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. 2151
    Michele says:

    Michele ~ Kenosha, WI

    Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

    II Timothy 2:15 NIV

    • 2151.1
      Sparki2003 says:

      Hi Michele,

      I live in Janesville, Wisconsin !

      However, my niece, nephew-in-law, and 2 great nieces live in Kenosha !!!

      In Christ’s Love, Jennifer Olmstead

  2. 2152
    Carla says:

    Carla Kaney, Adel, Iowa
    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

  3. 2153
    Lisa Collins says:

    O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,
    Psalm 7:3

  4. 2154
    Heather says:

    If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town.”

    Matthew 10:14

  5. 2155
    Jen Humphrey says:

    Jen from Round Rock, TX

    James 5:16 NLT
    Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

  6. 2156
    Suzanne Kragt says:

    Suzanne Kragt
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Colossians 3:6 NIV
    Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

  7. 2157
    Melissa says:

    Melissa, Vicksburg, MS: “so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” 1 Thess 4:12 NIV

  8. 2158
    Caroline says:

    Thanks for writing this encouragement. I really needed it today. I am going to go a claim God’s promises. Many blessings!

  9. 2159
    Lindsey Fellers says:

    Lindsey Fellers, Myrtle Beach, SC

    “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 ESV

  10. 2160
    Carrie Aaron says:

    Carrie from Cary, NC:
    The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners Isaiah 61:1 NIV

  11. 2161
    Martha Blacklock says:

    Martha Blacklock
    Lubbock, Texas

    Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we might receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.”


  12. 2162
    Lesley says:

    Lesley, Oceanside

    “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. 2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. 3 And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

    Isaiah 60:1-3,ESV

  13. 2163
    Natalie says:

    San Diego, CA

    I John 2:7 (NKJV) Brethren,I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning

  14. 2164
    Pam Luschei says:

    Pam Luschei in El Cajon, Ca.
    “This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord your God who teaches you what is best for you and directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17 NIV

  15. 2165
    Margie Rodriguez says:

    Margie Rodriguez
    San Angelo, Texas
    Proverbs 3: 7 NIV Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord and shun evil.

  16. 2166
    Kimberley Cathey says:

    Kimberley Cathey, North Carolina. “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.”
    ‭(‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

  17. 2167
    Donna King says:

    “Not by might nor by power, but by my spirit,” says The Lord Almighty. Zech. 4:6 (NIV)

  18. 2168
    Sheri Martens says:

    Sheri Martens
    Fairview, Oklahoma

    “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4: 12

  19. 2169
    Dianne Detrick says:

    Dianne Detrick – Magnolia, TX

    John 14:1(NIV)

    Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.

  20. 2170
    Katherine Emerson says:

    Katherine Emerson, Livingston, Tx

    “Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.”
    ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  21. 2171
    Natalie says:

    Natalie Gumpl
    Austin, Tx
    Matt 17:20 NLT
    If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

  22. 2172
    Kelly, Charlottesville, VA says:

    “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”

    I Cor 1:25 NIV

  23. 2173
    Maria Cristina Bruschi says:

    Maria Cristina Bruschi – Orlando, Florida

    After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Gen. 15:1, NIV

  24. 2174
    Gina Jordan says:

    Gina Jordan
    Edgar Springs, MO
    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.

  25. 2175
    Robyn says:

    So neat to stumble upon you. Encouraging and…I bet you know my cousin Michael Lee.

  26. 2176
    Tracy Baker says:

    For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:17 NASB

  27. 2177
    Lisa Williams says:

    Lisa Williams
    Houston, TX

    No one has ever seen God. Yet if we love one another God dwells in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.

    1 John 4:12 NAB

  28. 2178
    Michelle Williams says:

    Michelle, Julian WV
    Numbers 6:26 KJV
    The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee,and give thee peace.

  29. 2179
    Donna Lange says:

    Donna Lange, Mobile, AL

    For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; Colossians 1:9 KJV

  30. 2180
    Sharon Bolton says:

    Sharon, Bowling Green, KY

    For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.
    Psalms 149:4 (NLT)

  31. 2181
    Jinga says:

    Jinga, Royal Palm Beach, FL, Isaiah 60:1 AMP, Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life! Shine be radiant with the glory of the Lord, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!

  32. 2182
    Diana Rice says:

    Diana Rice
    Wooster Oh
    Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. James 5:16 NIV

  33. 2183
    Victoria says:

    Victoria, Hooksett NH
    Lift your eyes up on high, and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their hosts by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

  34. 2184
    Sara Sanders says:

    Sara, Garden City, Ks
    “But that is not the way you learned Christ!—”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  35. 2185
    Onda Jenks says:

    Onda Jenks, Morgantown, WV-Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matt. 10:39, NIV)

  36. 2186
    D'Anna Mae Nowack says:

    D’Anna Nowack
    New Braunfels, Tx.

    Galatians 5:5 New International Version (NIV)

    5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.

  37. 2187
    Kim R Haines says:

    Kim Haines-Ashland, Maine

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

  38. 2188
    Michelle Vardeman says:

    Michelle Vardeman, Russellville, AR
    So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 NIV

  39. 2189

    Lora Lovin Osburn
    Morristown, TN

    “But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.” James 1:5 GNT

    Hey Fran!!! Love you sister!!!

  40. 2190
    Janet Bell says:

    Janet Bell

    Pinson, Alabama

    Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;

    May your good spirit lead me on level ground.

    Psalm 143:10. NIV

  41. 2191
    Rene Sandifer says:

    Rene Sandifer, College Station, TX “Go to the Lord for help; and worship him continually.” Psalm 105:4 GNT

  42. 2192
    Cheryl M says:

    We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 ESV

  43. 2193
    Carol says:

    Carthage, NY

    …turning your ear to wisdom and
    applying your heart to understanding.

    (continuing) Proverbs 2:2 NIV

  44. 2194
    Tamara Parks says:

    Tamara, Austin TX

    We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain…

    Hebrews 6:19. NIV

  45. 2195
    Autumn says:


    “The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
    Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)

  46. 2196
    Marcy says:

    Marcy Euless, TX
    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.
    Mark 12:30 (NIV)

  47. 2197
    Diane Morgan says:

    Diane – Mesa, Arizona

    Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 ESV

  48. 2198
    Gay Beck says:

    Gay Beck, Plain City, OH

    Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
    Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

  49. 2199
    Melissa says:

    Melissa Sangster, Simpsonville, KY

    “But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3 NLT

  50. 2200
    Jamie Rindt says:

    jamie, Crossett, AR
    “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
    John 10:27 NKJV

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