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. 4451
    Julie Kearns says:

    Julie Kearns, Jefferson City, MO
    Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9 NIV

  2. 4452
    Bambi phillippe says:

    Bambi Phillippe. Campbell, CA. Deuteronomy 20:4

    For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.

  3. 4453
    Amy Conine says:

    Amy Conine, Corinth, TX
    Numbers 23:19 NIV

    God is not human, that he should lie,
    not a human being, that he should change his mind.
    Does he speak and then not act?
    Does he promise and not fulfill?

  4. 4454
    Christina D. says:

    Christina Drewry, Decatur, TX

    Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

    1 Corinthians 14:1 ESV

  5. 4455
    Beth P says:

    Beth P, Roswell, GA

    “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”….You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

    Jeremiah 29:11, 13 NIV

    seeing this afresh

  6. 4456
    Anne Klinedinst says:

    Bless those who persecute you;bless and do not curse.

    -Romans 12:14

  7. 4457
    JA says:

    JA, St Charles, IL

    Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you;
    he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
    Psalm 55:22, ESV

  8. 4458
    Lora says:

    Lora Leftwich, Indian Land, SC Ephesians 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,”

  9. 4459
    Tapanga Bois says:

    Tapanga Bois, Bradenton Florida. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

  10. 4460
    Megan says:

    Megan Flora, Oak Ridge, TN.

    “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” -Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)

  11. 4461
    Beth Davis says:

    Beth D, Madison, MS

    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 NIV84

  12. 4462
    Debbie Salmonson says:

    Debbie Salmonson, Reno, Nevada
    “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
    Romans 3:23 NASB

  13. 4463
    Shelley says:

    Shelley from San Angelo
    O Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
    for with the LORD is unfailing love
    and with Him is full redemption.

    Psalm 130:7 NIV

  14. 4464
    Joni from Johnston says:

    Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right. Psalm 97:11

  15. 4465
    Kara says:

    This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone,… Romans 4:22-23 NIV

  16. 4466
    Bonnie Del Greco says:

    “The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue that I may speak to the weary- a word that will rouse them.”
    Isaiah 50:4

  17. 4467
    Jessica says:

    Jessica -Cumming, GA
    Verse 6
    Deuteronomy 32:3 NIV
    “I will proclaim the name of the Lord, O Praise the greatness of our God”

  18. 4468
    Jennifer says:

    James 1:12 NIV
    Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
    Jennifer T, Grove City, Ohio

  19. 4469
    Abby says:

    Abby Smith in Troy, OH
    “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” ~Psalm 9:10 (NIV)

  20. 4470
    Stesha Clayburgh says:

    SteshA Clayburgh, Las Cruces NM

    “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
    -Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)

  21. 4471
    Shelly says:

    Shelly Verley
    Apache Junction, AZ

    “And now Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,” Deuteronomy 10:12, NASB

  22. 4472
    Gwen McVey says:

    Gwen McVey – Longview, Tx – “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b ESV

  23. 4473
    Sheba says:

    St. Pete. FL
    Romans 12:12
    Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ESV

  24. 4474
    Amanda Dodd says:

    Amanda; Queen City, TX

    For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control. 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

  25. 4475
    Greta says:

    “Look to th Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”
    1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV
    Greta, Denton, TX

  26. 4476
    Jenn says:

    Jenn Walker, Sarver, PA “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,…” Ephesians 3:20 NIV

  27. 4477
    Beth Tarpley says:

    Hendersonville, TN

    “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent and praiseworthy think about such things.”
    Phil 4:8 (NIV)

  28. 4478
    Tammy Heston says:

    Tammy, Monroe, IA. Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14 NIrV

  29. 4479
    Siabhon N. Richards says:

    Siabhon N. Richards

    Phenix City, AL

    “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives it’s name.”

    Ephesians 3:14-15,NIV

  30. 4480
    Tonya says:

    Tonya Devine, Bryant, AR “Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Phil. 2:14 NIV

  31. 4481
    Tia Lorentzen says:

    But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life…….

    Matthew 7:14 NIV

  32. 4482
    Missy Lonergan says:

    Humble, Texas

    “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by Spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the date of Christ is at hand.”

    II Thess. 2:2 KJV

  33. 4483
    Peggy Coulter says:

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

  34. 4484
    Angie Nichols, Rowlett says:

    John 15:6
    If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

  35. 4485
    Alice honorato says:

    Psalm 40:1
    I waited patiently for the Lord and He inclined me and heard my cry for help.

  36. 4486

    Tammy Gillmore

    Charlotte, AR

    “Teach me to do Your Will, for You are my God; may Your Good Spirit lead me on level ground.”

    Psalm 143:10 NIV

  37. 4487
    Beverley Hart says:

    If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 NIV

  38. 4488
    Cheryl M says:

    Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-6 NIV

  39. 4489
    Donna says:

    They are more desirable than gold, yes than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Ps 19:10 (series) NASB

  40. 4490
    Genesis says:

    Genesis Eakes – San Antonio, Tx
    “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.” Isaiah 43:10 ESV

  41. 4491
    Beverly says:

    Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us that we may be saved. Psalm 80:19 NIV

  42. 4492
    Lanise Hefner says:

    Lanise Sachse, Texas

    In Him and through Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
    Ephesians 3:12 NIV

  43. 4493
    LaVonne says:

    LaVonne Beale, Peachtree City, GA

    The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

    Jeremiah 31:3

  44. 4494
    Kim says:

    Kim – Katy, Texas
    Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
    Save me, and I shall be saved,
    For you are my praise.
    Jeremiah 17:14 ESV

  45. 4495
    Mandi says:

    Mandi Bulen-Licking,MO
    You shall have no other gods before me Exodus 20:3 NIV

  46. 4496
    Tina Schweizer says:

    Tina Cincinnati OH – The rain came down, the streams rose, and the wind blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall down, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:25 NIV

  47. 4497
    Tapanga Bois says:

    Tapanga Bois,Bradenton Florida. My dear brothers,take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19 NIV

  48. 4498
    Lorena says:

    Arlington, Texas
    1 John 4:4 NLT

    But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

  49. 4499
    Debbie says:

    Debbie, Sherwood, OR, “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

  50. 4500
    Tammy says:

    Tammy- Alexander, NC
    Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.
    Psalm 133:1 (ESV)

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