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. 1351

    Tilley in Franklin, TN

    “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)

  2. 1352
    Shawna says:

    Shawna in Alabama “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! ” Psalm 139: 8-9 ESV

  3. 1353
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Kodak, TN

    Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

    Isaiah 30:18 NIV

  4. 1354
    Madelin says:

    Madelin, Thousand Oaks, CA

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

  5. 1355
    Karen says:

    Karen, Wildwood, MO

    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27, NIV

  6. 1356
    Paige says:

    Paige, ATL, Eph. 4:24 NIV
    Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness

  7. 1357
    Amy Storms says:

    Amy Storms
    Santa Clarita, CA

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13, NIV)

  8. 1358
    Nikki Brungard says:

    Nikki in Richmond, VA

    Job 19:25

    “I know that my redeemer lives,
    and that in the end he will stand on the earth.”

  9. 1359
    Suzanne Morton says:

    Suzanne, Decatur, Texas
    “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go,for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8 NIV

  10. 1360
    Emily Babb says:

    Emily, Thibodaux: As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (James 2:26 NIVUK)

  11. 1361
    Kate says:

    Kate from Cheney, WA

    Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
    I Peter 4:8-10, NIV 1984 🙂

  12. 1362
    Martha Pritchard says:

    Martha / Albertville, AL / “You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.”
    Psalm 119:114 NLT

  13. 1363
    Leslie Giddens says:

    Leslie G.-Warner Robins, GA
    “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”

    Psalm 91:1 NAS

  14. 1364
    Vivian says:

    Birmingham, Alabama

    Again, however, pay very careful attention, lest you forget the things you have seen and disregard them for the rest of your life; instead teach them to your children and grandchildren. Deuteronomy 4:9 The NET Bible

  15. 1365
    Tina Marie says:

    Tina Marie
    Gig Harbor, WA

    Acts 4:12
    And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.


  16. 1366
    Anita Burton says:

    Anita, Hartsville, TN – Because of the Lords’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22 NIV

  17. 1367
    Brittany says:

    Brittany, Dallas

    “Cease striving, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10, NIV)

  18. 1368
    Teresa says:

    Teresa, Austin, TX
    Matthew 11:29-30, The Message
    Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace, I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

  19. 1369
    Heather, SD says:

    Psalm 116:6 NIV
    The Lord protects the simplehearted;
    When I was in great need he saved me.

  20. 1370
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, San Antonio. “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 NIV

  21. 1371
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Miles City, MT: Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you: he will never leave you nor forsake you.

  22. 1372
    Michele says:

    Matt 23:39 For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say,”Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” NASB

  23. 1373
    Jana says:

    Jana, Tampa. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” NIV

  24. 1374
    Letty says:

    Letty, Puyallup, WA
    “the Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely and in truth.” Psalm 145:18 (Amplified)

  25. 1375
    Erin says:

    Erin, Seattle. Psalm 32:8 NIV “I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

  26. 1376
    Evangeline says:

    Evangeline, Loveland, CO

    I have no greater joy than to hear my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:4 KJV

  27. 1377
    Amanda Horton says:

    Amanda, Pine Bluff, AR
    We never really know enough until we recognize that God alone knows it all. (1 Corinthians 8:3 MSG).

  28. 1378
    Stacey says:

    Stacey – new orleans
    Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. – 1 Peter 3:9niv

  29. 1379
    Holly C says:

    Holly C, Longview, TX

    But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
    2 Corinthians 3:18 nkjv

  30. 1380

    Romans 12:2  (NKJV)
    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

  31. 1381
    Vanessa Szanto says:

    Vanessa, Rio Rancho NM
    These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NIV

  32. 1382
    Kendall Perchinski says:

    Kendall-Huntsville, AL

    And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

    Ephesians 2:1-3 NASB

  33. 1383
    Kelly, Montgomery, AL says:

    “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 NIV

  34. 1384
    Merredith says:

    Merredith; champaign……the lord is very compassionate and merciful. Jas 5:11b NKJV

  35. 1385
    kay zimmel says:

    Kay Everett, Wa
    Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
    Colossians 3:16&17 NLT Bible

  36. 1386
    Lisa says:

    Lisa Waikele 1 Timothy 1:15b Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief. NKJV

  37. 1387
    Lisa Auten says:

    Lisa Auten; Rogers, AR: “If it is encouraging, let him encourage, if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:8

  38. 1388
    Judy says:

    Odessa, TX

    Matthew 12:36-37 NIV: But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. for by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

  39. 1389
    Betty Murphrey says:

    Betty, Wendell, NC

    Psalm 40:5 The NET Bible
    O LORD, my God, you have accomplished many things; you have done amazing things and carried out your purposes for us. No one can thwart you! I want to declare them and talk about them, but they are too numerous to recount! Psalm 40:5 The NET Bible

  40. 1390
    Missy says:

    Missy, Tulare, CA
    1 Peter 1:5-8 (NIV)
    5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  41. 1391
    Jodi, San Antonio, TX says:

    “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11 NIV

  42. 1392
    Mackenzie says:

    Mackenzie, Tulare, CA
    Psalms 119:9

    9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.

  43. 1393
    Cindy B says:

    Cindy, Yakima, WA
    NIV, Romans 12:10
    “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

  44. 1394
    Marie franse says:

    Marie, Albuquerque, NM: (NIV) Galatians 6:9-10 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

  45. 1395
    Dawn W says:

    Dawn W. – Famouth, KY
    Job 23:10 (NLT)
     “But he knows where I am going.
     And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.

  46. 1396
    Shannon says:

    Shannon, Parker, CO
    “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!” 1 Chronicles 16:11

  47. 1397
    Lisa says:

    There is no fear in love, But perfect love drives out fear.

    1John 4:18 NIV

  48. 1398
    Dianne says:

    Dianne, Moose Jaw, Sask

    Consider him who endured such opposition from sindful men, so that you will not grow weray and lose heart.

    Heb. 12:3 NIV

  49. 1399
    Linda says:

    Linda – Boulder CO
    And from His fulness have we all received, grace upon grace.
    John 1:16

  50. 1400
    Karla Williamson says:

    Karla~Sedro-Woolley,WA~HCSB~James 1:19a
    “My dearly loved brothers understand this:everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.

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