2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 11!

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**January 20-21, 2012**

Hey, You Scripture-Memory-Mad Women!

I hope your Memorial Day weekend was wonderful and that your appreciation of our nation’s heroes got a fresh stir. I looked around our sanctuary on Sunday at all those who had served in wars and I marveled over the few World War II veterans we have left. My Dad was one of them and, had he lived, he would be ninety. Such a powerful part of our history was written in their blood. My dad lived well over half a century with a bullet fragment lodged near his heart. He took a hit right through his cheek and, ultimately, surgeons grafted skin from his hip to cover the severe indention in his face. If you have a family with a weird sense of humor, perhaps you can imagine that it was fodder for a few jokes, most of which he told himself.

Of course, heroes come in all generations and both genders. I have two framed pictures in prominent places in my office of women soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who have done Bible studies on their tours of duty. Flabbergasting to me. May Christ hold our soldiers tight and let them lose neither their lives nor their faith and may He return them to their families as whole people, twice the wiser.

Well, Girlfriends, it’s JUNE! Our temperatures in Houston are already well into the upper nineties and we are experiencing the severest drought in decades. It seems that few areas of our country are free of something ranging from brow-raising concern all the way to destruction and devastation. What on earth?? I don’t pretend to know the details of what is happening around us but I really do feel that Kingdom history is being written in these days entrusted to us. I believe there is a bold dot on the divine time line representing this era with a label Heaven alone knows for now, but generations will talk about until Christ’s Kingdom comes. We must stand firm in our faith and love twice as much. These are days when our words must be backed by our hearts or dismissed entirely by the world. Remember Christ’s warning in Matthew 24:12 that the hearts of many will grow cold. Our love will not endure extended seasons of difficulty by accident. In our self-protectiveness, the first natural casualty will be our emotions. We will either set our hearts on things above (Col. 3:1) where Christ is seated at the right hand of God, or we’ll lose our footing here below.

We are called to live by faith and to love by faith.

Part of how we stand firm is to know Scripture, and not with swollen heads but swollen hearts. One of the verses in my quiet time this morning was Psalm 119:57 – “The LORD is my source of security. I have determined to follow Your instructions.” (The NET Bible) One thing is certain: we are finding out how little security this anguishing planet can offer us. “The LORD is the source of security.” Personal. National. Global. Universal. The Lord alone. And, so, like never before, we need to know His instructions…and follow them.

One of my favorite portions of the Book of James has turned out to be the last half of 5:11 – “…you have seen the Lord’s purpose, that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.” The Lord cannot set aside His compassion and mercy to deal with this world. Oh, I’m not saying He won’t ultimately deal with this world. His Word promises that He will. But I am saying that He cannot set aside His compassion and mercy to do it. They are elements of His immutable character and the first descriptions He used to introduce Himself to Moses by name in Exodus 34:6-7.

OK, Sisters. I better get to our purpose here on this first of June. The pages are flying off the calendar like leaves in the wind and it’s time for our 11th verse! God has had me in 2 Timothy recently for my memory work so here’s mine this time around:

Beth, Houston. “Because of this, in fact, I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, because I know the one in whom my faith is set and I am convinced that He is able to protect what has been entrusted to me until that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 The NET Bible

You can bet your life on it.

You are treasured here. May Christ continue to captivate you. He loves you so much.

PS. OK, I can’t stand it anymore. SO HOW ABOUT THAT TIMER AT THE TOP OF THIS POST???? That, my beloved Siestas, is exactly how much time we have to go until our SSMT celebration! Wooooooohoooooooo!!! Bring it, Jesus! Kudos to my wonderful coworker, Kimberly McMahon, for making that happen. I told her I thought we needed a little extra incentive for this second half of our Scripture memory commitment. I WANT EVERY ONE OF YOU TO COME if you possibly can. With the numbers where they are right now on our 1st and 15th entries, we have room to fit all of you in our sanctuary. Save your money! Ask for it as a Christmas gift! Remember, the event is our gift to you but it’s not too soon to start saving for travel and accommodations. This is one of the biggest events on the calendar to us at Living Proof so please know how wanted you are and how loved you are. Celebrating a faithful work of God to a woefully dependent people was His idea in the first place. He loves festivals so, Girlfriends, let’s have one.




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  1. 3551
    McKenna says:

    Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. John 17:17 NLT

    Henrietta, TX

  2. 3552
    Cindy says:

    Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. John 17:17 NLT

    Henrietta, TX

    (Can’t believe I forgot to post it-AGAIN!)

  3. 3553
    Leslie says:

    Leslie – Tyler, TX

    “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

  4. 3554
    Suzanne says:

    June 15,2011

    Psalm 133:1 NIV
    How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

  5. 3555
    Katie says:

    Katie , Madison, WI – “whoever does not love does not know God because God IS love.” 1 John 4:8 NASB

  6. 3556
    Sugar Mommy says:

    Jennifer, Houston
    “Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.”(NIV)

    (weeping tears over this one….I need His rain to heal my torn and stricken spirit!)

  7. 3557
    Jill from Jacksonville says:

    Not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:9

  8. 3558
    Alane says:

    “She watches over the affairs of her household.”

    Proverbs 31:27

  9. 3559
    Connie H says:

    Connie H – Forsyth, MO “For you LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalms 9:106 (NIV)

  10. 3560
    Jennifer J. says:

    Jennifer J. – Texarkana, AR

    “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” Revelation 17:14 (NIV1984)

    (This is a re-post. My original post from June 1 isn’t showing up.)

