Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 16!

2013-10-12 16.45.13

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,


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  1. 551
    Sierra Emery says:

    “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  2. 552
    Jen says:

    Jen from Wyoming

    But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

    James l:6 NIV

  3. 553
    Vonda Schwarz says:

    Vonda Schwarz. Bertrand, NE “My soul makes its boast in the LORD, let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:2-3 ESV

  4. 554
    Kathy Ray says:

    PSALM 62:8
    Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.

  5. 555
    Robin Ridenour says:

    Robin from Chambersburg, PA

    Teach me Your way, O LORD, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.

    Psalm 27:11 (NKJV)

  6. 556
    Kathy Darnell says:

    Kathy Darnell
    Princeton TX

    Come, let us bow down in worship,
    Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker
    Psalm 95:6 NIV

  7. 557
    Linda Jewell says:

    Linda Jewell
    Sedona, AZ

    2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

  8. 558
    Gina Demangos says:

    Gina Demangos San Diego CA
    Trust in Him at all times, you people, pour your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
    Psalm 62:8

  9. 559
    Rhonda Jackson says:

    Rhonda Jackson, Godfrey, Illinois – And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 KJV

  10. 560
    Sara McPeek says:

    Sara McPeek, Decatur, TX

    As for me, this is my covenant with them says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants, from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.

  11. 561
    Michelle says:

    franklin, tn

    Show Your favor to Your servant;
    save me by Your faithful love.
    Psalm 31:16 (HCSB)

  12. 562
    Candy Redel says:

    Candy from St Louis
    “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  13. 563
    Pamela Shaw says:

    Pamela Shaw, Bangor, Northern Ireland
    ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.’ Eph 3:20 NIV

  14. 564
    Julie Fawcett says:

    Julie Fawcett, Round Rock, Tx – “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
    James 1:5-6 NIV

  15. 565
    Sherri Medford says:

    Sherri Medford, Abilene Tx
    He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:3. NIV

  16. 566
    1gleaner says:

    Judy Littleton, NC

    But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of struggle.
    Psalm 59:16 (NIV)

  17. 567
    Stacey edmonson says:

    But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not be faint.
    Isaiah 40:31

  18. 568
    Anita Siecker says:

    Anita Siecker, Purcellville, VA

    God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.

    2 Timothy 1:9 NIV84

  19. 569
    Missy Edgmon says:

    Sugar Land, TX Proverbs 15:1 NIV A gentle answer turns away wrath,but a harsh word stirs up anger.

    I read my “proverb for the day” this morning, and I’m so grousy today that I’m needing this reminder!

  20. 570
    Kathryn Luedtke says:

    Kathryn Luedtke, Sherwood Park, AB

    But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children’s children- with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
    Ps 103:17&18

  21. 571
    Linda Bird says:

    “They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.”

    –Psalm 145:7 (ESV)

  22. 572
    Tilley Hawkins says:

    Tilley Hawkins, Franklin, TN

    “So trust Him absolutely, people; lay your lives on the line for Him. God is a safe place to be.”

    Psalm 62:8 (MSG)

  23. 573
    kathy(bigsis) says:

    “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.” James 2:22(NIV’84)

  24. 574
    Cara Reyes says:

    Cara Reyes
    Dickinson Tx
    Colossians 1:17 ESV
    He is before all things and in him all things consist.

  25. 575
    Dana C. says:

    Dana C.
    Newnan, GA
    “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For The Lord is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100:4-5‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

  26. 576
    Linda Loven says:

    Peoria, Arizona

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

    Colossians 3:12 NIV

  27. 577
    Melissa Dulaney says:

    Melissa Dulaney, Circleville, OH
    John 14:27, NIV “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

  28. 578
    Beth says:

    Beth, Toronto: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” ~ Prov. 2:6 (ESV)

  29. 579
    Melissa Brandt says:

    Melissa; LRAFB. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season, we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 ESV. Love the idea of journaling- thanks for sharing!

  30. 580
    Sue Christianth says:

    Sue from NH,
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6 ESPN

  31. 581
    Sue Goldberg says:

    Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him,God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8 NIV

  32. 582
    Stacy Conner says:

    Stacy From Hawkinsville, GA:
    Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us
    Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)

  33. 583
    Davina Denny says:

    Davina Denny Novato, CA The Spirit of God has made me, the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4 NIV

  34. 584
    Kim Safina says:

    Kim Safina
    Los Osos, California

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    Philippians 4:6-7

    • 584.1
      Kim Safina says:

      Frannie, It is such a delight to read your heartfelt words. Such a joy to Rest in this site of Faithful women who love Christ Jesus. Blessings to you and your “4” boys always.
      With “Heaven Bound” Blessings,
      Kim “Kimmer” Safina calikim

  35. 585
    Holly says:

    Holly, Cape May. Ephesians 5:15. “Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise.” NIV

  36. 586
    Kim Hays says:

    “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely – dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV

  37. 587
    Carol Hartley says:

    Carol Hartley Montgomery Al

    Ephesians 6:18 NIV

    And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people

  38. 588
    Johnna Padilla says:

    Joel 2:25…So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.

  39. 589
    Ann Medford says:

    Ann Medford, Sunset, TX
    The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17 (NIV)

  40. 590

    Pam Worcester, Glen Elder, Kansas
    Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
    and those who love it will eat its fruits.
    Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)

  41. 591
    Kristin Morrissey says:

    Kris Morrissey Omaha, NE

    Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palm of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

    Isaiah 49:15-16

  42. 592
    Tracey Boynton says:

    Tracey Boynton, Kingsburg CA
    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

  43. 593
    Tanya says:

    Tanya, Richland WA continuing a passage in Hebrews regarding God’s promises

    Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised He confirmed it with an oath.

    Hebrews 6;17

  44. 594
    Cheryl Moses says:

    Cheryl – Houston, Tx

    Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.
    Ephesians 5:10 (NLT)

  45. 595
    Jill says:

    Jill, Clearwater , FL
    Or take ships as an example, although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
    James 3:4 NIV ( memorizing James )

  46. 596
    Karen says:

    Karen, Clarksville, “But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You. Surely, LORD, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:11-12 NIV

  47. 597
    Charlotte Heisel says:

    Charlotte Heisel, Modesto CA
    Psalms 91:8 NLT
    You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked

  48. 598
    Jennifer Niehus says:

    Jen Niehus – Peyton, CO
    Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:18 ESV

  49. 599
    Mary Fadel says:

    Mary Fadel Cordova, MD
    “But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.'” Jeremiah 7:23 (ESV)

  50. 600
    Carolyn Thompson says:

    Carolyn, Maryville, Tn., Ps 63:3 NIV Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

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