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. 751
    Kristi Schnipke says:

    Dayton, OH.
    “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,”
    2 Timothy 2:24-25 ESV

  2. 752
    Theresa Dau says:

    Theresa Dau, Chesterfield, MO
    “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
    Psalm 46:10 NIV

  3. 753
    Sue says:

    Sue from Midland says:
    When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
    Proverbs 10:19 (ESV)

  4. 754
    Karen says:

    Redfield, AR

    Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
    [12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,* against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

  5. 755
    Pattie Jager says:

    Pattie, Holland,MI

    Deuteronomy 13:4 (NLT)

    Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.

  6. 756
    Kim MOrris says:

    Kim, Richmond, Tx, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

  7. 757
    DeLene Gilbert says:

    DeLene from Garland, TX
    “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent-
    The Lord detests them both.”
    Prov 17:15 NIV

  8. 758
    Bettie Thompson says:

    Psalm 25: 4-5 NIV Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths, guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long.

    Cary, NC

  9. 759
    Susan Jobe says:

    Susan, Knoxville, TN
    Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Psalm 119:37 NLT

  10. 760
    Sabrina Shivley says:

    Sabrina, Bryant, AR The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

  11. 761
    Jen B says:

    Jen b, Santa Maria, CA – Psalm 92:8 (NASB) 8 But You, O LORD, are on high forever.

  12. 762
    Connie Colston says:

    Connie Colston, Waxahachie, TX
    whom He poured on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
    Titus 3:6 (NIV)

  13. 763
    Tymber Crawley says:

    ” Pleasant words are a honeycomb. Sweet to the soul and healing to its bones.”
    Proverbs 16:24

  14. 764
    Mary Saul says:

    Mary Saul
    Houston, TX
    Psalm 25:20 NIV
    Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.

  15. 765
    Michone Stewart says:

    Butte, MT

    A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked. Psalm 91:7-8 NKJV

  16. 766
    Linda says:

    “Instead of their shame, my people
    Will receive a double portion
    And instead of disgrace
    They will rejoice in their inheritance;
    So they will inherit
    A double portion in their land,
    And everlasting joy will be theirs.”
    Isaiah 61:7 NIV
    Linda, Fort Collins, CO

  17. 767
    Lisa B says:

    Lisa, Hutchins TX
    I Peter 5:8 ESV
    Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

  18. 768
    Shelley Bywater says:

    Shelley, Brigham City Utah

    Psalm 16:2, ESV

    I say to the Lord “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

  19. 769
    Linda Hansen says:

    Linda H., Buckeye, Az
    “May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” Psalm 19:14 NLT

  20. 770
    Soni Buckalew says:

    Soni in Gulfport:
    First Peter 4:10 NRSV (10/15/15)
    Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.

  21. 771
    Tammy Smith says:

    Isiah 61:3
    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.

  22. 772
    Pam Schreiter says:

    Amen! Thank you for sharing God’s truth with all of us. This is His will for our life!

  23. 773
    Janie Nabors says:

    For He who is mighty has done great things for me.
    Luke 1:49

  24. 774
    Brandi Mincey says:

    Brandi Mincey, Hope Mills, NC

    Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

    Matthew 11:28

  25. 775
    Denisha Bonds says:

    Denisha Bonds, Port St. Lucie, FL: And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
    ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  26. 776
    Deana says:

    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

  27. 777
    Debbie Hernandez says:

    Debbie, Atascocita, Texas

    Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. Lamentatoins 3:22 (NIV)

  28. 778
    Alycia Johnson says:

    These things I have spoke unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In this world ye shall have tribulation: BUT be of good cheer: I have over come the world! John 16:33 NKJ

  29. 779
    Andrea Larmer says:

    Andrea Larmer, Hephzibah, GA 30815
    “The LORD will protect you from all harm;
    He will protect your life.
    The LORD will protect your coming and going
    both now and forever.”
    Psalm 121:7-8 (HCSB)

  30. 780
    Valerie Gordon says:

    Valerie, Columbus, GA

    Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23 NLT

  31. 781
    Angie Brown says:

    Angie Brown, Taylors, SC

    We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints

    Colossians 1: 3-4 (CSB)

  32. 782
    Laura Sumpter says:

    Laura Sumpter, Salem OR
    Colossians 3:12-13 ESV
    Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
    compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness,
    and patience, bearing with one another…

  33. 783
    Brandy Trahan says:

    Brandy Trahan
    Port Neches, TX

    “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”
    ‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  34. 784
    Lori Collins says:

    Lori Collins, Columbus GA
    Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. Psalm 48:8 KJV

  35. 785
    Cindy Dowden says:

    La Grande, OR
    Romans 8:18 NKJV
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

  36. 786
    Beverly H says:

    Beverly, Lexington, KY
    As soon as I pray You answer me; You encourage me by giving me strength. Ps 138:3 NLT

  37. 787
    Pam in Guatemala says:

    Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

    Psalm 61:1-2 NASB

  38. 788
    Lisa Zink says:

    Lisa Zink
    Chickasha, OK

    9 He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭9‬ HCSB)

  39. 789
    Karen says:

    Karen from Powell, Ohio

    Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

    Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

  40. 790
    Karen Bell says:

    Karen Bell
    Hendersonville, TN
    Unfailing love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. Ps. 32:10 NIV

  41. 791
    Julie Patrick says:

    “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” Matthew 6:8 KJV

  42. 792
    Susan says:

    Susan Chung, Long Island, NY

    “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
    2 Cor.10:5 (NIV)

  43. 793
    Kelley Baker says:

    When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 1 Cor 13:11 (NIV)

  44. 794
    Laurel Montealegre says:

    Laurel Montealegre White Pigeon, MI
    “From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” Psalm 61:2 ESV

  45. 795
    Kari says:

    1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.
    Psalm 1 ESV

  46. 796
    Jenny says:

    Jenny Manis, Granbury, TX, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” Psalms‬ ‭119:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  47. 797
    Lori Haller says:

    Lori Haller, Easton MD: Isaiah 65:24 Even before they call, I will answer;while they are still speaking, I will hear. (HCSB)

  48. 798
    Vickie Gainous says:

    Vickie Gainous, Cairo, Georgia
    And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3 NRSV

  49. 799
    Vicki Bolton says:

    Vicki Bolton, Lubbock, TX

    Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.

    James 4:7 HCSB

  50. 800
    Jennifer Worrell says:

    Jennifer, Fort Worth
    “O my soul, you have said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.’” Ps. 16:2 NKJV

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