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. 251
    Julie Speyer says:

    Julie, Madison, GA

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 ESV

  2. 252
    Charmaine, San Angelo says:

    Because he bends down to listen,I will pray as long as I have breath!
    Psalm 116:2, NLT

  3. 253
    SimplySusan says:

    Susan Paine, Hillsboro, KS
    Phil 3:21 “who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” NIV

  4. 254
    Kelley says:

    Kelley, Houston Tx

    But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 (ESV)

  5. 255
    Joan Vanderwall says:

    Joan Vanderwall, Orofino, Idaho
    “There is no fear in love; But perfect love caseth out fear. Because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” I John 4:18 (KJV)

  6. 256
    Susan says:

    Susan, Wynne
    12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
    Colossians 3:12-13

  7. 257
    Kay Martin says:

    Kay Martin
    Tupelo, MS

    “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy making wise the simple.”
    Psalm 19:7 NIV

  8. 258
    Joan Baile says:

    Joan Baile, New Windsor, MD.
    If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 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 1:5-6

  9. 259
    Peggy Davis says:

    Peggy, Corpus Christi, TX
    Both the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Anyone who hears should say, “Come!” And the one who is thirsty should come. Whoever desires should take the living water as a gift.
    Rev 22:17 HCSB

  10. 260
    Connie Walker says:

    Connie Walker, Houston, TX
    When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
    Psalm 56:3 HCSB

  11. 261
    Patti Knobbe says:

    Patti Knobbe from West Point, NE

    “A great road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-minded people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways.” Isaiah 35:8 (NLT)

  12. 262
    Kaye Davis says:

    Kaye from Hamburg,AR
    “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. ” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

  13. 263
    Carolyn Stutz says:

    Carolyn Dover, Ohio

    “…the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – the LORD, who remains faithful forever.” Psalm 146:6 NIV

    May I throw in here quickly that I really love the idea of the journaling as to why we chose the verse(s)? thank you!

  14. 264
    Dawn Atwood says:

    Dawn Atwood, Colleyville, TX

    May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the LORD answer all your prayers. Psalm 20:5, NLT

  15. 265
    Sallie Russ says:

    Sallie Russ, Greenwood, SC
    “In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.” James 1:18 NASB

  16. 266
    Stephanie Peterson says:

    Stephanie, El Cajon, CA, 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV): “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

  17. 267
    Dawn Blount says:

    Dallas, GA

    “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on. however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Heb. 12:11

  18. 268
    Gigi Parisi says:

    Gigi Parisi
    Mullica Hill NJ
    They will be my people and I will be their God.
    Jeremiah 32:38 NIV

    God is faithful to His people. He will gather them, protect them and let everyone know these are mine. He will call us by name one day to eternity and I will make sure that He is my God!

  19. 269
    Layne. Pelham,Al says:

    Psalm 34:17. The righteous cry and The Lord hears , and delivers them out of all their troubles. NAS

  20. 270
    Cheryl Paganelli says:

    Cheryl Paganelli, Medford,New Jersey, “Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
    John 7:38 (ESV)

  21. 271
    Valarie Arington says:

    Valarie, Cincinnati- “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
    ‭‭II Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  22. 272
    Ann Chastain, Blue Ridge, Ga says:

    Isaiah 43:1b-3a (KJV)
    Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest throught the fire, thou shalt not be burnt; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, they Saviour.

  23. 273
    Deborah Harney says:

    Deborah Harney, Columbia City, IN, “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,” Ephesians 4:26 NIV

  24. 274
    Cathy Bryan says:

    August 15,2015
    DeLand, Florida
    Proverbs 3:21 ( NLT)
    My child, don’t loose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them,

  25. 275

    Caitlin, McKinney, Texas

    A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones. Proverbs 14:30, MSG

  26. 276
    Carol Rice says:

    Carol Rice Deer Park, Texas
    I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.
    John 16:33 HCSB

  27. 277
    Darlyn Knapp says:

    Darlyn Knapp -Singer,LA- “Many are the plans in a persons heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 NIV

  28. 278
    Michelle Odessa TX says:

    Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning Psalm 30:5

  29. 279
    Lisa says:

    Lisa, West Des Moines, IA “What is important is faith expressing itself in love.” Galatians 5:6b (NLT)

  30. 280
    julieP says:

    Julie P Tierra Verde Fl

    Ephesians 4:4 NET

    “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling,”

  31. 281
    Ann Steiner says:

    Ann from Odessa Fl
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭ESV

  32. 282
    Sue Di Bacco says:

    It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65: 25. (NASB)

  33. 283
    Kathy Emeigh says:

    Kathy from Bethlehem Pennsylvania
    Isaiah 41:10 KJV
    Fear thou not;
    For I am with thee:
    Do not be dismayed;
    For I am thy God:
    I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee
    with the right hand of my righteousness.

    I really needed this verse this week! Isn’t it amazing my sisters, how God meets us right where we are every day, everywhere? He is our amazing heavenly Father present here on earth…

  34. 284
    Dottie Morrow says:

    Dottie Morrow, Mansfield, TX

    “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 NKJV

  35. 285
    God's not -so -little Dutch girl says:

    Joan Portage, MI

    “The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. ” Proverbs 12:16 ESV

    Posting from LPL Milwaukee!

  36. 286
    Mary F from Houston says:

    Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

    For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift from God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

  37. 287
    Barbara Smith says:

    Barbara Smith – San Antonio, TX
    “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death, and keep them alive in famine.” Psalm 33:18-19

  38. 288
    Shiffra says:

    Shiffra, Kalamazoo, MI
    And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39 ESV

  39. 289
    Gaye Drennen says:

    Traphill, NC
    He has shown you, O mortal, 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. Micah 6:8 NIV

  40. 290
    Ann Lacker says:

    “Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead.”
    ‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  41. 291
    Toni Schumacher says:

    Toni Schumacher Amarillo Texas

    But when you ask,you must believe and not doubt, because you who doubt are like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6 NIV

  42. 292
    Tiffany says:

    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, Whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever are of good reprt; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8

  43. 293
    Jody Emmons says:

    James 3:9 (NIV)
    With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

  44. 294
    Mary Lupo says:

    Mary Lupo, Novi, MI
    “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which you have been called,” Ephesians 1:17-18 NIV

  45. 295
    Valerie Schaffner says:

    Valerie, Ontario ( Mansfield ), OH

    Moses gave us the Law, But Jesus, The Annointed One, unveils truth wrapped in tender mercy. John 1:17. (tPt)

  46. 296
    Margaret says:

    Margaret, Kingsport, TN

    Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

    Colossians 3:23 NLT

  47. 297
    Judy says:

    Judy, Satellite Beach, FL

    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
    Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

  48. 298
    Kay Wammack says:

    Kay in Muscle Shoals, AL
    “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
    ‭‭James‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  49. 299
    Terri says:

    Terri, Harrison Township, MI

    Colossians 1:9 (NLT)

    So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

  50. 300
    Ann Seaney says:

    Ann Seaney, Marion, Indiana

    “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)

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