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. 1701
    DLynn Miracle says:

    DLynn; Argyle, TX
    1 Corinthians 13:7
    It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

  2. 1702
    Rhonda Green says:

    Rhonda, Anderson, IN
    Colossians 1:29 NLT
    That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.

  3. 1703
    Judy Kaiser says:

    Psalm 30:2 NIV
    O, Lord, my God, I called to You, and I am

  4. 1704
    Misti says:

    Misti, from Kingwood, TX:

    “May the LORD make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.”

    1 Thessalonians 3:12 NIV

  5. 1705
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, Rocksprings, TX

    When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. Psalm 94:18-19 (NIV)

  6. 1706
    Theresa Burwick says:

    Theresa, Cincinnati, In light of this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk – better yet, run! – on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline – not in fits and starts, but steadily pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences. Eph4:1,2 The Message

  7. 1707
    Martha Lancaster says:

    Martha, Georgetown, TX, NLT, 1 Thess 5:16-18 “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

  8. 1708
    Jackie says:

    Jackie, Mobile, AL.

    ” For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of the soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ”

    Hebrews 4:12 NASB

  9. 1709

    Shellie P.
    Spokane, WA

    Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

    James 5:16 NIV

    P.S. I know this is really late! My laptop croaked and the kids are always on this time. I practically had to wrestle my way onto the computer today even 🙂 Not literally, but you know what I mean, I hope!

  10. 1710
    Heather Smith says:

    Heather Smith

    Visalia, CA

    Isaiah 41:13 NKJV
    For I am the LORD, your God,who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.

    Clear bill of health, Stage 4 Breast Cancer SURVIVOR as of August 30th

  11. 1711
    Carissa Shillito says:

    Mound City, KS

    Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

    I Corinthians 13:6-7

  12. 1712
    Liz says:

    Liz Nashua, NH

    Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

    Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

  13. 1713
    kira says:

    Kira, Ray, MI
    I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
    Philippians 4:13

  14. 1714
    Dawn says:

    Dawn – Pampa, TX

    Test me, Lord & try me
    examine my heart & mind.

    Psalm 26:2 NIV

  15. 1715
    Stephanie McKenzie says:

    Stephanie McKenzie
    Red Deer, Alberta
    The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (Acts 10:15 NIV)

  16. 1716
    Nitsa says:

    Nitsa, Eugene, OR. “And your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 NAS

  17. 1717
    Janet Wallace, Kingwood, TX says:

    Hebrews 12:1

    Let us run with patience. NIV

  18. 1718
    Wanda Young says:

    Osborn, Missouri

    Habakkuk 3:18 (NIV)

    Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.

  19. 1719
    Tracee says:

    Tracee, Morristown, TN

    God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self control. 2Timothy 1:7 CEV

  20. 1720
    Connie Willis says:

    Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 ESV

  21. 1721
    Bridget Roberts says:

    Bridget, Cadillac, MI
    Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 nkjv

  22. 1722
    Catherine says:

    Catherine ~ Grants Pass, OR
    “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)

  23. 1723
    Teri Smith says:

    Teri S. Gadsden, AL
    I know that you can do all things; no plans of yours can be thwarted.
    Job42:2 NIV

  24. 1724
    Debbie says:

    Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

    1 Peter 5:7 ESV

    Portland, OR

  25. 1725
    Sharon says:

    Sharon, Barrington,
    “Now the Lord is Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect 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

  26. 1726
    Kathi Nitzsche says:

    Kathi Nitzsche
    Lexington, OH
    “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when He judges the world.” 1 Peter 2:12 NLT

  27. 1727
    Judy, Terrace, Canada says:

    Psalm 40:8 NIV

    I desire to do your will, O my God;
    Your law is within my heart.

  28. 1728
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, Terrace Bc Canada
    Ephesians 6:11 NIV
    Put on the full armor of God
    so that you can take a stand
    against the devil’s schemes.

  29. 1729
    Sheila says:

    Sheila, Splendora, TX
    “Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.”
    John 14:1 (ESV)

  30. 1730
    Holly Moore says:

    Holly from Alpharetta, GA

    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.’

    Isaiah 41: 13 The Message

  31. 1731
    Mickey says:

    Mickey, from Blue Springs, Missouri

    But if you are always biting and devouring one another, Watch Out! Beware of destroying one another.

    Galations 5:15 NLT

  32. 1732
    Lila says:

    Lila Salem, OR
    Those who know your name trust in You because you have not abandoned those who seek You, Yahwah. Psalm 9:10 HCSB

  33. 1733
    Maria Cristina Bruschi says:

    Maria Cristina Bruschi – Orlando, Florida

    He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

    Psalm 40:2, NIV

  34. 1734
    mitzi cordle says:

    mitzi from Brandon, MS

    Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve The Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations. Psalm 100 KJV

  35. 1735
    Niki Carroll says:

    Niki Carroll, Shelby, NC; “When Jesus said, ‘I am he,’ they drew back and fell to the ground.” John 18:6 (NIV)

  36. 1736
    Laura Berg says:

    Laura Berg in Carlsbad, CA

    ”But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ”

    Isaiah 40:31 NIV

  37. 1737
    Sandie Powell says:

    Albuquerque, NM
    I Corinthians 10:13
    “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it”. KJV

  38. 1738
    Jeannine West says:

    Psalm 37:4
    Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

  39. 1739
    Amanda, Chesterfield, IL says:

    So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. HCSB

  40. 1740
    Nicole Roman says:


    2 Timothy 2:24 “24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.”

  41. 1741
    Mei Au says:

    Mei, Easley SC:

    being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:21 NIV

  42. 1742
    Courtney De La Rosa says:

    Courtney De La Rosa
    Dallas, TX

    “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the spirit.”
    2 Corinthians 4:9

  43. 1743
    Karol Holifield, Gulf Breeze, Fl says:

    “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Rev 3:20/NIV

  44. 1744
    Diane Argabright says:

    Diane, Wedgefield, SC – My hearts says of You, “Seek His face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Psalm 27:8, NIV 1984

  45. 1745
    Ruth Mott says:

    Ruth, Goose Creek, SC
    The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear or dread? The LORD is the refuge and stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?
    Psalm 27:1 (AMP)

  46. 1746
    Julia Stevens Hill says:

    Julia Stevens Hill – Anniston, Alabama
    Psalm 45:11
    The King is enthralled by your beauty;
    honor Him, for He is your LORD.

  47. 1747
    Paula says:

    Paula from Houston, TX

    A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
    (Proverbs 17:22, NIV-1984)

  48. 1748
    Tessie Watkins says:

    Tessie El Dorado Springs, MO
    Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 NIV

  49. 1749
    Alice Champagne says:

    Alice Champagne, Marietta, GA
    My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 NIV

  50. 1750
    Shelley says:

    Shelley from San Angelo
    Lamentations 3:22 NIV
    Because of the Lord’s great love
    we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.

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