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. 6801
    sheilah says:

    Psalms 1:2-3
    But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.
    3He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
    and whose leaf does not wither.
    Whatever he does prospers.
    sheila, OK

  2. 6802
    Patricia says:

    Patricia, Dallas, Tx

    Isaiah 41:10 {ESV}
    Fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
    I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will upload you with my righteous right hand.

  3. 6803
    Lisa C says:

    Zimmerman, MN
    1 John 1:9
    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.

  4. 6804
    Sarah, Heath,TX says:

    Ephesians 4:29
    NLT

    Don’t use bad language. Say only what is good and helpful to those you are talking to, and say what would give them a blessing.

  5. 6805
    Karen Barrows says:

    Karen, Naples, FL

    “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

    2 Timothy 1:6-7
    ESV

  6. 6806
    Tina Merhoff says:

    I desire to dwell in the shelter of You, the Most High. I will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of You, Lord. You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.

    Psalms 91: 1-2

  7. 6807
    Leah Kasparek says:

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, bring your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

  8. 6808
    Julie DeTemple says:

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, through prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

  9. 6809
    Kristi Hensley says:

    Kristi, Charleston, WV ” Let the sea roar, and all it’s fullness, The world and all who dwell in it;”
    Psalm 98:7

  10. 6810
    Bethany B. says:

    Bethany from Waco, TX

    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters. Psalm 23:1-2 NASB

  11. 6811
    Christine Rhodes says:

    Christine, Augusta, Ga

    “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21 NKJV

  12. 6812
    Natalie from Lexington says:

    But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength, they will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

    Isaiah 40:31 NLT

  13. 6813
    Sherry Adams says:

    SHERRY, TULSA; “But if i go to the east, He is not there; if i go to the west, i do not find Him. When He is at work in the north, i do not see Him; when He turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of Him. But He knows the way that i take; when He has tested me i will come forth as gold.” Job 23:8-10, NIV

  14. 6814
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Houston.  
    Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.
             His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:4 NLT

  15. 6815
    Mary Alice says:

    Mary Alice
    Dallas, TX

    “Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob,
    O little Israel,
    for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord,
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

    Isaiah 41:14 NIV

  16. 6816
    Carole Daves says:

    Carole, Austin: indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:4, NIV

  17. 6817
    Linda says:

    Linda, Austin, TX
    Proverbs 3:6 NIV

    In all your ways acknowledge him,and he will make your paths straight.

  18. 6818
    Rosebud says:

    But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and etniced. James 1:14 NKJV

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    Nikki says:

    Nikki, Franklin, Tn

    All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; He’ll never let you be pushed past your limit, He’ll always be there to help you come through it. 1 Corinthians 10:13b (MSG)

  20. 6820
    jennifer says:

    jennifer, cheyenne wy: perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything James 1:4 The 1984 NIV Bible

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