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. 1601
    Esther says:

    Esther, jonesborouh TN. Jeremiah 31:25 (ESV). For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.

  2. 1602
    Johanna says:

    Johanna
    Carlsbad, CA
    Proverbs 14: 30 (NIV)

    “A heart at peace gives life to the body,
    But envy rots the bones.”

  3. 1603
    Patti Walker says:

    Patti, Shalimar, FL, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)

  4. 1604
    Barb says:

    Barb, Urbandale, IA

    …for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

    Romans 8:13 NAS

  5. 1605
    Peggy says:

    Peggy – Bangor, Maine

    But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

  6. 1606
    Janet Anderson says:

    Janet Anderson
    Edmond, OK

    For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for hose at Loadicea and for all who hve not seen me face to face, that their heart 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.
    Collossians 2:1-2

  7. 1607
    Schel says:

    Schel, Bayou Vista, TX “Onthe day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased” – Psalm 138:3 (ESV)

  8. 1608
    Mary Beth says:

    Mary Beth, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Hebrews 9:14 NIV

    How much more, then will the blood of Christ, who thru the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.

  9. 1609
    debbie says:

    debbie jo, greenwood, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36 (NIV)

  10. 1610
    Laura Beth says:

    Laura Beth, Jackson

    Psalm 107:1, NLT
    Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.

  11. 1611
    Jennifer Kirkes says:

    Jennifer, Denham Springs, LA, NIV

    Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. Exodus 33:15

  12. 1612
    Christy says:

    Christy
    Fayetteville, AR

    Romans 15:13 NIV
    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy & peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
    Romans 15:13 NIV

  13. 1613
    Jennifer Jones Mosher says:

    Old NIV says “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27a

    Jennifer, Canfield, OH

  14. 1614
    Mary Nelle Jones says:

    The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deuteronomy 33:27a

    Mary Nelle, Youngstown, OH

  15. 1615
    Judy Heindl says:

    Judy Cottageville, WV KJV
    Psm 37:3 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

  16. 1616
    Beth Beutler says:

    Beth, Fountain Inn, Ephesians 1:11 ESV

    in Him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of His will

  17. 1617
    Tammy - Bartlesville, OK says:

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NIV

  18. 1618
    Pat Westmoreland says:

    Pat, Littlefield, Tx.

    “And they were calling to one another: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is full of His glory.”

    Isaiah 6:3 NIV

  19. 1619
    Gail Dorn says:

    Gail
    San Antonio, Texas

    For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
    Psalms 103:11,12. (NIV)

  20. 1620
    Carol Lawrence says:

    Carol, Poplar Bluff
    Then Jesus said to her, “your sins are forgiven.”
    Luke 7:48 niv

  21. 1621
    Vivian says:

    Vivian, Birmingham, Alabama

    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 ESV

  22. 1622
    Ann says:

    Ann, Cataula, GA

    Matthew 12:21 (NLT)
    And his name will be the hope of all the world.

  23. 1623
    Kim Safina says:

    Kim Safina
    Central Coast of California

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

  24. 1624
    Linda Davis says:

    Linda from North Fort Myers, FL “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy;
    At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
    NKJV

  25. 1625
    LoriAngela says:

    Ouch! I’m really late!
    Angie McDermid, Chilliwack, BC, Canada
    “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)

  26. 1626
    Sandy Jane says:

    Sandy from Long Beach, CA.

    For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    Ephesians 2:10 NIV

  27. 1627
    Kristy says:

    Kristy from Cedar Park, Texas: For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14, NIV

  28. 1628
    Traci says:

    Phil 4:8-9 (NIV and NET)
    Finally brothers, whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. And, what you learned and received and heard and saw in me, do these things. And the God of peace will be with you.

    Traci
    Knoxville, TN

  29. 1629

    Lyli, Fort Lauderdale (finally caught up!!! Yeah!):

    “Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:5, NASB).

  30. 1630
    Kim says:

    Kim from Bloomington, IL

    Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend.

    — Proverbs 22:11 NLT

  31. 1631
    Amy Woodruff says:

    Amy from Noble,OK

    Ephesians 6:17
    “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”
    (NIV)

  32. 1632
    Lisa Snyder says:

    Matthew 12:34B
    For the mouth speaks what the the heart is full of.
    Lisa S. in Montgomery, TX

  33. 1633
    Elise says:

    Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
    Hebrews 10:23
    Elise–Newark

  34. 1634
    Katherine Sloan says:

    Katherine Atlanta, GA
    Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end –
    Isaiah 43: 1-2 The Message

  35. 1635
    Jennifer Colbaugh says:

    Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. And we all who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
    2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV

  36. 1636
    Karen F says:

    Karen F from Unionville, PA

    Ephesians 4:3 (NIV)

    Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

  37. 1637
    Alexandra Key says:

    Ali – Clearwater, FL
    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

  38. 1638
    Poorna Diaz says:

    Sorry, I’m so embarrassingly late 🙁

    “Depend on the Lord. Trust in him, and he will help you. He will make it as clear as day that you are right.
    Everyone will see that you are being fair.
    Trust in the Lord and wait quietly for his help.”

    Psalm 37: 5 – 7a

    Poorna Diaz,
    Reston, Va

  39. 1639
    Tillie says:

    Tillie, Spring Branch, TX

    John 14:6

    “Jesus answered, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.””

    (NIV)

  40. 1640
    Anita says:

    Anita, Big River, Saskatchewan, Canada

    “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.”

    Psalm 90: 1 ESV

  41. 1641
    theresa bradford says:

    Theresa – Pace, Fl
    James 2:13
    NIV
    MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGEMENT!

  42. 1642
    Joanne says:

    Joanne, Callahan, FL
    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
    Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV

  43. 1643
    Pam - Fresno, CA says:

    Psalm 121:3 (NLT)
    He will not let you stumble, the one who watches over you will not slumber. AMEN!!!

  44. 1644
    Melanie says:

    Melanie, Arkansas

    “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
    Proverbs 22:6 NKJV

    “I will praise the name of GOD with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
    Psalm 69:30 NKJV

  45. 1645
    Lori says:

    Lori, Richmond, VA
    “And take every thought captive to obey Christ” 2 Cor. 10:5b. ESV

  46. 1646
    Soozi Davisson says:

    Soozi, Lexington, KY. 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. Isaiah 41:10 The Message

  47. 1647
    Jen evans says:

    Jen Evans Seville Ohio .Romans 6:13b (NLT)
    “Give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life.”

  48. 1648
    Donna Damgaard says:

    Matthew 6:1 NIV

    Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

  49. 1649
    Donna Damgaard says:

    1 Corinthians 2:9-10

    No eye has seen
    No ear has heard
    No mind has conceived
    what God has prepared for
    those who love him
    But God has revealed it
    to us by his Spirit.

  50. 1650
    Coral Noble says:

    Coral, Jacksonville, Florida

    Proverbs 9:10
    Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. (New Living Translation)

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