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. 3951
    LeaAnn Goodman says:

    LeaAnn Goodman, Lexington, KY
    My late verse 8:
    “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.”
    Psalm 100:1 KJV

  2. 3952
    Candy Seale says:

    Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
    1 Corinthians 15:58

  3. 3953
    Dr. Wilma Arant says:

    Dr. Wilma Ann Arant, Swartz, LA: “Until I come, continue to read the Scripture to the people, strengthen them,and teach them.” 1 Timothy 4:13 New Century VersionW

  4. 3954
    Jennie Marie Knoll says:

    Jennie Knoll – DeWitt, Arkansas
    Zechariah 4:6b (NIV)
    ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

  5. 3955
    Barbara Tilley says:

    Psalms 118:1
    O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; because His mercy endureth forever.

  6. 3956
    Tricia says:

    Antelope Valley, CA

    Romans 8: 29-30 (NIV)

    For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

  7. 3957
    Danna McDuff says:

    Danna, Atlanta, TX.
    Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Philippians 1:27 (NIV)

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    Libby Montez says:

    Libby Montez
    Lake in the Hills, IL

    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”
    Isaiah 43:1b (ESV)

    • 3958.1
      Jennifer says:

      Hi Libby! Due to the general busyness of life, I had gotten behind on my scripture memory and was in need of some inspiration. I was looking through people’s posts and the scripture you submitted just jumped off the page. So, I’ve also used it for this week’s memory verse. What an encouragement to be reminded and confirmed that we belong to the Lord. I pray that you are blessed today and encouraged knowing that you are a daughter of the King!

  9. 3959
    Angela from Pflugerville says:

    Galations 5:23
    22 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

  10. 3960
    nat. hawaii says:

    1 samuel 12:23 NIV
    As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.

  11. 3961
    Dena' Davis says:

    Dena’ Davis, HIndman, Ky, ” And Jesus answered and said to them, ” Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘ Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will happen.”
    Matthew 21:21New American Standard

  12. 3962
    Lisa Morris says:

    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Heb 11:1 NIV

  13. 3963
    Yvonne Wheeler from Santee, California says:

    How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. Psalm 31:19 NLT

  14. 3964
    Donna Williams says:

    Psalms 40:3 NAS
    He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.

  15. 3965
    Cassie says:

    Cassie Davis, Orange City, FL
    You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. (Psalm 139:3-4, ESV)

  16. 3966
    Jamieb says:


    1Peter 3:4 NIV
    Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭3‬:‭4‬ NIV)

  17. 3967
    Connie Blaut says:

    Connie B from Amarillo, TX

    My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone
    should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 NIV

  18. 3968
    Hannah Hernandez says:

    Hannah, La Grange, Tx “for in my inner being I delight in God’s law;” Romans 7:22 NIV

  19. 3969
    Angela says:

    Psalm 63:1-2 NKJV
    “O God, You are my God;
    Early will I seek You;
    My soul thirsts for You;
    My flesh longs for You
    In a dry and thirsty land
    Where there is no water.
    So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
    to see Your power and Your glory.”

    Angela-Tulsa area- returning to SSMT after a temporary relapse of too-busy-ness.

  20. 3970
    Angelica (Angel) Chilton says:

    Angelica (Angel) Chilton, Hillsboro, Texas
    “Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything.” Proverbs 11:24 (NLT)

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    Libby says:

    Libby, Rochester, MN

    Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are his; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:3 NIV

  22. 3972
    Shelly says:

    Shelly, Rochester, MN

    . . . that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11 NIV

  23. 3973
    Judi says:

    Phil 1:6. Being confident of thisHe who began a great work in you will see it unto completion until the time of Christ Jesus

    I READ THIS DAILY. BECAUSE 2 yrs ago, when I was 45, I had a massive stroke, requiring 2 brain surgeries. Now I’m paralyzed on one side. I’m still a wife and a mom, but not as good as I need to be for them. But it will all be completed, as God intended when he knit me together in my mothers womb and had a plan for me, to prosper me and not to harm me.


