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. 601
    Linda Spahr says:

    Linda Spahr in Lusby, Maryland

    1 Corinthians 9:23 NIV

    I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

  2. 602
    Susan Knowles says:

    Susan Bradenton, FL
    Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust and not be afraid.
    The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;
    He has become my salvation.
    Isaiah 12:2

  3. 603
    Meredith says:

    Meredith, Virginia Beach, VA
    Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
    Ephesians 4:31-32

  4. 604
    Martha Buckner says:

    Martha Buckner, Brentwood TN

    Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2: 6-7 NASB

  5. 605
    Adriana Arlotta, Wellington, FL says:

    Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. Ephesians 4:3 NLT

  6. 606
    Sandra Mauldin says:

    Sandra, Rock Hill, SC

    He must become greater; I must become less.

    John 3:30 NIV

  7. 607
    Jenni Banicki says:

    Jenni, Elk Grove, CA, “And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness.” Acts 4:29 (NABRE)

    P.S. Fran, I took your advice and wrote a short description of the reasons for selecting each verse and plan to continue to do this for future entries as well. Great suggestion! Thanks!!

  8. 608
    Lacey D. says:

    Lacey D.

    Oakwood, OH

    Isaiah 40:8 ESV

    The grass withers, the flower fades,
    but the word of our God will stand forever.

  9. 609
    Kelly says:

    Kelly in South Arkansas

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
    in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
    Proverbs 3:5,6 NIV

  10. 610
    Amy Toney says:

    Amy Toney, Houston TX: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt.” – Jeremiah 31:3-4 NKJV

  11. 611
    Sandy says:

    Sandy – Dodge City, KS

    The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
    but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.

    Proverbs 15:4 (NIV)

  12. 612
    Karen says:

    Karen Penn, Sturgis, MI If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself”, you are doing right. James 2:8 NIV

  13. 613
    Lindsey buchanan says:

    Lindsey st. Augustine, Florida, “for the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joint and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NIV

  14. 614
    Carol Cottrell says:

    Carol Cottrell Tucker, Georgia
    And what ever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men
    Col3:23 NKJV

  15. 615
    Diana Wallace says:

    Norman, OK

    And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one as WE are ONE.

    John 17:22. (KJV)

  16. 616
    Lisa says:

    Lisa from Rootstown, Ohio. Micah 6:8 NIV. “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

  17. 617
    Jamie says:

    Jamie, Dallas, TX. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 NIV

  18. 618
    Ella Roemer says:

    Ella Roemer, Gillespie, IL

    “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

    Matthew 5:18 (NIV)

  19. 619
    Melody S. says:

    Melody S.
    Forest City, IA

    Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
    do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer & supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

  20. 620
    Kerry says:

    Kerry, Nederland TX
    They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever. Light shines in the darkness for the godly, they are generous, compassionate and righteous. Psalm 112:3-4, NLT

  21. 621
    Lori says:

    Lori, Toledo

    “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.”
    Psalm119:18 ESV

  22. 622
    Angie Hill says:

    Angie Hill,
    Jasper, Alabama

    “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

    Psalm 141:3 NIV

  23. 623
    Sarah says:

    Yates Center, KS

    “And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”

    James 3:18 NLT

  24. 624
    Cheri Bunch says:

    Cheri Bunch

    Louisville, KY

    “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:18 ESV

  25. 625
    Cheri Cochran says:

    Cheri Cochran from Frisco, TX

    “…in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  26. 626
    Cece Bell says:

    Cece, Gilbert, AZ
    “casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7, (NASB)

  27. 627
    Sandra, Ruskin, Florida says:

    …and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms,
    Ephesians 1:19-20 NIV

  28. 628
    Ellen says:

    Ellen, Fort Worth TX
    Who is like the wise man? Who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom brightens a man’s face and changes its hard appearance. Ecclesiastes 8:1 NIV

  29. 629
    Vicki Walters says:

    Vicki, Merriam, KS
    Psalm 103:5,6
    who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
    The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.

  30. 630
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer O. Corpus Christi, TX

    He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
    Col. 1:17 NIV

  31. 631
    Sharon Cox says:

    August 15, 2015
    Aransas Pass, Texas

    “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8 NIV

  32. 632
    Kim Pearson says:

    Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.
    Psalm 86:6 ESV

  33. 633
    Michelle O'Banion says:

    Michelle O’Banion, Grandview, TX

    He himself is before all things and all things are held together in Him. Colossians 1:17

    (What a great scripture to wake up to today – as we “release” the 2nd of our young men to college. One freshman, one sophomore and one more to go before we’re official empty nesters in 2 years!! <3 bitter~sweeeet <3 ) the days are long and the years are short….. 🙂

  34. 634
    Cecelia Stewart says:

    Cecelia Stewart Tustin, CA
    Be still before The Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
    Psalm 37:7 NIV

  35. 635
    Dana Banks says:

    Dana, San Angelo, Texas

    “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (ESV).

  36. 636
    Janine Lingner says:

    Janine – Corona, CA
    The GOD who made the world and everything in it is the LORD of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.
    From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth, and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. GOD did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.
    For in Him we live and move and have our being.
    Acts 17:24-28 (NIV)

    This may be more than I can bite off, but I couldn’t leave out a single word. All glory to GOD!!

  37. 637
    Dale Dyer says:

    Dale Dyer, Georgetown, OH

    …and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Philippians 2:11 ESV

  38. 638
    Linda Smith says:

    Linda Smith. The Woodlands, TX
    James 1:6 (NIV)
    “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.”

  39. 639
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie from Houston, TX: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3

  40. 640
    Karen says:

    Karen, Lynnwood, WA

    “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭(NIV‬‬)

  41. 641
    Heidi Lakenan says:

    Heidi, Daphne, AL
    “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21 – KJV)

  42. 642
    Karen Stark says:

    Karen Stark
    Tallahassee, FL

    6 that the next generation might know them,
    the children yet unborn,
    and arise and tell them to their children,
    7 so that they should set their hope in God
    and not forget the works of God,
    but keep his commandments;
    Ps 78:6-7 ESV

  43. 643
    Janet says:

    Janet from Midlothian, Texas

    “Did I not tell you,” replied Jesus, “that if you believed, you would see the wonder of what God can do?”
    John 11:40 Phillips

  44. 644
    Noreen Unger says:

    Calgary, AB

    “Always keep yourselves untied in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace.”
    Ephesians 4:3 (NLT)

  45. 645
    Kelly Elliott says:

    Kelly Elliott, Jackson, TN.

    Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

    “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

  46. 646
    Rhonda H Wade says:

    Rhonda H Wade
    Buchanan GA

    Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
    Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.

  47. 647
    Aubrey Eubank says:

    Aubrey Eubank Palmetto GA
    Proverbs 13:20 CEVU
    Wise friends make you wise, but you hurt yourself by going around with fools.

  48. 648
    Iris Stinson says:

    August 15, 2015

    Iris Stinson, Carlisle PA

    Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
    James 1:27 (NIV)

  49. 649
    Sally Heydlauff says:

    Sally from Sturgis, MI

    My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
    and don’t be upset when He corrects you.
    For the Lord corrects those He loves,
    just as a father corrects a child in whom he

    Proverbs 3:11-12 (NLT)

  50. 650
    Laura says:

    Laura, Englewood, Co

    For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith, without works is dead. James 2:26 NET

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