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. 3601
    S says:

    Sharon, Los Angeles

    “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
    Matt. 6:34 NIV

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    Shelly in Cleveland says:

    Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

  3. 3603
    Michelle says:

    NLT Psalm 7:17

    I will thank the Lord for his justice. I will sing praise to the sovereign Lord.

  4. 3604
    Amie Rowland says:

    Amie, Glendale, AZ: 1 Corinthians 13:3, “If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” NIV

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    Rita Brown says:

    Midland, TX

    Joshua 1:5

    No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life.
    As I was with Moses, so I will be with you;
    I will never leave you nor forsake you.

  6. 3606
    Janine says:

    Always be joyful. Never stop praying.

    ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, NLT

  7. 3607
    Rachel says:

    Rachel; Willis, Texas

    John 3:30
    He must increase, but I must decrease.

  8. 3608
    Rebekah says:

    Rebekah – Fulton, MS

    “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    – Romans 8:37-39, NIV

  9. 3609
    Brenda says:

    Proverbs 28:13 NIV “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”

  10. 3610
    Sue says:

    Sue St. Louis,MO
    Proverbs 31:10-11

    An excellent wife, who can find?
    For her worth is far above jewels.
    The heart of her husband trusts in her,
    And he will lack no gain.

  11. 3611
    Judy, Senoia, Ga says:

    “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

  12. 3612
    Marcy, Conroe, TX says:

    We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair…; 2 Corinthians 4:8 NIV

  13. 3613
    Sally Stewart says:

    Sally, Grants, NM
    Michah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? ESV

  14. 3614
    Sandy says:

    Sandy, Galveston

    Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

    James 1:19

  15. 3615
    Katy Whiteside says:

    Ephesians 4:2 NIV
    “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

  16. 3616
    CHUMS Sisters says:

    Gayle, Jeanne’, Sharon
    Barbara, Julia, Carrie

    “Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have;for He himself has said,”I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”

    Heb 13:5 NAS

  17. 3617
    Kay says:

    For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    Ephesians 2:10 NIV

  18. 3618
    mof2coolkds(Tammy) says:

    Tammy,Delray Beach,FL

    “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.”

    Psalm 56:3

    My beautiful son created a piece of art with this verse. A colorful heart with a green center radiating into yellow, then purple, a spot of blue and a red border rim including this verse written in cursive.

    I Love His Heart! Thank You My Dear God for helping me bring it to this earth. Please sustain it’s precious life of your Love!

  19. 3619
    Michelle says:

    Michelle ESV 2 Corinthians 3:5

    Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.

  20. 3620
    Melanie Miller says:

    Melanie and Kara Miller, Nampa, Idaho

    K: Psalm 103:10–He doesn’t punish us for our sins as much as we should be punished. He doesn’t pay us back in keeping with the evil things we’ve done.

    M: Eph 1:12–God’s purpose was that we who were first to trust in Christ should praise our glorious God.

  21. 3621
    Sharon McLaughlin says:

    Sharon McLaughlin
    Panama City Beach, FL
    Isaiah 43:18 NIV

    Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

  22. 3622
    Kacie says:

    “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” Colossians 1:13

  23. 3623
    Georgine East says:

    Jeremiah 22:16 (NIV)

    He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD.

    Georgine East
    Austin, TX

  24. 3624
    Hannah says:

    Hannah, La Grange, Texas “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42, NIV

  25. 3625
    Nan says:

    Nan, Coppell, Tx

    Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind’

    Matthew 22:37, NIV

  26. 3626
    Jill Sayles says:

    Jill Sayles, Puyallup, WA

    Psalm 123:1 HCSB

    “I lift my eyes to You, the One enthroned in heaven”

  27. 3627
    Sabrina says:

    Loganville, GA

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

  28. 3628
    Carrie says:

    Carrie, Princeton, MN:

    “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.”

    1 Samuel 17:47 NIV

  29. 3629
    Josie says:

    Josie (9 yrs) Princeton, MN:

    “For the Lord gives wisdom;from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 HCSB

  30. 3630
    Tina says:

    My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.

    Proverbs 3:1-2
    Tina, Cynthiana, KY

  31. 3631
    Barrett says:

    Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
    John 16:24

  32. 3632
    Laurie J Tomascik says:

    “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
    Matthew 21:22
    Laurie T.
    Richmond, ME

  33. 3633
    Kristy says:

    Kristy, Houston:

    Psalm 103:3 ESV

    Who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,

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    Jami says:

    Shelby, NC

    “The Lord is near the brokenhearted, He delivers those who are discouraged. ‘
    Psalm 34:18

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    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca, College Station, TX
    He has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go. They will catch you in their hands so that you will not hit your foot on a rock.

    Psalm 91:11-12 (NCV)

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    Kitty says:

    Kitty, Melbourne Beach, FL NAS
    since the creation of the world, His invinsible attributes, His eternal power, and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20

  37. 3637
    Brandy Sermons says:

    Lynchburg, VA

    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.”

  38. 3638
    Janice says:

    from Houston

    “I cling to your testimonies, O Lord, do not put me to shame!”
    -Psalm 119:31 [NAS]

  39. 3639
    Tammy Elrod says:

    Tammy Elrod, Mechanicsville, VA

    No! We believe it is thru the grace if our Lord Jesus that wevare saved, just as they are.


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    Amy Johnson says:

    Amy from Lakeland, Florida, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3 NIV

  41. 3641
    Shelly Larson says:

    Shelly, Portland Oregon: Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children. Lamentations 2:19

  42. 3642
    Kristi says:

    Better late than never!

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28, NIV.

  43. 3643
    Cindy says:

    “You hem me in- behind me and before; you have laid your hand upon me.”
    Psalm 139:5 NIV
    Cindy Henrietta, TX

  44. 3644
    McKenna says:

    “You hem me in- behind me and before; you have laid your hand upon me.”
    Psalm 139:5 NIV
    Henrietta, TX

  45. 3645
    Diane says:

    John 1:1-2 ESV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”

  46. 3646
    Shandra Maxwell says:

    Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or set in the seat of mockers.

  47. 3647
    Sara Morgan says:

    Sara – Orange, CA

    “Now to Him who is able to do imeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” Ephesians 3:20 NIV

  48. 3648
    Karen says:

    Karen, Amarillo. “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12.13 ESV

  49. 3649
    Groovewoman says:

    “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”
    ~ Ephesians 1:17a (NIV)

    YES LORD, I ask this for myself… I want to know you better through the Spirit of wisdom and revelation!!!
    Hollie R. – Granbury, TX

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    karen lipford says:

    Karen Lipford, Farmington, AR

    Psalm 1:2 “but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.

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