Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015 Instructions and Spiral Information!



Hey Everybody!

We are revving up around here for SSMT 2015! The Scripture memory team we host and support every other year is the most extensive thing we do around here on the LPM blog so you can know that you are the size of an airbus on our ministry radar right now. We are elated about the year we have ahead and believe with all our hearts that God finds tremendous delight in this group of diverse women banding together to memorize His Word. Here is everything you need to know about how to participate in the 2015 Siesta Scripture Memory Team! Please be sure you make it all the way to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the information about our matching spirals.

First, a few things up front since many people joining us have no previous interaction here:

*For you new comers, an explanation of the name is in order. “Siesta” is just an endearment for “Sister.” There’s no club to join and no person you need to become. If you’ve trusted Jesus as your personal Savior, you’re a sister in Christ. If you don’t know Him, we’d love for you to stick around and get to know us and see if anything around here draws you. Everyone is welcome. Here’s a bit of our back-story on the weird name: When we first began the blog, it never occurred to any of us how much we’d come to love each other. As the community grew closer and closer and the participants more and more familiar with one another, one of you asked what name we should call each another. I tried to say, “I’ll tell you what we are: We’re sistahs!” but spell-check switched it to “siestas.” It stuck and that’s been us ever since. We even liked the thought that its actual meaning is to take a nap. We’ll know we’ve been a place of divine intervention if we’re a respite from the female competition and clatter out there. Only Jesus can give us that kind of relief in this exhausting culture.

*We call this a Scripture memory “team” because that’s exactly what we are. We cheer each other on, hold each other accountable, and urge one another to make it to the goal – 24 verses systematically memorized in 12 months – through a process that requires significant practice.

*Very often you will see me refer to SSMT. Just so nobody’s confused from the start, that is an abbreviation for “Siesta Scripture Memory Team.” If you’re not participating in SSMT, please know that we don’t limit the entire blog to our Scripture memory participants. It has a big presence on here because it’s twice a month but we still do lots of other things. Please don’t feel left out or forgotten.

*Why 24 verses? In previous years, we’ve found this to be a very doable pace: 1 verse every 2 weeks. If you do much more, you’ll tend to fall behind and not retain. If you do much less, the impact is negligible. You really can do this. So many of you will surprise yourselves with what you’re capable of doing in the power of the Spirit. Yes, it takes work but it’s tremendously fulfilling and the results are nearly immeasurable. Look at it this way: we’re going to be meditating on something: unforgiveness, toxic memories, misery, lust, greed, dissatisfaction, jealousy, competition. Let’s choose Scripture instead! Christ Himself said as a man thinks, so is he. He also said His words are spirit and life. This is work worth doing, Beloved. Never – NOT ONCE – have I ever known anyone to get to the end of a Scripture memory commitment and say that it didn’t make any real difference. Not a single time.

OK, NOW FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS. You can cut and paste these somewhere if necessary. Here’s how it will go:

1. On the 1st and 15th of every month of 2015 starting on New Year’s Day, you will find a post by 8:00 in the morning asking for your memory verse, suggesting one if you’re drawing a blank, and encouraging you in your process. In past years I’ve written all the posts myself but I thought maybe this year we needed to do something to shake it up a bit and make it extra-fun. I’ll still do all the posts on the 1st but the entries on the 15th will be written by a cross section of women from this community who’ve been asked to guest post. That means that, over the course of the year, you’ll hear from 12 of them. They’ll tell you a little bit about themselves, share the verse they’ve selected for that round, and why they chose it. We’ve also asked them to supply us with a picture so you can have a face to go with each name.

2.You are to enter the verse you’ve chosen to memorize for that two-week period within twenty-four hours of the post going up. I’ve been asked many times if it’s okay if you’re late supplying your verse and, yes, of course it is, but try to avoid doing it often. The people who make it to the very end of the year are overwhelmingly those who stay up with it month to month. Please know up front that one of the important parts of this process is the exercise of self discipline. This culture is mass producing self-indulgent narcissists. Year-long commitments like these that require punctuality and focused energy push back on that degenerating trend. All that to say, please don’t drop out if you get behind. I just want you to know that this will be much more successful if you treat it as a real, live commitment you are willing to work hard to keep.

