2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 13!

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**Siesta Celebration is January 20-21, 2012**

Hey, you Scripture memory freaks!

Your mama needs a hall pass in the worst way for a while regarding lengths of posts. We are now only about 6 weeks from the LifeWay deadline for all things James. To say that Melissa and I are under the gun is an understatement and, of course, so are all our friends on the publishing side. It’s stressful for everyone concerned this close to rolling the press. You will not waste a prayer on us, or on any member of our family, for that matter. Amanda and Curtis are finding out what kind of warfare you sign up for when you determine to get out there where the wind of the Spirit is blowing and dare to fulfill your calling. It’s hard to watch your children go through it. I tell them all the time (and they don’t need convincing) that enduring is so worth it but, man oh man, as many of you know, the fire is hot. And it’s often very personal, don’t you think? Satan goes for the psychological jugular.

I have had a great – almost life-stopping – time poring over James for well over the last year and I will miss the process so much. I love the intensity an in-depth journey demands and I genuinely fight a wave of depression when it’s over.  (I’ll ask for your prayers about that at the time.) But, the fact is, push is about to come to shove. I no longer have the luxury of taking all the time I want. This baby is almost due. Thank you for any spare prayers! I am not in a bad way or in a contentious state. I’m just wide-eyed and aware that a very loud clock is ticking. So is my baby girl. I know some of you must be getting so tired of hearing about it! Stand with me a little longer, in hopes that Jesus may be glorified.

In my memory work, I’m still choosing verses out of 2 Timothy. I couldn’t split these four verses up without shortchanging the context so I’m posting the whole segment.

Beth, Houston. “And the Lord’s slave must not engage in heated disputes but be kind toward all, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. Perhaps God will grant them repentance and then knowledge of the truth and they will come to their senses and escape the devil’s trap where they are held captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26 The NET Bible

This portion of Scripture and others like it seem altogether ignored or dismissed in a culture where believers stay embroiled in one heated dispute after another. Scripture tells us how to differ without ripping the fabric of our common faith to shreds. In the segment above, the Apostle Paul uses words like kindness and gentleness. When we tend to think that carnality is the only kind of sin that can keep the church from revival, we’re overlooking the steady stream of commands in the New Testament about how to treat one another. Disunity can shipwreck the whole lot of us right there on the shore of disgrace. We can even be right and fall into the chastisement of God because our hearts were wrong. May God forgive us, heal us, and help us.

OK, Sisters. Let’s hear your 13th verses. While you’re at it, remember that what we’re doing here is IMPORTANT! We’ve got to protect these minds of ours! That’s where our battles are won or lost. You will never waste a single moment rolling God’s Word around in your sweet head. Your health will be the better for it. Your marriage will be the better for it. Your job will be the better for it. Your relationships will be the better for it. Your obedience will be the better for it. Your calling will be the better for it. YOU will be the better for it.

Me, too.

I’m crazy about you. Keep your eyes to the skies.


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  1. 3151
    Janelle says:

    Janelle C – Malakoff TX
    Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
    Colossians 3:1-2

  2. 3152
    Sharon says:

    “Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” Prov. 3:3,4 NIV

    Los Angeles, CA

  3. 3153

    Karen, Naples

    But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.

    Isaiah 30:18, The Message

  4. 3154

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  5. 3155
    emilee hall says:

    1 corinthians 13:6
    Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

  6. 3156
    Leah Kasparek says:

    For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20 (NKJV)

  7. 3157
    Patricia says:

    Patricia. Dallas Tx

    Mark 11:24 {ESV}
    Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

  8. 3158
    Sheri says:

    Sheri – Atlanta

    Galatians 5:23 NKJV
    Gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

  9. 3159
    Sharon says:

    Montgomery, AL

    The first chapter of James. (NIV)

  10. 3160
    Liz Lyons says:

    Liz Lyons; Cypress, Texas, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

  11. 3161
    Kristi Hensley says:

    Kristi, Charleston, WV “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-” Eph 6:18 (NKJV)

  12. 3162
    Bethany B. says:

    Bethany from Waco, TX

    He forgives all my sin and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.

    Psalm 103:3-4 (NLT)

  13. 3163
    Christine Rhodes says:

    Christine, Augusta, Ga

    “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” Revelation 3:11 NKJV

  14. 3164
    Connie says:

    For you have been a stronghold for the poor, a stronghold for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm, a shade from the heat.

    Isaiah 25:4
    Connie, Greene IA

  15. 3165
    Sherry Adams says:

    SHERRY, TULSA: “Through Him all things were made, without Him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:3, NIV

  16. 3166

    Belinda, Olathe KS

    Father to the fatherless, defender of widows–that is God, whose dwelling is holy.
    God places the lonely in families,
    He sets the prisoners free
    and give them joy.
    But He makes the rebellious lin in a sun-scorched land.

    Psalm 68:5-6 NLT

  17. 3167
    Ola Mae says:

    Ola Mae, Cedar Park, TX Philippians 4:7 NIV And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  18. 3168
    Natalie from Lexington says:

    A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

    Psalm 34:19 NIV

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  20. 3170
    Stephanie says:

    Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea.[a]
             His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:13 NLT

  21. 3171
    Mary Alice says:

    Mary Alice
    Dallas, TX

    Jesus wept.

    John 11:35 NIV

  22. 3172
    Carole Daves says:

    Carole, Austin: This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24, NIV

  23. 3173
    Tina Merhoff says:

    James 1:18

    He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

  24. 3174
    Linda says:

    Linda, Austin, TX
    James 5:16 NIV

    Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

  25. 3175
    Nikki says:

    Nikki, Franklin, TN

    But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory and the lifter up of mine head. Psalm 3:3

  26. 3176
    Rosebud says:

    Rosebud Atlanta, Texas

    Blessed is the man who trust in the Lord and whosehop is in the Lord. For he shall be like a tree ploanted by the waters which spreads out its roots by the river and will not fear when heat comes. But its leaf will be freen and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease yielding fruit.
    Jeremia 17:7-8 nkjv

  27. 3177
    Kim says:

    Psalms 27:12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.

  28. 3178
    Jennine says:

    But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

    I John 1:7 (NIV)

  29. 3179
    karina allen says:

    karina, baton rouge,la

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me.”

    Psalm 51:10

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