Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 2!

Hey, everybody! You are in the exact right place to submit your Verse 2!

This is such a fun first for SSMT! Remember in the SSMT informational post when I told that, while I’ll still be doing all the SSMT posts on the 1st of every month, the one on every 15th would be written by various sisters in our blog community? Welcome to the first one! It took me about 5 seconds to decide who we should ask to kick off our SSMT guest posts. My beloved friend, Jan Morton, has been an active member of this community from its inception. I fell in love with her by watching her interact with countless women in the comment line, ministering to them and encouraging them and mothering them and making them laugh. And through that connection, we became personal friends. Our SSMT guest bloggers throughout 2015 will be from various age groups but this one happens to be right at my age and in a very similar season in her personal life and serving life. Those of you who have been around a while know that Jan Morton became so dearly loved in this community that we early on named her the “Mayor of Siestaville.” So, without further hesitation, please grant me the honor of introducing you to one of the mightiest women in the faith that I know. Jan, we are so honored to have you host us today! Thank you for investing in us!


Happy 2015 Siestas! This is such a privilege for me to share with our SSMT. I adore this community! My name is Jan Morton. I’m a pastor’s wife from Georgia. [I am also “GJ” for Gran Jan/Georgia Jan.] I’ve been married to my husband Gary for 37 years. Only 20 years old when we got married¸ we were way too young but who knew? ☺ We have two grown married sons, two sweet daughters-in-love, and 5 delightful grandchildren ages 6, 4 ½ , 4 ½, 2 ½, and 17 months – Gran Jan’s JOY! I love gardening, singing in choir/praise team, reading, quilting, and serving in the women’s ministry of my church. I work in our local school system (26 years now) as the Administrative Assistant to our Superintendent. A new ministry I’m involved in at my church is called Taste & See, a mentoring, encouragement time for women. Cooking and conversation! We get in the kitchen and wonderful things happen. Isn’t the kitchen a great place to gather? It is at the Morton home!

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” ESV

The word says: For everything [it says everything], there is a season and a time for every matter/purpose/activity under heaven. Everything – the entirety of; a great deal, especially of something very important, EVERYTHING!

God has been drawing me to the theme of seasons, and that is what I want to share with you today. All of life relates to seasons. The beauty found in the four seasons of a calendar year to the seasons of our lives. I’m in the season of life known as the empty nest. Just me and my man like when we had “only just begun.” I’m loving this season, especially being a grandmother. Looking back as a 57 year old woman can do…I can truthfully say I’ve learned in every season of my life. I pray to grow old gracefully and stay relevant and young at heart.

What is your season of womanhood right now? Are you in SPRING – a young woman in school or just beginning a career or education or newly married? How about SUMMER – in the “zone” raising children or building a career or marriage? Maybe you’re in AUTUMN – children grown, and you may be looking toward retirement? Or perhaps you find yourself in WINTER – your senior years as a woman, perhaps a widow, reflecting on past seasons and all that God has brought you through.

WHEREVER YOU ARE, BE ALL THERE. This is what God is showing me because in the busyness of life I can easily lose focus. Don’t be longing for another season and miss what’s going on around you now. This deception is one of the biggest lies of the enemy of our souls; the distraction and discontentment with where we are today. Embrace your season: SEASON – SAVOR EVERY AVAILABLE SENT OPPORTUNITY NOW! Some are more enjoyable than others, sure they are! Just as changes in seasons bring mosquitoes in summer or storms in winter, there are extremes in our lives. Some of you empty nesters may suddenly find yourself caring for both your grandchildren and aging parents. Some of you young women may be longing for marriage. Some of you stay at home moms or single moms may have to go into the workforce for a season to pay the bills. If our entire lives were one continuous season we wouldn’t have the changes we desperately need to help us grow. As much as I love to garden, if every day were spring or summer, I wouldn’t have autumn to harvest, or winter to dream and plan.

