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. 4401
    Sharon says:

    Sharon, Barrington
    “And we know that in all things God works for the good for those who love him and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV

  2. 4402
    Jamie says:

    Jamie, Coupeville WA

    Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
    And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
    And lead me in the everlasting way.

    Psalm 139:23-24

  3. 4403
    Lisa Collins says:

    Dripping Springs, Texas
    Psalm 8:1:
    O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. You have set your glory above the heavens.

  4. 4404
    Addy says:

    Addy Cianciotto, Dickinson, TX “The true light which gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” John 1:9 ESV

  5. 4405
    Kristie Larsen says:

    Kristie Larsen, Mesa, AZ
    “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

  6. 4406
    Mary says:

    Psalm 90:12. NASB

    “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to you a heart of wisdom. “

  7. 4407
    Sharon Hanson says:

    Ps. 56:9 niv

    Than my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this they will know that God is for me.

  8. 4408
    Darlene Johnson says:

    Darlene J.
    New Carlisle, OH

    So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

    Colossians 1:10 ESV

  9. 4409
    Heather Evans says:

    Heather Evans, Bryan, TX

    Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”?
    Isaiah 40:27(NIV)

  10. 4410
    Susan Brown says:

    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

    Psalm 91:1 ESV

  11. 4411
    April says:

    April Jsckson, Lagrange, GA

    Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:18 NIV

  12. 4412
    Victoria Clinton says:

    Psalm 55:22 NIV
    “Give your burdens to The Lord and he will take care of you. He will not permit the Godly to slip and fall.”

  13. 4413
    Kay says:

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

  14. 4414
    Emily York says:

    Emily York St. Paul, MN “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)

  15. 4415
    Pattie Breningstall says:

    Pattie Breningstall – Orlando, FL

    Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 NIV

  16. 4416
    Kathryn says:

    Kathryn, Oceanside, “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 NLT

  17. 4417
    Shelley says:

    Shelley, Lebanon, TN

    A friend loves at all times.
    Proverbs 17:17

  18. 4418
    Jessica B says:

    Jessica B, North Potomac, MD
    We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
    Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)

  19. 4419
    Paula says:

    Paula, OKC, OK: We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. James 3:2

    Thank you Beth, Melanie and LPM for sharing God’s love and yours with us through your testimonies and His word!

  20. 4420
    Amy in Chesterfield, VA says:

    A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
    Proverbs 15:1 NIV

  21. 4421
    Liza Kirschner says:

    Liza – Monmouth Junction, NJ
    “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12 NIV)

  22. 4422
    Sheli says:

    Sheli, Blaine MN

    Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
    Col. 3:23. ESV

  23. 4423
    Terry Felix says:

    Washington, IL
    I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
    Psalms‬ ‭56‬:‭11‬ NLT

  24. 4424
    Vicky La Porte, TX says:

    O Lord of Hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth thee
    Psalm 84:12 KJV

  25. 4425
    Andree says:

    Andree – Evansville, IN
    And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:6 NIV

  26. 4426
    Lisa Worthington says:

    Lisa, West Columbia, TX
    “nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,nor the plague that destroys at midday.” Psalm 91:6(NIV)

    Working on Psalm 91 as a whole, v. 6 kind of weird all by itself 🙂

  27. 4427
    Rebecca Alread says:

    Rebecca Alread, St. Simons Island, GA. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 NIV

  28. 4428
    Sara rogers says:

    Sara Rogers, Murray, KY

    “For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh”
    Romans 8:3, ESV

  29. 4429
    Jen says:

    Jen … Fort Worth, Texas

    Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, (‭Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭23‬ ESV)

  30. 4430
    Kelsey Baker says:

    Kelsey Baker, Milledgeville, GA

    “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

    Philippians 1:6, NIV

  31. 4431
    Tina says:

    Mathew 15:24-28 Amplified
    24 He answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
    25 But she came and, kneeling, worshiped Him and kept praying, Lord, help me!
    26 And He answered, It is not right (proper, becoming, or fair) to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.
    27 She said, Yes, Lord, yet even the little pups (little whelps) eat the crumbs that fall from their [young] masters’ table.
    28 Then Jesus answered her, O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you wish. And her daughter was cured from that moment.
    Tina from Eaton Colorado

  32. 4432
    Pam Lessley, Columbia, MO says:

    “If Your revelation hadn’t delighted me so, I would have given up when the hard times came.” Psalm 119.92, The Message

    In honor of Nancy and her dear Kyle.

  33. 4433
    Colleen Robinson says:

    Colleen Robinson- Dennison, Ohio

    II Thessalonians 2:14
    Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  34. 4434
    LeeAnne DeYoung says:

    Colossians 4:2
    Devote yourself to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart

  35. 4435
    Amy says:

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    Philippians 4:13 NIV

  36. 4436
    Shellye Sparks of Queen City, TX says:

    “For He Himself is our peace….”

    Ephesians 2:14a NIV

  37. 4437
    Sherri says:

    Sherri, Indian Trail, NC

    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. Romans 15:13 (NIV)

  38. 4438
    Carolyn says:

    Romans 5:3 (NAS)
    “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope”
    Wheaton, IL

  39. 4439
    Gwen Waxhaw NC says:

    That which was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life…
    And the Life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us.
    1 John 1:1-2.

  40. 4440
    Suzie T says:

    ~Suzie, Fort Mill, SC

    “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” Psalm 50:15 NAS

  41. 4441
    Brigette Brock says:

    Brigette Brock
    Morehead, Ky

    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
    Psalm 19:14
    NIV 84

  42. 4442
    Annalee says:

    Morehead, Ky
    May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
    Psalm 19:14

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    Natalie says:

    Natalie, Jonesboro, AR

    But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
    Romans 8:25

  44. 4444
    Sarah Miller says:

    Sarah Miller, Melbourne, Florida ‘He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and calls them all by name.How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!”Psalm 147:3-5

  45. 4445
    Laurie says:

    Austin, TX

    Pray without ceasing. I Thessalonians 4:17 The Living Bible

  46. 4446
    Lichelle says:

    Lichelle Austin Texas Deuterony 6:23
    But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that he promised on oath to our forefathers NIv

  47. 4447
    Gwen Beard says:

    Gwen B, Edina, MN
    “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father.”
    Eph 3:14 (ESV)

  48. 4448

    Lindsey Gibson, Soddy-Daisy, TN… Psalm 26:2 Examine me, Oh Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.

  49. 4449
    Angela from Pflugerville says:

    Galatians 5:13New International Version (NIV)
    13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

  50. 4450
    Michelle Stevens says:

    Eucha, OK

    Psalm 121:7

    The lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life.

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