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. 1551
    Vicki A Smith says:

    Vicki Smith, Cleveland, TX. “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.” Revelation 3:19 NIV

  2. 1552
    Rhonda Douglas says:

    Rhonda – Houston, TX

    Isaiah 43:3-4 ESV

    For I am the Lord your God,the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes,
    and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you,peoples in exchange for your life.

  3. 1553
    Jenni Johnson says:

    Jenni, Murray, KY
    “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
    ‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:52‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  4. 1554
    Marrie Gardner says:

    Marrie Gardner, Cullman,AL

    James 4:8 NIV

    “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

  5. 1555
    Penny Burke says:

    Penny Burke, Cincinnati, OH: “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 ESV

  6. 1556
    Diane Price says:

    Diane Price, Nowata, OK

    Psalm 55:22 NIV

    “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

  7. 1557
    Kiva says:

    Kiva, Irvine, CA

    “Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may me full” John 16:24 (b)

  8. 1558
    Kathi says:

    Vancouver, Wa

    “let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hmns and spiritual songs singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” Col. 3:16 NASB

  9. 1559
    Paige Woodard Mitchell says:

    Paige Woodard Mitchell, Minden, Louisiana

    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

  10. 1560
    Rita Quinlan says:

    Rita – Alva, Florida

    “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

    James 4:6b – NLT

  11. 1561
    Nancy says:

    Nancy, Junction City, AR

    “Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits; who forgives all your sins, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” Psalm 103:2-5 NKJ

  12. 1562
    Angie Martens says:

    Angie Martens, Charlotte, NC

    “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Debt 31:8 (ESV)

  13. 1563
    Anne says:

    Anne Roline, Morristown, TN
    “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in peace.”

    Psalm 4:8 NIV

  14. 1564

    Jeremiah 33:3
    Call unto me and I will answer you. And show you great and mighty things which you do not know.

  15. 1565
    Nitsa says:

    Nitsa, Eugene, OR. “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in Your words.” Psalm 119:147 ESV

  16. 1566
    Kay Brown says:

    From Cornelius, NC. Psalm 32:8 (NLT). The Lord says, “. I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

  17. 1567
    Julie Wagner says:

    Julie Wagner, Nederland, TX

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    Philippians 4:13

  18. 1568
    Poorna Diaz says:

    Poorna Diaz, Reston, Virginia: “Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You’ve heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts. We want you living in a way that will command the respect of outsiders, not lying around sponging off your friends.” 1 Thessalonians 4.11-12 (MSG)

  19. 1569
    Paola Hernandez-Hoffmann says:

    Paola Hernandez-Hoffmann, Pinellas Park Fl

    I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
    John 16:33 ESV

  20. 1570
    Missie Ables says:

    Missie Ables, Marble Falls, TX

    “I will restore to year the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer and the cutter, my great army which I sent among you.” Joel 2:25 ESV

  21. 1571
    Dianne Detrick says:

    Dianne, Magnolia TX

    James 1:4 (NIV)

    If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

  22. 1572
    Rose Keeton says:

    Rose K., Oneida, TN –
    “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”
    Isaiah 49:16 (KJV)

  23. 1573
    Tracy says:

    10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of[a] love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. Hebrews 6:10

  24. 1574
    Tanya says:

    Tanya, from Lorton, VA
    Deuteronomy 8:3 (NIV)
    He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

  25. 1575
    Jjc says:

    As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke on the name of the Lord.

    James 5:10, ESV

    Houston, Texas

  26. 1576
    Sharon Stridde says:

    Sharon Stridde Corpus Christi,TX
    Psalms 119: 165 (NAS)
    Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.

  27. 1577
    krystal ward says:

    krystal ward
    dallas, tx

    do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

    ephesians 4:29 NIV

  28. 1578
    Sandee says:

    Sandee Tseng, Santa Monica CA
    “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”
    – Hebrews 10:23

  29. 1579
    Jessica says:

    Jessica, Vicksburg, MS, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV).

  30. 1580
    Dana says:

    Dana Abee
    Clarksville, TN

    Psalm 119:35 ESV
    Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.

  31. 1581
    Sheri Martens says:

    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1b

  32. 1582
    Stacy says:

    Stacy, Greenfield, IN

    There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

    Romans 8:1 ESV

  33. 1583
    Patti Reavis says:

    Patti, Clemmons, NC
    “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:18

  34. 1584
    Stephanie Murphy says:

    Stephanie Murphy,College Station, TX
    “That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.”
    2 Timothy 1:12 NIV

  35. 1585
    Rita says:

    Rita, Splendora, Tx

    I cry out to the Lord with my voice, with my voice to the Lord I make supplication.

    Psalm 142:1 NKJV

  36. 1586
    Leah Whitley says:


    “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
    ‭‭James‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  37. 1587
    Florence says:

    Florence, Rancho Cordova, CA
    “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 NIV

  38. 1588
    Onda Jenks says:

    Onda Jenks, Morgantown, WV- “After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” I Kings 19:12 (NIV)

  39. 1589
    Sandra J Kent says:

    Sandra Kent, Gwinn MI

    God… who saved us & called us to a holy calling; not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace; which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.

    2 Tim 8b-9 ESV

  40. 1590
    Krista Valdes Zamora says:

    Krista Valdes Zamora. Round Rock, TX

    “For God is Spirit, those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
    John 4:24. NLT

  41. 1591
    Wendy Bashor says:

    Wendy Bashor – Lone Butte, BC: For God so loved the world, that He gave his only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world but in order that the world might be save through Him. John 3:16-17 ESV

  42. 1592
    Laura K says:

    Laura K, Spearfish, SD

    “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” 2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV

  43. 1593
    Sylvie Nicol says:

    Sylvie Nicol, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada ♥

    Jeremiah 31:25 (NIV)
    I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”

  44. 1594
    Gwen Parish says:

    Gwen Parish
    Earth TX

    Psalm 18:19 (HCSB)

    He brought me out to a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.

  45. 1595
    Carol says:

    Carol ~ Webb City, MO

    Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ for you. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

  46. 1596
    Dee Shera says:

    Dee – Jacksonville, Florida

    James 1:20 (NIV)
    human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

  47. 1597
    Carla says:

    Carla Kaney, Adel, Iowa “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
    John 15:5 (NKJV)

  48. 1598
    Sara Gillian says:

    Round Rock, TX
    Phil 2:13 NLT
    For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

  49. 1599
    Becky says:

    Becky, Roswell, GA

    “Those who worship worthless idols forfeit the mercy that could be theirs.”

    Jonah 2:8, NET

  50. 1600
    Laura Jungeblut says:

    Laura J., Katy, TX

    1 Samuel 2:2 NIV

    There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides You; there is no Rock like our God.

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