3. When you clock in with your verse those two times a month, keep your comments limited to your name (first only if you prefer), city, verse and translation. Long comments on SSMT days are no-no’s. It won’t take you long to figure out why we maintain that rule. Wait till you see the powerful sight of hundreds if not thousands of verses flowing down the comment stream. It is a gorgeous sight. When you’re having a bad day, all you have to do is scroll down a few hundred of your sisters’ Scripture selections and I promise you, you’ll get a word. It’s a very powerful thing. Here is a sample comment:

Beth Moore from Houston, Texas: “May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” Colossians 1:11 ESV

Always add your translation because so many of your sisters will want to know where you found the wording for your entry. One of the great impacts of this process is how much we reap from each others’ selections. Often you’ll see a sister say, “I’m doing the one so-and-so did last time!” (Yes, you can make a comment that brief. Those can be fun. Occasionally you’ll even see someone write, “For the sake of my marriage, I’ve chosen to memorize…” That’s okay, too, but try to keep it very succinct.)

4. THIS ONE IS KEY! As often as possible, choose a verse that means something to you in your present season or circumstance. This is the reason why we don’t all memorize the same Scripture. We’re not all going through the same things. The more you let God lead you to verses that direct you or edify your soul in your present circumstances, the more He will renew your mind toward your challenges. This is a huge part of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 where we’re told to demolish strongholds and take our thoughts captive to Christ. If you don’t have a verse on your mind or you’re drawing a blank when the 1st or 15th rolls around, you are more than welcome to share the selection offered in the post. That’s one reason it’s there. You might also look at a few of the comments and see if one of theirs resonates with you. I say this next part with a grin: try to refrain from memorizing Scriptures that you think your spouse or your children need to learn. Memorize what you need to learn. That means do your best to avoid jotting your verse on a stick note and planting it on your bathroom mirror where your man can see it and repent of his sins. He probably won’t because he’s got your game. I bet you can guess how I know that.

5. I strongly recommend that you stick with only one verse to memorize each time. (This is just a recommendation and not a rule. You’re free to do whatever works for you.) Keep it simple and meaningful. (If I were addressing you live, I’d have you repeat that sentence back to me so just go ahead and say it out loud in order to nail it down. That sentence could be your best friend through this process.) If you do too many verses or get too complicated, you will soon be overwhelmed and want to drop out. Better to do 24 simpler verses over a 12 month period of time than a chapter over the first month then quit. We want this to be a discipline we practice for the rest of our lives. Think marathon. Not sprint.

6. Either shortly before or after making your entry each 1st and 15th in the blog comment, write the verse by hand in your spiral. (Again, that’s a recommendation and not a rule. I’ve discovered that there’s something about writing it with your own hand and picturing it later in your own handwriting that helps it sink into your memory bank. I’m not entirely sure why.) Take that spiral with you everywhere you go. Read it and read it and read it and read it. Do mental gymnastics with it. Flip that baby over and over. Many women have told me along the way that they’re not good at memorization and I truly understand that. I also beg to offer two responses: First, that may change. Give the Holy Spirit a chance to do something brand new with you. Second, even if you don’t get your verses down word for word, you are still meditating on them as you read and reread them. You still, thereby, accomplish one of the most important goals: captivating the mind to Christ. You just can’t lose on this one. Either way, it has a powerful effect.


