2013 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 23!

My Border Collie, Queen Esther, is just about as handy as a GPS if she’s been to the destination at least once. The closer we get to where we’re going, the more hyper she becomes. The backseat of my car may as well be a treadmill. In fact, if I’m on the phone, I usually have to hang up because the person on the other line becomes too distracted to talk.

What is that?

My dog. Sorry. She’s a little over excited.

Is she hurt?

No. She’s happy.

What does she want?


She jumps from window to window and commences – not to bark exactly – but to yelp. I constantly insist to Keith that I have the gift of interpretation for the tongue Queen Esther speaks and, when we’re coming up on our destination, I am absolutely sure of what she’s saying: Let me out of this car so I can run the rest of the way!

Right about now, you’re the Queen – the real kind and not the canine variety – and it’s the perfect time to start your happiest yelping. You can see from the view out of your window that we are almost to our destination and, after a whole lot of hard work, I hope everything in you is hyping up and hollering, Let me out so I can run the rest of the way!

Good grief, you’ve been fantastic. I cannot recall ever having a higher percentage finish out the year. I’d have to check past years to confirm that but I don’t remember ever having a more active group from start to finish. I wish you were sitting right here with me in my chilly den in front of this fire and we could talk face to face instead of line to line.

Our heater is out and it is just about as cold in Houston as it gets most winters. We’ve already had the repairman out for hours but he’s been unable to fix it and advised us to call our builder. He thinks it’s a malfunction in the unit. You have to write an email request to the builder for a repair and we haven’t heard back from them yet so it could be a frosty few days. I just worked out on my elliptical with a jacket on if that tells you anything. I don’t mind so much though, as long as it’s fixed pretty soon. It’s gorgeous outside and I love sitting by a fire anyway. The part I don’t like is that Jackson and Annabeth’s room at my house is like ice and they really can’t even play in it right now when they come over. No worries, though. I expect it to be repaired surely by the first few days of this week.

If you were here, I’d also serve you up some cinnamon rolls in about an hour. I made homemade rolls for our Thanksgiving feast and I almost always roll out cinnamon rolls with the leftover dough several days later. They’re rising right now under some lights in the only warm end of my house.

Some of you are observant enough to ask me if I pulled two of them off the one pan and ate them raw because of those 2 circles of flour. No, I didn’t – though I was tempted – but I did peel them off and put them on the second cookie sheet because the 3 rolls that wouldn’t fit on the first pan looked so lonely over there. My cold house is going to smell like heaven in a little while. Sometimes I make a thick butter icing but, really, I prefer a thinner glaze made of powdered sugar, vanilla and a tiny bit of half and half. Too much icing takes away from the homemade flavor of the rolls in my opinion.

The inevitable question I get at a time like this is, “Do you always eat like that?”

Lord have mercy, no. But, Girlfriend, it’s a holiday.

I could make you hot tea or coffee to go with yours, depending upon your preference, and we’d chat a while and then we’d trade our 23rd verses.

My selection came up in my devotional this morning and catapulted me into prayer. I’m actually memorizing the 2nd chapter of Colossians right now but sometimes the section I’m working on next is too awkward out of context to post as an SSMT verse. For instance, if Colossians 2:21 were next, imagine this as my SSMT selection: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!” See? Awkward. So, if I’m in the middle of a long portion, I usually go off road for SSMT and select a verse that is more user friendly so that women who are drawing a blank on their choices can go with me on mine if they wish. Here goes:


Beth, Houston. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 ESV

The second half of it drew me into intercession. It does not say that the reason the Son of God appeared was to deny the works of the devil. It does not say that the Son of God appeared to downplay the works of the devil. It does not say that the Son of God appeared to decrease the works of the devil. It says He appeared to DESTROY the works of the devil.

So I started pinpointing some areas around my life and the lives of my family members and loved ones where the enemy is rearing up his ugly head. And with great joy and a sense of victory in my chest, I thanked Jesus for coming to destroy his works and asked Him to demonstrate that destruction right before our eyes in those areas. We know that “the ancient serpent, who is the devil” will not be completely bound until the Kingdom of the living Christ comes in its fullness and His throne is established right here on earth. At that time, the prayer we’ve prayed more than any other will finally be fulfilled: Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

But, until then, we are meant to experience stunning victories where we see living, breathing evidences that the enemy has been overcome. We’re meant to give the devil a taste of what he will experience in the Kingdom when he is bound for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:2)

Let’s not let him off the hook. Let’s remind our enemy every single day that he is not only defeated. His works are destroyed in Jesus’ great Name.

You, my dear sister, are a great privilege to serve. Walk strong with your God, young lady. Ask for a fiery faith to believe Him and for eyes to see His works manifested right here on this ailing planet. Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4) 

Let’s toast to that.



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  1. 901
    Cindy Wilburn, LC , OR says:

    Ps. 103:19-22 NAS
    The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, His sovereignty rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word! Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you who serve Him, doing His will. Bless the Lord, all you works of His, in all places of His dominion; bless the Lord, O my soul!

  2. 902
    Ashley Johnson says:

    Ashley from Bean Station, Tn: We love because He first loved us. 1John 4:19 NIV

  3. 903
    Mary Kell says:

    Mary, Lilburn, GA. How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity. Ps 133:1 NIV

  4. 904
    Lisa Tereshko says:

    Lisa, Greensburg, PA

    “Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men..”

