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. 701
    Sally Cressman says:

    Brentwood, TN

    This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. Isaiah 66:2 (NIV)

  2. 702
    Janet Worthy says:

    Janet from Odessa, TX
    . “Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready;”
    . Revelation 19:7 ESV

  3. 703
    Ronda Hawkins says:

    Ronda from Murfreesboro, TN

    Psalm 63:3-4(ESV)

    3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
    my lips will praise you.
    4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
    in your name I will lift up my hands.

  4. 704
    Sarah Fanning says:

    Sarah, Kingwood, TX “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,” ‭‭Nahum‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  5. 705
    Kathie Dini says:

    Kathie-Alburtis, Pa. John 17:26 “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” NIV

  6. 706
    Jenna Cooley says:

    jenna, ft worth, tx
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 ESV

  7. 707
    Lynne Bair says:

    Telford, PA

    “For the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness.” Psalm 33:4, ESV

  8. 708
    Dawn M Fuhrman says:

    Dawn Fuhrman, Cape Coral, FL

    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
    Romans 8:28 ESV

  9. 709
    Denise Ciofani says:

    Denise Ciofani, Lexington, NC. “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.” Ephesians 3:20 NIV

  10. 710
    Cealia Fleming says:

    Nottingham U.K. England

    Psalms 89:14-15 NLT

    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as descendants. Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

  11. 711
    Vicky says:

    Vicky, Winchester, Hampshire, England.

    “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called Children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.”
    1 John 3:1. NIV

  12. 712
    Stephanie Hilton says:

    stephanie Hilton, League City, TX
    “Truly I say to you; whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
    Matt. 18:18 ESV

  13. 713
    Pammela Wynn says:

    Pamm W. from Albuquerque, NM
    …..”But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love…..”
    Nehemiah 9:17 (NIV)

  14. 714
    Megan says:

    Megan, Dothan, AL
    “We write this to make our joy complete.” 1 John 1:4 NIV

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    Karen McCormick says:

    Karen McCormick-Waco, Texas
    “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 NLT

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    Liji Oommen says:

    Liji Oommen
    Columbus, OH
    “Do you not know your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
    – 1 corinthians 6:19-20, NIV

  17. 717
    Patience Nason says:

    Patience Nason, Citrus Heights, CA
    “So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to preserve so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Heb. 10:35&36 NIV

  18. 718
    Lisa says:

    Lisa Walden Grand Prairie Tx
    Galatians 2:20
    I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

  19. 719
    Melani Shock says:

    Melani Shock, Alexandria, LA
    Psalm 91:7-8 (KJV)
    7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come night thee. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

  20. 720
    Jeannine Anderson says:

    Jeannine Anderson Pelican Rapids, MN
    Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.

    John 7:38 ESV

  21. 721
    Christina Juarez says:

    Christina Fort Worth

    17 I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD. (‭Psalms‬ ‭118‬:‭17‬ NASB)

  22. 722
    Patty Roddy says:

    Patty from Redmond, Washington.
    Psalm 33:4 NLT
    For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.

  23. 723
    Vickie Abel says:

    Vickie, Spokane,Wa.

    Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test,
    he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
    James 1:12 NIV

  24. 724
    Susan Gittemeier says:

    Susan G. Overland Park, KS
    “Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.”
    1Pt. 3:4 MSG

  25. 725
    Polly Wright says:

    Bixby, OK
    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
    Ephesians 6:12

  26. 726
    Lisa Parker says:

    Lisa Parker Arkansas And pray in the Spirit on all kinds of prayers and request, with this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

  27. 727
    Julie says:

    Julie/Deer Park, Texas Psalm 19:13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. NIV

  28. 728
    Amy says:

    Amy, Murfreesboro, TN
    1Corinthians 10:13,NIV
    No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

  29. 729
    Carol Bowden says:

    Carol B., Conyers, GA.
    The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked shall rot.
    Proverbs 10:7 AMP

  30. 730
    Linda McMorris says:

    Linda, Holts Summit, MO

    Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, My Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

    Psalm 19:14

  31. 731
    Diane Hotchkiss says:

    Diane Hotchkiss from Cypress, TX

    24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
    I Thess 5:24 NASB

  32. 732
    Hillary Dickey says:

    Hillary Dickey, Diberville, MS
    for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. Romans 10:13 NIV

  33. 733
    Mary Jane, Manchester, IA says:

    “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 NIV

  34. 734
    Katie Davila says:

    Katie Davila, Tomball, TX:

    For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV

  35. 735
    Christy says:

    Christy, Cape Girardeau, MO. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:8 (NIV)

  36. 736
    Susan says:

    N. Seattle, WA

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10 (NASB)

  37. 737
    Barbara Spangler says:

    John 3:16. NIV For God so loved the world he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in his shall not perish but have eternal life.

  38. 738
    Toni says:

    toni from tallahasse fl.
    Hosea 13:4 niv
    But I have been the lord your God ever since you came out of Egypt you shall acknowledge no God but me, no savior , except me .

  39. 739
    Gay says:

    Round Rock, Tx
    “Keep me safe, my God, for in You I take refuge.”
    Psalm 16:1. NIV

  40. 740
    Debbie Lamb says:

    Debbie from Colorado Springs

    Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
    The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

  41. 741
    Jaye H Decatur, Al says:

    Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

    Great Examples of Faith
    11 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

  42. 742
    Tina Lockhart says:

    Tina Lockhart, Gulfport, Ms

    Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.Jeremiah 33:6 ESV

  43. 743
    Lisa Landis says:

    Lisa Landis
    Castro Valley, CA

    Psalm 147:18 NIV
    “He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.”

  44. 744
    Tasha Shew says:

    Thanks for sharing…love your heart!

  45. 745
    Ashley Roth says:

    Ashley Roth, Peachtree City, GA.
    Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
    2 Corinthians 4:16, NAS

  46. 746
    Suzanne says:

    Tenaha, TX

    Romans 15:13 NIV ’84
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

  47. 747
    Betty Phillips says:

    Trust in Him at all times, o people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
    Psalm 62:8. NIV

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    Linda Chuplis says:

    Linda Chuplis
    York Haven, PA

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.
    Philippians 4:8 NIV

  49. 749

    Adrienne, Valdosta, GA

    “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”
    1 Chron 16:11 NIV

  50. 750
    Ashley says:

    Ashley, Alexandria, La 71303

    “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭60:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

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