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. 2101
    Carol Kirby says:

    “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:12-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  2. 2102
    Rita Ford says:

    Rita Ford, The Woodlands, Texas “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” Psalm 46:2 NIV

  3. 2103
    Penny says:

    Penny Ritter, Vian, OK
    Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psa 51:10 KJV

  4. 2104
    Natalie says:

    Natalie, Houston

    and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19 NIV

  5. 2105
    Beth says:

    Beth, Lansing, MI

    Phillipians 4:11 ESV
    Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

  6. 2106
    Kandy Hall says:

    Kandy Hall, Huffman, TX
    1 Corintians 10:13 (ESV)

    No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

  7. 2107
    Jordan LaRoche says:

    Jordan LaRoche, Kingwood, TX
    1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)
    No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

  8. 2108
    Barbara says:

    Barbara Dunton
    Midland, Texas 79707

    Psalm 103:21 (ESV)
    Bless The Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!

  9. 2109
    Lois says:

    Lois, Southbury, CT

    Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?

    Psalm 2:1 NIV

  10. 2110
    Kris Junkins says:

    Romans 12:2 NRSV
    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

  11. 2111
    Elisabeth says:

    South Africa/ Modesto, Ca

    “Your eyes saw my unformed body,
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.”
    PSALM 139:16

  12. 2112
    Barbara says:

    Barbara, Atlanta, GA
    John 15:5-8 NIV

    I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

  13. 2113
    Kristi S. says:

    Kristi. Rogersville,Tn
    Romans 13:14 NASB
    But put on the Lord Jesus Christ
    And make no provision for the flesh
    in regard to its lust

  14. 2114
    Joan Anderson says:

    Joan Anderson, Dousman, WI

    And if we know that He hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him.

    1John 5:15 NIV

  15. 2115
    Carol says:

    Carol Headen, Humboldt, TN
    Just started this today!
    May you be strengthened with all power, according to His might, for all endurance and patience, with joy.
    Col 1:11 HCSB

  16. 2116
    Vikki Stemler says:

    Vikki Stemler, Jeffersonville, Indiana
    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

  17. 2117
    Jennifer Brosdahl says:

    Jennifer Brosdahl, Menahga, MN

    “When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.’ ” Judges 6:12

    **Dedicated to my son Zach, currently at Marine boot camp in San Diego, CA HOORAH!!!

  18. 2118
    Pam says:

    Pam, Campbellsburg,In..Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. NKJV. NSFL

  19. 2119
    Candra Brasel says:

    Candra Brasel – Huntsville, AR

    “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 4 NKJV

  20. 2120
    Ginny says:

    When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
    Psalm 91:15 NLT

  21. 2121
    Candra Brasel says:

    Candra Brasel – Huntsville, AR

    “You therefore must endure hardship as a good follower of Jesus Christ.” 2 Timothy 2:3 NKJV

  22. 2122
    Vicki Smith says:

    Vicki Smith, Cleveland, TX. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV

  23. 2123
    Laura says:

    Troy, Ohio
    August 1st and 15th!

    Ephesians 4:20 (ESV) But that is not the way you learned Christ.

    Psalm 71:14 (NIV) As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.

  24. 2124
    Cynthia Barks says:

    Cynthia, Missouri

    So that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
    Ephesians 1:12 ESV

  25. 2125
    Lyn says:

    Lyn, Tulsa, OK

    “Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Psalm 100:3 NKJV

  26. 2126
    Susan says:

    Susan, Atlanta, GA
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Eph. 6:10-11 ESV

  27. 2127
    Tanya says:

    Tanya, from Lorton, VA
    (HCSB) Psalm 121:7-8
    The Lord will protect you from all harm, He will protect your life. 8-The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.

  28. 2128
    Colette Wheeler says:

    1 John 4:18-19 (ESV), “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us.”

  29. 2129
    Sally H. says:

    Sally H., Port Orchard, WA
    The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strong
    holds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
    2 Corinthians 10: 4-5 NIV

  30. 2130
    Stephanie says:

    Stephanie, Fort Worth, TX:

    Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

    Isaiah 53:4 ESV

  31. 2131
    Amanda says:

    Amanda T. Genoa City, Wi

    “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire,you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)

  32. 2132
    Marie says:

    Marie from Post Falls, Idaho –

    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 (NKJV)

  33. 2133
    Gwen Waxhaw NC says:

    But the one who hates his brother is the darkness and walks in the darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His names sake. 1 John 2:11-12

  34. 2134
    Kristi Loper says:

    Kristi ~ Clovis, CA
    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

  35. 2135
    Anna Yoder says:

    Anna, Elkhart IN
    Ephesians 3:20
    Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us

  36. 2136
    nat.k says:

    2 cor 10:12b
    when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.

  37. 2137
    Sheryl(59) Bella(8) says:

    Sheryl(59) Bella(8) Parker, KS

    Isaiah cries our concerning Israel:
    “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.” Rom 9:27, Isaiah 10:22,23 NIV

  38. 2138
    Deb says:

    Deb Bryan, Topeka, KS

    Psalm 19: 9-11 HCSB

    The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever;
    the ordinances of the Lord are reliable
    and altogether righteous.
    They are more desirable than gold—
    than an abundance of pure gold;
    and sweeter than honey,
    which comes from the honeycomb.
    In addition, Your servant is warned by them;
    there is great reward in keeping them.

  39. 2139
    Liza Kirschner says:

    Liza Kirschner Monmouth Junction, NJ

    “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 NIV)

  40. 2140
    Sonya Ryder says:

    Sonya Ryder, Baton Rouge, LA: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Eph. 4:31-32 (ESV)

  41. 2141
    Nellie Neufeld says:

    Woodstock, Ontario Canada

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

    Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

  42. 2142
    Joyce Grimes says:

    Joyce Grimes
    Pace, FL
    Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. (‭Colossians‬ ‭4‬:‭6‬ NKJV)

  43. 2143
    Sharon Gaudet says:

    “Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.” Psalm 124:7 (NKJV)

  44. 2144
    Penny Allen says:

    Living Bible-2 Corinthians 9:15
    “Thank God for His Son – His Gift too wonderful for words.”

  45. 2145
    Gale says:

    Montgomery TX
    Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
    Colossians 3:23

  46. 2146
    Carolyn Valente says:

    Carolyn Valente, Chicago, IL But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15 NIV

  47. 2147
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca, Chattanooga, TN

    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

  48. 2148
    Kathy Brinson says:

    Kathy B. Albany, GA

    II Corinthians 4:16.
    “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day”


  49. 2149

    Tonya, Searcy, AR

    The LORD says, “I am the one who comforts you.”….

    Isaiah 51:12a

  50. 2150
    Laura Berg says:

    Laura Berg from Carlsbad, CA,

    “Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
    Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
    Matthew 5:7-10. NIV

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