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. 4601
    Kandi says:

    Kandi Miller; Colton, SD

    Ephesians 1:19-20 ESV
    “and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,”

  2. 4602

    Ashley Phillips, McKinney, TX: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”(‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭8‬ ESV)

  3. 4603
    Kristi Belt says:

    Kristi B.
    Houston, TX
    (Good grief — realized today (4/1) that I never submitted my 3/15 verse though I’ve memorized it–oops)

    Hebrews 4:13 NLT
    “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the one to whom we are accountable.”

  4. 4604
    Sandy LaMantia says:

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding

    Proverbs 3:5

  5. 4605
    Shari Valdez says:

    Shari Valdez from Long Beach, California
    But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength;
    They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

  6. 4606
    Connie Windham says:

    Connie Windham
    Trout, LA
    Psalm 29:2 ESV
    Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

  7. 4607
    Davina Denny says:

    Davina Denny San Diego, CA Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done. 1 Chronicles 16:8 (NIV

  8. 4608
    Janie Mason says:

    207 K Pleasant Valley Road

    I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.
    Psalm 16:8. ESV

  9. 4609
    Jamie Cormier says:

    Jamie Cormier, Lufkin Texas

    “For I know that my Redeemer lives,
    and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”

    Job 19:25, ESV

  10. 4610
    riTa says:

    Rita Koch, Upland, IN

    Romans 6:7 (HCSB)
    …”since a person who has died is freed from sin’s claims.”

    Romanos 6:7 (RVC)
    “Porque el que ha muerto, ha sido liberado del pecado.”

  11. 4611
    Kathleen Sargent says:

    “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ” Galatians 5:1 KJV

  12. 4612
    Cheryl says:

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

  13. 4613
    Melissa Reber says:

    Melissa | Lancaster, PA

    Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭14-15‬ ESV)

  14. 4614
    Denise says:

    Denise, Winfield, MO
    Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.

  15. 4615
    Jennifer Watson says:

    Jennifer Watson, Ruston, LA
    Hebrews 13:5 (NASB) Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”

  16. 4616
    Cheryl Mittmann says:

    “Little children, let no one deceive you! The one who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.” I John 3:7 HCSB

  17. 4617
    Emily K says:

    Emily in Puyallup, WA
    Isaiah 38:16 NIV
    “Lord, by such things people live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live.”

  18. 4618
    Marsha Truett says:

    Marsha T Jupiter FL
    Be joyful always; Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

  19. 4619
    Elke Ingersoll says:

    Elke Ingersoll – Lake Geneva, WI: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” -Proverbs 3:3 & 4 (NIV)

  20. 4620
    Dawn Deare says:

    Dawn Deare – Lafayette, LA
    Ezekiel 36:26-27 NLT
    And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new obedient heart.
    And I will put my spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I commanded.

  21. 4621
    Barb says:

    Barb, Urbandale, IA

    For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh… Romans 8:3 NASB

  22. 4622
    Monica Pribe says:

    Monica Pribe, Blacklick, OH “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 ESV

  23. 4623
    Donna G says:

    You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
    Isaiah 26:3 ESV

  24. 4624
    Lesa Ritter says:

    Lesa Ritter, Lubbock,Tx
    I am behind, but I’m still memorizing! Here’s my verse 6:
    Ps 104:33, ESV: I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

  25. 4625
    Vicki K Superior, CO says:

    6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
    7 It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
    8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.
    9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
    When will you get up from your sleep?
    10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest —
    11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit
    and scarcity like an armed man. Prov 6:6-11 NIV

  26. 4626
    Lisa Vaughn says:

    Lisa Vaughn Ripley, WV

    “Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.”

    1 Samuel 12:24 ESV

  27. 4627
    Kristy Foster says:

    Kristy Foster Strongsville, OH

    “Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.”

    1 Samuel 12:24 ESV

  28. 4628
    Karen G says:

    Karen G.
    Trussville, AL

    “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”
    Lamentations 3:25 (NIV)

  29. 4629
    Leah Brannon says:

    Leah from Athens, GA

    “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,”
    Ephesians 3:14 (ESV)

  30. 4630
    Dianne Green says:

    Jackson, TN “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” 1 Peter 2:11 ESV

  31. 4631
    Karen Thiessen says:

    Karen Thiessen, Everett, WA

    Psalm 62:2 (HCSB)
    He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.

  32. 4632
    Lindsay McDonald says:

    Lindsay McDonald Casey, IL ““The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3: 24

  33. 4633
    Zara says:

    Zara, Seoul, South Korea
    “For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name!” Luke 1:49 ESV

  34. 4634
    VK B says:

    Romans 1:20
    “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes,
    His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen,
    being understood through what has been made,
    so that they are without excuse.”


  35. 4635
    Clancie Speck says:

    Clancie Speck, Elizabehtown, KY, “The steps of a (good) man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies himself with his every step].” Psalm 37:23 (AMP)

  36. 4636
    Lori Ledoux says:

    Beaumont, Texas

    When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

    John 19:30 NAB

  37. 4637
    Annette Bland says:

    Annette- Reno, NV
    God is within her she will not fall:
    God will help her at break of day.
    Psalm 46:5 NIV

  38. 4638
    Victoria-Hooksett,NH says:

    The highway of the upright avoids evil;
    the one who guards his way protects his life.

    Proverbs 16:17 (HCSB)

  39. 4639
    Lori says:

    Bangor, Maine

    The Lord your God is in your midst; He is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; He renews you by His love; He shouts for joy over you.

    Zephaniah 3:17 NET

  40. 4640
    Sandra Roberts says:

    Sandra Roberts, Fort Worth, TX psalm 19:13 “keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.”

  41. 4641
    Dametra Stevenson says:

    Dametra S, Fort Worth, Texas
    For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him
    John 3:17

  42. 4642
    Jennifer Diaz says:

    Jennifer D, Fort Worth, Texas
    For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him
    John 3:17

  43. 4643
    Rebecca Shingledecker says:

    Rebecca S, Fort Worth, Texas
    For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him
    John 3:17

  44. 4644
    Karen Wright says:

    Karen from Shelton, Wa

    And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace:
    Ephesians 6:15 NKJV

  45. 4645
    Ashley Ehrlick says:

    Ashley Ehrlick – Billings, MT
    March 15 – “I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.” (3John1:4 NLT)
    April 1 – “Your greatest glory will be that you belong to Him.” (2Thess.1:12 Living Bilble)

  46. 4646
    Kristin Johnson says:

    Kristin Johnson, Owasso, OK
    “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,”
    Ephesians 6:14 NIV

  47. 4647
    Brigitte Thomson says:

    Brigitte from Newark, Ohio
    And I tell you, ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
    Luke 11:9 ESV

  48. 4648
    Patty Vandaveer says:

    For memory verse 5 I picked a long one. I still don’t have it memorized and I got a bit discouraged and skipped posting in mid-march. But through teaching my 3 year old we memorized Psalm 119:60 and I am going to use it for verse 6 because it applies to me too!
    Patty Vandaveer; Lake Jackson, Texas
    Psalm 119:60 (ESV) “I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.”

  49. 4649
    Heather Hoch says:

    Heather H Pflugerville, TX
    Psalm 103:17 (NASB)
    But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him and His righteousness to children’s children.

  50. 4650
    Lauren McCreight says:

    And my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

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