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

    Isaiah 41:13 NIV

  2. 102
    Robin in New Jersey says:

    Robin, Landing, NJ

    And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

    Ephesians 4:32 KJV

  3. 103
    SusanD says:

    SusanD, Southern Illinois, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NKJV

  4. 104
    kendal says:

    kendal, north wilkesboro, NC: For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than a double-edged sword, it penetrates even to divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

  5. 105

    Mary Lou, Young America, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word sitrs up anger.” Prov. 15:1, NIV

  6. 106
    Katherine says:

    “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV)

  7. 107
    Kim says:

    Kim and Abby, MO

    Never stop praying.

    I Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)

  8. 108
    1choirgirl says:

    Jen, Auburn Township, Ohio: Romans 8:6– “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” NIV. So true.

  9. 109
    Julie says:

    Wadsworth, OH:
    “When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she says it kindly.”
    Proverbs 31:26 (The Message)

  10. 110

    Fullerton, CA
    Malachi 3:16 (ESV)

    Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another. The LORD paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and esteemed his name.

  11. 111
    Diane Senk says:

    Diane, Commerce Twp. MI
    Galatians 5:2-23 NIV
    The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness, self control; against such things there is no law.

  12. 112
    Marybeth says:

    Marybeth from Norcross: If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. – Galations 3:29 NIV

  13. 113
    Heather says:

    Heather, Shokan, NY

    Psalm 34:4 NKJV

    “I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

  14. 114
    Tricia says:

    Tricia Union, KY

    “Each one should use whatever gifts he has recieved
    to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace
    in various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 NIV

  15. 115
    Amy says:

    Amy, Marion, Virginia “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” Matthew 10:28 NIV

  16. 116
    elaine says:

    elaine – brea,ca
    I Samuel 12:24, NCV
    You must honor the Lord and truly serve him with all your heart. Remember the wonderful things he did for you!

  17. 117
    Amber Shockley says:

    Shrewsbury, UK

    “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 NLT

  18. 118
    Susan says:

    Susan, Maple Grove, MN

    “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No’.
    Anything more is from the evil one.”

    Matthew 5:37 (NAB)

  19. 119
    Brigid says:

    Brigid – Johannesburg (SA)
    “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
    Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)

  20. 120
    Vicki Hall says:

    Vicki, Paducah, ky, For of him and through him and to him are all things, to whom be glory forever, AMEN! Rom 11:36 NKJV

  21. 121
    Leanna says:

    Leanna, Lafayette, IN: “Lord, teach me how you want me to live. Then I will follow your truth. Give me a heart that doesn’t want anything more than to worship you.” Psalm 86:11, NIrV

  22. 122

    Zephaniah 3:17: “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV)

  23. 123
    flip flops says:

    Lyn Steriti
    Littleton NH

    Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary and to him who lacks might, He increases power.

    Is. 40:28-29 NASB

  24. 124
    Chrystie says:

    Chrystie C.
    Piedmont, SC

    “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV

  25. 125
    Tracy L. says:

    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3: 22-23

    Tracy L.
    Richlands, NC

  26. 126
    Julie says:

    Julie, Port Huron, Michigan

    Psalms 51:12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. NKJV

  27. 127
    1gleaner (aka Judy from NC) says:

    Judy Littleton, NC

    Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16 KJV

    PS Beth,the Japanese have never wanted to be impolite enough to say no to anyone so they just smile and say,
    “Yes, we no can do it.”

  28. 128

    Cheryl, Coffeyville, KS

    “The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

    Is. 12:2b NIV

  29. 129
    Freida says:

    Freida, Chatham, LA, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NKJV

  30. 130
    Stacie says:

    Courtesy of Amanda’s Tweet yesterday!!

    Stacie-Livonia, MI Psalm 33:20-22 We’re depending on God;
    he’s everything we need. What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own his holy name. Love us, God, with all you’ve got—that’s what we’re depending on. (The Message)

  31. 131
    natalie says:

    natalie, millington: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal ROCK!” Isaiah 26:3 & 4 (NLT)

  32. 132
    Lindy says:

    Lindy, Scott
    Psalm 118:8 (KJV) – It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

  33. 133
    Karen says:

    Karen, Leonard, Tx
    I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end
    he will stand upon the earth.
    Job 19:25 NIV

  34. 134
    Alison Haight says:

    Alison, Haubstadt, Indiana
    “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
    Philippians 4:8 NIV

  35. 135
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Euharlee, Ga. Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim. 1:6-7 NKJV

  36. 136
    Sandy says:

    Sandy, Lexington, KY
    Blessed is the man who perserveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who lovechim.
    James 1:12 (NIV)

  37. 137
    Nancy says:

    Psalm 40:8, I desire to do your will, O my god; Your law is within my heart. (NIV)

  38. 138
    DeAnne says:


    Psalm 91:1
    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighy.

  39. 139
    Donna, Sarnia, Ontario says:

    Donna, Sarnia, Ontario

    My salvation and my honour depend on God;
    He is my mighty rock, my refuge.
    Trust in Him at all times, O people;
    pour out your hearts to Him,
    for God is our refuge.

    Psalm 62:7-8

  40. 140

    Rebekah from Marion, IN – I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:13, 14 – NIV

  41. 141
    Blenna says:

    Blenna from Radford, VA
    All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. (but Jesus)
    1Corinthians 6:12

  42. 142
    Annette says:

    Annette, Minneapolis “If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” I Peter 4:11 NIV

  43. 143
    Donna says:

    Donna, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI: “O Sovereign Lord, you have only begun to show your greatness and the strength of your hand to me, your servant. Is there any god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great and mighty deeds as you do?” (Deuteronomy 3:24 NLT) Whew!! Just typed that from memory. Yay!!!!

  44. 144
    Christi says:

    Cameron, NC

    So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31 NIV

  45. 145
    Tina says:

    Tina, Roanoke, AL
    “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 NIV

  46. 146
    Beverly says:

    Beverly, Des Moines
    When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God of Heaven’s armies. Jeremiah 15:16 NLT

  47. 147
    Julia says:

    Julia – Crystal Springs. Isaiah 41:10 NLT.
    “Dont be afraid, for I am with you. Dont be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

  48. 148
    Lauren says:

    Lauren-Plano, TX
    In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

  49. 149
    Elaine says:

    Elaine, Powder Springs – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 (HCSB)

  50. 150
    Kate says:

    Kate, Hillsboro, OR
    Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. Ephesians 5:22 The Message

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