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. 1451
    Leslie Pate says:

    “In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.” Proverbs 31: 19-24 (NIV)

  2. 1452
    Paula says:

    Paula, Houston, TX

    …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)

  3. 1453
    Christa says:

    Christa, Cape Town RSA

    God, it seems You’ve been our home forever; long before the mountains were born. Long before You brought earth itself to birth, from “once upon a time” to “kingdom come” – You are God.
    Psalm 90:1-2 (The Message)

  4. 1454
    Megan says:

    Megan, Maple Valley

    “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

  5. 1455
    Brittney says:

    Brittney, Olympia

    “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” Isaiah 61:1 (NIV)

  6. 1456
    Natalie Christopher says:

    Natalie Christopher, Olympia WA

    He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

  7. 1457
    carla says:

    Carla, Iowa
    Deuteronomy 1:8
    See, I have set the land before you. Enter and take possession of the land the Lord swore to give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their future descendants.

  8. 1458
    carla says:

    carla, iowa
    James 1:8
    An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways.

  9. 1459
    Barb says:

    Barb – ChiangMai, Thailand

    Philippians 2:14-16 (ESV)
    “Do all things without grumbling or questioning,that you may be blameless and innocent,children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”

  10. 1460
    Jeanne AFwifew/3 says:

    Jeanne Honolulu, Hawaii
    Psalm 31:7 ESV
    I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
    because you have seen my affliction;
    you have(P) known the distress of my soul,

  11. 1461
    Katera says:

    Romans 12:10

    Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

    Katera, Kentwood, LA

  12. 1462
    Linda says:

    Linda, Newark, DE

    Because He has inclined His ear to me,
    Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. Psalm 116:2

  13. 1463

    Kathi, Jacksonville, Fl
    “You are my winesses,”declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.”-Isaiah 43:10

  14. 1464
    Jade heiress says:

    Heather Lagrange/Louisville ky
    “even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
    Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

  15. 1465
    Delores says:

    Delores, Columbia TN, Galatians 2:6. NKJV
    But from those who seemed to be something–whatever they were, it
    makes no difference to me; God
    shows personal favoritism to no man–
    for those who seemed to be something
    added nothing to me.

  16. 1466
    Cindy says:


    “Direct my footsteps according to your word, let no sin rule over me.” Psalm 119:133 NIV

  17. 1467
    Olda says:

    Olda, Huntsville

    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)

  18. 1468
    Teri K, Kalamazoo, MI says:

    Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV) Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, [bless] His holy name!
    Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
    Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
    Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
    Who satisfies your mouth with good [things], [So that] your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

  19. 1469
    Joy Broome says:

    “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because He trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 NLT
    Joy, Cairo, Ga.

  20. 1470
    Traci says:

    Psalm 143:9-10 (NIV and NET)

    Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord. I run to you for protection. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

    Knoxville, TN

  21. 1471
    Tita says:

    Rom. 13:8ESV “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for he one loves another has fulfilled the law.”

    Tita in Bear, Delaware

  22. 1472
    Johnnie says:

    “but as for me, I will sacrifice to You with a voice of thanksgiving. I will fulfill what I have vowed. Salvation is from the LORD!” Jonah 2:9 HCS

    Wake Forest, NC

  23. 1473
    Nancy says:

    Nancy, Dallas

    Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

    1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

  24. 1474
    Kay says:

    Kay, Richmond Hill, GA
    “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

  25. 1475
    Esther - Lehigh, FL says:

    You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.

    Isaiah 26:3 NIV

  26. 1476
    Carmen Baerg says:

    Carmen, Largo, FL

    “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Ps 5:3 NIV

  27. 1477
    Becca says:

    Becca – Columbus OH
    Galatians 6:1 Kjv
    1 Brethren, even if a man be overtaken in any trespass, ye who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

  28. 1478
    Wanda says:

    Osborn, Missouri

    2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
    And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

  29. 1479
    Tracy says:

    Tracy, Edgewood

    Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. ~Jeremiah 6:16(a)

  30. 1480
    Kendra Schwartz says:

    Kendra, Sturgis Michigan – “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

  31. 1481

    I will be with you when you pass through the waters,
    and when you pass through the rivers, they will not
    overwhelm you. (Isaiah 43:2 NIV)

  32. 1482
    Tamela Ward says:

    Tamela, Piedmont, SC: Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. Romans 8:18 NLT

  33. 1483
    Devi says:

    Geneva, Switzerland

    When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

    1 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV)

  34. 1484
    Nell says:

    Nell, Chloe & Abbi, Wichita Falls TX
    Romans 12:1-2 (New King James)
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 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.

  35. 1485
    Kim says:

    Kim, New Port Richey, FL
    Micah 6:8 NLT. “…the Lord has already told you what is good, and this what He requires: to do what is right,to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

  36. 1486
    Jolie says:

    Jolie, Cottage Grove, MN

    Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
    He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

    Psalm 62:5-6 NIV

  37. 1487
    christina says:

    Christina, Egenhausen: Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. Philippians 4:8 NIV

  38. 1488
    Melissa says:

    Melissa Vevay, IN
    and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, Ephesians 6:15 NASB

  39. 1489
    Beth, Mansfield, TX says:

    Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (Ephesians 4:2 NLT)

  40. 1490
    Debbie says:

    Debbie, Fairfax, VA

    “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” ~ Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)

  41. 1491
    Beth says:

    Beth, Cary, NC

    2 Cor 4:16-18 (NIV)
    Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

  42. 1492

    Nikol, Birmingham, AL: “But the LORD’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.” Psalm 33:11 (NLT)

  43. 1493
    Sharon says:

    Sharon, Fort Worth, Texas
    Rom 14:19 So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. NAS

  44. 1494
    Rhonda, Metter, GA says:

    We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 7:19

  45. 1495
    Sarah says:

    “If I keep my eyes on God, I won’t trip over my own feet.” – Psalm 25:15, The Message

    Sarah, Dallas, TX

  46. 1496
    cheryl says:

    Cheryl, Midlothian, Va
    I came to give life – Life in all its fullness
    John 10:10 NCV

  47. 1497
    Karen Retterer says:

    Karen, Caledonia

    When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
    Psalm 56:3 NIV

  48. 1498
    mariel says:

    He is your praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.
    Deut. 10:21 NIV
    *from Charlotte’s HOLDFAST*
    mariel, NC

  49. 1499
    Lisa Taylor says:

    Lisa from Waycross, GA
    Donna from Albany, GA
    “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” Psalm 119:45 (NIV)

  50. 1500
    Tammie says:

    Tammie. Columbia, SC.
    “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. (!!)” Heb. 10:35-36

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