Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 18!

Greetings Siestas and a hug to each of you! What a joy and honor it is to share here. Outside my dear family, there is no other group that I have enjoyed doing life with as much as with friends from this dear community. My name is Lora Lovin Osburn, and I live in Tennessee. I have been married to my husband Gary for 26 years and we have two lovely daughters. Our oldest, Audra Elizabeth, was married last year, and Victoria, our youngest, is studying pre-law. I enjoy the beauty of GOD’s creation, architecture, art, lamp lights, gardening, earrings, poetry and walking with my family and Lilly Belle (our 12 year old Maltese). Some of my best days are Sundays at my church with my family seated nearby, serving on the prayer team, and worshiping and applying the word with them.

We have had a year full of major life events including our youngest going to college, my invalid father moving in with us, our oldest getting married. There were numerous hospital trips, then selling our home, and moving to a new town. Many times the circumstances within the major events made me think that a hidden camera must be following me around! Life just seemed crazy at times. Though I would not have chosen the events of the last year to be knitted so closely together, I can say that my faith is stronger, my family is closer, my friends are dearer, and my sweet Jesus seems even nearer. The abundance GOD allowed me to experience through this year is why every phrase in this verse just lept off the page and into my heart:

“You crown the year with a bountiful harvest,
even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.” Psalm 65:11 NLT

“You crown the year”
I see GOD giving a crown at the beginning of the year. I cannot imagine any reality TV show that would start the season by announcing the winner or giving the prize at the beginning. Although it would seem to make for a lackluster, anti-climatic season to know in advance who wins; I feel like GOD has done that with us. Why would HE, who holds the highest rank and title, give a reward of victory, before the season begins? Because HE loves us and is for us! This is going to be a glorious year! I believe that every day of the year is encircled with a diadem from HIM.

“With a bountiful harvest”
Growing up working in our family garden, I thought that my dad had planted to feed an army, and not just for our family, because of the abundance; but Dad was able to give generously of the harvest, and I see our heavenly Father doing the same. When I see HIS overflowing cart of good gifts for us, I can’t help but think that this verse applies to us not only as individuals but also to the church. HIS Word also confirms that the harvest is great in the world. In spite of what we are going through ourselves, there is kingdom work to do! Let’s be active in picking up a basket and harvesting the fields where GOD has placed us so that many souls will be added to HIS kingdom. May we witness an outpouring of HIS SPIRIT on all people and may many lives be impacted by and for the Kingdom of GOD.

“Even the hard pathways”

If I had the choice of “two roads diverged”, I would certainly choose the one that resembles a flowery Monet painting, not a hard pathway. Who would choose a hard pathway? But, that aptly describes my last year. The example JESUS gives when faced with difficulty encourages me. JESUS submitted HIS will to GOD at the cross and wore a crown of thorns. GOD did get the glory with JESUS, and I pray HE does from our GOD-ordained steps.

“Overflow with abundance”

When the children were little we’d take walks to the park, and our youngest would stop and pick up rocks along the way. She wasn’t mining gems; but she was finding delight in the daily, ordinary pathway. Sometimes I just want my path to be easy like the walk to the park; but GOD has crowned the year with so much of HIM, so much of HIS glory, that even the hard, the difficult, the part that I think I’d rather not have, overflows with abundance. Even though we may be walking in a busy season, through a complex or challenging situation, or facing intense personal concerns, truth states that hard pathways overflow with abundance. I love that this is present tense! Hallelujah!!! I need that on my pathway today! How amazing is our GOD!!! There is such a sense of celebration here because HE can be seen, felt, experienced, and praised even during difficult days! Glory to HIS Name!

Let us offer thanksgiving, sing, dance and praise:
GOD pours out abundance on our hard pathways!
Believing that many souls will be harvested and saved,
And at the outpouring of GOD’s Spirit, may we be amazed!
I’m living in and looking for HIS overflowing abundance,
So thankful for this year and GOD’s crowning circumference.


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  1. 101
    Judy Bailey says:

    Judy, Panama City, Fl
    Jeremiah 9:24 NASB
    “but let him who boast boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD

  2. 102
    Brenda Gerber says:

    Brenda Gerber from Grafton, Ohio
    Romans 4:24 (NIV)
    ” but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness, for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.”

  3. 103
    Beverly says:

    Beverly, Lexington, KY
    I will give you a new heart and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stoney, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. Ezechial 36:26-27 NLT

  4. 104
    Debbie says:

    Debbie, Huntsville, AL So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience.
    Hebrews 4:11 MSG

  5. 105
    Joy McMahan says:

    Joy West Monroe, LA

    “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
    2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV

  6. 106
    Angie Call says:

    Angie; Belleville, IL;
    Eph 6:14 Msg – “Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting, you’ll still be on your feet.”

  7. 107
    Yvonne Gearing says:

    Yvonne Gearing – Kingman, AZ

    Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
    Ephesians 4:32 NIV

  8. 108
    Linda says:

    there was a man sent from God, whose name was John. John 1:6

  9. 109
    Sarah Moon says:

    Sarah, St. Louis, MO

    “O God, You know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from You.
    Let not those who hope in You be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek You be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel.”
    Psalm 69:5-6 (ESV)

  10. 110
    Janice Montana says:

    What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

    Romans 8:31 ESV

  11. 111
    Linda Hansen says:

    Linda H., Buckeye, AZ
    “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
    Exodus 14:14

  12. 112
    Carol, Tallmadge, OH says:

    Ps. 34:3
    O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.