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    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie Claremore, OK
    PSALM 18:32 NIV
    ” It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”

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    Jinga says:

    Jinga,Royal Palm Beach, FL
    Psalm 73:26 NIV, My flesh and my heart may fail, but GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

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    Pascale says:

    I have been meditating as well on Zephaniah 3.17, in my french translation the singing comes out as “shout of joy”…it has been amazing to imagine God getting so excited that He would shout of joy, and that the reason for that is…me!!! Just who I am. Wow, what a blessing to realize that God is thrilled when He think of me!

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    Aimee Wodkowski says:

    Aimee Wodkowski, Bay City, MI
    “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 27:1 KJV

  28. 3978
    Victoria says:

    Victoria, Hooksett NH

    And the LORD their God will save them in that day as the flock of His people; for they are as the stones of a crown, sparkling in His land. For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins. Zechariah 9:16-17 (NASB)

  29. 3979
    Judy, Terrace, Canada says:

    Psalm 46:1 NIV

    God is our refuge and strength
    An ever present help in trouble.

  30. 3980
    Katrina Casey says:

    Katrina Casey, Chandler OK
    Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

  31. 3981
    Mandy Helm says:

    Mandy Helm
    College Station, TX
    For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
    1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV

  32. 3982
    Stephanie Smith says:

    Steph Smith Sioux Falls, SD
    Psalms 55:22 NLT

    Give your burdens to the lord , and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

  33. 3983
    Lacy McMurry says:

    Lacy McMurry
    Carthage, MS

    “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

  34. 3984
    Debbie from Mississippi says:

    Debbie, Hattiesburg, MS

    “Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

    Ephesians 6:13 NKJV

  35. 3985
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer, Norfolk, VA
    Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
    Isaiah 1b (ESV)

  36. 3986

    This is a good word for me this year! I have found myself in the midst of extended family battles that have become big over silly stuff. It has taken great effort and big learning to let the Lord go before me and not retaliate but boy have I grown from stepping back. The enemy is constantly trying to drag us into fights that take us off the path God has for us and in that he wins a battle and we leave a hole in God’s strong front. Thank you for the practical advice that God goes before us and vindicates us in His good time and that he delights and sings over us.

  37. 3987
    Martha Blacklock says:

    Martha Blacklock
    Lubbock, TX

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

  38. 3988
    Martha Blacklock says:

    Martha Blacklock
    Lubbock, TX
    Sorry to post so late. I was having severe pain leading to neck surgery, so I am having to “catch up”.

  39. 3989
    Whitney says:

    Whitney Payne, LaGrange, GA: James 2:1 (NIV84) – My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.

  40. 3990
    dana johnson says:

    Dana Johnson, Waterford WI
    Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and pleasing to him and is perfect.
    Romans 12:2 GNB

  41. 3991
    Laura Naiser says:

    Laura Naiser, Georgetown TX

    John 1:12, NIV

    Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

  42. 3992
    Emily Miller says:

    Emily Miller, Greensburg, LA
    “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
    Genesis 12:2 (HCSB)

  43. 3993
    Glenda Durano says:

    2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to bless you abundantly so that in all t things at all times having all you need, you will abound in every good work.

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    Jacqueline Bailey says:

    Jacqueline Bailey, Denver, CO

    But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love,
    he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit.

    Titus 3:3-4 NLT

  45. 3995
    Cathy Robinson says:

    Cathy Robinson, Chester, UK

    Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV)

    1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
    2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

  46. 3996
    Kim Morris says:

    Kim, Richmond, Tx, “But if anyone
    does not have them,
    he is
    nearsighted and blind,
    and has forgotten
    he has been cleansed
    from his past sins.”
    2 Peter 1:9 (NIV)

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    Portia Jordan says:

    Portia Jordan, Hendersonville, Tn.
    Hebrews 12:29 “For our God is a consuming fire”.

  48. 3998
    Bev says:

    Beverly V., Glasgow, KY. Love the provided verse. Making it mine.

    “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 NIV

  49. 3999
    Erin Rhoades says:

    Erin Rhoades – Maryville, TN
    “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
    – 1 Peter 4:8

  50. 4000
    Sheba says:

    Sheba Munroe
    St Petersburg Fl
    1 Timothy 6:19 ESV
    Thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

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