Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 8!

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Hello, Siestas! My name is Diane Vaccaro, and I live in Fresno, CA. I’m a pastor’s wife and a mom of 3.  I’m honored to share my verse today in a more formal way than usual. Often in our family we talk about how reflecting on scripture is paramount for transforming our hearts. God’s living Word can do more than we could ever imagine if we only give it time to seep into our thoughts and heart for a moment or two… or ten. It’s in those moments of reflection that I’m open and available to consider how the verse applies to my own life and heart. A quick read often leaves me with a short memory of what I’ve read, and a missed opportunity for revelation of who God is and how he loves. Memorization isn’t the goal, but a tool to continue to mediate on the Word, wherever I am, and ponder it, repeating it in my mind and mouth so that it becomes part of me.


Here’s my verse:

Diane – Fresno, CA
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17


What I love about this verse is that it brings together God’s attributes as a mighty warrior and as one who delights, even to the point of singing over me. Strength and tenderness. He is a God that can take on my enemies without neglecting the tender and vulnerable places of my heart. And I’ve got an enemy…I don’t know about human ones, but I’m confident that The Enemy is always on the hunt. It is part of being a believer. It’s part of my life in ministry.


As I reflect on this verse I wonder where I’m trying to be the warrior instead of letting God do the fighting. I wonder if I fight fights that aren’t mine, neglecting the ones God has put before me for victory if I’d only fight.


And I wonder if I’ve become so distracted that I miss the singing. Has God been singing over me a melody so sweet while I’ve been straining to hear the world’s approval? I really want to hear the song of God. The world’s song pales in comparison.


One day I was alone in my car and not listening to music (both are seldom). I was praying and pleading and at one point simply asked God, “Do you delight in me?” This verse was pulled from somewhere in my memory as if to say, “Yes, I delight in you. You bring me great joy. I’m singing over you.”


Mighty God, my prayer is that you would set my feet in the direction of my battles, that I would fight with courage and bravery, knowing that you will supply all I need. Show me when I try to fight battles meant for you. I want to duck when your sword comes crashing through, bowing to your will and power. Quiet my heart and soul that I would hear you – hear your direction and your joyful singing over me. I want your song to be the soundtrack of my days.


My prayer is that you, Siesta, will experience the Mighty Warrior and the songs of delight that he sings over you today.


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  1. 950
    Julie Brock says:

    Julie Brock, New Albany MS “What,then,shall we say in response to these things? If GOD is for us,who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 (NIV)

  2. 951
    Vanessa Thompson says:

    Vanessa -Texarkana,TX.
    The Lord is my rock and fortress and my deliverer, my God my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    My shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2 (ESV)

  3. 952
    Britt Burlile says:

    Britt Burlile ~ Morrow, Ohio

    Hebrews 10:35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. NKJV

    • 952.1
      Abi Welch says:

      I believe that God just used your verse to direct me back to the scripture that he wants me to learn today. This is the second time that this same scripture has come across my desk today. Blessings.

  4. 953
    Lauren says:

    Lauren from Steinbach, Manitoba

    “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT

  5. 954
    Natalie says:

    Natalie Macek, Damascus, MD: “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronices 7:13-14, NKJV

  6. 955
    Erica Hostetler says:

    Erica, Lancaster, PA
    “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.”
    John 15:7 NIV

  7. 956
    Madelyn Crawley says:

    Madelyn Crawley, Conway, AR Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
    It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

  8. 957
    Anna Mullady says:

    Anna, Cincinnati, OH

    “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession […]. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”
    Deuteronomy 7:6,9 (NIV)

  9. 958
    Janice Meyer says:

    Euless, Texas

    2 Corinthians 4:18 ESV

    as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

  10. 959
    Gerry Warkentine says:

    “The Lord, the Lord is my my strength and my strength and my song:he has become my salvation”.
    Isaiah 12:2

  11. 960
    Angela Scott says:

    Angela Scott Lexington,Tn

    Behold, the one who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalms 121:4

  12. 961
    Colleen says:

    Colleen, Lyndonville, NY
    “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”
    Pr. 31:26 ESV

  13. 962
    Janet says:

    Janet P., College Station, TX

    The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing

    Zephaniah 3:17 NIV

  14. 963
    Michelle Moultrie says:

    Michelle Moultrie, Birmingham, AL – “Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2 (ESV)

  15. 964
    Brenda Zabriskie says:

    Lindon, Utah

    Luke 9:23 ESV

    And he said to all,”If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his Cross daily and follow me”.

  16. 965
    Joan Colby says:

    Joan Colby, Richland WA

    Psalms 121:4-5 NIV84 “…indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you – the LORD is your shade at your right hand;”

  17. 966
    Marissa Burt says:

    Marissa Seattle, WA

    “18 I will rejoice because of the Lord;
    I will be happy because of the God who delivers me!
    19 The sovereign Lord is my source of strength.
    He gives me the agility of a deer;
    he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.”

