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. 1901
    Ange Keskey says:

    sorry so late!
    Ange & KK, Idaho Psalm 149:3 Let us praise His name with dancing.

  2. 1902
    Kristie Lovely says:

    Kristie Lovely
    Queen City, TX
    “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:16

  3. 1903
    Shera Jenkins says:

    Shera. Lynchburg, VA
    Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. PSALM 51:6. ESV

  4. 1904
    Kathy from Fishers says:

    indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:4 NIV

  5. 1905
    PerryLove Doubrava says:

    PerryLove, Gallatin, TN

    “Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the Lord, “and I will heal him”.

    Isaiah 57:19 ESV

  6. 1906
    danae says:

    they will rebuild the ancient ruins & restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. — isaiah 61:4 [niv]

  7. 1907
    Mildred says:

    Mildred, Montserrat

    The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14 NIV

  8. 1908
    Cheryl Clevenger says:

    Cheryl Kokomo,IN
    “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV

  9. 1909
    Poorna Diaz says:

    “Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed, Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” 2 Sam 17: 15-16

    Arlington, Va

  10. 1910
    Tracy says:

    Tracy from Kentucky

    In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.

    Psalm 120:1

  11. 1911
    Marilyn says:

    Marilyn from Missouri:
    So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
    James 1:19 NKJV

  12. 1912
    Jessica says:

    Jessica from Rockvale, TN
    Psalm 51:10 (NIV) “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

  13. 1913
    Terri Carey says:

    Terri from Plano , Col 3:23 ESV
    Whatever you do, work heartily, as for The Lord , and not for men.

  14. 1914
    Linda Hammett says:

    Linda Hammett says:
    2 Timothy 3:16(NIV)
    ” All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and
    training in righteousness. “

  15. 1915
    Pattie Self says:

    Pattie Self, San Angelo, TX
    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23 NIV

  16. 1916
    Norka says:

    Norka, Mississauga, ON Canada

    Talk no more so very proudly,
    let not arrogance come from your mouth;
    for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
    and by him actions are weighed.

    1 Samuel 2:3 (ESV)

  17. 1917
    Cindy says:

    Cindy, living in Cochem, Germany: He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NIV)

  18. 1918
    Kristen Keeling says:

    Kristen Keeling from Covington, Ga

    “For the Lord God is our sovereign protector. The Lord bestows favor and honor; he withholds no good thing from those who have integrity.”

    Psalm 84:11 (NET)

  19. 1919
    Stacey says:

    Houston, TX – The heart is hopelessly dark & deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I,God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be. Jeremiah 17: 9-10 The Message

  20. 1920
    Sharron says:

    Sharron, Spring, TX
    Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.
    Romans 12:12 AMP

  21. 1921
    Joyce Klumper says:

    Joyce, Wahpeton ND

    Who shall bring any charges against God’s elect?
    It is God who justifies.
    Romans 8:33 ESV

  22. 1922
    Donna, Gloucester, VA says:

    (it seemed like my 1st entry on the 19th didn’t go through, so this may be a repeat…or not)

    Romans 8:38-39 NIV
    “For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
    neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

  23. 1923
    Cindy says:

    Salt Lake City
    Romans 12:9 NIV

    Love must be sincere.
    Hate what is evil ; cling to what is good.

  24. 1924
    Lynette says:

    Lynette, Nashville, TN
    “My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.”
    Isaiah 26:9a ESV

  25. 1925
    Angie Keel says:

    Anniston, Alabama

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    Matthew 11:28-30.

  26. 1926
    Jeanna says:

    Powhatan, VA
    “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2 ESV)

  27. 1927
    Kimberly says:

    Kimberly, Watha
    Philippians 4:6-7 Amplified

    Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

  28. 1928
    Tammy Tabor says:

    Chesapeake,Virginia .
    I will boast only in the Lord,let all who are discouraged take heart. Psalms 34:2r

  29. 1929
    Connie says:

    Connie, Pickerington, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.” Phil. 4:6,7

  30. 1930

    Ellen, Aurora, OH
    “I am listening carefully to all the Lord is saying.”
    Psalm 85:8 (TLB)

  31. 1931
    Jennifer Hart says:

    Jennifer, Tyler

    Psalm 116:7 (MSG)
    I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings”

  32. 1932
    Sandra Chisum says:

    Wichita Falls, TX

    You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

    Jer 29:13 NIV

  33. 1933
    Kylie says:

    Kylie, Wichita, KS Col. 3:15 NIV

    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

  34. 1934
    carol doherty says:

    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

    Colossians 1 v16

  35. 1935
    Syneva Mullins says:

    Philippians 4:8 NASB

    ” 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. ”

    Syneva – Topeka, Kansas

  36. 1936
    Kathy says:

    Kathy, Syracuse, NY

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

  37. 1937
    Kim B says:

    Kim Beechem, Center, TX
    “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the praise of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 (ESV)

  38. 1938
    Cindy says:

    Port Neches, TX
    “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.” James 1:26 (NLT)

  39. 1939
    Cindy says:

    Port Neches, TX

    “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.” James 1:26 (NLT)

  40. 1940
    Shaunna Sturgeon says:

    New Strawn, KS

    “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? (Luke 6:46 ESV)

  41. 1941
    Kelly says:

    Kelly from Sherman, TX. “Little children, guard yourselves from idols.” I John 5:21 HCSB

  42. 1942
    Lynne Amos says:

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
    Against such things there is not law.
    Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

  43. 1943
    Heather Smith says:

    Visalia, CA

    Always be Joyful.
    Never stop Praying.

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

    Half way through radiation….stage 4 breast cancer

    • 1943.1
      Rozanne Gaston, Leawood, KS says:

      Oh, sweet sister in God, Heather,
      God bless you and strengthen you in this difficult walk. You are halfway through radiation, Praise God for the medical community who tends to us in our illness. WE know the Our Healing God is at work in you. LORD, shower Your love over Heather and all who love her, and bring her to complete wellness of body, mind and spirit, so that she may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything. I’m certain that she is humbled before you submitting to Your will and persevering. You instilled in her a full measure of faith and that sustains her! Each and everyday, I believe she looks to You. And you hear her prayers. May your breath of life restore and grow health and wellness in her body and glorious faith in her spirit! Zephaniah 3:17 says, ” The Lord your God, in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Listen to Him sing…
      Jeremiah 32:27 tells us that God said, “I AM the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Let’s claim that truth over Heather today, LORD. Let Your Glory shine in her recovery as a testament to Your love manifested in her recovery. Praise your Holy Name!
      In the Mighty Name above all Names, Jesus.
      Amen and Amen Let it be according to your will! Amen

  44. 1944
    Rozanne Gaston, Leawood, KS says:

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

  45. 1945
    Texatlast says:

    Jan, Rockwall, TX
    Psalm 51:10 (NIV) “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

  46. 1946
    Debi says:

    Debi, Alva, FL
    Acts 15:11
    We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.” (NLT)

  47. 1947
    Brandy McCombs says:

    Brandy, Jay -Ok “‘Follow Me,’ Jesus said, ‘I will send you out to fish for men.'” Matthew 4:19 NIV

  48. 1948
    Brenda Young says:

    Brenda, Greenville SC

    Ps. 139:9 NIV

    If I rise on the wings of the dawn if I settle on the far side of the sea

  49. 1949
    Brenda Young says:

    Brenda, Greenville SC

    Ps. 139:10 NIV

    even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

  50. 1950
    Brea Burelle says:

    Brea B. – Gardendale, AL

    Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. Psalm 139:4 (NIV)

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