Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 16!

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Hey sweet siestas!

How much fun is this? Can we all just stop for a minute and thank our beloved leader, Bible teacher and yes, friend, for spurring us on in this world of scripture memory? I fail every time on my own. We need our people to conquer this task, don’t we? I’m good for a couple of months and then I flat out quit and blame it on something other than myself. But, I won’t quit if I have y’all! I’m thankful for this community. I’m thankful for the accountability. Memorizing scripture has transformed my heart and mind…the Word is living, and we have the privilege to breathe it in when we open those sacred pages and be changed from the inside out.

 

Something that I have done as I have memorized scripture is to write a brief synopsis of why I chose the verse on the back of the index card. I also date it. At the end of the year, it’s so powerful to go back and read a mini-journal of God’s faithfulness and the journey you’ve taken together that particular year. Go back and do that if you haven’t done it already. I’ll bet it won’t take you long to recall why you picked a particular verse. It will be a sweet gift to read through at the end of 2015.

 

Ok, my name is Fran Thomas and I’ve been married to Chip for 21 years! That’s crazy to me! I swear I’m still 30-something. We have 3 teenage boys. That’s another kind of crazy! Our oldest is 18. (Insert tears of high school graduation, starting college and hoping you can cook and do laundry on your own) It’s nuts, y’all. Savor the moments, mommas. It flies.

 

We are living life in Jackson, TN, and I love our community of people here. I work at Union University, teach college girls on Sunday mornings, sing in the choir, and serve with our jail ministry at Englewood Baptist Church. I am also a partner in a non-profit ministry with my two best friends, Christy and Robyn, that we founded called “More than a Mission Trip.” Our heart is missions in every form and fashion. Our heart is for the lost, the saved who are lost, God’s precious people at the ends of the earth and those who are around the corner. Our desire is to encourage other women to serve God locally and globally…there is no better time than NOW to love, obey and serve Him with all we have! We can’t question or delay what God clearly calls us to do.

 

So how appropriate for me to choose a verse that has me in a season of being scared to death of what God has called me to do. Would this be the Christian “pot calling the kettle black” or what? I like safe and comfy just like you do. It’s predictable and doesn’t make my stomach hurt. I know the scriptural promises from Him, but there is simply something terrifying about taking new steps with Him after a season of predictability. *sigh*

 

So, we press on, sisters. We believe Him and take Him at His word. I’m doing this even with the butterflies alive and churning about! Unfortunately, I think I have an unbelief issue right now, but I’m choosing to believe Him for this season because He is able! He is faithful… Me? Not so much. He never fails. NEVER.

 

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6

 

I don’t want to doubt or be tossed around because of my unbelief. I want my feet to be steady and secure in Him, His voice, and His direction. I really want to believe Him and trust Him even with these butterflies during this new season. I don’t just want to say, “Yes, Lord I believe you,” but it only be a temporary belief or trust. We’ll start strong and then fade, don’t we?

Lord, help my unbelief.

 

It’s easy to say, “Sure, I’ll get out of the boat, and walk toward Jesus,” but it’s a whole other thing to actually put the feet into motion, isn’t it? Let’s not be tossed around, sisters. Let’s walk by faith and take Him at His Word. Let’s choose to believe Him girls!! Declare it even when we don’t feel it. We’ll begin to believe what we know and speak over that situation. Let’s declare the Truth that we are hiding in our hearts.

 

Y’all are such a blast! Hang in there and march on strong and steady because we are MORE than conquerors! We CAN do this because He WILL show us the way! He will NOT leave us! He WILL show Himself faithful! He has good plans for this season! He will NOT harm us! And on and on and on the promises go. Declare them. Believe them.

 

It’s such an honor to journey alongside you. I will be your biggest fan and cheer you on like nobody’s business. Fix those pretty eyes on Jesus and let’s run our race well. I’m praying for us all. I desperately need Jesus and His Word.

Love y’all,
Fran

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  1. 2501
    Terese kay, Black Earth Wi says:

    Terese Kay
    Black Earth Wi

    Psalm 150:6
    Ryrie study bible

    Let everything that has breath praise
    The lord.
    Praise the Lord

  2. 2502
    Sara Garringer says:

    Sara, Greenfield, IN

    Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

    Hebrews 10:23

  3. 2503
    Angie says:

    Angie Miller, Macon, MS

    Ezekiel 33:16, NET
    None of the sins he has committed will be counted against him. He has done what is just and right; he will certainly live.

  4. 2504
    Inez Barnes says:

    Inez Barnes
    Hamburg Ar

    1 Thessalonians 4:11 the Message
    Stay calm mind your own business do your own job

  5. 2505
    Elaine says:

    Elaine, New Orleans, LA

    You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11 NIV

  6. 2506
    alyssa molina says:

    Alyssa Molina, Sealy TX- NIV Psalm 27:5– For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
    he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

  7. 2507
    DLynn Miracle says:

    August 15
    Psalm 25:13 NIV
    13 His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land.

  8. 2508
    Julie Barnes says:

    Julie Barnes, Arkansas
    You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will
    Praise the name of the Lord your God who has worked
    Wonders for you.
    Joel 2:26 NIV

  9. 2509
    Mei Au says:

    Mei, Easley SC

    Isaiah 44:20New International Version (NIV)

    20 Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him;
    he cannot save himself, or say,
    “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”

  10. 2510
    karina allen says:

    Karina
    Baton Rouge,La.

    “All the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV

  11. 2511
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Queen City, Tx
    7) But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not
    fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
    Luke 12:7 (NKJV)

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    Linda N says:

    Linda in Chester, VA

    “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.”
    Genesis 1:1 (NIV)

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