Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 12!

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Hello Siestas!

I’m Adrienne, aka “Fuzzytop”, writing to you from Jasper, Tennessee, a very small town about 25 miles west of Chattanooga. I’m a transplant to the South, having moved here from the Phoenix area in 2005.   My family consists of husband, Tom, Rachel (HS Senior), and James (HS Freshman). Along with the humans, our family includes six dogs and eight cats, and of those, only two were acquired deliberately; we have soft hearts for abandoned dogs and cats. We also have six cows, a donkey, and assorted chickens and live on 40 acres in a rural area, which is a huge change from the Phoenix suburbs.

So…..a little bit about myself.   I grew up overseas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We lived there until I was nine, and then immigrated to the United States, landing in Mesa, Arizona. Culture shock!!! After High School I attended Arizona State University, receiving a BS in Bioengineering and later, a MS in Quality Engineering and Applied Statistics. For many years I worked as an engineer and a project manager at Intel Corporation in AZ. Here in TN, I work in Quality Assurance for an engineering firm in Chattanooga. Work-wise, I seriously love data analysis and statistics. Away from work I enjoy reading, drawing, beading, gardening, and spending time with my family.   I also love Bible Studies, and have done every Siesta Summer Bible study with two dear friends, Linda and Sarah, whom I met through this blog.

As a child, I had very little exposure to Jesus and the gospel. In Kuala Lumpur, I attended a Catholic school, and I recall my class practicing for communion using slips of newspaper in place of the wafers. The nuns were very concerned that we not “mess up” our First Holy Communion, so it was a stressful event. I had no idea what it all meant. My parents were not Christians, so as a child we never went to church or read the Bible, but somehow I knew in my heart that God was real. During difficult times in my early years, I remember praying to God, and trusting that those prayers were heard.

During High School, I began attending church and youth group with some close friends, and began identifying myself as “a Christian”, but I know now I had never truly given my heart and my life to Jesus and fully trusted in Him for salvation. My Christianity was nothing but a label. I became disillusioned when I found out those High School friends were no different from the non-Christian “bad” kids I knew. I dropped out of Youth Group and then church for many years.

During college I met my husband. He had been saved during his senior year of High School, and we spent many hours talking about God, and Jesus. After we married, we started attending church. One fateful Sunday I went alone, and during the invitation, I felt an overwhelming conviction that the invitation was for me. Honestly, I was stunned, having thought for many years that I was saved! I didn’t respond to the invitation that day, but all the next week it was on my mind, and I prayed to really know what to do.   The following Sunday during the invitation I was again convicted in my heart that I needed to respond and this time, I went forward, prayed for Jesus to forgive me of my sins, and truly accepted him as Savior. Even today, almost 30 years later, I can remember the overwhelming flood of relief and joy.

Of my four siblings, parents, step-parents, in-laws, nieces and nephews, only a few are saved. I count many lost people among my extended family, and I believe it is an imperative that I pray for them. In Romans 10:1 Paul wrote, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved,” (emphasis mine). As C.H. Spurgeon once stated in a sermon:

Until the gate of hell is shut upon a man, we must not cease to pray for him. And if we see him hugging the very doorposts of damnation, we must go to the mercy seat and beseech the arm of grace to pluck him from his dangerous position. While there is life there is hope, and although the soul is almost smothered with despair, we must not despair for it, but rather arouse ourselves to awaken the Almighty arm.

There are days when I am frustrated with seemingly unanswered prayers regarding the salvation of people I love.   So the Scripture I’m choosing this time is 2 Pet 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (NIV), which reminds me that these things are under His control and His timing, and that God desires salvation for every soul. If you have lost loved ones, like me, perhaps this verse will comfort you also.

I am so grateful for this blog, and SSMT. The friends I have met through this blog, the original Siesta Fiesta, and the SSMTC events are so precious to me.

