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


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  1. 151
    Charlotte Skadal says:

    Charlotte Skadal, Houston

    “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”
    Romans 8:6 (NASB)

  2. 152
    Jacqui Maudslay says:

    Jacqui Maudslay, Chester, UK
    ‘From whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name’

    Ephesians 3:15, TNIV

  3. 153
    Susan Clements says:

    Susan Clements, Seale, AL
    “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14 NIV

  4. 154
    Rhonda Marlow Richland, Wa says:

    God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
    Matthew 5:8 (NLT)

  5. 155
    Carol says:

    Carol Kirby, Amarillo,TX
    Galatians 5:22 NIV.

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

  6. 156
    Patty Lincoln says:

    Patty Lincoln, Columbia SC: “Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.” Col. 3:13 MSG

    (I am going for the run of verses 12 – 15.)

  7. 157
    Marsha B says:

    Marsha, Angleton TX “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
    Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV84)

  8. 158
    Vicki Freels says:

    Vicki Freels, Rutherfordton, NC
    “Your statements are forever right; give me understanding that I may live.” Psalm 119:144 NIV

  9. 159
    Meredith says:

    Meredith, Virginia Beach, VA

    Philippians 3:13-14 New International Version (NIV)
    Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

  10. 160
    Barbara says:

    Barbara from WI
    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    far to lofty for me to reach.
    psalm139:6. NAB)

  11. 161
    Sue says:

    Sue Big Rapids, MI
    Ps.72:18 NASB Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone works wonders.

  12. 162
    Terri Lundskow says:

    Terri Lundskow, Hughesville, Maryland – I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 ESV

  13. 163
    Traci and Janice says:

    Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

  14. 164
    Soni Buckalew says:

    Soni from Gulfpirt,MS. 1John 3:18 NIV (3/15/15)
    Dear children, let us not love not with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

  15. 165

    Kristin Funston, Memphis, TN
    “But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” (‭Acts‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬ ESV)

  16. 166
    Lori Haller says:

    For we are Gods masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

  17. 167
    Sherri Hartman says:

    Sherri Hartman. Maumee, Ohio
    Proverbs 6:3 NASB
    Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.

  18. 168
    Sue Hills says:

    Sue Hills, Elkhart, IN. Psalms 43:3
    Send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
    let them bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling!

  19. 169
    Amy Andrews says:

    Amy Andrews, Edmond, OK.
    These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may
    Remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
    John 15:11. NKJV

  20. 170
    Marita Reese says:

    Marita, Maricopa,AZ

    Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:24 (NASB)

  21. 171
    Roxanne says:

    Roxanne from Sheridan, Arkansas

    Submit yourself, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7. NIV

  22. 172
    Sherri Medford says:

    Sherri Medford, Abilene, Tx — Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 NIV

  23. 173
    Pam Webber says:

    Psalm 32:8
    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. NIV

    Pam Webber Mesa,AZ

  24. 174
    Sally Minton says:

    Elmwood, Tennessee

    “My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be in good health–as I know you are well in spirit.” 3 John 2 (GNT)

  25. 175
    Terri Fullerton says:

    Finally, be strong in The Lord, and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Eph 6:10-11, NIV

  26. 176
    Alison D (Nashville) says:

    In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

    John 1:1, 2 ESV

  27. 177
    Abbey Le Roy says:

    Abbey Le Roy, Bluefield, West Virginia. “Thus says your Lord, the Lord, your God who pleads the cause of his people: ‘Behold, I have taken from your hand the cup of staggering; the bowl of my wrath you shall drink no more.’” Isaiah 51:22 (ESV)

  28. 178
    Allison Brown says:

    Allison Brown, Hickory, NC
    I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
    1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV)

  29. 179
    Sylvie Nicol says:

    Sylvie Nicol, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada ♡
    Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)

    The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
    He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.

  30. 180
    Kelli Hall says:

    Kelli Hall ~ Sherwood, Oregon

    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NIV

  31. 181
    Kim Cook says:

    Kim from Euless, Tx

    Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. (‭Psalm‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬ NIV)

  32. 182
    Kelly says:

    Kelly, Spanish Fort, AL
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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

  33. 183
    Tilley Hawkins says:

    Tilley Hawkins, Franklin, TN
    “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.”
    Habakkuk 3:2 (NIV)

  34. 184
    Amber Anderson says:

    Ecclesiastes 8:1 NIV

    A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes it’s hard appearance.

  35. 185
    Jeanette Dahm says:

    Jeanette Dahm Lake Oswego, OR. 1Thess 5:11. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

  36. 186
    Nina O says:

    Nina, Waukesha, WI

    “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

    Mark 10:45 ESV

  37. 187
    Sarah Moon says:

    Sarah Moon, St. Louis, MO

    “I will remember the works of the LORD; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of Your deeds.”
    Psalm 77:11-12 NKJV

  38. 188
    Julie Stamey says:

    Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV

    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
    They are new every morning,
    great is your faithfulness.
    I say to myself “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for him”

  39. 189
    Lynette says:

    Lynette, Nashville, TN
    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (‭Psalm‬ ‭46‬:‭1‬ ESV)

  40. 190
    Nikki Long says:

    Nikki L, Littleton, CO
    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
    Matthew 5:8-9 ESV

  41. 191
    Taryn Anderson says:

    “For You delivered me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life.” Psalm 56:13 HCSB

  42. 192
    Jan says:

    Jan Cleburne, TX “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Eph. 2:8-9 (NKJV)

  43. 193
    Becky Jo says:

    Becky Jo
    Chesterfield MI

    I lie awake thinking of You,
    meditating on You through the night.
    I think how much You have helped me;
    I sing for joy in the shadow of Your protecting wings.
    I follow close behind You;
    Your strong right hand holds me securely.

    Psalm 63:6-8 NLT

  44. 194
    Pam Reeves says:

    Ps 1:3 NLV

    They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither and in all they do, they prosper.

  45. 195
    Cynthia Kinney says:

    Sulphur, Louisiana
    Eph. 3: 14-17 NCV. So I bow in prayer before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth grits it’s name. I ask the Father in His great glory to give you the power to be strong inwardly through His Spirit. I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.

  46. 196
    Kim Hower says:

    Kim Hower, Gaithersburg MD

    Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 ESV)

  47. 197

    Holly Barrett, Crossnore NC

    “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of God. May the Lord grant all your requests.”
    Psalm 20:4-5 NIV

  48. 198
    Rhonda H Wade says:

    Rhonda H Wade
    Buchanan GA

    James 1:19-20 NKJV
    19 So then, my beloved Brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;
    20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

  49. 199
    Wendy Tunison says:

    Wendy Tunison Caldwell, Idaho

    Ephesians 3:15 ESV

    15. from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

  50. 200
    Jean says:

    Jean Abilene, TX

    Psalms 84:2 NIV

    My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

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