2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 15!

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

Hey, Sweet Things!

Finally, August 1st! I’m always so glad to see it come so that it can GO. But it’s not just the end of a long, hot summer for everybody. It’s also the last couple of weeks of summer vacation. Those of you with school-age children will soon find yourself back in carpool lines and going over spelling words. In just a couple of weeks, Jackson will start kindergarten and will catch our whole family by surprise even though we’ve known it was coming for five and a half years. We just cannot fathom it. We have a picture framed in our bedroom that I see everyday with Keith and I cuddling him between us when he was just a few hours old, and we brand-spanking-new grandparents are kissing over his head. Something was reborn in that couple of 25+ years that day. Our interests have always tended to be different and were getting increasingly so, but, that cold February afternoon in Dallas, Texas, we somersaulted right back into one another and tumbled into a well of love with a seven pound man-child.

Keith and I got to have Jackson and Annabeth Friday night while Curtis and Amanda went to dinner and a movie. They’d been gone for 10 days to Wyoming and, even though we’d seen them at a Mexican food restaurant the day they got home, we’d not had them to ourselves yet. We made a date right away. They delight us to no end and cause us to laugh until our sides split. Don’t get the idea there’s no work involved but investments don’t get better than this one. We have real, live conversation over dinner these days and, when you’re grandparents, not a single word gets wasted on you. All of it’s solid gold. Jackson told us at the dinner table Friday night while stuffing a piece of warm French bread into his mouth that butter is his “temptutation.” And, sure enough, it was dripping off of his chin and looked so good that we all shared that same temptutation and gave right on in to it.

We have an empty room in our house right now because we wanted Melissa and Colin to have her bedroom furniture and it’s turned into the perfect playroom. Nothing like an empty room to fire up the imagination. Jackson and I built an obstacle course Friday night that ended with a dizzying spin in my swiveling desk chair. It was so much fun. Amanda and Curtis walked through the door at 10:15 and we were all four still up in the kitchen, Paw Paw popping popcorn on the stove. It’s so good to have the Jones’s home. Melissa and Colin have been out of town for a week, too, and I can hardly wait to get my hands on them. They’re flying home from California this very moment. Most of the time they were out of cell phone range so we’ll have plenty to catch up on.

On to the business at hand! Our year is flying by! It’s time to check in with our fifteenth verses for our Siesta Scripture Memory Team. For some reason I’ve seen the word “gentleness” turn up a number of times in my Scripture reading lately so I’ve decided to choose a memory verse that makes especially important use of it. Here goes:

Beth, Houston. “Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too.” Galatians 6:1 The NET Bible

Restoration is one of the most powerful, intentional works of the Cross of Christ. Let’s never refuse anyone his or her right to be restored. Here’s to a little gentleness in a harsh world. Everyone could use some.

Stay in the Word, Siestas! You are so loved here!


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  1. 551
    Deb Knepp says:

    Deb Knepp in Bremen, IN

    And they cried out in a loud voice:
    Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.

    Revelations 7:10 NIV

  2. 552
    Ruth Cherry says:

    Ruth Cherry, Royse City, Texas

    Ephesians 4:32

    Be kind and compassionate to one another; forgiving each other,just as in Christ God forgave you.

  3. 553
    Bridgett says:

    Bridgett, Pell City, AL: “And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men.” Colossians 3:23 NKJV

  4. 554
    Megan Joy Burdzy says:

    Megan JOY Burdzy – Calgary Alberta Canada – “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

  5. 555
    Kathy Branstner says:

    How precious to me are your thoughts, Oh God!
    How vast is the sum of them!

    Psalms 139:17

  6. 556
    Esther Burroughs says:

    O LORD, you have searched me and know me.
    You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    You discern my thoughts from afar. Psalm 139:1-2 ESV

  7. 557

    Nogalus Prairie

    “I will be happy and rejoice in your faithfulness, because you notice my pain and you are aware of how distressed I am.”
    Psalm 31:7
    The NET Bible

  8. 558
    Kim B says:

    Kim B, Center, TX
    “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1 (NIV)

  9. 559
    Rose says:

    Rose, Dallas
    Colossians 4:6 NIV
    Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

  10. 560
    Melanie says:

    Melanie in Amherst, MA

    “And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised…”

    Hebrews 11:39 NASB

  11. 561
    Nitsa says:

    Nitsa, Eugene, OR.

    “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18

  12. 562
    Crystal says:

    Gentleness has been God’s word to me too! He chose a different “gentle” scripture for me.

