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. 1251
    Grace Robertson says:

    Grace, Silver City NM,
    For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

    Titus 2:11-14

  2. 1252
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Greer, SC:

    But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
    My times are in Your hand;
    Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
    And from those who persecute me.
    Psalm 31:14,15 NKJV

  3. 1253
    Charmaine, San Angelo says:

    but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

    Isaiah 40:31, NIV

  4. 1254
    Allison says:

    Tinley Park, IL

    “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.” Psalm 25:14 (NIV)

  5. 1255
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Knoxville, TN:

    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord, not for men, since you know you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:24-25.

  6. 1256
    Sarah Noah says:

    Sarah Noah, Canoga Park, CA: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your understanding” ~ Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)

  7. 1257
    Bekah says:

    Rebekah from Marion, IN. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. – 2 Samuel 22:31

  8. 1258
    Amanda Grasza says:

    May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
    establish the work of our hands

  9. 1259
    Karen, Lincoln, NE says:

    Psalm 63:3-5 NLT

    Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!
    I will praise you as long as I live,
    lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
    You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
    I will praise you with songs of joy.

  10. 1260

    Janet from St. Louis
    “Don’t talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow!” Prov. 10:19 (NLT)

  11. 1261
    Carrie says:

    Carrie, Piqua, OH This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NLT

  12. 1262

    The Lord your God is with you,
    He is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you,
    He will quiet you with His love,
    He will rejoice over you with singing.

    Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

  13. 1263
    Amanda Grasza says:

    Amanda, Calgary,
    May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
    establish the work of our hands for us-
    yes, establish the work of our hands
    Psalm 90:17 NIV

  14. 1264
    Robin Bowden says:

    Robin, Indialantic, Fl.
    Jude 1:20 (NIV)
    But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.

  15. 1265
    Heather says:

    Heather, Florence, SC: “I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:30 (The Message)

  16. 1266
    DeeDee Martin says:

    DeeDee, Houston
    Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
    Col 3:2. NIV

  17. 1267
    Chrissy B. from Kings Mtn., NC says:

    But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. 1John 2:27 NLT

  18. 1268
    Wendy says:

    Wendy, Vero Beach
    From one man he made every nation of men,
    that they should inhabit the whole earth;
    and he determined the times set for them
    and the exact places where they should live.
    ~Acts 17:26 (NIV)

  19. 1269
    Brandy H says:

    Brandy, Kingwood,TX
    “A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.”
    Proverbs 25:28
    The Message

  20. 1270
    Cassie says:

    Cassie; Fulshear, TX:

    “Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.” Psalm 39:7 (HCSB)

  21. 1271
    Karla says:

    Karla, Maumee OH

    “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

    Philippians 3:20-21

  22. 1272
    Lindsay Pool says:

    Lindsay, Centerton, AR “Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 NIRV

  23. 1273
    Pamela Reimer says:

    Pamela, Canada

    Psalm 19:8 NIV
    “The precepts of the LORD are right giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant giving light to the eyes.”

  24. 1274
    Makaela says:

    Makaela, Lynchburg, Va
    “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11 NIV

  25. 1275
    Annette says:

    Maplewood, MN

    Psalm 103:1 NIV
    “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”

  26. 1276
    Jana Sund says:

    “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together”. Colossians 1:15-17 Jana (Kalispell, MT)

  27. 1277
    Judy says:

    Judy, Spokane, WA

    Ephesians 3:16 (NIV)

    “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,”

  28. 1278
    Elizabeth says:

    Elizabeth, Charlottesville
    No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.
    Joshua 1:5, ESV

  29. 1279
    Barb says:

    Barb, Prescott Valley, AZ
    Is 54:13 “All your children will be taught by the LORD,
    and great will be their peace.” TNIV

  30. 1280
    G Wilkerson says:

    Gloria in Houstpn says:

    I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me; [Iam self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

    Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

  31. 1281
    april says:

    April Lopez, BonneyLake,Wa

    Psalm 34:18 NIV
    The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

  32. 1282
    Susan from Texas says:

    I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 (KJV)

  33. 1283
    Tara N. says:

    Tara N., Stevensville, MD
    Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Romans 6:16 NLT

  34. 1284
    Amanda W says:

    Amanda W. Kelowna, BC, Canada:
    “And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” Luke 12:29-31 NIV

  35. 1285
    Tina says:

    Tina, Cincinnati, OH – Philippians 4:8 – 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. (NIV)

  36. 1286
    Brenda K. Orlow says:

    Brenda, Jordan, MN
    “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The LORD is near.” Philippians 4:5 NIV

  37. 1287
    Jerri says:

    Jerri, Cookeville,TN
    Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NIV

  38. 1288
    Sarah Snow says:

    Sarah, Wichita Falls, TX
    Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong. Job 6:24 NIV

  39. 1289
    Marlene says:

    Marlene, Chicago, IL. “For you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

  40. 1290
    Johannah says:

    Johannah, Alexandria, LA

    “He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.” Proverbs 2:7 nlt

  41. 1291
    kerry says:

    Kerry, Sheridan, Wy
    Is. 55:3 niv
    “Give ear and come to me;
    hear me, that your soul may live.
    I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    my faithful love promised to David.”

  42. 1292
    Pauline says:

    Pauline, Kearney, NE

    And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body and be thankful.

    Colossians 3:15 NKJV

  43. 1293
    Nancy says:

    Nancy, Springdale, AR

    Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5, NIV

  44. 1294
    Erin says:

    Erin, Lolo, MT “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2 NIV

  45. 1295
    Anita Siecker says:

    Anita, Purcellville, VA

    “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.”

    Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

  46. 1296
    Elizabeth says:

    Elizabeth, Grove City, PA:

    Isaiah 26:3, NIV:
    You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

  47. 1297
    Chris Floyd says:

    Chris Floyd
    Kokomo, IN
    “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
    Psalm 19:14 NIV

  48. 1298
    Lindsay says:

    Lindsay, Albion, IL ” I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and for the good of their children after them.” Jeremiah 32:39 NIV

  49. 1299
    Marilyn, Vicksburg, MS says:

    I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 (NIV)

  50. 1300
    Ginger, The Woodlands says:

    Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise– the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:15-16 NIV

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