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. 801
    Lacie says:

    “But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior.”
    1 Peter 1:15 NASB

    Chesapeake, VA

  2. 802
    Debbie Kilgallin says:

    Debbie, Rochester, MN

    …Give your people what their actions deserve, for you alone know each human heart.

    1 Ki 8:39 NLT

  3. 803
    Judy says:

    Judy, Oswego, NY

    ‘the Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,’

    Nahum 1:7 (NIV)

  4. 804
    Ashley Gauthier says:

    Ashley, Orlando, FL

    “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NASB

  5. 805
    Marie says:

    Marie, Easley, SC

    I delight to do Your will, O my God,
    And your law is within my heart.

    Ps. 40:8 (NKJV)

  6. 806
    Tess says:

    Cartersville, GA

    Romans 12:12 NIV
    “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

  7. 807
    Suzie says:

    Suzie T.
    Fort Mill, SC

    “Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” Jer. 17:14 (NIV)

  8. 808
    Maria says:

    Maria from North Dakota

    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Philippeans 2:3 (NIV)

  9. 809
    Elisabeth says:

    Modesto, Ca
    Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. (Psalm 37:3 AMP)

  10. 810
    De Anna says:

    Greenville SC
    Psalm 18 The Message
    16) But me he caught; reached all the way from sky to sea.
    17)He pulled me out of the enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning.

  11. 811
    Marcy, Conroe, TX says:

    “Let the words of my mouth AND THE MEDITATION OF MY HEART be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, MY Strength and MY Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 NKJ

  12. 812
    Kristen says:

    Kristen, Denver: “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, your God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.” 1 CH. 28:20, NIV

  13. 813
    Cindy Holmes - Hazlehurst, MS says:

    JAMES 1:12 NIV
    Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

  14. 814
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca, Berlin GA
    This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
    1St John 4:10

  15. 815
    Christi says:

    Christi – Colleyville, TX

    Is. 41:10 NIV “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.”

  16. 816
    Charleen Beasley says:

    Nashville, TN

    “. . . choose you this day whom ye will serve; . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

  17. 817
    Bobbie Jo says:

    “Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.” ~Philippians 4:8(NCV)

    Bobbie Jo
    San Angelo TX

  18. 818
    Susan says:

    Susan, Barrie, ON, Canada

    “Do everything without grumbling of arguing, so thet 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 work of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour in vain.” Phil 2:14-16 NIV

  19. 819
    marita says:

    Marita – Maricopa, AZ
    Psalm 145:8 (ESV)
    The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

  20. 820
    Lynn in Barrington, IL says:

    “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)

  21. 821
    jackie says:

    jackie from platte city, MO
    psalm 106:15
    He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.

  22. 822
    Deborah says:

    Deborah,Marshall, Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

  23. 823
    Janet says:

    Enid, OK

    “O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”

    II Chronicles 20:12

  24. 824
    Lindsey says:

    Kosciusko, MS

    Romans 12:12
    “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

  25. 825
    Kathy Ray says:

    Matthew 5:6 NAS

    Blessed are those who hunger and thrist for
    righteousness, for they shall be satified.

  26. 826
    Tiffany says:

    Tiffany, Columbus. “I will not fail you or abandon you.” Joshua 1:5b (NLT)

  27. 827
    Karla Rohman says:

    Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2 NIV

  28. 828
    Teresa T from Kings mtn.NC says:

    For I am the LORD your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
    and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 NIV

  29. 829
    Diana A. says:

    Diana, Surrey, BC

    “Stand up and praise the LORD your God; who is from everlasting to everlasting. Blessed be your glorious Name and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.”
    Nehemiah 9:5b N.I.V.

    (I will also toast to Gentleness! AMEN!)

  30. 830
    Katie says:

    Katie (Firestone, CO)

    “Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.” Ecc 2:24 (NKJV)

  31. 831
    Lauren says:

    Lauren-Plano, TX
    As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
    James 2:26 NIV

  32. 832
    Martha says:


    I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal.2:20 NIV

  33. 833
    Sue from Oshkosh says:

    “He whose walk is upright fears the Lord, but he whose ways are devious despises him.”
    Proverbs 14:2

  34. 834
    Merle Berry says:

    For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. Job 19 :25. KJV

  35. 835
    Stephanie Joplin, MO says:

    Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalms 103:1-5

  36. 836
    KarenEliz says:

    Forget the former things. Do not dwell on the past.
    See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
    I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV

    Ponte Vedra, Florida

  37. 837
    Valerie J. says:

    Valerie, Scott City, MO

    “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Psalm 91:10 (KJV)

  38. 838

    “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

    Colossians 3:13

  39. 839

    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
    Psalm 73:26 (NIV)

    Lori,Friendswood, TX

  40. 840
    Angie G says:

    Angie G
    Albertville AL

    For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures, then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity. Proverbs 2:3-7 NASB

  41. 841
    Tammy says:

    Tammy/Siloam NC—-Set a guard over my mouth,O Lord; Keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 (NIV)

  42. 842
    Emily says:

    Emily, Topeka, Kansas

    For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

    2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (NIV)

  43. 843
    Charlene says:

    Charlene, Houston
    Deuteronomy 32:3-4 NAS
    I will proclaim the name of the Lord Oh praise the greatness of our God. He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is HE.

  44. 844
    Marion says:

    Marion, Royse City TX

    Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

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

  45. 845
    Deneen says:

    Deneen-Pittsburgh, PA “Knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character, and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
    Romans 5:3-5 NASV

  46. 846
    angela j says:

    Angela J., Grand Ridge, FL

    “No one will be able to stand 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.”
    Joshua 1:5 (NIV)

  47. 847
    Allison says:

    Allison, Washington, DC

    “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.” Proverbs 4:18-19 (ESV)

  48. 848
    Kathy Hudgens says:

    Kathy H College Station TX “Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon” Eph 6:14-17 Msg

  49. 849
    ellen missouri says:

    Galatians 3:26 “You are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ.” NIV

  50. 850
    Kaila says:

    Kaila, Springfield, MO

    “Then David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.'”

    1 Chronicles 28:20 (ESV)

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