2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 20!

My Dear Sisters, just as I was writing this post to you, a family urgency arose and I’m not going to be able to finish it. I’ve erased it and, in its place, put the segment of Scripture that I shared today in staff time before I got news of a serious family need. By faith, I choose to believe that this was what our gracious God wanted you to have today. It is a beautiful segment from Isaiah 41 that spoke very richly to us in staff and I pray will minister to you. (Vv.8-16) In it God is addressing Israel but, as you will see, many of the truths He speaks over them in this chapter concerning His heart toward them and His promise to help are echoed in the New Testament to believers under Christ’s new covenant.  If you have a more formal translation like the ESV, consider reading it first then below you’ll find the portion in Eugene Peterson’s translation, The Message. Its vivid language jumped out at me and really tended to my soul. My staff and I printed it out and circled parts of it that the Holy Spirit brought to life in our own hearts and minds and amid our own circumstances. We also wrote notes in the margins and reminders of other coinciding verses and then, in our closing prayer, we let the passages guide our intercessions. You might consider doing the same thing. The two simple words “don’t panic” leapt off the page at me. So did this: “I, God, want to reassure you.” Thank You, thank You, Lord.

Here it is and you’ll find my SSMT entry at the end of the post.

Isaiah 41:8-16 The Message
8–10       “But you, Israel, are my servant.
You’re Jacob, my first choice,
descendants of my good friend Abraham.
I pulled you in from all over the world,
called you in from every dark corner of the earth,
Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side.
I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’
Don’t panic. I’m with you.
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.

11–13       “Count on it: Everyone who had it in for you
will end up out in the cold—
real losers.
Those who worked against you
will end up empty-handed—
nothing to show for their lives.
When you go out looking for your old adversaries
you won’t find them—
Not a trace of your old enemies,
not even a memory.
That’s right. Because I, your GOD,
have a firm grip on you and I’m not letting go.
I’m telling you, ‘Don’t panic.
I’m right here to help you.’

14–16       “Do you feel like a lowly worm, Jacob?
Don’t be afraid.
Feel like a fragile insect, Israel?
I’ll help you.
I, GOD, want to reassure you.
The God who buys you back, The Holy of Israel.
I’m transforming you from worm to harrow,
from insect to iron.
As a sharp-toothed harrow you’ll smooth out the mountains,
turn those tough old hills into loamy soil.
You’ll open the rough ground to the weather,
to the blasts of sun and wind and rain.
But you’ll be confident and exuberant,
expansive in The Holy of Israel!

Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (Is 41:8–16). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.


For my SSMT selection, this is the portion I have next in my memory work out of the Book of Colossians:

Beth, Houston. For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ. Colossians 2:1-2

I love you guys so much. Let’s press on with eyes of faith, Sisters. He who calls us is faithful!



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  1. 1451
    Jeri Wood says:

    Jeri, Lynchburg, VA. “You did not choose me, but I choose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last”. John 15:16 NIV 84

  2. 1452
    Sue says:

    Sue, Groveport, OH
    Psalm 34:17 NIV

    The righteous cry out and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

  3. 1453
    Kim B. says:

    Kim B. – Orlando, Florida
    Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation. Philippians 2:14-15

  4. 1454
    Valerie says:

    Valerie ~ Oklahoma

    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    Isaiah 41:10 NIV

  5. 1455
    Debbie says:

    Debbie from Universal City, Texas.
    “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

  6. 1456
    Melisse says:

    Melisse, Slippery Rock, PA

    Colossians 3:7-8

    You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

  7. 1457
    Jennifer W says:

    Deuteronomy 6:4-5

    Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:4, 5 NIV)

  8. 1458
    Pammela Wynn says:

    Pamm W. from Albuquerque, NM
    Joshua 23:14 NIV
    Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.

  9. 1459
    Deb Weaver says:

    Deb, Pelzer, SC

    “…All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ ” (1 Peter 5: 5b, NIV)

  10. 1460
    Becky Wang, Ohio says:

    Becky, Ohio

    Behold I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

    Revelation 3:11 NKJV

  11. 1461
    Kimberly Ann Caddo Mills TX says:

    You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

    Isaiah 26:3ESV

  12. 1462
    Susan says:

    1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV

    ‘Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?’

