Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 6!


Greetings, sweet Siestas. It is with the largest lump in my throat imaginable that I introduce myself and share my heart with you, a most tender and humble heart as I type these words. I’m Melanie Toups, and my husband, Jerry, and I live in Bridge City, Texas. Our son and daughter-in-law, Jerrad and Cody Toups, live in Houston and are the parents of our darling grandbaby, Cally. Our daughter and her husband, Jacqueline and Josh Elliff, live in Arlington. Besides my salvation, my sweet Father has loved me most well in the lives of my children. Most well. Jerry and I worship at First Baptist Orange; I serve as principal of Kountze Elementary School and also teach at Lamar University’s junior college, LIT, in the evenings. Facilitating ladies’ Bible studies, primarily Beth’s studies, for the past 10 years is one of my greatest joys.


In 2009, I began memorizing Scripture through this very blog and have continued for six years. I’ll never be able to fully express the profound, life-changing impact this has over me every single day. I love His Word like no other love in my life. Last fall I began asking Him with much anticipation, “Father, what do You have for us in year seven?!”


Our Connection Group recently began “Time of Your Life” by Andy Stanley, and during the first session, I whispered to a friend that Psalm 90:12 would be my first memory verse in 2015:


So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom. – Psalm 90:12 (NASB)


This verse challenges me greatly in how I redeem the time He gives me. Andy discusses the cumulative value of investing small amounts of time in things of worth over a long period of time. (My first thought was the immeasurable worth of Scripture memorization.) I’d been asking for His guidance in laying aside a current commitment to better serve Him, and this verse took my breath away. When I dug deeper into ‘wisdom’ (Hebrew ‘chokmah’) in my Bible’s lexical aids, I found it specifically refers to ‘prudence’ in this passage. Prudence – wise in handling matters; skill and good judgment in the use of resources. Yes. Psalm 90:12 is for me.


This verse also speaks to me in seasons of wait. While we believe Him to be faithful as we await answered prayers for loved ones, relationships, jobs, etc., let’s serve Him and intentionally seek daily glimpses of His glory in the wait. A favorite set of commentaries by Charles Spurgeon, “Treasury of David”, contains this statement regarding my verse, ‘When the heart seeketh, it findeth, as though it were brought unto her, like Abraham’s ram.’ Ahh. Breathtaking. This is for me.


I’m in such need of His loving-kindness. Each morning, my knees hit the bedroom carpet for my Manna time (‘quiet time’ – necessary, daily nourishment from Him) and then again knees on the floor behind my office desk, desperate to live under His authority to have His anointing over whatever the day holds. (Warning: you may look like a bobble-head doll popping up if someone opens your office door without knocking. Smile!) But what carries me throughout each day is His Word, verses memorized to fill my thoughts and speak aloud while walking the halls of my campus or the hallway of my home. And on stressful days when my thoughts seem to continually cycle ‘grumble/confess/repeat’, I beg Him to please ‘work in me to will and to ACT according to His good purpose’ (from Philippians 2:13, emphasis mine).


So, let’s do this! Your heart will soar at His faithfulness! He will use you to encourage coworkers and family with verses penned to notepads and text messages. Learn verses with friends (in 2014 I invited Facebook friends to join a group and was overwhelmed at the response); recite them during your morning commute. My work commute is 90 miles roundtrip, and my spiral is my copilot. Recently I spoke at a local ladies’ retreat and discussed Scripture memorization. Today I saw the pastor of one of the participating churches, and he was excited to share the difference Scripture memory is already making in his congregation. Applause for Him alone! He. is. most. worthy.


Thank you, precious Beth, for your incredible generosity in allowing me to honor Him through your ministry. I love Him more because of your obedience to His calling. I love you.

So excited to read YOUR verses, my friends!


P.S. In case you missed it, we have a new SSMT app!!  Check it out here: SSMT App Launch


4,994 Responses to “Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 6!”

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  1. 801
    Katie says:

    Katie MI:
    Galatians 5:22-23
    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love,joy,peace,forbearance, kindness, goodness,faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

  2. 802
    Linda Jewell says:

    Linda Jewell
    Sedona, AZ

    1 Peter 4:10 NIV
    Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

  3. 803
    Jackie says:

    Jackie, Versailles, KY. Finishing up Psalm 23

    “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:5-6 (ESV)

  4. 804
    LaRonda says:

    Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
    27:14 NIV

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    Teri says:

    Teri in Kalamazoo, MI:
    “So teach [us] to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”[Psa 90:12 NKJV]

  6. 806
    Cynthia Barks says:

    Cynthia, Missouri

    When evil doers assail me to eat up my flesh; my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Psalms 27:2. ESV

  7. 807
    Theresa says:

    theresa, Glendale AZ, 15 Mar – Ask and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matt 7:7 NKJV

  8. 808
    Sophia S says:

    Sophia S. In Harleysville, PA

    “For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

  9. 809
    Penny says:

    Penny Mansfield, OH
    And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 1 John 5:14 NLT

  10. 810
    kimberley Marshall says:

    Westland, MI ~ Colossians 1:18 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. NIV

  11. 811
    Dekotah Moreno says:

    Marietta, GA
    “He has shown all you people 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

  12. 812
    Sheryl Kline says:

    Sheryl, PA – Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory which far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
    2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

  13. 813
    Gabriella S says:

    Gabriella S. In Harleysville, PA

    “Stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgement.”

