You Amaze Me

This is just the quickest shout-out to say that you nearly took my breath away in your comments to the last post. I have never been so humbled and so thankful and blessed to be part of this community. If you haven’t had a chance to glance at the ministry going on between sisters in the faith, even just letting your eyes scan down the comments and seeing the interchange between the phrases,ย  “Little Sister here…” and “Big Sister here…” will put tears in your eyes. You amaze me. We are flawed people around here and all of us have some degree of brokenness but, Sisters, God formed something real in this community over the last years – something we couldn’t have conjured up with the best of plans, talent, and organization – and His Son has never been more obvious among you than in that last post. I cannot thank you enough. You mean so much to me.

I’m keeping it short because we have our big Siesta Summer Bible study post going up first thing in the morning but I want to ask you for one more thing. I am so pleased to hear from many of you that you’re agreeing to memorize Psalm 25. By all means, older sisters, join in, too, if you could really use those words in the marrow of your bones. Read it and see. Memory work is often done best in the framework of accountability. If you want to be held accountable to memorize it, would you please make a comment to this post and let us know you’re taking on Psalm 25 and what version you’re using? (The version is completely up to you! This is just to provide you a chance to sign on the dotted line, so to speak.) Some of you could also pair up and use the same version and agree on how you’re going to approach it and what Scriptures you’re taking on each week. My little sister in the faith that God used to spur on the whole previous post – remember, the one I ran into in the grocery store? – is going to memorize the same version as me so that we would be able to say it together. It just makes it extra fun and gets it done.

I love you guys so much. Now, let’s get out there and live in victory. Jesus, be obvious in Your daughters this day. This week. This lifetime. You are all to us.



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  1. 51
    Nikki says:

    Big Sister here, I could not participate in the fellowship over the weekend; my husband needed my computer for work. I am thankful for the chance share.

    Little Sisters, if I had room here to share everything I have been through since committing my life to Christ 25 years ago, it would shock you. I have known somehow since the beginning that it was necessary because I was so messed up by the events of my past.

    But as I sit here this day with tears running freely, surrounded by circumstances that would make most anyone speechless (advanced cancer, finances destroyed by cancer, personal appearance destroyed by cancer), I can honestly say that my life has never been better.

    You see it is as we struggle to overcome, that He gives us His life in exchange for ours, the more of Him, the less of me. And His life is the only one worth having.

    โ€œEnter by the narrow gate . . . . Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life . . .โ€ โ€”Matthew 7:13-14

    โ€œIf we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all efforts of worth and excellence are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but its difficulty does not make us faint and cave inโ€”it stirs us up to overcome.โ€ Oswald Chambers

    I am going to memorize Psalm 25 in the NKJV.

  2. 52
    April Jones says:

    Yep – doing it – NIV!



  3. 53
    Rebecca says:

    Hi Beth! Im in! Paslm 25…..NIV!

    Beth, your last post and reading the ccomments blessed me so much! So many of these woman are going through the same things I am! Its amazing to see God working! Beth, you have been an amazing part of my spirtual growth the last 5 years, I wish I could sit down face to face with you and share with you….maybe in heavan! Beth, I wanted to let you know, Sunday I turn 24 and on Sunday the 21st im geting babtized by a dear friend and pastor of mine at my birthday party infront of my closest friends…..God is so so GOOD!!! Love you so very much sweet Beth!

  4. 54
    Pamela says:

    I have not been good at putting scripture to memory in the past,but today God is pressing on me to say yes to this and to wait and watch Him show up to do this in me…..I will be using the NASB…..Here we go God….

    • 54.1
      Jill says:

      Ditto for me – but I am in! NIV version.

    • 54.2
      Billie January says:

      I am committing to hide Psalm 25 in my heart and mind too! I will be using the NASB also.
      Pamela, if you, or anyone else using NASB, want to hold one another accountable via email, I am open to that ([email protected]).

      Thanks Beth for encouraging us in this needed discipline! God bless all you lil’ and big sisters!

  5. 55
    Ashley Beth says:

    This little sister is committing to memorizing Psalm 25, NLT. I’m not currently in a season of struggle or intense spiritual warfare, but I think it’s an awesome time to build my fortress in the Word for when those struggles do come around. Psalm 25 is an excellent portion of scripture to have in my heart for even those everyday struggles. Thank you so much for the direction and encouragement, Beth and fellow Siestas.

  6. 56
    Dianne says:

    Count me in! Psalm 25 – NIV version.

  7. 57
    Polly says:

    Psalms 25–All In–NIV!!!

  8. 58
    Hanni says:

    Yes! Count me in for the ESV version. Missed out on the posts over the weekend, but all the comments were sweet to my soul.