Love in Christ,

Adrienne (Fuzzytop)


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  1. 451
    Mary Quarterman says:

    Roswell, GA
    And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. Philippians 1:9-10 (NIV)

  2. 452
    Paige Storlie says:

    Paige Storlie, Amarillo, TX

    “Avoid every kind of evil.”
    1 Thessalonians 5:22 (NIV)

  3. 453
    Sheri says:

    Sheri -OR

    Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight. Proverbs 12:22 KJV

  4. 454
    Gina Campbell says:

    Gina Campbell, Katy, TX.
    For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
    2 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NLT

    • 454.1
      Gina Campbell says:

      Oops! Where was my brain. 2 Timothy 1:7 wasn’t my verse. Sorry…going on 3 hours sleep.
      Gina Campbell, Katy, TX.
      You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
      Isaiah‬ ‭26‬:‭3‬ NLT

  5. 455
    Gaye Swaim says:

    Traphill, NC. For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel. Ezra 7:10 NKJV

  6. 456
    Judy Bailey says:

    Judy, Panama City

    The LORD your God is with you;
    the mighty One will save you.
    He will rejoice over you.
    You will rest in his love;
    he will sing and be joyful about you.
    Zephaniah 3:17 (NCV)

  7. 457
    Debbie D says:

    Debbie D. O’Fallon MO.
    Now may the God of patience and comfort
    grant you to be like minded toward one
    another, according to Christ Jesus, that you
    may with one mind and one mouth glorify
    the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
    Rim 15: 5&6 NKJV

  8. 458
    Cindy Barger says:

    I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

    Psalms 121: 1-2

    Cindy Barger
    Houston, Texas

  9. 459

    Carolyn Deevers, Dardenne Prairie, MO
    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.”

  10. 460
    Jane Ball Carrollton KY says:

    “…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15 ESV

  11. 461
    Melissa says:

    Melissa~Black Creek, GA

    The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭11‬ ESV)

  12. 462
    Liz Kester says:

    Liz Kester
    Keller, Texas

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NASB

  13. 463
    Michone Stewart says:

    Michone-Butte, MT

    …to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Colossians 1:9b NKJV

  14. 464
    Debbie says:

    Debbie, Forest City, NC
    Lord, I will praise you among the nations; I will sing songs of praise about You to all the nations.
    Your great love reaches the skies, Your truth to the clouds. God, You are supreme above the skies.
    Let Your glory be over all the earth.
    Psalm 57: 9-11 (NCV)

  15. 465
    Karen Bell says:

    Karen Bell, Hendersonville, TN
    to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:21) ESV

  16. 466
    Janette Chalmers says:

    Estes Park, CO
    Revelations 3:20 NIV
    Here, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and eat with him and he with me.

  17. 467
    Erin Beil says:

    Erin Beil, Sneads Ferry, NC
    Psalms 143:8 (NIV) Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

  18. 468
    Angie Call says:

    Angie Call -six more months till i am Mrs. Frantz – Belleville, IL
    My scripture is the beloved Prov 31:30 but in the Message version. “Charm can mislead, and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the fear-of-God.”

  19. 469
    Tara says:

    Tara, Eustis, Fl

    New International Version (NIV)
    John 3:8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.

  20. 470
    Kim says:

    Kim Fishers, Indiana “You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:5 NIV

  21. 471

    Amanda Porter. Kansas City, Missouri. “A man’s words will always express what has been treasured in his heart” -Luke 6:45 (Phillips)-

  22. 472
    Laura says:

    Laura D, Cleveland, OH. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (‭Psalm‬ ‭37‬:‭4‬ ESV)

  23. 473
    Berni says:

    Berni, Albuquerque
    And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
    Mark 9:23-24 ESV

  24. 474
    Joy McMahan says:

    Joy West Monroe, LA

    “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
    Psalm 34:18 NIV.

  25. 475
    Lisa Curtis says:

    Lisa Curtis
    Jackson MO
    Let the spirit renew your mind and attitudes. Ephesians 4:23 NLT

  26. 476
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, St. Catharine’s, ON
    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.
    Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV)

  27. 477
    nancy from Brighton, TN says:

    “For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you,’Fear not, I will help you.” NKJV

    Isa. 41:13

  28. 478
    Becky Adam says:

    Proverbs 8:32 (NLT)
    “And so, my children, listen to me,
    for all who follow my ways are joyful.