This old gal has learned some things in 57 years of seasons:
• Our constant, never-changing, faithful Lord Jesus is with us in every SEASON, in everything.
• Sometimes seasons overlap – in fact, several might descend on you at once. Sometimes joy and sorrow meet in a season.
• You may think springtime has come, but unseasonal cold snaps may occur and you better be ready. Memorizing God’s Word is a lifeline.
• Ask God to give you a strong focus in your season today and receive it as the gift it is, embracing the wonder. God will provide your daily bread.

“Which is the happiest season of life?” was asked of an older woman. She replied: “When spring comes, and the flower buds are breaking through I think, ‘How beautiful is spring.’ And then when summer comes and covers the trees with heavy foliage and singing birds are among the branches, I think, ‘How beautiful is summer.’ When autumn arrives with golden fruit, and the leaves bear the gorgeous colors, I think, ‘How beautiful is autumn.’ And then comes winter, and there is neither foliage nor fruit, and I look up through the leafless branches as I never could until now, and see the stars shining in God’s home.

Embrace whatever season you are in now. RIGHT NOW. Don’t long for another season. I know the days may be long, but at my age, the years seem so short. So wherever you are, be all there. Because of Jesus, one day we will be “SEASONED TO PERFECTION” and live with Christ for eternity. Let’s get there one day at a time and savor our seasons as God wills. Because He has made everything beautiful in its time. (Ecclesiastes 3:11).



OK, ladies! It’s me, Beth, again. Submit your second verses! Remember to limit your comments to these 5 pieces of information:

Name, city, verse, reference (where it is found) and translation. 

Here’s mine! 

Beth Moore, Houston, Texas. In Him the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:21-22 ESV

I love you guys!


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  1. 8801
    Holly Simmons Arlington, TX says:

    When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit
    Ephesians 1:13b NIV

  2. 8802

    Jennifer Behnke, West Palm Beach, Florida. “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV

  3. 8803
    Margaret Russell says:

    Atlanta, Tx.
    Psalm 34:18 KJV
    The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

  4. 8804
    Mary says:

    Mary Gray, Fieldale, VA. “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–” John 1:12 NIV

  5. 8805
    Sandra says:

    Sandra, Burnaby BC Canada
    I have decided to start memorizing the sermon on the mount.

    ” Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him, And he opened his mouth and taught them saying:” — Matthew 5:1-2

  6. 8806
    Cindy Muirhead says:

    Cindy Muirhead, Houston, TX

    “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.”

    James 3:17, NIV

  7. 8807
    Debbie Edwards says:

    Debbie Edwards. Greer, SC

    Deuteronomy 6:6
    “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.” ESV

  8. 8808
    Laverne says:

    “…If anyone would come(seek) after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 NIV

  9. 8809
    Mary says:

    John 14:27 [Full Chapter]
    “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

  10. 8810
    melanie hawkins says:

    Melanie Hawkins of Houston, TX

    Ecclesiastes 3:1 “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.


  11. 8811
    Kim Young says:

    “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race mark out for us.” Hebrews 12:1

  12. 8812
    Tajuana says:

    Tajuana ~ Midland, Texas

    Isaiah 46:4 NIV

    Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He
    who will sustain you.
    I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain
    you and I will rescue you.

  13. 8813
    JoKaren M says:

    Psalm 28:7 NIV
    The Lord is my strength an my shield; my heart trusts in Him and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song i praise Him.

  14. 8814
    Jennifer Mattedon says:

    Jennifer Matteson, DeKalb, Tx
    Nahum 1:7. ESV
    The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.

  15. 8815
    Ruth larkin says:

    Ruth Larkin, Shawnee, Kansas

    For the Lord God Himself said, I will not fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not, in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor relax my hold on you. Assuredly not! So we take comfort and ARE ENCOURAGED and confidently and boldly say: “The Lord is my Helper; I will not fear or dread or be terrified.”