    John 7:24 NIV

  14. 814
    Mandy Marais UK says:

    1 Cor 16:14 NIV
    14 Do everything in love.

  15. 815
    Cynthia Simmons says:

    Cynthia Simmons, Mount Vernon, NY. “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

  16. 816
    Joy McMahan says:

    Joy West Monroe, LA

    For this reason I kneel before the father from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.

    Ephesians 3:14-16 NIV

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    LaRonda says:


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    Nancy Slater says:

    Nancy Slater Eagleville, PA. March 15, 2015

    Psalm 46:10 NIV

    Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among
    the nations, I will be exalted in the earth

  19. 819
    April says:

    April, Pleasant Garden, NC “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His loving kindness toward those who fear Him. ” Psalm 103:11 NASB

  20. 820
    Vivienne B says:

    Vivienne B, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
    Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
    Romans 12:1 (NLT)

  21. 821
    Carla says:

    “The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.” Proverbs 18:10, HCSB

  22. 822
    sharon s. says:

    “from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,” Eph.3:15. ESV. Sharon, Bowling Green, KY

  23. 823
    Jennifer S says:

    “I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.”

    Psalm 13:6

  24. 824
    Mary Goins says:

    Mary Goins, Bluford, Illinois

    He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. (‭Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭6‬ NIV)

  25. 825
    Debra Baker says:

    Debra Baker, Las Vegas, NV

    Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. John 14:11 NIV

  26. 826
    ShaNada Williams says:

    ShaNada Williams
    Birmingham, AL

    “For I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

    Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

  27. 827
    Gwen Nussbaum says:

    Philippians 4:6 Do not worry about anything but pray and ask God or everything you need, always giving thanks.3

  28. 828
    Karen Madeira says:

    Karen M., Carlsbad, CA

    “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

  29. 829
    BethM2 says:

    Broadview Hts, OH

    Eph. 3:14-15 (ESV)

    For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

  30. 830
    Megan Watson says:

    Megan, Dothan, AL
    “Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the Word of God.” Titus 2:4-5

  31. 831
    Pam G. says:

    Pam G., Centreville, VA

    Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

  32. 832
    Jill Jones says:

    Jill Jones, Westerville, OH
    Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27 (NIV)

  33. 833
    Ingrid says:

    In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God
    Philippians 4:6 asv

  34. 834
    Sierra Emery says:

    Sierra Emery, Wyoming, MI.
    Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 ESV

  35. 835
    Karen says:

    Karen Beckles, Toronto Canada
    “God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important” 1 Corinthians 1:28 (NLT)

  36. 836
    Molly Hale says:

    Molly Hale, Billings MT

    Psalm 91:4 NKJV
    He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you shall take refuge; his truth shall be your shield and buckler.

  37. 837
    Brittney Zimprich says:

    Brittney Zimprich Ellensburg, WA:
    ‘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.’
    Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

  38. 838
    Judy says:

    Judy, Virginia
    “So that your faith may not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” 2 Corin 2:5 ESV

  39. 839
    Wendy says:

    Orange Park, FL
    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
    Romans 12:12 NIV

  40. 840
    Lauren Maas says:

    Lauren, Sugar Land, TX “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

  41. 841
    Danyelle says:

    Beavercreek, OH

    But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John‬ ‭14‬:‭26‬ (ESV)

  42. 842
    Keri Lynn Smith says:

    Keri Lynn, Macon, Ga
    “By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24:3-4 NIV

  43. 843
    Christina Hall says:

    Christina Hall, Brush Creek, TN
    O Lord, you have searched my heart and know everything about me.
    Psalm 139:1

  44. 844
    Mindy says:

    1 John 2:27 “But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie-just as it has taught you, abide in him. ” ESV

  45. 845
    Jan Jensen says:

    Jan Jensen, Waterloo, Iowa.”from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” Ephesians 3:15 NIV

  46. 846
    Dorothy Williams says:

    Dorothy Williams
    Montgomery, AL

    “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall run and not be weary; hey shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

  47. 847
    Robin Myers says:

    Robin Myers, Salem, In. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9. NIV

  48. 848
    Lisa - Alpharetta GA says:

    John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

  49. 849
    Charlotte Hrdlicka says:

    Charlotte H. Claremore, Okla.
    “And whatever you do whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
    Col. 3:17 NIV

  50. 850
    Gina Carson says:

    Gina, Thomaston
    “…in returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength…”
    Isaiah 30:15 ESV

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