Siesta Scripture Memory Team 2015: Verse 20!

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Hey Siestas!!! I barely have words to express how much of an honor it is for me to share with y’all. I absolutely adore Mama Beth and the community that she has cultivated here on the interwebs!

My name is Karina Allen. I am 35 and from New Orleans, LA but have lived in Baton Rouge since 1998. Much of my time here is spent at the gym, babysitting or at my local church, Healing Place. I am involved in a myriad of ministries and outreaches. I am on the worship team, a leader for High School girls, active in our women’s ministry, nursery registration team volunteer, a part of young adult ministry, and a teacher for our kids’ dance ministry. I also help with our inner city outreaches and to bring awareness to human trafficking through Trafficking Hope Inc. I taught preschool for about 10 years but I knew that that wasn’t the call of God on my life. I am a freelance writer and editor. I’m a contributor for Incourage as well as a few other sites. I am working on my certification to be a Life Coach. I long to speak, hope, truth, life, encouragement and purpose into the souls of women. My dream is for each woman to fully walk out their identity in Christ in the specific calling that He has for each of their lives.

“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.” Isaiah 61:3 NIV

Really, the whole of Isaiah 61 is incredible! It is all about the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord and what His anointing empowers us to have and to be. I don’t know about you, but most days I don’t feel empowered. I feel a bit defeated by life, others and even myself. But that is not God’s will for my life or for yours. His desire is for His Spirit to come alive in us, to overflow and impact those around us.

Recently, I was at my friend Elizabeth’s house working on some writing projects. She has this gorgeous black and white photo hanging of an oak tree from New Orleans’ City Park. And verse 3 of Isaiah 61 was beautifully written underneath it. My gaze repeatedly returned to that photo and that verse much of the night. It’s as though the Lord was trying to get my attention. I knew that this needed to be a verse that I committed to memory and needed to become embedded within my very marrow.

1.) God wants to trade the pain we acquire from this world with His good and perfect gifts. Before sin entered the world, mourning and despair were never even a concern. The world has been bombarded with evil and suffering. People cause harm and bad things happen. But God wants us to know that even in the midst of tragedy, we can experience His peace, comfort and even joy.

2.) Through the trading process, God’s dream is for us to become oaks of righteousness. Now, this may not seem like something we would want to be described as, but it should be. Oak trees are remarkable! They are strong, tough and extremely resilient. They have roots that reach down deep into the earth. When we exchange our hurt with the Lord’s goodness, this is the outcome. We dig deep into His Word and discover His promises for us. We stand firm on that foundation and the storms of life are unable to shake us. We allow Him to be the lifter of our heads and fill us with His hope. We become confident that He will work all things together for good to those of us that love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

3.) As we grow to be oaks of righteousness, we turn into a display of the Lord’s splendor. On display for all to see…that is an intimidating thought. Don’t let it be. People watch us. They watch how we live and what we say if we profess Christ. They watch how we respond in both good and bad seasons. That’s okay. As we are conformed to the image of Christ, others take notice and eventually desire to know why our lives are different. That is often how the Father draws hearts to Himself.

My Sister…

Beauty, joy and praise await you.

Deep roots are calling out to you.

His splendor is ready to be displayed through you.

For His Name and His Renown,
Karina Allen


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  1. 601
    Doris says:

    Doris, Madison, MS:

    Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
    Colossians 4:6 (KJV)

  2. 602
    Tina Dill says:

    Tina Dill Clovis, NM
    Psalms 5:3 (NIV)
    In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

  3. 603
    Debra Tillman says:

    Debra, Zachary, LA

    “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:10

  4. 604
    Nanette Sword says:

    Nanette, Saint Cloud, FL

    I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.

    The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.

    Psalm 34: 4 & 7 NKJV

  5. 605
    Tangila Webb says:

    Tangila, Pearland TX
    The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. (Psalm 91:14 NLT)

  6. 606
    SandyT/kc says:

    “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3 NIV

    “Receive instruction and lay up His words in your heart.” Job 22:22 ESV

  7. 607
    Callie says:

    Callie, Nashville, TN: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” Ephesians 6:10 NASB

  8. 608
    Toni Sidler says:

    Toni Sidler, Argyle, TX
    Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25, NASB

  9. 609
    Kim Kobayashi says:

    Kim Kobayashi
    Monroe, WA
    Psalm 100:4 ESV
    Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!Give thanks to Him; bless his name!

  10. 610
    Ginger K. says:

    Ginger K. ~ Shelby Twp., MI ~ II Timothy 4:6 (NIV) ~ “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure.”

