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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  1. 3501
    Darlene says:

    Harrisburg, IL 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

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    Cynthia says:

    Cynthia from Dallas, TX “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”
    Hebrew 11:1 NIV

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    Jessica says:

    Jessica from Chesapeake, VA Psalm 122:3-4 (NIV) He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

  4. 3504
    Sharon P says:

    Sharon , Arlington, Texas

    Yahweh my Lord is my strength. He makes my feet like those of ander and enables me to walk on mountain heights.
    Habakkuh 3:19 HSBC

  5. 3505
    Ashley Hecker says:

    “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1-3 NIV

  6. 3506
    Ritty Warrenrittierurty says:

    Ritty,Charlotte NC
    Joshua 1:9 NIV
    Do not be terrified;do not be discouraged,for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

  7. 3507
    Shanae says:

    Shanae Stoner, CO. “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭26‬:‭3‬ NKJV)

  8. 3508
    Wanda Edmondson, New Freedom, PA says:

    “The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT)

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    Lysa says:

    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 NIV

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    Olivia Walter says:

    2 Timothy 4 Verse 23-24

    Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.

  11. 3511
    Kathy says:

    Heb. 10:23 NLT “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.”

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    Tiffany - Rincon, GA says:

    “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Col. 3:17 (NAB)

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    Sara Short says:

    Sara Short from Austin, Texas
    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 heart and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

  14. 3514
    Colleen says:

    Colleen, Vancouver, Canada
    “Have you not known?
    Have you not heard?
    The everlasting God, The LORD,
    The Creator of the ends of the earth
    Neither faints, nor is weary.
    His understanding is unsearchable.
    He gives power to the weak
    and to those who have no might He increases strength.”
    Isaiah 40:28-29 NKJV

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    Paula Powers says:

    Paula from Denver, NC.Not that I have already attained or am already perfected: but I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended: but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

    Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV

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    Tammy Dye says:

    Proverbs 3:26 (NIV)
    For the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.

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    lynda allen says:

    lynda, Warrenton, GA

    “I command you – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
    Joshua 1:9, NLT

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    Susan Grobe says:

    Susan Grobe, Corpus Christi, Texas, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 ESV

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    Nikki Wetzel says:

    Nikki Wetzel from Sammamish, WA
    Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25: 4-5 NIV

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    Liisa says:

    1. Peter 3:8 (NIV)
    Finally, all of you, be like- minded, be sympathetic , love one another, be compassionate and humble.

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    Beth says:

    Beth in Thailand,”So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”- Colossians 3:6-7

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    Samantha says:

    Samantha from Ellijay, GA “The Master said,”Martha dear martha, you’re fussing over too much and getting worked up over nothing. One thing is essential, and Mary has chosen it – it’s the main course and it won’t be taken from her.” Luke 10:41-42 MSG

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    Frances says:

    “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy & dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility gentleness, & patience.” Colossians 3:12 NIV

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    Erika Reeves says:

    Erika Reeves Tulsa, Oklahoma

    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 heart and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

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    Angie Nichols says:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.
    Proverbs 3:5,6

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    Meagan says:

    Mathew 18:3
    … and said ,”Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

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    Sandra Hagy says:

    Sandra Hagy Tazewell, VA
    Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭19‬ NKJV)

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    Carol Wilson says:

    January 1,2015 @ 6:34 PM

    Phil. 4:8
    Finally Brothers and Sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely… admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.

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    Cassie Shelton says:

    Stigler, OK

    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.

    2 Timothy 1:7

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    PENNY BENTON says:

    Penny Benton from Cottonwood CA
    Psalm 93:4-5 NET
    Above the sound of the surging water and the mighty waves of the sea, the LORD sits enthroned in majesty. The rules y I h set down are completely reliable. Holiness aptly adorns your house, O LORD, forever.
    Psalm 93:4-5 NET

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    Wendy Lance says:

    Wendy Lance, Conroe, TX:
    The Lord will fight for you, and you need only to be silent. Exo. 14:14

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    Gayl Lassiter says:

    “A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.” Proverbs 15:1 (HCS)

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    Leslie says:

    “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29 NLJV

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    Sandy says:

    Psalm 19:7 The law of the law is perfect, restoring the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

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    Sarah Porter says:

    Sarah Porter Martin GA But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added into you. Matthew 6:33 KJV

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    JENNIFER says:

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

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    Paula says:

    Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord I believe; help my unbelief”. Mark 9:25 Scofield Study Study Bible

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    DeLisa Fischer says:

    DeLisa Fischer, Commerce, Georgia But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16‭‭‭

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    Janice MacNealy says:

    Janice MacNealy, Bethesda, OH

    Ephesians 3:20 NIV
    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

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    Margaret Goldthorpe says:

    January 1, 2015
    Margaret Goldthorpe from Helmer, Michigan.
    That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)

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    Megan Jeffords says:

    Because of the Lords great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
    Lamentations 3:22 NIV

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    Susan Potantus says:

    The Lord, the Lord,a God merciful and gracious,slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity, and transgression,and sin…
    Exodus 34:67 ESV

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    Casey, GA says:

    For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of our God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)

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    cathy says:

    Cathy Portage Lakes Ohio “Behold I will do a new thing now it shall spring forth Shall ye not know it I will even make a way in the wilderness & rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 KJV

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    Kristal Jenn says:

    Kristal, Clarksville, TN “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 NIV

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    Lynn Rodeghiero says:

    Lynn Rodeghiero from Duluth, Minnesota
    I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
    Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

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    Emma Etchison says:

    Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭4‬ NIV)

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    Sherrie says:

    Sherrie from Shelby, NC
    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Ps 51:10 NIV

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    Cindy says:

    Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. Psalm 16:1 (NLT)

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    Hannah Carmichael says:

    Hannah Carmichael, Georgia,
    The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7

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