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. 401
    Lauren Fancher says:

    Lauren Fancher – Marble, AR

    1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now these three reamin: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. – NIV

  2. 402
    Jessica Sanders says:

    Jessica Sanders, Broken Arrow, OK

    Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

    Matthew 11:28 NIV

  3. 403
    Kaaren R. says:

    For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good work, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph 2:10 ESV

  4. 404
    Abigail Dubbe says:

    Abigail Dubbe, Red Lion PA, 2 Corinthians 4:7, “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” (NLT)

  5. 405
    Berni says:

    Berni, Albuquerque
    “You should have the same attitude toward one another
    that Christ Jesus had,” Philippians 2:5 NET

  6. 406
    April Cobb says:

    For Christ is the end of the law of righteousness to everyone who believes. Hebrews 10:4

  7. 407
    Stephanie Murphy says:

    Stephanie Murphy, College Station, TX
    “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

  8. 408
    Elizabeth Hughes says:

    Elizabeth Hughes, Berrien Springs,MI, “Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” (Psalm96:9ESV).

  9. 409
    Linda Proffitt says:

    Linda Proffitt -Louisville, KY
    The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17

  10. 410
    Judy Fischer says:

    Judy, Apple Valley , CA

    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭41‬:‭10‬ NIV)

  11. 411
    Rhonda Jackson says:

    Rhonda Jackson, Godfrey, Illinois
    Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:23 – KJV

  12. 412
    Tracey Boynton says:

    Tracey Boynton, Kingsburg, CA
    So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

  13. 413
    Ellen Hollenshead says:

    Ellen Hollenshead, Albuquerque, NM. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11, ESV.

  14. 414
    Tracy Pratz says:

    Tracy Pratz, Las Cruces NM
    I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.

    Isaiah 44:22 NIV

  15. 415
    Sue-Elise Flowers says:

    Sue-Elise, Burkesville KY. “But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” Psalm 71:14 NIV

  16. 416
    Jane Lakey says:

    Jane Lakey, Panama City Beach

    Psalm 103:11

    For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    So great is His love for those who fear Him

  17. 417
    Carol mueller says:

    “Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envyng one another” NASB

  18. 418
    Heather Hanna, Anna, TX says:

    Heather Hanna, Anna, TX

    Matthew 6:21 NIV

    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

  19. 419
    Nancy Israel says:

    Nancy Israel, Jackson, MO
    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1

  20. 420
    Sally hughes says:

    from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. Evs 3:15

  21. 421
    Joanna Schumacher says:

    Joanna Schumacher, Arlington, TX
    I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5 NKJV

  22. 422
    Bonnie Mink says:

    Bonnie Mink Hendersonville, Tennessee verse 6 A thousand years are but as yesterday to you! They are like a single hour! Psalm 90:4 TLB

  23. 423
    Vicki Cluxton says:

    Vicki C., Lenexa, KS

    Isaiah 41:10 ESV

    Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
    I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  24. 424
    Michelle O'Banion says:

    Michelle O’Banion, Grandview, TX

    Psalm 139:2 ESV

    You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar….

  25. 425
    Elaina Grace, San Antonio says:

    Romans 12:2
    Don’t copy the behavior and customs of the 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.

  26. 426
    Danielle Pleasant says:

    Danielle,Pinewood, SC

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
    2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

  27. 427
    lynda rickey says:

    Lynda from Ocala, FL: I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land.I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Genesis 28:15 NIV

  28. 428
    Ruth Farmer says:

    Ruthie Farmer
    Brentwood TN

    “From whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,”

    Ephesians 3:15 ESV

  29. 429
    Evan Stratton says:

    Evan Stratton, Charlotte, NC

    “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”

    1 Timothy 6:18 NIV

  30. 430
    Vicki Knott says:

    Vicki Knott, Greenwood, SC
    “Because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4b (NIV)

  31. 431
    Laura Dvorkin says:

    Laura Dvorkin, Los Angeles, California

    Psalm 40:13 ESV

    Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me!
    O LORD, make haste to help me!

  32. 432
    ANdrea McCay says:

    Andrea from Oneonta, AL

    He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deut 32:4

  33. 433
    Joanne says:

    North Richland Hills, Texas
    So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

  34. 434
    Billie Jauss says:

    Billie Jauss Naples, FL

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

  35. 435
    Janet says:

    Janet from Odessa, TX
    For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
    II Corinthians 10:4-5. ESV

  36. 436
    Marie says:

    Marie from Post Falls, Idaho:

    “He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
    For all His ways are justice,
    A God of truth and without injustice;
    Righteous and upright is He.” – Deuteronomy 32:4 (NKJV)

  37. 437
    Shauna Long says:

    Shauna Long, Cape Girardeau, MO

    Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
    Hebrews 10:22, NIV

  38. 438
    Jenna Cooley says:

    Jenna, Fort Worth, Tx
    Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
    Philippians 4:5 ESV

  39. 439
    Alissa Wise says:

    Alissa; Lexington, SC:
    “For Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
    You rule throughout all generations.
    The Lord always keeps His promises;
    He is gracious in all He does.” Psalm 145:13 (NLT)

  40. 440
    Nancy White says:

    Nancy Whte, Lees’s Summit, Mo: from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, Eph 3:15, NAS

  41. 441
    Tiffany says:

    Orange Park, FLORIDA
    Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery,fornication,uncleanness,lasciviousness,

  42. 442
    Julie Fawcett says:

    Julie Fawcett, Round Rock, TX-

    “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” –

    Hebrews 12:28-29 NIV

  43. 443
    Helen Bergen says:

    Tillsonburg, Ontario
    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIV

  44. 444
    Beth Hurst says:

    Beth Hurst, Ypsilanti, Michigan
    “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!'” Mark 9:24 NIV

  45. 445
    Laurissa Wooten says:

    Fruita, CO

    “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults – unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back – given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”

    Luke 6:37-38 MSG

  46. 446
    Laura says:

    Laura, Minneapolis, MN

    For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14 ESV)

  47. 447
    Bobbie Underwood says:

    Bobbie Underwood – Jefferson City, MO

    Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)

  48. 448
    Megan says:

    Megan, Stow, Oh, Train up a child the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Prov 22:6 KJV

  49. 449
    Sabrina Young says:

    Sabrina Young, Yakima, WA

    “Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything He had spoken came true.” – Joshua 21:45 NLT

  50. 450
    Sandy Lewis says:

    Sandy Lewis. Overland Park, Kansas
    “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
    Isaiah 26:3 ESV

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