2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 16!

Hey Y’all!

Before I fool anyone, each of you should know that this is Lindsee posing as Beth for this particular SSMT post. She and her girls on a little girl’s getaway that is much deserved. So when she mentioned that she might not be able to work this post out, I told her not to even think of it and enjoy her time away!

Side note: She was telling me yesterday she’s not sure when her last actual vacation was because our siesta mama has spent the last two scheduled vacations either being Bibby for a week (her grandma name), or writing for a week! So! Needless to say, this girl’s getaway is earned and joyfully welcomed! We blessed them as they walked out the doors yesterday and promised them they didn’t need to worry about one detail here. She also assured me she’d hopefully have some fun pictures for you guys when she gets back!

SSMT is a big detail. So here I am. I realize that was a much more detailed description as to why I’m taking over SSMT this time than you  probably cared to know, but now it’s in official wording and I’m leaving it.

Beth gave me the option to share my verse with you guys along with the one she’s memorizing this go around, so I decided to take her up on that. The more the merrier, right?

My verse is actually probably very familiar to y’all, but it hit me fresh a couple of weeks ago and knew it needed to be put into my memory for good. It’s one of those verses I know, and I could quote it, but not verbatim and I really wanted to be intentional with it this go around, especially since I really mixed up the version I’m memorizing it in this time which really makes it pop in my mind.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (Amplified)

This I know to be so true, I need Jesus. And I need Him to steady my heart, because He alone can do that. Want to hear some synonyms of steadfast? Steady, firm, stable, constant, staunch, and immovable. Each of these descriptions are things I want to be said and true of me. I think it’s so fitting that persevering and steadfast follow each other because it’s in my persevering that He makes my spirit steadfast, but I tend to get really distracted and unsteady pretty quick. Which I guess is why we’re told to persevere in the first place. Maybe it’s just me, but so many times I allow my circumstances to determine my steadfastness. When things are going good (translation: the way I want them too), persevering comes easy, as well as a firm and steady devotion to the Lord, but it’s when the going gets tough, that the tough get going. That’s when it’s time to wrestle that hard thing out with Him. For me, an example that comes to mind is singleness. Some days I love the freedom it brings, while other days I’m wrestling my  way through this season. Very quickly I can go from steadfast to discouraged. Steadfast to lazy. Steadfast to frustrated. I want so badly to be faithful in each season of my life, and to truly live in an “undivided devotion” to the Lord that Paul talks about, but we can all admit it’s not always easy. If it were easy, the vast majority would be doing just that.

I don’t always want to do the work it takes to have a clean heart, and a persevering Spirit, but I know all too well that when I’m not yearning for it is the perfect time to ask for it. So I’m asking for a clean heart! That God would renew me from top to bottom.

You’re more than welcome to join me this go around.

Or for those of you curious what our Siesta Mama has chosen, you can join her. This time she is memorizing Colossians 1:16 in the ESV version:

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16 (ESV)

Amen. He sees everything. He knows everything. He created everything. If you stop and take that verse a part line by line and dwell on that, it’s really mind blowing.

ALL things were created BY Him. (Things we cannot even lay our human eyes on.)
And FOR Him.
ALL things.

I have no doubt our Siesta Mama would have more to say about that, but I’m just going to leave you with wow. So, if that scripture stirs something up in you, tag on with her.

(And now I’m going to make this really slick transition to close out the post. Could this be any more awkward? I’m kind of gifted in that. You know, making things awkward.)

Well, ladies! Time to persevere to the end! We’re so close. If you got through summer, you can certainly make it through the fall. Oh, and because I’ve been getting some emails and phone calls, I’ll go ahead and let you know that we’re planning on having all things SSMT celebration and details up SOON. Like, hopefully as in the next SSMT post or two. We’re so pumped and we love y’all dearly.

Let’s hear your scriptures!



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  1. 1701
    KanduGal says:

    Melanie – Decatur,AL
    James 1:9-11 NIV 1984
    9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.

  2. 1702
    Kay says:

    Kay/Deer Park

    “God made my life complete
    when I placed all the pieces before him.”

    Psalms 18: 20 The Message

  3. 1703
    Heather W says:

    Heather W, Nederland, TX

    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, (Ephesians 6:14 NIV)

  4. 1704
    Angela from Pflugerville says:

    John 3:30

    New International Version (NIV)

    30 He must become greater; I must become less.”[

  5. 1705
    Heidi Archer says:

    Heidi, Victoria, BC, Canada

    Matthew 25:21 NIV

    “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'”

  6. 1706
    Cindy Wilburn, LC , OR says:

    Ps 27.11-14 NAS
    Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a level path, because of my foes. Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence. I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.

  7. 1707
    Lacie says:

    Lacie | Seattle
    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me. -Psalm 51:10 Amplified

  8. 1708
    April says:

    April, Lake Charles, LA

    For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. ~ 2 Tim. 1:7 (NASB)

  9. 1709
    Deborah (Debbie) says:

    Debbie, Calgary AB. Canada

    “He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.”
    Psalm 107:29 ESV

  10. 1710
    Hannah says:

    Hannah, Lake Charles, LA

    “But now, this is what the LORD says-
    he who created you, Jacob
    he who formed you, Israel;
    ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

    Isaiah 43:3 NIV

  11. 1711
    Margie Pendergraft says:

    Margie Allen,TX
    Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, Amen.
    Eph. 3:20-21 ESV

  12. 1712
    Catherine S says:

    Catherine S. ~ Grants Pass, OR
    “Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person in powerful and effective.” James 5:16 (NIV)

  13. 1713
    Billie Galyen says:

    Billie, Greenville, KY “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” Hebrews 1:3-4 ESVUK

  14. 1714
    Katie Rowe, AR says:

    Isaiah 45:2

    I will go before you and level the uneven places; I will shatter the bronze doors and cut the iron bars in two.