  9. 59
    Bonnie Wallace says:

    Little Sister here … In Charleston,SC … Praying for LPL Aug 24-25!! I’m on it with Psalm 25, NIV ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. 60
    Kathy says:

    Beth, I’m a “big” sister, but as much as I wanted to, I did not post on the last blog entry. I have been under such a spirit of oppression on and off for the last couple of months that I just didn’t have the words to say to our little sisters. Everything I could think to say, just felt phony to me that day. My spiritual gift is exhortation, and it pained me to “not” have anything I could say. As I look back on that day, I know that was satan as sure as I’m sitting here now. He fights so dirty and I just allowed him to knock me down again. If there is one thing that I have learned in this journey with my Jesus….it is this sisters….. He is always there to “have our back.” Even in the times that we don’t see it!! He loves us so very much and He has proven to me time and again that He will provide whatever provision is needed!! Thank you Beth just for being you……….you will never know this side of heaven what you have meant to me..I know that I am not alone in my feelings here. I pray that God continues to use you and your ministry for His glory!! Love you much!! Oh and P.S. my memorization skills are horrible, but I am going to attempt this Psalm 25 beginning today in the NKJV!!

  11. 61
    Lori says:

    Little sister here. I am going to memorize Psalm 25 in the NIV! I have it printed out here beside me at work. Every so often, I will look down and read some. What a great way to go through the work day!

  12. 62
    Heidi says:

    This little sister is in! NIV

  13. 63
    Michayila says:

    I am committing to memorizing it…I SO need to…
    ps. what version are you using?

  14. 64
    Cherilynn says:

    Big sister (age wise) but not spiritually

    I am committed to memorizing Psalm 25 EST

    Thank you for the challenge, Beth!
    (can’t wait to see you in Knoxville, TN next month!!!)

  15. 65
    Heather says:

    Going to give it a whirl. Still in the process of trying to memorize James with some of my kids. Using NET for Psalm 25.

  16. 66
    Jeanette dahm says:

    Big Sister here, Thank you Beth for the encouragement of reading Psalm 25. I had read bits and pieces but never the whole thing. I plan on memorizing it in the NIV. I pray we may all be fortified and strengthened by God’s words.

  17. 67
    Elsie Gregory says:

    I’m currently fighting breast cancer. Thanks for the encouragement to tuck the WORD in my heart. As an encouragement to others, the day I was diagnosed as I was praying God brought to mind a verse I memorized years ago but hadn’t thought on in ages. Psalm 118:17 says “I shall not die but live; and proclaim the works of the Lord”
    Signing on the dotted line – will memorize Psalm 25 in the NIV ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. 68
    Jodi says:

    Another little sister thanking the big sisters for your ministry. I definitely need Psalm 25 and the accountability. Niv

  19. 69
    Mary says:

    Big Sister here — and I’m in!

    Ps 25 in ESV

  20. 70
    Kathy Gerlach says:

    Big sis here, should qualify since I will be 67 this week. Any one in the Wichita, Kansas area wanting to share accountability for memorizing Psalm 25 can reply here. I will be using the NIV.
    I was blown away reading some of the posts from the weekend. Thanks Beth, for giving the little sisters an opportunity to learn for the big sisters. I learned a lot from them, too!

  21. 71
    Nordic Girl says:

    Little sister memorizing Psalm 25, NIV!

  22. 72
    christine says:

    Memorizing Psalm 25. NASB

    Looking forward to it!

  23. 73
    debbie K Summersville, mo says:

    I am going to try to memorize psalm 25, it offers so much truth, mercy and faith. I have never been one to memorize well, but I was able to take on all 5 chapters of the book of James, and through God’s grace did it. So it is very clear to me that my Lord wants me to know and keep His word in my heart!! Thank you so much for bringing that in the light for me.

  24. 74
    Sara says:

    I am doing it and will be using the KJV.

  25. 75
    Donna says:

    I’m in! NIV

  26. 76
    Brittney says:

    I am memorizing Psalm 25 (NLT)

  27. 77
    Karen says:

    O YES, I’m in! Memorizing in the NIV!

  28. 78
    Amelia says:

    I’m committting to memorizing Psalm 25 in ESV!

  29. 79
    Beth Wayland says:

    Little sister Beth here! I’m memorizing Psalm 25 in the ESV.

  30. 80
    Anne says:

    Little sister here (barely). Sorry, I was too late to get in on the weekend post. We had another family crisis over the weekend. My niece overdosed yesterday. She is expected to be fine physically (the pills were the over-the-counter), but she’s going to be spending the next couple of weeks in the psych hospital and after that we don’t know. We’re worried about living arrangements for her 3yr old daughter. Just one more thing in a painful year.

    I’m memorizing Psalm 25 in the ESV.