    Hebrews 13:5-6 (AMP)

  16. 8816
    Deb Walter says:

    Deb Walter Orofino ID
    Psalm 121 1-2 RSV

    I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth

  17. 8817
    TAMI JARRELL says:

    Tami, Louisiana

    “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet, Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” (Mark 4:39 – NIV)

  18. 8818
    Heidi Nielsen says:

    ” No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:43-45 NIV

  19. 8819
    Brands Sikes says:

    When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised holy spirit

  20. 8820
    Kelli in Nashville says:

    Ez 36:27-and I will put my Spirit with in you and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. ESV

  21. 8821
    Donna Walters says:

    Donna Walters, Hartsville, South Carolina —
    Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians 3:12 (NIV)

  22. 8822
    Kathy H says:

    Kathy H, Dalton GA

    Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    Matthew 11:28 King James Version (KJV)

  23. 8823
    Donna Sava says:

    The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.
    Prov 15:4 (NIV)

  24. 8824
    Miriam K Nikkila says:

    1501 8th Ave

    The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
    He replied, “You of little faith, why are you afraid?”
    Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
    Matthew 8:25-26 (NIV)

  25. 8825
    Kacie says:

    “He renews my strengths. He guides me along the right paths, brining honor to his name.” Psalms 23:3

  26. 8826
    Rachel says:

    “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.” James 1:5 NIV

  27. 8827
    Rachel says:

    Rachel, Vancouver, Washington. “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.” James 1:5 NIV

  28. 8828
    Laura says:

    I waited patiently for the Lord, he turned to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 NIV

  29. 8829
    Leanne Eldridge says:

    Leanne Eldridge, Georgetown, TN, Ephesians 1:17 (NIV) “keep asking that the Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so you may know him better.”

  30. 8830
    Christie says:

    Christie Kelly, Neosho, MO

    Isaiah 55:3 (NLT)
    “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make and everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.”

  31. 8831
    Janet N. says:

    Gladstone, OR

    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

  32. 8832
    Amy Antony says:

    Amy Antony, Portland, OR
    Philippians 3:12 Voice
    [12] I’m not there yet, nor have I become perfect; but I am charging on to gain anything and everything the Anointed One, Jesus, has in store for me-and nothing will stand in my way because He has grabbed me and won’t let me go.

  33. 8833
    Danae says:

    Danae Allen, Portland, Oregon

    “Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection.” Proverbs 30:5 NLT

  34. 8834
    Pamela Nicholson says:

    Pamela Nicholson, Cumming, GA

    “The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm”
    Exodus 14:14, NLT

  35. 8835
    Pamela Nicholson says:

    Pamela Nicholson, Cumming, GA
    23 “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
    Psalm 73:23-26 NIV

  36. 8836
    Carol Schwein says:

    Carol, Wilsonville, Oregon “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13 NKJV

  37. 8837
    Krista L. Allison says:

    Krista, Canton, OH
    “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
    Psalm 34:4 ESV

  38. 8838
    Mandi says:

    Mandi Bulen Licking MO A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul. Proverbs 18:7 NIV

  39. 8839
    Debra says:

    Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you Philippians 4:9(NIV)

  40. 8840
    Kayla Caldwell says:

    Kayla Caldwell, Plainview, TX

    Because He bends down to listen I will pray as long as I have breath.
    Psalm 116:2. NASB

  41. 8841
    Cathy Bay says:

    Cathy Bay, Webb City, MO. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3 KJV

  42. 8842
    Pamela Nicholson says:

    Pamela Nicholson, Cumming, GA
    “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
    Isaiah 53:5 NIV

  43. 8843
    Annette says:

    Psalm 1:1
    Blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
    Or stand in the way of sinners
    Or sit inn the seat of mockers.

  44. 8844
    Darlene Tremblay says:

    Darlene from Turner , Maine
    And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (‭Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ KJV)

  45. 8845
    Stephanie Cobb says:

    Stephanie Conroe TX
    Let the assembled peoples gather around you,while you sit enthroned over them on high. Psalms 7:7

  46. 8846
    Brenda Hohweiler says:

    Brenda Hohweiler, West Chester, OH – “It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

  47. 8847
    Brenda Hohweiler says:

    Brenda Hohweiler, West Chester, OH – “It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)

  48. 8848
    Ann Conway says:

    He must become greater; I must become less.” (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭30‬ NIV)

  49. 8849
    Megan says:

    Ephesians 1:17 (NIV) “keep asking that the Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so you may know him better.”

  50. 8850
    Verra Brown says:

    In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

    Psalm 4:8 (NIV)

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