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. 251
    Sherry says:

    Indianapolis, IN
    1Corinthians 3-5 (niv)
    “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast , it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

  2. 252
    Kristie from Kansas City says:

    O God, You cause abundant showers to fall on Your chosen people. When they are tired, you sustain them, for You live among them. Psalm 68:9-10a NET

  3. 253
    Karen says:

    Redfield, AR

    [8] Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
    Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

  4. 254
    Tomi says:

    Tomi, Des Moines. Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. Matthew 4:1-11 NIV

  5. 255
    Wendy Hood says:

    Harrodsburg, Kentucky

    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

    Ephesians 4:29 NIV

  6. 256
    Carole Thomas says:

    Carole, Imperial, CA: Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NIV

  7. 257
    Carrie, Meridian ID says:

    “The Lord lift up his counteance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
    Numbers 6:26 KJV

  8. 258
    Katie Brown says:

    Katie Brown

    Greenfield, In

    Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
    1 Peter 5:7

  9. 259
    Linda Jewell says:

    Linda Jewell
    Sedona, AZ

    1 Peter 2:9-10 NIV

    9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

  10. 260
    Hannah says:

    Hannah, Baton Rouge, LA
    Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:11-12, NIV

  11. 261
    Karlys says:

    Karlys, La Place, LA
    for the LORD will be your confidence
    and will keep your foot from being caught.
    Proverbs 3: 26 ESV

  12. 262
    Mary S says:

    Houston, TX
    Psalm 77:14 You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples. (NIV)

  13. 263
    Geri Heringer says:

    Fort Worth, TX
    “For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” Psalm 100:5 NLT

  14. 264
    Jennifer Worrell says:

    Jennifer, Fort Worth
    “Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,
    And he sins who hastens with his feet. The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the Lord.” Prov. 19:2-3 NKJV

  15. 265
    Laura says:

    Laura, Minneapolis, MN.
    “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
    Psalm 105:4, ESV

  16. 266
    Michele Tompkins says:

    Rockmart, GA

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. II Corinthians 1:3. NKJV

  17. 267
    Pat says:

    Pat, Seffner, Fl
    2nd Chronicles 20:15

    The battle is not yours, but God’s.

  18. 268
    Mindy B says:

    Mindy B, Gloster, LA –
    The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. Isaiah 50:4 NIV

  19. 269

    He has showed 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

  20. 270
    Danita says:

    Danita, Lake in the Hills, IL

    Colossians 4:6 ESV

    Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

  21. 271
    Stephanie Colucci says:

    Stephanie Colucci
    3 John 1:5
    New International Version (NIV)

    5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,[a] even though they are strangers to you.

  22. 272
    Angela says:

    Angela, Warsaw

    They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. Mark 8:7 (NIV)

  23. 273
    elaine says:

    Elaine, New Orleans, LA
    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

    Ephesians 4:29 NIV

  24. 274
    Sandra Epperson says:

    Sandy E.; Kansas City, Missouri; “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 NKJV

  25. 275
    Sandy says:

    Sandy Deming, NM
    Day after day they pour forth speech, night after night they reveal knowledge. Ps 19:2 NIV

  26. 276
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Katy, Texas, James 1:4 NIV
    Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

  27. 277
    Shannon Stevenson says:

    Shannon, Tyler, Tx A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs
    up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NASB

  28. 278
    Vicki Osier says:

    Vicki, Grapevine, TX –

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ~ John 10:10 NIV

  29. 279
    Carol Peavy says:

    Lord, You establish peace for us, all that we have accomplished You have done for us.
    Isaiah 26:12 NIV

    Carol Peavy
    Jena, LA

  30. 280
    Julie Ratcliff says:

    Julie,Texarkana,”I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob. I will wait for Him.” (Isaiah 8:17 HCSB)

  31. 281
    Jane-Carrollton KY says:

    Psalm 42:8 ESV
    “By day the LORD commands his steadfast love,
    and at night His song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.”

  32. 282
    Mary says:

    Mary~Columbia, PA~For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 NIV

  33. 283
    Michele says:

    Michele ~ Kenosha, WI

    Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever in Your house, LORD.

    Psalm 23:6 CEV

    *Mama Beth, we are praying for you! xoxo’s *

  34. 284
    Rachel says:

    Rachel in Thousand Oak, CA

    “Hold firmly to my teaching & never let go. It will mean LIFE for you.” Proverbs 4:13 (CEVU)

  35. 285
    Madeleine Padilla says:

    Madeleine,Corrales:Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,keeping our eyes on Jesus,the source and perfector of our faith. Hebrews 12-1-2 HCSB

  36. 286
    Desiree says:

    Desiree, Calgary Alberta,
    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Matthew 5:17 ESV

  37. 287
    Alice Hinckley says:

    Alice, Dallas, TX: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 NKJV

  38. 288
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, St. Catharine’s, ON
    He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
    Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)

  39. 289
    Sarah Ross says:

    Sarah, Colorado Springs, CO
    Exodus 30:22-23
    “And while my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will take away my hand and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen”
    Exodus 30:22-23 (AMP)

  40. 290
    Alison Austin says:

    Alison from Southport, NC. “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Psalm 56:3. NKJV.

  41. 291
    Gwyn Tidwell says:

    Gwyn Tidwell of Haslet, Tx
    “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV84)

  42. 292
    Jamie says:

    Jamie, Coupeville:

    I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now life in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

    Galations 2:20, NASB

  43. 293
    Shelley says:

    Shelley, Birmingham, AL-
    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
    they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

  44. 294
    Patty Anderson says:

    Patty, Granite Bay, CA “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.” Isaiah 41:13 NIV

  45. 295
    Valerie Robertson says:

    Valerie, Taylors, SC
    Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
    Proverbs 4:23 NIV

  46. 296
    Kim says:

    Warrensburg, MO

    James 4:1-3 (NLT)

    4 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. 3 And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

  47. 297
    Dayna Tirado says:

    Dayna, Bedford, VA
    For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. Romans 6:6 NIV

  48. 298
    Britt Causey says:

    Britt, Burlington, NC. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV

  49. 299
    Peggyann Calderwood says:

    Peggyann Calderwood, Crestview, Florida

    Every morning tell the Lord, “Thank you for your kindness,” and every evening rejoice in all His faithfulness.
    Psalm 92:2 The Living Bible

  50. 300
    Tammy says:

    Acts 4:12 ESV
    And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved

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