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!



2,333 Responses to “2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 16!”

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  1. 2201
    Caitlin says:

    Ecclesiates 3:11 NLT
    Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

  2. 2202
    Kaylin says:

    Kaylin from Searcy, AR
    “Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds- his name is The Lord- and rejoice before him.” Psalm 68:4 NIV

  3. 2203
    Mary says:

    Woodway, Texas
    “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
    Matthew 11:30 (NIV)

  4. 2204
    Matia Messemer says:

    Matia, Fort Worth
    “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 ESV

  5. 2205
    Marla says:

    Bolivar, MO
    “This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”
    John 15:12 NAS

  6. 2206
    Lauren Morton says:

    Lauren Morton, Decatur TX. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV84

  7. 2207
    Joni says:

    Joni, Port Neches. “In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?” James 2:25 NIV84

  8. 2208
    Mandy says:

    Waco, TX
    Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
    Colossians 1:28-29 (ESV)

  9. 2209
    Tara says:

    Tara from Bolingbrook, IL

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

    Jeremiah 29:13, ESV

  10. 2210
    Hannah says:

    Hannah from Bolingbrook, IL

    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

    Hebrews 13:8, ESV

  11. 2211
    Cathy Coates says:

    Cathy, Jackman, ME NLT
    John 15:12 “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.”

  12. 2212
    Heather says:

    Heather—Corpus Christi, TX. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NKJV)

  13. 2213
    Kim Smith says:

    Kim, Littlestown PA. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9 (NKJ)

  14. 2214
    Stefypie says:

    Stephanie, Lititz, PA “Yes everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8 NLT

  15. 2215
    Talia says:

    Talia: Cincinnati, Ohio

    Be firm (steadfast) immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord (always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord) knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile (it is never wasted or to no purpose) 1 Corinthians 15:58 Amplified Bible

  16. 2216
    Terra Martin says:

    Terra from Owasso, Oklahoma

    So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. Romans 10:17 NLT

  17. 2217
    Tammy Grant says:

    “This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”
    John 15:12 NAS

  18. 2218
    Debbie from Mississippi says:

    Debbie, Hattiesburg, MS:

    “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

    2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)

  19. 2219
    Ann Gonzalez says:

    Ann Gonzalez
    San Antonio, TX
    “The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    And his kingdom rules over all.”. Psalm 103:19 NIV

  20. 2220
    Theresa Burwick says:

    Theresa, Cincinnati, Therefore I, the prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received. Eph 4:1, HCSB

  21. 2221
    Esther-Valencia CA says:

    Love is patient, love is not jelous or boastful or proud
    1 Corinthians 13:4

  22. 2222
    Georgine East says:

    August 15 – Psalm 91: 9-13 NIV

    If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
 and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you
 to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

    Georgine East
    Austin, TX

  23. 2223
    Holly Watson says:

    Holly, Ramona,CA; Proverbs 16:24 (NASB)
    “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

  24. 2224
    Jill Sayles says:

    Jill Sayles, Puyallup, WA
    Psalm 31:14-15, NLT
    “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say you are my God! My times are in your hand!”

  25. 2225
    Abbie Conway says:

    Abbie, Katy: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness, and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perserverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 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.” 2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV

  26. 2226
    Tracy says:

    Tracy Baker Kountze, TX
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5 NASB

  27. 2227
    Alexia Gossett says:

    Alexia-Champaign, IL

    The Soverign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.

    Habakkuk 3:19 NIV

  28. 2228
    Jeri Wood says:

    Jeri, Lynchburg, VA. Jesus said “Stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgement.” John 7:24 NIV

  29. 2229
    Bethany says:

    Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.

    Colossians 3:21 (MSG)

  30. 2230
    Ashley says:

    Ashley, Kingwood
    “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
    2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB

  31. 2231
    Sarah Cox says:

    Sarah Cox from Jay, Ok

    “Honor thy father and mother which is the first commandment with promise.”
    Ephesians 6:2 (KJV)

  32. 2232
    Vanessa says:

    Vanessa, Anderson, SC:
    “Blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” Luke 7:23 (ESV)

  33. 2233
    DLynn Miracle says:

    August 15
    DLynn; Argyle, TX
    1 Corinthians 13:2-3 NIV
    2. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
    3. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

  34. 2234
    Charlotte Good says:

    Charlotte Good
    Mesquite, Texas

    Though one person may be overpowered by another, two people can read just one opponent, a triple – braided rope is not easily broken.
    Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV

  35. 2235
    Beth Reid says:

    Beth, London Ontario

    1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

  36. 2236
    Jennine says:

    And His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead…

    Ephesians 1:19

  37. 2237
    Cindy Childers says:

    Cindy, New York City (…just catching up and loving your verse Lyndsee…hope it’s Ok to use. It is resonanting with me right now…I need a clean heart 🙂

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

  38. 2238
    Lori Todd says:

    Lori, San Angelo, Texas

    He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who preverts his ways will be found out.

    Proverbs 10:9 NASB

  39. 2239
    Meredith says:

    Meredith, Blacksburg, VA

    He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.

    Isaiah 40:29 ESV

  40. 2240
    Summer says:

    Summer, McCurtain, OK
    The intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful.
    James 5:16 HCSB

  41. 2241
    Tina says:

    Tina, Cincinnati Ohio – Acts 4:12 – Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (NIV)

  42. 2242
    Melissa J says:

    Melissa J – Houston, TX

    Philippians 1:21 NIV

    For to me, to live is Christ and die is gain.

  43. 2243
    Sharon J. says:

    So behind!!!
    Sharon Modesto, Ca.
    Ps 16:1 NIV
    Keep me safe ,O God, for in You I take refuge!!!

  44. 2244
    Marla says:

    Bolivar, MO
    Let me hear Thy lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in Thee; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to Thee I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8 NAS

  45. 2245
    Brandy Sermons says:

    Lynchburg, VA.

    Deuteronomy 20:4 (English Standard Version)

    for the LORD your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’

  46. 2246
    stacy, Spring Tx says:

    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21 NIV)

  47. 2247
    Selina says:

    Selina, Aberdeen. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2 NKJV

  48. 2248
    Stacy says:

    Stacy, Greenfield, Indiana “Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible but not everything is constructive.” 1 Corinthians 10:23

  49. 2249
    Carol Lawrence says:

    Carol, Poplar Bluff, MO

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law.

    Galatians 5:22 NIV

  50. 2250
    Tina says:

    Tina, Houston,TX
    Pleasant words are a honeycomb sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 (NIV)

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