  29. 479
    Sylvie Nicol says:

    Sylvie Nicol
    Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

    1 Peter 5:7
    Living Bible (TLB)

    Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

  30. 480
    Kristy Falcomeni says:

    Kristy Falcomeni, Boaz, AL
    Psalm 40:1-3 (NCV)
    I waited patiently for the Lord.He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of destruction,out of the sticky mud.He stood me on a rockand made my feet steady. He put a new song in my mouth,a song of praise to our God.Many people will see this and worship him.Then they will trust the Lord.

  31. 481
    Beatrice Brackin says:

    Beatrice Brackin, Chattanooga, TN. James 1:26 NIV, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”

  32. 482
    Julie Stamey says:

    1 Peter 4:10 niv
    Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards I’d God’s grace in its various forms

  33. 483
    Laura Hagedorn says:

    Laura Hagedorn, Rib Mountain, WI.,
    Matthew 7:15-17NIV

    “Watch out for false prophets.They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

  34. 484
    April says:

     April Mozingo Garland, TX “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, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” – Philippians 2:14-17 ESV

  35. 485
    Karen Caviness says:

    New Albany, MS

    I am counting on the LORD; yes, I am counting on him.
    I have put my hope in his word.

    Psalm 130:5 NLT

  36. 486
    Kathy Allen says:

    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)

  37. 487
    Sarah says:

    Yates Center, KS

    How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
    They cannot be numbered!

    Psalm 139:17 NLT

  38. 488
    Susie McNeely says:

    susie McNeely Russellville ar

    Does he not see my ways and count my every step? (‭Job‬ ‭31‬:‭4‬ NIV)

  39. 489
    Susan Jezek says:

    Susan Jezek, St. Petersburg, FL – THANK YOU Beth for a blessed and powerful event in Tampa and for welcoming me into the Siestas late in the game — I am working to catch up! “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” Colossians 3:16a KJV

  40. 490
    Elizabeth Johnston says:

    Elizabeth Johnston
    Guilin, China

    But now thus says the Lord,
    he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.

    -Isaiah 43:1 (ESV)

  41. 491
    Beth Belflower says:

    Beth Belflower
    Caddo Mills, Texas

    Genesis 1:1-2.
    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. ESV

  42. 492
    Kathy Manthey from Gilbert, Arizona says:

    Romans 8:28 NIV
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

  43. 493
    Cyndi Patterson says:

    Cyndi Patterson, Bloomdale, OH

    Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

    Proverbs 4:23 NIV

  44. 494
    Kassandra says:

    Kasssandra Butte, ND
    Ephesians 6:11 NLT
    Put on all of God’s armor do that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.

  45. 495
    Vonnie Baker says:

    Vonnie Baker
    Marble Hill MO

    The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in him and I am helped: Therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 28:7 KJV

  46. 496
    Ann Thiede says:

    Ann Thiede, Searcy, Arkansas:

    12 Though you search for your enemies,
    you will not find them.
    Those who wage war against you
    will be as nothing at all.
    13 For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
    and says to you, Do not fear;
    I will help you.

    Isaiah 41:13,14

  47. 497
    Callee Maglothin says:

    Callee Maglothin, Houston, TX “But as for me, God’s presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge so I can tell about all You do.” Psalm 73:28 – The Lord as my refuge has a whole new meaning to me after my home was flooded and I am now displaced. I’m reminded that He is my safe place and always with me. I trust deeply in Him so that I can share Him even through this difficult time for my family.

  48. 498
    Diana says:

    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Psalm 133:1 NKJV
    “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

  49. 499
    lynda rickey says:

    Lynda from Ocala, FL: Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him. Isaiah 30:18. NIV

  50. 500
    Sarah Moon says:

    Sarah, St. Louis, MO

    “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

    1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV

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