Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 14!

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My name is Melana Cummings (aka MooseMama…story to come). I live in Sheridan Wyoming. I have been married to Tim Cummings for 32 years. We met through a letter and he asked me to marry him in a letter. (It’s a very long story, but oh so sweet and God designed!) The first time we kissed was when he put the engagement ring on my finger. It’s not a common way to start out a life together, but we were best friends who got married. He’s still one of the dorkiest people I know. He makes me laugh. He makes me shake my head. He has always said that if I ever leave him, he’s coming with me. We have a 26 year old daughter Sarah, a 16 year old daughter Emily, and a grandson, Jensen, who is 3. I have worked for the State of Wyoming for 28 years, and have a degree in psychology from the only university in the state. I was raised in the Lutheran church but had no idea what a personal relationship with Christ was. When I was 21, Christ sought me out, and I prayed to receive Him. From that day forward JESUS HAS BEEN MY LIFE!

In 2006, I prayed that I would grow even more in my faith and in Christ. About a week later a snippet of video was played about the Bible study, Believing God by Beth Moore (never heard of her!) that would be starting soon. A prayer answered!

A few months later this Beth Moore was going to be in Salt Lake City with Living Proof Live, so myself and 5 friends drove to see her. She taught from Ephesians 3…how wide, how long, how high, and how deep is the love of Christ….to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. One phrase she said “All excess is a result of emptiness”, hit me hard. As a woman who has been overweight all my life, all I could think was “nuh-uh”!

That one Bible Study and Living Proof Live event were the beginning of many more Bible Studies and live events through the last 9 years. My prayers for growth were being answered! I loved reading Beth’s blog and made a lifelong friend through it: Adrienne Hudson (aka Fuzzytop in Tennessee) and I became online friends. In 2008 a friend and I drove from Wyoming to San Antonio Texas for the Living Proof Live, and “Siesta Fiesta”, where I finally got to meet Adrienne face-to-face. I wish I could name all of the Siestas I have met over the years! They have become so dear to my heart and really, an integral part of my life in Christ! Honestly, the kindness, love, support and joy these women have brought to my life is no small miracle.

The most hilarious part of that trip was a stuffed Moose with a Wyoming bandana on his neck. It was my intention to give the moose to Beth as a gift. Well, we started to take pictures of “Miesta Moose” (Miesta is a male Siesta), along the trip. The pictures got posted on a secondary blog that a couple of Siestas had started, which was all about the Fiesta. By the time we arrived in San Antonio, Miesta Moose had become somewhat of a celebrity. And so it began. I took him to every Beth Moore event I went to. He would even end up in recap pictures, and then Siestas from all around the country, most of whom, I had never met, asked me to send him to them so they could take him to the event in their area. He has been kissed and carried by some of the most wonderful women! Around his neck, he wears the wristbands from the events he has attended. I became MooseMama. He became so recognizable, that women asked to have their pictures taken with him. It pleased me that he showed up at tapings and book signings that Beth was doing.

In 2009, I felt God really was telling me that I could be more of what He wanted for me if I lost that excess weight and fill the emptiness with Him. I lost 120 lbs. in a year’s time. I was leading Bible Studies. I was teaching Sunday School. I even went on a mission trip to Africa with my church. Something I never would have tried when I was so overweight. Prayers answered!

The year 2011 brought with it a season of severe loss and struggle. A heart attack altered the health of my husband, my oldest daughter became a widow at 22. Two weeks following her husband’s death she discovered she was expecting our grandson Jensen. I grew steadily depressed with these changes and gained back all the weight I had lost. I felt like I was trying to hold everything from flying apart. I was exhausted. We stopped going to church. But God…

We returned to church last year, and God is showing me how He used Jensen to redeem these past few years. His faithfulness to me never faltered. This verse has never meant more to me, than now. Today it is my verse to memorize:

Romans 8:38-39 NIV

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.




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  1. 1851
    Chelsea McNary says:

    Chelsea McNary, Lima, Ohio

    Psalm 50:2 (ESV)

    Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.

  2. 1852
    Jodi Schiebout, Jackson, T says:

    “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another: be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8 NIV

  3. 1853
    Betty says:

    Vicksburg, MS

    Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

    1 John 4:11

  4. 1854
    Melissa Rausch says:

    Melissa Rausch Blue Springs, MO

    Remember Your word to your servant; You have given me hope through it.
    Psalm 119:49 HCSB

  5. 1855
    Lacy says:

    Lacy, Eugene, OR

    But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his site, without blemish and free from accusation– Colossians 1:22 NIV

  6. 1856
    Lea Ann Frank says:

    Lea Ann in Hales Corners WI

    II Chron 16:9~ “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

  7. 1857
    Gay, Houston, TX says:

    Oh how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!

    Romans 11:33 NLT

  8. 1858
    Nanette, Plano says:

    Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city. Proverbs 16:32 NLT

  9. 1859
    Erin Dougherty says:

    Erin D. Conway, AR

    ” ‘And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’ ”
    Zechariah 2:5 (NIV)

  10. 1860
    Lori Haller says:

    Lori Haller , Easton MD. “Luke 10:42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.” (HCSB)

  11. 1861
    Valarie says:

    Valarie, Pocatello, Idaho

    Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”

    John 6:35 NASB

  12. 1862
    Marla says:

    marla, Cordova TN
    Lamentations 3:22-23(NIV) ” Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. “

  13. 1863
    Jan Duncan says:

    Arlington TX
    Matthew 14:31 NIV
    Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?”