  11. 3561
    Matia Messemer says:

    Matia, Fort Worth, TX, “Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!” So great is Your power that your enemies come cringing to you.” Psalm 66:3 (ESV)

  12. 3562
    Piper says:

    I forgot to sign in for June 1st!
    Here’s my verse …
    Hickory NC
    For ye are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
    1 Corinthians 6:20 (kjv)

  13. 3563
    Shannon Roberts says:

    Shannon, White Hall, AR
    Psalm 25:14 (NIV)
    “The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them.”

  14. 3564
    Liz says:

    Liz, Okemos, MI

    Nahum 2:1 (NIV)

    “An attacker advances against you, Nineveh. Guard the fortress, watch the road, brace yourselves, marshal all your strength.”

  15. 3565
    Catrina says:

    Catrina, Plano, TX

    I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.
    3 John 4 NLT

  16. 3566
    Ivy Morrison says:

    Ivy Morrison
    Willis TX

    Isaiah 30:18 NIV
    “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him.”

  17. 3567
    Kathy Boan says:

    Kathy, Cochran, GA

    God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart.

    1 Samuel (NCV)

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      Kathy Boan says:

      Kathy, Cochran, GA

      God does not see the way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart.

      1 Samuel 16:7 (NCV)

  18. 3568
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca, Chattanooga, TN

    Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

    James 1:2-4 NIV ’84

  19. 3569
    Michelle says:

    2 Timothy 1:7 God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.

  20. 3570
    Sherry says:



    “If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.”

    I Cor. 13:1 NLT

  21. 3571
    Amanda says:

    Amanda in Dover, TN

    The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)

  22. 3572
    annalee says:

    2 Corinthians 12:9
    But he said to me,
    “My grace is sufficient for you,
    for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
    Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness,
    so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

  23. 3573
    Karen says:

    Ephesians 4:32
    Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

  24. 3574

    But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear
    of evil. prov 1:33

  25. 3575
    LindaTavares says:

    “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news; who proclain peace; who bring good tidings; who proclaim salvation; who say to Zion Your God Reigns:
    Isaiah 52: 7 (NIV)

  26. 3576
    Amy W says:

    Amy W
    Plano, TX
    (I’m really late posting this but I just realized that I didn’t post when I started memorizing this verse on the first.)

    Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”

    John 11;40 (NIV, 1984)

  27. 3577
    lisa says:

    Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

  28. 3578
    Kelly Burnett says:

    Kelly Burnett, Houston

    He made their hearts,
    so he understands everything they do. NLT

  29. 3579
    Sue says:

    Psalm 86: 4 Bring joy to Your servant’s life,
    since I set my hope on You, Lord.
    5 For You, Lord, are kind and ready to forgive,
    abundant in faithful love to all who call on You.

  30. 3580

    Kelly Bullock
    Clarksville, TN
    Ps 90:17 NIV
    May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us, establish the works of our hands for us, yes establish the works of our hands.

  31. 3581
    Carol Kirby says:

    How good and pleasant it is when GOD’s people live together in unity. Psalms 133:1. NIV

  32. 3582
    Cindi says:

    “The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God.”
    Numbers 15:40

  33. 3583
    Lara Harris says:

    I can’t remember if I actually posted this, so to be safe:

    Lara Harris, Spring Hill, TN
    Psalm 112:7 NIV
    He will have no fear of bad news: his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

  34. 3584
    Lynda from Libertyville, IL says:

    You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear.

    Eph. 4:29 NET

  35. 3585
    Christy T. says:

    Christy T. – Hawthorne, CA

    “Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
    The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.”

    Psalm 103:5-6 (NIV)

  36. 3586
    Cary says:

    Cary Forney, TX Romans 8:37 NIV
    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us

  37. 3587
    Deaune says:

    Deaune, Topeka, KS
    Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Ps 51:4 NIV

  38. 3588
    Sarah says:

    Sarah, Topeka, KS
    Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Ps 51:4 NIV

  39. 3589

    Nancy, Perry, “To set your mind on the flesh is death; but to set your mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 (NRSV)

  40. 3590
    Jess says:

    Jess, Auburn
    “…Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”
    Romans 12:3, NIV

  41. 3591
    Jodi says:

    Let the whole world glorify the Lord; Let it sing His praise. Isaiah 42:12

    Jodi Zagreb

  42. 3592
    Karen Mceathron says:

    1Timothy 4:12..Don;t let anyone look down on you because you are young,but set an example for the belivers in speech,in life,in love,in faith and in purity.

  43. 3593
    Shannon says:

    from Murfreesboro, AR

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 KJV

  44. 3594
    Julie Elrod says:

    Julie Elrod, Smyrna, GA: So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Gal. 5:16 NIV

  45. 3595
    Dwn Deare says:

    Dawn, Lafayette, LA
    Psalm 63:1-5 NIV
    O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you, my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is not water.
    I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
    Because your love is better than life my lips will glorify you.
    I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
    My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods, with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

  46. 3596
    Jan, Olney Texas says:

    “The Lord is my light and my salvation-whomshall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?”
    Psalms 27:1 NIV

  47. 3597
    Tammy colorado springs says:

    Memorizing God’s word has been a joy that fills my heart with Faith Hope and Love. The challenge to do this was a gift from my Daughter. Thank you Kate!

    Love each other with genuine Affection and take delight in honoring each other.
    Romans 12:10 NLT

  48. 3598
    Deb says:

    Deb, Lancaster
    “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.” Psalm 5:11 ESV

  49. 3599
    Lisa Rand says:

    Lisa – Houston, TX
    I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
    Psalm 91:2 NIV

  50. 3600
    Kamilah says:

    Kamilah – Houston, Tx

    Jesus said to him ” If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 (NKJV)

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