NOW, about that spiral! In years past, we’ve created them here at Living Proof and shipped them to those who ordered them. But, to our slack-jawed surprise, last time we did it, 10,000 women signed up and nearly all of them ordered spirals. My beloved (SMALL!!!) staff and hardworking volunteers filled every one of those orders over about a 10-day mad-dash and, though they never lost their smiles, it flat-out nearly killed them! We are just too small a staff to handle that many orders. HOWEVER!!! We MUST have matching spirals! So, here is the perfect solution. Watch this tutorial and you’ll see how quick and easy it will be to prepare your spiral:



There are two sizes to choose between for your spirals.  Click on the size cover you would like to print for yourself then adhere it using any of the methods we suggested. You can certainly use regular printer paper but cardstock works perfectly:




OK, I think that’s more than enough to get us prepared for January 1st but I so hope you’ll go ahead and get our huge wrap-up celebration on your radar because we want you to know how to qualify and plan to be there! It is the biggest blast ever.

Our Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015 Celebration will on January 16, 2016. I’m telling you about it now so that you can have it for a little extra incentive. Our main incentive is the will and good pleasure of God, of course, but He Himself authored great celebrations in His Name so feel free to be excited at the thought. Also, I want you to have plenty of time to start saving your money for your transportation and hotel. We do not charge for the event. Your entrance fee is your well-used spiral. By the way, we will have Travis back again to lead us in worship and Amanda, Melissa, my whole LPM staff and volunteer team will be there to serve you.  Here’s how you qualify to attend the celebration:

*Clock in by first name and city at least 21 out of 24 times. (But please make your goal 24 out of 24!) Let me reiterate that you can be late with your entry on a 1st or 15th of any month but, by the end of the year, there has to be a record in the comment sections of you signing in at least 21 out of 24 times on a SSMT post. Make sense? Please give us 24 hours to post your comment before you assume it got lost. We still moderate all comments and the amount we get on SSMT days necessitates a slower pace. Thank you for your cooperation!

*Bring your spiral to the celebration. Again, that’s your ticket in.

*If you’re planning to come to the celebration, be prepared to say any 10 of your 24 memory verses to another Siesta (of your choice) during the designated time at the celebration. (We get in pairs.) Some of you will be tempted to let this be a deal breaker but don’t back out! Siestas are really sweet and patient with each other and we are notorious for giving each other hints. We can even act out charades if necessary. If you’re one of those who genuinely struggles with memorization, just tell your memory buddy up front and she’ll give you all the grace you need.  Tell her the gist of the verse as accurately as you possibly can. She’ll be able to tell that you are well acquainted with it and that the goal was accomplished even if you can’t say the verse word-for-word.

*Register for the event when the time comes. (December 1, 2015)

Whew! Have I exhausted you?? I’ve worn myself out. Sorry this is so wordy! We just want to answer as many of your questions up front as possible.

I want to say something to you before I wrap up this diatribe: this community means something to me. I love it because I love you. I think about you on an ongoing basis. So does my staff. You are a huge part of this ministry. Thank you for the privilege to serve you and to embark on another wild journey with you. May Christ find such delight here that He astonishes us with His presence, favor, and power.

So, welcome to Siestaville: women walking alongside women on our way Home, stirring up excitement toward that great day. SSMT is one way we do that. AND IT’S A WHOPPER. Let’s do it, Sisters, starting this coming January 1st! I’ll talk to you again about other things before then but I don’t want the New Year to take you by surprise.

I love you.



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    Tiffany says:

    But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that comets to God must believe that He is, and that he is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

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    Ellen says:

    Ellen Martin, Brookhaven, Mississippi. “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52 ESV (My resolution–to grow like Him)

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    Mary, New Orleans says:

    Proverbs 16:7 ESV

    When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

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    Roberta Allison says:

    Romans 5: 8 ‘But Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves us.’ ERV

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    Stacey Pullen says:

    Stacey from Bastrop, LA

    “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
    Jeremiah 29:11

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    Deanne, Des Moines, IA 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. (NIV)

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    Laura Berg says:

    Laura Berg, Carlsbad, CA

    1 Corinthians 13:4-8a. NOV

    “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

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    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Shelby, NC- “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” Colossians 3:12 NIV

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    Beth says:

    And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all thing new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
    Revelation 21:5 (ESV)

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    Angie Smith says:

    Numbers 6:24-26 NIV “The Lord bless and keep you;the Lord make His face on you and be gracious to you;the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”