  31. 81
    Cassie says:

    Hey sisters/siestas,

    Memorizing Psalm 25 may take me a bit because I think my brain decided to pack its bags and take an unexpected vacation this week due to all the business, but I am doing this ladies and I’m excited that y’all are too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much sweet sisters and Mrs. Beth for the love and encouragement!

    • 81.1
      Cassie says:

      Oh, I forgot to say I’m using the ESV version.. I told you my brain is taking a vacation! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. 82
    colette says:

    Big Sister in!!!! NIV ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. 83
    Genevieve says:

    NIV – I am also doing your “Living Beyond Yourself” and the Summer Bible Study too. Beth, you inspire me to do so much more than I thought I could. Wait a minute – “Do things I couldn’t -LBY” ๐Ÿ™‚ Love ya, GG

  34. 84
    Ally says:

    Count me in! I’ll be memorizing out of the ESV translation.

  35. 85
    Taylor Blayock says:

    Signing on the dotted line.

    Psalm 25 (NASB)

  36. 86
    Lyndsay says:

    This little sis is in! I’ll be working on NLT.

  37. 87
    stacert says:

    Big sister. I have been blessed by the posts as well. I will be using NIV to memorize Psalm 25

  38. 88
    Angie says:

    I got out the voice version, and it’s very bold. I’m not only memorizing it but painting the letters on paper to hang in my apartment. There were a couple parts of it that got me teary eyed,
    “DEMONSTRATE your ways O Eternal One.
    EASE me down the path of your truth.
    FEED me Your word because You are the True God who has saved me.
    I wait all day long, hoping, trusting in You.”

    Psalm 25:4-5 (The Voice)

  39. 89
    Michele says:

    little sister, here, memorizing Psalm 25 in NIV

  40. 90
    Betsy Roberts says:

    Were doing a Scripture Memory blog at our church (thanks to this blog!) and I am going to use this as my verse(s) for the remainder of the summer! I just love you gals!! (p.s. I will be using NIV)

  41. 91

    Yes, Beth I am memorizing Psalm 25 using the NIV 1984 version. I also asked one of my (biological) sisters if she wanted to memorize it with me and she has a agreed to as well. Even though she hasn’t memorized anything in a long time, I remember well in childhood how good she was at memorizing. One of her sunday school teachers worked at a lingerie factory and promised the girl that memorized the most a gift from there. My sister was the one. She received several gowns, pajamas and panties with the days of the week on them. I can remember it all laying out on her bed and all the family oohing and aahing over it. I know she will probably conquer the psalm long before I do, but I will try. In the past when I have memorized verses, I have been more like Barney Fife reciting the Preamble. I do have to tell you that I now have 2 index card notebooks of scripture that I go over often and that one discipline alone has helped me so much with having a peace filled mind and minimizing anxiety. The reward has been great!

    • 91.1
      Diane says:

      Big Sister here. I use index card notebooks too and carry one in my purse. I use it to pray scripture out loud when I am in the car. It fits well on the steering wheel, so i can glance down at it often.

  42. 92
    Danielle says:

    Little sister here! Memorizing Psalm 25 NKJV! ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. 93
    Stacy says:

    Psalm 25 NLT, count me in. Thank you for posting it because it couldn’t read more clearly to me right now. I also have a few friends new to the faith that are memorizing it with me. Praise God!

  44. 94
    Sheri Fobare says:

    Older Sis here – committ’in to Ps 25! OH MY!!

  45. 95
    Bobbie says:

    I’ll be memorizing Psalm 25 in the NIV! Thanks for encouraging this opportunity to learn more from God’s Word!

  46. 96
    kendal says:

    i loved the fellowship over the weekend. as a big sister, i was reminded how incredibly stressful it is to have young children. commited to psalm 25. and praying more specifically for the little sisters in my life who have the young ones. and volunteering to help them more.

  47. 97
    Cathy says:

    I will memorize Ps. 25 in NKJV.

  48. 98
    Kristen says:

    Little sister here, I’m in! Memorizing Psalm 25 NIV!

  49. 99
    Beth says:

    I’m so jazzed, you guys! Let’s do it! All your diverse translations brought me such joy. You’re just going to love having this psalm in your bones.

    • 99.1
      Diane says:

      Big Sister here. I have been so blessed by being a Siesta. i am new to it just in the last few months. I will commit to memorizing Psalm 25. God speaks through memorized scripture and I am sure He is pleased with us for memorizing this.

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    Linda says:

    Yes, count me in! I am using NIV only because I have some verses of it memorized from when you did the video on affliction. That was so timely, praise the Lord for that!
    I grew up with 7 brothers and 2 step brothers, so siestas, you’re the sisters I never had and I’m so grateful for you!!!

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