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. 201
    Suzanne says:

    Tenaha, TX

    Psalm 139:3 NIV
    You discern my going out
    and my lying down;
    You are familiar with all my ways.
    Ps. 139:3

  2. 202
    Missy Newman says:

    Missy, Andersonville, TN Phillippians 4:19 NKJV And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

  3. 203
    jackie harri says:

    jackie from MO
    2 cor 4:13 niv
    I believed, therefore i have spoken.

  4. 204
    Amy says:

    Amy from Everett, WA

    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 (MSG)

  5. 205
    Michelle says:

    Michelle K., Warner Robins, GA

    Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. James 5:13 NIV

  6. 206
    Carmen says:

    Carmen Summersville, WV

    “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs of the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16 NIV

  7. 207
    Alexis Tena says:

    Alexis, Salem OR

    “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. Your mercy O Lord endures forever. Do not forsake the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:8 NKJV

  8. 208
    April Jones says:

    April Jones, Springfield, IL

    Psalms 104:34
    “May all my thoughts be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.”


  9. 209
    Kimberly Orcutt says:

    Kim, Amherst, OH
    Ps. 103:17 NIV
    But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children.

  10. 210
    Deb Davis says:

    Deb, Loveland, CO – “Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” I Timothy 2:6 (NKJV)

  11. 211
    Emily Davis says:

    Emily, Loveland, CO – “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. (ESV)

  12. 212
    Beverly Hudson says:

    Beverly Pearland, TX Prov 3:7-8 NIV
    Do not be wise in your own eyes;fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

  13. 213
    Mary from Livonia, Mi. says:

    Psalm 27:13 & 14 (NIV)

    I am still confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
    Wait for the Lord,
    Be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.

  14. 214
    Annette Bland says:

    Annette- Reno, NV
    ” For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
    Matthew 18:20 NIV

  15. 215
    Jen Lee says:

    Jen Lee, Ames, Iowa: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

  16. 216
    Connielynn says:

    Connie Windham
    Trout, LA
    Psalm 69:5 NASB
    O God, it is You who knows my folly, and my wrongs are not hidden from You.

  17. 217
    Sally says:

    Sally, Columbus, OH

    “Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

    Psalm 91:3-4 NIV

  18. 218
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Irvine, CA

    Do not be misled. “Bad company corrupts good character.” (1 Corin. 15:33, NIV).

  19. 219
    Melissa Lueck says:

    Melissa, San Antonio, TX

    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

    Eph 6:14 (NIV)

  20. 220
    Lindsey Crawford says:

    Lindsey, Dubach, LA…”Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” -Hebrews 11:1-2 (NIV)

  21. 221
    connie Kempf says:

    NKJV James 1:25″But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

  22. 222
    Beth P says:

    Beth, Roswell, GA
    “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content…for I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”
    Philippians 4:11 ESV, 13 NLT

  23. 223
    Wanda says:

    North Canton, Ohio
    Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.m Blessed is the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteous for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt 5:3-10

  24. 224
    Cherie says:

    Cherie – Pocatello, ID “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8, NSRV)

  25. 225
    Vicki says:

    Vicki, Surprise AZ

    Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
    1 John 5:12 NIV

  26. 226

    Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.

    Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

  27. 227
    Julie Crow says:

    Webb City, MO
    No, Oh people, The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you; to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 NLT

  28. 228
    Liz says:

    Liz, Bloomfield; “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for He has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you'” (Hebrews 13:5, NRSV).

  29. 229
    Jeanie West says:

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

  30. 230
    Jordin says:

    Jordin, Albuquerque
    “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
    Colossians 2:6-7, NIV

  31. 231
    Sheila Miller says:

    Sheila Miller, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:10 NIV

  32. 232
    Gay says:

    Round Rock, Tx
    “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.”
    Psalm 119:11 HCSB

  33. 233
    Ally says:

    Ally, Houston.

    “so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please Him in all respects- bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might for the display of all patience and steadfastness, joyfully giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to hare in the saints’ inheritance in the light.” Colossians 1:10-12 NET

  34. 234
    Amy Hart says:

    Amy; Milton, WA
    “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

    Matt. 6:34, NIV

  35. 235
    Janice, Birmingham, AL says:

    God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21, NIV)

  36. 236
    Kelly says:

    Kelly from Sherman, TX. “Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5 HCSB

  37. 237
    Jennifer L. says:

    Jennifer, North Charleston, SC:

    Colossians 1:15-17, NIV:

    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

  38. 238
    Annette Baal says:

    Annette, Stouffville ON Canada
    Psalm 71:8
    Let my mouth be filled with Your praise
    And with Your glory all the day.

  39. 239
    Linda - LPM says:

    Linda – LPM – Isaiah 41:10 NIV
    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.

  40. 240
    Terry Taylor says:

    Terry, Indianapolis, IN

    Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

    Romans 2:4 ESV

  41. 241
    Melanie Johnson says:

    Melanie Johnson from Georgetown, Tx
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NIV

  42. 242
    Lynne Amos says:

    You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.
    Psalm 32:7 NIV

  43. 243
    Nancy Mulford says:

    Nancy, Lee’s Summit, MO

    “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12 NIV

  44. 244
    cathy-charlottesville says:

    Mt 11:28, LASB- Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give your rest.’

  45. 245
    kathleen says:

    Kathleen D
    Bernardsville, NJ
    Jeremiah 33:3 NIV
    ” Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

  46. 246
    KanduGal says:

    Melanie – Decatur, AL
    Zephaniah 3:17 ESV
    “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

  47. 247
    Colleen says:

    Colleen Duebber. Cincinnati, Ohio.

    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.

    Isaiah 41:9-10 Message

  48. 248
    alicia Combs says:

    Alicia Mesa AZ
    This is love: not that we love God, but that he loved us and sent His son as an atoning sacrafice for our sin, Dear friends since God so loved, we also ought to love one another. 1John 4:10-11 NIV

  49. 249
    Elizabeth Mesa says:

    Elizabeth Gilbert AZ
    Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Matt 11:29-30 NIV

  50. 250
    Kathleen says:

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

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