    Habakkuk 3:18-19 NET

  18. 967
    Marilyn Leslie says:

    Marilyn Leslie Mentor on the Lake, Ohio
    Psalm 61 2-4 (NIV)
    “From the ends of the earth I call to you,
    I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock
    that is higher than I. For You have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the foe.
    I long to dwell in Your tent forever and
    take refuge in the shelter of your wings.”

  19. 968
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Saint George, Utah
    “For The Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity.”
    Proverbs 2:6&7 ESV

  20. 969
    Iris Stinson says:

    Thank you Diane for that timely word. I needed to hear this because at times I do rush over His Words and then I feel at a loss. This was a blessing to me. May He return it to you sevenfold. Iris

  21. 970
    Jewel Corley says:

    Jewel from Florien, LA

    Col. 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. Col. 3:17 KJV

  22. 971
    Amy Cooper says:

    Amy, Murfreesboro, TN
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
    2 Corinthians 4:7, NIV

  23. 972
    Leslie Giddens says:

    Leslie G-Warner Robins, GA

    Let your gentleness be evident to all.” Philippians 4:5a (NIV)

  24. 973
    Ann Lacker says:

    After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭66-69‬ ESV)

  25. 974
    Kimyetta Hayden says:

    Kimyetta H. Jonesboro,GA

    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭3 NIV)

  26. 975
    Pamela Reimer Canada says:

    ephesians 6:14-15 NIV

    Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist with the breastplate of righteousness in place and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes with the gospel of peace.

  27. 976
    Pam Coleman says:

    Pam Coleman, Deleon Springs, Florida

    “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”

    Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)

  28. 977
    Lisa Jones says:

    Lisa Jones Andalusia, Alabama

    Psalm 119:130 ESV
    “The unfolding of Your words give light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”

  29. 978
    Linda Pierson says:

    Linda, Las Vegas, NV, Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18, NIV.

  30. 979
    Iris Stinson says:

    so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
    Ephesians 3:17 NIV

    Iris Stinson
    Carlisle PA

  31. 980
    Kathy L. says:

    Kathy Land, Shattuck, OK
    Psalm 145:8 (NIV) “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”

  32. 981
    emi says:

    emi, white house, tn: “even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–” Ephesians 2:5 ESV

  33. 982
    Cindy Matter says:

    “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

    Hebrews 4:16 NIV

  34. 983
    Jean says:

    Jean Abilene, TX
    Psalms 84:4 NIV
    Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.

  35. 984
    Shira Maclennan says:

    luke 11:6 & 10-
    A friend of mine on a journey has come to me and I have nothing to set before him.
    Everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
    Shira MacLennan, Americus, Ga

  36. 985
    Iris Stinson says:

    I have been posting since January and have not had any notice as to whether my verses have been “moderated” and so I am wondering how will we know? Thanks for your response. God bless and keep you, Iris

  37. 986
    Laura Beatie says:

    Laura, Aurora, MO Psalm 1:1-3 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
    But his delight is in the law of the Lord
    and in His law he meditates day and night.
    He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season.
    And its leaf does not wither.
    And in whatever he does he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 (NAS)

  38. 987
    Shana Greer says:

    “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strenghened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

    Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT)

  39. 988
    Gail Greene says:

    Gail from Land O Lakes Florida

    “Be joyful always!”

    1 Thessalonians 5:16

  40. 989
    Danielle Pleasant says:

    Danielle Pleasant, Pinewood, SC

    Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ NKJV)

  41. 990
    Mary Hunter says:

    Mary Hunter Larned, KS
    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 4:7 NIV

  42. 991
    Gina says:

    Gina Rosamond Ca
    “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

    Matthew 5:7 NASB

  43. 992
    Teri Thompson says:

    Teri Thompson TX

    “Father, if you are willing,
    take this cup from me;
    yet not my will ,
    but yours be done.

    Luke 22:42

  44. 993
    Linda says:

    Ps 91:15 NKJV
    Father God Said,
    “He shall call upon ME, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.”

  45. 994
    Robin Spaan says:

    Robin from Orange City, Iowa
    Psalm 32:7 “You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble.
    You surround me with songs of victory”

    Praise you Lord all glory to you….

  46. 995
    Karen says:

    Redfield, AR

    Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)
    [15] And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

  47. 996
    Mary McGowan says:

    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
    Romans 12:2 NKJV

  48. 997
    Gail Niles, Cary, NC says:

    “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
    James 1: 19-20 (ESV)

  49. 998
    Karen Teplik says:

    “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)

  50. 999
    Kay Wolfer says:

    John 14:20
    “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”

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