  11. 611
    Helen says:

    Helen Roseberry, Riverside, CA

    From passage Eph. 4:17-32
    “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.”
    Ephesians 4:25 (NIV)

  12. 612
    Claudia Teixeira says:

    Claudia Teixeira from Sugar Land, Texas

    Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

  13. 613
    Shelly Busby says:

    Shelly and Sienna Busby- Colorado Springs, CO
    October 15,2015

    “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

  14. 614
    Amy says:

    Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
    Colossians 2:6-7, ESV

  15. 615
    Paula M. Southaven, MS says:

    The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God , my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18: 2. NASV

  16. 616
    Margie Rodriguez says:

    Margie, San Angelo Texas
    Proverbs 3:11 NIV
    My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not resent his rebuke,

  17. 617
    Laura Grassi says:

    ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭ESV
    His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence

  18. 618
    Luanne Neely says:

    Luanne Neely, Marshall, TX: 2 Corinthians 4:18:
    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen since what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal. NIV

  19. 619

    Matthew 6:20 NIV
    Your kingdom come, your will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

  20. 620
    Carolyn says:

    Carolyn Medlin
    Oceanside Ca
    I will praise you O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.
    Psalm 86:12 NIV

  21. 621
    Jessica Sanders says:

    Jessica Sanders, Broken Arrow, OK.

    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

    Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

  22. 622
    Julie Copp says:

    Julie, Gresham, OR

    “The Lord is my strength and my song; He has given me victory.” Psalm 118:14 (NLT)

  23. 623
    Cheryl Swanson says:

    Cheryl Swanson – Tulsa, Oklahoma
    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
    (Psalm 32:8 – NIV)

  24. 624
    Diane says:

    Diane in Lenexa,
    Psalm 19:12 NIV
    Who can decern his errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.

  25. 625
    Trudy Burnett says:

    Trudy Burnett, Middletown, OH
    O God, listen to my cry!
    Hear my prayer!
    Psalm 61:1 NLT

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    Phyllis says:

    Phyllis, Irvine, CA

    “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8 (NASB)

  27. 627
    Julie McGirk says:

    Julie, Prescott, AZ
    “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
    1 Peter 5:6-7, ESV

  28. 628
    Nancy Huebner says:

    Nancy Huebner, Spring Hill, TN
    “Surely Your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
    Psalm 23:6

  29. 629
    Fawnda Dooley says:

    Fawnda Dooley Denton,TX

    “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

    1 Peter 5:8 NKJV

  30. 630
    Robin Byrd says:

    Robin Byrd Columbia, SC

    “The name of the Lord is a
    Strong Tower; the righteous
    runs into it and is safe”
    Proverbs 18:10. NAS

  31. 631
    Glenda says:

    I Peter 5:7 (NLT)
    Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

  32. 632
    Amy says:

    Amy Hawk, Hood River, OR
    “To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion,give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes,
    Messages of joy instead of news of doom, a praising heart instead of a languid spirit. Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness” planted by God to display his glory.” Isaiah 61:3, The Message

  33. 633
    Christen Juhnke Walla Walla says:

    Rom 3:23 (Amp)
    since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God,

  34. 634
    Arlene C. says:

    Arlene C. Georgetown, Texas : For God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind. 2nd Timothy 1:7 NKJV

  35. 635
    Carole says:

    Richmond, TX
    Psalm 90:14 NIV
    Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

  36. 636
    Donna says:


    “Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face continuously.”

    1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV

  37. 637
    Ann, Ramona, CA says:

    Proverbs 4:26 (NIV)

    Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.

  38. 638
    Barbara Slaven says:

    Barbara Slaven
    Loudon, Tennessee
    If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved
    Romans 10:9 NIV

  39. 639
    Heidi S says:

    Daniel 2:21 (NIV)

    He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

  40. 640
    Cindy S Walker says:

    Clear Lake area of Houston, TX

    Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. ~ Ephesians 6:13 (NIV 1984)

  41. 641
    Sherron Watkins says:

    Sherron Watkins, Houston, Tx

    “Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others]. I Peter 4:8 Amplified

  42. 642
    Christina Juarez says:

    Christina Fort Worth

    The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭21‬:‭5‬ NIV)

  43. 643
    Carrie Gill says:

    Carrie Gill, Tyler, TX. Have I not commanded you be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will go with you wherever you go.
    Joshua 1:8. NIV

  44. 644
    Susan Innes says:

    Susan, Andover, KS,

    “Jesus answered, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13 & 14 (NIV)

  45. 645
    Carol says:

    Carol in Salem, OR
    He made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever. Psalm 146:6 NLT

  46. 646
    Sherri says:

    Sherri, Albuquerque, NM “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” Romans 8:26 NLT

  47. 647
    Lori Jensen says:

    Lori~Mountain View, WY
    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Matthew 7:1 – NIV

  48. 648
    Bobbie says:

    Bobbie, Litchfield, MN

    But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

  49. 649
    Charlotte Heisel says:

    Charlotte Heisel, Modesto CA
    Psalms 91:12 (NLT)
    They will hold you up with their hands
    So you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.

  50. 650
    Elayne Lane says:

    Maui, HI on vacation!
    Psalm 116:8
    For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
    My eyes from tears,
    My feet from stumbling.

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