    Colossians 3:23 (RSV)

  5. 905
    Debbie says:

    Debbie, Ringgold, GA. – “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us… HE redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles trough Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of The Spirit.”
    Galatians 3: 13a / 14, NIV

  6. 906
    Shelley Cates says:

    Colossians 4:2 NIV

    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

  7. 907
    Jodell says:

    Jodell, Frankfort “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.” Isaiah 9:2a NIV

  8. 908
    Wendy says:

    Wendy, Fort Walton Beach, Fl

    1 Peter 4:8 NIV

    Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

  9. 909
    Cindy Amelung says:

    Cindy, St. Louis MO – “who is wise & understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13. NIV

  10. 910
    Elaine says:


    2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV
    Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

  11. 911
    Bombey says:

    Bombey Bellaire, TX 2 Cor 5:18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; NIV

  12. 912
    Linda says:

    Linda, BARTELSO, IL. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires. Romans 6:12 HCSB

  13. 913
    Sandy says:

    Sandy, Rock Hill, SC

    In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

    Ephesians 6:16-17 NIV

  14. 914
    Brianna says:

    Brianna from Huntsville, AL

    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 (ESV)

  15. 915
    Michelle O'Banion says:

    1 John 4:4 HCSB

    You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

  16. 916
    Tammy Kron says:

    Lusby, MD

    For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6 (NKJV)

  17. 917
    Cindy Crowder says:

    Cindy Sisters Or Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning since the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

    1 John 3:8 ESV

  18. 918
    Whitney Bandermann says:

    Whitney from Cape Girardeau, MO

    But the angel said to them “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

    Luke 2:10-11, NIV

  19. 919
    Candy says:

    Candy, st Louis Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8 ESV

  20. 920
    Paulette says:

    Romans 15:4 NIV
    For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance
    And the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

    Paulette P. Mays
    Elmer, La

  21. 921
    elaine says:

    Elaine, New Orleans, LA
    “The Lord bless you and keep you, The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

  22. 922
    Shelley says:

    Shelley from San Angelo

    The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;

    Lamentations 3:25 NIV

  23. 923
    Sarah says:

    Sarah ~ Appleton, WI

    Psalm 118:13-15a
    I was pushed back and about to fall,
    but the Lord helped me.
    The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    he has become my salvation.
    Shouts of joy and victory
    resound in the tents of the righteous.

  24. 924
    Shannon Boyer says:

    We love, because He first loved us.
    1John 4:19
    New American Standard

  25. 925
    Desiree says:

    Desiree in Carlsbad

    “I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life.
    His baptism – a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit – will change you from the inside out.”

    Mark 1:8 (msg)

  26. 926
    Jo says:

    Jo, Columbia, Missouri
    Psalm 34:8-9 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. Psalm 34:8, 9 NIV

  27. 927
    Paula says:

    Paula from Denver, Co

    2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV

    The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish

  28. 928
    Gina says:

    Gina from Ruston, LA

    3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3 NIV)

  29. 929
    Mary Jo Landwehr says:

    Give thanks to the Lord for HE is good, His love endures forever.
    Psalm 118:1 NIV

  30. 930
    MaryJo Landwehr says:

    MaryJo, Chandler, AZ

    Give thanks to the Lord for HE is good, His love endures forever.
    Psalm 118:1 NIV

  31. 931
    Danyelle says:

    Dayton, OH
    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

  32. 932
    Hannah McGee says:

    Hannah from Mt. Holly, NC:
    (Colossians 2:7 NLT) “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

  33. 933
    Carol Peavy says:

    Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot –
    And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him –
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

    Isaiah 11:1-2 NLT

    Jena, LA

  34. 934
    Teresa says:

    Teresa, Chadron, NE.
    “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 NIV

  35. 935
    Belinda C says:

    Belinda Blacklick, OH

    Acts 17:11
    “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (ESV)

  36. 936
    Kari Dobbs says:

    Kari, Frisco, TX
    “Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.” John 13:16

  37. 937
    Sarah Tolson says:

    Sarah, San Diego.

    “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37

  38. 938
    Johannah says:

    Johannah, Alexandria, LA

    “It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us.” 2 Corinthians 1:21 NLT

  39. 939
    Becky Brown says:

    Becky, Vicksburg, MS

    But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. I Peter 1:15 NIV

  40. 940
    Stephanie Joplin, MO says:

    Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever. (Psalm 44:5-8 NIV)

  41. 941
    Connielynn says:

    Connie Windham
    Trout, LA
    1 John 3:8 NASB
    The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

  42. 942
    Rachel D. says:

    Rachel D., Meridian, “Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 50:7 NLT)

  43. 943
    Sharon Hardin says:

    Sharon, Florien, LA I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress & my deliverer; my God is my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield & the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2 (NIV)

  44. 944
    Pam says:

    Pam; Campbellsburg,In Psalm 34:2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord, The humble shall hear of it and be glad. NSFL NKJV

  45. 945
    Mindy Seekford says:

    Mindy Seekford Shreveport,La.

    He that commiteth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning.
    For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
    1 John 3:8 KJV

  46. 946
    Lacie says:

    Lacie| Seattle

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

  47. 947
    Deb, West Fargo, ND says:

    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.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

  48. 948
    Mary Rue says:

    Mary, Atlanta (This is the latest I have ever posted my scripture verse!)
    “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, . . . ” Romans 8:38 ( NIV)

  49. 949
    Heather Au says:

    Heather from Hayden, AL: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

  50. 950
    Becca says:

    Becca, Camp Pendleton, CA.
    “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” ~Psalm 62:1 NIV

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