  14. 1864
    Mitzi says:

    For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
    Colossians 1:9 NIV

  15. 1865
    Rebecca Murphy says:

    Rebecca-Eagle Point, OR
    Numbers 15:39-40 HCSB.
    “These will serve as tassels for you to look at, so that you may remember all the Lords commands and obey them and not become unfaithful by following your own heart and your own eyes. This way you will remember and obey all my commands and be holy to your God.”

  16. 1866
    Joyce says:

    New Jersey

    “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’

    2 Corinthians 4:8 (NIV)

  17. 1867
    Joanie says:

    Richmond, VA

    Consider him who endured such opposition
    from sinful men, so that
    you will not grow weary
    and lose heart.

    Hebrews12:3 NIV

  18. 1868
    Kathy McCoy says:

    Kathy from Chandler, OK “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” Romans 12:9 ESV

  19. 1869
    Deena Forrester says:

    Deena, Grants Pass, Oregon
    For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 ESV

  20. 1870
    Claudia says:

    Claudia from Edmond, OK
    Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to You for refuge. I said to the Lord, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from You.”
    Psalms 16:1-2, NLT

  21. 1871
    Carol says:

    Because I missed last time, I’ll do two verses this time.

    For I am CONVINCED that neither death nor life, neither angles nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Romans 8:38-39

  22. 1872
    Jennifer Watson says:

    Jennifer Watson, Ruston, LA
    1 John 2:17 (NASB) The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

  23. 1873
    Kelly Bralley says:

    Kelly B. Spokane, Washington When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgement. John 16:8 NIV

  24. 1874
    Heather Huhn says:

    Heather – Fort Worth, TX
    “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!”
    Psalm 51:1-2 ESV

  25. 1875
    Michelle C says:

    Michelle, North Little Rock, AR

    “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
    2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

  26. 1876
    Karin says:

    Medina, MN

    “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
    Psalm 73:26 NIV

  27. 1877
    Theresa says:

    “Man is born for trouble as surely as the sparks fly upward.” Job 5:7

  28. 1878
    Mande Brightwell says:

    Mande Brightwell Longview Tx “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭33‬ NIV)

  29. 1879
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn, Terrace BC Canada
    Philippians 2:3 NIV
    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
    Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

  30. 1880
    Stephanie Hilton says:

    stephanie Hilton, League City, TX

    You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle Are they not in Your book?
    Psalm 56:8 NAS

  31. 1881
    Terri Tripp says:

    Terri Tripp from Winchester, VA

    “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

    Hebrews 11:1 NIV

  32. 1882
    Ally says:

    Ally, Houston, TX.
    “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”
    Luke 14:27 HCSB

  33. 1883
    Debbie says:

    Debbie Levin
    Cannon Falls MN

    “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” James 1:21 NLT

  34. 1884
    Rebecca Austin says:

    Phil. 2:13. NIV
    “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purposes.”

  35. 1885
    Emily Lawyer says:

    Emily Lawyer
    Arlington, VA

    Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. (Psalms 143:8 NLT)

  36. 1886
    Barbara says:

    Barbara Dunton

    Psalm 103:19 (ESV)
    The Lord has established his throne in the heavens and his kingdom rules over all.

  37. 1887
    Carolyn Campbell, Chicago, IL says:

    To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.

    Hebrews 11:1 GNT

  38. 1888
    Lynn Greene says:

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

  39. 1889
    Christina Brown says:

    Louisville, KY

    This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

    1 John 3:19-20 NIV

  40. 1890
    Lisa Williams says:

    Lisa from Houston, TX

    Ephesians 2:5 (NAB)

    “he brought us to life with Christ Jesus when we were dead in sin. By this favor, you were saved.”

  41. 1891
    Janet says:

    Janet, Holmes Beach, FL

    For we are God’s handiwork,
    created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
    which God prepared in advance for us to do.
    Ephesians 2:10 NIV

  42. 1892
    Pamela Guins says:

    Pamela Guins, Taylorsville, NC
    The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)

  43. 1893
    Stacy Mc says:

    Stacy Mc…Southaven, MS

    Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.

    Jer. 33:3 MEV

  44. 1894
    Jackie C says:

    Jackie C…Southaven, MS

    And we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

    1 John 4:16 NIV

  45. 1895
    Dana Goodwin says:

    Dana from Ashland, KY

    Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed,

    Psalm 2:1-2a ESV

  46. 1896
    Pam K. says:

    I am from Tempe, AZ
    1 John 1:7-8. But if we walk in the light , as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. NIV

  47. 1897
    Nancy Sticht says:

    Nancy Sticht, St. Augustine, FL

    And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

  48. 1898
    Whitney Rumeau says:

    In strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. Psalm 18:29 NLV

  49. 1899
    Dione Harjo says:

    Dione H., Moore, OK – Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJV

  50. 1900
    karen in henderson says:

    Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)

    11 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.

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