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. 1551
    sharron says:

    Sharron, Spring, TX
    If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,
    live at peace with everyone.
    Romans 12:18 NIV

  2. 1552
    Ronnie Wood says:

    Ronnie, Ostrander Ohio
    Psalm 121:1-2
    I raise my eyes toward the mountains. where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord the maker of heaven and earth. (HCSB)

  3. 1553
    Stacey Dobesh says:

    Stacey, Omaha, NE
    He has shown you, O mortal, 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

    Emily (age 13)
    The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them people judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

    Ally (age 11)
    Honor the Lord our God. Worship at his feet. He is Holy. Psalm 99:5 NIrV

  4. 1554
    Diane Wadsworth says:

    Diane Wadsworth, Pleasant Grove, Alabama
    Romans 5:1, NLT
    “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”

  5. 1555
    Sandy Rendel says:

    Sandy, Rock Hill, SC

    “For in Christ all the fullness of the Diety lives in bodily form and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is head over every power and authority.”

    Colossians 2:9-10 NIV

  6. 1556
    Vicki from Wilmington, DE says:

    John 12:24 NKJV

    “Most assuredly, I say to you,
    “unless a grain of wheat
    falls into the ground and dies,
    it remains alone;
    but if it dies,
    it produces much grain”.

  7. 1557
    Madeline Friend says:

    “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.” — Proverbs 29:25, NIV

    Maddie from Flagstaff, AZ

  8. 1558
    Carolyn says:

    Indianapolis Indiana
    Ecclesiastes 3:11 DARBY
    He hath made everything beautiful in its time; also he hath set the world in their heart, so that man findeth not out from the beginning to the end the work that God doeth.

  9. 1559
    Kimberly Rushing says:

    Kimberly from Carlsbad, CA

    “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
    Psalm 37:4 NIV

  10. 1560
    Corley says:

    Corley in Conway, AR:
    “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him…” Psalm 37.23, NIV

  11. 1561
    Susan from Houston says:

    For You, Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon You. Psalm 86:5 ESV

  12. 1562
    Deborah says:

    Deborah , Nashville, TN

    He who calls you is faithful. He will surely do it.
    1 Thessalonians 5:24

  13. 1563
    Kathleen says:

    Chester, VA: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV

  14. 1564
    nancy rose says:

    Nancy Rose Psalm 16:9 NLT
    No wonder my heart is glad and I rejoice. my body rests in safety.

  15. 1565
    Leah Pease says:

    Leah, KCMO
    I keep your word close, in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you. Psalm 119:11 CEB

  16. 1566
    Allison, Forest, VAc says:

    “Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.” Psalm 51:6 NASB

  17. 1567
    Kim, San Angelo says:

    Encourage one another daily. Hebrews 3:13 NIV

  18. 1568
    Kristi Ensminger says:

    Kristi, from Rowlett, TX

    Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)

    “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

  19. 1569
    Carla F, Houston, Tx. says:

    Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes. Eze. 36:23b (NIV)

  20. 1570
    Melanie Grace says:

    Melanie of Greenbrier, Tn

    Psalm 16:8 (NET) I constantly trust in the LORD; because He is at my right hand, I will not be upended.

  21. 1571
    Brenda Young says:

    Brenda Greenville SC

    NIV Ps. 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

  22. 1572
    Brenda Young says:

    Brenda, Greenville SC

    Ps. 139:14 NIV

    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well

  23. 1573
    Kathy Ray says:

    Proverbs 29:25 NIV

    Fear of man will prove to be a snare.
    But whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

  24. 1574
    Christine Arnold says:

    Christine, Atlanta, GA – You do not have because you do not ask God. James 4:2c NIV

  25. 1575
    Beth Kellett ~ Calgary Canada says:

    We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)

  26. 1576
    Christie says:

    Christie, Gray Court, SC

    For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. RM 6:14, NIV

  27. 1577
    Caitlin says:

    Caitlin, Gray Court, SC

    For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. RM 6:14, NIV

  28. 1578
    Cayla says:

    Cayla, Gray Court, SC

    For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Rm 6:14, NIV

  29. 1579
    d says:

    Donna, Odessa, FL
    If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,
    live at peace with everyone.
    Romans 12:18 NIV

  30. 1580
    Blair says:

    Blair from Harrisburg, NC
    Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
    Hebrews 13:5 NKJV

  31. 1581
    Debbie says:

    Debbie Spartanburg SC
    Psalm 93:1 NIV
    The LORD reigns, He is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength; Indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.

  32. 1582
    Mary Jane Schwab says:

    Mary Jane
    Wilmington, DE

    Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.
    Psalm 103:2-4 (NIV)

  33. 1583
    Angie Keel says:


    Anniston, Alabama

    “The righteous cry out and The Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.”

    Ps. 34:17, NIV

  34. 1584
    Victoria says:

    Victoria – Salt Lake City, UT – James 1:3-4 (ESV)

    “For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

  35. 1585
    Connie G says:

    Freeland, MI When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12 NIV

  36. 1586
    Nancy Coffey says:

    Nancy Coffey
    Barboursville WV
    With joy you shall drink deeply from the fountain of salvation. Isaiah 12:3

  37. 1587
    Stephanie Knight says:

    Stephanie Knight Waynesboro, MS

    “We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ” 2 cor. 10:5 HCSB

  38. 1588
    Cheryl. Kemah,TX says:

    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV

  39. 1589
    Andrea Boldt says:

    Andrea, from Spring Branch, Texas
    1 John 4:16 ESV

    So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

  40. 1590
    Kacie says:

    “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5

  41. 1591
    Nancy Dytrich says:

    Nancy D.
    Round Rock, TX

    “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 – NIV)

  42. 1592
    Nancy says:

    James 3:14 NIV
    But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.

  43. 1593
    Toni Sidler says:

    Toni, Argyle, TX
    Just as he chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
    Ephesians 1:4, NASB

  44. 1594
    Sherri says:

    Sherri Moore, Pueblo West,CO
    1 Timothy 6:9 NLT
    But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.

  45. 1595
    Clancie Speck says:

    Clancie, Elizabethtown, KY
    “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12, NIV(1984)

  46. 1596
    Linda Malloy says:

    “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10 NIV

  47. 1597
    Jodi from Redmond, Wa says:

    She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26 NIV

  48. 1598
    Caroline says:

    Caroline, Aiea
    I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
    Galatians 2:20 NIV

  49. 1599
    Heather Rattray says:

    Heather, Louisville, KY

    “And let endurance have it’s full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives generously an dun grudgingly, and it will be given you.”
    James 1:4-6 ( NRSV)

  50. 1600
    Sara says:

    Sara from Garden City, KS
    May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children. (Psalm 115:14 NIV)

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