  13. 1463
    Bambi Lewis says:

    Bambi-Houston, TX

    He holds you firmly in place;
    He will not let you fall.
    He who keeps you will never take His eyes off you and never drift off to sleep.
    Psalm 121:3 The Voice

  14. 1464
    Becky, Elkhart, IN says:

    Philippians 2:12 NIV Therefore, my dear friends, a you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but also in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

  15. 1465
    Julie in Rancho Cucamonga says:

    Be sure you do not feel self-important and forget the Lord your God
    who brought you from the land of Egypt,
    the place of slavery,

    (Deuteronomy 8:14 NET)

  16. 1466
    Theresa Eaton says:

    Plainfield, IN
    Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, and criticize their faults-unless, of course, you want the same treatment.
    Matthew 7:1 (The Message)

  17. 1467
    Teresa says:

    Teresa, Chadron, NE. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35 NIV)

  18. 1468
    Elizabeth M. says:

    Elizabeth M., Greenbrier, Ark.
    “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…”
    Philippians 2:5 NKJV

  19. 1469
    Beth Schepens says:

    Beth, London, U.K. “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, NIV)

  20. 1470
    Johnine says:

    Johnine from Murfreesboro, TN
    Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 NIV

  21. 1471
    Mildred says:

    Mildred from Montserrat.

    I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Psalms 30:1 (NIV)

  22. 1472
    Margo says:

    Margo,Burlington ON
    But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. James 1:6 TEV

  23. 1473
    Karen says:

    Karen, Cheyenne, WY

    Psalm 1:6 (NIRV) “The Lord watches over the lives of those who are godly. But the lives of sinful people will lead to their death.”

  24. 1474
    Kimberly says:

    Kimberly in Madison, ME
    Colossians 3:2

    New English Translation (NET)

    2 Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth,

  25. 1475
    Kim Cliatt says:

    Kim Cliatt, Loganville, Georgia

    “and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
    Ephesians 6:15-16

  26. 1476
    Sue says:

    Sue, Kingsport,TN.
    For we have all received from his fullness one gracious gift after another. John 1:16 NET

  27. 1477
    Gwen of Doylestown, PA says:

    2 Thessalonians 3:5 May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.

  28. 1478
    Joan A. says:

    Joan, Dousman, WI

    I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?

    Jer 32:27 NIV

  29. 1479
    Suzy Bobbitt says:

    Suzy – Orlando, FL

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
    Romans 12:12 NIV

  30. 1480
    Lynn says:

    Lynn ~ Orlando, FL
    “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
    Romans 12:12 NIV

  31. 1481
    Lisa Taylor says:

    Lisa from Waycross, GA
    Donna from Albany, GA

    Psalm 92:2 (HCSB)
    “to declare Your faithful love in the morning
    and Your faithfulness at night,”

  32. 1482
    Jamye Lawrence says:

    Jamye L., Greenbrier, AR

    173 Let Your hand be ready to help me, For I have chosen Your precepts.
    174 I long for Your salvation, O LORD, And Your law is my delight.
    175 Let my soul live that it may praise You, And let Your ordinances help me.
    176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments.
    Psalm 119: 173-176. NASB

  33. 1483
    Linda Ney says:

    Linda Ney from Gahanna, Ohio

    They speak of you with evil intent;

    Your adversaries misuse your name.

    From Psalm 139:20

  34. 1484
    Geri Patterson says:

    Geri, Deer Park, TX

    2 Cor.4:14

    knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.

  35. 1485
    Amanda Benson says:

    Amanda Benson, Eagle Butte, SD
    2 Corinthians 7:1, NIV
    Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

  36. 1486
    Cara Dorn says:

    Cara, Oswego. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
    Colossians 4:6 NIV

  37. 1487
    Farrah says:

    Farrah, Jackson, MS
    From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do. (John 14:14 MSG)

  38. 1488
    Paula Stemple says:

    Paula Stemple, Marlinton, WV
    I love you, Lord; you are my strength. (Psalms 18:1 NLT)

  39. 1489
    Cheryl McVittie says:

    I bless The Lord who gives me counsel, in the night also my heart instructs me.
    Psalm 16:7 ESV

  40. 1490
    Traci says:

    Traci~ Vadnais Heights, MN
    I Timothy 6:6~8 (NLT)
    “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into this world and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.”

  41. 1491
    Tatiana says:

    Tatiana, Geneva IL

    1 Thessalonians 1:11-12, ESV

    “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ”.

  42. 1492
    Jody says:

    Evansville, IN

    “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,” Phil 1:9

  43. 1493
    Rachel Cleveland says:

    Rachel Cleveland, Jackson, TN

    “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
    Ps 11:3, NIV

  44. 1494
    Cynthia says:

    Cynthia, Missouri

    For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverence.
    Phillipians 1:19 ESV

  45. 1495
    Kelley says:

    Willow Spring, NC
    For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
    1 Corinthians 4:20 NIV

  46. 1496
    Dawn Vaughn says:

    Highlands Ranch

    Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 62:5, 6 NIV)

  47. 1497
    Angie says:

    Angie, Chillicothe, MO By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me – a prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:8. NIV

  48. 1498
    Molly says:

    Molly, Gainesville, GA
    “which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him”
    Ephesians 1:8-9 NASB

  49. 1499
    Vickie C says:

    Vickie, Baytown, TX
    No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:44 ESV

  50. 1500

    Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths. Psalm 25:4 NIV

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