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. 2601
    Laura Willard says:

    Laura Willard, Cedar Park, TX
    For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. 1 Thess 2:11-12 (NIV)

  2. 2602
    Huong Kelly says:

    “rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer” Romans 12:12 (NAS)

  3. 2603
    Marsha says:

    Marsha, Batesville, Ms
    “For we live by believing and not by seeing.”
    (@ Corinthians 5:7)

  4. 2604
    Megan says:

    Megan, Goodlettsville, TN
    “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.”
    Proverbs 31:11 (NIV)

  5. 2605
    Kathryn Todd says:

    Kathryn from Katy,TX

    James 1:1. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.

    2. Consider it pure joy ,my brothers and sisters,when you face trials of many kinds , 3. Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance .

  6. 2606
    Missy S says:

    Missy S, Charlotte, NC

    Catching up on some verses I missed at the end of pregnancy – I gave birth to our first child on July 15 – this one is in honor of him:

    “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.” ~ Psalm 127:3

  7. 2607
    Janice Bells says:

    Verse #14 Colossians 4:2 NIV
    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

    Verse #15 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

    Glad to be caught up again!

  8. 2608
    Joy Thompson says:

    August 1, 2015
    Joy Thompson, Fort Worth, TX
    Psalm 143:8
    Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. ESV

  9. 2609
    Wanda Young says:

    Wanda Young
    Osborn Missouri

    You will keep on guiding me with Your counsel,
    leading me to a glorious destiny.

    Psalm 73:24 (NLT)

  10. 2610
    Natalie- Austin, Tx says:

    Is 30-21
    Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying “This is the way walk in it”

  11. 2611
    Charmaine Fenty says:

    And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 1 John 3:22

  12. 2612
    Bethany Sullivan says:

    Bethany Sullivan in Converse, IN
    Hebrews 6:11-12
    ” And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence, so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

  13. 2613
    Debbie LeBlanc says:

    Debbie LeBlanc, Rockledge, Fl
    Ephesians 5:2 And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

  14. 2614
    Bonnie O'Shields says:

    Bonnie O’Shields, Dacusville, SC

    But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires.

    James 1:14 HCSB

  15. 2615
    Lynda Staton says:

    Lynda Staton – Keo, AR #14

    There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

    PROVERBS 18:24 NLT

  16. 2616
    Dori Wooldridge says:

    Dori Wooldridge From Indiana
    Psalm 37: 3-5
    “Trust in The Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself on The Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to The Lord; trust in Him and He will do this:…”

  17. 2617
    Jennifer Humphrey says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX

    Hebrews 10:24 NLT
    Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

  18. 2618
    Tammy Skogen says:

    Do not fret (worry) or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. Phil 4:6 AMP

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    Dawn Bouchard says:

    Dawn, Beavercreek, OH

    “Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord, hear my urgent cry.”

    Psalm 86:6 (NLT)

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    Connie Windham says:

    Connie Windham
    Trout, LA
    Ephesians 4:32 ESV
    Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

  21. 2621
    Sheba says:

    Sheba Munroe
    Saint Petersburg, FL
    Philippines 4:4 ESV
    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

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    sarah withers, smyrna ga says:

    for the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King, it is he who will save us. Isaiah 33:22

  23. 2623
    Lynne Brown says:

    Lynne, Jackson, Alabama

    “I will sing unto the Lord, because He hath dealt bountifully with me.”

    Psalm 13:6 (KJV)

  24. 2624
    Sara Gillian says:

    Romanos 12:12
    Alégrense en la esperanza, muestren paciencia en el sufrimiento, perseveren en la oración.

  25. 2625
    Joelle Roibal says:

    Joelle Abilene, TX
    “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭121:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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    Cheryl Dulaney says:

    Cheryl Dulaney, Lafayette, LA

    Romans 11:33 NLT
    O, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways!

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    Linda from Austin says:

    You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
    2 Samuel 22:29 NIV

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    Brianna says:

    Brianna from Jonesboro, AR

    But as for you, be serious about everything, endure hardships, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

    2 Timothy 4:5 HCSB

  29. 2629
    Donna Lange says:

    Donna Lange, Mobile, AL,
    In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
    Ephesians 1:13 KJV

  30. 2630
    Donna Lange says:

    Donna Lange, Mobile, AL
    Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

    Ephesians 1:14 KJV

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    Teresa Wilson says:

    Teresa Wilson. Starkville, MS.


    Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked.

  32. 2632
    Arlene C. says:

    For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16 ASV

  33. 2633
    Ruth says:

    Ruth, Odin, IL

    “Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”
    -Romans 8:23 (NIV84)

  34. 2634
    Jana Fields says:

    Jana Fields Wills Point, TX (making up for missing July 15 post)
    Romans 9:10 KJV
    “For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

  35. 2635
    Anna Yoder says:

    Philippians 2:3 (NKJ)
    Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but lowiness of mind let each esteem others better than himself
    Anna Elkhart IN

  36. 2636
    DLynn Miracle says:

    DLynn Miracle;Argyle,TX
    For your name’s sake, O Lord,
    pardon my guilt, for it is great.
    Psalm 25:11 ESV

  37. 2637
    Judy, Terrace, Canada says:

    James 5:16 NIV

    Therefore, confess your sins to one another so you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

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    Esther says:

    Esther. Jonesborough TN. ESV. Joel 2:25a. (Melana this is also for you, sweet testimony): I will restore to you the years the the swarming locust has eaten.

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    Kelly Parker says:

    Kelly Parker, Shreveport,La

    The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 NIV

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    Heather Hoch says:

    Heather Hoch Pflugerville, TX

    Hebrews 4:13 (NASB)
    And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid before to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

  41. 2641
    Crystal says:

    Crystal and Reese, Canton MI
    Phil 2:3 NIV
    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves

  42. 2642
    Mary Gegare says:

    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 NIV

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    Carol says:

    Carthage, NY

    to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus

    throughout all generations, for ever & ever!

    Ephesians 3:21 NIV

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    Rhonda Douglas says:

    Rhonda – Houston
    My heart is confident in You, o God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing Your praises! Psalm 57:7 NLT

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    Lise Ode says:

    Lise Ode, Cumming, GA.
    And you shall love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5 (NAS)

  46. 2646
    Laura Hall says:

    Laura Hall
    Kyle, Texas

    “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins” Ephesians 2:1 (ESV)

  47. 2647
    Kathy French says:

    Kathy French, Austin

    ” Look to The Lord and His strength; seek His face always. ” Psalm 105:4 NIV

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    Tammie Head says:

    Tammie Head, Houston, TX. “since I know that my tabernacle will soon be removed, because our Lord Jesus Christ revealed this to me.” 2 Peter 1:14, NET

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    Linda Gammon says:

    Linda Gammon, Blue Springs, MO
    (I may have already entered this verse. Vacation interferes with my recollection. So just in case . . .)
    Psalm 63:1 ESV
    O God, You are my God;
    Earnestly I seek You;
    My soul thirsts for You;
    My flesh faints for You,
    As in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

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    Dianne says:

    But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. Job 23:10 (NIV)

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