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. 1851
    Penny Allen says:

    “Because you are My helper, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 63:7 (NIV)

  2. 1852
    Tammy says:

    Tammy from Alexander, NC
    “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭105:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  3. 1853
    Leisa Hale says:

    Leisa Hale, Sheridan, Indiana
    John 1:12 ESV
    But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God,

  4. 1854
    Anne Lewis says:

    Anne’ Simpsonville, SC, “These words that I an giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 H CSB

  5. 1855
    mommafoster says:

    Nancilea, The Woodlands, TX

    Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

    (Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV)

  6. 1856
    Diane says:

    Diane in Lenexa
    Psalm 19:10
    They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;
    They are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.

  7. 1857
    Pammela Wynn says:

    Pamm W. from Albuquerque, NM
    “And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.””
    ‭‭Job‬ ‭28:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  8. 1858
    Lori McGahey says:

    Lori McGahey, Nashville, TN, ” Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1st Peter 5:7 NIV

  9. 1859
    janice Mcleroy says:

    Janice – Sharpsburg, GA. Struggling but still hanging in there.

    Ps. 37:23 (NLV) The LORD directs the steps of the godly.
    He delights in every detail of their lives.

  10. 1860
    Erika says:

    Erika, Monson MA
    And it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to men of understanding.
    Daniel 2:21 NAS

  11. 1861
    Deby Allen says:

    New Carlisle, Oh
    Proverbs 18:21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

  12. 1862
    Jennifer Chatman says:

    “Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    Jennifer Chatman
    Jonesborough, TN

  13. 1863
    Brielle Haggerty says:

    Brielle Joy
    Waconia, MN

    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

  14. 1864
    Nikki Long says:

    Nikki L, Littleton CO
    “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
    Hebrews 4:16 ESV

  15. 1865
    Marcy Woodcock says:

    “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.”

    James 5:16 NLT

  16. 1866
    Ellen Kittredge says:

    “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
    ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:25-27‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  17. 1867
    Ruth says:

    Ruth, Modesto,CA

    Romans 12:12 NIV

    Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

  18. 1868
    Deanna says:

    Deanna, Harwood, MD
    “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

  19. 1869
    Joy says:

    Joy Lunsford , Troy, AL
    Luke 1:45New International Version (NIV)

    45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

  20. 1870
    carla says:

    I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. Ezekiel 36:25-27 N

  21. 1871
    Cindy Walker says:

    Cindy S. Walker, Clear Lake area of Houston, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11 (NIV 1984)

  22. 1872
    Melissa Fancher says:

    Melissa Fancher, Marble, AR

    Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

    Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

  23. 1873
    Lauren says:

    Lauren Fancher, Marble, AR

    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    Romans 5:8 NIV

  24. 1874
    Michelle says:

    Michelle Rademacher – Aurora, IL

    “And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.”
    ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭12:36‬ ‭(ESV‬‬)

  25. 1875
    Roxana Aguilera Alvarado says:

    Roxana/ Providence, RI
    Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV
    15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

  26. 1876
    Monica Pribe says:

    Monica Pribe, Blacklick, OH “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth compairing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 ESV

  27. 1877
    Missy S says:

    Missy S, Charlotte, NC

    (a continuation from last time)

    “in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” ~ Ephesians 2:21-22 (ESV)

  28. 1878
    Sharon Gaudet says:

    Sharon Gaudet, Rochester,NH: “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.–Ezekiel 37:14(NASB)

  29. 1879
    Jennifer Williams says:

    Jennifer, Chattanooga, TN
    “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27 NIV

  30. 1880
    Terri Carey says:

    Terri from College Station, TX
    John 8:32
    And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

  31. 1881
    Judy Dreeszen says:

    Judy, Clay Center, KS “And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.” Acts 4:29 NLT

  32. 1882
    Kathy Rowland says:

    Kathy Rowland
    Fort Wayne, IN

    Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)
    Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established.

  33. 1883
    Marsha says:

    Marsha, Batesville Ms.

    Psalm 19:14 (NKJV)
    “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer.”

  34. 1884
    LeEllen Phillips says:

    LeEllen Phillips
    Nashville, TN
    “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:7-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  35. 1885
    Tamara Parks says:

    Tamara, Austin, TX

    …where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

    Hebrews 6:20. NIV

  36. 1886
    Wendy Bashor says:

    Wendy Bashor – Lone Butte, BC: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

  37. 1887
    Denise Wilkin says:

    Denise Wilkin
    The Woodlands, Texas
    2 Corinthians 9:10
    “Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”

  38. 1888
    Cindy says:

    Exodus 15:2 ESV
    The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has
    become my salvation;
    this is my God, and I will praise Him,
    my father’s God and I will exalt Him.


  39. 1889
    Muriel says:

    Muriel in Ontario Romans 11:33 (NIV)

    Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

  40. 1890
    Rebecca says:

    Rebecca, Winston Salem, NC
    “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3, NIV

  41. 1891
    Kay Brown says:

    Cornelius, NC. Isaiah 61:3a: ( KJV). ” To appoint unto them that mourn….. To give unto them… Beauty for ashes…. The oil of JOY for mourning….. The garment of PRAISE for the spirit of heaviness……

  42. 1892
    Kimberley Cathey says:

    Kimberley, Greensboro, North Carolina. “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭(NKJV‬‬)

  43. 1893

    Lora Lovin Osburn
    Morristown, TN

    Matthew 11:28 NASB “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

  44. 1894
    Pam Houston says:

    Pamela Houston
    Buena Park, CA
    “Let us not be weary in well doing;
    for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.”
    Galatians 6:9 KJV

  45. 1895
    Cher Goeder says:

    Cher Goeder, Toledo, Ohio
    Romans 8:15 NIV “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry Abba, Father.”

  46. 1896
    Barbara says:

    Barbara Q, West Point, Georgia

    1Peter 5:10 NIV
    10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

  47. 1897
    Nedra Hoover says:

    Nedra, Blue Springs, MO “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NASB

  48. 1898
    Mary Gray says:

    Mary Gray, Fieldale, VA, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only yo be still.” Exodus 14:14. NIV

  49. 1899
    Cindy simons says:

    Rising Sun In

    A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power (Ephesians 6:10 NLT)

  50. 1900
    Joy says:

    Joy Mast
    Matthews, NC

    “I keep asking that the God of our Lord, Jeus Christ, the glorious father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better.”
    Ephesians 1:17

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