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    Toni Carr says:

    Belleair, Florida
    You have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:36 ESV

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    Valarie G. says:

    Valarie G., Bristow, VA

    John 14:6 NASB

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

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    Glenna Shrock says:

    Glenna Shrock from Sarasota, Florida
    Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
    Matthew 9:35 NIV

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    Catherine E says:

    My WORD for this year is PEACE and my first scripture to memorize is Phil 4:4-7…”Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. “. NIV

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    Carol B says:

    Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

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    Brenda W says:

    Brenda in Brookville, OH

    Isaiah 30:21 “Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. NLT

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    Jennifer Roudebush says:

    Jennifer – Holland, MI

    Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)

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    Jaime Connor says:

    Jaime from Batavia, Ohio
    and set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.
    Colossians 3:2 amplified

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    Silvia says:

    2 Samuel 7:28 NLT
    ” For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth and you have promised these good things to your servant. “

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    Crystal says:

    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (‭Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭15-20‬ ESV)

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    Kelli Watson says:

    Kelli Watson. Glendale, AZ But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness(‭James‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬-18 NIV)

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    Beth Werhan says:

    1 Cor 6:19 EST Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. -Beth Werhan Lowell,NC

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    Susan Dollman says:

    Isaiah 12:3

    With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (ESV)

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    Bonnie Martin says:

    Bonnie Martin from Scottsdale, Arizona

    He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4 (NIV)

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    Kathy says:

    Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands, your walls are continually before Me. Isaiah 49:15-16 (NKJV)

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    Anne Adams says:

    Anne from Brentwood, TN

    “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth, and with my song I will praise him.”
    Psalm 28:7 KJV

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    Mantha Young says:

    Psalm 16:8 ESV /

    I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Mantha Young, Lake City, FL

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    Julianna says:

    Matthew 6:14
    For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.

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    heather says:

    Heather, Corpus Christi, Tx. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12

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    Susan Paulson says:

    Susan Paulson – Roosevelt, MN Keep the book of Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may careful to do everything written in it. – Joshua 1:8 NIV

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    Joanne from New Jersey says:

    Hebrews 4:16 NLT
    So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will recieve His mercy,
    And we will fine His grace to help us when we need it the most.

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    Jen Humphreys says:

    Jen Humphreys – Carlton Landing, OK
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. —2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV

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    Donna says:

    Donna in Iron Station, NC. Romans 15:13 ESV

    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy you may abound in hope.

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    Laurie Bass says:

    Laurie Bass; Waynesville, NC; “He who finds his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39 (New King James version).

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    Stacy Landers says:

    “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. Stacy Landers: Shallowater, Tx. NIV

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    Kellie says:

    Kellie in Louisville Ky. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
    ” For I know the plans I have for you” , declares The Lord, ” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

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    Kathleen says:

    Kathleen, Winter Park

    “Be alert, be present. For I am about to do something new. See I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make pathways through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

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    Paula says:

    Paula indian head, md

    Psalms 118:24 (nkjv)
    This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it

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    Kristin says:

    Kristin from Piscataway, New Jersey.

    We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭28‬ AMP)

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    Cindy Gallman says:

    Cindy Gallman Gaffney, South Carolina. What shall we then say to these things, if God be for us who can be against us. Romans 8:31

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    Kandis says:

    Kandis Nucla, Colorado 1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

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    Brigette Jones says:

    Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (‭Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭10‬ NKJV)

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    Julie Fawcett says:

    Julie Fawcett – Round Rock, Tx: ” I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us ” Romans 8:18 NIV

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    Laurie says:

    Shelbyville, KY

    “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
    Romans 8:6 NIV

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    Mandy says:

    Hebrews 12:1,2 ESV

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

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    Shelley Vitus , Eugene, Oregon says:

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 4:6-7, NIV

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    Chris says:

    Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everyrhing,tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for his answes.

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    Becky says:

    Psalm 25:4,5 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; on You I will wait all the day. NKJ

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    Anita says:

    (NIV) They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trussing in the LORD.

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