    “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” Phil. 4:5 NIV

    Crystal, Livonia, Michigan

  13. 563
    Sarah Mizell says:

    2 Corinthians 10:5
    “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV)

    Houston, TX

  14. 564
    Rachael says:

    Rachael, Chattanooga,TN

    “But forget all that-it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? ” Isaiah 43:18-19 NLT

  15. 565
    Lauren says:

    Lauren, Boston, MA: “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation’. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

  16. 566
    Hannah, Tx says:

    Hannah, Tx Phillipians 4:5 “Let your gentleness be evident to all, the Lord is near.”NIV

  17. 567
    Shirley says:

    Gal. 3:3 (NIV). “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”

  18. 568
    jenbramwil says:

    Jennifer, Lexington, SC
    “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”
    Philippians 4:13

  19. 569
    Kim Safina says:


    ((((( 🙂 )))))))


    I need to add this ~
    Janet W. (11:48 am Siesta) I WILL BE PRAYING for you!

  20. 570
    Sue says:

    Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying.

    Romans 12:12. NLT

    Sue, Earlysville, Va

  21. 571
    Sonjia says:

    Sonjia, Raleigh, MS: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Col 3:12 NIV

  22. 572
    Stephanie says:

    This is for July 15th and August 1st 🙂

    Stephanie, Wise

    7/15: “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” 1st Peter 4:10

    8/1: “Even to your old age, I am He. And even to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you” Isaiah 46:4

  23. 573
    Susie from LA says:

    The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:17,18 NIV

  24. 574
    annette says:

    Micah 6:8 NIV He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

  25. 575
    Cindy Tooley says:

    Cindy, Gold Canyon, AZ “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by 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.” Phil. 4:5-7 NIV

  26. 576
    Heather says:

    Little Rock, AR.
    Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.
    Proverbs 15:4 (The Message)

  27. 577
    Brigid says:

    Brigid – Johannesburg South Africa
    “It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”
    Titus 2:12 NIV

  28. 578
    Kellie says:

    Kellie Norris, Mobile, AL. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand it own way. It’s not irritable and it keeps no record of being wronged. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

  29. 579
    Stacey Masterson says:

    Stacey, Albuquerque, NM Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 NIV

  30. 580

    Shannon, Orange County, CA: “THe mind of man plans his way, but the LORD driects his steps.” –Proverbs 16:9, NASB

  31. 581
    Kathy Wilshire says:

    Kathy, Mansfield, TX
    “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”
    Romans 14:19 ESV

  32. 582
    Susan Johnson says:

    Susan from Beverly, MA
    James 3:13-16 The Message
    Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. it’s the furthest thing from wisdom – it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the other’s throats.

  33. 583
    kay says:

    Two verses I am catching up; Kay Chester VA

    John 15: 14,15 NIV
    You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servan does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

  34. 584
    Ruth Donohoe, Denison, TX says:

    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8

  35. 585
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Charlotte, NC

    “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”. Colossians 3:12 NIV

  36. 586
    Jean Hines says:

    Jeanie from Martin, SD

    The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8 NIV

  37. 587
    Kem says:


    I will lift up my eyes to the hills
    From whence comes my help?
    My help comes from the Lord
    Who made heaven and earth.
    Psalm 121:1-2, NKJV

  38. 588
    Beckie Potterfield says:

    Beckie, Florence,SC
    Have mercy on me, Oh God, according to your unfailing
    love; according to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
    Psalm 51:1 (NIV)

  39. 589
    Kristine says:

    Kristine, LA Crescent, MN: A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. Pro. 15:1 NIV

  40. 590
    Jamey says:

    Jamey, Pocahontas

    Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

    Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV

  41. 591
    Kristi Norris says:

    Commit your way unto the Lord, Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass

    Psalm 37:5 NKJV

  42. 592
    Nicola says:

    Nicola Calgary Alberta
    And that I may actually be found and known as in Him, not having any self-achieved righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired) but possessing that genuine righteousness which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One) the truly right standing with God which comes from God by saving faith. Phil 3:9 AMP

  43. 593
    Jenifer B. says:

    Jenifer B.
    Frisco, TX

    “Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
    Gal. 3:3 NIV

  44. 594
    Carrie says:

    Carrie, Jupiter, FL
    Psalm 78:32-33,41

    For all this they sinned still, and believed not for His wondrous works. Therefore their days did He consume in vanity, and their years in trouble. Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. KJV

  45. 595
    Dawn says:

    Dawn, Chambersburg, PA

    Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
    “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

  46. 596
    crimeanmsnry says:

    Dolly, Middletown, OH

    But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peacable , and gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of
    mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. James 3:17 KJV

  47. 597
    Jennifer L. says:

    Jennifer, North Charleston, Phil. 4:8, NIV:

    Finally, brothers, 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.

  48. 598

    Melissa, Clovis, CA: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21, ESV)

  49. 599
    Corinne says:

    Hebrews 12:13

    and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.

    Corinne in Chehalis, Washington

  50. 600
    sherry says:



    “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:114 NIV

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