  15. 1715
    Tara G. says:

    Tara G.
    Sherwood, AR

    But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

    Matthew 6:30-34 (ESV)

  16. 1716
    Leslie says:

    Wisner, La.

    “Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”
    Ephesians 5:2 NLT

  17. 1717
    Pat Stokes says:

    Portland, Texas

    For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:25-26 (NKJV)

  18. 1718
    Laurell says:

    “Do you think the scripture says without reason that the Spirit He caused to live in us envies intensely?”
    James 4:5 NIV

  19. 1719
    Paige Felt says:

    “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

    Romans 3:23 (NIV)

  20. 1720
    Susan says:

    Susan, Kansas City

    Psalm 27:13-14, NIV
    I remain confident of this; I will see the goodness of The Lord.
    Wait for The Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for The Lord.

  21. 1721
    Gwen Waxhaw NC says:

    Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul be preserved complete without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Faithful is He who calls you and He will also bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonans 5:23-24 NASB

  22. 1722
    Diane E. says:

    Diane from Charleston, IL

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.

    Mark 10:45 NIV

  23. 1723
    Hannah Hancock says:

    Hannah from Winter Haven, FL

    Psalm 119:53-56 (NKJV)

    53-Indignation has taken hold of me because of the wicked, who forsake Your law. 54-Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. 55-I remember Your name in the night, O Lord, and I keep Your law. 56-This has become mine, because I kept Your precepts.

  24. 1724
    Mandy says:

    I Samuel 30:6 (NLT)
    David found strength in the LORD his God.

    Watkinsville, GA

  25. 1725
    Terri says:

    Terri, Pleasant Hope, MO
    For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
    2 Corinthians 12:10 (ESV)

  26. 1726
    Treasi Harris says:

    Ye have not because ye ask not.
    James 4:2 kjv

  27. 1727
    Vicki Bolton says:

    Vicki, Lubbock, TX

    What makes a difference is faith energized by love.

    Galatians 5:6b The Voice Bible

  28. 1728
    Ramona Gellick says:

    Psalm 29:11 (NIV)
    The LORD gives strength to his people.
    The LORD blesses his people with peace.

    • 1728.1
      Ramona Gellick says:

      Ramona Gellick
      Medina, Ohio
      Psalm 29:11 (NIV)
      The LORD gives strength to his people.
      The LORD blesses his people with peace.

  29. 1729
    Janice Miller says:

    Janice, Victoria, BC

    You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.

    Psalm 32:7 NAS

  30. 1730
    Susie Hampton says:

    Susie – Garland, Tx

    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you and watch over you.”

    Psalms 32:8

  31. 1731
    Linda says:

    from Stanley, WI

    He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes, its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jer. 17:8 NIV

  32. 1732
    Tara says:

    Tara, Greensboro, NC
    Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
    Galations 5:24

  33. 1733
    Martha Lancaster says:

    Martha, Georgetown, TX NLT Ephesians 3:20, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

  34. 1734
    Janet says:

    Isaiah 55:11 NIV says
    “So is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
    but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

    Janet from Pearland

  35. 1735
    Melissa Reber says:

    Melissa // Lancaster, PA

    The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalms 32:8 NLT)

  36. 1736
    Tracee says:

    Tracee, Morristown, TN

    We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him.

    Romans 8:28a CEV

  37. 1737
    Annie says:

    Dallas, TX

    “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.”

    Romans 8:18-19

  38. 1738
    Jana says:

    Jana, Tampa, FL

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12 NIV

  39. 1739
    Wynell says:

    Athens, GA

    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

    Psalm 91:1 NASB

  40. 1740
    Tori Brabham says:

    Tori, Robinson

    “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.”
    Matthew 5:18 NLT

  41. 1741
    Beth Brabham says:

    Beth, Robinson
    “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
    2 Timothy 2:15

  42. 1742
    Kelei Liggett says:

    Kelei Liggett. Iowa Park. NIV
    1Cor 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace- as in all the congregation of the Lord’s people.

  43. 1743
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Surprise, AZ

    I’m a little late with this: “The entire law is summed up in a single command; ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” ~Galatians 5:14 NIV

  44. 1744
    Lyne, Goshen KY says:

    We live by faith, not by sight.
    2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV

  45. 1745
    Kelly says:

    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
    James 1:5. (NKJV)

  46. 1746
    Lisa Braun says:

     Lisa Braun
    Warman, SK Canada

    And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.
    1 Chronicles 4:10 NKJV

    God’s really been stretching my territory and I don’t want to cause people any more pain as they have gone through so much!

  47. 1747
    Sharon Hardin says:

    Sharon in Florien: The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights on Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Psalm 37:23-24 (NIV)

  48. 1748
    Karon says:

    Karon from Canton, NC

    “For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,” says the Lord.
    Jeremiah 30:17 NKJV

  49. 1749
    Jo Carolyn says:

    Delight yourself in The Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to Him and He will bring it to pass. Psalm 37:4-5 ESV

  50. 1750
    Deanna, College Station, TX says:

    “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap lead to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” Romans 6:22 NIV

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