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. 801
    Lisa Estes says:

    Lisa, Mauldin, SC
    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 (NKJV)

  2. 802
    Jerrie says:

    Jerrie, Longview, TX
    2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
    All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

  3. 803
    Jane Lakey says:

    Jane Lakey

    Colossians 1:15-16

    He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by Him all things were created; things in Heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers, or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him.

  4. 804
    JulieB says:

    Sharpsburg, Ga.
    Psalm 143:8
    “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go for to you I lift up my soul.”

  5. 805
    Brielle Haggerty says:

    Brielle Joy
    Loma Linda, CA

    Psalm 107: 20-21a
    He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
    Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love

  6. 806
    Shannon Hogg says:

    Shannon, Mandeville. Lam. 3:24: “I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'” TNIV

  7. 807
    Deb Nelson says:

    Deb from Aledo, IL

    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

  8. 808
    Katie Logsdon says:

    Katie Houston, TX – “I cry aloud to the Lord; I plead for mercy. I pour out my complaint before Him; I reveal my trouble to Him.” Psalm 142:1-2 (HCSB)

  9. 809
    Emily Tohlen says:

    Emily Tohlen, Kansas City, MO

    “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
    Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV

  10. 810
    Ellen Kittredge says:

    Ellen Kitt, Chester, VA

    “Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, ….””
    ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭22:19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  11. 811
    Delores O. says:

    Delores O.
    Lake Stevens, WA

    My health may fail, and my spirit grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.
    Psalm 73:26 NLT

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    Amy M says:

    Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3

  13. 813
    Kristen says:

    Kristen Fowler, Marble, NC
    I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear Me, so that they will never turn from Me.
    Jeremiah 32:40 NIV

  14. 814
    Donna Reaves says:

    Donna R – Burleson Tx. Deuteronomy 29:29 NKJV “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

  15. 815
    Meredith Heilmann says:

    Meredith from Columbus, Ohio: “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.” -Deuteronomy 5:15 (NIV)

  16. 816
    Shannon says:

    Shannon, Shelby, MT
    “Worthy are you, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
    Revelation 4:11 ESV

  17. 817
    Susan Turner says:

    Susan Turner, Shelby, North Carolina
    “‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭33:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬ (A promise of restoration)

  18. 818
    Marsha R. says:

    Marsha R. Lexington Park, MD
    God is our refuge and strength,
    a tested help in times of trouble.
    Psalm 46:1. Living Bible

  19. 819
    Sheryl Potts says:

    Sheryl Potts, Monroe, LA

    “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 ESV

  20. 820
    Linda O'Neill says:

    Linda O’Neill, Elk Grove, CA
    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  21. 821
    Crystal Sparks says:

    James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” ESV

  22. 822
    Debbie Wahlbrink says:

    Debbie, Fort Thomas, KY
    Happy is the person who trusts in You, Lord of Hosts!
    Psalm 84:12 HCSB

  23. 823
    Lora Leftwich says:

    Lora Leftwich, Indian Land SC

    Hope- a desire for that which is not seen;

    24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?

    Perseverance- That quality in us that drives us to strive for that which we hope for regardless of the difficulties we face.

    25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Romans 8:25 NKJV

  24. 824
    Carol Bowden says:

    Carol B., Conyers, GA Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

  25. 825
    Catherin Lesley says:

    Catherine Lesley – Waterdown, Ontario

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

  26. 826
    Beverly Welch 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

  27. 827
    Jan says:

    Jan Cleburne, TX “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.” Psalm 23:6 (NKJV)

  28. 828
    Cheryl Moses says:

    Cheryl – Houston, TX

    Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

  29. 829
    Janet Greene says:

    Franklin, TN

    “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 NIV

  30. 830
    kathy says:

    kathy leesville,la Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. Psalm 27:3 NKJV

  31. 831
    Debbie Weaver says:

    Debbie Weaver, Cumming, GA.

    “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:3-6 NIV

  32. 832
    Ginger says:

    Charlotte, NC

    “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time.”
    1 Peter 5:6 (HCSB)

  33. 833
    Lorri Matthews says:

    Lorri Matthews Phenix City, Al.
    Psalm 29:11 NIV
    The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.

  34. 834
    Kim Gareiss says:

    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭NLT‬

  35. 835
    Roxana Alvarado Aguilera says:

    Providence, RI

    Ephesians 5:10 ESV
    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

  36. 836
    madeleine padilla says:

    Madeleine,Corrales: Then you will inderfstand the fear of the :ord and find knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom Proverbs 2:5-6 Niv

  37. 837
    Kim McCool says:

    Kim – Columbus nc. 1 Samuel 12:24 ESV
    “Only fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you!”

  38. 838
    Kelley says:

    Kelley, Houston, TX

    Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,for in you I trust.Make me know the way I should go,for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8 (ESV)

  39. 839
    Mary says:

    Proverbs 3:5,6

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all you acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

  40. 840
    Dee says:

    Dee, Prescott AZ
    We have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven…
    Hebrews 8:1, ESV

  41. 841
    Robin Wickman says:

    Robin Wickman, Merriman, NE – “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.”
    ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:23-24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  42. 842
    Frances McCamey says:

    Frances, Orange, TX
    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

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    Kathy says:

    This is a day late due to lots of illness in my house.

    Kathy, Easley SC

    19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    Matthew 6:19-21 NIV

  44. 844
    Beth Bellow says:

    1 John 3:1
    How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.

  45. 845
    Rhonda Rowe says:

    Rhonda Rowe, Kingston, OK

    ““Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you. You will no longer remember the shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood.”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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    Tonya Nelson says:

    Apex, NC

    But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:6 NASB

  47. 847
    S Adams says:

    Suzy Adams, Wheelersburg, OH – Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies. Psalm 36:5 NIV

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    Michelle C says:

    Michelle C. Chesapeake, VA

    I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
    Romans 8:18 (NIV)

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    Debbie Lamb says:

    Debbie, from Colorado Springs

    Romans 2:4 NIV
    Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

  50. 850
    Charlotte Skadal says:

    Charlotte Skadal, Houston, Texas

    Keeping my eyes on Jesus especially in the middle of a storm!

    “And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:26b-27 NASB

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