  13. 113
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn Medlin Oceanside Ca Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me.
    Psalm 66:20 NIV

  14. 114
    Janene Ford says:

    Janene Ford, Henley, MO.
    “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
    Matthew 6:33 (ESV)

  15. 115
    Sheryl Potts says:

    Sheryl Potts, Monroe, LA
    “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God with reverence and awe. For our God is a consuming fire.” Heb. 12:28-29

    I already had this verse written in my SSMT book and then opened LPM’s post yesterday giving highlights from the Audacious Simulcast, and there was my verse!!

  16. 116
    Melissa Stevens says:

    Psalm 56:3 NLT But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.
    Melissa Stevens, Kingwood TX

  17. 117
    Kelly Lacouture says:

    Kelly, Merritt Island, FL:

    When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
    In God, whose word I praise—
    in God I trust and am not afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?
    Psalms 56:3-4 NIV

  18. 118
    Gail Kania says:

    Gail, Atascadero, CA

    The sun will no more be your light by day,
    nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
    for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory.

    Isaiah 60:19 NIV

  19. 119
    Carolyn Stutz says:

    Carolyn Dover, Ohio

    “the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous.”
    Psalm 146:8 NIV

  20. 120
    Connie says:

    Connie-Fulton, KY
    But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33 NKJV

  21. 121
    Gretchen Heilmann says:

    Gretchen, Gahanna, Ohio–This is the work (service) that God asks of you; that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger]. John 6:29 AMP

  22. 122
    Misty Keith says:

    Misty – Pflugerville, TX “Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give.” Galatians 6:9

  23. 123
    Tshaka Long says:

    Tshaka; Belgium; And now, dear children, continue in Him, so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming.
    1 John 2:28 NIV

  24. 124
    Anne Eppright says:

    Anne Eppright, Round Rock, Tx
    “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.
    “He changes times and seasons; “he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.”
    Daniel 2:20-22

  25. 125
    Sheila H. says:

    Sheila H., Mitchell, MB, Canada

    “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,”. 1 Peter 5:6 (NASB)

  26. 126
    Sue-Elise Flowers says:

    Sue-Elise Flowers, Burkesville, kY – NIV, Proverbs 4:23 :”Above all else, guard your heart. For everything you do flows from it.”

  27. 127
    Laurissa Wooten says:

    Fruita, CO

    “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.

    John 12:24-25 MSG

  28. 128
    Karen says:

    Karen Penn, Sturgis, Mich. “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 realm” Ephesians 6:12 NIV

  29. 129
    Rhonda Mckamie says:

    Rhonda McKamie – OKC
    Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
    Keep watch over the door of my lips.
    Psalm 141:3

  30. 130
    Joy Landis says:

    Mountain House, CA
    Psalm 34:4 (NASB)
    “I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

    I am working through memorizing Psalm 34. Praise God that He helps us to hide His Word in our hearts!

  31. 131
    Sara Meredith says:

    Sara Meredith
    Morton IL

    I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in His Word I do hope.
    Psalm 130:5 KJV

  32. 132
    MaryJo Thomas says:

    MaryJo ~ Plainfield, IN

    For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. Psalm 92:4 (NIV)

  33. 133
    Sandra M. Arnold says:

    “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (NASB)

  34. 134
    Lori Edney says:

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
    Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
    Hebrews 12:1-2

  35. 135
    Kristinia says:

    Kristinia, Metairie, LA

    1 Peter 3:18
    For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in he spirit.

  36. 136
    Kay Guerrero says:

    Kay, Deer Park TX

    Romans 8:18ESV
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

  37. 137
    Beth Crocker says:

    Beth Crocker, Madison, WI – “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:12 NIV

  38. 138

    janna Halterman, Clovis, ca
    Psalm 30:1 (NLT) I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.

  39. 139
    Brenda Zabriskie says:

    Brenda Zabriskie

    Lindon, Utah

    Mark 11:24

    Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in PRAYER, BELIEVE that

    you have received it, and it will be yours.

  40. 140
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer O. Corpus Christi, TX
    “The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.'”
    Genesis 12:1 NIV

  41. 141
    Elizabeth Stafford says:

    If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear. Psalm 66:18 NKJV

  42. 142
    Kimberly Kleimann says:

    Kimberly Kleimann, Chico, CA
    Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crownth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies. Psalm 103:4 King James

  43. 143
    Kimberly T. says:

    Kimberly, Montgomery, AL

    “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

    Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)

  44. 144
    Anita says:

    Anita, Lawrenceville.
    “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people”
    Luke 1:68 ESV

  45. 145
    Joan Vanderwall says:

    Joan Vanderwall, Orofino, Idaho
    “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation….He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing His glory. Col 1:15, 17 & 27b (NLT)

  46. 146
    Barbara spangler says:

    Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. Psalms 55:22 NIV

  47. 147
    Laura Beatie says:

    Laura from Aurora, MO:

    For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
    2 Chronicles 16:9 NAS

  48. 148
    Laquita Hunter says:

    Laquita, Athens, Tx.
    “No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 1 John 2:23 ESV

  49. 149
    Carol O'Keefe says:

    Carol O’Keefe, Oak Park,CA
    John 15:5 (NIV)
    I am the vine; you are the braches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit;apart from me you can do nothing.

  50. 150
    Jo Anne Melton, Chicago IL says:

    When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and the Lord will pay you back.

    Proverbs 19:17 GNT

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